Lime Rickey

8 oz. Fresh Lime Juice" (6 to 7 limes)
4 oz. Simple Syrup
12 oz. Seltzer Water
Lime Wedges

In a pitcher or a measuring cup, combine lime juice and simple syrup.

Fill four glasses with ice. Divide lime juice-simple syrup mix between glasses. Fill rest of glass with seltzer. Stir. Garnish with limes.

Makes 4 servings.


We launch a new site

Today we launch a new website that we’ve been working on for a while now here at the shop. We’ve been in the industry for quite a bit and I’m not sure which revision this will be for us, but there have been more than a few!

We’re excited about this one as we believe it does a much better job explaining who we are and also has some fun functionality incorporated as well. A few of the more prominent of these features are:

– The homepage now incorporates a live video feed of the main developer room during normal business hours. We have some creative ideas for expanding on this, but for now you can get a quick view into our environment.

– Also on the homepage during business hours you’ll notice a flashing green cursor just below the line “We use technology to solve problems. What’s yours?”. You can type a question or comment into this area and it will be pushed into one of our Hipchat rooms as well as onto the dev room display. If someone is available, they can respond directly to you.

– Gears. This one comes from a portion of the work that Levi and Andrey developed for their “Gear Game”.

If we can make time, we’ll create a blog entry or two over the next few weeks explaining the implementation of some of these bits of functionality. For now, we hope you enjoy it. Please let us hear your feedback!


Spokane Entrepreneurial Center and Limelyte Technology Group Announce Accelerator Agreement, Proposed Purchase of Buchanan Building

The Spokane Entrepreneurial Center and Limelyte Technology Group announced today an innovative project which includes the purchase and rehabilitation of the vacant Buchanan Building at 28 W. 3rd Ave. in downtown Spokane.

Limelyte Technology Group is a fast growing software development company, that specializes in custom web and mobile applications in the areas of e-commerce, pre-employment & pre-tenancy, on-line learning, inventory, asset tracking, and other custom enterprise applications. Limelyte is currently based in the Spokane Entrepreneurial Center, however they were facing a lack of space for continued expansion. Rob Martinson, Founder and CEO of Limelyte Technology Group says: “Limelyte focuses on providing significant cost savings for our clients through flexible retainer agreements in which we become a direct extension of our clients’ team. We add value by using our large library of proprietary, re-usable modules of production ready code along with our expertise with various web and platform specific tools to solve real world business problems for which a boxed product may not exist.” Limelyte has grown from two employees to six in the past 12 months, and anticipates continued expansion in the future.

The Spokane Entrepreneurial Center has been providing low cost office space for early stage companies since 2007. Over 40 small businesses are currently in residence and nearly 200 have called the SEC home over the past five years. The SEC has two locations, 308 W. 1st Ave. and 608 W. 2nd Ave. Both locations are 100 year old historic buildings that have been re-purposed to bring increased economic vitality to downtown by providing small individual offices, modern conference rooms, free parking, broadband internet, utilities, and high profile downtown venues at a low cost with no deposit or lease requirements. Steve Salvatori, Founder & CEO of Spokane Entrepreneurial Center explains: “The SEC provides space for start up companies. Throughout the great recession our two buildings have stayed largely full, and for much of that time had a waiting list. The drawback however, is that we lose many of our most successful businesses because we don’t have additional room for them to grow. This makes for a great alumni list, but we thought it would be wonderful if we could expand our role from being solely an incubator, and play a greater role as an accelerator.”

Under the terms of the agreement, SEC has entered into a contract to purchase the historic Buchanan Building at 28 W. 3rd Ave from Wells Fargo Bank, who acquired it through foreclosure. Although vacant for several years, both Martinson and Salvatori see potential in the rehabilitation of the Buchanan building, which offers over 10,000 square feet of developable space. “It will take a new roof and significant investment on the interior, but the building seems to have good bones and may help play a role in the revitalization of that part of downtown” says Salvatori. Limelyte will be the marquis tenant, with plenty of room to grow and increase its visibility with its main floor exposure. One of the innovative aspects of the agreement stipulates Limelyte and the SEC will share equally in future appreciation of the building as its intrinsic value grows through successful rehabilitation and occupancy. Martinson says “Limelyte has the chance to build equity without compromising the cash flow we need to invest back into our business, and with this agreement we will actually recognize part of the real estate value our tenancy brings to what had been a vacant building, in danger of being torn down”.

The purchase is expected to be completed by the end of March, rehabilitation immediately after, and Limelyte’s relocation targeted for June 1.


One of the common things we deal with when bringing new developers or clients on board is getting them ramped up with our toolset and workflow. We’ve developed some in-house documentation but it seems the casual “what” and “why” is always best explained in person. To that end, I thought it would be a good idea to put together a brief introduction to some of the tools we use here. We’re a small shop and we always have a bunch of projects going at the same time. A lot of them are new developments, but the majority are maintenance and retained development for long-term clients. We juggle tasks and priority daily, and need to make sure that things don’t fall through the cracks. Because the same project gets passed between different developers, people need to get up to speed as quickly as possible and we all need to evaluate the changes from each other to make sure we’re making the right decisions for our customers for a given fix or enhancement. We have a lot of smart people on the team, but the whole group will always make a better overall decision. Although we’re constantly looking at new tools and how they might help us, I think we have a pretty good structure at the moment. Below are some of the things we use on a daily basis.

Atlassian Confluence – This powers our in-house wiki. Not only does it contain all of our company documents (handbook, team calendar, weekly focus sheet, etc.), we use it to store a brief summary of every client and their project(s). This is the first place a developer goes for a quick crash course on a specific project.

Jetbrains Youtrack – This is our task tracking solution. Over the past years we’ve written a few solutions ourselves, used shared spreadsheets in Google Docs and countless standalone application to try to keep track of the day-to-day. About a year ago we started working with Youtrack after having used some of their other tools quite a bit. Haven’t looked back since. Best thing since sliced bread.

Beanstalk – We’ve tried a few other solutions in the past, including self-hosted subversion and git, GitHub, Assembla and a few others. Given that we use Youtrack for all of our project management, we didn’t need an all-in-one. Beanstalk does a great job of focusing on source control only and their deployment system works great.

JetBrains phpStorm – Another fantastic tool from the group over at JetBrains. We’ve used Panic’s Coda, which is pretty and has improved a little with the most recent versions, but phpStorm is a better fit for us.

Tower – There are a lot of git clients out there. This one is our favorite.

Navicat – We deal with a bunch of different databases and need a tool to deal with all of them. Navicat works great for MySQL, PostgreSQL, Oracle and MSSQL. It has support for SQLite as well, but I prefer Base for that. Of course we use many other tools depending on the given project, but those listed above are the primary pieces of the puzzle for web based projects. In the future we’ll expand on these in more detail and talk about workflow within a given environment.