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Friday, November 30, 2012

Santa Express open in Downtown Spokane

Sure Santa Express isn't in it's first year being open. However it's what this seasonal retail store does for kids and the community that makes it's annual opening so beneficial. Santa Express gives kids the chance to shop for their parents and other loved one's, on their own,teaching them shopping skills and those all important budgeting skills.

At Santa Express children are matched with a store volunteer and then taken behind a curtain to where they can shop, purchase and even wrap up the gifts to give to their loved ones on the holiday. Santa Express also features a small selection outside of the curtained off area so adults can shop some too.

And to top it all of, Santa Express is a non profit store. The store each year helps to fund the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery . In fact last year's store sale provided over 60,000 dollars to assist the shelter.

Santa Express is located on the 2nd floor of the Cresent Court Building at 707 W. Main St in Downtown Spokane (inbetween River Park Square and the STA Bus Plaza).

For more info on Santa Express visit-

The Bozzi Collection opening in Downtown Spokane

Bozzi, is a well known name around Spokane due in great part to efforts of Bozzi Media. Bozzi Media is locally owned and operated magazine publishing company that publishes such popular local magazine's as Spokane Coeur d' Alene Living and Inland Business Catalyst. Also company owner Vincent Bozzi owns 3 of the businesses inside of the Flour Mill.

But now the Spokane's Bozzi businesses is growing by 1 with the opening of The Bozzi Collection . The new store is seasonal but could,possibly become full time. But what is so special about this new store? They are creating a new way to shop local for the holidays. The shop is best described as a combination gift shop and art gallery. The stores art,gifts and crafts come from local vendors,many of which have even been featured in the pages of Spokane Coeur d' Alene Living.

Also planned to be for sale at The Bozzi Collection will be local souvenirs and specialty foods. And the some items will change from week to week so plan to visit often at this new 100% local retail store.

The Bozzi Collection is located in Downtown Spokane, on the skywalk level between Macy's and River Park Square. Almost directly over top of The Olive Garden.

If you would like more info on The Bozzi Collection or for info on how you can get your arts and crafts sold in their store please call 509-990-7925 or visit them on Facebook at:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Fire closes 2 new local businesses

Sadly 2 new businesses in Spokane Valley are now closed, at least for the time being after a fire ripped thru their building at 17927 E. Appleway Ave. in the Green Acres area of Spokane Valley.

The 2 businesses affected our The Handle Bar and Hell Yeah Cycles. The businesses had only been open for a little under 2 months and had some delays in opening as well. The owner is said to have insurance but it is not known if the building will be re-built or the businesses re-opened. I will update as soon as I hear anything on these business re-opening.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Mattress Discounters opens in Spokane / Coeur d' Alene

The closure of the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area Sleep City stores may not have been a bright spot for our local retail scene. However some of those now closed stores are re-opening,still as mattress stores but under a new name and brand. That brand is Mattress Discounters and is new to the local market.

Mattress Discounters will take over the stores at 3916 N. Division  in Spokane , 10 N. Sullivan Rd. in Spokane Valley and in Coeur d' Alene at 348 W. Bosanko Ave. New stores will also open nearby our area in Yakima and Richland

Mattress Discounters is based in Rocklin,Ca. and operates a over 70 stores in California, Oregon, Nevada and Washington. They have been in business for over 30 years and are continueing to expand their reach.

For more info on Mattress Discounters visit-

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sleep City closed in Spokane / Coeur d' Alene

The Missoula,Montana based mattress retailer, Sleep City has closed it's stores in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area. The closure happened sometime in the last few weeks and came as a surprise to some.

Sleep City sold off it's stores and inventory in at all stores in Washington and Idaho in October.A press realese from then gives no offical name of the buyer or any other info. The closure also included a store at the intersection of Division and Empire in Spokane that had only been open a couple of months.

While the Spokane area Sleep City stores are gone, a new mattress retailer is coming to town,more on that in another new post,tomorrow...

