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Business owner organizing Black Friday challenge

Black Friday is the day shoppers traditionally go running frantically all over town for the best deal on everything from toasters to LEGOs to yard furniture to pantyhose. On this particular Black Friday, there’s a group of local business owners who’ve gotten together to shift some of the shopping frenzy the local way. And it’s all Deborah DiBernardo’s idea.

Spokane businesses consider sustainability startup

A Bellingham network that supports business, community and environmental sustainability has grown to 650 members and a budget of $1 million in seven years, co-founder Michelle Long said Monday in Spokane. The unemployment rate, traditionally higher in Whatcom County than in Washington as a whole, is now lower, she said. The survival rate for small farms is double the state rate, and business startups are also more likely to succeed.

Spokane coffee roaster believes quality begins before the pour

There’s little elegance in the practice of cupping coffees. When professional tasters are checking the aromas and tastes of coffee, they start with several samples of the grounds. Once brewed, tasters sniff and then loudly slurp a bit of each sample. The slurping, says Roast House Coffee brew master Dave Rier, aerates the coffee and sends it to the back of one’s mouth. It allows the taster to evaluate each sample for its aroma, taste and mouth feel.