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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Prohabition Gastropub opens on N. Monroe

A new restaurant and bar has taken over the storefront at 1914 N. Monroe, where Webster's Ranch House Saloon was last. Open since November the new establishment is locally owned and operated by Chef John Leonetti and his wife.

Prohibition Gastropub offers a full bar with a good sized selection of whiskey, scotch and bourbon in addition to beer and wine. But, it's not just drinks at the new restaurant , as they also have a full food menu. The food menu at Prohibition Gastropub is not huge, but it is filled with unique items.

Appetizers, sandwiches , a couple of burgers , a few entrees and of course dessert can all be found on the menu. And bacon is big at this new restaurant with many menu items including a house made candy coated bacon.

The new restaurant is gathering much praise from the locals who have already found this new place with a current 4.9 star rating on Facebook. They are open 11-11 on Monday, Wed- Saturday and 11-10 on Sunday.

For more information Prohibition Gastropub, including a look at their menu , find them on Facebook-

Atilano's Mexican Food opens new Airway Heights location

Atilano's Mexican Food, a local chain of fast service Mexican food restaurants continues to grow and add Spokane area locations. The latest of which opened for business just before Christmas, just down the road from Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights.

The new Airway Heights Atilano's location is inside a former Thai restaurant at 12526 W. Sunset Hwy. Seen below-

Atilano's Mexican Food has a full menu of combination dishes served quickly. But, what they are most famous for are there large burritos which come in a variety of meats-

With this new location, Atilano's now operates six locations, three in Spokane, one in Spokane Valley, one in Coeur d' Alene and now this one in Airway Heights.

For more information on Atilano's Mexican Food, including a look at their menu, visit their website at-

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

BECU planning branches in the Spokane area

BECU ( Boeing Employees Credit Union ) has been in the Spokane market for over a decade. But, only with a 100 +/- employee call center in Spokane Valley. But, all that is changing as BECU has announced they plan to expand the credit union's retail banking operations to the Inland Northwest.

BECU, a not for profit credit union, says they will open some new Spokane area branches as early as 2016. The locations will be in Spokane and Spokane Valley, but they decline to give exact location addresses as they are still in negations for the properties.

The credit union already has over 4,000 members in the Spokane area, with hopes to grow that number. BECU is the largest credit union in Washington State and membership is open to all residents of Washington. Members are the owners at BECU and the credit unions profits are returned to those members in the form of fewer fees and better loan rates. In all BECU operates 40 branches currently and offers online banking , ATM's and more.

For more information on BECU, visit their website at-

Cobra BEC Inc. builds new corporate HQ on the West Plains

Cobra BEC Inc. aka Cobra Building Envelope Contractors is a Spokane based business that does everything from full construction contractor services to roof repairs,continues to grow. The company now has over 30 years of operation and work sites all around the Northwest, and now to go along with all that success is a new corporate HQ building on the West Plains, just a stones throw away from Spokane International Airport.

The new building is a 11,500 square foot commercial building, that not only provides space for all of Cobra's staff, but also highlights some of their own building materials that they export. The new location , nicknamed the Cobra Campus,is now open for business. Located within the Freeway West Commercial Park at 4414 N. Dowdy Rd. just down the road from the airport's control tower.

Photo credit- Uptic Studios

Cobra Building Envelope Contractors acted as their own contractor on the new building project with all architecture design work also done locally by Uptic Studios.

For more information on Cobra Building Envelope Contractors, visit their website at-

Starbucks making changes to Coeur d' Alene area stores

It seems like Starbucks Coffee is always either opening a new location in the Inland Northwest or working on a remodel of one of their existing local stores. While Starbucks is far from a locally owned and operated business, that I usually try to make this blog all about, there is something to be said about how much they invest here.

And, now Starbucks is embarking on improvements to two of their locations in the Coeur d' Alene, one a full remodel and the other a move to a new stand alone location. Here are the details-

Ironwood Starbucks to move to former Schlotzsky's Deli location

Starbucks has had a location in the Ironwood Square Shopping Center in Coeur d' Alene for sometime. But, the location was in a leased in line shopping center space, with no drive through and perhaps not enough seating to serve the healthcare and office centered neighborhood.

Starbucks response is to move from the existing store ( 212 W. Ironwood ) to the former Schlotzsky's Deli building , which was abandoned when Schlotzsky's closed last Winter. The new location is a stand alone building with an a drive though lane already attached.

The building will be remodeled fully with construction crews already hard at work. The move by Starbucks will be major with the chain going from roughly 1,400 square feet of space up to 2,157 square feet. It is estimated to be open sometime in Spring.

Starbucks expanding , remodeling inside Target

Starbucks is also planning a full remodel of their partner location located inside the Coeur d' Alene Target store at 315 W. Canfield. This location had been small and shared space with a Target Café , a snack bar type establishment.

The plan is for the Target Café to be removed for all of the square footage to be used by Starbucks. It will likely include more seating area, more work areas for Starbucks. And, the menu of the new Starbucks will change as this location will also now include sandwiches and more display areas.

This location will close for a time, after the first of the year with the new Starbucks estimated to be open by around Valentine's Day.

For more information on Starbucks, visit their website at-

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Spokane Country Club sold, to become Kalispel Golf & Country Club

It's now official, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, has acquired the Spokane Country Club and plan to revamp parts of it, and even open some tee times to public. The Spokane Country Club, located in Northwest Spokane at 2010 W. Waikiki Rd was forced into a sale after a major discrimination law suit hit their small membership base hard recently.

But, the Kalispel have big plans for the club which should breathe new life into the business. Under the new ownership the club will be renamed the Kalispel Golf and Country Club , complete with a new logo...

The new Kalispel Golf and Country Club will operate as a branch of the Tribe's Northern Quest Resort & Casino . Many tee times will remain only open to those with club memberships, with new memberships up for sale. But, some tee times each day will be open to the public with a $115 greens fee .

The Tribe plans to do some updates and remodeling to the Country Club, most notably will be a complete remodel of the Club's on site restaurant. The restaurant will re-open after the work as a new yet to be named gastropub style bar and restaurant .

The Kalispel Tribe of Indians paid a little over $ 3 million to acquire the former Spokane Country Club. They now have Les Blakely , a PGA pro , in as the new director golf operations . For more information on the club, and membership there, visit  . A  web site is also coming soon .

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Cello, a new art store & boutique opens in Downtown Spokane

One of the last remaining storefronts in the newly renovated former Dutch's Pawn / Huppin's building Downtown is now full with an exciting new business. That business is called Cello and is a women's clothing boutique / art business featuring local and independent artists. Cello can be found at 415 E. Main , next door to the new location of Wollnick's , making the 400 block of E. Main and even cooler up and coming shopping district.

