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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Development still going on for new Downtown Spokane skyscraper

Since the news came out late last year , that another new high rise tower was in the works in Downtown Spokane, people have been curious to know more. Originally, the tower was to be a 35 story building with apartments and some ground floor commercial space , likely for a restaurant .That project was proposed by lesser known, but still Spokane based developer Dr. Phillip Rudy.

The news on original project proposal kind of went silent shortly after the " pre-development " meeting the developer had with the City of Spokane. But, now a version of the project has resurfaced with a new pre development meeting. Still in the same location on the Eastern edge of Downtown but with some changes.

The building is purposed to be built on the site of the former Meineke auto repair shop at the corner of Spokane Falls Blvd. and N. Division ( 230 N. Division ) . This is not far away from the new Davenport Grand Hotel, another new high rise in the City Center. In the application / site plan the building now has a name, The Falls Tower .

The Falls Tower name and the project as a whole may never even actually become real, but it is starting to look a little more realistic as time goes by. Here is what the plan for this new high rise...

Now 26 floors, with no basement

Application was submitted by a rep. with  the more well known , Douglass Properties. Although Dr. Phillip Rudy may still be involved.

41,000 square foot, six floors of enclosed parking.

One floor of commercial with 15,000 + square feet of space in up to eight tenant spaces. Likely a combination of both retail and restaurants.

Upper floors with be apartments, probably still geared toward students. This beneficial because The Falls Tower project is only blocks away from Washington State University's Spokane campus, and also nearby Gonzaga University.

Apartments will be available in studio , 1 bedroom , 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom. Nine apartments on each residential floor.

We will continue to keep an eye on this project. Construction is still a way's out, but we do expect this development to actually happen.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Hard Rock Spokane? Maybe, after Spokane Tribe signs L.O.I. for Airway Heights Casino

The Spokane Tribe of Indians has been in the process of developing a new hotel & casino in Airway Heights for a few years now. Because of it's status as "off reservation" and closeness to Fairchild AFB, etc.. it's taken some extra time to develop.

But, now the Tribe is starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel for the project which will also include a mixed use development. Recently the Tribe received ok from the federal government and now they are only waiting on Governor Inslee to give his final approval, something that may take a few months.

And, today's news is yet another huge step forward for what could be a huge project for the Spokane region. And, in another way is plain cool... The Spokane Tribe has signed a letter of intent with the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino chain to brand their new project in Spokane under the Hard Rock name.

Hard Rock Hotels are usually popular entertainment destinations with a unique, modern look and music memorabilia. Financial details we're not released in today's announcement. Nor, was it announced wither or not the Spokane Hard Rock location will include an iconic Hard Rock Café restaurant. We expect to hear more in the coming months.
As mentioned before the project is currently awaiting Gov. Inslee's approval only. A rep. with the project say they have no official timeline for construction yet, but should start work very shortly after getting the final state level approval.
Here is a look at what the finished product may look like once this new casino is open for business-

If approved the casino and accompanying development will be built on a 145 acre site at the corner of US Hwy 2 and Craig Rd. in Airway Heights. We will follow up on more of what is planned soon, likely after the approval or denial comes in. But until then for more information visit the STEP ( Spokane Tribe Economic Project ) web site at-

Boone Street Taproom opening soon at Spokane Arena

Spokane Arena's management is always working hard to bring top notch entertainment to our area. And while some big names have come the Arena's way lately, there is more to the Arena then just the entertainment value.

Not long ago, the Arena added a Spokane Chiefs Team Store on the bottom level and is apparently continuing their work in upgrading the dining / drinking options around the Arena's oval shaped corridor. This with the official news of a new taproom style bar now under construction on the South side of the Arena.

This new business will be called Boone St. Taproom and will be small, serving no food. But it will bring something new to the events at the Arena, craft beer!  They won't say exactly how many beers will be offered at the new Boone St. Taproom but anything is improvement over the many Bud Light only stands currently dotting the Arena.

The new Taproom is currently still under construction, but should be completed in the very near future. Here is a look at the semi finished space...

The Boone St. Taproom will be open during most events, except those that don't allow alcohol sales ( i.e. Disney on Ice ) . Because the business is located inside Spokane Arena it will not be open to the public, but only to those with event tickets.

Boone St. Taproom joins Red Tail at The Arena, Absolut Grill and The Limerick Pub as dining / drinking choices inside Spokane Arena. There is also a number of small concessions around the Arena corridor which will likely be very slowly phased down in the coming years.

And, for those not want to pay to eat / drink inside the Arena ( which isn't as expensive as one might think) . The Blackbird Pub will be open for business very soon in the historic building at the corner of Cataldo and N. Washington, only a couple of blocks from the building.

For more information The Blackbird Pub, take a look at this prior Inland Northwest Business Watch post-

And, for more information on Spokane Arena, including all of their upcoming events , visit -

Two new companies land at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park

Spokane Valley's large, Spokane Business & Industrial Park recently announced the arrival of two new tenants / employers to their campus at 3808 N. Sullivan Rd, just north of I-90 and south of Trent.

Those new companies now at "The Park" are...

C&C North America,Inc dba Cosentino North America

Cosentino North America will lease / use 22,700 square feet of space in The Park's Building 27. Their primary business is the sale and distribution of natural and engineered stone.

Hoskin & Muir, Inc. dba HMI Cardinal Shower Enclosures

HMI Cardinal Shower Enclosures will lease / use 13,340 square feet of space in The Park's Building 35. Their primary business is the manufacturing and distribution of shower enclosures.

