Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Park Lodge Restaurant details, plus several other eateries coming to Kendall Yards

Spokane's restaurant scene has been getting noticed, even by Food & Wine Magazine who recently described Spokane as " long past ready for it's close up " . And, one of the prime spots for dining in Spokane is Kendall Yards.

As you may recall some time back we mentioned Indaba Coffee was planning a new location in a new building at Kendall Yards. And, that building is to be shared with another new restaurant that at that time wasn't named. Now, we are learning about that new restaurant too, here is the details on that, thanks to Kendall Yards' Facebook page-

It will be called Park Lodge and will be a restaurant from Chef Phillip Stanton . Park Lodge will be chef-driven comfort food with an emphasis on seasonal and local produce. There will be a wide variety of menu items from traditional American cuisine to comfort foods from various cultures.

We are planning reaching out soon to get for more info on the new Park Lodge restaurant so keep watching for even more info on that.

But here is what other restaurants are coming soon to Kendall Yards-

Indaba Coffee will open a third location in coming months in the new building by the corner of Summit & Nettleton. Also, in that same building will be Hello Sugar a cool new donut shop.

In the core of the Kendall Yards Business District is a new building called " The Bluff Building " which will house Fleet Feet and the new Maryhill Winery tasting room. But, also joining that building will be a new Sushi restaurant called Umi .

A few more buildings are also planned in Kendall Yards including one of the largest buildings there yet nicknamed the Kendall Yards "podium" building so we expect many more new restaurants to be announced in the future. Keep watching this blog and our Facebook page for info on each of these new establishments as they open.

Board & Brush chain of DIY wood workshops coming to Spokane

Board & Brush is growing exponentially with new locations coming to cities all around the nation. Currently the Wisconsin based company has no locations open in all of Washington or Idaho, but that will soon change. That's because the company has secured a franchise owner to open a location here in Spokane soon.

Board & Brush are instructor led wood sign workshops with wine. The company teaches customers woodshop techniques and skills while allowing them to take home a brand new custom wooden home décor sign. The concept is similar in a way to the popular paint & sip painting studios that are almost anywhere today.

The franchise owner is currently developing the new Spokane location and hopes to have it open sometime in November. It will be on the South Hill at 1314 S. Grand Ave. suite 3 , in the same shopping center as Allie's Vegan Pizzeria & Café .

For more information on Board & Brush, visit-

And, find the new Spokane Board & Brush location on Facebook at-

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Because you asked... updates on the North Spokane Costco & that new building on 57th

Lately there have been a couple of planned construction projects people have been sending me e-mails to ask about. I figured it's about time to address them as best I can, so here it is...

Any updates on the new North Spokane Costco?

Actually yes, it's looking like we will see construction sooner rather then later now as just yesterday the Spokane County's website shows the permits for the building and adjacent fuel station as issued. This means the contractor Lydig Construction will likely start work at the site very soon. No update on when it might open for business however.

This new Costco is planned to be a 167,000 square foot store to replace a smaller store within the city limits on N. Division. The plan had also been held by a neighbor who filed an appeal of their environmental findings but per a recent article in the Journal of Business that has now been settled.

What is going into the building at 57th & Mt. Vernon on the South Hill?

About all I can say is... businesses ( big help I am, huh? ) . The building is a speculative expansion of the strip mall immediately to the east.

It is a 6,900 square foot structure that has been under construction now for a while. It will have 5 business bays of various sizes but of course some businesses may take more then one space so it's hard to say how many businesses will open there.

Currently all of the spaces remain up for lease with no one for sure planning to open there. However, I'm sure it won't take to long till we here of at least one new business there, and I, just like all of you are hoping for some new cool restaurant or something but we'll all be waiting for a little bit more time.

Is there still a Popeye's coming to Spokane?

After sitting in the line for over an hour last night to order at the newly opened Popeyes in Post Falls I think it's given another location is coming to our area. So yes, Popeyes is still planning a store on the northeast side of the N. Division / Lyons Ave. intersection in North Spokane.

I have un-officially been told construction will start there within the next couple of weeks with about a 4 month build time. But, this too is not set in stone so again we're waiting right along side you...

If you have a question for me, just ask anytime at

Monday, October 9, 2017

Construction to finally start on new combo hotel on the West Plains

We reported in Feb. of plans in development for the first duel branded hotel in the Spokane market. Now we have received the details that construction is about the start on project which will be built on the West Plains and replace the dated Airway Express Inn at 3809 S. Geiger Blvd just off of I-90.

Demolition will commence first on the Airway Express Inn first with construction on the new hotel likely to begin by the end of October. This new hotel will be both a Sleep Inn and a Mainstay Suites, a concept some companies are using more and more actively. The current plan is to have Sleep Inn / Mainstay hotel open for business by July of 2018.

Construction will be done by Consolidated Construction Co,Inc a full service design/build firm headquartered in Appleton,Wi.. H&H Hospitality of Spokane is the owner and it will be operated by the Lighthouse Hospitality Group.

