Spokane Journal of Business

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Auto auction is rockin’ and rollin’

When Bob McConkey Jr. moved his family to Spokane in the early ’90s to start an auto auction business, he set a goal of making 10,000 auto sales annually. “I figured that would be enough for me to be able to support my family comfortably,” says McC...

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Dandles Candles: A dandy flair

Dandles Candles first kindled as a relaxing hobby, when Dana Haynes sought to de-stress from full-time work as a KHQ-TV news reporter. She created a handful of artisan candles for gifts. Today, Haynes makes hand-poured soy wax candles at a rate of about ...

Spokane Overstock adds two stores, plans for more

Spokane Overstock LLC, which operates Overstocked Mattress & Furniture stores in Spokane and Spokane Valley, has opened two additional stores this summer, in Hayden and Missoula, giving it four in all, and says it plans to keep expanding. Owner Nathan ...

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Retail sales increase by 4 percent in Spokane County

Taxable retail sales throughout Spokane County increased 4 percent during the first quarter of 2017, compared with the year-earlier period, Washington state Department of Revenue statistics released earlier this month show. Total countywide sales hit $2...

Cd’A man named Pita Pit franchisee of the year

Pita Pit USA, the Coeur d’Alene-based chain that now includes more than 240 restaurants throughout the U.S, has recognized Erik Morris, of Coeur d’Alene, as its franchisee of the year. Morris, who received the honor at Pita Pit’s annual national c...

Big Silver Lake Mall space being remodeled for call center

SPi CRM, a Philippines-based subsidiary of Japanese business process outsourcing company Relia Inc., plans to remodel a former Sports Authority store space within the Silver Lake Mall, at 200 W. Hanley, for use as a new customer service call center....

Bargain store chain to debut on North Division

New Spokane-based company Crafters LLC plans to launch a dollar retail-store chain to do business as Dollar Cents. The company will focus initially on establishing Dollar Cents outlets in the Spokane area, says Crafters owner Richard Erving. The first D...

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Summer job market hot for some Spokane-area youth

What a difference a year makes, says Anna Charlton, especially when she thinks about the employment outcomes of her sons, Khanian and Ashton Charlton, this summer. Khanian, 18, just graduated from North Central High School and found summer work immediate...

Marijuana sales in Spokane County jumped in fiscal 2017

Marijuana retail sales in Spokane County increased by 57 percent during the 2017 Washington state fiscal year, which ended June 30. While sales continued to climb quickly in the latest 12-month period, the growth rate was down sharply from the 2016 fisca...

South Hill optometrist buys clinic building on 30th Avenue

Dr. Heavin Maier, owner of Spokane optometry practice Eyes for Life PS, has bought a two-story, 5,900-square-foot building at 412 E. 30th, where she hopes to move the practice in September. Eyes for Life currently occupies about 1,800 square feet of spac...

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