Monday, March 2, 2015

Commons on Regal may be next large shopping center on the South Hill

Although it's in development and the potential is there for the development to not get built, it looks strongly like another new large shopping center may be on the way to the South Hill. In fact this project is only a few blocks south of the last one, Regal Plaza, home of Target, Petsmart and others.

This new project is called Commons on Regal and appears to have no set in stone tenants lined up but is good sized with multiple space for multiple sized businesses. Commons on Regal will be located at 5415 S. Regal Rd near the corner of Regal and 53rd.

Commons on Regal offers about 75,000 total square feet of new space for both retail and restaurant uses. The project's marketing materials identify a grocery store , hardware store and a pharmacy as proposed anchor tenants.

Also according to the marketing materials the project is scheduled to be built in 2015 / 2016 , with no exact timeline given.

We will keep an eye on this project, keep watching Inland Northwest Business Watch for more.

And, for more info on leasing and space available at Commons on Regal, check out-

Several new restaurants now open in Spokane

The Inlander's 2015 Restaurant Week may be in the record books, but that doesn't mean we have to stop exploring the ever growing dining scene here in the Inland Northwest. So, here are a selection ( probably not all that opened, but some ) of new restaurants, etc... that have all opened for business within the last couple of weeks:

Caffe Affogato

A new upscale coffee shop within the new Saranac Commons building at 19 W. Main in Downtown Spokane. They will also soon be joined by Mediterrano in another space in the same building.

For info on Caffe Affogato visit-

Globe Bar & Kitchen

Only about a block away from Caffe Affogato, and over on N. Division is Globe Bar & Kitchen in the historic Globe Hotel building. Another bar called the Globe also once existed at this building.

The Globe Bar & Kitchen's address is 204 N. Division . This new business is one of the more interesting on this list, because it's a little bit of everything. The Globe offers a club like atmosphere with a sports bar and a full restaurant.

The food menu at The Globe is headed up by Executive Chef William Webster and features burgers , sandwiches,  some entrees and more.

For more info on Globe Bar & Kitchen visit- or

Café Rio South Hill

Now open and joining the line up of new restaurants in the South Hill's new Regal Plaza shopping center is Café Rio. Their address is 4911 S. Regal Ave. .

The restaurant is part of the Utah based Café Rio chain of fast casual Mexican restaurants that also has locations in Spokane Valley and Coeur d' Alene.

For more info on Café Rio visit- or

* Speaking of the Regal Plaza development, another new restaurant there Jersey Mike's Subs is to open this week. Supposedly on Wednesday, this is the first location of that chain in the Spokane area.

Freedom Burrito

Now open in a strip mall in the 1600 E. Seltice Way by ACE Hardware in Post Falls is a small locally owned and operated burrito restaurant called Freedom Burrito.

The space was last Donut Dugout ( who moved across the street ) , as of right now this about all the info we have on this particular business.


One Tree Hard Cider , A Spokane Valley based maker of hard ciders has opened a small tasting room at 9514 E. Montgomery Ave. Suite 25.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Philly Express, others coming to Silver Lake Mall food court

There is both good and bad news coming from Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d' Alene. Both come from the shopping center's food court.

First for the bad news ( depending on how you see it ) , the mall's Taco Time restaurant has gone out of business. This leaves the food court with only one restaurant tenant, Flaming Wok. But Flaming Wok won't be alone in the court for very long as 3 businesses are coming soon.

And, that is the good news. Three food related businesses will be remodeling and moving into two food court spaces. They will take over the former Taco Time and the vacant space next door to it which was last an Orange Julius. Those businesses will be...

Aebleskivers ( or )

Aebleskivers is actually already a business at Silver Lake Mall but will be moving into this new space in the food court. Aebleskivers is located near the mall's center court where it is still open until the new location opens.

Aebleskivers is a small locally owned and operated business that is based the European food called Aebleskivers. The business sells these in many flavors. But as time has gone by Aebleskivers has grown by diversifying their offerings.

One thing Aeblskivers has added is Philly Cheesesteak sandwiches, which have been called " the best Philly anywhere " a claim I hope to check out for myself soon. These cheesesteaks have become so successful that Aebleskivers owners are branching of a new restaurant, which will be one of the other new tenants in the mall food court. That new restaurant is...

Philly Express ( )

As the name implies Philly Express will focus on these Philly Cheesesteaks with several options. The sandwhiches that will be avalible at Philly Express are , in fact, already for sale at the current Aebleskivers location. Some phillys and other items may be added and will keep you posted on this.

Philly Express Philly's are made with provolone cheese and Amoroso Baking Company roll made in Philadelphia.

Watch for updates as we don't have the opening date for this new business.

Barbara's Homemade Fudge

Operating as a small kiosk in the Silver Lake Mall for some time. Barbara's sells a selection of home made fudge, With many flavors available.

