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Friday, August 31, 2012

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Coeur d' Alene new business update: Aug 29th 2012

In the Coeur d' Alene / North Idaho area....

Fray is now open at 811 N 4th St in the middle of Midtown Coeur d' Alene. Fray sells some furniture as well as home decor, art ,bags ,candles and lotions among many other items.

A new web business designed to help promote other businesses has got it's start and has moved into office space on the 3rd floor of the Parkside Tower in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. The new business is named Ishoutout .

The former Salon Bella Dona has a new owner a new name. The salon recently took on the name Revive Salon and Spa and will remain on Lakeside Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

Gold ,Silver and Platinum coins are the specialties of a new coin shop opening in the Highlands Crossing Shopping Center at the corner of Hwy 41 and Mullan Ave in Post Falls. The new coin dealer will be called Coin Revival.

Although they have been open since June( I never said I was fast at this! ) New Sun Adventures LLC are the new kids on the block in Coeur d' Alene's boat and Jet Ski rental industry. New Sun's offices are located just north of Downtown Coeur d' Alene at the corner of 2nd and Indiana .

Site work is now underway for the opening of Coeur d' Alene newest hotel , Springhill Inn and Suites . The new Spring Hill will be next door to the Holiday Inn on Seltice Way near I-90 exit 11 . The hotel should open next year.

A major remodel is underway to give a better work out experience for the members and guests at Peak Fitness on Ironwood near Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d' Alene. The remodel will include a re-do of the lobby and lounge area, new locker rooms as well as several other expansions. Peak plans a grand re-opening later this year although they plan to stay open during the construction.

A new indoor sports facility is now open in Post Falls, The facility is called Premier Sports Center and is located on Commerce Dr in the Seltice Way Commerce Park (off of Seltice Way inbetween Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene)

Body piercing business Relic Moon has moved but have no fear they are still located in Coeur d' Alene's Silver Lake Mall, Relic Moon is now in a bigger space on the north end of the Mall.

Wellness business Healing Foundations has opened next to the new State Farm Insurance office at 609 Calgary Ct. in Post Falls.

The street style Taco restaurant Taco Loco across Seltice Way from US Bank in Post Falls( Near Idaho St.) is now Ricardo's Baja Tacos . Unsure if there will be any menu changes.

The clock and watch retailer Watches by Gosh located in Downtown Coeur d' Alene's Resort Plaza Shops  shopping mall is apparently going out of business.

Idaho Forest Group is planning a major expansion to it's lumber mill operations at the tiny town of Chilco just north of Coeur d' Alene along US 95. Some neighbors to the mill have spoken out against the expansion but as of now permits have been ok'd and plans will move forward.

Coeur d' Alene and Idaho souvenir retailer Live by the Lake has moved into a new bigger space in Downtown Coeur d' Alene now directly on Sherman Ave. Live by the Lake is open in the space in the 500 Block of E. Sherman that once was Northwest Artists Art Gallery and store.

Live by the Lake will also now include a new business called Becca's Antique Attic 

TI Sommer's Hair Salon will open soon at 1520 1/2 E. Sherman Ave in Coeur d' Alene

Hiring is underway and the opening is fast approching on a new wine bar I reported on earlyer on this blog. The Satay Bistro and Wine Bar will open soon on 4th St. on the North end of Midtown Coeur d' Alene. Satay is owned by the same individual as the Hot Rod Cafe (which i'm also hearing a rumor about...more on this soon hopefully)

Construction work is underway for the new Pleasant View Surgery Center at 4171 W. Expo Pkwy across the street from the Love's Truck Stop in Post Falls.

Also previously reported on LePeep Cafe is also very close to opening in Coeur d' Alene. LePeep is a chain restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch and will be located in 1st floor of the Belleviere Condo building in the Riverstone development.

Spokane New Business Update:Aug 29th 2012

In the Spokane and Eastern Washington area...

Visiting Washington State University's Pullman Campus will get a lot easyer next year as WSU has announced they will open a new Marriott Hotel with a lease agreement between WSU and a developer. The new hotel will have 130 rooms and be located on a 7 acre site near the Rec. Center.

It's official the restaurant chain Hop Jack's will open their first store in Spokane this fall. Hop Jack's will be located in North Spokane on Nevada Ave. by the Northside Winco Foods grocery store

A new kind of Yoga studio is opening on the South Hill of Spokane. The studio is called The Bar Method and will open in the Grapetree Village at 2023 E. 29th Ave

New coffee shop The Coffee Connection is now open inside of Dessert Pals Bakery at 1831 1st St in Cheney.

MetLife Auto and Home Insurance has opened a new agency in Liberty Lake. Metlife can be found at 23403 E. Mission Ave Suite 106A

Spokane Thrift Store has now opened on Division just north of Downtown Spokane. They can be found behind the Rare Coin Co.'s store at the bottom of the hill.

The Catholic Diocese's chancery building in Spokane will soon be converted into new office space. The building which is located at 1023 W Riverside and will be located on the 1st 2 floors with the diocese maintaining space on the 3rd floor.No word as of yet on any potential building tenants.