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A new home for Coeur d' Alene Schools

The Coeur d' Alene School District #274 has found a new home for it's administrative offices. The district will likely move sometime in February of 2013 to there newly leased building located at 1400 Northwood Center Court,nearby the Northwest Blvd. / Seltice Way intersection in Coeur d' Alene.

The move was viewed as a necessity because the district's current offices ,located on 10th St. , close to Downtown Coeur d' Alene, are severly outdated and are quickly becoming un-usable. The old offices will be torn down sometime next spring after the district moves out.

The new building is also more conveinent to the district's schools which are scattered thru out the city.A plan was once also considered for building a new office by the district's Midtown Center campus but that plan was quickly scrapped after preliminary estmates came back over budget.

The building on Northwood Center Court will come with a cost of 21,000 a month for 9 months and at the end of the 9 months the district will have the option to purchase the building for 2.2 million dollars. Payment on the purchase of the new building will be made by selling off excess property elsewhere in the city, including a property the district is too sell to the city. That property is part of Person Field, another property up for sale is along Atlas Rd. by Northshire Park.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Dick's Sporting Goods is open in Spokane Valley

The new Dick's Sporting Goods store is now open in the Spokane Valley. The store opened to the public earlyer this month and is located at the Spokane Valley Mall.For more on who Dick's is and what to expect read the post below.

This info was orginally posted on October 17th:

Pittsburg,Pa based Sporting Goods retailer Dick's Sporting Goods will be coming to Spokane Valley Mall's strip mall in the parking lot. Dick's which is under construction now will take over the space that was Wholesale Sports after Wholesale moved to Northtown Mall earlyer this year. In all Dick's will take over about 45,000 sq feet of retail space.

This will be the first Dick's Sporting Goods location for the Spokane market area, although the store does operate stores currently in Western Washington. The new store will employ about 75 people and sell items for sports ,camping , golf ,hunting and fishing. Also they plan to sell state hunting and fishing licences.

The opening date for the Spokane Valley Dick's Sporting Goods will be November 9th and for more info on Dick's visit-

Friday, November 23, 2012

Benewah Medical Center is now open in Plummer

The small town of Plummer, located along US 95 on the Coeur d' Alene Indian Reservation, is a good drive from medical assistance like a major hospital. Even Coeur d' Alene is a 45 min drive to the north. The local Benewah Medical Center is the town's only medical facility but it's small facilities have lacked adequate space for the region's needs.

But all that has thankfully has changed with the opening a couple of weeks ago of the all new Benewah Medical Center building on the north end of town. The new building is about 50,000 square feet and took about 17 million dollars to construct. Building design work was done by NAC Architecture.

The medical center provides everything from basic check-up's to urgent care and even specialty care. Counselling, physical therapy and pharmacy services are also available on site. And for added healing ,the medical center is directly affiliated with the local wellness center. The wellness center provides a pool and other fitness programs to Plummer area residents, both Native American and non for a membership fee.

For more info on the new Benewah Medical Center in Plummer visit-

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Spokane International Airport upgrades

Although mostly minor upgrades this time around, The Spokane International Airport has put a lot of time and money into a few upgrades recently. All of which are geared towards improving the experience for passengers and customers coming in and out of GEG.

The new project at Spokane International include...

-A new cell phone parking lot
         This new bigger cell phone parking lot is in a new location this time closer to the terminal. The new lot is located directly on Airport Dr. on the opposite side from the main parking lot and parking garage entry. The new cell phone parking lot is a lot where visitor may park and wait to pick up passengers who in turn call by cell phone. The old lot was along Flint Rd. still on the Airport campus but a longer trip.

-A new mobile website.
  Now when users log into the Airport's website at using a iPhone, Android or Blackberry type mobile device they are connected into a new mobile version of the main web site. The new site allows users to navigate thru the Airport on the phone and get up to date flight arrival and departure times. The user can even share their flight info on Facebook and Twitter directly from the new mobile website.

