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Saturday, April 21, 2018

90s themed Boombox Pizza now open in Downtown Spokane

A cool new pizza restaurant  / bar with a 90s theme is now open in Downtown Spokane. Boombox Pizza is that place and it’s located within the space that was Revolver at 221 N Division. We were able to stop in for lunch ( and a little day drinking... ) , while it’s small and the pizza was a very limited menu (first couple of hours open) it is a pretty cool place. Hit 90 jams played on a handful of TVs , a wall of speakers , and giant murals of 90s stars adorn the interior . That along with a great pizza , beer , wine and a full bar make this a great new addition to Downtown Spokane.

Here are some photos we snapped along with the menu, for more info on Boombox Pizza find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, April 19, 2018

PacWest Machinery planning large new dealership in Spokane Valley

The Spokane branch of PacWest Machinery is planning to invest locally with the recent announcement that they have acquired a parcel in Spokane Valley for a new, larger dealership. PacWest will build on a parcel located at 3515 N Sullivan Rd just west of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

The new PacWest Machinery will continue their concept of selling Volvo Construction equipment as well as several other leading equipment brands. The new dealership is set to be open by the second quarter of 2019 and it will be larger then their current space on E. Trent. The new dealership will have a 30,000 square foot building on 9 acres and will include a sales showroom, a 14 bay service center and an expanded parts warehouse.

The new facility will enable PacWest to stock more equipment as well as host demonstrations and training. It will also provide customers an easy to access location not far off the freeway. For more information on PacWest Machinery, visit their website at-

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ulta Beauty planning a new store in Spokane Valley

The Illinois based Ulta Beauty chain is expanding, after opening a new store over in Yakima recently they are setting their sights on adding one more store here in the Spokane area. This new Ulta will be the second in the Spokane metro and third in the Inland Northwest as they already have stores in North Spokane and Coeur d' Alene.

Not many of the details are in about the new local Ulta Beauty location other then construction will begin soon for it in Spokane Valley. It will join the tenant roster of the Evergreen Crossing shopping center at the corner of Evergreen and Indiana, just west of the Spokane Valley Mall and right off of I-90. The store there will be located in-between the Fred's Appliance and the currently under construction Tuesday Morning store in the plaza's in-line business space.

Founded in 1990 Ulta Beauty has around 1000 stores and are sort of a go to store for beauty. Their stores are usually slightly smaller then a full big box and carry cosmetics, hair and skin care products, fragrances and much more. All Ulta Beauty stores also have and in store salon.

For more information on Ulta Beauty's planned new store in Spokane Valley keep watching this site. And, for more on Ulta Beauty the company and what they carry check out-

Poke' Express to open soon on S. Grand

The owners of Yummy Ice Cream Rolls just brought the joy that is Thai rolled ice cream to Spokane just a few months ago. And, it's been going strong at 1601 N. Division ever since but they are wasting no time expanding and bringing yet another cool restaurant concept to Spokane.

Their new place, Poke' Express will be opening sometime around the middle of May and will offer both Poke' bowls and ice cream rolls. It's not the first place in Spokane to offer Hawaiian Poke' bowls but it is the newest and the first to make them an exclusive feature of their menu. Poke' Express will be located at 905 S. Grand just a short jaunt south of Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The menu will consist of about 4 pre-set poke' bowls like the Salmon Poke' with sashimi grade salmon , veggies, house seasonings and sauce and three more. Or customers will be able to build their own bowl picking a base like rice, a protein like tuna or tofu and sides, sauce and toppings. Depending on the way you get you bowl at Poke Express it will cost approximately $11 - $15.

Special events and catering will also be available and they promise all food to be served fresh and quick. For more information on Poke' Express check out their website at-

Board & Brush Spokane - New Business Review

This post is going to be the first of a yet to be named feature where we try out newish places around town. This article is also the first to be written by a new Inland Northwest Business Watch staffer... my wife.
Being no stranger to the paint and sip concept, I thought I was perfectly prepared for everything that was going to happen. However, Board & Brush is unlike my previous canvas painting experiences. I put in a lot of effort, and with little skill, I came home with a décor item I was happy to display. 

