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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New business update:July 25th 2012

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New business info in the Spokane area....

2 Mental Health Orginizations in Spokane have officially merged,The 2 groups are Spokane Mental Health and Family Service Spokane.The 2 joined together will now use the business name Frontier Behavioral Health .

Argonne Medical Clinic has opened their new walk in clinic in Spokane Valley. The new clinic is on Mullan Rd just north of Broadway and just 1 block east of Argonne Rd.

Direct POS has opened their new office in Spokane Valley.They can be found at 12926 E. Indiana Suite 5

Cherry Hill Cherries at 18207 N Sands Rd in the Greenbluff area has a new feature this year, The farm now also has a Antique gift shop on site.

Focused Fitness is also open in Spokane Valley. The new business is located at 24265 S. Dishman Mica Rd.

Northern Quest Casino's newest addition the Yogo Frozen Yogurt Shop is now open across the hallway from the Liquid Bar inside Northern Quest Casino. The space was formerly the Resort Logo Shop which some of the gift shop's products are still there just a little more to the left in the suite.

New business info in Coeur d' Alene / North Idaho area...

Work is well underway for the new Boys & Girls Club of Kootenai County's new clubhouse on Mullan Ave behind the Post Falls Library in Post Falls . The frame of the building is now up and should only be a few more months now before opening.

LoanMax Title Loans will open soon in Coeur d' Alene. LoanMax will take the former paint store building at the corner of Haycraft and Government Way.

The Coeur d' Alene Casino's newest bar and grill venture is now open,The business is called Red Tail Bar and Grill and is in the space that was The Gathering Place. and then click on Restaurants

One of Coeur d' Alene's most talked about new businesses , Ulta Beauty opened last week at 450 W Wilbur Ave in the former Borders Books site. The new Coeur d' Alene Ulta Beauty store is part of a chain that sells various beauty products, fragrances and even offers an in store salon.

Floral Design Custom Flower Studio  is opening soon in Post Falls. The flower shop will be located in the Mullan Plaza building at the corner of Mullan Ave and Cecil Rd. less the a block east of the Post Falls Wal-Mart store.

Another new beading store is now open in Coeur d' Alene. The new store is called The Beadtender and is located next to Coin Nuts in the Sunset Shopping Center at 296 W. Sunset Ave( corner of Sunset and Hwy 95.

Lots happening with Downtown Coeur d' Alene's businesses

On a recent walk I took around Downtown Coeur d' Alene I discovered that as usual with the warmer weather and tourists in town visiting Downtown's many destinations brings many new shops, small business finding new homes and even in this case a new bank to Downtown. Here are some of the business changes in the Downtown Coeur d' Alene area in recent months, some i've reported previously here on Inland Northwest Business Watch,others are new,some even to me....

Porky G's BBQ has taken over the Memorial Field food stand along Mullan Ave. inbetween the Downtown core and North Idaho College.

Ameritques is a new 30+ vendor antique mall that has opened in the 200 block of N 4th St in Downtown Coeur d' Alene,the mall moved to the new storefront from Silver Lake Mall

A switch in toy stores is probably the most noticeable change as Figpickels Toy Emporium has moved into the Coeur d' Alene Resort's Shopping Mall on the corner of Sherman and 2nd St.  In the place that Figpickels was, a new toy and candy store has already opened.That new store is Shenanigan's Toy Emporium and is located next to Sherman Square Park directly on Sherman Ave in the heart of Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

Another Bank is opening in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. Idaho Trust Bank which had been on Northwest Blvd in the Northwest Place office building has moved into the 600 block of Sherman across the street from the Resort City Inn motel.

ROW Adventures has opened a second store directly across the intersection of Sherman and 2nd Ave from their main store. The new ROW Adventures offers local river tours as well as bike rentals for tourists and locals alike to explore Coeur d' Alene.

In all the good news about the businesses of Downtown Coeur d' Alene the French/Asian Restaurant Lemongrass on Lakeside Ave. has closed.

Cultivation Counciling  has opened in the 200 Block of West Coeur d' Alene Ave near the Coeur d' Alene   Athletic Club's Gym. And in the same building as Edward Jones.