The Spokane Business & Industrial Park is always a hot spot for new and up and coming business in the Spokane area. And, they still have plenty of space and land available .Leasing work for the Spokane Business & Industrial Park is done by Crown West Realty with more information available on The Park's web site-

Friday, June 26, 2015

Panera Bread may also open in North Spokane

With a good portion of the exterior work done as of today, it's looking good that the Panera Bread chain will be on track to opening their first location in the Spokane market in the middle of August this year. More on that here-

That location will be in Spokane Valley on E. Indiana Ave. But today we caught wind that Panera Bread is also in the planning stages of a second location in the Spokane market. This time inside the Spokane city limits.

It's still in "pre-development", so there is no information about it yet. But Panera Bread is working on a new restaurant location for 6500 N. Division. This would likely be the empty lot out front of the Lowe's store, north of Francis Ave.

Watch this site for more as we get it.

For more information on Panera Bread, visit-

Indian Trail Animal Hospital now open in new location

Indian Trail Animal Hospital provides many different kinds of veterinary services. From the standard check up to animal dentistry, oncology, radiology, blood work and much more and now it's all being done from the pet clinic's new home, not far away from their original location in Northwest Spokane's Indian Trail neighborhood.

Indian Trail Animal Hospital is now located in a stand alone building at 5150 W. Barnes Rd, which is now open for business. The clinic employ's about dozen people and has 5600 square feet of space. The new clinic building offers six exam rooms, new surgery suites and separate dog and cat waiting areas.

The new building is a huge change for the clinic, who moved from 9027 N. Indian Trail Rd. The new space is actually owned by the business and is more then triple the size of their former space.

For more information about Indian Trail Animal Hospital, visit-

Or, on Facebook at-

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sportscenter at 2015 Spokane Hoopfest update

With only a few more days till Hoopfest kicks off on the streets of Downtown Spokane, we are finally learning more about an exciting side event coming to the tournment this year. That side events is that ESPN's Sportscenter program will be at Hoopfest!

Hoopfest, which is the World's largest 3 on 3 Basketball tournament, bringing in millions to the local economy and keeping many Downtown businesses hopping, apparently caught the eye of the national cable sports networks producers recently. ESPN crews will be all around Downtown Spokane during all of Hoopfest 2015, filming for various reasons.

But, on Sunday morning, the highly rated Sportscenter show will be live from Hoopfest. Assuming everything stays as planned...

Sportscenter will broadcast from a site nearby the corner of W. Spokane Falls Blvd. and N. Stevens St. . Currently they plan to be live for their 10AM EST show, which would air at 7AM here in the Pacific Time Zone.

Sportscenter will be live at Hoopfest as part of special where the sports show will broadcast from unique sporting events around the United States this summer. Spokane will be one of six sites for this special which ESPN calls Sportscenter on the Road...

This will be just one of many special events within the main Spokane Hoopfest event this year. An event called Spokane Fan Fest will take place nearby the Convention Center and a craft beer festival called Hopfest is also planned, taking place in Riverfront Park.

Please also do exercise caution, if you are planning to attend Hoopfest this year as temperatures are expected to be up as high as 110 in some spots locally Sunday. Perhaps a good excuse to drop in to one of Downtown Spokane's many air conditioned locally owned and operated businesses ;)

For more information on Spokane Hoopfest, visit their website at-

The Buoy floating food truck opens in Coeur d' Alene

Just yesterday, here on Inland Northwest Business Watch I shared the news of the many new food trucks coming to the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area this Summer. But one of those new businesses listed in that post isn't even exactly a food truck. But, it's similar and so unique it easily deserves it's own post here on

That new business is , The Buoy , and it's a new restaurant that serves food from a kitchen on board a small houseboat floating on Lake Coeur d' Alene.

The Buoy serves the many other boaters out on the Lake for various locations, all on Lake Coeur d' Alene usually near the city itself. Ordering from The Buoy is easy as all you have to do is send a text message to 208-875-2253 and they quickly send you back a menu. Then you call that same number to place your order, dock against the front of The Buoy to pick your food up when it's ready.

The Buoy offers a short but great menu of sandwiches, burgers ,tacos, hot dogs and quesadilla's. Chips, soda, bottled water and ice cream are also available. 

For more information about The Buoy Floating Food Truck, visit their web site at-

The Buoy also currently has an active Kickstarter fundraising page to include beer/ wine delivery to their business. In addition to many other addition's like a small delivery boat , solar panels, live music and much more. Their Kickstarter is active through July 14th and can be found at-

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Some new food trucks hitting the streets this year... #taste509

I can't say this is a full list, nor when they will be ready for business. But it's looking like the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene food truck scene may be growing. Here are some new local food trucks and some of what we know about them....


Already open for business, and parked on regular basis on Best Ave. in Coeur d' Alene is Rawdeadfish. They are the region's first sushi food truck and will also be attending some of the local event's.

While I have yet to try their truck personally, the reviews and all that I have heard about this new food truck has been positive.

For more information about Rawdeadfish, visit-

The Bearded Chefs

Although we haven't heard any news from this new food truck in a while we assume The Bearded Chefs are still planning to be out and about in Spokane this year.

The Bearded Chefs is a unique food truck attempt with what they call Native American / Asian / Southern fusion menu items.

For more information about The Bearded Chefs,visit-

Short Bus Bistro

With a "different" name, The Short Bus Bistro is hoping to be serving food in time for Hoopfest this year. The Short Bus Bistro is about all things local serving dishes like burgers, etc... made from locally sourced ingredients in former school bus.

