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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Small business shout-out : Monkeyboy Books , Spokane,WA

Our first " shout-out" goes to...

Monkeyboy Books
123 S. Wall St.
Downtown Spokane

Monkeyboy Books is a uniquely named bookstore located Downtown Spokane's historic Atrium Building. The store specializes in used , rare and out of print books with thousands of books in stock.

Burger King delivery coming to Spokane

Yes, you've read this post's headline correctly. Burger King has chosen Spokane to be a site for the chain's delivery program.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Coeur d' Alene Summer Theater to close.

The final curtain call for the 2013 season at the Coeur d' Alene Summer Theater will be it's lasts as the community theater announced today that they plan to disband the well known local organization.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Former Ugly Bettie's building to become Borracho Tacos & Tequileria ( photo )

Only a few weeks ago it was announced that Ugly Bettie's a popular bar in Downtown Spokane would be closing and re-opening as something completely new with new owners. And now we know that the plans for the site call for a new Mexican restaurant to be called Borracho Tacos & Tequileria.

Peak Health & Wellness center building large indoor tennis center in Hayden

Tennis fans will have a new local business to check out later this year as Peak Health & Wellness Center , a small chain of health clubs is now working on a large new indoor tennis facility coming soon to Hayden.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Cafe Rio opening in Spokane Valley

Café Rio , a successful and rapidly growing chain of Mexican restaurants is opening a new location in Spokane Valley , marking the companies first entry into the Spokane market.

Work underway on new mixed use building at Kendall Yards (photo included )

Spokane's Kendall Yards development is transforming more and more into just what the project's developer, Greenstone Homes, planned. A brand new urban neighborhood unlike any other Spokane has today. And the latest piece of Kendall Yard's puzzle is now underway with last weeks ground breaking of the latest new commercial / residential building.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Nothing Bundt Cakes coming to Spokane

With Cupcake bakeries being all the rage in Spokane and all around the nation, specialty bakeries are news but not anything new. But one new specialty bakery coming to Spokane is new, that's because it will be Spokane's first Bundt Cake Bakery.

Changes at The Calm

Spokane's The Calm is closed, but fans of the popular South Hill business just need to stay "calm" as the business says it will move and re-open.

Mel's Nursery to stay open and move to new location.

About a month ago I reported on the impending closure of Mel's Nursery , a long time North Spokane nursery / greenhouse and gift shop. But I'm now happy to report Mel's will stay in business but in a different location and in a bit of a different form.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Spirit Halloween Stores returning to Spokane / CDA

Summer is nearing it's end yet again, and with schools starting soon around the area it's time to look towards fall and Halloween. Every year a few Halloween " pop - up" stores open their doors in various places around Spokane and Coeur d' Alene. The biggest of which is Spirit and here is a look at where to find their stores this year....

Monday, August 19, 2013

More then just Winco coming to the Crossroads at Coeur d' Alene

Signs are up and the building itself is going up for the new Winco Foods grocery store off of Ramsey Rd. in Coeur d' Alene. And by now most of Coeur d' Alene already knows that Winco is coming to town.

But the new Winco is actually part of a larger new commercial development called The Crossroads at Coeur d' Alene. And there is more then just Winco coming to the development, here is what else to expect in the next few months...

Local restaurant openings & closings - Aug 19th 2013

There are so many new restaurants coming and going from the area that there isn't even enough time to post them all. But here are some of the highlights, and keep checking back for more!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Iron Bridge Office Campus to build 2 new buildings

Spokane will soon get a big boost in office space with the planned major expansion work coming soon to the Iron Bridge Office Campus.

Bohme to open in Spokane Valley Mall

Spokane Valley Mall is set to get another new fashion retailer with the coming opening of Bohme Boutique , a Sandy, Utah based small chain of women's clothing boutiques.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

New Health Insurance Call Center coming to Spokane Valley

This is an updated post of a news item announced in April 2013 on this site.

Teri Yaki Grill chain to open Coeur d' Alene location

The next new restaurant coming to Coeur d' Alene this year will be a new location of the Teri Yaki Grill chain of teriyaki restaurants. At this time, we don't know when the new business will open but it is expected to open to the public before fall. Hiring for the new store is already underway and table / chairs and equipment are being installed as we speak.

Monday, August 12, 2013

Is Chipotle Mexican Grill coming to Coeur d' Alene?

It's been one of the biggest rumors I've heard around the area. And even one I get asked about from time to time . So I figured I'd do some digging to see if the Chipotle Mexican Grill chain is planning to open a store in Coeur d' Alene.

And here is what I found out....

Local Resturant Openings & Closings - Aug 12th 2013

This summer there has been no shortage of new resturants opening in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. Here is a look at some of what's new....

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Maverik gas station chain coming to Coeur d' Alene

Site work is almost done and frame for the store and gas pump canopy are going up now for the first North Idaho location of the Maverik chain of Gas Stations and Convenance Stores.

The Blind Buck now open

Downtown Spokane's newest bar and nightclub is now open and after only a week it has people talking. That's because that club called , The Blind Buck isn't like the other Downtown bar's.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Spokane Cheesecakes to open in Spokane

Got a sweet tooth? Then one new Spokane business has just the thing , cheesecake, and plenty of it. The business is Spokane Cheesecakes and they recently announced their new retail location in Spokane at 1420 E. Sprague Ave. Suite B.

The Inlander is settling into their new home

Founded in the fall of 1993 , The Inlander , Spokane's alternative weekly newspaper has become a staple in the Spokane community. With award winning journalism and stories that aren't covered by the primary news sources.

And it's partly because of this that The Inlander continues to grow while other newspapers fail.

West side's Clear Chiropractic expands to Spokane

A small chain of Chiropractic clinic's from the Seattle metro area has expanded east of the Cascades with their first location in Spokane. The new Clear Chiropractic Spokane be located on the South Hill at 2503 E. 27th Ave and is now open.

Monday, August 5, 2013



For the second year in a row, this blog, Inland Northwest Business Watch is in KREM 2 News's Best of Spokane contest for best local blog.

Please do me a favor and vote for us, there are a lot fewer blogs this year so we have a chance. On the main page click best blogger in the local flavor section.

Please vote us on-

If we win I might just have do something for you, the readers!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

2 brick and mortar eateries hit the road with food trucks

Food trucks have been a hot topic in Spokane lately with the Spokane City Council working out new rules and regulations for this rapidly growing industry. But clearly the issues with the city aren't stopping some from opening up shop with new food trucks. In fact 2 of the newest in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area are new branches off of existing brick and mortar businesses.

Here's what's new-

URM Stores expanding it's North Spokane Distribution Center

URM Stores, Inc. is in the process of a major expansion at it's already large distribution center in North Spokane.

Healthy, local restaurant , Eat Good opens in Liberty Lake

Eat Good , a new locally owned and operated café is now open in the former Season Café space inside of the Meadowwood Technology Campus at 24001 E. Mission ( near the Mission and Molter intersection) in Liberty Lake.