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Be true to your school this Christmas.

The Merck Family's Old World Christmas can help add some school spirit to your holiday spirit with an extensive new line of glass ornaments featuring college logos and colors on jerseys, footballs, basketballs and figures. The collection includes items honoring the WSU Cougars and the U of W Huskies as well as the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and dozens of other schools. Each glass ornament produced for The Merck Family's Old World Christmas is hand-crafted in age-old tradition using the same techniques that originated in the 1800's. Molten glass is mouth-blown into finely carved molds available only to the Merck Family's Old World Christmas, before a hot solution of liquid silver is poured inside. The ornaments are then hand-painted and glittered in a series of labor-intensive steps to achieve the beautiful creations. The collegiate collection is available now at the Old World Christmas Outlet store, 4005 East Main, between Freya and Havana. They're open this holiday season Monday through Friday 11am to 3pm and Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am to 5 pm, selling thousands of their glass ornaments at or below wholesale prices, but sale prices don’t apply to the Collegiate Collection. The website is www.oldworldchristmas.com and the phone number is 509-534-9000.

Ladies Day Out at the Flour Mill tomorrow

The Flour Mill merchants are hosting Ladies Day Out tomorrow with special demonstrations and prices throughout the historic shopping center at 621 West Mallon, across from the Spokane Arena. Merchants and services will be providing free short entertaining, enlightening or helpful events within their shops and suites. Several will provide free samples and fun information:

Wonders of the World presents "The Right Stone for You." Free one half hour presentation on the metaphysical meanings of gemstones and mineral sending in choosing a free mineral gemstone based on what you have learned, 9:30am and 3:30pm. Wonders Beads offers "The exciting world of beads", showing examples of easy creative projects at 2:30pm.

Chocolate Apothecary invites you to taste 3 drinking chocolates for free and vote for your favorite! Held from 12:30-12:45; 2:00-2:15; 3:30-3:45; and 6:00-6:15.

The Kitchen Engine is offering 10% off any purchase when you mention Ladies Day Out.

Old Joe Clarks Photo Studio has $2 instant pictures with you and your friends all day from Noon -5pm. Cashmere is giving a free mini spa service; sign up when you arrive. XS Jewelry offers free jewelry cleaning all day, 10am to 5pm. Queen of Sheba is giving free tastings of Ethiopian Injera Bread from 3 to 3:30.

Elaine at Marguerite's Nail Salon is providing Free Nail Polishing from 3pm to 5pm. And Ho-Ho Teriyaki is having free Tempura Tasting from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

Spokane Tribe hosts Heritage Day tomorrow

The Spokane Tribe of Indians presents their 2nd Annual Heritage Day celebration tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center. Activities for the day include cultural displays and artifacts, story telling by Spokane Tribal Elders, Spokane Tribal Exhibits, an activity center, a mini pow wow and a special ceremony honoring Veterans. You can get more information at www.spokanetribe.com.

Finders Keepers II Expands

In hard economic times when most businesses are scaling down and cutting back, one Spokane business is investing in the future. Finders Keepers II Designer Dress boutique opened four years ago at 18 W. Main, specializing in designer dresses for every occasion. This one of a kind business has just expanded an additional 800 square feet to add a formal dress gallery with over $50,000 in new lines for gala, pageant and prom attire. With the expansion they also hired 3 additional sales people. You can preview some of Finders Keeper's new formal and cocktail attire at the Christmas Tree Elegance's Fashion Shows at the Davenport Hotel. The store is open Monday through Saturday 10-8 and Sunday 10-6. The phone number is 509-624-1251.

Direct to Spokane Business and Industrial Park

DirecTV, Inc. has leased approximately 10,600 square feet of space in Building #33 of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Road, Spokane. Their primary business operation is satellite television installation services, warehousing, storage and distribution.

Apple users networking event at Strong Solutions this Wednesday

Launch Pad is presenting their first Apple Community Meet-Up, Wednesday November 10th, from 4 to 6 pm, at local Apple Partner, Strong Solutions, 1718 East Sprague. The Strong Solutions staff will talk about their many offerings for Apple users while serving beverages and food. For more information and to register go to www.launchpadinw.com.

On Stage Health signs Post Falls Family Medicine

On Stage Health offers a direct agreement between the member and the physician. For a monthly fee, the member receives primary health care with no co-payments, no deductible and no co-insurance. On Stage Health works with insurance agents to add coverage for specialty care and hospitalization. On Stage Health members can now receive primary healthcare with no co-payments, no deductibles and no co-insurance at Post Falls Family Medicine. Two monthly plans are available through this physician group -- the first is $49 for adults and $39 for children under 18. The second plan is $69.

Post Falls Family Medicine is the first group in the Post Falls area as well as the State of Idaho to offer this unique service. They are joining medical groups in Spokane, Colville, Kettle Falls and Richland who are currently offering On Stage Health programs.

To see details regarding this plan, visit: www.OnStageHealth.com, or call Post Falls Family Medicine at 208-773-1577. For questions regarding enrollment online, call 509-475-6237. Employers and Brokers are welcome to promote the program; call 509-475-6237. For additional information or to become a member, visit www.OnStageHealth.com.