For more information about the Short Bus Bistro visit-

Coffee Roboto

Hoping to serve a menu of artisan coffee and doughnuts to several Coeur d' Alene area events is Coffee Roboto. The coffee food truck also plans to serve at the Kootenai County Farmers Market on a regular basis.

I'm unsure if they are officially open for business but have been working on their truck and will likely be out in Coeur d' Alene soon.

For more information Coffee Roboto, visit-

Thrifty Scotsman 2go

Probably one of the more exciting new food trucks to hit the streets of Spokane this year is the Thrifty Scotsman 2go. This new truck is a mobile second location of the Thrifty Scotsman , an iconic burger restaurant in Spokane Valley.

The menu will likely be similar and will be served and many different sites / events around the entire area.

For more information Thrifty Scotsman 2go, visit-

The Buoy

I don't know if it can be called a food truck since it's not exactly on wheels, but The Buoy is now open in Coeur d' Alene. The Buoy is the area's first and only floating food truck serving from a converted houseboat on Lake Coeur d' Alene.

Watch for more on them soon, but until then visit-

Penny's Pit Gourmet Burger Bus

Similar to the business idea of the new Thrifty Scotsman 2go, Penny's Pit is a food truck extension of an already existing restaurant. Penny's Pit is affiliated with the burger restaurant by the same name in Rathdrum.

Penny's Pit Gourmet Burger Bus also serves a menu of specialty burgers primarily from a colorfully decorated bus parked in Post Falls. The bus can be found regularly next to Jiffy Lube in the 1700 block of W. Seltice Way.

For more information Penny's Pit Gourmet Burger Bus, visit-


The news seems to not be looking good for the " Spokane Food Park " a former used care dealership on Sprague Ave east of Downtown that was to become a food truck pod. So far, no trucks are there and I'm hearing they may not have had the financing to get it off the ground. We hope this not true, and will continue to keep an eye on this potential project.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Newspaper article hints Whole Foods may come to Spokane soon

It's probably the most wanted chain to come to the Lilac City, and it's been a rumored new business opening for a few years. But, it looks like we may be able to say that a Whole Foods is coming to Spokane sometime within the next few months.

Last week's Spokane Journal of Business had an article about new specialty grocery stores in the works for Spokane. And, in that article the local business newspaper quotes Susan Livingston, a Whole Foods rep., with the news that Whole Foods is now looking for a site to open a store somewhere in the Inland Northwest.

No site have been chosen as of now, but this is very positive news for the Spokane area. We will keep an eye out for more Whole Foods news. And encourage you to read this exciting new article about the local specialty grocery boom-

Whole Foods had planned a Spokane store in SoDo Spokane a few years ago before the economy started to fail causing the chain to back out of that plan. There has also been a rumor that Whole Foods may go in, at or near Kendall Yards.

And, while Whole Foods does not have any open locations in our area yet. It's extra important to note that a similar, locally owned and operated business still exists here in Spokane. Huckleberry's Natural Market,  which is located on the South Hill at 926 S. Monroe.

North Nevada Professional Building opening in North Spokane

Those looking for office space in North Spokane will soon have a new place to look. This, as construction is coming alone nicely on a new office complex on N. Nevada.

The office complex, which is named the North Nevada Professional Building is now up with interior work ongoing at 9911 N. Nevada. This is right next door to the  Northside Chuck E. Cheese restaurant.

Here is a photo of the new building from a couple of months ago-

The North Nevada Professional Building is being constructed and leased out by Silvey Construction. We reached out to Silvey Construction for information leasing and how many offices will be included but have yet to receive a response to that inquiry . However, should we learn more I will update this post.

But, from other sources we do know the new office building will feature 38,600 square feet of space on two floors and in the basement. One tenant, Engen & Hahn Dental has already leased space in the new building and will move there upon completion from 6817 N. Cedar.

For more information on the North Nevada Professional Building contact Silvey Construction via these links-

Silvey is also in various phases of construction at a few other Inland Northwest sites right now. They are building a new strip mall on N. Pines ( more on this search 1212 N. Pines on this site ) and have planned new office building in Post Falls next to STCU. Silvey, also just completed an overhaul on the from Discovery School into the new " Sherman Medical Building " nearby Sacred Heart Hospital and Downtown Spokane.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Another expansion coming to Meadowwood Technology Campus in Liberty Lake

It's been confirmed, Liberty Lake's large Meadowwood Technology Campus is scheduled to undergo another major expansion. This will be the second project there in the last couple of years, after Safeco Insurance / Liberty Mutual leased an entire new building called Meadowwood Three. The Insurance company is the only tenant in that new building and also maintains a large office presence in the original complex building north of Meadowwood Three.

But now, we have spotted more site development going on to the east of the current complex, in between Meadowwood and the Rocky Hill residential development. Here is a recent photo of that site-

I inquired with Greenstone Homes, the owner of the land and Meadowwood, and they did confirm that an expansion of the office complex is underway there. Other then the confirmation though, we can't get much information just yet as they also told me the site is still under a confidentiality agreement.
Based on my own personal speculation this could be the permanent home for the Comcast call center which I had heard may be looking to locate in Liberty Lake. Comcast will open in the next couple of months in the 2800 block of N. Sullivan Rd. in leased space until a permanent site is ready, likely next year. The Comcast call center will be for customer service and will employ 675.
We will keep an eye and ear out for more news and tenant info on this expansion. Meadowwood already is a huge employer site for the Spokane area with Liberty Mutual Insurance and Providence Health utilizing large offices there. Additionally some smaller tenants are also there including Petra Wireless, Mountain Dog Sign and others.

