Thursday, June 27, 2013

Big changes for Launchpad INW

Big things are happening at Launchpad INW ,for those who may not be familiar with Launchpad INW, The business/ web site is a Spokane based operation that was Spokane's first online professional business networking community. At one time Launchpad INW operated a website , a co working space and even had a special segment on KHQ's Invest Northwest TV show called Launch Spokane.

But overtime the site and business have gone somewhat by the wayside. Both of the owners of the site have moved on to other employment with large local firm's. But a recent e-mail to members has uncovered a new plan for Launchpad INW.

Last Friday was the last day online for the former web site and now, with thanks too local web site developer Zipline Interactive, the website will re launch as an online local news source for " innovation , leadership and entrepreneurship " . The site will use the wordpress blogging format.

The new site is set to be live now and will also include a weekly e-mail newsletter called Launchpad News.

For more info on Launchpad INW visit their web site at-

www.launchpadinw.com

Note: Although our formats and goals are now similar, Inland Northwest Business Watch is in no way affiliated with Launchpad. We at INBW are not here to compete only to inform the Spokane area on local business happenings.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Construction at former Burgan's Furniture building to begin soon.


After 5 years of waiting for a more prime local economy, and planning out the best uses, Spokane businessman Gerald Dicker is ready. Ready to begin construction on a massive remodel of the former Burgan's Furniture store and warehouse on Division St just blocks north of Downtown Spokane.

Dicker, who is well known in the Spokane business community due to other developments acquired the large vacant building in 2008 and at one time even considered moving forward with a plan for a large hotel on the site. Plans for the hotel have since gone by the wayside. No doubt in part due to Walt Worthy's massive hotel tower project proposed for the parking lot across from the INB Performing Arts Center nearby.

Construction work at the former furniture store site is expected to begin within 2 months and cost between 9 and 12 million dollars to complete. A tentative completion date is set for the Summer of 2014.

The remodeling project will transform the building into 46 1 bedroom apartment units in the upper floors and a ground floor commercial area with 2 restaurant spaces and another space for a retail tenant. Also the project will have a conference area, meeting rooms and a fitness center. The apartments will be geared towards and extended stay for corporate and other's who may be around to long for a hotel but not long enough for a full residence.

The project is located along N. Division in between Division and Ruby and just south of Boone Ave. The project is actually made up of 2 buildings that we're both once used by Burgan's Furniture, a skyway will connect the 2 buildings and the remainder of the block will be filled by parking for the site.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Total Wine & More coming to Spokane Valley

It's official , Spokane Valley will get a new Total Wine & More store later this year. The Total Wine & More chain opening a store in the Valley has been on the radar from since last year when the chain opened it's only other location in the Spokane market. That store is now one of the highest selling liquor retailers in Spokane County and is located just north of The Y on Newport Hwy in the Northpointe Shopping Center in North Spokane.

Total Wine & More's Spokane Valley store will be a new construction building in the Evergreen Crossing shopping center which is just west of Spokane Valley Mall and while not fully completed, the shopping center is also home to major stores like Hobby Lobby, Great Floors ,Fred's Appliance and others. Total Wine & More's new building in the center will be at 13802 E. Indiana Ave. directly next to Great Floors and easily visible from I-90 near the Evergreen Rd. exit.

The new store will occupy 25,000 square feet of space and will employ around 40. The new store's location is strategic to attract customers from North Idaho who are looking for more selection. And once a state distribution tax is scaled back , the pricing in Washington will compete more evenly with stores in Kootenai County and elsewhere.

Selection is the name of the game for Total Wine & More. The Maryland based chain bills itself as America's Wine Superstore and while wine and wine tastings are big part of the business, the stores also feature full liquor selection a extensive beer selection with a growler filling station in store.

The new store is expected to open sometime in November, in time for the holiday season.

For more info on Total Wine & More visit their web site at-

www.totalwine.com

Or like the North Spokane Total Wine & More store on Facebook at-

https://www.facebook.com/TWMSpokane





Black Sheep Sporting Goods moves to new home

Back in May we reported on the move of the Black Sheep Sporting Goods' outlet store to the large stand alone store building where Wholesale Sports once was next to Costco in Coeur d' Alene ( That post can be found here- http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2013/05/black-sheep-sporting-goods-opens-outlet.html ).