New cable for Silver Mountain Gondola

After 20 years of dedicated service, the gondola haul rope at Silver Mountain Resort is being retired and replaced with a new cable. The Silver Mountain Gondola, North America's longest, was put into service in 1990 at Silver Mountain Resort. The new 6.2 mile cable was recently custom manufactured in Switzerland and shipped to Kellogg. The cable arrived on two spools that each weigh over 133,000 pounds. Specialists from all over the world came to Silver Mountain to help with this very complex and time consuming installation process. The project is expected to be completed by November 15th. The old cable will be cut into small sections and shipped to Korea for recycling and a few very small pieces may be sold as souvenirs. You can follow the progress in Silver Mountain's facebook page.

Gonzaga University, a great value in education

Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine ranks Gonzaga University the No. 32 best value among the nation's private universities that deliver a high-quality education at an affordable price. Swarthmore College tops the list of liberal-arts schools while Princeton University heads the private university list.

The annual Kiplinger 100 rankings for 2010-11 will appear in the December 2010 issue of Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine, on newsstands November 9.

Needed: One Warm Coat

The need has never been greater and NorthTown Mall is making it easy to help with a coat drive called One Warm Coat to benefit the Union Gospel Mission. From November 4 to 14, shoppers have the opportunity to make sure everyone in the community has the basic necessity of a warm coat this winter.

NorthTown Mall is collecting new and gently used coats and jackets as part of a One Warm Coat drive. Coats of all sizes are welcome. The Union Gospel Mission is dedicated to distributing reusable coats, free of charge, directly to local children and adults.

Coats can be donated on the first level of the mall near Sears during all mall hours from November 4 to 14. All donated coats will be given to the Union Gospel Mission for distribution to local people in need.

AAA Washington’s Soap for Hope campaign

Many of us start out our day by washing our face and brushing our teeth. But for some with limited incomes, it's a luxury they cannot afford. AAA Washington's third annual Soap for Hope campaign wants to help by collecting your unused and unopened toiletry items and distributing them to persons in need via local shelters, food banks and other charitable organizations. Toiletry items, such as: soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrush, body wash, floss, razors, facial cleansers, hair spray, hair brushes and deodorant will be accepted at all AAA locations in Spokane and Coeur d'Alene, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Downtown Spokane – 1717 W. 4th; North Spokane - 7307 N. Division; Spokane Valley - 13817 E. Sprague; Coeur d'Alene--296 W. Sunset). Donations made at these offices will benefit Transitions, Lutheran Community Services NW Foster Care Program, Hope House, and I-CARE.

Salvation Army needs volunteers for Thanksgiving turkey distribution

Spokane's Salvation Army needs 500 volunteers for this year's Thanksgiving turkey distribution and is looking for local volunteers of all ages. Last year the Salvation Army distributed 6,800 pre packaged Thanksgiving turkey dinners to needy families in our community. This year, they except to hand out up to 8,000 dinners. The Turkey Distribution is two days before Thanksgiving on Tuesday, November 23rd from 8am to 8pm at the Salvation Army's Community Center at 222 E Indiana, Spokane. Shifts are available from 7:30a-12p, 11:30a-4p and 3:30 to 8pm. Duties range from set up, intake of client information, handing out turkeys, and client hospitality. For more information or to volunteer, call 509-329-2743, e-mail at stephanie.scott@usw.salvationarmy.org or visit www.makingspokanebetter.com

LaunchPad INW Moves Offices. To open new LaunchPad Lounge and Training Center

LaunchPad Inland Northwest LLC, the Spokane-based professional-education and social-media services company, already operates the region's most popular online business networking site, www.launchpadinw.com. Soon, it will complement its online presence with the opening of The LaunchPad Lounge and Training Center, a trendy new downtown space where people can work, meet, and network face to face.

LaunchPad INW has leased 1,000 square feet of floor space on the first floor of the 1889 Building, at 120 N. Stevens street. Remodeling work is scheduled to be completed in the next few weeks, and the LaunchPad Lounge and Training Center is expected to open by the end of November. In addition to the first-floor space, the company has taken 1,000 square feet of office space on the third floor of the building and already has moved its operations there.

LaunchPad INW will use the street-level space for its workshops and some networking events, and the company's premium members will have exclusive access to the co-working space, which will provide access to high-speed Internet, printer, copier and other amenities.

Spokane wine enthusiast Josh Wade has leased 2,000 square feet of floor space in the 1889 Building, next to the envisioned LaunchPad Lounge and Training Center. Wade plans to open the Nectar Tasting Room there in early December. The new Tasting Room will feature wines from five wineries representing five different regions of Washington state. Initially, Wade said, Nectar Tasting Room will be open Thursdays from noon to 5 p.m. and Fridays and Saturdays from noon to 9 p.m.

The two spaces will be separated by doors when the Nectar Tasting Room is open. LaunchPad INW has partnered with Nectar, however, so that Nectar will open its doors and allow LaunchPad INW members to work from the space during the day when wine tastings aren't being offered. In return, LaunchPad INW has agreed that Nectar Tasting Room will be the sole provider of wine for all LaunchPad networking events at the facility. The two organizations are finalizing plans for additional shared services, including potential joint-member discounts.

The Business Thought of the Week

"Good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgment." Fred Brooks

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