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New Ace Hardware store coming to Spokane's South Hill

Ace Hardware will soon have a new store on the South Hill at 926 S Monroe, the former Jones' Pharmacy location, in the retail center that also includes Huckleberry's Natural Market. Currently under construction, the remodeling by EaglePointe Construction, should be completed in the next few months and the store is expected to open sometime later this summer.

Providence Health & Services names Interim Chief Executive of PHC

Providence Health & Services announces today that Andrew Agwunobi, MD, chief executive, Providence Health Care Eastern Washington Region, has accepted a new position with Providence Health & Services in Renton, WA as Vice President, Special Projects.

Mike Wilson, a long-time Spokane resident and former chief executive of Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, has agreed to serve as interim chief executive of Providence Health Care of Eastern Washington Region during the transition period and search for a permanent leadership replacement.

In his new role as Vice President Special Projects, Agwunobi will assist senior leadership in understanding emerging health care trends, best practices, and future challenges and opportunities. In addition, as a special consultant to senior Providence Health & Services leaders, he will support Providence's continued physician leadership development efforts throughout the System.

Small business meeting with Mayor Verner

Entrepreneurs and small business owners, now is time to have your voice heard by Mayor Mary Verner. LaunchPad is hosting a small business event, as a part of small business appreciation week. It's a live town hall in LaunchPad's networking space, and it will also be streamed online with questions via Facebook and Twitter. The event will take place on Wednesday June 8th at 5:30 p.m. in the LaunchPad Training and Co-working Center, 120 N. Stevens. After the Launch Pad forum, join the participants at Nectar Tasting Room, right next door, to discuss the forum or any other small business issues, successes or questions for our mayor. $35 suggested donation and no host bar. You can get more information at launchpadinw.com.

The Pizza Oven will open at River Park Square on Thursday, June 9.

The Pizza Oven will be located on the third level in the River Park Square Atrium Cafes food court. "The Pizza Oven's gourmet offering is a great complement to the unique choices our food court already offers downtown," said Bryn West, Center Manager at River Park Square. "We welcome the unique flavor the Pizza Oven brings to the Atrium Cafes."

Matt Rai will share ownership of The Pizza Oven with John Urquhart, another Spokane business man. Rai attended Washington State University and has owned the River Park Square Taco Del Mar since November 2008.

"We already love calling downtown Spokane home and are looking forward to offering our guests even more choices," Rai said. "Our gourmet pizzas will feature a different recipe each week; we will also offer specialty salads, pastas, Buffalo wings, and garlic bread to provide a needed quick break from shopping."

Numerica Credit Union President gets surprise

Numerica Credit Union President & CEO Dennis Cutter was caught by surprise last Thursday evening when employees and board members revealed a new sign on the headquarters building, which read "Dennis A. Cutter Administration Building." The sign's reveal took place at Cutter's retirement party, celebrating his 40 years as CEO with his last day scheduled for July. The event was attended by over 150 current employees, retired employees and members of the board of directors and supervisory committee.

Board of Directors President Dave Shriver presented the unveiling by saying, "It's fitting that this building, with its sturdy foundation, be named after the person who was the foundation of Numerica's success over the last 40 years."

"I never would have imagined this. I had no idea. I'm speechless," Cutter said. The surprise was pulled off after months of careful planning that included secret emails, parking lot diversions, and perfectly-timed tee times. Once he recovered from the shock, Cutter was able to thank his employees: "You are the reason that Numerica is successful. Your hard work and dedication to our members every day have made me proud."

New Home & Lifestyle publication

The Home Field Guide is a new publication designed to provide useful and practical information to people interested in getting more value and enjoyment out of their home lifestyle in the Inland Northwest. The Guide is for men and women and explores the home from every angle: Entertaining at home, the business of home, home improvement, cooking, gardening, and lifestyle. Some highlights of the Premier edition are Tips to grow a great lawn; When to plant your herbs and veggies in the Spokane/CDA Area; Man Pans- Performance light weight cookware made in Spokane; and featured recipes.

In the first 9 days, 70% of the magazines placed in grocery stores were picked up and enjoyed by people interested in improving their home and home lifestyle. Next Month's focus is on Home Improvement.

New Branch Manager hired at Numerica Credit Union

Randall Guidinger was recently hired as branch manager for the Numerica Credit Union branch located at 303 E. Lyons Ave. in Spokane. Guidinger has over 21 years of experience in the credit union industry which includes branch and sales management, business and product development, as well as marketing and training. His most recent employer was Kitsap Credit Union in Silverdale, Wash., where he held the position of branch manager for two years.

Born and raised in Spokane, Guidinger attended Spokane Falls Community College, graduating with associate of arts degrees in both liberal arts and radio broadcasting. He continued his education at Eastern Washington University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in communications.

Summer Drama Camp for Kids at The Lion's Share

The Lion's Share, Jim and Joan Beckers drama center near downtown Spokane is expanding it's summer Drama camps for children. The second annual Narnia camp will focus on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the book in the series which was released this year as a feature film. Campers ages 8 to 12 will participate in drama activities, rehearse for a final workshop performance and do art projects related to the final show. The Narnia camp runs June 27 to July 1.

A second camp has been added this year on Harry Potter for ages 10 to 14. The Sorcerer's Stone, the first book in the Harry Potter series will be the focus of this camp. Campers will not only do drama activities, rehearse for a final performance and make props, but also learn magic tricks.

All camps run 9:00am to 12:30pm at The Lion's Share, 1627 N. Atlantic. The Becker's are retirerd theatre and storytelling professors who attempt to provide an exciting and caring place for children and young people to grow in ability and character. For more information,The Lion' Share can be reached at 509-327-1113 or at www.lionaround.org.

New Tile & Marble company in Spokane Valley

Oregon Tile & Marble has leased approximately 15,750 square feet of space in Building #33 of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road in the Spokane Valley. Their primary business operation is wholesale distribution of natural stone, ceramic tile and related products.

Home Decorating tips from a pro

Next time you have a home design or redecorating project, Exciting Windows! by Kriss Hook offers tips to make the project easier and more complete. Some of her tips include choosing a color story and keep it going for all your rooms if they are open and connected. Another tip is to paint your high ceiling a warm, darker color to visually lower the height, creating a more intimate space. Also, if you have a piece of art that you love, but don't know how to decorate around it, choose its two or three favorite colors and use them in variations throughout the room. For more tips, you can contact Kriss at krisshook@excitingwindows.com, call 509-389-8950 or visit the website at excitingwindows.com/krisshook.

American Cancer Re-Lay for Life and food collection for Spokane Valley Partners

The Greater Spokane Valley's Re-Lay for life will be held at East Valley High School, beginning June 10th at 6:00pm and going until 8:00am on June 11th.

Participants and spectators are encouraged to bring non perishable food items that will be donated to Spokane Valley Partners, home of the Valley Food bank. Items most needed as school lets out are; tuna, peanut butter, soups, mac&cheese and cereals. For more information, contact Jill Nellenbach at 509 270-3111 or J.Nellenbach@sterlingsavings.com.

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"Life is an adventure. Dare it!" Mother Teresa

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