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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Former Lower South Hill Nursing Home being repurposed as apartments. ( photo )

For the last few years the 4 story structure at 424 W. 7th Ave. on Spokane's Lower South Hill ( corner of 7th and Stevens ) hassat empty. But with the prime real estate overlooking the downtown skyline and the never ending need for new low income housing near Downtown has been much of the reason behind a new project there.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

3 Huge Grand Openings coming soon! (Winco Coeur d' Alene , The Culinary Stone & Total Wine Spokane Valley )

While these are not the only new business openings planned soon in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area, here are 3 of the most requested opening dates...

Photos from Northtown Mall's planned massive remodel

Inland Northwest Business Watch has obtained a photo of the finished product of Northtown Mall's remodel. The remodel includes demolition of part of the mall and rebuilding back 60,000+ square feet of new space. The details of the project are in the link at the bottom of this article...

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Renovations wrapping up soon at Spokane's Liberty Building

If you haven't been inside of Downtown Spokane's Liberty Building recently, then the time is now as you'll be in for quite a surprise with all the new renovations. While the renovations are still ongoing , one can now see most of the finished product which includes new layout for almost all of the landmark retail shops on the building's lower levels.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Selkirk Abbey Brewing Co. of Post Falls mentioned on Conan ( video )

Any publicity is good publicity, and while Post Falls based Selkirk Abbey Brewing Co. probably did not expect to be included in skit by Triumph The Insult Comic Dog on Conan O'Brien's Conan show. I'm sure that more then a few people probably looked up Selkirk Abbey after this mention.

Here is what happened...

Goldbay ,a Spokane based business to be featured in NatGeo's Meltdown reality show.

From Pawn Star's Gold and Silver Pawn Shop to American Pickers' Antique Archeology, small businesses are sometimes the stars of some of the nation's most popular TV reality shows. And beginning at the end of the month one local businessman and his Spokane based business will be one of the main characters on a new national reality show for the National Geographic Channel.

New Business Openings & Closings- Oct 28th 2013

Maybe it's the upcoming holiday shopping season, but there is a huge rush of exciting new businesses opening around Spokane and Coeur d' Alene. Of course there are a few closures here and there as well but for the most part the local economy is looking up.

Here are just some of the highlights-

Patty's Taco's food truck opens full resturant in Spokane Valley ( pictures )

If you're like myself , with a deep interest in the happenings of Spokane's growing food truck base then the name Patty's Taco's is a business that you probably already know all about. In fact because of the quality Mexican dishes served up by Patty's even those who aren't " in the know " know of Patty's Taco's. But now that truck is more then just a food truck, it's an actually brick and mortar restaurant as well.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

2 hip new business open in the area ( Bare Culture Kombucha & BEET It Up ) ( photos )

I think it's fair to say the Inland Northwest is not exactly the hippest spot in the nation. But the local scene is improving and 2 new business , 1 in Spokane and another in Coeur d' Alene might just break a bit more ice.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Washington Healthplan Finder call center in Spokane Valley hiring more staff

The Affordable Care Act , Obamacare , whatever it is you personally call it, this new universal health care option is now available to all. And in Washington State when you call the state's health insurance exchange , also known as Washington Healthplan Finder, the voice on the other end is actually right here locally in Spokane Valley.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Spokane Humane Society opens new pet adoption center inside Petsmart

Starting this weekend , there is a new place in Spokane to adopt a cat or a dog . That place is actually a joint venture of sorts between the Spokane Humane Society and Petsmart's not for profit Petsmart Charities division.

New stores opening in & around Silver Lake Mall in CdA

While a good percentage of the stores coming to Silver Lake Mall are surely seasonal stores for the upcoming holiday shopping season, it's still a great sight to see all that is now open or opening soon in and around the Coeur d' Alene shopping center.

Here is a look at what all we know is opening at the mall...

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Northtown Mall planning massive remodel

It's been a huge rumor for the last few months, but today it became official. Northtown Mall IS planning a large construction project that would mean a partial demolition of the northern side of the mall building. Not all the details have gotten to Inland Northwest Business Watch as of yet but here is what we know....

