Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Work starting for new Carl's Jr. on Northwest Blvd.

Carl's Jr. is continuing to expand their presence in Spokane. The California based fast food chain, via a Boise based franchisee have started work on another new location, this time in front of the former Albertson's store on Northwest Blvd. in-between Maple & Ash. This is latest phase of re-development for that site as the formerly abandoned grocery store has now been split and recently re-opened as a Planet Fitness gym and a Goodwill store / donation center.

Carl's Jr. also recently opened a new location in the 1200 block of N. Division on the site of the former National Furniture store. That makes this new planned location their tenth location in the Inland Northwest.

The new location will sit right at the corner of Northwest Blvd. and Maple , directly across from where a Jack in the Box location opened in 2015. The restaurant will take space that had been used as a parking lot for the Goodwill / Planet Fitness .The new Carl's Jr. will be 2,430 square feet with a drive thru lane and space for about a dozen cars to park ( excluding the spaces next door at the main building ).

Most people already know what Carl's Jr. is so I won't go to in depth into that except to mention that the company was founded some 75 years ago as a hot dog cart in Los Angeles. Today their parent company ( CKE Restaurants ) has almost 1400 locations branded as Carl's Jr and follows it's sister brand Hardee's almost exactly in menu offerings / pricing / policies, etc... .

For more information on Carl's Jr. , visit their website at-

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Global Neighborhood Thrift moves processing center, expands store

Just like it says on their website, Global Neighborhood Thrift is more then just a thrift store. The store, which stands at 902 W. Indiana, by the corner of Indiana & Monroe is operated as a venture of Global Neighborhood. Global Neighborhood is a non profit 501c3 community benefit organization that is locally based. They use the store to provide former refugees opportunities and even in many cases employment within the store. So, it always makes me feel good to report on a place doing good expanding!

Their site on Indiana had housed both the main store and a processing center for merchandise and incoming donations. But due to growth Global Neighborhood has purchased a separate site and recently moved all processing center operations over to the new building. The new processing center has about 17,000 square feet of space and is located at the corner of 3rd & Sherman (323 S. Sherman), just east of Downtown. The new processing center also opens up the non-profit for future developments.

And with the Processing center gone from the Global Neighborhood Thrift's main center it is allowing them to expand their open to the public retail store. The thrift store will be expanding it's furniture offerings and opening a new furniture outlet in the space that the processing center had occupied. The new furniture outlet I'm told is already open for business, although they are always open to donations.

In addition to furniture, Global Neighborhood Thrift is a full service thrift store with clothing , shoes, housewares, electronics and more. And, of course like any thrift store, pricing is significantly lower then the mainstream stores.

For more information on Global Neighborhood Thrift, visit-

And, for more information on Global Neighborhood, the non-profit itself, visit-

H&M to open store at Northtown Mall

Looks like the Sweden based " fast-fashion " retailer H&M is planning to have a second store in the Spokane market sometime later this year. There isn't a set opening date but construction permits are currently pending for a H&M location in Northtown Mall. The chain's other Spokane store opened in late 2012 and remains open on the first floor of Spokane Valley Mall.

H&M will occupy a section on the second floor of Northtown Mall, near Macy's and by the portion of the mall that underwent renovations recently. A local retailer , The Comic Book Store, had previously been in the area the will be remodeled for H&M but that store was moved a few weeks ago in preparation for this then un-named chain retailer. The Comic Book Store is still on the mall's second floor but now located in-between the food court and Kohl's.

Store size , amount of employees and opening date will be updated as we get them....

H&M is a trendy chain of retail stores selling men's , women's , teen and children's clothing and accessories at prices often marked lower then most other mall based businesses. H&M ( which stands for Hennes & Mauritz ) is based in Stockholm, Sweden and today operates about 4000 stores in 62 countries. It is one of just a few primarily mall based retailers that are still in an expansion mode.

H&M has also been rumored to be interested in opening a store in Downtown Spokane and with the recent renovations to "The M" it appeared possible. But, with this news it seems unlikely that we will see a Downtown H&M, but there is nothing confirmed yet...

For more information on H&M , visit their website at-

Thursday, June 15, 2017

New business openings & closings- Facebook edition- Jun. 15th

Here is a look at some of the latest new businesses to open or close in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area...

Why is it the Facebook edition? because these are the businesses that I have shared on our Facebook page ( ) since the last time I did one of these posts. Many new business get write ups on the main website, but sometimes, for various reasons they only get mention on our social media pages. So if you not already following us... drop everything... go to and click the like button!

Oh, and don't forget we're on Instragram too @Spokane_business . I promise I'm going to do more on Instagram soon!

Pine Valley Ranch , an apartment complex on Pines Rd. just south of 32nd is now pre-leasing their second phase which will be ready for residents to move into soon.

Green's Fresh Market coming soon to Hillyard announced their grand opening will be June 19th. I actually did do a full post about their new business which can be found by searching on the top of the page. Pretty cool new market featuring local produce, foods and a lot more coming.

Lilac City Acupuncture, PLLC is now open for business at 2925 N Monroe St.

Tsunga Northwest Arts is planning to open a unique new art gallery at 1114 S. Perry. They hope to be partiality open for business in time for South Perry Street Fair on July 15th.

Idaho Youth Ranch has opened a new thrift store outlet at 6240 E. Commerce Loop in Post Falls. They also still have full thrift stores open in Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene.

Beyoutiful Bath Bombs & More has opened for business in the Northtown Mall. They took over the former Yankee Candle store space near the center of the mall on the first floor. While they do sell bath bombs, they actually have a store packed full of other great things including candles from Valley Candles. Many of their items are locally produced! Go them!

YogaJoy announced they will open for business on July 14th. They are, of course, a yoga studio that is going into a space at 12501 N. Division ( in Wandermere )

Rustic which is a quick service restaurant serving several different choices from panini's to pizza and more has opened business at 309 E. Sherman Ave in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

Hardcore Suppliments which is a retail store focusing on suppliments, primarily for fitness and bodybuilding has began work on opening a new store in Downtown Spokane in the Peppertree Plaza building at 2 W. Third Ave. They will also keep the store they have open now in North Spokane.

Inland Curry a branch off of Sandpoint's Curry in a Hurry started serving authentic Indian dishes out of the commercial kitchen space in the Spokane Women's Club building at 1428 W. 9th . At this time the meals are only available for pick up on Thursdays and pre-ordering is encouraged.

  Stolen Images Photography is now open for business in SoDo Spokane at 301 W. 2nd Ave.

Lucky Vintage & Pretty Things has re-located to a new space on the same road they we're on. Their new address is 1930 S. Inland Empire Way.

Peace of Mind has expanded and opened a new location on the South Hill. That new store can be found at 2808 E. 30th Ave.

Old Joe Clark's which is the old time style photo studio in the Flour Mill has a new owner and they have moved to the Valley. They can now be found at 21 S. Thierman Rd.

Beau Monde Clothing Outlet will be a new discounted / clearance type store of the popular Beau Monde Exchange clothing store in Hayden. The clothing outlet is being set up now and will open soon at 406 W. Neider ( shopping center with Dollar Tree / Grocery Outlet ) .

Clark's Fork a new restaurant that has expanded to Spokane from Bozeman,MT is now open on the ground floor of the Matilda Building at 1028 N. Hamilton. Clark's Fork has breakfast, sandwiches, pastries and more. 

