Wednesday, January 1, 2020

New Business & Development Map!

On this site you'll still find posts about new businesses & developments coming to Spokane / Coeur d' Alene. But, after a short time these posts disappear into the endless pages of " previous posts" , but now if your coming here to find out about a particular construction site you can use this handy dandy Google Map of most everything I've posted about recently....

Note: not all of the construction project or new business locations will be listed on here but I will do my best to keep it up to date and add new projects as I know of them.

And, don't forget new business postings are still on this site, just scroll down!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Donut Parade has closed for good!

It's been a rumor and the landmark donut shop on N. Hamilton has admitted they were struggling but tonight's announcement on Facebook caught us off guard...

" It is with deep sadness, we here at the Donut Parade are forced to say good bye Spokane, and thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We are officially CLOSED for good. "

I'm traveling right now so I'll have more as I learn it...

Friday, December 2, 2016

Anthony's Beach Cafe also closes it's South Hill location

Just days after the announcement that Café Rio Mexican Grill was shutting down it's South Hill restaurant, news of  second restaurant closure in the same development has come forward. This time it's actually right next door at Anthony's Beach Café who's last day of business will actually be tonight ( Dec. 2nd ) .

Anthony's Beach Café was one of the original tenants of the Target anchored Regal Plaza shopping center. The Western Washington based chain of seafood restaurants operated this location under a newer business concept , a more fast casual take on their larger and fancier Anthony's Restaurants. It is also important to note that this is the only Anthony's location closing and their Anthony's at Spokane Falls in Downtown Spokane and the Anthony's in Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone development remain open for business. In fact employees of Anthony's Beach Café will be offered as many open positions at the other 2 restaurants as possible.

Anthony's president and founder Budd Gould said " This was a very difficult decision to close the café " . He also admits their attempt to take their signature seafood to a casual restaurant off the water did not succeed, implying sales we're slow at the site.

While this closure does leave now two empty eatery spaces in the plaza, the shopping center is otherwise full with the recent move in of Spokane's first Mattress Depot store. Mod Pizza, Jersey Mike's , Starbucks and Ezell's Famous Chicken all remain in the development for diners and a new Asian / Sushi restaurant is in the works just a few blocks north of here in the Regal Pond shopping center.  The closure also has a positive side as it opens up another space for another new exciting business to open in, perhaps another new to our area concept. What would you like to see open on the South Hill ? Tell us in the comments to this article on our Facebook page

Cafe Rio Mexican Grill abruptly closes South Hill restaurant

Open for only about a year and a half the South Hill location of the Café Rio Mexican Grill chain has closed. With little announcement the restaurant is already out of business with it's last day being last week on Tuesday.

The restaurant was located in the Regal Plaza shopping center at 4911 S. Regal St. , where it was one of the first tenants of the new Target anchored plaza. This is actually the second Café Rio closure for Eastern Washington as the Wenatchee location closed early in November. The restaurant closure is due in part because sales we're slower then expected with another location just a few miles away in Spokane Valley, which also attracted some customers from other parts of Spokane.

The Spokane Valley Café Rio location will remain open for business, just west of the Spokane Valley Mall at 13920 E. Indiana Ave. ( Evergreen Crossing Shopping Center ) . The chain is a Utah based company with 85 locations serving a menu of Mexican dishes inspired by the Rio Grande region of Northern Mexico. Burritos, enchilada's and much more are served with choice of meats and some fillings. Items are available to go or in the restaurant's indoor dining area. Another Café Rio in our area at Coeur d' Alene also appears to be staying open in the same building as Fred Meyer on Kathleen Ave.

For more information on Café Rio , including a look at their menu and online ordering, visit-

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

YMCA to add South Hill location, and soon...

Just a couple of months ago we learned via a Spokane Journal of Business article that the YMCA of the Inland Northwest intended to open a third Y location somewhere on South Hill. At the time of that article however it indicated no sure location and the assumption was, while it was planned, it would take some time. But, all that has gone out the window with yesterday's surprise announcement from the YMCA. 

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest has acquired the South Hill Gold's Gym location at 2921 E. 57th ( near 57th & Regal ) . The YMCA will convert the Gold's Gym into a new full Y , the conversion will be relatively quick with the changes and new name to take effect sometime around the middle of December. Member's of the Gold's Gym will also be welcomed into the YMCA with new memberships.

The new location will actually remain open during the switch with YMCA management adding $250,000 worth of new fitness equipment. The new South Hill YMCA will also offer several new programs like the LiveStrong program for cancer survivors, a diabetes prevention program and a summer day camp . Plans also call for a new family activity area.

The YMCA of the Inland Northwest has been a part of the Spokane community for over 130 years. The organization also operates two other locations, one just north of Downtown Spokane and another in North Spokane. For more info on the local YMCA visit their website at-

Monday, November 28, 2016

Spike Aerospace might bring their jet aircraft manufacturing facility to Spokane

Ok, so I don't usually post links to Spokesman Review articles but tonight they broke the news big business news and I just don't have enough info on this to post about this myself just yet. So a link to the article is located lower in this post.

Looks like Spokane is in the running for an exciting new aerospace manufacturing facility. Spokane is one of 3 cities in Washington to potential get the new plant from Boston based jet aircraft start-up Spike Aerospace . The company is developing a new jet that can travel from NYC to LA in just over 3 hours!

Interestingly enough the article hints of a land sale for a 300,000+ sq foot building that may or may not be for this company. It also indicates another smaller aerospace company might also be eyeing land here for some sort of facility. Both of those sites are on the West Plains near the Spokane International Airport.

Here is the story:

HDG / Propaganda Creative & Others to join a newly re-developed Carr's Corner building Downtown

Construction work has already begun on what is probably the coolest building re-development in Downtown Spokane for sometime. The project involves basically a complete re-build of the building that formerly housed the Carr's Corner bar at the corner of 3rd & Washington on the south side of Downtown Spokane.

HDG Property Holdings, with financing from Numerica, is replacing the exterior, HVAC , windows ( switching to energy efficient windows ) , roofing , polishing stucco in jet black and more to convert the building for multiple tenants. Two of those tenants are from the owners themselves , both HDG Hissong + Hurtado Design Group and Propaganda Creative will relocate their offices to the building from another site near the Ridpath elsewhere in Downtown. Together those two company's will occupy about 3800 sq. feet of space directly at the corner in the building.

In addition to these two company's, some smaller storefronts will be re-built and occupied by other business. These businesses include Paradigm Skate Shop, Raven Tattoo and a new tenant Right Mind Printing a growing appeal printing company.

In addition the all new look the existing large billboards will be completely removed and an existing small parking lot in the back is being turned into a park for all who occupy the building. The re-development project is estimated to be completed sometime just after Christmas. The building owners also plan on renovating more buildings as often as possible so keep watching as we're confidant we'll see more exciting projects from them in future.