Thursday, November 16, 2017

Calling all java junkies! New coffee shops opening up around Spokane / Coeur d' Alene

Cedar Coffee now open on N. Monroe

Coeur Coffeehouse was a favorite for many at 701 N. Monroe at the north bank of Monroe St. Bridge. Coeur, however abruptly closed their doors back in April. But coffee is coming back to the space as after some remodeling new owners Igor & Iryna Anisimov have stepped and saved the day so to speak.

The couple, who are natives of Ukraine, have taken over the space and opened an all new coffee house called Cedar Coffee. Of course Cedar Coffee serves an array of espresso drinks using Roast House Coffee but also loose leaf tea's from Davidson's Organic Tea and chai from Mandala Chai Co. which is based here in Spokane. There is even baked goods from Common Crumb Artesian Bakery also from right here in Spokane. 

If you want to know more about Cedar Coffee, look them up on Facebook @

And, check out these quick little videos made by the non-profit Snap who financed this business. They are somewhat like ad's for Snap but they show a bit about Cedar and who the owners are...
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Part 3 seems to not be out yet...

Ladder Coffee & Toast opens in North Spokane

Ladder Coffee & Toast isn't a big place, in fact it's just a drive up coffee stand by a shopping center at 603 W. Hastings Rd in North Spokane. But, for it's owners it's probably the biggest thing ever. That's because their coffee business is like a second chance for co-owner Aaron Rivkin who is a 2 time felon and former heroin addict who came upon the coffee industry a few years ago for a job while turning his life back around. The plan now is to use this new business as a way to people a second chance with job and life skills and even teach community members about how to start a business of their own.

Ladder started as a "pop up " style of coffee shop and this is it's first permanent location. Ladder Coffee & Toast serves a number of unique espresso drinks, teas and chai from Mandala Chai Co. . And, as mentioned in the name ... yeah, toast! A few specialty toast options are also offered.

For more information on Ladder Coffee & Toast, find them on Facebook @

Evans Brothers Coffee Co. opens new coffee shop in Downtown Coeur d' Alene

Evans Brothers Coffee Co. is a favorite coffee roaster of the Inland Northwest with it's HQ in Sandpoint, their amazing coffees can be tasted at several shops all over our area. But, now Evans Brothers themselves have opened a new coffee house in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

The new Coeur d' Alene Evans Brothers can be found behind Community 1st Bank at 504 E. Sherman in the former KXLY North Idaho Center building. The official grand opening of this new location isn't until Dec. 1st but the shop is now open for business as of today. They will be open 7 days a week , Mon-Sat 7-6 and Sunday 7-4.

The new Coeur d' Alene location will have many espresso offerings, hand drip coffee, loose leaf tea's reserve coffee's available only for a limited time and much more. Pastries'  and breakfast burritos will also be available.

For more information on Evans Brothers Coffee Co. visit their website @

College Avenue Apartments- that hip new apartment building going in just outside Kendall Yards

TCould the development boom of Kendall Yards finally be breaking out of it's borders and bringing improvements to the West Central neighborhood?

If you've driven by the corner of Adams & College you'll see the first such project that we think will just be the beginning of new modern urban development in that area. Sure, Kendall Yards proper is just on the opposite side of College Ave from this project, but on the north side is what will soon be the brand new 3 story College Avenue Apartments .

The new apartment complex will offer 27 apartments owned by Centennial Properties who along with local firm HDG Architecture have designed a new multi-family housing complex that one would expect of larger cities like Seattle or Portland. Vandervert Construction is the contractor and work is happening as we speak on the apartments which will be " market rate ". The units are currently scheduled to be available for lease in Q1 of 2018.

The building as a whole is about 33,000 square feet and the apartments will all range around 1,000 square feet each. All apartments will be 2 bedroom, 2 bath and while we don't know the rental rate just yet HDG's website claims the end user will have " reasonable rental rates ". Limited surface parking will also be available on the back side of the new building ( 27 spaces, so 1 per apartment ).

Watch for future updates as the new College Avenue Apartments opens and starts leasing....

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse to anchor new strip mall in Liberty Lake

In case you missed the news a small chain of Hibachi style grill restaurants is opening a new location in Liberty Lake. The restaurant , which is called Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse has already been under construction for a little while now. But, while many are aware of the new Fujiyama location it's not all that's being built at the same site.

The building is actually a strip mall, the first class A retail building to be built in Liberty Lake since 2008. The new restaurant will take about 6000 square feet and another about 6000 square feet of space is for lease with 2 separate suites available. There have been no tenants announced for those two spaces however a leasing marketing PDF we've uncovered it shows the eastern side of the new building is already leased.

The building is being built out front of the Liberty Lake Home Depot store at 21801 E. Country Vista. The site will also include a surface parking area and signage for the business coming there, we'll keep you up to date on who's coming and who's not.

Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse, the main tenant is a small Silverdale,WA based chain or restaurants with only 3 restaurants currently open for business. While the Liberty Lake restaurant will be the only one in the Spokane area they do have one on Bishop Blvd. in Pullman. The other 2 are in Western Washington.

Fujiyama prepares guests entrees right in front of you on hibachi grills. The menu will consist of many Asian dishes, steaks and more. They're also will be a full bar with happy hour specials.

