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Monday, November 12, 2018

Red Lion River Inn has become part of Ruby Hospitality and big changes are coming

Spokane's last Red Lion branded hotel is changing and joining part of a cool locally owned and operated hotel brand. The Red Lion River Inn on Division is converting into the new Ruby River Hotel, which will be part of Ruby Hospitality. This is the same company that operates the Hotel Ruby and a few other establishments and is owned by local developer Jerry Dicker.

Red Lion had been leasing the hotel from the Dickers but decided against renewing the lease. This was the last Red Lion branded hotel in Spokane, the Hotel RL has since been sold and is now The Centennial Hotel and a third Red Lion on the top of the Sunset Hill rebranded recently as a Quality Inn .

The new Ruby River Hotel will undergo a major renovation to include all public spaces, restaurant and lounge, banquet space, guest rooms , pool and the building's exterior. The renovations are geared to "bring the outside indoors" and play upon the hotel's great position right along the Spokane River. Room renovations will give rooms a clean modern design. Also they plan to add an expanded outdoor heated pool, hot tub, cabanas, social fire pit and a lot more. Renovation begins immediately and will be done in phases with the hotel remaining open during the project.

The restaurant space will be remodeled, rebranded and re-named. When it re-opens it will operate as the Onyx Kitchen and Bar featuring American cuisine with an Asian fusion element. The restaurant will have an all new menu, expanded covered outdoor dining and a relocated bar area.

The Ruby River Hotel, located at 700 N. Division, has 245 guest rooms and suites, over 3000 square feet of flexable meeting and event space, two outdoor pools, tennis court and more.

For more info on the new Ruby River Hotel, check out their new web site at-

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates & Ice Cream coming to Spokane

Since their founding in 1964 Mrs. Cavanaugh's has been a go to for sweet lovers in the Salt Lake City area. Today they operate a factory in North Salt Lake City and five retail locations around the Salt Lake Valley but they are growing and expanding to a new retail location in the Wandermere area here in Spokane.

Plans are for Mrs. Cavanaugh's to open sometime late this month in the new strip mall at 513 E. Hastings. The store will carry their full line of chocolates from truffles to creams, fudge to caramels and everything in-between. There many specialty items and even some awesome sounding candy bars. If chocolates not your thing they also have some popcorns and a big selection of premium custard ice creams. All of it perfect for the holidays or really any day!

Keep watching here and on our social media pages for more on Mrs. Cavanaugh's, and to check out what they offer click on over to their website at-

Hop Mountain Taproom & Grill to open this weekend

After a few months of construction, Spokane's newest tap house is now just a couple of days from opening for business. The new Hop Mountain Taproom & Grill will host their official grand opening starting at 11am on Sat. November 10th, more information on that is in the image below.

Hop Mountain Taproom & Grill is a family friendly and family owned establishment located at 14017 N. Newport Hwy Ste. G , in North Spokane. The business will boasts 21 craft beer, ciders and sours on tap, all of which are dedicated to Pacific Northwest breweries.

And, while beer is of course a big focus of Hop Mountain, they are also a restaurant as well with a delicious sounding menu. Appetizers consist of sliders, deep fried pickles, steak bites and many more. And, for those seeking a meal there are a burgers, sandwiches, wraps, wings and more. They even have a kids menu.

Defiantly worth checking out, which we plan to do soon... For more information today on Hop Mountain Taproom and Grill find them on Facebook at-

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

New office building coming to the Five Mile area

Pre-leasing is already underway for a new office building that is coming soon on the back side if the Five Mile Shopping Center in North Spokane. Planned for construction in the spring of 2019 the new Austin Professional Building will sit at 6515 N. Austin Rd.

The new office complex will consist of 1 level of covered parking and 2 floors of office space all served by a central elevator. In all it will have about 8000 square feet of total office space or 4000 square feet on each floor. About 30 uncovered parking spaces are also included on the site which is to be completed sometime around the Fall of 2019 if all goes as planned.

For information on leasing office space in the Austin Professional Building contact Brumback Inc. Commercial Real Estate at 509-924-3939 or on their website at

-This site is not affiliated with Brumback, contact them at the info above.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Checking out Amy’s Donuts, now open in Spokane Valley

Although already open for a few days we finally checked out Amy’s Donuts at 11519 E Sprague. This won’t be a review per se but is a look at what to expect if you haven’t been there yet. Amy’s does make an awesome donut and they have a huge selection with some unique donuts. I recommend checking them out....