The Spokane location is Cello's second location, with another larger store  / gallery still open for business in Bozeman,MT. In fact, some items sold in the Bozeman store can be shipped for customers to the new Spokane location. The new Spokane store is the perfect place for gift buying or just to browse any time of the year with clothing, art,  pottery ,  jewelry and more .

At this time, it appears the Spokane store does not yet have a web site. But, they can easily be found on Facebook at-

Monday, December 21, 2015

New building planned for Kendall Yards' business district

Described just as " Kendall Yards Bluff Building " is a new purposed building to built in the heart of Kendall Yards. The plan calls for the new commercial building to be built facing W. Summit Pkwy, on the vacant lot in-between Spa Paradiso and Nectar Beer & Wine.

This last week Kendall Yards developers met for a " pre development conference " with the City . Meaning the design is likely not yet set in stone, and likely no tenants have been guaranteed for the new building. But if built as is the building will feature two or three new storefronts on Summit and a exciting new feature on the back half.

The Bluff Building's plans show a large new patio and balcony overlooking the Spokane River gorge, promising an amazing view of the River, the Monroe St. Bridge and Downtown. The Patio, which also backs up to the Centennial Trail , is shown being used for seating for another highlight of the new building, a food court.

In the current plan the back side of the building will be a small market style food court, likely with small local vendors, maybe some local farms even.

We will keep watching for more as we do expect this building to come to reality in the near future. Many other projects as also in the works for the same area, which we also continue to watch.

Chef Jeremy Hansen opening new restaurant, Inland Pacific Kitchen, in Downtown Spokane

Most know Chef Jeremy Hansen as the chef / owner of Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie in Downtown Spokane's Liberty Building. Sante has become a true hot spot in the growing local culinary scene, and Hansen's other establishment, Common Crumb Artisan Bakery has built up a positive reputation as well.

But, now Chef Hansen is expanding his culinary empire with an exciting new restaurant in the historic Washington Cracker Building on W. Pacific, still in Downtown Spokane. This new business will be called Inland Pacific Kitchen and is currently expected to be open in the Spring or Summer of 2016.

Inland Pacific Kitchen will actually be a three part space, with the main space being the actual " Inland Pacific Kitchen " . This will be a main dining room with a small full bar attached. The menu to be served here will be two sided , both a la carte and a tasting menu. Menus will likely change and are to be story driven. Only 40 dinners will be served here each night with reservations advised .

Another space planned for the site will be a " full underground industry driven tavern ". This place has not yet been named . It will be geared directly towards those in the restaurant industry and will offer beer at a very cheep price and a limited selection of bar foods.

The basement space that remains at Inland Pacific Kitchen's site will be used as a full kitchen to provide food to the industry driven bar, lunch service in the main dining room and for full service catering. Catering from this kitchen can be available for groups up to 300 with a large, customizable menu.

And, with all of this both Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie and Common Crumb Artisan Bakery will remain open for business. Keep watching for an opening date and more menu information as we get it.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Renderings of new Downtown Iron Goat Brewing

In case you haven't heard , Spokane based microbrewery, Iron Goat Brewing Co. recently announced plans to move to a new location in Downtown Spokane. Iron Goat Brewing will relocate to a former automotive shop at 1302 W. Second from their current home at 2204 E. Mallon.

The new building will be significantly larger then their current location. The larger space will also mean more services like a new food menu. For more on the new location and what is planned, check out this former INBW post about the move-

Because of the historic nature, and change of use of the building, a full remodel is necessary. The design work on the new brewery is being done locally by Uptic Studios. Uptic, who is also based in Downtown Spokane recently shared the first look at what Iron Goat Brewing will look like once it's open for business, seen here -

Still no news however on a opening date for the new Iron Goat Brewing location. However, the news of another brewery coming to the Downtown area is great, and it's a huge plus that they're renovating a historic building.

For more information on Iron Goat Brewing Co. , visit their web site at-

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Poole's Public House opening second location on Regal

Poole's Public House, a British pub and restaurant that's locally owned and operated with a single location in the Wandermere area is growing. The restaurant, which is owned Scott & Lisa Poole has made plans to open a new second location on the South Hill.

The new South Hill Poole's Public House is currently in the remodeling / permitting process, after leasing the former Rio Grill Brazilian Steak House space at 5620 S. Regal . The new second location is currently scheduled to open around the middle of January.

The new South Hill Poole's Public House will have the same food menu and full bar with drink specials. The food menu at Poole's has sandwiches, " upfront pub foods" , steaks and some entrees. Many of the menu items are British inspired like bangers n' mash and bubble & squeak . Appetizers, desserts and a kids menu are also available.

The Wandermere Poole's Public House is and will continue to be open near Mead High School at 101 E. Hastings Rd. For more information, visit their web site at-

And, find the new location on Facebook at-

First look at Coeur d' Alene Resort's new second tower

Plans are moving forward with the recently announced second hotel tower for the Coeur d' Alene Resort. The new second tower is tentatively scheduled to open sometime in 2017. The new tower will be connected to the main resort and will rise over top of the Coeur d' Alene Resort's Plaza Shops enclosed shopping center.

Last week the first renderings of this expansion we're released showing the tower will mostly match the look and style of original tower. Here is the rendering of the new tower, looking at it from the corner of Front & Second Ave-

Some design changes may still happen, but plans are now actively moving forward. It will be used for additional hotel rooms and suites. The addition of the rooms will also be used as catalyst to attract new groups and conventions to come to Coeur d' Alene.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Clover's bakery, becoming Bellacrosta Bakery & Fine Foods, with retail storefronts

Clover, a popular Logan Neighborhood restaurant and bar has operated their own small bakery in a secondary building on their property since opening the business a few years ago. The bakery's items have become a favorite of many, while not actually open to the public, except via the restaurant and wholesale account locations.

But, now the wholesale sales have caused Clover to move forward with plans to branch off the bakery into a new separate business, with locations open to the public coming soon. The bakery will be renamed Bellacrosta Bakery & Fine Foods and will be based out of a commercial kitchen space in Spokane Valley. The 3,000 square foot space is reportedly already being remodeled for Bellacrosta, but we have not obtained to exact location in the Valley as of writing this post.

