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Spokesman Review 03/31/2020 03:05
At Mom’s Custom Tattoo & Body Piercing in Kendall Yards, owner and resident "mom" Beth Swilling has worked for the past five years to create a "safe space" for her customers. As the COVID-19 pandemic shut down businesses across America this month, Swilling’s space wasn’t considered safe anymore. Mom’s Tattoo has about 10 employees, a mix of tattoo artists and piercers, who are now out of work.
Spokesman Review 03/30/2020 23:00
WASHINGTON – A $500 billion federal aid package for companies and governments hurt by the coronavirus includes rules aimed at ensuring that the money is used in ways that would help sustain the economy. But questions are being raised about whether those guardrails will prevent the kinds of abuses that have marked some corporate bailouts of the past. In return for the emergency loans, which could be spun by the Federal Reserve into up to $4.5 trillion, companies will face temporary limits on what they can pay executives. They’ll also need to keep their workforces stable or at least not lay off more than 10% for several months. And they’ll face restrictions on stock buybacks and dividend increases. Yet loopholes may lurk in the legislation. “
Spokesman Review 03/30/2020 23:00
BALTIMORE – Americans signed more contracts in February to buy homes, but the gains are likely relics of a moment before the coronavirus outbreak sent the U.S. economy spiraling into a likely recession. The National Association of Realtors said Monday its pending home sales index, which measures the numbers of purchase contracts signed, rose 2.4% in February from the prior month to 111.5.
Spokesman Review 03/30/2020 23:00
NEW YORK – Some Instacart and Amazon warehouse workers walked off the job Monday demanding greater safeguards against the coronavirus, even as both companies are speed-hiring hundreds of thousands of new workers to handle a surge in delivery orders. The one-day strikes had little impact on consumers, but the unrest called attention to mounting discontent among low-wage workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic, serving the needs of those who can keep safe working from home.
Spokesman Review 03/30/2020 22:45
Newspaper giant Gannett will begin furloughing employees over the next three months to cut costs during the economic slowdown caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a memo distributed to employees Monday. Certain employees paid more than $38,000 a year by one of the company’s more than 100 newspapers, including USA Today, will be required to take one week of unpaid leave in April, May and June, according to a memo obtained by the Washington Post from USA Today Network President Maribel Wadsworth. In a separate memo, Gannett chief executive Paul Bascobert told staff on Monday that while subscriptions and audience engagement was up, the company expects revenue to “decline considerably” in the second quarter and that the involuntary lea.
Spokesman Review 03/29/2020 23:18
Plans are moving forward for Selkirk Pharma’s $30 million manufacturing facility on the West Plains. The company, a contract manufacturing startup in the pharmaceutical industry, filed an environmental review for the project with the Washington state Department of Ecology last week. The company intends to build a 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 9110 W. Granite Ave.
Spokesman Review 03/29/2020 23:12
Second-home getaways often are used only during specific times of the year. For example, a riverfront cabin may go months – sometimes even years – without any occupants, while other popular escapes in popular locations are jammed-packed every weekend with city folks fleeing the craziness of downtown. Even though a second home may be placed on your mental “back burner,” make sure you stay current on all zoning, land use and legal guidelines. If you wait too long to build or improve, the building environment may have changed dramatically. For example, in Shelton v. Strickland, a landowner (Shelton) filed a lawsuit against his neighbor (Strickland) to have Strickland’s shed removed on one of the popular San Juan Island. The shed encroached ont.
Spokesman Review 03/29/2020 23:12
Managing a workforce that is working from home can be fraught with uncertainty under any conditions. Add a pandemic to the mix, and uncertainty can transform into fear and trust isn’t necessarily top of mind. But Better Business Bureau Northwest and Pacific knows trust is essential for successful telecommuting. Some BBB NW+P employees have worked remotely for years; it’s been the only way to continue good local representation across our large region. There is no way around it: This requires a level of trust. We trust our employees to work honestly and productively; they trust our organization to support them in this “not-the-norm” work environment. It’s worked well for BBB NW+P, and we’ve learned a lot in the process. But now the coronaviru.
Spokesman Review 03/29/2020 22:17
The storefront of Bliss Hair Studio is usually full of stylists chatting with their clients and women sitting with foil in their hair. On Thursday the storefront was empty. The usual products that filled shelves were taken home, scissors stowed away, and sinks are empty. Co-owners Peggy Trevaskis and Molly Warmuth closed the salon last week as part of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The pair opened Bliss Hair Studio about 18 years ago in the Paulsen Building on Riverside Avenue in downtown Spokane. “We have a group of seven stylists, and we’ve all been together for a long time,” Trevaskis said. Trevaskis and Warmuth rent booths in their salon to other stylists, meaning each stylist is a separate busine.
