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Magner Sanborn shows off new offices at Riverside and Post

Ad agency Magner Sanborn held an open house at their sleek new Spokane offices Wednesday on three floors at 11 N. Post, complete with appetizers, beverages, a DJ and a magician. One of the most interesting parts of their tour was a billboard across the street atop the Global Credit Union Building, visible from their conference room. The simple message, THINK, provides inspiration to the highly creative team during meetings. Headed by Dennis Magner and Jeff Sanborn, the 25 person agency also has offices in Seattle and San Diego. The website is www.magnersanborn.com. [View More]

FORE! Women opens in new location at 5005 North Division

FORE! Women, Spokane's specialty golf shop for women has opened in a new space at 5005 North Division Street next to Wide World of Golf. They are celebrating their grand reopening this week on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the 18, 19 and 20th of November. Fore! Women is having have door prize drawings and all regular priced items in the shop excluding Jamie Sadock and Sandbaggers will be 10% off. We also have a huge sale rack with a variety of items discounted. FORE! Women offers unique apparel and accessories for the lady golfer including gloves, head covers and ball markers. They also carry apparel designed for active and leisure wear. FORE! Women offers a wide variety of golf shoes with a selection you won't be able to find anywhere else in Spokane. They're open Monday Thru Saturday 10:00 to 6:00. The phone number is 509-624-5204 and the website is www.golforewomen.com.

Red Lion Hotels announces two new franchises and new chief financial officer

Red Lion Hotels Corporation's franchise development team announced that it has signed franchise license agreements with two owners of Northern California hotels. The first property will be a Red Lion Inn, located in Rancho Cordova, near Sacramento. The hotel was originally built as a Fairfield Inn by Marriott. This 111-room limited service hotel is expected to open as a Red Lion Inn in January 2011.

The second property will be the Red Lion Hotel Oakland International Airport. This property is an independent full service airport hotel with 189 rooms, and is expected to be converted to a Red Lion in early 2011.

Also Red Lion Hotels Corporation has hired Dan Jackson as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Jackson has been involved in senior level finance and strategic planning for more than 20 years, has significant experience in the hospitality industry and possesses a proven record of motivating and building strong teams.

Jackson was formerly executive vice president and CFO for KinderCare Learning Centers, Inc. and its successor, Knowledge Learning Corporation. Prior to KinderCare, Jackson was Vice President and Controller for Red Lion Hotels, Inc. when it was held by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. During his 12 year tenure at Red Lion, he was responsible for the financial operations of over 50 hotels and was instrumental in the company's initial public offering and subsequent sale to Doubletree Hotels.

Red Lion Hotels Corporation is a hospitality and leisure company primarily engaged in the ownership, operation and franchising of midscale full, select and limited service hotels under its Red Lion® brand. As of June 30, 2010, the RLH hotel network was comprised of 43 hotels located in eight states and one Canadian province, with 8,383 rooms and 419,987 square feet of meeting space. The company also owns and operates an entertainment and event ticket distribution business. The website is www.redlion.com.

Disney on Ice this week at the Spokane Arena

Mickey and Minnie Mouse are in Spokane for this week's Disney on Ice performance of "Let's Celebrate," which features more than 50 Disney characters from 16 different shows. Disney on Ice is at the Arena for eight shows Wednesday November 17th through Sunday November 21st. Ticketswest has your seats.

GSI's annual Economic Forecast is tomorrow

Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) will host their 13th Annual Economic Forecast tomorrow with Dr. John W. Mitchell of M&H Economic Consultants and Dr. Grant Forsyth, a professor of economics at Eastern Washington University, as keynote speakers. Mitchell has been presenting at the GSI or Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Forecasts for more than ten years. Forsyth has been a presenter the past seven years.

More than 600 attendees are expected at the event which starts at 7:30 a.m. and concludes at 9:30 a.m. at The Spokane Convention Center. Registration can be accessed by going to events.greaterspokane.org. The cost is $35. Attendees will have the chance to win two round-trip airline tickets from Southwest Airlines.

Mayor Verner to host small business meeting Thursday

Mayor Mary Verner will host a discussion about the issues facing small businesses in Spokane on Thursday, November 18. The event, called "Let's Talk: A Conversation with Mayor Verner about our Small Business Community," will be held in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

During the event, the Mayor will be joined by three small business owners who will talk about their challenges during this time of recession.

In addition, the City will unveil the results of its small business survey, which looks at economic conditions, workforce issues, access to capital, and local government's role. The City is collecting responses on the survey through Nov. 14; it is available through the following link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/SpokaneSurveyofSmallBusinesses.

For those who can't make it in person, the discussion also will be shown live on CityCable 5, the City of Spokane's government access cable station that's found on channel 5 on the Comcast cable system in Spokane, and streamed on the City's web site at www.spokanecity.org. Click on "Watch it Live" under the CityCable 5 graphic.

New shops at River Park Square

River Park Square ushers in the holiday season this month with new permanent and seasonal retailers creating a one-of-a-kind shopping experience in Spokane's urban core. Jos. A Bank is the latest of the new permanent arrivals. River Park Square has also welcomed a mix of seasonal shops and kiosks.

