Spokane Journal of Business

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Wolffy’s Hamburgers closes in University District

Wolffy’s Hamburger restaurant at 1229 N. Hamilton, near Gonzaga University, served its last hamburger on the night of Jan. 16. Largely a COVID-19 casualty, the restaurant closed due to the continued statewide restrictions imposed in the continued...

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Dragseth hits road with mobile frame design shop

Custom art designer and framer Treasure Dragseth says her mobile business, Treasure It? Frame It!, is quickly gaining traction. For several years, Dragseth has run her own art and frame shop out of her home on Long Lake in the Suncrest neighborhood...

Mixed-use project eyed at old McKinley school building

A $4 million overhaul is planned for the former McKinley School, located at 120 N. Magnolia, in Spokane’s East Central neighborhood, according to predevelopment plans on file with the city of Spokane. The plans call for the four-story structure to be r...

Panda Express to rise at White Elephant’s North Division site

A Panda Express restaurant is planned at the site of the former White Elephant retail store on North Division Street, according to a building permit application submitted to the city by a Midwest-based architecture company....

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Top 25 Spokane-area business stories of 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic dominated news headlines in 2020 and served as the subtext for many of the significant business decisions made in the Spokane area during the year. With that backdrop, the Inland Northwest business community experienced a number of...

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Beer Here: Entrepreneurs seek to capitalize on love of suds in coronavirus era

Tim Loucks and Tyler Cossey have never met, but the two Eastern Washington University business school alums have something in common: They’re trying to find their riches in beer. Loucks, 42, is looking to innovate keg storage of brews, and Cossey...

New owners take over at The Ref sports bar in Spokane Valley

A new ownership group at The Ref sports bar, in Spokane Valley, says it plans to open its kitchen for take-out and delivery starting Monday, Dec. 21. It’s one of two business plans operating partners Casey Garland, Rakesh Kaushal, and Hilary Yarno have...

Economic models show bump in retail activity next year

While many of 2020’s economic challenges due to COVID-19 will carry into next year, the most recent forecast for the state’s retail industry shows more promise than first expected. At press time, the Washington state Department of Revenue’s most ...

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Gee Automotive acquires Boise-based Lyle Pearson Auto Group

Gee Automotive Group, of Liberty Lake, has acquired Boise-based Lyle Pearson Auto Group. Ryan Gee, CEO of Gee Automotive Group, declines to disclose the terms of the transaction, which closed Nov. 18....

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Q&A with Storybook Trees owner Emory Clark

At age 81, Emory Clark is just about as spry and enthusiastic as he was at age 14. That’s when he started selling wild, hand-cut Christmas trees to a friend’s uncle. Decades later, he still harvests wild trees, which he sells wholesale. ...

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