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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Barlow's Resturant in Liberty Lake moving to new building

Liberty Lake's Barlow's Resturant has outgrown it's current small location at 1400 N. Meadowwood Lane next to the STA Liberty Lake Park & Ride. And the answer to the problem? build new and build bigger and that's exactly what the owners of the restaurant our planning to do.

Barlow's will begin work on a new building on a vacant lot along Liberty Lake Rd. in between Taco Bell and Starbucks . And although it's too early too pin point an exact opening date Barlow's does hope to open in their new building around October of this year.

The new Barlow's Family Resturant will feature double to amount of dining room space as their current location and with the new larger space they will also be able to hire additional staff.

For more info on Barlow's Resturant visit their web site at-

Monday, April 29, 2013

KPTQ changes formats becomes 1280 Fox Sports Spokane

Spokane is like many radio markets across the nation, dominated by the San Antonio,Texas based Clear Channel as the owner of many of it's radio stations. And with big companies often come many changes to keep profitable. Recently Clear Channel ended it's country formatted station Kix 96 for the new Hits 96.1 , pop/ top-40 format and now Clear Channel is changing it up for Spokane radio once again.

Clear Channel has re branded it's station , KPTQ 1280 AM . KPTQ has been operating as a classic country station but is now a Sports radio station under the Fox Sports Radio Network and using the name 1280 FOX Sports Spokane.

1280 Fox Sports Spokane is a full sports station with games and highlights from several leagues and sports. Also soon 1280 will be home to the nationally syndicated Dan Patrick Show, a morning radio show with a following around the country.

If you'd like more info on the FOX Sports Spokane radio station visit-

Or visit them on Facebook at-

It is also noteworthly that KPTQ was once also a progressive talk radio station until only a couple of years ago when Clear Channel switched to the classic country format. The move away from the progressive talk format angered enough people to create the Facebook page " Bring Progressive Talk Radio Back to Spokane " . For info on their movement to bring back the former station visit their page here-

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Cigar Train opens in North Spokane

Do you love to smoke cigars? Maybe your looking for a new thing to collect? Then there is a new business now open in North Spokane may be of interest to you. That new business is Cigar Train , Cigar Train is located at 1010 W. Rosewood Ave. just north of Francis Ave.

Cigar Train is a locally owned and operated cigar store that boasts the region's largest humidor with 1,300 cubic feet of humidor space. The new Spokane Cigar Train store is open Mon and Tues 10am- 6pm , Thurs thru Sat. 10am - 8pm and Sunday 12pm till 6pm. The store is also open at other times by appointment.

Cigar Train will feature monthly specials, humidor storage options and more

For more info on the new Cigar store visit them on Facebook at-

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Poole's Public House now open in North Spokane

After 4 years as manager of The Q Sports Bar in Northern Quest Casino , local entrepreneur Scott Poole has officially opened his own pub of sorts in North Spokane which is already creating a name for itself it the growing and ever changing Spokane Bar and Restaurant scene.

Poole's new business is named Poole's Public House and is located in the Wandermere area at 101 E. Hastings Rd. nearby Mead High School.  Poole's Public House is open Mon-Fri 11am till close and Saturday and Sunday 8am till close.

But what makes Poole's Public House different from the many other sports bars that can be found in just about every part of the city is Poole's is part traditional American but also a British Pub with dishes on the menu that aren't exactly common in Spokane. Menu items at Poole's include Bangers and Mash , Devils on Horseback  and Myrna's English Po Boy. And if you don't know what Bangers and Mash or Devils on Horseback is , then Poole's Public House is the place to find your answer.

Poole's Public House also a selection of British Beers as well. But if your not a fan of British brew's Poole's also has a selection of Domestic's and Northwest Microbrew's.

For more info on Poole's Public House visit their website at-

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Non stop flights from Spokane to Chicago coming in June.

Spokane International Airport seems to be constantly expanding it's services and adding new flights. Recently here on Inland Northwest Business Watch we featured a couple of new flights from Spokane to Hawaii and Los Angeles ( That post can be found here - )

But now Spokane International has announced yet another new non stop air connection. Beginning June 2nd 2013 Southwest Airlines will begin service on a 143 passenger Boeing 737-700 to Chicago Midway International Airport. The new Spokane to Chicago flight will also create a direct link between Spokane and Jacksonville,Fla. as the same plane will continue on to Jacksonville from Chicago Midway.

The new flight however, is at the present time a seasonal service and will conclude Sept 7th 2013.