Upon walking into the workshop, I noticed how bright, clean, and welcoming it was. The walls were adorned with design samples, paint colors, glitter, and tools. Needless to say, it was a crafters paradise. We found our spots by looking for our names on the table, which also had a stencil of our chosen custom design laying over pieces of blank wood. I decided to go with a theatre sign as a cheeky way to showcase my movie collection.

At Board & Brush, you can choose the design you want from their site ( and customize it with your name anything else you’d like. There was a woman at our table making a gift for her brother’s wedding. My husband and the other girl at our table opted for pet signs. Not only is your sign design customizable, but every step of the process is too. 
After getting a drink from their small but mighty bar, that also offered local brewery No-Li, it was time to get down to business. We used hammers, screws, bottle caps, and mallets to not only get out the stress from the week but also to destress our wood anyway we wanted to. We sanded the boards, and stained it with our choice of stain, applied hanging wire and hooks, placed our stencil where we wanted it, and colored it how we wanted. They were nice to let me go crazy with color choices and my addition of glitter. Meanwhile, the owners Tom and Barb were there to help with any issues or to refill beverages. They had a lot of regulars which not only proves you can make an endless number of great signs, but also that the owners are friendly. 
I recommend giving Board & Brush a try. It’s a unique experience that both males and females over 21 will enjoy. No experience is required. Plus, if you do mess up it just adds to your sign’s rustic design.     

If you go, Board & Brush can be found next to the South Hill Growler Guys at 1314 S Grand #3 . Class booking can be done on the website listed above.

Friday, April 13, 2018

An Amazon fufilment center in Spokane?!?

There are a lot of rumors going around that a site nearby Spokane International Airport is being eye'd by Amazon for a new massive distribution center. Just yesterday Spokane County officials held a pre-development conference for a project code named " Super Duper Project Rose " at 10010 W. Geiger Blvd. ( along I-90, near GEG and the Medical Lake exit ) .
Many other local media outlets have been reporting on the speculation that this will be the new Amazon Spokane fulfillment center. It does seem to make complete sense but as now no part of the project can be confirmed this is the only post I'm going to put on this site for right now.

But, keep watching for more as I'd say an announcement is coming and if anyone has any insider info contact me at or

For the details of why it looks like will be an Amazon center, here is a round-up of local media coverage-

Either way with a building the size of what is purposed if we see this project come to fruition it surely will  be " super duper " for Spokane.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Quick look at The M as it is today

Renovation is going full steam ahead at the former Macy’s in Downtown Spokane. Currently the hope is to have the building done this fall and some of the residential tenants in by May.

Once complete the bottom 2 floors will be retail, a Nike Outlet is currently building out their store in half of the first floor. But the remaining first floor and all of the second floor are all still being marketed. The upper floors are apartments, with 114 units and a mix of sizes and floor plans. As per rent will be around $810- $2850 per month.

We were lucky enough to join AIA Spokane and CSI Spokane on a tour of The M and see where it stands here in Mid April. I wasn’t able snap many photos but here are a few to get an idea of what some of The M might look like, and the awesome view

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Stupid Cow opens tomorrow in Spokane Valley

You've been asking about the coming soon signs that recently appeared at the former Jennifer's Auto Sales car dealership at 17416 E. Sprague ( for the record Jennifer's is still in business at 15020 E. Sprague ) .

We did a little digging and still don't know much, but do know it will be a small restaurant called The Stupid Cow. The Stupid Cow will be from the same owners as Daley's Cheep Shots bar on E. Trent and it will be a breakfast and lunch restaurant.

We haven't seen the menu or anything else as of my writing this so watch for updates. However we can announce that if you want to check out the Stupid Cow you won't have to wait long. That's because they will be open for business starting tomorrow ( Wednesday Apr. 11th ) at 6:30am.

At this point The Stupid Cow seems to have no web site or social media pages ( yes, really....)

De Leon's Taco & Bar to open second location near Gonzaga

De Leon's Foods is growing once more, this time they will be adding a second location of their De Leon's Taco & Bar restaurant. This is the casual restaurant concept they opened just last year, and that original location will remain open near Whitworth University at 10208 N. Division.

