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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Amy's Donuts will open this month in Spokane Valley

Back in April we learned Amy's Donuts, a small chain of donut shops was coming our way. And, now after months of construction the business is about to open here in the Spokane area. This will be their fourth store overall but a fifth is already in the works in New Mexico. They we're founded in 2013 in Colorado Springs and have risen to fame via social media pages in each city they call home.

Amy's Donuts fourth location will open October 25th at 11519 E. Sprague Ave, in what was formerly a Mexican restaurant.. And it's really there donuts that make them unique, with a menu of everything from the standards up to crazy. Among the offers at Amy's Donuts are cotton candy, maple bacon fudge, vanilla cheesecake donuts and dozens more. Donuts topped with all kinds of cereals and candy bars, there's even a few seasonal offerings, there's so many donuts!

The shop will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except Thanksgiving and Christmas. It will be in a roughly 3000 square foot space with inside seating for about 50. The outside of the shop is adorned with bright colors and a very cool Spokane mural being done by a talented local artist.

Keep watching this page as we hope to check out the new Amy's Donuts shortly after opening. In the meantime more info about their business can be found on

Monday, October 8, 2018

Not just Amazon coming to the Geiger Blvd corridor

Creating over 2000 jobs in a massive new warehouse, Spokane’s planned Amazon fulfillment center is the biggest project going up on the West Plains. But, it’s far from the only thing coming to that area.

Spokane County is applying for a grant to upgrade Geiger Blvd. and a couple other roadways in the area. The news about that grant can be found at

But, what’s news for this site is the sneak peek at other projects via a map included in the grant documents. I’ll include it below, but it shows Kenworth is planning a facility to employ 150, Shredfast also has a building in the works. And, many new homes and apartments are also in the works.

This won’t all happen overnight, and I know the LaQuinta Inn project has been in the works for approximately two years now so it’s impossible to predict any of these projects but it’s safe to say the West Plains is growing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New North Spokane Dick's Sporting Goods grand opening will be Oct 12th-14th

Dick's Sporting Goods is preparing to open a second location here in the Spokane area. The new store, which will be in the North Pointe Plaza shopping center, will host a grand opening event on the weekend of Oct. 12th-14th.

This new store is located in a the former Sports Authority space and has 45,500 square feet of space at 9620 N. Newport Hwy. The store will carry the same merchandise as other Dick's Sporting Goods stores. Products include apparel, footwear, gear and accessories for most any sport. The chain is growing and has over 850 stores and is overseen by a Pittsburg, PA area corporate office.

The new North Spokane Dick's Sporting Goods will employ about 40 with hiring now under way at . Also, some seasonal positions will also be open.

During their grand opening the new store will have giveaways, special deals and even appearances from Jim Zorn, former Seahawks QB & coach and Marcus Trufant, former Seahawks cornerback. More info about the appearances can be found on the stores page which is linked below. Also, while the grand opening does begin on the 12th, there will also be " preview days " on October 10th and 11th. Hours for the store and events are also on the page below.

The other Spokane area Dick's Sporting Goods will also remain open. That store can be found nearby Spokane Valley Mall at 14014 E. Indiana Ave.

Info on the new North Spokane Dick's Sporting Goods-

Monday, October 1, 2018

Three Ninjas to open brick & mortar restaurant in Kendall Yards

Three Ninjas Mobile Food has been a staple of local food truck events since their founding in 2014. And, now they're taking the next step into owning and operating an actual full time brick and mortar spot. Albeit a small spot...

Three Ninjas plans on opening soon at 1198 W. Summit Pkwy in the heart of Kendall Yards, this is the former Solace Mead and Cider storefront. While Kendall Yards is known for being home to several of Spokane's best restaurants, this will basically be the first quick service / take away dining option in the neighborhood.

Their space will be a little over 300 square feet with a very small dining area and the ability to pick up orders to go. If all goes as planned the new restaurant will open around Nov 1st and will serve a small menu that's similar to their current food truck menu of fusion tacos, wraps and more. They plan to continue the food truck side of the business as well.

