Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Building permit watch - Nov. 25th 2014

It's time once again for a Building Permit Watch post. I haven't posted this in awhile so as a reminder, these are posts of interesting tidbits that can be found in the public record building permit searches.

These items are not confirmed but are almost sure things. So, here is what may be coming to the Spokane area soon-

( Note : Based on what I've found I'm not usually allowed the share the full permits publicly like this. So, I share the name and address only. If you'd like to know more please contact The City of Spokane or the appropriate planning office directly )

Iron Goat Brewing - Already a Spokane based microbrewery appears to be look to relocate / expand (?) at 1302 W. Second .

Bennidito's Pizza  While listed as Bennidito's Brewery we can only assume this would be a branch off of the Bennidito's Pizza business. They are looking at 1907 E. Sprague Ave.

Interestingly enough The South Perry Neighborhood Twitter feed  ( https://twitter.com/SouthPerryhood )also says Bennidito's Pizza is opening at 1901 E. Sprague so it's clear they are planning something.

An art gallery in Kendall Yards? It doesn't have a business name but there is a permit for some kind of art gallery at 1206 W. Summit Pkwy in the Kendall Yards development.

Wollnick's General Store coming to Downtown Spokane?

Wollnick's is a relatively new retail shop down in the South Perry Neighborhood. And, now they have a permit filed for a building in Downtown Spokane.

The permit is for 421 W. Main which would make them a tenant in the newly renovated row of storefronts across from Auntie's Bookstore Downtown.

"Hole Shot" in River Park Square?

I'm not sure if this will be the final business name but a permit has been filed in the River Park Sqaure Food Court ( Space FC-3 ) for something called Hole Shot.

Rizzuto's Wide Shoes

This one is already confirmed, tenant improvements are underway for a move by Rizzuto's Wide Shoes to a new space at 6208 N. Division. Currently that store is just south of the Northtown Mall, also on N. Division.

Free standing Deaconess ER planned

Deaconess Hospital / Rockwood Health System appear to be bringing the free standing ER concept to Spokane with a planned new building at 8202 N. Division.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Tiki Lodge returns to Downtown Spokane

Having only lived in the Spokane area for a little under 10 years now, I'll admit I don't have memories of the Tiki Lodge in Downtown Spokane. But many Spokanites  do and now I'm happy to report that, that piece of the city's history is back.

While I haven't been able to get any pictures or much info yet. The former Select Inn motel has been re-named / re-branded back under the building's original name of the Tiki Lodge.

The Tiki Lodge is located at 1420 W. Second next door to Jenny's Diner and across Maple St. from Frank's Diner . The new owner has already put up the new signs identifying the motel as the Tiki Lodge and does have plans to restore the property back to state when the original Tiki Lodge was open back in the 60's and 70's.

I'm told the rooms will be redone in a retro style, even with rotary phones in each room and the front awnings will be re-painted the original orange. Much of this work however is planned to happen next year.

Currently the business has no web site or social media pages. We will continue to keep an eye on this exciting Spokane flash back project.

Kitchen Spokane relocates to much larger facility

Kitchen Spokane, truth is not everyone has heard of this amazing new local business. But everyone, especially those in the local food service industry should. Kitchen Spokane is Spokane's first commercial kitchen incubator space, designed for use by food service start ups. The business opened earlier this year in a small space just east of Downtown Spokane ( More here - http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2014/10/kitchen-spokane-commerical-kitchen.html  )

And, now after only a few short months the kitchen space has outgrown it's current location on E. Third and is relocating to a new much larger facility, that was custom built just for Kitchen Spokane. The new space , which is now about 2,500 square feet is located at 1014 N. Pines Suite 120  and is now in Spokane Valley. The new space will boast even more equipment and food storage space. A loading dock will also be offered at this new site which should open early next month.

Like before the new Kitchen Spokane will continue to be open to tenants 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

A recent article in The Inlander boasts just some of the exciting new food service start ups already calling Kitchen Spokane home. They include-

Scoe's BBQ , Creative Catering , Sweetbox Delivery ( a new cinnamon roll delivery service, new to Spokane. Be sure to check them out at- https://www.facebook.com/sweetboxdelivery ) , Malted Mutt , Somkhit's Authentic Thai and several more.

For more information on Kitchen Spokane find them via-




Hey, what's going in there? Nov. 24th 2014

Today I'm starting a new feature called " hey, what's going in there ? " based on the motto of this blog. This article will hopefully answer what is happening at some of the unmarked construction sites around Spokane.

If you have a project you'd like me to look into, contact me anytime!

Here are today's projects-

9th and Perry , Spokane

After hearing about this project for sometime construction is actually now underway for new building coming soon to the heart of one of Spokane's hottest neighborhoods, the South Perry Neighborhood.

The building will be built out with 2 floors, first floor being commercial with bay(s) for either restaurants or retail. The second floor will be used as a medical office.

Apartments we're also once included in the plans but appear to have been pulled out of the plans.

Construction by Newport Hwy. and Holland , near The Y.

A reader alerted me to this project because there is a rumor that this site would be a new Texas Roadhouse. And, although I too have heard of Texas Roadhouse coming to Spokane, this will not be the site it comes too.

However the construction you see today is for a new retail development to be anchored by a Sherwin Williams Paint store.

Tenants other the Sherwin Williams Paint are coming, but the paint retailer is the only store confirmed at the site right now. The new building's address will be 9412 N. Newport Hwy.

North Spokane Ramada becoming Laquinta Inn

Also in the 9000 block of N. Newport Hwy is the former North Spokane Ramada Inn hotel.

The business has been closed for a time and extensive remodeling is underway to convert the property to an all new LaQunita Inn.

