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Wendell Satre 1918 - 2010

Wendell Satre, former chairman of Washington Water Power Co., has died at the age of 92. Born in Post Falls, Satre earned a degree in engineering from the University of Idaho, the first in his family to graduate from college, and went to work for Washington Water Power (the predecessor of Avista Utilities). He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II then returned to the company for a career that spanned 46 years. He became executive vice president in 1965, took over as the utility's second president in 1971 and was elected chairman in 1975. Throughout his career he made innumerable contributions to the community. He was one of the driving forces behind Expo 74, Spokane's World's Fair, served as chairman of the Spokane Area Chamber of Commerce and was one of the founders of Leadership Spokane. He was at the forefront of the plan to build a WSU campus in Spokane and was instrumental in developing Itron, now a global leader in utility technology, as a separate entity from WWP. Satre also served the community through his 40+ year membership in Spokane Rotary Club 21. Services will be announced soon.

The story behind Trader Joe's coming to Spokane

Trader Joe's is the talk of the town, but there's more to the story. All those Trader Joe fans can thank Vandervert Developments for helping make it possible for the popular store deciding to locate in Lincoln Heights on Spokane's south hill. Vandervert Developments, headed by Dick Vandervert, is part of a group that recently bought Lincoln Heights shopping center. The company courted Trader Joe's, along with a number of other competitors, and won because they provided them with a solid plan, a great location and even drawings of how their store would look and fit in to the center. Established in the early 1970's, Vandervert Developments & Hotels has expanded exponentially in most recent years, now owning and managing dozens of development properties throughout the region. Vandervert Development's style, design and quality will revitalize Lincoln Heights shopping center and make it a regional retail destination. For a look at some of their other properties (and how Lincoln Heights will look when they’re finished with it) go to their website www.vandervertdevelopments.com. Thanks Vandervert Developments for bringing Trader Joe's to Spokane!

One of the other champions in the Trader Joe's story is Rick O'Connor, who owns Referee Photo, the business next to Hogan's that will become the western part of Trader Joe's. His willingness to move to a new location had a great deal to do with attracting the Trader Joe's to Lincoln Heights. Without O'Connor’s agreement to relocate, the deal would not have happened. So if you love Trader Joe's being here, go thank Rick O’Connor at Referee Photo.

HAV Western Wear shows substantial increases in business

While many businesses have experienced a downturn during these challenging economic times, one Spokane Valley business has shown substantial increases especially over the last two years. That business is HAV Western Wear located at 14902 East Sprague in the Spokane Valley. Their specialty is fitting custom boots for the hard-to-fit. Your style, whatever it may be, will be reflected in the different leathers and/or patterns of your choice and limited only by your imagination. They carry distinctive women's and men's western clothing from all the major brands as well as great retro looks. Vikki Hoskins, the owner, is well known throughout the US and Canada as being a leading edge retailer in the western wear business. To learn more about HAV Western Wear go to their newly upgraded web site at www.havwesternwear.com. The new e-commerce site, designed by Lane Enterprises, is positioned to add even more sales to the successful business in the coming year.

Toast the Season and help the Salvation Army

Have you planned your Holiday Party yet? Here's a great way to celebrate the season and to help the Salvation Army. The second annual Toast the Season event is a great opportunity for small businesses, departments, clubs and organizations to participate in a group holiday party at the INB Performing Arts Center, Friday, December 10 at 5:30 pm. The Public Facilities District will handle the decorations, entertainment and provide a delicious Prime Rib and Turkey Buffet. The cost is only $40.00 per person and proceeds from this community event help support The Salvation Army. For more information and to make reservations call 509-279-7007 or email sales@spokanepfd.org.

Marquee Lounge unveils renovations

MarQuee Lounge, at 522 West Riverside, has unveiled new renovations to its upstairs VIP area, which has been named "The Loft." This new level of the lounge provides a modern and hip ambience that allows MarQuee to continue to bring a 'big city' style of club into downtown Spokane scene. In efforts to continue its appeal to the 30 to 50-year-old demographic, MarQuee has incorporated a comfortable atmosphere with private seating areas and LED light panels, which affords the patrons of "The Loft" to engage in both the high-end and luxurious side of the establishment, as well as the entertaining and social aspects of the level below. The new upstairs area will also be utilized for private parties, special events and business meetings. For more information go to their website www.marqueelounge.com or call 509-838-3332.