Wurth Louis and Company opens in Spokane Valley

Wurth Louis and Company  is a trusted name in the woodworking industry. The company has several locations in Western United States and a corporate headquarters is Brea,Ca. . In fact the company already has one location Washington State, a large 40,000 square foot store in Kent.

And, now the company has chosen to expand it's operations in Washington State with a new retail store, this time here locally in Spokane Valley. The new location here is now open and while fully stocked it is smaller then the location in Kent. The Spokane Valley Wurth Louis and Company has about 5,000 square feet of space and about 6 employees.

The new Spokane Wurth Louis and Company is located at 9711 E. Knox. It is a retail store that is open to public with all kinds of woodworking supplies. They carry everything from small hardware and shop supplies, up to full pieces of woodworking equipment.
For more information on Wurth Louis and Company visit their web site at-

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Jack In The Box adding area locations #taste509

Jack In The Box is investing in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene region by adding two new locations. One new location in Northwest Spokane and another in Post Falls, this being the first Jack In The Box location for the City of Post Falls.

This news coming only roughly a year after the chain opened a new location at the Crossroads at Coeur d' Alene shopping center.

Here are where you can find the new Inland Northwest Jack In The Box's , once they open for business that is....

Post Falls Jack In The Box
Corner of HWY 41 & Mullan Ave.

Hiring is already underway ( with applications accepted at CdA Jack In The Box locations ) and site development work began last week for this new fast food restaurant. The restaurant will occupy a stand alone building next to the Car Wash Plaza.

The Post Falls Jack In The Box is scheduled to open in September. It will feature both a dine in area and a drive though

Northwest Spokane Jack In The Box
1527 W. Northwest Blvd.

A building permit is in with the City of Spokane to build a new Jack In The Box at the corner of Northwest Blvd. & Maple St. . This will be built on the currently vacant lot at the southeast side of the intersection.

The new Northwest Blvd. Jack In The Box will be around 2588 square feet with both dine in space and a drive through. I don't have an opening date for this location but expect to also be this fall as the chain has a rather rapid system of building new restaurants.

Currently these are the only new planned Jack In The Box locations in the area that we know of. The chain has been growing rapidly all over the Western United States . Jack In The Box is headquartered in San Diego,CA which is the same city is founded in back in the 1950's .

Today Jack In The Box operates hundreds of fast food restaurant locations and employ's over 22,000 chain wide.

For more information about Jack In The Box visit their web site at-

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Pinot's Palette expanding to Coeur d' Alene

Even though the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area is now home to several " Paint n' Sip " drinking / painting art studios. There is one studio that opened first and has been a bit of trend setter in the local industry. Pinot's Palette is that business...

Pinot's Palette, which is locally called Pinot's Palette - Spokane SoDo is actually just one franchised location in a growing chain of art studios. The Spokane location opened in February of 2014 at 32 W. 2nd ( former Spokane Public Market building ) .

But now, almost a year and half after opening in Spokane, Pinot's Palette has announced their plans for a new second location. This time in Coeur d' Alene, Midtown Coeur d' Alene to be precise.

The new Coeur d' Alene Pinot's Palette will be located in about 1,365 square feet at 728 N. 4th St, a former photography studio next to Kelly's Irish Pub and across from Capone's Pub & Grill. The new studio will be much like the Spokane location, where anyone can be an artist. Paintings are taught from professional artist who teach in a step by step, easy to understand manner. The Coeur d' Alene location will open in late Summer / early fall.

And, while the painting classes are great on their own, Pinot's Palette also has a fully stocked bar of wine and beer. Many locally produced wines and beers are also featured at Pinot's Palette.

For more information on Pinot's Palette, visit-

Spokane Furniture opens location in Spokane Valley

Because Spokane Furniture was established some 99 years ago in 1906 it seems a bit out place saying this business is new. But in Spokane Valley that's exactly what they are with their recent opening of a new showroom a bit east of the Sprague Ave. / Sullivan Rd. intersection.

The new Spokane Valley location of Spokane Furniture can be found at 16413 E. Sprague Ave. . The new showroom is in a stand alone building with about 5000 square feet of space and has a staff of 3, although the number of employees may grow.

The new showroom has full selection of all different types of furniture just like the businesses location in Spokane. That location also remains open at 1901 N. Division.

The interior of the new store is quite unique and has been described by a rep. as -

"rustic meets modern feel with pallet wood walls, stained concrete floors, and even a decorative barn door but we've mixed that we some modern furniture and accents."

For more information on Spokane Furniture, visit their web site at-

Or, on Facebook at-

Monday, June 15, 2015

Lost Boys Garage Bar & Grill opening in North Spokane #Taste509

With an exterior resembling an automotive repair shop, a garage themed restaurant only makes cense for the building at 6325 N. Wall St. in North Spokane. And, that's exactly what this space will soon be. The building, as you may recall, was last home to another restaurant called Stop n Go Drive In who went out of business last year after at one time also operating a location in Spokane Valley.

Opening " sometime in July " will be Lost Boys Garage Bar & Grill .  Lost Boys Garage will be mostly geared as a whiskey bar but will serve other drink menu items including 12 different beers on tap at any one time.

Lost Boys Garage is also planned to be much more then a bar with Chef Will Webster working with the restaurant owners to create a " wonderfully creative menu " .We're told that menu will include flat top steaks and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches .

