Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living July 2019 #164

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CATALYST/savvy home _ robo calls

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blends eclectic mix of décor and lifestyle accessories

by Darin Burt

Kim Mehaffey and Jacki Reed want shoppers to feel at home in Savvy Home, their

furniture, décor and lifestyle boutique in Downtown Spokane. Their interpretation of home is an inspirational one: inviting, warm and full of beautiful, unique pieces. “It embodies what we love about our homes and entertaining,” Kim says. “When you invite somebody into your home, you want them to feel like you went the extra mile to make it welcoming and comfortable.” Inspiration for Savvy Home came from family and friends who had admired Kim’s and Jacki’s decorating style and asked for advice on bringing similar flair into their own homes. Visit the 900 square foot retail space and you’ll discover an eclectic mix of furniture, wall art and accoutrements that will fit with any style of home décor. There’s a distinct Northwest influence with natural wood and rustic tones, but you’ll also find pieces with French Country, Mid Century Modern, and Bohemian feel. “We worked very hard to find things that weren’t being carried locally by anyone else,” Jacki says. “It’s very important to us that we offer customers quality items at affordable prices.” Kim and Jacki hope to create a community around their new store. Along with presenting an ever -changing collection of merchandise, Savvy Home will play host to mixology classes (featuring glasses and cocktail shakers found in their barware section), Girls Nights with pedicures and private shopping experiences, and pop-up events showcasing local artists and designers “Savvy Home is all about us sharing our passions,” Kim says. “There’s nothing better than a good party and shopping.”

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Who’s Really on the Line? The barrage of automated telephone solicitations or “robocalls” we receive on our home and mobile phones seems to be never-ending. Robocalls coming into Washington state have more than doubled in recent years to 560-million calls a year. To make matters worse, experts estimate that up to half of these calls may be attempts to defraud consumers. In the face of this massive increase in unwanted scam calls, a new AARP survey shows many Washington state adults are unaware of the latest scammer tactics and are putting themselves squarely in the sights of con-artists. While the majority of respondents are using caller ID to avoid numbers they don’t recognize or calls marked “Unknown,” “Private,” or “Restricted,” advances in technology have put them one step behind the cons. “While those traditional red flags may have been enough to protect consumers in the past, con-artists today have gained the upper hand by using ‘spoofing’ tools that mask their true identities,” says AARP state director Doug Shadel. “Impostor scams are among the top complaints received by my office each year, because scammers continue to find new ways to trick consumers,” says Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson. “Scammers use tactics like robodialer technology and ‘neighbor spoofing’ to convince you to pick up the phone.” FEAR SELLS “The only surefire way to avoid becoming a victim is to never engage with a scammer in the first place,” says Shadel. “Con-artists have become increasingly sophisticated and devious, and once they get you talking it’s far too easy to fall prey to their ploys.” You can take four important steps to help protect yourself from fake and misleading robocalls or online pitches: DON’T RELY ON CALLER ID ALONE TO IDENTIFY WHO IS CALLING “Whether it’s online or on the phone,