Titan Fitness is now open for business across the street from Northtown Mall at 112 E. Wellesley.

Findlay Auto Group has taken over the former Consignment Furniture space in Post Falls and has since opened the Findlay Value Lot there.

Dutch Bros. Coffee is building a new location in the Valley nearby the corner of Sprague & Mullan / Argonne.

Wildflowers Vintage is now open for business in Millwood at 3201 N Argonne Rd.

Little Kyoto a new Japanese style restaurant that features a good sized selection of Sushi rolls is now open for business in Hayden at 11050 N. Government Way.

Pal Outlet is a new small pet supply store now open in Spokane Valley at 1439 N. Argonne Rd.

RC Addicts is a new retailer specializing in Remote Control cars and the like. They are now open at 14109 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Spokane Vitamin & Mineral is a new vitamin / supplement store now open at 12623 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Balboa Capital has opened up a new office in Kendall Yards. They can be found below the Windermere real estate offices there.

Inthreadz is a new local tailoring business that growing quickly. They opened in Coeur d' Alene a few months ago and are now open on the South Hill of Spokane at 3022 E. 57th Ave suite 16. I'm also told they have plans to add locations in Downtown Spokane and Airway Heights coming up.

The Coffee Market a local retailer of coffee accessories such as flavors,etc to both coffee stands and the public... has re-located to a new space at 2623 W. Seltice Way in Coeur d' Alene.

Tails Foundation is setting up shop on their new, significantly larger thrift store space that now will include a community center area in Coeur d' Alene. The store will be at 3513 W. Seltice Way .

American Family Insurance- Jana Pool Agency is planning to re-locate their offices to the newly built shopping center at the corner of Cecil & Mullan in Post Falls.

Black Wolf Gaming Center has unfortunately closed their doors. They had been at 14208 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley

Cricket Wireless is planning a new store in the Shadle Park Shopping Center at 2401 W. Wellesley Suite 102

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A new tenant for the former JC Penney store at U City?

U City Mall, the actual enclosed mall portion, is now long gone. Demolition cleared the actual mall section away a couple of years ago after in became obvious re-development likely would not happen with the building falling into dis-repair after being rarely used since it was shut down. The anchor store spaces however remain.

The building that housed the Valley location of The Crescent is now only partly used by a private place called Group Photographers Association who acts primarily as a photo lab for youth sports photographers. The eastern end however has a few tenants including Rosauer's but it is in more of a strip mall type set up.

Towards the middle remains the last completely empty former anchor store of U City, the former JC Penney store. And, it looks like it won't be empty too much longer, although don't get too terribly excited as the tenant isn't a new store or a new restaurant, it's U Haul who appears to be planning on remodeling the structure into a large 3 story ( including basement ) indoor storage facility. This would likely be similar to U Haul's other indoor storage complex they own in Coeur d' Alene visible from I-90 near the US 95 exit.

They are currently still developing their plans but it appears they plan to use the entire building which has about 42,000 square feet of space on each floor. This would make way for many storage units of varying sizes all with interior rows allowing access to only those with clearance , an added security feature over the outdoor mini storage centers.

A 2000 square foot showroom area is also shown in the plans on the northeast side of building, likely to manage the storage units and probably to rent U Haul trucks. The southwest side of the building also features a 4500 +/- square foot space for U Haul's U Box program which is similar to Pods. The U Box boxes would be stacked 2 high by employees in this small warehouse area.

We'll keep an eye on this project and also noteworthy is U City's site is also becoming the home of the Spokane Valley city hall with that building under construction and starting to look pretty nice. We'll have more on that likely in the future.

For more information on U Haul and the services they already offer at a handful of locations around Spokane, visit their web site at-

European Wax Center to set up first area location in Spokane Valley

European Wax Center, a large chain of waxing studios is coming soon to the Spokane area. This news comes as a franchisee of the company has secured a lease on a 1900 square foot storefront at 506 N. Sullivan Rd suite E in Spokane Valley. This is in the same strip mall as a Starbucks and the UPS store, the lease was arranged by Steven Pohl & Drew Ulrick of NAI Black.

The European Wax Center company is based in Hallandale Beach, Fl. and has over 800 locations in 41 states. This will be their first ever location in the Inland Northwest, however they do already have locations around Portland and Southern Idaho.

As the name implies the business does waxing, waxing of all sorts and says they are " revealing beautiful skin " . They also offer a Wax Pass, allowing customers to pre-pay for their waxing services. But, of course they also take single appointments as well.

In addition to waxing, European Wax Center also sells a line of brow, body and skin care items under the Strut 365 brand name. This new business opening also will likely create a few new jobs but it doesn't appear that hiring has started as of my writing this.

For more information on European Wax Center, visit-

Monday, June 12, 2017

Basin Feed & Supply coming to Cheney

The Del's Feed and Farm Supply chain has closed up shop in Cheney, but the building that housed the store won't be empty long as another business has come forward and announced they are planning a store there. The new business is also in a very similar industry just a more local company.

Basin Feed & Supply, which currently operates stores in Moses Lake & Kennewick will open a new store in the former Del's building with no opening date set just yet, although Basin Feed is already working on setting up shop. The new business will occupy the entire 18,000+ square foot building at 2222 W. 1st and will sell the same products as their other 2 locations.

Basin Feed & Supply sells a large selection of farm and ranch supplies with cattle being a big focus for the company. They also have dog & cat food and the Kennewick store does trailer sales although they don't mention if that portion of the business will be offered in Cheney.

The business doesn't seem to have one main website but keep and eye out on this site and our Facebook page for more information in the near future.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Proposed Hayden Medical Plaza to rise, along with multi-level apartment building in Hayden

The City of Hayden, like much of America is aging and with an influx of new residents moving into the small North Idaho city the demands for health care are growing. This is major reasoning behind a new development now being proposed by Spokane based developer K.D. Hull Corp. who is the same group behind Spokane's Iron Bridge Office Campus.

The development is being called the Hayden Medical Plaza and will consist of a two story, 59,000 square foot modern office building with both an above ground parking lot and a  underground parking garage below the building able to park 166 cars.

This office building will rise at 8521 N. Wayne Dr , just off of Government Way and just south of Honeysuckle Ave. Currently there are no tenants announced for the site but marketing and leasing work is underway with the plans being in place to open the doors the building in 2018.

Further north on Wayne Dr. however is another development that will tie in well with the Hayden Medical Plaza plan. K. D. Hull Corp. also plans to build a new building called Honeysuckle Senior Living on the southeast corner of Wayne Dr. and Honeysuckle. This facility will be a new senior housing option and while it is not a high rise it will surely dominate the skyline of Hayden's city center. That's because Honeysuckle Senior Housing will be a six story, 20,000 square foot (per floor ) complex with an underground parking garage just like the Hayden Medical Plaza building. In all this new senior apartment building will have about 70 apartments with the ground floor set aside for activity areas and a pool.

The entire development also boasts quite the location, being just a short drive east of US 95 and the Hayden Wal Mart and an easy trip south into Coeur d' Alene. Several restaurants , stores, banks, etc.. also dot the development's immediate area.