Bellacrosta Bakery & Fine Foods will be a full service bakery. The products made by Bellacrosta are made only with fresh, high quality ingredients, using local ingredients when possible. I think this picture says it all about the amazing creations of what will be Bellacrosta-

And, as mentioned before plans are for Bellacrosta Bakery & Fine Foods to have multiple retail storefronts open in the Spokane area. The new HQ kitchen space is to open early next year, with 2 or 3 storefronts also likely opening in 2016. No set in stone locations are set yet for Bellacrosta's storefronts. Although plans are for bakery storefronts in Downtown Spokane, Spokane Valley, South Hill and North Spokane.
For more information on Clover's Bakery, who is still on the same site as Clover for right now. Visit their website at-
Or, find them on Facebook at-
Clover will also still have bakery items from the new business, and will stay at their current location at 913 E. Sharp, just east of Gonzaga University in Spokane. 

New Washington Federal Bank building almost complete in North Spokane

One of the larger building construction projects in the Division St. corridor, the new branch / regional headquarters for Washington Federal Bank is almost complete. The new two story building, which is next to Thai Bamboo at 5322 N. Division.

The primary tenant of the new building is Washington Federal Bank, a Seattle based financial institution who only came to Spokane last year. The bank operated an temporary branch a block south of Northtown Mall, not far from this building. That branch will close and be consolidated in with the new building's branch. Washington Federal also operates several small town branch locations in our area after purchasing a collection of Bank of America branches not long ago.

Space will also be available for lease in the 17,000 square foot building. Leasing of the other office spaces is being done by Spokane's Kiemle & Hagood Company. Included in the still available office suites is two 2,000 + square foot spaces on the lower level and ground floor, and a larger almost 5,000 square foot space on the second floor. Signage and ample on site free parking is also made available to all new tenants of the new building.

For information on leasing space inside the new Washington Federal Bank building, check out this PDF from the leasing agents-

And, for more information Washington Federal Bank, visit their website at-

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Disappointing restaurant news from Downtown Spokane

While Downtown Spokane is still a hot spot for restaurants, with a new, bigger Twigs Bistro now open, The Onion's remodel and possibly a new Spokane restaurant from a contestant on Top Chef coming soon. But, amidst all the restaurants still open, there has been a couple of spots of disappointing news, including...

MacKenzie River Pizza , Grill & Pub closes it's doors Downtown

MacKenzie River Pizza has closed down their Downtown location after 2 years of operation at 818 W. Riverside Ave. The closure is likely because this location never really attracted enough customers. In fact it was opened after the chain had a location of Ciao Mambo Italian in the same location.

It is important to note however MacKenzie River Pizza is a chain establishment, and this is the only location that has closed locally. Two more locations still exist in the Spokane, they include...

MacKenzie River Pizza- North Spokane -
9225 N. Nevada

Mackenzie River Pizza- South Hill -
2910 E. 57th Ave. Suite E

Plan to open Knife Burger Bar abandoned

A group of local restaurant owners have scrapped plans to open a new restaurant called Knife Burger Bar in Downtown Spokane. The plan suffered several delays due to issue with their plans vs. the historic building, which is also the reason for walking away.

Knife Burger Bar was originally planned to be in the former Agave Latin Bistro space in the Michael Building at the corner of Sprague & Lincoln. The space will now likely go back up for lease, along with a smaller storefront in the same building which was once rumored to be developed into a new coffee shop.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

West End Lofts , mixed use development coming to Downtown Spokane

It was only about 5 months ago, I reported on the sale of Downtown Spokane's Norman Building ( 1121 W. 1st Ave ) and the Jefferson Building ( 115 S. Jefferson ) . At the time of the sale we knew the new owners, Yellow Door Properties,LLC planned renovations but had little information about the work. But, now we are learning the buildings will be developed together into mixed use development called West End Lofts.

Some construction has already begun on the West End Lofts project, which promises to being historic high end loft residences to the upper floor of the buildings, and new commercial space, suitable for retail or restaurants on the ground floor. About 10,000 square feet of commercial space will be offered, and at the time of the building's sale it was said Spokane Boxing Gym would lease some of the space for a new gym there.

The lofts at West End Lofts will be fully customizable spaces, 8 in all, and all about 3,000 square feet each. The spaces will be shells allowing the person purchasing the loft to put whatever they want where ever they want. The lofts will be hip, historic spaces with the spaces stripped down to the bare brick walls, many still with original historic advertisements on them.

The West End Lofts project keeps the history of these under-utilized buildings alive, with new life while not destroying the building. Here is a look at what West End Lofts buildings will look like once completed...

Residential and commercial space is now available with the spaces listed with Prime Real Estate Group. For more information on West End Lofts, visit the project website at-

New apartment building planned for East Sprague corridor

Revitalization is clearly starting to kick in for the East Sprague corridor, which has plagued with drugs and prostitution issues for many years. The new Bennidito's Pizza & Brewery is now open for business there, and the new modern Sprague Union Terrace building is open for both apartment and commercial uses.

But, now yet another apartment building / complex is starting the planning process after meeting with the City of Spokane recently for a pre-development conference . Because of this, it's too early to tell when this new building will be built or even if it will be. However, the building owner is Community Frameworks, who has a good record of building positive housing developments. In fact, Community Frameworks is also building another new project, north of Downtown Spokane, called 315 West.

No name has been set for the new project on Sprague, which will rise on the current site of Car Connection used car lot, corner of Sprague Ave. & Madelia St. The plan calls for 36 apartments to be built in a few buildings, all within the first block of Madelia south of Sprague. The corner of Sprague & Madelia itself, where the car lot office is today will become the highlight of the development with a new large three story apartment building.

The lots directly south of the main apartment building will become two story townhomes facing Madelia and 1st Ave. with exception of one small townhome building being accessed via the alleyway there. The plan also calls for a parking lot and play area to be by the townhome portion of the project. More parking will also be the main building as well.

The apartment's plans currently call for a total of 36 apartments and no commercial / office space. Apartments are to be of varying sizes and floor plans, with 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments all included in the plans.

We will continue to keep and eye out for a name, an official project rendering and construction time line. Stay tuned....

Maverik opening today in Hayden

The fifth location of the Utah based Maverik gas station chain officially opens for business today, Dec. 9th. This new location is next to Rustlers Roost Restaurant on the Northwest side of the US 95 / Hayden Ave. intersection in the City of Hayden,ID.

The new Maverik is like most other Maverik locations with a modern convenience store ( 4,250 square feet ) and multiple fuel pumps. Maverik gas stations have also become known for their BonFire brand of hot, already prepared foods, which will also be offered at the new Hayden location.

The Hayden Maverik will open for business at 4 pm today, with a grand opening celebration to follow from 4-8pm . Included in the grand opening will be-

-Free samples of BonFire food items, snacks and drinks

-"Free Swag"


- Staff members available to sign people up for the Maverik branded credit card, saving 6 cents off fuel per gallon.

