Friday, September 15, 2017

Mac Daddy's Pub and Grill coming to North Spokane

If you've been to the Fair, Hoopfest,  Pig out in the Park or any number of local events you've likely noticed Mac Daddy's before . A food booth serving up incredible mac & cheese in some delicious forms like a mac & cheese burger to a grilled bacon mac sandwich and more. This locally owned and operated business has been keeping Spokane full and satisfied for a while now.

But, soon it won't be an every once and while event to eat Mac Daddy's. This is because Mac Daddy's is prepping to open a new brick and mortar restaurant called Mac Daddy's Pub and Grill!

I'm told the restaurant will not only have the same menu items as their event booths but even more with an expanded menu. They also have applied for a full liquor license to make them a sports bar type establishment . There isn't a set opening date just yet but they do hope to open next month. The new place will be located within the Fairwood Shopping Center at 415 W. Hastings Rd in North Spokane.

Keep watching for more, and check them out of Facebook at-

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pendleton to open retail store in Downtown Spokane

We can now confirm that Pendleton Woolen Mills will have a retail store soon here in Spokane.

Pendleton will lease a 3150 square foot storefront on the second floor or River Park Square in Downtown Spokane.  Some remodeling will need to be done but the store should be ready to open as soon as November.

Pendleton is a popular high quality brand of blankets and wool clothing made for both men and women. The brand is sold through many different outlets including online. They also have a few other retail stores including a flagship store in Portland and 5 locations in Western Washington.

More to come, and for more information on Pendleton Woolen Mills, visit-

Dollar Cents dollar store opening at the Division St. Hill

A new dollar store is setting up shop in the long vacant space in the center of the Division St. Square building at 3609 N. Division ( Suites C & D ). The new store which will go by the name Dollar Cents should be open sometime before the end of the month and will occupy 9300 square feet of space.

Dollar Cents will sell a wide variety of merchandise in small departments like most dollar stores and will actually order from largely the same suppliers as the Dollar Tree chain. The store will employ around 10 and will be the one and only Dollar Cents store. But that's just for the time being as they hope to change that. The owners hope to make the store a chain with goals to open new stores every 6 months. But, no sure thing about where or when any other stores may end up opening. 

The N. Division Dollar Cents will be open daily from 8am-10pm and for more information find them on Facebook or soon visit-

New North Spokane Sonic is now open

Spokane's second location of the Sonic fast food chain has opened for business. The location which can be found in North Spokane at 10421 N. Newport Hwy officially opened last week and has been going steady ever since.

This new Sonic is on a pad site out front of the Ashley Furniture Home Store and has 2308 square feet with 18 parking stalls, a handful of non-ordering parking spaces and a drive though. In addition to the outdoor ordering areas this new location even has a small indoor counter with limited indoor tables & chairs. It will also be open long hours, being open for business daily from 6am-midnight.

The Newport Hwy Sonic is a franchised location of the chain but operated by a different franchisee then the Sonic's currently in the Inland Northwest. This new Sonic is actually operated by the same owner as the locations in the Boise area. Other local Sonic's can be found at 1313 N. Ruby near Gonzaga and on Hwy. 41 in Post Falls.

Sonic is an Oklahoma based chain of fast food restaurants in the drive in format. As a company they have experienced significant growth over the last few years with almost 3600 locations now operational nationwide. Like most drive in restaurants they are known for their burgers and ice cream but have many other offerings including breakfast. Oh, and don't forget about all the different drink options...

For more information on Sonic, visit-

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New RV Park planned in Liberty Lake

Local developer Lanze Douglass is purposing constructing a new RV park along Appleway in Liberty Lake. Douglass is also the developer behind North Spokane RV Campground that opened last year on Newport Hwy.

The new RV Park will be built at 22751 E. Appleway in-between the Altek manufacturing facility and the Liberty Lake Business Park building. The park as purposed will feature-

- 120 RV camp sites, with both pull through and back in parking spots.

- Clubhouse will offices and recreational amenities .

- Dump station

- Pools

- Playground

- Dog park

- Sports area

The new RV Park is still in the development phase with no physical construction happening as of today. Because of this there is also no opening date for the park just yet. This is just one of many local projects we're currently watching so stay tuned.

Monday, September 11, 2017

NICHE co-working community coming to Downtown Spokane

Crews are hard at work up on the 3rd floor of the Saranac Building at 25 W. Main, Downtown. This is because that space is transitioning into an exciting new Co-working space called NICHE.

The new co-working center will be available for tenants very soon. It will boast 21 separate and unique offices spaces including furnished spaces, lockable offices and simple nooks. All this while having Downtown Spokane right outside your front door.

The community as a whole can even take advantage of a full kitchen, fresh local coffee, shower, conference rooms, wifi and more. Offices at NICHE will be available for rent by either the day, week or by the month.

If your interested in doing business at NICHE co-working , contact Pat with the Community Building at or 509-232-1950.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Buzz becomes a pizza place called The Buzz Pizzeria, Bar & Lounge

The Spokane foodie community is buzzing over what's new at The Buzz. For those that don't know The Buzz is the place that had been called The Buzz Coffeehouse, Bar & Lounge near Fred Meyer at 501 S. Thor in Spokane.

While they no longer have the coffee they do have a great selection of beers and wine. And now they also have an exciting food menu as well . The food menu offers many pizzas which is also the reason why they've switched their name over too The Buzz Pizzeria, Bar & Lounge.

Now guests of The Buzz Pizzeria, Bar & Lounge will find about a dozen specialty pizzas like Pesto Chicken, Thai Peanut, Veggie and more. Also, there is a list of toppings for those seeking to " build your own " pizza.  Also on the menu is a few delicious sounding sub sandwiches, salads, wings , flatbreads and more. There is even several flavors of cheesecake available on the dessert menu.

Pizza's from The Buzz can be taken to go but the restaurant also has indoor seating and a bar on site. In the transition over to a more pizzeria type of restaurant they are also adding some arcade games and a juke box inside.

For more information, find them on Facebook or-

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Wake Up Call Coffee to open a location at former Albertson's gas station on NW Blvd.

The final piece of the puzzle in the re-development of the former NW Blvd. Albertson's ( NW Blvd. / Maple ) is falling into place. Goodwill and Planet Fitness have already opened in the former grocery store building and the northeast side of the parking lot will so be home to another Carl's Jr fast food restaurant.

But that leaves the former Albertson's gas station space on the northwest side by Ash St. . The gas station's old convenience store building will actually stay standing and be remodeled. This for another new location of the local Wake Up Call Coffee chain.

Once only in Spokane Valley, Wake Up Call also recently opened 2 locations within the city limits of Spokane. This will be their eighth location overall serving a delicious menu of coffee, espresso and tea drinks and fresh baked goods, oats and treats.

There will be just one thing that sets this locations building plan apart from other Wake Up Call Coffee locations. That is the look of the building as all Wake Up Call stores have a large red London Phone Booth towards the front of the building. This is not included in the construction building plans, but it shows a new more streamlined design with a more prominent company logo. But like the other locations the new coffee shop will have both a drive through and a small indoor dining area. The shop will be 1248 square feet and there is no opening date listed as of my writing this.

For more information about the Wake Up Call, including a look at their menu, visit-

Carter's / OshKosh B'gosh co-branded store coming to Spokane Valley Mall

Another new business rumor has been confirmed. This one surrounds the rumor that Carter's is planning a second area store in Spokane Valley Mall.

We've uncovered building plans that show Carter's coming in a unique fashion. The plans actually show a remodel of a space in the mall into a Carter's / Oshkosh B'gosh co-branded store. Both are similar retailers / clothing brands but Carter's already operates one store in Spokane and Oshkosh B'gosh does not. The other Carter's is a decent sized place in the Northtowne Square shopping center in North Spokane.

The store would be a complete remodel of a few spaces on the ground floor of the mall ( suites 1130-1134 ). This in southeast corner of the center court area of mall, nearby JC Penney and lots of other stores. With the merged suites the store will have a little over 5000 square feet with no mention of how much space would be dedicated to each brand.

