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Madison Home plans expansion

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Madison Home is expanding to a second building not far from its retail store on Spokane’s near north side.

The home-décor and furniture company expects to open a wholesale and discount center at 2928 N. Madelia, said Sam Le, who owns the business with his wife, Tammy Le. “At least that’s what’s on our minds right now,” he said.

The Les recently bought an 11,000-square-foot building to house the new operation, which should be open before Christmas, Sam Le said.

Madison Home has run out of space in its current location at 2826 N. Ruby, he said.

The Les started the company in 1987 as Amazing Silks, specializing in silk flowers. They moved to the North Ruby location in 1999.

Nancy Goodspeed, a former television anchorwoman and public relations executive in Spokane, has started an eBay-based company called Goodie Cookie Enterprises.

Goodspeed, who moved to Helena, Mont., last year, said she started dabbling on the online auction site several years ago and was intrigued enough to “try to figure out something I could market on eBay.” Her solution was a kit to bake a pizza pan-sized cookie, which has expanded to a line that includes other baking-related gift kits.

Buoyed by her success on eBay, Goodspeed now is recruiting representatives who’ll sell the kits through online events called “virtual home parties,” she said.

“Without the Internet, none of this would have been possible,” she added. “It really opens up just a whole world of potential.”

The Sprint store on Spokane’s South Hill hosts a monthly event where very small businesses can display their products and promote themselves.

Pam Foust, co-owner of the store, launched the project in June as a way to boost the visibility of the mostly home-based businesses involved in her small-business networking group. The store, at 3007 E. 57th Ave., has lots of extra space, she said, and she figured, “I could have this event and help out some of these people I know.”

Participation is growing steadily, with eight business owners scheduled to take part in the next event on Nov. 19, Foust said. That show will feature gift items, including candles, pet-lovers’ products, clothing and jewelry. Any small, home-based business can participate at no charge, she said. For more information, contact Pam Foust at 448-4800.

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