For more info on Spokane International Airport and the many other airlines and flights that service it visit-

Monday, April 22, 2013

New life at the Orchard Lands development in Coeur d' Alene

Orchard Lands, a residential subdivision on Atlas Road about .5 miles north of Seltice Way on the western edge of Coeur d' Alene was originally brought before city council for consideration in the mid 2000's, but many factors hit the residential development and caused the project to stall out all together . Since then Orchard Lands has sat as a "ghost subdivision" , with all the infrastructure in place but one very important thing missing, homes.

But it is now 2013 and the local economy and housing markets are bouncing back and Orchard Lands finds itself bouncing back as well. Orchard Lands is now back in business and being sold by the local Coldwell Banker Schniedmiller Realty office, with agent Darren Ducote as the primary contact. Homes in the project are being built by Copper Basin Construction of Hayden and the signs at each entry point note that new homes are available from the 100,000's and home prices do vary from the mid 100,000's to over 200,000 depending on the style and size of the home, for more info on pricing contact the agent in charge.

Some construction has already started at the Orchard Lands site with a model home coming in the near future. It's unclear as to the exact number of new homes that will be built at Orchard Lands however the site is large and stretches along Atlas from Appaloosa Dr. in the north and the freeway on the south. Homes at the new subdivision can also include space for an RV and have numerous upgrades that can be added for a price.

If you would like more info on the Orchard Lands Subdivision contact listing agent Darren Ducote with Coldwell Banker Schniedmiller Realty ( Cell phone number- 208-964-9090 ) or visit the Coldwell Banker Schniedmiller web site at-

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Image taken 04/20/2013 by Inland Northwest Business Watch staff.

Boxfit now open in Spokane

Looking for a new way to work out? Well maybe Boxfit is your answer. Boxfit is a new business that opened recently in Spokane on the middle of the Division St. hill at 3117 N. Division.

Boxfit Spokane is a boxing gym that is located in a 6,300 square foot building. Boxfit is open to all skill levels from a professional fighter to a member of the general public who wants to try something new. The gym offers a circuit style boxing work out and a 2,300 square foot space dedicated to building power and agility. Also Boxfit offers regular classes and private one on one training sessions.

Boxfit is open Monday thru Friday 9am-1pm and 3pm-9pm , Saturday 10am - 4pm and Sunday 1-3pm. Membership is the gym is available via a monthly fee with a one time registration fee.

For more info on the new Boxfit visit them on Facebook at-


Saturday, April 20, 2013

Riverfront Park's Fountain Cafe hoping to open for Bloomsday

While it may not exactly be Tavern on the Green, it is Spokane's version of it, Construction and set up work at the Fountain Café in Riverfront Park is nearing completion and the small new in-park restaurant hopes to open in less then month and just in time for the crowds that will pass by the site next month for Bloomsday.

The Fountain Café is located on park land direct adjacent to the Rotary Fountain at the Howard St. entry to Riverfront Park. Fountain Café can also be easily found as it is only a couple of blocks east of the River Park Square shopping mall. The Fountain Café is the first new building that has been built in the park in several years and is a similar but newer concept to the Parks Dept.'s Park Bench Café in Manito Park.

The Fountain Café is a full restaurant with outdoor dining and is a replacement to the former Carosel Grill which was a temporary food service trailer nearby the site. The new Fountain Café will offer traditional American menu items but with some new more health friendly choices. Also the café will also offer a local beer and wine selection.

The new space also offers something the Howard St. entrance to the park as been in great need of, a public restroom. For the last couple of summer season's the City of Spokane Parks Department has parked a mobile restroom trailer nearby but the new permanent facilities are a big improvement.

If you'd like more info on the new Fountain Café in Riverfront Park visit their Facebook page at-

Friday, April 19, 2013

New things on the horizon for North Idaho College

While most of the news from North Idaho College is just proposals ,a lot is on the near horizon from the Coeur d' Alene school. Here is a look at some of what we know...

NIC looking into building a new arena at Riverstone in Coeur d' Alene.

The process is very early in development however the topic of replacing the aging , on campus Christianson Gym with a new much larger arena elsewhere in Coeur d' Alene has arisen and is already creating much buzz in the Coeur d' Alene community.

The proposal calls for North Idaho College to build a new 5,000 seat  arena in the northwestern edge of the Riverstone Development off of Seltice Way. The college will first have to look into if the funding for such a project can be secured, construction of such an arena may happen but it will likely be at least a few months away. If built the school would be the main tenant of the Arena but other events could be housed there , such as concerts,etc...

An arena on land in the same district of Coeur d' Alene has been studied before but eventually fizzled out. We will continue to watch this story as it develops.

NIC leases space for it's new aerospace program.

North Idaho College has signed a lease on a 15,000 square foot building along Dakota Ave nearby Pappy Boyington Field Airport in Hayden. The new building will be used for the college's new aerospace training program which is set to begin later this year and is funded by a grant which the school acquired in 2012.

