Monday, April 27, 2015

Construction to start soon on new University District Health Clinic

As talk goes back and forth on establishing a Spokane Medical School, another major project of a similar nature will finally get moving next month. That project is the new University District Health Clinic, which will be located along Front St, with Martin Luther King Way to the back of the future site.

This new health clinic will take the place of the former Peione Produce warehouse which was demolished back in early March. The clinic is a part of the Spokane Teaching Health Consortium of which Washington State University, Providence Health and Empire Health Foundation are a part of.

The new clinic will be in a new construction, stand alone structure which will be the ninth building on WSU's Spokane Campus. The building will have two story's and occupy about 42,000 square feet of space. It is estimated that this project will cost around $15 million to build but will create more physician residency openings locally and create many new jobs as a whole.

Bouden Construction of Spokane will be the builder of the clinic with designs by NAC Architecture , both of which are local companies. If all goes as planned the new University District Health Clinic is expected to open for business sometime in 2016.

While demolition work is wrapping up at the site, the building phase will be kicked off soon at a groundbreaking ceremony to be held in early May. The official groundbreaking will take place on Saturday, May 6th at 9:00 am at the site on Front.

In case your wondering just what this new University District Health Clinic will look like once it's complete, here is an example rendering-

The health clinic will not be a full hospital but will provide many different health services to the community. We expect to hear more on what services will be available here in the coming months.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Hop Shop launching craft beer truck called The Tap Mobile

Located at 3803 S. Grand Ave on the South Hill, The Hop Shop is one Spokane's top destinations for craft beer. And, now even more people will be able to enjoy The Hop Shop's excellent beer and customer service with a new exciting expansion of the bar. That expansion is in the form of Washington State's first Mobile Craft Beer truck.

The truck is a red and black former bus called The Tap Mobile . Here is a look at this exciting new business-

As seen in the above photo The Tap Mobile offers mobile catering, craft beers on tap and fine wines. The business will roll out on May 1st and The Hop Shop is currently looking for potential venues for the new truck. They are planning to do some private catering events in addition to stops at many festivals, events and concerts all around Spokane and beyond. Their list of ultimate destinations for The Tap Mobile includes The Gorge, Leavenworth , Elkfest and more.

The Tap Mobile will offer 8 beer taps, and is available for your next event. For more information on getting The Tap Mobile to your site call them at 509-342-9436 or

In addition business continues to be going strong at The Hop Shop . There they offer 11 different beers on tap, with a continually updating list, to see what beers they have currently check their page on Taplister at-

While The Hop Shop does serve many great craft beers and fine wines they also have an agreement with the Couple of Chefs food truck. The popular Couple of Chefs food truck is at The Hop Shop each Friday from 4-8.

For more information on The Hop Shop, visit their web site at-

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Philanthropy Center opens in "Old Town" Spokane

The tan brick building at 1020 W. Riverside in Spokane has certainly had quite the history. Operating has the home to the Spokane Chamber of Commerce for many years ( before it became part of Greater Spokane Incorporated ) and even The Inlander more recently. But after sitting vacant for a little while, 1020 W. Riverside is starting a new chapter of it's life.

The structure has now been renamed to The Philanthropy Center with a large sign secured to building declaring it so. The building, which is on the Bloomsday route just west of Downtown Spokane is a true landmark in the neighborhood that was recently dubbed, Old Town Spokane. 

The Philanthropy Center will be a hub of activity for local non profits with a high profile organization already taking up some space at the center. Empire Health Foundation has relocated all of their operations to the building including all of their 35 employees.

In addition to Empire Health Foundation, a few other non profit tenants take up the 25,000 + square feet of space in the center. Among those are...

Better Health Together

Washington Bikes

Spokane Tribal Network

The building has undergone remodeling since Empire Health Foundation ( the building owner ) purchased it back in the Summer of 2013. Even though the remodeling did add to the buildings $775,000 sale price the foundation's grant work will not be affected by this project.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The Breakfast House opens in Spokane Valley

A new breakfast & lunch restaurant is now open for business in Spokane Valley . The new business is called The Breakfast House and is located in a prime location in the heart of the Valley. The Breakfast House can be found at 11516 E. Sprague Ave.

They are a 100 % locally owned and operated small business which is serves a delicious menu of both breakfast and lunch items. Several omelets are made including a " make your own omelet " option on the menu . Plus, all the classic breakfast favorites. Here is a preview of the menu at The Breakfast House-

For more information on The Breakfast House, like them on Facebook at-

More local Hallmark store closures

For the second time this year we have a local store closure of a Hallmark location. Hallmark, the Kansas City based company which oversees the Hallmark retail stores however appears to not be behind the closure, but the store's franchisee instead.

This is because both closures, including one prior are all of Mark's Hallmark stores a Wilsonville,Or. based operator of Hallmark stores throughout the Northwest. This new store closure is, in fact, one of several location's on the chopping block, most of which are in Western Washington.

The new Spokane store scheduled for closure is the Mark's Hallmark at Five Mile Shopping Center ( 1808 W. Francis ) . Going out of business sales are already underway with 25% off being the most recent sale amount to my knowledge.

Earlier in 2015, Mark's Hallmark closed down there location in the North Pointe Shopping Center in between Safeway and Total Wine & More. Lay offs unfortunately did happen and will likely happen again with the closure at Five Mile.

Mark's Hallmark also left Spokane Valley Mall not long ago. Although that location, one the busiest in the Inland Northwest is still open after re-setting and re-opening as a Amy's Hallmark store.

Hallmark is a multi channel company with locations around the United States. The retail stores sells the company's own brand of greeting cards in addition to gifts and some holiday / event merchandise. For more information on Hallmark visit their web site at-

Update on Comcast's new call center

We may still be waiting on a official press release from Comcast, but we can confirm that the national communication / cable TV company Comcast is still planning a new call center in the Spokane area.

 While I have been aware of this plan for some time now, I'm just now finding out more about it. The purposed call center is planned to open in a existing building on Sullivan Rd. in Spokane Valley (maybe the former Sykes call center at 2818 N. Sullivan Rd. ). What I am told however is that the call center on Sullivan will only be temporary as the company is hoping to build a new building somewhere in Liberty Lake to house the center for good.

We still don't have information on exactly how many new jobs will be created by this new call center. But, hiring for jobs there has started and has been going on for sometime now. For more information on jobs with Comcast in Spokane, check out-

And, for more information on Comcast visit their web site at-

Regus opening new office center in Downtown Spokane

The concept of virtual office space and office space by the hour rentals is nothing new. In fact, Spokane has been home to a locally owned and operated such business on N. Monroe for some time ( , Spokane Virtual Offices ) . But, until now none of the chains of this industry had set up shop locally. That is until now...

Regus a national company with an HQ in Washington,DC has chosen to lease space inside Downtown Spokane's Wells Fargo Tower, already a busy and well located office building. The Regus center will be in Suite 1400 of the building and provide much of the same services as other Regus centers around the nation. Regus also operates several locations in the Seattle / Western Washington area but this will be their first Washington location east of the Cascades.

The Spokane Regus location does provide virtual office space but also office space for rent by the hour, rates are reasonable starting at about $20 an hour. Interview room and meeting areas are available for rent and wifi is also available through out the facility.

Catering is available, as is a business center with a commercial printer / fax / scanner and copier. Online booking of the new Spokane location is now posted on the company's web site, a long with the rest of Regus' network of locations. But be aware the local location is still coming soon as of this post, currently it is scheduled to open for business on June 22nd.

For more information on Regus visit their web site at-