Saturday, April 4, 2020

Wishing Tree Books - Small Business of the Moment

To keep our local businesses in mind. I’m starting to do posts to feature a “ small business of the moment “. Our first is Wishing Tree Books who opened not long ago at 1410 E 11th in the South Perry neighborhood. They are a local bookstore with a focus on children’s books. The store is closed temporarily but books are still up for sale on their website

Friday, April 3, 2020

Incrediburger & Eggs starts carry out in Coeur d' Alene, adapts to the new normal.

The restaurant industry has taken a huge hit over the last month, causing some to get creative. One such place adapting to this new take out and delivery only life is Incrediburger & Eggs.

Incrediburger & Eggs is a locally owned and operated quick casual restaurant that has it's main location in Downtown Spokane at 909 W. 1st Suite A, next to the Hotel Ruby. At the Downtown location they continue doing take out, curbside pick up and delivery via Grubhub. One can even purchase beer & wine to go with curbside orders (as per a temporary order allowing restaurants to do this).

But, the restaurant which is part of Chef Adam Hegsted's portfolio of bars and eatery's is branching out. A menu of Incrediburger & Eggs items will now be available in Downtown Coeur d' Alene! The items will be sold during operating hours at Honey Eatery & Social Club located 317 W. Sherman Ave. . Honey is another restaurant operated by Hegsted, and i'm told the Incrediburger items will be available for at least the duration of the social bans.

Incrediburger & Eggs also branched out not long ago with a new food truck. They have nicknamed the truck, Increditruck. The Increditruck and is parked and serving up burgers and more Wed-Sun 11-5 ( subject to change, check their social media for up to date info ) at 5004 E. Sprague, across from Costco and Auto Zone in Spokane Valley.

If you aren't already familiar with Incrediburger & Eggs, for the most part their name says it all. They are a locally owned and operated quick casual restaurant with a large selection of delicious burgers, egg sandwiches, fries, tots and adult beverages made using as much local products as possible.

For more info, visit their website at-

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Chaos Arcade is in the works in North Spokane

A cool new business is coming to the Northside of Spokane. Chaos Arcade has leased the former Fitness Northwest space at 1020 W. Francis and will soon build out and exciting combination of arcade, VR and cafe.
Chaos Arcade will be a 13,000 square foot arcade with around 9-12 VR booths using state of the art next generation virtual reality experiences. There will also be arcade games, both modern prize redemption games and video games, as well as some classic games. The business will have at least 1 party room, in addition to a cafe. The Cafe will serve concession snacks like pizza, hot dogs, packaged snacks, desserts, espresso and even beer and wine.

The owners of this new business are somewhat delayed by the recent shelter in place orders and current construction bans but they do still plan to move forward as soon as possible. Depending on a few factors watch for Chaos Arcade to open for business likely in late summer or the fall of 2020.We will also continue to watch this new business for updates.

For additional info, a website will be coming soon at and they are on Instagram @chaosarcade

New BBQ restaurant opens today in Spokane Valley

Yes, you read the headline to this correctly, amidst all of the COVID-19 closures one restaurant is bucking the trend and is actually opening for business. However falling in line with Gov. Inslee's order they will only be open for take out for the time being.

This new restaurant is called SmokeRidge BBQ and began as a food truck doing local events for a time. But, earlier this year they acquired the landmark train at 11027 E. Sprague and have opened for business inside it, they will offer curbside pickup at the train and will seek out delivery options in the near future.

The menu of SmokeRidge BBQ consists of sandwiches with brisket, pulled pork or German sausage. In addition to mac bowls, slaw bowls, meats available as half pound or by the full pound, a few sides and even homemade bread pudding served with a creamy lemon sauce.

If you find yourself all at home with a family, they also offer two family meal options, one able to serve 4-6 and another to serve 8-10. SmokeRidge BBQ is open for business Tues-Sat. 11-7 and to call ahead an order contact them at 509-710-3426.

For more info on SmokeRidge BBQ, visit their website at or follow them on social media.