But the move of the outlet store was only temporary and apparently a place holder of sorts for the move of the entire Black Sheep Sporting Goods store into the space. Black Sheep is now open in the former Wholesale Sports location at 3534 N. Government Way by Costco and only a stone's throw east from the former store location off of Seale Dr facing US 95. The new store no longer faces US 95 but does have a good location on busy Government Way with lots of parking and close by  to many other stores.

The new building is 47,000 square feet and is much newer then the stores former home. The new Black Sheep will continue to operate as the same locally owned and operated sporting goods store with merchandise ranging from hunting and fishing to marine needs to even firearm sales. Hours of operation for the store are Monday thru Saturday 9am - 7pm and Sunday 9am - 6pm.

A grand opening celebration is planned at the new Black Sheep Sporting Goods location on Government Way for Friday June 28th and Saturday June 29th. The celebration will feature prizes, games and specials thruout the store.

As far as what will happen to the old store location, signs are up now showing it as the new Black Sheep Sporting Goods outlet store. However the new outlet store is not open as of yet. And there is no word right now as to what will go into the currently empty space that at one time was the outlet store across the parking lot from the old store.

For more info on Black Sheep Sporting Goods in Coeur d' Alene visit-

www.blacksheepidaho.com

Or find them on Facebook at-

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Black-Sheep-Sporting-Goods/220813205008

Lululemon Athletica to move it's Downtown Spokane store

Lululemon Athletica may have only opened their new Spokane retail showroom a few months ago but as luck would have it the business is already on the move. This time to a new , bigger and yet still Downtown storefront space.

Lululemon Athletica will move later this year to the ground floor of 707 W. Main Ave. ( Crescent Court building)  in space occupied by Cues, a women's clothing store that has since closed. Cues hopes to find a new store location elsewhere in Spokane and re-open by the Fall. No word as of yet on where that new store may be.

The new store will give Lululemon more space and a more prominent location verses the companies current store at 117 N. Howard , The N. Howard St. store will stay open until the new location opens. No word as of yet as to when a grand opening or opening date might occur.

Lululemon Athletica is a Vancouver,BC chain of athletic clothing stores with products like apparel for yoga and running. The local store has garnered a large following already with almost 2,500 likes on the local store's Facebook page.

For more info on Lululemon Athletica visit-

www.lululemon.com

Or the Spokane store's Facebook page at-

https://www.facebook.com/lululemonSpokane










Monday, June 24, 2013

Vivint Job Fair coming June 25th

In early June home automation company Vivint announced plans for a large new call center in Liberty Lake. More info on Vivint's plans can be found here- http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2013/06/vivint-to-open-large-new-call-center-in.html

The new call center plans to hire 400+ employees once fully staffed and a job fair is planned for tomorrow, June 25th 2013 . Info on that job fair is below:

Vivint Job Fair
22425 E. Appleway  Liberty Lake,WA
June 25th from 4-8 pm

Members of Vivint's team will be on hand and music and food will be provided on site.

If you are interested in jobs with Vivint you can visit - www.vivintjobs.com anytime.


Area Tully's Coffee location switch to Caffe Capri

Recently here on the Inland Northwest Business Watch blog we reported on the brand affiliation switch of the Tully's Coffee franchise in Hayden. ( More on that re branding here- http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2013/04/hayden-tullys-becomes-caffe-capri.html )

However since that post we have discovered all Spokane area Tully's have now also made the branding switch. Business owner Inland Coffee Retailers LLC a Spokane based coffee shop owner has completed converting it's 3 local locations from the Tully's brand to Caffe Capri , which like Tully's is also a Seattle based coffee shop chain and coffee roaster.

Caffe Capri is a chain designed to appear like Italian café, The chain also operates locations elsewhere in Washington & Idaho as well as in Alaska and British Columbia. Locally Caffe Capri will keep on the former Tully's employees.

The new Spokane area Caffe Capri locations can be found at-

2001 W. Pacific Ave in Browne's Addition

2009 E. 29th Ave ( Grapetree Village ) on the South Hill

and in Hayden at-

The Prairie Shopping Center, next to the corner Prairie Ave. and Government Way.

