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Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Business Update - May 31st 2012

In Spokane...

Spokane Outboard is moving to a new location in with NW Speed and Marine at 3630 E. Nebraska in Spokane .

The Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce is consolidating their 2 offices into the Chamber's Liberty Lake center. The Liberty Lake chamber office and business incubator is located by the Liberty Lake Park n' Ride off of Meadowwood Ln.

Covington Construction and Service Master have moved in and opened in a industrial building near the corner of Indiana Ave. and Mirabeau Pkwy. in Spokane Valley just a couple of blocks west of the Spokane Valley Mall.

The Quick-E Car Wash at 931 E. Francis Ave in North Spokane has re-opened with a new look and new owners.

BLRB Architects has opened a new office in Downtown Spokane. Their office can be found at 505 W. Riverside Ave.

Live music venue and club The Blue Kat is opening in Spokane Valley. The Blue Kat which features live Jazz ,Swing and Blues music will be located at 11410 E. Sprague Ave.

A new Smart Smoke e-cig retailer has opened on South Hill of Spokane. The South Hill Smart Smoke is located at 3209 E. 57th Ave. in the Moran Prairie Shopping Center.

North Spokane Bakery, Petit Chat Bakery and now takes up 6000 sq feet of space at 9910 Waikiki Rd.

Griffin's Furniture and Floor Coverings is going out of business at their 740 S. Main St Deer Park location. Once the Deer Park furniture store is closed the remaining business will be consolidated with Griffin's location in Newport

Sweet Tooth Espresso and Bakery has opened in Newman Lake on Trent Ave.

Design Spike has moved into a new office in Downtown Spokane at 203 N Washington Suite 204

Geek Chic is opening June 1st at 7406 E. Sprague Ave Suite 5 in Spokane Valley. Geek Chic will also feature a reiki room

In Coeur d' Alene and North Idaho...

Electrical Control Systems company Woodhawk Controls has moved into space at 4951 Building Center Dr. in Coeur d' Alene.

Locally owned and operated bicycle store Mountain View Cyclery has moved and is now located in Hayden at 8933 N Commerce Way by Walgreen's.

Accurate CNC Services  is expanding and re-locating to a new 14000 sq foot space at 2321 W. Dakota Ave in Hayden.

Sparkles Salon is celebrating their grand opening. The salon is located in Coeur d' Alene at 3650 N Government Way Suite G.

Fun Unlimited , a detailing and summer sport rentals business has opened in Coeur d' Alene. The new business is located at 2305 N. 4th St in Coeur d' Alene.

New title loan business,  Loan Max has opened at 3932 W. Riversbend Ave . The new Loan Max building was River City Yamaha by the Post Falls Zip's

Shenanigan's Toy Emporium is now open in Downtown Spokane. The store is sells both toys and candy in the space that was Figpickles Toys at 312 E. Sherman Ave.

Satay Bistro and Wine Bar which is a new restaurant opening soon on 4th St. by the Long Ear record store. The new business is being opened by the former owner of the Hot Rod Cafe in Post Falls before it closed. More on this to come soon...

Vendor Mall, Something Special has moved but only a few doors down. Something Special can now be found by Albertson's in Coeur d' Alene's Ironwood Square Shopping Center at Lincoln Ave and Ironwood.

The Enaville Resort which is more commonly known as The Snake Pit in the Silver Valley along the Coeur d' Alene River has re-opened.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Coeur d Alene Union Gospel Mission site coming

If you've driven thru the neighborhoods nearby the US 95 and Appleway intersection in Coeur d' Alene over the last few months one large construction site has surely caught your attention. The site which from a distance may be confused for a new hotel or maybe even a new apartment complex is in fact of the biggest projects in Coeur d' Alene right now,And surely the city's largest non-profit expansion.

The all new building located on Haycraft Ave. is being built as a branch of the homeless and needy non profit organization , Union Gospel Mission , who up until now has primarily focused on the needs of the less fortunate in the Spokane area is opening a new mission on this CdA site for women and children. The Coeur d' Alene Union Gospel Mission is set to open Aug 1st and will be under the direction of Joann Zajicek.