They are hiring for open positions, however we don't have the details about how many new jobs Lost Boys will create just yet.

For more information about Lost Boys Garage Bar & Grill visit them on Facebook at-

New La Quinta Inn opens in North Spokane

Now open in what was once a Ramada Inn in North Spokane is the newest location of the La Quinta Inn chain. This marks the growing chains third location in the Inland Northwest and it's not the only recent change locally for the chain of low to mid price " limited service" hotels.

In Coeur d' Alene La Quinta Inns also recently took over the former Ameritel Inn near the US 95 / I-90 Jct. and let go it's smaller hotel on Appleway just east of US 95 to the Quality Inn brand. But this is the first new development for La Quinta in Spokane proper.

This new North Spokane La Quinta Inn may be in an already built building, but it's still very new, since the whole property was actually closed down for a time to allow a full remodel. . The hotel, which is actually called La Quinta Inn Spokane-North is located near the Northpointe Shopping Center at 9601 N. Newport Hwy.

This new hotel is a managed property of Hospitality Associates ,Inc. a Spokane Valley based company that while based locally actually operates hotels all over the West. Some as far away as Las Vegas,Nv. and Phoenix,Az for more information on Hospitality Associates,Inc. visit their web site at-

The La Quinta Inn Spokane - North is mid sized hotel with three floors and 76 hotel rooms. The property offers both standard rooms and suites. In addition guests of the hotel can find the following features-

Heated Indoor Pool

Fitness area

Business center

Breakfast provided in a appealing new " breakfast area"

42" flat screen HDTV's

Close location for restaurants and shopping

And, a small on site market called " Bright Side Market ", which is a concept still relatively new to La Quinta Inn hotel chain.

Here is a photo of the new hotel here in Spokane-

La Quinta Inns & Suites is headquartered in Irving, TX and has over 700 locations with over 9,000 employees chain wide. For more information on La Quinta Inn chain check their web site at-

And for more information on the new local location visit-

La Quinta Inn can also be found locally at these locations-

Spokane Valley - 3808 N. Sullivan Rd., nearby the Spokane Business & Industrial Park

Coeur d' Alene - 333 W. Ironwood Dr.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Chairs Public House closes it's doors

Once one of Spokane's favorite coffee shops, operating two locations and separate clothing store ( Wearable Assets ), Chairs , is apparently no more. This after the unexpected news this week that Chairs Public House, nearby Gonzaga at 1305 N. Hamilton is now closed down for good.

Chairs last day of operation was June 9th, the business closed due to what they call " various business reasons " . All employees of Chairs we're laid off although the business is working to help find their staff positions at other establishments.
Chairs Public House was, sort of a coffee shop during the day and bar at night, with full food menu. An idea that in theory makes cense for the neighborhood near a major university. Chairs had been in the former Bulldog Tavern , an iconic bar and restaurant that also went out of business a few years back.
While the news of Chairs Public House closing is not positive, it's important to note that the area around Chairs ( Logan Neighborhood / Hamilton St. corridor ) is not without similar establishments. In fact, we recently learned the Garland Avenue Drinkery is moving to this very area soon, in the former Pizza Oven location at 829 E. Boone.
Additionally these similar establishments are also nearby...
Jack & Dan's 1226 N. Hamilton
The Star Bar 1329 N. Hamilton
Starbucks 1217 N. Hamilton
And, many more including a new version of the Bulldog Tavern that's set to open, this time actually on campus at Gonzaga.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Argonne Village " Annex " coming soon in Spokane Valley

In the heart of Spokane Valley, at the corner of Argonne & Montgomery ( near Trent ) the Argonne Village shopping center is been a landmark for businesses and restaurants for sometime. The center is home to big anchors like Yoke's Fresh Market and Dollar Tree all the way down to small local businesses like Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar.

And now Argonne Village is planning an expansion called " The Annex " which will be a new smaller scale shopping center on vacant land along Montgomery. The new Argonne Village Annex will be on the southeast corner of the center's property nearby the fitness center building ( building will be at 9511 E. Montgomery ).

There is no word on when the new shopping center construction might begin or when stores there might open. But leasing is now underway, leasing work is being administered by Spokane based Kiemle & Hagood Company.

The building will be about 9,000 square feet and offer up space for up to seven different stores and restaurants. No tenants have been announced yet but we will keep and eye out for any new business announcements here.

Here is a look what the new Argonne Village Annex is purposed to look like once complete. Although some small aspects may change depending what future tenants request.

As mentioned before leasing will be by Kiemle & Hagood , and here is a link to their information on the property and who to contact about moving your business into Argonne Village-

Or check...

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Transamerican Auto Parts planning distribution center / retail store in Post Falls

A large new distribution center, with attached retail store will be coming to Post Falls in coming months. Perhaps, alleviating some of the negative side affects of the upcoming closure of that city's Kimball Office manufacturing plant.

The new center is being proposed by Transamerican Auto Parts , a Compton,CA. based company who also operates the company and retail store chain 4 Wheel Parts. Transamerican will lease 85,000 square feet of space in the industrial complex now known as the " Jacklin site" . This is the former plant and HQ of Jacklin Seed at 5300 W. Riversbend by I-90 and near State Line.

Transamerican Auto Parts will use 75,000 square feet of the new location for a distribution center to fill both customer orders and orders to some of it's 69 retail stores. The other 10,000 square feet will be used for one of those retail stores. With a 4 Wheel Parts store also opening around the same time as the distribution center.