-A new SRE building
 SRE stands for Snow Removal Equipment and now this winter Spokane International is even more ready for the new snow and ice with a new storage building to house the Airport's SRE equipment. The new building is expected to be complete sometime early next year.

- Newly resurfaced parking garage helixes
The helix's are the spiral exit ramps on the side of the parking garage across from the Terminal. During the month of October those ramps we're completely resurfaced and will now have increased traction for car tires during the upcoming winter months.

Spokane International Airport also will launch service to Hawaii in early 2013 ( info on that here-  ). And the Airport is also continuing to work on establishing flight service between Spokane and LAX. More on that flight connection hopefully soon.

For more info on on Spokane Internation Airport visit-

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Central Food joins the Downtown Spokane dining scene

It's official, Downtown Spokane's newest restaurant is also one of the first commercial tenants for the Kendall Yards Development, along the north bank of the Spokane River. Central Food which is located at 1335 W. Summit Pkwy and is owned by popular local chef , David Blane.

But just what kind of food does Central Food offer? According to Chef David on the restaurant's Facebook page,Central Food has no theme,no ethnicity, no genre, just food. But one thing is for sure the new restaurant will serve local and regional foods,something that has become very popular in the national culinary scene in recent years.

Central Food also offers an outdoor dining patio overlooking the Spokane River and Downtown Spokane. The location will also make the restaurant a hub for the Kendall Yards residents ,who should increase greatly in the coming months.

For more info on the new Central Food visit their Facebook page at:

Monday, November 19, 2012

Kool 107.1 is in business and on air

The newest radio station in Spokane is now on the air. The new station is called Kool 107.1 and it signed on just a couple of weeks ago and will evolve into a full radio station probably competing mostly with 103.9 Bob FM / 98.1 Kiss Fm due to the similar format's.

Kool 107.1 's offices are located in the office building at 400 S. Jefferson Ave. on the lower south hill. They broadcast with 25,000 watts which means their station's signal should be clear thru out all of Spokane and most of the Coeur d' Alene area. Format-wise Kool 107.1 is a 70's , 80's and 90's station and will feature Rob Harder and Mark Holman on a morning show. Among the other on air crew for the station will be JJ Hemmingway (formerly of Kiss 98.1) and Big Bob Anthony.

Kool 107.1 is owned by Spokane Broadcasting Co. LLC.

For more info on Kool 107.1 please visit-

Or on Facebook at....

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Local Business Happenings: Nov. 17th 2012

Over the weekend several new business updates we're added to the the local business happenings page ( ) they include...

Second update-items below posted 11/17/2012
Coeur d' Alene Schools admin. office 03/01
New HQ for the Coeur d' Alene School District. Will move into in early 2013.
Frosted Cupcakes 12/31
Frosted Cupcakes on E. Sherman,Downtown Coeur d' Alene has closed.
Evergreen Pet 12/17
Evergreen Pet in the 14000 block of E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley has closed. There was an issue after the closing that the store left behind some of it's animals for the landlord. The pets have all since been adopted via SCRAPS.
Shear Madness for Hair 12/17
Shear Madness for Hair is a new hair salon that has just opened in Coeur d' Alene at 840 E. Best Ave
Rodda Paint 12/17
Rodda Paint will soon move it's Spokane Valley store to a new,much bigger site at 6818 E. Sprague Ave,still in Spokane Valley.
Mengoats is a new,uniquely named hauling and recycling business that is now open in Spokane Valley off of 4th st.For more info on Mengoats visit
On Site for Seniors 12/17
On Site for Seniors has moved into new office space along Northwest Blvd. at 1052 W. Mill Ave. in Coeur d' Alene. The business provides in home health care.
Idaho Lights
A Coeur d' Alene lighting store,Idaho Lights has opened a new outlet store in Post Falls. The store is at 1600 E. Seltice Way in the strip mall across from Trading Co. Stores.
Bluestar Home Care 12/17
A new in home caregiving business has opened up a new office in Suite E of 7352 N Govenment Way in Hayden.
J. Miller Salon 01/31
J. Miller Salon is planning to move into a new location at Riverstone in Coeur d' Alene.No word on a opening date at this time.
Two Wheel Transit
Spokane bike shop, Two Wheel Transit has moved and is now open in the South Perry District at 817 S. Perry Ave.
Burke Construction Group 12/17
Burke Construction Group has relocated it's regional office to a suite at 1821 W. 5th Ave in Spokane.
Mattress Firm 02/01
The Mattress Firm has started construction on a new store in Spokane Valley. The new store will be by the new E. Sprague Ave. Wal Mart at 4707 E. Sprague Ave.