This s currently the only Maverik gas station location planned in our area. Although locations in Coeur d' Alene, Spokane Valley, North Spokane and Cheney are still open and going strong. All Maverik locations are open 24 hours and only started opening in our area a few years ago.

For more information on Maverik , visit their web site at-

Monday, December 7, 2015

Fieldhouse Pizza & Tap House, not Selkirk, coming to Liberty Lake

Note: In a previous post on this site I mentioned that the former Blockbuster Video storefront in Liberty Lake is being remodeled for Selkirk Pizza. Much of the info was correct, but it will actually by a sister restaurant of Selkirk Pizza, Fieldhouse Pizza & Tap House that will go in to the Liberty Lake spot.

The space is about 5,000 square feet and is the north end cap space on the Liberty Lake Plaza shopping center, 1200 blk. of N. Liberty Lake Road . Remodeling work has been underway for a few weeks now, with an estimated opening date now being sometime in Jan. 2016 . The new Fieldhouse Pizza & Tap House will employ about 20 -25 people. And, the original Fieldhouse location , at 4423 W. Wellesley Ave in Spokane will still remaining open for business, even after the Liberty Lake location opens.

The Liberty Lake Fieldhouse Pizza & Tap House will be similar to the location in Spokane. The location will have a bar with full service and a restaurant area with limited service to be family / team friendly. A small game room and a banquet room able to approximately 25 will also be offered. The bar area will be a full bar, in addition to offering various rotating regional craft beers on tap and a nice sized wine selection.

Fieldhouse Pizza has a good sized menu of specialty pizzas, all of which are delicious , but it's not all the restaurant serves. The location on Wellesley ( and we assume the new one too ) serve a menu of pastas, salads, appetizers and great sandwiches.

In addition to opening a second location of Fieldhouse Pizza, the owners also recently acquired to SS Beryl , a bit of landmark seafood restaurant in North Spokane. The new owners have made some minor changes to that establishment, like doing updates to the kitchen, restrooms and menu. The updates they hope will make for a much nicer dining experience. More updates are still coming to the SS Beryl , but it will remain open at it's current location , 6404 N. Wall St.

For more information on Fieldhouse Pizza, find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Well Life Pharmacy relocates two stores to new bigger locations

The locally owned and operated small chain of pharmacy's known as Well Life Pharmacy is on the move. Well Life Pharmacy recently moved out of two of their small pharmacy locations inside Trading Co. Grocery Stores for new locations that are still in the same general area of the original location.

The two locations that have relocated are their pharmacy's in Post Falls and the Latah area of Spokane. Both are now in locations that are larger then the original and separate from the Trading Co. . Here is where to find the new Well Life Pharmacy locations-

Post Falls- 565 N. Vest St , former Tree of Life Organic Deli's building

Spokane / Latah - 5608 S. Regal Ave. Suite 102 , next to Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile in the Regal Square Shopping Plaza

Both locations still offer a full service pharmacy offering both brand name and generic prescriptions. But, also over the counter products, nutraceuticals , supplements and a new natural skin care line.

These two stores are the only locations to relocate, but the small chain also operates locations in Liberty Lake and Bonners Ferry,ID . In fact, the location in Bonners Ferry also has a small café with espresso and snacks located inside.

For more information on Well Life Pharmacy, visit their website at-

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Scarlett's Golf Experence opens a virtual golf shop in Spokane Valley Mall

If you love to golf, you'll likely love this new business now open on the second floor of Spokane Valley Mall. Scarlett's Golf Experience is that business, and they offer a virtual golf experience that allows customers to play almost 100 different courses via multiple high def screens. The experience is ideal for golfers wanting to try the holes of a iconic golf course, or just wanting to play a round of golf while the weather outside is less then ideal.

Scarlett's Golf Experience is located in the mall permanently in the former Deb Shop clothing store space. The space is on the second floor of the mall, next to Payless Shoe Source. This is actually Scarlett's second location as the business started a few months ago in a smaller space, next to Sports Authority in Coeur d' Alene's Silver Lake Mall. That location also remains open for business.

Leagues are also available, as are golf lessons from one of their PGA professional teachers. The business is open seven days a week and groups are welcome. For more information on Scarlett's Golf Experience, visit their website at-

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Green Acres Vendor Mall opens in Spokane Valley, has big plans

You may know this businesses address ( 17905 E. Appleway, Spokane Valley ) as the home of Shele's Bargain Barn, a thrift store that was in the news not long ago. The store site, which is also the owners home, was at risk of foreclosure ( due to health issues ) and was saved via selling off the remaining merchandise and some other "donations".

While it was saved, the business half of the site has gone to a new owner, who has now reopened it as a unique, locally owned and operated small business. The new business is a vendor mall consisting of over 30 different vendors, taking up 4,400 square feet of space. The store, which is now called Green Acres Vendor Mall has a bit of everything, in a clean and pleasant set up. Crafts, candles, jewelry, gifts and so much more can be found in every corner of the store.

The building is also home to another new small business, a locally owned and operated used bike shop, called Dirty Peddlers Bicycle Co-Op Shop takes up a section of the site and offers a large selection of used bikes for all ages and uses. A great alterative to purchasing an expensive bicycle from one of the big box stores.

But, while the new Green Acres Vendor Mall is a cool new business itself, the owners have big plans for the future. A coffee shop and bistro ( called Wake & Bake Coffee and 2 Phat Chix Sammies) are planned to open sometime next year and the space " out back " of the store will become a new flea market called River City Flea. A community garden space and food truck court are also among the incredibly exciting plans for the site, which is convenient to both Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake.

New vendors are still moving in and new merchandise is always being added, making this new store worth a visit. For more information on Green Acres Vendor Mall, find them on Facebook at-

Monday, November 30, 2015

Gilded Unicorn opening date announced!

Gilded Unicorn is one of the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to Spokane currently. The Gilded Unicorn will be a craft cocktail bar and eatery located in the basement of Downtown Spokane's Montvale Hotel, in the space that was last Catacombs Pub. And, now they have announced they will officially open for business on Friday, December 4th at 3:30 PM .

Gilded Unicorn the latest restaurant headed up by Chef Adam Hegsted and the Eat Good Group of restaurants. For more on Gilded Unicorn, check this former post about the new restaurant from a prior INBW post-

Also, check out their website, which includes a current version of the menu at-

Yoke's Fresh Market likely taking over Liberty Lake Haggen location

The deal is not yet final, but it looks like the rumor of Yoke's taking over the going out of business Haggen Northwest Fresh grocery store in Liberty Lake is true. Yoke's was a successful bidder for the location, which was only a Haggen grocery for a short time. The locally based Yoke's chain we are told already has a preliminary sale agreement for the store.

