Monday, September 22, 2014

Nectar Wine & Beer coming to Kendall Yards

The Drink Nectar blog has come a long way. First opening the now popular Nectar Tasting Room in Downtown Spokane a couple of years ago. Then recently adding a in house catering firm for some dining options at Nectar.

 And late last week, we got the news that Nectar would soon be opening a new retail craft wine and beer shop in Kendall Yards.

Here is the info on this exciting new business coming soon to Kendall Yards. I would usually write up a article for this, but the press release says it best so here it is-


Nectar Craft Wine and Beer will carry wine from around the world, specialty and local beer for retail sales and will have a great space to enjoy glass or pint while enjoying the small plates menu overlooking downtown Spokane. “Kendall Yards is the perfect location for specialty wine and beer shop. The community is booming and the vision of Greenstone Homes for the area really excites me,” says Josh. In addition to specialty wine and beer, the location will carry select cheese, meat and various gift items. “Nectar Tasting Room will remain in its current location and will continue the focus on five Washington wineries, food service and an event facility. The tasting room is positioned perfectly for continued growth and success with the renovation of the Bennett Block, Huppins and Dutches buildings and the proximity to Walt Worthy’s Grand Hotel,” explains Josh. “The new space gives us the opportunity to serve the Kendall Yards community and explore unique wine and beer from around the world.

Jim Frank of Greenstone Corporation says, “The vision for Kendall Yards has been to create a neighborhood business district with a distinctive and unique urban character by placing emphasis local food artisans and businesses. Nectar Wine and Beer perfectly articulates this vision with their commitment to craft beers, small local wineries and artisan cheese makers. We are honored that Nectar chose Kendall Yards to expand their presence in the Spokane market and shares our commitment to high quality locally sourced products.”

Award winning restaurant designer Studio HDG has been contracted to build out the space. Work will begin shortly. Expect the space to be open in the early winter of 2015. Nectar Wine and Beer will be located at 1331 Summit Parkway next to Veraci Pizza.
To help open the new Nectar Wine and Beer, Nectar has launched a Kickstarter campaign. I highly recommend donating to this Kickstarter or at least checking out their Kickstarter page at-
Nectar Beer and Wine is also already on Facebook, give them a like at-
Or their web site at-

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Spokane Civic Theatre opening new costume rental shop, in new location

The Spokane Civic Theatre is a huge asset for the Spokane community. And for sometime now the theater has offered a selection of costumes for rent to raise funds for the theater. And now big changes are coming for that division of the organization.

The Spokane Civic Theater Costume Shop is moving to a new location and even has a new name. The shop was renamed via a " name our rental shop " contest on their Facebook page. And the winning name was....

The Little Shop of Rentals

The Little Shop of Rentals new location will be at 125 S. Cowley Ave. in a up and coming area just east of Downtown Spokane ( a couple of blocks south of Sprague Ave. )

The new rental shop will have a small staff and will be opening soon with an official grand opening on Saturday Oct. 11th from 10am till 4pm

The new Little Shop of Rentals is planning to rent many costumes, like before, but will probably have some set pieces / props for rent as well. In addition to rental operations the space will also provide some rehearsal areas for plays and shows over at the Spokane Civic Theater. For a full look at what show's are coming soon to the theater and more info on them, visit their web site at-

And find the Little Shop of Rentals on Facebook at-

(Photo credit - The Little Shop of Rentals Facebook page )

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Hacienda Las Flores moving to Browne's Addition

This morning I posted the latest new restaurant openings around Spokane / Coeur d' Alene. But in the rush to get that post out I totally forgot one of the biggest local resturant news items.

That is, that Hacienda Las Flores, a well known local Mexican restaurant is moving out of their location in the East Central Neighborhood for a long vacant building in the Browne's Addition.

The new Hacienda Las Flores location is now open in the former Sunset Junction bar building at 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. and is now the first and only dine in Mexican restaurant in Browne's Addition . The former restaurant location was at 510 S. Freya nearby the Thor Ave. Fred Meyer store east of Downtown Spokane.

