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Spokane's Steam Plant glows crimson and purple for Apple Cup

Spokane's Steam Plant glows crimson and purple for Apple Cup

This Wednesday, Spokane's historic Steam Plant lit up the building's smokestacks in crimson and purple in honor of this Saturday's Apple Cup.

“We think the Apple Cup is a pretty significant community event and wanted our 225-foot twin smokestacks to highlight the rivalry,” said Spencer Sowl, operations and property manager for Steam Plant Square. “There’s plenty of fans on both sides, so we can’t play favorites, and the stacks will look great in both crimson and purple."

"Although, if you watch the game in the Steam Plant Pub wearing your team’s colors – we’ll be able to see which team has a bigger presence,” he added.

After the University of Washington vs. Washington State University game concludes, the stacks will change to the winning team's colors, and will remain that way through the weekend.
 
At its peak in 1916, the Steam Plant created and supplied steam heat to more than 300 buildings in downtown Spokane. Ten years later it was transformed into the Steam Plant Square, a mixed-use space including restaurant, brewery, retail, and commercial businesses.

Kick off for Saturday's game is at 7:30.

Visit Spokane receives Platinum Choice Award

Visit Spokane receives Platinum Choice Award

Smart Meetings Magazine named Visit Spokane a recipient of the Smart Meetings 2014 Platinum Choice Award.

New Growler Guys location opening soon on South Hill

New Growler Guys location opening soon on South Hill

Spokane beer fans have something to look forward to in the coming weeks: The Growler Guys, a popular growler store and fill station, will have a new location on the South Hill. According to owner Geoff Gruetzmacher, the new location at 1314 South Grand Boulevard will open in about two weeks.

Spokane's first Growler Guys opened on August 1, 2014 at 9329 N. Newport Highway. The store has 48 working taps, and its selection of craft beer and cider is constantly changing. Currently, the store has 42 beers, 5 ciders, and 1 root beer to choose from. In a separate area near the store entrance, three different kombacha teas are also available.

Digital reader boards display the store's current selection above each tap. The boards are connected to a laptop in the back that keeps track of each keg. Store manager Alex Arent said the typical life span of a Growler Guys keg averages about 5 to 7 days. However, some of the more popular releases can last closer to 2 days.

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

Everything you need to know about the River Park Square Christmas tree

The winter holidays are already making their way into River Park Square. Earlier today, construction of the giant Christmas tree that graces the mall's main entrance was completed by Spokane Firefighters IAFF Local 29.

This is the union's 2nd year setting up the tree. According to River Park Square's Marketing Director, Elizabeth Mills, the tree was set up in a record time of 1.5 days.

The Christmas tree you see today has been the main part of River Park Square's holiday decorations since about 2002. The tree itself stands 50 feet tall; the 4 foot star atop the tree makes the whole thing tower 54 feet above the main floor.

10,000 LED lights sparkle on the tree's 689 branches. The silver and red ornaments that give the tree its holiday cheer are numerous. In fact, there are roughly 2,400 of them.

Gov. Inslee proclaims Nov. 17-23 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington State

Gov. Inslee proclaims Nov. 17-23 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Washington State

Governor Jay Inslee proclaimed Nov. 17-23, 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Washington. This third annual celebration of entrepreneurship and startups will feature more than 100 local education and networking events in all 39 counties – surpassing the reach of any other state program. More events take place year-round in Washington.

Thousands of budding entrepreneurs are expected to attend GEW 2014 events, according to coordinators at the Washington State Department of Commerce. Activities cover a wide range of topics, from how to create a business plan to finding funding.