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Hissong Design Group is changing the face of Spokane

You may not know the name of this design firm but you know their work: Savory, Wasabi, Ginger, Taste Twigs, Scratch, Lincoln Center, the YMCA. The list goes on. At HDG, the pace is fast, the people are passionate, and the designs...speak for themselves. Since 2005, Josh Hissong, founder of HDG has provided the Pacific Northwest with some of the most beautiful and functional restaurant interiors imaginable. With a history in high-end, Los Angeles dining management, Josh draws from his own experience, as well on the talents of those around him.

HDG provides architectural and interior design for commercial and residential spaces, with an emphasis on hospitality design. More than 200 restaurants boast designs by HDG, in addition to hospitals, public and private schools, universities, hotels, and casinos. HDG guides and consults clients with an in-depth understanding of finishes, providers, construction techniques, and industry knowledge. The company is currently working with the Spokane Club on a redesign project for Burgundy's restaurant.

Check out HDG’s new website, designed by Rainmaker Marketing, at hissongdesign.com.

Spokane loses broadcasting legend Harv Clark

Longtime radio announcer Harv Clark passed away last Friday from heart disease. He had ended his radio career in March after 51 years. His last job was at Clear Channel radio where he coordinated traffic coverage. In addition to being a familiar voice on radio, Harv was the beloved public address announcer for Gonzaga basketball for nearly 20 years. He also worked for Spokane Youth Sports Association.

Harvie H. Clark III was born in Yakima and started in radio when he was still in high school. In the Air Force he worked for Armed Forces radio. After his service he returned to Yakima and then moved to Spokane in the late 60's where he worked for KHQ radio. Perhaps the most fitting tribute to Harv is from Chuck Heaton, the radio program director for KHQ who hired him. As quoted from The Spokesman-Review, "I remember Harv as the ultimate radio announcer. He absolutely loved the profession and excelled in virtually every aspect of it. News writer, news reporter, news announcer, sports reporting, play-by-play as well as commercial production. He did it all and he did it well." Services are pending with Hennessy Smith in charge of arrangements.

A Rock n' Roll benefit for the Isaac Foundation

Kosta Panidis presents: The Concert for Isaac powered by VPI Home Solutions, this Friday night at the Knitting Factory. It is a benefit for the Isaac Foundation which is a local service organization helping local families which Autistic Children.

The concert will feature 7 local bands ranging from Spiritual to Country to Classic Rock. Performances from Copper Mountain Band, Redhawk, Yellow Dog, Kelly Hughes Band, Civilized Animal, Sammy Eubanks (voted Spokane's Best Performer) and Java Kola. Also appearing will be stand up comedians Nick Theisen and Ken McComb.

Along with great entertainment there will be a number of autographed guitars for auction: autographs include: Taylor Swift, Reba McIntyre, The Lynch Mob, Plain White T's, Angus Young of AC/DC and a guitar autographed by all performers from the night's activities. Best of all, ALL PROCEEDS will benefit local families who are served by the Isaac foundation. Face value of the tickets is 100% tax deductible and are available at the Knitting Factory website sp.knittingfactory.com or Ticketfly.com, Friday, April 8th at the Knitting Factory. Doors open at 6:30 show starts at 7:30...celebrate for good! For more information on the Isaac Foundation go to theisaacfoundation.org.

Local graphic design firm, Studio H, working for Ad Age

Ad Age Magazine is the bible of Madison Avenue. So when it comes time to pick hot shot designers to produce in house marketing projects, you'd expect them to seek out some of the hot shot Mad Men (and women) who ply their trades in the advertising capital of the world. And while we're sure they do, graphic designer Hara Allison, owner of Studio H in Post Falls and Spokane has been working with Ad Age designing special advertising sections for the publication every year since 2008. She just finished a big project for them. In addition, Hara's Studio H serves a wide variety of local, regional and national clients from her base in the Inland Northwest. The website is Smallagencybigideas.com.

LaunchPad presents Emerging Trends in Technology Forum: Health Sciences Innovation

Could your next job or business idea be in Health Care or Health Sciences? If you are interested in the Health Sciences industry you will not want to miss this forum at Riverpoint Campus South Facility Court, 412 E Spokane Falls Boulevard, April 12, 2011, 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm (Reception follows).

