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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Apartments and hotel rooms coming in the next phase of renovations at Downtown Spokane's Symons Block

 In 2021 Downtown Spokane's Symons Block building was acquired by new owners. The building, which is located along S. Howard in-between Sprague and First Ave, was never fully empty but did struggle with vacancies. 

But big things we're put forth to bring new life back to the historic structure after the $2.6 Millon sale to new owners Symons Block,LLC, which is governed by local business owner Alyssa Agee and others. Soon after the sale the new owners relocated their popular People's Waffle food truck into a brick-and-mortar space previously occupied as part of defunct Observatory Bar. They also shortly after took the remaining bar space and opened Emma Rue's, which on their website is described as a luxe cafe offering cocktails, artisanal coffee & French inspired deserts and savory bites. Both businesses continue to operate with a quite strong following.

The remaining empty commercial spaces we're also renovated and today a wide verity of businesses call the Symons Block building home. From Empower Aesthetics, who took advantage of the buildings new lease on life by moving here from the South Hill to The Adam Cara Healing Center, who opened a new meditation and mindfulness studio on the buildings second floor. And several more, a full list can be found on the Symons Block website which is listed at the bottom of this article.

Now the owners will soon move onto the next chapter in the transformation of the Symons Block, which is perhaps going to be the most exciting. Plans call for a full renovation of the third and fourth floors, with new apartments, mostly on the fourth floor with what we're told will be about 12-15 one- and two-bedroom units.

On the third floor a new "micro-hotel" will open for business with 10 units, hip modern looks, shared baths and a lounge and reception area. 

They hope to open the hotel in the early months of 2023, with apartments ready to begin leasing sometime around the Summer of 2023. For more info on the Symons Block, or to add your name to the apartment wait list, visit

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The Mango Tree restaurant to open in North Spokane

 SA Group Restaurants is planning to bring its popular The Mango Tree brand of Indian restaurants to a new location in North Spokane, very soon. Plans call for closing down the existing The Pizza Co restaurant at 9225 N Nevada in early June and making a quick conversion into a new The Mango Tree restaurant location.

The new North Spokane Mango Tree is planned to re-open also in early June with a more set opening date to be announced. This will be the third location of The Mango Tree as one is already located on W. Main in Downtown Spokane, and another can be found near the intersection of Kathleen and Ramsey Rd in Coeur d' Alene. Both of which will remain open for business as is.

The menu of The Mango Tree restaurants features "curries, biryani & grilled specials" in addition to a full bar menu. For a full look at the menu and information on the business, check out

Monday, May 16, 2022

New businesses coming to new spaces at Kendall Yards

 Recently two more mixed use buildings we're completed in the Kendall Yards neighborhood. The upper floors are now a new urban living apartment community called Jefferson Alley with studio, 1 bed and 2 bed floor plans and awesome views of Downtown Spokane. For info on leasing apartments there visit

The ground floor bays of the buildings we're set aside for commercial uses and those spaces are now fully leased out. One space is now occupied as the new home of Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile who is already open, having relocated from another Kendall Yards storefront to the new larger store space. Spark, a non-profit will take over the former pet store's space.

But more is on the horizon and a recent review of building permits, along with a healthy dose of research has uncovered what else will be opening soon in Kendall Yards....


A new restaurant called Sorella is planning to take about 2000 SF of space at 1122 W. Summit Pkwy. We contacted an individual with the new eatery for more info, but it's too early for them to comment. 

The Great PNW

Locally based The Great PNW is a Northwest themed apparel company that is planning a retail store in about 975 SF of space at 1098 W. Summit Pkwy. The photo above is not marked with any address but is about the only place this space could be constructed.

Tamale Box

Tamale Box is a local business that has become known for online and farmer market sales of tamales and salsas. They will evidently now be opening a new brick and mortar establishment as they have applied for a permit to convert 548 SF of space at 1102 W. Summit Pkwy #101 into a new restaurant. In the photo above the suites of this building haven't been divided yet but logistically speaking this should be suite 101.

New Love Coffee

Local coffee roaster New Love Coffee recently launched their first coffee shop in Liberty Lake's NoLL development. But they also have their sights set on Kendall Yards as a second location of the business as another New Love Coffee is planned for 1102 W. Summit Pkwy #102 .

What's next at Kendall Yards?

Construction will likely start as early as this Summer for a new office complex for Premera Blue Cross, who is planning to move from a site east of Downtown to a large new construction building on the south side of Summit Pkwy near the entrance to Kendall Yards. We are constantly keeping an eye out for more news on this project.

Also, developers have proposed a new apartment building at the corner of Broadway & Walnut in the West Central neighborhood. just a couple blocks outside of Kendall Yards proper. If built as it is currently presented the 4-story apartment building will offer 37 apartments, parking below the units and a possible name of Harrington Apartments. This project is only in the " pre-development conference " phase meaning it's not officially underway as of yet and could be shelved.