Not only is it a new place to eat it will,for many in this area be an all new kind of food to eat with the opening of  Hajjer's Kitchen which is now open at 723 1st St in Cheney

Spirit Halloween returns to Spokane and Coeur d' Alene

The temp's are slowing getting cooler and the sun is setting earlyer and to put the icing on the cake of signs that Fall is just around the corner is the return of the Halloween chain , Spirit Halloween . Spirit which sells halloween costumes as well as props for parties and trick or treating will open to the public soon but has already put up signs and began hiring for their seasonal stores. This year the Inland Northwest will be the home of 4 Spirit stores,They will be located at....

15111 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley

722 W. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene

808 N Ruby St. near Downtown Spokane


7704 N Division in North Spokane

For more info Spirit Halloween and how to apply for jobs with Spirit visit their website at...

Local Business Profile- Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar

Looking for a nice spot in Spokane to unwind and sip some fine local wines or even wines from around the world, or maybe even a nice break with a microbrew and some light cuisine is just what your hard week around the office has you daydreaming about? Well if that's the case then look no farther then this week's Inland Northwest Business Local Business Profile of the Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar.

The Mezzo Pazzo is a relativity new business in Spokane located convently on the South Hill at 2718 E. 57th Ave Suite 105 . The bar is open 11am - 10pm Tues- Thurs. and 11am - 11pm on Fri and Sat. . The wine bar also offers some retail wine sales and gift items and even free wifi. The wine scene in Spokane is defiantly on the up and up and this new wine bar is a welcome addition.

For more info on the Mezzo Pazzo Wine bar visit their website at-
Or, visit their Facebook page.

Local Business Profiles are not a gurantee of a business or product but simply a way to promote the "Buy Local" movement. If your a local business owner in Spokane or Coeur d' Alene e-mail me at for consideration of a free write-up on this web site.

Coeur d' Alene's Roosevelt Inn on Hotel Hell Follow-up

Earlier this year I reported that The Roosevelt Inn Bed and Breakfast in Coeur d' Alene was to be featured and revamped as part of the new FOX reality TV show Hotel Hell starring Gordon Ramsay who many will know from his other popular FOX TV show, Hell's Kitchen. The new show, Hotel Hell is now a couple of episodes in to it's first season on FOX.

I can now follow up that an air date for the Roosevelt Inn's Hotel Hell episode has been officially announced. That episode will air on nationwide on Sept 3rd at 8pm.

The Roosevelt Inn which is owned by Coeur d' Alene residents John and Tina Hough will also host a dinner party and viewing party the night of the episode's airing. The party will feature a gourmet meal for 50 dollars and the opportunity to watch the Hotel Hell episode as it airs on a large screen to be set up in the yard of the hotel. Reservations are being taken for this unique event.

For more info on The Roosevelt Inn visit the web site's listed below-

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The Roosevelt Inn's web site-

New tenants at Riverview Corporate Center

Walt Worthly's large class A office center called the Riverview Corporate Center which is located on Indiana Ave. near the I-90 Sullivan Rd exit announced a few new tenants last month,they are...

Ameriprise Financial Services has moved into 1,500 sqaure feet of the building's main floor.

Wells Fargo Dealer Services has taken about 8,500 square feet of space on the building's second floor.


Osprey Insurance Agency has moved into the office building from another location in Spokane Valley.Osprey will occupy 1,100 square feet of office space.

The Riverview Corporate Center is a newer office building that while it has been open for some time the office building struggled, largely due to economic issues in it's first few months in business. Today several businesses occupy the center and office space is still available for lease.

For more info on the Riverview Corporate Center in Spokane Valley visit-

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Coeur d' Alene new business update: Aug 22nd 2012

In the Coeur d' Alene area...

Kootenai County Commissioners gave the OK to a new RV Park called Ravenwood Rv Resort on Pope Rd just north of Hayden. The new RV Park is only about a mile from Silverwood and plans to be open primarily to guests of the theme park. Ravenwood will offer 144 camping sites as well as 18 cabins.

Trinity Group Homes is moving their offices into office space at 2115 E. Sherman Ave in Coeur d' Alene.

The Post Falls Doughnut House is now under a new name,The doughnut shop is now called Doughnut Dugout and is still located in the strip mall across of W. Seltice Way from the Post Falls Trading Co. grocery store.

Louie's Insurance on 4th St in the same row of businesses as Franklin's Cheese Steaks has closed and moved in with the new Evans Insurance office in the former Dept. of Labor building at 1221 W. Ironwood #103

A new tenant is already taking over the former Adult Education Center at the corner of 5th and Lakeside in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. The building will be a new location for the Coeur d' Alene Homes Auxiliary Thrift Store.  The new Thrift Store is much larger then their previous home on Sherman east of Downtown. The store will be open Tues thru Sat.

Goodwill Industries has opened a new donation drop off site along Mullan Ave. next to Parker Subaru in Post Falls.

A new State Farm Insurance Agency has moved into space in the strip style building along Polston Ave. behind Kootenai Medical Center's office building also in Post Falls.

A new indoor sports facility opened recently in Hayden. The new business which is called the Thunderdome is in 100 blk of W. Miles Ave.

Shen Tang Acupuncture Clinic is now open in suite 213 of the Wandermere Real Estate office building at 1616 W. Seltice Way in Post Falls 

Katheryn's Portraits has moved out of their office in North Coeur d' Alene at 6680 N Government Way by Silver Lake Mall.