The new building at the Airport will in turn save money for the school as the new building is also big enough to house the schools operations and classes that take place in the Ramsey Technical Building, located in Coeur d' Alene along Ramsey Rd. nearby the Kroc Center. The school will move out of that space and end it's lease for that building.

NIC to get new coffee shop in the SUB Student Union Building.

Renovation work has already begun on the main floor of the SUB Student Union in the middle of campus at Coeur d' Alene. The renovations are being done to make way for a new coffee shop space in what was once the Windy Bay room nearby the building's main entry.

The new coffee shop will replace the much smaller coffee stand called The Educated Cup which has been by the Mica Peak Exchange Book Store. Once the coffee shop moves the former space will become a help desk for a college program.

Basement of NIC'S SUB Student Union Building proposed to be turned into a multi-cultural center.

The basement level of the SUB building is to become an on campus multi-cultural center . The basement is already home to office space for the school's American Indian Student Alliance and additional office space will be taken over by the student program,The Gay-Straight Alliance.

Also some minor renovations and redecoration's are planned for the space. Some of the current office space tenants may also move to the main floor but planning is not yet complete for what the multi-cultural center might include.

For more info on North Idaho College visit their web site at-

Changes to locally based Command Center

Command Center a North Idaho based company that provides temporary staffing for a number of fields from a number of locations scattered around the United States in undergoing some changes. Command Center was founded in 2002 in Post Falls and has operated it's headquarters in a building at 3773 W. 5th Ave since it's founding by then CEO Glenn Welstad.

In February of this year Welstad resigned from his post as CEO and the helm of the company has was taken over by Frederick Standford. Along with the change on the companies executive level the company has also recently relocated it's headquarters. Command Center's home offices have been moved from Post Falls to Coeur d' Alene , with the offices now located at 3901 N. Schreiber Way in the Coeur d' Alene Commerce Park nearby the Coeur d' Alene Police Department's offices.

In all Command Center employees over 200 permanent employees and it claims to have placed 10's of thousands of people in temporary work positions nation wide. Command Center operates 59 office locations in 24 US States. Locally Command Center operates 2 locations, One in Spokane at 3803 N. Division St and in Coeur d' Alene at 1323 E. Sherman Ave.

For more info on Command Center visit their web site at-

Spokane's first fashion truck hits the streets

Both nationally and even here in Spokane / Coeur d' Alene food trucks are a huge hit. New trucks are hitting the road all the time and each time they have one common denominator, food ,usually greasy not exactly healthy food but still food. But as it would turn out, food isn't the only thing that can be sold from a truck and one Spokane business is proving that with the opening of Spokane's first Fashion Truck.

The new truck is from Swank Boutique a women's clothing store who's brick and mortar store is located in the Northtown Square Shopping Center at 4727 N. Division St . Suite 100D . The truck which is pink and mentions the name Swank a go go on the side is available for private parties and public events.

For more info on Swank Boutique visit-

Or find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Sykes to close it's call center in Spokane Valley

Sykes Enterprises the Tampa,Fla. based owner of a call center in Spokane Valley at 2818 N. Sullivan Rd has announced it has plans to close it's local center sometime in May. The call center takes calls for a variety of national companies that Sykes cannot name, in all the Spokane Valley call center employs about 150 all of which will be laid off. Sykes notes however that the jobs lost locally will not be added in another market and are part of a routine business adjustment.

 Sykes will allow it's local workers to apply for the companies at home calling contracts where employees take customer service calls in their own home as opposed to at a large call center, an option also made available by several large call center operators.

Sykes Enterprises operates more then 80 call centers in all, some in international locations . The closure will leave no presence by the company in the Spokane market. Sykes acquired the local call center from the firm ICT Group. ICT Group operated the call center in a large former department store space at U-City Mall along Appleway also in Spokane Valley. At one time in the call center's history, while under the operation of ICT Group, the center employed more then 1,200.

For more info on Sykes Enterprises visit their web site at-

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Downtown Spokane's Sherwood Building to be re-done and renamed

Apparently with a more prosperous local economy comes a sudden rush of building upgrades and remodels in Downtown Spokane and other area's around Spokane. Most of the other remodels have already been covered in posts here on Inland Northwest Business Watch but today will look at one of the biggest purposed projects in the Downtown area. That project is the complete remodel and re-brand of the Sherwood Building and Sherwood Mall Building.

The 2 buildings are attached to each other and located directly next door to each other by the corner Riverside Ave. and Stevens St. in the heart of Downtown Spokane. They , like many commercial buildings have struggled in the last few years to attract and keep tenants. The Sherwood Building was home to a large portion of the Spokane based Sterling Bank's offices but even they have since moved out. Sure the Sherwood building does still have tenants but a lot of the space could use a refresh of sorts.

