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KLU brings Brand-focused Digital Marketing to Spokane

Klu, a digital marketing division of Spokane-based marketing firm Klundt Hosmer, offers strategic digital marketing and management, SEO, local listings, content development, and lead generation services. Klu's ownership brings over three decades of professional agency experience to the digital marketing field. The division's digital marketing philosophy is inclusive and client-centered, combining data and award-winning design. Klu's Google-certified strategists work closely with the creative team at Klundt Hosmer, Klu's parent company, to achieve high-performing, visually-appealing creative campaigns.

Klu offers paid search/PPC, targeted display and retargeting ads, Google Business Listing management, SEO, and data analytics. Strategists develop the campaign approach, then implement and manage campaigns in-house through digital media outlets including Google Ads, Bing, private ad networks, and paid social media. Klu's capacity provides marketers with timely data insights, enables them to quickly pivot strategy and adapt campaigns to the changing landscape of measured analytics. This results in marketing decisions based on data, not 'gut feelings'.

The Klu digital marketing team includes Jean Klundt, Diane Mahan, Cody Hanson, and Megan Upton. The website is kludigital.com.

Spokane Symphony's 74th Season announced

The Spokane Symphony announces its 2019-2020 concert season with exciting changes: a new Music Director will be announced in June; 'Classics' are now called 'Masterworks'; children aged 17 and under may get a free ticket for any Masterworks concert; movies return to The Fox with three 'Movies and Music' events, including Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas, PIXAR in Concert, and STAR WARS: A New Hope. The new season of the Spokane Symphony starts with Masterworks 1: American Rhythms, on September 14, 2019.

"The new season of the Spokane Symphony will bring great music and top-notch guest artists and fascinating events to Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, thanks to our talented orchestra musicians and innovative programming. We look forward to celebrating historical anniversaries-from Beethoven's 250th birthday to the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. With the kick-off of Symphony Pops with 'James Bond-The Music' to Vanessa Williams starring in Holiday Pops, there's going to be something for everyone in the new season," said Spokane Symphony Executive Director Jeff vom Saal.

The Spokane Symphony adds specials throughout the year that are not included in packages. Current and new subscribers get the first chance to buy seats for these events. Specials during the 74th season include Ancient Tales of Magic: Music of Harry Potter and other Halloween Favorites; Holiday Pops with Vanessa Williams; The Nutcracker Ballet; New Year's Eve with Beethoven's Ninth; Opening Night Gala; and Coffee & Classics. Tickets for all events (except the Opening Night Gala depend on seat location.)

Tickets are now on sale for returning and new subscribers at www.spokanesymphony.org or through the box office at Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, or by phone at 509-624-1200.

Annual Spokane Home & Garden Show coming April 19-21

The Spokane Home Builders Association presents the 43rd Annual Spring Spokane Home & Garden Show to be held, Friday, April 19 through Sunday, April 21 at the Spokane Convention Center. The Spokane Home & Garden Show is focused on building, renovation, landscaping, design and decor. New and returning exciting highlights have been added for the 2019 show.

Keynote speaker is Taniya Nayak, popular HGTV host. Nayak will be meeting the public on Friday at 3:30 as well as Saturday at 1p & 3p and presenting her seminar titled, 'Inspired Design'. Back by popular demand, is the 'Barrels & Brews' event from 5-8p on Friday. There will be great prizes, including an Enter to Win Grand Prize complements of Dynamic Decks and Jacobs Custom Living. Dynamic Decks is providing the winner with a brand new deck and to complete the setting - patio furniture from Jacobs Custom Living. Total package is valued over $15,000. Show attendees are able to enter to win the Grand Prize each day, and in addition, door prize giveaways, provided by vendors, occur at various times throughout the weekend. Also, the Easter Bunny will make a special appearance at this year's show.

Show hours are Friday 12 noon-8pm; Saturday 10am-7pm; Sunday 10am-5pm. Cost is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors & military, children 12 and under are free. For more information, visit www.spokanehomeshows.com or find them on Facebook.