Inland Northwest Business Watch:The Store

I intrupt this blog for an important message...

Do you love shopping local?
Do you think Inland Northwest Business Watch is a great site?

Now,you can support this site and get some new clothes while your at it. Inland Northwest Business Watch is 100% independent  and we are not a for-profit business. And therefor we must look for new ways to promote our product,this blog. So here it is ,the latest promotion- The Inland Northwest Business Watch Store.

The new store site is located at:

The new online store contains cool clothing with a unique design saying iShop Local and then just a small plug for INBW.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and now back to your regularly scheduled blog...

Friday, November 16, 2012

Dry Fly Distillery to release new products

Dry fly Distillery which is located near Downtown Spokane in The Riverwalk building at 1003 East Trent Avenue. Has announced that they plan to create and sell four new spirits and release them to the public sometime around Dec. 1st.

 The distillery who's products have historically been well received in the marketplace plans to release a batch of the new products which will include 3 new kinds of whiskey's and 1 kind of gin called Barrel Reserve Gin. The products are expected to sell out within 2 weeks of their initial offering.

Also planned to be released sometime around December 1st will be a second batch of the popular Dry Fly Bourbon made by the distillery using primarily locally grown wheats and other products raised on farms located in Eastern Washington.

For more info on Dry Fly Distillery visit their website at-

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Small Business Saturday is Nov. 24th!

Everyone has heard of Black Friday,in fact some of you may already have a plan for what stores you'll hit up for this year's day after Thanksgiving sales. Those sales do offer good deals but at the end of the day when all the money is broken up a majority is going to another part of the country or nation and won't help locally.

But one big holiday shopping day does... Small Business Saturday . Small Business Saturday is a annual event formed originally by American Express. Small Business Saturday began in 2010 and just last year American Express reported over 100 million shoppers taking advantage of the deals at local small businesses in their area.

This year's Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 24th ,perfectly sandwiched in between Black Friday and Cyber Monday.While the event is national many Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area retailers are sure to have special offers, in fact a map showing where to shop will be posted soon on the Small Business Satuday official site at...

But why shop local? Here are 10 great reasons...

The Inland Northwest Business Watch team (me,myself and I ) strongly support the shop local movement and Small Business Saturday. That's why I want to help your small business get more customers for this year's event....

If you are a small business owner in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area and plan to have any sort of special or event for this year's Small Business Saturday,Tell us! simply ether comment about it below,e-mail it to or use the contact us page and we will share it in a upcoming post both on this page and on out Facebook page. And it's all free!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Total Wine & More now open in Spokane

It looks like the new Washington State liquor privatization laws may be pushing some residents to escape the higher state liquor taxes and heading for Idaho to make their purchases. But the results of the new liquor options in the state may not be all bad and that's because of Total Wine & More .

Total Wine & More is a new store that opened just a couple of weeks ago in the Northpointe Shopping Center on Newport Hwy (US Route 2) just about a block north of the Y in North Spokane. Total Wine is a chain of stores that describe themselves as wine superstores,in fact the new Spokane store is big enough to fill all of the space left behind by the closure of the Northpointe Borders Bookstore.

