Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Escape, a puzzle room escape business, opening soon in North Spokane

A new business, with a entertaining concept, new to the Spokane area is in the process of setting up shop now in North Spokane. That business is called Escape and it will feature a "puzzle room" set up to lock a group of people in and then have them try and get back out.

The puzzle room will be themed and guests must unlock clues, complete puzzles and more all to figure out how to " escape ". Guests will have one hour to escape under the current prison escape theme they are planning to start with. The cost is $28 per person or $199 for a group. Although Escape is not yet open for business, time booking is already available on their web site, which is listed at the bottom of this post.

Escape is a locally owned and operated business, that currently plans to open on Friday, July 10th. The business will occupy about 3,000 square feet of space at 7456 N. Division ( Cascade Plaza, near the North Spokane Costco ) .

Escape will also offer a party / meeting room that can be booked for groups utilizing the puzzle room. Catering is not on site, but they do mention they have special relationships with a number of local food and beverage companies to get you and your group a good deal on this service.

Individuals and groups of all kinds are welcome, birthday party's, corporate events, really anything as a puzzle room can be a great team building experience for all.

For more information about Escape, visit their web site at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Leland's Barbershop on Wall moving into River Park Square

With almost 60 years of experience cutting Spokane's hair, Leland's Barbershop on Wall can probably be called an institution, not just a business. But, unfortunately Leland's Barbershop stands in the way of progress....

Leland's had been in small storefront facing Wall St, under a block north of W. Main, close by River Park Square Mall. But, it's been announced that the small building that housed Leland's will soon be replaced by a new space to accommodate the new Spokane Urban Outfitters location. Which will still be attached to the mall, but will likely take up all of the new space.

Urban Outfitters is not scheduled to open until 2016, but the space has to be empty early, meaning Leland's Barbershop on Wall has already closed for business in their Wall St. storefront.

Customers of Leland's won't need to fear as the long running barbershop is already back in business, inside River Park Square. Leland's Barbershop is now in a temporary space right on the ground floor of the mall. The shop now occupies about half of the former Chatters Salon space, next to Pottery Barn near the front mall entrance.

Construction crews are also now working on a permanent home for the barbershop, actually within in mall, but on the second floor. The new Leland's Barbershop space will be across from Francesca's and Auntie Anne's Pretzel Shop. This will also give Leland's excellent exposure and access from the many Downtown workers that use the sky bridge to the Crescent Court Building which is also right by this new space.

The same staff and hair cutting choices will remain at the new location. No word on exactly when the old location will officially be demolished. A few other businesses have also left that same small building. T-Mobile and Smart Smoke both closed their locations there for good. Two second floor retail spaces we're also in the building but had been vacant for a few months now.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Development still going on for new Downtown Spokane skyscraper

Since the news came out late last year , that another new high rise tower was in the works in Downtown Spokane, people have been curious to know more. Originally, the tower was to be a 35 story building with apartments and some ground floor commercial space , likely for a restaurant .That project was proposed by lesser known, but still Spokane based developer Dr. Phillip Rudy.

The news on original project proposal kind of went silent shortly after the " pre-development " meeting the developer had with the City of Spokane. But, now a version of the project has resurfaced with a new pre development meeting. Still in the same location on the Eastern edge of Downtown but with some changes.

The building is purposed to be built on the site of the former Meineke auto repair shop at the corner of Spokane Falls Blvd. and N. Division ( 230 N. Division ) . This is not far away from the new Davenport Grand Hotel, another new high rise in the City Center. In the application / site plan the building now has a name, The Falls Tower .

The Falls Tower name and the project as a whole may never even actually become real, but it is starting to look a little more realistic as time goes by. Here is what the plan for this new high rise...

Now 26 floors, with no basement

Application was submitted by a rep. with  the more well known , Douglass Properties. Although Dr. Phillip Rudy may still be involved.

41,000 square foot, six floors of enclosed parking.

One floor of commercial with 15,000 + square feet of space in up to eight tenant spaces. Likely a combination of both retail and restaurants.

Upper floors with be apartments, probably still geared toward students. This beneficial because The Falls Tower project is only blocks away from Washington State University's Spokane campus, and also nearby Gonzaga University.

Apartments will be available in studio , 1 bedroom , 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom. Nine apartments on each residential floor.

We will continue to keep an eye on this project. Construction is still a way's out, but we do expect this development to actually happen.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hard Rock Spokane? Maybe, after Spokane Tribe signs L.O.I. for Airway Heights Casino

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has been in the process of developing a new hotel & casino in Airway Heights for a few years now. Because of it's status as "off reservation" and closeness to Fairchild AFB, etc.. it's taken some extra time to develop.