For more info on Caffe Capri visit their web site at-

www.caffecapri.net

Friday, June 21, 2013

CONFIRMED- Total Wine & More to open in Spokane Valley

More details on this post are now online at the link below-
http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2013/06/total-wine-more-coming-to-spokane-valley.html


While at the current time we know almost nothing about the store (i.e. size, opening date, how many employees, etc...). I am now able to confirm that Total Wine & More is planning to open a new store in Spokane Valley.

Total Wine & More is a chain of wine, beer & liquor big box stores that is best known locally for the companies location in North Spokane at the former Borders Bookstore space in the North Pointe Shopping Center. The North side store was noted earlier this year in the media as having one of the highest amounts of liquor sales in Spokane County.

Total Wine & More filed for a liquor license at 13802 E. Indiana Ave , which is located in the Evergreen Crossing Shopping Center ( the center with Hobby Lobby & Great Floors ) by Spokane Valley Mall in Spokane Valley.

Construction crews have already begun work on the site, and as soon as we know the detail on the new store we will re-post and create a link to the post on this post, so stay tuned!

For info on the companies North Spokane store, below is the post from when that store was originally opened in November of 2012-


http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2012/11/total-wine-more-now-open-in-spokane.html

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Broadwing Apartments going up in Liberty Lake

Earlier today on this site we posted about all the new apartment projects underway in Coeur d' Alene. But Coeur d' Alene is from being the only area in the Inland Northwest that's adding new multi-family housing. And one spot that's caught this business blogger's attention is the new Broadwing Apartments . Broadwing in now under construction in Liberty Lake, in fact buildings are up and inside work is well under way. The project is currently on track to begin leasing later this Summer or Fall.

Broadwing Apartments are being built on a new street called Spotted Owl Ln. which can be found directly next to the Talon Hills Senior Apartments off of Appleway on the town's far east side. The site is visible from Appleway and I-90,although it does take a bit of looking.

Broadwing is being built by Whitewater Creek Inc. , a development company located in Hayden that has constructed several other local apartment complexes. Whitewater Creek is also the company behind 2 other complexes that are all within a few 1000 feet of the Broadwing's site. Those complexes are the fore mentioned Talon Hills Senior Apartments and the First Liberty Apartments, a newer family apartment community directly on Appleway.

Broadwing , Like the other 2 will be income restricted and will be leased to families. To qualify for an apartment one must not make over a certain amount in income and rental rates are set on what one makes.

50 apartments will be included in the new complex and 1 , 2 and 3 bedroom units will be available. Because the complex is not yet open contact info for leasing is also not available, however some info may be able to obtained via First Liberty Aparments, their web site is-

http://firstlibertyapartments.blogspot.com/

Carrington Place at the Landings, new apartments coming to Coeur d' Alene

With the first units officially opened to the public for leasing at the beginning of June a lot more new apartments will soon be available in what is , for now, Coeur d' Alene's newest apartment complex. The complex goes by the name Carrington Place At The Landings and is located along Carrington Drive in The Landings residential development along Prairie Ave. in between Atlas and Huetter Roads on the north side of the city.

Carrington Place is being developed by The Land Co. a locally based real estate development firm and leasing of the rental units will be done by Resort Property Management, also of Coeur d' Alene. Contact info for leasing is available at the end of this post or of the complexes web site, also listed below.

Once fully built out the project will include 132 apartments built in 22 separate 6 unit buildings. The project will however be built out in phases with the first phase consisting of only 60 apartments. Also in phase 1 will be a community club house that will feature over 2,000 square feet of space with a rec. area, on site manager's office, work out room and a kitchen. The community is also directly across the street from Landings Park, a city park that is free for all to use.

Apartments come with washers and dryers and all appliances included. Garages are also available with the units. Apartment prices at Carrington Place range from 735 to 915 a month and 1, 2 and 3 bedroom units are all available.

Apartment complexes are in high demand currently in the Coeur d' Alene and Spokane area and this is just one of several apartment projects underway in the area. 2 other brand new complexes have construction underway elsewhere in Coeur d' Alene and another is almost doubling in size. We also expect construction to start in Downtown Coeur d' Alene this year on a brand new high rise apartment tower.

