Spokane Journal of Business

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Gesa Credit Union plans branch in old South Hill Applebee’s

Richland, Washington-based Gesa Credit Union has bought a former Applebee’s restaurant building on Spokane’s South Hill and plans to open a full-service retail branch there, after an envisioned, extensive remodel. The branch is expected to open...


Mixed-use building to rise at Appleway Quarter

A 24-unit mixed-use building under construction at 295 E. Appleway, in Coeur d’Alene, will be the final project to round out the Appleway Quarter development, says Chad Oakland, owner of Coeur d’Alene-based Northwest Realty Group LLC....


Parting Thoughts with The Arc of Spokane’s Sima Tarzaban Thorpe

Sima Tarzaban Thorpe, CEO of The Arc of Spokane, will retire from the post she has held for the past eight years, effective Nov. 17. Thorpe, 62, moved to Spokane in 1988 from Eugene, Oregon. She began her career here teaching at Indian reservations in ...


Credit union memberships grow in Spokane County

Most credit unions in the Spokane area are reporting growing membership totals year-over-year, and some financial leaders here say they expect to see the trend continue into 2024. Membership has increased for 12 of the 18 credit unions that provided in...


Rocket engineer propels Gonzaga engineering program

Ryan Kellogg wanted to be part of a company that was doing important work and where he could be surrounded by people inspired to be part of something greater than themselves. While he was trained as a mechanical engineer, he also had an interest in...


Kids’ clothing retailer outgrows pop-up shops

Graduating from pop-up shops to a storefront in the heart of the Garland District, Spokane Baby Co. has opened its doors at 825 W. Garland. The new store buys, sells, and trades gently used clothes for infants and children ranging in age from newborn...


Remembering Spokane restaurateur Evan Armstrong

Evan Armstrong, a Spokane restaurateur who some say introduced Mexican fast food and full-service restaurants to Spokane, is being remembered by those who worked around him as a fun, daring, generous, and grateful boss and entrepreneur....

Tobler Marina acquired by Seattle Boat Co.

Tobler Marina has been acquired by Supreme Northwest Inc., which does business as Seattle Boat Co. The Hayden-based company will continue operating under the same name and won’t undergo any major operational changes, says Patrick Green, general ...


Sparks Weekend to attract 30-plus competitors

More than 30 competitors are signed up to participate in this year’s Sparks Weekend, an annual three-day event that provides Inland Northwest entrepreneurs with a space to pitch their business ideas. The event will be held Friday, Nov. 17, to Sunday...

West Side company acquires K&N Electric

Spokane Valley-based K&N Electric Motors Inc. has been acquired by Bellevue, Washington-based Impel Co., says former K&N President and CEO Janet Schmidlkofer. The two companies completed the transaction Nov. 1, Schmidlkofer says. ...

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