The new De Leon's Taco & Bar will be located in the former Chapala Mexican restaurant building at the corner of N. Hamilton & E. Nora in the Logan neighborhood, not far away from Gonzaga. The 4000 square foot building was just recently purchased by De Leon's. Some remodeling will be necessary with the new De Leon's location opening for business sometime around the end of Summer / early fall of this year and will employ about 20.

The new location will be very similar to the existing one on N. Division. The restaurants specialize in street style tacos and burritos made with their own locally produced tortillas that are produced using local wheat from Shepard's Grain. Daily specials will also be offered as will catering services, beer, tequila and much more.

For more information on De Leon's Taco & Bar, including a look at their menu, visit their website at-

Also, check out the other De Leon's locations which are combination Hispanic grocery stores / Mexican restaurants. Those are at 102 E. Francis in North Spokane and 15530 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen updates, to bring a traditional taste of the south to Spokane

Big changes are coming to one of Spokane's favorite restaurants. The Blackbird Kitchen + Tavern at 905 N. Washington St in the Broadview Dairy building is currently closed. But, the closure is only temporary as they plan to re-open, with the same name but a cool new concept in just a couple of weeks.

The Blackbird will re-open on April 16th with a smokehouse and traditional southern barbeque menu. We're told these updates have been the plan since they opened in the Summer of 2015. " We said from the start we wanted to change concepts every few years " said owner Patrick McPherson in a recent press release. And, it should be good with wood-fired smokers running 24 hours a day and executive chef Molly Patrick, a native of Macon, GA remaining in charge of the kitchen.

Smoked items will include brisket, pork, jackfruit, hot links, spare ribs, chicken and more. They'll even have their own house made BBQ sauces like Kansas City style, spicy Asian, mustard and coffee. But, the goal they say is to make barbeque that stands on it's own and doesn't need sauce.
Vegetarian and vegan diners will also still find options at The Blackbird as they plan to have several salads. And, they are even working on different preparations for possible dishes including pulled jackfruit and smoked tofu.

In addition to the re-tooling of the menu, they are working on some big changes to the restaurant itself as well. The main entrance will be relocated from the front to the patio side and many updates will be done throughout the restaurant. Also, now guests will order at a counter or kiosk before sitting down with the option of full service for the remainder of the experience. They say the new concept and menu will allow The Blackbird to become less formal, more casual and " a lot more fun ".

A full bar, beer and wine , banquet rooms will remain available as will their popular weekend brunch, which will remain a full service dining experience. The barbeque menu is an exciting change but fans of some of their current menu might still be able to find their favorites at Manito Tap House ( 3011 S. Grand ) as it's the sister restaurant of The Blackbird.

Watch this blog as we'll likely post a review / menu update post when they re-open. In the meantime more information on The Blackbird can be found at-  or...

Friday, April 6, 2018

Former Post Falls Factory Outlets bouncing back quickly with even more new businesses

It seems like a just a few weeks ago I found myself writing on here about a few new businesses opening at the former Post Falls Factory Outlets. But, it's already time for another update as we're seeing and finding out about even more places planning to open there.

I'm referring only to the smaller Post Falls Factory Outlet building at the corner of Pleasant View and Riversbend in Post Falls. The larger North Idaho Outlets, now known as the Tedder Business Center, will likely be reserved for a future post as there isn't as much to report there right now.

As of earlier this year the Post Falls Factory Outlets are under new ownership and are presently being marketed under the name Riversbend Commerce Park. Leasing work is under way and it's paying off as here the places are now known to be opening stores / offices in building-

Brothers Flooring ( they are currently open in Spokane, this will be a second store )

Salvage 7 ( vintage store mentioned in last post, now open )

The Rusty Star  ( signs and rustic home décor mentioned in last post, now open )

Rocky Mountain Distributing ( Liquidation retailer selling overstocked clothes and a bit of everything from several national retailers, their store is now open )

Faithful Chocolates ( Chocolate seller with a significant amount of Christian books & gifts for sale )

North Idaho Gun & Pawn

A new restaurant

Cloud Vapor  ( e-cig retailer, now open )

Home brew & wine making store, no name mentioned yet.

Offices for Crowd Hub Apps.

All of these businesses join the few hardy shops that remained from the previous ownership. Those businesses we're Northwest Title Loans and The Cabin Restaurant.