For more information of Fujiyama Japanese Steakhouse, check-

And, for more info on leasing space in the new building contact Katlyn Caudle at NAI Black-

Expansion under construction at Argonne Village will bring Snap Fitness and others

Just to the east of Yoke's in Spokane Valley's Argonne Village shopping center construction is underway for a new building. The new 10,500 square foot building will be an expansion of the shopping center being marketed Building J .

The new 10,500 square foot structure will house a few business with about half of the building already leased. The eastern half will become a Snap Fitness gym, similar to all other Snap Fitness locations. The entire building is to be completed sometime in December and is the remaining spaces are up for lease through Kiemle & Hagood with spaces going for $18 per square foot.

While this building is already under construction another new building is also in the works. That building will be Building H or " the annex " . This building is also already being leased with 9000 square feet available and divisible down to 1300 square feet. There are no tenants announced for this section of Argonne Village just yet or a completion date but interestingly enough one of those storefronts will have a drive thru indicating it may one day be home to a new restaurant.

There are also a couple of other active vacancies in the existing sections of the Argonne Village development. But, as a whole the center is almost completely full with larger tenants like Yoke's and Dollar Tree down to smaller tenants like MetroPCS and more. There also are a few restaurants like Panda Express, Subway, Ambrossia Bistro and more.

For information on leasing space at Argonne Village contact Kiemle & Hagood at-

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

New flex space buildings & apartment complex coming just north of Wal-Mart in Post Falls

For the last few years the land along Cecil Rd. about 1/4 miles north of the Mullan Ave. Wal Mart in Post Falls has sat vacant. Part of the area was once a park of baseball diamonds that are now overgrown and to the south is a stalled development of offices with just one building that also has been empty for quite sometime now.

But life will soon return to both parcels. The stalled project, with it's dead end Quad Park Ct. running through it will soon be home to 2 "flex space" buildings. Construction will start soon on the 2 new buildings with a total 16,000 square feet of space, all up for lease. The buildings are to be divided into suites of 1790 to 2640 square feet that can be combined into a larger space. The suites will have a private office area, ADA bathroom and a open insulated warehouse that can be accessed via 16x14 foot roll up doors. Being "flex space" the suites will be open to tenants of both commercial and light industrial uses.

To the north of the flex space buildings where the overgrown baseball diamonds are will be a new apartment complex. That project is currently out to bid and will be called the Crossroads Apartments. The Crossroads Apartment complex will be a HUD insured market rate apartment development with 144 apartments, garages and a clubhouse building.

The area around the Mullan Ave. Wal Mart has really transformed over the last few years with several new commercial buildings springing up. Construction is also underway now to the east of Wal Mart along Mullan for a new location for Coachman Auto Body, Findlay Auto Group recently acquired a building to the west and will open a new commercial truck sales dealership there very soon. There is always lots happening around Post Falls so keep watching this site for more details on all the new developments and all other areas around the Inland Northwest. BIG things are in store....

Monday, November 6, 2017

Strike Zone Arena to open a location in Spokane Valley

Strike Zone Arena has been fun Nerf Dart Battle business in Coeur d' Alene for several years now. And that's not changing as they are still open 7419 N. Government Way. But, the locally owned and operated entertainment business is now planning an all new second location in Spokane Valley.

Strike Zone Arena has begun working on setting up in the former Hollywood Video space at U-City ( 10614 E. Sprague Ave. ). They are planning to be open there on Dec 1st and will have much of the same attractions as the Coeur d' Alene location and then some. The space they are opening in hasn't had a tenant in the last 7 years.

Visitors to the new Spokane Valley Strike Zone Arena will find...

- Nerf Dart battles

- Tactical laser tag.

- Arcade

And, even an indoor soccer space that will be unique to the Spokane Valley location only.

For, more information on Strike Zone Arena visit their website at-

Maryhill Winery to open their new Kendall Yards tasting room on Nov. 18th

Maryhill Winery's first tasting room outside of their Columbia Gorge home is almost complete and will be open for business in just a couple more weeks. That new tasting room will be here in Spokane in the heart of the Kendall Yards business district. The Winery will be the first tenant to open in the new " bluff building " at 1303 W. Summit Pkwy and they will eventually be joined by a Umi Sushi and Fleet Feet Sports in the same building.

Maryhill Winery's Spokane tasting room will be a 5000 square foot space with high quality, affordable wines and a food menu of locally procured small bites all served in the space that features an expansive balcony and 180 degree views of the Spokane River. The cool looking modern building that Maryhill will call home was even designed locally by Uptic Studios.

Founded in 1999, Maryhill Winery has grown to be one of Washington's largest wineries, producing over 80,000 cases annually. The Wineries original site in Goldendale,WA even has a 4000 seat concert venue and that location as whole draws more than 75,000 visitors each year. Maryhill Winery's founders Craig & Vicki Leuthold are both Spokane natives.

The new Spokane tasting room will officially open to the public on Nov 18th with a grand opening celebration the entire weekend of Nov 18th and 19th. During the grand opening weekend guests can sample Maryhill Winery's wines and enjoy live music from blues and soul recording artist Matt Brown. Also, Molly Allen from the "Dave, Ken and Molly" show on 92.9 KZZU will be broadcasting live from the new tasting room on Nov 18th from 5-7 pm.

