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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Hayden Discount Cinema to open at former Hayden Cinema 6 location

It's only been a few weeks since the lights went out for the final movie at Hayden Cinema 6, a locally owned and operated first run movie theater in Hayden. At the time of that businesses closing no mention was made of what might take over the space being vacated.

However we have now learned the movie theater space won't be vacant for long, and will be occupied by, another movie theater. Mike Lenhosit of Boise has acquired the business and will re-open on June 7th but with a slightly different format. The new owner plans to operate the business as a second run discount movie theater. The new theater will use the name Hayden Discount Cinema and will charge only a 2.00 admission price for all movies shown.

The new Hayden Discount Cinema will employ between 15-20 and will be open daily at noon. The new cinema will take over all of the former Hayden Cinema 6's space which can be found on the back end of the Prairie Shopping Center off of Prairie Ave in between US 95 and Government Way in Hayden. The theater is visible from Government Way nearby the Hayden Library.

The owners have much experience with running movie theaters having operated similar businesses in Southern Idaho for many years.

For more info on the new Hayden Discount Cinema, including movie show times (note: the business will not be open until June 7th) visit-

Or find them on Facebook at-

Recent Spokane area new business openings & closings-May 30th 2013

Ship It Now

Ship It Now is a new locally owned & operated pack & ship mailing store located in Spokane Valley at 12510 E. Sprague Ave suite 2 . Because Ship It Now is a independent shipping store parcels can be shipped using either UPS, Fed Ex ,USPS or DHL instead of being only able to use one based on the stores branding.

Ship It Now is open Mon-Fri. 9am to 5pm and Saturday 10am to 2pm. Their web site is

Spokane HUD Office

The Spokane office of HUD ( Housing & Urban Development, a federal agency) will close soon. The office is one of 16 nation wide to close. HUD plans to continue to serve the region however from an office in Seattle.

The local office employed 5 ,those employees will either be offered a buy out or another job at another HUD office elsewhere in the country.

Arrotta's Automax & RV

Arrotta's Automax & RV is now open in the former Becker dealership space at 6623 N. Division St north of Northtown Mall in Spokane.

The new dealership held a grand opening earlier in the month , The dealership has no brand affiliation and sells used cars,trucks,vans and suv's ,also the dealership has a selection of RV's . Arrotta's Automax & RV also advertises that they can make arrangements for even poor credit types.

More info can be found on their web site at-

Spa Paradiso

Spa Paradiso is far from a new business in Spokane, in fact the Spa spent several years as the Spa for the Davenport Hotel before moving out last year. Since Spa Paradiso left the Davenport has since opened it's own Salon and Spa in the basement space.

But now Spa Paradiso is back open and among the first businesses to open their doors in Spokane's newest neighborhood, Kendall Yards. Spa Paradiso is in a new building in the development at 1237 W. Summit Pkwy. Suite A.

The Spa brings with it a variety of services and has even been voted Best Spa in the Inlander's Best of the Inland Northwest annual poll's.For more info visit their web site at-

Bella Cova

Advertising itself as a resource center and retail store for expectant mother's, Bella Cova will occupy space in the historic Broadview Dairy building at 905 N. Washington St just north of Downtown Spokane and nearby the Spokane Arena.

Bella Cova will also offer classes for mom's to be and even office space for doula's ,midwife's and pediatricians. For more on Bella Cova visit their Facebook page at-

Harmonic Wellness Therapy

Harmonic Wellness Therapy is the first business in Spokane to offer a new therapy to reduce stress,pain and more thru to the use of a sound table. The new business is now open in Spokane Valley at 4319 E 15th Ave.

More info can be found at their website-

Silver Spoon Tea House

Aiming towards giving one an experience of high tea in a historic structure to re-live days gone by is the job of the newest tea house business in Spokane that opens sometime in June.

The Silver Spoon Tea House will be located in a historic former home at 1427 W. 6th Ave in Spokane. For more info visit their web site at-

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Love at First Bite Desserts auditioning for Cupcake Wars

A well known local cupcake bakery is attempting to become a bit more well known. Love at First Bite Desserts which is located at 11305 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley recently began a push to have the owner , Monica Sanders and the shop on a future episode of the hit Food Network TV show, Cupcake Wars.

The store has created a Youtube video which can be seen at the link below...

Love at First Bite Desserts has quickly become one of the more popular bakeries in the Spokane area since it's opening in 2011. The Cupcake shop also does cakes and features at times more unconventional cupcake flavors.