For more information on leasing office space at the Hayden Medical Plaza contact Kiemle & Hagood Company at

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Biscuit Wizard coming to Downtown Spokane

In case you haven't heard, Mediterrano a quick service restaurant from local business person and icon Shahrokh Nikfar has closed it's doors. However his other business, a coffee shop called Caffe Affogato also in Saranac Commons building at 19 W. Main remains open for business.

But just like magic another new eatery is coming to the small space being vacanted by Mediterrano. We're learning it will be called The Biscuit Wizard and will be an operation of another well known local name, Chef Jeremy Hansen who already owns the Common Crumb Bakery also in the Saranac Commons building, among a couple of other local resturants.

The plans for The Biscuit Wizard are still being brewed up so watch for updates on it in the coming weeks.  However Chef Hansen did elude to what the new space might be in a recent article to my competition over at the Spokesman Review. He told them that the menu will likely be biscuits in the morning, sausage burgers at night plus street food style bites and walk away smorgasbord items.

Since this is a developing story keep watching this page to see what else Chef Hansen has up his sleeve for The Biscuit Wizard....

Fleet Feet Sports coming to Kendall Yards

We're learning of yet another retail tenant planning to open up shop at Kendall Yards. This time it's Fleet Feet Sports, a sports retailer that focuses primarily on the running scene with footwear, appeal , sports bras and more. Fleet Feet is a small chain, but operated under a local operator and many will note they already have a couple of stores already in our area. This includes a store at 1303 N. Washington St. just east of Spokane Arena which, we assume, will relocate to Kendall Yards instead of operating both so close together.

We are just learning of this plan to open at Kendall Yards so please watch for more updates about when they plan to open, size of store,etc... . However we will leave with this video posted recently on YouTube by Uptic Studios, showing what the new store will look like -

It appears the store will take a portion of the currently under construction " bluff building " next door to Spa Paradiso on Kendall Yards' main street, Summit Pkwy. They will also soon be joined by Maryhill Winery who also plans a tasting room for the their award winning wines in the same building. Chaps Diner & Bakery is also planning a small coffee shop just feet to the east of their planned store site called Paper & Cup.

Keep watching for updates and for more information on Fleet Feet Sports, visit their web site at-

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Payless ShoeSource announces national store closures, 2 Spokane locations to shutter

Shortly after learning that RadioShack is basically now a thing of the past, yet another long running retailer has come out with a long list of store closures. Payless Shoesource is that retailer and they are planning to close the doors forever to as many as 800 of their stores.

Positive news is that the recently released Payless store closure list shows no store closures in Idaho. However, Washington hasn't been so lucky with a total 14 stores statewide on the closure list and of those 2 locations are in Spokane.

The 2 Spokane Payless store closures are-

Northpointe Plaza  9762 N. Newport Hwy. Spokane

Shadle Park Shopping Center 2401 W. Wellesley Ave. Spokane

There is also good news in that Payless Shoesource will still ( for the time being at least ) be open for business in the Inland Northwest. Payless has 3 stores in the Spokane area that are to stay in business and another 3 in Kootenai County that are not included.

All of these store closures are a direct result of Payless ShoeSource filing for bankruptcy a few weeks ago. Payless Shoesource is the largest footwear only retailer in the nation, with a corporate HQ in Topeka,KS. it even now is a large company with the company reporting 4400 stores world wide ( before the closure lists we're announced however, so now 3600 ) . It has been considered one of many brands that "over stored" themselves like we've seen before with Rite Aid and appear to be staring to see with Subway.

Payless Shoesource also sells their products online via-

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Chaps Diner and Bakery to open a new coffee spot called Paper and Cup in Kendall Yards

Since tonight is yet another of Kendall Yards' famous Night Market events I find it suiting to share a mention of an exciting new place coming soon to the trendy area just north of Downtown.

This new place will be a coffee place called Paper and Cup and it's being brought to Kendall Yards by the same people behind one of Spokane's favorite eateries, Chaps Diner and Bakery. Paper and Cup will be a very small coffee shop with only 500 square feet.

But, despite it's size they will have and exiting menu of fresh coffee and espresso drinks in addition to pastries and similar type items. Currently tt is to open next month and will be in the same building as The Inlander in the heart of the Kendall Yards Business District.

Watch for more mentions of Paper and Cup on this site and Chaps Diner and Bakery's Facebook page at-

Spokane Tribe Casino takes huge step foward with new name / logo and new office announcment

This morning at a small press conference in Airway Heights ,The Spokane Tribe took a huge step forward in the process of bringing their new casino to area. The Tribe, which has had their new casino under construction for a few months now announced a new name, new logo, new website and even the location of their new temporary offices which they will use in part to do the hiring process for the staff of their new casino.

The Spokane Tribe says they examined several different name choices for the property but in the end settled on a easy to remember name that honors who they are as a Native people. From this point on the casino will be named The Spokane Tribe Casino.

It is of note that the plan was to incorporate the new casino into a partnership with Hard Rock's branding and name. We will be contacting the Tribe to see if they have comment on the relationship with Hard Rock but the lack of Hard Rock in the name might be because of this being only the property first phase where it won't include the hotel or much of what is planned to eventually be included. In fact at it's opening date ( which is to happen sometime this fall ) the Spokane Tribe Casino won't be a huge place but they do plan to continue building to project out over time.

Here is what the Spokane Tribe Casino will include on opening day-

A 38,000 square foot building

450 slot machines

12 table games

full service restaurant and bar ( name, branding & menu to be announced later )

quick service deli type restaurant

small bar located on the gaming floor

The Spokane Tribe Casino will also align itself with the same players club as the Spokane Tribe's other two casino's, The Sun Club , named for the Spokane name meaning " Children of the Sun ".

In addition to the announcement about the name they also un-veiled their new office complex to manage the project from until opening day. The space is actually 3 buildings that previously housed the R&R RV dealership at 13918 W. Sunset Hwy in Airway Heights. Two of the buildings there will be used as office space and the third will be a training center for the Casino employees. This site is all just a bit to the east of the actual casino's site.

Also they unveiled their new logo, which I will post a picture of below this. The logo includes several elements inspired by tribal traditions and culture. The press release indicates that you will find an arrow carved out of the A in Spokane suggests both the good luck of a winning streak and the future prosperity for the tribe and the region. The two horses facing each other, one looking back at the tribe's honored past and one looking forward toward the tribe's bright future. And, the three arrow points in-between the horses also represent the three bands of the Spokane Tribe.

Along with all of this news, the Spokane Tribe also announced they have officially launched a new website that is specific to the Spokane Tribe Casino, you'll find a link to that below. They did mention that the original STEP Spokane website will remain up and being update but that site does refer more to the tribe's plans for the entire site, which they are also developing around the casino at the northwest corner of US 2 ( Sunset Hwy. ) and Craig Rd.

For the website of the Spokane Tribe Casino, visit-

A video of what casino looks like today was also posted today on the STEP Spokane Facebook page at-

And, of note the Spokane Tribe Casino also now has it's own Facebook page ( I was like number 6, btw ). That can be found at-

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Experts determine what new chain's should come to Downtown Spokane, begin recruitment process

Downtown Spokane has changed over the years, even in the 10 years I've lived in the Inland Northwest lots of places have come and gone. But even as some places have opened, there is always more places people are re-questing . And, writing this blog I can tell you some people are... well... passionate about there favorite stores and restaurants!