During the grand opening the tasting room will be open 12-9 on the 18th and 12-8 on the 19th. After the grand opening the tasting room will be open 12-8 daily and the space can event be rented for private events.

For more information on Maryhill Winery find them on all of social media networks or at-

Thursday, November 2, 2017

New strip mall is complete and ready for tenants at Park & Broadway inthe Valley

Construction first started on a new neighborhood strip mall at the corner of Broadway & Park in Spokane Valley all the way back in 2015. But, for an unknown reason construction came to a stand still after the site work was done.

But, now construction has re-started and the new strip mall is almost complete. There has been much speculation about what businesses will open there, but just like a couple of other local projects recently, this project appears to be being built on speculation. This we've come across the marketing documents showing no leased space. However, I'm sure there has been interest.

The new strip mall is located at 806 N. Park and was developed by the Headwater Development Group. The complex is actually 2 buildings, 1 building being just shy of 7500 square feet with as many a six storefronts. A second 1,821 square foot building would likely have just 1 tenant meaning it could be ideal for a restaurant, this space even already has a drive thru.

Two pad sites are also available in the front of the main building facing Park Rd. . Spaces are leasing through NAI Black for $18-$22 per square foot NNN . While a good portion of the surrounding area is residential and light industrial the building is across from a 7-11 and just west of the I-90 / Broadway interchange.  Signage and a surface parking lot are also available on site for all future tenants.

For more information about opening / moving a business to this new plaza contact NAI Black at 509-622-3562 or

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Mascot Pizza to open nearby Gonzaga

A new locally owned & operated pizza place is coming to space nearby Gonzaga. The new place called The Mascot will open in the small building at 730 N. Columbus, not far from the corner of Hamilton and Trent. Local craft beer fans may remember this building being used last as the Ramblin' Road Brewing Co. and is currently undergoing renovations.

Currently The Mascot is set to open towards the end of November with no opening date set as of my writing this. The new restaurant will offer a dine in area with many delicious pizzas and a full bar coming soon.

In addition to pizza The Mascot will also have menu items like sandwiches , salads , dessert pizzas in addition to espresso and specialty coffees. The business is also currently hiring for all positions for their coming opening.

For more information The Mascot , find them on Facebook-

New H&M store at Northtown Mall will open this month

Spokane's second H&M store will open this month in Northtown Mall. After about 5 months of construction the new store will open for business on Nov. 16th at noon.

The store is in a 22,823 square foot space located on the second floor of the mall. It replaced storefronts of Maurices and The Comic Book Shop, both of which have relocated to other spaces within the mall. In all the new store will employ 20.

At the grand opening the first 200 customers will receive " fashion passes " worth $10 to as much as $300. Many items will also be on sale and customers who bring in clothes to recycle can enter a drawing for a gift card.

H&M which stands for Hennes & Mauritz is a Stockholm, Sweden based clothing retailer specializing in trendy " fast fashion " items for men, women and teen's. The company has over 4000 stores in 62 countries around the world and has been aggressively expanding more in the US in recent years. This is the only new location planned for our area and the chain's original store in Spokane opened in 2012 in Spokane Valley Mall where it also remains open on the first floor of that mall.

For more information on H&M , visit-

Monday, October 30, 2017

Lilac City Bakery now open in the University District

An all new bakery is now open for business in what once was White Box Café at 1215 N. Ruby, near Gonzaga in Spokane. The new bakery is called Lilac City Bakery and is a new locally owned & operated business venture from the same owners as Celebrations Bakery which remains open at their two locations in Spokane Valley and the Garland District.

But, Lilac City Bakery has a bit more then Celebrations as Lilac City Bakery also has a limited food menu. The food menu includes good size panini sandwiches, soups and huge salads like a Mediterrian and a Southwest salad.

But fear not as those with a sweet tooth with find more then enough goodies to keep them satisfied. They have cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, artisan breads , muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls and more all baked fresh. They are open 7 days a week Mon- Sat. 8-8 and 9-6 on Sunday and a small indoor dining area is provided.

Their website at is still coming soon but they can be found on Facebook now at-

Monroe Street Grill opens in formerly abandoned Shari's on N. Monroe

It's been 4 years now since the last meal was served in the former Shari's location at 1829 N. Monroe. The whole time since then the building has sat empty and waiting, attracting a few transients camping around the property but no real life. There even was a short lived plan to demolish the structure and construct a new Burger King but that planned fizzled quickly after learning of the conflictions that plan would have with city code in a pedestrian corridor like North Monroe.

But, hope was not lost as LaShay and Lonnie Germain, owners of Top of the Line Burgers in Cheney closed their Cheney restaurant to open a cool new locally owned and operated place fittingly called Monroe Street Grill in the former Sherri's building.

The new Monroe Street Grill opened for business back on the 11th and serve a decent size menu of staples like burgers, seafood , breakfast , hand breaded cod, chicken sandwiches and more in a family friendly environment. They also have a selection of beer and wine and some full dinner entrees including a Prime Rib Dinner on Friday nights starting at 4pm.

I usually keep my opinions out of this blog but please pay them a visit as they have done a great thing opening a local business there and saving that corner. I'm guilty of going to Burger King every now and then but I'd much rather have this place on North Monroe then a cookie cutter fast food drive though any day!