Troy Bishop Joins NAC|Architecture

Troy Bishop has joined the Spokane office of NAC|Architecture as a designer/architectural intern. With a focus on educational, recreational and corporate commissions, Bishop will be responsible for planning, conceptual design, detailing and design oversight throughout all design phases of a project. Bishop has six years of architectural design experience and holds Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture degrees from Washington State University. He serves as a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest.

"The Gift of Giving," a charitable Holiday Event in Downtown Spokane

"The Gift of Giving" is a three week shopping adventure, now through December 11, at 11 downtown stores. It is designed to help you get your holiday shopping done all while enjoying local boutiques and giving back to local charities. Here's how it works: Donate $5 to any of the participating boutiques and receive a Holiday Shopping Booklet filled with extra special "gift of giving" offers - coupons, gifts with purchase, sales, offers and incentives for holiday shopping as well as offers for 2011. When you make a purchase at any of the participating boutiques, a percentage of your sale from "The Gift of Giving" will be donated to the boutique's partner charity. Collect a stamp at each location and be entered to win a $500 Grand Prize Basket (purchase not necessary to win, but you do have to visit all the boutiques).

Participating businesses and partner charities are: Carousel Vintage Clothing, 110 S. Cedar, Partner Charity: Olive Crest; Concept Home, 401 W. First Avenue, Partner Charity: The Angel Ball; Eclectic Gifts, 301 W. 2nd Avenue, Partner Charity Ronald McDonald House; Finders Keepers I, 309 W. 2nd Avenue, Partner Charity: Spokane Symphony Associates; Finders Keepers II, 18 W. Main Avenue, Partner Charity: Angel Ball Gala; Fringe & Fray, 1325 West First Avenue, Partner Charity: Women & Children Free Restaurant; Kizuri, 35 West Main Avenue, Partner Charity: Olive Crest; Roost Vintage Home, West 7 Main, Partner Charity: 2nd Harvest Food Bank; Serendipity, 303 West 2nd Avenue, Partner Charity: Women & Children's Free Restaurant; Tangerine, 1019 W. 1st Avenue, Partner Charities: Angel Ball, Women and Children Free Restaurant, and Camp Reed; The Tin Roof, 1727 E. Sprague Avenue, Partner Charity: YMCA Camp Reed Summer Camp Scholarships.

Crompton and Read promoted at Journal of Business

News editor Kim Crompton will succeed Richard Ripley as editor of the Journal of Business when Ripley retires at the end of the year. In addition, assistant editor Paul Read will be promoted to a new position at the Journal, operations manager.

Weekend events at the MAC

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is looking for storytellers to participate in the National Day of Listening, this Friday, Nov. 26. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The MAC will be recording stories told by you, the people of the Inland Northwest. In turn, the museum will post a summary of those stories on the Story Corps' online Wall of Listening.
Also this holiday weekend, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 26 and 27, The Campbell House opens in all its holiday glory, filled with festive decorations, periodic live piano music and children's activities. A self-guided tour of the house is included with paid museum admission between noon and 4 p.m. those two days, then again the week of Christmas. For more information, go to www.northwestmuseum.org.

Christmas Tree Elegance 2010

This year's Christmas Tree Elegance kicks off with a Tree Lighting Ceremony next Tuesday, Nov. 30, 5:30 PM in the lobby of The Davenport Hotel. Event is free.

Viewing of Trees on Mezzanine of The Davenport Hotel, free event, Tuesday, Nov. 30 - Saturday, Dec. 11 with Raffle Ticket sales daily, 10 AM - 9 PM. Raffle tickets are only $1 each.

An Evening with Eckart & Friends, Sunday, Dec. 5, 6 - 7 PM, at the Isabella Ballroom, $10 General Admission at door.

Raffle Drawing Ceremony, free event, Saturday, Dec. 11, 9:30 PM, The Davenport Hotel Lobby, by reservation only. Call 509-458-TREE for reservations.

Holiday Luncheon with Style Show, production by PJ & Co. Models, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 2, 3 - 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, Grand Pennington Ballroom. $40 per person.

Gala Dinner Dance, Friday, Dec. 3, 6 PM - Midnight $125 per person, Black Tie Optional. Dancing to 5 MOR.

The Davenport Hotel Holiday Hat Luncheon Sponsored by the Spokesman-Review, Monday, Dec. 6, 11:15 AM - 1:30 PM. $25, for reservations to this event call The Davenport Hotel 509-789-6863.

Christmas Tree Elegance is produced by Spokane Symphony Associates as a Benefit for the Spokane Symphony Orchestra.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Do it right the first time." Wendell Satre

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