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Local shops offer prom dress deals

Local shops offer prom dress deals

Prom dress shopping can be a stressful time for both parents and kids. There are many options and you don't want to break the bank.

A Finer Moment, which is located at Division and Longfellow, carries over 2,000 dresses all in different styles and some by high end designers.

"We carry top designers like Jovanni, Sherri Hill, some of the nationally recognized brands that Katy Perry wears, Taylor Swift wears that all the girls are in demand for and love," said A Finer Moment's Rachel Lewis.

But, you could end up walking out of there spending more than a month's car payment.

"Right now, I'd say our most expensive prom dress in the store is $810, it is a little spendy," said Lewis.

They offer dresses starting in the high hundreds and have a decent sale selection.

"We always have a sale rack that every week. We're constantly marking stuff down, too. Stuff from current collections that you won't find cheaper than anywhere else," said Lewis.

Located off Division and Main is Finders Keepers II. They carry around 1,000 dresses.

State B Tourney boosts Spokane economy

State B Tourney boosts Spokane economy

Each year just over 600 high school athletes travel to Spokane for the State B Basketball Tournament. That's just a drop in the bucket compared to the parents and fans that travel to Spokane each year to support their kids.

A little over 2,000 parents and fans attend the tournament every year. They're eating at restaurants, staying in hotels, and spending money, all of which provide a boost to the Spokane economy.

Dana Haines speaks for the Spokane Sports Commission. This is their busy season, as the NCAA Tournament, the Pacific Northwest Qualifier, and a few other big events happen later this month.

"We got more than $10 million economic impact, but more importantly we have visitors around the country headed to Spokane for likely the first time and seeing our great city," said Haines.

"That's a real tip to Spokane's hat, too," said State B Tournament Director Bonnie Long. "And of course when they're here they're going to stay somewhere and spend some money."

Long has held her position at the tournament for about six years, but she's been involved for more than 40.

"Cannabis prohibition is over"

"Cannabis prohibition is over"

It's official: The first marijuana grower license was issued Wednesday in Olympia and is headed to Spokane.

Sean Green has grown medical marijuana for three years in north Spokane. Now, with the state's first producer license he'll be able to grow recreational marijuana for potential store locations.

Green, smiling with joy, was presented the first license to grow and process marijuana in Washington State.

"Cannabis prohibition is over," Green said.

It was a surprise to be first but part of Green's longtime plan, and the first part of his plan was to get licensed by the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

"We are living the American dream today. Here, right now," he said.

The former real estate appraiser and current dispensary owner can start growing cannabis immediately. Green will do it in a 21,000 square foot facility. Each marijuana plant must be tracked with a bar coded tag and surveillance cameras will help provide security to the grow operation. Having everything ready was one reason he was chosen first.

Spokane native to get first marijuana grower license

Spokane native to get first marijuana grower license

Washington State's first marijuana grower is a Spokane native who has been running medical marijuana dispensaries for the last three years, KXLY confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Sean Green was born and raised in Spokane, and was a real estate appraiser for ten years. For the past three years he's been running two medical marijuana dispensaries in Shoreline and Spokane

Green confirmed to KXLY his company, called Kouchlock Productions, will get the first license to grow marijuana in the state. He'll be allowed to grow cannabis in a 21,000 square foot facility.

He believes his always playing by the state's rules and paying taxes when others don't helped him in the process. He's spoken to KXLY about the legalization of marijuana several times, including a January 8 report about the lack of marijuana in Colorado and what he planned to do if he received a license to grow here in Washington.

Ben & Jerry's offers Cone for a Can for Second Harvest

Ben & Jerry's offers Cone for a Can for Second Harvest

The Ben & Jerry’s in Riverpark Square has a new look and is celebrating with a grand re-opening benefiting Second Harvest.

The ice cream shop has been in a temporary location since the end of January while the main scoop stand was re-modeled. On Wednesday the ice cream shop is celebrating the new digs with a ribbon cutting and special deal on ice cream if you bring a can of food.

One of first marijuana licenses to be awarded to Spokane

One of first marijuana licenses to be awarded to Spokane

A person in Spokane will be one of the first to be awarded a marijuana grower license from the Washington State Liquor Control Board.

Board Member Chris Marr confirmed 10 people are in the final inspection stage. If they pass, those people could be awarded a license this week. However, Marr said one Spokanite will be one of the first to receive a license, though he wouldn't say who it is.

Marr said in the final inspection stage, potential growers have an investigator from the LCB walk through the facility and make sure it is up to I-502 guidelines. They must show the surveillance on the cannabis plants is operational. The grower must also show they're sticking to the plans they submitted when applying for a license last year.

Once the license is awarded, Marr says the grower can start moving plants into the facility to start providing product for the state's marijuana market.

The LCB says the licenses will be staggered to help with supply, and because there are so many inspections going on right now.

A lottery will be held in mid-April to determine who will get a marijuana retail license.

One dead in ladder fall at Nordstrom

One dead in ladder fall at Nordstrom

One person has died after falling from a ladder at Nordstrom Friday morning.

An official with the company confirmed an employee fell off a ladder and later succumbed to their injuries.

A sign on one of the entrances reads, "Due to a tragic loss in our store family we will be closed today. Thank you for your understanding."

Monday afternoon, the Spokane County Medical Examiner confirmed the person who died was Paul Inc, 52, a long-time maintenance worker at Nordstrom who was well-liked and considered very sincere by his fellow employees, who are now being take care of by their employer.

"Our goal is to serve our customers but also bring our employees together, and let them have the opportunity to gather and remember their friend and co-worker. They will have counselors on site starting tomorrow and one on one appointments as necessary," Nordstrom spokesperson Tara Darrow said.

Nordstrom will also be working with Inc's family to make sure they receive the care they need.