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Couple to open public house

Leo and Teresa Gonder, who own and operate a construction company in Leavenworth, Wash., will open the Tamarack Public House this summer at 912 W. Sprague Ave., in downtown Spokane.

Following renovations, their hope is to have a soft opening around the time of Hoopfest, said Teresa Gonder, who will be the executive chef and operations manager.

The business will serve food, wine, beer and spirits.

Gonder said she and her husband lived in Spokane before moving to Leavenworth, and have looked for a way to return.

Mark McLees, of NAI Black, helped the Gonders arrange the building lease, Teresa Gonder said.

Portal completes build-out project

The Liberty Lake Portal business center has remodeled 6,000 square feet on the building’s second floor, opening 18 available commercial offices. The conversion takes a former storage area and creates smaller suites with conference rooms and kitchens, said Steven Daines, the site’s leasing manager.

The portal, at 23403 E. Mission Ave., is owned by area tech entrepreneur Bernard Daines. In 2007 the original building was expanded, adding 30,000 square feet to the original 70,000- square-foot building.

The new offices are within that expansion — with 12 of the offices facing north toward Mount Spokane, Steven Daines said.

Three units have been pre-leased to Thompson Homes, Avenue Insurance Planners and CPA Brian Smith.

Couple open medical clinic

Kevin Bichler and Janice Jordan, certified physicians assistants, have opened Optimal Healthcare, a Spokane Valley medical clinic, at 12418 E. Saltese Ave.

The clinic will provide general medicine and family practice health care.

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