Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Business & Development Map!

On this site you'll still find posts about new businesses & developments coming to Spokane / Coeur d' Alene. But, after a short time these posts disappear into the endless pages of " previous posts" , but now if your coming here to find out about a particular construction site you can use this handy dandy Google Map of most everything I've posted about recently....

Note: not all of the construction project or new business locations will be listed on here but I will do my best to keep it up to date and add new projects as I know of them.

And, don't forget new business postings are still on this site, just scroll down!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

1898 Public House opens inside the Kalispel Golf & Country Club

For the first time in over 100 years, the public is being welcomed to dine at the former Spokane Country Club on Waikiki Rd. in North Spokane. The formerly private golf & country club was forced into being sold last year following a discrimination lawsuit. It was acquired, also last year, by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians who has done some work to the property and today markets the club ( which is still partially private ) along side it's players club at their Northern Quest Resort & Casino.

The perhaps biggest change to the club ( other then the name change to Kalispel Golf & Country Club ) is the new restaurant that just opened this month in the clubhouse. The restaurant is named 1898 Public House , which is named for the year the country club was originally founded.

1898 Public House picks up on the Gastropub style of restaurant which has become quite popular throughout the country. The dining experience at 1898 Public House is described as " upscale " with a menu of many exciting dishes created by executive chef Tyler Schwenk.

The restaurant promises to use only the freshest ingredients with twists on some favorites. Among the menu items at 1898 Public House is hand pressed gourmet burgers, house-cured bacon , charcuterie and much more. This new restaurant also boast a full bar, and brunch service every weekend on Sat. & Sun. .

For more information on 1898 Public House, visit their website at-

Or stop in, in person at 2010 W. Waikiki Rd.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Thomas Hammer planning new location at Sprague & Thierman in Spokane Valley

The Spokane based Thomas Hammer Coffee chain / coffee roaster continues to grow. Only a few months after the company opened a new location in North Spokane / Mead on Hastings Rd. it's already moved onto building out what will soon be their 19th store, this time in Spokane Valley.

And, for many Valley residence the location will look familiar....

That's because this new Thomas Hammer is a local business replacement to the corporate java giant, Starbucks Coffee , who moved out of this small strip mall space. The location is only a few blocks east of the Fairgrounds at the corner of Sprague & Thierman ( 6630 E. Sprague Ave. ) .

Construction is underway as we speak to remodel the former Starbucks into a new Thomas Hammer location, serving their famous coffee's which have earned them multiple awards including the Inlander's Best of the Inland Northwest award for best coffee shop.

The new Valley Thomas Hammer will open for business sometime in May and will occupy about 1800 square feet of space with a good amount of indoor seating. Also the Starbucks was equipped with a drive through so we can only assume Thomas Hammer will continue to use this feature.

For more information on Thomas Hammer Coffee, visit their website at-

Friday, April 22, 2016

Some big business openings today

Today and this weekend is the perfect time to try out some new businesses as there are three new business openings today, and another just days away! We will have more on each as time allows but for now here's a quick reminder list-

Trader Joe's opened their second Spokane location this morning in North Spokane's Franklin Park Shopping Center ( 5500 blk of N. Division)

Post Falls Brewing Company opens at 2pm today for the first time. They are a highly anticipated microbrewery located on S. Spokane St just north of the Spokane River in Post Falls.

1898 Public House is the new open to the public Gastropub style restaurant inside the Kalispel Golf & Country Club on Waikiki Rd in North Spokane. Today is their first day, unsure of exact opening time

And, on Tuesday....

Natural Groceriers will open their store to the public with a 7:55am ribbon cutting. Their new store, the first in Spokane, is located on N. Division attached to Office Depot and nearby Northtown Mall.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Cafe Mac by Victor closes to allow owner to focus on other ventures

One of Spokane's " best kept secret " restaurants has always been the Café Mac by Victor. The restaurant was a fast casual style establishment and favorite of many. It also had the unique location of being on second floor of the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture (2136 W. 1st in Browne's Addition ), not exactly a common spot for top notch Mediterranean foods. And now sadly the business has moved on....

Café Mac by Victor was a locally owned and operated restaurant operated under a lease agreement with the museum. But the restaurant's owner, Victor Azar has been spread kind of thin in recent years with his other businesses and a new brand of Hummus , called Victor's that launched recently and is already sold in numerous local grocery stores. Because of this Mr. Azar has chosen to close the Café Mac and spend more time on the Victor Foods hummus division of his culinary empire.

The closure is effective immediately but the Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture is already in the process of looking for a new food service operator for their building, bidding closed at the end of last week but as my writing this there has been no news on any successful bids and when they might open for business in the museum.

Victor Azar also will continue on with his catering business now known as VictorCaters , and we will likely begin to see Victor Foods Hummus products popping up at even more grocery stores all around the Northwest in the coming months.  Also, Victor Azar is listed as owning the Town Hall Café inside the Triumph Composite factory ( formerly Boeing ) in Airway Heights.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pet Emergency Clinic's new home complete and open for business

Pet Emergency Clinic, Spokane's only emergency veterinary care center is now open in their new home, a larger, newer building located just feet away from their former dated clinic location. The business has been open in Spokane since the late 1970's and grown to the point of needing more space and more services.

The new Pet Emergency Clinic is at 21 E. Mission Ave. , on Mission in-between Division & Ruby. The business is truly a full service veterinary clinic, with 1800 square feet of space in a stand alone building. Their former clinic building, which is across the parking lot from their new one will be demolished to make way for additional parking. The new building was built by Baker Construction & Development of Spokane , and designed by Animal Arts of Boulder,Co. .

Pet Emergency Clinic offers exams at all hours, including nights & weekends and offers specialty services for animals like MRI , X-ray , ultrasound and cancer care. The new building will house upwards of 67 employees , some of which work for select specialty partners that will also provide services in the new building.

Pet Emergency Clinic is open Monday - Friday 4:30pm - 8:00 am and 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays.

For more information on the Pet Emergency Clinic, visit their website at-

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sushi Sakai planning new location in Spokane Valley

Not too long ago one of Spokane Valley's favorite sushi restaurants, Sushi Sakai packed up and moved to a new location in Spokane. When they moved they promised to bring their restaurant back to the Valley at some point in future and they have clearly kept their word.

Sushi Sakai announced last week that they plan to open a second location back in Spokane Valley, while keeping their main location open for business in the Clementine Square building at 829 E. Boone ( near Gonzaga ). Work has already begun on the new Valley location , which will be located in the same space as a short lived Marijuana themed sports bar called Marijane's at 11420 E. Sprague at the corner of Sprague & Bowdish.

The new Spokane Valley Sushi Sakai will have a full bar ( with plenty of Sake ) and is currently planned to open for business in time for Mothers Day this year.  The restaurant will remain the same with a good sized selection of handmade sushi rolls, appetizers and more items like Teryaki plates and some Yakisoba noodle bowls all made fresh.

For more information on Sushi Sakai, check their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-