Carter's and OshKosh B'gosh are both baby, toddler and childrens clothing companies that we're once competitors until Carter's acquired OshKosh in 2005. Today Carter's has over 650 locations and OshKosh has over 300 including product sales through several other channels.

For more information about OshKosh B'gosh visit-

For more information about Carter's visit-

Saturday, September 2, 2017

An update on Popeye's Lousiana Kitchen's planned Spokane & Post Falls locations

By far the most popular topic people are looking for on this site, and what people email me most about is Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen. For those who don't already know there are 2 Popeye's Louisana Kitchen locations coming to our area and they will be the first locations of the chain to come to the Inland Northwest.

One is planned in Spokane on the northeast side of the N. Division / E. Lyons intersection, just south of Bruchi's and in front of Sportsman's Warehouse. Here is all I know about that location-

It is still coming just both are actually opening later then expected when they we're originally announced. This is not all that odd in the world of commercial real estate / permitting. There is a building permit to construct the structure although it was pulled some time ago and second permit for signage was pulled in July. I can safely speculate construction will start at that site right after the Post Falls Popeye's opens for business.

So, what about the Post Falls Popeye's location. Well it's a lot further along, I stopped and took these pictures of it this afternoon-

The Post Falls Popeye's is mostly done on the exterior and there is still signs that crews are working on the inside of the new restaurant. As far as when it will open I can't confirm it's opening date other then I'm hearing Mid-September. There is a rumor it will be on the 16th but this too I cannot confirm.

This restaurant is located just north of the I-90 / Hwy 41 exit in Post Falls and South of Mullan Ave, with an address on Neufeld Ln.

Both locations will be similar with an indoor dining area and drive though. They are both to be franchised locations of the Concord,Ca. based Norcal Cajun Foods,LLC who operates a number of Popeye's locations around the West. These are the only 2 planned in our area at this time.

Keep watching this site as I'll try to keep everyone as up to date as I can. And feel free to ask questions at anytime about Popeye's or any new restaurants / businesses via our e-mail address

One Tree Hard Cider to open their new Downtown cider house this Friday!

Originally established in 2014, One Tree Hard Cider has grown by leaps and bounds. Their ciders are sold at many bars , bottle shops and grocery stores all around the region including a small tasting room in Spokane Valley. But, starting this Friday Sept. 8th, that tasting room will transition over to an exciting new storefront in Downtown Spokane. The Valley location will be used for more production space after the move.

The new Downtown Spokane One Tree Cider House will be located in about 1600 square feet of space at 111 S. Madison St. and will be the first cider house in Spokane's Entertainment District.  The new Cider House will boast the largest selection of craft ciders in town, as well as a selection of craft beers and wines pouring out of 20 rotating taps.

The space is described as having a comfy-hip feel with couches , tables and booths. A limited food menu will also be offered that includes unique house made pizzas, appetizers and more. Gluten free options will also be made available.

For those eager to check it out, One Tree Cider House will host and official grand opening on Friday Sept. 8th beginning at 2pm - close.

And, for more information on One Tree Hard Cider and the new Downtown Cider House, visit-

Friday, September 1, 2017

Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile to open store in Kendall Yards

Most of the chain retailers seem to be closing stores left and right, but Spokane's local retail businesses aren't about to back down. One of those local businesses Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile is expanding and recently announced that they are now setting up a second location in the heart of the popular Kendall Yards neighborhood.

Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile is a pet supply retailer that carries premium holistic pet foods and treats. They also carry more general supplies like toys, pet beds, grooming supplies, gifts and more. Their staff even includes Certified Professional Dog Trainers to direct customers on the right path for training and care of their pets.

The store will occupy the 700 +/- square foot space at 1206 W. Summit Pkwy where Monkey Boy Bicycles operated for sometime. Prairie Dog is hoping to open there sometime around the end of September. They also do plan to keep their original location open for business, that store can be found on the South Hill at 5608 S. Regal Suite 100.

For more information on Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile, check their website at-

Monday, August 28, 2017

Eyemart Express to open first Spokane location

Eyemart Express, a Texas based chain of vision clinics is heading our way and will open in the coming months at 7808 N. Division. This is the former Apollo Spas store building that has since been remodeled into a small shopping center. The same shopping center that also recently became the home of the Spokane area's first Firehouse Subs as well.

The company has been around since the early 90's when they we're founded in Appleton,Wi.  At some time in their history they relocated their HQ to Farmers Branch,TX where today the home office oversees 162 stores in 34 states and an ecommerce website. And, while this will Eyemart Express' first Spokane location, it's not the first in this part of the country as the company already has a store in the Tri-Cities.

Eyemart Express sells contacts and many different glasses options in addition to their locations offering eye exams via an indpendant Doctor of Optometry that practices on site. The chain also offers several deals like a second pair of glasses free with insurance and lower then average pricing.

Building permits have been pulled to build out the new Eyemart Express store but no official opening date has been announced just yet. For more information on Eyemart Express visit their website at-

Redevelopment Opportunity- Al's Motel hits the market

First of all, as of my writing this there are no actual re-development plans actually in the works for the Al's Motel building. This is simply a post to promote " what could be " to some of the readers of this site that may have a few more dollars in bank then I.

With that said Al's Motel at 1417 N. Division is not be the top of the line. And although I'm sure it's mostly perfectly fine guests coming and going from the business, we all have likely hear it mentioned on the news at least once. So, it's not really too big of surpirise when I found it going up for sale on the CRE website this week. But, this in itself is actually big news!

That's because if you haven't noticed, many changes have been happening in the neighborhood around it. People are taking note of this stretch of Division and Ruby's closeness to both Gonzaga and Downtown. Many more people have moved in with the opening of 940 North apartments and a couple of other projects and business owners are investing in their sites as well. Including a new modern apartment building that will likely rise soon behind the Starbucks at Mission & Ruby ( more on that yet to come... )

So, the saying location, location , location is really ringing true for Al's Motel right now which is now available for sale from SVN Cornerstone for just $500,000. The motel offer 18 rooms, with 4 of those rooms being full apartments and an office area. For a reasonable price a developer could easily convert it into a boutique hotel or apartment complex or who knows?

With projects like the re-development of the Wonder Bread factory building underway there is likely not a better time to start a project like this. I don't claim to be an expert at real estate by any means but a change to the building would likely be welcomed in the neighborhood and the community.

What other Spokane area buildings / lots would you like to see be rehabbed into something new?
Tell us in the comments section of this post of our Facebook page

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Breaking- Chef Chad White to open new oyster bar in Downtown Spokane

Monday night a fellow Spokane blogger Spokaneeats ( ) broke some exciting news. Here is what we already know from Spokaneeats -

Chef Chad White who owns Zona Blanca ceviche bar on Madison Downtown will open a new oyster bar on W. Main also in Downtown Spokane. The new oyster bar will be called Tide and Tonic and will occupy the space next door to Durkin's Liquor Bar in the 400 block of W. Main across from Auntie's Bookstore.

Spokaneeats says Tide and Tonic will be a " West Coast whimsical Oyster Bar " .

Keep watching for more on Tide and Tonic as I hope to get more info soon....

Brothers Office Pizza / Specialty Training to join new shopping center in Spokane Valley

Construction of the building shell is complete for a new neighborhood style shopping center at 12930 E. Mansfield Ave. in Spokane Valley. And, now that the building is up construction can now get underway for the tenants that will occupy the new 7000 square foot structure. The center is along Mansfield , by the Granite Point Apartment complex and walking distance from Centerplace Event Center and the YMCA.

Here is a look at the building as it appears today-

The businesses opening in the building will be-

Brothers Office Pizzeria
This will be the third location of Brothers Office Pizzeria which also operates locations in Liberty Lake and further south in the Valley.

Brothers Office Pizzeria says they are a family ran business with handcrafted pizzas, sandwiches and more. Their locationS also have beer, wine and spirits.

