Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New business openings & closings - Facebook edition- Oct. 18th

For those that don't know what these posts are. Basically, I post and share a lot of posts about new businesses on our Facebook page ( ) but many of those don't get mentioned on the main site. Why? usually it's because I don't have enough info to do a write up on it so I wait till these posts to do a kind of re-cap.

But, first before getting into the Facebook shares there are couple of new businesses I'm watching and waiting to learn more about. Those are-

- Something called Tacos El Charrito is coming to the former Laguna Café space on the South Hill

- Looks like something might finally be coming to the former Hooters in Spokane Valley. I don't know for what yet but the graffiti on the back is gone and it's all been painted and cleaned up.

-The same people behind Celebrations cupcake bakery in the Garland District are planning a new place called Lilac City Bakery in the former White Box Pies space at E. Sharp and Ruby near Gonzaga.

-A place called Chef Lu's Asian Bistro is coming to a storefront in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. Also, there Mathnisium is taking over the former RadioShack store space.

- Pho Vietnamese Restaurant is coming soon to Liberty Lake in the space that was last Twisp Café coffee shop.

But, now as promised onto the Facebook new business postings-

I actually already posted about this but work is defiantly progressing on Geeks n' Glory gaming bar at 6710 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley.

Downdraft Brewing in Post Falls is closing it's doors with a final weekend party planned for Nov. 17-19.

Slate Creek Brewing Co, at 1710 N. 4th St #115 in Coeur d' Alene has also closed their door.

The owners of the Spokane based trucking company TDR Logistics have acquired and will be re-opening Roller Valley roller skating rink at 9415 E. 4th in Spokane Valley. The grand opening will be this weekend!!!

My Ipat which does PC & MAC repairs has opened for business in Spokane Valley at 9212 E. Montgomery suite 102 .

Jaret & Joe's Automotive is now open for business in Nine Mile Falls at 6020 Hwy 291.

Mt. Spokane Pediatrics is expanding and will open a new clinic in Spokane Valley around December or January in the office building at 11915 E. Broadway.

QBSI which is a dealer for Xerox with several other offices around the Northwest has opened a new office in Downtown Spokane at 510 W. Riverside ( Cutter Tower building )

The new McDonald's that replaced and older McDonald's at 6321 N. Monroe has opened. It is the first location of the fast food chain to offer touch screen ordering, etc...

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery has purchased and will soon move into the former SYSA Bingo Hall at 2230 E. Sprague Ave in East Central Spokane.

Lilac Family Eye Care has opened for business at 23505 E. Appleway suite 106 in Liberty Lake.

Spirit Pruners will re-locate their business to the historic former service station at 2425 E. Broadway in Spokane.

The Mascot Pizza is a new pizza place coming soon to the former site of Ramblin' Road Brewing Co. at  730 N. Columbus in Spokane.

Instant Tax Solutions is busy moving their HQ from Post Falls over to an all new building at 3829 Schreiber Way in Coeur d' Alene.

Advanced Auto Parts has opened a new location in Spokane Valley at 4630 E. Sprague Ave.

Eye Consultants NW has relocated their eye care / Lasik clinic to 9911 N. Nevada St. suite B in North Spokane.

Jazzercise South Hill is moving to 2727 S. Mt. Vernon suite 3a .

Serendipity Estates is a cool new estate sales place now open at 602 W. Garland in the Garland District.

Orange Theory Fitness is working on opening a new franchised location to 410 E. Holland Ave. Suite E in North Spokane.

Café 19 which is operated by Mangia Catering Company has opened in the food service space at the Liberty Lake Business Park ( the Telect / Insight / B of A merchant systems complex )

Walker's Furniture has opened a new location in North Spokane at 7503 N. Division.

Also, already posted about but Fuel Fitness will likely be opening for business pretty soon at 2641 N. Government Way in Coeur d' Alene.

Exclusive Barbershop will soon have a second location at 4507 N. Nevada

Galactic Dungeon Studios which does tattoos, piercing and game development is now open for business in Downtown Spokane at 7 S. Stevens ( ground floor of the City Ramp parking garage )

Andy Cline- Allstate Insurance is now open for business at 21950 E. Country Vista Dr # 400 in Liberty Lake.

Resurrection Records has moved just a short distance is now in a larger space at 1927 W. Northwest Blvd. in Spokane.  

New shopping center planned north of Sprague & Evergreen

Pre-leasing is underway for a small new shopping center to be built at 204 N. Evergreen in Spokane Valley. The new center will be a 13,000 square foot structure to be constructed on land immediately north of the Wake Up Call Coffee and a bit north of the busy Sprague & Evergreen intersection.

