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The Flying Goat has landed

The Downriver Grill, at 3315 West Northwest Boulevard has been such a great restaurant success the owners have opened a new establishment across the street. The Flying Goat, at 3318 West Northwest Boulevard is a local pub modeled after a New England style bar. It has a comfortable neighborhood feel, a large beer selection and excellent food including artisan pizzas, appetizers, salads and sandwiches, all made fresh in house. The interior is modern, industrial and rustic all at the same time but pulled together with reclaimed wood spread throughout the pub. The Flying Goat is open 7 days a week 11am to close. You can learn more at facebook.com/theflyinggoat.

Prices from the 1950s at the Cathay Inn next Monday

The Cathay Inn, Spokane's oldest restaurant, is marking 60 years in business, under the same family ownership, at the same address; and to celebrate, for one day only, next Monday, June 28, from noon to 8 pm they are offering two specials from the 1950 menu - one, The Combination, is a dollar and the other, the China Special is $1.25.

Tom Eng came to the US from China in 1921. After working in the restaurant business for a number of years in the Seattle-Tacoma area, he moved to Spokane and purchased his own establishment at 3714 North Division in 1950. It was a small wooden building with a Statue of Liberty figure on top. Eng named his restaurant Cathay Inn because, at the time Cathay was the English translation for China. He left the Statue of Liberty and it became a Spokane landmark for decades. For many years the Cathay Inn was the only Chinese restaurant on North Division. All the rest were in downtown Spokane. Tom Eng introduced Spokane to the many delicacies of Chinese cuisine.

Tom's son, Eddie Eng, joined the family business in 1952 upon returning to Spokane after completing his education in Hong Kong. Eddie ran the business for over 30 years working 8-1/2 years at one time, virtually without a day off.

Now in it's fourth generation of family ownership, the Cathay Inn is operated by Tom's grandson, Dennis Eng and his son Raymond. The phone number is 509-326-2226 and the website is cathayinn.com.

Congratulations to Bryn West

Bryn West, Assistant Marketing Director at River Park Square has successfully passed her Certified Marketing Director exam as prescribed by the International Council of Shopping Centers. Earning this certification is a symbol of leadership and accomplishment in the shopping center industry. West has been the assistant marketing director at River Park Square for 2 years. Her responsibilities include event planning, social media, and specialty leasing. She previously worked at Pitney Bowes as senior area sales executive.

Tracy Jewelers celebrates 60 sparkling years

Founded in 1950 by watchmaker Patrick Tracy, Tracy Jewelers has grown to become one of the finest jewelers in the Northwest, bringing the region some of the world's freshest, most stunning jewelry lines and certified gems. In 1993, the business passed to daughter Maureen Tracy, GIA Graduate Gemologist and AGS-Certified Gemologist Appraiser, whose integrity and love for design reflect her father's foundations.

Sixty years later, Tracy Jewelers is still in the heart of Spokane Valley. Their new building and jewelry works is located on Evergreen near Sprague, just south of the I-90 Evergreen exit. Tracy Jewelers stocks a broad selection of fine diamond and colored gemstone jewelry in 14k, 18k gold and platinum. Unique, exclusive designer lines and custom manufacturing remain hallmarks of Tracy Jewelers. Some of those lines include Tacori, A Jaffe, Gem East, Mark Silverstein and Spark.

Tracy Jewelers is the only American Gem Society approved Gem Laboratory in the Spokane area and is Spokane's exclusive member of the Platinum Guild. The address is 106 North Evergreen Road in Spokane Valley, the phone is 509-893-2929 and the website is tracyjewelers.com.

Dr. Van Gerpen gains certification

Royce Van Gerpen, MD, MPH of Spokane recently qualified as a certified Medical Review Officer (MRO). Dr. Van Gerpen has been a partner with Occupational Medicine Associates since 1994 and was an Emergency Medicine physician at Valley Hospital and Medical Center from 1974 to 1994. He is Board Certified through the American Board of Preventive Medicine with emphasis in Occupational Medicine.

Spokane Sister Cities Program wins national award.

Sister Cities International announced that the Spokane Sister Cities Association was selected as the recipient of the Innovation: Arts and Culture award for cities with a population between 100,000 and 500,000. The Spokane Sister City program will be recognized at Sister Cities International's 54th Annual Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Last year, the Spokane Sister City Association created the "Five Cities - One World Photo Exhibit" that enabled their sister cities to see how the others live, marvel at the similarities, and note the differences. After establishing 17 themes, which included family gatherings, city hall, and other scenes of life, each sister city provided one picture for each theme. In September 2009, the Spokane Sister Cities Association displayed 85 photographs and sent copies to the sister cities and encouraged them to hold a display showing their city alongside Spokane. Nishinomiya, Japan; Jilin City, China; Limerick, Ireland; and Jecheon, Korea participated. To learn more about the 2010 Annual Conference, visit www.sister-cities.org/conference. For more information about Spokane Sister Cities Association, www.sister-cities.org.

Spokane Preservation Advocates announces Spring 2010 Heritage Grants.

The Heritage Fund, established in August 2000 to fund historic preservation projects within Spokane County, awards grants to encourage the careful preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of historic properties. SPA has awarded over $75,000 in grants to local preservation projects over the past ten years. This year's grants include the Masonic Center which was awarded $4500 to support repair and modifications to the elevator system in the historic Masonic Temple.

In addition, Friends of the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, a non-profit organization which supports and helps to maintain the historic Corbin House and gardens and the Moore-Turner Heritage Gardens, was awarded $4500 to support the replacement of the Corbin Art Center roof, situated in Pioneer Park near Seventh Avenue and Bernard on Spokane's South Hill.

