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Here’s The Dirt: Quilting Bee sold

Sun., Oct. 30, 2011

Jackie and Jamie Wolff, who started popular retail shop The Quilting Bee 27 years ago, have sold the business to Treasure and Scot Auble.

 Jackie Wolff will continue to work and teach classes the Quilting Bee, at 12117 E. Mission in Spokane Valley.

 The business carries more than 4,000 bolts of the fabric and offers over 200 sewing, quilting and embroidery classes every year. 

 One goal for the new owners, they said, is expanding the firm’s ecommerce choices. They also plan to redesign interior space to include a seating area, to promote more customer interaction.

Scot Auble has formerly been one of the principals in Spokane real estate consulting firm Auble, Jolicoeur and Gentry.

Video Only opens

Video Only, an electronics retailer based in Seattle, has opened its first Spokane outlet in the former Circuit City building at 7755 N. Division St.

Video Only sells TVs, cameras and audio and video equipment. It has 15 stores in Washington, Oregon and California.

The Spokane store is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 10-7 Saturdays and 11-6 Sundays.

Call (509) 466-0300.

Wind work starts

First Wind has begun building its Palouse Wind project south of Spokane in Whitman County.

Located between Oakesdale and State Highway 195, the wind farm will have a generating capacity of about 105 megawatts of electricity, which will power local homes and businesses through a purchase agreement with Avista.

Some of the work this fall includes construction for turbine sites, the substation pad and road building. Turbine is expected to go up next spring. At the peak of construction next spring, the project will employ about 200 workers.

The wind energy company, along with design firm RMT, Inc., is employing local contractors when possible to build the facility.

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