For more info on Carrington Place At The Landings visit their web site at-

www.carringtonplace.net

Or by calling 208-667-1010


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Frugal Bob's now open in Rathdrum

With a rather creative and humorous business name, Frugal Bob's is now open in Downtown Rathdrum. Frugal Bob's is a new upscale clothing re-sale business that opened officially in early May. Before the opening the business had operated as an Ebay seller.

Frugal Bob's is located in heart of the small but interesting Downtown core in the small town of Rathdrum some 5-10 miles north of Post Falls / Coeur d' Alene. The businesses physical address is 8068 Main St. Rathdrum,Id.

Frugal Bob's promises to sell brand name new and re-sale clothing . Brand names and selection rotate and consignment services are available both in store and on-line. According to the businesses Facebook page ( which can be found below ) some the brands that are regularly in inventory include: Ralph Lauren , Tommy Hilfiger, Silver, REI, Style & Co , Liz Claiborne and many more.

For more info on Frugal Bob's visit their web site at-

www.frugalbobs.com

Or Frugal Bob's on Facebook-

https://www.facebook.com/FrugalBobs

The Q at Northern Quest Casino to become Epic Sports Resturant?

This is a follow up to previous post here on Inland Northwest Business Watch. A couple of months back we reported on the remodeling of Northern Quest Casino's The Q Sports Bar and now that remodel is nearing it's completion.

But we have also received info that The Q will no longer be The Q, instead the bar and restaurant will be called Epic Sports Restaurant . Also the former studio area of the establishment will become Studio E.

Although it's very short notice the Casino and Spokane radio station Rock 94.5 will host a sneak peak of the new Epic and Studio E tonight from 5:30 till 7:30. More on that sneak peak can be found here-

http://tweetvite.com/event/EPICSpo

For more on the remodel of The Q / Epic at Northern Quest Casino below is the original post from May 13th 2013-


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.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bistro Box food truck relocates to Spokane

Spokane's food truck scene is getting hotter every month, with new trucks hitting the road frequently, and many more in the works right now. Ok, sure Spokane is no Portland when it comes to street food but the food trucks and carts we do have are creating quite a buzz themselves.

And soon joining the local lists of Spokane food trucks is The Bistro Box . The Bistro Box is not new, in fact the business gathered a good following in the truck's hometown of Renton,Wa. . The business is moving to Spokane because of the owners family is in this part of the state.

The Bistro Box is a sandwich truck with a wide menu that includes diner style sandwiches, kobe beef sliders, salads and fries. According to the businesses website (which is listed below) the truck also does catering ,it can only be assumed this portion of the business will continue here is Spokane.

As of yet no official location or start date is available for when The Bistro Box will be available on the streets of Spokane but I will do my best to keep you posted. Also watch the site's listed below...

For more info on The Bistro Box visit-

www.bistrobox.net

Or on Facebook at-

https://www.facebook.com/bistrobox

Monday, June 17, 2013

Dawn Of The Donut , a zombie themed donut shop opening in Spokane.

Dawn Of The Donut is a new Spokane business gathering a bit of attention already because of it's unique business theme. Dawn Of The Donut , is a new donut shop with a Zombie theme that is currently planned to open in August.

It's still early in the businesses opening process but once open Dawn Of The Donut will be located in the former Papa Murphy's Pizza location at 3402 N. Division . Papa Murphy's moved to a new construction building to the south of here , along Ruby , earlier this year.

According to a reply of the businesses Twitter page, Dawn Of The Donut will offer "great donuts and zombie themed items" . Dawn Of The Donut can be followed via Twitter by clicking the link below.

Dawn Of The Donut contact info-

3402 N Division Spokane
Phone: 509-328-1764
Web: www.dawnofthedonut.com (Web site under construction, as of the original post date.)

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dawnofthedonut

Real Estate Corner- The Jefferson 400

This is the first post of the new "Real Estate Corner" feature here on Inland Northwest Business Watch. In this periodic feature we will profile an available commercial property ether for sale or for lease in the Inland Northwest Business Watch. First up The Jefferson Professional Center a.k.a The Jefferson 400.

