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Victor Azar is Mr. Hummus.



In addition to operating the Cafe MAC restaurant at the museum and running D'Zaar Catering, Victor Azar is selling three flavors of his fresh, handcrafted organic hummus in selected stores. Fresh Basil, Toasted Sesame and Jalapeno Hummus, (some of the best hummus you have ever eaten) are available at Cafe MAC, Rosauers at Browne's Addition and 5 Mile, Huckleberries on south Monroe, Main Market Coop, Rocket Market on 43rd, Fresh Abundance on Division and One World Spokane.

The main ingredient in Victor's hummus is organic garbanzo beans; Victor also adds sesame tahini, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice garlic powder, spices, sea salt, citric acid and flavors like fresh basil, toasted sesame and pickled jalapeno. New flavors are in development and can be taste tested at the MAC Cafe.

The MAC Cafe is at the Museum of Arts and Culture, West 2316 First, is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am to 4pm. You can get more information at www.victorshummus.com or by calling509-768-3940. Victor's email is victor@dzaar.com.


NAC|Architecture Recognized as One of Top Two Places to Work Among Architects Nationwide

NAC|Architecture has been named the #2 "Best Architecture Firm To Work For" in the U.S. for 2010 by ZweigWhite, a national management consulting and research firm, and engineering media specialists Stagnito Media.

The annual list, on which NAC|Architecture has previously been included, identifies outstanding employers based on their commitment to provide a positive work environment and challenging and interesting work opportunities for their staff members. The ranking is based on the results of a comprehensive survey of workplace practices and an independent survey of employees, with the final standing of the top three decided based on an intensive review by a panel of independent judges.

With origins in 1960, NAC|Architecture specializes in planning, design, engineering, and capital facilities consulting services. From offices in Seattle, Spokane, Los Angeles and Denver, the firm's 150 professionals create sustainable environments for learning, healing and human development. For more information, visit www.nacarchitecture.com.


GeoEngineers' Spokane office announces recent promotions and new employees

Jason Scott of GeoEngineers' Spokane office was promoted to associate fisheries biologist. He leads the ecological services for the company's Spokane, Boise and Portland offices. Dave Lauder of GeoEngineers' Spokane office was promoted to senior geotechnical engineer. Brent Randall recently joined GeoEngineers' Spokane office as a staff geotechnical engineer. He previously was a staff engineer for the Department of Defense, Hill Air Force Base in Utah. April Smith of GeoEngineers' Spokane office was promoted to senior marketing specialist for the Spokane, Boise and Portland offices. Michelle Holtzclaw of GeoEngineers' Boise office was promoted to administrative leader for the Boise, Spokane and Portland offices.

Holiday Care Packages for Local Deployed Navy Reserve Troops

Operation Spokane Heroes is collecting items for holiday care packages to be sent to deployed Navy troops from our local Naval Reserve Center. Donations can be made through November 12 at the Downtown Holiday Inn Express on the Rock or at the Holiday Inn Express in the Valley on E. Mission. Examples of items needed are: coffee, instant drink mixes, trail mix, gum, candy, Cup of Soup, snack items, hand sanitizers and lotions, tooth paste/brushes, razors, shampoos/conditioners, chap stick, DVD's, books, games, socks, batteries, and holiday decor such as mini trees, ornaments, and battery operated lights.

Spokane Home Builders Association announces Fall Festival of Homes 2010 People's Choice Award Winners

The 6th annual Fall Festival of Homes, presented by Pro-Build, has proven to be Inland Northwest's largest new construction home show with over 6,000 people attending. The Spokane Home Builders Association Board of Directors & Fall Festival Of Homes Committee congratulates the following builders who took the "People's Choice Award" this year as follows: Homes priced up to $199,999: Festival Home #17 by Lewis Construction. Homes priced $200,000 to $245,999: Festival Home #12 by Strahl Construction. Homes priced $246,000 to $299,999: Festival Home #14 by Split Diamond Construction. Homes priced $300,000 to $399,999: Festival Home #25 by Morse Western Homes. Homes priced $400,000 to $549,999: Festival Home #37 by Marsh Construction. Homes priced $550,000 & Up: Festival Home #6 by Invest Northwest.

