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Restaurants & Retail: 7 Wonders spa opens in Spokane Valley

7 Wonders Beauty Spa and Wellness has opened in the former Evergreen Wellness Center, at 10 N. Evergreen Road. Ann Cao says she purchased the 6,000-square-foot building in August and worked with a local independent contractor to remodel its interior spa...

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Spokane-area building permit volume breaks record

Building permit values for Spokane County, the city of Spokane, and the city of Spokane Valley’s combined hit $1.13 billion in 2017, a record high, records indicate. That’s greater than the previous record from 2013, which totaled $1.03 billion....

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Old Factory Outlets spaces to fill up in Post Falls

The former Post Falls Factory Outlets complex and the neighboring Post Falls Factory Stores building, both of which have been mostly vacant for roughly a decade, will be mostly occupied by the end of the year, current owners say. “I think it’s going...

The Journal’s View: Capital budget, Hirst fix are good start for Legislature

It’s encouraging to see last year’s Washington state Senate standoff—that tied together two separate bills regarding the Hirst Decision and the capital budget—has ended early this legislative session, although, judging by the outcome, it’s still...

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Highwood Global sparks life into old plant

A relative newcomer to the Spokane-area manufacturing sector, Highwood Global LP is developing reputation for creating big things at the former R.A. Hanson Co. industrial campus north of Hillyard, claims company president Kevin Kerr. Having grown into it...

Guest Commentary by Paul Guppy: Bill would limit speech, privacy for individuals

Some lawmakers in Olympia think we have too much freedom of speech. The bill cleverly branded as the DISCLOSE Act would impose state monitoring of certain activities by nonprofits. Sponsors of the bill want to expand state power over public speech and ci...

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The Need For LEED

The popularity of LEED certification programs has diminished in recent years as building and energy codes have strengthened, some Spokane-area engineers and architects say. LEED, short for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a certification p...

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Bear Minimum: Cooking up survival gear

Running a Spokane online business selling collapsible cook pots for camping or survival boils down to a fascination with cool gear, says founder Cory Santiago. His appreciation for handy tools led Santiago a few years ago to brainstorm about developing a...

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Homes sales rise; foreclosures plummet in Spokane

Spokane-area single-family home purchases are expected to surpass the record reached in 2005, three years before the start of the Great Recession, says Rob Higgins, executive vice president of the Spokane Association of Realtors. Last year, 8,137 single-...

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In most cases, new tax law is good for business

The recently passed, voluminous Tax Cuts and Jobs Act contains several big changes, many of which are expected to benefit businesses, Spokane tax advisers say. Anson Avery, accountant and owner of Anson Avery CPA PLLC, says he’s already put in over 6...

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