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Friday, May 25, 2018

Altitude Trampoline Park is now open in Spokane Valley

Staying in town this holiday weekend? Looking for something new to do? Well then you may want to check out the newly opened Spokane Valley location of Altitude Trampoline Park.

Altitude opened for the first time just this afternoon in the former Safeway at 1441 N. Argonne Rd. . The business spans about 32,000 square feet with trampolines throughout the building and 16 different attractions. Guests can check out a foam pit, rock wall, laser maze, basketball, dodgeball and much more. In all the new location employs more then 60 and is open 7 days a week.

The park is also available for birthday parties and an a wide array of other events, just contact them directly for more information. The Spokane Valley location will be second location in Washington state for the Texas based chain. The company has experienced exponential growth recently with dozens of locations currently either under construction or coming soon, Altitude is even planning to have locations in Mexico and Tokyo, Japan very soon.

For more information about the new Spokane Valley Altitude Trampoline Park, check their web site at-

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cracker Barrel planning location in North Spokane

Although it isn't publicly announced yet, it looks like we can now say that the Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants and country stores is coming to Spokane!

Documents have been filed with the city, showing plans to build a new Cracker Barrel in North Spokane. The plans show the restaurant would build on the Northeast side of the N. Newport Hwy / E. Hoerner Ave. intersection, nearby The Y and the Northpointe Plaza shopping center. Those plans call for a new 9,170 square foot building to be constructed on the site. Along with a 1,316 square foot covered front porch, an addition that is a bit of an iconic feature for the chains restaurants.

The restaurant would include a new surface parking area with almost 130 parking spaces. In all  Cracker Barrel would occupy just shy of 2 acres with the site being devided, creating a new lot at the back along N. Colton St. . Inside the new Cracker Barrel will include seating for about 180 as well as a country store area. This space would sell small gifts, unique foods, country themed merchandise and more. All in all the new North Spokane Cracker Barrel will likely end up almost identical to the Coeur d' Alene location which just opened for business last year and has been packed most times since.

Currently this new restaurant is in the planning / permitting phase so there will still be more details coming so keep an eye on this site for more as we will post more information as we get it. Cracker Barrel, for those who don't know is a chain of country / Southern themed resturants with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their restaurants are family friendly and don't serve liquor. Very common along highways in other parts of the country, Cracker Barrel is a Tennessee based company that has been growing a lot lately. As of the latest information Cracker Barrel has 640+ locations and over 73,000 employees nationwide.

For more information on Cracker Barrel, visit their website at-

Riverside Station, a large new high rise planned in Downtown Spokane

Yes, your read the title of this correctly, if built this planned new development might just be the first large high rise to be built in Downtown Spokane since the Davenport Grand Hotel. And, if built as planned the Riverside Station would likely be the tallest building in Spokane!

Currently the tallest building in Spokane is the Bank of America Financial Center at 288 feet, but this building would have 354 feet and 31 floors.

So, where will Riverside Station be built?
It's purposed for the vacant lot on the northwest side of the N. Division / MLK Way intersection in the University District section of Downtown. The address is listed as 100 N. Division

When will Riverside Station be built? as per the plans recently filed with the City of Spokane construction will begin this fall. However it is important to note this project is still in the planning phase and developments this large rarely run on schedule.

Here is a breakdown of what is purposed in this new high rise-

Ground floor- Some parking, retail / restaurant lease space and some building support services

Floors 2-7- Parking garage ( 400 spaces )

Floor 8- Mechanical support area

Floors 9-18 Apartments ( number of apartments doesn't look to be set just yet )

Floors 19-22 Office space

Floors 23-30 Condo apartments

Floor 31 Condo apartments and mechanical

We've only recently received these details so we don't have a building rendering or anything along those lines yet. The project's developer is listed under the name Alvco,LLC which appears to be connected to local real estate investor Vincent & Janet Dressel. We'll be watching / checking for more in the coming weeks...

