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Growing spice company moves to larger location

A local spice distributor is moving to its third location since its founding four years ago, following year-after-year growth.

Spiceologist, which was conceived during a local Startup Weekend by owners Heather Scholten and Pete Taylor and first funded through a Kickstarter campaign, sells rubs, spices and herbs nationwide, including through Williams-Sonoma.

The company just leased 18,416 square feet of space at 715 E. Sprague Ave., about 16,000 of which is warehouse space. It will move from its current location about a half-mile away at 125 S. Cowley St.

Jessica Schraner, executive administrator with the company, said the new warehouse is about triple the size of the current warehouse.

Schraner said the company, which is “chef-operated and chef-owned” has seen explosive growth in the past 18 months and employs about 30 people. It sells direct to restaurants and distributors, and its products are available at its warehouse location or online at

Brokers were Jon Jeffreys and Darren Slackman, both of NAI Black.

Plane-kit construction planned in new hangar

Felts Field is getting a new hangar for the private construction of kit airplanes.

Norris Brown and Scott Buck, owners of Buck N Brown Hangars LLC, are building the new 6,345-square-foot hangar to build kit planes for their personal use.

Brown, 72, said the pair won a bid to lease the “last piece of ground” at the small airport in July at a cost of about $4,500 a year. Construction of the hangar, which is being built by Spokane Valley-based Ironwood Structures, is estimated at $330,000, according to city permit data.

Brown, a retired business analyst with Kaiser Aluminum and an Air Force veteran, said the hangar gives him space to build a second kit plane, his main occupation since retiring.

“I retired on April 15 four years ago and the next day I was down here starting to build,” Brown said. His first kit plane was a Van’s Aircraft RV-14, a small two-seater with a 27-foot wingspan that tops out at 200 mph. It took him three years and 3,000 hours to build and, since April, he’s flown 165 hours in the plane.

“The only problem is getting in and out, you have to be a little bit of an acrobat,” he said of the aircraft.

His next project, and the reason for needing a larger hangar, is an RV-10, which has four seats and is easier to board. As Brown and his wife get older, he said, it would be nice to avoid the acrobatics.

Brown has had his pilot’s license since 1973 and has flown 2,600 hours as a civilian. As an airman between 1969 and 1973, he flew 800 hours in F-4 Phantoms based out of Okinawa.

Buck, his partner in the hangar, also builds kit planes and is the owner of Spokane Powersports.

‘Historically accurate’ pergola planned for Manito Park

A new pergola is coming to Manito Park in Spokane in February, replacing a more utilitarian structure that was damaged by a falling tree during the windstorm of 2015.

The $74,000 pergola will be “more aesthetically pleasing and blend in more with the plan out there,” said Robin Burris, who owns R&R Woodworking with her husband. The company is building the pergola and demolished the original structure, which was built in 1950.

The Friends of Manito, a volunteer and fundraising group that participates in the preservation and improvement of the park, contributed $20,000 to the project.

Nick Hamad, landscape architect for the city’s parks department, designed the wooden post and beam structure. The 2,100-square-foot pergola will be made from cedar and located to the northeast of the Duncan Garden.

The site, which is where the Friends hold its annual plant sales, is not open to the public but is easily viewable from public spaces. The structure will provide shade for nursery plants and refuge for people working there.

“It’s going to be a lot more historically accurate for this site,” Hamad said.

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