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Past articles by Tom:

Restaurant, bar design features test hearing, patience

Busy establishments test hearing, patience. → Read More

Scott Chesney lands job at financing startup - The Spokesman-Review

Former Spokane city planning director Scott Chesney has been hired for a new position at a Spokane startup, Columbia International Finance. → Read More

Red Lion purchases Baltimore property for 130-room hotel - The Spokesman-Review

Spokane-based Red Lion Hotels has purchased a downtown Baltimore building with plans to convert it into a 130-room hotel, marking the first East Coast property in the company’s 50-year history. The deal underscores the company’s business shift from being a West Coast company to one with hotels spread across the nation’s top markets, company officials say. → Read More

Northwest Farm Credit Services buys Ambassadors building for $9 million - The Spokesman-Review

Northwest Farm Credit Services, a financial services company serving regional farmers, has purchased the Ambassadors Group building for $9 million. The 133,000-square foot building was constructed in 2006 by Ambassadors, a travel company that promotes cultural trips under the People to People banner. → Read More

Trader Joe’s coming to north Spokane in 2015 - The Spokesman-Review

California grocery retailer Trader Joe’s plans to open its second store in Spokane next year, taking space at the Franklin Park Mall. The popular Southern California-based company has leased 12,100 square feet in the north Spokane retail mall at 5420 N. Division St., company spokeswoman Alison Mochizuki said. → Read More

Trader Joe's to open second Spokane store - The Spokesman-Review

California grocery retailer Trader Joe’s plans to open its second store in Spokane next year, taking space at the Franklin Park Mall. → Read More

Home sales increase in Spokane County - The Spokesman-Review

Spokane County home sales in October jumped to 562, up from 504 closed sales in September. But more sales didn’t mean higher prices. → Read More

Company leaving Post Falls; 260 jobs to be lost - The Spokesman-Review

A manufacturing company that Idaho officials recruited to much fanfare in 1994 announced on Thursday it will close its Post Falls site within two years, laying off 260 workers. Kimball International, which moved a California operation to Post Falls 20 years ago, plans to save costs and improve its product line by moving the jobs to three of its Indiana factories. Another factor is a significant… → Read More

Shriners hospitals to give gay couples benefits after Spokane complaint - The Spokesman-Review

Starting Jan. 1, Spokane’s Shriners Hospital for Children will extend health benefits for same-sex married partners, a change that followed a call by a hospital worker to the Washington attorney general’s office. The change will take place at all 22 Shriners hospitals in the nation, said Spokane’s administrator, Peter Brewer. → Read More

Valley’s ATC Manufacturing moving to Idaho for tax breaks - The Spokesman-Review

A Spokane Valley company that makes parts for Boeing and other aerospace companies is moving to Post Falls next year to take advantage of a new Idaho tax break. Advanced Thermoplastic Composites Manufacturing, also known as ATC, will transfer its 70 jobs from Spokane Valley, and expects to add about 50 jobs in several years. → Read More

Beardbrand to jump into the Shark Tank - The Spokesman-Review

Spokane startup Beardbrand, a men’s grooming products company, will compete for financial backing during Friday’s network TV show “Shark Tank.” → Read More

Spokane meters will allow drivers to monitor, pay for spots with phones - The Spokesman-Review

One day your car will robotically drive you to your destination and park itself without your help. The chip in your cellphone will beep a command to the automated meter and with a swipe of the phone screen you’ll pay for the time you need. Or you’ll just tell the phone, “give me two hours.” Spokane drivers can get a first look at parking of the future later this year when the city of Spokane… → Read More

Huppin to receive national honor - The Spokesman-Review

Spokane businessman Murray Huppin will be recognized by the Anti-Defamation League next month, an honor he calls the most satisfying of his three-decade career. Huppin, 54, is president and CEO of Spokane-based consumer electronics retailer Huppin’s and its OneCall online division. → Read More

Cyan agrees to ‘Myst’ TV deal - The Spokesman-Review

“Myst,” the popular Spokane-made video game that became a cultural icon, will be turned into a live-action TV series. Cyan Worlds, the maker of “Myst” and several later versions of the game, announced it has signed a deal with Burbank, California-based Legendary Pictures to make a video version of the time-traveling story on which the game is based. → Read More

Judge rules in case of foreclosed Lake CdA mansion - The Spokesman-Review

An Arizona developer who lost his Lake Coeur d’Alene luxury home to foreclosure this spring doesn’t have to return most of the items he took from the property before the new owner moved in, a bankruptcy judge said. Denny Ryerson, 69 and a Gonzaga University regent, lost his 11,000-square-foot lakeside mansion on Mica Bay after defaulting on bank loans. → Read More

Four Oz Fitness locations sold - The Spokesman-Review

Two Spokane-born business owners who have operated gyms in the Seattle area have purchased four Oz Fitness locations in Spokane and plan to spend more than $1 million to upgrade the facilities and training equipment. → Read More

LG G Watch wearer says device worth a try - The Spokesman-Review

Some tech industry watchers say Tuesday’s announcement of Apple’s new smartwatch could change how people think of wearable technology. The “smart wearable” Apple devices – which will come in three versions – will start at $350. They will be available next year. → Read More

Kendall Yards works to mesh with surrounding neighbors - The Spokesman-Review

Residents at the edges of the Kendall Yards development say the cool downtown Spokane project has boosted their neighborhoods and transformed an eyesore into a bustling civic gathering spot. Still, there are some growing pains. → Read More

Spokane County sees decline in ‘flipped’ home sales - The Spokesman-Review

Spokane County, like much of the nation, saw a decline in “flipped” home sales in the second quarter of this year. RealtyTrac said 55 Spokane homes were sold by flippers in the second quarter, down from 66 in the second quarter a year ago. The company tracks foreclosures and sales nationwide and collects an array of real estate data. → Read More

NorthTown Mall getting an extreme makeover - The Spokesman-Review

The owners of Spokane’s NorthTown Mall are renovating the north-side façade as part of the shopping center’s makeover. Built in the 1950s, then renovated several times since, the city’s oldest shopping mall has looked dingy and unappealing to visitors driving south along Division Street. → Read More