This is actually 1 of 3 purposed high rises in Downtown Spokane at this point in time. But, to date no construction has happened on any of the sites. The Falls Tower is planned near the Spokane Arena, and the 1400 Tower is planned to the west of Downtown along the Spokane River. There has also been on going rumblings of another high rise planned just a couple of blocks north of the Riverside Station proposal on the site of the abandoned auto shop at Division and Spokane Falls Blvd.

What do you think?
Would this project benefit Downtown? What else do you want to see come to Downtown Spokane?

Also, on a side note here is an interesting read on how everyone should be able to live downtown, something I support immensely. It's off of the Spokane Rising blog, which in itself is a site worth checking out- *However note we don't know yet how much apartments in the Riverside Station building might actually go for.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The opening date for Spokane’s new Nike store is here!

We’ve watched construction crews build out Spokane’s first Nike Outlet store for the last few months. But, finally this afternoon we’ve been able to confirm that the store will open on June 14th at 10am!

Spokane’s new Nike store is the first commercial tenant of the former Macy’s building, now called The M. Other stores and restaurants are still coming but not announced yet. The new store is a 12000 +/- square feet space carrying the full line of Nike products. Currently the next closest Nike store is in Auburn,WA.

For more info on Nike, check

Friday, May 11, 2018

It's opening day for Sweet Peaks Ice Cream's new location in Downtown Spokane!

After a few months of remodeling the popular Sweet Peaks Ice Cream chain opens for business later this morning in Downtown Spokane. Their new location is next door to Durkin's Liquor Bar at 415 W. Main and is the seventh location overall for the Whitefish, MT based company.

( Photo credit- Sweet Peaks Ice Cream's Facebook page )

The Spokane store will officially open at 11:30am today ( May 11th ) . Customers will find nine signature ice cream flavors, joined by several more rotating seasonal flavors. The Spokane location will be similar to their other Inland Northwest location which open a couple of years ago in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

For more information on Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, follow them on Facebook and Instagram and check out their website at-

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Poke Express opening day is this Friday!

Beginning tomorrow Spokane now has a fast casual Poke' restaurant! It's been the talk of our Facebook page recently so I figured I'd take a moment on here to announce that Poke' Express is to open for business tomorrow ( May 11th ) at 10:30am . The new restaurant features freshly made poke' bowls and rolled ice cream from a storefront nearby Sacred Heart at 905 S. Grand.

( Photo credit- Poke Express' Facebook page )

The restaurant is has similar concept to a Subway, which kind of make cense since it's location was last used by that chain. Which since Poke Express is a locally owned and operated business makes the news of the location all the more wonderful. Diners have the option to " build your own " bowl with a base, a protein , many side options, some sauce and toppings. Or, the menu will also have a few delicious sounding bowl options that have recommended combinations then built fresh for you.

And, yes Poke Express will also serve the same rolled ice cream that they make at their sister restaurant, Yummy Ice Cream Rolls, which can be found on N. Division, by Gonzaga in the University District.

For more information on Poke Express, check out . Or, find them on Facebook at-

New strip mall planned near Wandermere

A small new strip mall is in the works for the vacant lot at 11921 N. Division, just to the south of the Wandermere area. Planned is a 6900 square foot building with up to four storefronts, one being specifically geared towards a new restaurant as it would include a patio and drive through lane.

Construction will likely begin sometime this year as the building is to be complete by March of 2019. Of the 4 storefronts one is leased, a space with a little more the 2100 square feet on the end but no news as of yet about what business will lease that space. The remaining spaces are up for lease and are being marketed by NAI Black. Currently space is leasing for $24 per square foot in line or $30 per square foot for the end cap restaurant space.

Below is an example rendering of the purposed new building-

For more information about leasing space at this new strip mall contact Terry McAleer at NAI Black or visit

Monday, May 7, 2018

Poole’s Public House to build new restaurant in Wandermere

Poole’s Public House , a pub style bar and restaurant in North Spokane is making big plans. They are currently in a leased strip mall space at 101 E. Hastings Rd. but will soon replace that space with a new building all their own.