Here is what the new hotel will feature-

- 87 guest rooms in 51,000 square feet of space.

- Indoor pool

- Exercise room

- Community room

- Guest laundry facilities

- Breakfast area

And, a "marketplace" c-store.

The hotel will have both the Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites branded rooms under one roof ( about half/half room wise ) . But it will all be ran from one single lobby / front desk. Both brands are part of Choice Hotels a Rockford, MD. based company that has multiple other brands and over 6000 hotels worldwide in several different countries.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Yuppy Puppy to open a Downtown location

Construction is underway for The Yuppy Puppy's new location in Downtown Spokane.

The Yuppy Puppy will occupy the storefront at 830 W. Sprague Ave. on the northeast side of the Sprague & Lincoln intersection, right in the heart of Downtown Spokane. The location is prime across from the Davenport Hotel and just a few short blocks south of River Park Square.

The new store will feature full service dog grooming with 2 self service dog washing stations. There also will be a good amount of retail sales space, similar to their North Spokane store. The only thing the Downtown location won't have is a doggy daycare service as the zoning there prohibits it. Currently there isn't an opening date set just yet but it is coming.

The Yuppy Puppy will also operate their store in North Spokane at 9511 N. Newport Hwy. Customers of The Yuppy Puppy will find many different choices of natural dog and cat foods. They carry more healthy for your pet alternative's from brands like Earthborn Holistic Dog Food, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild and many more. And their full service grooming area is exactly that, full service. From haircuts to nail trims and more they are always welcoming your furry friends. Plus unlike the big box pet shops the staff is knowledgeable and eager to help.

For more information on The Yuppy Puppy, visit-

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Popeyes Post Falls opening date!!!

There you have it! Signs on the windows indicate the new Popeyes in Post Falls will open October 9th!!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Noodle Express coming to Airway Heights

Noodle Express the Spokane based chain of noodle restaurants has it sights set on a new location in Airway Heights. This will be the chain's first new store in quite sometime, the restaurant is a more fast casual concept on their sister restaurant The Mustard Seed.

Development of the new Airway Heights Noodle Express in on-going so we don't have an opening date just yet. But, what we do know is the project is currently out for bid to construct a new restaurant in a leased storefront at 10408 US 2 Suite 1. This is part of the Crosspointe Plaza shopping development by Wal-Mart. Noodle Express will be in 2122 Square feet of space in the west end cap of the same building that also houses Starbucks.

The construction planned at the space will allow the new restaurant to have a dine in area, small patio and even a drive up window. This will be the chain's eighth location with 2 other stores elsewhere in the Spokane area, 1 in Hayden and 3 in Montana. Noodle Express has served up freshly prepared noodle bowls and much more since opening in 1992. This is the only known planned new location.

For more information on Noodle Express and to see the menu visit-

Katerra to build large new factory in Spokane Valley

Menlo Park, CA based Katerra will start construction very soon on a large new factory in Spokane Valley that will create hundreds of new jobs. The facility will produce mass timber products including a new technology called cross laminated timber ( CLT ) and Glulam .

In addition to large scale timber product production Katerra also provides services in the construction, development and design industry.  Much of the timber products produced by the Spokane Valley will be used in Katerra's many projects all around the country.

Katerra will even use the CLT product in construction of the planned Community Cancer Fund sponsored hospitality center planned to be built near Kootenai Health in Coeur d' Alene. CLT is a more environmentally friendly product as it is made from wood scrap which is compressed and glued together tightly. This also allows the timber product to be produced from smaller diameter trees and is beginning to become more widely accepted in the construction industry

The new Spokane Valley Katerra factory will open in the first quarter of 2018 with construction to start soon. It will have 250,000 square feet off of Barker Rd. just south of Trent Ave. . A second factory from a company called Progress Rail is also rumored on land adjacent to the Katerra site but we'll have more on that soon. The factory will create 150 construction specific jobs initially with growth and expansion planned on the horizon, they hope to soon have as many as 300 employed here and operate a distribution center on the same parcel of land.

For extra info on Katerra, check their website at-

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Facebook Edition- New Business Openings & Closings - Sept. 21st 2017

For those that are new to this site, these posts are sort of a recap of new businesses that have opened / moved / closed, etc... in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. And, more specifically the ones I've shared about on the Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook page at-

These we're not shared on the main site because I likely just didn't have enough info to write up a whole post about it. So, here is what we know and what you've been missing if you don't like us on Facebook...

Professional Ballet School will have a grand opening for their new studio in on Sept 28th at 521 E. Holland Ave. in North Spokane

Hispanic barber / beauty salon L&H Barbershop and Beauty Salon has opened for business at 21 S Thierman Rd in Spokane Valley

Technically I already did a post about it but just wanted to pass along that Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile will open there newest store on Monday Sept. 25th. The store will be in Kendall Yards at 1206 W. Summit Pkwy.

Mountain Lakes Brewing Co. will open their new microbrewery soon in Downtown Spokane at 201 W. Riverside , next door to the Lion's Lair bar.

