Wednesday, July 23, 2014

New Fabric & Gift Store opening soon on the South Hill

Described as a fabric and gift store that will also be a " Quilter's Quilt Shop , Regal Fabrics and Gifts, will open next month on the South Hill.

Regal Fabrics & Gifts will be located at 5620 S. Regal St #8 and will be owned and operated locally by Irene Fransk who herself has been an avid quilter and seamstress for over 40. Fransk has even operated an online sewing business for a number of years.

The new business will offer high quality quilt fabrics and notions, custom sewing products as well as offering a variety of quilt and sewing workshops. The store will also feature hand crafted gifts and collectables from local artisans.

Regal Fabrics & Crafts is tenitivly scheduled to open on or about Aug. 9th. The store's grand opening will be held August 15th and 16th. In all the business will employ 5-7, all of which will be very knowledgeable and passionate about sewing and the products they sell.

Hours of operation will be Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm , although a wine & sew event night will be held Thurs. evenings and on one Thurs. night a month will be a coffee, tea & dessert night.

South Hill Target opens today

By the time this posts to the site, Spokane will have one more new big box store. That store is the much anticipated Target store in the Regal Plaza development on the South Hill.

The new South Hill Target's soft opening is scheduled to be today at 8 am with regular store hours to commence from this point forward. The new Target's store hours are 8am till 10pm and official grand opening is also coming soon. That official grand opening we're told will be Sunday and will share when we get all the details on that event.

The new South Hill Target is located at 4915 S. Regal , in one of the anchor spaces at Regal Plaza, a large new shopping complex at Regal and Palouse Hwy. Another anchor tenant has also been announced and will be a Petsmart store opening later.

The grand opening come right on schedule for the store which has about 135,000 square feet of space and employ's about 200 total.

As I am writing this I have yet to see the store inside. However I do know the new store will have a in store pharmacy. In addition the store will have a grocery department. INBW is planning on checking out the store very soon and hopefully posting more info.

More information on Target can be found on their web site -

If you go-

If you go to the opening of the new Target over the next couple of days please fell free to share comments and store photos on the Inland Northwest Business Watch social media pages-


Monday, July 21, 2014

Please, vote for INBW best local blog !

It's that time of year again!

Online voting for KREM 2 News' poll for The Best of Spokane starts TODAY! Just like in years past Inland Northwest Business Watch is up for best local blog. In fact, last year we placed 5th out of 31 local blogs.

Inland Northwest Business Watch is a hobby project of mine so it would be a honor to win in 2014.

Voting can be done at-

Thank you for voting!!! If INBW wins I'll come up with some way to thank all of you, my readers!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Follow up on Northtown Mall's renovations

In October of last year INBW was one of the first to break the news of the coming renovations at Northtown Mall ( not too brag or anything! ) . But at that time we we're told and posted that the renovations would begin in first part of 2014. But now here it is July and it seems like not much has happened yet.

So, we figured it was about time to ask and see what is going on with this large project. And as it turns out the project, has in fact begun!

Construction actually started recently, with Northtown's management telling me that all of the work at this time is being done in the back of house, out of sight of the mall's customers. Currently workers are adding structural bracing to replace with structural elements that will be removed by the demolition on the north side of building.

The next phase of construction, however will be more visible with barricades,etc... being place inside the mall corridors probably sometime in August with no official date for that phase to start. Also, the move of tenants out of the north side corridor is complete, which was also a major undertaking for the mall's staff.

Any new tenants?

Here at INBW we've been asked a couple times for confirmation of rumors new restaurants and tenants coming to the mall's newly re-developed section. We asked about this as well, but the mall cannot release any names as of now. I'd guess we'll probably learn more about anything new later this year since completion is still looking to be around the start of next year.

Among, the tenants we've heard of being rumored to open at Northtown include-

The Cheesecake Factory

Dave & Busters

Buffalo Wild Wings

But, we cannot be sure for some time. We will continue keeping an ear out for confirmation and additional rumors.

So, what all is planned to be done to Northtown Mall?

To sum it up of what is all planned on this project check out this previous posting-

Renderings of the finished look of the north side of Northtown can also be found at -

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Saranac Commons tour today

Over here at INBW HQ we've been wondering how far along the new Saranac Commons project is, and apparently we're not the only one. That's because the building owners are hosting a tour of the project today at 4pm.

Probably a bit of short notice but still if your in the area could be interesting. Here is the link to the exact info like where to meet and contact info-

For those who don't know yet, The Saranac Commons is the new name of the building at 19 W. Main. The building is be remodeled into a public market type center with multiple tenants. Many of those tenants are already announced. For more information on Saranac Commons from when the construction project first came up visit-

If you go, please share any photo's new news on the project on the Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook page at-

Ruby Apartments, large apartment building to rise near Gonzaga

While the project is still new enough for us not to have every detail on it as of today, we can confirm that a large new apartment building is going up very soon on land along N. Ruby nearby Gonzaga University.

The new apartments will be part of the University District and will be located at 940 N. Ruby, just north of the new ARC of Spokane Thrift Store and the Spokane River. Both pre development info and grading/ site work permits have been filed with the city and construction will be done by the locally based Baker Construction & Development.

In the permits the apartment complex is listed as Ruby Apartments, so it is assumed this will be the apartments name once opened. Ruby Apartments plans show 61 total apartments with 6 floors including 1 ground floor which would used for parking for the apartment tenants and guests.

The project, which is being developed by Preferred Asset Partners of California will offer 3 apartment options. There will be 1 one bedroom , 40 two bedroom and 20 three bedroom apartments in all.

We are working on gathering more info on this project which appears to be just another addition in what might be a bit of a renaissance for the section of University District along Division / Ruby north of Downtown.  Another major project, in the former Burgans Furniture building will be wrapping up later this year and a couple of other sites have seen development for the first time really since before the economy took it's turn.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Davenport Collection to brand with Marriott; a name picked for the Convention Center Hotel

Spokane's Davenport Collection of hotels is joining a hotel brand and all hotels in the collection will change names slightly to reflect the new branding. The hotels included in the Davenport Collection are the Davenport Hotel , Davenport Hotel Tower , Hotel Lusso and the new Convention Center Hotel.

The Davenport Collection will be part of Marriott brand, but because of the property's historic and upscale status none will change much at all and no large Marriott signs,etc... will be placed on the hotels. In fact, the Davenport will actually be part of Marriott's Autograph Collection.

The Marriott Autograph Collection is a new sister branding off of the main Marriott brand for independent , upscale and / or prestigious hotels. The Autograph Collection is made up of over 60 different hotel properties with none in the Northwest as of now. The Davenport will officially join the Marriott Autograph Collection sometime before the end of 2014.

In addition to the branding with Marriott, The Davenport Collection has also named it's huge new hotel going up across from the Spokane Convention Center in Downtown Spokane. That hotel will be called Grand Hotel Spokane.

We're also finding what may or may not be the first restaurant going into the Grand Hotel Spokane. But we will wait on confirmation before posting on this site.

Once open The Grand Hotel Spokane will be the largest hotel in city. The hotel is planned to open in mid 2015 with 716 hotel rooms, ballrooms, meeting space as well as restaurant and some other commercial space. There is even a Grand Hotel Spokane web site up now with some floor plans. That web site can be found at-

A rendering of what The Grand Hotel Spokane will look like once opened next year-

Additional renderings are also available on the hotel's main web site, listed above.