Auburn Crest Hospice is opening at 1596 W. Seltice Way across from the Post Falls Trading Co store.

Thermal Pressure Massage is now open in Post Falls in the Mullan Plaza building at the corner of Mullan and Cecil Rd.

Spokane new business update:Aug 22nd 2012

Note: due to the slow speeds of my network I am unable to include a link to each new business,however if any of the mentioned businesses is your's or there is an item you want to know more about e-mail me and i'll add a link.

In the Spokane area...

Creating a new fun thing for adults on the Weekends is the new Spokane Party Trolley . The Party Trolley is a human powered trolley that can be rented for parties/ pub crawls

Construction has begun on the first Spokane area location of Tacoma Screw Products. The new Tacoma Screw will be located in plain sight of I-90 near the Sprague Ave exit in Spokane Valley. The building which will serve as an outlet store will be at 222 S. Howe Rd.

Spokane's Northtown Mall will soon add a Panda Express to it's food court offerings. The new Northtown Panda Express will be next to Ivar's Seafood.

Beauty Supply chain retailer Northwest Beauty will soon move their store at Northtown Mall. The new location is still on the first floor but now near the food court and across from Van's Shoes.

Providence Health System will open a new Urgent Care Clinic early next year at 421 S. Division St on the Lower South Hill.

Fans of the craft and home decor superstore Hobby Lobby will want to check out the new North Spokane Hobby Lobby at 7706 N Division . The new store's opening date will officially be Aug. 31st

Spokane based Grocery Store chain Yoke's Foods is branching out of Spokane with a new store opening on Keene Rd. in Richland,Washington( Tri-Cities )

Hey Gorgeous Salon is now open in Spokane Valley at 2901 N Argonne Rd. Suite 2

Paint In My Hair Boutique is moving to a new bigger location in Spokane. The business will now be in the 3000 Block on North Monroe St.

Charisma Hair & Styling Salon is moving to a new home at 1727 E. Francis in North Spokane.

Vintage retailer Artemis is moving from N. Monroe into Downtown Spokane. The store will soon be located in 1100 block of W. 1st Ave. They plan to open sometime in October.

Disability Management Consulting is moving into their new home at 510 N Mullan in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Barre Studio is now open in Downtown Spokane at 201 W. Riverside Ave.

Specialty Auto & Tire has opened a new location in Spokane Valley. The auto repair shop can now be found at 10415 E. Sprague Ave.

The Pheasant Hill Inn and Suites on Pines Rd. nearby I-90 in Spokane Valley has joined a chain and will now take on the Comfort Inn hotel name.

A new Pizza Restaurant will take over the space in Cheney that last was Immix Fusion Restaurant . The new restaurant will be called Zentropa Pizzeria and Pub and will open at 122 College Ave.

Spokane based DeVries has acquired the Pasco based shredding company  Green Shred and plans to move their operations and offices to Spokane in with DeVries which is located at 601 E. Pacific.

With the allowance of privately ran Liquor Stores in Washington State the Good Spirits liquor store chain is already enjoying growth in the Spokane area. Good Spirits operates a store on 3rd and will also soon open at 1804 W. Francis Ave in North Spokane .

Work is underway for a new spa to be called The Calm. The Calm will open on the South Hill at the corner of 13th and Grand Ave.

A new craft distillery will open soon in Spokane. The Tinbender Craft Distillery will open in the fall at 5634 E. Commerce in Spokane.
For more info visit Tinbender on Facebook at...

Northern Quest Casino's newly expanded buffet now open

A favorite stop of many Northern Quest Casino guests has always been a meal at the Casino's River's Edge Buffet because of it's selection of several different kinds of lunches,dinners and of course desserts. And now the Casino's owner The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has just wrapped up a major expansion of the buffet to increase the offerings and dining space.

The new River's Edge Buffet includes the former buffer space as well as the space that it took over from the now closed Woodlands Restaurant for a grand total of 11,000 square feet of restaurant space located in a family friendly area of the Casino directly next door to the Pond Orielle Pavilion (The Casino's event center). The newly expanded buffet offers a Vegas Style dining experience with several new action stations and a pizza station for pizza's made on dough milled locally by Shepard's Grain Flour of Reardan.

But if your concerned your favorite item from the old buffet might not have made it to the new River's Edge menu have no fear as many items are still available. The buffet at Northern Quest is open 7 days a week from 7am till 10pm also with a Sunday brunch that features a chocolate fountain is available on Sunday's from 7am till 3:30pm.

For more info on the River's Edge Buffet and the entire Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights visit-

Coeur d' Alene Carousel finds it's new home

A highlight to a trip to Spokane is usually a visit to the landmark carousel at Riverfront Park Downtown but did you know Coeur d' Alene once had a carousel of it's own? That carousel was a favorite of many who once visited the Playland Pier a now long gone theme park that was built on a pier jetting out into Lake Coeur d' Alene in between City Park and Downtown Coeur d' Alene. The carousel was a fixture at the pier from the early 1940's thru the 1970's leaving many who grew up around Coeur d' Alene fond memories.