The Downtown Spokane Partnership and some other community organizations know this and earlier this year they employed Dallas based Buxton to gather data to determine what companies would make a good fit for Downtown. This is based of millions of customer transactions from around the country which Buxton uses to determine the purchasing habits and lifestyle trends of a region, in this case the Spokane region.

So, what companies is Buxton recommended Downtown Spokane try and recruit?
Judging by what people ask me about, I don't think this list is too surprising...

Baja Fresh

Bob's Burgers & Brew

Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom


RAM Restaurant & Brewery

Dickey's BBQ Pit 

Mellow Mushroom

The Cheesecake Factory

Panera Bread

Ruth's Chris Steak House

Best Buy

Buffalo Exchange

Cinebarre Theaters

Green Depot


Home Goods

Luch Cosmetics


West Elm

Whole Foods

This research by no means these are surely coming to Downtown Spokane, but are what companies we want, and what companies the DSP, GSI and other local groups will put their focus on when recruiting new businesses to Downtown Spokane.

This list is interesting in that there are a few that are already in other parts of Spokane. And, one we actually have heard has already been looking at real estate Downtown.

Do you agree with this list? Anything you think they may have missed?
Let us know in the comments to this article on Facebook
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Fuel Fitness coming to Coeur d' Alene

A few of my Coeur d' Alene area readers have been asking about the new building rising next to Auto Zone, at Government Way & Haycraft . Well to answer your question it will be something we've seen a lot openings for recently, a new fitness center.

The building which will be about 14,000 square feet, will be entirely occupied by a location of Fuel Fitness. Fuel, is a small chain of fitness centers from Montana and this will be the chain's first location to be located outside of Montana. They plan to have the Coeur d' Alene location open sometime in the early fall of this year and recently opened another location in Missoula which is now open.

Fuel Fitness is a full gym that is staffed 24 hours a day offering some of the latest pieces of equipment and group fitness classes that are open to members at convenient times. They also offer on site child care services and claim to have some of the best personal trainers.

It is important to note however there is already a business called Fuel Fitness on the South Hill in Spokane. These 2 are separate businesses as the South Hill one is a single location local operation. For more info on Fuel Fitness ( the chain ) visit their website at-

Monday, May 22, 2017

De Leon's opening DeLeon's BarTaco in North Spokane

The De Leon family is in growth mode with their businesses with this weekend's announcement that they will be opening a new restaurant in North Spokane. This new restaurant is to be called De Leon's BarTaco.

De Leon's BarTaco will open as soon as June in the Whitworth Square shopping center at 10208 N. Division suite 110. Deleon's BarTaco will be a family friendly restaurant that serves a menu of their most popular tacos, burritos, guisados ( stewed meats ) and on the weekends they will also serve menudo and pozole. They also will have some alcoholic beverage choices.

This new restaurant serves as an addition to De Leon's 2 Hispanic grocery stores which are Spokane's go to spot for Hispanic foods and merchandise. Both of their grocery stores also have in store eateries, bakeries, and of course awesome tamales!

All entities of De Leon Foods is locally owned and operated by the De Leon family themselves. They also produce their own tortillas and tortilla chips which are also sold wholesale to a number of the area's restaurants.

For more info find them online at-

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Green's Fresh Market opening soon in Hillyard

Fresh, local produce and other foods will soon be easier to find in Hillyard with the planned opening of a new store called Green's Fresh Market.

Green's Fresh Market is a locally owned and operated business from owners Jack & Mary Green. They have purchased a 3500 square foot building at 4915 N. Market, at the Market St. & Olympic Ave. and hope to open the new market there next month.

The business will primarily focus on fresh produce but will likely seek to add more grocery items. The even hope to add a limited selection of meats and deli items within the first few months. It will be exciting to see how this business evolves in the coming weeks and months.

Green's Fresh Market can found on Facebook at-

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Monroe Street Grill to take place of former Shari's on Monroe

The former Shari's restaurant location at 1829 N. Monroe has sat empty since Shari's closed down that location about 4 years ago. For a time in 2016 it looked like the site was to be sold and demolished for a new Burger King restaurant. But shortly after that plan was proposed, the franchisee backed out due to the city's rules for pedestrian corridors that would likely have not allowed a new drive thru lane to be constructed.

Fast forward to today and workers are now prepping the building, not to be torn down, but to be saved and turned into a new locally owned and operated restaurant. The owners behind Top of the Line Seafood & Burgers in Cheney are planning on moving their restaurant operations into the building and re-naming it the Monroe Street Grill.

The Monroe Street Grill is planned to open sometime in June and will feature the same breakfast, lunch and dinner menu as Top of the Line did. They also hope to soon add even more sandwiches and dinners and possibly doing more on their smoker. Also the move allows them to hire on a few more employees

Monroe Street Grill doesn't seem to have a separate website set up yet, but more info on the business and their menu can be found on Top of the Line's Facebook page at-

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

New Advance Auto Parts to kick off new retail project along Ruby

About a year ago we mentioned the purposed plans for a project called the North Gateway Center, off of Ruby north of Downtown Spokane. Many of these proposals come and go and it's sat as little more then a promotional page on SDS Realty's website all this time, until now.

Now it looks like the project is moving forward with a recent city meeting and plans that show an actual tenant in a new building and plans to remodel another building that is already on the site. The site of the development is in-between Ruby & Division , bound by Ermina on the south and Montgomery on the north. The development will someday take up most of the block, except for the northwest corner where " The Bargain Lot " used auto dealership sits today.

The plans now call for-

- The auto repair / tire place at the corner of Ruby & Ermina to be replaced by a 6,912 square foot stand alone Advance Auto Parts store.

- A renovation to the older building that housed Brock's Gunsmithing and a barbershop. It would be leased out but no tenants mentioned for that area just yet.

- The vacant lot to the north , where the shed sales center currently sits is considered a future phase with a new retail building on it and parking space in the rear of the building accessed off of Montgomery. Judging by the site plan I'm guessing that building would also be in the 6 or 7000 square foot range.

Leasing work is ongoing for this project and the project is being marketed by SDS Realty of Spokane. For more information about leasing space here or at their other listings visit-

The Gyro Shack to open location in Coeur d' Alene

A small chain of quick service Greek restaurants from Southern Idaho is coming soon to Northern Idaho. The Gyro Shack, which is based in Boise has secured a location in Coeur d' Alene and hopes to open for business here around the middle of this Summer.

The Gyro Shack operates mostly as small to medium sized shack style drive up buildings but here the chain will occupy a space in the Ironwood Square shopping center facing Ironwood Dr, just east of US 95. This is the only planned Gyro Shack in the Inland Northwest however the company is actively franchising their concept and even have 2 locations being planned for Western Washington. Their other locations ( 4 total ) are in the Boise / Meridian area.

The Gyro Shack promotes themselves as " Real Greek, Real Fast " about a dozen different gyro and pita sandwich choices. They offer everything from an original gyro up to less common choices like a spicy bacon avocado gyro , a Philly gyro and something called The Z. Non-meat lovers will also be satisfied with The Gyro Shack as they also offer a veggie gyro and have sides like a Greek salad. And, of course no Greek restaurant would be complete without fresh baklava.

For more information on The Gyro Shack, check out their website at-

Monday, May 15, 2017

Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe to open location at former Buckhorn Inn in Airway Heights

The landmark Buckhorn Inn's building at 13311 W. Sunset Hwy. in Airway Heights won't end up being empty too much longer. The Buckhorn Inn, as you may recall closed their doors at the end of 2016 after being in businesses since the 1970's .

