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!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Brain Freeze Creamery opens on the South Hill, adds food truck in Spokane Valley

Big things are happening at one of Spokane's favorite ice cream businesses. Brain Freeze Creamery has already come along way in a short time, in fact their flagship store in Kendall Yards is only a couple of years or so old and going strong. And now, they are branching out...

Today marks the first day open for their new second location on the South Hill. This new Brain Freeze Creamery is compact and fully remodeled from it's previous owners. This new shop is interestingly enough a former Baskin Robbins location. It can be found at 1230 S. Grand Ave. , next door to Ginger Asian Bistro and only a few blocks south of the gorgeous St. John's Cathedral . Here is a image of the location from the Brian Freeze Facebook page-

The South Hill Brain Freeze Ice Cream will be very similar to the original location in Kendall Yards. It will highlight a selection of 24 flavors of locally hand made ice creams, in addition to a selection of espresso drinks using Anvil Coffee, which is also locally produced. For those wanting more of a meal Brain Freeze also offers a selection of delicious sandwiches which are made fresh .

But, it's not just the South Hill store that is new for Brain Freeze Ice Cream. The business recently introduced a new Brain Freeze Ice Cream food truck that will visit local events and have a set location during certain days of the week.

The new Brain Freeze Ice Cream Truck will set up shop outside of their production creamery location at 9514 E. Montgomery Ave Suite 23 in Spokane Valley . The new truck will be open for business there Thurs. - Sun. from 5 - 9 pm , unless they have another event scheduled at that time. The truck of course has a more limited menu then what customers will find in the South Hill / Kendall Yards stores.

For more information of Brain Freeze Ice Cream visit their web site at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Pinot's Palette relocating to bigger studio, but staying in Downtown Spokane

The paint n' sip art studio business concept has now been duplicated several times now in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. But one business started it all here, and remains the favorite of most for their excellent professionally taught art classes , friendly staff and of course the wine & beer help too!

Pinot's Palette is a actually a chain, with a local franchisee who oversees both the Spokane & Coeur d' Alene studios. And now due to the local franchises growth, Pinot's Palette Spokane will be relocating to cool new, larger space. The building they currently reside in was recently sold to Catholic Charities for and expansion of their services, but the owner of Pinot's Palette tells me they we're already planning on expanding / moving once their current lease expires.

The new Pinot's Palette will open at 319 W. Sprague Ave. , a historic storefront right next door to the new Spokane Comedy Club. They hope to open the new studio sometime around the beginning of July. The new space promise's to be more spacious and will even include private party room for private events to be held on Friday & Saturday nights. The basis of Pinot's Palette will stay the same however with painting instruction and wine & beer ( many of which are locally produced ) perfect for most any occasion.

Pinot's Palette also will remain open at their location in Midtown Coeur d' Alene. That studio is located at 728 N. 4th Ave , in the same building as Kelly's Irish Pub.

For more information on Pinot's Palette, visit their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Rocket Bakery to share space with STCU at River Park Square

Construction continues to push quickly forward on the new building that will house Spokane's first Urban Outfitters store this fall. That building is attached to River Park Square and replaces an older building that housed a T-Mobile store and group of small local businesses. But, with all the hype surrounding Urban Outfitters it's easy to forget the clothing store chain won't be the only tenant of this modern looking building.

On the back side of the new Urban Outfitters building is another tenant space, which was previously announced to be used by Spokane Teachers Credit Union. The credit union, which is more usually known simply as STCU , is working on relocating a branch from the nearby Crescent Court Building into this new space later on this year.

But, now we are learning that STCU has worked out a unique arrangement for their new space. It has been announced that the popular local Rocket Bakery chain will share a portion of STCU's space, which faces Wall St. and currently closed former Downtown Macy's building.

The new Rocket Bakery will take a portion of the credit union's 2,900 square foot space. All of Rocket Bakery will be on the ground floor of the new building and will feature both indoor & outdoor seating areas and a full menu of coffee, espresso , baked good and lunch items just like the other Rocket Bakery locations that can be found all around the Spokane area.

STCU CEO Tom Johnson says the credit union and Rocket Bakery are good fit due to their cultural similarities. He also points out that STCU & Rocket Bakery are both perennial favorites in The Inlander's annual best of reader survey. This will be Rocket Bakery's third Downtown location with other stores open at 157 S. Howard and 1325 W. 1st Ave, their flagship location is in the heart of Millwood on Argonne Rd.