Jos. A. Bank opened its new River Park Square location this week. The recently remodeled store has street-level access at 706 West Main Avenue and approximately 25,000-square-feet next to the Apple Store. The menswear retailer moved from West 809, which will be converted to Mobius Science Center next year. Jos. A. Bank offers a full selection of men's tailored and casual clothing, footwear and accessories at price points below competitors. The 105-year-old company opens its 500th U.S. store last week. River Park Square is the retailer's only location in Spokane. The men's retailer joins several new merchants that opened earlier this year, including the Apple Store, Auntie's at the Square, and Oil & Vinegar. All are preparing for their first holiday season at River Park Square.

Madison Home Holiday Store: This home boutique, located at the top of the main floor escalators, offers a variety of select holiday décor items, furniture and gift ideas for the holiday home.

Calendar Club: Located on the third floor this specialty shops boasts one of the most extensive and diverse selections of calendars for the coming year found anywhere.

Game Kiosk: The latest games, puzzles and diversions for family fun are featured in this free-standing kiosk beside the main floor escalators.

In addition to new retailers, River Park Square joins the community in eagerly awaiting the opening of Sushi Maru, a kaiten-style restaurant known for its entertaining and interactive dining experience. Extensive remodeling of the main floor space formerly occupied by Sawtooth Grill is expected to be completed in mid-December.

These newcomers join more than 55 established merchants at River Park Square featuring a wide variety of fashion, home decor and specialty gifts, as well as fine and casual dining opportunities and entertainment options. Visit www.riverparksquare.com.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Supports U.S. Troops

Spokane's Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, owned by Rachelle Blackmer is running a "Fudge for Troops" promotion throughout the month of November to benefit U.S. service men and women. Customers who purchase one pound of fudge in-store will have an additional one pound of fudge donated to Blue Star Mothers to be added to care packages sent to U.S. service men and women overseas. Blue Star Mothers of America, Inc. is a nonprofit veterans service organization composed of mothers who now have, or have had, children serving in the military.

Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, located at 506 N. Sullivan Road, Suite E, in the Spokane Valley is a locally owned franchise gourmet chocolate store specializing in handmade chocolates, caramel apples, dipped strawberries and specialty gifting. The phone number is 509-927-7623 and the website is www.rmcfspokane.com.

Learn the basics of solar power at Eco Depot

Eco Depot, 1326 E Sprague Avenue, will be teaching a class on solar power Saturday, November 20 beginning at 9:00 am until noon. Learn the basics of Solar Power and the information necessary to make an educated decision on Solar Power installation. Pre-registration is required. Cost of class is $35.00 per person and includes a catalog and educational materials. For more information, please contact Nadine Sullivan at 1-509-924-8803.

Spokane Magazine company launches new group coupon site

A new group coupon site is launching in Spokane, with local owners, a promise to keep the funds in Spokane and a charity component that makes it different from national group coupon sites. Called "The Deal Planet" the site is owned by Bozzi Media and Se7en LLC, a local marketing firm owned by Ramsey Pruchnic and Rockwell Rutter.

The first week will include offers of at least fifty percent off from Sante Restaurant, Rockwood Aesthetics Center, and Shape Salon. Each business, which gets to be the "Shining Star" for the day, will be blasted to over 30,000 names on the Deal Planet's email list, and once the offers start coming, the numbers are expected to spread as friends share the deals with friends.

How does it all work? First The Deal Planet finds a restaurant or salon or service that would like to attract customers by offering a one-day-only deep discount, such as $20 for a $40 restaurant certificate. People who have registered with The Deal Planet at www.thedealplanet.com will receive an email early in the morning. They can purchase it that day only and are encouraged to share the offer with their friends. They pay the $20 and receive a numbered certificate by email to use at the restaurant. Half the earnings are sent to the restaurant within five business days so they have access to the funds that may be needed to carry out the offer. The customer receives a good deal, the restaurant may gain a new long-term customer, and instead of paying for advertising the message to over 30,000 local email users, the business, in effect, pays for their ad by virtue of having provided their product at discount. For more information go to www.thedealplanet.com.

Fat Daddy's Pizza celebrates 10 years this weekend

Fat Daddy's Pizza is celebrating their 10 year anniversary this coming weekend, and is offering any pizza from their brick-lined oven for $10 (Dine in and carryout). The promotion runs all day this coming Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 19-21, Fat Daddy's is at 12424 North Division, right next door to the Village Centre Cinemas in the Wandermere Mall. The phone number is 509-464-3644.

NAC|Architecture Among Nation’s Fastest-Growing Architecture Firms

NAC|Architecture has earned the distinction of being on The Zweig Letter "Hot Firm 2010 List" of the 175 fastest-growing architecture, engineering and environmental consulting firms in the country, making this the third straight year NAC|Architecture has appeared on the prestigious list. Inclusion on the annual list - compiled by ZweigWhite, a management consulting and research firm - is based on percentage revenue growth as well as absolute dollar revenue growth over a three-year period.

With origins in 1960, NAC|Architecture specializes in planning, design, engineering, and capital facilities consulting services. From offices in Seattle, Spokane, Los Angeles and Denver, the firm's 150 professionals create sustainable environments for learning, healing and human development. For more information, visit www.nacarchitecture.com.

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"One day in retrospect, the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful." Sigmund Freud

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