They aren’t going far though as it will be just a bit to the west at 12310 N Ruby at Hastings and Ruby. The new restaurant will be a stand alone building with about 5000 square feet. It was designed by Mercier Architecture & Planning and Baker Construction will be the general contractor. Below is a look at the purposed renderings for this new Poole’s Public House.

Poole’s also has a location on the South Hill at 5620 S Regal suite 1. For more information and look at their menu check-

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Anytime Fitness to join Fairways Plaza near Cheney

The rumors are true, a fitness center is coming soon to the Fairways Plaza shopping center at 10511 W. Aero Drive. This is the shopping center that has been largely vacant since it's construction at the SR 902 exit off of I-90, except for a McDonald's & a physical therapy office.

The fitness center will be a location of the huge Anytime Fitness chain and take up about 2 suites there or almost 6000 square feet. The goal is to have the new Anytime Fitness open sometime in the early summer. They plan to begin accepting members as soon as the end of this month.

As is with all Anytime Fitness, members can work out at Anytime with 24 hour access via a key fob. Members will also get access to use Anytime Fitness' 4000+ other gym locations. This new location will also have a fitness studio with over 200 automated classes, a free weight area, many machines, men's & women's showers and occasional group events and outings. Personal training services will also be available.

While this location will be a locally owned and operated franchise, Anytime Fitness actually a huge recognizable chain with locations throughout United States and several other countries around the world. The Minnesota based company has been in operation for about 16 years and can today boast more then 2 million clients. This will be the fourth Anytime Fitness location in the Spokane area with a couple more in the Kootenai County area.

For more information on Anytime Fitness, check their website at-

Monday, April 30, 2018

Business Openings & Closings - Facebook Edition - April 30th 2018

As we close out the month of April I figured it was time for another one of these posts. If your new here this where I got back through the new businesses around the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area I've shared about on Facebook but didn't do a full post. Some may get a post soon, some maybe I don't have much info on, who knows but I still what you to know so you can be educated on what's going in where.

If your not following us on Facebook, your missing out as I share business updates almost every day. So, please like us to know what's happening business wise around Spokane-

And, now here are there business openings and closings, with the Coeur d' Alene / Post Falls news listed first so the news is easier to find-

The Human Bean a coffee stand chain is preparing to open a new location off of Government Way, near Idaho Central Credit Union in Hayden.

Red Label Shoes is a new local discount shoe retailer that will open soon in Post Falls at 4065 Riversbend Ave. ( former Outlet Malls )

Fox Trailers a trailer dealership building a large new sales and service center along Pleasant View Rd. just north of Seltice in Post Falls. Not mentioned in the share, Jitterz Espresso is also building a new coffee stand just a bit south of them.

HMH Engineering has moved their offices into 3882 N Schreiber Way suite 104 in Coeur d' Alene

2nd Act Clothing Store is now open for business in Coeur d' Alene at 5624 N. Government Way

The extensive renovation of the former Shilo Inn in Coeur d' Alen is nearing completion and should be complete in late May. It will then be Comfort Inn & Mainstay Suites Coeur d' Alene , the hotel is located at 702 W. Appleway.

Mountain Paw Pet Supply is a new pet supply store now open at 724 N. Hwy 41 Suite C in Post Falls

Ten/6 a new breakfast and lunch restaurant will open May 9th in Midtown Coeur d' Alene at 726 N. 4th St. . It is Alice in Wonderland inspired with Cajun themed menu.

Silver Lake Market a marketplace of hand made arts, gifts, crafts and more will open soon in Coeur d' Alene at Silver Lake Mall.

Beau Monde Clothing Exchange will open a second outlet store location soon in Post Falls at the new shopping center at Mullan & Cecil Rd.

NYC Piano Bar is coming soon to the former Cellar location in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 313 E. Sherman Ave.

Sonrisa Taqueria is a new bar / Mexican restaurant now open in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 519 E. Sherman Ave.