And, as always, stay tuned to this site as we intend to keep an eye on all new construction projects, not just in Kendall Yards but all of Spokane and Kootenai Counties.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Indoor golf simulator chain, X Golf, planning location near Spokane Valley Mall

 X Golf, is a California based chain of indoor golf simulator establishments that describes themselves as " The Home of Indoor Golf " with what they say is" the most innovative and accurate golf simulator experience in the world ". The company has been growing rapidly and now has over 60 locations around the US and Canada and soon they will be opening a new location in Spokane Valley.

X Golf Spokane Valley will be open around Sept. of this year at 15110 E. Indiana , in the former Carpet One store space, just east of the Spokane Valley Mall. Once open, guests can book tee times on one of seven simulators and play on courses from all over the world. Customers will also be able to take advantage of golf lessons, weekly leagues and golf tournaments.

Like other X Golf locations, the Spokane Valley location will have a full bar and food menu. For more information on X Golf visit the company website at, additionally another X Golf location is presently in development in Kennewick.

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Avalon24 Real Estate to join new mixed used building coming to Liberty Lake's NoLL development

 Greenstone's new NoLL mixed use development in Liberty Lake is already home to a handful of local businesses, with a couple more currently under construction. And it's continuing to grow with another new building planned to be built soon directly at the corner of Harvard & Indiana.

The new building will be a two-story mixed-use structure with about 4800 SF of space. The ground floor will be occupied by the offices of Avalon24 Real Estate. The second-floor plans show that space will be used by six apartments with 2 studios, 2 one bed and 2 two bed floor plans. 

Signage at the site says the building is coming in Nov. 2022, although we're told by an Avalon24 rep. they are currently about 12-14 months out from completion as no construction as started as of my writing this. Shoesmith Cox Architects did the design work for the building and the general contractor isn't shown in the paperwork we obtained.

Avalon24 Real Estate also plans on hiring more agents locally and is presently operating out of temporary office at 23801 E. Appleway #230 on the other side of Liberty Lake. For more info on Avalon 24 Real Estate visit

And, for more info about the NoLL development visit

Friday, April 15, 2022

New Starbucks under construction at Barker & Appleway in Spokane Valley

 Yet another Starbucks in coming to Spokane Valley, this time in the Greenacres area of the Valley. Construction is already underway, with site work ongoing and a foundation being worked on right now for the new chain coffee house at 18707 E. Laberry Dr, just a bit south of the corner of Barker & Appleway. The new building is standalone and adjacent to the Greenacres Post Office.

The building permits for the project indicate it will be housed in a 2200 SF building, with construction being done by Spokane based Associated Construction, Inc. acting as the general contractor and Akron, OH based GPD Group listed as the project's architect. Starbucks corporate has not confirmed this will be a location of their chain with us, but their name is included on the permits filed with the City of Spokane Valley.

Other area Starbucks locations are located 2.6 miles east in Liberty Lake and 2.1 miles west inside the Fred Meyer store at Sprague & Sullvan. And, while I report all local business news as non-bias as I can, I do invite you to do your research on our areas many local coffee shops as well. 

Terrain Gallery is relocating to a cool new spot on N. Monroe

 Terrain is an awesome group within our community, the non-profit group says on their website they " build community through art and creativity ". While they do host many arts events each year, such as one of my personal favorites, Terrain Bazaar, held each Summer. They also have more permanent operations as well, like the From Here store located inside River Park Square to their own gallery that has spent the last few years in the Washington Cracker Building on the south side of Downtown Spokane.

But now Terrain is actively remodeling a new space on N. Monroe for a new home for the Terrain Gallery. The gallery will soon relocate to a 2400 SF space at 628 N. Monroe, nearby Kendall Yards and just north of Downtown Spokane. The space will be fully renovated, and they hope to open there in time May's First Friday events, less than a month away.

In the most recent edition of the Terrain e-newsletter they say, " The move allows for greater visibility and more autonomy not only for the gallery itself, but the artists we serve, and we cannot wait to share it with all of you ". Terrain will also be joined in the building by spaces for The Center for Children's Book Arts, Spokane Workers Cooperative, podcaster Spokast! and others.

For more information on Terrain, check them out at

Thursday, April 14, 2022

New vegan friendly restaurant opens in Downtown Spokane

 The owners of Nectar Wine and Beer, Nectar Catering and Events and Bark, A Rescue Pub have opened a new lunch spot in Downtown Spokane's historic 1889 Building (120 N. Stevens, corner of Main and Stevens).

That new restaurant is called Fete - A Nectar Co., the space is open Mon-Fri 11a-6p with a focus on vegan friendly options, flatbreads, paninis and pastas. " Our sous chef, having a vegan lifestyle inspired many of the vegan selections on the menu " says co-owner Josh Wade " he along with our Executive Chef Steven Swanson have created a unique and delicious lunch menu". Regional beers and a Washington only wine list is also offered.