Property-Jefferson Professional Center
Address- 400 S. Jefferson St. Spokane, Wa 99204

Chances are your like me and have driven past this building a million times never really thinking about it. But the Jefferson 400 building is a true hot spot in for Downtown Spokane office space. The building is located just feet south of I-90 and within a easy walk/ drive / bus ride from the Downtown core.

The Jefferson 400 is also located in the heart of Spokane's medical district with Deaconess Hospital being directly to the east of the building. The building is a 4 story structure with over 13,000 square feet of office space. Suites are available in the building and on site tenant parking is  also available.

Current tenants of the building include the management offices of Mustard Seed Restaurants , Frontier Institute and Radio Station Kool 107.1 among many others.

For leasing info and more general info on this office building visit -

www.jpc4.com


Friday, June 14, 2013

Longtime motorsports business, Roundy's closes in North Spokane

After 35 years of operation Roundy's last day of business occurred earlier this month. Roundy's went out of business in part due to the economy and the owner's retirement. The business has operated in Spokane for the companies entire life and for most of that time span as Roundy's Kawasaki. The Kawasaki name was dropped only a few years ago when the business ended the Kawasaki affiliation to focus more on it's Can Am motorcycle and Sea Doo Watercraft sales.

Roundy's was located at 11008 N Newport Hwy in Mead and stayed a family business until the last day.

As far as the future of Roundy's former business location, that is a bright spot in the closure as the retail building on the businesses former site has been already leased. The new tenant will be the Mead School District who is planning to use the building in the near future for it's STEM vocational school programs.

Mead School District will do only minor work to the building to bring it up to par for the new educational use. The school district hopes to move in sometime in July and will continue some of it's STEM schooling programs at the current Riverpoint Acadamy in Spokane's University District.

 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Downtown Coeur d' Alene shuttle services begins

Anybody who's visited Coeur d' Alene lately knows the construction work going on for the massive McEuen Park re build project is tying up parking and making even getting around Downtown Coeur d' Alene a major issue at times. This has hurt many downtown businesses with fewer customers then in years past visiting the small businesses that rely on these Summer months to make the majority of their profits.

And to answer the problem the City of Coeur d' Alene, working with regional bus service, Citylink have announced the beginning of a new Downtown shuttle bus service that will circle the main business core and provide a free ride to visitors parked in the cities 2 public parking lots.

The new shuttle will begin operation this Saturday , just in time for Car d' Alene , and will continue thru Labor Day .  Rides will be free and the bus will pick up / drop off riders at the Memorial Field parking lot on Northwest Blvd. ( pick up spot is the former restaurant building across from the Spokesman Review office building ) as well as the new public lot behind city hall next to the McEuen Park work site.

In the buses route stops are available on the return run at Lakeside and 6th , 4th and 2nd St. . The service will continue until Labor Day and will run 7 days a week with service from 9:30am till 6:30pm Monday thru Saturday and Sunday 11am till 5pm.

Got a sweet tooth? check out this new business news.

Brutles Gourmet Candy Shop

Brutles Gourmet Candy Shop , known locally for it's peanut brittle and once the in hotel candy shop for the prestigious Davenport Hotel. Brutles is planning to relocate it's location in Spokane Valley.

While the Downtown location will remain at 828 W. Sprague Ave. the Spokane Valley store will soon move to the Opportunity Plaza Shopping Center at 12609 E. Sprague Ave. The new store is expected to be open by late July.

Sweet Frostings Bakeshop

Sweet Frostings Bakeshop is expanding by opening a second location in the Wandermere area of North Spokane. Sweet Frostings will continue to operate it's cupcake and bakery store Downtown at 15 S. Washington, in fact all of the products sold at the new North Spokane store will be baked in house at the Downtown location.

The new North Spokane Sweet Frostings will be across the street from the Village Center at Wandermere movie theaters in the same strip mall as Pizza Hut.

Coeur d' Alene Chocolates

Coeur d' Alene Chocolates, the Coeur d' Alene based award winning chocolate business has opened a new 3rd location. This time in Spokane.

