Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New tenants come to Downtown Spokane's Empire State Building

New York City isn't the only place with an Empire State Building, Downtown Spokane is also home to a historic building with the same name. While Spokane's is named for our location in the " Inland Empire " and offers a smaller amount of square footage ( much smaller ), it is playing a big part in local economy.

The building , which is located at 905 W. Riverside Ave. , underwent renovations in the early 2010's . And, with the economy in better standing, some new office tenants are setting up shop within the building. But first a look at the building, along with some leasing information, for the several offices that are still available for your business-

And, now here is a look at what business have opened in the Empire State Building recently-

Community Frameworks

Community Frameworks is an affordable housing organization with several low income apartment complexes owned and managed by Community Frameworks in both Spokane and Western Washington. In fact the move by Community Frameworks' offices is due to plans to construct a large three story apartment building at the site of Community Frameworks' old offices north of Downtown Spokane ( search this site for 315 West for more information on that project )

Community Frameworks is leasing 2,700 square feet of office space, all on the first floor of the Empire State Building.

Millianna Jewelry

Millianna is a maker of fashion and high end jewelry, that's even had pieces seen on the hit CW show Gossip Girl. Millianna also operates an office in New York City.

In the Empire State Building Millianna occupies almost 800 square feet of office space.

OAC Services

Architecture / construction management / engineering firm OAC Services has opened a new Spokane office in suite 510 of the Empire State Building. The Spokane office will act as a satellite office to their other offices in Seattle and San Jose,CA. . The Spokane location also created a small amount of  new local jobs.

Fun fact about Spokane's Empire State Building ( from OAC Services )

Spokane's Empire State Building , is a six story historic building that was constructed in 1900, pre-dating the more well known Empire State Building in New York City in by 30 years.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Selkirk Pizza & Tap House to open in Liberty Lake

Construction is already well underway inside the former Blockbuster Video location in Liberty Lake. And, until then we have been unable to confirm anything other then it will be a restaurant. That is, until now...

We have now confirmed that the space will be a new second location of Selkirk Pizza & Taphouse . Selkirk is popular pizza restaurant from the Wandermere area, that took over for Fat Daddy's Pizza some time back. Selkirk plans to keep it's original location open, it can be found at 12424 N. Division St. by the Village Center Wandermere Cinemas.

The former Blockbuster that Selkirk Pizza plans to open in is the end cap of the Liberty Lake Plaza at 1235 N. Liberty Lake Rd. seen in this picture-

The Liberty Lake Selkirk Pizza & Tap House is estimated to open sometime in November or December. The menu for this location is still being worked out but will be similar to the original location.
Selkirk Pizza & Tap House has an exciting menu of several specialty pizzas made with fresh toppings and at a fair price. Pizzas made with toppings of your choosing are also available as are gluten free options.
Pizza is not the only thing on the menu at Selkirk however, the menu also includes sandwiches , calzones , soup , salads and pasta dishes. And, beer is big at Selkirk also, with several taps being devoted to local breweries . The restaurant can also even fill growlers with anything on tap.
For more information on Selkirk Pizza & Tap House, visit their web site at-
Or, find them on Facebook at-

Remedy, a new bar / restaurant coming to the South Hill

A group of well known local restaurateurs and business owners have acquired the former Grand Cleaners building on the South Hill. There they plan to do an extensive remodel to the building and open an all new bar and restaurant.

The building, which is next door to The Hop Shop close by the corner of 38th and Grand could re-open as this new bar as early as December. No date has been set yet as the new bar, which will be called Remedy will really change the look of the entire structure, even adding some cool new rooftop dining space. Here is a look at one Remedy will look like once it opens-

Remedy's menu has yet to be made available but the motto seems to give some clues. As Remedy's motto is cocktails, cures and rations . We'll continue to keep you updated as we hear more about the drinks, menu and employment numbers.

One Tree Hard Cider planning a new cider house in Spokane Valley

A new cider house is coming to Spokane Valley, from a well known growing local hard cider maker. One Tree Hard Cider will open the new business sometime during the Winter of 2015 in the same Industrial complex as their production facility is in now. The address is 9514 E. Montgomery Ave, Spokane Valley.

One Tree's space will go up to 2,300 square feet with some taken up for cider production. About 1,000 to 1,500 square feet will be set aside for the new cider bar. It will feature new comfortable seating area, all of their ciders on tap and some hard ciders from other producers.

Seating will be available for about 50 - 100 people and while a food menu is not planned for the cider house it will be a " food friendly " establishment but food can be delivered to One Tree and food trucks may also set up shop at the One Tree Cider House.

One Tree Hard Cider has been in business for a couple years or so now and made a positive name for itself. It's products, which come in array of flavors , are sold at many local beer and wine retailers .

For more information on One Tree Hard Cider, visit their website at-

Monday, October 5, 2015

Laundry Land holding grand re-opening!

Laundry Land, a coin operated Laundromat with two locations in Spokane is back under it's original ownership. And, to celebrate the new ownership and changes both locations will be hosting a grand re-opening celebration from Oct. 9th - Oct 12th and it's certainly worth checking out....

