This slick little video shows founder Connor Simpson making the pitch. Does a fine job highlighting how the clothes-trading business operates. They're trying to raise $20,000.
The company is based in the cool renovated Buchanan Building in downtown Spokane.
icPooch, the Spokane tech startup that wants the world to have a simple way to communicate long-distance with their dogs, is after a new round of funding, via Kickstarter.
Last year, Brooke Martin and her dad, Chris Martin, launched the company which intends to develop and sell a smart-device system that would let owners interact with their pets, via a smartphone or tablet.
Last summer they mounted a $70,000 Kickstarter campaign that wasn't successful.
They're now more than halfway to getting their new target of $20,000. They're at $13,000 and counting, with the Kickstarter campaign ending in early March.
The product primarily is a connected device that lets owners see and interact with their pets, provided the pet is sitting somewhere near the icPooch device. Apart from having a conversation with Fido, the owner is also able to provide the pet a treat, dispensed from a tray in the device.
The downtown Ben and Jerry's, in River Park Square, has not downsized.
It's moved temporarily into the corner spot of the third floor food court while its main service area is going through a total makeover.
The company expects to reopen in the fresh new food area around Feb. 12.
RPS is owned and operated by the Cowles Co., which also operates The Spokesman-Review.
Today's business story, about the Spokane workshop helping Seattle's AudioCenter gain more market share with its audio gear, had two photos by SR photographer Dan Pelle.
This post help show one of the company's most successful products, the $199-range Epicenter, designed for audio systems in cars and trucks. One of the best places to get it is through Crutchfield.com.
The Epicenter was first released almost 25 years ago by the Seattle firm. It's been revised and improved a number of times since. Instead of being a bass booster, the Epicenter is described as a bass “restorer.” Too often, in-line factory systems create an uneven jarring low end of bass tones.
The Epicenter injects low frequency information back into the signal, giving the bass a fuller and more natural sound. Plus, the Epicenter allows for controlling the low end frequencies for a smoother overall sound.
An Olympia moving company has been fined by Washington state for the second time in seven months for not filing an application before acquiring another moving company. In this newest case, the acquired company was based in Spokane.
The second penalty assessment, for $7,000, was issued to the owners of Bekins Northwest for not reporting the acquisition of Action Moving Services, Inc., of Spokane. That Spokane firm also operated a moving company in Kent, Accountable Moving & Storage.
The acquisition was dated Nov. 22, according to a release by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.
The UTC found Kris and Lauri O’Bannon, owners of Northwest Movers Central, LLC, and Northwest Movers, LLC, d/b/a Bekins Northwest, didn't file the application as required by state rules.
That fine was assessed based on $100 per day from Nov. 22, 2013, to Jan. 31, 2014, resulting in a penalty of $7,000.
On Aug. 16, 2013, the O’Bannons were assessed a $4,700 penalty for failing to file an application when they purchased the Olympia-based Bekins operation.
“Violations of this rule are potentially harmful to the public,” said Sharon Wallace, the UTC’s assistant director for consumer protection. “Without accurate ownership information about a regulated company, we can’t assist consumers with complaints or claims; we can’t provide an accurate complaint history or permit status; and we can’t ensure that a company is following laws related to proper insurance, driver drug-testing or vehicle safety.”
The release said the company has 15 days to do one of the following: pay the amount due, request a hearing to contest the violations, or request mitigation of the penalty.
It's still a Seahawks hangover kind of day.
Some locals have organized a Seahawks rally for Wednesday, Feb. 5, inside the River Park Square atrium in downtown Spokane.
It runs from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
KHQ-TV is directly involved, sending over its talent, including Stephanie Vigil, Dan Kleckner and Sam Adams.
Using the mall's 16-foot screen, the event will feature live-feed from the Seahawks parade in downtown Seattle.
All sorts of other stuff will be going on. Seahawk gear will be door-prized for participants.
Of course, you may regard this post as a pandering attempt to urge people to go into the mall, which we're obligated to say is owned by Cowles Co., the owners of The Spokesman-Review and KHQ.
This video is not business related, but it's very worth watching anyway.