For more info on Love at First Bite Desserts visit them on their Facebook page at-

Liberty Lake Theater opens in new home

The Spokane area's community theater science continues to grow with latest addition being Liberty Lake Theatre . The Liberty Lake Theatre's managing organization is not new but the theatre group's home is, in fact the new Theatre is the groups first official home.

Liberty Lake Theatre has officially moved their plays , events and operations into the former Stix Lacrosse storefront space at 22810 E. Appleway in Liberty Lake, midway in between Molter Rd. and Liberty Lake Rd in Liberty Lake.

The new theatre space is already being put to good use as volunteers have moved the stage and seating in and the first show in the group's new home occurred  earlier this month. Another play will be performed by the group in June, That play is called Big Bad and is a family friendly play which can be seen June 1st and 2nd.More info can be found on the web site listed at the bottom of this article.

Liberty Lake Theatre serves the entire Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area allowing everyone a chance at theatre .The group also is active with improv comedy and workshops are on improv will also be held in the new space.

For more info on Liberty Lake Theatre visit their web site at-

Or find them on Facebook (where you will also find pictures of the new space ) at-

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Black Sheep Sporting Goods opens Outlet Store in Coeur d' Alene

Black Sheep Sporting Goods has completed consolidating some of it's smaller outlying stores into one new location. The new location is the former Wholesale Sports / Sportsman's Warehouse at 3534 N. Government Way ,directly next door to Costco in Coeur d' Alene. The new store is also quite convenient for the company and it's customers as the new store is only about a quarter mile away from the main Black Sheep store, located off of Seale Dr. just south of the US 95 and Bosanko Dr. intersection.

The new store operates as the Black Sheep Outlet Store and is actually several Black Sheep store's wrapped up into one. For some time Black Sheep had operated a clothing outlet across the main stores parking lot, a clearance store a few miles north on Government Way and a clothing store that operated as part of the sister brand Timberline Trading Co. in the Silver Lake Mall next to Clare's. All have since been closed and the merchandise and staff placed into the new bigger store.

The new building is 47,000 square feet and is now officially open to the public. The outlet store's hours are Wed-Sun. 9am till 6pm. Black Sheep Sporting Goods is a locally owned and operated sporting goods store specializing in items for hunting and fishing as well as outdoor apparel, boots and shoes and more. The main store remains open and there is no word as of yet about any new tenants in the small stores spots that have closed as a result of the store consolidation. However For Lease signs are up on the former clearance center's building

For more info on Black Sheep Sporting Goods visit their web site at-

Or find them on Facebook ( Pictures of the new Black Sheep Outlet Store can also be found here)-

Monday, May 27, 2013

Spokane/ Coeur d' Alene businesses invading the Tri-Cities

Don't count on any military involvement or 24 hour news coverage for this invasion , in fact this invasion is welcome. A handful of companies based in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area are taking advantage of the improving economy and opening up new stores to our south, in the Tri-Cities. The companies now open or opening in the Tri-Cities include...


Vivo is a Coeur d' Alene based women's clothing and accessory retail chain. The chain has enjoyed much expansion in recent years going from 1 store on Sherman Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene to now also being in all of the Spokane malls and a clearance outlet store off of Sunset Ave in Coeur d' Alene. Rumors are also pointing towards Vivo possibly expanding into the Seattle market at some point in the future.

Vivo has actually already opened their new store in the Tri-Cities. Vivo's new store opened in March and is located in Kennewick at the Columbia Square Mall across from the food court.

For more info on Vivo and how to find their new store visit the Vivo web site at-


The Spokane based grocery store chain, Yoke's is investing in a new store location in Richland. The new store is now under construction at 455 Englewood Dr. near Keene Rd in Richland. The new store will be a new construction with 55,000 square feet and employ around 100. Opening is planned for October of 2013.

Yoke's already has other stores open in the Tri-Cities,1 elsewhere in Richland and a second in Pasco. For more info on Yoke's visit their web site at-

Fire Artisan Pizza

Fire Artisan Pizza is also expanding at rather rapid rate. The small chain of artisan pizza restaurants began only a few years ago with the opening of their original store on Sherman Ave. in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. In 2012 Fire Artisan Pizza expanded once more opening a store on W Sprague Ave by the Davenport Hotel in Downtown Spokane.

