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Business is sew sew at South Hill Alterations

Starting at a vey young age, Master Tailor Bang Hoang spent 16 years in the tailoring business in his native Viet Nam before moving to the US 26 years ago. His company, South Hill Alterations in Lincoln Heights next to Rite Aid, is celebrating two years and business is very good. Bang and his wife run the business offering alterations and repairs of all kinds, with skilled expertise, fast, professional service and reasonable prices. His specialty is women’s and men’s suits. He can perform miracles with thread and cloth. And he works with leather as well. South Hill Alterations is open Monday through Friday from 10 to 6 and Saturday 10 to 4. The phone number is 509-368-9417.

‘Really Big Shoe’ this Thursday

The big ‘If the Shoe Fits, Wear It’ event is Thursday, August 11 from 5:30 to 9:30 pm at the Lincoln Center. It’s a great show featuring dancers (including yours truly in an opening song and dance number), models, great food and an auction including a dozen pair each of chocolate and art shoes, and chance to help raise 1000 pairs of shoes for disadvantaged Spokane kids. Go to iftheshoefitswearit.eventbrite.comnow for your ticket.

Shelley Hepler can make your business shine

With over 20 years of experience as a successful manager and the savvy she brings as the publisher of Mermaids of the Lake magazine, Shelley Hepler is the dynamic head of Shine Consulting. She is a funny, smart, forward-thinking, and inspiring leader who wants to help you and your staff to be all that they can be. As a performance consultant, she is passionate about helping small businesses with outstanding managerial and staff performance – resulting in greater efficiencies, increased productivity, and employee retention.

Shelley and her team give business owners and managers tools to run an efficient business, increase productivity, and retain their valuable employees through assessments for managerial and staff performance, training for supervisor and leader excellence, one-on-one coaching for focus and accountability, and interactive teambuilding activities and presentations. All are tailored expressly for the client business.

Shine enjoys working side-by-side with clients, participating in their enthusiasm for their business missions. You can contact Shelley Hepler at Shine Consulting, 509-230-3944 and [email protected].

Sunset at the Rockin’ B Ranch

Scott and Pamela Brownlee, owners of the Rockin’ B Ranch, announce that this, their 17th season, will be the last one for the Cowboy Supper Shows at the Rockin’ B Ranch. All shows will continue as scheduled through October 1st.

The Rockin’ B has become a tradition for many Inland Northwest families. “For 17 years, we have provided audiences with a unique and different entertainment environment. We honored Western Music in the tradition of such greats as Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, and the Sons of the Pioneers, and created an atmosphere of genuine Western hospitality and openness,” Pamela Brownlee said.

This will be your last chance to enjoy the finest supper show in the Pacific Northwest. The Riders of the Rockinâ?T B includes musicians Scott and Pamela Brownlee, JayDean Ludiker, Sam Mazzola, and Gordon Grove under the musical direction of Leslie Ann Grove.

Cowboy Supper Shows are each Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August, each Friday and Saturday in September and Saturday, October 1st. Two more Bluegrass Tuesday Concerts, August 16 and September 20. The Rockinâ?T B Ranch Grassroots and Gospel Music Hour are recorded on selected Sunday afternoons in front of a live audience. One more comedy written by Patrick F. McManus, and starring Tim Behrens, “Scrambled McManus,” will be presented on Grandparents’ Day, Sunday, September 11th. For show times and tickets online, visit Tickets also available at the box office, 11am to 5pm Tuesdays through Saturdays, 509-891-9016.

Grocery Outlet to add third store

The former Safeway store at 1617 West Third Avenue at Maple, that has been vacant since 2006, will be a Grocery Outlet store location this October. An estimated $2 million worth of renovations are underway at the store which will employ as many as 40 workers. Grocery Outlet is a Berkeley based discount chain of 150 stores, two of which are in the Spokane area…one in the Valley and one on the northside.

The ‘epicenter’ for northside events is now open

The old Moose Lodge building at 6425 N. Lidgerwood has re-opened after an extensive renovation, as the new Spokane EpiCenter event facility. The new facility will be open for Fundraisers, catered events, weddings, receptions, and concerts. With a capacity of 500 people, this new venue promises to finally give Spokane’s northside its own large event facility. A couple of features of note are the extensive free parking and their commercial kitchen that is available to rent in blocks of time. For more information email [email protected].