And hope has arrived as in March it was announced that 2 buildings have been sold to 2 local real estate investment groups, one of which is led by Bobby Brett who is also the owner of the Spokane Indians baseball team and the Spokane Chiefs hockey team.

The new building owners plan to remodel much of the buildings and re brand as the Numerica Building, With Numerica Credit Union moving a new branch into the ground floor space directly at the corner of Stevens and Riverside. Also the space that was Metro Café on the building's 2nd floor until it closed recently will be re done into office space that will be occupied by Nystrom & Olson Architecture.

Additional new commercial space will also be available on the 2nd floor, and plans do call for a new coffee shop to open in the building as well.

Renovations at the Sherwood Building are expected to begin sometime this spring. Keep watching Inland Northwest Business Watch as this is one that we try to follow up on as news and post space becomes available.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Sandwich News-CdA gets new Subway,Jimmy John's to open in Liberty Lake

Getting Hungry? Looking for a quick meal like maybe a sub or a sandwhich? Here are some great new and newish options for grabbing a sub / sandwhich...

New Subway now open in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

Owner , Jerry Jensen , who owns the majority of the Subway franchised locations in Kootenai County has opened his newest location right in the heart of Downtown Coeur d' Alene. The Downtown Coeur d' Alene Subway is new but is a replacement for the Subway which had been open for some time on Northwest Blvd just north of the NW Blvd. / US 95 junction.

Not only is the Subway store new, the building itself is new. Subway is the first tenant for the Plaza on Sherman building at the corner of 7th St. and Sherman. ( A previous post on the Plaza on Sherman building can be found here- ) . Before Subway / Plaza on Sherman the site was a vacant lot.

The new Subway is in the 1,700 square foot corner unit of the building, parking is provided in the rear of the building as well as some on street parking nearby.

Jimmy John's opening in Liberty Lake

It's only been the last few years that the rapidly growing sub chain Jimmy John's has even been in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene market and they're yet again opening a another new location, this time in Liberty Lake. This will be 9th location in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area.

The new Liberty Lake Jimmy John's is expected to open sometime in April in the same building as Wandermere Real Estate at 1429 N. Liberty Lake Rd. . The new Jimmy John's will employ 25-30 people.

San Fransisco Sourdough remodels and reopens in Liberty Lake.

The owners of the Rathdrum San Fransisco Sourdough franchise recently purchased the Liberty Lake location and have remodeled the entire interior of the restaurant, also the new owners have expanded the stores hours.

The Liberty Lake San Fransisco Sourdough is located in the Heartland Mall Shopping Center at 23801 E. Appleway.


The new Downtown Coeur d' Alene Subway location, taken 03/30/13

Monday, April 15, 2013

Americantiques in Coeur d' Alene moves & re-brands

While walking thru Downtown Coeur d' Alene as I do most every Saturday I noticed on big business totally gone. That business is the Americantiques Antique Mall that was located in the 200 block of N 4th St. next door to Cisco's Antique Shop. I was, for a moment, saddened that Americantiques was no longer. But some quick research helped to discover that they have not gone out of business, only relocated to a new free standing building further north in Coeur d' Alene.

Americantiques has re-opened their business in the former Rodda Paint store at 6456 N. Government Way across the street from Silver Lake Mall. And that's not all that's new with Amercantiques, as the store has been re-branded going from a traditional antique mall to a full estate sale center. The store has even been re-named as the Americantiques Estate Sales Center. The new store still sells antiques and collectibles just like before but they have also now added other items found at estate sales like furniture, craft items , houseware items , yard items, tools and much much more.

Americantiques Estate Sales Center is having a grand opening thru the entire month of April and their recent ad mentions they plan to update merchandise continually. Americantiques began a couple of years ago in the Silver Lake Mall and moved for about a year to the space Downtown mentioned earlier in the article.

For more info on Americantiques in Coeur d' Alene visit their Facebook page at-

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Facebook Discusion- South Hill Target

It's time for the first ever Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook discussion!

What are your thoughts on the planned Target store coming to the South Hill?

Log on to our Facebook page and let us know!

CONFIRMED: Target to open a store on the South Hill.

This week we finally got the confirmation we here at Inland Northwest Business Watch have been looking so hard for. Spokane will get a 3rd Target store and that new Target will open on the South Hill as part of the Southgate District Center project by the corner of S. Regal and Palouse Hwy.

We don't have an exact look or anything from Target , nor do we know if the store will also include a grocery section similar to the Target's in North Spokane and Coeur d' Alene. It is strongly believed however this new store will not look exactly  like the others in the area and will most likely be a "prototype" style store.