Coeur d' Alene Chocolates new Spokane store officially opened in April and is located in River Park Square in Downtown Spokane. The new store occupies about 800 square feet of the Downtown mall on the second floor nearby Nordstrom.

Coeur d' Alene Chocolates offers over 60 different products,other locations of the business include the main Downtown Coeur d' Alene store on Sherman Ave. and a smaller store on Government Way next to the Government Way Antique Mall in Coeur d' Alene.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Gonzaga University building new indoor tennis and golf center in Spokane

Big things are happening at Gonzaga, The COG is set to be demolished to make way for a new main university center building and the a new Boone Ave. Retail building is under construction on campus, those 2 projects will be covered more in depth on this site as time and space allows but today we look at the third major project coming to the local university, a large new indoor tennis and golf facility.

The new Gonzaga Tennis and Golf facility will occupy all 72,000 square feet of a new construction building that is now officially under construction on a 3 acre site at 1220 N. Superior St. in Spokane only a couple of blocks to the east of the Gonzaga campus.

With a total price tag for the new building set to come in around $6 million dollars the new facility will house 6 tennis courts and a indoor golf practice area. Most of the building will be all on the ground floor however a small area is planned on the 2nd story for spectators and restrooms.

Walker Construction will be the general contractor for the project with ALSC and the Gonzaga in-house architecture staff being involved in the design work for the project.

The new facility is expected to be open sometime in October of November of this year.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Kootenai River Inn Hotel and Casino opens it's latest expansion

A lot has changed for the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho since they first opened their Kootenai River Inn in Bonners Ferry some 26 years ago. Today the once small riverside hotel is now also a casino and one of the largest employers in the sparsely populated Boundary County,Idaho some 90 miles north of the Coeur d' Alene / Spokane metro area.

Even though the casino and hotel are a bit of drive from most of the Northwest's larger cities the property does still bring in many looking to get away and with it's close proximity to the Canadian border the Kootenai River Inn has also proven to be a hotspot for tourist's and retiree's from the north.

Now something new at Kootenai River Inn is proving to be yet another attractant. The Kootenai Tribe recently opened a new expansion to the property called Kootenai Falls Lodge . Kootenai Falls Lodge adds 36 new hotel rooms to the Kootenai River Inn hotel, which operates as a part of the multi-national Best Western Hotel system. With the new hotel expansion the Kootenai River Inn now has 101 hotel rooms in addition to the casino, a on site spa, meeting rooms, indoor pool, business center and the popular Springs Resturant.

The new guest rooms in the Kootenai Falls Lodge include keurig coffee makers , large new TV's and walk in showers among many other amenities.

While the new hotel rooms are the highlight of the recently opened expansion they are certainly not the only new things at Kootenai River Inn. The main lodge underwent renovations during construction with new flooring and a new patio overlooking the Kootenai River. Behind the scenes the property also added a new laundry facility and a new manitance facility was also added.

Kootenai River Inn is located just off of US 95 at 7169 Plaza St in Bonners Ferry. For more info on the hotel/casino visit their web site at-

www.kootenairiverinn.com

Monday, June 10, 2013

The Fan Suite now open at River Park Square

Modeled after a " Las Vegas man cave" The Fan Suite is the newest business to open in Downtown Spokane's River Park Square mall . The Fan Suite is a small rental facility that is available for most any occation and will become available to rent beginning June 17th.

The new business is located on the 2nd floor of the shopping center in the suite where Claire's last was ( by Vivo and Nordstrom ) .The space is on the small side making it perfect and more cost effective for a smaller group. In all the facility is about 1,060 square feet and can be rented for $80 for a 4 hour time period.

The Fan Suite at River Park Square also features a small full bar , 3 large TV's a refrigerator and tables and chairs. Food and drinks are available but not from the facility directly. However, catering can be easily added to the space rental via one of the restaurants in the mall.

For more info on renting the space and additional rates via the consiarge desk on the main floor of the mall next to the parking garage payment station.

For more info on River Park Square visit-

www.riverparksquare.com



OnPOINT Imaging is Spokane's new face for Xerox products

For many Xerox is the most trusted and recognizable name in copiers and other business document solutions. Founded in 1906 Xerox products are now found in offices around the nation, including those here in the Inland Northwest. And for Xerox sales in the Spokane , Coeur d' Alene and Lewiston area there is a new face in town, OnPOINT Imaging .
 
