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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Riverbank Taphouse is now open inside Northern Quest

Northern Quest Resort & Casino is always on a quest to keep their patrons happy with the newest and best venues and restaurants. And, now they've done it again with this weeks opening of Riverbank Taphouse located inside the resort.

Riverbank Taphouse took over the space last used by the Impluse night club, adjacent to the Casino floor. The space is cool new bar with wine, craft cocktails, bar top gaming and of course beer, in fact Riverbank Taphouse has a whopping 52 taps! They have beers from domestics to seasonal to local craft beers and many more. There is even sampler flight for $8 that comes with 4 pour of your choice.

There is a small food menu of foods designed to be shareable. On this menu one will poke, a few flatbreads, brat sliders and more. I was lucky enough to taste a couple of these options at Northern Quest's expansion opening event a couple of months ago and can vouch for the deliciousness of some of the menu at Riverbank Taphouse. But, stay tuned as I plan to do a full review very soon....

Riverbank Taphouse is open seven days a week 3p-11p, except Fri and Sat when they will be open from 3p-2a. More info, including a pdf version of the menu can be found on-

Global Neighborhood Thrift moving to much larger space on Trent

Global Neighborhood Thrift is currently planning a huge move and expansion coming in the first part of next year. The store, which supports the larger Global Neighborhood non-profit will be relocateing to the space currently occupied by Catholic Charities Furniture Bank at 919 E. Trent.

Plans call for the organization to move there sometime in the spring from their current home at 902 W. Indiana. The move allows Global Neighborhood to nearly double the size of their operation as the new location on Trent is 22700 square feet. And, to assist in the move they have started fundraising via , they hope to raise $35,000 with the Smith-Barbieri Progressive Fund matching up to $10,000 of the donations.

Global Neighborhood is a 501c3 employment focused social enterprise business that provides opportunities to former refugees so they can thrive and contribute as equal members of our community. All proceeds from the Global Neighborhood Thrift store are used for job training and paychecks for the people in the program. In the past 7 years Global Neighborhood has provided job training to 115 former refugees from 29 different countries. With this expansion and move they aim to double the number of people who are employed by Global Neighborhood Thrift.

Global Neighboorhood Thrift sells a bit of everything from clothing to shoes to books. Really most anything you'd expect to find in a thrift store and perhaps even more. For more information on Global Neighborhood Thrift, check out their website at- 

Friday, December 7, 2018

Shopko to close South Hill store

One of Spokane's Shopko department store locations is going out of business. Listed as one of 39 total Shopko's to close nationwide, the store at 4515 S. Regal will officially close their doors in February.

Liquidation sales will begin today ( Dec. 7th ) and run through the holiday season. The South Hill store is the only store in Spokane and all of Washington state set to close. Shopko intends to continue operating their North Spokane, Spokane Valley and Coeur d' Alene stores.

The national closures are a result of the Wisconsin based retailers plan to scale back it's brick and mortar retail presence in hopes of restructuring the company which is said to be possibly preparing for bankruptcy. The majority of the 39 stores set to close on the new list are small town geared Shopko Hometown formatted stores.

In addition to the Spokane Shopko closure, a store in Bonners Ferry,ID at 6355 Main St will also close their doors.

For more info on Shopko, check-

Monday, December 3, 2018

New medical office building with attached Wake Up Call coffee shop coming to Liberty Lake

Construction will be getting underway soon for a new two story medical office building on the west side of Liberty Lake. In addition to the new medical offices, the scoop that's creating the most buzz is the building will also have an attached Wake Up Call coffee shop.

Plans call for the new building to be built at 22011 E. Country Vista Dr. , or a bit west of Yokes. The office portion will have about 5400 square feet of space on the ground floor and 4188 square feet on the second floor. The Wake Up Call will occupy about 1200 square feet in an addition and will include a drive thru lane, like all other Wake Up Call coffee shops.

The building is also already fully leased with Liberty Lake Eyecare Center and Casey Family Dental planning on also opening locations in the new building. As currently planned the businesses coming to this project will open after the building is completed, likely during the Summer of 2019.

Leasing begins for new strip mall on Sullivan Rd.

Construction crews are working quickly on another new strip mall going up in Spokane Valley. This new project consists of a new 4125 square foot retail structure with space for up to four business. Located at 604 S. Sullivan Rd. the development is estimated to cost about $900,000 and is located almost directly across Sullivan Rd. from Central Valley High School.

The building is being constructed by Yost Gallager Construction and owned by the Spokane based Domino's Pizza franchisee, Pacific Pie,Inc. . Given the owner, of course the new building will be anchored by a Domino's Pizza restaurant. The new Domino's Pizza will take the largest space with no announced opening date just yet. The remaining space will go up for lease.

And, marketing of the remaining leasable spaces has already begun via Kiemle Hagood. Spaces are divisible down to 1360 square feet with lease rates running $24-$28 per square foot. The building boasts excellent visibility and on site surface parking. For more information on leasing these spaces for your business, find Kiemle Hagood at