And for store number 3 for the Pizza restaurant, Fire has chosen the Tri-Cities. The new Fire location will during the summer in Kennewick. The restaurant will be in a new construction building custom designed just for Fire. The restaurant will open at 1022 N. Columbia Falls Blvd. and will employ 40.

For more info on Fire Artisan Pizza visit their web site at-

Friday, May 24, 2013

Value Village to move it's Spokane Valley store to Sprague & Pines

Value Village, which is a thrift store chain operated by the Bellevue,WA. based Savers Inc. has made plans to re-locate their store at 13113 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley to space in the Opportunity Shopping Center at 12205 E. Sprague, at the corner of Sprague & Pines.

The store will be in the plaza space that was last an Old Country Buffet. The unit and shopping center have sat vacant for the last few months and are now enjoying a bit of re-birth. A Global Fitness work-out facility has opened at the shopping center recently as well a thrift store and vendor mall/ thrift market farther down in the plaza.

The space will be remodeled to fit the needs of the new Value Village store and some permits for the work have already been issued. The space is listed as being about 25,000 square feet and as of now there is no word on when the new Spokane Valley Value Village location might open. Value Village also operates a location in Spokane on W. Boone Ave directly across from the Spokane Arena.

For more info on Value Village visit their web site at-

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Mattress Firm opens in Spokane

It may seem like Spokane is already home to enough mattress stores, but apparently the demand is still there prompting one more chain has opened it's doors in 3 new locations in the Spokane area. That chain is Mattress Firm, a Houston, Texas based mattress retailer with over 1,000 locations in 28 US States. The 3 new locations in Spokane area are the first for the chain in our region.

The Spokane area Mattress Firm stores are located at-

5027 N. Division St. Spokane (Former Sleep City store across from Northtown Mall)

9701 N. Newport Hwy Spokane

4707 E. Sprague Ave. Spokane Valley ( At the main entry drive to the new Spokane Valley Wal-Mart)

Mattress Firm stores are open 7 days a week and carry more then 55 different models of mattresses. For more info on Mattress Firm visit their web site at-

All Spokane stores are now open, no word as of now if any more are planned.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Spokane Convention Center expansion design and firms chosen

I admit I'm a bit late on this post but earlier this month the Spokane Public Facilities District, the body that oversees the operations of the Spokane Convention Center along with The INB Performing Arts Center and the Spokane Arena, meet and choose a new design and construction firm for a massive expansion that is planned for the Convention Center.

The Spokane PFD chose the plans presented by Garco / ASLC / LMN . The expansion plans add 90,000 new square feet of space on the exhibit hall to make Spokane more market-able to shows and conventions, also the plans call for new meeting space and new support space. The expansion will also " highlight" the Spokane River. Construction work on the Spokane Convention Center expansion is expected to begin in August of this year.

The expansion project is being funded via a sales tax and hotel/motel tax extension that was approved last year by voters. The funding also includes work at the Spokane Arena where the Spokane PFD will add 700 new seats in the upper levels of the Arena. That project is also expected to begin this summer and will make the Arena more marketable to shows and groups such as the NCAA.

Pictures and additional info about the expansion plans at the Convention Center is available online at the web site below:

For more info on the Spokane Public Facilities District visit:

Or for more info on the Spokane Convention Center visit:

Monday, May 20, 2013

O'Reilly Auto Parts invests in the Inland Northwest

O'Reilly Auto Parts is investing in the Inland Northwest and expanding their presence locally by opening new stores in Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area and re-doing some of their existing locations. The big projects O'Reilly's is working on include...

-A brand new free standing store in Airway Heights,The new Airway Heights O'Reilly Auto Parts store is now open and can be found at 10228 W. US Route 2 ,near by the Airway Heights Wal-Mart. A grand opening is to be held on May 17th.

-A brand new store in Rathdrum. The new Rathdrum O'Reilly's Auto Parts store is also now open and can be found at 6613 W. Commercial Park Ave.

-A brand new free standing store in Smelterville (Silver Valley) opened in late 2012 at 581 Commerce Dr. near by the Smelterville Wal-Mart.

-INBW has also heard that O'Reilly Auto Parts is building a new store on Best Ave. in Coeur d' Alene to replace it's dated looking store near by on Appleway, From what I know I strongly believe this to be true but have not yet confirmed it. It is also possible their may be other locations coming...

