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Timber Gastropub to replace Hot Rod Cafe in Post Falls

Timber Gastropub is a new restaurant going in to the former Hot Rod Cafe location in Post Falls. It's owned by Bill Miller and Randy Ingraham who also own the Longhorn BBQ. The new gastro pub is being designed by HDG Hissong + Hurtado Design Group. The spinning hot rod is gone from the top of the building and HDG is putting their magic to work. Look for a dramatic change to the exterior and interior of the building. Construction work underway and expected to be completed by spring. You can see some renderings on HDG's facebook page.

Common Crumb artisan bakery to open in January

The owners of Sante restaurant, Kate Rose Hansen and Jeremy Hansen, are opening a new business in mid January. The Common Crumb is an artisan bakery and chocolate shop that will be located in a 1,300 square foot space in the Saranac Commons at 19 West Main. The bakery will be open 7 am to 7 pm daily, serving a variety of hand made baked goods as well as sandwiches for lunch and dinner.

NUDO partners with Nothing Bundt Cakes for desserts

NUDO ramen restaurant at 818 West Sprague has partnered with Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery and will now be serving an assortment of their mini cakes as a dessert. Nothing Bundt Cakes in Spokane is owned by Samuel Canty and Jolyn Canty, and is located at 2525 E 29th Avenue. Their phone number is 509-535-4864 and the email is spokane@nothingbundtcakes.com.

Winter Glow's Animal Light Zoo location has changed

Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular (Winter Glow), has relocated the Animal Light Zoo to a new location in Riverfront Park due to a water main break. Thanks to the quick action of the Winter Glow volunteers and the crews of Riverfront Park, the greater Spokane community can continue to enjoy this display.

The spectacular lighting displays continue nightly from now until January 1st. This event is free to the public and wagon rides are available for a small fee. Wagon rides will be available each evening, with the exception of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth. The ticket both is located across the bridge from the carousel.

Winter Glow is made possible by generous sponsors including: presenting sponsor Washington Trust Bank, lighting ceremony sponsor Avista, animal light zoo sponsor Coordinated Care and many others including other non-profits and several regional upper education institutions. Winter Glow Spectacular Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that was founded in 2014 to enhance Spokane's downtown holiday experience. For additional information visit SpokaneWinterGlow.com.

Integrus Architecture to design new U.S. Embassy Campus in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan

The United States Department of State Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) recently announced the design-build award for a New U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan to Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery, Alabama and the architect of record, Integrus Architecture, of Spokane, Washington. Yost Grube Hall of Portland, Oregon, prepared the concept design. Ashgabat is the capital of Turkmenistan and is located in Central Asia.

This project will provide safe, secure, and modern facilities for embassy employees. The new campus will be situated on the site of the existing residential compound located within the municipal limits of Ashgabat and will include a chancery, a U.S. Marine Corps residence, staff housing, a warehouse, maintenance shops, a utility building, parking, and community facilities, as well as a new street to meet city standards.

OBO's mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. Government to the host nation and support their staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives. These facilities represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.

Founded in 1953, Integrus Architecture is a full service professional services firm providing architectural, planning, interior design, structural engineering and security design services for government, justice, civic, K-12, higher education, and commercial clients throughout the world. For more information visit www.integrusarch.com.

STCU awards $25,000 to local nonprofits

STCU employees are known for their passion for service. They lived up to that reputation by donating thousands of volunteer hours to support local nonprofits in 2014.

To support those efforts in 2014, STCU has given away $25,000 to more than 40 non-profit organizations where individual employees documented volunteering at least 20 hours. That includes gifts of $500 to $2,500 being delivered this week by 25 STCU employees who are especially active volunteers.

Molly Person, a consumer loan processor with STCU, volunteered her time for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. The credit union supported that effort with a $500 gift.

Some of the other nonprofits receiving checks this week from STCU employees: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Inland Northwest, the American Cancer Society, Leadership Spokane, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, the North Idaho Boy Scouts of America Foundation, Kiwanis of Cheney, and the Women's and Children's Free Restaurant and Community Kitchen.