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fellow opens, adds to the available coworking space in Spokane.

The coworking trend that I've spoken of a couple of times before continues to grow in the Spokane market. And only day's after writing about a new coworking space in Steam Plant Square , I'm pleased to announce another new coworking office space option in Downtown Spokane.

Small Business Shout-Out - Empire Auto, Boat & RV Storage

Empire Auto , Boat & RV Storage
800 W. 3rd Ave
Downtown Spokane,Wa

About Empire:

Located in a former Costco store, Empire is a prime provider of storage for most any vehicle , marine craft or RV. Empire is located just east of Downtown and has storage space still open.

Contact Empire Auto , Boat & RV Storage by calling - 509-926-0388

Monday, October 21, 2013

Green Bluff farm adding The 238 Brewing Co. microbrewery

Green Bluff is by no match the best place in Eastern Washington for family farm fun. With 30+ farms one can find everything from fruits and vegetable's to Christmas Trees depending in part on the season. But more and more the growers on Green Bluff , north of Spokane , and growing a new crop... "adult beverages".

Pete & Belle's Ice Cream Shop / Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory open in Spokane Valley

The newly reconstructed strip shopping center at 1330 N. Argonne Rd. is finally filling up and after grand opening festivities this weekend the center will get a bit sweeter. That's because 2 new businesses with a focus on all things sweet have joined the tenant list.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Mall contracts forcing Pretzelmaker to close at Northtown Mall.

It is very normal for a mall to have contracts with it's food court tenants to be sure that the mall doesn't have to much competition of one type of restaurant. Usually 1 pizza restaurant , 1 sandwich business and so on. But for some time now Spokane's Northtown Mall has been home to 2 pretzel businesses. And now Mall management is planning to do something about it.

Greater Spokane Incorporated hosting Business-to-Business trade show Oct. 23rd

Want to know more about what all your favorite Spokane area business are doing / selling ? Maybe even find a few new favorite businesses ? Then mark your calendars for the 2013 edition of Greater Spokane Incorporated's Business-to-Business trade show.

Holistic Veterinary Clinic opens near S. Perry District.

Looking for a new Vet's office in Spokane? Maybe a with a new take on Veterinary medicine? If so, there is a new clinic open south of Downtown Spokane that may be work a look.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Visit Spokane planning to move Visitor Center to River Park Square

Spokane's Visitor Center has been a hot button issue for the staff and volunteers of Visit Spokane , the city's Convention and Visitor's Bureau. That's, in part, because the Visitor Center which is at the corner of W. Main Ave and Browne on the eastern side of Downtown Spokane is not really near where the visitor's actually are. But soon that will change with an upcoming move.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

NEW renderings of Walt Worthy's purposed Convention Center Hotel + What exactly is coming

With an entire block of Downtown Spokane now under construction it's hard to miss the site of the purposed new hotel tower being built directly across Spokane Falls Blvd. from the Spokane Convention Center and INB Performing Arts Center. But while many know of this project, few know what the hotel will look like.

Last month a rendering of the hotel was released , Inland Northwest Business Watch learned that photo was out of date and waited till a new rendering was released. And , I am now happy to say we now have that new rendering, and here it is...

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ShareSpace , a new co-working space opens in Downtown Spokane

With co-working increasingly become the new way for small businesses to find a affordable office location and / or provide an alternative office space in the home. Co-working space is already available in a couple of places around the Spokane region. But a there is a new addition to this form of office space, and this time in a prime space in the heart of Downtown Spokane.

Small Business Shout-Out - CDA Realty Investment & Property Management

CdA Realty Investment & Property Management
1124 E. Sherman Ave. , Suite 5
Coeur d' Alene,ID.

Phone: 208-691-9197

CdA Realty Investment & Property Management is a new business in Coeur d' Alene. They provide full property management services , Services range from real estate to construction and general home repairs.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Einstein Bros. Bagels arrives in Spokane

It's happened again, another new national restaurant chain has set up shop here in Spokane. And this time it's Einstein Bros. Bagels turn at opening their doors to the Spokane market.

