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Friday, March 1, 2024

Large new 52,000 SF indoor pickleball club planned in Spokane Valley

 Similar to what's happening all over the country, pickleball is taking over the Spokane area. And a new recently announced pickleball venue coming soon to Spokane Valley will be the Spokane metro area's first large scale club.

That venue, to be called, Power Pickleball Club is planned to come to the Spokane Valley Commons building at 2818 N. Sullivan, about a mile north of I-90 near the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. The club is planned to operate a 52,000 square foot facility there that will feature a total of 16 pickleball courts, 11 of those being cushioned indoor courts and an additional 5 located outdoors. Private courts and party spaces will also be available, and the club will feature the regions first adaptive/wheelchair-sized court measuring 74' by 44' .

The new facility will feature other amenities as well, with "warmup, training & recovery" spaces, including having an on-site trainer. An on-site kitchen will also offer snacks, handhelds, beverages (likely including beer & wine) and open space to eat & relax.  “Our vision is to provide a welcoming space for everyone from beginners to seasoned players. I’ve been consumed by this dream for a long time and cannot wait to share it with the community,” said Jeremy Rosenvall the founder of the new business. 

Locally based Selkirk Sport, a worldwide leader in pickleball paddle technology was also recently announced as a platinum sponsor of the new venue. They note the collaboration between Power and Selkirk Sport underscores the club's commitment to providing top notch equipment and facilities as the Selkirk Semi-Permanent Pro Pickleball Nets will outfit all 11 indoor courts.

A comprehensive pro shop featuring Selkirk and other products will be available in the Power Pickleball Club's facility. For those new to pickleball or wanting to up their skills will also find routine clinics and camps for all levels. Currently the new club is planned to open sometime during the Summer of 2024, with presales now underway as of today. 

For more information on the Power Pickleball Club, including info on how to sign up for the membership presale please visit their website at or follow them on social media via Facebook / Instagram / YouTube or TikTok

Cascadia Pizza Co. planning locations in Rathdrum and Coeur d' Alene

 If you've attended any number of events and farmers markets around North Idaho in recent months you might have noticed the Cascadia Pizza Co. food trailer out and about. That red trailer is actually the first step in introducing the area to their business, which, thanks to the company's first ever franchise agreement, is coming soon to two locations within Kootenai County. 

The small Western Washington based chain of wood fired pizza restaurants is currently working on two local brick and mortar stores. These will be the fifth and sixth stores for the chain and their first outside of Western Washington. The new locations will include one in a new construction building opening later this year at 8083 W. Main in Rathdrum and one in the former Firehouse Subs space at 1422 W. Appleway, just north of I-90 in Coeur d' Alene. The Coeur d' Alene is location is currently projected to open in April.

Both locations will offer indoor dining, take away and delivery. The menu of Cascadia Pizza Co. consists of many pizza options all 100% wood fired and Neapolitan inspired. Beer will also be available on tap at the new restaurants.

For more information on Cascadia Pizza Co. , including a look at their menu, visit their website at

Thursday, February 29, 2024

Cafe Rio, Wake Up Call and Swig all coming soon to The Pointe at Post Falls

 More new restaurants are coming a growing area of Post Falls. Although they are all still in the planning stages with exact details presently being ironed out, before they can actually break ground. The plans call for three new places by the southwest side of the W. Pointe Pkwy and Beck Rd. interchange, across from Maverik.

Garco Construction will be the general contractor for the project that with the following places all planned-

Cafe Rio - Planned to open in a new 2800 square foot building direct at the Pointe Pkwy./Beck Rd junction. Plans show the new restaurant will include a drive thru lane and a small outdoor seating area.

Wake Up Call - Planned to be a new 490 square foot drive thru building directly to the west of Cafe Rio.

Swig - Planned to be in a new 1500 square foot building due west of the Wake Up Call this will be the first location of the Swig chain in the Inland Northwest. The St. George,UT based company sells "dirty sodas" which have proven to be quite popular lately in addition to a few cookies.

Courtesy photo of the planned new Post Falls Cafe Rio location

There aren't set opening dates for any of these new businesses just yet but we expect construction to start as soon as they are able. This is the same development area which recently built two other new buildings, one a new Napa Auto Parts store and the other a small strip mall with locations of Wendy's , The Man Shop and Joint Chiropractic all coming.

Unrelated to this exact site but adjacent to it within The Pointe at Post Falls will also be a new Starbucks coffee shop which recently applied for building permits along Beck Rd., just southwest of the existing Maverik store. After many years of sitting empty, with the exception of Walmart and Cabelas, The Pointe at Post Falls is now proving to be a development hot spot for the area. Stay tuned to this site as I plan to keep track of each and every development in the area.

