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HDG Architecture's bold new offices

HDG Architecture has moved to a new location. Nestled between the Ridpath Hotel and the Symons building at 522 West 1st Avenue, their new space is a two-story brick building that had been sitting empty before HDG principals Josh Hissong and Armando Hurtado saw the potential. The studio stands as a prime example of breathing life back into the vacant downtown commercial spaces. When Hissong and Hurtado approached the remodel of the building they had one thing in mind; make a statement. This becomes evident when you see the ever changing exterior of the studio, repainted three times in the last 5 months and each time including a phrase painted loudly onto the building's face that expresses the business's core concepts. The statement right now is "Architecture is a weapon." The interior and exterior of the building were gutted and completely redone with creative function in mind.

HDG has also recently hired Josh Gore, a Project Architect, who has been a part of many amazing and inspiring projects throughout the inland Northwest. Josh Graduated from University of Idaho's Architecture program and has been practicing for 12 years.

Renae Webster (Project Architect) also started with HDG this year and has a Masters in Architecture from NJ institute of Technology. Her creativity and understanding of building materials are a huge asset to current and future projects.

Current projects for HDG include the Volstead Act bar (Downtown Spokane,) El Borracho (University District Spokane): FIRE (Kennewick) which just opened, FIRE (Bend, Oregon) opening February 2014, The Boiler Room (North Spokane) opening November 15th, Stick and Stone (Richland) opening January 20th, NUDO (Downtown Spokane) opening March 7th, HDG owned Wasabi Asian Bistro (Kennewick, WA) opening April 15th, Crafted Taphouse (7th at Sherman, CDA),opening March 15, and more.

Go to studiohdg.com to see some of their excellent work and view more projects.

Eye Consultants Video Contest to win free LASIK

Dr. Gary Fillmore and the team at Eye Consultants are holding their 4th annual 'See for Free' video contest and the winner will receive free LASIK surgery. Anyone interested in participating can create their own video telling why you should win free LASIK. Videos should be submitted by uploading them to the Eye Consultants Facebook page, must be less than four minutes, and are judged on creativity. Deadline to submit your video has been extended to November 15!

Visit LASIKSpokane.net for details

Motivational speaker Tony Rubleski to speak in Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint this week

Tony Rubleski's incredible brand of marketing combines a "no-nonsense approach" with clever tactics of how to differentiate your company from all others in the marketplace. Don't miss his exciting, motivating and educational event, Thursday, November 14, 8 to 10 am, at the Coeur d'Alene Resort.

He will be in Sandpoint Friday, November 15, 8:30 to 10 am at the Ponderay Events Center (Behind Sandpoint Furniture/Carpet One), 401 Bonner Mall Way.

Participants will discover: The Key Characteristics of Today's Customer that you must know. Five simple, yet highly effective, ways to improve your own customer service. Good and bad customer service examples. The #1 sin you must avoid in your marketing that directly impacts the customer experience, and more.

For Coeur d'Alene tickets email Brenda@CdAChamber.com or call 208-415-0110. Members $25 each, 3 or more $20 each, non-members $35 each.

For more information and tickets to the Sandpoint event email mack@sandpointchamber.com. Cost is $30 for Chamber Members, $35 for Non- Chamber Members.

Spokane Sizzle and Idaho Cuisine celebrate 10 years

Starting in 1999 with a menu of restaurants, Jeanette Dunn's Cuisine de Coeur d'Alene started as a way to support the local independent restaurants. It grew to become Idaho Cuisine Dining and Entertainment Guide and then the company added the first Spokane Sizzle in 2004. Their intention is to introduce the community to some of our areas great chefs and servers that help to make Spokane restaurants successful and wonderfully unique.

They also combine both beautifully produced publications on their website, calendar, recipes and weekly eNews for updates in between annual publications. The website is sizzlencuisine.com.

Simply Northwest is having a simply wonderful open house this weekend

Simply Northwest's Holiday Open House is this Friday November 15th 9-6pm

and Saturday November 16th 10-5pm. Sample some of their favorite Northwest treats, sip on a yummy cup of hot apple cider, take advantage of in-store specials, be the first to see all of their new products and enjoy getting into the Holiday spirit.