The new Coeur d' Alene Union Gospel Mission branch will feature a convenient location which is near a CityLink bus line as well as many programs to help get Coeur d' Alene's homeless women and children back on their feet. Inside the new building one will find 35 shelter beds, 30 crisis center beds as well as an on site doctor, dental and vision clinics on site, kitchen space , several classrooms, computer labs, admin. offices and a chapel. The floor plan also shows a "recovery store" which could be a Coeur d' Alene location of the popular Union Gospel Mission Thrift Store .

The new Coeur d' Alene Union Gospel Mission is fulfilling a great need in the community and is also always taking donations and new volunteers to staff their centers. For more info visit the mission's website at-

Monday, May 28, 2012

Major road constuction projects underway in North Idaho

This spring and summer will be no different then years past for Coeur d' Alene as the orange barrels and road closed signs have already gone up at a few locations in the Coeur d' Alene area. A few of the major construction spots this year are...

1. Beck Rd. / I-90 Interchange in Post Falls
   Construction will begin soon in Post Falls on I-90 for construction of a new freeway interchange at Beck Rd near the State Line Wal-Mart and Post Falls Cabela's store. Once construction is complete later this year Beck Rd will be rebuild and a round about will connect Beck Rd. with Riversbend Ave which will also provide a new  entry to the mostly dead North Idaho Outlet Mall.

2. Phase 1B of the Education Corridor in Coeur d' Alene (Northwest Blvd. and River Ave.)
 Construction is already well underway for the next phase of Coeur d' Alene's education corridor road construction. The first phase involved rebuilding Hubbard Ave to cross the former mill site and providing a new entry way to North Idaho College. This new phase of construction is to extend River Ave. from it current end at Mullan Ave. by the Kootenai Bridge Acadamy to a new major intersection with traffic signal at Northwest Blvd. . During construction some work and re-configuration will also take place on the busy Northwest Blvd. also a railroad track that ran thru the project has already been removed as the rail line has been abandoned for some time.

3. Government Way re-construction from Dalton Ave. north several blocks.
  Construction has begun on rebuilding of Government Way from Dalton Ave. north to Hanley Ave. The construction will majorly effect travel thru the very busy Government Way corridor. The first phase of the construction is to rebuild the sewer and water lines that run under they run under the roadway. The second phase which will take place later this summer will be to actually re-build Government Way from the current 2 lane alignment to 4 lanes with a turn lane in the middle.

4. US 95 Re-construction from near Coeur d' Alene north by Athol and Silverwood
  More on this project coming soon on another post here on Inland Northwest Business Watch

Many other projects will or are taking place right now effects how the CdA area gets around and does business.Watch this blog and our Facebook page as the summer progresses.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Roosevelt Inn Coeur d' Alene - Local INBW business profile

In this Inland Northwest Business Watch local business profile we take a look at a local Coeur d' Alene bed and breakfast style hotel that we can expect to be hearing a lot about over the next few weeks as the hotel, The Roosevelt Inn was recently a filming location for the new Gordon Ramsey TV show Hotel Hell which begins airing on FOX in June. The Hotel Hell TV show is similar to prior shows by Gordon Ramsay where he takes a struggling business and fixes any issues the business has and therefor saves the day.  The new TV series will premiere on June 4th at 8pm on all FOX Stations including are own FOX 28. The episode featuring Coeur d' Alene's Roosevelt Hotel is a little harder to pin down it's air date but from what I know it will be one of the first to air.I will update this post and put it on the Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook page ( ) when I find out the air date.

But now a closer look at The Roosevelt Inn , The locally owned and operated hotel is located only a few blocks north of Downtown Coeur d' Alene and the Lake at 105 E. Wallace Ave. The Roosevelt is located inside a historic school house which is the oldest remaining school house in Coeur d' Alene and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The hotel offers 15 guest rooms and is also a popular location for weddings in Coeur d' Alene, a city which has been called the Wedding Capital of the Northwest for it's scenic location and ease of obtaining a marriage licence . The Roosevelt Inn offers several wedding packages ranging from 890 dollars up to 7000 plus dollar package for 150 plus guests.

Another interesting point of the hotel is it's owners , The hotel is owned and operated by Coeur d' Alene residents Tina and John Hough , who just happen to be the aunt and uncle of Julianne Hough and Derek Hough of ABC'S Dancing With the Stars fame. And last of all Guest Room rates are reasonable also however they can very depending on the season and events in the local area but for June would range around 169.00 to 329.00 , please check their website for more info and room availability.