But the building that housed the restaurant and bar has been sold to the people behind Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe and they plan to open a new location of their locally owned and operated deli in the building.

The new Airway Heights Shamus's location will feature identical hours and an identical menu to their other two locations. Both of the existing Shamus's locations in Spokane Valley, one being by Sprague & Havana and the other off of Pines, a bit north of Sprague. These locations will both stay in business as well.

The new Airway Heights location will be the business's largest location at about 3500 square feet. It also will feature a small selection of beer's on tap. Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe promotes that they have " fast service, large portions and fair prices " . Their menu features delicious sounding sandwich choices like Rocky's Italian Stallion, Smokehouse, King of Clubs and many more. Customers can even build their own sandwiches or get soups which includes Ivar's Clam Chowder.

For more information on Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe, visit their web site at-

The Falls, high rise near Spokane Arena, might happen soon

There has been rumblings for quite sometime that a developer was planning to replace the former YWCA campus near Downtown with a huge new high rise project. We hear it mentioned occasionally, sometimes I'll get asked about it, but yet days and days go by and the YWCA buildings sit at N Lincoln & Broadway empty and waiting for someone to do something.

We discovered last year that Spokane based LB Stone Development was hiring for a project manager for the development and while I don't know if that position ever did get filled, it looks like work has moved forward on the plan. We know because plans we're recently revealed along with some other documents submitted for a pre-development meeting with the City of Spokane. And, if The Falls development is built as the plans are now, this will be a game changer for the north bank of the Spokane River.

While this is a HUGE step forward for The Falls it by no means construction will start tomorrow. Actually with a plan of this size I don't expect any construction this year ( I hope I'm wrong though, please prove me wrong LB Stone ) .

So, just what is The Falls. Here is the details-

-Two high rise towers, height and number of floors not shown but once upon a time it was to be 12 stories. Maybe still the same?

- 120 apartments

- 18 condos

- 120 room hotel

- 25,000 square feet of retail / restaurant space

- 25,000 square feet of office space.

The Falls would be built in a similar kind of construction to the newly proposed mixed use buildings next to The Inlander in Kendall Yards. They would be a podium style construction built overtop of a large underground parking garage.

No contractor is shown for The Falls high rise yet but we do know that design work is being done by Collins Woerman Architects of Seattle.

We will keep an eye on this project as it progresses....

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spokane Construction Project List

Inland NW Business's main site is updated usually several times each week. But, a lot of you come here asking " hey, what's going in there? " to specific projects. Many of these we're posted, just it's been long enough back that they no longer appear on the main page. So, here are some links to projects you may want to know about.

If you don't see what your looking for, e-mail me at . I may just have missed posting a link to it or maybe it's something I haven't worked into posting on the main site yet and would love to know what you want to know about!

This will remain as the " featured post" from now on so you can reference it at anytime.

New North Spokane Costco

Project at Newport & Holland
*project will also include a small retail center which for some reason I didn't mention in the article.

Popeyes Chicken Post Falls

Watch for more on Popeyes planned location in Spokane. Yes it's coming and yes it's been mentioned on the site but not current enough to share here. I can say however it will be on N. Division on a out lot of the Sportsman's Warehouse store.

Large planned expansion at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

The M (aka the old Macy's)
Still no official word on who the commercial tenants will be.

West End Lofts

The Otis possible re-development

The Ridpath re-development
This article is about 2 years old but looks up to date as far as the plan goes. Just legal issues have stalled this project more than once. Looks to actually be happening now though.

Abandoned Tradewinds Hotel being renovated into a Howard Johnson
The opening date mentioned in the article is clearly wrong but it should open sometime soon and I'll re-post about this project then.

New six story Hampton Inn on the Lower South Hill, near Sacred Heart
The opening date has been pushed back to the fall of this year but still coming.

Renovations ( which include a public market ) coming to the former Wonder Bread factory

Jensen Byrd Warehouse to become the "Jensen Byrd District" shops, restaurants, offices,etc..

1400 Tower
Still waiting for this development to get started, no news on it to recently.

North 40 Outfitters coming to Airway

Kendall Yards is finally getting a grocery store, now called My Fresh Basket.

Halletts Chocolates to open a store in Downtown Spokane

We are learning that, Halletts Chocolates , a North Spokane staple and maker of delicious sweet treats is working on a expanding and opening an all new store in Downtown Spokane.

Halletts recently filed for a business license to open a place called " Halletts Chocolates & Coffee " at 1025 W. 1st Ave. This space appears to be the former home of Vintage Angel which is on ground floor of the New Madison Hotel building.

We've reached out to Halletts and they acknowledge they are planning to open a location there, but say they don't have an opening date for it just yet so I will likely be updating this posting at some point, keep checking in.

Halletts Chocolate also has there main " factory store " in a shopping center at the corner of Nevada & Lyons at 6704 N. Nevada. This location will stay in business as the Downtown location will be their second store. Halletts Chocolates offers many, many different chocolate choices from small servings up to boxes that are perfect for gifts. The company is locally owned and operated and they have been in business for around 30 years.

For more information about Halletts, or to browse their online store, check out their website at-

16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks opens new store in formerly abandoned building on Division

Local business owner Jason McSteen like to tell the story about how in 2012 he walked in to the Union Gospel Mission with nothing to his name but 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks . So much so that a few years later, after turning his life around, Jason McSteen now operates a fast growing small chain of furniture stores in Spokane called none other then 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks. Which the business itself even has been a success story as it was originally started as just a mattress shop in a garage.

Today that once tiny business made the announcement that they are growing once more. 16 Cents announced that they will be opening a new third location at 1233 N. Division ( Division & Sharp ) in a building that has sat vacant for the last several years, except for a couple of seasonal stints as Spirit Halloween stores ( last permanent use was a Mattress Outlet if I recall ).

The new store will occupy the entire 22,000+ square foot building and will be a full furniture store, not just mattresses, but everything for most any room of your home. The new 16 Cents location is actually already open for business now and they already have filled a good chunk of the space with truckloads of furniture with more to come. While they are now open, the business plans to do some remodeling to the space and will convert the back room area of the building into a distribution center to also serve 16 Cents' two other locations.

The two other locations of 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks will also remain open for business as usual. Those stores can be found at 6821 N. Division and 2006 N. Ash. The stores also pride themselves on offering credit for furniture purchases, at zero down in some cases, even to people with less then perfect credit.

To see some of what they have for sale and even more information on 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks, visit their website at-

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Indaba to open roastery cafe & donut shop in Kendall Yards

Indaba Coffee Roasters, a seven year old coffee business that's locally owned and operated has made a big announcement. Indaba who already operates 2 coffee shops will open a new, slightly different third location in Kendall Yards.

We're not sure of exactly which space Indaba will occupy at the Kendall Yards development but they do say they it should be open for business sometime in the fall. The new Indaba will be considered a " roastery cafĂ© & donut shop ".

Indaba Coffee recently extended their hours and added beer, wine and hard cider to their Downtown location. While coffee's from Indaba are available at a few spots around the area their own branded coffee shops can be found at 1425 W. Broadway and 210 N. Howard .

We'll have more on the new Kendall Yards Indaba space in the future.

