Thursday, August 27, 2015

Locally filmed Macklemore music video posted

Have you heard the news? The music video for " Downtown " filmed entirely in Downtown Spokane has hit the internet. Take a look...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Grille from Ipanema moving to Riverstone

A popular restaurant from Downtown Coeur d' Alene is planning to leave Downtown soon to become a tenant of the Village at Riverstone. That restaurant is The Grille from Ipanema Brazilian Steakhouse which has been located on the ground floor of the Parkside Tower at 601 Front St. for a few years now.

The restaurant has gained a following and many positive online reviews. They plan to remain open in their current location until the move. The new Riverstone location is currently anticipated to open in the Spring of 2016 after the new space is done being remodeled. At Riverstone the restaurant will occupy 6100 square feet of space at 2416 N. Old Mill Loop . This is the same building as Starbucks on the eastern side of the lifestyle center styled shopping mall. The lease was secured by Bob Spooner of Goodale & Barbieri Real Estate.

The Grille from Ipanema is described best as an upscale all you can eat dining experience. The restaurant's wait staff roam from table to table serving a variety of beef, pork and chicken that is sliced off of skewers directly to the customer.  The restaurant serves primarily Churrasco and Brazilian Barbeque style foods with a colorful, festive décor throughout the establishment.

When first opened, The Grille from Ipanema was the first Brazilian restaurant in the Inland Northwest. Today another, unrelated, restaurant called Rio Grill serves Brazilian dishes on the South Hill in Spokane  .

For more information on The Grille from Ipanema, visit their website at-

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Matlida Building groundbreaking held, project to start soon

The Matilda Building will be Spokane's newest mixed use building, a large four story sturucture taking up an entire block. The building will bring 57 apartments for " young professionals " and a mix of retail shops and restaurants along the ground floor facing N. Hamilton. The building will rise at 1028 N. Hamilton and will be a development of some pretty famous names, both locally and nationally. The project's groundbreaking ceremony was this morning and Inland Northwest Business Watch staff was in attendance, here's the scoop...

**** For more about what will be included in the finished Matilda Building view our original post here **** ( photos included )

The Matilda Building's groundbreaking was well attended with many local government officials and business people on site. But perhaps the most well known is the building's part owner, Spokane native John Stockton....

John Stockton is a member of the development firm Ferdinand CJF,LLC. with the Matilda name coming from a late member of the Stockton family. The Clementine Square Building, a multi tenant commercial building with several restaurants is only about a block away. It too is a project of the Stockton family and also bears the name of one of their relatives.

This development will also be partly managed by Houston Stockton, John Stockton's son who is hoping to get some experience in construction management.

Mayor David Condon and City Councilwoman Amber Waldref ( the project falls in her district ) we're also both in attendance. Mayor Condon spoke of the building helping to beautify the Hamilton corridor heading north from the freeway. It was also mentioned that the building is intended stay there for 100 years, not 20 to 25 and get replaced.

Also involved in the building's management will be done by Kent Hull, seen above in the green shirt. Leasing of the remaining commercial storefronts will be done by Byrd Real Estate of Spokane. One space is already leased but the name cannot be given yet. That space is a 5,000 square foot unit and will be a " well known " coffee shop. It's unlikely it will be Starbucks however since there is already one only a couple of blocks north of here on Hamilton.

This groundbreaking has been a long time coming as the project has been on the books for many months now. If all goes as planned, much of the building will open in August of 2016 and it was revealed today that actual construction at the site will likely start next week with walls up by Christmas.

The Matilda Building will also act as a bit of catalyst for future development in the Hamilton St. corridor which has already been changing in the last couple of years. A new bar is scheduled to take the place of Chairs Public House nearby here, and more apartments are planned over off of Trent.
Here is a look at N. Hamilton looking north from the Matilda Building's site-

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DogLux Grooming Salon opens in Spokane Valley

A new kind of luxury dog grooming salon has opened for business in Spokane Valley and is catching some buzz from dog lovers all around Spokane. The new business is called DogLux Grooming Salon and they just held the grand opening " paw-rty " just the other day.

DogLux Grooming Salon can be found in the Trent / Argonne Shopping center, next door to Papa Murphy's Pizza. Their address is 8901 E. Trent Ave. Suite 109.

DogLux is not like the other grooming businesses in the area or the big box store grooming centers. Instead each dog is treated with a personal touch based on what their owner requests. The business is meant to be spa like featuring an modern, open grooming area to please / calm their furry customers.

In addition to the large grooming space, a comfortable bathing area can be found towards the back . And, a inviting lobby in the front to please the owners dropping off and picking up their pets. Despite all the added touches and premium quality products, services at DogLux Grooming Salon remain quite affordable.

Regulars at DogLux will want to make note of their monthly re-occurring grooming club called the LuxPup program. In this program customers recive grooming services at regular intevals to promote good skin and coat health.

For more information on DogLux Grooming Salon, visit their website at-

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Follow up on Tom Sawyer Coffee's new location by Kendall Yards

Last week we made mention that Tom Sawyer Country Coffee had outgrown their current headquarters and roasting facility at 9226 S. Hangman Valley Rd. and was planning to move to the more urban setting of Kendall Yards. We, now have more details on when that move will happen and what the expect from what the company is calling Tom Sawyer Country Coffee's Urban Stop.

Tom Sawyer Country Coffee will take over and remodel the building at 608 N. Maple St., above the Maple St. Bridge, and while not actually in the Kendall Yards geographical boundary they will share a property line and serve the entire up and coming neighborhood. The company will close down their current facility and move to this location once it is completed. The former location ( address listed above ) is now on the market and comes with a home, six car garage and already has " home industry" zoning ideal for a new business.