For more info on The Roosevelt Inn visit them online at

Local business profiles on Inland Northwest Business Watch are a promotion of buying local and are not an advertisement or endorsement / gaurntee of any business and/or product. If you own a local business in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area and would like a business profile write up on INBW contact me at or on Facebook.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

New Spokane Businesses - Update for May 24th 2012

The Gonzaga area bar that was formerly The Bulldog Tavern, then briefly The 1305 Club has a new name and slightly new look. The bar at 1305 N Hamilton Ave is now open as the University Bar and Grill .

Snowmobile accessory company, 509 Inc. is moving into 14,500 sq feet of space at 10424 W. Aero Rd in Spokane.

The Northtown Mall store Monroe has relocated but is still on the first floor of the mall. Monroe can now be found nearby The Children's Place and Boba Bubble

The J-Walk Bakery and Bistro at 917 W. Broadway in Spokane has closed,however...

The J-Walk Bakery space has been taken over by a new restaurant called Stella's . Stella's is creating a name for itself by providing vegetarian and vegan options on their menu.

Mexican grocery store, El Mercado Del Pueblo located in Spokane at 1814 N Division St has added a Mexican restaurant inside the store.

Spokane's Walker's Furniture is expanding outside of the Spokane market as the furniture retailer has aquired Oregon based Wilcox Furniture and will rename those stores with the Walker's Furniture branding.

TSM Services which provides financial support services for people on fixed incomes has opened a new office in Spokane. TSM can now be found at 1912 N Division St.

Those Girls Clothing Boutique has opened above the All Lines Insurance office in Downtown Spokane at 616 E. 3rd St.

Bundle Bean Boutique which is an upscale children's clothing store has opened in Spokane Valley. The new store can be found at 606 N Sullivan Rd Suite A by the Wheelsport bike shop.

Another new boutique has opened in Downtown Spokane's SoDo district, Calamity Jane's Boutique opened at the end of April at 303 W. 2nd Ave.

Renew Salon has opened their doors in North Spokane. The new salon can be found at 10220 N Nevada St.

Jazzercise West Spokane Valley is opening soon at 321 S. Dishman Mica Rd in Spokane Valley.

A new night club will open soon in Spokane, Swaxx is it's name and it will be located at 21 E. Lincoln Rd. A grand opening for Swaxx will be held at the club on June 15th.

Greenacres Motors which is a car dealership that specializes in getting cars for low income people and people with credit issues has opened a new location in Airway Heights . The Greenacres Motors Airway Height's location can be found at 8319 W. Sunset Hwy. by the Longhorn Trading Post store.

GoFroyo will open a new frozen yogurt shop by the new Ross store at the South Hill's Manito Shopping Center at 29th and Grand Ave.

A new agency for Allstate Insurance has also recently opened at Manito Shopping Center. The insurance office can be found next to the Manito Tap House in the plaza.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A new place to live in Downtown Spokane

If your looking for an affordable apartment in the Downtown Spokane area then a new business that opened recently may be just what you need. The long vacant Commercial Building at 1115 W 1st Ave Downtown has been renovated into a low income apartments that go by the name Park Avenue Suites .  The Park Avenue Suites Apartment Complex is close by everything in downtown and comes with WiFi , free basic cable and an on-site laundry facility.
Rent at Park Avenue Suites is eather $420 per month or $125 if paid by the week. The only different things in this new affordability apartment community is bathrooms and kitchens are not in unit however they do offer 4 community bath's and 2 community kitchens that are found on each floor along with a community room.
This new business is a welcome addition as apartments remain in high demand thru-out the entire Downtown area and with the addition of the Spokane Med School in the future any sort of low income housing is always a good sign for the community.

For more info on Park Avenue Suites visit-

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Cash Mob West Plains

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce ,the official Chamber of Commerce for the West Plains communites of Cheney , Airway Heights ,Medical Lake and Four Lakes is hosting one of the first major cash mob's here in the Spokane area. The mob which they are calling Cash Mob West Plains will take place tomorrow Wed. May 23rd at 5pm . The Cash Mob will take place at the Cheney Ben Franklin Store which is located at 6 Cheney Spokane Rd in Cheney. Ben Franklin Stores are locally owned and operated verity stores selling a bit of everything including Health and Beauty Products, Pet supplies , crafts and fabrics , toys ,stationary and much much more.