So, while it's no Mall of America it's safe to say this space is bouncing back from it's dead mall days. There is also more space available for lease with active marketing work being done by Select Properties of Coeur d' Alene. If your interested in leasing space in the former Post Falls Factory Outlets, contact Cory Turnbull at- 208-691-2995

Monday, April 2, 2018

New mixed use building planned for Spokane's SoDo neighborhood

Currently a mostly empty lot, a large new mixed use building, will soon rise on the NE side of the intersection at 2nd Ave & Bernard in Downtown/SoDo. Set to be called the Pacific Building, this new structure will be directly adjacent to the Armory building which today houses Laser Quest and the Wild Walls climbing gym.

The plans call for a 5 story building with retail space ,offices and residential condos. Precision Palates currently occupies a small building on the same lot and will subsequently move into a portion of the retail space in this new building once it is built. No other set in stone mention yet about what other businesses might open there. Space is already available for lease / sale and we'll likely have more info about that in another post coming soon.   

Super 1 Foods to open new Athol store this week

They're almost done.... the Super 1 Foods grocery store chain will open a new location in our area this week. Marking the 19th store for the Hayden based chain, and the first major grocery store to open in the growing North Idaho town of Athol.

Super 1 Foods Athol is a 57,000 square foot store and the anchor of the new Crossroads development on the northeast side of the US 95/ ID 54 interchange, a few miles north of Coeur d' Alene. The store will serve the surrounding small communities and will likely deem popular among travelers arriving at the nearby Silverwood Theme Park during the Summer months. The store also means more jobs for the area with about 125 planned to be employed there.

Like other Super 1 Foods grocery stores the Athol store will office a full deli, seafood department, meat department, natural/organic food section and a bakery. But, it will also have a large beer and wine area with growler fill station, pharmacy and a Ace Hardware branded hardware section. Like all other Super 1 stores this store will be open 24 hours a day.

Right now the store seems a bit lonely on it's parcel, but not for long. The surrounding acreage is to be developed in a large commercial development. There isn't a set timeline for openings but plans call for a hotel, travel plaza type gas station and many pad sites for restaurants, banks, medical office or possibly even a few smaller retailers. Information on the project can be found on the developers website at

Stop by and check out the new Super 1 Foods store, it is to open at 7:00 am this Wednesday, April 4th. And, for more information on the Super 1 Foods brand visit

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Alt 96.1 launches with format switch at iHeartRadio Spokane

Spokane has a new radio station, and it's a format that hasn't been in out market for the last few years. iHeartRadio has re-branded their station at 96.1 into Alt 96.1, a radio station with an adult alternative / alt rock format. Also, the station has been re-assigned new call sign KFOO.

Previously, the 96.1 was a country format known as Kix 96.1 which has historically had the lowest ranking of the 3 country stations broadcasting in Spokane. Kix 96.1 has had a 1.5 market share, lacking behind the top station 99.9 Coyote Country with their 5.0 market share. But, iHeartRadio intends to keep a country station on the air in Spokane. That station has moved to 99.3 which is actually a translator station of KZFS 1280 AM. 1280/99.3 launched not long ago and had a short run as a contemporary Christian station. The country station will now be called Kix 99.3 .

Alt 96.1 began broadcasting at the beginning of March and in addition to the alterative music format will air a syndicated morning program called The Woody Show which broadcasts out of Los Angeles. Prime advertising spots are available on Alt 96.1 and the other iHeartRadio Spokane stations with info on that available on

Locally iHeartRadio also operates 98.9 KKZX, 103.1 KCDA, Kiss 98.1 and News radio 590 KQNT.

For more information about Alt 96.1 , visit their website at-

Also, find the new Kix 99.3 at-

2018 Northern Quest Resort & Casino Summer Concert Lineup announced!

The announcement of Spokane’s hottest concert lineup is here! Here is who will be appearing in the 2018 line up for Northern Quest’s Pepsi Summer Concert Lineup....