Also, The Woman's Club, located on West 9th Avenue, was awarded $1000 to aid in repair and re-glazing of windows. SPA's Heritage Fund has two grant cycles each year; deadlines are April 15 and October 15. For more information, visit www.spokanepreservation.org.

LaunchPad events this week

LaunchPad INW, LLC provides business development services, workshops, networking strategies and events for individuals and companies. The following workshops and networking events are being offered this week at their Launch Pad Lounge, 157 S. Howard: Thursday, June 24, 7:30am to 9am, "Are You Bankable?" Breakfast Forum. Representatives from Washington Trust Bank, Sterling Savings Bank and Wells Fargo Bank will be on hand to provide insight into what they look for when considering whether to approve bank financing for a business.

Also on Thursday June 24, from 11:30am to 1pm, "Introduction To Google Analytics Workshop" with Sixth Man Marketing's Ed Reese. (Nice article about him by Tom Sowa in yesterday's Spokesman-Review.) Reese will conduct another workshop, "Intermediate Guide to Google Analytics," June 29th from 7:30 am to 9 am. For more information go to www.launchpadinw.com.

Getting ready to welcome back GU students.

Local businesses can get connected with Gonzaga students and their families by being included in the 2010 Orientation Welcome Packets, which are handed out to the freshman at the beginning of Orientation Weekend. For a second year, A Grand Welcome, Inc will be gathering community and civic information, along with coupons from local businesses, and assembling these packets for the University.

The information gathered is to welcome the student not only to a fantastic school, but also a fantastic city. Spokane has much to offer the active college student and we want them to feel welcomed into the community and informed of all the exciting opportunities that are around. To have your business included contact A Grand Welcome at 509-534-5214 or e-mail Karin at welcome@agrandwelcome.com.

Tincan moves to new offices.

Tincan has moved to new offices at 1317 West Second Avenue. The space is more than twice the size of their former office, and has great street-level presence. The new space will house not only Tincan's offices, but also a 32 computer media lab for training and workshops, and a full professional video production studio.

Tincan provides education and support for social, economic and community development for the Inland Northwest region through the use of information technology and interactive media. While they will still hold classes off site at schools, community centers, and other neighborhood locations, having their own training space downtown will give them greater flexibility in scheduling classes for both teens and adults. Summer camps and workshops are already scheduled in the new space. When the facilities are not being used for Tincan's own activities, they plan to rent them to other organizations who have training needs. The phone number is 509-744-0972 and the website is tincan.org.

Dr. James Shaw honored.

The Regence Foundation announced it has honored Dr. James Shaw, director of ethics at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children's Hospital and medical Director at Providence Center for Faith and Healing, with a Sojourns Award. The award is in recognition of Dr. Shaw's leadership in advancing palliative care throughout the Spokane community, and he plans to donate the award's $50,000 grant to Providence Center for Faith and Healing. The center coordinates palliative care services for Providence in the Spokane community and offers a number of programs that support the role of spirituality in healing.

Pet Haven Dog Park Grand Opening is Saturday, June 26

The new Pet Haven Park, at 508 North Government Way, opens Saturday, June 26 and the Spokane Humane Society will be there to celebrate their Grand Opening. The new Off-Leash Dog Park is 1.3 fenced acres and is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. There are separate play areas for small and large breed dogs with custom playground equipment, and fresh water is always available. The parking lot and facility are brightly lit and security camera monitored for your safety. Free Wi-Fi is provided and a web camera is accessible to view the activity of the park.

The Pet Wellness Pavilion is a 800 square foot building attached to the Off-Leash Dog Park complete with radiant heat floors for ultimate canine comfort and bathroom facilities for members. This location is designed to host ask-a-vet programs, puppy and dog training, pet birthday parties, Red Cross animal first aid classes and animal wellness and educational programs throughout the year. The Pavilion is a donation site for Spokane's animal welfare organizations and a site for pet adoption events. For more information call 509-747-9663 or visit their website: www.pethavenpark.com.

Washington Trust Bank's Investment Advisors named to National Top 20

On June 1, Bank Investment Consultant, a news and analysis site for financial advisers and senior sales management in bank investment programs, released the rankings of the 2010 Top 20 managers of community bank investment professionals, and Washington Trust Bank's John Tisthammer achieved the 13th position nationwide. According to Bank Investment Consultant, Tisthammer's five-year plans help bring new advisors up to speed while his focus on successful business strategy keeps veteran producers climbing to new heights. Also serving as the product profiler, Tisthammer picks the best investment options for his team. He also works side-by-side with his financial professionals to craft winning presentations.

Having been with Washington Trust Bank for 16 of his 26 years in the financial industry, Tisthammer currently manages five representatives in Washington Trust's Investment Services group (through PrimeVest Financial Services Inc., an independent, registered broker/dealer). Washington Trust Bank Investment Services are available throughout Central WA, Spokane and Idaho. More information can be found on watrust.com.

Global Leadership Summit this summer

On August 5-6, 2010 over 60,000 leaders will gather for The Global Leadership Summit broadcast live via satellite from the Willow Creek campus near Chicago to more than 225 satellite sites across North America. Life Center Four Square Church, located at 1202 N Government Way, is one of those sites. Among the speakers will be: Bill Hybels, Founder & Pastor, Willowcreek; Jim Collins, Nationally Acclaimed Business Thinker; Jack Welch, Former CEO, General Electric; Tony Dungy, Winning Coach 2007 Super Bowl; Blake Mycoskie, Founder TOMS Shoe; and many more. Early registration pricing deadline is Tuesday, June 22nd. Register at www.lifecenter.net/events. Use code: WA-Summit Site #82.

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