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More Bozzi activity: After buying shops, they start event facility in the Flour Mill

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Vince Bozzi was not looking to become an event center manager. But it happened, bit by bit.

Along with his wife, Emily, Bozzi run several Spokane and Coeur d’Alene-based magazines under the name Bozzi Media. Last month they decided to buy the Chocolate Apothecary Shop, taking over a retail shop at the downtown Flour Mill.

Perhaps overcome by chocolate fumes, the couple then bought Saunders Cheese Market, a Spokane business run since 2006 by their office manager Kim Morin. The Bozzis are moving the cheese business into the chocolate shop.

Then Vince Bozzi met Eugene Blonder, who has a financial interest in the lower Flour Mill floors. Blonder told him he was looking for a partner to develop an events business in the historic building’s very lowest floor.

The “main” level is the one where many shops and Clinkerdagger Restaurant are. Under that are two office floors, and one level lower is the space Blonder spent a lot of money renovating.

After visiting the seldom-seen lowest level, Bozzi decided he was ready for the challenge. He agreed to lease the space.

“It’s very unusual and distinctive,” he said. “And very few people living in Spokane even know what it looks like down there.”

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.