The West Plains Chamber of Commerce will also host a after mob party at the Eagles Pub right away after the cash mob. Eagles Pub is also located in Cheney at 414 1st St. The chamber has 4 simple rules for this mob and they are ... 1.spend $20 2. meet 3 new people 3.attend the after mob party 4.have fun .

Cash Mobs are a new trend that encourages people to spend their money in local businesses by shopping a local store in a mob and spending a certain amount of cash. Cash Mobs are becoming big in many parts of the country and recently started coming to the Spokane area.For more info on cash mobs visit-

Monday, May 21, 2012

Major changes at Spokane area Malls

2 major moves are in the works for 2 of the bigger Spokane area Mall stores.The first move will happen soon at Spokane Valley Mall as one of the mall's dining options is preparing to leave the Mall. Hong Kong Buffet which had been in suite 1178 directly across the corridor from the Tilt Arcade and nearby Anderson Ink and the Spokane Valley Mall Cinema will re-locate on June 1st to the former Winger Bros. restaurant space at 14742 E. Indiana Ave in Spokane Valley. The new location for the Hong Kong Buffet is still close by the mall however as the new space is a free standing building near the entry driveway to Mall itself.The buffet style restaurant  is an international buffet serving primarily Chinese food with some other options as well a selection of Sushi.

The most obvious change coming soon to the Spokane area's Mall's however will be the moving of the Spokane Valley Wholesale Sports store, which was formerly a Sportsman's Outlet store. The big box store, Wholesale Sports sells primarily hunting and fishing gear along with other outdoor needs and firearms. The sporting goods retailer has been in Mall owned plaza next door to Spokane Valley Mall on Indiana Ave at Evergreen Rd. but will soon move to become and anchor store for sister mall, Northtown Mall in North Spokane. The new Wholesale Sports at Northtown will be the first time a Wholesale Sports has been located inside a mall as the store will take over about 34,000 sq feet within the shopping center.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Festival at Sandpoint announces 2012 concert line-up

The Festival at Sandpoint is a major event every year for all of the North Idaho region both entertainment wise and economic wise . The Festival at Sandpoint puts large amounts of money back into the Inland Northwest's economy thru food, souvenirs and for some even hotel rooms. And this year's concert line-up promises to continue that trend with the following concerts that we're just announced this past week...
Aug 2nd- Ladysmith Black Mambazo & Johnny Clegg
Aug 3rd- Alison Krauss and Union Station
Aug 4th- Barenaked Ladies along with LeRoy Bell
Aug 5th- Family concert with the Spokane Youth Orchestra
Aug 9th- Pink Martini
Aug 10th- Counting Crows
Aug 11th- Kenny Loggins
With the Festival all wrapped up on Sunday Aug 12th in a grand finale with a concert by the Spokane Symphony  , fireworks and wine tastings.

The Festival at Sandpoint is held at Sandpoint's War Memorial Field located at 855 Ontario St in Sandpoint. For info on Festival at Sandpoint 2012 tickets visit-

A Spokane restaurant news follow-up...

Just a few quick follow-ups:
        The Spokane Chipotle Mexican Grill that I mentioned earlier on this blog was opening in Spokane is getting closer to their opening date.I now know they will open sometime in June and will be in the former Hollywood Video location at 922 N Division near both Downtown Spokane and Gonzaga University. This will be the first Spokane area location for Chipotle Mexican Grill and judging by the internet buzz it's collecting(The original story about their opening in Spokane is now INBW's most viewed business news item) it should be highly successful in our area. 

I also recently mentioned Mommy G's Gourmet Grilled Cheese which has been a popular food truck around Spokane. However later the same day I posted the story about their business they announced on KXLY's evening news they are closing. Their food truck however is now for sale,for info on buying the business search for Mommy G's Gourmet Grilled Cheese on Facebook.

And the good news of the night:
     Summer is finally arriving in the Spokane area.And one way to note that is this weekend is the new season opening for Manito Park's Park Bench Cafe. The Park Bench Cafe returns to it's home in the popular South Hill park with espresso and smoothies as well as food items like sandwiches ,wraps and soups.

