Monday, February 8, 2016

The Unforgiven Lounge opening in Downtown Spokane

The Unforgiven Lounge, a locally owned and operated bar & restaurant from North Spokane has chosen a historic Downtown storefront for it's latest location. The Unforgiven Lounge will occupy a former hair salon space at 108 N. Washington Ave.

The new Downtown location will be the second location, as their original location at 415 W. Hastings Rd in North Spokane will also stay open. Renovations of the Downtown location are underway, adding a bar and some other new features to the space. Because it is still early in their opening process, there is no set opening date, but they are hoping to be open by the end of March.

The new Downtown Unforgiven Lounge will still have a full bar with a specialty in martini's , but also beer & wine. Like up north, the Downtown location will also have a food menu, but that food menu will be different. The Downtown location won't have a grill, so the menu will likely have more appetizers and sandwiches.

For more information on the new location, follow The Unforgiven Lounge Downtown on Facebook at-

New construction training facility opens on the West Plains

The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington, may sound like an older government agency. But it's actually the group behind a new training center for those interested in the construction industry or needing to brush up their skills.

The business, which already has two locations in Western Washington ( Bellevue & Vancouver ) recently opened their first located east of the Cascades, here on the West Plains and near Spokane International Airport. The facility is in a portion of the Aero Business Center at 10428 W. Aero Rd. Their facility has 13,000 square feet, a small staff, and already a little more then 100 students.

The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington, offers construction apprenticeship, construction training, continued education for license renewal and skills assessments for those in the industry and others.

The facility is open now, and their administration office is open by appointment at the same site. For more information on The Construction Industry Training Council of Washington, visit their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Because you asked.... Feb. 6th,2016

Been awhile since I've done a " because you asked " post on this site, so here we go....

As a reminder, because you asked, is a feature where I respond to some of the more common questions I get asked via email and social media about new business going in around the Spokane area. I always welcome questions, any question any time , if I don't know I will look into it right away. Contact me at-
Or, post to our wall on Facebook at-

Question #1 - What's going in across from Winco in Spokane Valley?

The former King's Chinese Buffet ( and, The Sizzler before that ) building has been sold and now demolished. The site, which is across Sprague Ave. from Winco ( at the corner of Sprague & Farr ) is now all torn up with construction crews doing site work their daily.

So what will it be? Despite their being a rumor of another recreational marijuana store. It will actually be a new NAPA Auto Parts store. The new store will be a little over 8,000 square feet and replace another NAPA store less then a block away from the site.

Also, of note is O'Reilly Auto Parts is doing a similar move, by moving into a new building at Sprague & Bowdish, replacing a smaller store of theirs. That new store will also act as a  parts warehouse for other O'Reilly Auto Parts stores in the Inland Northwest.

Question #2 - When will the North Spokane Trader Joe's open for business?

Trader Joe's has not given an opening date for their new store as of yet. Although it is already under construction in the former Rite Aid space at Franklin Park Commons shopping center on N. Division. From what we've been hearing it will likely be opening sometime in April.

Question #3 - What is going out front of the Turning Point Church in Wandermere?

Sold signs have gone up on N. Division, on the land out front of the Turning Point Church, near Fred Meyer.

That piece of land was sold to a group of real estate investors, using the name Field of Dreams,LLC  . The new owner plans to develop a 14,000 plus square foot medical office building on the site, but has yet to say a name or show any renderings of the building.

However, a large portion of the new building is already leased, with at least three tenants already signed on.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Anemone moves to River Park Square

Just in time for Valentine's Day, Anemone Paper Flowers has relocated from it's SoDo storefront ( on 2nd ) to a new space inside River Park Square. The business had been in the Downtown mall in the past as a seasonal vendor, but is now back permanently and will be open year round.

Anemone, is a locally owned and operated business creating beautiful paper flowers and paper floral arrangements . They are located right on the ground floor of River Park Square in a newly created kiosk like space by the parking pay station / mall information booth.

While Anemone's flowers are made of paper, their products are still very beautiful, looking much like regular flowers. But the only catch is Anemone's flowers actually last because, unlike regular flowers these flowers don't die.