It's the long-form YouTube video of Felix Baumgartner's space jump in 2012, from a height of 24.3 miles above the Earth.
A part of the Red Bull video will appear during Sunday's Super Bowl.
Have you seen how Associated Painters, the company based at the Spokane Airport, paints those cool designs on different airplanes?
This video, on Alaska Airline's YouTube page, gives a great time-lapse of the process.
This clip shows the company's workers creating the pattern for the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf plane.
Fifty Associated Painters workers worked on the plane over six days, using 15,360 linear feet of masking tape, and channeling some serious university pride. It will begin flying primarily between Anchorage and Kodiak when Alaska Airlines' sister carrier, Horizon Air, introduces the Q400 to the state of Alaska on March 3.
URM Stores today listed the 67 Inland Northwest grocery stores where card transactions could have been captured during last fall's network security breach. The stores are in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Oregon. Oregon has the fewest stores: the four there are in Heppner, Enterprise, Joseph and Umatilla.
The Spokane grocery co-op posted the full list on its website today, then said it was not yet finished in investigating the attack.
The release avoided saying anything about who was behind the attack. The Secret Service is the lead agency investigating the crime.
See the link below this post to see the PDF listing the 67 “affected” stores. In this instance, affected means: stores where transactions could have been accessed by cyber criminals.
A Seattle reproductive medicine clinic has added a Spokane Valley office with a medical staff of eight people.
The Valley clinic is at 15920 E. Indiana Ave.
The staff includes one doctor, an embryologist, a registered nurse, two medical assistants, one andrologist, a nurse practitioner and an office manager. A second physician will join the team this summer, said Brad Senstra, SRM’s executive director.
Its services cover the gamut of fertility options, including in vitro fertilization (IVF) and surgical procedures.
Senstra said the move to Eastern Washington reflects the growing number of patients from this side of the state who were traveling to Seattle. “Spokane and that region are large enough that the area was a bit underserved,” he said.
The expansion was assisted by Greater Spokane Incorporated. GSI staff worked with a site selector from Seattle to identify possible Spokane locations for SRM.
Today's story (below) on Skyhawks Sports Academy is a smart move by the private firm.
See our earlier story, from 2012, where we review the history.
Skyhawks Sports Academy has acquired SoccerTots, a Spokane company providing physical development programs for toddlers and young children.
Skyhawks, headquartered in Mead, largely offers summer outdoor sports and activity camps for children from 3 to 12 years old. SoccerTots primarily offers indoor sessions.
“So they complement us both in providing more programs throughout the year and expanding the age group,” Skyhawks President Chris Stiles said.
A news release said the combined operation this year will provide sports programs to more than 75,000 children in 27 states and four Canadian provinces. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
Silverwood Theme Park north of Coeur d’Alene is expanding again with more rides for younger children and families. The park will spend more than $1.2 million to nearly double its family entertainment area with three new rides – a kite glider, a giant puppy ride that barks on command, and a spinning family coaster – to open by this summer. Space for an additional ride – a hot air balloon-themed attraction – will be prepared for a 2015 opening, and the kiddie Ferris wheel will be re-themed and moved to the new area, north of Garfield’s Summer Camp and east of the Butterflyer and Frog Hopper rides. New pathways with seating areas, trees and gardens will be added as well. Construction is expected to begin in February. Silverwood is the largest theme and water park in the Northwest. It opened in 1988. Information: www.silverwoodthemepark.com.
Still doing more thinking about Bitcoin, ever since the SR ran a story on Jan. 11 about the Volstead Act, a Spokane bar, starting to accept that crypto-currency as payment.
Today's story, for additional research, presents a tongue-in-cheek overview of other competing digital currencies. It comes by way of The Daily Beast; all you need to know is a few examples of the types of currencies surveyed: Coinye West, CatCoin and SexCoin.
Another, more serious look at the Bitcoin universe and its ability to be gamed, we suggest a recent cover article from Bloomberg Business.
We spotted a listing at the Puget Sound Business Journal of the state's five largest credit unions.