Specialty Training, Inc.

Specialty Training, Inc. a fitness center / personal training business will relocate their Valley location to two of the bays within the new shopping center. They also plan to keep their original location in the Downtown's Paulsen Center building open for business.

Specialty Training,Inc. is planning to be open there by Oct. 1st . With full facilities and classes.

The for lease sign also remains out front of the building implying that the two businesses won't occupy the whole building. Leaving some space likely still available for another business to open there. SDS Realty,Inc. is the listing agent of the center and with over 1000 residential units now within a half a mile of the building this space is perfect for many different types of neighborhood businesses.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Tuesday Morning opening soon in Spokane Valley

It's Tuesday morning, so there really is no better time to break the news that the Tuesday Morning chain will open a new store in Spokane Valley soon. This will be their second store in the Spokane area and the third in the Inland Northwest.

Building permits have yet to be pulled, but a sign has appeared in the last few days out front of the site. The store will be in a newly built 12,500 square foot building nearby Spokane Valley Mall. The store will join the in-line spaces of the Evergreen Crossing shopping center at E. Indiana and Evergreen Rd., which is also home to Hobby Lobby, Total Wine & More and a handful of other businesses.

Tuesday Morning is a Dallas,TX based chain that primarily focuses on closeout home goods, gifts and home décor items with many popular brand names. The company has been adding locations and in all has a few hundred locations nation-wide.

No opening date has been announced as my writing this. Tuesday Morning's other area stores can be found at 9316 N. Division in the Heritage Village shopping center and at 227 W. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene both of which are to remain open for business after the new store opens.

More information about Tuesday Morning can be found at their website-

Thursday, August 17, 2017

New gaming bar called Geeksnglory coming to Spokane Valley

Calling all my gamers, it is finally happening, a new gaming bar is setting up shop and should be open for business sometime within the next few months in Spokane Valley.

It is to be called Geeksnglory and will be a locally owned and operated bar with gaming theme. The owners are working on getting everything together and just recently applied for a state liquor license. The bar will be located in a leased space at 6710 E. Sprague Ave, just to the east of the intersection of Sprague and Thierman Rd .

Geeksnglory will boast both and indoor bar and a seasonal outside patio area. They also tell me they will have both retro and current consoles , virtual reality and a huge library of games. Beer, wine , liquor and some snacks will be served.

Once open Geeksnglory plans to also host game tournaments, cosplay contests, streamed game tournaments, video game giveaways and much more. Although not official yet, they hope to open around the first part of October.

We'll keep a close eye on it. They will have a website set up soon at -

And, they can be found on Facebook at-

Planning underway for another hotel at Spokane International Airport

Most are aware that two franchised hotels sit just a short walk east of the main baggage claim at Spokane International Airport ( Ramada and Wingate Inn ). While most every airport with commercial flight service has a hotel close by, Spokane is one of only a few with hotels being close enough for guest to walk to and from via a safe sidewalk from the terminal right up to the lobby.

And, if the planning continues to work out a third hotel, will soon join that same area. This time the new hotel will likely be closer yet then the others. This is due to a land lease setup being ironed out between the Airport and an Illinois based hotel developer. Decatur,Ill based Tharaldson Hospitality Management is purposing building their new hotel on land that is currently used as an surface parking lot for the Airport. This would be located in the gap in-between outbound Airport Dr. and the exit booths for the parking areas.

The hotel is purposed to be a franchised location of the Staybridge Suites chain, which is modern suite like hotel branding. The Spokane Airport Staybridge Suites would be a 4 story building with about 110 hotel rooms and most amenities common of mid range chain hotels.

Because planning is still on going as of my writing this, there is no set opening date just yet. It should be noted however that Tharaldson Hospitality Management is also planning to be construction another Staybridge Suites in Coeur d' Alene near the entrance to Riverstone development. That hotel is supposed to open sometime early next year, so we can guess that they are hoping to also open at Spokane International Airport sometime in 2018.

This is just one phase of some big plans coming in the near future to Spokane International Airport. The Airport plans to build a gas station / c-store not far to the east of this new hotel site in the coming months, big changes are coming soon to the shops/restaurants in the rotunda area and we're hearing about some new plans for the C concourse gates.

For more information about Spokane International Airport, visit-

And, for more information on Tharaldson Hospitality Management, visit-

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Facebook edition- local new business openings & closings - Aug. 16th 2017

Ok, it's time again to look at what new businesses are opening , expanding or sadly closing in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area. This is the Facebook edition because almost everyday I share new business updates on this blog's Facebook page that never get mentioned on this main site. So, this is to keep you up on what you've been missing by not liking us on Facebook.

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Here is the details-

Eyes for Life a vision clinic on the South Hill is moving to a new much larger home at 412 E. 30th, still on the South Hill.

Slice & Grind coffee and sandwich shop at 2103 E. Diamond is going out of business. The will close September 1st.

Geeks N' Glory is a new gaming themed bar coming soon near the corner Sprague & Theirman in Spokane Valley. I hope to have more on this soon.

After sometime of work on both the STA Plaza remodel and some damage to their suite the Subway location inside the STA bus plaza Downtown is now back open for business.

Philly Express in Coeur d' Alene has finally opened their second location. Also, in Coeur d' Alene they can now be found in the former Subway store on Northwest Blvd by US 95.

Wright Way Beauty Supply a beauty supply retail store specializing in African American hair products is coming soon at 2103 N. Division

Extreme Nutrition is now open for business at 11305 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley.

Shameless Salon & Spa has also recently opened for business at 14 E. Mission Ave suite 5 in Spokane.

Bene's a locally owned and operated breakfast place is setting up and will open for business soon at 24 W. 1st Ave in Cheney.

Dutch Bros. Coffee has opened another new location. This time at 9208 E. 1st Ave in Spokane Valley .

The Gyro Shack is now open for business in Coeur d' Alene's Ironwood Square Shopping Center at 212 E. Ironwood .

Vintage Rabbit Antique Mall a bit of Spokane staple in the antiques world, with 23 years of operation has announced they will close their doors at the end of September. They had been at 2801 N. Monroe St. several of their vendors are also having sales due to the pending closure.

Moments in Cake has opened their new drive up cupcake and sweets place at 6110 E. Seltice Way in-between Post Falls and Coeur d' Alene.

Go Records & Music Equipment opened for business recently at 635 W. Garland Ave. in the Garland District.

The Regal Barber is a new barber shop that recently opened at 2926 S. Regal Suite F on the South Hill.

Replay Music is closing their doors and they have a liquidation sale going on now. They can be found at 1927 W. Northwest Blvd. in Spokane.

Coeur d' Alene Coffee Company is a new coffee shop that is now open at 418 E. Lakeside in the newly revamped Innovation Collective building.

Spokane Dance Boutique is a new dance apparel and supply store now open at 323 W. Hastings Rd.

Studio Beauty School is relocating to a new location. After some work they will open at 10001 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Also, not mentioned on our Facebook page just yet because we're gathering more information-

A new Jamba Juice is coming soon by Auntie Anne's on the second floor of Spokane Valley Mall

Freedom Burrito from Post Falls is expanding into Spokane. They will open soon where a Mexican restaurant once was at 3115 E. Mission near SCC.

A new local dollar store called Dollar Cents is coming soon to the same shopping center as Adam & Eve at 3609 N. Division.

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Where to find Spirit Halloween this year in Spokane / Coeur d' Alene

The hot and smoky summer of 2017 will come to a close soon. And, all that is Fall will be here soon... including Halloween!

And each Halloween season Spokane and Coeur d' Alene receive several locations of the Spirit Halloween chain . Spirit Halloween is actually a year round company online but in most US cities they open retail stores in vacant mid / big box stores.