O'Reilly Auto Parts is a publicly traded ,national chain of Auto Parts stores. According to the chain's Wikipedia page O'Reilly's operates 3,469 stores in 38 US States. For more info on O'Reilly Auto Parts and how to contact the local stores visit their web site at:

Or find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Jarms Hardware re-opens,re-brands in Cheney

While the local owners and local customer service of Jarms Hardware remain the same , much has changed at the local Hardware store located in Cheney at 6 Cheney-Spokane Rd. Jarms has been a part of the Cheney business community since 1972.

Recently Jarms re-branded siding with the national ACE Hardware chain and officially made the new store name, Jarms ACE Hardware. Previously the store had been affilated with the True Value Hardware system. Along with the new name came a new remodel of the store, the remodel is now complete and grand opening was held in early May.

The store features a full selection of hardware , plumbing, tools and electrical merchandise along with a garden center. For more info on the Jarms ACE Hardware visit:

Or find them on Facebook at:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Recent CdA business openings & closings-May 15th 2013

Recent business openings and closings in the Coeur d' Alene area...

Sweet Moments Bakery

The Silver Lake Mall in Coeur d' Alene now has a coffee shop / bakery in the mall. Sweet Moments Bakery is now open in the food court are next to the new Sports Authority store.

Sweet Moments Bakery serves coffee's as well as baked goods , sandwiches and soups. The business is locally owned and operated and can be found on Facebook at-

The Copa

The Copa, a upscale restaurant and bar that had been located at 9265 N. Government Way in Hayden has closed. The Copa lost a lot of it's business from bad publicity created when the owner former Idaho State Senator Mike Jorgenson was accused of assault against a employee of the restaurant.

Rumors have surfaced however of a re-opening, probably by another owner but no word as of yet.

Hayden Cinema 6

It's probably one of the saddest business closings I've had to report but the Hayden Cinema 6 which was in the Prairie Shopping Center off of Prairie Ave. in Hayden has gone out of business.

The cinema's last show was during the last weekend in April and the Hayden Cinema 6 was one of the last independent locally owned and operated movie theaters in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area,especially showing first run films.

Hayden Cinema 6 is not expected to re-open and no word as of yet as to what will happen to it's large anchor space in the shopping center.

Hayden Corner Store

The Hayden Corner Store opened at the beginning of May at the corner of 4th St. and Prairie Ave. in Hayden. The new shop is in a way a mix of several businesses with deli, wine shop area and convenience store area


While it may sound like good news that the IRS is going out of business, it's not. The Internal Revenue Service is planning on closing it's Coeur d' Alene office and merging local area IRS operations into the office in Spokane.

The Coeur d' Alene IRS office had been located in the 1200 Ironwood Dr. office building that once also housed the Idaho Dept. of Labor which has since moved into it's own building in Post Falls.


Shine, a full service salon in Midtown Coeur d' Alene has moved into a more visible space. Shine remains in Midtown but is now on N. 4th St. in between Junk's boutique retail shop and the Eric Hedlund Design offices.

Goldwater Bank

Goldwater Bank has moved their Coeur d' Alene operations into Riverstone. The bank's local offices are for home mortgage loans and are part of a larger bank with locations elsewhere in the West.

Goldwater Bank at Riverstone is located in the former Condo Sales Center offices next door to The Mill Public House off of Old Mill Loop.

Coeur d' Alene Galleries

After 27 years of occupying the same retail space inside the main entryway to the Coeur d' Alene Resort, Coeur d' Alene Galleries Art Gallery has relocated and is now in a larger location directly on E. Sherman Ave.

Coeur d' Alene Galleries is now open in the former JAMMS Frozen Yogurt space at 213 E. Sherman Ave. . The Gallery features a variety of Art with a major focus on western art.

Coeur d' Alene Resort Logo Shop

Taking over the space being vacated by Coeur d' Alene Galleries is the Art Gallery's former neighbor, The Resort Logo Shop. The Resort Logo Shop is expanding into the empty space and will continue to sell the same items as it does now only with a larger selection.

The Coeur d' Alene Resort Logo Shop features local souvenirs as well some convenience store items.

What we are tracking....

Inland Northwest Business Watch's "staff" is also busy tracking several other business projects around the Coeur d' Alene area, a sampling of those projects includes:

-Old Atlas Mill Site Re-Development

-New apartment complexes now under construction at Ramsey and Lopez, in The Landings subdivision and 2 new apartment projects on Seltice Way nearby Mill River.