Across Coeur d' Alene Ave from Cultivation and next to Terry Lee Art Studio / Gallery is the new location of Bombshell Salon . The salon had been on 4th St. prior to moving.

Pauli's Tattoo's has opened in the storefront where Studio 107 had been in the 100 Block of N 4th St.

Studio 107 a unique Gift / Jewelry and Wine store has moved onto Sherman Ave in the 500 Block,Taking the spot that last was Barrel Room No 6 Wine Bar.

Barrel Room No. 6 Wine Bar has left Downtown Coeur d' Alene to their parent wineries location off of Kathleen Ave in North Coeur d' Alene.

Daisy J's Trading Co. moved into a smaller space in the Coeur d' Alene Resort's Mall. But the move won't be for too long it looks as Daisy J's is opening a store in Riverstore as well.I'm unsure if the Downtown store will stay open but I can only assume they will move it.

Artist Co-op store/ gallery Northwest Artists in the 500 Block of E. Sherman has closed.

Downtown wine bar The Wine Cellar will open soon in there new location which was the former Icon Bar. The Wine Cellar had been in the basement of the building next door. The bar is in the 300 Block of E. Sherman by All things Irish.

Coeur d' Alene City Council Member Steve Adams has sold and closed his State Farm Insurance Agency nearby to Downtown on East Sherman.Mr. Adams has joined another Insurance firm elsewhere in Coeur d' Alene.

Vacation Sports Rentals has opened it's boat /jet ski ,etc.. rental location on 3rd St. just North of Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

As you can see lots is happening in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. And some things I may even have missed,I'm also watching progress with some other Downtown projects including the hot news item of McEwen Park and the owners of Salon Bella Dona who are making some changes.More on all of that,and much more coming soon....

Big changes at Riverstone

After a long stall in development at Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone development an obvious uptick in new stores and restaurants is now underway. Riverstone is located on the former mill site along Northwest Blvd only a few blocks north of Downtown Coeur d' Alene.The new projects opening or now open at Riverstone include...

LePeep is a new breakfast restaurant opening on the ground floor of the blue condo building along the Spokane River. The new restaurant will be open for both breakfast and lunch. LePeep is a chain operation however this will be the first LePeep location in the Coeur d' Alene/ Spokane area.

Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza
The new pizza restaurant will open along Main St in Riverstone just a couple of doors down from the Regal Movie Theater . On the south side of the street.

Grooveberries Frozen Yogurt 
The new frozen yogurt business will open at the corner across from the Regal Movie Theater also on Main and also on the south side of the street.

The Body Shop
The Body Shop is a fitness classes businesses which even offers classes for the popular Zumba workout program. The Body Shop Coeur d' Alene will be about mid-block in the first block of Riverstone's Main St. on the north side of the street.

Pick 6 Sports Cards
A new sports cards and sports memorbilia store opening next door to The Body Shop on the north side of Main St.

Daisy J's Trading Co.
Daisy J's is a recognizable name as they have been in Downtown Coeur d' Alene for a few years. The gift,etc.. store will move from the Coeur d' Alene Resort's Mall to space at on Main St in Riverstone on the north side of the street and at the end of the first block.

Keep reading Inland Northwest Business Watch as I get more info on these new businesses as well as info on at least 1 more store opening at Riverstone which leasing agents are expected to announce soon.

Business News Briefs : July 25th 2012

Coeur d' Alene Union Gospel Mission site plans Grand Opening
The new Union Gospel Mission site for homeless women and children in Coeur d' Alene will have a official Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Aug 1st 2012 at 2pm. The opening will take place at their new site which is at  196 W. Haycraft less the a block west of Government Way

Opportunity Shopping Center now completely vacant
The Opportunity Shopping Center located at the intersection of Sprague Ave. and Pines Rd. in Spokane Valley is now completely vacant as the last tenant, Aaron's Rent to Own is moving their store to the Argonne Village Shopping Center farther north but still in Spokane Valley. The Opportunity Center is located at a high traffic corner and has previously held such busy tenants as Old Country Buffett,50% Off Card Store and Jo-Ann Fabrics.Leasing for the vacant spaces is underway.