The address is 11806 E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley, the phone number is 509-927-8206 and the website is www.simplynorthwest.com

Bozzi Media appoints Melissa Halverson events and promotions director

Bozzi Media has appointed Melissa Halverson as its new Events and Promotions Director. Melissa joins Bozzi Media after enjoying a rewarding career at Cancer Patient Care since January of 2010, most recently as Executive Director and Development Director. In her three years at Cancer Patient Care, she significantly increased fundraising event revenue and raised the community profile of the agency through targeted branding and marketing campaigns.

Bozzi Media publishes the city magazine Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living as well as the niche magazines Inland Business Catalyst, Prime, Spokane CDA Woman and Washington Travel and Life. Founded in 1996, Bozzi Media also produces the events Hot Summer Nights, the Best of the City party, the Power 50 Awards, the 20 Under 40 Awards, the Business to Business Trade Show, and monthly magazine release parties. Bozzi Media also owns the events center Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill, Chocolate Apothecary and the Bozzi Collection art gallery.

New tenants for the former Johnston Printing building

The former Johnston Printing building at 121 W. Pacific Avenue will soon be home to three businesses. The 8,600 square foot building which is scheduled to be completed in December will house The Union, a yoga salon run by Tyler Lafferty and Nick Murto, principals at Seven 2 design firm; Copeland Architecture; and Helvetika, the former graphic design firm agency Anderson Mraz Design, now operated by Chuck "CK" Anderson.

Vic Overholser of SDS Realty Inc., the leasing agent for the property has 2,100 square feet of space yet to lease.

Humanix wins prestigious national award.

Humanix, has been listed in the top ten in the nation for creating an effective workplace.

The awards comes from Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) announced the top ten companies in the nation for effective workplaces.

The worksites honored had the highest scores overall, according to their employees, when assessing flexibility, engagement, supportiveness, culture and the ability to use flex-work options without penalty. The best part is that smaller companies are leading the way despite the common wisdom that they can't be flexible with so few employees.

Employee empowerment is a key part of staffing agency Humanix' strategy to foster a happy and productive work environment, and in turn boost the company's bottom line. Pets are allowed in the office, as are children when school or child care is closed, and each staff member also receives 20 hours of paid volunteer time each year. Employees are able to work out a flexible schedule that meets his or her needs and the needs of the business. Laptops can be checked out to use from home when needed. For those positions that can't be done at home, including front office and switchboard jobs, management has incorporated cross training so that other staff can cover these positions when needed.

One employee with a rare disease is able to work from home when her limitations prevent her from coming into the office. A wellness and stress reduction committee works to improve health and wellness in the office. In addition, one orientation room has been converted into an exercise room. Retention of staff is one of the management team's top priorities, as it saves money and improves productivity and engagement, and leaders at the firm believe all the measures they've implemented contribute to a low turnover rate. In an industry with an average tenure of 18 months, Humanix employees average eight and a half years. The company has 16 employees in the U.S.

You can learn more about Humanix at humanix.com

From ads to labs, Spokane advertising exec now a mobile dog groomer.

After spending nearly two decades in the dog-eat-dog world of advertising, Spokane's Levi Dean is now taking his career in a different direction, dog grooming. Dean recently opened Spokane Mobile Dog Grooming, a business that brings full-service dog grooming services to your front door.

"It's all about convenience," said Dean. "We groom dogs right outside our customers' homes in a heated trailer, which saves the owners time and fuel, and it's less stressful for their pets."

Spokane Mobile Dog Grooming services the greater Spokane area, including Spokane and Spokane Valley, and they're also offering their services to outlying areas, grooming dogs as far away as Deer Park and Loon Lake.

As for advertising, Dean hasn't thrown in the towel completely. "This has been an exciting career change, but I still assist a few clients with their digital marketing efforts. I've developed skills in the advertising world that I can use to help other companies, including my own."

For more information about Spokane Mobile Dog Grooming, visit the company's website at www.spokanemobiledoggrooming.com.

Old World Christmas Factory Outlet store is open!

Just 44 days until Christmas! And once again Old World Christmas has opened its factory outlet store. Every year they put their ornaments on sale, and now through December 23rd, you can buy their exquisite holiday collectibles at or below wholesale prices.

Old World Christmas, owned by Tim and Beth Merck, designs and manufactures a huge variety of holiday ornaments. There are more than 1,000 different ornaments in their collection, which are sold nationwide in retail stores. The factory outlet store is open Sunday through Friday from 11am to 3pm and Saturday 11 am to 5 pm. It is located at 4005 East Main Avenue, just west of the fairgrounds.

Their website is oldworldchristmas.com.

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