-A new assisted living community under construction near by the intersection of Ramsey and Kathleen.

-A new Winco Foods now under construction at the corner of Ramsey and Appleway

-A new McDonalds under construction in Riverstone at the corner of Lakewood and Riverstone Dr.

-Re-build of McEuen Park.

And many many more.... For more info on these projects search for them on this site and keep watching as I will try to get as many project updates on as I can.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Silverwood opens Silverwood Coffee Roasting and Trading Co.

Silverwood Theme Park's Summer 2013 season is officially open with the sprawling amusement and water park open on Saturday's and Sunday's thru the month of May and then with extended day and hours later in the summer. However the 2013 Silverwood season won't be exactly like the last as their are a few new things are coming to the park this year.

In this article we are looking into the new Silverwood Coffee Roasting and Trading Co. which opens to the public this year adjacent to the main park gates. The new shop allows for Silverwood to roast their own coffee, a process which customers of the new shop will be able to watch. The new coffee shop will also carry baked goods like fresh cinnamon rolls and muffin tops.

The Silverwood Coffee Roasting and Trading Co. will function as a retail gift shop for park apparel, souvenirs and the like.

A couple of new rides are also coming new this year at Silverwood , those rides are SpinCycle and the family friendly Barnstormer ride. Info on the new rides can be found in this previous Inland Northwest Business Watch post:

Silverwood Theme Park is located north of Coeur d' Alene along US 95,by the small town of Athol. For more info on the park visit their web site at: 

Monday, May 13, 2013

"Epic" changes are coming to the The Q Sports Bar at Northern Quest

If you've visited Northern Quest Casino lately you may have noticed the signage near The Q Sports Bar stating that "something epic is coming" . But what exactly is coming? Turns out the something epic is a sizable re-model of the well known sports themed bar and restaurant.

Construction crews are already busy working in the business and if all goes as planned the new pieces of the The Q will be ready in time for a grand opening sometime in June . The remodel will include...

-Remodeled booth and bar areas.

-Upgraded seating with additional semi-private dining.

-Newly renovated event spaces.

-New menu options

and probably the biggest change will be a new private entry from The Q to the Legends of Fire Cigar Bar which is located in space on the 2nd floor of the casino almost directly above The Q.

The Q inside Northern Quest has made a name for itself as one of the largest sports bars in the Spokane area and for having one of the largest TVs in the area at 106". The huge TV is able to able to stream up to 7 different sports stations at one time.

The Q is located by the parking lot entry to the Casino at Northern Quest Casino. Northern Quest is located at 100 N. Hayford Rd. in Airway Heights.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Recently issued Spokane area liquor licences-May 11th 2013

Here is our periodic look into some recently issued liquor license's around the Spokane area. This gives a better look into what new restaurants and market's may be coming to the area. However it is important to note some may just be adding liquor and could already be in business, also some may change names before opening as some are place holders and in the name of their parent company.

Source: State of Washington liquor control board

Shalamlamadingdong ( Yes, that is the correct name on the license)
New application at 211 N. Division St. Spokane (Note: Currently Ugly Bettie's Public House )

New application at 1314 S. Grand Blvd Spokane ( Note: former Savory restaurant location )

Perry Street Brewing Company
New application at 1025 S. Perry St #2 Spokane (Note: A lot of buzz about this one, supposed to open a new building under construction now in the heart of the South Perry District)

Maggie's South Hill Grill
Assumption and changing name to Maggie's Grill , located at 2808 E. 29th St. Spokane

Sam's Stop and Shop
New application at 12309 E. Mansfield Rd Spokane Valley

Hung The Tran
New application at 1715 E. Francis Spokane

209 Group
New application at 204 N. Division Spokane( Note: Former The Globe Bar, application is for a nightclub)

Craft E Brew
New application at 20 F St. Cheney

Spokane area food truck fight underway

Spokane A list, a website that is part of the Cityvoter network has launched an online contest to see which Spokane Food Truck / Food Cart is the best. While Spokane / Coeur d' Alene may not have the huge food truck followings like Portland and other US cities do. The contest is proving that the food truck business in our region is growing and getting stronger.

The contest is already in it's second round and semi-finals and finals will begin on May 14th. The remaining trucks in the Spokane A List Food Truck Fight are: The King of Tacos, Scoop Ice Cream , Toby's BBQ , Veraci Pizza , Log Cabin BBQ , Tacos El Sol, Best Sandwhich Shack and The Jamican Jerk Pan.