So, where will there stores open this year, here are the details-

Spirit Halloween South Hill
In the former Hastings store at 2512 E. 29th

Spirit Halloween Wandermere
In the former Albertson's grocery store at 12312 N. Division

Spirit Halloween Spokane Valley
In the Fred Meyer Shopping Center at 212 N Sullivan Rd suite A

Spirit Halloween Coeur d' Alene
In the former Apollo Spas at 350 W. Bosanko Ave. ( by US 95 )

This is all that is listed as of now, if any more stores are added I will add them here. Although this is likely the entire list. The opening dates for each store are also not listed but will probably be in the next couple of weeks or so. The stores usually stay open for a little over 2 months, closing a day or two after Halloween.

Spirit Halloween is also now hiring to fill an array of temporary retail jobs that include positions from sales associate up to store managers. Information on jobs with Spirit Halloween and to make purchases online, visit their website at-

* Spirit Halloween is also joined in Spokane each year but the un-affiliated Halloween Express. They have yet to say where they will open their store ( just one location ). The space they occupied last year is becoming a fitness center so they will likely be somewhere new. Keep watching here and out Facebook page for more from them...

Friday, August 11, 2017

Spokane Overstock to take on Idaho, to open Overstocked Mattress & Furniture in Hayden

Spokane Overstock is a local small business success stories. The deeply discounted furniture and mattress retailer has gone from one small warehouse like shop in the Valley, to 2 full stores in Spokane in just a few short years. In fact I still remember mentioning both of the them on this site. Those stores can be found at 9818 E. Montgomery in Spokane Valley and 2915 N. Division at the base of the Division St. Hill.

And now, while technically under a slightly different name, they are taking their recipe for marketing furniture to North Idaho. This with the about to open Overstocked Mattress & Furniture coming soon to the Prairie Shopping Center, by the US 95 / Prairie Ave intersection in Hayden.

Overstocked Mattress & Furniture will occupy much of the space that was last used by a Hancock Fabrics store. From what I've heard another portion of the space will also become a Idaho State Liquor Store but more on that later.

The new store will open for business as a soft opening today ( Fri. Aug. 11th ) . They will also have a grand opening celebration on Aug. 18th . The store carries a bit of everything from couches , sectionals, full beds , recliners and of course mattresses. And largely because of their overstock business concept their merchandise is discounted and usually marked significantly less then the other furniture stores. And, on top of all of that Overstocked Mattress & Furniture is a locally owned and operated business.

Overstocked Mattress & Furniture will be open Mon-Sat. 10-7 and Sunday 12-5 . For more information about they're store find them on Facebook or visit their website at-

Large self storage operation to be built across from Valley Wal-Mart on Broadway

I'll admit there isn't too much exciting about self storage places. Sure they are a necessity for many and probably make a good profit for the business owner, but when it comes to getting posted on this site I tend to shy away as they're not big attention getters.

But this one I figured I should mention ahead of time as it will be quite large and built in an area with several big box retailers. This way we can hopefully curtail the rumors of other big businesses opening on the site....

Local developer Lanze Douglass is currently in the SEPA application phase to develop another location of his company's Secure It Self Storage at 15702-15722 E. Broadway Ave in Spokane Valley. This would be the site behind Numerica Credit Union and facing the shopping center with Wal-Mart / Dress Barn / Toys R Us, etc... .

This is the second new Secure-It Self Storage location currently under development as another in also in the works in North Spokane near the corner of Nevada & Magnesium . The new Spokane Valley location will be large and offer both indoor and outdoor storage spaces. In all the site will offer 600 storage units , a rental office and paved areas for RV storage.

The developer hopes to begin construction at the site as early as this fall or whenever he is able to pull permits for the land. The storage units would then likely open for business early in 2018, currently the comment period for SEPA application is open till the end of the business day on Aug 22nd.

Secure It Self Storage is actually a small local chain of self storage facilities. They already have 5 locations in the Spokane area and one in Tacoma. For more information on Secure It Self Storage visit their web site at-

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Menchies Frozen Yogurt is coming to Spokane

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt is coming to our area! The chain which has been growing quickly since it's inception in 2007 is working on opening their first location in Spokane. They will occupy a space at the North Pointe Shopping Center, in what appears to be the spaces in-between Total Wine & More and Safeway.

This new location will be a franchise of the Encino,CA based chain of frozen yogurt stores. While it will be Spokane's first , it's far from the first. Menchie's operates over 540 locations with locations around the United States and far off lands like England, Kuwait, UAE and more. All of this expansion has come since the company's first store opened in California just a little more then 10 years ago. The company has even been highlighted on a past episode of the TV show Undercover Boss.

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt isn't too much different that all of the other frozen yogurt stores that now dot the landscape with a self service concept and plenty of toppings. However they do have a large selection of flavors that even includes low fat, low carb , sorbet and no sugar added options, check with the store however to see what flavors are currently available. They also sell custom frozen yogurt cakes great for birthdays and most any special occasion.

The Spokane Menchie's will be located at 9986 N. Newport Hwy. . Watch our Facebook page for more news on when this location will open as we don't have the opening date just yet.

For more information Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, visit-


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Two new Burger King locations to take over a couple of less traditional restaurant sites

Regardless of how you fell about it fast food chains like Burger King can be found everywhere. And it looks like Burger King is trying to increase their chain's presence in the Spokane market as 2 new building permit filings showing new locations coming soon.

Burger King also recently opened a new location on N. Division just south of Northtown Mall a couple of years ago now. And, they also purposed a location on the site of the former Shari's restaurant on N. Monroe but have since abandoned the plans for that store due to a confliction with their planned drive through and the City of Spokane rules and regulations in the part of the city.

What's interesting about these 2 new planned Burger King's is they both will not be in traditional stand alone locations and both are already occupied by other restaurants.

The 2 new planned Spokane Burger King's are at-

- The front entrance of the Spokane Valley Wal Mart at 15727 E. Broadway. Here the new Burger King will replace the existing McDonald's.

- Inside the rotunda food court of Spokane International Airport ( after security ) . The permit just says it's for demo and build out of the new Burger King so it's unclear which of the 5 restaurants the new Airport Burger King will replace. It may replace more then one? possibly...
( My guess is the Quizno's as that store is actually the last Quizno's open in Spokane )

Burger King is well Burger King, a fast food burger chain based in Miami,FL . The chain operates stores ( mostly as franchises ) all over the world, today there is more then 15,000 Burger King restaurants. They have come along way since launching as " Insta-Burger King " in 1950's Jacksonville,FL.

For more information on Burger King, visit their website at-

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

New Spokane Valley Sportsman's Warehouse to host grand opening tomorrow!

Announced back in March, the area's newest Sportsman's Warehouse store is now open for business with a grand opening celebration planned for tomorrow morning ( Aug. 3rd, 2017 ) . The new store occupies what once was a Sports Authority store at 15118 E. Indiana Ave, just a short trip to the east of Spokane Valley Mall.

The new store occupies the entire 32,000 square foot space next door to a Home Goods and a Joann Fabrics. It sells all of the sporting goods and outdoors merchandise items one expects from the Utah based Sportsman's Warehouse chain. They offer departments for hunting ( including firearm sales ) , fishing/marine, camping, clothing, shoes/waders and more.

This is the chain's second location in Spokane but they are not new to the area, the chain once had 3 stores in the Inland Northwest. All of those closed however to reorganize the company a few years back. Their first store to return the companies presence to the Inland Northwest is the store at 6720 N. Division which will also remain open.

With the opening of this store Sportsman's Warehouse will operate 84 retail locations in 22 states, it will be the 11th store in Washington State. The grand opening will begin at 8:30am Thursday morning with the first 200 shoppers to though the door to receive a $20 gift card and a free Sportsman's Warehouse hat. A large celebration will also kick off the morning with members of the community like Rod Higgins, Mayor of Spokane Valley and many more on hand to speak and welcome the company back to Spokane Valley. If you can't make it for the morning celebrations sales will continue sales, give away's and factory representatives on site for some time after.