OnPOINT Imaging is headquartered in Spokane Valley at 12310 E. Mirabeau Pkwy. Suite 250 and has already seen considerable growth just in the businesses short existence. In fact OnPOINT continues to exceed it's sale goals. And since it's founding in the Spokane market the company has continued to grow and has since expanded to include the Coeur d' Alene and Lewiston markets as well, making OnPOINT is the Inland Northwest region's only Authorized Xerox Sales Agency.
 
The company was founded last June and is operated by, CEO Brandon Foote, who himself was once a Xerox sales rep who found considerable success in the company. That success was enough for Foote to form his own agency, OnPOINT Imaging in Spokane Valley.

 OnPOINT is also bringing jobs to the Inland Northwest as the company makes note it is actively hiring for "a handful" of new sales representatives. More info on jobs can be acquired via the contact info below.
 
Contact info for OnPOINT Imaging-
 
 
Twitter : @OnPointSpokane
 
Phone: 509-315-1565
 
 
 
 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Vivint to open large new call center in Liberty Lake

Vivint Inc. , a large , privately held,  home automation company that operates out of headquarters in Provo,Utah has announced plans to expand to a site in Liberty Lake. The new Liberty Lake Vivint site will be the companies first expansion and will operate as a sales call center, the call center, once fully operational will employ around 400.

Vivint will occupy 25,000 square feet of space of the Liberty Lake Business Center at 22425 E. Appleway. The site was last used by Liberty Mutual Insurance for a similar call center. That center relocated to the new Meadowwood Technolgy Campus , also in Liberty Lake, in 2012.

Although only recently announced some minor updates and remodeling is already underway at the Business Center. Vivint is planning to open the center in mid-July of this year and will host job fairs later this month to fill open positions. Not all 400 positions will be filled on opening as 400 is the number upon the company plans to staff up too. It is expected the center will open with between 40 to 60 employees.

Jobs with Vivint Liberty Lake will be primarily in the sales field and will include a full benefit package that also includes free meals.

Vivint is one of the largest home automation companies in the United States. Vivint serves over 700,000 customers in the United States and Canada . In addition to home automation the company also offers security and energy management services including residential solar energy. Vivint was recruited to the Spokane area by local business organization Greater Spokane Inc.

For more info on Greater Spokane Inc. visit their web site at-

www.greaterspokane.org













 


 


Former Kia of Spokane dealership to become a church

The former location of Kia of Spokane has been sold and is now being remodeled to serve a new purpose as a church. The dealership site, which is at 21326 E. Mission Ave in Liberty Lake was sold to Cornerstone Pentecostal Church for a cost of 1.9 million.

The dealership has been vacant since late 2011 when Kia of Spokane was acquired by the George Gee Auto Group and moved to the former Hummer dealer space on George Gee Dr. nearby the site in Liberty Lake. The Cornerstone Pentecostal Church has extensive remodeling plans which are already well underway. Included in the work on the building is a 9,000 square foot sanctuary that will take the place of much of the former service department.

The remodel will also create a new lobby area and offices. The church has about 300 members and is moving to the site from 12817 E. Broadway in Spokane Valley. No official word on when the first services would take place.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Crosspointe Autoplex in Airway Heights expands

The Crosspointe Autoplex has come along way since it's start as a dealer to dealer automotive wholesaler when they first opened their doors in 2002. In 2006 they chose to open their door to public for the first time and although they've operated out of a small temporary modular building since then the dealership has managed to find success.

But now the Crosspointe Autoplex has moved up to the " big leagues" of Spokane auto dealerships with the opening last month of their new, much bigger building. The new building is on the same site as the previous building allowing the dealer to expand and maintain and more respectable permanent business location without having to relocate. The business remains at 10505 W. Sunset Hwy , across from the Wal-Mart shopping center in Airway Heights.

The new building at Crosspointe Autoplex has also allowed the dealer to expand the sales lot allowing for more cars, trucks, vans and suv's to be sold. Also the new building features something not available at the former shop, a full service department. Crosspointe now also offers a full auto repair shop staffed by ASE certified technician's.