The new North Spokane LaQunita Inn is located at 9601 N. Newport Hwy.

Construction next to Chuck E. Cheese in North Spokane.

The same reader who alerted me to the Sherwin Williams site also alerted me to a project next to Chuck E. Cheese. ( Thanks, reader !!! ) .

The site which is along N. Nevada will become and office building constructed by Silvey Construction, also of Spokane.  Plans call for a little over 14,000 square feet of office space on two floors with basement. No tenants however are known yet for this new building.

Tentatively the building is called the Nevada Professional Building.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Community news briefs- Nov. 20th 2014

Ok, so I have been a bit behind on posting to this site lately . So, to keep everyone as up to date as possible while they wait on me, here are a few local happenings from my e-mails / contacts -

Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular 2014 , a holiday lights event coming to Riverfront Park.

Spokane's new "Winter Glow" event kicks off with a lighting ceremony at 6:30 PM on November 28th, just after Thanksgiving. The event which intends to become an annual event of holiday lights around Riverfront Park will be on display from 5-9pm nightly through Jan 1st with longer hours on weekends.

The nightly event is free and open to the public, with carriage and wagon rides also available for a small fee.

The Spokane Winter Glow Spectacular is mainly sponsored by Avista , Washington Trust Bank and Coordinated Care.

For more information on this event, visit-


Darigold and Dairy Farmers of Washington to donate 11,000 half gallons of milk to KREM 2 News' Tom's Turkey Drive.

Here is the press release-

Darigold and the Dairy Farmers of Washington have joined the 15th Annual ‘Tom’s Turkey Drive’ to provide complete turkey dinners to Inland families for a $20 donation this weekend at all Rosauers stores. Third generation dairy farmer, Stephanie Littrel, says last year’s event provided 11,000 dinners so the dairy farmers will donate 11,000 half gallons of milk to go with each turkey dinner donation this year.  Tom's Turkey Drive relies on hundreds of volunteers each year. Visit the 2nd Harvest website www.2-harvest.org to learn more about specific volunteer opportunities.  Tom’s Turkey Thanksgiving meal bags including a half gallon of 2% milk will be distributed at the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena, 720 W. Mallon Ave., on Tuesday, November 25, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Darigold, Dairy Farmers of Washington have joined KREM TV’s Tom Sherry, 2nd Harvest and the Salvation Army to fight hunger this holiday season with support from Numerican Credit Union, Rockwood Health Systems, Franz Bakery and Itron – all working together to provide holiday meals to area families in need during the holiday season.  

West Plains Petro Truck Stop collecting food and coats / blankets for the less fortunate.

From Facebook-

"We" are doing a food and coat/blanket drive for our less fortunate in Spokane. We are accepting money (will be used to purchase food), food,... bottle water, coats, gloves, socks and blankets. ANY THING you would be willing to donate we will definitely get it to people who need them. We are trying to collect everything by Wed.12/10. We will be handing these items out on Saturday 12/13.

You can drop it off at Petro 10506 W. Aero Road Spokane, WA. 99224

Landmark Plantation Restaurant in Spokane Valley demolished-

Demolition work is wrapping up with the building now down at the vacant building that once housed Spokane Valley's Plantation Restaurant .

Last year, the news came in that the building would soon be renovated and turned into a new restaurant by the same name. That plan never came to fruition and clearly is now dead, that story here from the Journal of Business-


It is very unfortunate these plans apparently got cancelled. The building was located at 8122 E. Sprague Ave. and appears to now be for sale as commercial land. There are currently no plans for the site that we know of yet. But, are continuing to keep and eye on this one.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

My Place Hotel now open in Spokane Valley

There is a new option of places to stay in Spokane Valley with last week's official opening of the My Place Hotel - Spokane Valley.

The hotel's opening marks the rapidly growing chain expansion further into the Northwest. The chain is based in Aberdeen,SD and already has locations all around the United States after only being in business since 2012. The company was founded by the same person who founded the Super 8 Hotel chain, Ron Rivett . The hotels in the My Place system are geared towards extended stay travel, however booking for just one night is offered.

The hotel is located at 16106 E. Indiana Ave. across from the Riverview Corporate Center and a very short drive / walk east of the I-90 Sullivan exit and the Spokane Valley Mall.

The hotel features 64 guest rooms spread out though-out the 3 story building. Rooms feature something called "my kitchen" with small cook top, microwave and refrigerator. On site laundry facilities, high speed internet access , and a small convenience store are all also offered. Room discounts are available to AAA/CAA members , AARP members and government employee's.

Room rates will vary, for more information, including hotel room booking visit the My Place Hotel web site at-

A look at the new hotel, now open-

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nut Factory to close store, relocate and re-focus

This business downsizing / closure will effect a local landmark business that thousands of commuters pass by each day on I-90 . That business is, The Nut Factory, and it has operated out of that highly visible building at 19425 E. Broadway in Spokane Valley since the late 90's and other locations dating back many years before that.

But, now news has come in that The Nut Factory will soon undergo a big change which will mean leaving that site along I-90. The business will actually fully close down their retail storefront and will re-focus the business to a new web based sales format via the company's web site, which can be found at the bottom of this article.

In addition, The Nut Factory hopes to increase wholesale sales and their sales outside of the United States.

The business will actually vacate the building at 19425 E. Broadway entirely with the production and warehousing moving to a yet to confirmed industrial building elsewhere in the Spokane area. The building will be put up for sale soon and the store's closure is expected to happen sometime this month.

The Nut Factory's Spokane Valley store featured many different types of nuts, candies and other snacks produced and/ or processed by The Nut Factory within the same building as the store. The retail store also offered many other snack and gift items. Many of the items sold there will likely continue to be sold via the companies web site, which can be found at-


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