New Coeur d' Alene business news - May 18th 2012

Thrift stores and Flea Markets continue to pop up all over the Coeur d' Alene / Post Falls area,here are the newest...

Down from the Attic Thrift has opened in Post Falls,Down from the Attic is located in the Whistle Stop Shopping Center on Seltice Way in the end space formerly occupied by In Control Hobbies.

The space that was the Paris Flea Market in the 800 block of N 4th St in Midtown Coeur d' Alene has re-opened as a new flea market. The new CDA Flea Market is currently celebrating their grand opening.The space was to be demolished for a low-income apartment building but those plans have since been put on hold following complaints from the Midtown residents.

If your looking for the prior business at the CDA Flea Market space, The Paris Flea Market is still in Coeur d' Alene,in fact they too are celebrating a grand opening at their new space farther up N 4th in the same strip mall as Fasteners Inc. and the Hospice of North Idaho Thrift Store.

Treasures & Pleasures is a new thrift and consignment store now open farther north in Coeur d' Alene. They can be found at 3655 N Goverment Way

Also happening in the Coeur d' Alene area...

Major renovations are coming soon to the Coeur d' Alene Target store on Canfield Ave. by the intersection of Canfield and Hwy 95. Construction will start in early summer to give the Target store a new look and add a Grocery area to the store. The new Coeur d' Alene Target should be done by fall and will now include Groceries, a produce department and a meat department. Target also similarly remodeled their Northpointe store near The Y in Spokane.

Forest Steel , who's main business is steel sales has been bought out by Great Falls,Montana based Pacific Steel & Recycling . Pacific Steel will continue to run the Coeur d' Alene site located on N Goverment Way near the intersection of Goverment Way and Aqua Cir. but now under the Pacific name.

The Kyle Lindley Insurance Agency  has re-opened in Post Falls. The insurance office is now located in the office building at 3000 E. Seltice Way near the Putt-Putt Golf Course.

The new Sage Coffee Boutique is opening in Hayden. The shop is located in the Hayden Creek Shopping Center near Government Way and Prarie Ave.

After just a brief closure the Post Falls location of  Curves has re-opened now in the Whistle Stop Plaza on Seltice Way near the Post Office. 

Tapenyaki (Spelling?) has found a new home in Post Falls with the grand opening this last week of Fu-Ki Japanese Steak House. The new restaurant is officially open and located in the former Post Falls Arby's at the corner of Seltice and Bay St. by the Trading Co. Grocery Store.

The Jewelry and Wine retailer Studio 107 has moved but remained in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. Studio 107 can now be found at 503 E. Sherman in the former Barrel Room No. 6 Wine Bar space.

Jump For Joy Indoor Play Center has now opened in Coeur d' Alene. The new business provides bounce houses and attractions in one spot for the kids of Coeur d' Alene. Jump For Joy can be found at 250 W. Dalton Ave by George Gee Kia and near Hwy 95.

R and R Heating and Cooling has a new home in Hayden. The businesses newest office is located in the small strip mall next to the Hayden Domino's Pizza on Hess St.

KC Creations who sell magnetic jewelry for the health benefits provided by magnets,have opened their new store inside the Integrative Wellness Center at 579 W. Hayden Ave. behind Rustlers Roost.

Green Light Motors has now opened their sales center and moved cars onto their site on Northwest Blvd.  near Hubbard Ave. and North Idaho College in Coeur d' Alene.

Work also continues in the Coeur d' Alene area on the following projects and many more,all to be mentioned here on Inland Northwest Business Watch...

-The new Union Gospel Mission  home and shelter on Haycraft Ave in Coeur d' Alene
-The new K-TEC Vocational High School on land near Rathdrum.
-The new Underground Force factory on Seltice Way inbetween Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene.
-The new Flawless Salon on Northwest Blvd. near Hwy 95
-Also watch for Coeur d' Alene's Roosevelt Inn on Gordon Ramsay's new show Hotel Hell . I'm told the Roosevelt will be among the first episodes,with an air date sometime in June.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

The Milk Bottle has re-opened !