Little Big Town Jun 18th

I love the 90s Tour Jun 28th

Incubus Jul 10th

John Fogerty Jul 17th

Brad Paisley Jul 27th

Zz Top Jul 29th

Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss Aug 3rd

Gabriel “fluffy” Inglesias Aug 9th

Train Aug 10th

Alabama Aug 15th

Huey Lewis and the News Aug 19th

Kane Brown Sept 9th

The Australian Pink Floyd Show Sept 13th

Joan Jett & Cheep Trick Sept 18th

Rascal Flatts Sept 22nd

More information on these concerts and everything happening at Northern Quest, check their website at-

Monday, March 26, 2018

Etailz to relocate HQ to Spokane Valley

Etailz is leaving Spokane, but have no fear the growing company isn't going far. Etailz is beginning a remodeling project to move into a larger office space in Spokane Valley. The company says they have outgrown their current HQ in the historic McKinstry Station building at 850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. . No word on who will replace them there.

The new Etailz HQ will provide workspaces for all of the company's 250 plus employees and should be ready for occupancy sometime this Summer. This new office will occupy 37479 square feet in the Sullivan Business Center at 2818 N. Sullivan, which was Itron's factory space several years ago . This new HQ location is also strategic as the company already leases some warehouse space not from here in Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

Etailz , which was once known as greencupboards describes themselves as a leading online marketplace retailer. They also offer advanced technology and strategys to help grow there customers sales on Amazon, Jet, Ebay, Walmart and Alibaba.

While Etailz HQ is located here in Spokane, they are a part of the larger parent company Trans World Entertainment Corp of New York. Trans World Entertainment acquired Etailz in 2016 for $75 million. But, despite the far off ownership, Etailz has managed to remain a separate entity. Trans World Entrainment Corp. is also the owner of FYE and Suncoast Entertainment brands which we're recoginaizable largely mall based retail brands.

For more information about Etailz, check out-

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Incrediburger and a coffee chain to open at the newly built Ramsey Crossing in Coeur d' Alene

The relatively small plot of along Appleway, just northeast of the Northwest Blvd exit off of I-90 in Coeur d' Alene has been proven to be a great spot for new restaurants to open. Two chains that are new to the area have already opened there, one being the Inland Northwest's first Cracker Barrel which opened last fall. And, the other is Coeur d' Alene's first Firehouse Subs location ( Spokane's opened a few months earlier ).

Cracker Barrel is in there own building but the newly opened Firehouse Subs is in the end cap of an otherwise vacant strip mall, which can be seen above. And, it's those vacant spaces where we are finding two more businesses coming soon. Here's the details on those-

Incrediburger & Eggs to add second location in Coeur d' Alene

Just weeks after the first ever Incrediburger & Eggs opened to much fanfare in Downtown Spokane, another location is already in the works for the Ramsey Crossing development of Coeur d' Alene. This new restaurant will be right next door to Firehouse Subs.

We're told the menu will be very similar to the Downtown Spokane location. Incrediburger is a fast casual style eatery with gourmet burgers, egg sandwiches and boozy milkshakes.

On a side note Incrediburger is a business venture of local chef and restaurant owner Adam Hegsted.  Hegsted is also developing another restaurant in Coeur d' Alene as he plans to open a place called Honey & Co. in Downtown CdA where The Cellar once was. Neither Honey & Co. or the new Incrediburger location have set opening dates just yet so stay tuned....

Thomas Hammer Coffee to add a new location

We are still waiting on the details but have confirmed that the Spokane based Thomas Hammer Coffee chain will join the same building as Firehouse Subs and Incrediburger.

It looks like this store will be much like their others and include a drive thru lane but we'll re-post when they share more.

Could more new places be coming?

It's very likely that more places could be coming to the same Coeur d' Alene neighborhood. In fact, the non-restaurant related Idaho Central Credit Union just broke ground for a new branch and office building across Appleway from Ramsey Crossing.

There is also a vacant lot still for lease directly at the corner of Ramsey and Appleway and another new strip mall is still largely up for lease to the east on Appleway just past Lowe's ( where the new Pool World store is ).

All of this just a short distance north of Riverstone where a handful of construction projects are also underway. So, stay tuned...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top 8 restaurant chains that Spokane wants

Recently I took to the Inland Northwest Business Watch social media pages and the Spokane sub-reddit with a question. That question was what restaurant chain would you want to see come to Spokane?

Below is what we found. And, to explain why I asked, it was to get people talking and while most are the same places I hear all the time some we're kind of a surprise.