Designed to provide information, networking and an overview of the regional and national health care technology landscape, the Emerging Trends in Technology Forum on April 12 is a must-attend event. Innovators, entrepreneurs, health care professionals, educators and others will not want to miss this half day forum which includes a keynote address by Luke Timmerman, National Biotechnology Editor, Xconomy, and Editor, XconomySeattle. Luke will share his knowledge on the fast-growing health care technology industry in the PNW and nationally.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to attend break-out sessions to learn about exciting local research and hear first-hand from the researchers and entrepreneurs themselves. Attendees will also hear from local experts in technology funding, legal and intellectual property, and for those who provide excellent business advice to help you take your health care technology research or idea from the laboratory to market. This forum also includes a trade show featuring local companies and networking opportunities for attendees.

Presented by LaunchPad INW in partnership with Health Sciences & Services Authority (HSSA), Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI), Inland Northwest Health Services (INHS), Institute for Systems Medicine (ISM), Revita Rehab, Sirti, University District, WSU Spokane. For more information and to register go to www.launchpadinw.com.

Melissa Erickson joins Design Source

Melissa Erickson Simmons has recently joined Design Source as a Project Manager. Melissa has a BS in Interior Design and brings 12 years of interior design experience to the Design Source team. Previously, Melissa worked at Madsen Mitchell Evenson & Conrad as a Project Manager.

You can't do that at the Library!

Yes you can at this unique fund raising event called "You Can't Do That at the Library!" It's your big chance to break all the rules and eat pizza, drink beer and wine, get loud, dance and just have a great time at the Downtown Library. The event is a fundraiser for the Spokane Public Library Foundation and I'm sure you're aware of just how critical it is right now to support the library. Six Foot Swing will provide the music and another attraction is the silent auction of unique and interesting books that the Friends of the Library have set aside all year for this occasion. It's the 5th year for this event and it just gets better and better.

The event is on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 pm on the 2nd floor of the Downtown Library. Tickets are $55.00 each and they include a pass for free parking at River Park Square. Please call for tickets (home 448-8108, work 444-5305, cell 710-2267), or go to www.spokanelibraryfdtn.org/donate.html to purchase online and pay by credit card.

Area Decorator Receives Color Certification

Kriss Hook, owner of Exciting Windows! by Kriss Hook, recently completed advanced training as a Certified Color Specialist. As a Certified Window Fashions Designer, Hook is able to help clients select paint colors along with fabrics and products for window treatments and furnishings. By using an extensive paint color palette and wide selection of fabrics and window covering product samples, Hook will work within your style and budget to create design treatments and furnishings for your space. For more information, visit excitingwindows.com/krisshook.

Spokane Valley Chamber holds Candidate School this month.

Thinking of running for public office? Learn more by attending The Spokane Valley Chamber's Candidate's School at the Spokane Valley Chamber Business Center Conference Room, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13th. This workshop will have sessions on what it is like to hold public office, organizing and running a campaign, working with the media, and where to find out details to sharpen your knowledge about community issues. Attendees will receive a reference notebook with information needed in order to file to become a candidate, as well as background information that you can use in planning a successful campaign. Cost to attend is $25 and includes refreshments and materials. Register online at www.spokanevalleychamber.org or call 509-924-4994.

It's Funky Junk time again this weekend

It's time again! Open the door to the very vintage, very modern, one and only Funky Junk Antique Show & Crafts Market. This Saturday and Sunday, April 9th & 10th, from 10 am to 4 pm at the Irish Dance Hall Grange in Chattaroy, 8216 E. Big Meadows Rd. $2 Admission; 12 and under free (good both days).

Experience the fun and funky event that is Funky Junk: Affordable vintage, modern and re-purposed finds for every style from 30 plus vendors, food, live music and much more at your local and original Funky Junk Antique Show & Crafts Market.

To get there: Hwy 2 north from Spokane; right on Elk-Chattaroy Rd; veer right onto Big Meadows; and follow the signs to junking home-sweet-home. The website is www.funkyjunkantiqueshow.com or www.facebook.com (funky junk antique show).

Paramount Equity Mortgage continues Northwest expansion to Spokane

This March Paramount Equity Mortgage opened its new Spokane branch. This branch represents the 5th location for Paramount Equity Mortgage and it's second in Washington State. The Spokane branch is located downtown in the Fernwell Executive Suites, 505 W. Riverside, Suite 520. The new branch is headed by Eric Vander Werff, formerly of Seattle. Eric comes to Spokane as a WSU alumni with 14 years of business management experience and 7 years in Mortgage Lending. He is currently looking to hire licensed mortgage professionals for Paramount Equity's newest branch. Eric can b e contacted at (509) 252-5040 or evanderwerff@paramountequity.com.

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