The distribution center is currently scheduled to open in August and the retail store to open in September. The new Post Falls site will create as many as 50 new jobs. The company also offers a mail order catalog, e commerce web site and has a wide range of auto parts for trucks and Jeeps.

4 Wheel Parts already operates 3 retail stores in the Northwest, although this will be the first location in the Inland Northwest. And, the first distribution center here.

For more information Transamerican Auto Parts / 4 Wheel Parts visit their web site at-

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Anthony's Resturants to open in Coeur d' Alene

Earlier in a posting about new businesses coming to Riverstone, I made mention of Anthony's , a Western Washington based seafood restaurant chain that is planning a location there. At the time, I had no details so I took and educated guess this new location would be part of the Anthony's Beach Café, a more casual restaurant concept.

But, now the details on this new restaurant are in, and in fact this will actually be part of the main Anthony's restaurants dinner house concept. While Anthony's has a few locations around the Northwest, most people here will be familiar with Anthony's from their long running Anthony's at Spokane Falls in Downtown Spokane. The chain also has a Anthony's Beach Café on S. Regal on the South Hill.

The new Anthony's in Riverstone will be called Anthony's at Coeur d' Alene . It will be built on the Riverstone Pond directly across from The Village at Riverstone shopping area. Their address will be 1926 W. Riverstone Dr.

 Here is a look at what the new Anthony's at Coeur d' Alene will look like once open-

Construction on the new Anthony's at Coeur d' Alene will start around August of this year with and opening date around June 2016. The new restaurant will be a free standing building with 6,125 square feet with a 4,200 square foot partially covered patio.  Seating will be available for up to 150 people.

Anthony's at Coeur d' Alene will use the history of North Idaho in it's new restaurant. The building is being designed locally by Miller Stauffer Architects. Project architect Monte Miller says -

The inspiration for the design includes a subtle response to the site’s sawmill history with extensive use of exposed structural wood systems”.

Interior design will be done by McVey Oakley Design with construction work done being done by contractor Yost, Mooney & Pugh .

The new restaurant will employ about 80 and promises to be an exciting dining experience for the city. Anthony's owner Budd Gould had this to say about their new location coming soon to Coeur d' Alene-

“Riverstone is a unique community that captures the feel we love for our restaurant. We are excited to bring our commitment to fresh, northwest seafood, local wine and micro brews and the freshest seasonal produce to Idaho.”

For more information on Anthony's Resturants, visit there web site at-

Monday, June 8, 2015

De Leon Foods planning new Spokane Valley store

De Leon Foods, a popular Mexican grocery store and Mexican restaurant / deli from North Spokane is branching out once more with plans to open a second location. De Leon's has leased and now working on opening a location in Spokane Valley at 15530 E. Sprague Ave.

The new Spokane Valley location will be in the Hancock Fabrics storefront nearby the high traffic corner of Sprague & Sullivan. This new location will also provide convenience to De Leon's shoppers coming from North Idaho in addition to the Valley. Hancock Fabrics relocated last year from this space to a space on E. Broadway last year.

The new location will offer about 17,000 square feet of space and have much of the same things as the North Spokane location. The Northside location will also remain open for business at 102 E. Francis even after the one opens. The new Valley location is expected to be opening around mid to late Summer although and exact date has yet to be set.

The new De Leon's will create about 10-15 new jobs and will have positions opening up in all areas. This new location will feature a Mexican grocery store, Mexican bakery , Mexican restaurant and a tortilla manufacturer .

De Leon's Foods make their own tortilla's locally and even uses locally produced Shepard's Grain wheat. In fact their tortilla's play a role in their expansion as the business tells me they are seeing...

 " big demand for our locally made tortillas, chips, salsas, tamales and our specialty grocery items"

For more information about De Leon Foods visit these links-

Liberty Lake Safeway converting to Haggen this week

As a part of the Albertson's / Safeway merger some of their stores are switching ownership to Western Washington based grocery store chain Haggen Northwest Fresh. Locally, the only store to undergo this transition is the Safeway in Liberty Lake at 1233 N. Liberty Lake Rd. . And, after some waiting for the merger to be approved , etc... that transition is now underway. But customers of the store won't need to fear as this transition will be quick.

As the above sign shows the Liberty Lake Safeway actually closed their doors for good last night at 6pm. But since Haggen Northwest Fresh is planning to keep the same employees and some shelving / equipment they have these conversions down. Even much of Safeway's merchandise is staying and being sold by the new store. Here is a FAQ page that explains all Haggen will do to the store-
This will be the Haggen chain's only location in Spokane / Coeur d' Alene Metro. Also, of note is that another Safeway store at Argonne Rd. just south of I-90 in Spokane Valley is also now closed. That closure is not due to the merger, the company says it was simply underperforming. Rumor has it another business is already eyeing that building.
The new Liberty Lake Haggen Northwest Fresh will reopen with full grocery and pharmacy on Wednesday morning at 9am . The store's pharmacy will stay open during the chain transition. 

Those wanting to know more about the Haggen Northwest Fresh grocery store chain and how then intend to be a partner in the community will want to check out their " Liberty Lake Community Partner Meeting " . This will be held Thursday June 11th from 5-6pm at Greenacres Middle School - Commons ( 17409 E. Sprague Ave , Spokane Valley ). This would also be a great time for local growers and food manufacturers to show off their products to the Haggen management.