We don't have any confirmed details on what may happen to the former location on Freya. However we have heard that the Wake Up Call coffee chain may be planning a new location of their own on or very close to that site. We have asked about this and will post more on that as soon as I know.

Hacienda Las Flores is a full service Mexican restaurant with lunch and dinner menu items. In addition to a full bar that makes an extensive drink menu. A happy hour and a long line of specials are also available.

The Restaurant is locally owned and operated and more information on the business can be found on their web site at-

Or find them on Facebook at-

New Resturant / Food Service Openings & Closings- Sept. 17th 2014

I've been getting a lot of new restaurant news lately. So, it's time to take a look at some of that news-

Taco Bell

Taco Bell will be opening a new restaurant in Deer Park soon. The new location will be on S. Main just north Double Eagle Pawn ( 800 Blk. ).

We don't have an opening date for the new Taco Bell but have already found employment ad's for this location.

South Perry Cupcakes

With a grand opening event happening last weekend, South Perry Cupcakes, is easily one of the newest businesses in Spokane.

South Perry Cupcakes is a locally owned and operated gourmet cupcake business that sells within The Shop at 924 S. Perry in the heart of the South Perry district.

Batch Bakeshop

Following a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign and a major remodel of a historic West Central building, Batch Bakeshop is now open for business.

Batch Bakeshop is a new full bakery that many have become acquainted with thru their attendance at the farmers market in the South Perry district. 

Batch can be found at 2023 W. Dean, Spokane.


It's not confirmed but a building permit was recently filed with the City of Spokane for a new Subway restaurant.

This new Subway is listed, on the permit, as 1225 N. Ruby which seems to be somewhere in the same block as Gonzaga's Kennedy Apartments.

Watch for more on this possible new Logan neighborhood Subway.

Rio Grill Brazilian Steakhouse

One of the newest restaurants in Spokane is a Brazilian steakhouse, the first for Spokane ( that I know of at least ). Rio Grill is a full Brazilian restaurant with both a full menu that also includes drinks.

Rio Grill is a local business and can be found on the South Hill at 5620 S. Regal Suite 1 .

Beachhouse Bar & Grill

The longtime Hagadone owned Beachhouse restaurant along Lake Coeur d' Alene has closed it's doors.

The business, which was along Coeur d' Alene Lake Drive near the Silver Beach Marina will soon be demolished. There is no word on what, if anything will replace the Beachhouse.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

More new businesses opening at Coeur d' Alene Resort Plaza Shops

I think it's time to chock up one more success story for the brokers and agents of Kimele & Hagood Company as they've re-filled the empty storefronts of the Coeur d' Alene Resort Plaza Shops.

The Coeur d' Alene Resort Plaza Shops is a small but well positioned enclosed shopping center in the heart of Downtown Coeur d' Alene. And it doesn't get much more "prime" in terms of prime real estate with the mall being attached by skywalk and sidewalk to the Coeur d' Alene Resort itself.

So because of that it's seemed a bit odd seeing the mall sitting half empty for most of the summer tourist season. But all that is now almost over with one recent opening and three more businesses opening soon there.

Here are the details on what businesses are coming soon to the Coeur d' Alene Resort Plaza Shops-

One Good Thread

One Good Thread is retail store version of the web site. The web site is based in Downtown Spokane and was originally purposed for a location on Third Ave. in Spokane, where the companies offices and warehouse are also located.

The One Good Thread retail store is located in the former paper and gift shop space near the Sherman Ave. entrance.

The new store sells much of what can be found on the web site. Including mid to high end children's clothing with many brands that can be hard to find elsewhere.

One Good Thread is now open.


We don't have as much information on Chamira other then it will be a women's clothing boutique. The business will be further into the shopping center in the former Painted Pony space.