For more information on Three Ninjas, find them on Facebook at-

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Movie and Dinner to open Oct 5th - a sneak peek inside

Recently we we're able to get a private tour of one of the coolest new businesses coming to our area. That business is Movie and Dinner, which will be a dine in movie theater opening in a little more then a week in just steps away from Northern Quest Resort & Casino. The new business is a separate entity from Northern Quest but still part of the Tribe's campus. In fact, there even will be a covered walkway coming from Northern Quest to Movie and Dinner. And, Camas card holders will even be able to use their players club card benefits at the new theater.

Movie and Dinner is unique and not like the other dine in theater concepts seen from the big chain theater companies. They consider themselves a " restaurant with auditoriums " with a menu that allows for any budget. Guests can even enjoy lunch and dinner without seeing a movie.

The menu will also have something for every taste from Middle Eastern to more standard pub options and so much more. With their parent company being based in Kansas, they'll also have what promises to be some delicious Kansas City BBQ. Drink wise they will have Coke freestyle machines, beer, wine and spirts but they will be a family friendly establishment.

The business will have 8 auditoriums showing first run films, all opening Oct 5th. Movie and Dinner's auditoriums are smaller and more intimate with reserved seating in super comfortable recliners with huge screens. There really isn't a bad seat in the house, and they've really thought of everything! From exits away from the screen so no annoying exit light in the your view to no tipping which means no signature and no need for the awkward moment of the server bringing in a receipt at the best parts of the movie. This is the way movies are supposed to be seen!

Movie and Dinner will employ 50 and they officially opens Oct 5th, but watch for a grand opening event along with Cyber Quest / Kids Quest coming October 11-13th.

Tickets are on sale now! They can be purchased online at their website .

Currently opening weekend they will be showing A Star is Born , Venom and few more to be announced soon. Also if your planning an event soon take note because Movie and Dinner can even rent out their auditoriums for groups.

Movie and Dinner is located at 10893 W. Northern Quest Dr. , in addition to their website they can be contacted by phone at 509-381-0893. Thanks again to Movie and Dinner for the tour and we highly recommend checking them out soon!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Construction underway for Duluth Trading Company in Spokane Valley

Since it was first announced in June some may have forgotten, the Spokane area will soon be getting it's first Duluth Trading Company retail store. And, we can report it's full steam ahead with permits pulled and upon a check up the other day some site work has already begun for the future store. It is currently scheduled to open during the " First half Fiscal 2019 ", an example of the type of store coming here can be seen here-

Baker Construction is acting as the contractor for this new 15656 square foot store on a vacant lot at 16314 E. Indiana Ave in Spokane Valley. The construction site is easily visible from I-90 which has caused more then a few to take notice. This new store will not only be their first in the Spokane area but also the first in Washington state as their current closet store is in Portland.

Duluth Trading Company is a Wisconsin based company that sells primarily work and outdoor apparel. They've been actively growing of late and their television ad's are common place on some channels. For more information, check out their website at

Monday, September 24, 2018

New Pediatric office to open on the South Hill

The newest Pediatric office in the Lilac City, Spokane Pediatrics will begin scheduling appointments on Oct. 1st. The new clinic is led by Dr. Kimberly Grandinetti, M.D FAAP and Kimberly Resleff, ARNP who we're both raised here in Spokane.

Dr. Grandinetti M.D FAAP on the right, Resleff ARNP on the left 

Their office they say will be an intentionally small practice, this way patients won't see a "revolving door of practitioners, but will instead build realtionships with a small staff dedicated to their health ". Some of the benefits of this are same day appointments, no automated phone system, care that extends through college ( up to age 21 ) and more.

