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ILF Media relocates to newly refurbished digs

Fri., Sept. 11, 2009

ILF Media has moved into the former Spokane Art School building after investing more than $1.5 million in its purchase and renovation.

The company, founded nine years ago in the Steam Plant, occupies the top three floors, said co-founder Dave Holcomb.

About 2,700 square feet on the ground floor is available for lease, he said.

ILF’s 13 employees did much of the demolition and finish work like painting, Holcomb said. Cobble Creek Construction was the general contractor.

He said ILF’s offices, editing suites and a conference room occupy the top two floors. The art school’s pottery studio on the first floor has been converted into a 1,700-square-foot studio with a cyclorama wall for green-screen videos, makeup area and client lounge.

The school vacated the building at Cataldo Avenue and Howard Street last year and moved its classes to the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. A plumbing and electrical contractor occupied the building, which dates to 1904, before the art school took over in 1984.

Holcomb and partners Jim Swoboda and Daro Walker founded ILF in 2000. The company makes television commercials, online presentations and industrial videos.

Dentist opens in Davenport Tower

Davenport Smiles, a new dentist’s office, has opened in Suite 2260 of the Davenport Towers, 111 S. Post.

The office accepts patients by appointment for now, said Dr. Navi Virk. Regular hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will start this fall, with appointments Monday through Wednesday.

The office has one patient’s chair, and Virk said he will treat only one person at a time.

Patients can also order a meal or snack from the Davenport Tower’s Safari Room while visiting the office, Virk said.

Call (509) 838-0404.

Tacos and tequila in Browne’s Addition

Just in time for Oktoberfest – or in this case, Oktoberfiesta – Browne’s Addition will soon have a new taco and tequila bar called El Que, at 141 S. Cannon. The location is the former Cabin Coffee.

The bar’s owners also own and operate The Elk Public House in the same neighborhood.

El Que is expected to open in mid-October.

Valley bank branch under construction

Spokane-based Inland Northwest Bank has started finishing the walls and roof of its new free-standing Spokane Valley branch, at Sprague and Progress Road. The address is 15111 E. Sprague.

INB’s $1.2 million full-service branch will fill about 4,700 square feet and have three drive-through lanes.

When it opens for business next spring, the new branch will replace INB’s in-store location across the street inside Yoke’s Fresh Market.

General contractor is Leone & Keeble Inc. ALSC Architects, of Spokane, designed the building.

Staff writer Tom Sowa contributed to this report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail or call (509) 459-5528 to suggest a topic.

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