The store is expected to be 136,000 square feet and will be located towards the back of the land with and entry points onto both  Palouse and Regal. The site is being developed by local developer David Black.

 Not everyone is happy with the new store announcement however. Many in the Southgate neighborhood are upset to see a sprawl like development happening in their own backyard. The neighborhood council and many believe the project isn't urban enough and does not fit into the City of Spokane's zoning rules or it's comprehensive plan. More on their fight can be found on the South Hill Target Facebook page at-

Site work for the new store is expected to start soon and early plans call for the new store to open in early 2014.

The new South Hill Target project has been mentioned in 2 prior posts on this blog,
here they are if you are looking for more info on the project...

2013-2014 Best of Broadway Spokane show line-up announced.

This past week the 2013-2014 Best of Broadway Spokane shows we're officially announced. I realize it's not exactly business news but it is a hot topic and does greatly help the local economy. Also coming soon will be the announcement for the 2013 Pepsi Summer Concert Series at Northern Quest Casino. That show announcement is expected ether late this month or in May. Keep watching Inland Northwest Business Watch for that show announcement as well.

The line-up for 2013 - 2014 Best of Broadway Spokane:

All shows below are scheduled to be at the INB Performing Arts Center in Downtown Spokane.

Anything Goes
October 10th-13th 2013

Million Dollar Quartet
Dec. 12th - 15th 2013

Hello Dolly featuring Sally Struthers
Jan 30th - Feb 2nd 2014

Sister Act
March 27th - 30th 2014

Wicked ( return engagement)
May 7th - 25th 2014

The Capitol Steps
October 6th 2013

Green Day's American Idiot
November 10th 2013

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
November 23th 2013

The Ten Tenors
February 15th 2013

Bring It On The Musical
March 4th 2014

The Book of Mormon
Fall of 2014

For show times of the plays and shows mentioned or for tickets visit-

Season ticket's are also available, info on those can also be found on the Best of Broadway Spokane web site.

Interplayers Theater needs your help!

The Interplayers Theater is looking for the communities help as the community play house located in the 100 block of S. Howard St in Downtown Spokane now finds itself faced with a goal of raising 150,000 dollars by May 31st to keep the operation, in operation.

The sale of the building itself last year to the Jerry and Patty Dicker Foundation has allowed for big changes to the theater itself and got Interplayers out of 80,000 of it's prior debt's but while it's shows have made a profit the group has struggled to make payments on the remaining debts and building overhead.

So how does the Interplayers Theater plan to make up the 150,000 it needs to stay open? By looking to the community and especially the business community, a portion of the community that Interplayers had not looked to for funding in the past. Also thru the sales of the season ticket subscriptions, This past week Interplayers announced their 2013-2014 show line up. Tickets are on sale for all the shows but should the Interplayers be forced to close ticket holders will not be charged for their ticket purchase. Info on the 2013-2014 show line-up is at the bottom of this post.

Interplayers Theater has also invested in their building over the last few months making the theater a better experience for all. The construction work was partly done by the Dicker Foundation and used materials  and labor that was donated from Garco Construction. In the recent past Interplayers has added/ repaired...

-Fixing of a leaking roof
-A new bistro, that serves beer, wine and snacks
-A new community room that is available for rent

If you'd like to help the Interplayers Theater they will be holding a dance and silent auction in May or you can help anytime by visiting their website at-

Or visit their Facebook page at-

The 2013 - 2014 season at Interplayers will include-

Brightron Beach Memoirs

Never the Sinner

Our Town

Good People

Memoir Barrymore

Wait Until Dark

Putting it Together

Midsummer Night Dream
( The Midsummer Night Dream play will be put on in collaboration with the Eastern Washington University's Shakespere Intensive Class.)

Ticket and season ticket info is available on the web site mentioned above.

Recent business openings and closings (Bluez at the Bend, Capone's , Event Rents ,Northwest Tattoo Museum , Francesca's and Artcolab)

Bluez at the Bend to close at the end of April.

The popular blues club , Bluez at the Bend , located on the first floor of the building at 2721 N. Market St in Spokane is closing it doors later this month. The club who's owner's Don Perkins and Maryanne Snyder have had up for sale for a while now will go out with a final show on April 25th.

Perkin's other business, Uncle D's Comedy Club which is located on the second floor of the same building will remain open.

Capone's Pub and Grill now open in Hayden.

After months of construction at the former Corey's Furniture building at 9520 N. Government Way near the intersection of Government and Hayden Ave in Downtown Hayden is now open. Capone's is a local landmark bar which also has locations in Post Falls and it's flagship location in Midtown Coeur d' Alene.