Two are based in Spokane. The list, based on total assets:
Name Assets Members
Yes. it is a strange and energized time in the retail world if you have Seahawks merchandise you want to move.
See today's A1 story about the range and degree of the efforts by area businesses to sell 'Hawk stuff.
We never added this oddment: Dicks' Sporting Goods' Spokane Valley location will also join in. If the Hawks beat the 49ers on Sunday, the store will stay open an extra three hours, until 10 p.m.
Instead of opening at 9 a.m., on Monday, the store will open at 6 a.m.
The winners, from where I sit: those employees at Dick's who will get some overtime. I can't imagine that the extra hours will really boost the sales of merch after hours.
Congratulations are in order for the folks who've built IT-Lifeline into a top-drawer tech services company, making it an attractive target for an acquisition.
Especially worth a call-out is Steve Tabacek, who started the Liberty Lake private company in 2002, taking it beyond simple backup to the integrated providing of business continuity services and disaster risk assessment.
Here's one of our first articles about IT-Lifeline, from our former tech section SR TXT, dated September 2003.
Tabacek was the founding guy and the person who pushed the company forward during its earliest leaner years. Though he left IT-Lifeline two years ago to start CXOWare, another Spokane firm, his role was pivotal in keeping the company growing.
A Texas firm, Rentsys Recovery Services, acquired IT-Lifeline and plans to keep the operation going in Liberty Lake, according to today's SR story from our business pages.
The 2003 story wasn't that brilliantly written, either. I'm just enjoying thinking back to 2003 when the Spokane economy wasn't especially strong and the idea of a new company tackling the disaster-recovery area seemed very promising, to me anyway.
This photo tells a cautionary story. If you see one of these on your desk, be very concerned about your career choices.
If your boss leaves one of these on your desk, maybe it's time to move your resume around. I would also hide the cup in a dark cupboard.
Another clue that you're not going to be getting the corner office: Your supervisor says, “We're going to need you to come in this weekend, to work on those TPS reports”
Spokane-based homegrown Auntie's Bookstore announced it's closing its River Park Square shop, after three years of not being able to grab enough shoppers in the downtown mall. The final day is Jan. 31.
The company's large downtown central store, at 402 W. Main, is not affected and is doing well, said company founder Chris O'Harra.
O'Harra said Auntie's will continue running a Spokane airport operation.
“We just weren't able to tap into that mall market,” she said.
It might be that the RPS shop was too near the other downtown store, O'Harra said.
The strongest sales for the RPS store were for children's books, which makes sense. Auntie's took over a space on the second floor previously used by Children's Corner Bookshop.
“I still think there's a market to sell books at the mall,” she added. “We just weren't able to develop it there.”
The mall has not yet identified a tenant for the Auntie's location. RPS is owned and operated by Cowles Co., which also owns and publishes The Spokesman-Review.
This is the kind of restaurant that may do very well in Spokane.
Jeff Nordvall and Laura Paisley plan to open a new restaurant, Wisconsinburger, at 916 S. Hatch St. on Spokane’s South Hill.
They expect to open in March.
The pair formerly started and operated the Lantern Tavern in the South Perry District. They sold that business in 2012.
Wisconsinburger will feature Midwestern menus, including fried cheese curds and butter burgers, Nordvall said.
“We will focus on fresh food and local foods,” he said. “We are not trying to be a fast-food restaurant,” he added.
The restaurant’s décor will feature elements drawn from traditional Midwest bowling alleys, Nordvall said. The service area, with about 1,100 square feet, will hold 35 to 40 seats.
It will serve beer and wine and will be open six days a week to start, closed Sundays.
You were not alone if you read the Saturday SR story about Bitcoin and wasn't sure how it all works and what's the big deal.
For you, here we go. A free workshop on Thursday at the Spokane Valley Library, at 12004 E. Main Ave. Presenters will be Zach Doty and Doug Slaton, two local business guys who both accept the new virtual currency at their stores.
The two will give a helpful layman's introduction to Bitcoin, so that any ordinary person can figure out what it does and doesn't do.
Both guys are well-versed in Bitcoin, which is a form of payment increasingly popular on the Web.