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Black Rock North finds new hope

Coeur d' Alene's Black Rock North which is was a high end golf club and estate home community located along Lake Coeur d' Alene and near US 95 has found new hope. The luxury golf resort has for some time now struggled just to survive with slow of real estate sales and the eventual bankruptcy of the original resort developer , The Coeur d' Alene based Black Rock Development.

The new hope for Black Rock also comes with a new name , Rock Creek Golf Club Idaho . The new club owner is William P. Foley II who also owns Montana's Whitefish Mountain Resort , Rock Creek Cattle Company and Foley Family Wines, in fact membership in the new resort includes a membership in The Foley Food and Wine Society another project of the Club Owner.

Rock Creek Golf Club Idaho offers a full private 18 Hole Golf Course ,1100 acres of scenic resort property with a Clubhouse and a Golf Pro Shop. Rock Creek is also home to a bar and full service restaurant as well as a separate Wine Tasting Room.

For more info on Rock Creek Golf Club find them at 24623 Loffs Bay Rd. south of Coeur d' Alene or online at

Coeur d' Alene's new Rock Creek Golf Club is a welcome sight for the region because it is possibly an indication that the economy of Coeur d' Alene may be returning to it's per-recession times when  many local people bought luxury homes and spent more on Luxury items such as Golfing, Is it a good thing that Coeur d' Alene's higher end lifestyle may be returning? We want to know,share your thoughts on our Facebook page -

Monday, July 23, 2012

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Spokane Business Licence Watch:July 18th 2012

There is no "New Business Update" post for this week however today Inland Northwest Business Watch introduces a new periodic feature- Business Licence Watch. Here I will share some the recently filed business licences in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area. Some are just renewals but many are new businesses to watch for in the coming weeks. And please keep in mind that not all recently filed business licences are listed only the most recent and what appears to be a new store,office,etc...

From the City of Spokane business licences....

-Susie & Rachel's Salon    176 S. Howard St. Spokane
-Thai Lunch Box (licensed as a mobile food service) 3417 E. 35th Ave. Spokane
-Theresa's Salon and Spa     424 S. Freya St Spokane
-Uptic Studios 29 W. Pacific Ave. Spokane
-Barter's Closet   3117 S. Jefferson Ave. Spokane
-ICM Asset Management   601 W. Main St Spokane
-Infinity Fitness 204 N Division Spokane
-Dirty Dog Cafe   1314 S. Grand Ave. Spokane
-Spokane Auto Detail    318 E. Queen Ave. Spokane
-The Haircut Shop 1112 S. Ivory St. Spokane
-Kick'N Chicken (Mobile Food Service) 2918 E. Longfellow St. Spokane
-Daddy's Belly Deli    3818 N Nevada St. Spokane
-Donny's Place   2103 E. Diamond St Spokane
-Kenny's Fine Arts  711 W. Nora Ave Spokane
-Fleet Feet Sports   1303 N Washington  Spokane
-Smoky's Incense and Gifts    2927 E. Hoffman Spokane
-Command Center   3803 N Division

From Spokane area liquor licences....

-Hop Jacks 9265 N Nevada St. Spokane
-Viking Bar and Grill  1221 N Stevens St Spokane (formerly the popular Viking Tavern before it closed a few weeks ago)
-City Food   1527 W. 3rd Ave Spokane
-McClain's Pizzeria   10208 N Division St Suite 104 Spokane

Coming soon... Coeur d' Alene and other area's business licence records.

Raid closes 8 Spokane business

A raid by Spokane Police and several other local and nation law enforcement agencies has put 8 businesses in Spokane and Spokane Valley closed. However unlike other business closure due to the Spokane area's economy this one has a good reasoning. The raid focused on 8 Spokane area spa's that Police have reason to believe may have been a front for prostitution.

The businesses involved in the raid and now closed include...