Prior to the opening of Fete, the space was made available for events and private gatherings. The owners do plan to continue offering the venue available for gatherings of 20 to 120, with catering available. For more info on venue and the full menu of Fete - A Nectar Co., visit their website at

Monday, April 11, 2022

Spokane's newest urban living choice, Boxcar Apartments transitions from construction to leasing

 Over the last several months we've watched construction steadily push forward on Boxcar Apartments, a new modern looking seven story apartment building at 15 N. Grant, just off of E. Sprague. But now construction is wrapping up and pre-leasing of the project is underway. 

The complex houses 136 total units and finds itself in an ideal location, by the Spokane University District, just a short distance away from Downtown and with the up-and-coming Sprague Union District at its doorstep. The project was also noteworthy locally as it was one of a few projects recently developed by developers outside of the Inland Northwest, Boxcar was actually a project of Project^ a Portland based firm. Architectural work was done by TVA Architects, also of Portland and the general contractor was Bouten Construction, of Spokane.

(Courtesy photo- view of Downtown Spokane as taken from within the Boxcar)

The building offers studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments with a "railway inspired exterior ". Community amenities include a fitness center, secured bike room and a spacious lobby. The ground floor plan also calls for the eventual addition of a cafe. Rental rates at the Boxcar Apartments are subject to change but are currently listed on as ranging from $1,487 - $2,322 a month. 

Boxcar Apartments' rentals are ideal for students, those working in the Downtown Spokane area and anyone really who is looking for a more urban style of living in the Lilac City. If you'd like more information on leasing an apartment at Boxcar Apartments find them online at, like them on Facebook at or follow them on Instagram at

Sunday, April 10, 2022

Groundbreaking kicks off start of construction for new Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center clinic

 Last week involved parties gathered on a site across from the Tru by Hilton hotel in Spokane Valley for the groundbreaking of an exciting new medical office construction project.

Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center is planning to relocate their clinic from an office building on Mission to this new standalone building which will be built soon off of Mirabeau Pkwy, in-between Pines and Evergreen in Spokane Valley. The new building will be a 14,050 Sq. foot single story structure.

The new building is currently scheduled to be complete in January of 2023. Baker Construction & Development is the general contractor with architectural design work done by Bernardo Wills Architects.

Saturday, April 9, 2022

Morsel by Rind and Wheat opening on the Lower South Hill

 Chef Ricky Webster is a well-known person and rightfully so, from his win on Peacock TV's Snoop & Martha's Very Tasty Halloween and other competitions. To owning his own bakery, Rind and Wheat on W. Riverside in Browne's Addition. And now he's branching out his Rind and Wheat business with and all new location to be called Morsel by Rind and Wheat.

Morsel by Rind and Wheat held a soft opening at the end of last week, with the actual opening planned for April 19th. Morsel will be located in the former Fery's Catering building at 421 S. Cowley St, just south of Downtown Spokane. The place will be to go only, which they point out will be perfect for taking their items back to the nearby offices or a picnic in one of the neighborhood's beautiful parks. 

We reached out to Ricky about what's in store at Morsel, and we're told " Our goal is provide the community with flavorful eats in the form of baked goods, breads, pastries and our take on some brunch type eats.". Sandwiches, salads, croissants and more will be served, including their own house drip coffee from Roast House Coffee.

Following on the tradition of the building's last business, Morsel will also offer catering with info available by contacting them directly. For more info on this and all they offer visit or find Morsel on Instagram at or on Facebook at

Monday, April 4, 2022

Former Quality Inn near Downtown Spokane to be converted into The Olmsted Apartments

 The Quality Inn hotel at 104 E. 4th closed down several months ago following the sale of the property. The hotel was quickly blocked off with construction fencing but otherwise has been left closed and empty ever since. Speculation however pointed towards the eventual plan of converting the hotel property into apartments.

This past week that plan was more set-in stone as change of use permits, we're finally applied for with the City of Spokane to begin construction at the site and build out apartments. This doesn't provide us with a construction timeline or opening date, but it does reveal the plan to re-purpose the structure into 153 apartments, looking to be all studios with the project planning to add kitchenettes to the units. The permit indicates the project is valued at $3 million and will be built out by Cliff Thorn Construction of Richland as the general contractor.

Additionally, the permit mentions 2733 SF of business use space and 7025 SF of "assembly" space. It's not explained if this is being included for common areas / leasing / support offices for the new apartment complex or if some might be used as leasable commercial space as the Quality Inn formerly held lobby space and a bar / restaurant that would also likely be converted into something. We've attempted to reach out to the new owners on a couple of occasions and never received comment.

The project paperwork also shows the building will go by the name The Olmstead Apartments and is a project of Portland based Fortify Holdings, LLC., the same company that has been acquiring hotels around the Northwest in the past few months for similar projects. Even here in Spokane they are re-developing the former Downtown Days Inn on 3rd into The Imperial Apartments and the former Econo Lodge, west of Downtown on Rustle Ave. into The James Apartments. It's not an indication of what rental rates will be for The Olmsted but rent at both of Fortify's other local projects start in the $1,100 a month range.

Keep watching this site as we plan to keep an eye on this project, and of course all other construction around the Inland Northwest.