Climb Works

Climb Works is not a new business but is new to Coeur d' Alene. Climb Works is small chain of zip line tour businesses with a store front to sell their zip line tours and some other merchandise.

The exciting aspect of Climb Works is the new location will be their because the company is setting up a zip line route somewhere in the local area soon. We hope to get more on this.

Climb Works will open their store towards the interior of the Coeur d' Alene Resort Plaza Shops taking the former Smitten clothing boutique space.

Memory Lane Gems

Speaking of local business success stories, Memory Lane Gems, is a new second location of Memory Lane in Silver Lake Mall. The business was originally a part of Widgett's Antiques and formed into their own antique shop in the North Coeur d' Alene mall.

Memory Lane Gems will be much like the Memory Lane Antiques store in the mall. Selling a bit of everything vintage.

Memory Lane Gems will take over the former Gentlemen's Corner shop in the center block of the Coeur d' Alene Resort Plaza Shops.

What is going on with Splash?

Splash was bar / dance club that was owned by the Resort and located in the front section of the Resort Plaza Shops right along Sherman Ave. . However it closed a couple of months ago following issues with selling drinks to minors.

Today that high profile space is believed to still be empty. We have no confirmation but believe the Coeur d' Alene Resort is planning a new business in the space.

It's that new business that is the question. I have heard of both a taphouse style bar and steakhouse planned for the site. We do think something is coming soon and will update everyone as soon as I know.

If you can confirm plans for the former Splash club please contact me, Matt at

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Downtown Spokane's Globe Hotel building sold, renovations coming

The Globe Building, historically home to the Globe Hotel, and more recently home to the Globe Bar & Grille has a new owner and like a lot of other Downtown buildings right now, a lot big things are coming soon.

The Globe Hotel building is located on the eastern edge of Downtown Spokane at the corner of Main and N. Division ( 211 N. Division ). The building has sat empty since the former bar's closure in later 2012 but all of that will soon change.

The building has been sold to local real estate investors,Kevin Edwards, Mark D’Agostino and John Pariseau operating as Globe Building Partners,LLC . The plans are currently a little vague but are still coming soon.

The ground floor will remain for commercial uses and will defiantly contain some sort of bar as a liquor license application has already been filed. We have heard some of the space may become retail and have also heard that the neighboring Blind Buck bar may expand into some of the Globe's space.
We are expecting to learn more on these plans very soon.

The upper two floors of the Globe Building will also be completely renovated and re-opened. Those plans are also vague with those floors becoming either office space or new apartments. But no mention of how many apartments, offices or news on potential tenants. The upper floors of the Globe Building have been vacant for many years.

Renovations complete at The Bickett in Downtown Spokane, New apartments/ retail space created

Rarely do I get as excited about a new building or renovation project in Spokane as I am about The Bickett . But I admit I'm geeking out a bit about this revivement of piece of Spokane history.

The Bickett is a historic former hotel building on the eastern edge of Downtown Spokane. The building's address is 225 W. Riverside and was built in the early 1900's. The building has been completely redone on all three floors.

The ground floor which faces out onto Riverside has been renovated into new commercial storefront space, perfect for retail businesses. The space is being leased out as two bays, both with 1,800 square feet of space. Currently there are no new tenants moving into that space but expect the spaces to fill fast with the prime Downtown location.

The upper two floors of The Bickett have been turned into loft style apartments. The upper floors hold eight apartments with varying sizes and rents. The apartments at The Bickett however have turned out to be a good asset, because as of last update the building has apparently already leased all but one of those lofts. Watch their Facebook page for more info, a link to that is at the bottom of this posting.

The Bickett project was done by locally based developer Jed Conklin and the building itself was formerly among the real estate holding of Developer Rob Brewster who defaulted on his many local properties a couple of years ago, most of those we're Downtown and many have also now been sold.

Here are some pictures of The Bickett from their Facebook page ( link below )-

For more information on The Bickett, check them out ( and like them ) on Facebook at-