The grand re-opening will feature a catered lunch from Sweeto Burrito ( both locations ) , free use of washers for residential customers and drawings for either a 50" flat screen TV or a $100 gift card to either Wal Mart or Fred Meyer.

Laundry Land is open for business at both locations, they are...

2215 W. Wellesley Ave. Spokane

510 S. Thor Ave. Spokane

And, if you can't make it to the grand re-opening, still be sure to check out Laundry Land for all of your laundry needs. Locations are clean, safe and a friendly environment with TV , free wi-fi , attendant on site and fair pricing.

For more information on Laundry Land, visit them or like them on Facebook at-

Cracker Barrel gets building permit for first location in the Inland Northwest

Several months after I was able to confirm the rumors of a Cracker Barrel restaurant and country store coming to Coeur d' Alene, it is finally becoming a reality. This as the Plano,Tx based property owner has filed for a building permit to build a location of the restaurant chain near I-90 and the new Winco grocery store.

Currently that building permit is in the processing phase ( as of my writing this ) but will likely be approved for construction to start soon. The building will go up on the empty lot that was last used for a small strip mall at 1675 W. Lee Ct. For reference here is a photo of the purposed site looking north from Lee Ct.-

The current information gives no hints about the size of the building, opening date or how many jobs this new restaurant will create. However the building permit is for a building valued at $850,000 and will likely look like all other Cracker Barrel restaurant locations in the nation, here is an example of what their locations usually look like-

While the restaurant is the main focus of Cracker Barrel locations, they also are home to small retail stores full of gifts, collectables and just general " country store " type merchandise. Here is an example of what the store are looks like seen here in a photo from the Rehoboth,DE Cracker Barrel-

As mentioned before this will be the first Cracker Barrel location in the Inland Northwest, and for now the only one as we have no details on any locations coming to the Spokane area. But this may change, currently the closest Cracker Barrel location to us is in Missoula,MT.

Cracker Barrel is based in Lebanon,TN and operates over 600 locations all around the nation. The restaurant has a good sized menu of meals for all times of day, they describe themselves as -
" where pleasing people with our delicious homestyle cooking & gracious service defines our country spirit "

The site of the new Coeur d' Alene Cracker Barrel will also soon be a very busy site as a Native Grill & Wings and a Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers have also been confirmed to be coming to the empty lots next door. Both of those restaurants are planned to open sometime next year.

For more information on Cracker Barrel , visit their web site at-

New restaurant openings & closings - Oct. 5th, 2015

Been several new restaurants opening around the Inland Northwest lately, here are some of the highlights-

The Wellness Tree , 1025 S. Perry St. Suite A , Spokane

The Wellness Tree is a new smoothie bar in the same suite as a small medical clinic is the South Perry District. The business is located by Perry Street Brewing and has a full menu of smoothies, teas and acai bowls.

The Wellness Tree's medical clinic offers naturopathic medicine, chiropractic care and acupuncture services and is also a new business.

More info-

Gas Lamp, River Park Square, Downtown Spokane

Now open next door to the AMC movie theater, in the former Arbor Crest Winery space is Gas Lamp. Gas Lamp is a full bar with a food menu, more to come on them soon.

More info-

Marketplace Bakery & Deli, 1011 1st , Downtown Cheney

Now open in Downtown Cheney is Marketplace Bakery & Deli . Marketplace is full bakery , deli and coffee shop featuring locally sourced ingredients .

More info-

The Bulldog , on campus at Gonzaga University , Spokane

The Bulldog is back in business, just a bit different and in a new space, now on campus. The Bulldog still has a full food menu in addition to beer and wine. The restaurant is on the second floor of the new John J. Hemmingson Center. It is open to the students and the public alike and is operated as part of Sodexo's campus dining program .

Atilano's , 12526 W. Sunset Hwy, Airway Heights

Atilano's , the growing local mini chain of restaurants serving big burritos and other Mexican dishes in a fast food style format is adding a new location in Airway Heights. We haven't heard back for information from Atilano's yet but it will likely be like there other locations. They will occupy a former Thai restaurant space on the east side of Airway Heights.

Longboard Coffee Company, 5417 N. Government Way Suite 1, Coeur d' Alene

Taking over for the former Kootenai Coffee is a new location of Longboard Coffee, across from the Sheriff's Office on the North side of Coeur d' Alene. Longboard is a full coffee shop with drive through and serving organic coffee choices.

More info-

Rivelles River Grill, 2360 Old Mill Loop , Coeur d' Alene

The former location of the short lived Melone's Culinary Public House is now Rivelle's River Grill, next door to Starbucks in Riverstone. Rivelle's has a full menu of shareable dishes with a good selection of beer and wine.

More info-

Stir , 8166 N. Government Way , Hayden

Stir is a new neighborhood style craft cocktail bar with beer, wine and a food menu. Stir is set to open soon in the Ciao Mambo restaurant space. The restaurant is planned to offer a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere with a central location.

More info-


We're also keeping an eye out for a rumored second Chipotle Mexican Grill in Spokane, a new restaurant ( possibly a pizza place ) in the old Blockbuster store space in Liberty Lake, a new Mod Pizza in North Spokane, an organic restaurant and cafĂ© in the Garland District and a new Zip's coming soon to Post Falls.