Spokane Pediatrics new office can be found not far from Sacred Heart Hospital at 315 W. Ninth Suite 200. They can be reached at 509-960-8894 and more information can be found on their website

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Early work has begun for a large new warehouse in Spokane Valley

Some early construction work has started for the new “ SDS Valley facility “. Being built at 15909 E Marietta in the Valley the complex will have 112,000 square feet of warehouse space. In addition to 31 dock doors and 175 parking spaces. No news yet on tenants however...

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Wander Spokane opens, providing walking and hiking tours of our city

Want to learn more about Spokane? Taste some incredible foods and beers, hear the stories that make Spokane so great? Now you can with the recent launch of Wander Spokane, a new locally based tour business.

Wander Spokane hosts approximately 3 hour tours with a food tour, brewery tour and winery tour all among the offerings. "Urban wilderness" hiking tours and more are also planned to be coming in the spring.

These tours are a perfect way to show off Spokane to friends and family. But are also great for visitors and really anybody who wants to get a better understanding of Spokane's history, culture, architecture, art and more. Tours can be booked online at or by phone at 509-279-2929

Hello Sugar planning new location in Spokane Valley

Hello Sugar, the popular mini donut business in Kendall Yards is about to expand and say hello to Spokane Valley.

Hello Sugar recently announced that they have leased space in the new Ponderosa Village development, next to Barney's grocery store on S. Dishman-Mica Rd. . Construction has already started on the development and Hello Sugar says they hope to open sometime around the beginning of next year.

This new location will of course have the mini donuts just like at the Kendall Yards store. They also will have a full coffee / espresso menu and indoor seating. Also for those in a hurry the new Hello Sugar will even have a drive thru.

Keep watching for more, and in the mean time check them out in Kendall Yards at 419 N. Nettleton or online at

New Ace Hardware opens next to Rosauers at Nine Mile Falls

Rosauers has completed and opened an expansion of their store serving the Nine Mile Falls and Suncrest communities. But, this expansion is not to add more groceries, instead it is home to a full Ace Hardware store.

The new Ace Hardware has a separate entrance from Rosauers but is connected on the inside via an garage door towards the front of the store. The new store carries everything for most any home improvement project from tools, nuts & bolts , paint, electrical, plumbing and even a home and garden section currently stocked with some awesome grills. This store really has everything!

It doesn't get much more convenient, with the full service Rosauers grocery store and fuel station all at the same site. It can all be found at 5912 Hwy 291 in Suncrest, both Rosauers and Ace Hardware are open daily 6am-11pm.

For more info on Rosauers, visit-

And, follow this store on Facebook at-

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Affordable apartments planned in Hillyard

Spokane Housing Ventures, who have already developed and manage several affordable housing developments around the area have announced their plans to for a new development in Hillyard. They plan to develop a $10.2 million project at 2830 E. Francis Ave, to be called Jayne Auld Manor. The complex is named as such to honor their former director who passed away in 2016 and dedicated her life to serving low income people and families.

As is currently planned Jayne Auld Manor will include 48 total units, which will be geared towards the workforce population who make less then 60% of the median income. The site will have a 3 story main building and five duplexes, in addition to a small playground and community garden. Twenty five of the units will be 2 bedroom and twenty three will be 3 bedroom apartments, making the development welcoming to family's.

Construction will start at the Jayne Auld Manor site early next year with completion planned for the Spring of 2020.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wonder Building secures it's first office tenant

One of the more exciting projects happening locally, the former Wonder Bread factory's renovation will be complete soon. Once finished it will house about 100,000 square feet of office space and an artisan market space all operating under the new Wonder Building name and located nearby Downtown as well as the Spokane Arena at 821 W. Mallon.

When pre-leasing began a few months ago it was announced that JLL and NAI Black we're planning to market the building to both national and local companies in hope of filling the new spaces with exciting, growing companies. Now we're learning the first of these companies will be Parametrix, a Seattle based civil engineering firm.