The carousel left Coeur d' Alene for a few decades until 2011 when John and Pat Foote paid 200,000 to purchase back the carousel and it now sits in storage somewhere in Coeur d' Alene.

But now the foundation working along side of  the local urban renewal agency the Lake City Development Corporation ( LCDC ) have found it a home and one that will sure add to somewhat struggling area,Riverstone. LCDC and the Coeur d' Alene Carousel Foundation plan to build a new building near the lake in the Riverstone Park. It's unclear as to when the carousel will be open again to the public and what,if anything might also be built at the carousel building's site but we should know more in near future.

For more info on the non-profit Coeur d' Alene Carousel Foundation visit-

New baseball stadium proposed for Coeur d' Alene

One of the largest development projects on the horizon for Coeur d' Alene might just come to fruition soon and be open for the Summer of 2014. That project is a new baseball stadium that is in the works off of 15th St. near Cherry Hill Park and I-90. Many ,including officials with the City of Coeur d' Alene are seeking the construction of a new larger stadium due to the loss of the American Legion baseball fields at McEwen Park due that Downtown park being planned to undergo a complete re-build itself in the coming months.

The American Legion's baseball team,The Coeur d' Alene Lumbermen is already ironing out a plan with the city to relocate their games to fields off of Ramsey Rd near The Kroc Center. But the new stadium will not go empty as a West Coast League Baseball team called the Riverhawks has expressed interest in moving to Coeur d' Alene and using the new stadium as their home field. The Riverhawks which have been on hiatus for the last couple of seasons used to play in Spokane as the Spokane Riverhawks and had mentioned a move to Coeur d' Alene back in 2009, however in 2009 Coeur d' Alene still lacked proper facilities to support a local baseball team.

The new Baseball stadium is being spearheaded by a newly formed local non-profit origination with baseball legend and Hayden resident, Don Larsen acting as honorary chair of the group. The new stadium would be much larger then the fields seen today at McEwen Park. In fact the new stadium would be potentially large enough for other uses such as concerts and tradeshows. The outfield could even be used for soccer or field hockey should the need arise.

The proposed news stadium would include 2 new surface parking lots connected by a round-a-bout and will cost around 3 million to build. Seating at new ballpark is unclear at this time but would surely be a size-ably higher amount over the current seating arrangement at McEwen in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

For more info on the new Stadium or how to donate to help with construction costs,etc... visit-

Saturday, August 18, 2012

A free way to promote your local business!

Regular readers of Inland Northwest Business Watch have come to know that from time to time I share info on a selected local business in what is called a local business profile. The problem is i'd like to expand this feature but get only a few e-mail's about it every month, if you want to be blogged about for all of my readers to see please e-mail me at . There is only 1 thing that I ask, if I write about your business please promote my site in return by eather shareing the post on your Facebook or Twitter page or on your web site.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Mobius Science Center now open in Downtown Spokane

After several years of planning and fundraising efforts ,followed by a couple more of construction the all new Mobius Science Center is now officially open at 811 W. Main Ave in Downtown Spokane. The new interactive science museum is a project of Mobius a group that was formed out of the former Children's Museum of Spokane and the Inland Northwest Science and Technology Center. Since the merger Mobius has ran and will continue to run the Mobius Kids Museum located in the basement level of Downtown's River Park Square mall.

The new Mobius Science Center is located directly across the street from River Park Square and features some 65 hands on stations and a gift shop spread out over the 28,000 square foot space at the ground floor of a mainly condo building. Admission to the Science Center is 7.00 for children and 10.00 for adults , The center is now open 10a - 6p and will host an official grand opening on Sept. 8th.

For more info on the Mobius Science Center visit-

Allegiant Air "lands" in Spokane

Budget airfare airline, Allegiant Air has officially announced it will begin service at Spokane International Airport next year. Allegiant will begin service to and from Spokane in Jan. and will first offer a non stop flight between Spokane and Honolulu, Hawaii which at this point in time is not offered by any other airline. Allegiant Air has set a base price of 179.00 for the flight which is defiantly qualifies as a budget ticket price however it does not include some extra fee's including a small fee for choosing your own seat and even a fee for a carry on bag.

Allegiant Air is airline based in Las Vegas,Nevada which is undergoing some restructuring of some of their flights in and out of smaller markets. Allegiant also recently announced it will end flight service to LA from Billings,Mt and the Tri-Cities.

For more info on Allegiant Air and the new connection of Spokane to Hawaii visit-

Coeur d' Alene area New Business Update : Aug 15th 2012

In the Coeur d' Alene area...

The Rockin' Robin Cafe at 3650 N Government Way in Coeur d' Alene has closed ending a long run as a popular breakfast and lunch hot spot.

But fans of the Rockin' Robin Cafe won't have to wait long as the Broken Egg Cafe will open soon in the cafe's building on N Government Way.

Verizon reseller Phones Plus is building a new store and headquarters building at the corner of Herborn and Seltice Way near I-90 in Post Falls. Site work is underway now.

Surplus and firearms dealer Triple S has become Don's Triple S Surplus . Don's is located in Hayden at 9422 N Government Way.

Anita's Antiques is now open in Priest River. Anita's can be found at 535 High St across from AJ's Cafe.

The John Popp Massianic Fellowship is a Jewish religious organization which is moving into space in Post Falls at 305 N Spokane St.