For more information on the Monroe Street Grill find them on Facebook, they have pictures of the menu posted their as well-

Jamba Juice to open Nov. 3rd in Spokane Valley Mall

We are now under a week away from the opening of a new Jamba Juice location inside Spokane Valley Mall. This will be the first full Jamba Juice in Spokane, but not the first as a Jamba Juice station is also located inside Safeway at 2507 W. Wellesley. There is also a location in Coeur d' Alene at the Ironwood Square Shopping Center.

The new Valley Mall Jamba Juice will be a small store on the second floor of the mall in between Auntie Anne's Pretzels and Rue21 ( suite 2126 ). The location franchise is held by LoKo Blending Valley who do have plans for further locations at some point in the future but this is the only confirmed location coming at this time.

This new Jamba Juice will open for business at the end of this week. The store is planning an official grand opening on Friday, Nov 3rd with free small smoothies and 10am -noon and a prize wheel. The location will also have the brand's full menu of smoothies and bowls.

Jamba Juice is a Frisco,TX based chain of quick service restaurants that as of last year has 885 locations. The company operates locations in 26 states but also the Bahamas, Mexico, Canada, Taiwan, South Korea and the Philippines. Almost all their locations are franchised.

For more information on Jamba Juice, including a look at their current menu check-

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Dilapidated Otis Hotel building to be renovated , re-open as a Hotel Indigo

The Otis Hotel has seen better days. In fact in recent years the only life that the building, on the west end of Downtown Spokane, has seen is the not so lively zombie actors of the TV show Z Nation that regularly uses the property for filming.

 But, a few months ago the building got a new owner, Curtis Rystadt a Portland based developer who has hit the ground running with renovating the building which is at 110 S. Madison on the West side of Downtown Spokane. Shortly after Rystadt obtained the building it appeared the plan was to renovate the building into a new apartment complex. But, that is not that case we now have confirmation of what we will actually see soon at the Otis Hotel building.

While the building has not been an actual hotel for sometime ( it was apartments before it became vacant ) the building will actually be re-opened as a hotel. Interior demolition is already underway which will be followed by several months of total renovation to convert the building into a franchised location of the Hotel Indigo chain.

The developer has an ambitious plan to have the new hotel open in about 10 months but no set opening dates just yet. In all the new hotel will have 112 guest rooms and some space for retail / restaurants on the ground floor.

This will be the first location of the Hotel Indigo branding in the Spokane area. The brand is a division of InterContinental Hotels Group and features boutique style hotels usually in larger cities. Hotel rooms feature murals and art and public spaces transform with the seasons and highlight the local area. The brand's largest competition is W Hotel and Aloft and they are usually classified as trendy. Founded in 2004 Hotel Indigo has 69 hotels open and several more under construction or in the planning phase.

More complete details about this new hotel will be coming so watch for a separate post on that in the coming weeks/months.

For more information on Hotel Indigo, visit their web site at-

Indoor Trampoline Park to open at former Hastings in Spokane Valley

Although we don't have many details just yet we have been able confirm that the Flying Squirrel chain of indoor trampoline parks will remodel and open a new location inside the former Hastings store in Spokane Valley. This is the store that was in the Sullivan Square Shopping Center at Sprague & Sullivan.

We'll post the details on this post once we get them, this is because Flying Squirrel themselves can confirm the fact they are planning a Spokane Valley location but haven't yet issued the location or opening date.

Flying Squirrel also recently announced plans to open a location in another abandoned big box store over in Missoula and opened their first location in Calgary just a couple of years ago. Interestingly the company's website lists their corporate office as Coeur d' Alene ( although they don't show any locations planned there ).

Past articles online indicate that Flying Squirrel Indoor Trampoline Parks include much more then just a traditional trampoline park. Some other attractions are often included and a 2015 article in the Spokane Journal of Business even says their locations have a full sit down bar and grill area.

Watch our site for more and for more info specifically about the new Spokane Valley Flying Squirrel Trampoline Park check their store page on Facebook at-

And, here is a look at what their locations are like from this video posted to YouTube earlier this year-

Many's Venezuelan Pizza adds location in Spokane Valley

Many's Venezuelan Pizza is already one of Spokane's newest restaurants with their first location opening in July. But, now the cool new pizza place has added a second location out in Spokane Valley.

Many's Pizza's original location is in the food court of River Park Square, they will remain open their but also now at 213 S. University Suite 1 . This is the same place that Cuppa Joe's coffee shop formerly was in and right next door to Just American Desserts. It features space to pick up pizzas to go and a dine in area.

Many's Pizza Spokane Valley location has basic menu of specialty pizzas, build your own pizza, salad, breadsticks, lasagna and even a pizza burger. This menu appears to be a bit expanded over the location at River Park Square. And, as a Venezuelan restaurant they even have make a few items from Venezuela.

It doesn't look like Many's Pizza has a website, but they are on Facebook and can be found at-

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mathnasium to fill former Radio Shack space in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center

Need a little extra help with math? Or, if your like me a lot of help with math? A new business that part of a larger national chain will be opening soon on the South Hill in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center ( 2829 E. 29th Suite A ). That business is Mathnasium and staff are currently working of prepping the business that will occupy the space that was last used as one of Spokane's last remaining RadioShack locations.

And, it's all to be owned and operated by someone some in the Spokane community may recognize. The owner is Jerry Post, who until soon has been the news director of KXLY 4 News and is married to Kris Crocker-Post an meteorologist also with KXLY 4 News.