8. Texas Roadhouse

This one surprised me a bit as there is already a location in Coeur d' Alene. But, it's true Spokane has none and the Coeur d' Alene location is usually packed.

I've heard on and off for the last few years of possible plans for a Texas Roadhouse location in Spokane nothing has come to fruition. From what one commenter mentioned is since the Coeur d' Alene store is so successful they don't want to put in Spokane to take away from the sales in CdA. I can't say if that's true or not, but it is probably a factor,

Texas Roadhouse is a Louisville,KY based chain ( shouldn't they be based in Texas? ) and founded 25 years ago in Indiana, with around 500 locations in the United States and some Asian / Middle Eastern countries.

For more information on Texas Roadhouse, check out-

7. Bojangles Famous Chicken n' Biscuits

Bojangles is about as Southern fried chicken of a restaurant as you can get out of a chain establishment. The North Carolina based restaurant chain has been in business since 1977 and today is a publicly traded company with over 600 restaurants.

So, will Bojangles ever come to Spokane? Well probably not very soon as their current closest store is in Tennessee. In fact over half of their locations are within the state of North Carolina, but they are building a bit of cult following nationally so never say never.

For more information on Bojangles Famous Chicken n' Biscuits , check out- 

6. Dunkin Donuts

Probably because of Starbucks' huge market share in the Northwest, our area is one of the few spots in the country that doesn't have a Dunkin Donuts. I'm told there was one in Spokane a long time ago but they have all since moved on.

The Canton,MA based chain is known for it's coffee drinks ( often cheaper then the other chain's ) and donuts. Although they have been experimenting with dropping the donuts portion of their name lately. Dunkin Donuts was founded in 1950 and today has over 11000 stores worldwide.

Their parent company , Dunkin' Brands also operates the Baskin Robbins ice cream shop chain, which does have locations in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. But, will Dunkin Donuts ever come to Spokane? It could happen as they are still in growth mode but there are no plans as of right now.

For more information on Dunkin Donuts, check out-

5. Dave & Busters

When Northtown Mall underwent their remodel of the north side of the mall a couple of years ago a lot of people thought a Dave & Busters would surely open there as they created some new restaurant spaces. Sadly that was not the case as today Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Buffalo Wild Wings are in those spaces.

But, could Dave & Busters come to Spokane? The very well could as they just opened a location in Anchorage  and are already open for business in Auburn,Wa. . I'm not sure exactly what is holding them back from coming to Spokane.

Dave & Busters is a Dallas based chain lead by CEO Steven King ( not that Steven King... ) . They are a publicly traded company with over 100 locations almost all in the United States a couple in Canada. Their stores are sports bars that a sort of an adult version of Chuck E. Cheese. They are the corporate sponsor of the UFC and have been in business since the early 80's

For more information on Dave & Busters, check out-

4. NONE!

Many who I asked said Spokane doesn't need any more chain restaurants. And, while I support local businesses first and encourage people to do so, chains aren't going anywhere anytime soon and do employ many in our community.

So, all I can say to do this one is after reading this post do some research into local alternatives to the chains. Check out D Lish's, Chicken-n-Mo or DeLeon's  as they are all great local options and there are so many more.

3. In n' Out Burger

Founded in 1948 the Irvine,CA based fast food burger chain has grown a lot in recent years, but still in a not to fast pace. Today, most of their 329 locations are still in California and Nevada although they have grown towards us opening a location in Medford,OR not too long ago.

In n' Out's menu consists of three burger variety's hamburger, cheeseburger and " double double " . Burgers can come with thousand island dressing and don't forget to try out getting your burger " animal style ". There is also sides, shakes and more.

So, will In n' Out Burger come to Spokane? I'm going to say yes but give it at least a couple more years probably more. And, don't believe the rumors...

For more information on In n' Out Burger, visit-

2. Cheesecake Factory

Rumors have swirled around many locations that a Cheesecake Factory would open at in Spokane. That's because the chain has had locations as close as Western Washington for several years now. So will Cheesecake Factory come to Spokane? it's likely they will sometime but there are no plans as of yet.

Cheesecake Factory is a Calabasas Hills,CA based company that has been in business since the late 70's. As the name would imply they are famous for cheesecakes and desserts but in reality are full services restaurants with burgers, steaks, pasta and more, including alcoholic drinks.