All Star Guitars is now open in Post Falls. The guitar store is located in suite a of the strip mall at 205 W. Seltice Way.

Decor Amor which had been a home decor store on Government Way across the road from Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d' Alene has closed their retail store. Decor Amor however can still be found around the Inland Northwest as a booth vendor at certain shows and sales.

Construction is underway for the newest assisted living complex in Coeur d' Alene. The new complex will be located at 2772 W. Avante Loop directly next to Woodland Middle School. The name of the new facility is to be Renaissance Assisted Living .

Coeur d' Alene's Paris Flea Market has opened a new coffee and esspresso stand inside of the new larger flea market space. The new coffee stand is called Alley Cat Coffee Co. and is located inside at 1815 N 4th St in Midtown Coeur d' Alene.

CoinNuts which was a coin store and gold and silver buyer in the Sunset Mall Shopping Center across US 95  from Fred Meyer has closed. There is some rumors going around about this closure being the result of a raid, at this point I cannot confirm this.

Spokane New Business Update : August 15th 2012

In the Spokane area...

Cherry Hill Cherries which is in the Green Bluff area at 18207 N Sands Rd. has a new Antique Gift Shop at their Cherry Farm.

Spokane based Physicians Clinic's has merged with Providence Health. The former Physicians Clinic's will keep their staff and will not move from the their current 2 locations at 910 W 5th and 820 S McClellan in Spokane.

Rockwood Property Management will move in the coming months to the new Kendall Yards mixed-use development north of Downtown Spokane. Rockwood will be located in the same building as the new Cental Food restaurant, which will be the first restaurant for the long awaited new neighborhood.

Spokane Mental Health  and Family Service Spokane have merged and will now operate together under the new name Frontier Behavioral Health .

The Bird's Nest Zine Library which had been in Downtown Spokane has closed.

The retail beer store Brews on Washington in Downtown Spokane has also closed.

Pop N Corn is a new specialty shop now open on the second floor of the Spokane Valley Mall near the Big Bear Chocolates store . The new Pop n' Corn store sells gourmet popcorn as well as a large selection of soda's

Aaron's Rent to Own is moving out of the shopping center at the corner of Sprague and Pines and will re-open in the Argonne Village Shopping Center, still in Spokane Valley at the corner of Montgomery and Argonne Rd.

Video production company Squirrel Box has opened on the South Hill in Spokane.

Rex's Burgers and Brews which had been open only a short time in the former Niko's Wine Bar space at the corner of Post and Riverside in Downtown Spokane has closed.

Rex's sister restaurant Fraiche Contemporary French Cuisine which had been next door to Rex's Burgers and Brews has also closed.

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has opened a new warehouse at 102 S. Industry Dr. in Airway Heights near the tribe's Northern Quest Resort and Casino. The tribe plans to use the new space as storage and for the laundry services of the Casino

Conservabox is a new Spokane based reusable box rental service that is now open.

The former Cedars Inn hotel in Liberty Lake is now part of the Quality Inn chain.

Destiny Floral and Gift has moved into a new location. The Spokane florist is now inside of The Heart of Spokane at 2907 N Monroe St.

Summit Rehab Valley in Spokane Valley has relocated. The physical therapy business is now open at 1101 N Argonne Rd.

An established ballet school called Ballet Arts Academy has moved to a new home at 109 W. Pacific in Spokane.

The popular Garland District old fashioned diner Ferguson's Cafe has offically re-opened after a fire destroyed their restaurant last year. Ferguson's is a local landmark as well as a filming location for the 90's movie Benny & Joon

A new art gallery called A Cup of Cool Water has opened in Downtown Spokane. The gallery is located at   1106 W. 2nd Ave.

Chimney cleaning business Spokane Chimney Doctor is now open at 3906 N Nevada in Spokane

The Spokane College of English Learning is moving into space on the 2nd floor of 718 W. Riverside in Downtown Spokane.

Spokane Aerial Performing Arts is now located in Spokane Valley at 5503 E. Broadway.

The Spokane based air ambulance service ,Northwest Medstar has expanded adding a 4th helicopter base in Pullman to serve the Moscow and Pullman area.

The Rockwood Same Day Orthpedics Clinic has opened in the main Rockwood Clinic at 400 E. 5th Ave  on Spokane's lower South Hill.

The new Market St. Thrift Store is now open at 5202 N Market St in Spokane

Soulful Hands Massage Therapy is moving into space at 2312 N Cherry St. in Spokane.

A new subdivision called Centre Court is now open on the South Hill in Spokane. The new 50+ lot development can be found by S. Havana St near 22nd Ave.

A new thrift store called The Sandbox has opened at 1309 S. Lawson in Airway Heights

A new locally based Gonzaga fan site has launched. The site is called

A new Verizon Wireless corporate retail store has opened in the strip mall space along Indiana Ave to the immediate east of the Spokane Valley Mall

The Spokane based Washington Trust Bank will move some of their back office and call center operations to a newly leased space in Downtown Spokane's Holley Mason Building at 157 S. Howard St. 