This looks to be the only new Sportsman's Warehouse store planned to open in our area at this point in time. The chain however will also open 1 other location for sure this year down in Stockton,CA . The company is a publicly traded firm that employs thousands and despite tough times in the past the company seems to be back in expansion mode.

For more information on Sportsman's Warehouse, visit their website at-

Incrediburger IS coming to Downtown Spokane

Not long ago I posted a mention that building permits had been applied for to build out / open a place called Incrediburger in Downtown Spokane. At that time I knew basically nothing of what Incrediburger was or if it even was the official name for this new restaurant.

Now, we are learning some more about what this new restaurant will be. It will in fact be called Incrediburger and is to open by the end of the year. The burger restaurant will be a quick casual concept from local chef Adam Hegsted. It will have a menu of gourmet burgers along with a selection of beer's.

Incrediburger will the first floor of the former Dempsey's Brass Rail bar building, which is about 3900 square feet. The building is at 909 W. 1st Ave in Spokane's Entertainment District, which will like also be perk for the restaurant. The building was purchased by GVD Commercial Properties who moved their offices into the second floor going on two years ago.

Keep watching as we'll likely hear more soon...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Movie & Dinner concept / Apartments coming to expansion at Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Earlier this year the Kalispel Tribe announced their plans to expand Northern Quest Resort & Casino. And, today the Tribe hosted a ground breaking ceremony which will expand the resort and add a number of new family friendly features to the sprawling campus on Hayford Rd. in Airway Heights.

But, while it's exciting to know construction will be getting underway on the expansion, it's even more exciting that officials announced a couple of new places that will be added to the expansion area. Items announced we're-

- A new apartment complex, to be built behind the new RV Resort.


- A Movie & Dinner cinema complex

The apartment complex will have 216 apartments that are described as market rate units. It will be built as a partnership between the Kalispel Tribe and TWG Development,LLC of Indianapolis,IN. . The complex will be pet friendly with an on site dog park , clubhouse, outdoor pool , sand volleyball court and basketball court. Some garages will also be available for tenant use.

The yet to be named apartment complex will be built on a little over 10 acres directly the west of Northern Quest's new RV Park. The RV Park will be directly behind the Tribal owned Chevron at Legacy Landing on Hayford Rd. Construction on the apartments starts likely in the fall with leasing coming sometime in 2018.

Also, perhaps the more exciting news is they are planning a Movie & Dinner movie theater. The new theater will feature first run films in a newly constructed 25,000 square foot building that will offer six " boutique screening room auditoriums " . It will also have a Brut-Gourmet style restaurant and bar all located across the street from the existing Casino entrance by Epic Sports Bar.

The restaurant with the complex will feature a menu of what they describe as simple foods and bold flavors led by Chef Mark Desmet. The restaurant will seat about 130 and all food include movie theater staples like popcorn and soft drinks can be delivered straight to your reclining movie seat.

The complex will use the Movie & Dinner branding which was created and is operated by CeneGenesis who has a long history of exciting movie theater innovations. The new Movie & Theater complex will also open for business in 2018 and will create around 50 to 75 jobs. It will also offer a full bar.

And, for those not familiar with the large expansion coming to Northern Quest Resort & Casino. Here is what else they are planning to build-

- Family friendly arcade called Cyber Quest

- Retail store called Windfall

-Expansion of the Casino's food court, featuring at least 2 more restaurants, they have yet to be named however.

- Kids Quest an hourly children's entertainment center

- A luxury RV resort

In all, this expansion will create hundreds of new jobs. There is no expansions for the main casino floor or hotel although they are calling this " phase 1 " so we expect more announcements in the coming months and years. Keep watching this site for more on the progress...

For more information on Northern Quest Resort & Casino, check their website at-

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Biscuit Wizard is now open in Downtown Spokane

Back in early June we we're one of the first to announce the plans for a new eatery called Biscuit Wizard then coming to Downtown Spokane. Well now we can happily report the highly anticipated biscuit place is now open for business.

Biscuit Wizard is the latest venture of Chef Jeremy Hansen who many already know from his other restaurants like Sante and the Common Crumb Bakery ( which is actually in the same building as Biscuit Wizard ) .

Biscuit Wizard offers several biscuit sandwich options with fresh made buttermilk biscuits. There is also a limited selection egg dishes served between 7a-11a and some salads and snacks including something called Vladimir Poutine ( I for one am intrigued... )

Since Biscuit Wizard just opened this week I have not yet made it down there to check it out ( but you better believe I will... ) . So, I'll turn over the coverage of exactly what to expect to fellow local Spokane blogger SpokaneEats , who while un-related to this site posts about some pretty cool and delicious looking Spokane restaurants. Here is their news on Biscuit Wizard-

And, just for reference Biscuit Wizard can be found in the Saranac Commons market building at 19 W. Main in Downtown Spokane. They are in the same space as where Medditerrano once was.

Community Cancer Fund announces plans for a new Hospitality Center at Kootenai Health

In just it's third year of operation, Community Cancer Fund has announced their plans to building a new hospitality center on the campus of Kootenai Health in Coeur d' Alene. This will be the non-profit's most ambitious project to date and will be built as a collaboration between CCF, Kootenai Health and the Ronald McDonald House Charites of the Inland Northwest.

The new hospitality center will provide low cost accommodations for adults and free accommodations for pediatric patents and their families while using the services of Kootenai Health. The center will have 14 adult rooms and 6 rooms for Ronald McDonald House guests. While there guests will also have access to meals and pet therapy programs.

The new hospitality center is just the latest step of the major expansions that Kootenai Health has seen in the last 5 years. Mike Forness executive director of Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest even points out this as being part of the reason for their involvement in the project. He says " The demand for a Ronald McDonald House at Kootenai Health stems from recent expansion of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit ( NICU ) as well as expanding pediatric services ". Kootenai Health is also the largest medical center in the North Idaho region meaning adult accommodation needs will also likely continue to grow. It will be open to all, not just those with a cancer diagnosis.

Plans call for the new hospitality center to be built on a vacant lot on Northwest corner of the Kootenai Health campus. It will be connected to the main Kootenai Health hospital by walking trails and a shuttle service that will allow guest to be quickly taken to various locations on the Kootenai Health campus.

Currently adult accommodations are provided in a smaller center called Walden House. Once the new hospitality center is opened, the current Walden House will be removed to make way for future medical office developments. The adult section however of the new hospitality center will retain the Walden House name.

Architectural design work for the new hospitality center is expected to be completed sometime this fall with construction to start in the Summer of 2018. The current projected completion date in in early 2019. Fundraising for the hospitality center project will kick off July 28-29 at The Showcase event which benefits the Community Cancer Fund and is held at the Coeur d' Alene Resort Golf Course.

For more information on the Community Cancer Fund, the above mentioned event and all the good works they are doing in the Inland Northwest, visit their website at-

For more information on Kootenai Health visit-

And, for more information on the Ronald McDonald Charites of the Inland Northwest visit-

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Permits filed to build something called Incrediburger in Downtown Spokane

More information is pending but what we do know is that a building permit was applied for today for what will likely be an exciting new burger place coming to Downtown Spokane.

The filing lists something called Incrediburger going into 909 W. 1st Ave , which looks to be the empty former site of Dempsey's Brass Rail, a gay bar that had operated near the Knitting Factory. Under the filing it looks like a total remodel of the space as it mentions pretty much everything being new.

Keep watching this site for more as we get it ( which could be soon, or awhile yet.. ) . From what I know and quick Google search this would likely be a locally owned burger restaurant as Incrediburger is not a current chain restaurant name.

Evergreen Fountains Senior Living Community to undergo major expansion

Evergreen Fountains, the large senior living campus at 1201 N. Evergreen Rd in Spokane Valley has announced they are planning to break ground soon an expansion they are calling phase II .

The Evergreen Fountains expansion will consist of a 61,700 square foot building with 39 new units and 12 cottages. The new building will be state of the art with large modern floor plans for Independent and Assisted Living with an expected grand opening to happen around June of 2018. Construction already underway with a official ground breaking in August.