Oriental Spa South    515 S. Maple St , Spokane
Far East Spa     213 E. Sprague Ave. Spokane
Joe Jean's Spa   2712 N Division St. Spokane
Asian Spa      3130 N Division St. Spokane
Oriental Spa North     823 E. Francis Ave. Spokane
Starlite Spa  2829 N Market St Spokane
Montana's Spa      7413 E. Trent Ave. Spokane
Absolute Spa      9315 E. Trent Ave. Spokane Valley

In the coming days and weeks local news sources will know more of invidual charges brought on by the raid.

Silverwood Theme Park featured on Travel Channel

The Silverwood Theme Park north of Coeur d' Alene in the small North Idaho town of Athol is a household name for those of us here in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area. Silverwood attracts well over 600,000 yearly visitors many coming from the local area but also farther off places like Seattle,Portland and parts of Western Canada. But now Silverwood has gained some new national exposure after being featured last week on a new series for the Travel Channel called Insane Coaster Wars.

The Insane Coaster Wars TV show puts popular roller coasters from around the nation head to head for Travel Channel's website visitors to vote on. Travel Channel chose to put Silverwood's newest roller coaster Aftershock on the show's "Hang em' high" episode up against 2 other popular inverted roller coasters in Florida and one in Willamsburg,VA . In the end Silverwood's Aftershock beat out the other 3 coasters winning the prize as the top inverted roller coaster.

Silverwood introduced Coeur d' Alene and the nation to Aftershock in the park's 2009 summer season and it remains the most recent large ride added to the amusement park. Silverwood Theme Park it's beginning in the late 1980's with little more then a tour train and a few scattered attractions. Today Silverwood is one of the main attractions in the Northwestern United States and Rumors of more new rides and even a hotel at Silverwood continue to get tossed around as the park continues it's highly successful run.

The Insane Coaster Wars episode will continue to replay for a while on the Travel Channel,Please check your local listings for air times.

For info on the park and the Aftershock Roller Coaster visit-

Business News Briefs :July 18th 2012

Ground Force Manufacturing moves and Underground Force now open.
The major Post Falls employer Ground Force Manufacturing  who produces modifications,etc.. to mining equipment is now officially open and operational at their new building on the north side of Seltice Way directly across from the former plant inbetween Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene,the former Ground Force building on the South side of Seltice Way will stay open but now as a separate company specializing in work for Underground Mining Equipment,The new company is called Underground Force. The new building is about 85,000 square feet and cost about 7.5 million to build with and additional 1 million being invested in the old factory building. The new factory brings many new jobs to Post Falls including more new jobs that will be added soon after a new contract begins soon for the Caterpillar Company.

New Brewery opens in Post Falls
After several months of work and even a few law changes Selkirk Abbey Brewing Co. is now open in Post Falls. The brewery has been the topic of many beer lovers in the area and features a line up of Belgian Beers including Selkirk Abbey White , A Pale Ale and a IPA . The brewery celebrated there grand opening in early July and is located in the Seltice Commercial Park on the South side of Seltice Way about half way in between Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene.

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Affinity Living Communities comes to the Inland Northwest

A newcomer to the rapidly expanding retirement apartment business, Affinity Living Communities is expanding by building several new apartment complexes thru out the Northwest from Olympia all the way down to a purposed community the company has now under construction in LaFayette, Colorado . And 3 of those new retirement apartment communities fall right here in the Inland Northwest.Those local Affinity Living Communities projects are...

Affinity at Coeur d' Alene on Cedarblom St. near Government Way and the Black Sheep Sporting Goods store in Coeur d' Alene
Affinity at South Hill located at 3304 E. 44th Ave in Spokane
Affinity at Mill Road located in North Spokane at 12710 N Mill Rd.

Rent in these new 55+ Apartment complexes will start at 995 a month and the communites include features like...
Free Wifi , Utilities and Satellite TV included in the cost of rent , Fitness Center ,Indoor Pool , Hair Salon, Theater, Library , Fitness classes and community events such as BBQ's and the complexes do accept small pets. And one thing that sets these new apartment communities apart from the others in Spokane is an on site pub with free happy hours.

