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Nectar Tasting Room is expanding

Nectar Tasting Room, at 120 N. Stevens, just got even bigger with the announcement of the acquisition of the adjoining 1000 square feet next door. The new space (formerly the LaunchPadINW training center), will be decorated in the same urban modern style of Nectar and will also include a wall of wine barrels. "The Barrel Room gives us the flexibility to host private events, small and large, while we remain open to the public," says owner Josh Wade. "A focus of 2012 is to expand our event rental options and take advantage of our beautiful space and convenient downtown location." The Barrel Room plans to open on April 1. With their expanded food menu and the additional square footage for events, Nectar is continuing its focus on being a top spot in Downtown Spokane. "We can now rent the space in three different ways, 1000 sq ft, 2000 sq ft or the full 3000 sq ft for large groups," says Josh. For event inquiry contact events@nectartastingroom.com.

Nectar Tasting Room is a shared space of five Washington wineries from various regions across the state. Visitors can enjoy an educational wine tasting of five wines (rotates weekly), wine by the glass, and purchase wines to take home and enjoy as well. "We are a winery just like any local winery, we just happen to have 45 wines on the menu to choose from," says Wade.

Making beautiful music for 50 years

Music City is celebrating 50 years in Business. They opened their doors on Valentine's Day in 1962. Now located in a 17,000 sq. ft. store at 1322 N. Monroe, they display the largest stock of pianos, digital pianos, keyboards and organs in the Inland Northwest. Music City has built their business with education as the driving force. Both private and group lessons are available for piano, organ and accordion with fourteen teachers covering all methods from classics, jazz, rock and everything in between.

Music City also has a sheet music department along with a music gift boutique. If you need your piano tuned they do that for you also with a Registered Piano Technician ready to take your call. Music City represents the finest lines with Yamaha, Roland and Knabe. They also have a large array of pre-owned pianos and digital pianos that have gone through their piano shop prior to being offered for sale.

Sonny Wittkopp, chairman and CEO has been there since the doors first opened and his son, Darrin, is now their president and technical expert.

LaunchPadINW Professional Women's Community Event March 1

LaunchPadINW's Professional Women's Community Event, sponsored by Moss Adams and NAWBO is this Thursday, March 1 at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Special guests will be Trish McFarland, Executive Director, YWCA and Yvonne Smith, Spa Director, Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Trish and Yvonne will discuss several topics including their upcoming event on March 22 called 'A Conversation with the Queen: A Night of Triumph' featuring Queen Latifah.

The Professional Women's Event begins at 4 pm, and will be filmed as an episode of LaunchPad Live Talk Show which will air online and on Community Minded TV, Channel 14. This will be followed by the Love. Life. Spa. Event which begins at 6 pm. Both events are free to attend. At the Life. Spa. Event there will be food, wine, hotel tours, and gift bags for the first 100 guests. Both events are free, you can RSVP at www.launchpadinw.com.

Toastmasters communications workshop scheduled

Area Toastmasters clubs and Kootenai Title present a communications workshop on 4 Tuesdays: March 6, 13, 20, and 27 from 6-8 pm at 1450 Northwest Blvd. in Coeur d'Alene. The workshop is intended to build confidence, prepare and practice speaking, enhance interviewing skills and improve presentation skills. The reservation deadline is tomorrow. For more information call 208-773-4681 or email brownrice37@gmail.com.

Stop N Go Drive-In is on the go

The popular Valley restaurant, Stop N Go Drive-In, is celebrating an expansion to a second location on the north side of Spokane. The new location at 6325 N. Wall will debut March 3rd with a Grand Opening Celebration. The original Stop N Go Drive-In at 6505 E. Sprague opened July 6, 2010. Go to StopNGoDrivein.com for more information.

YMCA Scholarship Campaign update

At the mid-point of the four-week scholarship campaign, the YMCA has many Partners For Youth. To date $303,000 or 52% of funds have been raised on the way to the $587,000 goal to provide much needed assistance to those who need the YMCA the most. Meet Dominic who had a chance to attend resident Camp Reed last summer because for the generosity of the Spokane community taking care of our kids. If you visit a YMCA facility, look for the banner where Dominic says, 'It was the coolest thing I've ever done in my whole life!' Supporting the campaign supports our neighbors and our community. Thank you Spokane! www.ymcaspokane.org.