Mathnasium is growing chain of tutoring centers offering instruction specifically in all things math. The company is based out of Los Angelus and has over 700 locations in the US, Canada and a handful other countries around the world. On their website they say they help kids in grades K-12 understand math by teaching them the way that makes sense to them. The center will be open after school and on Saturday's and will help Spokane's kids get better grades and get further.

The new South Hill Mathnasium isn't open for business just yet, but it will be soon and they are already actively looking for future students. For more information on this new Mathnasium location visit-

Or, call 509-993-7244

Watch for work on a new strip mall on Hastings Rd

First mentioned on this site as a project in development back in June 2016, it appears work has advanced significantly for a new strip mall at 513 E. Hastings Rd. in the Wandermere area. This would be on the north side of Hastings Rd. a short distance east of the Hastings / N. Division intersection.

At the time we discovered the plan we we're told they wouldn't begin construction until they reached 65% leased. So, we find it interesting that it's now be marketed as ready by the Summer of 2018 but there is no mention of what tenants are coming there.

The building will be a little more then 15,000 square feet and replace an eye care clinic that's currently in a stand alone building on the same parcel. It looks like that same clinic will actually relocate into as portion of the new building but that has not been confirmed. The new strip mall will have room for as many as 5 businesses and a parcel of land immediately to the east 525 E. Hastings Rd. is also available for land lease.

Leasing work is being done by Kimele & Hagood with Colin Conway as the listing broker. The space is open to leasing for many types of businesses from retail to services to even restaurants. For information on leasing a space at 513 E. Hastings call 509-755-7595 or check

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

New business openings & closings - Facebook edition- Oct. 18th

For those that don't know what these posts are. Basically, I post and share a lot of posts about new businesses on our Facebook page ( ) but many of those don't get mentioned on the main site. Why? usually it's because I don't have enough info to do a write up on it so I wait till these posts to do a kind of re-cap.

But, first before getting into the Facebook shares there are couple of new businesses I'm watching and waiting to learn more about. Those are-

- Something called Tacos El Charrito is coming to the former Laguna Café space on the South Hill

- Looks like something might finally be coming to the former Hooters in Spokane Valley. I don't know for what yet but the graffiti on the back is gone and it's all been painted and cleaned up.

-The same people behind Celebrations cupcake bakery in the Garland District are planning a new place called Lilac City Bakery in the former White Box Pies space at E. Sharp and Ruby near Gonzaga.

-A place called Chef Lu's Asian Bistro is coming to a storefront in the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center. Also, there Mathnisium is taking over the former RadioShack store space.

- Pho Vietnamese Restaurant is coming soon to Liberty Lake in the space that was last Twisp Café coffee shop.

But, now as promised onto the Facebook new business postings-

I actually already posted about this but work is defiantly progressing on Geeks n' Glory gaming bar at 6710 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley.

Downdraft Brewing in Post Falls is closing it's doors with a final weekend party planned for Nov. 17-19.

Slate Creek Brewing Co, at 1710 N. 4th St #115 in Coeur d' Alene has also closed their door.

The owners of the Spokane based trucking company TDR Logistics have acquired and will be re-opening Roller Valley roller skating rink at 9415 E. 4th in Spokane Valley. The grand opening will be this weekend!!!

My Ipat which does PC & MAC repairs has opened for business in Spokane Valley at 9212 E. Montgomery suite 102 .

Jaret & Joe's Automotive is now open for business in Nine Mile Falls at 6020 Hwy 291.

Mt. Spokane Pediatrics is expanding and will open a new clinic in Spokane Valley around December or January in the office building at 11915 E. Broadway.

QBSI which is a dealer for Xerox with several other offices around the Northwest has opened a new office in Downtown Spokane at 510 W. Riverside ( Cutter Tower building )

The new McDonald's that replaced and older McDonald's at 6321 N. Monroe has opened. It is the first location of the fast food chain to offer touch screen ordering, etc...

Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery has purchased and will soon move into the former SYSA Bingo Hall at 2230 E. Sprague Ave in East Central Spokane.

Lilac Family Eye Care has opened for business at 23505 E. Appleway suite 106 in Liberty Lake.

Spirit Pruners will re-locate their business to the historic former service station at 2425 E. Broadway in Spokane.

The Mascot Pizza is a new pizza place coming soon to the former site of Ramblin' Road Brewing Co. at  730 N. Columbus in Spokane.

Instant Tax Solutions is busy moving their HQ from Post Falls over to an all new building at 3829 Schreiber Way in Coeur d' Alene.

Advanced Auto Parts has opened a new location in Spokane Valley at 4630 E. Sprague Ave.

Eye Consultants NW has relocated their eye care / Lasik clinic to 9911 N. Nevada St. suite B in North Spokane.

Jazzercise South Hill is moving to 2727 S. Mt. Vernon suite 3a .

Serendipity Estates is a cool new estate sales place now open at 602 W. Garland in the Garland District.

Orange Theory Fitness is working on opening a new franchised location to 410 E. Holland Ave. Suite E in North Spokane.

Café 19 which is operated by Mangia Catering Company has opened in the food service space at the Liberty Lake Business Park ( the Telect / Insight / B of A merchant systems complex )

Walker's Furniture has opened a new location in North Spokane at 7503 N. Division.