For more info on Affinity Living Communities and their expansion into the Spokane market visit-

The block is becoming a place to be for nightlife in Downtown Spokane

Downtown Spokane has been a hot spot for nightlife in Spokane for sometime with several Bars, Nightclubs and even a few restaurants open late that cater to Spokane's more wild side scattered thru out the Downtown area . And now 1 Downtown block is making itself known as a hot spot. The 400 Block of W. Sprague Ave is home to so many nightlife establishments that it is now being marketed simply as "The Block" . The block is made up of some well know established businesses such as...

The A Club A live music venue (with some national acts) /bar located at 416 W. Sprague Ave.
Mootsy's A bar that also features some live music located at 406 W. Sprague Ave.
Irv's A bar located at 418 W. Sprague Ave.
Club Red A nightclub located at 415 W. Sprague Ave.
The Satellite Diner A popular late night Diner and Lounge located at 425 W Sprague Ave.

But that's not all as The Block continues to grow adding 2 new bars recently,they include...

Shots A new bar in the former Hot Dog restaurant space at 412 W. Sprague Ave.
Lucky's A Irish bar located at 408 W. Sprague Ave.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

New business update:July 11th 2012

Lots happening this week,here is just some of what I know....

In the Spokane area...

The well known coffee shop,City Perk which is located on the main floor of the STA Bus Plaza on Riverside in Downtown Spokane has closed.

However the City Perk Coffee Shop space is apparently not staying empty very long as a new Subway sandwich shop location will open in the same space at the STA Plaza soon.

Spa Zenaida is back open still at 23801 E. Appleway in Liberty Lake

Rejuvenate Rx has opened a new medical clinic in North Spokane.The new clinic is located at 10015 N Division St. The clinic will also offer some skin care services including Botox treatments

Sport SAQ which sells bags for sports including basketball,volleyball,etc.. is now open in Spokane Valley at 1511 N Mullan Rd

STCU (Spokane Teachers Credit Union)  will open their newest branch on Spokane's South Hill later this year.The new branch will be located at 5711 S. Halle Rd.

Vendor Mall Peddicoat Junction and it's sister business Lollie Pop Thrift Shop have opened in the town of Newport,North of Spokane. The two businesses are both located at 201 N. Washington St. in Newport

Charm jewelry business Bcharmed-A Charmed Life by Vickie is now in business in Spokane Valley

Bellavita Adult Family Home has opened at 4407 S. Helena in Spokane

Green Gables Childrens Learning Center has opened a new child care center in North Spokane. The new location is at 415 E. Holland Rd.

New upscale property management firm Lease Source Property Management is now open in North Spokane.

Lean Manufacturing consulting firm Kaizan Assembly is planning to open a new regional office in Spokane but a location has not been chosen as of last check.

Family Medicine Liberty Lake and their sister business Healthy Living Liberty Lake have moved and are now at 2207 N Molter Suite 203A in Liberty Lake

The liquor store in Downtown Spokane at 1322 W. 3rd St is now back open as a private business.The store is now part of a chain called Good Spirits 

In other Spokane Liquor Store news the Wandermere Liquor Store is closing.The store had been at 12408 N Division in North Spokane.

The popular Spokane restaurant Downriver Grill has been completely remodeled and now has a new fresher menu. The business is still at 3315 W. Northwest Blvd.

Spokane Valley's Buck's Pizza has a new owner and a new name.The Pizza business is now called Coach's Pizza and is still at 13221 E. 32nd Ave.

New mexican restuant Palenque Mexican Restaurant has opened in Cheney at 20 Simpson Pkwy. The restaurant will also open a bar area soon.

Deeply discount home repair supplies and latter's are the specialties of the new Discount City store in Spokane Valley. Discount City can be found at 13524 E. Sprague Ave.

In the Coeur d' Alene area...

Nail salon A1 Nails has moved to a new location,the salon is now located in with Salon 1034 at 1034 N 3rd in Midtown Coeur d' Alene

Eric Hedlund Design which is a Coeur d' Alene business that does design work for luxury homes and new restaurants will be moving into a new office in Midtown Coeur d' Alene.The business will be in the former American Legion in the 700 block of N 4th St across from Capone's Pub.

