Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Urban Art Co-op opening this weekend

Previously mentioned on , a new art business called Urban Art Co-op will be opening soon here in Spokane. And, now we are happy to announced that the co-op will open for business this upcoming weekend.
Urban Art Co-op will be located at 3017 N. Monroe and will open with a open house / mug sale. The grand opening will start on Saturday, March 28th at 9 am - 2 pm and run though the weekend. The space is primarily a pottery studio.
Urban Art Co-op is a non profit establishment with no paid employees. According to their Facebook the co-op will be open to all artists with this phrase posted on the site:
"Urban Art Co-op provides a place where artists of all levels can work, collaborate and share ideas."
For more information on Urban Art Co-op, visit their web site at-
And, find them on Facebook at-

New restaurants coming to 829 E. Boone

829 E. Boone ( corner of Boone & Hamilton ) is perhaps better known as the 8,000 square foot multi-tenant building that took over the land that was David's Pizza near Gonzaga University. But it's also meant to provide Zags and Spokane's Logan neighborhood with a multitude of dining options.

The building, which is named the Clementine Center was developed by John Stockton and built by locally based Baker Construction. When it was completed a couple of years ago it was full of restaurant tenants, but quickly those numbers have started to dwindle.

Pizza Oven which was in suite A, closed citing a dispute over lack of payment from a general contractor. Noodle Works ( Suite B ) and Loco Dogz ( Suite C ) also closed up shop for unknown reasons ( Loco Dogz also closed their flagship store in Cheney ) . Leaving the new building kind of empty looking.

But all of that is about to change with these new restaurants leasing space in the 829 E. Boone Building-

 Joey's Taste of Chicago

Joey's will soon open their third store within the building. The restaurant also has locations at 9222 N. Newport Hwy in North Spokane and in Rathdrum.

The business is growing and gaining a bit of following in it's relatively short life. Joey's Taste of Chicago is a Chicago style hot dog restaurant. They are one of only a small few restaurants in the Inland Northwest using Vienna Beef hot dogs.

In addition to delicious hot dogs, Joey's Taste of Chicago also serves hot Italian Beef and Gyros. A liquor license is also in the works for their new location.

For more information Joey's Taste of Chicago find them online at-

Or via Facebook at-

Joey's Taste of Chicago also offers retail purchases of their hot dogs and condiments.

Sushi Sakai

After gaining a name as a Sushi restaurant in Spokane Valley, Sushi Sakai will soon leave the Valley for 829 E. Boone.

Sushi Sakai will close their location at 11520 E. Sprague Ave and relocate to a suite in the this building. Sushi Sakai offers many different sushi rolls and sushi party boats. Bento boxes , some teriyaki and Korean food dishes are also available on the menu for reasonable prices.

Sushi Sakai is also a Sake bar with many brands and flavors available.

While this will be the Sushi Sakai's first venture into the City of Spokane proper, Spokane Valley will not be left without. The business says they also plan to re-open a second location, back in Spokane Valley sometime " within the year ". Exactly when and where is not yet known.

For more information on Sushi Sakai visit them online at-

Or via Facebook at-

Some original restaurants never left....

While the building at 829 E. Boone has appeared a little empty, it never actually was empty. That's because two of the tenants that moved in when the building was built are still open for business there.

The frozen yogurt chain, Froyo Earth and cheesesteak / sandwich chain Bruchi's  also maintain restaurants there serving hungry students and locals alike. Bruchi's did also recently announce they are planning a new location in Downtown Spokane, not too far away but will likely still keep this location.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Heart of it All wedding chapel opening in Coeur d' Alene

Considered to be the wedding capital of the Pacific Northwest, Coeur d' Alene already has several business in the wedding industry. But, lately this industry has been a big news making topic locally. Recently Idaho began allowing same sex marriage, making the landmark Hitching Post wedding chapel to refuse marrying non traditional couples. Something that has brought about lawsuits, protests, etc...

But soon, Coeur d' Alene area couples will have a new wedding chapel option with the opening of a new business called, The Heart of it All in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

The Heart of it All is currently under construction as it will take over what was a vacant storefront. The chapel will occupy what was last HippieKat, a vintage clothing store at 314 N. 4th St. only blocks away from Coeur d' Alene Lake.

An official opening is expected soon , perhaps during the month of April. The Heart of it All will be a " judgment free wedding chapel " that will marry both traditional and same sex couples. This new business is being started by local residents Dave & Vesta Sterenchock.

The Heart of it All will be able to do all weddings from full weddings to quick, more Las Vegas style weddings, both indoors and outdoors.

