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Monday, March 31, 2014

Liberty Lake Portal opening newly created smaller office suites

(Photo credit- Liberty Lake Portal's Facebook wall at - )

The Liberty Lake Portal is one of the premier class A office buildings in the entire Spokane area, ever since it's beginning a few years ago. The large office center is owned by locally based tech entrepreneur Steven Daines and features a wide array of tenants.

And following the recent trend for smaller office suites, The Portal has remodeled some space and added to their inventory of small executive style office suites.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Mountain Madness Soap opens new store in Downtown CdA

Mountain Madness Soap isn't exactly a new business in the Inland Northwest, as the company has been selling their own locally hand made soaps at craft shows / fairs and even the Kootenai County Farmers Market for the last 5 years. But now the soap makers are moving up, with the official opening of their first retail store.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

McDonald's planning new drive through only restaurant near Gonzaga

(Photo credit- New McDonald's plan posted on Chairs Public House's Facebook wall at )

With recently opened new locations in Wandermere and at the Riverstone Development at Coeur d' Alene. McDonald's isn't stopping their investment further into the Inland Northwest with the recent announcement that the Illinois based chain is planning a new location nearby Gonzaga in the Logan Neighborhood. And, there is one big aspect of the site plan that's already starting to raise some eyebrows.

Berg Company moving to large former Caterpiller distribution center in Spokane Valley

Berg Co. , is consolidating all their local offices and manufacturing operations into a large formerly vacant Spokane Valley industrial building that was last used as a distribution center for Caterpillar.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Exotic Metals Forming Co. to open large manufacturing facility in Airway Heights

Spokane's aerospace industry is on the rise, and while we still have a long ways to go, one big step was made official late last week. That big step is the announcement of Exotic Metals Forming Co.'s plan to build and open a brand new manufacturing facility on the West Plains.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Summit, retirement apartment tower starting construction on the South Hill

(Photo credit- Rockwood Retirement Communities Facebook page at- )

The Summit is a new retirement housing tower planned for the South Hill has been on our radar as a major local construction project for sometime now. But, after a lot of planning and even a re-design of the building, the project is finally beginning.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Several major business opening dates coming soon

The weather is warming up and this spring, like most, that means we'll be seeing several new business opening up their doors for the first time after a long winter of construction. Here are, perhaps the most major new additions opening in Spokane this Spring:

Big Al's Country Club goes out of business

Big Al's Country Club aka Big Al's aka Kelly's, the famous long running country bar in Stateline/ Post Falls has closed their doors. This past Sat., Mar 22nd was the final night of operation for the club.

We don't have too much info beyond the business is now closed. The Get Out North Idaho blog's Facebook wall claims the bar closed due to an "illness" . There appears to be no plans to reopen currently or replace the space yet.

For more information, check Big Al's Country Club's web site at-

Or find them on Facebook at-

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Follow-Up: Coeur d' Alene Buffalo Wild Wings now confirmed to be opening

In February, I posted on this site of the pending plans to build and open a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Coeur d' Alene. And now thanks to a message I just got forwarded to me by a reader, I have confirmation of this new restaurant from the chain itself. I even now have a tentative opening date.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Stella's Cafe to open new sister resturant called Ruins

Big changes are in store at a local favorite eatery, that's also planning to open a second restaurant just a short trip away from their current location.

Browne's Tavern to open in Browne's Addition

Earlier today I was flipping through the pages of the recently released "Best of the Inland Northwest 2014 " edition of the Inlander. But what I didn't know when I started reading it was, it would have the answer to another new restaurant rumor I'd heard of. So now I can confirm, thanks to a now hiring ad, that there will be a new restaurant in the former EJ's Garden Bistro building in Browne's Addition.

Einstein Bros. Bagels to open off of N. Division in Spokane

In October of last year we reported on the opening of Spokane's very first location of the Einstein Bros. Bagels chain. That location is still going strong, just it's located on campus at Gonzaga University. At the time I assumed the day would come that the chain would branch out to some more public sections of our fine city. And now, that day has come, or at least it is soon...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Miguel's Mexican Resturant opening on South Hill, CDA resturant by same owner closes

At the end of February, local restaurant owner Miguel Amador had to close down his Coeur d' Alene Restaurant but he isn't wasting any time, as Amador is already planning to open a new restaurant on Spokane's South Hill.

Spokane Public Radio to move to new Monroe St. location

Spokane Public Radio, the local 3 station NPR affiliate has put plans in the works to relocate to a historic building on further north on N. Monroe St. in Spokane.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Follow-Up: South Hill Target opening date

We now have an opening date for the new Target big box store, under construction now on the South Hill. I must first admit however, before announcing it, I don't get to the neighborhood around this store too often. So, some of this info is coming from the South Hill Target Facebook page. Keep watching their page for more updates on the project ( not affiliated with INBW ) -

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Cafe Rio to open location on the South Hill

A couple of months ago the Spokane market got it's first location of Cafe Rio, a Utah based Mexican restaurant chain. And, now we have confirmation of a second location for the metro area.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

ACE Hardware opening in Hillyard

(Photo credit - ACE Hardware Hillyard's Facebook page - )

Running right on schedule is the construction and store setup for a brand new ACE Hardware store opening in Hillyard, planned to open next month.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Perry Street Brewing Company opens Thursday,March 13th

One of the most highly anticipated new Spokane based microbreweries is finally opening up for business.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The Flying Goat to open sister restaurant on the South Hill

I was recently alerted by a reader to the rumor of The Flying Goat's plan to open a new location on the South Hill. And, while there are basically no details on this as of yet, there is some truth to this rumor, in a way.

(Photo credit: Republic Pi's Facebook page- )

Monday, March 10, 2014

Alliance Data opening large new call center in CDA

A large 2 story modern office building with a ground floor parking structure stands at 745 W. Hanley Ave in Coeur d' Alene. That building was once featured in the Spokesman Review as one the Inland Northwest's largest vacant commercial buildings. But, in a few months the vacant status of 745 W. Hanley will finally end as a growing credit call center company has announced plans to move into the space, bringing with them many new jobs.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

What we're working on- March 8th 2014

Sometimes there are exciting new businesses that we at, know of but don't have enough info to share it yet. And that is the reasoning behind this new feature of the new business items we're working on. So here it goes...

Thursday, March 6, 2014

New Resturant Openings & Closings - March 6th 2014

I just realized I'm quite a bit behind on posting the newest local restaurant news on here. So, here is what I know of what is happening restaurant wise in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area....

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Culinary Stone opening new butcher shop in Coeur d' Alene

Photo credit: Posted on The Culinary Stone's Facebook page, located at -

Arbormain, a large I-502 warehousing business opening locally

A Seattle based warehousing company has leased a large amount of industrial space on the West Plains. And, while that is big news on it's own, the industry of this new business will probably be it's main talking point.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Natural Grocers opens Mar. 4th in Coeur d' Alene ( photo's )

The wait is over, Coeur d' Alene's newest grocery store and it's first chain natural grocery store is scheduled to open their doors tomorrow ( Mar. 4th ) .

Note: Pictures taken before opening while signs we're still being put up. Store may look slightly different now that it is open for business.