After several months of massive remodeling Spokane's landmark Mary Lou's Milk Bottle Restaurant officially re-opened to the public this Mother's Day Weekend . The Milk Bottle which is located at 802 W. Garland Ave in the middle of The Garland District in Spokane . The Milk Bottle has become a landmark for the community due in part to it's creative Milk Bottle design and it's age as the building has been a part of the Garland District for decades. The Milk Bottle was also a filming location in the Johnny Deep film Benny & Joon with the exterior of the building being used frequently in the movie.

The closure and complete rebuild was required after a large fire burned The Milk Bottle and the neighboring restaurant , Ferguson's Cafe in Sept of 2011. The new Milk Bottle touts basically the same look as it did before the fire with the small exceptions of higher ceilings and decorative lighting made out of old milk bottles.The menu for The Milk Bottle is also the same, serving up classic diner food and milk shakes.

The other Spokane landmark business hit hard by the fire was Ferguson's Cafe directly next door to The Milk Bottle. That small diner sustained more damage in the fire but is also re-built,more on that in a later post.

For more info visit The Milk Bottle on their Facebook page at -

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Grilled Cheese = Big Business

One trend in restaurants that is rapidly expanding across the United States is gourmet grilled cheese, People have been coming in crowds to get grilled cheese from restaurants like Cleveland's Melt Bar and Grilled and many grilled cheese food trucks that have pop-ed up in major cities and smaller communities alike around the nation. That grilled cheese restaurant trend is now officially hitting the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area with one food truck already open in Spokane and a new grilled cheese restaurant opening soon in Coeur d' Alene. Those 2 new businesses to watch for are...

Open since 2011, Mommy G's Gourmet Grilled Cheese has become a huge success getting mentions on local newscasts and newspapers and gathering quite a following. Mommy G's is a Spokane food truck that has moved around a bit but for the most part can be found at 2624 N Division St out front of a Staples . Mommy G's serves several grilled cheese sandwiches from the 7 dollar Jessica's Favorite to the 11.50 Monster Mommy.  And for those who believe a grilled cheese just isn't a meal without tomato soup,Mommy G's has  got you covered as Tomato Basil Soup is also available.For more info on Mommy G's Gourmet Grilled Cheese visit them on Facebook at

Opening soon in Coeur d' Alene at 1735 W. Kathleen Ave by the Fairway Gas and Grocery Conoco station is another grilled cheese restaurant that is creating quite a buzz.In face since it's first mention here on Inland Northwest Business Watch Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese  has actually become one of the top search terms bringing people to this website. Meltz is right now under construction but they are working every day to open as soon as they possibly can. Meltz's a project of Joe McCarthy of the former Brix Resturant in Downtown Coeur d' Alene, The menu at Meltz will include several sandwiches and will even include gluten free breads. For more info on the new Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese visit them on Facebook at

LOCAL Business Profile: Wake Up Call Coffee

Looking for new place to get that morning latte or coffee? Maybe a middle of the afternoon coffee pick me up is in order? Then this  Inland Northwest Business Watch local business profile should be just the trick. Today's profile is of one of my personal favorite coffee shops/ drive-thru's in the Spokane area, The Wake Up Call . The Wake Up Call's 4 locations all of which are in Spokane Valley cannot be missed as each one is modeled after the old red London public telephone booths,inside one will find a coffee and baked good selection that has even been rated as the best coffee in Spokane. The Wake Up Call can even deliver coffee and baked goods to your business for meetings and other gatherings,Contact them for more info on deliveries. The prices are fair too and their's even special which are routinely posted on their Facebook wall.
The Wake Up Call coffee shop and drive-up's can be found at these Spokane Valley locations:
1703 S. Dishman-Mica Rd.
112 N Evergreen Rd.
1106 N Pines Rd.
And... 210 N. Sullivan Rd by the Sprague/ Sullivan Rd Fred Meyer store

For more info The Wake Up Call log on to their website at :
or find them on Facebook at

Local business profiles on Inland Northwest Business Watch are not a endorsement or a guarantee of a product or business.If your a local business owner who would like a mention on this web site please contact me anytime at or 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

LOCAL Business Profile : RugSpa

Are you looking for a place to clean a dirty rug? Maybe even that old oriental rug that has seen better days? Well then this local business profile may just be the answer you've been looking. Today's profile is of RugSpa which is Spokane based Rug cleaning business that provides national pick-up and delivery. RugSpa is located in Downtown Spokane at 220 E. 2nd Ave . The folks at RugSpa use a several step method to clean rugs of all kinds and can even get out stains from things like grease, urine, wine , ink and many more. And to top it all off RugSpa even offers free cleaning estimates, simply follow the link on their website.