TW Clark Construction will act as the general contractor with architect Sam Nystrom doing the design work on the project. The project will also mean some new job creation although exact numbers are not listed.

The new expansion will be in separate building for the main structure but will be connected via a skywalk. The new section of the Evergreen Fountains campus will feature 1, 2 and 3 bedroom floor plans with living spaces up to 2000 square feet. And all residents will have access to the existing warm water pool, arthritis certified programs , gourmet dining, Vasi's Bistro and their wine tasting & entertainment room Athena's Cabaret.

Evergreen Fountains Senior Living Community is locally owned and operated by Prokey Arger and Gregory Arger who are both livelong residents of Spokane Valley. They are already beginning pre-leasing the new senior living units. For more information on leasing a unit at Evergreen Fountains contact them at 509-922-3100

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

SPi CRM to open call center in empty Silver Lake Mall anchor space

While it won't be used for retail or restaurants space the former Sports Authority space in Coeur d' Alene's Silver Lake Mall is about to be occupied again. It will be remodeled for use as a new customer service call center for SPi CRM a company based in the Philippines. This will be company's second call center in the United States with the first being near Madison,WI which opened about 4 years ago.

The new Coeur d' Alene SPi CRM call center is to open in September with a small admin / jobs office in another empty space in mall. Currently SPi CRM says they are hiring for 100+ open positions although sources say there will be more then 100 new jobs created as the center ramps up.
The center will occupy the entire 44,000 square foot anchor space which falls in the mall closest to the corner of Government Way and Hanley Ave. . 

SPi CRM takes calls for many different clients including those in retail , telecom & IT, banking , travel and more. The company provides traditional phone call services in addition to chat, e-mail and social media services for their clients.

Hiring has begun to fill the new jobs at SPi CRM Coeur d' Alene, pay starts at $11.50 per hour for customer service positions with QA, management and other positions also open. For information on how to apply visit

And for more information about the company itself visit-

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Skechers Factory Outlet coming to Spokane Valley

It's been almost 2 years since the Skechers shoe brand opened their first outlet store in the Spokane area. That store is still going strong as part of the Heritage North Shopping Center, right by the Y in North Spokane. And, now the shoe giant is bringing their brand a bit east with a planned new outlet location in Spokane Valley.

Sketchers will begin work soon on a new store at 14008 E. Sprague Ave in the Evergreen Marketplace Shopping Center across from Target in the Valley. The new Sketchers Factory Outlet will take up a little over 10,000 square feet of space directly next door to an Office Depot store. As some remodeling work is necessary the store will open sometime in November of this year.

Being a factory outlet store this location, like the other, will carry the full Skechers line. With shoes for men, women, boys and girls for most any occasion as well as accessories  . This is the only currently planned store for the brand in our area at this time.

For more information on Sketchers, visit their website at-

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Major renovations, new name coming to a Coeur d' Alene area hotel

The Shilo Inn & Suites hotel has been acquired and big things are on the horizon for the hotel which stands near I-90 at 702 W. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene.

The hotel , which is older, is now owned by Town Pump,Inc. of Butte,MT . This is Town Pump's second venture into Idaho as the Town Pump name remains a major player in Montana. There the company operates many gas stations, hotels and casinos.

Town Pump has already began some early updates and is being more aggressive in filling open positions at the hotel. And, soon ( likely in Sept. ) the hotel will be fully remodeled with updates to all hotel rooms, lobby, breakfast room and even the lighting and building exterior. Upon completion of the remodel the hotel will become a Comfort Inn & Suites hotel with completion date tentatively scheduled for April 2018.

The hotel boasts 139 hotel rooms , meeting rooms , indoor pool, sauna and hot tub and boasts a restaurant ( JB's Restaurant ) located adjacent to the hotel out front facing Appleway. It also boasts a prime location just a block away from the US 95 exit off of I-90 and a short drive from Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

For more information on Town Pump,Inc. visit their web site at-

Hotel rooms in the hotel can be booked on until the conversion to Comfort Inn & Suites.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Spokane's first Firehouse Subs opens, construction underway on Coeur d' Alene's first

We we're the first to break the news that Jacksonville,FL based Firehouse Subs was planning a new location in Spokane. And, now we're one of the first to report that Firehouse Subs location is officially open for business after swinging open the doors late last week.

That new Firehouse Subs restaurant joins a new small strip mall in the converted North side Apollo Spas location at 7808 N. Division. The restaurant space is open to carry out and dine in with a firefighter themed dining area within the 2000+ square foot space. The new restaurant employs about 20 and is open seven days a week.

And, now with this new location open more are planned to come with possibly a few more in Spokane. But, first the next location recently went under construction near the new Cracker Barrel restaurant and across from Winco Foods at 1486 W. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene. The planned new Coeur d' Alene Firehouse Subs will occupy a space in another small strip mall at the address above. No opening date but this location should be open sometime this fall. 

Firehouse Subs has over 1300 locations , mostly franchised , in 44 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. The company is a positive community partner by giving back via a public service foundation called the Firehouse Subs Foundation giving millions for dollars for fire station equipment, training and support.

Like most chains all Firehouse Subs follow the same menu. Their menu consists hot & cold sub sandwiches, salads, sides and more. Kids options and catering are also available and more information about the menu and local hours of operation can be found on the web site-

Monday, July 17, 2017

Former Cheney High School becoming apartment complex called School House Lofts

The Spokane market is currently sitting with record low apartment vacancy levels. This is why we usually have a handful new apartment complexes under construction at any one time around our area. So, because of the regularity of these projects they only occasionally make it onto, usually for uniqueness. And it doesn't get much more unique then a new student housing driven apartment project in Cheney that is nearing completion.

That project is the new School House Lofts student apartment community which is being built within the former Cheney High School at 520 4th Ave. in Cheney. And, unlike all of the new construction apartment projects this is a complete renovation of an historic school building.

The School House Lofts apartments is currently under construction in the final phases with tenants allowed to move in time for this fall's move in at nearby Eastern Washington University. The building will have 36 apartments of varying sizes and floorplans on all 3 floors of the structure.

To stay true to building's history as a school the gym , while not quite as large is being kept mostly as is for tenant use. Even the lockers in the hallway are staying although they will no longer be functional for storage. The auditorium is also staying as common space used for the student tenants to study.

School House Lofts is being managed by NAI Black, rent is to be from $498 for a bedroom in a shared unit to a little over $800 a month for a studio apartment. Apartments will be largely furnished with wifi, bike storage and more. 

For more information about leasing at School House Lofts, visit their web site at-

Thursday, July 13, 2017

New Industrial Leases = More Jobs in Kootenai County

A few new warehouses and factories look to be on the horizon in North Idaho. One for a company new to our area and another an ecommerce company that has been growing in our area for sometime now.

Here is the details-

Smak Products,Inc adds new manufacturing plant in Hayden

Vancouver,WA based Smak Products,Inc. has started to process of moving into a manufacturing facility at 181 W. Aqua Ave. in Hayden. Smak is a plastics manufacturer that produces a number of products using a low pressure plastic molding process called rotational molding. A perk for the company to choose the building in Hayden was that a similar company had occupied the building last leaving them with equipment they can use in their processes.

Smak Products, Inc. is already open for business in Hayden with a small crew. However once they are at full capacity the new factory will employ about 45. Company employees typically receive between $11 and $16 per hour.

Macs Designs,LLC dba NanaMac's Boutique leases new warehouse in Post Falls

Although there is no mention of how many jobs exactly it will create, the Coeur d' Alene based NanaMac's Boutique has agreed to lease a 21,000 free standing warehouse building at 6164 W. Seltice Way in Post Falls

NanaMac's is a growing online seller of women's clothing and accessories. They also operate in a brick & mortar retail store under the same name at 2018 W. Main in the Coeur d' Alene's Village at Riverstone shopping center.