The food trucks knocked out in round 1 included: Couple of Chefs Street Cusine, Big Red's, Auggie Dogs , Smokin' Romes BBQ, Classic Crusin' Cusine , The Big Yellow Mobile Kitchen , The Phat Truck and Nino Mary's

Voting and results on the Spokane Food Truck Fight can be found on-

Some local food trucks are not included in the fight, We are not affiliated with Spokane A List but if you do know of a new food truck or cart Inland Northwest Business Watch does want to know. E-mail us anytime at -

Coeur d' Alene Sports Authority now open,grand opening soon.

The newest Sports Authority store is now open in Coeur d' Alene. The new store is an anchor tenant for the Silver Lake Mall at 200 W. Hanley Ave in-between US 95 and Government Way on the north side of the city. The store officially opened to customers on May 10th and will host an official grand opening celebration on Saturday May 18th.

The store is a brand new location for the large multi-state sporting goods chain and occupies about 44,000 square feet of the enclosed shopping center. The space was last occupied by Timberline Trading Co who has since moved into other space in the mall and partially consolidated with it's parent store,  Black Sheep Sporting Goods.

The new Sports Authority store's grand opening will occur on May 18th beginning at 8am. Included in the festivities will be a special appearance by Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate. Tate, will be at the store on Saturday afternoon from 1 - 2:30 pm. Also the first 250 customers in the door will receive Sports Authority Scratch and Win cards that are good for anywhere from $5 up to $500. Drawings for $100 gift cards will also be held hourly from 9am - 6pm the day of the event.

The new Coeur d' Alene Sports Authority store utilizes a newer store layout that the company has found success with in other stores. The new store is spacious and has in store specialty sports shops that assist customers in finding what they are looking for.

Sports Authority is chain sporting goods store with over 450 locations scattered thru out 45 US States. The company operates from headquarters in Englewood,Colorado. Sports Authority also operates 2 stores in the Spokane area, near Spokane Valley Mall on Indiana Ave. and in the Northpointe Shopping Center in North Spokane.

For more info on Sports Authority or for directions/hours/info on the Coeur d' Alene store visit the official Sports Authority web site at-

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Downtown Spokane's Buchanan Building sold ,to be re-opened

The Spokane economy is sure showing signs of hope as yet another historic Downtown building has been sold and will be re-opened. The Buchanan Building at 28 W. 3rd Ave was recently purchased by local businessman and city council member Steve Salvatori. Salvatori is also the owner of the local business incubator, Spokane Entrepreneurial Center which has 2 buildings already elsewhere in Downtown Spokane.

The Buchanan will become new office space and a portion of that space has already been committed to be leased by the Spokane based database developer LimeLyte Technology Group. LimeLyte's CEO will assume the role of building manager and the database company will occupy about half of the main floor of the building. LimeLyte is expected to move it's offices in sometime around June.

The remaining open office space in the Buchanan will be leased out, The building will offer 9 basement level offices and 2 office spaces open on the main floor. The building maybe historic but that doesn't mean it's office tenants can't enjoy the modern conveniences of a card control entry system, high speed Internet and phone , a conference room and more. Parking passes will also be available for building tenants.

For more info on The Buchanan Building visit it's web site at-

Or for more info on the Spokane Entrepreneurial Center visit their web site at-

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Former Johnston Printing building in Downtown Spokane,sold to be re-purposed.

The Downtown Spokane building that once housed Johnston Printing, until that firm closed in 2011,  has been sold and will soon be re-modeled and repurposed into a multi-tenant office building. The building is located at 159 S. McClellan St by the corner of W Pacific Ave. and S. McClellan St. in a historic neighborhood with a storied past of warehousing and industry due to the nearby access to the rail viaduct and the Spokane Intermodal Center.

The building was purchased local businessman Steve Schmautz, The new owner says he has already pre-leased about half of the project to 2 office tenants but has not named the businesses that have committed to the new space.

Remodeling of the historic structure will be extensive and is expected to begin in the near future as current proposals call for having the site ready for occupation in about 6 months.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Cedar Crossing development coming to Spokane's Five Mile Prarie

Five Mile Prairie has been a hot spot for new development in the City of Spokane for a few years now with many subdivisions dotting the prairie. But a new development in the Northwest Spokane neighborhood near the intersection of N. Cedar St. and Francis Ave.  is causing much talk all around town. That project is called Cedar Crossing , Cedar Crossing will begin primarily as a commercial project with the Cedar Crossing Retail Center opening as early as June.

