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So much to be thankful for!



As we pause this Thanksgiving holiday to celebrate gratitude, let us think about all that we have to appreciate. Although there is much discord and disagreement in our country, there is much to be grateful for, so let's focus on that - our families, our service people stationed around the world protecting our freedom, the opportunity a free market offers our businesses, our thriving region which has new, exciting companies opening up all the time.

We are especially thankful for all of you, the readers of How's Business. Thank you very much for your support and encouragement. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!


Catered for You announced as BBB Business of the Year



Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest has announced Catered for You as Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho's Business of the Year for 2017. The Spokane-based business has shown commitment to ethics, integrity and building trust among their staff, customers and community. 

Linette and Romeo Herrera established Catered for You in 1985 and for 32 years have provided exceptional catering combined with excellent service in the region. They never look at a catered event as a one-time happening and believe every event demands the very best in professional service, culinary creativity with leading decorating trends and well-trained staff. BBB also honored Eastern Washington/Northern Idaho's finalists:   Millrich Associates LLP and StreetRodz Unlimited, LLC.

BBB Torch Awards is a local, independently judged, peer-reviewed, rigorous competition.  Recipients were evaluated by independent, voluntary panels of judges comprised of  business and community leaders.  Make sure to follow  BBB's Facebook page  for pictures and videos  of the winners receiving their award.  

Visit go.bbb.org/nw-2017TorchAwards to learn more about the awards and view a full list of winners and finalists.  


Auntie's Bookstore and Liberty Ciderworks to host Seattle cider expert

Erin James, editor-in-chief of CIDERCRAFT magazine and Sip Northwest magazine and author of a new cider recipe book, Tasting Cider will be speaking at Liberty Ciderworks 164 S. Washington St., #300) Tuesday, December 5 at 7pm. James is a tenured food, beverage, and travel writer whose work has appeared in publications like Wino Magazine, Washington State Wine, Seattle Met Bride & Groom, and Seattle Weekly.

Tasting Cider is a guide to one of North America's most celebrated beverages, offering details on the history of apple cider and its evolution into modern cider. "Erin's passion gives readers a deep appreciation for the history, and relevance of cider in the U.S. and across the modern world," says Ryan Burk, head cider maker for Angry Orchard.

James describes the many possibilities that cider inspires, and her guidebook includes flavor profiles of over 100 varieties of cider as well as 'perry,' cider's pear-based cousin. Tasting Cider is also a collection of cider/food pairings and cocktail recipes like Maple Basil Ciderita and the more creatively-titled Okay, Let's Talk About Magic.

Customers interested in attending the event must purchase a copy of Tasting Cider via Auntie's Bookstore or online at auntiesbooks.com. Tickets to this event will not be sold separately. With the purchase of the book customers will experience cider samples provided by Liberty Ciderworks, small bites donated by Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie, a quick tour of the Liberty Ciderworks cidery, and a demonstration of their apple pressing machine. Availability to this event is limited to the first 20 people.


Strike Zone Arena opening a location in Spokane Valley

Strike Zone Arena, which has been operating at 7419 N. Government Way in Coeur d'Alene, is planning a new second location in Spokane Valley in the former Hollywood Video space at U-City, 10614 E. Sprague Avenue. The opening is planned for December 1.

The new Spokane Valley Strike Zone Arena will have the same attractions as their original location: Nerf dart battles, tactical laser tag, an arcade and an indoor soccer space.

The website is strikezonearena.com.

Riverview Retirement Community adding a memory care facility



Riverview Retirement Community is planning a $5.5 million memory care facility at their location, 1801 E. Upriver Drive. The 20,000-square-foot, one-story facility, which will serve about 20 people with memory care needs such as dementia or Alzheimer's is expected to be open in September of next year.

Bouten Construction Company is the general contractor. The facility was designed by Spokane-based NAC Architecture, with structural engineering by Coffman Engineers.

Celebrate Thanksgiving with Spokane Public Radio

Spokane Public Radio is inviting the public to participate in StoryCorps' Great Thanksgiving Listen 2017, encouraging people of all ages to connect with family members across generations with their new mobile app. This free app allows users to record the stories of their family members, add photos, videos and other visual elements, and upload them for archiving in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Dave Isay, Founder and President of StoryCorp says, "Students will come away from the project having experienced firsthand the power of listening to bring people together." Over the last two years, StoryCorps has recorded over 75,000 interviews - the world's single largest collection of human voices, and aims to create a grassroots history of the last 90 plus years of American History. The Wall Street Journal wrote: "Imagine it: During the holidays, instead of using gadgets to ignore each other, we might use them as an excuse to look each other in the eye and listen."

SPR Holiday Programming: In addition to national holiday-themed programming on KPBX, 91.1, The Bookshelf will feature local stories from the live storytelling event, 'Pivot,' on Monday - Wednesday from 6:30-7pm. Participants share experiences around all aspects of the theme, 'Promises.' And on Thanksgiving Day tune in at 9am-noon to join Vern Windham for his Turkey-Day tradition of playing 'Music to Baste By,' a collection of favorites from the American Stage.
For more information, visit spokanepublicradio.org.


P.F. Chang's upgrading their patio



P.F. Chang's China Bistro in downtown Spokane at Main and Lincoln, will upgrade its patio in a $300,000 project that includes re-designs of the patio, a new storefront, added bar seating and cosmetic work on the interior and exterior of the restaurant. Baker Construction is the contractor.


The Business Thought of the Week

Thanks to Baker Construction and Development for sponsoring the business thought of the week.

"Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or to lose."
Lyndon B. Johnson







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