The new Hayden Capone's is a full bar as well as full service restaurant with seating for 150+ , The new Hayden location's menu is the same as the other Capone's locations with pizza and general bar dishes. The new location employs 35.

Capone's Pub and Grill was also one of the restaurants in Coeur d' Alene lucky enough to be featured on the popular Food Network TV show Diners, Drive - In's and Dives back in 2010. For a look at the other Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area bars and restaurant that we're also on the show take a look at this former INBW post-

Event Rents opens in new Spokane location.

Event Rents , A full service event rental service has moved and opened in a new larger location at 4020 E. Broadway in Spokane Valley. Event Rents rents everything from tables and chairs all the way down to the flatware.

Northwest Tattoo Museum opens in Coeur d' Alene

Originally located in Moscow,Id some time ago. The small Northwest Tattoo Museum has re-opened in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 510 N. 4th St. by Blue Rose Tattoo.

The Northwest Tattoo Museum is a museum dedicated to tattoo history, with old tattoo machine's and various other pieces of equipment.

Francesca's opening in Spokane Valley Mall

Another new fashion store is opening in Spokane Valley Mall in Spokane Valley. Francesca's is a women's clothing store chain that began in Houston,Texas back in 1999.

Francesca's is currently hiring to staff their new store in the mall,For more info on jobs with the Francesca's Spokane Valley store or a general look at the company visit-

Artcolab opens in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

Officially opening for ArtWalk Coeur d' Alene last Friday , Artcolab , is the newest of the many art gallery's and studio's that dot the Downtown Coeur d' Alene area. Artcolab is billed as a creative artist laboratory and is unlike most of the other art businesses already in Coeur d' Alene.

Artcolab is both an art gallery and a art studio, the new business also provides creative office space for other businesses in similar fields such as art, web site design, photography , graphic design and the like. The first tenants of the new Artcolab space are Born Inviceable Design and Jerm Design.

Artcolab is easy to find in the Downtown area just half a block north of Sherman on N 4th St ( address is- 108 N. 4th St ) . The space was last Dangerous Dog Serious Sausage.

Know of any new business coming to the area?

We always want to know! Inland Northwest Business Watch is a one man operation so I can't cover everything but I do try. Let me know of anything you see, my e-mail is...

Thursday, April 11, 2013

The River House At The Trailhead Aparments now open in Spokane Valley

The apartment market in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area appears to still be doing well with many new apartment complexes opening or planned around the region. And of the newest is also the most visible, proving that the saying location ,location, location is still a huge point in the real estate world.

That new apartment complex I mentioned above is The River House at the Trailhead . Located within sight of I-90 near the Sullivan Road exit, The River House at the Trailhead Apartments are located in a newer and rapidly growing portion of the City of Spokane Valley. Also the new apartments are under a mile to Spokane Valley Mall and only a bit farther to the Spokane Industrial Park on Sullivan. The property even sits directly off of the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River.

The River House at the Trailhead is now leasing their apartments but still have many units currently under construction. But even those units will be available soon. On site features of this new apartment community include...
A clubhouse with wifi, 24 hour wellness center, movie theater room, swimming pool, garages with remote entry, carports and the community is pet friendly.

In Apartment features at The River House Apartments include...
A/C , Dishwashers, washer and dryer in unit, large patio's , built in microwaves and even some units with doggy doors. Contact their office for additional features.

The River House Apartments are a large complex, and can be found at 16621 E. Indiana Ave in Spokane Valley. According to the communities website rent is 710 to 1160 a month. For more info, such as photos and apartment floor plans at the new River House at the Trailhead Apartments in Spokane Valley please visit their website at-

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Big changes in store for the Bennett Block and former Cyrus O'Leary's site in Downtown Spokane

The look of Downtown Spokane will change greatly over the next few months with major renovation projects being purposed at a couple of Downtown buildings. And one of the more noticeable will be the renovations and new construction at the Bennett Block building in the 500 block of W. Main nearby both River Park Square and the landmark Auntie's Bookstore in the Liberty Building.

New building plans call for adding new retail and restaurant space,including a possible coffee shop directly east of the main building. The plan calls for creating a new main public entrance to the 3 story building allowing visitors to come inside to access the shops and restaurants similar to enclosed shopping mall.

The project which was designed by Spokane architecture firm Nystrom and Olson Architecture will include many updates inside with a remodel to create what the project's marketing info describes as a Pacific Northwest Modern feel blending raw steel with wood and adding new larger windows for the ground floor storefronts among many other new upgrades.

No word as of the date of writing this article as to when construction will begin or a completion date for the new building. Also it's a bit up in the air as to if the existing tenants will stay however as of now it appears the tenants will be the same. Current businesses in the Bennett Block building include Rocky Rocco's Pizza,Mizuna , Spokane Exercise Equipment among a few others.