Magazines Magazines Magazines

The Spokane Market is blessed to have so many high quality local magazines that showcase our area in photos and stories. Three of them just launched new issues this past week. Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, the new Spokane Metroand Spokane Savvy just debuted their fall issues and they are all excellent.

Pick them up and celebrate all that is good about the Inland Northwest.

Lucinda Kay to address INBA Wednesday

Lucinda Kay is an amazing motivational speaker and she’s making a luncheon presentation to the INBA this week. She uses her life experiences to empower others with her speaking engagements. Lucinda has been a local TV news anchor and reporter and now the owner of ‘Let It Shine! The luncheon is Wednesday, August 10, at the Rain Bar (Next to Scratch Restaurant) 1007 W. 1st Ave. 11:30 – noon: Check in, networking. Noon: Buffet lunch served. 12:15: Introductions, housekeeping, announcements. 12:30 – 1 pm: Speaker Lucinda Kay. The cost is $20 for members and first time guests. Go to for information and tickets.

Local Flooding – Cause For Water Well Contamination

Private and Commercial Water Well Owners Need To Ensure Safety From Contaminants. Local flooding last spring may be cause for well water contamination concern. Since all private wells use ground water within the local water table, there is a need to have wells tested on a regular basis. The recent spring weather and snow melt caused flooding in local and rural areas of Spokane and the Inland Northwest. The excessive runoff sent surface contaminates, including fecal matter, chemicals and residue from dirt and mud into residential and commercial water wells.

Scott Barratt, owner of Water Recovery Services, Inc. of Spokane, has worked with these and other water well situations for over 30 years. He warns private and even commercial well owners of the need to test their wells for contamination. Barratt suggests that all private well owners should consider having their wells tested for: total coliform bacteria, nitrates, total dissolved solids and ph levels. Concerned owners can call the local health department or the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at: 800-426-4791 for more information.

Water Recovery Services, Inc. of Spokane is also available to come and inspect your well water. Call 509-535-0525 or go to

Cheryl Young Appointed Dean of Career Services for Carrington College

Carrington College, a part of DeVry Inc. a global provider of educational services, announced the appointment of Cheryl Young as the dean of career services. In her new role, Young will be supporting career services for the ten Carrington College campuses.

Since joining the DeVry family in 1996, Young has held a variety of management positions at DeVry University, including new student coordinator, local area marketing manager and national program manager and currently serves as senior manager for Change Movement.

Young has provided overall strategic leadership and program design, while executing the plan for a national program in 25 locations throughout the United States and Canada. She also served as chairperson of the DeVry University Kansas City Enrollment Enhancement Committee creating initiatives that successfully increased student enrollment and retention and employment opportunities.

For more information about certificate, degree and online programs offered at Carrington College, or to register for classes, go to call 888-720-5014.

Sponsorship opportunities available for Cobra Polo Classic

The Cobra Polo Classic benefitting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane still has limited opportunities for corporate sponsorships and for individual tickets. This one of a kind event takes place on Sunday, September 11th. For more information, please contact Mike Forness, Executive Director of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane, at [email protected] or visit

Global Leadership Summit held this week

Over 120,000 church and business leaders will gather for The Global Leadership Summit on August 11-12. The summit will be broadcast live via satellite from the Willow Creek Community Church, Chicago to more than 185+ satellite sites across North America. Life Center Four Square Church at 1202 N Government Way in Spokane is one of those sites. Be a part of the growing global coalition of servant-oriented, fired-up men and women committed to becoming better leaders. The speakers this year include Howard Schultz, Chairman & CEO of Starbucks; Erwin McManus, Activist, Filmmaker and Cultural Architect; Dr. Henry Cloud, Clinical Psychologist, Leadership Consultant; Seth Godin, Bestselling Author and Renowned Marketing Blogger; and Rev. Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil, Speaker, Thought Leader, among others.

Register at For more information visit

The Business Thought of the Week

“The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.”
John Powell 

Monte Tareski