For more info on the Crosspointe Autoplex in Airway Heights visit their web site at-

http://www.crosspointeautoplex.com/index.shtml

Or find them on Facebook at-

https://www.facebook.com/CrosspointeAutoplex

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza now open at Riverstone in Coeur d' Alene

One of the newest tenant's at Coeur d' Alene's Village at Riverstone shopping center is the topic of many a conversation as it took sometime to open but as of last month the business is now officially open for business. That new business is Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza and is the 4rd location for the small chain which also operates pizza restaurants in Helena, Kalispel and Billings, Montana. The Coeur d' Alene location is the companies first location outside of Montana.

Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza occupies space behind Grooveberries Frozen Yogurt's suite and is only a few hundred feet away from the front doors of the Regal Riverstone Cinema's on Old Mill Loop.

Bullman's Wood Fired Pizza is a gourmet pizza restaurant with a large menu and many pizza and pizza topping choices. All sauces and pizza dough's are made fresh daily , in addition to pizza Bullman's also offers salad's and several sandwiches.

Pizza's made by Bullman's are all cooked in a wood fired oven that heats to 800 degrees and creates a crispy crust with a hint of smoky flavoring. For more info on the restaurant visit their web site at-

www.bullmanspizza.com

Monday, June 3, 2013

Fightin' Creek Market to host grand opening of new location

Locals and visitors alike have come to enjoy Fightin' Creek Market along US 95 about 18 miles south of Coeur d' Alene for it's cheaper smoke prices and cheaper gas prices due to the businesses location at the entry point to the Coeur d' Alene Indian Reservation. Fightin' Creek moved to a new building earlier this year but the market / gas station / smoke shop is still under a mile the Reservation border and now in fact closer to the Coeur d' Alene Casino in the nearby small town of Worley .

Fightin' Creek Market is now located at the corner of US 95 and Elder Rd ( mailing address- 12727 W. Elder Rd. Worley,Id ) and to help celebrate the new location the business will host an official grand opening on Saturday June 15th.

The business has been in the space since earlier in the year but is just now wrapping up the move. The new building is noticeably larger then the old location , more modern and will soon include a deli. Fightin' Creek will also soon have it's annual fireworks stand open at the new site. The market is open daily 5am-11pm and fuel, including on and off road diesel is available 24 hours a day. Espresso is also now available in the store.

The new Fightin' Creek Market location's grand opening will have raffle prizes, a BBQ, 25 cent pop and some other discounts in the store.

For more info on Fightin' Creek Market on the Coeur d' Alene Reservation visit their website at-

www.fightincreek.com

Or find them on Facebook at-

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Fightin-Creek-Smoke-Shop/103193656419803


Spokane's KTW 630 AM brings new local radio shows.

The AM Radio Stations of Spokane are alive and well. While AM radio may not be listened to quite as much as it once was, Spokane is still home to several AM stations, and one station is expanding on the success it's had from previous locally based radio shows and has launched several more.

KTW which broadcasts on 630 AM is owned and operated by Mutual Broadcasting System,LLC and is somewhat varied in overall format. The station airs programming from a regional Christian broadcasting network as well talk shows, old time radio programs and now the new local radio shows.

The local shows are aired as part of a Saturday Morning block of radio programming and are produced by the Spokane based Half Round Productions,LLC. The new shows and their air times are...

Community Talks - Sat at 8:00am

Business Talks - Sat at 10:00am

House to Home - Sat at 10:30am

Wilde About Pets - Sat at 11:00am

SheSays- Sat at 11:30am

The Sheriff's Report- Sat at 12:30pm

The Business Talks radio show was the first show to premiered as part of the new local line up,When it began back in Jan. it was covered by Inland Northwest Business Watch,For more visit the INBW post about the Business Talks radio show on this page-
http://www.inlandnwbusiness.com/2013/01/business-talks-radio-show-primeres.html

House to Home is a home improvement show that was on TV on FOX 28 for many years,Wilde About Pets is a pet related talk show hosted by Debra Wilde and SheSays is a show hosted by the editor of Spokane Woman Magazine.

More info on the shows and the KTW radio station can be found on their web site at-

www.ktrw.com

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