Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Small Business Saturday is THIS Saturday

Since, this will be the last post on this site before the Thanksgiving holiday ( Happy Thanksgiving! ) it's time to remind all readers of this blog to be sure to save some of your weekend shopping money for this Saturday. That's because, this Saturday is Small Business Saturday!

But, why should you care about Small Business Saturday? Well, first of all many small businesses all around the Spokane area will have great deals for shoppers. And, shopping at small businesses pays the community back and keeps business owners going, putting food on their tables and roofs over their family's heads.

So, where should I go to "shop small" this Small Business Saturday. American Express ( the people who started this whole event ) has a web page with some of the cool small businesses to check out, that can be found at-

And, we here at Inland Northwest Business Watch want to be a tool to promote your small business. If your business is planning something for Small Business Saturday, E-mail me at or comment here or on our Facebook page at- and we'll mention your deal or event at the bottom of this post-

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Odom Corporation building large distribution center in Hayden

The Bellevue,WA based Odom Corporation,with less than a year since opening a new larger distribution center for the Spokane market ( 200,000 sq. feet on W. Thorpe Rd. ) is now moving forward with plans for a new larger distribution center in Hayden for the Coeur d' Alene / North Idaho market.

Construction has already begun for the new North Idaho Odom Corp. distribution center, which will replace their current smaller center on Schreiber Way in Coeur d' Alene, which is running out of room. The new distribution will be 92,000 square feet and rise just off of US 95 at 12281 N. Warren north of the Warren K Industrial Park.

Construction on the distribution center has already begun and is planned to be completed late spring next year. Although the building will be much larger then their current center, the move will create no new jobs. However it will open up there current building to another company that may create more jobs.

Odom Corporation is a beer distributer that serves much of the Northwest United States . Odom carry's over 100 different brands from domestic beers, micro brew beers, hard ciders and some soft drinks.

For more information on The Odom Corporation, visit their website at-

Monday, November 23, 2015

No Power Business Profile- Oasis Espresso

Even though their power is back and they are back open with limited menu / limited hours ( as of now ) . Oasis Espresso was without power for several days, taking a serious hit to the their profits. If your looking for an excellent drink, please keep Oasis Espresso in mind and keep them afloat!

Here is where they can be found-

Oasis Espresso
2206 E. Francis Ave

Like them on Facebook at-

If your business is/was without power because of the Windstorm last week. Please email me at for a free mention on this site to help get you boosted back up after the days off.

Top Chef contestant Chef Chad White , moving to Spokane to open restaurant here

Chef Chad White, while originally from Spokane,who has spent the last several years building an impressive culinary career in San Diego is returning to the Lilac City. Chef White , a graduate of Central Valley High School owns two restaurants, one in San Diego and another across the border in Tijuana . Plans are to keep both restaurants in business, in fact the San Diego restaurant, Craft Pizza Co. , White hopes to franchise out for multiple locations ( Maybe Spokane will get one ?!? ) .

Most impressively, Chad White will be a contestant on Bravo's hit TV show, Top Chef in it's 13th season, which premiers next month. He has risen quickly in the culinary world, starting his chef career in the US Navy in 2002.

The big news for Spokane, is Chef White's plan to open an all new restaurant here in Spokane in the Spring of next year. That restaurant has no official location as of yet, but does have a name, concept and even a logo...
The Spokane restaurant, by Chef White will be called Native Post & Provisions and will be a small place, likely in the 40 to 50 seat range. Chef White is currently actively seeking a location for Native, which may end up Downtown, South Perry District, Kendall Yards or who knows? ( We will keep you up to date as we know )

Native Post & Provisions website describes the new restaurant as offering " Chad White's borderless flavor " . It will incorporate ingredients native to the Northwest from Seafood to Wild Game to seasonal produce.

Native Post & Provisions also already has a website, which is a bit basic as of now, but will likely have more information on the restaurant as the opening gets closer. That website can be found at-

Also, be sure to watch Chef Chad White on Bravo's Top Chef TV Show season 13, which premiers on Bravo at 10pm , Dec 2nd & 3rd ( 2 part premier episode ).

Speedco coming to Spokane

Speedco , a chain of quick lube and tire shops geared at semi trucks has broken ground on it's first location in the Spokane area. Speedco bids itself as the only national network of quick lube and tire services for the trucking industry. The chain is based in Nashville,TN. and is a indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Speedco's new Spokane area location will rise on the West Plains, at the I-90 / SR 902 exit. Baker Construction is acting as the general contractor for the site which is on Westbow Blvd. near a Super 8 Motel. Here is a photo of the site, now cleared and ready for utility instillation and building.

The new Spokane Speedco will be about 11,000 square feet, still offering both tire & lube services. It is planned to open in the Spring of 2016. This will be the company's 52nd location, all of which are located along key, high traffic freeway routes.

For more information on Speedco, visit their website at-

Friday, November 20, 2015

No Power Business Profiles- The Barbers

Tonight I'm kicking off a short term feature on . I'm calling it " No Power Business Profiles " pointing out the businesses that are closed because the lack power after the Windstorm of 2015.

Many of these businesses are small businesses that will struggle because these days of being closed are a serious hit to their bottom line. Please, when you head out over the next few days please keep them in mind first once they re-open, to help keep these business afloat!

The first in this series is Dan Dickau's The Barbers , who had to close their South Hill store at 1304 S. Grand. If your in the market for a great haircut, swing by The Barbers at any one of their three Spokane area locations, including

1304 S. Grand Ave. , Spokane

9331 N. Newport Hwy , Spokane

28 E. Sharp Ave, Spokane

Also, find them online at-

If you own or work for a business affected by the storm and now closed, and would like to be mentioned in one of these " No Power Business Profiles " contact me at or via Facebook.

50% Off Card Shop going out of business

After struggling for sometime now, it looks like the end is near for the 50% Off Card Shop chain. We have confirmed that the Coeur d' Alene location is closing it's doors, and are also hearing that the Spokane stores will also be closing. We have inquired with their corporate office, but have not received a comment.

Because of this we also don't have a reason for this closure or how many lay offs this will create. However, the chain has struggled, closing several locations around Spokane over the last couple of years. Today the Spokane based chain has only 3 locations, including-

212 N. Sullivan Rd. Spokane Valley

2927 E. 29th Ave. Spokane

101 E. Best Ave. Coeur d' Alene

There is no for sure last day of business.

50% Off Card Shop sells discounted greeting cards, in addition to party supplies, gifts and balloons . They also have earned a name for selling a decent sized selection of Halloween costumes every year.

For more information on 50% Off Card Shop, visit their web site at-