Thursday, October 23, 2014

Spokane Food Park coming

Foodies and food truck fans alike will want to take note of this new business in the works now in East Spokane.

That new business is the Spokane Food Park , a year round food truck pod opening at a former used car lot site on the corner of E. Sprague Ave. and S. Perry . A sign at the side currently reads Sprague Food Park but will soon be changed to the new Spokane Food Park name.

The Spokane Food Park will be open year round with a covered, heated dining area included at the park. The site will have enough room for 10 food trucks and / or food carts and is scheduled to open for business early next year.

There are no officially announced tenants for the Spokane Food Park as of yet. But we do expect these coming soon.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

New tenants at Riverstone

Earlier I credited the brokers and agents over at Kimele & Hagood Company for taking Downtown Coeur d' Alene's Resort Plaza Shops from a half empty shopping center to a full center with 3 new businesses opening or opening soon there. But one of their bigger success stories in Coeur d' Alene is north of there at Riverstone.

The lifestyle center style shopping center near the I-90 / Northwest Blvd. exit has gone from a stalled group of buildings and select businesses a couple of years ago to a full shopping district with some of Coeur d' Alene's hottest stores and restaurants.

But, now there are a few more new openings coming to Riverstone, including two new fitness businesses, perhaps making Riverstone a hub for health and wellness businesses in North Idaho. Here are the latest openings ( and yes, one closing ) at the mixed use development-

Cork & Tap

The Cork & Tap opened for business this past weekend at 2034 Main in the heart of Riverstone. The small locally owned and operated business is a beer and wine shop. The business has both a retail sales area and a in store tasting room.

Pretty Angel Botanicals

Selling a selection of aromatherapy oils, healing and wellness products and related gifts is the Pretty Angel Botanicals now open at 1970 Beebe around the corner from the ReMax real estate office at Riverstone.

This business is also locally owned and operated. The business owner also once owned a similar shop inside a Las Vegas Strip casino.

Exercise Institute

Moving to a new storefront space on Beebe Dr. next door to Pretty Angel Botanicals is a location of the Exercise Institute chain. The business is actually relocating and expanding into this space from their current location in the nearby Merritt Creek Office Park.

The new Riverstone Exercise Institute will open after the space is remodeled. The business provides personal fitness training in a unique 15 min. workout format.

Physzique Coeur d' Alene

Also providing a work out via personal training is the Physzique Fitness chain which will open in one of the larger available spaces at Riverstone ( actually leased by Goodale & Barbieri Company ). That space is the former furniture store at 2048 Old Mill Loop.

Physzique is tenitivly scheduled to open on Jan. 12th 2015.

And now for the lone closing ( actually a move ) at Riverstone-

Pick 6 Sports Cards

Pick 6 Sports Cards which had been on Main about a block away from the Regal Cinemas in Riverstone has moved out of the shopping center.

The business can now be found in the Harbor Center building just north of Downtown Coeur d' Alene. Their new address is 610 W. Hubbard Ave. Suite 107 , but the business actually faces Northwest Blvd.

Pick 6 Sports Cards is full sports shop with a good selection of sports cards but also some sports memorabilia for sale.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Big changes coming to Oz Fitness, to become MUV Fitness

Spokane's Oz Fitness chain of gym's will be seeing some big changes in the near future. That's because Oz Fitness has been acquired by a couple of investors from the Seattle area that formerly owned locations of Vision Quest Gym's on the Western side of the state.

The new owner will invest a significant amount of money into the business including the coming rebranding of the chain to MUV Fitness.

The new MUV Fitness will feature personal training programs with a lot of things still staying the same. All current locations of Oz Fitness will remain open and will be transformed with no job cuts planned. In fact, the newly re-launched MUV Fitness may someday expand westward to the Seattle area and possibly even some expansion locally.

Oz / MUV Fitness can be found locally at-

603 E. Holland Ave, North Spokane

5501 S. Regal , South Hill

14927 E. Sprague Ave. , Spokane Valley

809 W. Main Ave, Downtown Spokane

1515 S. Pacific Technology Blvd. , Airway Heights

For more information find them online at-

Anthony's Beach Cafe now open on the South Hill

(Photo credit- Anthony's Resturants on Twitter @AnthonysrestsNW )

Now that the new South Hill Target at Regal Plaza is up and running it's nice to see some of the other planned tenants opening up for business there as well. Yesterday a grand opening was held at one of the most highly anticipated business in the project, Anthony's Beach Café.

Anthony's Beach Café is owned and operated by Anthony's Restaurants, the same people behind the very popular Anthony's at Spokane Falls, overlooking Spokane Falls in Downtown Spokane. However this new Beach Café is a more laid back, casual version with a somewhat different menu.

The new restaurant is modeled after the type of restaurant one would expect to see while visiting the beach. Dinner service is available now, with the business being open from 4pm - 9pm and lunch service will begin very soon, on Thurs. Oct. 23rd from 11am - 4pm.

The new Anthony's Beach Café takes up 4,000 square feet with seating indoors for 106 and additional seating for 70 in a outside dining area. In addition the new restaurant features a open exhibition kitchen with counter seating.

At their grand opening event, Anthony's Beach Café raised $49,200 for the Nazareth Guild’s Fr. Coughlin Scholarship Endowment, which serves to provide tuition assistance to ensure that educational programs will be available to all students in all income groups. The grand opening event was well attended with many local icons in attendance.