To support the volunteer spirit, this year the credit union kicked off its Volunteers Count program, which encourages employees to serve organizations that speak to their passions.

To assist them, the credit allows each employee to take a paid day away from work to serve as a volunteer. Those employees who serve 20 or more hours over the course of the year can earn financial gifts of $50 or more in their name to their favorite volunteer organization.

Go to stcu.org/local for STCU's giving guidelines.

Spokane Rock Products sells asphalt operations to Central Pre-Mix

Spokane Rock Products Inc. has sold its asphalt operations to Central Pre-Mix Concrete Company. In the deal Spokane Rock will take over Central Pre-Mix's concrete and aggregate business in the Tri-Cities. Inland Asphalt, which is owned by the same parent company that operates Central Pre-Mix, will run Spokane Rock's asphalt mixing plant here.

RLHC Signs Franchise Agreement in Cincinnati

Red Lion Hotels Corporation announced will open its first location in Ohio following the signing of a franchise agreement for a Red Lion Hotel in Cincinnati.

"We want a brand that is well known, has differentiating characteristics, and proven ability to help us capture fair market share in a competitive marketplace," said Kumar Vemulapalli of Durga, LLC., regional developer and owner of the hotel. "In our view, Red Lion is the obvious choice."

"Cincinnati is a thriving city and one of the top 30 U.S. urban markets," said RLHC Chief Franchise Officer Brian Quinn. "This hotel has it all with convention meeting space and multiple meeting and sports facilities nearby. It will resonate well with our group business and teams. The hotel will be a great addition to our network, having just opened two new locations in the greater Seattle area and one at the Detroit Airport."

The future Red Lion Hotel - Cincinnati Sharonville, 11320 Chester Road, has 185 rooms and is located 16 miles north of downtown Cincinnati south of the I-75 and I-275 corridor. The hotel has both indoor and outdoor pools, a fitness center, a business center and a restaurant, the Sharon Hill Bar & Grill. The property also has approximately 17,000 square feet of meeting space and is located across the street from the Sharonville Convention Center, the only LEED-certified meeting space in the Cincinnati area, offering 65,000 of useable square feet. Adjacent to the hotel is the new multi-million dollar athletic and entertainment facilities currently under development by Princeton City Schools and the CoCo Key Water Resort, featuring four 40-foot water slides.

Spokane Heights Detox center to open in mid-January

Spokane Heights Detox is opening a premier medical detoxification center at 524 E. Francis in mid-January. They offer a private and individualized approach to the process, where each client will be treated by medical staff along with trained chemical dependency and behavioral health professionals. The atmosphere is one of serenity and peacefulness, with private rooms in a state-of-the-art facility.

The center has hands-on 24/7 medical staff, Therapeutic staff, 24/7 monitoring and support, catered meals/menu selection, safe environment, continuum of care planning, and same day intakes available.

For more information prior to the grand opening mid-January 2015, contact Debbie Stapleton, Community Outreach Specialist at 509-953-0736.

Avista teams up with Boys & Girls Clubs

Avista Utilities and Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County have teamed up to support thousands of local Club kids this season through a new holiday tradition. Now through December 31st, people are encouraged to log on as many times as they choose to www.avistaholiday.com and use the Festive Sweater Generator to design a free, customized, electronic holiday look on Avista's interactive website. Holiday designs can then be uploaded to an online gallery for everyone to see and enjoy throughout the month of December. Avista will donate $1 to Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County for every holiday look that is posted to the online gallery, up to $7,500.

Coffman Engineers announces retirement of Senior Engineer

After 15 years of service to Coffman Engineers, Senior Mechanical Engineer Bill McElroy has announced his retirement.

Throughout his career, McElroy has worked on hundreds of projects, from hangars to healthcare facilities, universities to airports, and everything in between. Some of his early work included designing mechanical systems for Expo 74', the environmental-themed World's Fair, providing him with the unique opportunity of working on major projects in downtown Spokane during an important time for the city.

His extensive knowledge of mechanical engineering and understanding of working in a variety of different environments made him an invaluable member of the Coffman team and his commitment to the company was greatly appreciated by his coworkers and managers.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from coming up to bat." Babe Ruth

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