Also, already posted about but Fuel Fitness will likely be opening for business pretty soon at 2641 N. Government Way in Coeur d' Alene.

Exclusive Barbershop will soon have a second location at 4507 N. Nevada

Galactic Dungeon Studios which does tattoos, piercing and game development is now open for business in Downtown Spokane at 7 S. Stevens ( ground floor of the City Ramp parking garage )

Andy Cline- Allstate Insurance is now open for business at 21950 E. Country Vista Dr # 400 in Liberty Lake.

Resurrection Records has moved just a short distance is now in a larger space at 1927 W. Northwest Blvd. in Spokane.  

New shopping center planned north of Sprague & Evergreen

Pre-leasing is underway for a small new shopping center to be built at 204 N. Evergreen in Spokane Valley. The new center will be a 13,000 square foot structure to be constructed on land immediately north of the Wake Up Call Coffee and a bit north of the busy Sprague & Evergreen intersection.

Construction will likely happen in 2018 but G. Arger Real Estate,Inc. has started pre-leasing the spaces. They are currently actively seeking both local and national tenants for the space which can be sub-divided for most any type of business, currently there are none to announce. The space is for lease at $18-$25 per sq. foot NNN and includes use of the on site surface parking lot. This space likely won't be empty for long as it has high visibility and allows businesses to custom design their own space.

For information on locating a business in this new building G. Arger Real Estate,Inc. at 509-926-8814 or check their website at

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Park Lodge Restaurant details, plus several other eateries coming to Kendall Yards

Spokane's restaurant scene has been getting noticed, even by Food & Wine Magazine who recently described Spokane as " long past ready for it's close up " . And, one of the prime spots for dining in Spokane is Kendall Yards.

As you may recall some time back we mentioned Indaba Coffee was planning a new location in a new building at Kendall Yards. And, that building is to be shared with another new restaurant that at that time wasn't named. Now, we are learning about that new restaurant too, here is the details on that, thanks to Kendall Yards' Facebook page-

It will be called Park Lodge and will be a restaurant from Chef Phillip Stanton . Park Lodge will be chef-driven comfort food with an emphasis on seasonal and local produce. There will be a wide variety of menu items from traditional American cuisine to comfort foods from various cultures.

We are planning reaching out soon to get for more info on the new Park Lodge restaurant so keep watching for even more info on that.

But here is what other restaurants are coming soon to Kendall Yards-

Indaba Coffee will open a third location in coming months in the new building by the corner of Summit & Nettleton. Also, in that same building will be Hello Sugar a cool new donut shop.

In the core of the Kendall Yards Business District is a new building called " The Bluff Building " which will house Fleet Feet and the new Maryhill Winery tasting room. But, also joining that building will be a new Sushi restaurant called Umi .

A few more buildings are also planned in Kendall Yards including one of the largest buildings there yet nicknamed the Kendall Yards "podium" building so we expect many more new restaurants to be announced in the future. Keep watching this blog and our Facebook page for info on each of these new establishments as they open.

Board & Brush chain of DIY wood workshops coming to Spokane

Board & Brush is growing exponentially with new locations coming to cities all around the nation. Currently the Wisconsin based company has no locations open in all of Washington or Idaho, but that will soon change. That's because the company has secured a franchise owner to open a location here in Spokane soon.

Board & Brush are instructor led wood sign workshops with wine. The company teaches customers woodshop techniques and skills while allowing them to take home a brand new custom wooden home décor sign. The concept is similar in a way to the popular paint & sip painting studios that are almost anywhere today.

The franchise owner is currently developing the new Spokane location and hopes to have it open sometime in November. It will be on the South Hill at 1314 S. Grand Ave. suite 3 , in the same shopping center as Allie's Vegan Pizzeria & Café .

For more information on Board & Brush, visit-

And, find the new Spokane Board & Brush location on Facebook at-

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Because you asked... updates on the North Spokane Costco & that new building on 57th

Lately there have been a couple of planned construction projects people have been sending me e-mails to ask about. I figured it's about time to address them as best I can, so here it is...

Any updates on the new North Spokane Costco?

Actually yes, it's looking like we will see construction sooner rather then later now as just yesterday the Spokane County's website shows the permits for the building and adjacent fuel station as issued. This means the contractor Lydig Construction will likely start work at the site very soon. No update on when it might open for business however.

This new Costco is planned to be a 167,000 square foot store to replace a smaller store within the city limits on N. Division. The plan had also been held by a neighbor who filed an appeal of their environmental findings but per a recent article in the Journal of Business that has now been settled.

What is going into the building at 57th & Mt. Vernon on the South Hill?

About all I can say is... businesses ( big help I am, huh? ) . The building is a speculative expansion of the strip mall immediately to the east.

It is a 6,900 square foot structure that has been under construction now for a while. It will have 5 business bays of various sizes but of course some businesses may take more then one space so it's hard to say how many businesses will open there.

Currently all of the spaces remain up for lease with no one for sure planning to open there. However, I'm sure it won't take to long till we here of at least one new business there, and I, just like all of you are hoping for some new cool restaurant or something but we'll all be waiting for a little bit more time.

Is there still a Popeye's coming to Spokane?

