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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Region's only completely gluten-free restaurant completes big expansion

With more then 4 years in business, Cole's Bakery & Café the region's only completely gluten-free bakery and restaurant has recently completed a large expansion of their facility. The expansion will allows Cole's to provide more products and allow them to enter the wholesale market.

Cole's is located in North Spokane at 521 E. Holland , they opened there in August 2014 as a gluten free bakery with 1484 square feet of space. Now, with the most recent expansion Cole's boasts a significantly larger 4084 square feet. The expansion allows for increased workspace for food preparation, additional seating for restaurant customers and even a drive-thru window. This is huge as 1% of the US population has celiac disease and up to 5% of the population suffer from some level of gluten intolerance.

Eric & Jeanie Smith, owners of Cole's say they have seen steady growth since they opened their doors. " We have many local families that love our food and have supported us from the beginning " Jeanie said. The restaurant has also attracted customers from around the region including Pullman, Moses Lake and Coeur d' Alene.

With the new larger space Cole's will be expanding into the wholesale baking market. " We hope to help restaurants and stores around the region meet their customers demands for more and better gluten-free options on their menus " Eric said. In addition to providing wholesale services Cole's will seek to expand their own bakery and restaurants offerings for individuals following the Keto diet.

The Cole's menu has also been expanded with new offerings such as curry ravioli and chicken parmesan. Ice cream in gluten-free cones and shaved ice will also be available for customers eating in or at the drive-thru window. Cole's is even open seven days a week with breakfast, lunch and dinner offered.

For those not able to travel to their location in North Spokane, delivery is also now available via Treehouse Deliveries and Cole's can be found regularly at the Kendall Yards farmers market during the spring and summer months.

For more information on Cole's Bakery & Café visit their website at-


New ESD 101 conference center completed on the South Hill

ESD 101 which serves 59 public school districts and 45 state approved private school districts has completed their new event center located at 4202 S. Regal on the South Hill. Meridian Construction acted as the general contractor with design work done by Design West Architects of Pullman.

The new center will operate as the Talbott Event Center, a 7900 square foot space with 3 conference rooms and support facilities. In addition, Meridian Construction also completed remodel of the existing building and extensive site improvements.

In all the ESD 101 building now has over 14000 square feet of space and the ability to host hundreds. ESD 101 is one of 9 education service districts in the State of Washington. For more info on ESD 101, visit their website at 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Local partner- Comcast Business

Rest assured this site will never become a big mess of advertising. But, as a thank you from time to time I may suggest someone we work with solely as a recommendation.

One such partner is Kyle Sargent with Comcast Business. If you’re opening a business or need new service give him a call and let him know you were sent by Matt at Inland Northwest Business Watch!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Business Openings, plus the future of this blog...

I'm kicking off 2019 by looking back at some off the newer businesses opening in the Spokane area. This is not everything coming but a good amount of highlights, some I may post about later and if you know of something I've missed feel free to contact me at

I'm planning some big things in 2019 and a kind of re-think of this site. I'm hoping to follow up more on businesses after they open and do more tours of businesses for the readers. On the larger scale I'm hoping to branch out into making videos of new businesses on the blog's YouTube channel and livestreaming on Instagram and Facebook. Oh, and I think it's time for a give away or two...

If your a business owner that wants to arrange a look at your new location, or to partner someway in a give away or discounts, please get in touch with me at

But, for now here is a report on new businesses...

Yaya Brewing is a new brewery coming soon to Spokane Valley at 11712 E. Montgomery Ste F2

Walk In Chiropractic is adding a location in Spokane Valley. Watch for them coming soon to 328 N. Sullivan Rd.

Wishing Tree Books is a new bookstore being planned at 1410 E. 11th Ave.

Liquor license applications have been filed for a place called Redemption Open Hearth Bistro at 11003 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Wright Surgical Acts is expanding with a new location in Spokane Valley at 12709 E. Mirabeau Pkwy #200

Kuni's Thai Cuisine is coming to the space that was last Poole's Public House at 101 E. Hastings Rd.

Tasty Bun is in the works nearby Gonzaga at 829 E. Boone Ave Ste C

Chic & Shab is planning to move from Hillyard over to the North Monroe area at 2319 N. Monroe.

Slick Rock Tanning & Spa is coming soon in Spokane Valley at 212 N. Sullivan Rd #D

Gambles Tackle Shop is opening in North Spokane at 10925 N. Newport Hwy #8

The Ridler Coffee Corner is a new coffee stand now open at 1119 N. Division.

CHAS Health is planning to open a new clinic in a couple of weeks on the South Hill at 5620 S. Regal #11

Northstar Taps is coming soon to 1818 2nd in Cheney

Casual Spaces is a new furniture and rec room supply store now open at 9312 N. Division.

All Vacuums is a vacuum retailer now open at 302 S. Pines in Spokane Valley

The Barre Code is a fitness studio coming soon to a new strip mall at 11921 N. Division in the Wandermere area.

Cole's Coffee is now open in Spokane Valley at 3105 N. Pines Rd.

Spokane Mobile Dog Grooming has opened a grooming salon at 515 S. Thor in Spokane

ACMS is opening the first authorized Comcast dealership in Spokane Valley at 1510 N. Argonne Rd.

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates is now open at 513 E. Hastings in the Wandermere area.

The Comic Book Shop is now open at their newest store in Spokane Valley at 11510 E. Sprague.

Mr Piggy's BBQ is opening soon in Cheney at 809 1st Ave.

In Coeur d' Alene / Post Falls --

Terre Coffee & Bakery has opened a new location at 5417 N. Government Way in Coeur d' Alene. 

The Filling Station gastropub / growler shop is opening soon in Post Falls at 306 N. Spokane St.

J&T's Food Bunker is moving their food truck to the former Enoteca space at 702 N. Spokane in Post Falls where they will open a brick & mortar bar soon.

Sport Clips has opened a new location a 3145 E. Mullan, by Wal Mart in Post Falls.

Serving "Japanese soul food" , Rokkos is now open at 2360 Old Mill Loop in Coeur d' Alene

Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi has moved to the former Bistro on Spruce location at 1401 N. 4th in Midtown Coeur d' Alene.

New British pub Crown & Thistle is coming soon at 107 N. 4th in Downtown Coeur d' Alene

The Spice & Tea Exchange is now open at 2061 N. Main in Coeur d' Alene

Monday, December 31, 2018

Renovations complete at Spokane City Credit Union

Meridian Construction has done it again! Last month they, acting as general contractor, wrapped the exciting renovations for Spokane City Credit Union.

Spokane City Credit Union located at 1930 N Monroe has been completely re-done. The building has 2000 square feet on the main floor and 2800 square feet on the lower level and all of was re-done with new interior finishes, lighting upgrades and more. The site was even cleared to make way for new concrete, asphalt drives and unique rock landscaping. The project was done in phases to assure that the credit union could remain operational throughout construction.

For more information on Spokane City Credit Union, visit-

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