Construction will likely happen in 2018 but G. Arger Real Estate,Inc. has started pre-leasing the spaces. They are currently actively seeking both local and national tenants for the space which can be sub-divided for most any type of business, currently there are none to announce. The space is for lease at $18-$25 per sq. foot NNN and includes use of the on site surface parking lot. This space likely won't be empty for long as it has high visibility and allows businesses to custom design their own space.

For information on locating a business in this new building G. Arger Real Estate,Inc. at 509-926-8814 or check their website at

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Park Lodge Restaurant details, plus several other eateries coming to Kendall Yards

Spokane's restaurant scene has been getting noticed, even by Food & Wine Magazine who recently described Spokane as " long past ready for it's close up " . And, one of the prime spots for dining in Spokane is Kendall Yards.

As you may recall some time back we mentioned Indaba Coffee was planning a new location in a new building at Kendall Yards. And, that building is to be shared with another new restaurant that at that time wasn't named. Now, we are learning about that new restaurant too, here is the details on that, thanks to Kendall Yards' Facebook page-

It will be called Park Lodge and will be a restaurant from Chef Phillip Stanton . Park Lodge will be chef-driven comfort food with an emphasis on seasonal and local produce. There will be a wide variety of menu items from traditional American cuisine to comfort foods from various cultures.

We are planning reaching out soon to get for more info on the new Park Lodge restaurant so keep watching for even more info on that.

But here is what other restaurants are coming soon to Kendall Yards-

Indaba Coffee will open a third location in coming months in the new building by the corner of Summit & Nettleton. Also, in that same building will be Hello Sugar a cool new donut shop.

In the core of the Kendall Yards Business District is a new building called " The Bluff Building " which will house Fleet Feet and the new Maryhill Winery tasting room. But, also joining that building will be a new Sushi restaurant called Umi .

A few more buildings are also planned in Kendall Yards including one of the largest buildings there yet nicknamed the Kendall Yards "podium" building so we expect many more new restaurants to be announced in the future. Keep watching this blog and our Facebook page for info on each of these new establishments as they open.

Board & Brush chain of DIY wood workshops coming to Spokane

Board & Brush is growing exponentially with new locations coming to cities all around the nation. Currently the Wisconsin based company has no locations open in all of Washington or Idaho, but that will soon change. That's because the company has secured a franchise owner to open a location here in Spokane soon.

Board & Brush are instructor led wood sign workshops with wine. The company teaches customers woodshop techniques and skills while allowing them to take home a brand new custom wooden home décor sign. The concept is similar in a way to the popular paint & sip painting studios that are almost anywhere today.

The franchise owner is currently developing the new Spokane location and hopes to have it open sometime in November. It will be on the South Hill at 1314 S. Grand Ave. suite 3 , in the same shopping center as Allie's Vegan Pizzeria & Café .

For more information on Board & Brush, visit-

And, find the new Spokane Board & Brush location on Facebook at-

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Because you asked... updates on the North Spokane Costco & that new building on 57th

Lately there have been a couple of planned construction projects people have been sending me e-mails to ask about. I figured it's about time to address them as best I can, so here it is...

Any updates on the new North Spokane Costco?

Actually yes, it's looking like we will see construction sooner rather then later now as just yesterday the Spokane County's website shows the permits for the building and adjacent fuel station as issued. This means the contractor Lydig Construction will likely start work at the site very soon. No update on when it might open for business however.

This new Costco is planned to be a 167,000 square foot store to replace a smaller store within the city limits on N. Division. The plan had also been held by a neighbor who filed an appeal of their environmental findings but per a recent article in the Journal of Business that has now been settled.

What is going into the building at 57th & Mt. Vernon on the South Hill?

About all I can say is... businesses ( big help I am, huh? ) . The building is a speculative expansion of the strip mall immediately to the east.

It is a 6,900 square foot structure that has been under construction now for a while. It will have 5 business bays of various sizes but of course some businesses may take more then one space so it's hard to say how many businesses will open there.

Currently all of the spaces remain up for lease with no one for sure planning to open there. However, I'm sure it won't take to long till we here of at least one new business there, and I, just like all of you are hoping for some new cool restaurant or something but we'll all be waiting for a little bit more time.

Is there still a Popeye's coming to Spokane?

After sitting in the line for over an hour last night to order at the newly opened Popeyes in Post Falls I think it's given another location is coming to our area. So yes, Popeyes is still planning a store on the northeast side of the N. Division / Lyons Ave. intersection in North Spokane.

I have un-officially been told construction will start there within the next couple of weeks with about a 4 month build time. But, this too is not set in stone so again we're waiting right along side you...

If you have a question for me, just ask anytime at

Monday, October 9, 2017

Construction to finally start on new combo hotel on the West Plains

We reported in Feb. of plans in development for the first duel branded hotel in the Spokane market. Now we have received the details that construction is about the start on project which will be built on the West Plains and replace the dated Airway Express Inn at 3809 S. Geiger Blvd just off of I-90.