But, now the Tribe is starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel for the project which will also include a mixed use development. Recently the Tribe received ok from the federal government and now they are only waiting on Governor Inslee to give his final approval, something that may take a few months.

And, today's news is yet another huge step forward for what could be a huge project for the Spokane region. And, in another way is plain cool... The Spokane Tribe has signed a letter of intent with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino chain to brand their new project in Spokane under the Hard Rock name.

Hard Rock Hotels are usually popular entertainment destinations with a unique, modern look and music memorabilia. Financial details we're not released in today's announcement. Nor, was it announced wither or not the Spokane Hard Rock location will include an iconic Hard Rock Café restaurant. We expect to hear more in the coming months.
As mentioned before the project is currently awaiting Gov. Inslee's approval only. A rep. with the project say they have no official timeline for construction yet, but should start work very shortly after getting the final state level approval.
Here is a look at what the finished product may look like once this new casino is open for business-

If approved the casino and accompanying development will be built on a 145 acre site at the corner of US Hwy 2 and Craig Rd. in Airway Heights. We will follow up on more of what is planned soon, likely after the approval or denial comes in. But until then for more information visit the STEP ( Spokane Tribe Economic Project ) web site at-

Boone Street Taproom opening soon at Spokane Arena

Spokane Arena's management is always working hard to bring top notch entertainment to our area. And while some big names have come the Arena's way lately, there is more to the Arena then just the entertainment value.

Not long ago, the Arena added a Spokane Chiefs Team Store on the bottom level and is apparently continuing their work in upgrading the dining / drinking options around the Arena's oval shaped corridor. This with the official news of a new taproom style bar now under construction on the South side of the Arena.

This new business will be called Boone St. Taproom and will be small, serving no food. But it will bring something new to the events at the Arena, craft beer!  They won't say exactly how many beers will be offered at the new Boone St. Taproom but anything is improvement over the many Bud Light only stands currently dotting the Arena.

The new Taproom is currently still under construction, but should be completed in the very near future. Here is a look at the semi finished space...

The Boone St. Taproom will be open during most events, except those that don't allow alcohol sales ( i.e. Disney on Ice ) . Because the business is located inside Spokane Arena it will not be open to the public, but only to those with event tickets.

Boone St. Taproom joins Red Tail at The Arena, Absolut Grill and The Limerick Pub as dining / drinking choices inside Spokane Arena. There is also a number of small concessions around the Arena corridor which will likely be very slowly phased down in the coming years.

And, for those not want to pay to eat / drink inside the Arena ( which isn't as expensive as one might think) . The Blackbird Pub will be open for business very soon in the historic building at the corner of Cataldo and N. Washington, only a couple of blocks from the building.

For more information The Blackbird Pub, take a look at this prior Inland Northwest Business Watch post-

And, for more information on Spokane Arena, including all of their upcoming events , visit -

Two new companies land at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park

Spokane Valley's large, Spokane Business & Industrial Park recently announced the arrival of two new tenants / employers to their campus at 3808 N. Sullivan Rd, just north of I-90 and south of Trent.

Those new companies now at "The Park" are...

C&C North America,Inc dba Cosentino North America

Cosentino North America will lease / use 22,700 square feet of space in The Park's Building 27. Their primary business is the sale and distribution of natural and engineered stone.

Hoskin & Muir, Inc. dba HMI Cardinal Shower Enclosures

HMI Cardinal Shower Enclosures will lease / use 13,340 square feet of space in The Park's Building 35. Their primary business is the manufacturing and distribution of shower enclosures.

The Spokane Business & Industrial Park is always a hot spot for new and up and coming business in the Spokane area. And, they still have plenty of space and land available .Leasing work for the Spokane Business & Industrial Park is done by Crown West Realty with more information available on The Park's web site-

Friday, June 26, 2015

Panera Bread may also open in North Spokane

With a good portion of the exterior work done as of today, it's looking good that the Panera Bread chain will be on track to opening their first location in the Spokane market in the middle of August this year. More on that here-

That location will be in Spokane Valley on E. Indiana Ave. But today we caught wind that Panera Bread is also in the planning stages of a second location in the Spokane market. This time inside the Spokane city limits.

It's still in "pre-development", so there is no information about it yet. But Panera Bread is working on a new restaurant location for 6500 N. Division. This would likely be the empty lot out front of the Lowe's store, north of Francis Ave.

Watch this site for more as we get it.

For more information on Panera Bread, visit-