Well Respected Home Inspector Opens Own Business

Roger Odle, long time Home Inspector in the area has opened his own company, called Stamp of Approval Home Inspections. In addition to doing standard Home Inspections, Odle is also a certified: Mold Inspector by the Indoor Air Quality Association, Pest Inspector by the Washington State Department of Agriculture, Well and Water Tester to perform quality and quantity test for private water systems and Radon Testing technician.

Odle was previously with Pillar to Post Home Inspections for 9 years. More information can be found at www.StampOfApprovalHI.com.

Spokane MarCom meeting is this Friday

Spokane MarCom presents experts Shari Campbell and Patrick Moody from JayRay Communications in Tacoma speaking on Research, Focus Groups & Testing Messages. The meeting will be Friday, March 2, from 7:30 to 9 am in the Herak Club Room at Gonzaga's McCarthey Athletic Center, 801 N. Cincinnati, and is open to the public. Visit the newly redesigned website, www.SpokaneMarCom.org to pre-register and pay to reserve your seat.

The meeting fee, which covers breakfast, is $15 for members at the door, $25 for non-members, $5 for student members and $15 for student non-members. (Only full-time students qualify for reduced rates. School I.D. is checked at the door.) Parking is free for MarCom meetings in the lot south of the Herak room on the Gonzaga campus.

The Spokane Regional Marketing and Communications Association (Spokane MarCom) meets on the first Friday of every month (except July, August and January). Visit www.SpokaneMarCom.org to become a member and pre-register for meetings.

Inland Northwest Tourism Awards nominees sought

The Inland Northwest Tourism Awards recognize individuals, businesses and organizations that contribute to the success of the tourism industry in the Spokane Region. It is easy to nominate, just go to VisitSpokane.com/tourismawards, read through the categories and nominate one or more individuals or organizations by filling in the required information. Deadline for submissions in 5 pm, March 2. The awards ceremony will be May 16, at 3:15pm at the Mirabeau Park Hotel.

Spokane Valley Partners and Feinstein Challenge Join Forces

For the 15th year in a row Alan Shawn Feinstein (from Cranston RI) is giving away one Million Dollars to help fight hunger in the United States. During the months of March and April, Spokane Valley Partners will be collecting cash, checks and food donations that when all added up will determine how much of Alan's money will come to the Spokane Valley to help feed the low income families living throughout the greater Spokane Valley.

The demand on food banks has never been greater; in 2007, Spokane Valley Partners fed 23,688 people and in 2011, they fed 41,318 people through the Valley Food Bank. That is an increase of 74% in just four years.

The timing of Mr. Feinstein's challenge is well thought out as the surpluses of food that came to the Valley Food Bank in November and December are being used up. This becomes a critical time of year for them to begin to prepare for the summer months, when the giving drops yet the need rises as fewer kids will be fed through the school programs.

Alan states it this way "Whatever you donate to this agency I will add money to it. The more you give, the more of my $1 Million they will get-thanks to you!" The Feinstein Challenge has become the single largest grass roots campaign ever to fight hunger and all you have to do to be a part of it is to make a donation.

Checks ear-marked Feinstein Challenge can be sent to Spokane Valley Partners, P O Box 141360, Spokane Valley, WA 99214-1360 or beginning March 1st donations can be made on line using a credit or debit card at www.svpart.org. Food can be dropped off 9am to 4:30pm at 10814 E Broadway.

Free pancakes for a good cause

All local IHOP restaurants will be offering a free short stack of their famous buttermilk pancakes to each guest all day tomorrow from 7 am to 10 pm. In return, diners will be asked to make a voluntary donation to support the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals programs at Providence Holy Family Hospital, Providence Mt. Carmel Hospital, Providence Sacred Heart Children's Hospital, Providence St. Joseph's Hospital, St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute, Kootenai Medical Center and Inland Northwest Health Services.

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