And, for more info on Indaba now, visit-

Bonsai Bistro abruptly closes in Downtown Coeur d' Alene

We have learned the Bonsai Bistro, a well known Pan-Asian restaurant in Downtown Coeur d' Alene has closed it's doors effective immediately. The restaurant featured an indoor Koi pond on lower level and a sushi bar near the entrance, it has also won a few awards during it's years of operation.

Bonsai Bistro was owned and operated by the Hagadone Corporation who is also the owner of the Coeur d' Alene Resort, several other restaurants and other ventures around CdA. Hagadone Corporation gives no exact reason for the other then that felt the closure was in their best interest. Employees of Bonsai Bistro that would like to stay on are being offered positions with the other Hagadone businesses.

Hagadone Corporation also says they have no immediate plans for the building which was once a call center at 101 E. Sherman Ave. . Even though there are no plans announced the rumors have already started to swirl about high rise projects that Hagadone might build at the site. This is likely because Hagadone backed out of a large high rise expansion of the Coeur d' Alene Resort last year after some complained of it's look,etc... . But, nothing has been officially announced and likely won't be for a while.

We'll keep listening for more....

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3rd Facebook New Business Report

I did this one other time and it seemed pretty well received. Here is the deal behind these posts, I do post about many new businesses on the main web site but I share even more on our Facebook page ( LIKE US! )

Why do I post share more on the Facebook page then the main site? because sometime I don't have all the details to do a post and it's easier and faster to keep you, my readers, up to date on projects / businesses I've already mentioned. So, if you haven't already please go like our page.

But, the point behind this post is to actually share all the places I've shared recently on the Facebook page, so here we go-

Cosmic Cowboy Grill in Coeur d' Alene has set their official opening date. Looks like they should be open on Saturday May 6th. They can be found in the Appleway Square shopping center off of US 95, near I-90 in CdA. We actually did a post about them awhile back, find it be searching above if your on the desktop version of the site.

Lancaster Market and their attached San Francisco Sourdough off of US 95 in Hayden as actually been open for a few weeks now but will host an official grand opening celebration on May 13th.

Northwest Pizza Company has finally now opened their new location in Spokane Valley. It can be found at 10604 E. 16th Ave. just west of University Rd.

Kiss & Make Up Beauty Boutique has announced they will relocate to the Garland District. The business which does a varity of salon services will lease the former Amplified Wax Recording Studio space adjacent to the Garland Theather at 920 W. Garland Ave.

Chaps Diner & Bakery already a well known local restaurant in expanding out and will open a small bakery inside the same building as The Inlander on Summit Pkwy in Kendall Yards.

Vertical Options Elevator has leased the former Habitat for Humanity building at 732 N. Napa and plans to be move their offices / warehouse there soon.

A new yoga studio called YogaJoy has started work to open for business soon in the Wanderemere area at 12501 N. Division Suite 5

Local escape room business, Escape has escaped the City of Spokane with a new location now open in Spokane Valley. The Spokane Valley Escape is just west of the Spokane Valley Mall at 12928 E. Indiana Ave.

GESA Credit Union has opened a new a branch location in Spokane Valley. It can be found at 509 N. Sullivan Rd.

Carpet Barn has opened a new flooring luqidation center at 6325 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley.

Simple Machine Bicycle Service has opened for business in the Garland District at 820 W. Garland Ave.

Vanity Nails & Spa has opened at 306 N. Pines Rd. in Spokane Valley.

Spencer's Antiques an antique mall that has spent the last several years in a building off of Division is moving to a new place at 3104 E. Sprague.

Liberty Lake Juice Company is a new smoothie / healthy option establishment now open at 1334 N. Liberty Lake Rd. in , of course , Liberty Lake.

Pinky's Pooch Parlor which is a new grooming salon with a developing retail area has opened for business in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 202 N. 4th Ave. 

Hydrangea Thrift Store, Etc. has joined to growing North Monroe District with their new store now open at 2315 N. Monroe.

In River Park Square there has been some changes in the 3rd floor food court area. Hole Shot Pizza & Brew has gone out of business but a new place called Classic Burger has opened on the other end next to Miso Asian.

Express Employment Professionals has moved it's Kootenai County offices to the Crossroads at Coeur d' Alene shopping center. There new address is 2834 N. Ramsey Rd. Suite 104.

And, this is just what I shared during the month of April! So, find out what you've been missing by checking out

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Cooking Channel show Cheap Eats in town filming an upcoming Spokane episode

Television crews have been spotted around Spokane filming for a popular show on the Cooking Channel called Cheap Eats. The plot of the show surrounds host Ali Kahn ( blogger behind the Bang for your Burger Buck blog ) traveling to cities and trying to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack all for under $35 and all in 12 hours.

We're told the Cheap Eats Spokane episode will air during the show's third season ( episode #6 ) with no air date available just yet, although it will be about 4 months from now. Other cities Cheap Eats have visited include Louisville, Salt Lake City, Miami, Bozeman and several more.

We're still working on pin pointing exactly where the TV show will shoot here in Spokane but know they have already been to Mary Lou's Milk Bottle in the Garland District and appear to be planning to film / have filmed at Frank's Diner Downtown, both of which are excellent choices. We'll likely up date this post or create a new one when we know more and have the air date.

For more on the Cheap Eats TV show itself and their past episodes check them out at-

And, to check out host Ali Kahn's blog, check-  * we think you may see a Spokane post on here someday too as I notice several other Cheap Eats locales mentions on it already

Monday, May 1, 2017

The Bookend, boutique library inside Valley Mall opens today

It's opening day for the newest library in the Spokane County Library system. But this one isn't quite like the other 10 libraries in the network as this one is a "boutique library" ,a sort of express format of a traditional library and is located inside the Spokane Valley Mall. The new library goes by the name The Bookend and occupies a 2200 square foot space on the second floor of the mall, nearby Macy's. It is to employ about 6.

Today is the soft opening for The Bookend and an actual grand opening will be held around the middle of June. Patrons of The Bookend will find this branch smaller then the others but still packed with many of the services that draw people into those other branches. The Bookend will stock some books, CD's and DVD's available for loan, computer workstations and a children's area with books and reading spaces . The Library District decided to open this branch based largely on the success of other libraries around the country moving branches into shopping centers.

The Spokane County Library District has been hoping to build a new Valley branch for sometime and they say they still plan to as this location is a smaller express branch. Most of the talk surrounding a new full service library has had it being built across from the new Spokane Valley City Hall off of Sprague but a recent article in the Journal of Business indicates a new branch might one day be built on Sullivan Rd. Either way there are no immediate plans just yet and we will be watching for more.

For more information on the Spokane County Library District , check them out at-

Living Water Lawn & Tree Care to construct new North Spokane building, consolidating sister companies

Living Water Lawn & Tree Care has already grown substantially since their beginnings in the early 90's inside a 2 car garage in Hillyard . Today Living Water is of one the largest landscaping businesses in Spokane, and they have recently announced plans to begin construction on a new 20,000 square foot facility in North Spokane that will allow them to keep moving forward.

The new building will offer both office space and work space for the company and will be located at 8227 N. Regal, not far from the new US 395 freeway. Living Water intends to move into this new building sometime in early 2018 after construction is done. The building will be constructed by general contractor Ramey Construction with design work done by Mercier Architectural Planning, once complete the building is expect to cost between $1.8 and $2 million dollars.