For more info on today's local business profile, RugSpa Rug Cleaning visit them at or find them on Facebook at

Business profiles on Inland Northwest Business Watch are not an endorsement or a guarantee of a product / business, If you are a business owner in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area who wants a mention on this site e-mail me at .

LOCAL Business News : May 8th 2012

In the Spokane area...

The Spokane Valley Sylvan Learning Center  has moved. The tutoring business can now be found at 1510 N Argonne Rd.

The Inland NW Travel Mart convince store, which is located inside Spokane International Airport by the baggage claim / ground transportation area is undergoing a remodel . Once complete the market will also now have fresh foods to do and a selection of soups.

Artisan Wears is closing , The shop had sold art and art related gifts from the skywalk level of 211 N Wall St by River Park Square in Downtown Spokane.

OurTownZip which is a Liberty Lake based deal and business listing website has moved their Headquarters in the Tierpoint Office Building at 23403 E. Mission Ave. by Molter Rd. still in Liberty Lake.

A new fine dining restaurant has opened in Spokane . The new restaurant is called Clover and is owned by the same person who owns many of the Subway's in the area as well as Loco Dogz hot dog restaurants. Clover can be found at 913 E. Sharp in Spokane.

The West Plains Art Center has opened in Medical Lake.

And in Coeur d' Alene and the rest of North Idaho...

After 43 years in business, The Post Falls based Anderson Iron Works is closing due the owners retirement . The custom iron works has worked on many high profile projects seen around North Idaho and was located in Post Falls along Seltice Way across from Upscale Mail and near the Post Falls Post Office.

2 Coeur d' Alene businesses that lost everything in a arson fire just a couple of months ago are returning to their feet. Helmet Outlet USA which sells Motorcycle and Snowmobile products and apparel will rebuild and open later this year in a new building at the old site. Helmet Outlet USA will remain on Government Way next to Edge Fitness and north of the Kootenai County Jail.

The other business involved in the fire at the Helmet Outlet USA building is also re-opening , Kirby Vacuum's  sales and service center is open again soon at 6055 N Government Way by the Country Primitives gift shop. 

Monday, May 7, 2012

A little Bloomsday 2012 did you know?

Did you know???
Every year thousands of people flock to Downtown Spokane to run and/or walk in the Bloomsday 12k Road Race. But did you know Bloomsday is one of the largest weekends for Spokane business wise too, Bloomsday  which was held this last weekend brings in an estimated 14,020,372 dollars into the local economy with each Bloomsday runner spending an average of 241 dollars for the race.  Not a bad weekend for the economy of Spokane.

If you we're in this years Bloomsday road race congratulations and don't forget to check your Bloomsday 2012 results and photos by visiting -   or by simply scanning the QR code on you race tag.

Citylink to make cuts

In today's local economy Budget Cuts are far from uncommon, especially when it comes to cuts from a government agency. But the cuts enacted to Coeur d' Alene's Citylink Bus Service will effect how many in the community get around as many low income Coeur d' Alene area residents rely on Citylink as their only source of transportation. Citylink is funded from several local government agencies with the staffing and maintenance  for the bus system being provided by the Coeur d' Alene Tribe of Indians  . Citylink operates routes in Coeur d' Alene, Hayden ,Post Falls, Worley, Plummer and some other more rural areas of Kootenai County just as they have since the services launch back in 2005. The new cuts are based on the fact that the Tribe can simply not afford to continue payment on the service under the current business model that Citylink uses. The Cuts will directly affect the service and the new routes and times go into effect on May 14th, among the new changes to Citylink are....