The building they will lease was last used by a company called Integrated Ideas & Technology's who recently relocated to the Coeur d' Alene Industrial Park. Another small facility is also already under construction right next door to it for another company that we unfortunately have little information about.

We're also watching closely two planned factories coming just over the Washington border in Spokane Valley. We'll likely have more on that in a future post however...

Several new grocery store options have come to the Spokane/ Coeur d' Alene area

It seems like many people in Spokane are anxiously awaiting a Whole Foods store and Coeur d' Alene's shoppers seem to want a Trader Joe's store to call their own. And, while neither are coming just yet the grocery wars are heating up with a 3 new options opening in our area recently. Here is the details....

For the shopper looking mostly for fresh produce...

Today in fact is the first day of the grand opening celebration for Green's Fresh Market at 4915 N. Market is Hillyard . While the store is small ( 3500 square feet ) and at first is mostly a market of fresh produce only it is awesome.

The store is locally owned and operated by local businessman Jack Green who some may remember as the owner of the now closed Piccolo's Market on Mission. More grocery items are coming and they even hope to have a meat and deli selection in the store in the future.

Green's Fresh Market's grand opening starts today and runs all weekend.

For the restaurant owner / bulk food shopper...

Not everything at the new Smart Foodservice Cash & Carry's new store in Coeur d' Alene is in bulk sizes but it is defiantly the main focus of the Portland based grocery store chain. Cash & Carry already has 2 stores in Spokane and this is the company's first venture into Coeur d' Alene and North Idaho.

This store is a newly built 20,000 square foot building directly behind Wendy's at 208 E. Appleway in Coeur d' Alene. Like all stores in the Smart Foodservice Cash & Carry system the stores are open to the public and require no membership card. You'll find several different departments including walk in freezers for frozen foods and meats. They even have industrial sized cleaning supplies.

For the urban dweller / foodie...

Kinda similar to Seattle's well known Metropolitan Market is the newly opened My Fresh Basket which opened for business only about a week ago on the eastern side of Kendall Yards at the Summit / Monroe intersection.

The store has about 25,000 square feet and is a grocery store in every cense of the word. But, don't count on going into My Fresh Basket and expecting it to be like the endless acres of land under one roof at Wal Mart or Fred Meyer. My Fresh Basket is a fresher more local take on the grocery store concept.

Customers shop in big spaces of organic produce, get fully prepared grab & go meals , indulge on coffees from the in store location of The Roast House . The new store even has a salad bar, a full growler filling station and much more. Well worth checking out...

Also don't forget out local farmers market's , Spokane Public Market has returned as outdoor farmers market in Downtown Spokane every Tues. from 4-7 and I highly recommend the Liberty Lake Farmers Market every Saturday Morning!

Follow-ups on some new business projects

There has been a few new construction projects that people have been asking me about that we're actually already mentioned on the main site, so I figured I'd readdress them as best I can.

Unfortunately as new posts come along some of the older news gets pushed away into the endless abyss that is the Inland NW Business Watch archives.

But if your ever looking for news about a particular project either search for it on the top of the page, read the project listings in the top right or just ask!

So, here is what you have wanted to know lately...

Is U Haul going to take over the vacant former JC Penney store at U City?

We mentioned in early June that we had uncovered some pre-development documents about U Haul creating a new complex in what was once a JC Penney store in the now mostly demolished U City Mall ( that article- ).

Since that posting the plans to create the U Haul complex have moved forward, the company has acquired the space with signs that just recently went up indicating that U Haul is in fact " coming soon " .

This new facility will of course have a showroom for rental of U Haul trucks and other products but the majority will become a 3 story ( including the basement ) indoor self storage complex with over 800 storage units of varying sizes and about 42,000 square feet of space on each floor. It is to be open for business later this year.

What's going in on Newport Hwy. near the plaza with Ashley Furniture?

This was partly my fault as I had the address published wrong when the original article was posted. But the site at 10421 N. Newport Hwy nearby Ashley Furniture & Carpet Barn is being developed into Spokane's 2nd location of the Sonic fast food restaurant chain.

It appears this Sonic will be owned and operated by a Boise based company which is a different franchisee then the one Sonic's near Gonzaga and in Post Falls. No word on when it will open but it will be much like all other Sonic locations with a drive in style that features both drive up ordering booths and a drive thru lane but no indoor dining room.

The new North Spokane Sonic will be 2308 square feet with 18 ordering stalls and 5 parking spaces.

What's going in on Grand across from the Post Office?

Located just feet south of the Washington Trust Bank branch at the Manito Shopping Center the last thing you'd expect to see being built is another Washington Trust Bank . But that's exactly what they are doing on this site that faces Grand Ave. in-between 31st and 32nd across from a post office.

The new Washington Trust Bank branch will actually replace the older one to the north with the bank building sitting more on the north side of the project site. The south side of the project is be developed into a new restaurant which Washington Trust Bank claims to still be recruiting a tenant for that space. The project at first was a bit controversial however as it required demolition of a few older homes, a small commercial building and the relocation of a coffee drive up.

What construction projects would you like to know more about? Send me a message any time via or on our Facebook page at

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Gymboree Corp. plans store closures including 2 in Spokane

It's becoming common place to write about new retail store closure announcements. And, today there is another one that will affect 2 Spokane area stores.

Gymboree Corp. a San Francisco based retailer that operates children's clothing stores under the Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie & Jack brandings will close a total of 350 stores. The store closures are a result of the company restructuring due to more difficult times. Two of the 350 store closures will happen locally in Spokane area malls, no final days are mentioned but some store closures could happen as early as later this month.

The two local stores set to shutter are-

Gymboree River Park Square 808 W. Main #205 Spokane

Crazy 8 Spokane Valley Mall 14700 E. Indiana Ave #1052 Spokane Valley

With this Crazy 8 will have no stores in the Spokane market. However Gymboree stores in Spokane Valley Mall and Northtown Mall will remain open for business. Gymboree also sells via their products via their website at-

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Spokane Arena adding hip new dining area called " The Market "

Over the last few years Spokane Arena has evolved significantly. A few new dining options we're added and of course security has been increased with metal detectors at each entrance. But now, the Arena is taking another step forward with the recently announcement that they will remodel a 4100 square foot section of the building on the north side for a new hip casual food court area called The Market.

The Market will be a collection of 5 new food booths including-

-An Asian wrap place

-A Gas fired pizza place

- A craft burger booth

- A new craft beer bar ( the Arena also opened there first craft beer establishment , Boone St. Taproom last year )

And, a new taco stand called Los Tacos de los Muertos . All of these are to be open in time for the home opener of the Spokane Chiefs on Sept. 30th . In addition to The Market the project includes new landscaping to increase space and " weather protection " for those waiting in line for security at the northeast entrance to the Arena which because of it's location and larger size is typically one of the more used entry points.

The restaurants planned for The Market area will be just like the other restaurants within Spokane Arena are only open to ticketed guests of the events at the Arena during the times the doors are open for said events.

For more information on Spokane Arena, including the upcoming events and sports games, visit-

Monday, July 10, 2017

Palouse Bar & Grill opens on the South Hill

The restaurant space that housed the short lived Anthony's Beach Café in the Regal Plaza shopping center ( Regal & Palouse Hwy. ) is filled once more. The new business is another new restaurant and is a locally owned and operated establishment called Palouse Bar & Grill.

Palouse Bar & Grill opened there doors a couple of weeks ago and serves a menu of what they call unique pub-style food and comfort foods. They also offer a full bar with craft cocktails and even offer up 80+ whiskeys.

The restaurant is about 4000 square feet with seating for 90 and employs 35. They'll have there menu available online in the near future as they have a website under development now. 

Coeur d' Alene Kmart to close

And, then there was just one...

The once large discount retailer Kmart has been announcing store closures almost back to back for a couple of years now. Even the company which is owned by the same parent as Sears stores admits a total closure could be on the horizon. Another of the store closure announcement press releases was submitted late last week which included the Coeur d' Alene Kmart store at US 95 & Neider Ave. This leaves Kmart with just one store still open in the Inland Northwest, at 4110 E. Sprague Ave. in East Central Spokane.