After sitting in the line for over an hour last night to order at the newly opened Popeyes in Post Falls I think it's given another location is coming to our area. So yes, Popeyes is still planning a store on the northeast side of the N. Division / Lyons Ave. intersection in North Spokane.

I have un-officially been told construction will start there within the next couple of weeks with about a 4 month build time. But, this too is not set in stone so again we're waiting right along side you...

If you have a question for me, just ask anytime at

Monday, October 9, 2017

Construction to finally start on new combo hotel on the West Plains

We reported in Feb. of plans in development for the first duel branded hotel in the Spokane market. Now we have received the details that construction is about the start on project which will be built on the West Plains and replace the dated Airway Express Inn at 3809 S. Geiger Blvd just off of I-90.

Demolition will commence first on the Airway Express Inn first with construction on the new hotel likely to begin by the end of October. This new hotel will be both a Sleep Inn and a Mainstay Suites, a concept some companies are using more and more actively. The current plan is to have Sleep Inn / Mainstay hotel open for business by July of 2018.

Construction will be done by Consolidated Construction Co,Inc a full service design/build firm headquartered in Appleton,Wi.. H&H Hospitality of Spokane is the owner and it will be operated by the Lighthouse Hospitality Group.

Here is what the new hotel will feature-

- 87 guest rooms in 51,000 square feet of space.

- Indoor pool

- Exercise room

- Community room

- Guest laundry facilities

- Breakfast area

And, a "marketplace" c-store.

The hotel will have both the Sleep Inn and Mainstay Suites branded rooms under one roof ( about half/half room wise ) . But it will all be ran from one single lobby / front desk. Both brands are part of Choice Hotels a Rockford, MD. based company that has multiple other brands and over 6000 hotels worldwide in several different countries.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Yuppy Puppy to open a Downtown location

Construction is underway for The Yuppy Puppy's new location in Downtown Spokane.

The Yuppy Puppy will occupy the storefront at 830 W. Sprague Ave. on the northeast side of the Sprague & Lincoln intersection, right in the heart of Downtown Spokane. The location is prime across from the Davenport Hotel and just a few short blocks south of River Park Square.

The new store will feature full service dog grooming with 2 self service dog washing stations. There also will be a good amount of retail sales space, similar to their North Spokane store. The only thing the Downtown location won't have is a doggy daycare service as the zoning there prohibits it. Currently there isn't an opening date set just yet but it is coming.

The Yuppy Puppy will also operate their store in North Spokane at 9511 N. Newport Hwy. Customers of The Yuppy Puppy will find many different choices of natural dog and cat foods. They carry more healthy for your pet alternative's from brands like Earthborn Holistic Dog Food, Blue Buffalo, Taste of the Wild and many more. And their full service grooming area is exactly that, full service. From haircuts to nail trims and more they are always welcoming your furry friends. Plus unlike the big box pet shops the staff is knowledgeable and eager to help.

For more information on The Yuppy Puppy, visit-

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Popeyes Post Falls opening date!!!

There you have it! Signs on the windows indicate the new Popeyes in Post Falls will open October 9th!!!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Noodle Express coming to Airway Heights

Noodle Express the Spokane based chain of noodle restaurants has it sights set on a new location in Airway Heights. This will be the chain's first new store in quite sometime, the restaurant is a more fast casual concept on their sister restaurant The Mustard Seed.

Development of the new Airway Heights Noodle Express in on-going so we don't have an opening date just yet. But, what we do know is the project is currently out for bid to construct a new restaurant in a leased storefront at 10408 US 2 Suite 1. This is part of the Crosspointe Plaza shopping development by Wal-Mart. Noodle Express will be in 2122 Square feet of space in the west end cap of the same building that also houses Starbucks.

The construction planned at the space will allow the new restaurant to have a dine in area, small patio and even a drive up window. This will be the chain's eighth location with 2 other stores elsewhere in the Spokane area, 1 in Hayden and 3 in Montana. Noodle Express has served up freshly prepared noodle bowls and much more since opening in 1992. This is the only known planned new location.

For more information on Noodle Express and to see the menu visit-

Katerra to build large new factory in Spokane Valley

Menlo Park, CA based Katerra will start construction very soon on a large new factory in Spokane Valley that will create hundreds of new jobs. The facility will produce mass timber products including a new technology called cross laminated timber ( CLT ) and Glulam .

In addition to large scale timber product production Katerra also provides services in the construction, development and design industry.  Much of the timber products produced by the Spokane Valley will be used in Katerra's many projects all around the country.

Katerra will even use the CLT product in construction of the planned Community Cancer Fund sponsored hospitality center planned to be built near Kootenai Health in Coeur d' Alene. CLT is a more environmentally friendly product as it is made from wood scrap which is compressed and glued together tightly. This also allows the timber product to be produced from smaller diameter trees and is beginning to become more widely accepted in the construction industry

The new Spokane Valley Katerra factory will open in the first quarter of 2018 with construction to start soon. It will have 250,000 square feet off of Barker Rd. just south of Trent Ave. . A second factory from a company called Progress Rail is also rumored on land adjacent to the Katerra site but we'll have more on that soon. The factory will create 150 construction specific jobs initially with growth and expansion planned on the horizon, they hope to soon have as many as 300 employed here and operate a distribution center on the same parcel of land.