-Routes now end at the Riverstone Park and Ride facility in Coeur d Alene at 10pm instead of 1am as before
-The red bus route thru Post Falls by way of Cabela's will be eliminated but to make up for this the blue route bus will be re-routed along Mullan Ave. thru Post Falls and will also now include stops on Spokane St. , Poleline Ave and Idaho St. all of which are in Post Falls. This change however eliminates city bus service to the west end of Post Falls.
-Routes will now return to the Riverstone facility every hour on the hour,as opposed to the every 80 min schedule which had been in place.
-More bus stops will be added to allow shorter walking distances to the nearest Citylink bus stop.
- The Green Route will no longer terminate at the Hayden Super 1 Shopping Center but will instead end farther south on Commerce Way off of Honeysuckle Ave behind the Hayden Post Office.
-The Coverage area for Citylink's Para-transit service will also shrink.

For more info on the cuts to Citylink or for Citylink Bus Schedules and Routes visit-

Northern Quest Casino improvements

Since the Kalispel Tribe of Indians opened their Northern Quest Casino on Hayford Rd. in the Spokane suburb of Airway Heights they have never stopped looking for ways to improve the Casino and the surrounding property for the 1000's of people who visit it every year. And now is no different as the tribe is making more changes at Northern Quest, The first change will open in June as some of the space currently occupied by a gift shop called The Logo Shop will become a new yogurt shop,work on the new shop will begin soon, I'll post the name and opening once I have it. The Logo Shop space is near the Sprague Ave. enterance to the resort and directly across the hall from a bar called Liquid .

Also happening soon,the casino is planning a remodel of it's River's Edge Buffet . The buffet is located near the Pond Orelle Pavilion Event Center and next to the Woodland Resturant . During the remodel the buffet will for a time move into the Pavillion ,construction on the buffet which will remain in the same space it's in today will begin soon also.

And one of the more visible improvements to the Northern Quest Casino will be outside where the Kalispel Tribe will realign Sprague Ave. as it crosses the tribe's property this summer. The new Sprague Ave. will be bided out in June and will be rebuilt to allow for future development . The new Sprague Ave will be a  4 lane blvd. with a median . The new alignment will move Sprague south to where the Tribe's Chevron gas station sits on Hayford Rd. and will also include a new entry drive to the Casino. Also planned is a new drive for future Industrial development off of Sprague inbetween Northern Quest and the Airway Heights Correctional Facility. It is unclear at this time what plans the tribe has for this land which is nicknamed Legacy Landing but has indicated it may one day become a mixed use commercial development which may also include a selection of big box retailers.

On top of all the new things on the horizon at Northern Quest Casino they are also about to begin another year of the highly successful Northern Quest Casino Pepsi Summer Concert Series which takes place entirely outside by the Casino's Hotel Tower.I know i've shared the concert schedule before but I figured I'd re-post it since I know at least 1 concert has been added since my last post. So here is the Northern Quest Summer Concert Schedule...
John Fogerty - June 15th at 7pm
Ringo Starr - July 13th at 7pm
Earth, Wind and Fire - July 19th at 7pm
Kelly Clarkson ,The Fray and Carolina Liar - July 22nd at 7pm
Journey, Pat Benetar and Loverboy - July 29th at 4pm
Darius Rucker- Aug 4th at 7pm
Sugarland - Aug. 16th at 7pm
Heart- Sept  9th at 5pm

For more on the Northern Quest Casino's Pepsi Summer Concert Series or the 3 construction projects mentioned in this post visit the Casino's website at

Friday, May 4, 2012

A note from the "Management"

As regular Inland Northwest Business Watch readers may have noticed the posts on this site are no longer being posted daily . I had been trying to run this as a daily source for all business news and info on new businesses in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area. But as I am happy to report the local economy is starting to turn around and I as one person with other obligations simply cannot post everything. Inland Northwest Business Watch is still going strong and I hope to return to posting very soon but there may be longer gaps in posts then there had been in the past.

The main reason for writing this post is to invite the community to share their news,Inland Northwest Business Watch's goal is to be the go to web site for all local business news and info in the Spokane / CdA area . To do this i'm inviting anyone who wants it the opportunity to become a contributor to the site. I cannot pay for stories but will take anything you know of and want to write about,even if it is about you own business. I also cannot guarantee posting but I will take to time to read all business news submissions and will do my best. You can send your business stories,etc... to me at being a contributor to Inland Northwest Business Watch may also be a great way to build a writing portfolio,so write (or type) away.

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