Total Wine & More is based in Maryland and now boasts over 80 locations nationally and still growing. In Washington Total Wine & More stores can be found in Spokane, Bellevue and Tukwila.

The new Spokane store features,of course, wine. But the store's wine selection is in the 1,000's with wines ranging from everyday to hard to find international selections. And wine isn't the only business as the middle of the store features liquors with selection also in the 1,000's.

Spokane's beer lovers will also love Total Wine & More with a store department called the Brewery District on the south side of the building. The beer selection is larger then any other selection in Spokane and the department also offers growler refills and a bar.

Visitors will also enjoy the in store tastings and even a walk in humidor for cigar purchases. At this point in time the North Spokane store is the only store of this chain in the Spokane market but rumors have been swirling for a while on this one. Also a similar chain called BevMo is said to be looking at Spokane has a potential future store location.

Here is a photo of the front of the new Spokane Total Wine & More store,located at 9980 N. Newport Hwy.

For more info on this new store visit-

Or the Spokane location's Facebook page at-

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

State Line Liquor Store is open

For the first time in over 3 years the State of Idaho has opened a new liquor store. The new store is located almost directly on the Washington/ Idaho state line near Post Falls , in the tiny town of State Line.

The store which is located directly next door to Lew's Smoke Shop at the corner of Seltice Way and Wellesley Ave. has been open for only a couple of weeks now and was a direct reaction by Idaho to Washington State's Liquor Privatization laws which we're passed by voters and put into place in June of 2012. The new laws allow stores such as Wal-Mart and Costco to liquor but with higher prices and taxes then Idaho.

The new laws have clearly inspired more then a few Washington residents to make a run for the border for their liquor needs. In fact the existing Post Falls Liquor Store by Domino's Pizza near the corner of Seltice Way and Spokane St. has reported huge jumps in sales making it one of the busiest liquor stores in the State of Idaho.

Even with the new store the current Post Falls Liquor Store and another Liquor Store in Post Falls located at Hwy. 41 and Seltice also plan to stay open. Area Idaho Liquor Stores are also located in Coeur d' Alene and Hayden.

Monday, November 12, 2012

New Business Happenings Update:Nov. 12th 2012

A new feature from Inland Northwest Business Watch!!!

Since I started this business news blog in late 2011 (hard to belive it's been that long) my business update's have always been popular and are the base idea behind the whole site. So i've expanded this feature to it's own seperate page,located at...

All updates will still be shared on the main page as well but now you can view updates easier and on a Google Map! It is a work in progress and don't expect everything to be on there just yet,However all of the new,moving,expanding and closing local businesses will remain on in their former posts.Also some items are probably things you've seen before,they are listed because they we're just added to the new map.

That being said here's today's New Business Happenings (The new name,by the way)...