Lighthouse Import Auto Parts which had been in Coeur d' Alene has been sold and has moved into a storefront at 21 S. Thierman Rd. in Spokane Valley ( same building as L&H, mentioned above )

Chain fitness business Orangetheory Fitness will open a second Spokane location soon. This time in North Spokane at 410 E. Holland Ave Suite E.

Forza Coffee Company has officially opened their 3rd Spokane area location in the Matilida Building at 1028 N. Hamilton.

Eye Guys Optical has moved over to their new larger "flagship" location at 8220 N. Cornerstone St. Suite A in Hayden. They are also joined in the same building by a new Little Caesars Pizza location.

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars is now open for business at 23110 E. Knox Ave. in Liberty Lake. They moved their from a smaller home based location.

KJ Pottery has opened their new pottery studio in the Garland District at 3908 N. Lincoln St.

Scout Real Estate has opened a second office location. This time on the second floor of 154 S. Madison above the Steel Barrel Tap Room.

A Tri-Cities based brewery is moving to Liberty Lake. Snow Eater Brewing Co. has agreed to lease space in a new building at 2325 N. Mackenzie Ln.

MSD Irish Dance Academy has opened and started classes at 1007 W. Carlisle Ave in Spokane.

The former Pit Stop bar space in Post Falls has become House of Cards Bar & Grill . The new restaurant can be found at 830 N. Spokane St. .

Wright Way Beauty Supply an African American hair product retailer has opened for business at 2103 N. Division in Spokane.

A Good Feet shoe store has opened at 15106 E. Indiana Suite B, by the Spokane Valley Mall.

Sandpoint based Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters is opening a new coffee shop in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. It will likely open next month by the corner of 5th & Sherman Ave.

T-Mobile has opened a new location on the ground floor of the Crescent Court Building at 707 W. Main in Downtown Spokane. Not mentioned on Facebook but mentioned here, T-Mobile is also planning 2 more Spokane locations. One inside Spokane Valley Mall and the other at 11510 E. Sprague by Domino's Pizza in Spokane Valley.

Orthocare Express a walk in clinic of Northwest Orthopedic Specialists has opened 12410 E. Sinto Ave. Suite 201 in Spokane Valley. They offer treatment for sports injuries , neck & back pain , joint pain and more.

Winescape Winery is a new boutique winery and wine tasting room set to open in November at 6011 E. 32nd in Spokane Valley.

Heritage Meats and More which had been in Hayden on Government Way has closed their doors.

1889 Salvage Co. has relocated to a new space at 2824 N. Monroe in Spokane

Serendipity Estates is a new estate sales retail shop opening soon in the Garland District at 602 W. Garland Ave.

Evolve Fitness has opened for business next door to Subway at 5615 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley.

Family Thrift a thrift store on N. Nevada in Spokane has added a second location and can now also be found at 1421 N. Mullan in Spokane Valley.

Polka Dot Pottery a local chain of  self painting pottery studios will a new location soon in Spokane Valley Mall in-between Hop Jack's and H&M on the first floor of the mall.

Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe's new Airway Heights location is now open. It can be found in the former Buckhorn Inn building at 13311 W. Sunset Hwy.

Sunwest Automotive Engines is now up and running in their new home at 210 S. Broad St. in Medical Lake.

The Yuppy Puppy has announced they will soon open a new location in Downtown Spokane near the Davenport Hotel. They however are tight lipped about the exact location of the new place.

After what seems like a lot of delay, we're seeing some indication that the indoor trampoline park chain Flying Squirrel will be opening soon in Spokane. But despite activity on Facebook they have yet to say exactly where they will be other then it will be in Spokane Valley.

Seasonal business Halloween Express is about to open in the former Hasting store at 1704 W. Wellesley in the Shadle Park area.

Tot Shots Photo Studio which as the name would imply is a photo studio specializing in children's photos will open soon in Spokane Valley at 106 N. Evergreen.

Idaho Central Credit Union's new branch in Hayden,ID is now open. It can be found at 8760 N. Government Way.

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Wheel Sport planning new location in North Spokane

Wheel Sport, a small local chain of bicycle sales and repair shops has it's eyes set on expansion. This with the reveal that the business has acquired a building in North Spokane for it's fourth store location.

The business will remodel the interior and exterior of the 3200 square foot building at 9501 N. Newport Hwy ( corner of Newport & Holland ) for this new store. As some may recall, the building last housed an auto repair business called Northgate Import Specialties . They hope to have the store open for business sometime this winter and like other Wheel Sport stores it will feature both retail bicycle sales and repairs. Construction plans even call for the new store to share the space with a small coffee shop.

Wheel Sport has been in business in the Spokane area for decades and even has been ranked as the best bike shop in the Inland Northwest for the last 15 years by readers of the Inlander. The business sells a number of bicycle brands including Specialized , Pivot Cycles, Fuji and many more including a selection of cycling accessories .

For more information on Wheel Sport, visit-

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