The Coeur d' Alene Kmart will close it's doors sometime around October with a store closing sale running for sometime before that. The building itself will likely be up for lease with no word, or even a hint yet as to what store or stores might replace it.

There is also a rumor that the East Sprague Kmart will appear soon on a store closure list. However this latest report indicates if it does it likely would remain in business at least till the end of 2017. The latest store closure list also includes some Sears stores but none in our area are affected.  

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The rumor is true: Super 1 Foods signs on as first tenant of " The Crossings " in Athol

California based Hughes Investments is about to finally embark on their next project in Kootenai County. A few months ago the developer wrapped up construction at the shopping center that surrounds Winco Foods in Coeur d' Alene and now has their sights set several miles to the north in Athol. Hughes is proposing a development there called " The Crossings " which as you may recall was stalled for a time by the construction of the new US 95 freeway which now runs immediately to the west of The Crossroads project site.

Of course there have been many rumors surrounding The Crossings as it is the first major commercial development for the small town just north of Silverwood & Hayden. One such rumor was of a Super 1 Foods grocery store to anchor the project. And, we can now confirm Super 1 Foods will be a tenant and Vandervert Construction has already started construction on that new store.

The new Athol Super 1 store will be located on the western side of The Crossings ( which is at US 95 & ID 54 ) . That store will be a full service grocery store with 57,000 square feet of space and around 100 employees. This will be Super 1's 19th location and will have much of the same department / items as their others like a deli, bakery, meat dept. and organic / natural food section. If all goes as planned the new store will open sometime in the spring of 2018.

And while Super 1 Foods is the first and currently the only business signed on to open in the development a lot more are coming. Including , a new hotel which will likely be successful due to the proximity to Silverwood. Here is what they are currently purposing at The Crossings -

- Hotel ( 90-120 room range )

- Travel plaza type gas station ( depending on who opens this, it likely would include a restaurant )

- Gas station

- Several pad sites along US 95, in the marketing they are for a couple of restaurants , a bank, a dentist, an auto parts retailer and an un-assigned building which I'm thinking might be for office space.

- A medical office building is also shown in front of the hotel as is an RV park just east of the hotel.

There also was a rumor that the Athol post office was to move to this new development as well. That rumor has since been debunked as the US Postal Service has announced they will re-locate to the former home of KKJ's Pizza Palace elsewhere in Athol.

Please keep in mind that while many things are proposed for this new development, nothing other then Super 1 is a sure thing just yet so construction / opening times on the rest of the businesses there likely won't be for some time yet. I'll be keeping an eye on this project and like always if anyone has creditable information about new businesses planned contact me at .

For more information on The Crossings ( including the site plan and some exciting renderings of the purposed finished product ) , visit-

And, for more information on Super 1 Foods, visit-

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More opens at Northtown Mall, grand opening this weekend

You've probably seen me share the news about the local owned and operated BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More store on our Facebook page ( ). But just what is BeYOUtiful and why is it so different from the run of the mill mall store?

Well I'll let them tell you via this press release all about their new business...

Retail concept debuts in Spokane, WA with the Grand Opening July 1, 2017

Spokane, WA (June 21, 2017) - Something that the Inland Northwest has been missing is a store focusing on bath and beauty products that are locally-made. Insert Jessie Veselka here. She is the creator and owner of BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More. Jessie approached local business women that had the quality products she was looking for to fill a store in the Northtown Mall. Not any product would do. They needed to be natural products and all locally made by the individual. Each business would be offered space to lease and each help run the store on a weekly basis; giving this business a "sisterhood" of women entrepreneurs.

BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More is open now with the Grand Opening set for Saturday, July 1, 2017. You can find the store at the Nothtown Mall, 4750 N. Division Suite 1144 Spokane, WA 99207, phone (509) 939-6142.

To celebrate the grand opening you will find sales throughout the store for the entire week. Below you can read about each business owner and what they offer.

BeYOUtiful Bath Bombs & More: Owner, Jessie Veselka, BeYOUtiful offers an amazing line of all natural skin care all while being affordable, as well as our unique yet fun bath bombs. Bath Bombs are natural and skin nourishing!! We customize bath bombs for any event and they are made right here in the store where you can watch the process!

Valley Candles, Soy & Botanical Oil Candles: Owner, Heather Haneberg, Valley Candles are hand-poured using soy wax (vegetable oil) and essential oil blends. All fragrances adhere to RIFM (Research Institute for Fragrance Materials) and IFRA (The International Fragrance Association) standards for safety and purity. No additives or preservatives are added to any product. Enjoy a clean and healthy burn without carcinogens and chemically enhanced scents.

Clementine and Agnes: Owner, Robin Peltier, Robin is a licensed cosmetologist and instructor in cosmetology and aesthetics. She is also an award-winning makeup artist. This lead Robin to create a line of natural mineral make up called Clementine and Agnes. Along with the mineral makeup there is also a line of makeup brushes, facial pads, and much more. She creates custom coloring on all make up and nail polishes and offers birthday parties or special occasion makeup.

Peace Love and Bath Products: Owner, Kristin Hoover, FRESH Handmade Bath and Body Products. Products are made with organic coconut oil and shea butter.

Healing Stone Foundry, Jewelry: Owner, Lisa Katz, The use of stones by our ancestors for healing has fascinated her for years. She has combined this fascination with research on the healing properties of semi-precious stones that the ancients believed and has put together beautiful pendants along with information on each stone in the setting. Each pendant is a unique piece that resonates with the person who decides to wear a bit of what our earth provides.

Bookworm Designs, Signs: Owner, Alexis, Fun and festive signs for your bathroom. All signs are hand designed by Alexis and the cost ranges from $12-$18.

Lizzy B's Handmade Natural Bath & Body Products: Owner, Liz Cameron, Pamper & nourish your skin with the bounty of nature. Herbs, essential oils & natural ingredients combine to work with your body. All products are handmade without the use of harmful chemicals.

Two new restaurants sign on as work to get underway on the former Ridpath Hotel building

It's been a game of watching and waiting, and while I feel like I'm getting deja' vu saying this...
The renovations of the former Ridpath Hotel are about to get underway. While legal issues and battles over ownership has caused the project to freeze multiple times, this time it finally feels real.

Local developer Ron Wells has cleared the last of the hurdles and even brought on Baker Construction & Development as the project's contractor to begin converting the Ridpath into an exciting new development called the Ridpath Club Apartments. The City of Spokane also recently issued the project a building shell permit indicating this plan is about to go from the dreams of many to actual fruition.

And, what makes the possibility of a new Ridpath even more exciting is that it was recently announced that the ground floor restaurant space is now already spoken for and we'll be seeing a popular local chef opening , not 1 but 2 new places within the renovated space facing W. Sprague.

Chef Jeremy Hansen, of Sante' , Inland Pacific Kitchen and a couple of other ventures will open a traditional French brasserie called Brasserie Ridpath in a portion of the space. And, in what remains he will open Octopus Gin, a nautical themed bar with a dining menu with Asian inspirations, and we assume plenty of gin. Both will likely open later this year but no opening date has been set yet.

Most of the rest of building will be divided up into apartments, 206 in all , designed to be priced affordability so that Downtown workers, young professionals and the like will be able to live close to action of Downtown Spokane. Many of the apartments will be small " micro-apartment " style rental units that will be under 500 square feet. A few condo's will also be offered on the upper floors where a night club once sat. Of course the entire building has sat empty since 2008 when a Las Vegas based investor abruptly closed the hotel which had suffered low revenue and other issues in it's last few years open as a hotel.

For a look inside of the Ridpath and some information from investor / developer Ron Wells here is a video of him speaking with KXLY ( this blog is not affiliated with KXLY )

  I'm sure there will be more to come on this story, including more details on the two new restaurants planned for the Ridpath. So keep checking back and follow us on Facebook at

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-

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