The Cedar Crossing Retail Center will actually be 4  buildings with a total of 22,200 square feet of newly created space. The retail portion of the project already has 2 tenants lined up, both are restaurants and one is a second location for a South Hill favorite. The planned tenants for the Cedar Crossing Retail Center are...

Waddell's Brew Pub & Grille

Waddell's is a new second location of Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille from the South Hill. The new Waddell's at Cedar Crossing will be similar to the South Hill bar and eatery but will also give the company a chance to brew and serve their own beer's along with a selection of domestic, imported and micro brewed beers.

The new Waddell's is expected to employ around 35.

The Boiler Room

Well known Spokane bar and restaurant owner Matt Goodwin will open his latest venture at Cedar Crossing. The new restaurant will be called The Boiler Room and is being designed by the Hissong Design Group to have a modern boiler room feel.

The Boiler Room restaurant will serve gourmet pizza's as well as cocktails. The Boiler Room is expected to employ about 25.

The Cedar Crossing project will also be home to a new apartment / town home project. With that portion of the project 36 new apartments will be made available. No word at this point in time as to when the apartment community will open.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Big plans for the former El Rancho site on HWY 41 in Post Falls

Where once stood the El Rancho Mobile Home Park at the corner of Highway 41 and Mullan Ave is now... nothing. While the site does have a few trees and remnants of the parks former streets are still visible, the homes that we're considered a well known eyesore are now all missing. But what, if anything , will replace the prime site on Post Falls' eastern edge? The answer is a lot!

The mobile homes we're removed slowly over the last few months by the site's new owner, Spokane developer and real estate broker , Rod Plese . Plese has already began some marketing of the property which clocks in at a little over 8 acres via his family real estate business Plese Realty. Plese plans to fully develop the site for a commercial use. The site will one day become a new shopping center with a big box retail tenant proposed .

As far as who will be tenants for the site, so far no businesses are able to be announced as coming to the shopping center site. But rumors have been heavy as to who it may be, so far the names of Safeway, Yoke's and even Winco have surfaced in the rumor mill but nothing coming from anyone in the authority to announce a tenant.

The site will also contain smaller businesses in addition to the big box grocery or other store. A gas station, bank or resturants are also possible. There is no set timeline for construction as of yet but work should begin in the near future. Keep with Inland Northwest Business Watch for more as this project develops.

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Taken April 2013 by Inland Northwest Business Watch staff.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Coeur d' Alene Mining moving to Chicago,to change name.

After much speculation it has been confirmed that the large Coeur d' Alene based, Coeur d' Alene Mines Corp. will move it's headquarters and all operations out of the city later this year. Coeur d' Alene Mines, which has had it's home offices in the North Idaho city since 1985 and a local history that goes back many years before 1985, will close up shop in Coeur d' Alene  in September 2013.

The company will relocate it's headquarters to a yet to be named location in Chicago. Along with the companies move out of Coeur d' Alene the company will change it's name to Coeur Mining. The name change is expected to take place in mid-may following to companies annual meeting.

Locally Coeur d' Alene Mines employs 65 in it's headquarters which are located on Front St facing McEuen Park in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. All of the companies headquarters employees we're offered jobs at the new offices in Chicago, of which only 20 accepted meaning the company will lay off the remaining 45 once the move occurs and re-hire in Chicago.

Coeur d' Alene Mines has no plans as of yet as to what it will do with it's 4 story lakefront view office building.

Coeur d' Alene Mines Corp. is a international mining operation with mines and active mining exploration in both the United States and several other nations around the world, world-wide Coeur d' Alene employs over 2000 . The company says their reasoning behind the move to Chicago is Chicago is a more pro-business city, an international shipping hub and it will allow the company better access to it's mines and key shareholders. Although speculation and rumors on the streets from residents of Coeur d' Alene point to the companies CEO, Mitchell J. Krebs is a native of Chicago and may have planned this move to his home town earlier in his career with Coeur d' Alene. This however cannot be confirmed.

