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3, 2011 ,rid y and ; a lot that )use's [. The se of onds, d the t sell )rical min- :t the f the many n the t ask t will bster Leney 3e ear to le he yen a Lerous aw in es for f the ation atility while (uren eney lelp ty of :e Ki- ',aster horst ranis m )iTI m Thursday, April 28, 2011 Dessert Pals aims to sweeten the deal By BECKY THOMAS Staff Reporter or Scott and Marissa Myers, there s nothing better than a delicious dessert. Unless it s a deli- cious dessert at a discount, that is. That's the idea behind Dessert Pals, a business the couple opened in Cheney this month. "It's a dessert club," Scott My- ers said. "Our customers go to our website, print out the membership card and then they come on down and get discounts on gourmet desserts." Dessert Pals is located inside the Picture Perfect framing and art gallery at 1831 First St. The Myers' carved out a space among the frame samples and artwork for a few tables and chairs as well as displays filled with cookies, brownies, chocolates and ,more. "We wanted something that had a variety and had a place for people to sit down and just relax and enjoy their dessert," Scott Myers said. Their desserts are also available at the Pottery Shed at 208 First St. The business sells treats made by Marsel's Cakes, Bruttle's, Hal- let's, Mr. Magic Cupcake Factory and Sweet Addictions, all regional businesses. Marissa Myers said they plan to add more variety as they go, aiming for a frequently changing menu. "This way people get to try different kinds and we get to try desserts for a living," she said with a laugh. "The challenge is keeping active somewhat so we don't double our weight." The Myers' met in Portland, Ore. and spent their courtship enjoying desserts together. After they married and moved to Colo- rado, Scott Myers began pursuing Photo t Scott and Marissa Myers stand near the dessert displays at Pals, located inside Picture Perfect in Cheney. a business degree while working in accounting. He said he's always wanted to own his own business, and during his studies he came up with the dessert club concept, which the couple worked to de- velop over the past two years. After his graduation, the couple needed a place to test out their business plan, and they decided to come back to Cheney, where Scott Myers grewup. "! wanted a targeted audience and I didn't know where to start. Budget problems I was born and raised in Chc and I like Cheney," he said. "I the citizens, I have a lot of fri( here, so I thought, "Why not cr the dessert club in Cheney?'" Dessert Pals is implemen technology to grow their, tomer base. Their website, w dessertpals.com, displays menu as well as a "daily deal" offers a special discount for or two days. People who sign u 1 the free membership card bec. "Dessert Pals" and get the d ney like nds ate Kng ,US- N'N. the that .e or , for )me eals sent to their email. The Myers' are also using Facebook and Twitter to reach their clientele. "It's also a way to promote lo- cal activities within Cheney," Scott Myers said. The Myers' said one of their main goals is to give back to the community, and they've begun partnering with local businesses for cross-marketing purposes as well as to sell their "Cookies for a Cure," sugar cookies shaped like the iconic pink ribbon that's become synonymous with breast cancer awareness. The cookies are currently for sale at Nixon's Farm- ers Insurance and Copy Junction for $1 each, with proceeds .going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Scott Myers said they hope to raise $1,500 for the Eastern Washington affiliate by the end Of the year. While the couple has big plans for their business-they want to expand locally, offer delivery and their own product line and eventually become an internation- al company-they said they're happy in their cozy corner of Picture Perfect. Since their grand opening April 15, the Myers" said they've had several return cus- tomers come in to enjoy desserts together, from a woman and her elderly mother to a couple of high school students. "It's those moments that make this company so special to me, is watching two people share a great dessert and just talking," Scott Myers said. Dessert Pals is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Satur- day and can be reached by phone at 235-4006 or through www.des- sertpals.com. Becky Thomas can be reached at becky@cheneyfreepress.com. continued from page 1 Cheney Superintendent Larry Keller said the district doesn't plan to sen-Oit any .... pink slips and instead will deal with expected cuts by tapping the reserve fund and not filling about five open teacher positions. "Based 'on what we know now, we should not have a reduction in force," Keller said, adding that this is assuming the final state budget stays in the ballpark of proposals currently on the table. Those proposals aren't exactly rosy, however. Veltri said the Sen- ate budget is worse for K-12 edu- cation than the House, although both versions ignore the state constitution, which says basic ed- ucation should be the paramount responsibility of government. She also pointed out that Washington is now 44th in the nation on per pupil spending. Keller isn't happy that the Sen- ate's budget includes a 3 percent base pay cut for all school employ- ees. "I'm still bothered that the Sen- ate bill in particular didn't do their duty and take those cuts at the state level," Keller said. "They