R&L Automotive
New used auto sales lot,opened recently. 5450 E. Seltice Way Post Falls
Fleet Feet Sports
New running and other sports appeal store,1303 N Washington St Spokane. Fleet Feet also operates a location in Downtown Coeur d' Alene
Feather Your Nest
Opened over the summer at 10611 E. Trent Spokane Valley
Quicksilver Media
Quicksilver Media's new offices and studios. Also the company plans a art gallery at the same site. 101 S. Division St. Spokane
Energy Healing by Vee-Ann
New Reiki practice at 808 E. Collin Ave in Medical Lake. Note:Map may not be correct. for info visit
Idaho Occupational Medicine Group
Opened recently at 3320 N. Grand Mill Lane, Coeur d' Alene. Operated by Dr. Michael Ludwig the former director of Occupational Health for Kootenai Health.
Spokane Therapist
Spokane Therapist is a mental health clinic that recently moved there offices to the Rock Pointe Corp. Park at 1212 N. Washington St. Spokane Therepist is located in the One Rock Poine building.
Spokane Spine
Spokane Spine, a chiropractic clinic has relocated to 124 E. Rowan Ave. Spokane
Re/Max Inland Empire
New offices for Re/Max Inland Empire Realty. Now located at 1311 N. Washington St, Spokane. The companies old offices we're in North Spokane.
Recycle Techs
Recycle Techs, A Spokane computer store has relocated it's Spokane Valley Location to 6810 E. Appleway Blvd. The companies North Spokane location remains in the same spot at 3601 N. Nevada
Brand New H&M location inside Spokane Valley Mall,info on the new Spokane H&M can be found by search for H&M in the upper left hand side of this site
Hickory Farms
The seasonal gift food item store is now open in the center area of Spokane Valley Mall, second floor.
Dick's Sporting Goods
The new Dick's Sporting Goods in Spokane is now open in the plaza facing Spokane Valley Mall off of Evergreen Rd. in Spokane Valley. For more info on Dick's search this blog.
Brand-It Advertising
Brand-It Advertizing plans to relocate to a new office at 122 N. Raymond Rd in Spokane Valley
Deer Park Youth Center Thrift Store
Deer Park Youth Center Thrift Store is now open in Deer Park at 108 E. Crawford St. Note:Map may or may not be accurate.
Joann Fabrics
A new JoAnn Fabrics will open in the spring of 2013 at Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d' Alene
Sports Authority
Sports Authority will open a new store at Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d' Alene in early 2013
A new Winco will open in Coeur d' Alene at the corner of Ramsey Rd. and Appleway.Expected to open in 2013,working on gathering info.

Mountain Comfort Coeur d' Alene is still open

 The Coeur d' Alene location of Mountain Comfort, a franchise store selling mostly home furnishing and decor items has now closed at it's old location. The former store site is by Fred's Appliance just a few doors north of the US 95 and Appleway intersection in Coeur d' Alene. The store announced earlier this year that they had lost their lease and subsequently held a store closing sale for several weeks. But as it turns out fans of Mountain Comfort won't have to travel far.

The Coeur d' Alene Mountain Comfort store was actually sold to Casey and Sheree Bryntesen and they have since moved the store into their own store, Ironstone Inc. at 2425 W. Hayden Ave in Hayden. Ironstone also sells similar items with their specialty being fireplaces. Ironstone also sells BBQ's , outdoor living items and even does stone and metal fabrication work.

The new Mountain Comfort showroom inside Ironstone in Hayden will feature many of the same items and brands as before. Mountain Comfort has been a part of the Coeur d' Alene business community for a few years now but the local store is not their only store, Mountain Comfort also operates home stores in California, Colorado and New Mexico. The chain's Headquarters can even be found in Frisco,Colorado.

Mountain Comfort Coeur d' Alene was even awarded the title of Best Furniture Store by Spokane Coeur d' Alene Living Magazine's 2011 Best of the City poll's . The store in it's new location will be open from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm Monday thru Saturday,For more info on their store plus links to their new sister store Ironstone visit-

Thursday, November 8, 2012

New medical office building coming to EXPO at Post Falls

Construction work has been underway now for sometime on a new medical clinic and office building within The EXPO at Post Falls commercial development on the cities west end. The new building will house an outpatient clinic / surgery center .The new building will occupy about 8000 square feet at 4171 W. Expo Pkwy. across the street from the Love's Truck Stop / Carl's Jr. Restaurant.

The new surgery center will be a single story building with construction being overseen by Brinkman Contractors of Missouri. No word as of yet on how many the new center will employ or an exact opening date.

The new medical building will offer 2 operating rooms and some recovery areas.This is the first new project within the EXPO at Post Falls development in the last couple of months. The development which is being marketed by Watson Commercial Properties and Coldwell Banker Commercial is also home to several other businesses like Love's and Star West Satellite and is located off of Pleasant View Rd. near the State Line.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sprague Union Terrace coming to Spokane

Spokane's East Central neighborhood, particularly the neighborhood around East Sprague Avenue has long been known for its crime issues including drugs, prostitution and other unwelcome happenings. But the times are changing for the East Sprague area as in the last couple of years the neighborhood has been renamed the Spokane International District for the amount of shops and restaurants that feature items and foods from other parts of the world.