Where else would you like to us check out ( new business wise ) ? Let me know at

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Nectar Wine and Beer is still coming to South Perry

In the world of commercial real estate and construction it seems as if nothing goes as planned. Even writing this blog there have been countless places that have missed there opening dates leaving us all guessing. But, one such local mystery has been Nectar Wine and Beer's planned and even announced new second location.

Originally announced in September of 2016 they we're to open a second location in the Spring of 2017. But, after a bit of negotiation issues we have learned Nectar has now signed a lease and the a new Nectar Wine and Beer is in fact coming to the South Perry neighborhood with the owner saying they will be selecting a contractor soon.

The hope is to have this new space open sometime in the Spring of 2019 in the newer building at 907 S. Perry. Assuming the same plan remains the new place will be very similar to the original Nectar Wine and Beer which has called the Kendall Yards Business District home since it's opening in 2015.

Nectar Wine and Beer is a locally owned and operated specialty shop / bar featuring fine wines from around the region, craft beers and some meats and cheeses. They also have become well known for there many events, which will likely continue on at the new second location on South Perry.

Keep watching for more...

And, for more info on Nectar Wine and Beer find them on Facebook at

They also do have a website but I'm waiting on linking that as it looks to be hacked right now...

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New businesses openings....

There are a lot of businesses I never do full posts on, sometimes I don't have enough details, sometimes I just run out of time. But, either way I like to get them some sort of mention, and that's the purpose of this list...

Also, many of these we're also shared on the Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook page at , if your looking to be first to find out about these places I highly recommend giving us a like!

Tacos El Sol who many know for their mobile food business, commonly seen Downtown, is opening an actual brick and mortar restaurant at 3422 N. Division. Grand Opening will be Nov 2nd at 10am!

Sweet Frostings. Blissful Bakeshop has relocated their North Spokane location to a cool new space at 10406 N. Division Suite 102. They are now open.

Cole's Bakery & Café at 521 E. Holland is expanding into the space next door, adding seating and allowing them to move their bakery operation into the new space. Cole's is an awesome locally owned gluten free shop, we'll likely have a full post about them super soon.

Eclipse Power Yoga will be opening soon at 3209 E 57th Suite E on the South Hill. Watch for their grand opening on Nov. 9th at 6:30pm.

Hillyard Hammer's BoxFit has opened at 126 E. Wellesley by Northtown Mall.

White Dog Coffee has opened their new location at 2135 W. Northwest Blvd.

Direct Primary Care is opening soon at 212 E. Central Ave. Suite 360.

Wilde Automotive is now open for business at 103 E. Lincoln Rd. in North Spokane.

Emily's Latte Daa is now open at 603 W. Hastings. And, has quite possibly the coolest name of any coffee stand.

Comic Book Shop is adding a new location in the Valley. They will be opening soon in the same building as the Domino's Pizza at Sprague and Bowdish.

Fueled Coffee Company is opening soon in Spokane Valley 12303 E. Grace ( corner of Pines & Grace )

Friendly Computers is opening a new location at 1902 W. Francis in North Spokane.

Think Tank Escape Rooms is coming soon in Downtown Spokane. They will be at 327 W. 3rd Ave.

Washington Floral has opened for business on the West Plains at 4310 S. Grove Rd.

Southern Specialties a shop with all kinds of Southern inspired gifts and more is coming soon to 3017 S. Grand Blvd Suite B.

Hive Virtual Reality is now open at 9325 N. Division in North Spokane.

Casual Spaces is to be a furniture and home décor store coming to 9312 N. Division.

Sharkey's Cuts for Kids is coming soon to 9996 N. Newport Hwy.

Classic Burger is adding a new location at Spokane Valley Mall, opening soon.

Lorraine Fine Jewelry is coming soon in Liberty Lake at 21950 E. Country Vista Dr. Suite 600

And, likely a lot more as some things have been posted about separately and even some more we may not even know about yet.

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Monday, October 29, 2018

Brandywine Bar & Bottle Shop opening soon on Northwest Blvd.

Residents of Spokane's Northwest side will soon have a new place to gather and grab an adult beverage and maybe even one to bring home too. That's because work is now underway to open the exciting new Brandywine Bar & Bottle Shop at 2408 W. Northwest Blvd.

Brandywine Bar & Bottle Shop is locally owned and operated and will feature a small bar area serving beer, wine, ciders and a menu of small, sharable plate of globally inspired but locally sourced foods along with a dessert menu. Also, watch for some wine and beer based cocktails, music from local musicians and even some local art as well.

As the name implies Brandywine Bar & Bottle Shop will also offer a retail selection wine, beer, cider and a few necessary accessories like wine tags, gift bags, etc. . Customers will also able to join beer or wine clubs as well. Wine and beer club members will feature tastings and unique options for the discerning mind to mix and match and as they say " choose your own adventure " .