And, for more information on Haggen visit their web site at-

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Apple Valley Dental to open in former Evergreen Pet

I've received several emails about the construction work that started recently on the former Evergreen Pet Store in Spokane Valley. Thanks everyone for reading and asking me, so here is your answer...

The former Evergreen Pet at 14319 E. Sprague Ave was sold to a dentist who is now starting an extensive remodel of the building. Once complete the new building will be a clinic with the Apple Valley Dental & Braces chain.

There is no set opening date yet for this new Apple Valley Dental location but the remodel will include new interior work areas and an all new exterior. The project is to cost a little over $900,000 with work being done locally by Baker Construction & Development. Keep watching this site for an opening date and more info on the staff, dentist, etc...

This will be the second location for the small chain in the Spokane area. Apple Valley also has a clinic at 2929 N. Market St. and this will be the chain's sixth location, all of which are in Washington State.

Apple Valley Dental offers weekend & evening appointments , the Invisalign system of braces and much more. Most insurance is also accepted, for more information on Apple Valley Dental & Braces visit their web site at-

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Coeur d' Alene Resort planning second tower

The details of the new tower have yet to be seen by public eyes, but it is now confirmed that the Coeur d' Alene Resort does have a second tower in the development phase.

The Coeur d' Alene Resort, which is owned and operated, by The Hagadone Corporation revealed it's plans by asking for public street to be vacated in Downtown Coeur d' Alene to make way for the new tower. Because we haven't seen Hagadone's plans yet we don't know what all would be in the new tower. But, we can only assume it would be primarily used for hotel rooms, the upper floors at least.

The Hagadone Corporation is asking to vacate a short portion of Front St in-between current Resort building and the Resort Plaza Shops shopping mall, which is also owned by Hagadone. A small portion of the current roadway would stay for access by the Centennial Trail and emergency vehicles.

If this development it will be the first actual addition to the Coeur d' Alene Resort since it's opening, although many upgrades have occurred on the interior. This second tower has actually also been a rumor in the past, more then once...

Keep watching this site for more, the exact details of the project will likely be released in the near future.

New strip mall coming to N. Pines in Spokane Valley

Spokane Valley based Silvey Construction and it's development division continue to invest in the Inland Northwest. Currently the company , which operates from 10221 E. Montgomery Suite A in the Valley has two major new commercial development projects underway.

One such project is in Spokane Valley and will provide new retail and / or restaurant options to the area around Pines Rd. That's because Silvey is currently doing an full remodel of the former bingo hall building at 1212 N. Pines and turning it into a new small shopping center.

Construction at the site is extensive as seen above with the building basically gutted to start over. The front parking lot has been removed as has a small espresso drive through which once stood in the front of the building.

As of now, there is no set completion date nor are there any guaranteed tenants. The space will include enough room for up to four different businesses. And is to look like this once it is done...

We will continue to keep an eye on this project for any new tenant news coming in the near future.

The other project Silvey Construction is working on currently in the local area is a new large office building on N. Nevada. We may have news on that project also soon.

For more information visit-

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

New housing project, West 315 , in the works in Spokane

Community Frameworks is an origination that has already invested millions in Spokane to build new housing options for the local lower income population. They provide both apartments and a home ownership program, both here in Spokane and over in Bremerton,WA. .

In Spokane, Community Frameworks operates four apartment complexes. This includes Pioneer Park Place which itself is relatively new after the group remodeled a long vacant former nursing home on the Lower South Hill. Today, that complex is already operating on a wait list, showing that the need really is there in Spokane.

That's possibly the cause behind why Community Frameworks already has another new large apartment complex already in the development phase. What's different about this new project is it will actually replace a much smaller building that currently houses Community Framework's own Spokane offices.

The project is called West 315 and is called that because it will be built at 315 W. Mission, about a mile north of Downtown Spokane. Financing of the project appears to be close to falling into place now and if everything continues to run smoothly actual construction at West 315 should start sometime this Summer.

West 315 will be primarily a residential development, although early predevelopment meeting records should some non profits using office space on the first floor. Although, there is no mention of this anymore it is assumed that at least Community Frameworks will call the building home as their current office is on the same site as this new structure.

West 315 will feature 32 separate apartments with 1 management apartment also included. Some units will also be designated to help the homeless get housing. And, all units will be considered workforce housing.

Construction will be done by Kop Construction , design work by ZBA Architecture and engineering work by Gokey Engineering. 

This is the third major low income / homeless apartment complex announcement this year for Spokane. Over east of Downtown Spokane on E. Second Catholic Charities and Volunteers of America are also planning new apartment buildings, those however are actually larger then West 315.

At this time West 315 is not even mentioned yet on the Community Frameworks web site. But for more information about what this top notch organization does visit their site at-

Monday, June 1, 2015

Drive In Theater coming soon to Hayden? Sorry,but probably not.

On my way home from work last week I noticed these signs on Prairie Ave in-between Huetter Rd. and Meyer Rd just outside of Hayden. Turns out I wasn't the only one as a few people asked me about this planned drive in theater that is apparently " coming soon " .

And, while it's a great new business idea, it looks to be nothing. Despite what the signs....

The owner of the property , Corky & Ginny Hughest , put up these signs as a " joke " to  "make people smile ". The Hughest's as it turns out don't even have the proper building permits for a drive in theater. Causing quite a stir with the Kootenai County Planning Department.

They do plan to build on the land soon, as they already have an active building permit for the site for something a little less cool... mini storage units.

The signs that advertise the drive in theater have been removed, after actually only being up for a couple of days. White posts for a new sign are now there instead, likely for the mini storage whenever they start construction on that project.