And now there's even more hope for the newly formed Spokane International District with the construction of a large new apartment and multi-purpose building to be called Sprague Union Terrace which will be located on the site of a former farmer's market directly along E. Sprague.

 The new building which is under construction already is scheduled to be complete sometime around March of 2013. The street level of the building will feature new retail shop space and the upper 3 stories of the building will consist of subsidized apartments.

The buildings look and the higher amount of new residences will hopefully continue to deter crime and bring back the neighborhood.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

KHQ'S Stephanie Vigil to open business at River Park Square

One of Spokane's most recognizable and loved TV Personalities , Stephanie Vigil of KHQ Local News is planning to open a business venture of her own this holiday season. She is planning a business to be called The Brow Bar which will be located on the main floor of Downtown Spokane's River Park Square Mall.

The Brow Bar will be all about convenience by providing quick in and out beauty services. The new business will be open this Nov. 16th thru Jan. 1st 2013 . The Brow Bar will provide several beauty services including waxing, threading ,tinting  and eyelash services all from some of Spokane's finest estheticians .  And what's best is that all the services are priced under $20.00.

The Brow Bar will also one weekend feature an event called Bro Brow Day which will feature former NFL player and Spokane resident Mark Rypien showing that waxing isn't just for women anymore. Proceeds from the Bro Brow Day will go to the Rypien Foundation .Watch for more on the time's of this event.

Spokane Food Delivery opening.

   The Coeur d' Alene based food delivery service CDA Food Delivery has announced plans to expand. Beginning in the month of November CDA Food Delivery will launch a new second business to be called Spokane Food Delivery. Spokane Food Delivery will deliver Spokane restaurants to Spokane customers among the new restaurants that will be available for delivery are...

Aloha Island Grill
Thai Bamboo
Bruchi's Cheesesteaks (N. Division location)
Fiesta Mexicana
Did's Pizza and Froyo
MacKenzie River Pizza Co (North Spokane location)

The staff of CDA Food Delivery and Spokane Food Delivery plan to continue adding to the list of available restaurants.

For more on CDA Food Delivery and their new businesses opening visit-

And, Yes they do allow online orders....

Monday, November 5, 2012

Figpickels Toy Emporium to celebrate 7 years

November 10th 2012 just happens to be a national toy store day. And Downtown Coeur d' Alene's popular Figpickles Toy Emporium is using that day as an excuse to hold a store anniversary event. While not in it's present location Figpickles has been a Downtown store for 7 years and built a good name for itself. The store features toys from the nostalgic to the high end electronic toys and everything in between is a favorite for the cities summer tourists and even some locals.

Figpickles 7th Annversary Party will be held at the store on Saturday Nov 10th from 11 a.m. till 3 p.m. ,the event will feature...

Cake and Ice Cream
Toy and game demos
Door prizes
Free cotton candy
A chance to meet with Coeur d' Alene mascot Mudgy Moose

Plus much more is planned for the day. Figpickles will also make a donation of 1 toy for every 1 purchased during the event. The donated toys will go to the local Toys for Tots program.

Figpickles Toy Emporium is located in the Resort Plaza Shops shopping center in the 200 block of E. Sherman Ave, Downtown Coeur d' Alene. The owners of the store also own and operate 2 other business , Papillion Paper Emporium and Mrs. Honey Peeps Sweet Shop both of which are also in the Resort Plaza Shops.

For more info on their store and this event visit-
Or on Facebook visit-

Zipcar comes to Spokane

A new way to get around has come to Spokane and that new way is thru a service called car sharing. And no this car sharing isn't what you and your teen driver do on Saturday night, this time it's thru a national car sharing service called, Zipcar .

