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Orlison canning Pilsner 37 in support of Team Gleason

Orlison canning Pilsner 37 in support of Team Gleason

It's a big day for Orlison Brewing and Team Gleason, Steve Gleason's ALS foundation as the Airway Heights brewing company unveils its new beer that will help raise money for the non-profit organization.

It's a little hectic at Orlison Brewing, as it always is for canning date, but the guys at the brewery are especially proud of their latest batch of Pilsner 37. It's already been in area bars, but now that it's being canned it opens them up to an entirely new market and it's also great exposure for Team Gleason

Orlison couldn't be happier to be a part of Steve Gleason's foundation. They get some great exposure for a new product and, "it also gives the Gleason Foundation additional revenue from the sales of this so it is a good partnership, we make a good team together," brewmaster Bernie Duenwald said.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of Pilsner 37 go directly to Team Gleason so Orlison hopes the beer sells well.

From Seattle to Clayton, marijuana stores getting ready to open

From Seattle to Clayton, marijuana stores getting ready to open

Each day Washington grows closer to legal marijuana sales and some business owners are now setting up shop as the liquor control board pushes forward with its investigations.

The success of potential pot store Savage THC in Clayton could all depend on traffic. Not trafficking but traffic on Highway 395, which connects Spokane to Canada.

"I'm trying to suck in the Canadian visitors by telling them it's only 138 clicks (kilometers)," owner Scott Dekay said.

Dekay is currently building the infrastructure for his pot business.

"I'm thinking like a bank style window, maybe with bars or plexiglass, I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet," he said.

Dekay is excited since receiving this letter from the liquor control board stating his application is moving forward.

"My daughter is here for a visit, I don't see her very often, and I just told her, 'This is the best day of my life since you were born,'" he said.

If he passes a background check and financial investigation he could be awarded a license, but there's still a lot of work to do. Counters, signs, security cameras, everything built to the specifications he presented in his application.

Washingtonians flocking to Idaho for cheaper alcohol

Washingtonians flocking to Idaho for cheaper alcohol

Just hundreds of yards from Washington, and barely into Idaho, the shelves of the State Line Liquor Store are stocked, but sticker shock proves they won't be for long.

The store opened months after Washington voters passed I-1183. When privatized liquor started almost two years ago in Washington, Kootenai County saw an increase of $7 million in liquor sales each year. So many people are crossing the border to buy booze. Those purchases from Washingtonians left nearly $420,000 in sales tax for Kootenai County last year.

If you put the average price for a bottle of liquor at about $20, that means 350,000 bottles would leave the county each year. The sales tax would stay.

The Idaho State Liquor Division says Kootenai County had the highest growth in the state.

"It's not a regular thing but when I'm over here, pop in, just do it," said Eric Carlson of Spokane Valley.

Almost every license plate KXLY saw at the liquor store this afternoon was from Washington, including Eric Carlson's.

"How come they can do it cheaper here, not there. It's not like we're crossing oceans?" Carlson said.

Target to hire 200 at end of month job fair

Target to hire 200 at end of month job fair

The new South Hill Target is set to open in July, and the retail giant is preparing to hire 200 team members. Target will host a job fair May 29 - 31 at the Lincoln Center to fill the open positions.

During the job fair, store leaders will conduct pre-scheduled interviews as well as discuss the store’s employment culture. The job fair is open to the public and interested applicants are ecnouraged to apply in advance by visiting target.com/careers.

New car service Uber offering rides at the touch of a button

New car service Uber offering rides at the touch of a button

The car service Uber launched in Spokane yesterday. It's one of many cities worldwide to welcome the service.

"It's an amazing service when you're out and about to get from one end of the city to the other end," said Greg Kauwe, the first Spokane Uber customer.

Kauwe said the whole process is completely user friendly.

"It's really simple! I downloaded the app on my iPhone and it works by GPS it links all your payment information. You just set it to pick up at your coordinates and it just cruises along side of you, hop in and they ask you where you want to go," said Kauwe.

Uber says they are on average 28 percent more affordable than taking a cab. When compared to several other Spokane cab companies, Uber is almost a dollar cheaper per mile.

"When I use a cab it usually takes me about maybe 10 minutes just to set the whole thing up, but with Uber I just simply log into my app and I click," said Kauwe.

A few other added features, the application allows you to see how close the nearest driver is; estimate the total fair of a trip; and there is no exchange of money, it is all paid for on your phone.

Want to get away? AAA has a new store for that

Want to get away? AAA has a new store for that

The summer travel season is nearly upon us, and if you're looking for that perfect get away you might want to check out AAA's new cruise and travel store on the South Hill.

Whether you want to go to Boise or Berlin, Missoula or Madrid, the folks at AAA want to help you do it. At the very least they want you to make the trek to their new store on the South Hill for their grand opening next week, if you do, you might have a pretty good shot at going somewhere for free.

AAA is giving away two $1,000 Delta travel vouchers, a set of high end luggage and a cruise for two to Victoria aboard the Victoria Clipper.

"Come on in register for that and come see this fabulous store. I mean it is so cool the minute you walk in you just feel the travel energy," AAA Washington President and CEO Kirk Nelson said.

Nelson is excited about AAA's move to the South Hill, with the same staff from the downtown store ready to help customers in an awesome new environment.

"You walk in, you just feel travel, you sense travel," Nelson said.

Bloomsday brings in millions with more to come

Bloomsday brings in millions with more to come

While many are still recovering from Bloomsday, Spokane businesses are still cashing in. Many are gearing up for a big payoff in the years to come.

This past weekend, hotels like the Red Lion Inn at the Park were completely booked.

"We were sold out, and quite a bit in advance. It was just a tremendous weekend," said General Manager Michael Fear.

The Onion Restaurant downtown was packed as well.

"It never stopped. It was quite a bit busier, I think, even than last year," said Jacky Roberg.

It was busier than last year, and more profitable. According to estimates from Visit Spokane, Bloomsday brought in about $1.6 million more this year than last year. A key factor was more hotel rooms were booked.

Everyone is looking forward to Hoopfest.

"Bloomsday will slow down about three o'clock. Hoopfest on the Saturday and Sunday stay busy all the way until eight or nine at night," Roberg said.

Projected numbers from Visit Spokane, show Hoopfest could net $38.7 million for the local economy.