This new building is also big news for Living Water Lawn & Tree Care new larger space will allow their two sister companies to consolidate so everyone will be under one roof. Those two companies are Living Water Landscape Maintenance and Living Water Pest Control. Together the Living Water companies employ over 40 but they do intent to hire more.

Until this time Living Water Lawn & Tree Care continues to offer a wide array of landscape services from a renovated fire station at 6925 E. Bigelow Gulch Rd. . For more information about the company and their services, visit-

Thursday, April 27, 2017

New Spokane Valley Big 5 Sporting Goods store opens on Broadway

The California based Big 5 Sporting Goods chain has increased it's Spokane area presence with last week's new store opening in Spokane Valley. This new store can be found at 15735 E. Broadway suite D and is the chain's second location within the city of Spokane Valley.

The new store is Big 5's 433rd location and it's third in the Spokane Metro ( another location is also out in Coeur d' Alene ) . This new Big 5 store occupies around 13,500 square feet of space in a small strip mall located in front of the Spokane Valley Wal-Mart. The company invested about $250,000 in remodeling the space that last held Hancock Fabrics and Downeast Basics retail stores.

The new location means several new local jobs although we don't have the exact numbers available to us. Nationally Big 5 Sporting Good employs almost 10,000. The chain is a publicly traded company ( Nastaq:BGFV ) and one of what seems to be shrinking number of retail type businesses that are actually growing both physically and financially.

For more information on Big 5 Sporting Goods, visit-

And, find the new Broadway Big 5 location on Facebook at-

* The new store will also be hosting a grand opening celebration sale starting today ( 4/27 ) and running through Saturday...

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New North Spokane Costco construction to start very soon

Plans have been in motion since late 2015 to re-build and relocate the North Spokane Costco store. The plan is to move the big box store from it's current site at 7619 N. Division ( within the City of Spokane ) to a vacant lot at 12020 N. Newport Hwy ( in Spokane County ) . But, the project has been slow to take off between the tax issue ( city vs. county ) and the site's proximity to the now contaminated Kaiser Aluminum Mead campus.

But, we're now learning that this new Costco is about the start construction as the Issaquah based warehouse retailer has now applied for their building permits to construct both the new store and adjacent fuel center. Currently the permit is " under review " and will likely be issued very soon. Because this article is based on the county's building permit filings we don't have any news today from Costco about when the new store will open but we have an indication of that too....

That's because the current Costco has gone up for sale, and in that building's marketing materials it mentions that the sale is contingent on the new location opening, which it says will happen in the fall of this year.

Also, interesting about the current Costco being listed as "for sale" is the fact that there was a rumor that Fred Meyer was planning a store there. With this sale listing it appears Fred Meyer will not be moving in there, at least not right away.

We'll post more about the new Costco as we get it, but here is what we know now-

-To built along N. Newport Hwy, north of the Newport / Nevada intersection.

-Lydig Construction is listed as the general contractor.

-167,317 square foot store

- Over 30,000 square feet larger then the N. Division store

- Fuel center will also be larger then the N. Division store, permit is listed as over 10,000 square feet.

Keep watching this site for more....

Monday, April 24, 2017

Construction starts for new Post Falls Popeye's Lousiana Kitchen

WWe all have been waiting and watching the empty lot at 767 Neufield Ln in Post Falls (along Hwy 41). Why? Because last year it was announced that the Inland Northwest's first Popeyes Chicken location would be built there. Granted the  original announcement had Popeyes opening date before the end of 2016 but delays are nothing new in the construction/ real estate world.

And, first of all please accept my apology for not having an update on this, that is until now...

Yes, construction crews began site work today for the new Post Falls Popeyes. Further backing it up is the Baker Construction & Development sign sitting near the site entrance. The Popeyes project has been on the Baker Construction "current construction" page for some time now.

Now we don't have the opening date yet but we're told a while ago that construction should take 3 or 4 months. Not sure if that includes the site work time but I'd expect now an early Summer opening.

As far as Popeyes planned location in Spokane, yes it is still planned. However due to my work days I haven't went up there it yet so watch for a separate post about that location which is planned at the corner of N. Division and Lyons by the Sportsman's Warehouse store. And, for more information about the plans for the Post Falls Popeyes Chicken location check out this prior INBW post-

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Newly released documents show possible plans for the Wonder Bread Building...

The former Hostess / Wonder Bread factory building ( 821 W. Mallon, Mallon & Post ) near Spokane Arena is one of the keys to future development in Downtown Spokane. The historic brick building has sat vacant since 2000 with thousands of square feet of space just screaming for new life. It's just steps away from the Spokane Arena and the north side of Riverfront Park, it's among the primest of the prime real estate in the Lilac City

Last fall some hope came forward with an 11th hour sale just before the building was to be foreclosed on. The building owners are now Wonder Spokane,LLC with no specific names to be found and just a listed address of what appears to be a financial firm in Denver. For the longest time they have been tight lipped on what they are planning only indicating they do plan to do something with the space.

But for a recent pre-development conference with the City of Spokane, Wonder Spokane,LLC presented a series of documents detailing example plans for the building designed by Wolfe Architectural Group of Spokane. There is still no timeline for construction / opening , but we now know they intend to have commercial uses and no residential component shown. The plan also includes-

- A new parking garage with entry from the north off of Mallon in-between the existing ( and not included ) David's Pizza building and the corner of Lincoln. This area today is also used for parking but is just a surface lot used mostly just during events at Spokane Arena. The garage will also have some limited retail space on the ground floor.

- The main structure stays mostly as is with a new more modern looking addition of a third story on the west end and a second and third story to the east.

- The first floor includes space set aside for an up to 11,045 square foot " artisan food market "

- Most of the rest of the space is shown being divided into " commercial lease space " , likely assuming first floor retail or restaurant and office space elsewhere. These spaces include 19,000+ square feet on floor 1, 15,000+ square feet on floor 2 and 3,000+ square feet on floor 3 .

- A large section of level 3 is set aside as " assembly " space, likely meaning an event center or possibly a restaurant. This space is almost 5,000 square feet with a large 1,000+ square foot outdoor terrace attached.

Out of respect for the developer we won't run any screenshots of the plans or renderings ( unless they contact me with some, hint hint... ) . But it does appear a lot of thought has been put into this and if built this project would spur a new future not just for this building but much of the neighborhood south of Spokane Arena. Perhaps we may even see an Inland Northwest Business Watch office in this building some day!

Other then your favorite local blogger occupying office space, what else do you hope to see open for business one day in the Wonder Bread building? I know I for one am very excited about the possibilities of the " artisan food market " space. Let us know you thoughts via Facebook, in the comments to this story on

Cascadia Public House coming to NW Spokane

I've briefly mentioned on this site before that the former home of TonicX and Ash St. Tacos won't be sitting vacant for long after the past restaurants closed. TonicX and Ash St. Tacos vacated the building ( 6314 N. Ash, near Francis ) only a few weeks ago and work is already well under way from new owners for an exciting all new place called Cascadia Public House.

Cascadia Public House will be a locally owned and operated full service bar / restaurant that aims to open for business sometime in May. They'll offer a full bar with about 10 beer taps and a food menu of about of about 25 to 30 items featuring fresh Northwest ( Cascadian ) fare. They plan to work hand in hand with several farms in the region. In addition they'll also have mostly local beers and will be getting their bread and buns from a local bakery.