Zipcar , which is a Massachusetts based company has entered into an agreement with Gonzaga University to park a few of Zipcar's cars on their campus for use by students and anyone in the community who is a member of the service. Zipcar's cars have become a  popular transportation option for many other cities in the nation including Pullman where Zipcar's cars can be found on Washington State University's campus.

Locally the Zipcar cars will be found at 1200 N Standard Ave. near DeSmet Cir. at Gonzaga. Renting a car is easy but does require an annual fee to become a member of the service and a rental fee to borrow the cars after that.The fee annually is 60 dollars for a community member and 25 dollars for Gonzaga student or faculty member. After that the cars are 69 dollars a day or 7.50 per hour.

Another perk of the new car sharing service will be a reduced environmental impact as one of the goal of car-sharing is the reduce the amount of cars on the roads.Nationally Zipcar has over 11,000 cars in service.

For more info on Zipcar and how to book a car in Spokane visit-

Friday, November 2, 2012

Sully's Pub and Grill to host Construction is over party

The construction to make Government Way from Dalton Ave ( by the Kootenai County Jail ) north to Hanley Ave (by the Silver Lake Mall) into a large 4 lane street with center turn lanes is over. And now the business along this stretch of busy Coeur d' Alene street are celebrating.

One of those businesses is even planning a party for Saturday Nov. 3rd (this weekend) to welcome customers and hopefully even some of their former regulars back. Sully's Pub and Grill which can be found at 5785 N. Governement Way is hosting a " Construction is over! " party at their bar complete with free burgers and hot dogs.The establishment is also planning to have a few other specials.

Sully's has underwent some remodeling of it's own in the last few months. The renovations we're done to both the interior and the exterior of the building.

For more info on Sully's Pub and Grill in Coeur d' Alene visit them on Facebook at:

H&M now open in Spokane

Open for a little over a week now, is the new H&M store located on the first floor, west end, of Spokane Valley Mall. The store which is a large scale Swedish based clothing retailer celebrated its main grand opening last weekend but continues to have much success with their first Spokane area location. The new store is divided into departments including a men's, kids and women's departments.   The new H&M store also carries a selection of handbags shoes and accessories.

The H&M chain is favorite of many because of their high fashion items usually marked at highly discounted prices. The store is quite large but set up well and also well light .This new Spokane H&M will also most likely be a hit with holiday shoppers this year.

The store's grand opening was officially Thurs. Oct. 25th at noon but shoppers we're said to have already lined up outside of the storefront since about 11pm the night before.

For more on H&M visit-

For more on H&M Spokane visit the store's Facebook page-

And for the original Inland Northwest Business Watch post on the new H&M at Spokane Valley Mall visit-

Thursday, November 1, 2012

New business update: Nov. 1st 2012

 In the Coeur d' Alene area...

A new clothing and accessories store called Fabulous Finds will open soon on North Government Way in Coeur d' Alene directly across from the Silver Lake mall.

In the Spokane area...

The Rainbow Room Bar in Spokane International District has closed. The dive bar was located on East Sprague Avenue in Spokane.

The Tradewinds Motor Inn located in downtown Spokane at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Third Avenue is closing .Everything within the motel up for sale in a garage sale fashion.

The Calm which is located at 1303 South Grand Avenue on Spokane's South Hill has officially opened. The Calm is a spa with a wine bar and regular meetings/events .

Floor Coverings International has open their new flooring showroom at 28 West Boone Avenue in Spokane.

 Rosa's Pizza will open soon in Spokane at 3422 North Division Street.

Valley Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center will move in early 2013, but remain in Spokane Valley. The new location for the clinic will be 12509 E. Mission Ave.

 C. I. Shenanigans Restaurant has closed. The restaurant which was located behind the Spokane Convention Center off of Spokane Falls Blvd. for several years is said to be looking for a new location to re-open elsewhere in Spokane.