Yoke's corporate offices confirms this news, and although the store's sale is not done yet, they say they are working on plans for the store. The store, which is located at 1233 N. Liberty Lake Rd. in the Liberty Lake Plaza, however will still likely be closed down for a time because Yoke's is hoping to remodel the store for their own use and merchandise.

Yoke's Fresh Market is based in Spokane and has actually been growing and changing over the last couple of years. The chain has expanded more into the Tri-Cities area and even recently wrapped up an extensive remodel of it's store at 210 N. Foothills Dr. in Spokane.

Keep watching for more news on the planned Liberty Lake Yoke's , and for more information on Yoke's Fresh Market itself, visit their website at-

Habitat for Humanity- Spokane relocating to new building

Usually Habitat for Humanity spends it's time and money on building new residences for family's who can't afford the high price of a home / home loan . And, while that effort , and their Habitat ReStore retail efforts are continuing, the Spokane branch of the non profit is now taking the time to build for themselves.

Habitat for Humanity has acquired the former Pacific Wholesale Florist building at 1805 E. Trent Ave, east of Downtown Spokane. The non profit will remodel the entire building for their own uses, allowing Habitat for Humanity to move both their offices and retail store operations to one central location.

The remodel of the building will wrap up in the Spring of 2016 with Habitat for Humanity occupying the entire 27,000 square foot building. About half of the building will be used for office space, the offices will move there from 732 N. Napa. The other portion will be a Habitat ReStore retail store , which is moving to the new building from the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore sells building materials that have been donated by local contractors and the community. The donated items are then sold at prices marked well below the big box home improvement stores with profits going back into helping Habitat for Humanity build new homes.

Habitat for Humanity has built more then 260 homes in Spokane County. And, that number continues to grow with the non profit developing a new 100+ home subdivision called Hope Meadows in Deer Park.

For more information on Habitat for Humanity- Spokane , visit their website at-

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Small Business Saturday is THIS Saturday

Since, this will be the last post on this site before the Thanksgiving holiday ( Happy Thanksgiving! ) it's time to remind all readers of this blog to be sure to save some of your weekend shopping money for this Saturday. That's because, this Saturday is Small Business Saturday!

But, why should you care about Small Business Saturday? Well, first of all many small businesses all around the Spokane area will have great deals for shoppers. And, shopping at small businesses pays the community back and keeps business owners going, putting food on their tables and roofs over their family's heads.

So, where should I go to "shop small" this Small Business Saturday. American Express ( the people who started this whole event ) has a web page with some of the cool small businesses to check out, that can be found at-

And, we here at Inland Northwest Business Watch want to be a tool to promote your small business. If your business is planning something for Small Business Saturday, E-mail me at or comment here or on our Facebook page at- and we'll mention your deal or event at the bottom of this post-

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Odom Corporation building large distribution center in Hayden

The Bellevue,WA based Odom Corporation,with less than a year since opening a new larger distribution center for the Spokane market ( 200,000 sq. feet on W. Thorpe Rd. ) is now moving forward with plans for a new larger distribution center in Hayden for the Coeur d' Alene / North Idaho market.

Construction has already begun for the new North Idaho Odom Corp. distribution center, which will replace their current smaller center on Schreiber Way in Coeur d' Alene, which is running out of room. The new distribution will be 92,000 square feet and rise just off of US 95 at 12281 N. Warren north of the Warren K Industrial Park.

Construction on the distribution center has already begun and is planned to be completed late spring next year. Although the building will be much larger then their current center, the move will create no new jobs. However it will open up there current building to another company that may create more jobs.

Odom Corporation is a beer distributer that serves much of the Northwest United States . Odom carry's over 100 different brands from domestic beers, micro brew beers, hard ciders and some soft drinks.

For more information on The Odom Corporation, visit their website at-

Monday, November 23, 2015

No Power Business Profile- Oasis Espresso

Even though their power is back and they are back open with limited menu / limited hours ( as of now ) . Oasis Espresso was without power for several days, taking a serious hit to the their profits. If your looking for an excellent drink, please keep Oasis Espresso in mind and keep them afloat!

Here is where they can be found-

Oasis Espresso
2206 E. Francis Ave

Like them on Facebook at-

If your business is/was without power because of the Windstorm last week. Please email me at for a free mention on this site to help get you boosted back up after the days off.

Top Chef contestant Chef Chad White , moving to Spokane to open restaurant here

Chef Chad White, while originally from Spokane,who has spent the last several years building an impressive culinary career in San Diego is returning to the Lilac City. Chef White , a graduate of Central Valley High School owns two restaurants, one in San Diego and another across the border in Tijuana . Plans are to keep both restaurants in business, in fact the San Diego restaurant, Craft Pizza Co. , White hopes to franchise out for multiple locations ( Maybe Spokane will get one ?!? ) .

Most impressively, Chad White will be a contestant on Bravo's hit TV show, Top Chef in it's 13th season, which premiers next month. He has risen quickly in the culinary world, starting his chef career in the US Navy in 2002.

The big news for Spokane, is Chef White's plan to open an all new restaurant here in Spokane in the Spring of next year. That restaurant has no official location as of yet, but does have a name, concept and even a logo...
The Spokane restaurant, by Chef White will be called Native Post & Provisions and will be a small place, likely in the 40 to 50 seat range. Chef White is currently actively seeking a location for Native, which may end up Downtown, South Perry District, Kendall Yards or who knows? ( We will keep you up to date as we know )

Native Post & Provisions website describes the new restaurant as offering " Chad White's borderless flavor " . It will incorporate ingredients native to the Northwest from Seafood to Wild Game to seasonal produce.

Native Post & Provisions also already has a website, which is a bit basic as of now, but will likely have more information on the restaurant as the opening gets closer. That website can be found at-

Also, be sure to watch Chef Chad White on Bravo's Top Chef TV Show season 13, which premiers on Bravo at 10pm , Dec 2nd & 3rd ( 2 part premier episode ).

Speedco coming to Spokane

Speedco , a chain of quick lube and tire shops geared at semi trucks has broken ground on it's first location in the Spokane area. Speedco bids itself as the only national network of quick lube and tire services for the trucking industry. The chain is based in Nashville,TN. and is a indirect subsidiary of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations.

Speedco's new Spokane area location will rise on the West Plains, at the I-90 / SR 902 exit. Baker Construction is acting as the general contractor for the site which is on Westbow Blvd. near a Super 8 Motel. Here is a photo of the site, now cleared and ready for utility instillation and building.