Capone's Pub and Grill will open a 3rd location later this year in Hayden.Capone's will open at the corner of N Government Way and Hayden Ave after remodeling the former furniture store building at that corner.

Athlete's Choice is now called The Choice for Active Footwear and is still in Sandpoint but now at 109 Cedar St in Downtown Sandpoint

A new flea market has begun it's operation, The White Pine Flea Market can be found every weekend  at 30625 Hwy 95 in Athol,just a few miles north of the Silverwood Amusement Park.

New ATV Service business, The ATV Barn has opened in Hayden at 10762 N Government Way

Popular women's clothing store Vivo will open a new clearance store in the Sunset Shopping Center on E. Sunset across US 95 from the Fred Meyer in Coeur d' Alene.

New clinic Kootenai Hand and Reconstructive Surgery is now open at 2121 Ironwood Center Dr. in Coeur d' Alene. The clinic is affiliated with Kootenai Health.

Peck's Landscape and Farm Supply has moved to a new home with drive thru for feed,etc.. The business is now on the south side of the small Bonner County town of Sagle.

Idaho Trust Bank is moving into Downtown Coeur d' Alene and delisting their stock.The bank's new location will be at 622 E. Sherman Ave.

Fashion Jewelry business, Jewels is now open in Coeur d' Alene. Jewels has 2 locations,both new one is a kiosk near the center court of Coeur d' Alene Silver Lake Mall.The other location is in Midtown at 2022 N 4th St.

New full service salon Salon 1034 is now open in Midtown Coeur d' Alene at 1034 N 3rd St by Safeway.

The French and Asian Resturant Lemongrass on Lakeside Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene has closed.

Local Business Profiles-Bcharmed A Fine Charmed Life by Vickie

Today's Inland Northwest Business Watch local business profile is of a Spokane Valley business called Bcharmed A Fine Charmed Life by Vickie .The business is operated by a local Independent Stylist for a company called Bcharmed named Vickie who runs the business as well as being a teacher .

Bcharmed has been in business for a year now and Vickie has operated her Bcharmed business for about 2 months ago. The new business sells jewelry items like charms,chains,bracelets,beads,baubles and clusters that can be mixed and matched to create all kinds of unique looks. Bcharmed also has new products like aprons and custom photo charms,which can be perfect for businesses,teams or any kind of group or possibly a unique gift because they can be customized with photos,logos,etc...

For more info on Bcharmed- A Fine Charmed Life by Vickie visit-
Or on her Facebook page-

Local business profiles on Inland Northwest Business Watch are a promotion of local business,if your a business owner in the Spokane/ Coeur d' Alene area who wants to be written up on this site contact me at or posting to the INBW Facebook page at

Spokane Valley Fire's new administration building

The newest addition to growing Spokane Valley Fire Department is now open and fully operational. The new Spokane Valley Fire Administration building is located at 2120 N Wilbur Rd in Spokane Valley and actually had it's official opening in late April.
The new building is designed to take basically anything mother nature can fire at it and continue operation to keep the residents of Spokane Valley safe now matter what may happen. The building also houses new larger conference rooms that will be available for some public use.The new Admin. building cost aprox. 3.7 Million to build and was paid for using funds from a levy approved by Valley Voters in 2007.

For more info visit-

Rockwood Retirement Communities building new senior citizen housing.

As the Spokane region's baby boomers become senior citizens the need for senior housing in the region increases. But luckily local companies like Rockwood Retirement Communities are one step ahead of the game and are to build a new retirement community at their already sizable South Hill campus.

The new community will be an Senior Apartment Tower to be called The Summit and be located on their campus on East 25th Ave nearby Southeast Blvd on the South Hill. The Summit will be a 10 story high rise and offer more then 90 apartments.The new retirement community will also offer a on site Chapel, Library, Cultural Center, Theater, Rooftop Lounge, Fitness Center and a underground parking garage.

On top of all that The Summit will also have multiple dining options including a bistro. For more info on Rockwood's The Summit Retirement Community  as well as to see photos visit-

New restaurants coming to Downtown Spokane

The Village Cafe
The building at 171 S. Washington St. in Downtown Spokane that's been home to some of Spokane's most popular bars/venues is finally open once again with a new establishment called The Village Cafe. The building which was last The Empyrean Coffee House and at one time, The Big Dipper will host the new business which will be similar to the former businesses.

