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Paper flower purveyor opens downtown shop

After running her business for seven years out of a studio attached to her house, Mary Eberle has moved her handmade paper flower store into RiverPark Square in downtown Spokane. The business, aNeMonE, is in a 900-square-foot space on the mall’s second level, next to Nordstrom.

Retired officer honored for founding military showcase

The Downtown Exchange Club presented its 2009 Book of Golden Deeds Award to retired Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr Bill Aller. Aller was honored Sept. 10 for his efforts in founding the Spokane Sea Services Museum and for his many volunteer years in keeping the museum open to the public. Aller’s efforts have preserved and strengthened Spokane’s historical ties to military sea services.

Museum curator honored

The Downtown Exchange Club presented its 2009 Book of Golden Deeds Award to retired Navy Reserve Lt. Cmdr Bill Aller. Aller was honored Sept. 10 for his efforts in founding the Spokane Sea Services Museum and for his many volunteer years in keeping the museum open to the public. Aller’s efforts have preserved and strengthened Spokane’s historical ties to military sea services.

Boo Radley’s owners buy coffee shop

Andy and Kris Dinnison, owners of the downtown Spokane gift shop Boo Radley’s, have expanded into coffee retailing. Effective Sept. 1, the couple purchased the retail 4 Seasons Coffee location three doors down from their gift shop.

Red tape ends clunker sales early

Monday was the official last day to buy a car under the federal cash for clunkers program, but many Spokane-area auto dealers had already shut down the rebate plan over the weekend over concerns about getting their paperwork in on time. Among the dealers who didn’t offer last-minute rebate deals Monday were Becker Buick, Pontiac and GMC, Wendle Motors and Downtown Honda.

New living option for poor

Roxanne Smith is ecstatic as she tours the apartment she’ll soon move into. It’s a clean, well-lighted, two-bedroom unit inside the Madison, the newly remodeled downtown Spokane building converted into 68 handsome apartments. Examining her new room, Smith, 27, called it “my dream apartment.”

Parking lot will narrow block of Main Avenue

A lane of travel in a block of a downtown street will be eliminated this summer to make way for a bigger parking lot. The Spokane Public Facilities District next week plans to start construction on a new lot across from the INB Performing Arts Center to replace a hodgepodge of lots currently on the site.

City could sell YMCA

The Spokane City Council is poised to buy the YMCA property in Riverfront Park on Monday, but that’s no guarantee of public ownership. A majority of council members said this week that they wouldn’t rule out selling the property – adjacent to Spokane Falls and surrounded by the park – to a private party if a study recommends such a move.

Spokane Street Music Week

The sidewalks in downtown Spokane have come alive with music as part of the 7th Annual Spokane Street Music Week. The event raises money for the Second Harvest food bank.

Lilac procession draws droves

Mary Hall claimed her spot for the 71st annual Spokane Lilac Parade on Saturday afternoon so her grandchildren would have a front-row seat. But grandma and the kids got more than one parade. Hall had stationed her family in front of the Sterling Savings Bank on Riverside Avenue, where a mother duck and her ducklings leapt from an awning and marched off to the river.

The Ducks’ Day

Here is a slideshow of the hen duck and her twelve ducklings and how they made it to the river with the help of bank employees, kids, the media and many bystanders. This is the duck that has nested on the Sherwood Building in Spokane for the last two years, and, as last year, banker Joel Armstrong took over the duties of getting the tiny ducklings down from the awning where they were hatched. He also guided the tiny family to Riverfront Park and the Spokane River.

Luxury log building company has a deal on two structures

Two almost-complete luxury log buildings in North Idaho are sitting in the yard at Edgewood Log Structures, and company owner Brian Schafer has a deal for anyone who will take one or both off his hands. Edgewood, located about one mile north of the Silverwood Theme Park on Highway 95, was stuck with the buildings when the would-be owners lost their financing, he said.

Group may lose EWU funding

With the state making cuts in funding at the university level, the Historic Downtown Cheney Partnership, formerly known as Pathways to Progress, may soon lose its funding from Eastern Washington University. The organization, which is a Main Street Program dedicated to revitalizing the downtown area, receives funding from both EWU and the city of Cheney to pay for its building and its executive director.

Homeland Security to combine offices

Spokane’s Homeland Security department will consolidate 30 of its workers from three downtown offices into a single building on the north side of the Spokane River. The move is part of a national initiative being followed by many federal agencies, said Ross Buffington, a General Services Administration spokesman in the Seattle area.

Spring Barrel Tasting

There's no need for a long road trip to taste wine made from fruit in the state's best growing regions. Spokane winemakers are bringing grapes from the Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley, Horse Heaven Hills, Red Mountain and the Walla Walla Valley to make wines right here.

Hotel project could resume in June

The co-owner of a stalled hotel project in downtown Spokane said Wednesday she hopes work can resume by June on the corner of Third Avenue and Division Street. Rita Santillanes said construction of a 115-room Best Western Peppertree Inn stopped because the project lost its financing while Spokane officials processed a demolition permit for St. John’s Lutheran Church, which had occupied the site since the early 1900s. The church was severely damaged by fire in the 1960s and rebuilt, she said.

Council votes for a study of Y buy

The Spokane City Council wants to study whether buying the YMCA building in Riverfront Park with Conservation Futures funds is the “highest and best use” of that money for the community. But that doesn’t mean the city is walking away from the proposal. The council voted Monday night to order a study of the purchase, which is being proposed by Spokane County commissioners. If the study determines Conservation Futures restrictions make the plan to spend some $4.4 million of the funds a bad idea, the council is ready with backup plans, probably involving a loan from the city’s investment pool.