Next time you're Downtown, check out Anemone's new location or check out their website ( where you can also purchase flowers ) at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Spokane's first freestanding ER completed, to open very soon

First announced back in May, Rockwood Health System and their contractors has been hard at work on a new freestanding Emergency Room. The freestanding ER is a spin off of Deaconess Hospital Downtown and acts a full emergency medical facility. The facility is located in North Spokane, just south of The Y at 8202 N. Division and just north of Discount Tire.

The building, which is 12,700 square feet, has now been completed but Rockwood is still awaiting final approval to open the site to patients. That approval, however is expected soon, meaning they could open for business as soon as this weekend. The new ER will offer 15 private rooms , 2 triage rooms, a few exam rooms, an on site lab and imaging equipment.

This is the first freestanding ER, separate of a hospital in the Spokane area, but far from the first as this is a trend that has been opening up all over the US. In fact, another facility is already in business in the Tri-Cities area. The reasoning is most ER visit don't result in being admitted to the hospital, most cases are usually treated and released . Should a patient of this new ER need hospital admittance, transportation to Deaconess ( or any hospital ) will be provided. Also in the event of a larger emergency the new ER's site is equipped with a helicopter landing pad for MedStar or Lifeflight.

Since this new freestanding ER acts as a satellite facility to the main hospital, it will have short wait times. They plan to have wait times of under 30 minutes at all times.

This is not the only recent expansion for the Rockwood Health System. As not too far away from the new ER is Rockwood's new Cancer & Blood Specialty Center. That new facility is located at 309 E. Farwell Rd. Suite 100. Other developments are also happening as Rockwood tries to keep up with the growth of their main competitor, Providence Health.

For more information Rockwood Health System, visit their web site at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Bingo Hall moving into former Tailgater Sports Bar, near Spokane Arena

Spokane Youth Sports Association or SYSA as it is better known, has operated a bingo hall in a former grocery store ( a former Safeway, I believe )for quite some time. The bingo hall, currently located at 2230 E. Sprague Ave. offers several bingo games to benefit the non-profit on multiple nights per week.

But now, the SYSA Bingo Hall is on the move and closing up shop on E. Sprague. The last night for bingo in the current location is Sunday, Feb. 21st and there will be no bingo for a short time. But don't worry as it is not for long. SYSA plans to begin bingo again in a new home sometime in March, depending on permits and renovations and the like.

SYSA plans to move it's Bingo Hall into the former Tailgater Sports Bar building at the corner of N. Howard & W. Boone, across the street from Spokane Arena. The new location will act as both a Bingo Hall and some offices. The dates and times of bingo will likely remain the same but will give the facility a safer location that is closer to Downtown. Free parking is also on site, although a portion of the buildings parking lot is shared with neighboring Value Village store.

SYSA's current building on E. Sprague already does have a new owner. But, the organization is not sure of what their plans are for that building. We will keep an eye out for that, in addition to the official opening date of the new Bingo Hall location.

For more information on, check their web site at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Spokane Comedy Club initial show line-up announced

In case you haven't heard yet, a new comedy club with "a list" comedians is opening soon in Downtown Spokane. The club will be called Spokane Comedy Club and is branch off of the Tacoma Comedy Club in Tacoma.

For more information about this new comedy club, where it will be and more, check out our prior post-

Spokane Comedy Club opening in Downtown Spokane

And, while construction work is still going on their Sprague Ave. building, they have now announced their first schedule of comedy shows. And, as promised many are well known names who haven't made appearances in the Lilac City before. Here is the list of who all is coming-

Sarah Colonna

Jamie Kennedy

Rodger Lizaola

Kermit Apio

Chris D'Elia - of NBC's Undateable Live fame

Andy Woodhull


Tom Segura

Josh Blue - of NBC's Last Comic Standing fame

Jay Hollingsworth

Ms. Pat

Pauly Shore

Chad Daniels

Andrew Nortelli

Craig Robinson - of NBC'S The Office fame

Tommy Davidson

Kristen Key

Brad Upton

Jubal Flagg

Dan Cummins

These show's range from one night to multiple nights and most, if not all, will be 21 and over shows. For the times for all of these comedians upcoming appearances and how to purchase tickets, visit Spokane Comedy Club's new website at- .

Keep an eye also on this new comedy club as we expect more big acts to be coming soon. Currently the clubs first show will be in March.