Marketing of the new project is being done locally by Goodale & Barbieri Company Real Estate of Spokane. Asking prices range from 18.00 to 22.00 per square foot.

For more info on what's in store for Downtown Spokane's Bennett Block visit-

Also look for a pdf with images and other info on the finished project at the Goodale & Barbieri Company's Facebook page,which can be found here-

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

New(ish) retail space now open on Government Way in Coeur d' Alene

A couple of years ago a large overnight fire completely destroyed the strip mall at 2920 N. Government Way just north of Appleway in Coeur d' Alene. While it was a tragic night for the row of businesses that called the center home it has actually became a positive event for most involved. Many of the businesses have since moved to other Coeur d' Alene newer and larger spaces elsewhere in Coeur d' Alene. Such as,Motion Sports a motocross retailer that is now in a plaza on Neider across from Costco (Same plaza as Little Cesar's Pizza ) and Accent Floors which is now in a newer plaza at the corner of Sunset Ave. and US 95 nearby Home Depot.

And now that burnt out building itself is getting it's turn to return to business. The plaza has undergone a full rebuild and is now leasing it's 7 commercial spaces. As of the day of writing this article no new tenants have been announced ** for the plaza but as we near the warmer months interest will surely come around.

The new shopping center has almost 12,000 square feet of renovated retail space and is being leased / marketed locally though Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Real Estate's commercial sales division. Asking price for the space is 0.90 per square foot. The site also includes more parking then the previous plaza with a new paved parking area directly to the north of the main building.

Continue to watch Inland Northwest Business Watch should any new tenants move into this new commercial space in Coeur d' Alene.

For more info on the new shopping center at 2920 N. Government Way visit Coldwell Banker's commerical website at-

** After this was originally written , The Locker Room , a men's hair salon business has been added as a new tenant for this building. No word on a opening date for The Locker Room.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Stage Left Theater,a new community preforming arts center opens in Downtown Spokane

Those with an interest in plays and the preforming arts have a new local venue in Downtown Spokane with the recent opening of the Stage Left Theater located in a small storefront at 108 W. 3rd Ave near Division St. . The Stage Left Theater is owned and operated by a community theather group that was formed a little while back but only opened the new theater in early 2013.

Patrons at the Stage Left Theater won't find a giant playhouse like the INB but insted a small quaint theather filled up confortable seats and preformers who are ginuinely intersted their craft. Also the group , Stage Left Theater Assoiation , is a non profit that plans to open the theater to other local preforming arts groups who may be looking for a place to rent for their own preformances,practices,etc...

The new Spokane Stage Left Theater will be open to the public during an open house planned for Sat. April 13th from 4 to 6 pm.

For more info on the Stage Left Theater visit their website at-

Or find them on Facebook.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

INBA to host a Community & Business Expo on April 18th

The Inland Northwest Business Alliance ( A.K.A INBA ) , The Spokane region's LGBT and ally business association is hosting it's 2013 Community & Business Expo on Thursday April 18th. The event will take place in salons 1-4 of the Doubletree by Hilton at 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct in Downtown Spokane ( The hotel tower attached to the Spokane Convention Center )

The expo is sponsored by STCU , Doubletree by Hilton - Spokane City Center and Northern Quest Resort and Casino.

2013 is the INBA's first ever major community expo that will highlight the INBA's diverse membership of businesses ,professionals and non-profits. The INBA Community & Business Expo will feature:
-An exhibitor gallery
-A keynote luncheon with Lucinda Kay of Let It Shine.
-Educational Seminars
and networking activities

Also with the approval of same sex marriage in Washington State the expo will have, new this year, a wedding lounge section to allow members of the Spokane LGBT community to interact with businesses providing wedding services such as venues, officiants and more. Seminars on the topic of marriage will also be available during the event.

For more info on INBA and the 2013 INBA Community & Business Expo visit-


Sports Authority celebrating Grand Re-opening of it's North Spokane store.

Sports Authority , which is one of the nation's largest full line Sporting Goods retail chains is celebrating the Grand Re-opening this weekend of the their store in the Northpointe Shopping Center in North Spokane.

Sports Authority has completely remodeled it's 45,000 square foot store and created a brand new floorplan with specility sports shops and a spacious layout the new store is more user friendly but yet still stocked with the same products many in Spokane have trusted Sports Authority to have for years. For example Sports Authority sells brands like : Nike, UnderArmor , The North Face, TaylorMade and much more.

The grand re-opening is being held today , April 6th and contests for $100 gift cards are held hourly also a contest to win a $500 shopping spree will be held from today till April 13th.

The North Spokane Sports Authority store is located at 9620 N. Newport Hwy. . Store hours are Monday thru Saturday 9am to 9:30 pm and Sunday 9am to 8pm.