The new Spokane Speedco will be about 11,000 square feet, still offering both tire & lube services. It is planned to open in the Spring of 2016. This will be the company's 52nd location, all of which are located along key, high traffic freeway routes.

For more information on Speedco, visit their website at-

Friday, November 20, 2015

No Power Business Profiles- The Barbers

Tonight I'm kicking off a short term feature on . I'm calling it " No Power Business Profiles " pointing out the businesses that are closed because the lack power after the Windstorm of 2015.

Many of these businesses are small businesses that will struggle because these days of being closed are a serious hit to their bottom line. Please, when you head out over the next few days please keep them in mind first once they re-open, to help keep these business afloat!

The first in this series is Dan Dickau's The Barbers , who had to close their South Hill store at 1304 S. Grand. If your in the market for a great haircut, swing by The Barbers at any one of their three Spokane area locations, including

1304 S. Grand Ave. , Spokane

9331 N. Newport Hwy , Spokane

28 E. Sharp Ave, Spokane

Also, find them online at-

If you own or work for a business affected by the storm and now closed, and would like to be mentioned in one of these " No Power Business Profiles " contact me at or via Facebook.

50% Off Card Shop going out of business

After struggling for sometime now, it looks like the end is near for the 50% Off Card Shop chain. We have confirmed that the Coeur d' Alene location is closing it's doors, and are also hearing that the Spokane stores will also be closing. We have inquired with their corporate office, but have not received a comment.

Because of this we also don't have a reason for this closure or how many lay offs this will create. However, the chain has struggled, closing several locations around Spokane over the last couple of years. Today the Spokane based chain has only 3 locations, including-

212 N. Sullivan Rd. Spokane Valley

2927 E. 29th Ave. Spokane

101 E. Best Ave. Coeur d' Alene

There is no for sure last day of business.

50% Off Card Shop sells discounted greeting cards, in addition to party supplies, gifts and balloons . They also have earned a name for selling a decent sized selection of Halloween costumes every year.

For more information on 50% Off Card Shop, visit their web site at- 

Time Traveler Lounge opens in Spokane

Time Traveler Lounge, a new business featuring virtual reality entertainment and games is now open in two suites within the recently renovated historic Turner Mansion at 1521 E. Illinois Ave. in Spokane .

Time Traveler Lounge allows customers to experience a variety of virtual reality experiences for as little as $5 for a single virtual reality experience or just $15 for a day pass. The Lounge was created by owners, Novawake Studios, as a way generate excitement and funding for virtual reality projects.

In addition to the virtual reality experiences, Time Traveler Lounge, also has a license to serve bottled beers. A second room of the business acts as a board game room or possible a multi-purpose event space. Groups are also welcome, contact the business directly for more.

For more information on the Time Traveler Lounge, visit their web site at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, November 19, 2015

KXLY Radio Group makes changes to two local radio stations

KXLY Radio Group is changing some of their local radio stations. However, rest assured KXLY's major stations, including 92.9 ZZU , will stay with the same format and frequency. Here is what's different-

100.3 FM becomes " Spokane's first FM news / talk radio station "

100.3 is now an FM broadcast of the strongly conservative leaning news / talk station KXLY AM. 100.3 had been a low power translator of their country station, 99.9 Coyote Country. KXLY AM also remains on the air on the AM dial at 920 AM.

Kootenai FM launches, giving North Idaho a new local radio station

Because of the close proximity to Spokane, Kootenai County has been underserved by local radio. But, that's changing as KXLY Radio Group has transferred it's 92.5 FM translator station into a separate radio station called 92.5 Kootenai FM , which will act as station geared toward Coeur d' Alene and North Idaho.

92.5 had been a translator of 92.9 KZZU prior to the Kootenai FM launch. Kootenai FM is also broadcast on 1080 AM , KVNI AM which had been broadcasting the ESPN Radio Network will also air Kootenai Fm. ESPN Radio was and is, also broadcast on 700 AM in Spokane.

92.5 Kootenai FM hit the airwaves on Nov 17th with a format of Holiday music. After the holidays, Kootenai FM will switch too Top 40 and 80's hit music. It was also be hyper locally focus airing local high school sports and University of Idaho sports games.

The station will also be available to stream live online via the radio stations new web site at

Monday, November 16, 2015

Spokane Urgent Care opens location in Spokane Valley

Spokane Urgent Care , a program of CHAS, that's had a location in North Spokane for a few years now is expanding by opening a new second location in Spokane Valley. The North Spokane location, however will remain open for business at it's current location, 5901 N. Lidgerwood Suite 126.

The Spokane Valley location of Spokane Urgent Care officially opened earlier this month in a CHAS owned building at 1512 N. Vercler Rd. . The Urgent Care center occupies the second story of the building there, with the main floor currently empty and undergoing a full renovation. The Urgent Care center may expand into the main floor in the future after the renovations are completed.

The Valley Spokane Urgent Care is conveniently nearby the Valley Hospital and only a couple blocks east of Pines near the Pines / I-90 intersection. The new location is a full service urgent care clinic with " 3.5 " practitioners and a total of 16 employees. The clinic is open 8am - 6pm during the week and 8am -5pm on the weekend.

The Valley Spokane Urgent Care has a total of 8 exam rooms , a blood draw / IV room and a procedure room. Services at both Spokane Urgent Care are available to patients on a walk in basis. Private insurance, Medicaid  and Medicare are all accepted and a flat fee based system is available to patients without insurance. Treatment is provided for minor emergencies, sports physicals and much more.

For more information on Spokane Urgent Care, visit their website at-  ( select the urgent care from the location list )

The Observatory now open in Downtown Spokane

The Observatory is now open for business in Downtown Spokane. But, despite the name, The Observatory is actually a cool new bar & restaurant located just blocks south of the STA Plaza at 15 S. Howard. The business is the same storefront as the Blue Spark and another short lived bar, and will be convenient to the Ridpath once people start living in the newly created apartments there.

The Observatory even has a cool new look, seen here in a look at the establishment's bar-

The Observatory opened earlier this month and has a full bar with vast whiskey selection.  Beer & Wine are also available and even many food items with a selection of appetizers and sandwiches. Among the food menu is unique items like the " fancy pants grilled cheese " and a few others. House made floats are also available .