While work is already happening at 314 N. 4th , some more work and items are needed for The Heart of it All to officially open their doors. Because of this the business has launched a fund raising web site . To donate, and get more information on what they are purposing to do at The Heart of it All, check out their page at-

Also, like them on Facebook at-

Construction starts on new Downtown Indaba Coffee + renderings!

In case you haven't heard the good news yet, the West Central neighborhood's anchor coffee shop, Indaba Coffee is adding a new second location in Downtown Spokane!

We posted about this back in early February when the coffee shop launched their fundraising campaign. ( read that post here - )

The Indiegogo campaign has since closed and while it did raise an impressive amount, it still fell short of the goal. But Indaba fan's ,like myself , need not worry because regardless the new Downtown location will still happen. In fact, some early construction work has already started on the new space.
The new location will be in the heart of the Downtown core in a neat historical building, The Bennett Block building. Indaba will take the small space at 212 N. Howard , the storefront immediately south of Mizuna.

But why post, what is basically old news? Because there are new details...

Uptic Studios, a Spokane based architecture and design firm who is in charge of what this new Indaba location will look like has released some renderings of the purposed finished product. Here is a look at those...

The new location will employ about 5 and offer a wide selection of coffee drinks, coffee cocktails and retail coffee's.

Currently no opening date is set but should be within the next few months. Also the orginal location at 1425 W. Broadway in West Central Spokane will remain open for business.

For more information on Indaba Coffee visit their web site at-

Or via Facebook at-

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Shakey's Pizza closes Spokane location

Some bad news has been confirmed, the local location of Shakey's Pizza has closed it's doors. We inquired with Shakey's corporate office who tells INBW that the location closed due to " unforeseen circumstances" .

The rumor is that the location is now up for sale. The Spokane Shakey's Pizza was located in North Spokane, near The Y at 9602 N. Newport Hwy.

Shakey's Pizza, the company, is still in business with the nearest location now in Pasco,WA at 4525 N. Road 68.

Shakey's Pizza can be found online at-

Thursday, March 19, 2015

O'Reilly Auto Parts to build new store in Spokane Valley, some businesses displaced

The area around the corner of Sprague and Bowdish in Spokane Valley has already seen some changes over the last few months. The iconic Halpin's is now gone with a Complete Suite Furniture store now in it's space . And, Ringo's Little Vegas is now a business called The Member's Lounge / Mari Jane's Tap House.

But, now over on the Northwest side of the of the busy intersection even more changes are in the works. O' Reilly Auto Parts , a Springfield,MO based chain of auto parts stores with many stores already in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area ( including a couple close by this site, maybe one will move? ) will build a new store there.

The company has already purchased the land there and filed for building permits to build the new store. In the permit information it shows a 15,335 square foot store to be built at 11421 E. Sprague Ave. .  This store is still early in process so no opening date or amount of employees have been released as of yet.

This new store has one interesting tidbit, in that the company will have to demolish a couple of businesses to make way for their new store. No businesses will close but some will relocate, here is who they are and where they are moving their businesses too-

Mike's Old Fashioned Donuts

Mike's Donuts, a long running donut shop has moved into newly remodeled space in the HiCo Plaza building at Sprague and Argonne, still in Spokane Valley.

Harmon Glass

The Spokane Valley location of Harmon Glass, a chain of auto glass shops will leave their current location ( also, 11421 E. Sprague Ave. ) for a new site at 7227 E. Sprague further towards Spokane.

Nearby at Sushi Sakai

Not far away from this new location, but not affected by the building construction work Sushi Sakai is also moving soon and will actually be relocating from Spokane Valley into Spokane.

Sushi Sakai will join a shopping center geared towards dining near Gonzaga at 829 E. Boone Ave.

Watch for more on their Facebook page at -

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Around the Board, Board game cafe opening in Spokane

The trend of board game cafe's that's already hit Asia, Canada and many other locales is coming soon to Spokane. Local resident Jennifer DeHart is planning to open a new board game café called Around the Board in Downtown Spokane.

Around the Board will be located at 9 S. Washington and take about 1,000 square feet of storefront space in the STCU / Hutton Building. The café will have no cover charge ( which is apparently common of other board game cafe's ) and many board games to play / board game themed décor throughout the business.

Around the Board held a Kickstarter fundraising campaign recently which was un-successful. However, the business will still open without this funding as the Kickstarter was for equipment, etc. . The business location and logo ( seen below ) are already secure.

Around The Board will be a family friendly establishment with espresso drinks, sandwiches , bakery items and much more.

And, speaking of the board game themed décor Around The Board will have a Where's Waldo Wall , a chalkboard wall for Pictionary and more. Seating for 50 will also be included in the space.

Opening date has yet to be set but will likely be in late April. No web site has been set up, but a basic Facebook page is online now and can be found at-