Friday, March 27, 2020

Lovesac planning a location in River Park Square

Lovesac, a growing specialty furniture store with a bit of cult following is planning on opening soon in Spokane. The Connecticut based company has filed permits to build out a new showroom on the second floor of River Park Square in Downtown Spokane.

Created using a stock photo- this not an exact copy of the future Spokane store.

The store will occupy " space 216 " of the shopping center, which has been filled by a religious geared apparel store called Hope Outfitters. The store will be about 1700 square feet and will be the first location to come to the Inland Northwest, although they do operate locations in the Seattle area and opened a store in Boise just last year ( article from BoiseDev  )

Lovesac was founded in the mid 1990's by a student at the University of Utah and was boosted in 2005 when the company's founder Shawn D. Nelson won on the Fox reality TV show Rebel Billionaire. The company sells two primary lines, a reconfigurable couch called the Sactional and the Lovesac, a foam filled chair.

The company has seen rapid growth recently with a number of new locations in the pipeline, they currently are publicly traded on Nastaq under the ticker symbol LOVE. For more information on Lovesac and their products, check out their website at

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Empire Eye Physicians planning large new office and surgical center on Indiana in Spokane Valley

Empire Eye Physicians is among a myriad of company's still working on planning new buildings in the Spokane area. Empire Eye is hoping to relocate their existing practice from nearby Valley Hospital to a new construction building at 16010 E. Indiana, just east of Sullivan Rd. and the Valley Mall, adjacent to the My Place Hotel.

Building renderings courtesy of Bernardo Wills Architects,PC

The new location will provide ease of access and expanded eye care and surgical services. The facility will be a single story structure including 10,000 square feet of clinical and 5,000 square feet of ambulatory surgical center. This new building helps Empire Eye follow their vision of providing patents with the most advanced surgical techniques and the most state of the art technology available. It also carries through by utilizing leading edge building materials, efficient progressive mechanical systems and a modern aesthetic embodying contemporary medical facilities.

Photos of the vacant lot at 16010 E. Indiana, where the new facility is to be built, taken before the stay home order.

Bernardo Wills Architects,PC is doing the design work behind this project and they say that every detail of the Empire Eye facility is intended to support the original vision and support the mission for today and many years to come. Currently construction is planned for "early" 2020 with a completion in 2021. Empire Eye Physicians also operates a location in Coeur d' Alene and has four doctors on staff as per their website.

For more info on Empire Eye Physicians, visit their website at-

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bi-Mart to open in Rathdrum this week

Bi-Mart is planning to open a new location in our area this week. The Eugene,OR based chain of membership based retail stores is planning to open their newest store in Rathdrum this Thursday ( 3/26 ) .

The store takes the place of the closed Stein's IGA grocery store at 16102 N. Hwy 41. It will feature 15 departments including hardware, lawn and garden, housewares, sporting goods, clothing and foot wear, office and school, food and beverage and more. Bi-Mart stores are membership based but they are substantially more affordable then others with just a $5 lifetime membership.

The Rathdrum location is to employ about 50 and will be open 9-8 on weekdays and 9-6 on weekends. The chain operates about 80 stores total and has been in business since the 1950's. Other stores in Inland Northwest include stores in Deer Park and Cheney.

For more information on Bi-Mart visit their website at

Monday, March 23, 2020

Large new complex, Broadway 190 Apartments begins pre-leasing in Spokane Valley

There is a new place to live in Spokane Valley. Pre-leasing has begun for the new Broadway 190 Apartment complex being built off of Broadway Ave, across from North Pines Middle School and tenants could move in as soon as early May.

Broadway 190 will feature 190 total apartments once fully built out, which will happen later this year. Eventually the property will include Studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units with rent from $815 for a studio ( not available until later in the year ) up to $1,575 a month for a 3 bed unit. Please contact their office for exact rates and more information, including virtual tours. They are offering $1000 off move in to anyone who leases before 5/1 as well as a military and student discount of $250 off in addition with a valid ID for new leases before 5/1.

This new apartment community is pet friendly ( with deposit ) , features a pool, carports, BBQ's and a clubhouse with WiFi. For more information about moving into the newly built apartments at Broadway 190 call 509-474-0738 or visit their website at