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Steam Plant glows pink for Race for the Cure

Steam Plant glows pink for Race for the Cure

Spokane is gearing up to Race for the Cure on Sunday, and this week a Spokane landmark is acting as a visual cheerleader for those racing. The smoke stacks of The Steam Plant Grill are glowing pink every night to remind people about Sunday’s important race and fundraiser.

Greater Spokane Incorporated hires new leader

Greater Spokane Incorporated hires new leader

News release from Greater Spokane Incorporated:


The Board of Trustees of Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) has appointed Steve Stevens as the organization's new President and CEO. Stevens will officially begin July 1.

New center helping women get ahead in business

New center helping women get ahead in business

SNAP's women's business center, now open in the East Central Community Center, is open and ready to give women a helping hand to get their small businesses off the ground.

The women's business center is the only one of its kind in the region. It's been open for less than a month, and is already helping women launch businesses throughout the area.

Inside, manager Laurie Roth offers advice to clients like Heather Riviere, who wants to open a crepe food truck, a sweet idea that actually came during a sour time.

"I was laid off in November and thought this is the perfect opportunity for me to do something in synch with who I am," Riviere said.

For the last month, Riviere has been using the center, getting one-on-one help from Roth and taking courses on how to run a business.

"There is no way I could have taken the idea and gotten to this point on my own, the team has just been amazing," Riviere said.

Right now there are about 20 women who are using the resources of the center.

Washington's pot license lottery gets underway

Washington state is holding a lottery this week to select more than 300 licensees across the state to run recreational marijuana shops.

In places like Spokane eight recreational pot stores are allowed but 108 people applied to run those stores, so the state is holding a city-by-city lottery to see who gets the licenses.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board started the lottery Monday and it runs through the end of the week.

It's double-blind, which means absolute anonymity for the applicants so no one gets special treatment.

The people applying still have to pass a background check, financial investigation and other requirements before any licenses are issued.

Although we won't know who gets a license for a few weeks it's an exciting time for the applicants, like Dan Magadanz, who manages "The Peaceful Choice," a local medical marijuana dispensary.

"The second recreational market in the United States is opening and nobody has anything right now. We're standing in a position where we're really excited to be one of the people that help this industry move into legitimate business," Magadanz said.

Battle brewing over bed and breakfasts

Battle brewing over bed and breakfasts

A battle over bed and breakfasts has sparked in Spokane, pitting new online rentals against longtime business owners, and now the City of Spokane is getting in the middle of it.

The Marianna Stoltz House in the Logan neighborhood offers rooms to guests and bed and breakfast connoisseurs.

"It's a wonderful old house in a wonderful neighborhood," owner Phyllis Maguire said.

Maguire has run the business for 27 years. She says she's paid her dues and abided by regulations.

"My dishwasher has to be 150 degrees," Maguire said. "My tap water can't be more than 120 degrees."

If you want a different place to stay, a website like Airbnb.com may suit your needs. There are entire homes or just rooms for rent. You only have to book for one night too.

Rebecca Mack owns several properties she lists on Airbnb.com.

"During Expo ('74) the city residents were encouraged to do exactly what we're doing. To invite people into their homes and make Spokane a welcoming accommodating place for visitors," Mack said.

But Maguire argues these 'overnights in homes' are trying to do what she's doing, without the legal paperwork.

Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

200 million people worldwide have heard of Instagram, the picture sharing social media app that boasts more than 20 billion photos shared using its software. Now a local company called Photoboxx is looking to tap into that global market.

Here's how Photoboxx works: Say you're planning an event, a guest at the event can snap a picture on Instagram using a specific hashtag and then, about a minute later, the picture prints out on a photobox. Your guest gets to keep the print and you have endless possibilities for marketing not only your event, but your brand.

Owners Michael Fisk and Devon Lind spent about a year, and plenty of their own money starting Photoboxx and the concept behind it is pretty simple.

"At an event people are already taking photos. They are taking pictures with their camera but there is no real incentive for them to use that company or the brand for that event's hashtag," Fish said.

Photoboxx gives them an incentive as the people taking pictures get to keep their Polaroid-like print. But the business side of Photoboxx is maybe the best part

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

Spokane doctor brings first retina laser to Angola

It took two years of fundraising and a mountain of paperwork for Dr. Eric Guilielmo of Spokane Eye Clinic to install a retina laser at a hospital in Angola, a country located on the southwest shore of Africa. Many of the patients there suffer from retinal eye conditions and up until Dr. Guilielmo brought the disassembled laser to the country there was nothing available to save them from blindness.