Lalo's Pizza & Calzone opening second location in unique Spokane Valley spot

Lalo's Pizza & Calzone has been a locally owned and operated pizza business on Spokane's South Hill for a while. But not long ago Lalo's came under new ownership by local business people James & Pam Wedemeyer and now the South Hill location has a partnership with neighboring bar , Press  ,  to have Lalo's menu delivered fresh to customers at the Press Bar. Lalo's and Press are both located in the 900 block of S. Grand Ave with Lalo's being at 909 S. Grand Ave.

But, this is all small news compared to Lalo's Pizza & Calzone's new plan to open a second location. This will be the first attempt to expand the business to other parts of the region. The new location is currently planned to open for business sometime in July, with some hiring going on now. The original location on S. Grand will also continue to be open even after the new opening.

While Lalo's Pizza & Calzone is an excellent restaurant it's just where the new location will be that's probably the main talking point behind this business news item. The new Lalo's Pizza will be in Spokane Valley at 11027 E. Sprague. For those unfamiliar with this part of the Valley, this is the landmark orange & red train next to the Iron Horse Bar right on Sprague.

The train is a retired full train with engine and few cars that has sat on a small lot for a good many years. While it was originally, and for a long time, a dentist's office it has been used for the last few months as another small pizza place called Choo Choo Pizza which we can only assume is now out of business.

Lalo's Pizza & Calzone offers carry out, dine in and delivery of their menu, although there is a $20 minimum on delivery. They make several speciality pizza's including a dessert pizza and a breakfast pizza. Several other appetizers are available as are calzone's as implied by the business name.

For more information on Lalo's Pizza & Calzone visit-

Lasagna's On Ya opens second location

I love it when a real locally owned & operated business expands, and it's made even better in this case that the expansion is of a local restaurant with a unique business model. The business is Lasagna's On Ya and they are a take & bake lasagna business that been serving Spokane for a few years already.

Lasagna's On Ya has been located in North Spokane at 521 E. Holland and, as of a couple of weeks ago is now also open in the small suburb of Suncrest. They also remain open on E. Holland.

The new Suncrest Lasagna's On Ya is located in suite 8 of The Plaza at Suncrest, their address there is 5919 Hwy 291 #8 . Interestingly enough the new restaurant actually neighbors Tier 1, another new business, that partnered with the new Rosauer's supermarket is spelling a small boom commercially for the small town just northwest of Spokane.

Lasagna's On Ya features a menu of several delicious lasagna's all available for take & bake. And because their a take & bake style restaurant they are also able to accept EBT. But, it's not just lasagna that is on the menu at Lasagna's On Ya, they also have salads, artisan breads and desserts like cheesecake and tiramisu.

The business employ's 7 , and makes most everything in their lasagna's fresh by cooking their own meats, making their own sauces and even seasoning their own Italian sausage.  The menu includes several different types of lasagna made in a selection of sizes.

Lasagna's On Ya also offers catering, information on this can be found on their web site. For this and more information on Lasagna's On Ya visit that site at-

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New business leaks - Natural Grocers coming to Spokane, Where Dutch Bros. will be in Spokane Valley

A lot of times while doing research for this blog I come across big projects and new business openings well before they are announced to the public. And, just this week I got a couple of big tips this way so, I figured I'd make mention of them here and now. We will surely have full details on both soon...

Dutch Bros. Coffee is opening in Spokane Valley, but where?

Recently State Rep. Kevin Parker, local politician and owner of the Spokane area Dutch Bros. Coffee locations went on air with KZZU's Dave, Ken & Molly to promote / announce a new Dutch Bros. location. He did say the location would be in Spokane Valley, but said he won't announce where until June 5th.

But public record is this business bloggers best friend, because Dutch Bros has already done there pre-application for a site in the heart of the Valley. Now, keep in mind I have no affiliation with Rep. Parker or Dutch Bros. so this may not be correct, but if the permit site is correct the new Spokane Valley Dutch Bros will be at...

20 N. Pines Rd

Near the corner of Sprague and Pines, possibly on the same property as the former Albertson's Grocery Store there.

All Dutch Bros. are drive thorough and those familiar with this part of the Valley will make note of the large empty parking area / small vacant lot around the old Albertson's. While this new Dutch Bros. Coffee location is welcomed we can only hope this may be the key to filling that old abandoned Albertson's. It's looking pretty sad beat up with a sign still there advertising a health and wellness expo held there 3 years ago!

Natural Grocers coming to Spokane

When I contacted Natural Grocers corporates offices they said their management hadn't let them know of any plans for a new Natural Grocers store in Spokane. But since the Colorado based chain is already open for business in Coeur d' Alene and Trader Joe's is making in roads into the Spokane market it only makes cense that they would target Spokane for a new location.

And, that looks like just the case with another pre-development application for Natural Grocers store. And, probably not by co-incidence this application is not far away from where Trader Joe's is working on their new North Spokane location ( that will be in Franklin Park Commons shopping center) .

If it works out Natural Grocers will make their entry into the Spokane grocery market at 4511 N. Division. This is the same building as Office Depot and the Sports Outlet. The current store plan calls for the store to be in a new expansion to the building on the north side by the Chevron gas station. It will also likely include some new parking lot upgrades.

The plan calls for the store occupying 16,000 square feet of space and may or may not take some of the Office Depot space since that store also has a building permit in for a new floor plan and some other upgrades. This could be because of the new Natural Grocers.