For more info on Coeur d' Alene Mines (soon to be called Coeur Mining) visit their web site at-

And for the prior Inland Northwest Business Watch post on when the rumors of this move began visit-

New building for the Lilac Bloomsday Association

Spring has sprung in the Spokane area and the 2013 Bloomsday Run is this Sunday in Spokane ( If your reading this the week I posted it.)  . And this year and for hopefully many years to come as the runners and walkers pass thru the final 2 miles of the over 7 mile race they will go only a couple of blocks from a new building at 1414 N. Belt St  . That new building on Belt St. is key to the success of Bloomsday as it is the new home to the Bloomsday event's managing organization the Lilac Bloomsday Association.

The association moved into the new building just south of the West Central Community Center  in Feb. of this year . The new building was built to better organize the event's management and to consolidate both the offices and the warehouse into one central facility. The new building has 13,000 square feet of space with offices, meeting rooms and even a second floor area which will house the Bloomsday archives.

The new Bloomsday building is also home to the fore mentioned Bloomsday warehouse. The warehouse provides storage for everything from signage to finisher t-shirts. The former warehouse, which was located elsewhere in Spokane has already been sold.

For more info on Bloomsday visit their official web site at-

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Shopadily CDA now open in Coeur d' Alene

Coeur d' Alene has so many thrift stores that I had once heard a fellow blogger mention that the Coeur d' Alene area should try and promote itself as a Thrift Store capital of sorts, which I strongly agree with. And while over saturating a market with a particular type of store isn't always the best thing to do, in Coeur d' Alene's case the thrift store concept appears to still be a red hot business idea.

One sign of the local success of Coeur d' Alene's thrift stores is the recent opening of a brand new store called Shopadily CDA . Shopadily CDA was born out of the Shop and Swap CDA Facebook group a page where local residents and store owners can post their items for sale. In fact many of the items for sale in the new Shopadily CDA store are also posted on the Shop and Swap CDA page.

Shopadily CDA is located on the north side of Coeur d' Alene in the suites 3 and 4 of Sunup Plaza shopping center building at 6055 N. Government Way. Only a couple of blocks south of Silver Lake Mall. The stores regular business hours will be Tuesday thru Friday 10am till 6pm and Saturday 10am till 3pm. Shopadily is a non profit thrift store and donations are accepted. Profits from the store go to benefit The Coeur d' Alene Vikings Booster Club and Educational Foundation.

For more info on Shopadily CDA visit the Shop and Swap CDA Facebook page at-

Or visit the store's Facebook page at-

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Northern Quest Casino 2013 Summer Concert Series announced.

It's official , the 2013 Pepsi Summer Concert Series concert's have been announced, this year's line up consists of some big names in the Rock, Classic Rock and the Country music genre's . The concert schedule is as follows:

Bad Company with Paul Rodgers  -  July 7th 2013 - Tickets go sale May 8th

Poison & Ratt -  July 12th 2013 - Tickets go on sale May 8th

Peter Frampton with Kenny Wayne Shepherd - July 26th 2013 - Tickets go on sale May 15th

Alan Jackson and Gloriana - Aug 8th 2013 - Tickets go on sale May 15th

Sammy Hagar - Aug 17th 2013  - Tickets go on sale May 22nd

Martina McBride - Aug 31st 2013 - Tickets go on sale May 22nd

Trace Adkins & Brett Eldredge - Sept. 8th 2013 - Tickets go on sale May 29th

Kid Rock  - Sept 21st 2013  - Tickets go on sale May 29th

Tickets for any of the summer concerts at Northern Quest Casino can be purchased on the Casino's website at :

Northern Quest Casino is located in Airway Heights at 100 S. Hayford Rd. . A ticket box office is also available near the north side / River's Edge Buffet entrance to the Casino.

Ace Hardware opening new location is Spokane Valley

Spokane's The General Store is in a round about way expanding it's local reach. A new ACE Hardware store will open soon in Spokane Valley owned and operated by The General Store's CEO Bruce Barany and will feature some of the same product selections as The General Store due to that store's affiliation with the ACE Hardware chain. But the owner and product lines is about where the affiliation between the main store and the new ACE location ends.

The new Spokane Valley ACE Hardware store will be located in the a newly renovated building at 1330 N. Argonne Road nearby the intersection of N. Argonne and Sinto Ave. . The building was once home to Spears Furniture until a disastrous winter storm caused the roof of that store to cave in about 4 years ago.

The new store will employ 10 and is expected to open sometime in May.

Ace Hardware is a Chicago,Ill. based chain of hardware store with many locations already in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area including the fore mentioned General Store on N. Division St. near N. Foothills Dr. in Spokane.

For more info on ACE Hardware visit their website at-