Watch for even more to come from this small but mighyt new business in the spring as they plan more events. Likely even brunch on the weekends! For now, though plans are for Brandywine to open sometime in Mid-November.

For more info on Brandywine Bar & Bottle Shop, check ( soon ) and

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

4 Seasons Coffee Company moving larger facility in Spokane Valley

Founded in 1976, 4 Seasons Coffee Company was Spokane's first coffee roasting business. But, while many other coffee company's have came and went locally 4 Seasons is not only still in business but they are actually moving to a new larger facility.

Work has started to re-locate 4 Seasons from 10 S. Grant to 12410 E. Indiana in Spokane Valley. There they will share the building with Sounds on Wheels and should have the move complete by the end of the year. The new location is a 9000 square foot space which will enable 4 Seasons to nearly double their roasting capacity with a new, larger roaster. The location will also offer space for espresso training and tasting.

Today, Four Seasons Coffee Company is one of the leading coffee brands in Spokane selling their coffee at dozens of locations around the Inland Northwest. During their 40 years in business has been committed to an artisan coffee roasting process using only high quality Arabica beans from small, independent growers in more than 14 countries.

Four Seasons Coffee Company says they aren't stopping with this new roasting facility. Eventually they hope to open a coffee shop somewhere around Downtown Spokane or the University District.

For more information on Four Seasons Coffee, visit-

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Permits indicate At Home is coming to Spokane

Building permits have been filed and are currently pending for a new location of the At Home chain coming soon to Spokane. At Home is a Plano,TX based chain of big box stores that carry over 50,000 unique items including furniture, garden, housewares, rugs, home décor and a lot of seasonal merchandise. They consider themselves " The Home & Holiday Décor Superstore ".

At Home's permits indicate the store will occupy a large section of the former Costco store at 7619 N. Division. The plans are for a 86,780 square foot store with almost 77,000 square feet of space dedicated to sales floor and the remaining to warehouse and support offices. Plans are for a full remodel to the space and new entry with work estimated to cost $1.3 million.

No official word from At Home's corporate but they are aggressively expanding with plans to get up to 600 stores. This would be the first At Home store in the Spokane are and all of Washington state, currently there closest stores are in the Salt Lake City area and Rapid City, SD.

For more information about At Home, check

Friday, October 19, 2018

Newly opened local bridal shop hits 75 dresses sold in just 8 weeks!

Honestly, I think it's safe to say that Honest in Ivory is a success. The new shop recently announced that they have sold their 75th dress in just the short 8 weeks the store has been open. They say they accredit their success to 50% word of mouth referrals and 50% social media. Also, they have also already participated in 18 stylized photo shoots with some of Spokane's local wedding vendors.

Honest in Ivory opened August 17th and is open by appointment only in the Riverwalk building at 1003 E. Trent Suite 105. It also is the first business venture from 26 year old owner Cassie David, who runs this business in addition to being a speech therapist at Stepping Stones Pediatric Therapy.

The shop is located in a converted warehouse, making the shop open and airy and quite unique. Honest in Ivory stocks dresses from 8 bridal designers from across the country that can't be found anywhere else in Spokane, or even within a surrounding 250 mile radius. In a recent interview with another site the owner described Honest in Ivory as a "bridal shop for non-traditional brides who don't subscribe to the stressful and over the top stigma of wedding dress shopping "

Dresses can be found at Honest in Ivory for most any personality and style. In addition to bridal gowns, they also carry bridesmaids gowns, bridal lingerie, shoes, jewelry, veils and other bridal trinkets. Honest in Ivory's selection runs from size 00 up to size 32 and will work with you to find your dream, regardless of size, color, religion, sexual preference or culture.

For more information on Honest in Ivory, or to schedule and appointment, check out their website at-

Martinizing Dry Cleaning to celebrate the grand opening of two new stores in Spokane

The Martinizing Dry Cleaning chain has arrived in Spokane and has set grand opening celebrations for their two new local stores. These new stores are franchises that are owned by Kay Quinn, an accomplished service industry professional and Spokane resident.

The new Martinizing locations can be found in convenient spots, one on the South Hill at 3007 E.57th Ave. Suite 2 and another in Wandermere at 12519 N. Division Suite 2.

The Wandermere store's grand opening celebration will be Friday, Oct 26th from 4-5:30pm and the South Hill store will host there's shortly after on Tuesday, November 6th from 4-5:30pm . During both grand opening events complimentary food and refreshments will be served, including holiday treats and fresh brewed Starbucks coffee. All guests will also receive a goodie bag filled with a variety of useful garment care products and Martinizing discount coupons. Plus, guests can tour the fully renovated facilities and discover Martinizing for their future dry cleaning needs.