For more info on Sports Authority visit-

Sports Authority is in the process of opening a new store in Coeur d' Alene at the Silver Lake Mall. That store is planned to open in May, more on that grand opening when it is closer.

Update on the new South Hill Target,and the Southgate District Center.

Last week I posted some info on the INBW web site about the rumored new Target store said to be opening on the South Hill nearby the corner of S. Regal St. and Palouse Hwy (That post can be found here - ) . Since then however even more about this project has come to light, and it's looking even better that Target will open, and although it is only speculation, I would expect them to open sometime in 2013.

On April 2nd a new page was created on Facebook called South Hill Target, the site which includes a disclaimer that the owner is not affiliated with Target is proving to be a great source already for the project. ( visit the South Hill Target page on Facebook here- )

The page has posted the site plan for the site which shows a large retail building on the eastern end of the site with entrances on the side of the building onto Palouse Hwy and a front main entry onto Regal just south of the intersection of Regal and Palouse.

What's also interesting is the page also gives a glimpse into what else is planned for the retail development, that is using the name Southgate District Center. Although it is also not confirmed a new Walgreen's store is also on the site just south of the main entry point, on Regal St. . The plans posted recently on Facebook do appear to be rather preliminary however as some other example site plan's are also given. All of which do include a site large enough for Target and a few other un-named retail spaces.

A second Facebook page was also created from what seems to be the same person with info on the Southgate District Center project as a whole, That page can be found here-

We will continue to watch this developing story and whenever we find out new news we will post on here and on our Facebook page, which can be found here-

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Washington Health Benfit Exchange to open call center in Spokane

Washington State's new Health Benefit Exchange being formed as a part of the Affordable Care Act and operating under the name Washington Healthplan Finder will open a new call center in Spokane later this year.

The new Washington Healthplan Finder call center will create about 60 new local jobs and will open in September. No location has been found as of yet for the new office which will be operated under contract with the Virginia based Faneuil Inc.

Faneuil call center employees will also have the back up of staff at another call center in Virginia for overflow calls and callers needing assistance in languages other then English. More to come later this year.....

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New businesses come to Wallace

I figured for today's post here on Inland Northwest Business Watch I'd get a little bit out of the city and feature some of the new things happening in one of my favorite places in North Idaho, the Silver Valley town of Wallace. Here is just a sample of what's new business wise in Wallace from the Wallace Chamber of Commerce and my own research....

-Aces Community Services has opened a new office at 416 6th St.

-Valerie's Flowers is now open in a new location at 412 5th St.

- The Fainting Goat , A Wine Bar will open soon in Wallace at 516 Bank St. ( )

-Farm Girls & Flip Flops Tea Shoppe is opening at 518 Bank St.

Wallace is also home to the up and coming Wallace Brewing Company who earlier this year entered into a deal with a distributor to sell the microbrewery beers in many new markets thru out the Northwest. If you know of anything else new and exciting happening business wise in Wallace,INBW wants to know, e-mail us at-

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hayden Tully's becomes Caffe Capri

Coffee / Espresso drinkers in the Hayden area have a new choice when it comes to where to get their extra boost as Caffe Capri is now open in the Prarie Shopping Center along Prarie Ave. in between US 95 and Government Way in the town of Hayden,Idaho.

The new Hayden Caffe Capri was last a location of the Seattle based Tully's Coffee chain. Caffe Capri is also a chain establishment with it's coffee roasting done in Seattle but operated locally. Caffe Capri also has locations in our region in Spokane and Yakima.

The Hayden Caffe Capri serves espressos,frappes, smoothies , espresso ice cream shakes as well as snacks and other baked goods. The new location has a dine in area on site and a easy to find location next to Rite Aid and SportClips in the large shopping center just blocks north of the City of Coeur d' Alene.

For more info on Caffe Capri in Hayden visit them on Facebook at-

Monday, April 1, 2013

Changes coming to the Riverwalk complex in Spokane

The Riverwalk mixed use complex located just east of Downtown Spokane, along the Spokane River will soon see a new look ,new space and even soon new apartments. Uptic Studios of Spokane is the designer for the project which will start soon.

The Riverwalk plan calls for...
              -A remodel of the main entrance which will include a new outdoor padio area.
              -A remodel and addition to the ajacent 2 story office building
              -A new 12-18 unit apartment building to be built on the northern portion of the property.
              -Rehabiliation on the trail connection from the Iron Bridge to the Trent Ave. bridge.

Riverwalk is located along Trent Ave at the corner of Columbus St. and is home to the NoLi Brewery as well as a few other local businesses.

A look at the plan for the upcoming work at Riverwalk-