Virtual tours & full home profiles are available at www.SpokaneFestivalOfHomes.com.


Spokane Tribe Heritage Day Celebration Tuesday, November 9

Spokane residents will get to experience Native American culture with The Spokane Tribe of Indians when tribal members share their traditions and history during the 2nd annual Heritage Day Celebration. Tribal Elders will share stories and exhibits will visually explain tribal history. A mini Pow Wow will close the event. A larger location was needed after an overwhelming number of guests attended last year's Heritage Day. This year, the Spokane Tribe of Indians will host their Heritage Day Celebration at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center, Tuesday, November 9th from 10:00am until 2:00pm. Admission and parking are free. Large groups and schools should RSVP. You can get more information at www.spokanetribe.com.

KLEW-TV Promotes Dan Stellmon to Station Manager

KLEW-TV, the CBS affiliate in Lewiston, Idaho, recently announced that Dan Stellmon has been named station manager. Stellmon has been the station's interim station manager since September 1st of this year. After a 6-week nationwide search, Stellmon was selected over several other qualified candidates to fill the station manager position. He has a long history of sales and management experience, including being KLEW-TV's sales manager since September of 2009, and he has worked at KLEW-TV since April of 2005. KLEW-TV serves an 8-county area in Idaho and Washington with an over-the-air signal, as well as serving the entire Spokane Designated Market Area through DISH and Direct TV.

Amber Butler is Pilates Master Teacher

Amber Butler, owner and principal teacher of Precision Pilates, 221 W Pacific Ave. recently completed a two year Master teaching program with Lolita San Miguel in Palm Beach Gardens Florida. Ms. Miguel is the last surviving Pilates teacher actually certified by Joseph Pilates. In completing the program Amber earned the distinction of being a "Pilates Master Teacher, Second Generation Pilates Instructor" one of only approximately 30 teachers worldwide to hold that distinction.

Pacific Northwest Photographer Wins Top Prize In National Photo Contest

Photographer Anthony Roslund, owner and operator of Roslund Photography has been selected as the 2010 Professional Photographer Magazine Cover Contest winner. Professional Photographer's of America (PPA) hosted the national contest, which has drawn over 5,000 participants in each of the three years it has been held. The contest was sponsored by Canon, Elinchrom, Kodak, and WHCC, each offering prizes to the top entries. Roslund was awarded a prize package worth nearly $10,000, including a makeover for his new downtown Spokane studio at 118 N. Stevens. Roslund specializes in portraits, business head shots, passport photos, and commercial photography. The website is www.roslundphoto.com.

Jeda Media Group completes World War II documentary.

Jeda Media Group, a television production company based in Coeur d'Alene recently finished a new television series, "Missions That Changed the War." The 12-part World War II documentary began airing October 26 at 6pm on Discovery's Military Channel. Jeda Media Group was contracted to shoot, edit and create motion effects for the series. Production began in Summer 2010 and post production continues at the company's Coeur d'Alene studio facility. Animation was produced at Dragonfly Core. The open/close and bump music were created by Chris White, at House of Sound and the narration for the series was provided by Gary Sinise and Sound Design Studios. For more information about the series, watch the Military Channel every Tuesday night. For more information about Jeda Media Group, please visit www.jedamedia.com or call 208-930-4493.

Heritage Funeral Home wins national award

Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory has been honored with the 2010 Pursuit of Excellence® Award by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) during its International Convention & Expo in New Orleans. Only 166 firms from around the world received this prestigious recognition, placing Heritage Funeral Home among an elite group of funeral service professionals. Pursuit of Excellence Award recipients raise the bar on funeral service excellence by adhering to the highest ethical and professional standards and providing unsurpassed service to families and communities. Heritage has received this award every year since 2003.