Barbara's will join Philly Express and Aebleskivers in the food court spaces.

For more information on Silver Lake Mall, visit them at 200 W. Hanley Ave. or online at-

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Planet Fitness coming to Spokane Valley

Although the local location was recently removed from their official web site, it looks like Planet Fitness is coming to the Spokane area. The chain, for a time, posted a location in Spokane Valley with the news that pre-grand opening specials are coming soon.

This news does add up as the company has been rumored to be looking to open a location in our area.
This new Planet Fitness will be in Spokane Valley at 13112 E. Sprague Ave. . This is the same address as the former Value Village store, which relocated to the corner of E. Sprague and Pines a few months ago. Right now it appears this will be the only Planet Fitness location in Spokane area.
We will update this posting once we find out more about this new Spokane Planet Fitness location. So, keep watch for an opening date , how many employees and more.
Planet Fitness is a rapidly growing chain of fitness centers. The company is based in Newington,NH and as over 900 locations and recently expanded into Canada with a location in Toronto. The chain features a low cost business model with gym memberships available from as low as $10 per month.
For more information on Planet Fitness, visit their web site at-

Monday, February 23, 2015

Manufacturing incubator, Toolbox , opens nearby Downtown Spokane

I stand behind the statement that Spokane and the Inland Northwest are great places to start a business. And, The Lilac City is becoming even more friendly to these " start up " businesses all the time. In fact, today several new business incubators and co-working facilities are found here. But, until recently there was no manufacturing incubator space for start up manufacturing businesses to turn too.

Enter Toolbox, Spokane's newest manufacturing incubator and by my research Spokane's first.

Toolbox has set up shop at 840 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. Building #1 and provides start up's with space to grow their business idea into a booming company. The hope is this new space will create new jobs for the local area at the site and by growing company's .
The space Toolbox occupies is not huge with about 7,500 square feet but will provide many resources. They will also help with mentoring and provide an on site conference room. Some additional renovations are to be done to the space but already a select group of businesses are already using Toolbox.
Among the tenants already at Toolbox are...
Vestis Systems ( )
Inov8 Inc.
Berg Development Company ( )
Washington State University Integrated Design Lab ( )
Spokane Create! ( )
And more are likely to come. And one of those tenants mentioned above is exciting in it's own right ( not that they aren't all great company's ). That tenant is Spokane Create which is described as " Spokane's makerspace / hackerspace " . Spokane Create is actually a non profit organization and is open every Wednesday night.
Spokane Create allows a space for local students and other a space to get together and " build stuff". For more information on Spokane Create, visit them at -
And for more information on Toolbox visit them at-
Or on Facebook-

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Panera Bread is coming to Spokane Valley

Thanks to some amazing INBW readers, I can safely confirm that Panera Bread is going to open a restaurant in the Spokane area.

I have yet to hear from Panera's corporate staff, but after requesting if Panera was coming, many of my INBW readers responded. And have proven that Panera Bread opening soon here and will be located in Spokane Valley.
As I write this the bidding has gone out on the project to build the new restaurant, so one would think it would be opening in the Summer or Fall this year. We will re-update this post when we get all the info, we're still looking into opening date, how many employees, etc... . In the construction information the restaurant will take 5,100 square feet and be a stand alone structure.
As far as where in the Valley Panera Bread will be? No exact address is given but a few readers tell me it will be nearby Spokane Valley Mall. Watch the bottom of this post as time goes by for the exact address and more updates.
Panera Bread is a growing chain of fast service café / bakery style resturants. The chain is based in Kirkwood,MO and today operates almost 2,000 locations. This will be the company's first location in the Inland Northwest.
For more information on Panera Bread, visit-

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Work starts on new Ezell's Chicken location in Spokane

After being officially announced a few weeks ago we're starting to see action on the new Spokane location of Ezell's Famous Chicken. We're told the concrete floor will be poured in their unit soon ( if it hasn't already ) with the remaining construction also starting soon.

This new restaurant will be a tenant in the new Regal Plaza shopping center ( site of the new South Hill Target ).  Their address will be 4919 S. Regal .

For those who are unfamiliar with Ezell's Famous Chicken, they are a popular fast style fried chicken restaurant with 10 locations around the Seattle / Puget Sound area. This new location in Spokane will be the first to open east of the Cascades. The chain has even received a few awards including being named the most life changing fried chicken in America by Esquire Magazine.

More info on Ezell's, including a look at their menu, check them out at-

In Spokane, Ezell's Famous Chicken will occupy about 1,700 square feet of space at Regal Plaza. The restaurant will employ plus or minus 15, depending on sales volume.

Their opening is currently set for sometime during April. For more on the opening of this new Spokane Ezell's visit their local Facebook page-