October 27, 2006 in Business

Senior community planned in Spokane Valley

By The Spokesman-Review
 

A senior community that will focus on wellness is being built in Spokane Valley.

When completed, Evergreen Fountains Senior Living Community will have a total of 106 senior independent- and assisted-living apartments and cottages on more than six acres at 1201 N. Evergreen Road.

The project is expected to cost about $23 million and is owned by brothers Gregory and Prokey Arger of Arger Companies. The business also developed the nearby Orchard Crest Retirement Community.

Plans for the senior complex include a specially-heated therapy and lap pool, a 12-person spa and an exercise room with equipment that is designed for seniors, said Kathie Walker, a marketing specialist.

Other amenities will include a walking path, chapel, theater, library, post office, game room with billiards and separate dining rooms and hair salons in the assisted- and independent-living areas.

Gregory Arger said one of the restaurants will be named Vasi’s Bistro, which is Greek for his mother’s name, Vivian.

“That will be an area where they can have lunches, pastries and beverages,” Arger said, adding the community will be very focused on nutrition.

The complex is centrally located to Spokane Valley Mall, Valley Hospital & Medical Center, the new senior center and YMCA and van service will be offered for seniors, he said.

The project was designed by Wyatt Architects & Associates PS and the builder is Inland Construction Co., both of Spokane Valley.

Former Cyrus O’Leary pie factory has purses and perms

Lolo Boutique is somewhat off the beaten path. But the shop, which recently opened at 319 W. Second Avenue, has some built-in customers from a former business.

The store is owned by Beth Hitch and Laura Kelly. Kelly owned the former Zoë, a boutique that was located on Division Street and recently closed. Hitch worked by her side and is a partner in the new venture.

Inside Lolo, a cozy 850 square feet of space showcases a selection of clothing, candles, gourmet food items, jewelry, home furnishings, books and more.

“We even have some party dresses in here,” Hitch said.

“Vegan” handbags are among some of the unique items. Made by matt & nat out of Montreal, they feature interesting grains and contemporary colors that mimic quality leather, but are made of PVC. They cost $74 to $120.

Lolo carries music with Latino, French, European and New Orleans influences. The store also has an extensive line of essential-based oil lotions and even home-cleaning products by made Caldrea.

Leather boots by Gee Wawa are equipped with heavy-duty tread, but are also flat and well cushioned.

Next door, Koi, a four-chair salon specializing in cuts and coloring, is open while it undergoes some final finishing, which is expected to be complete next month.

Koi, owned by Kim Josaitis and her father, Glen Douglas, has a wall of windows that look into a workshop in the back of the building.

Josaitis said they used scavenged materials to create the interior, which is modernistic, yet warm.


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