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Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Spokane Grand Opening July 13

The multimillion-dollar reconstruction of Larry H. Miller Dealerships' three downtown Spokane stores reaches another milestone this month with the July 13 grand opening celebration at the 44,845-square-foot Larry H. Miller Downtown Toyota Spokane (LHM Downtown Toyota).

The Toyota dealership, which sits on two acres, is nearly 10,000 square feet larger after swapping locations with the group's Honda store. The new building features an impressive showroom, including a colorful mural detailing Spokane's history; a spacious customer lounge with Wi-Fi, a cafe bar and a children's play area; energy-efficient heating/cooling systems; and the most advanced service drive in the industry.

The dealership will host two grand opening events on Thursday, July 13, beginning with an open house from noon- 2pm where customers may tour the facility and enjoy entertainment and hors d'oeuvres. Spokane Mayor David A. Condon and members of the Larry H. Miller Group of Companies will be in attendance, and representatives from Toyota Motor Sales will present a ceremonial Katana sword, a long-standing Toyota tradition. The afternoon will conclude with an official ribbon cutting outside the dealership.

Then from 5-9pm, a 1940s-themed event to celebrate the history of Spokane's auto row will take place. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served, a selection of local businesses and nonprofits will showcase their goods, and the Kathleen Cavender Jazz Trio will entertain. Both events are open to the public with members of the community invited to join the celebration.

Linn Parish is new Journal of Business Editor

Linn Parish, who has been deputy editor of the Journal of Business for the last 6 1/2 years, will take over as editor at the beginning of September, succeeding Kim Crompton, who is retiring after nearly 30 years at the Journal.

My Fresh Basket open in Kendall Yards

My Fresh Basket, Spokane's newest grocery store, is open in Kendall Yards and it is spectacular. It's a must-see, one-of-a-kind, fresh day-market that is locally owned and operated. It's like Whole Foods with affordable prices. A fantastic deli, bakery, coffee shops, cheese selection, wines and beers. They provide a large selection of fresh, high-quality, locally sourced products and specialty items, as well as your everyday grocery necessities and more. They're open from 5:30am to 10pm every day.

U-Haul International to renovate former JC Penny University City

U-Haul International, Inc., has acquired the former University City Mall - JC Penney at 10412 E. Sprague Avenue in Spokane Valley. They plan to renovate the building and develop the property into 835 indoor climate-controlled self-storage units with high-tech security features.

Downtown Spokane going to the dogs

Downtown Spokane now offers a new option for hungry diners on the go. Barry Dogs has set up shop on the corner of Howard and Riverside in front of the Bank of America. Barry Dogs offers all beef hot dogs and specialty sausages, with a large array of free condiments, chips and soft drinks. They're open weekdays from 10am-4pm. Get more information at BarryDogs.com, or on Facebook.

Fly direct from Spokane to Dallas Fort Worth

American Airlines now flies direct to Dallas Fort Worth from Spokane. This is the first time Spokane has had nonstop service Dallas Fort Worth or any destination in the State of Texas. The service will be flown on a year round daily basis. American also serves Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Both the Dallas Fort Worth and Phoenix service will be operated with the 124-seat Airbus A-319. The two routes combined July flight schedule is as follows:

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW)
- 9:15am Departs DFW and Arrives Spokane at 10:50am
- 1:55pm Departs Spokane and Arrives DFW at 7:26pm

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX)
- 8:50am Departs Spokane and Arrives at PHX at 11:26am
- 11:40am Departs Spokane and Arrives PHX at 2:16pm
- 10:25am Departs PHX and Arrives Spokane at 1:05pm
- 8:10pm Departs PHX and Arrives Spokane at 10:44pm

The new daily service is available for booking now online at www.aa.com or by calling American Airlines reservations toll free number, 800-433-7300.

Smak Products, Inc facility opens in Hayden

Vancouver, Washington-based SmaK Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of rotationally molded plastic bins and bin liners, pallets, tanks, and hoppers, has opened a facility in Hayden, Idaho. They moved into a facility at 181 W. Aqua Ave. formerly occupied by a company that owned rotational equipmen. The business, SmaK Products, Inc is the second facility operated by SmaK Plastics, Inc., creating about 45 new jobs in the area and approximately $10.2 million in wages over the next seven years.

The business is located in a facility formerly occupied by a company that owned rotational equipment. When the business closed, Panhandle Area Council (PAC) inherited the assets and contacted possible buyers.

YWCA Spokane's 'An Evening In Tuscany'

YWCA Spokane fundraiser, 'An Evening In Tuscany,' is an Italian inspired summer evening benefit scheduled for Friday, July 14 from 5-10pm at Barrister Winery event space and private alleyway, 1213 W Railroad Ave. The benefit provides an ideal opportunity to highlight 50 northwest artists who each donated one or more custom works of art in support of YWCA Spokane's domestic violence safe shelter.

Over 30 local businesses, 50 artists, 50 volunteers, and 6 major event sponsors, who believe in YWCA's critical mission and community impact, have come together to ensure An Evening In Tuscany will be a success. In addition to enjoying provincial cuisine and local works of art, guests will experience a unique evening of Tuscan-street-fair-like entertainment including impromptu personalized poetry, a caricature artist, a made-from-scratch gelato stand, and live music.

All Proceeds Directly Benefit YWCA's Domestic Violence Safe Shelter. Ticket cost is $85 per person. Registration and additional event information can be found at ywcaspokane.org.

Old World Christmas opens for Christmas in July

The Old World Christmas Factory Outlet Store is open for their annual 'Christmas in July' sale. Stop by for great holiday ornaments, well below wholesale prices. The sale is at their Factory Outlet store, 4005 E Main.

Hours are Monday through Friday, 11am to 3pm. Find them on Facebook for more information or call 509-532-7445.

The Business Thought of the Week

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

"Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you. They're supposed to help you discover who you are." Bernice Johnson Reagon

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