More local breweries coming to the Spokane/CdA area

Due in part to a less than perfect economy, one of the hottest industries in the nation right now is Microbrew Beer's / Craft Brewing and the effects of that national beer craze is defiantly being felt right here in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area with several new breweries now open or opening soon in the local area. Several local brewers have even formed a organization called the Spokane / Inland Northwest Craft Brewers who hope to promote the Inland Northwest region thru it's beers.

Among the newest additions to the area's brewery scene are...

Selkirk Abbey Brewing Co. A Belgian style brewery  that opened just last month in the 6000 block of Seltice Way inbetween Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene

Red Barn   Red Barn will open soon as the first brewery in the Green Bluff Growers area. The Red Barn Brewery will be located inside of Bodacious Berries, Fruits and Brews at 16004 N Applewood Lane,Mead .

Slate Creek will be the newest brewery for Coeur d' Alene. The Slate Creek Brewery is aiming to open in the fall at 1710 N 4th St in Midtown Coeur d' Alene

Trickster's Brewing Co. will also open soon in Coeur d' Alene. The brewery is now under construction off of Kathleen Ave near the Coeur d' Alene Police Department HQ.

Knucklehead Brewing will open soon at 25011 E. Trent Ave. in Newman Lake.

Beljica will open soon in Chewelah. Beljica will be the area's second Belgian style brewery.

Also work continues on River City Brewing in Downtown Spokane and Spokane's Northern Lights Brewing Co. is enjoying success locally under their new name No-Li Brewing Co. . No-Li is still located in their original location on Trent Ave. just a few blocks east of Downtown Spokane.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012


Notice to the INBW regular readers, Due to schedules around the newsroom a.k.a my living room the new business update will be delayed till next week.

However until that is posted there is always new businesses always being added to our Facebook page...

Local Business Profile :Idaho Scenic Images

Today's Inland Northwest Business Watch local business profile is of a business in Coeur d' Alene that's really made a name for itself in the landscape photography industry thru out the region. That local business is Idaho Scenic Images and they provide landscape photography to be used in offices, medical office settings, hotels and even for advertising campaigns and promotional tourism literature as well as many other uses. Idaho Scenic Images photo's can even be found in the pages of the July issue of Idaho Magazine.

Idaho Scenic Images also operates a web site selling their photo's including many from around Coeur d' Alene and North Idaho. On the one can even find a 16 dollar North Idaho calender plus books , collage prints and more.

To learn more on Idaho Scenic Images visit their web site at-
Or on their Facebook page-

Local business profiles on Inland Northwest Business Watch are a look at a local business and are not a guarantee of a product or service. If you own a business in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area and would like written up in a local business profile contact us at

Pig Out in The Park food vendors announced

The wait is over, Spokane's famous event Pig Out in the Park has officially posted which food vendors will have a precence at this year's event. Pig Out in the Park 2012 will take place in Riverfront Park at Downtown Spokane Aug 29th thru Sept 3rd.

For more info on Pig Out in the Park 2012 visit-

The food vendors will be- Azars CafĂ© , Bacon Wrapped Hotdog , Baja Babes Tacos  ,Baja Bowl Southwestern Grill  ,Beignet's,Ben & Jerry's,  Berryhills Concession- Deep Fried Trailer, Berryhills Concessions- Gyros Stand,  Big Pappa's BBQ,  Bloem Flowers, Chocolates, Paperre,  Bumpus Burgers, Candy & Company, Celebrations Bakery, Carlson Catering- Crepe Tyme, Carlson Catering- Euro Gyros, Egg Roll Express, Dim Sum Wok, Eldon's Original Italian Sausage, Fiesta Time Foods, Gumbo Goddess, Huli Huli Chicken, Short Cake Haven, Wister's Funnel Cake, Inland Empire Concessions(Which is known for their many fried foods), Island Noodle, Java Oasis, Kangs Mongolian Grill, Kochi Teriyaki Grill, Leonardo's, Longhorn BBQ, Lylo's Teriyaki, Mary Lou's Ice Cream, Oden's Den, Papa John's Pizza, Philly Bros/Fry Guys, Pizza Rita, Seely Thai Cuisine, Selkirk Sausage, Slawtered Chicken, Southern Roasted Chicken, Taste of India,  Thai Lunch Box,  Taste of the Islands, Terry's Breakfast, Top Chef Concessions , Trophy Spice, Walking Tacos & Cow Pies, White House Grill, Westmoreland Concessions,  Yuzen Japanese Restaurant  and Zieglers Bratwurst Haus

Additional vendors may still be added.

Coeur d' Alene area business licence watch : Aug 8th 2012

Business Licence Watch is a review of recently issued business licences to show what new businesses might be coming, Note however that some may only be renewals and some may not be open to the public only a review of what might be on the horizon.Also not all are licences are listed....

Here are the business licences for the Coeur d' Alene area...