Anthony's Beach Café is located within Regal Plaza at 2912 E. Palouse Hwy on the South Hill.

For more information on Anthony's Beach Café find them at-

Monday, October 20, 2014

Opening and closing restaurants - Oct. 20th 2014


From the same owners as Pacific Avenue Pizza comes a new small bar in the up and coming eastern edge of Downtown Spokane. The new establishment is called Whisk and is small place now open at 17 W. Main.

In addition to the drinks at Whisk, a menu of pizza's are also available.

Marijane's TapHouse Grill

The name, Marijane's may point out the unique thing about this new sports bar in Spokane Valley. Marijane's is located at 11420 E. Sprague Ave ( former Ringo's Casino ) which is also home to members only cannabis club.

Marijane's TapHouse has beer, wine and a full bar with a food menu and many sports games shown.

50/Fifty closed?

After only a few months open we're hearing that the sports bar 50/Fifty on Indiana Ave. in Spokane Valley may be closed for good. We trying to find out the truth behind this and a reason why.

Tree of Life Deli

Tree of Life, a unique organic restaurant located on Schneidmiller Dr. in Post Falls has closed their doors. The business had a decent menu of sandwiches, sweets, etc.. all of which organic. But unfortunately couldn't make it too long in their somewhat hard to find location.

The Local Deli

The Hayden location of Caruso's has left the chain to go 100% local , even with their business name. The menu will be different but still a great deli.

The Local Deli can be found at 113 Prairie Shopping Center within the Prairie Shopping Center near the corner of US 95 and Prairie Ave. in Hayden

Pho Thinh

A new Vietnamese / Pho restaurant called Pho Thinh is opening in the former Pizza Hut near the intersection of W. Francis Ave. and N. Division in North Spokane.

Pho Thinh's address is 6022 N. Division.


A new smoothie drive up called Guice opened recently on the South Hill. Guice can be found at 4502 S. Regal.

La Plaza de Mexico

Filling the building at 9420 E. Sprague Ave. that was last Tacos Tumbras is a new restaurant called La Plaza de Mexico.

La Plaza de Mexico will also be a Mexican restaurant with drinks and a menu for both lunch and dinner.

Honeywon Café

A new restaurant called Honeywon Café has opened up at the Rock Pointe Corporate Center in Spokane.

Honeywon is taking about 2,600 square feet of space for their business which will serve both American and Asian menu options.

Coeur de Breizh Crepes

Coeur de Breizh is a crepe food truck that made a name for itself over the first part of the year at the Kootenai County Farmers Market and a few other events in and around Coeur d' Alene.

But now Coeur de Breizh has a permanent home location for the truck nearby the CdA Costco store at 3615 N. Government Way . The truck has many crepes for all tastes on their menu and is open most everyday and even now offers online ordering.

Casual Friday Donuts

Even though it didn't close down like once thought might happen, Spokane's Dawn of the Donut has had some big changes.

The former zombie themed donut shop has been sold and changes have been made to the interior and exterior already. The biggest change is the shop is no longer zombie themed.

The business is being rebranded as Casual Friday Donuts and is now owned by the same people that are behind Celebrations Bakery another local baking business.

Timber Gastropub?

We're still waiting on the all the official info on the new business going into the former Hot Rod Café building in Post Falls.

But design firm HDG Hissong + Hurtado Design Group has now shared a small group of exterior renderings of what the new place will look like. And, on their renderings they show the establishment as a business called Timber Gastropub.

Photo's of the new Timber Gastropub are now on HDG's Facebook page here-

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Real Estate Corner: The big hole Downtown

I haven't posted a real estate corner posting for sometime because for some reason it brings a lot of spam messages / e-mails. But to help get the big hole at the corner of Third and Division I figured I'd try once more.

So, if your looking to relocate your business or invest in prime Downtown commercial real estate please take a look...

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New business openings & closings - Oct. 15th 2014

Here's a few of the new businesses coming and going from the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area-


With one location already open in Spokane, the Farmgirlfit fitness center business has expanded to Coeur d' Alene. The Farmgirlfit CdA location is in the 2900 block of N. Government Way in a small shopping center just a north of the Les Schwab tire center.

Urban Apothecaries Spokane

Supplement and sports retailer Sound Body has rebranded and is now open, still in their original location at Five Mile in North Spokane. The shop is open with some new products, etc... at 1902 W. Francis Ave. Suite 125 .

Spokane Bicycle Co.

A new bicycle sales and bicycle accessory shop opened over the summer in Downtown Spokane. The new business is called Spokane Bicycle Co. and can be found at 125 S. Stevens Ave.

Lucky Detour

Looking vintage and other home décor items? Then take a "detour" over to Lucky Detour, a new vintage business in Spokane's Vinegar Flats neighborhood. The shop is owned Celeste Shaw who also owns Chaps Restaurant, not far from where Lucky Detour is located.

Lucky Detour is at 1930 S. Inland Empire Way.

And, over at Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d' Alene....

A couple of new business have set up shop recently at Silver Lake Mall. They include...

Lost & Found Antiques and Treasures

Scarlett Golf Experience - an HD style golf simulator business.

Hickory Farms - Seasonal shop, Opening soon. Additional locations will also be likely in Spokane's malls