Neither STCU or Rocket Bakery have set opening dates for this new location just yet, however STCU continues to be open on the Skywalk level of the Crescent Court at 707 W. Main .

For more information on Rocket Bakery , visit their website at-

And, for more information on STCU, visit their website at-

Monday, May 23, 2016

Urbanna Natural Salon Spa & Wine moving to new larger Downtown location

While Urbanna Natural Salon Spa & Wine won't be moving far, big changes will still be coming to the locally owned & operated business. Urbanna, which is currently located in the historic Pine Creek Dairy Creamery building at 168 S. Division, will move about a block to 104 S. Division into a space that is currently being remodeled for them and is equally as historic.

The new location will open for business in early June and will offer up 8,900 square feet of space, which is 3,500 square feet more then what they have currently. The addition of extra space will allow Urbanna to add on an esthetics division that will offer consultations from board certified cosmetic and general surgeon Geoffrey Stiller M.D. and Botox / anti-aging treatments from Sarah Hamilton R.N. . These new services will be in addition to all of the regular salon & spa services offered today by Urbanna Natural Salon Spa & Wine.

The business also has operated a small on-site lounge serving beer & wine for sometime now.  The lounge will also move to the new location and will now also include a event room for groups of up to 20. This new event space would be a great addition for use by birthday parties, spa parties and the like. A catering option from a nearby restaurant is also being explored by the business' owners and a Enomatic wine system will also be installed to preserve wine for longer, preventing spoilage.

Urbanna Natural Salon Spa & Wine has built a significant following of loyal customers and boasts an amazingly low turnover rate amongst it's employees ( 40 employees in all ). The new location will also allow the business to hire on 5 additional employees, creating new local jobs.

The services offered by Urbanna Natural Salon Spa & Wine include, but are not limited too:


Urbanna is open for business from Monday - Saturday 9am- 8pm and online booking is available . For more information visit their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Iron Mountain opens new, larger document managment facility on the West Plains

Iron Mountain ,Inc. , a publicly traded , Boston based secure document services company has recently completed the move and major expansion of their facility here in the Spokane area.

This new Spokane service center will replace a smaller Iron Mountain facility that had been on W. Hallett Rd. nearby the I-90 Medical Lake exit.  The new facility is still on the West Plains, but will now feature 40,000 square feet of space and a total storage capacity of 416,000 cubic feet. The center is more efficient and slightly closer the Spokane and Spokane International Airport at 4330 S. Grove Rd.

Iron Mountain offers several secure document services including shredding , on site imaging and record storage. This new location joins a large network of 1,350 other Iron Mountain facilities in 45 different countries around the world.

The company mentions Spokane as being one of the fastest growing markets in the Northwest for being a prime reason for the local investment.

For more information on Iron Mountain, visit their website at- 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New barber shops opening around Spokane ( Classic Cuts & Brickyard Barbershop )

In case you haven't noticed the traditional barber shop is making a huge come back. Sure the industry is significantly more hipster friendly now but barbershops are popping all over. In recent months Bulwark Barber and The Barbershop have opened for business in Coeur d' Alene, and now two more are now open / opening soon in Spokane. Here are the details on those....

Classic Cuts

Two former barbers at Headhunters Barber Shop in Northtown Mall , and one of their wife's have branched off and started their own locally owned and operated barber shop called Classic Cuts at 2311 N. Monroe .

The barbershop is roughly 1,000 square feet with TV's on the wall's and friendly faces waiting for both walk in and customers with appointments. Classic Cuts is open Tues - Fri 10 -7 and Sat. 9 - 6 . Some appointments are also taken outside of this timeframe.

Here is a look at the inside of Classic Cuts from one of their own Facebook page posts-

Find Classic Cuts on Facebook at-

Brickyard Barbershop

Brickyard Barbershop is not open for business just yet, but they do have a building, which they are completely remodeling for use by the new locally owned & operated business. They also have started a Kickstarter , which is still open and is now over it's original goal amount.

Brickyard Barbershop will actually also be located on N. Monroe ( exact address not given ) and construction work has already begun. Plans call for returning the building to it's historic nature and giving it enough space for up to 6 barbers to work together.  There is no set opening date as of yet, but their Kickstarter page indicates they are hoping to open Brickyard Barbershop sometime in June.

To get a better idea of what Brickyard Barbershop is aiming for with their new business I'll reference this quote also from their Kickstarter page-

 " The feel of a straight razor shave, the smell of bay rum aftershave and a classic cut crafted by an expert "

To contribute to help open Brickyard Barbershop find their Kickstarter page at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-