- Blackwell Boutique Hotel   820 E. Sherman Coeur d' Alene
- CDA Combat   3786 N Huetter Rd. # B-2 Coeur d' Alene
- Coeur d' Alene Laundry and Drycleaning   179 W. Haycraft Ave. Coeur d' Alene
- Gus's Cigar Pub   PO Box 3941 ( will watch this one for a location) Coeur d' Alene
- Orthopedic Physical Therapy Institute    850 Ironwood Suite 202 Coeur d' Alene
- Yes Mortgage   2426 Merritt Creek Loop Suite A Coeur d' Alene

- All Star Guitars  205 W. Seltice Way Suite A Post Falls

-Fluid Parkour Acadamy   6391 W. Trestle St. Suite 1 Rathdrum

One Lakeside proposes major change to Downtown Coeur d' Alene

Since the 1950's a single story brick apartment building has stood in Downtown Coeur d' Alene on the northwest corner of 2nd Ave. and Lakeside ( 201 N 2nd Ave. ) .  But if one Aspen,Colo. development company called Austin Lawrence Partners has purchased the building and the land it sits on due to it's prime spot near Lake Coeur d' Alene with plans to develop a new high rise apartment building called One Lakeside.

The new One Lakeside Apartment building will be a brick building with 12 stories and 60 apartments with rental units ranging from 750 to 3400 square feet . Tenants of the purposed apartment complex will enjoy great views of the lake and the rest of the Downtown area. One Lakeside will have a rooftop pool, hot tub and private secure entry.

Currently One Lakeside is now entering the permitting phases and should gather a lot of attention from the public in the coming months and owners hope to have permits and break ground early next year.

For more info on Coeur d' Alene's proposed One Lakeside building,including art of the new building visit-

Spokane Art School to re-open

The former Spokane based art instruction school, The Spokane Art School has officially reincorporated the School using funding set aside from 2008 and plans to re-open the art school offering classes at several locations around Spokane. One such location will be the former home of Tinman Too,which had been a children's bookstore at 809 W. Garland in Spokane's Garland District until that store closed recently.

The Spokane Art School has been closed since 2008 and plans to bring back many of the former instructors and board members that worked with the school 4 years ago.

For more info on the Spokane Art School visit-

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Frontier to close it's Coeur d' Alene call center

Officials with the landline telephone company Frontier have announced plans to close there call center on Mineral Drive by Best Buy on the North side of Coeur d' Alene will close later this Summer. The call center closure will leave about 100 local Frontier employees out of work. Frontier took over for competing company Verizon in 2011 in the Coeur d' Alene / Kootenai County area. Along with the call center in Coeur d' Alene Frontier also operates all landline operations in the area as well as giving funds to complete the Ice Arena in Coeur d' Alene earning that arena the name Frontier Ice Arena.

Sandpoint's new Sand Creek Byway now open

After a few years of on going road construction and dealing with some opposition from local residents, a new vital link around the North Idaho City of Sandpoint is now complete and open to traffic. The new road is a 2+ mile long bypass of Sandpoint for travelers on Us Hwy 95 and will one day link into the Idaho Transportation Department's plans to create a 4 lane highway for US 95 from Coeur d' Alene north all the way to the border with Canada,Another section of that new freeway is under construction now from Hayden to Athol in the Silverwood Theme Park area.

The new Sandpoint bypass is called the Sand Creek Byway because it parallel's Sand Creek and Lake Pond Orelle to the east of Downtown Sandpoint and then re-joins the original highway north of Sandpoint just south of Bonner Mall in the small town of Ponderay. The Sand Creek Byway also includes a bicycle / hiking trail to the west of the main roadway which should open on a close date to the Byway opening. The Sand Creek Byway has been on the state's largest road projects and has been an item of discussion for decades to reduce the truck traffic,etc... from Sandpoint's downtown streets.

For more info on ITD's new Sand Creek Byways visit-

A photo of the new Sand Creek Byway-

New Petting Zoo opens in Spokane Valley

Looking for something to do this summer with the kids? Well one new business now open Spokane Valley may have the answer you need.  The Mountain Valley View Farm just south of Saltese Rd. has opened a new petting zoo with many farm animals and even some that aren't easy to see just anywhere like emus and peacocks. In all the new petting zoo has over 100 different species of animals on their farm.

Mountain Valley View Farm is open by appointment and also offers Ice Cream and Cold Drinks as well as box lunches that are available upon 24 hour request. Admission to the Petting Zoo is as follows...
Kids under 2...Free
Kids 2-10 ... $6.00
Kids 11-18 ....$8.00
And all Veterans and Active Military have no charge.

For More info on the Mountain Valley View Farm's Petting Zoo visit-

New business update: Aug 1st 2012

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New business updates for the Spokane area...

A new fragrance store has opened in Downtown Spokane. The business is called Modern Apothecary and they can be found at 9 S. Howard St.

Big changes in the Lincoln Heights area on the South Hill in Spokane with the opening of the new Lincoln Heights III Strip Mall on the site of the former China South Chinese Restaurant and very nearby the Spokane Trader Joe's store . The newly built strip mall will be home to... Costa Vida , Sprint Wireless , NW Beauty and Urban Canine .

Wags to Riches is moving into space at 9406 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Rockwood Family Medicine is moving into a new home inside the Deconess Medical Office building at 801 W. 5th Suite 205 in Spokane's Lower South Hill neighborhood.

Rockwood is also expanding with the addition of the new Rockwood Same Day Orthopedics Clinic  which is now open inside the main Rockwood Clinic at 400 E. 5th Ave in Spokane

Guardian Angel Homes a developer and manager of senior citizen housing will build a new Senior Citizen cottage development at 23102 E. Mission in Liberty Lake. The project will have 8 units in all.

