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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Linnie's Thai Cuisine re-opens on Sunset Hwy.

Linnie's Thai Cuisine is back! Linnie's has operated in Downtown Spokane since 2004, and other local locations since as far back as 1990. But, last year it was announced that Volunteers of America would be purchasing the site Linnie's stood on Downtown for a new homeless housing project. Linnie's owners wasted no time in finding a new location to provide their delicious Thai dishes to the masses.

The restaurant's owners have recently re-opened in the former Asian Restaurant building at 5306 W. Sunset Hwy. about 2 miles west of Government Way. The owner and chef E Muongkhoth says he is still serving up authentic, quality Thai food that customers have come to love over the years, and " everyone is happy ".

And, he must have made a few people happy as this month marks the beginning of Linnie's Thai Cuisine's 29 year in business. Muongkhoth came to the United States as political refugee from Laos in 1979, finding his way to Spokane in 1984. Working for others at first until he opened the first location of this restaurant with just $6,000.

Linnie's Thai Cuisine is open M-F 11-9 and Sat. 4-9pm. They can be reached anytime at 509-747-5760 and a menu can be found on

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A look at Spokane's first indoor aquarium, Blue Zoo, with photos!

In case you haven't already heard, Spokane is about to get a brand new indoor aquarium!

The new business is under construction now and will be called Blue Zoo. Blue Zoo is expected to open sometime this Summer, next door to Buffalo Wild Wings in Northtown Mall. Recently, Blue Zoo was nice enough to allow us a tour of their progress, and from what we saw I can safely say it will be unlike anything Spokane has ever seen.

While not as large as the established aquariums in bigger cities, Blue Zoo will pack their 11,000 square feet full of dozens of species of animals. Even more unique, Blue Zoo will have a couple of rooms included to see birds and lizards as well. There will even be scheduled mermaid and a pirate shows!

Among the attractions will be 30,000 gallon shark tank with kids crawl, Giant Pacific Octopus Tank and designated tanks for everything from fresh water fish to predator's! A full list of their attractions is on their website listed below. I can safely say Blue Zoo will be a must do for anyone who is even remotely interested in fish and marine life.

Blue Zoo is still at least a couple months away from opening to the public. But, annual passes are already up for sale and with early bird pricing they are cheaper now then they may ever be again. Passes are for sale from an individual economy pass for $39 up to the Ultimate Family Annual Pass which allows 2 adults and unlimited children access to Blue Zoo anytime during open hours for just $199. Also after opening, guests will be able to check out Blue Zoo via daily passes but the annual pass provides a more budget friendly approach. A full rundown of all pricing is available on their website at

In addition to the main attraction, Blue Zoo will also have a gift shop at the entrance and a birthday party room available for anyone to rent from $249+ or $199+ if you have an annual pass! Themed birthday parties will also be available as will mermaid and pirate meet and greets. More info on birthday parties are also available on their web site.

Watch for hopefully many more updates as Blue Zoo develops and opens this Summer. And, for business owners Blue Zoo is excited to offer sponsorship opportunities, contact them directly for more on those incredible opportunities.

In the mean time, follow their progress via their website at

Or on social media @bluezoospokane on Instagram or on Facebook at

And, now some photos from Blue Zoo, the photos of fish are actual fish taken inside Blue Zoo and are not stock images.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Construction starting for Thirty First Place on the South Hill

Early construction work has begun on a new modern apartment building coming soon to the South Hill. The new apartments will be called Thirty-First Place and will soon rise at 2772 E. 31st Ave. just south of the Lincoln Heights shopping center.

Thirty-First Place will offer just 12 units but will be a modern look in a in-demand neighborhood. The project is estimated to cost $1 million dollars and all units will be approximately 860 square feet with 2 beds and 2 baths. Rental rates are not set yet but will likely be in the $1350 +/- per month range.

Kofmehl,Inc is the contractor and Fusion Architecture designed the building. The apartments will be ready for lease in about Jan 2020.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Terrain's Pop Up Shop getting new name, moving to River Park Square

Pop Up Shop is planning to pop up in a new, larger location soon. Despite the name, Pop Up Shop is actually a permanent retail shop that has called the Steam Plant Square building home for a few years now. The shop is a part of the non profit arts organization Terrain and is retailer of various products, gifts, apparel , home items and more from local artisans and makers. A sign on the window explains the business sells items that are " Spokane sourced, Spokane made " .

But, work has already begun to relocate the store to a new much larger location, still in Downtown Spokane however. The Pop Up Shop will move into the former Whiz Kids storefront on the second floor of River Park Square ( Whiz Kids moved to the other end of the mall a while ago ). It will also dawn a new name and logo better reflecting the purpose behind the business. After the move the store will be called From Here.

From Here will now have 4200 square feet of space, a significant increase in space from the former location. The new space will allow From Here to sell all the same items as before, but they will also be able to accommodate an additional 25 artists and makers.

Several renderings of what the completed store will look like line the windows of the new space and workers are inside moving the get the new store operational. In fact plans call for From Here to open as early as the end of this month, we'll hopfully follow up on their opening as the time gets closer.

For more info on From Here / Pop Up Shop, visit their website at-

Monday, May 6, 2019

New speciality cheese, meat and wine shop opening Downtown

Foodies will want to clear there schedules for the upcoming opening of Wanderlust Delicato, coming soon to Downtown Spokane. The new business will be a cool new artisan cheese, wine and charcuterie shop and will take the place that was last Wollnick's General Store at 421 W. Main #103.

Wanderlust Delicato will be both a retail shop and a place where guests can come and enjoy their menu on site. All cheese and charcuterie will be cut and wrapped to order. They will offer a selection of cheese, charcuterie, seasonal cheesy dishes and Euro style sandwiches. Platters for parties will be sold anytime and custom platters will be available with 24 hour advanced notice.

But wait there's more! Wanderlust Delicato plans on hosting cooking classes in their residential style kitchen space. The classes will be taught by rotating instructors from chefs to farmers and other experts.

Plans are for the new business to open sometime around mid-June. For more info follow their Facebook at -