Spokesman Review 03/29/2020 20:56
Gov. Jay Inslee issued modifications Saturday to the "Stay Home, Stay Healthy" order that loosen with homebuyers and sellers. Under Inslee’s initial stay-home order, which went into effect Wednesday, real estate agents were restricted from conducting open houses and physically touring homes with buyers for two weeks because brokerage services are not deemed an "essential business.".
Spokesman Review 03/27/2020 21:52
Spokane Realtors are having to change how they conduct business and market homes as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Under Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, which went into effect Wednesday, Realtors are restricted from conducting open houses and physically touring homes with buyers for two weeks because brokerage services are not deemed an "essential business.".
Spokesman Review 03/27/2020 10:46
NEW YORK – Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as the market gives back some of the gains it piled up over the past three days. Major indexes are down about 3% in early trading Friday. The S&P 500 had shot up 17% over the previous three days as traders became hopeful that Congress would pass a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package. The bill has made it through the Senate and is expected to pass the House soon. Even after the rally this week the market is down 25% from the peak it reached a month ago. European markets also fell.
Spokesman Review 03/27/2020 10:05
Spokane-based Paw Print Genetics, a canine DNA diagnostic center, is planning to build a new office and laboratory, according to preliminary plans filed with the city. The company filed a preliminary application with the city to build a 12,000-square-foot office and laboratory with basement storage and 60 parking spaces at 519 E. North Foothills Drive. Construction on the $3 million project is estimated to begin this summer, according to the application. The project architect is Spokane-based Uptic Studios. Paw Print Genetics has an office in the Franklin Park Medical Center at 220 E. Rowan Ave. Lisa Shaffer founded Paw Print Genetics in 2012.
Spokesman Review 03/27/2020 09:58
Plans are moving forward for Selkirk Pharma’s $30 million manufacturing facility on the West Plains. The company, a contract manufacturing startup in the pharmaceutical industry, filed an environmental review for the project with the Washington state Department of Ecology last week. The company intends to build a 65,000-square-foot manufacturing facility at 9110 W. Granite Ave.
Spokesman Review 03/27/2020 09:55
Lovesac, a specialty furniture store, is planning to open its first showroom in Eastern Washington at River Park Square. The Connecticut-based company last week filed for permits with the city to remodel a second-floor, 1,780-square-foot space at 808 W. Main Ave. River Park Square is owned by affiliates of the Cowles Co., which also publishes The Spokesman-Review. Ohio-based Shremshock Architects & Engineers is the architect for the project, which has a valuation of $110,000. Lovesac has more than 80 retail showrooms nationwide, with two locations in Western Washington. Shawn Nelson founded Lovesac in 1998 after creating an 8-foot-wide, foam-filled beanbag chair in the basement of his parents’ home in Utah.
Spokesman Review 03/26/2020 21:04
Jewelisa Darrera doesn’t know what she’s going to do. She’d been working at Movie and Dinner – first as a food runner, then as a server – since October. Then she received a text message March 15 from a coworker who had been promoted to assistant manager in January. “It said, ‘Hi all, I don’t have everybody’s number but I’ll do my best here,’” Darrera said. “M and D will be closed indefinitely, there are no plans to reopen anytime soon. I wish you all guys the best of luck in your job searching, and believe you’re all going to have success. … It was fun while it lasted.’”Prior to that text message, Darrera said she had been under the impression it would only be temporarily shutdown because of the COVID-19 outbreak. On March 19, all Movie an.
Spokesman Review 03/26/2020 14:48
SEATTLE – Alaska Airlines said Wednesday it plans to reduce flights by 70% in April and May and cut pay for its CEO and president to zero through September to conserve cash amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Seattle-based airline said Wednesday that like other airlines they are seeing demand for flights drop by more than 80% and that flight schedules for June and beyond will be based on demand. "These actions are unprecedented, but these are truly unprecedented times," Alaska CEO Brad Tilden said in a news release.
Spokesman Review 03/26/2020 14:44
NEW YORK – Stocks marched higher on Wall Street Thursday, putting the market on track for its first three-day rally in six weeks, even as the astonishing scale of the downturn slamming the economy because of the coronavirus becomes more apparent. Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, easily shattering the prior record set in 1982, as layoffs and business shutdowns sweep across the country.

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