The business employs 14 +/- and is open daily 11 am - 2 am . For more information on The Observatory find them on Facebook ( website coming soon ) at -

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Prime Real Estate Group expands to Coeur d' Alene

A rapidly growing locally owned and operated real estate firm, Prime Real Estate Group, is undergoing an expansion. Prime Real Estate Group, was started in 2012 in Spokane by local broker Mellissa Murphy . And, in just that short amount of time, Prime Real Estate Group has made a name of itself getting homes sold and employing 25 agents. The company also started a sister company, One Property Management, that specializes in managing rental homes.

And, now the company is turning over a new leaf by opening a new real estate office in Coeur d' Alene. The Coeur d' Alene Prime Real Estate Group office will act as a satellite office of the Spokane office, which will remain in business in Downtown Spokane at 417 W. 1st . The Coeur d Alene office will be in the Riverstone development, leasing an office in the same office building as Kiemle & Hagood, an unaffiliated Spokane based commercial real estate firm.

The Coeur d' Alene office of Prime Real Estate Group will occupy 1,000 square feet of space with a small group of Prime's existing agents already licensed to sell homes in Idaho. Prime is also actively seeking to hire new agents, even with a " carrier night " event coming tonight in the new office for people wanting to learn more about a carrier in real estate sales.

Prime Real Estate has numerous listings all over our area with more always being added. For more information on Prime's listings, other ventures and how to sell with Prime, visit their website at-

Or, visit them on Facebook at-

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Lots of business changes at Northtown Mall

Northtown Mall appears to be on the up and up. Their newly renovated north end seems to drawing in customers and the Buffalo Wild Wings in the new area is packed pretty regularly. There is even two more chain restaurants coming soon to that same area of the North Spokane mall. But, the restaurants aren't the only new business news coming from the mall, here's a look at what all we found new at Northtown during a recent visit-

New Rue21 location now open in Northtown Mall

Rue21 is not new to Northtown Mall, but this location is very new. The space is significantly larger then their original location and is open and modern. The new store also includes some new merchandise categories as well. The new Rue21 now includes a plus size department and a "Rue guy"
section for trendy mens clothing.

Rue21 can now be found on the first floor of the mall directly next door to Buffalo Wild Wings near the Northeast mall entrance and Kohl's.

New, larger Candy Works store at Northtown Mall

Moving just a couple of doors west of their original store location is one of my personal favorite stores at Northtown, Candy Works. Candy Works' new store is larger then their old store and offers more candy, candy bars, chocolates from Pixie Dust Chocolate, and related merchandise. Hard to find sweets are easy to find at this locally owned and operated business. The store is located on the second floor, next to Sprint and across from the food court entrance.

Go Games and other seasonal stores starting to fill Northtown

It's already November, which in the shopping center world means seasonal storefronts. The chain, Go Calendars & Games has set up shop on the first floor of the mall nearby Macy's and will likely stay in business there till early next year.

Also, Hickory Farms has already opened a kiosk on the first floor near Fuego and the Mustard Seed Restaurant entrance . We expect this is only the beginning, so keep checking up on Northtown as the Holiday season progresses.

Urban Blends Coffee opens new coffee kiosk in Northtown

Urban Blends is a coffee shop that's already in Northtown, their full service coffee shop still remains in business by Sears on the first floor of the mall. Their space there offers inside seating and even some beer & wine.

But, now for added convenience Urban Blends has opened a second location in the mall. The new Urban Blends is now open ( although it was still in the process of opening in the photo above ) and is on the first floor of the mall across from Buffalo Wild Wings and Kohl's.

Lucia's Boutique now open at Northtown Mall

Lucia's Boutique is a new locally owned and operated women's clothing boutique that has set up shop on the second floor of the mall. Lucia's sells a good variety of clothes and accessories and can be found next to Vanity on the northeast side of the second floor.

The new chain restaurants opening at Northtown Mall

Perhaps the biggest new business news is the upcoming openings of those two new restaurants at the mall. Both are under construction now and will be on the northeast side of the mall. They are a unique new setup as they will share a kitchen and back of house operations but will maintain separate dining rooms.

The new restaurants will be Outback Steakhouse and Bonefish Grill , they are both owned by the same national restaurant group. Outback is relocating their location from the Franklin Park Commons shopping center here and this will be first Bonefish Grill location to open in Spokane.

So, when will Outback and Bonefish open for business?  Here are their opening dates-

Bonefish Grill - 11/18/2015

Outback Steakhouse- 11/31/2015

Many more new businesses could open at Northtown Mall-

These are the main highlights I noticed during my recent visit. But, the mall, with almost 915,000 square feet of leasable space still has several empty storefronts just waiting for new national and local businesses.

For more information on Northtown Mall or leasing a store space in the mall, visit their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Coeur d' Alene Growler Guys grand opening this month!

The Oregon based, locally owned,Growler Guys chain is building upon it's successes in the Inland Northwest with two locations in Spokane already open. And, now The Growler Guys is only a couple of weeks away from opening a new franchise location in Coeur d' Alene.

The Coeur d' Alene Growler Guys will host a grand opening celebration the weekend of November 20th & 21st . The new business is located at 225 W. Appleway , behind the Walgreen's at the corner of US 95 & Appleway .

The new Coeur d' Alene Growler Guys will be a bit different then their locations in Spokane however. First of all, this location will have a drive though that is wrapping up construction of as we speak. And, while this new Growler Guys continues the chain's standard of filling growlers out of many taps, this store will also allow customers to sit in and enjoy a beer on site. This in addition to a limited food menu of wings, artisan pizzas and more.

Growler Guys in Coeur d' Alene will feature 48 taps for filling all sorts of growlers. Many different craft beers , many local , are available but also ciders, kombucha and cold brew coffees will also be on tap. And, during the grand opening , Growler Guys will be giving away 1500 free growlers with paid fill.

For more information on Growler Guys, visit -

Or, like the local store on Facebook at-

* The Growler Guys also remains open for business at the following locations in Spokane :
-9329 N. Newport Hwy
-1314 S. Grand Ave Suite 4 t-shirt's now available - show your support

In case you must our posts on social media recently, Inland Northwest Business Watch, has created a t-shirt to be sold via the fundraising site . They are available through the end of the month ( unless otherwise noted ) and will ship at that time.

Cost is $20.00 and, from my understanding, 12 t-shirts must sell before they are printed by Booster / Custom Ink . Here is a look at the shirt, basic, but still showing your support....

So, why are we asking for money? This is something we hope to rarely do, but is necessary to grow this site into vehicle to drive our local business community.  Profits are to further development of this site.

Although, not an official announcement is currently considering hosting a small business show and sale, next year at a venue in Downtown Spokane. Some of the profits will go to creating an excellent show.

