Spokane Journal of Business

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Changes in Cheney: A downtown revitalization effort

A group of businesspeople in Cheney are sowing early seeds of a plan to re-energize the farm-and-college town’s downtown. It’s an effort that some involved say could have a blossoming effect for the entire city of 11,900 people that’s a 20-minute ...

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Fannie’s Ice Pops: When cold treats become a hot product

Long before she envisioned selling ice pops from a cart attached to a bicycle, Mandolyn Hume was freezing her children’s leftover smoothies to make refreshing summertime treats. “We lived by Manito Park, so the ice cream truck would come by multiple ...

Complex permits for food establishments is on the rise

Despite an uptick in the number of food establishments applying for complex permits, Spokane Regional Health District inspectors say the number of health inspections that result in code violations or reinspections hasn’t increased. Steven Main, food sa...

Fiber retailer Hook Needle & Nook weaves into North Monroe space

A new yarn shop called Hook & Needle Nook LLC has opened in a 1,700-square-foot leased space in the St. Cloud Building at 1508 N. Monroe. Owner and manager Esther Wheeler says the business opened in early June. “We have two suites; one is filled wit...

New BBQ food truck rolls out

Spokane barbecue enthusiast Al Batson is preparing to roll out a new truck, (m)EAT BBQ, which will serve barbecued beef, pork, chicken, and other offerings. Batson says he’s currently a member of the Greater Spokane Food Truck Association, so his truc...

Airport Ramada revamps courtyard

The Ramada by Wyndham at Spokane Airport, 8909 W. Airport Drive, plans to add new outdoor features to its courtyard space. The hotel’s general manager, Denise Vickerman, says the 30,800-square-foot space formerly housed an outdoor pool, which has been...

Orlison Brewing closes taproom, retains brand

Orlison Brewing Co. has closed its taproom, Orlison Brewing Co. Tavern, at 1017 W. First. According to a posting on the company’s Facebook page, Orlison Brewing has entered into an exclusive contract to use its production facility to manufacture beer f...

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Farm to Phone at Share.Farm

Two entrepreneurs from Whitworth University are launching a free app that they claim could change the way farmer’s market vendors and customers interact. Vince Peak, CEO of Share.Farm Inc., teamed up with Eric Kobe, the company’s chief security offi...

Zaycon Fresh suspends operations

Zaycon Foods LLC, a Spokane Valley-based, national meat delivery business that does business as Zaycon Fresh, has suspended operations. As of 9 a.m. PDT this morning, June 26, the company’s homepage had a message that said, “It is with deep regret ...

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Tomahawk Steelworx LLC: Picking up new uses

Where most people see small tools and old car parts, Lloyd Morris sees a lamp, a shelf bracket, or a bench. Morris has built his new business, Tomahawk Steelworx, around repurposing old metal into furniture and other items. “I just like building uniqu...

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