Tom Sawyer Country Coffee's new location will still welcome visitors, the location will allow guests to "watch as the finest, Specialty Grade coffees from around the globe are roasted to precision" .

In addition to the coffee roasting operations at the new building, a drive through for coffee is also planned, as is a patio with outdoor seating to enjoy fresh coffees to open in the Spring of 2016. Future phases at the new location also include a full coffee bar and a retail coffee setup. A small private conference room will also be available at the site for groups up to 20 with , of course, an amazing coffee service. Opening at the new Kendall Yards location could happen as early as next month.

Tom Sawyer Country Coffee is a Spokane based coffee roaster and wholesaler who believes that coffee is more then just a beverage, coffee is an experience. The company is owned by a man named Tom Sawyer ( Yes that's his name ) who boasts 50 years of coffee roasting experience. The coffees created by Tom Sawyer Country Coffee are available all over the region, in many coffee shops and espresso drive ups.

For more information on Tom Sawyer Country Coffee, visit their website at-

Monday, August 24, 2015

New owners at The Montvale Hotel, renovations coming soon

Amid all the bad news of the wildfires destroying the Northwest today has been one true gem of local business news. The Montvale Hotel , an historic boutique hotel located in Downtown Spokane has been purchased and will undergo some remodeling / updates to keep the hotel moving forward.

The Montvale Hotel almost closed and has operated in receivership from the bankruptcy courts in recent months after some hard times fell on the hotel. The hotel was, for a time owned by local developer Rob Brewster who went belly up after getting in over his head in local real estate projects.

But now, it looks like the hard times may be in the past for The Montvale as the new owner is well known local Developer Jerry Dicker, who already owns numerous properties in the Montvale's neighborhood. The hotel will go under Dicker's Ruby Hospitality business which operates the Hotel Ruby and Ruby 2, both artsy hotels within a few blocks of this property. The Montvale Hotel's address is 1005 W. First Ave, corner of 1st and Monroe.

The Montvale Hotel will have some work done to it, starting right away, but will retain much of it's historic appeal and remain open for business during any renovations. The property is a 36 room hotel that first opened back in 1899 as an SRO ( single room occupancy ) and is the oldest hotel in the city.

Upgrades will be done throughout, including repairing / restoring the original skylights and décor in the hotel rooms / common areas. In addition, mechanical systems, including the air conditioning will be repaired. But, it's the renovations themselves that will likely get peoples attention...

The lobby area will be expanded into the corner retail space ( last used as a bar, named Scout ) with a new coffee shop added within that space. The new coffee shop will be open to the public, not just hotel guests, and as of now remains to be named. The basement space, where a restaurant named Catacombs Pub last operated will also be fixed up and re-opened as a new restaurant.

The building has also been home to Scratch Restaurant and their sister business Rain Lounge for sometime now. These two businesses, that face 1st Ave, just west of the lobby will likely remain open in the current locations unchanged.

The new owners, Ruby Hospitality, plan to incorporate some of their " life is art " treatment to this hotel as Jerry Dicker and his wife are also big into art. Dicker, had this to say about taking over operations at The Montvale Hotel-

“We are thrilled to add the Montvale to our hotel options.  My wife, Patty, and I have a passion for art and historical preservation.  We look forward to installing amazing art that will be both contemporary and consistent with the historic feel of the Montvale.  Our guests will be treated to a first class operation that will be consistent with the hotel’s original era but will include all the comforts of today."

Jerry Dicker, who also owns the commercial development firm, GVD Commercial Properties has invested heavily in Spokane in the last couple of years. Dicker, recently opened Ruby Suites , a " serviced residence " hotel property at the Burgan's Furniture building in the University District. They also recently acquired the former Dempsey's Brass Rail bar building Downtown. He and his company are currently renovating that building as well to house their own headquarters on the second floor and what will likely be a new bar and / or restaurant on the first floor.

For more information about The Montvale Hotel, visit it's website at ( online room booking also included ) -

Or, find The Montvale Hotel on Facebook at-

Consign Furniture planning move to Liberty Lake

If you listen to the radio in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area you may have heard Consign Furniture's many ad's using the jingle " easy way to sell, smart way to buy ". And, regardless of if it's their advertising or good deals on furniture, Consign Furniture has outgrown their current space in Post Falls and is looking to relocate and expand.

The business is now in escrow on the former Ashley Furniture Homestore building on the west side of the City of Liberty Lake. They hope to relocate there in the coming months, and due to the larger building size would likely need to hire on some more employees as well.

The Liberty Lake building, which is at 21605 E. Country Vista Blvd. ( by Home Depot ) is 59,000 square feet and was already formerly used as a furniture store, making the transition to Consign Furniture very easy. Their Post Falls location was only 30,000 square feet. There is no set opening date for their Liberty Lake store as the deal remains ongoing but we will keep you posted when we hear more.

Consign Furniture is a furniture retailer with a unique business model. The business relies on consigning people's used furniture of all types, this makes their merchandise usually cheaper then the big name furniture stores around our area.  Although, much of what they sell is used, an inventory of new mattresses from Twilight Bedding can also be found in their store.

Until their new store opens in Liberty Lake, Consign Furniture remains open for business at 1525 E. Edmonton Ave. in Post Falls. Once, they move the building will go up for lease and provides a great business location with high visibility from I-90, especially with increased highway signage.

The local location of Consign Furniture is actually just a sister store to the business's main location in Reno,NV. That location also remains open for business at 6865 Sierra Center Pkwy Reno,NV. For more information on Consign Furniture ( both locations ) visit their website at-

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