Anchored Coffee Company is now open for business at 451 Dalton Ave, out front of the roller rink in Coeur d' Alene.

The Gourmet Way a cooking / baking store in Hayden has moved up the road to 9321 N. Government Way, still in Hayden.

From Spokane / Spokane Valley and area-

Timeless Furniture & Boutique has opened their doors at 13127 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley

No word on when they might build / open there but the local franchisee of Domino's Pizza has purchased a lot 604 S. Sullivan Rd. in Spokane Valley for a future restaurant.

Gesa Credit Union has opened their newest location on the ground floor of the Northtown Office Building at 4407 N. Division in Spokane.

Balanced Fitness Wellness Studio is a unique new fitness studio that offers classes, personal training, massages and more at 18321 E Appleway is Spokane Valley

Adhara Salon & Spa has moved and can now be found at 18123 E. Appleway in Spokane Valley

Slick Rock Tanning & Spa has opened their newest location in North Spokane. They can be found at 8701 N. Division.

Quality Inn Valley Suites is in the later stages of there top to bottom renovation. The hotel which is located at 8923 E. Mission Ave in Spokane Valley will become Fairfield Inn & Suites Spokane Valley

Just a couple of months after the Eyemart Express chain opened their first location in Spokane and they are planning a second. This time this will open in Spokane Valley at 15318 E. Indiana in the former Tuxedo Gallery store space.

No Boundaries is now open in the post security rotunda at Spokane International Airport. The store sells gear and apparel for outdoor and sport enthusiasts. Columbia, Marmot and more are among the brands sold in the new store.

Paws n' Claws a dog and cat grooming business has moved to 9725 N. Division in North Spokane.

I don't always share new churches / moves. But, had to mention that Liberty Lake based Uplift Church is renovating about half of the former Spokane Valley Hooters on Indiana and will open their church there soon. Big change...

Gold Bay Pawn at 1505 N. Ash has closed their doors. I believe they had a short lived realty show a few years back?

Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile has taken over another suite of their strip mall and greatly increased the size of their South Hill store at 5608 S. Regal. They also just opened a new store in Kendall Yards recently.

Copper Stats Bolt & Nut Co. has opened a location in the Playfair Commerce Park in East Central Spokane.

Consign Furniture has opened Consign Jewelry in the same building as their popular furniture store at 21605 E. Country Vista Dr. in Liberty Lake.

Pawpular Companions Boutique a pet store in Liberty Lake has moved to a new larger home at 21801 E. Country Vista Blvd. Suite 111 , still in Liberty Lake. 

River City Guitars is now open for business on the South Hill at 2910 E. 29th .

BLH Marketing & PR has moved into new offices near Kendall Yards at 628 1/2 N. Monroe in Spokane. They plan to lease out the first floor of the building to likely several office tenants and have renamed the building the NoMo Building.

Walk In Chiropractic has opened their new Spokane location. They can be found on the North side at 915 E. Hawthorne Suite D.

The Grooming Studio has moved and can now be found at 3123 E. Francis Ave. in Spokane.

Watch for a new Jenny Craig weight loss location coming soon to the Argonne Village shopping center. Their address will be 9311 E. Montgomery Suite 104 in Spokane Valley.

Most people know of Go Calendars, Games & Toys for their pop up stores in most every mall during the holiday season. But now Spokane is home to a year round location of the chain. The Northtown Mall store will remain but will focus on the games & toys primarily until winter.

Built to Move Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation is now open and seeing patients at 12403 E. 1st Ave. in Spokane Valley

Art Salvage is opening Spokane's first creative reuse center at 1925 N. Ash . The space will include a retail shop, classroom space and storage.

The Loft Tanning & Boutique is open for business in Liberty Lake at 23801 E. Appleway Suite 120.

