Spokane Journal of Business

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Dragon’s Fury opens on North Side

A new game store called Dragon’s Fury Games & Anime opened last week just north of the NorthTown Mall, at 41 E. Queen. The shop is co-owned by Spokane native Nikita Countryman and her husband, Russell, who recently moved to back to Spokane from Seattle...

Two Women Vintage reopens on Sprague

Vintage gift store Two Women Vintage Goods has moved from its former space at 112 S. Cedar in downtown Spokane to a new location at 2012 E. Sprague. The business, which is co-owned by Dianna Chelf and her daughter, Fielding Chelf, began in 2008 ...

Noncompete agreements growing in use in Spokane

Covenants not to compete, also known as noncompete clauses, have taken on greater significance in the Inland Northwest as the region builds on white-collar economic sectors, including medical care, finance, and technology. The proliferation of new ...

The Journal’s View: School, city bond measures should receive voter approval

Spokane Public Schools has a proven track record of delivering on the promises it makes when trusted with tax money for capital projects. Consequently, voters should do what they’ve done repeatedly in recent years: Support the district’s construction ...

Guest Commentary: Tariffs won’t solve long-term U.S.-China trade problems

For months we have listened to rhetoric that the trade war against China was due to their theft of U.S. technology. Then, in early July the U.S. placed additional tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese exports, leading to retaliation from China targeting U.S. ...

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2018 Best Places to Work in the Inland Northwest

On Sept. 26, 2018, some of the top employers in our region gathered at the Spokane Convention Center to celebrate their employees and what it means to have an engaged workplace culture. ...

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Etailz Evolution: Online retailer is growing post acquisition

Nearly two years after it was acquired by Trans World Entertainment Corp. for $75 million, Spokane-based online retailer etailz Inc. is expanding its offerings, adding employees, and increasing its sales. “While much has changed over the years, we’ve...

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Proposed silicon smelter near Newport brings out FANSS, CANSS

A Canadian company’s proposal to construct a silicon smelting facility on a 188-acre site about 1.5 miles south of the town of Newport, Wash., has caused a rift in the community of about 1,200 residents. PacWest Silicon, a subsidiary of Edmonton...

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Zenbivy LLC: Sleeping bags, camping beds are a sleeper hit

Michael Glavin says he’s seeking to turn both the sleeping bag industry and the retail world on their heads with his camping gear company, Spokane-based Zenbivy LLC. The company’s primary product is a combined sleeping bag and camping bed that...

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2018 Journal of Business Rising Stars

In the five years that Brooke Baker Spink has worked for Baker Construction & Development Inc., she's helped secure more than $40 million in construction work. But it was work in another industry in which Baker Spink, 32, learned how to build sales. Af...

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