Rumor Mill - Will Silverwood get a hotel ?

The Rumor Mill page on here has been one of the most popular features on the Inland Northwest Business Watch site, so I figured it was time to address a few more rumors that have been around the Inland Northwest. And one of the business rumors that has been around the longest is today's focus:

Is Silverwood Theme Park getting a hotel?

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Expansion and changes at Little Italy's Wine Bar / A to Z

It may not be the most known wine bar in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area , but thanks to a recently completed expansion / remodel at Little Italy's Wine Bar in Post Falls that may soon change.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Vote for Inland Northwest Business Watch as best local blog!!!

Recently we placed 4th on KREM 2 News Best of Spokane poll, but there is another best of poll out there, on a site called Spokane A- List ( )

We are sitting in 4th place on there , but we are within range, PLEASE go and vote for us now! As of today there are 10 days left to vote. If you like getting to know all the new businesses and construction news on this site then do us a favor and vote!!!

Center Partners expanding in the Spokane / CdA area

Chock it up to the good news column, because it was announced today that Center Partners has canceled most of the companies planned local lay offs. In fact, the company will actually be expanding it's operations here in the Inland Northwest.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Changes at Auto Credit Sales

Some changes have come to a Spokane area chain of used car lots . Auto Credit Sales , recently relocated one sales lot and opened a whole new location in Hayden. Here's what all has changed at Auto Credit-

Legacy Landing , mixed use development envisioned near Northern Quest Casino .

The Kalispel Tribe's Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights is one of Spokane County's largest employers . In addition the sprawling resort draws thousands with it's Casino , Hotel , 14 Bars and Restaurants and shows / concerts in the on site event center. So it only makes sense that developers and business owners would want to build near the Casino.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

St. Vincent de Paul opening new thrift store in Silver Valley

Known to many Coeur d' Alene and Post Falls area locals as St. Vinny's . The non profit St. Vincent de Paul program and thrift store is expanding to serve even more of North Idaho with a new thrift store location. This time in the Silver Valley town of Osburn.

New Resturant Openings & Closings - Oct 8th 2013 + Brewery News

While the amount of new restaurants and the like has slowed a bit the news contained in this update is much bigger then our normal updates. Today, we have a 4th new restaurant ( well, ice cream shop... ) announcement coming to Kendall Yards and a the first restaurant announcement for the development around the new Winco in Coeur d' Alene. Plus  much more, so check it out.....

Friday, October 4, 2013

Pinot's Palette coming to Spokane

You may have already heard of Pinot's Palette , since the business is a national chain. But soon even more people in the Spokane area will have heard of Pinot's. Because Pinot's Palette is planning on opening a new location soon in Downtown Spokane.

Bikini Barber Shop comes to Spokane

The "bikini barista" coffee stands have most of the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area covered now, with locations all around stirring up more then a fair share of controversy. Currently the City of Spokane Valley has began addressing rules and regulations for said business and the City of Spokane has attempted to do the same.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

New Business Openings & Closing : October 2nd 2013

Here are some highlights of the many new business openings happening right now in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area.

As a reminder we are always looking for news on new businesses or businesses expanding / closing. Contact us anytime at-

Nectar Tasting Room plans commercial kitchen, food menu

Downtown Spokane's Nectar Tasting Room has announced a major move forward for the popular and still growing local wine business. Nectar will soon add an on site commercial kitchen , and thanks to a partnership between Nectar and Just a Couple of Mom's the business will develop a new food menu.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Winter Ridge Natural Foods completes expansion in Sandpoint

In the market for some healthier food options? Or maybe you just want to try and find something new to eat? If so, then Sandpoint's Winter Ridge Natural Foods is just the place you've been looking for. Winter Ridge recently wrapped up a major store expansion is now open with all of the new and exiting improvements ready to go.

Spokane Valley Cancer Center now open

Promoted as Spokane's premier integrated multidisciplinary cancer care and research center , the new Spokane Valley Cancer Center has officially opened it's doors to the area's cancer patients .