Keep watching Inland Northwest Business Watch for many more new business openings & closings in our area. And make note that we always accept tips on new places, press releases , invites , etc... at any time via  , no phone calls please.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Affordable Pet Dental Plus / Union Animal Hospital to relocate to East Central Spokane

Yet another business is joining in on the renaissance of E. Sprague, now know as the Sprague Union District. And, it'll be a move up for them as it will mean a larger more visible location.

The business I'm talking about is Affordable Pet Dental Plus, who is in the process of changing their name to Union Animal Hospital. The name change is in part to reflect that they are a full service veterinary clinic and not just for animal dental needs. Affordable Pet Dental Plus will lease about 6300 square feet at the East Gate Plaza building on the 2200 block of E. Sprague, and will open there after the space is converted in a clinic for them.

Affordable Pet Dental Plus / Union Animal Hospital is currently in a smaller location at 3613 E. Springfield, off of Freya. This new clinic will offer a larger lobby and more exam rooms to reduce wait times for patients. Their vet, Dr. Sutton is also currently take additional courses in orthopedic surgery to allow for more in house surgical options as well.

Their clinic is one the highest rated veterinary clinics in Spokane. Customers will find a caring team that provides an array of services to our dog and cat family members. They provide everything from shots and routine care, to specific care needs and lab diagnostics to surgery.

For more information on Affordable Pet Dental Plus / Union Animal Hospital visit their website at-

Friday, April 27, 2018

Amy's Donuts coming to Spokane Valley

Amy's Donuts is small chain of donut shops originating in Colorado Springs, but while small they are certainly unique! And, they are coming our way!

We first heard of this back in January but are just now able to confirm that Amy's Donuts will open a location later this year in Spokane Valley. Building permits have been filed to transform the former Abelardos Mexican Restaurant at 11519 E. Sprague into the first Amy's location in Washington. This will be their 4th location overall as they are also open in Colorado Springs, Tucson, AZ and Columbus, OH .

So, just what makes Amy's Donuts unique? It's their menu consisting of dozens of donuts with a lot of cool out of the box creations. There's donuts with cereal on top like the Lucky Charms donut, ones with candy bars like the Reese's Cup donuts. Other cool donuts include a Peanut Butter & Jelly donut, Cotton Candy topped donut and tons more!

They'll of course have all the traditional donuts available also as well as filled donuts, cake donuts and frosted cake donuts. There menu even includes some seasonal specialties. And, to add to the awesomeness, all Amy's Donuts location are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

They plan to open sometime around November and in the mean time check out Amy's Donuts web site at-

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thomas Hammer, Ben & Jerry's and Qdoba to join an expanded food court at Northern Quest

Northern Quest Resort & Casino is pushing forward with their massive expansion, the Kalispel Tribe is investing millions to transform their Casino in Airway Heights into a primer resort destination. An  RV park, expanded outdoor venue, an Dinner & a Movie concept movie theater, new family friendly spaces, a new retail store and a whole lot more are all in various stages of construction right now. And, just today Northern Quest confirmed one more piece of their expansion, exactly who will be joining their expanded food court area,

Fatburger and The Deli are the quick service options already open in the food court but the plan is double the size of the food court adding 3 more bays. All of which already have places coming, and will likely open around June or July. The 3 new places will be-

Qdoba Mexican Eats

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Thomas Hammer Coffee

Ben & Jerry's and Thomas Hammer will each have about 500 square feet and Qdoba will be larger at 1000 square feet. Like the existing businesses they will all use a common dining area, the expansion also will result in the creation of approximately 45-50 new jobs.

Keep watching for more news on Northern Quest as we're expecting more news from them to be coming. Valued at over $20 million their expansion is currently one of the largest construction projects in our area and will likely continue of for several more months. However during the construction the Casino, hotel, most restaurants and services remain open and their famous Pepsi Summer Concert Line-up will continue.

For more information on Northern Quest Resort & Casino, visit-

Monday, April 23, 2018

Elliott's, an Urban Kitchen to enter soft opening mode tomorrow!