In addition to receiving the 2010 Pursuit of Excellence Award, Heritage Funeral Home was one of only eight funeral homes that received "Best of the Best," an award that recognizes funeral homes for their development and execution of an innovative program or service that had a positive impact on those served. This is the second time Heritage Funeral Home has been selected as one of the Best Funeral Homes in the nation. No other funeral home in Washington, Oregon or Idaho received this award.

Heritage Funeral Home and Crematory is located at 508 North Government Way in Spokane. Their web site is www.HeritageFunerals.com.

Storage Space available at old Costco Building.

Empire Auto, Boat & RV Storage is once again storing items inside the old Costco Building at 800 E 3rd Ave. Cost is an affordable $4 per linear foot, per month. The building is clean, safe, secure and heated above 40 degrees. Items can be up to 14 feet tall, and almost any length. Call Cip Paulsen at 926-0388 anytime between 8am and 9pm, Monday through Sunday for more information or to make a reservation.

Korin Neal is Guilds' School’s new events manager

Korin Neal has joined the Spokane Guilds' School & Neuromuscular Center's staff as the events manager working as part of the Development Office. She was formerly the event coordinator at the Lincoln Center.

Nordstrom Rack opens at Valley Mall

The Nordstrom Rack opened last week in the former Linens and Things location at Spokane Valley Mall, moving from Northtown, where it had been since 2000. The new 30,000 square foot discount apparel store will employ 70 workers.

Miller Paint opens Spokane store

Portland-based Miller Paint has opened a store at 7 East 3rd Avenue. The company specializes in manufacturing high quality paint and coatings. They sell their products through 36 company stores and independent dealers throughout the west, including Fred Meyer stores.

LaunchPad INW announces move to the 1889 Building.


LaunchPad Inland Northwest LLC, a professional development and social-media services provider that operates the region’s largest on-line to off-line (O2O) professional network, is pleased to announce that it has moved its operations to the 1889 Building, at 120 N. Stevens. LaunchPad INW's offices are located on the third floor of the downtown building, and the LaunchPad Lounge and Training Center is located on the first floor in space conjoining the Nectar Tasting Room, which opened there last month. Classes and events will be held in that space starting later this month, after remodeling work is completed. For more information on LaunchPad INW, go to www.launchpadinw.com or call co-founder Bill Kalivas at 509-953-3305.

Third Annual Furr Ball Dinner, Dance & Auction this Saturday

The 3rd Annual Spokane Humane Society Furr Ball Dinner, Dance and Auction will be held this Saturday, November 6, from 5-11pm at the Lincoln Center. This charity benefit event raises funds for unwanted, abused and abandoned animals. The goal is to raise $70,000 to help the homeless animals at the Spokane Humane Society and to provide food and shelter to thousands of companion animals in need. There will be a silent auction followed by two parades of adoptable animals, a live auction and dance. For more information, visit www.spokanehumanesociety.org/tandt.php.

Good Advice from Ray Edwards on Business Panic and how to deal with it

Panic is a jungle response. It makes you want to either fight, or flee. In business, neither of these reactions is often appropriate. These days, business panic seems rampant; it's the go-to response for many faced with business downturn due to recession. What's the proper answer when you start to feel this business panic? It's probably the most difficult advice I've ever given: ignore it.

Use the one faculty that makes us different from all the animals: your ability to choose your response. Decide that you will feel the panic, but that you will neither fight nor flee. You will, instead, calmly face the situation -- and refuse to be reactive.

Here are some concrete steps to help you do this: Get some exercise every day. Cut out the sugar and caffeine. Cut out television, and media in general (news is usually negative). Focus on your primary mission as a company, as an entrepreneur, as an artist-as a "whatever it is you are". Wait. The Japanese, in particular, seem to be very good at this. Often, simply waiting is the very best response when you're in a state of panic. Finally, remember the timeless advice of Douglas Adams: "Don't panic."

The Business Thought of the Week

"High achievement always takes place in a framework of high expectation." Jack Kinder

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