For more information on Cheesecake Factory, check out-

1. Chick-fil-a

Many in Spokane apparently want to live by Chick-fil-a's motto " eat more chicken " . The chain has over 2200 locations and is based in Atlanta,GA . The company started in Georgia in the mid 1940's by a different name and today has locations all over the country, except here in Spokane.

They have however been hit by controversy from some stances they have taken due to the founders religious beliefs, because of this Chick-fil-a restaurants are closed on Sundays.

So will Chick-fil-a ever come to Spokane? it's likely it will happen someday but there are no plans right now. A rumor swirled after the developer of the purposed Commons on Regal development showed a building plan with a blurred version of the Chick-fil-a logo on it. That has turned out to be false but I do think the chain has looked at for sites here.

It's also important to note that Chick-fil-a actually already has a location in our region. There is a lesser known location on the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow. Still a drive but for die hard fans...

For more information on Chick-fil-a , check out-

Monday, March 19, 2018

Indigo Urgent Care to open a Spokane location

The Indigo Urgent Care chain is planning to open their first location in Spokane soon. The chain, which is a division of Multicare Health System has a network of 16 locations, however all of which are currently in the Seattle / Tacoma area.

Indigo Urgent Care will take an approximately 5000 square foot space in the newly built strip mall at 9420 N Newport Hwy, joining BECU as a tenant. Another 1850 square foot storefront in the building remains up for lease. There isn't an opening date just yet but they plan to create 10 exam rooms, common areas and support offices.

Indigo Urgent Care locations treat minor health issues for all ages with locations open from 8am-8pm 365 days a year.  The company says they keep you first with drinks including gourmet cappuccino and free wifi with docking stations in the waiting lounge area. And, some of the latest medical equipment to get their guests the care they need quickly.

This new location is interestingly called the " Spokane-North " location so we assume a South Hill locations is planned but more on that after we can confirm it. Indigo's parent Multicare Health System is also the owner of Deaconess and Valley Hospitals among many other clinics in the Spokane area.

For more information on Indigo Urgent Care, check out-

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Life returns to the Ridpath as the Ridpath Club Apartments are now leasing

Almost 10 years ago the Ridpath Hotel closed it's doors after being Spokane's longest continuously operating hotel. During the decade since most in Spokane know it's been one legal battle after another, but finally developer Ron Wells' re-development plan has pushed through and we can now report that the new apartments in the former hotel building are now available for lease!

The former hotel has been almost entirely converted into apartments and now operates as the Ridpath Club Apartments, being managed by NAI Black. Renters can fill out applications now for move in starting around April 13th. The building is 13 stories and now houses 206 units of varying sizes, including something not very common yet in Spokane, micro-apartments. The micro apartments are just 220 square feet and are perfect for just one person. In addition 300 square foot studios, one bedroom and even a lone two bedroom apartments are also now available for lease.

Living at the new Ridpath Club Apartments will be affordable too as apartments start as low as $495 a month for the micro units ( if your income qualifies ). Rent is restricted based on income, although some units have been set aside as market rate and open to anyone. All utilities , as well as fiber internet are included in the rental rate. Parking spaces will also be available to rent.

The apartments are fully update and have appliances in place with wheelchair accessible units also available. Laundry facilities are on site as is a multi use room and a bicycle storage area. But, likely one of the top selling points of the Ridpath Club Apartments will be the location. The building is in the heart of Downtown Spokane, just perfect for Downtown workers or those wanting to be close to action. Riverfront Park and River Park Square are only about 3 or 4 blocks away and bars, restaurants and shopping are most everywhere.

And speaking of resturants, the 206 apartments aren't the only thing coming soon to the building that once was the Ridpath Hotel. The ground floor space is also being remodeled but for a commercial use, there local chef / restaurant owners Jeremy and Kate Hansen will soon open Ridpath Brasserie and Gin Bar. Like most things with the Ridpath, there have been some delays and now the restaurant / bar will likely open in late Spring or early Summer. We'll update with more that business when their opening gets closer.

For more information on how to rent an apartment at the new Ridpath Club Apartments, check out their website. But, hurry as there is a lot of interest.


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