Don't let the N. Monroe construction stop you from coming down starting tomorrow ( Apr. 23rd ) for a cool local restaurant opening. Elliott's, an urban kitchen is small but awesome new place opening at 2209 N. Monroe in what was last 1889 Salvage ( they have since moved ).

Early reviews out of the gate are very positive and it's all locally owned and operated with a kitchen ran by Chef Tony Elliott, the former executive chef for Fairchild Air Force Base. The menu will be a contemporary American cuisine with beer, wine and a full bar.

Dishes will use fresh local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible with lunch, dinner and even a brunch menu for Saturday and Sunday. Their menu will match most any taste with such items as fresh green curry chicken, steak frites and an amazing looking clams and mussel chowder. There is also " shareables ", salads and more. Happy hour is 2-6 every day except Sunday and the menu mentions reserving a Chef's Table. But, we won't share everything you'll just have to check it out ( like we hope to soon... ).  Just note that the menu maybe limited during the soft opening portion of their opening.

But, as a tease of their food, here is a photo of that clam and mussel chowder they posted to their Facebook page recently-

And, while your visiting Elliott's, an Urban Kitchen don't forget to visit some of the other awesome local businesses that dot North Monroe. It's a really cool neighborhood and they really need our help to make it through the construction happening over the next few months, who know we may just #meetonmonroe !

Watch our site for more happenings on North Monroe, and for more on Elliott's, an Urban Kitchen check out their Facebook page at-

Saturday, April 21, 2018

90s themed Boombox Pizza now open in Downtown Spokane

A cool new pizza restaurant  / bar with a 90s theme is now open in Downtown Spokane. Boombox Pizza is that place and it’s located within the space that was Revolver at 221 N Division. We were able to stop in for lunch ( and a little day drinking... ) , while it’s small and the pizza was a very limited menu (first couple of hours open) it is a pretty cool place. Hit 90 jams played on a handful of TVs , a wall of speakers , and giant murals of 90s stars adorn the interior . That along with a great pizza , beer , wine and a full bar make this a great new addition to Downtown Spokane.

Here are some photos we snapped along with the menu, for more info on Boombox Pizza find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, April 19, 2018

PacWest Machinery planning large new dealership in Spokane Valley

The Spokane branch of PacWest Machinery is planning to invest locally with the recent announcement that they have acquired a parcel in Spokane Valley for a new, larger dealership. PacWest will build on a parcel located at 3515 N Sullivan Rd just west of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

The new PacWest Machinery will continue their concept of selling Volvo Construction equipment as well as several other leading equipment brands. The new dealership is set to be open by the second quarter of 2019 and it will be larger then their current space on E. Trent. The new dealership will have a 30,000 square foot building on 9 acres and will include a sales showroom, a 14 bay service center and an expanded parts warehouse.

The new facility will enable PacWest to stock more equipment as well as host demonstrations and training. It will also provide customers an easy to access location not far off the freeway. For more information on PacWest Machinery, visit their website at-

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ulta Beauty planning a new store in Spokane Valley

The Illinois based Ulta Beauty chain is expanding, after opening a new store over in Yakima recently they are setting their sights on adding one more store here in the Spokane area. This new Ulta will be the second in the Spokane metro and third in the Inland Northwest as they already have stores in North Spokane and Coeur d' Alene.

Not many of the details are in about the new local Ulta Beauty location other then construction will begin soon for it in Spokane Valley. It will join the tenant roster of the Evergreen Crossing shopping center at the corner of Evergreen and Indiana, just west of the Spokane Valley Mall and right off of I-90. The store there will be located in-between the Fred's Appliance and the currently under construction Tuesday Morning store in the plaza's in-line business space.

Founded in 1990 Ulta Beauty has around 1000 stores and are sort of a go to store for beauty. Their stores are usually slightly smaller then a full big box and carry cosmetics, hair and skin care products, fragrances and much more. All Ulta Beauty stores also have and in store salon.