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Taichi Bubble Tea to open in Kendall Yards

 Taichi Bubble Tea, a rapidly growing New York based chain of bubble tea and ramen restaurants is coming soon to Spokane. The company will occupy the space last used by The Tea, an unrelated boba establishment at 1227 W. Summit Pkwy, in the same building as The Inlander's offices. 

Courtsey photos

The new business of course does offer an array of bubble teas but also has a menu of other beverages, ramen and warm rice bowls. Taichi Bubble Tea currently plans on opening there around the end of March with updates available on their social media (linked below). Once open, take-out and delivery will be available via DoorDash, GrubHub and UberEats in addition to their own online ordering platform. 

Taichi Bubble Tea was originally established in 2015 and has been growing ever since with 40 stores already open and many more in the pipeline. This will be the first Taichi location in the Spokane area as well as in Washington state, although the company tells me they are always on the lookout for new opportunities.

For more information about Taichi Bubble Tea, visit their website at . Additionally, you can follow the new Spokane Taichi Bubble Tea on their Instagram page .

Monday, February 26, 2024

New South Hill Bruchi's location to start construction soon

 We've been tracking a planned new Bruchi's restaurant on the South Hill for a few months now. And, now it looks like actual construction is coming as the company announced the approval of their building permits recently on social media. They tell me they in the final stages before actually breaking ground which they hope to do sometime in March.

Courtesy photo of the planned South Hill Bruchi's location.

This new Bruchi's will be built at 4416 S. Regal, at the corner of Regal & 46th on the South Hill. It will be a bit different from the other existing Bruchi's locations, with no indoor dining area. The new restaurant will be in a stand-alone 1,145 square foot building with a drive thru lane, exterior walk-up window and some outdoor patio dining space. This location is planned to open in about five months after actual construction starts, so likely during the Summer.

Bruchi's a well known locally based chain of quick service cheesesteak and burger restaurants has been a growing company lately as the company also opened locations in Mead and Post Falls in recent months. Another location is also in the planning phase now at 15706 E. Sprague, near the corner of Sprague & Sullivan in Spokane Valley.

The general contractor for the new Bruchi's location on Regal is Yost Gallagher Construction with architectural work done by Architecture All Forms, both of Spokane. For more information on Bruchi's visit their website at or follow them on social media via Facebook or Instagram

Stratus Surfaces to open in former Spokane Valley Tuesday Morning store space

 The space that formerly housed the now defunct Tuesday Morning chain in Spokane Valley is about to have life once more. Stratus Surfaces, a company that specializes in wholesale distribution of high-grade natural stone, StratusQuartz and StratusPorcelain slabs is planning to open there sometime in March. The stores address is 13808 E. Indiana Ave. and is part of the Evergreen Crossing shopping center.

Courtesy photos of Stratus Surfaces products in home applications.

The slabs are sold for many applications, including countertops. The new Spokane location will be fifth location for the growing company and their first boutique showroom gallery. Other locations can be found in Austin, Oklahoma City and two in Western Washington. The company tells me they are more than just a wholesale distributor but are also "partners in creating exquisite spaces with the finest quality materials"

For more information on Stratus Surfaces, visit their website at

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Keto Sweetie, a sugar free, gluten free, low carb bakery opens to the public in Deer Park

 Keto Sweetie, a 100% sugar free, gluten free, low carb bakery originally opened their doors during the pandemic in 2020. Due to Covid the owners decided to take the route of selling wholesale with a limited menu. But, despite the challenges the company, owned by a mother-daughter duo has proven to be a success. Today the company sells their products to many local coffee stands,etc. and even launched a website last year allowing them to sell their products to all 50 states. 

But now customers can also go directly to the source as last week Keto Sweetie held a ribbon cutting ceremony, officially opening their bakery to the public. Walk in customers are now welcome at the business on Thurs. and Friday afternoons from 2-6. The bakery can be found in Deer Park at 3 N. Main (entrance along Railroad Ave.).

The menu of Keto Sweetie has also grown over time. Many baked goods are available from their famous keto donuts to cookies, cupcakes, cheesecakes, muffins, bagels, biscuits, cinnamon rolls and even custom cakes. I'm told the Mom is the mastermind behind the recipes and there might even be a little bit of help from one the owner's four-year-old daughter, making it a true family business.

New items come out frequently and they can even do custom orders for special events. For more information on Keto Sweetie visit their website at or give them a follow on their social media via Facebook or Instagram .

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

New Dollar Tree store planned in Hillyard

Looks like Dollar Tree, the Chesapeake,VA based chain of dollar stores is coming to the Hillyard neighborhood. The company recently filed an application for building permits at 4107 N. Market, which is the space last used by the now closed Hillyard Ace Hardware.