put that burden on districts to figure out and to me that's not equitable." Last Friday, on the final day of their regular session, Ninth Dis- trict Representatives Joe Schmick and Susan Fagan joined Ninth District Sen. Mark Schoesler in a conference call with Cheney city officials, where they expressed their own frustration over the state budgetary process. "We've been here for 105 days, we should have been able to get this done," Schmick said, adding that he's frustrated the Senate was able to come together on their budget long before the House, which was bogged d6wff' by "quibbling." ! Schoesler said with anywhere from 60 to 90 bills to work through, districts should not plan on av- ing a state budget to work  ith anytime soon. It s unrealist ic if (the governor) thinks this is ing to get done in less than or three weeks because you I some very difficult bills to vot if you're involved in this bu( process," he said. All three Republican le tors said the lack of a final bu( go- ave for [get sla- [get i "I'm still bothered that the Senate bill in par- ticular didn't do their duty and take those cuts at the state level They put that burden on districts to figure out and to me that's not equitable" Cheney School District Superintendent Larry Keller was primarily caused by slow Democratic leadership, but House Democrat Timm Ormsby, who serves Spokane's 3rd District, saidthe slowdown was due to the unprecedented federal and state fiscal situation. "We could have forced the issue and slammed something through but we de- cided to be more careful in craft- ing this budget," he said. Ormsby said arriving at a bud- get consensus between the two parties in each house,followed by an agreement between all sides of the House and Senate, is a tricky process that will take more time, although he declined to estimate how long. "Like a war we don't know what will happen until it hap- pens; when the offensive begins we'll know more," Ormsby said. "We've got 147 different person- alities here along with the gover- nor; it'll be interesting to see how this plays out." MAR continued from page 1 "We're pretty lucky that things have been relatively quiet outside the department," Camp- bell said. Crime was down in March, with 43 crimes reported, down from 49 in February and 56 in January. Most categories were down, with the exception of as- saults- eight were reported in March, up two from the previous two months. There were 43 arrests made in March, up four from February but lower than in March 2010, which saw 51 arrests. In the information technol- ogy department, which is under hralliMn Locally owned & operated Tank pumping & maintenance Baffle inspection System inspection for home sale License #602872994 cheneyseptic@g mail.corn www.cheneyseptic.com CPD, new projects including server upgrades, website devel- opment and a new phone system have pushed the budget to 43.5 percent spent with a quarter of the year elapsed. Campbell said a City Council budget amend- ment this week would account for the new projects and he hoped the budget would balance out as the year progresses. Patrol numbers continued on early-year trends, with a slight increase in calls for service and a sligh.t decrease in alcohol and drug arrests. Traffic enforcement dipped slightly in March, continuing the trend of reduced traffic contacts in Cheney. Through March 2010, Unlimited Hours, No Contracts! Instant Messaging - keep yor buddy list! '0 e-/'nail addresses with Wabmail! Custom Start, Page - news, weather & more! -.F'.-.,-,,-a- su, cup to fox fasferl i:' "" just  mor Sign Up Onlinel www.LocalNeLcom Call Today & Save! 489-3365 there were 778 contacts and 190 citations issued, while thgre were just 476 contacts and!96 citations issued through March of this year. Campbell said the numbers reflected the reduced forces in the department right now. "We're hoping that goes back up as things shake out within the department and our officers have more time to get out on the streets," he said. Becky Thomas can be reached at becky@cheneyfreepress.com. ,In On the Lake, Delicious Food- Relaxin 8 Lakeside Dinin 8 ; ?0  p.m.,, Reservations Recommended ' i 12 Miles south of Cheney on scenic Williams Lake Free Press Page 7 I // I t II|l ., by lcy " p " by ey " rict Hearing set on Cheney School Distrnct's plan to build sports fields at Crunk's Hill The Cheney School District plans t0 build sports fields on the 20-acre parcel now home to Crunk's Hill. The city of Cheney Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the district's permit application at 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 9 in City Hall council chambers, 609 SecondSt, Comments may be mailed or emailed to the city through April 29---Community Development Department, 112 Anderson Road, Cheney, WA 99004 or blucas @ cityofcheney. org---or made in person at the hearing. wait for the next (state revenue) " forecast. And boy, we better hope that forecast is good because what happens if we're down another little chunk of money? Well ther/ it just starts the whole process': over again." Staff Reporter Becky Thomas contributed to this story. Ryan Lancaster can be reached at ryan@cheneyfreepress.com. Schmick is worried that it will ultimately play out badly for any- one wanting a speedy resolution. "I don't see any sense of ur- gency to want to get this done and I feel it does the taxpayer a disservice," he said. 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