For more information on Ulta Beauty's planned new store in Spokane Valley keep watching this site. And, for more on Ulta Beauty the company and what they carry check out-

Poke' Express to open soon on S. Grand

The owners of Yummy Ice Cream Rolls just brought the joy that is Thai rolled ice cream to Spokane just a few months ago. And, it's been going strong at 1601 N. Division ever since but they are wasting no time expanding and bringing yet another cool restaurant concept to Spokane.

Their new place, Poke' Express will be opening sometime around the middle of May and will offer both Poke' bowls and ice cream rolls. It's not the first place in Spokane to offer Hawaiian Poke' bowls but it is the newest and the first to make them an exclusive feature of their menu. Poke' Express will be located at 905 S. Grand just a short jaunt south of Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The menu will consist of about 4 pre-set poke' bowls like the Salmon Poke' with sashimi grade salmon , veggies, house seasonings and sauce and three more. Or customers will be able to build their own bowl picking a base like rice, a protein like tuna or tofu and sides, sauce and toppings. Depending on the way you get you bowl at Poke Express it will cost approximately $11 - $15.

Special events and catering will also be available and they promise all food to be served fresh and quick. For more information on Poke' Express check out their website at-

Board & Brush Spokane - New Business Review

This post is going to be the first of a yet to be named feature where we try out newish places around town. This article is also the first to be written by a new Inland Northwest Business Watch staffer... my wife.
Being no stranger to the paint and sip concept, I thought I was perfectly prepared for everything that was going to happen. However, Board & Brush is unlike my previous canvas painting experiences. I put in a lot of effort, and with little skill, I came home with a d├ęcor item I was happy to display. 

Upon walking into the workshop, I noticed how bright, clean, and welcoming it was. The walls were adorned with design samples, paint colors, glitter, and tools. Needless to say, it was a crafters paradise. We found our spots by looking for our names on the table, which also had a stencil of our chosen custom design laying over pieces of blank wood. I decided to go with a theatre sign as a cheeky way to showcase my movie collection.

At Board & Brush, you can choose the design you want from their site ( and customize it with your name anything else you’d like. There was a woman at our table making a gift for her brother’s wedding. My husband and the other girl at our table opted for pet signs. Not only is your sign design customizable, but every step of the process is too. 
After getting a drink from their small but mighty bar, that also offered local brewery No-Li, it was time to get down to business. We used hammers, screws, bottle caps, and mallets to not only get out the stress from the week but also to destress our wood anyway we wanted to. We sanded the boards, and stained it with our choice of stain, applied hanging wire and hooks, placed our stencil where we wanted it, and colored it how we wanted. They were nice to let me go crazy with color choices and my addition of glitter. Meanwhile, the owners Tom and Barb were there to help with any issues or to refill beverages. They had a lot of regulars which not only proves you can make an endless number of great signs, but also that the owners are friendly. 
I recommend giving Board & Brush a try. It’s a unique experience that both males and females over 21 will enjoy. No experience is required. Plus, if you do mess up it just adds to your sign’s rustic design.     

If you go, Board & Brush can be found next to the South Hill Growler Guys at 1314 S Grand #3 . Class booking can be done on the website listed above.

Friday, April 13, 2018

An Amazon fufilment center in Spokane?!?

There are a lot of rumors going around that a site nearby Spokane International Airport is being eye'd by Amazon for a new massive distribution center. Just yesterday Spokane County officials held a pre-development conference for a project code named " Super Duper Project Rose " at 10010 W. Geiger Blvd. ( along I-90, near GEG and the Medical Lake exit ) .
Many other local media outlets have been reporting on the speculation that this will be the new Amazon Spokane fulfillment center. It does seem to make complete sense but as now no part of the project can be confirmed this is the only post I'm going to put on this site for right now.

But, keep watching for more as I'd say an announcement is coming and if anyone has any insider info contact me at or

For the details of why it looks like will be an Amazon center, here is a round-up of local media coverage-

Either way with a building the size of what is purposed if we see this project come to fruition it surely will  be " super duper " for Spokane.

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