A new home decor and gift store has opened in Spokane. The new business is called As the Crow Flies and is located at 3807 E. Bismark.

A upscale consignment clothing store called Echo Boutique is now open in Downtown Spokane. Echo is at 176 S. Howard St Suite A

Solid Rock Security recently opened a new security showroom in Spokane to allow customers of the security business to try before they buy on the latest security products. The new showroom can be found at 21 S. Theirman

Mobile Home business The Home Boys has moved and is now located at 15906 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley

Get Wild Dancewear is now open in Spokane Valley at 10807 E. 3rd Ave.

Shermaine Nichole Hair Design, Beauty and Barber has a new location in Spokane's Browne's Addition. The long named salon can be found at 1601 W. Pacific Ave.

A new food truck Trophy Spice has a new open in Spokane. The business can be found Monday thru Friday at 3604 E. Olive in Spokane across from Napa Auto Parts.

Sterling Bank will consolidate some of their departments into a new office floor they will sublease in Crescent Court building in Downtown Spokane .The new space at 707 W. Main Ave was last the regional offices of the USPS and is only a couple of blocks from Sterling Bank's Headquarters.

Physical Therapy Associates PS will build a new office on the South Hill of Spokane. The new clinic will be at the corner of 27th and Southeast Blvd.

Wholesale food distribution business, Northern Sales will move into a new larger distribution center at 2501 N Farr in Spokane Valley. The business had been operating in Airway Heights.

A new real estate business opened recently in Downtown Spokane. The new Prime Real Estate has offices at 417 W. 1st Ave.

Gas station chain Maverik recently came to the Spokane area and is obviously not doing to bad in the local region as they plan to open a 3rd new store. The time in Spokane Valley, The new Valley Maverik will be at 717 N Evergreen or the corner of Evergreen Rd. And Broadway.

New business updates for the Coeur d' Alene area...

Paris Flea Market has expanded yet again adding a second location. The Flea Market in Coeur d' Alene recently moved to a bigger space by Fasteners,Inc. and the Hospice Thrift Store in 1800 block of N 4th St. to make way for LCDC's Midtown apartment building project. But shortly after the move plans fell thru, at least for now, for the apartments which allowed Paris Flea Market to re-open a second flea market in their old building at 823 N 4th St.

The North Idaho College Adult Education Center in Coeur d' Alene has moved after years on Lakeside Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene the Adult Learning Center/ GED Testing site is now back on campus at NIC only a few block west of Downtown. The classes are in room 204 of the Hedlund Building.

Along with the recent opening of the Bonners Ferry Super 1 Foods grocery store comes the new Bonners Ferry Medicine Man Pharmacy located inside of Super 1 at 6452 Main St.

Coleman Oil has opened a new location Sandpoint. The new Coleman Oil is at 1520 Baldy Park Rd.

Pageboy Pinup's Hair Design is moving and can now be found inside of Designer 1 Hair Fashions at 702 N Spokane St in Post Falls.

Offering a way to save money around Coeur d' Alene / Post Falls and the rest of North Idaho is the plan for a new business called Just4fundz North Idaho Discount Card . Just4Fundz opened in July and already offers some deals to local businesses.
For more info visit-

The smoke shop on the Coeur d' Alene Indian Reservation Fighting Creek Market  is expanding and will soon open an all new market in a new building at the corner of Hwy 95 and Elder Rd about 20 or so min. south of Coeur d' Alene.

The Spokane hockey supply retailer Hockey Armor will open a new store in Coeur d' Alene nearby the new Frontier Ice Arena. The Coeur d' Alene Hockey Armor store will be at 3507 W. Seltice Way.

Construction is underway at the entry to the large Riverside Harbor subdivision along Seltice just east of Hwy 41 in Post Falls. The new building looks like a large home,and there is good reason for that as the project will be a new assisted living community called The Lodge at Riverside Harbor. Once complete the development will offer 32 living units.

Major changes coming to the Spokane VA Hospital

Big things are in the works in the coming months and years for The Spokane VA Hospital located in Northwest Spokane at 4815 N Wellesley Ave. In all the Veterans Affairs agency will spend upwards of $50 Million dollars here locally on construction projects. All of the expansions and improvements are geared towards giving Veterans in the Spokane region the best possible care and access to new medical and mental health programs.

The Spokane VA will soon expand it's second floor to include an all new endoscopy and gastrointestinal unit  and a new central processing suite which will be located over the Medical Center.Also in the works on the main building is a plan to soon expand and upgrade the inpatient surgery center.

The VA is also expanding it's Mental Health services departments into an all new 18000 square foot building located on the North end of the Spokane VA's large campus. Also now under construction is another new building on campus for the audiology department. Both new building will open this summer.

And as if the second floor build out ,a newly expanded Mental Health Services center and audiology department wasn't enough The Spokane VA Hospital is looking towards the future with 2 more projects on the drawing room table for construction in the near future.Those future projects include a on site assisted living center which could also provide hospice services as well a relocation to a bigger site for the Coeur d' Alene VA Clinic, The VA is searching in Coeur d' Alene now for a larger home for that clinic.

For more info on the Spokane VA Hospital and the region's VA Clinic's as well as how to volunteer your time with them please visit-