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Artcraft Printing buys Comet Press; building on West First draws interest

From staff reports

Comet Press, a longtime commercial printer in downtown Spokane, has been bought by Artcraft Printing, Inc. — a deal that could open the way for Comet’s First Avenue building to become a retail-and-condominium project.

Artcraft, meanwhile, has bought a building at 310 N. Crestline and has moved there from leased space at 1215 N. Monroe.

Betty Lorenz, owner of Comet Press, said printing technology is changing rapidly and “I just don’t want to upgrade our equipment to stay up with the times.”

She added, “I’ve been in it 30-some years; it’s time for a change.”

Terms of the sale to Artcraft Printing weren’t disclosed.

Sean McAdams, co-owner of Artcraft with his wife, Irene, said the two printing companies are complementary.

“A lot of printers go after big four-color work. We’re focused on what keeps the business running,” such as newsletters, business cards and letterhead, he said.

Two of Comet Press’s four employees have gone to work at Artcraft Printing. That company currently employs eight people, McAdams said.

Lorenz said she’s received a number of calls from potential buyers of Comet Press’s building at 401 W. First, but that she’d like to try to redevelop it in partnership with her brother, a contractor.

They’re discussing adding a fourth floor onto the three-story building and turning the top two floors into condominiums, she said. The ground floor would be retail, with apartments on the second floor.

“We’re just trying to put together ideas and numbers,” she said.

Lorenz said Comet Press was founded in 1937; her father, Joseph Bozo, bought it in the 1960s and sold it to her in 1983. McAdams bought Artcraft Printing in 1994.

Second Children’s Dental Village planned

Dr. Jay Enzler, a dentist who specializes in caring for children, has bought property in north Spokane and plans to open a second Children’s Dental Village there, probably sometime next year.

Enzler opened his first Children’s Dental Village in January 2004, at 420 N. Evergreen Rd. in Spokane Valley. Currently, eight people work there, Enzler said.

The new office, at 9301 N. Colton St., will be slightly larger. Enzler bought about an acre there, according to Tomlinson Black Commercial, Inc., which handled the transaction along with Clark Pacific Real Estate Co.

Steven R. Radkey, a Spokane architect, is designing the new building. It will be built by Silvey Construction, Inc., also of Spokane.

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