Parametrix already has an office in Spokane at 106 W. Mission and they will relocate from that office to the new space. At the Wonder Building, Parametrix will occupy about 8,000 square feet with tenant improvement permits already filed with the City of Spokane. The company employs about 40 locally and they hope to be operating out of the new space by December.

For more information on Parametrix, visit-

Thursday, August 23, 2018

STCU to open home loan center on Argonne next week

STCU is growing, and so is the local demand for home loans. Both being great news!!!

That's the reasoning behind the opening of STCU's first stand alone home loan center which opens on Wed. Aug 29th along Argonne Rd. in Spokane Valley. The new location is very convenient, just off of I-90 at the corner of Argonne & Mission ( 9207 E. Mission ) . The new Argonne Home Loan Center is housed in a 2595 square foot building that STCU has extensively remodeled into a cool new space, that looks drastically different from the dated 1970s look it once had.

The new facility will house a number of experienced loan officers to assist in all levels of the home loan process. And, while this branch will be limited to only doing transactions directly related to real estate lending inside, members can also use 2 new drive up ATM's outside . The ATM's are like any ATM at an STCU branch and are part of the co-op network, meaning they are surcharge free for anybody who uses a credit union that is a member of that network.

Home loan information and processing will still also be available at STCU's many neighborhood branches and their web site. This location is designed to give their members another convenient location for their needs. In addition to the Argonne site, STCU will open a home loan center in November in Kennewick. That will be with their first branch in the Tri-Cities and they also still have a home loan center within their main branch at 106 W. Nora.

For more information on STCU, visit-

Spokane Barre re-launching with new owners!

In case you haven't heard, Spokane Barre is re-launching with new owners. The business is locally owned and operated by Katie & Hillary who tell me owning their own studio is like living out a dream.

Spokane Barre is still located in the same space as before, the 3rd floor of Globe Building ( 204 N. Division ) at Division and Main. They're easy to find right Downtown and have with plenty of parking available in the immediate area. The studio is a cool modern space where they host workout classes that are a fusion of ballet, Pilates and yoga. It's defiantly worth checking out....

They are planning a new owner re-launch event during the week of Sept 4th - 9th with raffles, special deals and even a few free classes. Watch their social media pages for more...

More information on Spokane Barre, including class pricing, can be found at-

On Facebook- , Instagram and Twitter @Spokanebarre

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Spokane Overstock becomes Wallaroo's Furniture and Mattresses, opens more locations

Spokane Overstock has come along way from their beginnings as small furniture business in a Spokane Valley warehouse . While they do still have a store in Spokane Valley they have grown to 5 locations, in just a few years. And, 2 more are coming in near future, but before that they are re-branding.

From here on out Spokane Overstock is converting their stores over to a new name, Wallaroo's Furniture and Mattresses. Wallaroo's says they will still offer the same overstock furniture and mattresses at discounted prices, just as they have before however;

They are growing as well, with the recent opening of a new 5th location, this time on N. Division just outside of Downtown Spokane. This new Wallaroo's location is in a building that has been vacant for sometime and now has new life and pretty cool new turquoise paint job, very eye catching. This new location is in the former Comfort City location at 1001 N. Division.

In addition to the new Spokane location, our friends over at have reported Wallaroo's Furniture and Mattresses will soon be the new tenant of retail building at 5804 Fairview in Boise. This will be their 6th store and the second time they have opened a store outside of the Inland Northwest as they also operate a store in Missoula.

Wallaroo's Furniture and Mattresses keeps their prices lower then their competitors buy purchasing overstocked merchandise from a number of large retailers. Their items are still top quality and are recognizable brand names, with most every type of mattress and furniture available and all stores are open 7 days a week.

For more information on Wallaroo's Furniture and Mattresses, check their website at-  ( I'm guessing their going to change this url too eventually )

Ladder Coffee & Toast moving to Browne's Addition

Ladder Coffee & Toast, is currently located in a small drive up at 603 W. Hastings in North Spokane. They business owners are very passionate about good coffee, presenting several specialty espresso's and coffee and building quite the following, some of which say Ladder is the best coffee place in the area.