Maritinizing Dry Cleaning as a whole says they are celebrating more then six decades as the most experienced name in dry cleaning, laundry and garment care. There new stores, like the ones here in Spokane, feature innovative lifestyle-oriented services like few home and office pick up and delivery, app powered lockers and on-demand service. They also boast "green" cleaning technologies that are safe for people, clothes and the environment.

In addition to the traditional dry cleaning and laundry services, Martinizing also offers alterations, leather cleaning and Wedding dress cleaning and preservation services. They can also clean household items such as rugs, comforters, drapes, linens and duvet covers.

For more information on Martinizing Dry Cleaning, check out there website at or stop by there new Spokane locations at- 12519 N. Division Suite 2 and 3007 E. 57th Suite 2. Both locations will be open M-F 7a-6:30pm and Saturday 9a-3p.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

North Idaho Eye Institute to build a new office in Hayden

Meridian Construction & Development of Spokane Valley will be the general contractor for a new office / clinic coming soon for North Idaho Eye Institute. The new office will be a 7000 square foot stand alone building that is set to rise at 8378 N. Government Way in Hayden.

Once complete, the new North Idaho Eye Institute will 11 exam rooms, a Lasik room and a visual field testing room plus staff offices and support areas.  The new building is to be completed next year and comes in with a $2 million price tag.

For more information on North Idaho Eye Institute, visit-

For more information on Meridian Construction, visit-

Monday, October 15, 2018

New building going up at Sprague & Flora

A new commercial building is under construction now at the corner of Sprague & Flora in Spokane Valley. The new building will a 5000 square foot warehouse type structure that's available for multiple kinds of businesses.

The building is being built on speculation so there are no tenants just yet. However it is being marketing as for lease with up to three units available or 1 tenant taking the entire 5000 square feet. Among the buildings features are 16' ceilings, four 12' high roll up doors, ample on site parking and it's all positioned in at a busy corner close to I-90, Liberty Lake and much of Spokane Valley.

Currently this new building is to be complete sometime in November. More info on leasing space here call 509-710-1812

* This site is not affiliated with project or the developer, simply the messenger.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Amy's Donuts will open this month in Spokane Valley

Back in April we learned Amy's Donuts, a small chain of donut shops was coming our way. And, now after months of construction the business is about to open here in the Spokane area. This will be their fourth store overall but a fifth is already in the works in New Mexico. They we're founded in 2013 in Colorado Springs and have risen to fame via social media pages in each city they call home.

Amy's Donuts fourth location will open October 25th at 11519 E. Sprague Ave, in what was formerly a Mexican restaurant.. And it's really there donuts that make them unique, with a menu of everything from the standards up to crazy. Among the offers at Amy's Donuts are cotton candy, maple bacon fudge, vanilla cheesecake donuts and dozens more. Donuts topped with all kinds of cereals and candy bars, there's even a few seasonal offerings, there's so many donuts!

The shop will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except Thanksgiving and Christmas. It will be in a roughly 3000 square foot space with inside seating for about 50. The outside of the shop is adorned with bright colors and a very cool Spokane mural being done by a talented local artist.

Keep watching this page as we hope to check out the new Amy's Donuts shortly after opening. In the meantime more info about their business can be found on

Monday, October 8, 2018

Not just Amazon coming to the Geiger Blvd corridor

Creating over 2000 jobs in a massive new warehouse, Spokane’s planned Amazon fulfillment center is the biggest project going up on the West Plains. But, it’s far from the only thing coming to that area.

Spokane County is applying for a grant to upgrade Geiger Blvd. and a couple other roadways in the area. The news about that grant can be found at

But, what’s news for this site is the sneak peek at other projects via a map included in the grant documents. I’ll include it below, but it shows Kenworth is planning a facility to employ 150, Shredfast also has a building in the works. And, many new homes and apartments are also in the works.

This won’t all happen overnight, and I know the LaQuinta Inn project has been in the works for approximately two years now so it’s impossible to predict any of these projects but it’s safe to say the West Plains is growing!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

New North Spokane Dick's Sporting Goods grand opening will be Oct 12th-14th

Dick's Sporting Goods is preparing to open a second location here in the Spokane area. The new store, which will be in the North Pointe Plaza shopping center, will host a grand opening event on the weekend of Oct. 12th-14th.

This new store is located in a the former Sports Authority space and has 45,500 square feet of space at 9620 N. Newport Hwy. The store will carry the same merchandise as other Dick's Sporting Goods stores. Products include apparel, footwear, gear and accessories for most any sport. The chain is growing and has over 850 stores and is overseen by a Pittsburg, PA area corporate office.