The Village Cafe also sells beer and wine and hosts live music regularly and intends to also maintain a family friendly atmosphere 

Bowl'z Bitez and Spirits
Bowl'z Bitez and Spirits is a new restaurant as well as being a hot spot for nightlife and similarly to the Village Cafe this new business will also offer live music for local musicians on a regular basis . Bowl'z Bitez and Spirits is on the ground floor of the Paulsen Building in the 400 blk. of W. Riverside Ave. They will offer both lunch and dinner. 

Cannon Coffee and Cone
This new coffee shop is not exactly Downtown but nearby at 1945 w. 4th Ave in the Browne's Addition neighborhood. Cannon Coffee and Cone  offers all of the coffee shop staples one would come to expect like Espresso,latte's ,baked goods,etc.. but they also offer ice cream from the Spokane based Brain Freeze Creamery. 

Beignets is a new restaurant that's is bringing something new to all together to Downtown Spokane,that's because Beignets is a Crepe restaurant. Beignets is now open behind Madeleine's Cafe about a block east of River Park Square Mall

Chipolte Mexican Grill 
The new Chipolte Mexican Grill in the 900 Block of N Division in between Downtown Spokane and Gonzaga University is the first location of the famous chain in the Spokane market. Chipolte offers gourmet burritos and salads. Chipolte is also probably the only restaurant offering a "burrito bowl" which is a burrito served without the tortilla. 

Loco Dogz
Loco Dogz is popular gourmet hot dog eatery near the Eastern Washington University campus in Cheney.While they are also opening soon near Gonzaga University they have also opened a food truck in the parking lot of the Subway at the corner of 3rd and Browne on the south side of Downtown Spokane.

Also opening or now open in Downtown Spokane (and mentioned previously here on Inland Northwest Business Watch) are...

Boots Bakery & Lounge at 24 W. Main Ave ( Former Rocket Bakery on Main site)
Method Juice Cafe at 718 W. Riverside Ave
EJ's Garden Bistro in Browne's Addition at 1928 W. Pacific Ave.
Quizno's Subs in the same strip mall as the new Chipolte Mexican Grill in the 900 block of N. Division St.

Got any more hot new resturants opening or moving in Downtown Spokane or elsewhere? I want to know,e-mail them to

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Coeur d' Alene new business update:July 5th 2012

In the Coeur d' Alene area...

Bubbles & Bows Pet Spa is now open in Rathdrum. The grooming and doggie daycare business is located at 6499 W. Commercial Park Ave next to the Rathdrum Animal Clinic

Frozen Yogurt store Groovberries is opening up shop across from the Riverstone Regal movie theater on Main St. in Riverstone. This is the first new business opening in Riverstone's Main St. area in a while,perhaps a sign of things to come?

Liberty Tax Service has closed it's Post Falls location on Hwy 41 by Subway and nearby the I-90 interchange. The Coeur d' Alene location remains open however.

Idaho Trust Bank is moving to a new location in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. The locally owned bank will now be near the Coeur d' Alene Public Library at 622 E. Sherman Ave.

BC Engineers is moving to a new larger office in Hayden. The firm will now be in the ALDC Building at 8680 Wayne Dr.

Country themed gift shop The Picket Fence which has been in the Hayden Creek Plaza at 8142 N. Goverment Way in Hayden is closed.The owner retired.

A new BBQ drive up restaurant has opened in Coeur d' Alene. That business is called Bent's Pitchamps BBQ and is located at 510 E. Best Ave by the Best Sandwich Company

A new furniture store will open soon in Post Falls.The store which is called Consign Furniture will open in the former Beaudry Motorsports building off of Polston Ave and along I-90

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Spokane New Business Update:July 3rd 2012

In the Spokane area...

Landen's Lost Treasures  opened last month in Spokane at 1004 E. Bridgeport at the corner of Bridgeport and Nevada.The store sells Incence,Tobacco Accessories as well as Candles and Clothing

Spokane Foot Clinic has opened a new podiatry clinic in Liberty Lake. The new clinic will be located at 2207 N Molter Rd.

