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

Here's the top of my main story in tomorrow's papers and on Spokesman.com:

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.”

Vince Bozzi buys Saunders Cheese Market, moving it to Flour Mill


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If you enjoyed sipping wine at Vino! and testing cheese at Saunders Cheese Market, at 210 S. Washington, be prepared for a change.

Kim Morin, owner of Saunders Cheese, is selling her business to Spokane businessman Vince Bozzi. Bozzi recently bought the Chocolate Apothecary Shop in the Flour Mill, and plans to run both the chocolate and cheese shop in the same main floor location.

She opened Saunders Cheese Market in 2006.

Bozzi said he'll move the cheese business to the Flour Mill by the end of this month. He plans to have both businesses open seven days a week. He'll also find ways to complement the chocolate and cheese with wine tastings, Bozzi said.

No word on what might move into the current Saunders location on S. Washington.

It’s back: a revived Spokane Metro magazine tries to keep its focus

Today's newspaper carried the story about three Spokane guys resurrecting Spokane Metro magazine.

The first version of the slick, polished mag ran from 2008 to 2009. It shut down as the economy tanked and bills piled up.   Notably, the SpokaneMetro website includes the image here, “Back with Adult Supervision.”

You get the idea the group of new owners are trying to shake part of its past.

The key points from the story today are:

  • Eric Klamper, half-brother of original publisher Collin Klamper, says he'll run the magazine with better financial guidance provided by fellow owner, Steve Larsen. Collin is not part of the picture anymore.
  • The focus will remain on interesting hits on food, fashion, music, the arts, and lifestyles. That doesn't change from the earlier version of Spokane Metro.
  • The mag will continue hosting boffo parties as a marketing focus.  (We wonder if that helped create that pile of bills the last time around?)
  • Susan Nielsen, who recently worked for Vince Bozzi's magazine Catalyst, will be editor. Or as the masthead calls her “chief editorial strategist.”  What happened to good old “editor”?

The rest of the news story can be found online here.

A local daily deal coupon option ready to start

Two Spokane companies have launched the Deal Planet, a daily online coupon offer modeled on the popular approach taken by Groupon.com.

Bozzi Media and Se7en LLC teamed up and began testing the plan over the past two weeks. They concluded the test and are ready to begin offering the daily coupon deal starting the Monday after Thanksgiving, said Vince Bozzi, of Bozzi Media.

The service sends consumers daily e-mails offering discounts on Spokane and North Idaho businesses, such as restaurants, teeth whitening clinics or movie theaters. The initial test offered $26 of value in tickets, popcorn and drinks at the Garland Theatre for $12. Starting Nov. 29, the Deal Planet will offer a new coupon daily, Monday through Friday.

Bozzi said roughly half the revenue goes to the merchant, with the remainder divided between Se7en LLC and Bozzi Media. He said the two companies plan to give 2 percent of their revenue to a different charity each month. Find more information at www.thedealplanet.com.

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