The new North Spokane Dick's Sporting Goods will employ about 40 with hiring now under way at . Also, some seasonal positions will also be open.

During their grand opening the new store will have giveaways, special deals and even appearances from Jim Zorn, former Seahawks QB & coach and Marcus Trufant, former Seahawks cornerback. More info about the appearances can be found on the stores page which is linked below. Also, while the grand opening does begin on the 12th, there will also be " preview days " on October 10th and 11th. Hours for the store and events are also on the page below.

The other Spokane area Dick's Sporting Goods will also remain open. That store can be found nearby Spokane Valley Mall at 14014 E. Indiana Ave.

Info on the new North Spokane Dick's Sporting Goods-

Monday, October 1, 2018

Three Ninjas to open brick & mortar restaurant in Kendall Yards

Three Ninjas Mobile Food has been a staple of local food truck events since their founding in 2014. And, now they're taking the next step into owning and operating an actual full time brick and mortar spot. Albeit a small spot...

Three Ninjas plans on opening soon at 1198 W. Summit Pkwy in the heart of Kendall Yards, this is the former Solace Mead and Cider storefront. While Kendall Yards is known for being home to several of Spokane's best restaurants, this will basically be the first quick service / take away dining option in the neighborhood.

Their space will be a little over 300 square feet with a very small dining area and the ability to pick up orders to go. If all goes as planned the new restaurant will open around Nov 1st and will serve a small menu that's similar to their current food truck menu of fusion tacos, wraps and more. They plan to continue the food truck side of the business as well.

For more information on Three Ninjas, find them on Facebook at-

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Movie and Dinner to open Oct 5th - a sneak peek inside

Recently we we're able to get a private tour of one of the coolest new businesses coming to our area. That business is Movie and Dinner, which will be a dine in movie theater opening in a little more then a week in just steps away from Northern Quest Resort & Casino. The new business is a separate entity from Northern Quest but still part of the Tribe's campus. In fact, there even will be a covered walkway coming from Northern Quest to Movie and Dinner. And, Camas card holders will even be able to use their players club card benefits at the new theater.

Movie and Dinner is unique and not like the other dine in theater concepts seen from the big chain theater companies. They consider themselves a " restaurant with auditoriums " with a menu that allows for any budget. Guests can even enjoy lunch and dinner without seeing a movie.

The menu will also have something for every taste from Middle Eastern to more standard pub options and so much more. With their parent company being based in Kansas, they'll also have what promises to be some delicious Kansas City BBQ. Drink wise they will have Coke freestyle machines, beer, wine and spirts but they will be a family friendly establishment.

The business will have 8 auditoriums showing first run films, all opening Oct 5th. Movie and Dinner's auditoriums are smaller and more intimate with reserved seating in super comfortable recliners with huge screens. There really isn't a bad seat in the house, and they've really thought of everything! From exits away from the screen so no annoying exit light in the your view to no tipping which means no signature and no need for the awkward moment of the server bringing in a receipt at the best parts of the movie. This is the way movies are supposed to be seen!

Movie and Dinner will employ 50 and they officially opens Oct 5th, but watch for a grand opening event along with Cyber Quest / Kids Quest coming October 11-13th.

Tickets are on sale now! They can be purchased online at their website .

Currently opening weekend they will be showing A Star is Born , Venom and few more to be announced soon. Also if your planning an event soon take note because Movie and Dinner can even rent out their auditoriums for groups.

Movie and Dinner is located at 10893 W. Northern Quest Dr. , in addition to their website they can be contacted by phone at 509-381-0893. Thanks again to Movie and Dinner for the tour and we highly recommend checking them out soon!

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Construction underway for Duluth Trading Company in Spokane Valley

Since it was first announced in June some may have forgotten, the Spokane area will soon be getting it's first Duluth Trading Company retail store. And, we can report it's full steam ahead with permits pulled and upon a check up the other day some site work has already begun for the future store. It is currently scheduled to open during the " First half Fiscal 2019 ", an example of the type of store coming here can be seen here-

Baker Construction is acting as the contractor for this new 15656 square foot store on a vacant lot at 16314 E. Indiana Ave in Spokane Valley. The construction site is easily visible from I-90 which has caused more then a few to take notice. This new store will not only be their first in the Spokane area but also the first in Washington state as their current closet store is in Portland.

Duluth Trading Company is a Wisconsin based company that sells primarily work and outdoor apparel. They've been actively growing of late and their television ad's are common place on some channels. For more information, check out their website at

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