Demolition will commence first on the Airway Express Inn first with construction on the new hotel likely to begin by the end of October. This new hotel will be both a Sleep Inn and a Mainstay Suites, a concept some companies are using more and more actively. The current plan is to have Sleep Inn / Mainstay hotel open for business by July of 2018.

Construction will be done by Consolidated Construction Co,Inc a full service design/build firm headquartered in Appleton,Wi.. H&H Hospitality of Spokane is the owner and it will be operated by the Lighthouse Hospitality Group.

Here is what the new hotel will feature-

- 87 guest rooms in 51,000 square feet of space.

- Indoor pool

- Exercise room

- Community room

- Guest laundry facilities

- Breakfast area

And, a "marketplace" c-store.

The hotel will have both the Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites branded rooms under one roof ( about half/half room wise ) . But it will all be ran from one single lobby / front desk. Both brands are part of Choice Hotels a Rockford, MD. based company that has multiple other brands and over 6000 hotels worldwide in several different countries.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Yuppy Puppy to open a Downtown location

Construction is underway for The Yuppy Puppy's new location in Downtown Spokane.

The Yuppy Puppy will occupy the storefront at 830 W. Sprague Ave. on the northeast side of the Sprague & Lincoln intersection, right in the heart of Downtown Spokane. The location is prime across from the Davenport Hotel and just a few short blocks south of River Park Square.

The new store will feature full service dog grooming with 2 self service dog washing stations. There also will be a good amount of retail sales space, similar to their North Spokane store. The only thing the Downtown location won't have is a doggy daycare service as the zoning there prohibits it. Currently there isn't an opening date set just yet but it is coming.

The Yuppy Puppy will also operate their store in North Spokane at 9511 N. Newport Hwy. Customers of The Yuppy Puppy will find many different choices of natural dog and cat foods. They carry more healthy for your pet alternative's from brands like Earthborn Holistic Dog Food, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild and many more. And their full service grooming area is exactly that, full service. From haircuts to nail trims and more they are always welcoming your furry friends. Plus unlike the big box pet shops the staff is knowledgeable and eager to help.

For more information on The Yuppy Puppy, visit-

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Popeyes Post Falls opening date!!!

There you have it! Signs on the windows indicate the new Popeyes in Post Falls will open October 9th!!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Noodle Express coming to Airway Heights

Noodle Express the Spokane based chain of noodle restaurants has it sights set on a new location in Airway Heights. This will be the chain's first new store in quite sometime, the restaurant is a more fast casual concept on their sister restaurant The Mustard Seed.

Development of the new Airway Heights Noodle Express in on-going so we don't have an opening date just yet. But, what we do know is the project is currently out for bid to construct a new restaurant in a leased storefront at 10408 US 2 Suite 1. This is part of the Crosspointe Plaza shopping development by Wal-Mart. Noodle Express will be in 2122 Square feet of space in the west end cap of the same building that also houses Starbucks.

The construction planned at the space will allow the new restaurant to have a dine in area, small patio and even a drive up window. This will be the chain's eighth location with 2 other stores elsewhere in the Spokane area, 1 in Hayden and 3 in Montana. Noodle Express has served up freshly prepared noodle bowls and much more since opening in 1992. This is the only known planned new location.

For more information on Noodle Express and to see the menu visit-

Katerra to build large new factory in Spokane Valley

Menlo Park, CA based Katerra will start construction very soon on a large new factory in Spokane Valley that will create hundreds of new jobs. The facility will produce mass timber products including a new technology called cross laminated timber ( CLT ) and Glulam .

In addition to large scale timber product production Katerra also provides services in the construction, development and design industry.  Much of the timber products produced by the Spokane Valley will be used in Katerra's many projects all around the country.

Katerra will even use the CLT product in construction of the planned Community Cancer Fund sponsored hospitality center planned to be built near Kootenai Health in Coeur d' Alene. CLT is a more environmentally friendly product as it is made from wood scrap which is compressed and glued together tightly. This also allows the timber product to be produced from smaller diameter trees and is beginning to become more widely accepted in the construction industry

The new Spokane Valley Katerra factory will open in the first quarter of 2018 with construction to start soon. It will have 250,000 square feet off of Barker Rd. just south of Trent Ave. . A second factory from a company called Progress Rail is also rumored on land adjacent to the Katerra site but we'll have more on that soon. The factory will create 150 construction specific jobs initially with growth and expansion planned on the horizon, they hope to soon have as many as 300 employed here and operate a distribution center on the same parcel of land.

For extra info on Katerra, check their website at-

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