The new store will take over the building's entire 9215 square feet, the company will remodel the space before opening with permits indicating work for fixtures, mechanical and plumbing valued at $222,240. No opening date is known yet for the store; however this will be 9th Dollar Tree store to open in Spokane with a handful of others scattered elsewhere around the Inland Northwest.

For more information on Dollar Tree, visit their website at

Thursday, February 15, 2024

The West Plains Stream launches this week

 A new hyper local focused newspaper is launching this week, bringing news and information for the communities on the West Plains. Ben & Danica Wick who own Wick Enterprises will run the new paper, which is to be called The West Plain Stream. Additionally, the Wick's also operate The Liberty Lake Splash and The Current, a newspaper covering Spokane Valley news.

The West Plains Stream is a free paper that will have 9000 copies to be direct mailed to Airway Heights, Medical Lake and Fairchild Air Force Base. The first edition of The West Plains Stream is to be out tomorrow, Friday Feb. 16th. Initially they won't be mailing to Cheney addresses, but they do plan to cover some Cheney news, including Cheney School District news. Pick up rack locations will also be available, including at the Spokane County Library. A website for the newspaper is also in the works.

This publication will have similar features to the Wick's other newspapers on the other side of the county. A Q&A with a community member, a kids section called "The Wave", a senior section, school sports section, Airway Heights and Medical Lake city council news and community outreach stories.

The newspaper will have publish a new edition each month. Advertising is also available for future editions, for more information contact them directly at or call 509-242-7752

For more information on The West Plains Stream, check out their website at or follow them on Facebook

Tuesday, February 13, 2024

Curtains Rise Again: The Garland Theater's grand return with exciting upgrades coming on March 1st

 In a story of resilience the landmark Garland Theater, has prevailed over adversity and is now set to reopen on March 1st under the new ownership of Chris Bovey, Tyler Arnold and Jasmine Barnes. Over the past two months new owners and a dedicated team of volunteers have poured countless hours into updating the theater to get it ready.

Courtesy image- noteworthy the theater will be selling 45 of these 24x36 posters for $45 in honor of when the theater was built.

" This project is unlike anything I've experienced before.  It's heartwarming to see so many individuals from our community coming together to contribute and revive the Garland. The support has been nothing short of inspiring," said Bovey. In addition to Bovey's artistic touch to the revival, local artists Daniel Lopez and Matt Johnson have contributed to stunning murals inside the Garland Theater. Additionally, new display cases will feature Arnold's authentic movie memorabilia collection. 

The theater is also introducing a new membership program called the "Movie Club" where for just $5 a year members can enjoy free movie screenings every Sunday, fostering a sense of community among movie lovers. 

The official re-opening of the Garland Theater is planned for March 1st with a screening of the filmed in Spokane classic, Benny & Joon. The feature will be at 7:30 with doors opening at 6:30, tickets will be available online but with the theaters new website under construction that will be announced on their social media soon (link below). The opening movie will still be just $5.

The Garland Theater has been a Spokane landmark since 1945 and is dedicated to preserving the cinematic experience with a commitment to 35mm films. For more information on the Garland Theater follow their new social media pages via Instagram or Facebook .

Nothing Bundt Cakes opens new location in North Spokane

 A new location of the Texas based Nothing Bundt Cakes chain is now open in North Spokane. This is the second location to open in Spokane as another store remains at 2525 E. 29th Ave #1B on the South Hill. As is implied by the name the business is a bakery that specializes in bundt cakes with standard bundt cakes and small personal cakes called bundtinis.

Courtesy photos

The new North Spokane Nothing Bundt Cakes is located within the North Point Shopping center at 9706 N. Newport Hwy #29 . Currently the hours for the new location are 10-6 Mon-Fri. and 11-4 on Sun but they do plan to increase their hours come spring so check with the business directly to confirm. An official grand opening / ribbon cutting is also planned in the coming months.

Another new Inland Northwest area Nothing Bundt Cakes location is also in the works for Coeur d' Alene. That location is presently planned to be in a yet to be constructed new building coming nearby the corner of Neider & US 95.

For more information on Nothing Bundt Cakes, visit their website at

Friday, February 9, 2024

Trader Joe’s applies for building permits in Coeur d’ Alene

 It’s been perhaps one of the worst guarded secrets in Coeur d’ Alene. But, I’m now ok with sharing the news that Trader Joe’s is coming to Coeur d’ Alene as a dedicated reader pointed out to me that the California based grocery chain applied for building permits with the city today (thank you!). The permits are valued at 2.75 million which will likely include extensive renovations to the entire building.

Not much is known yet about the new store, but it is to be located at 303 E. Spokane by the corner of 4th & Spokane. This is the building currently used by Runge Furniture which is presently holding a sale to downsize and take up a smaller space afterwards sharing the building with Trader Joe’s.

Size of the store, look or opening date,etc are not mentioned. We have put in a public record request to gather more details and will update this when we know more.