The new owners are revamping the space from top to bottom and promise to have some "really awesome custom features " .  They'll also have two custom built fire pits situated on the planned patio helping make them as they say " the perfect place to hangout and spend your summer nights by the fire "

Of course we'll have to get to summer first :)

For more information on Cascadia Public House check out their developing website at-  or find them on Facebook or Instagram.

Region's first Wal-Mart branded gas station opens in Post Falls

It's far from a new idea to have a big box retailer offer a gas station in their parking lot, but with the exception of some site's that the chain leased out to other operators, Wal-Mart has not dabbled in this field. That is until now, as just a couple of years ago the Arkansas based mega chain announced plans open Wal-Mart branded gas stations with a somewhat aggressive expansion plan for the concept.

And, now the first of these new Wal-Mart gas station's in our area is now open for business on a out lot of the Wal-Mart store at 3050 W. Mullan Ave. in Post Falls. Some may actually remember a gas station once existed not far from this new one under one the above mentioned lease agreements. That gas station however has now been closed for several years and a Burger King restaurant has since replaced it.

For the time being this new Post Falls Wal-Mart gas station will be the only one in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area , although we expect more to come, none have actually been confirmed. The new fuel center's promise affordable gas and a small store packed with many essential items. The convenience store at the Post Falls location is about 1440 square feet and has a selection of snacks, sodas , gift card / cell phone minute cards, beer and F'Real milkshakes.

The new gas station opening means the creation of about 8 new jobs and it will be open daily from 5am - 11pm.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

One Tree Hard Cider planning new tasting room in Downtown Spokane

At one time One Tree Hard Cider was planning to open a cider house tasting room in Kendall Yards. One Tree has since backed out of that plan and announced last week their intension to open their first tasting room outside of their production facility in an up and coming section of Downtown Spokane.

One Tree Hard Cider has leased an approx. 1600 square feet of storefront space at 111 S. Madison in the New Madison Hotel building. The space will be fully remodeled and should open sometime in June, joining several breweries, wineries and cider producers who already have set up shop in the city center. After the new location opens they will shut down their tasting room space at their production facility in Spokane Valley to make room for new production space.

Until then that tasting room will be open, it can be found at 9514 E. Montgomery Ave. Suite 25. One Tree Hard Cider is a fast growing hard cider producer with several flavors like huckleberry , lemon basil and more sold primarily in bottles from a number of grocery stores and specialty stores in Washington, Idaho, Montana and Illinois . The new Downtown cider house will also be able to do growler fills.

For more information on One Tree Hard Cider, visit-

One Tree has also set up a Facebook page for the new Downtown Cider House, to keep up on the progress of their opening, check-

Some chain restaurants close local locations + other news

While there is more restaurant's opening in Spokane then closing right now, there are still sadly a few closing down. Here is what's happening-

Quizno's closes in Airway Heights

At one time Quizno's Subs had several locations all over the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. But, all that remains is the location inside Spokane International Airport after the Airway Heights location has now gone out of business. That location was at 10408 W. US Hwy 2, near Wal-Mart , no mention of why this location closed.

Costa Vida " moves " it's Lincoln Heights location

Costa Vida has closed down their location at the Lincoln Heights shopping center at 2915 E. 29th. Costa Vida however claims they actually just moved this location to their new location in Spokane Valley. The new Valley Costa Vida will be at 10 N. Sullivan, in the same plaza as Petco by Sprague & Sullivan.

Costa Vida also recently opened a new location in North Spokane at 9412 N. Newport Hwy.

Reports say Papa John's has closed on the South Hill

We're hearing the Papa John's location at 2926 S. Regal has been abruptly shut down. No word on the reason or if they plan to re-open at some point.

All other Spokane area Papa John's Pizza locations are still open for business, including their newly opened location at 180 W. Hayden Ave. in Hayden.


Don't worry about the Spokane area loosing restaurants as in addition to the new restaurants mentioned in our post last week we're learning of a few more. Looks like Thai Bamboo will be building an all new location on the South Hill to replace an older smaller location, Pizza Pipeline is moving one of their locations in North Spokane and Dutch Bros. says they are opening another new location with our info pointing towards another Spokane Valley location.

Also, keep an eye on this site as I have some more info on Cascadia Public House and hope to have info on a new coffee shop now open in the Northtown Office Building soon.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

New Starbucks now open at Ruby & Sharp

Spokane's newest Starbucks location is now open for business ( yes, another one... ) . The new location has a prime location just a short distance off of the Gonzaga University campus. It can be found at 1310 N. Ruby at the corner of Ruby & Sharp and was formerly a Taco Time restaurant.

The building has been completely remodeled since the building's days as a fast food restaurant. The building now touts a more modern gray and silver exterior with both indoor dining and a drive thru. The location is roughly 2200 square feet with upgrades done to most every part of structure. The project was valued at $400,000 with Starbucks leasing the building from Wadsworth Development Group who also owns the still open Spokane area Taco Time restaurants. They also currently have their Taco Time location on Third Ave. Downtown up for sale.

The location of this new Starbucks is prime for Gonzaga students and commuters on Ruby / Division. Because of the location, this Starbucks has longer hours then most others in Spokane with it being open Mon-Fri 4:30a - 10p and Sat & Sun 5a-9p . Everything on the typical Starbucks menu is available here, including their newest drink the Unicorn Frappuccino which launches tomorrow. Mobile ordering is available via the Starbucks app as are some retail coffee sales.

More information on Starbucks can be found on-

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Cheney Federal Credit Union to open second location near I-90

One of the Inland Northwest's smaller more hometown driven financial institutions is on track to expand their presence with a the recent announcement of a new branch location on the West Plains. Cheney Federal Credit Union has purchase land and will begin construction on a branch location at 10611 W. Westbow Rd, across the road from the Petro Truck Stop and just a quick jaunt southeast of I-90 at the Medical Lake exit.

The new location will position CFCU in a area that has seen significant growth in recent years and more convenient to members and prospective members living to the north of main location on W. 1st Ave in Downtown Cheney.

The new Westbow Rd. CFCU branch location will be built out by Baker Construction & Development of Spokane with a projected opening date being set for sometime this fall. The new branch will be 2735 square feet and employ about 12. It will also boast 3 drive up teller lanes and two 24 hour ATM's .

Cheney Federal Credit Union today has over 5000 members and $94 millon dollars in total assets. Membership in the credit union is available to all who live , work, worship or attend school in the Cheney or Medical Lake School Districts. For more information on CFCU, visit their website at-

Garland Animal Clinic opens in new larger former Garland Liquor Store building

After about six months of construction the Garland Animal Clinic has relocated to former site of the Liquor Store in the Garland District and is now officially open for business. The veterinary clinic had been located at 623 W. Garland, and while the location isn't far away from their old clinic it is significantly larger.

At 6500 square feet their new home is almost 3 times the size of their former clinic. In addition to the extra floor space they also now have 2 more exam rooms for more prompt service. It also fills the void of the formerly vacant liquor store space just to the west of the landmark Garland Theater.

Garland Animal Clinic has 5 experienced veterinarians who provide quality care to most any pet. They are also a full service veterinary clinic with comprehensive medical , surgical and dental care all under one roof and open six days a week.

For more information on the Garland Animal Clinic , visit their website at-

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