Please take the time to purchase one of these via our Booster page at-

Monday, November 9, 2015

New Dutch Bros. Coffee opening Wednesday in Spokane Valley

Get your punch cards ready, Wednesday morning, Nov. 11th is grand opening of Dutch Bros in Spokane Valley. This is the seventh Dutch Bros location in the Spokane area, and the first in Spokane Valley. All day on the 11th, this location will have medium drinks for $1.00, with proceeds going towards Operation Spokane Heroes ( )

The new Spokane Valley Dutch Bros. is located at 20 N. Pines Rd , near the corner of Sprague & Pines , behind Denny's and in front of an abandoned former Albertson's store. The new store has the same look as all other Dutch Bros. locations seen above with two lanes of drive through and two walk up windows. This location employs about a dozen and is open from 5am - 10pm (11pm on Fri & Sat. ) .

In the Spokane area, all Dutch Bros. locations are franchise locations owned by Rep. Kevin Parker. The local Dutch Bros. locations also recently moved into a new headquarters office inside the former Pizza Pipeline HQ building north of Downtown Spokane.

For more information on Dutch Bros. Coffee , including a look at their menu, visit their website at-

And, find the Spokane locations on Facebook at-

40 Below, a Snow Fluff business opening in Five Mile

Snow Fluff is a delicious frozen dessert with Taiwanese origins that is trending right now and popping up all over the nation. And, soon it will be Spokane's chance to try out the Snow Fluff trend with a new business specializing in it opening soon by North Spokane's Five Mile Plaza.

That business is called 40 Below, and currently they are in the final phases of remodeling their space, with an opening date happening possibly as early as the end of November. 40 Below will occupy about 750 square feet of leased space there with 4-6 employees, the business is locally owned and operated.

Snow Fluff is a frozen dessert that's similar to ice cream but ends up having the consistency of cotton candy. The Fluff is then topped with various toppings, like fresh fruits or popping boba balls, and 40 Below plans to have many topping options. Snow Fluff is frozen way below zero and then shaven into fluffy fresh powdered snow. In addition to the fluff options, 40 Below also plans to offer gourmet hot chocolates that come in several different flavors.

For more information 40 Below, find them on Facebook at-

Doggyland moves to new building in Spokane Valley

With 3 straight years of winning the Best of Spokane award from KREM 2 News for best dog boarding, it's obvious that Doggyland is doing something right. And, now the locally owned and operated dog day care and dog boarding business is moving up to a new bigger building.

While Doggyland is in a new location, it is still in the same general vicinity of their original location and still in Spokane Valley. Doggyland has been a tenant in the Freeway Center building on Montgomery, that space is now empty as Doggyland has completed their relocation. Today, Doggyland can be found at 10021 E. Knox Ave. where all of the same services continue in a approximately 13,000 square feet building.

Doggyland welcomes all dogs and provides the following services-

-Dog day care

-Dog & Cat Boarding


-After surgery care

The business offers completive pricing on all their services and even offers a trial day to give dogs a chance to " socialize " with the other dogs at Doggyland to see if daycare there is a good fit for their furry family member.

They are open seven days a week with hours starting as early as 6:00 AM during the week. Photos of their furry customers are also regularly posted on their Facebook page, allowing human customers to check up on the pets.

For more information on Doggyland, including full hours of operation and rates, visit their website at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Friday, November 6, 2015

New business, Urban Creek Delivery, offers IKEA delivery to Spokane

Spokane loves IKEA, many local homes, including my own, have IKEA furniture in them. But, there is one thing missing, a IKEA store in our area. In fact the closest IKEA stores are both over 300 miles away in Seattle and Portland. But, one new company, based out of Seattle is hoping to help the Lilac City out of our IKEA withdraws by providing delivery from the Seattle store to Spokane. And, this new company takes it one step further, by even offering furniture assembly!

The business is named Urban Creek Delivery, and is very convenient concept. Customers select what they want, submit a shopping list to Urban Creek Delivery and they do all the work. From shopping to assembly and then loading up their truck and delivering your items directly to you!

All IKEA items are available and delivery is still cheaper then the delivery providers IKEA uses, which cost a minimum of $350 in delivery charges. Urban Creek delivers merchandise to Spokane usually every two weeks, but that is dependent on the order volume. Urban Creek Delivery delivers to homes and also businesses, college dorms even storage units all around Spokane.

To celebrate the launch of Urban Creek Delivery, they are holding an exciting contest! Urban Creek Delivery is giving away $500 in IKEA furniture, with four pieces going out to four people! To enter to win, visit their Facebook page, listed below and click on contest!

For more information Urban Creek Delivery, visit their web site at-

Or, find them on Facebook at -

"Spokane Tunnel Car Wash" project starting soon in West Central, evicting many.

In case you haven't heard the news via our area media outlets, a new car wash is being planned to be built in Spokane's West Central neighborhood. The project, which is currently called the Spokane Tunnel Car Wash , would normally not be a big news item. But, it's what is happening to the site before the car wash opens that is causing a stir, and possibly even re-starting the ongoing conversation about our city's dire need for low income housing options.

The car wash site sits along N. Ash , between Boone Ave & Gardner Ave. The site is currently occupied by several rental homes, most, if not all of those homes are occupied by low income families. The car wash developer , Sarff Investments , a Spokane Valley based company ( 13505 E. Broadway ) led by owner Harold Sarff, is only giving those residents 27 days to pack up and leave their homes. This, before the Sarff Investments team comes in to remove the homes, something many view as " immoral " .

The company proposes removing most of the homes on this city block leaving only a couple homes still standing on the Maple St side of the block. Here is a look at the block in question from above-

But, this purpose of this blog is to not get too involved in controversial topics, and just provide a source to find out about new business coming to our area. So, even though I, like many, agree this is wrong, here is what the car wash plan includes:

The plan was originally rumored to include a coffee shop of some kind, however that rumor is not true and the block will only house the new car wash. On permits the car wash is being called Spokane Tunnel Car Wash. However the developer , Sarff Investments , already owns one car wash in Spokane with a similar style, leading us to think this car wash may a second location of that business. That car wash is the Mega Wash Express Car Wash & Detail Center at 17316 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley.

Sarff Investments issued a statement regarding this project , saying the new car wash will employ 12 with " well paying jobs " .

Here is a look at the site plan for the new car wash-

Although not confirmed by INBW, it has been reported that Sarff Investments has offered to help some people move out of their homes. There also has been some help offered on a couple of Facebook pages, one of the residents being evicted , Amber Salisbury , has even turned to a fundraising campaign to help her family move out of the block. Here is a link to her site-

Although the evictions are for right now, there is no news on when construction might start. Keep watching this site for more on the project...