And, now the business that started out of home based pop up events is growing once more. This time to a full scale facility in a cool building that's convenient to both Browne's Addition and Downtown. Ladder Coffee & Toast will be renovating the former office building at 1516 W. Riverside into their home. With the new Ladder Coffee & Toast location they'll be able to expand into a full coffee, toast and roasting program. They currently hope to be open sometime around mid-October.

Until then however Ladder Coffee & Toast will remain on W. Hastings.

Find Ladder Coffee & Toast on Facebook at-

Monday, August 20, 2018

Where the Halloween stores will be in our area...

Despite 90+ degree temperatures and poor air quality as I’m writing this we’re actually only a couple of months away from fall and Halloween. And as you may know, in the weeks before Halloween, several vacant stores fronts in our area fill up with locations of the Spirit Halloween chain.

So, while they don’t open for a little while from my writing this ( on Aug 15th ). Here is where the Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene area Spirit stores will be-

15505 E Broadway , Spokane Valley ( former Toys r Us )

2512 E 29th , Spokane ( former Hastings )

12312 N Division , Spokane ( former Albertsons )

101 E. Best Ave, Coeur d’ Alene ( former 50 percent off card shop )

In addition to Spirit Halloween stores a Halloween Express store will open again this year. They will be in the former Hastings store at 1704 W Wellesley Ave. , where they were last year. Party City, with stores at North Pointe Plaza and in Spokane Valley always  dedicates large sections of their stores towards Halloween costumes and decor.

If you want to shop local, which I encourage you to do, Party Palace at 2607 N Division is the place to check out. They also have a large selection of Halloween merchandise every year!

Construction underway for Ponderosa Village, a new commercial development in Spokane Valley

We first mentioned the new Ponderosa Village project back around the first of the year. If you don't already know about this project, it's a cool new commercial development with several buildings to be built along the 11200 block of S. Dishman-Mica Rd in Spokane Valley. The project will be built out in phases and the developers promise to make it a neighborhood oriented center, listening to the wants of the area when bringing in businesses to the site.

The whole project will surround and will be anchored by Barney's Harvest Foods, a grocery store that's already at the site. And, although it's happening a bit later then originally expected, we're happy to report that construction is finally underway!

We stopped by the site yesterday ( 8/15/18 ) and observed substantial site work, and even some early foundation work. And, while clearly it will be some time before any businesses actually open there, we are already learning what will likely be there. One space has been leased to a spa / salon to be called The Mix Salon & Day Spa, and i'm told they will likely have a coffee shop and a restaurant coming that will be announced soon.

Since this project was announced the owners have also acquired a small lot to the east of the grocery store, allowing for the completed Ponderosa Village to be slightly larger then originally planned. When fully built out Ponderosa Village will have 6600 square feet of space, 15 possible retail spaces, and 180 convenient parking spaces.

If your interested in leasing space at Ponderosa Village, check their website at and follow along on their Facebook page.

Note-  This site is not affiliated with the project.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Updated- Chick-fil-a Coming to Gonzaga

Update- KHQ is reporting they spoke with someone at Gonzaga who claims this information is false. This post will remain as it appeared differently. We will continue to follow and hope...

Second update- Chick fil a says an error with their website caused the listing of a location at Gonzaga. As of now this has been debunked as false but we’re going to leave it here to remember the time Spokane went crazy thinking Chick fil a was for sure coming. And, do keep in mind they still might sometime...

One of the questions I get asked the most is “ when is Chick-fil-a coming to Spokane? “. While we still don’t have an opening date it looks like Spokane will soon get it’s first Chick-fil-a.

This location however will be an on campus location at Gonzaga University, operated by Sodexo who runs all of the “Zag Dining” locations. We’re just learning of this and still working on nailing down the exact details so keep watching and for more updates as we get them.

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