Spokane VA Hospital is undergoing an expansion. The Hospital will build 15,000 square feet of new space which will include a endoscopy and gastrointestinal center.

The Spokane Valley based factory Wagstaff will also undergo an expansion. The addition will be 9000 square feet onto their exsisting building which is behind the Spokane Business and Industrial Park in Spokane Valley.The other half of the Wagstaff expansion will be building a new 48000 square foot building on the same site.

Crown Media and Printing has relocated to Liberty Lake. The business is now located at 24222 E. Pinehurst Lane.

Grand Estate Consignment has opened in Spokane. The new business sells consignment art,antiques and home furnishings. They are located at 7104 N Division St.

The Squirrel Box which is a tv and video production company has opened a new office in Spokane.

However you feel about their group, the group behind Occupy Spokane recently moved into their first permanent office/ clubhouse space at 1808 E. Sprague Ave.

Gearing up for this  November's big election is the reasoning behind the opening of the Spokane County Democrats campaign HQ opening last month in Spokane at 239 W. Main St.

Ravenous Raven Design is a new web site design firm in Spokane specializing web site's for small business and/or those with limited budgets

A new restaurant will call Spokane's new Kendall Yards area home later this year. Popular local chef David Blane will open Central Food in the the Cedar Plaza building which is under construction at the new development to the Northwest of Downtown Spokane

Smoov Cuts Barber Shop has opened next door to Zales Jewelers in the Spokane Valley Mall.

A new apartment complex will go up soon on the new portion of Indiana Ave. in Spokane Valley. The Beach House Apartments will once complete offer 216 new apartments at 16621 E. Indiana Pkwy.

Barton Auto which recently opened the Spokane area's first Fiat dealership called Barton Fiat is expanding again and will open a new showroom in North Spokane at 10171 N Newport Hwy. . The Fiat dealer is open now at their Downtown Spokane location and will most likely stay there.

The Spokane Public Facilities District will begin construction soon on what is described as 4 new "perminant food and beverage stations" within the lobby of the INB Preforming Arts Center in Downtown Spokane.Currently food service at the INB is with carts staffed by a company called Centerplate.

The new water treatment plant for the West Plains area is now up and on line.The plant is Airway Heights at 12405 W. 21st St.

J&J Janitorial Supply has opened their new store in Spokane at 6410 N Monroe St.

Monday, July 2, 2012

A new H&M is coming to Spokane Valley Mall,and other exciting changes

It seems like every few weeks this summer I have something new to report to my readers about a new store or change going on at the Spokane Valley Mall but today's new business news is sure to be the biggest yet.
That news is that Spokane Valley mall will be home to the Spokane area's first H&M store. H&M is a large  fast-fashion retailer based in Stockholm,Sweden and while the chain boasts about 2,300 stores in 43 countries worldwide this location will be the first in our region. H&M also operates a store in Portland which had large crowds attend the grand opening just last year.There is no official word on a opening date for the new Spokane Valley H&M store but will most likely be later this year.

But that's not all that's happening new store wise for the Mall. Previously reported projects continue with Wholesale Sports moving out and heading to a new in mall site at Northtown Mall,Victoria's Secret expanding their store and the Hong Kong Buffet moving to the stand alone building in the Mall parking lot that was last Winger Bros. restaurant.

Not yet covered changes for shops at Spokane Valley Mall are...
 -A new Vans Shoes store will open in the mall later this year,the trendy shoe retailer also has a popular store at Spokane's Northtown Mall.

 -Existing clothing store Anderson Ink is moving to the 2nd floor of the mall,nearby Macy's

 -The Select Comfort (Sleep Number Bed store) will also move to the 2nd floor now by Journey's

 -Locally owned and operated art and picture framing store The Great Frame Up will also move upstairs now nearby Macy's

 -Children's clothing store Justice has moved next to Macy's also on the 1st floor

 -Hip Hop inspired clothing retailer Boss Wear can now be found on the 2nd floor still near Macy's.