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Washington's pot license lottery gets underway

Washington state is holding a lottery this week to select more than 300 licensees across the state to run recreational marijuana shops.

In places like Spokane eight recreational pot stores are allowed but 108 people applied to run those stores, so the state is holding a city-by-city lottery to see who gets the licenses.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board started the lottery Monday and it runs through the end of the week.

It's double-blind, which means absolute anonymity for the applicants so no one gets special treatment.

The people applying still have to pass a background check, financial investigation and other requirements before any licenses are issued.

Although we won't know who gets a license for a few weeks it's an exciting time for the applicants, like Dan Magadanz, who manages "The Peaceful Choice," a local medical marijuana dispensary.

"The second recreational market in the United States is opening and nobody has anything right now. We're standing in a position where we're really excited to be one of the people that help this industry move into legitimate business," Magadanz said.

Beck's Harvest House opens for the season

Beck's Harvest House opens for the season

Easter weekend marks the start of the season for Beck's Harvest House.

After having to cancel the event the last two years because of muddy field conditions, thousands of people came out to participate in their orchard egg hunt.

Families were happy to take advantage of the great weather and get outdoors.

"Just wanted to be out and enjoy the sun and enjoy family time together," said Joel Brennan, who visited the orchards Sunday with his family.

A lot more people came out than Beck's Harvest House had anticipated.

"Which is great we love having the people come out," said Todd Beck, Beck's Harvest House Owner.

Beck said the spring is a great time to visit because the crowds are smaller, and it's one of the prettiest times of year.

"You can really see nature open up for the spring and it's just a great get away. Get the kids out here and show them how fruit starts and where it comes from," said Beck.

Beck's Harvest House is open Friday through Sunday, then seven days a week starting in mid May.

Online farmers market adds new smartphone app

Online farmers market adds new smartphone app

Purchasing produce straight from the farm just got easier. Northwest Farm Fresh is taking their online farmers market and putting it in the palm of your hand with a new smartphone app.

Northwest Farm Fresh said in a press release that the new app was a natural next step for the virtual farmers market with more and more people using their phones to shop online. The free app is available in both the Google Play store and iTunes, just search NW Farm Fresh.

Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

Photoboxx looks to plug into Instagram market

200 million people worldwide have heard of Instagram, the picture sharing social media app that boasts more than 20 billion photos shared using its software. Now a local company called Photoboxx is looking to tap into that global market.

Here's how Photoboxx works: Say you're planning an event, a guest at the event can snap a picture on Instagram using a specific hashtag and then, about a minute later, the picture prints out on a photobox. Your guest gets to keep the print and you have endless possibilities for marketing not only your event, but your brand.

Owners Michael Fisk and Devon Lind spent about a year, and plenty of their own money starting Photoboxx and the concept behind it is pretty simple.

"At an event people are already taking photos. They are taking pictures with their camera but there is no real incentive for them to use that company or the brand for that event's hashtag," Fish said.

Photoboxx gives them an incentive as the people taking pictures get to keep their Polaroid-like print. But the business side of Photoboxx is maybe the best part

Harvest House opens for Easter weekend

Harvest House opens for Easter weekend

Spring is here, and to make it official Beck’s Harvest House at Green Bluff is opening on Saturday. After being cancelled due to weather the last two years,  the Harvest House Easter Egg Hunt is back to kick of the season.

Beck’s is putting the country wagon to use in the orchard for this weekend’s Easter Egg Hunt. Kids ride for $6 and parents can ride along for $3. After hunting through the trees for the hidden gems, all participants can enjoy a free ice cream cone.

Our Kids are Our Business

Our Kids are Our Business

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Eight years ago the Spokane community decided enough was enough!  It was rocked to the core by the horrific death of little Summer Phelps and was jarred into taking a stand for children.

KXLY has joined with 34 other businesses and individuals (Spo-Can Council) for the month-long initiative "Our Kids Our Business". The focus is on the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The council holds regular meetings, and next week will hold it's annual luncheon.  

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

Report shows high rate of tobacco sales to WA minors

The number of retailers in Washington that illegally sell tobacco to minors is high for the second year in a row. An annual report that tracks illegal sales shows about 15% of tobacco retailers sold tobacco to minors in 2013, which is about the same as it was in 2012. As recently as 2009, the rate was much lower, at about 9%.