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New amazing sound system installed at the Fox Theater



Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox just installed a new state of the art sound system that has every seat in the house the best seat for sound. The new system debuted Friday and Saturday night at 'The Music of Queen, a Rock Symphony.

It's the largest single investment in the Fox since the restoration 11 years ago. Spokane Symphony Executive Director Jeff Vom Saal describes it as going from a Volkswagen to a Ferrari in terms of improved sound performance. I heard a demo of the new sound system last week and it is amazing.


Justin Kobluk new president of West Coast Entertainment



A familiar Spokane entertainment name is the new President of West Coast Entertainment, as Justin Kobluk takes over from retiring Jack Lucas. Justin's dad, Mike Kobluk was the director of Spokane's Entertainment facilities for many years. Justin brings 30 years of entertainment industry experience to the position, having served as entertainment director for Northern Quest, as well as management at the Tacoma Dome, Everett's Xfinity Arena and the Clark County Event Center.


Chad White to open High Tide Lobster Bar

Spokane's own celebrity Chef Chad White, a contestant on Bravo's Top Chef program is opening High Tide Lobster Bar next month. It's a fast casual New England style walk up lobster counter in the skywalk in the Numerica Building at 502 West Riverside. High Tide will be on the second floor above the credit union's downtown branch. It was formerly a Thomas Hammer coffee shop.

Pacific Fruit and Produce warehouse to become a restaurant



The 97-year-old, 8,960-square-foot brick Pacific Fruit and Produce building at 102 East Main is being transformed into a restaurant, coffee shop and new offices, conference rooms and other spaces for JMK & Associates financial advisory company and building owner, which will be moving from their current offices at 421 West Riverside. Other tenants have not been announced. HDG Architecture is the firm in charge of the $800,000 renovation, which includes a new concrete floor and new windows, The building's classic brick and heavy timber will be saved and the original loading dock will be redesigned for a restaurant patio. The old 'Pacific Fruit & Produce Co.' signs will be maintained as a design element in the building.

The project is expected to be complete by September.


Camp Fire Candy Sale is going on now through Feb. 24



Camp Fire Inland Northwest's annual Candy Sale is going on now through February 24. Camp Fire Kids ages pre-kindergarten through high school will hit neighborhoods and store-fronts in Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho, hoping for sweet success.

While the candy sale only runs for a short time each year, the children learn lessons that last a lifetime. Youth learn life-skills such as confidence, integrity, persistence, goal setting, money management and personal responsibility. These skills enable them to become successful adults and community-minded leaders. They also earn their way to attend summer camp and other experiences.

Candy Sale product choices include the famous chocolate mint patties, caramel almond clusters, Almond Roca, P'Nuttles toffee peanuts and Camp Snax trail mix. Each package is $6. Proceeds from the sale support Camp Fire's youth programs, and more importantly, give kids the opportunity to attend summer camp at Camp Dart-Lo in Spokane or Camp Sweyolakan on Lake Coeur d'Alene. For many kids, summer camp is the best week of summer, and Camp Fire believes all kids should have the opportunity to attend.

You can find Camp Fire sellers at Rosauer's, Super 1 Foods, Yoke's, Fred Meyer, Kmart, Cabela's and select area Wal-Mart stores in the Spokane and Coeur d'Alene areas.


Downtown Spokane Partnership 2019 Annual Meeting



On Thursday, February 28, the Downtown Spokane Partnership presents the 2019 Annual Meeting featuring Keynote Speaker, Kate Joncas.

For 20 years Joncas served as the CEO of the Downtown Seattle Association, guiding one of the most successful revitalization projects in the country, creating a vibrant downtown Seattle with robust retail, transportation and jobs, thousands of residents, and a growing, diverse economy. Prior to that she assisted dozens of communities through the design and implementation of successful downtown revitalization strategies at the National Main Street Center and the Oregon Downtown Development Association.

As Seattle Deputy Mayor from 2014-2017, Joncas managed City operations, led complex intergovernmental projects - including major waterfront redevelopment and Convention Center expansion - and developed a nationally recognized government performance initiative.

The cost is $35 per person for Members and Ratepayers, $40 per person for Non-Members and Ratepayers. Tickets are available at www.downtownspokane.org.


Annual Gem of the Valley Awards



The Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce held its annual Gem of the Valley Awards Gala on Friday, January 18. This ceremony honors the businesses and individuals that make our community a better place to live, work and do business. The award winners exemplify excellence through proven growth, innovation, business and community achievements.

This year's Gem of the Valley Awards recipients were:

Citizen of the Year - Jim Frank, Principal & CEO of Greenstone Homes
Heart of the Community - Mary Anne Ruddis, Elevations
Entrepreneur of the Year - Andrea Josh Wallgren, Adorkable Flowers Gifts
Nonprofit of the Year - HUB Sports Center
Small Business - Arbor Crest Wine Cellars
Medium Business - Sportsman's Warehouse
Large Business - Numerica Credit Union
Chamber Volunteer of the Year - Wanda Buddrius, BECU
Chamber Ambassador of the Year - Ted Schmidt, ActionCOACH
Lifetime Achievement Award - Lynn Schindler

Greater Spokane Inc. Promotes Business Development Staff

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) announces recent staff promotions in support of Business Development activities and the growth of local jobs and Spokane regional economy.

Alisha Benson, Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer
As Chief Strategy & Business Development Officer, Alisha leads strategic efforts for the organization with the focus of creating greater growth and talent in the greater Spokane community, which includes the alignment of business growth, business services, and talent initiatives.

Drew Repp, Business Growth Director
Drew serves as business development lead, responsible for the implementation of business recruitment strategies, project management, lead distribution, coordination of business growth tools, and business growth reporting and tracking.

Aleesha Brock, Business Growth Coordinator
Aleesha provides support for GSI's business development activities and is responsible for project management, market research, and coordination of activities for the development and implementation of strategies to attract and recruit new businesses to the region.

The Business Thought of the Week

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

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