Special Glassblowing demonstrations at the MAC April 4-6

See glassblowing up close and personal at the Mobile Hot Shop, this Thursday through Saturday, April 4, 5 and 6 from 10 am-5 pm. In conjunction with Luminous: Dale Chihuly and the Studio Glass Movement, the MAC is bringing in a fully-equipped glassblowing studio on wheels, so you can experience the magical transformation of molten glass into works of art. You'll see live glassmaking demonstrations by two talented glass artists with an emcee who will answer your questions and explain the techniques used by the artists. Demonstrations are free with regular admission, and an additional fee applies for the 'hands-on' experience.

For cost and additional information, visit northwestmuseum.org.

Washington Trust Bank purchases Wells Fargo Center

Washington Trust Bank has purchased the 17-story, 192,000-square-foot Wells Fargo Center Building at 601 W. First Avenue from Inland Northwest Health Services. INHS occupies 45 percent of the space but will be moving within three years. The name of the building will not change. Kiemle and Hagood's Carl Guenzel was the broker.

YWCA Spokane announces Kalispel Tribe of Indians as Community Partner of the Year

Last week, YWCA Spokane presented Kalispel Tribe of Indians with their annual Community Partner Award at the agency's Partners In Progress annual meeting. The Tribe is one of YWCA Spokane's largest long-term supporters, with nearly 20 years of commitment to the agency's work of eliminating racism, empowering women, standing up for social justice, helping families, and strengthening communities. Kaispel Tribe of Indians has donated more than $18 million to local nonprofits in Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties, including nearly $500,000 to YWCA Spokane.

In 2018, Kalispel Tribe of Indians became one of four Mission Partners to YWCA Spokane with a significant 3-year financial commitment that provides a lifeline for women and children in Spokane who are impacted by domestic violence, homelessness, and unemployment.

2018 Partners In Progress Award Honorees

Community Partner Award
Kalispel Tribe of Indians, YWCA Mission Partner

Sir Lancelot Leadership Award
Phyllis Fernandez, Community Partner

Volunteer Shining Star Awards
Amanda Swan, Development Department
Ron Wilson, Domestic Violence Safe Shelter
Claire Carden, Domestic Violence Civil Legal Program
Gabriella Baretti, Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy
Elizabeth Olson, Women's Opportunity Center
Soul to Soles, Leanne Southerly and Harriett Jackson, Early Childhood Education & Assistance Program (ECEAP)

Employee Shining Star Awards
Sherra Bayman, Nutritional Services Coordinator
Jennifer Haynes, Director of Housing
Rachel Cooper, Civil Legal Department Paralegal
Britta Howard, Domestic Violence Counseling Center Advocate
Patricia Portier, Front Desk Receptionist

More information is available at ywcaspokane.org.

Don Kardong's Signature Ice Cream is now available at Sweet Peaks Ice Cream in Spokane

Bloomsday and Sweet Peaks Ice Cream have partnered to celebrate Don Kardong, Bloomsday Founder, Race Director, and Ice Cream Aficionado with his very own signature ice cream. Kardong's ice cream, appropriately titled 'Darkness and Chaos,' a huckleberry ice cream with a fudge swirl and chocolate chunks, is now available at Sweet Peaks Ice Cream's downtown Spokane location at 415 West Main Ave. They will be offering $1 off to those who purchase Darkness and Chaos today from noon to close today, April 1. Darkness and Chaos, will be available at Sweet Peaks through the month of May at the Spokane store, as well as at Bloomsday's Trade Show on May 3 & 4.

Ramada by Wyndham at Spokane Airport receives award

Ramada by Wyndham at Spokane Airport has been presented with the 'Best Of' Award. CEO Geoff Ballotti of Wyndham Hotels & Resorts states "As a global family of brands, it's important to recognize and reward the outstanding hotels who truly make a difference." The 'Best Of' awards are presented annually to an elite group of hotels that are evaluated on specific criteria including: Hotel Quality, guest feedback and Wyndham Reward compliance. These hotels and their teams bring the spirit of hospitality to life and fuel the success of WH & R's many brands.

The Business Thought of the Week

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