For extra info on Katerra, check their website at-

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Facebook Edition- New Business Openings & Closings - Sept. 21st 2017

For those that are new to this site, these posts are sort of a recap of new businesses that have opened / moved / closed, etc... in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. And, more specifically the ones I've shared about on the Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook page at-

These we're not shared on the main site because I likely just didn't have enough info to write up a whole post about it. So, here is what we know and what you've been missing if you don't like us on Facebook...

Professional Ballet School will have a grand opening for their new studio in on Sept 28th at 521 E. Holland Ave. in North Spokane

Hispanic barber / beauty salon L&H Barbershop and Beauty Salon has opened for business at 21 S Thierman Rd in Spokane Valley

Technically I already did a post about it but just wanted to pass along that Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile will open there newest store on Monday Sept. 25th. The store will be in Kendall Yards at 1206 W. Summit Pkwy.

Mountain Lakes Brewing Co. will open their new microbrewery soon in Downtown Spokane at 201 W. Riverside , next door to the Lion's Lair bar.

Lighthouse Import Auto Parts which had been in Coeur d' Alene has been sold and has moved into a storefront at 21 S. Thierman Rd. in Spokane Valley ( same building as L&H, mentioned above )

Chain fitness business Orangetheory Fitness will open a second Spokane location soon. This time in North Spokane at 410 E. Holland Ave Suite E.

Forza Coffee Company has officially opened their 3rd Spokane area location in the Matilida Building at 1028 N. Hamilton.

Eye Guys Optical has moved over to their new larger "flagship" location at 8220 N. Cornerstone St. Suite A in Hayden. They are also joined in the same building by a new Little Caesars Pizza location.

Liberty Lake Wine Cellars is now open for business at 23110 E. Knox Ave. in Liberty Lake. They moved their from a smaller home based location.

KJ Pottery has opened their new pottery studio in the Garland District at 3908 N. Lincoln St.

Scout Real Estate has opened a second office location. This time on the second floor of 154 S. Madison above the Steel Barrel Tap Room.

A Tri-Cities based brewery is moving to Liberty Lake. Snow Eater Brewing Co. has agreed to lease space in a new building at 2325 N. Mackenzie Ln.

MSD Irish Dance Academy has opened and started classes at 1007 W. Carlisle Ave in Spokane.

The former Pit Stop bar space in Post Falls has become House of Cards Bar & Grill . The new restaurant can be found at 830 N. Spokane St. .

Wright Way Beauty Supply an African American hair product retailer has opened for business at 2103 N. Division in Spokane.

A Good Feet shoe store has opened at 15106 E. Indiana Suite B, by the Spokane Valley Mall.

Sandpoint based Evans Brothers Coffee Roasters is opening a new coffee shop in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. It will likely open next month by the corner of 5th & Sherman Ave.

T-Mobile has opened a new location on the ground floor of the Crescent Court Building at 707 W. Main in Downtown Spokane. Not mentioned on Facebook but mentioned here, T-Mobile is also planning 2 more Spokane locations. One inside Spokane Valley Mall and the other at 11510 E. Sprague by Domino's Pizza in Spokane Valley.

Orthocare Express a walk in clinic of Northwest Orthopedic Specialists has opened 12410 E. Sinto Ave. Suite 201 in Spokane Valley. They offer treatment for sports injuries , neck & back pain , joint pain and more.

Winescape Winery is a new boutique winery and wine tasting room set to open in November at 6011 E. 32nd in Spokane Valley.

Heritage Meats and More which had been in Hayden on Government Way has closed their doors.

1889 Salvage Co. has relocated to a new space at 2824 N. Monroe in Spokane

Serendipity Estates is a new estate sales retail shop opening soon in the Garland District at 602 W. Garland Ave.

Evolve Fitness has opened for business next door to Subway at 5615 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley.

Family Thrift a thrift store on N. Nevada in Spokane has added a second location and can now also be found at 1421 N. Mullan in Spokane Valley.

Polka Dot Pottery a local chain of  self painting pottery studios will a new location soon in Spokane Valley Mall in-between Hop Jack's and H&M on the first floor of the mall.

Shamus's Sandwich Shoppe's new Airway Heights location is now open. It can be found in the former Buckhorn Inn building at 13311 W. Sunset Hwy.

Sunwest Automotive Engines is now up and running in their new home at 210 S. Broad St. in Medical Lake.

The Yuppy Puppy has announced they will soon open a new location in Downtown Spokane near the Davenport Hotel. They however are tight lipped about the exact location of the new place.

After what seems like a lot of delay, we're seeing some indication that the indoor trampoline park chain Flying Squirrel will be opening soon in Spokane. But despite activity on Facebook they have yet to say exactly where they will be other then it will be in Spokane Valley.

Seasonal business Halloween Express is about to open in the former Hasting store at 1704 W. Wellesley in the Shadle Park area.

Tot Shots Photo Studio which as the name would imply is a photo studio specializing in children's photos will open soon in Spokane Valley at 106 N. Evergreen.

Idaho Central Credit Union's new branch in Hayden,ID is now open. It can be found at 8760 N. Government Way.

Got something you'd like me to share? Send an e-mail and alert me

Wheel Sport planning new location in North Spokane

Wheel Sport, a small local chain of bicycle sales and repair shops has it's eyes set on expansion. This with the reveal that the business has acquired a building in North Spokane for it's fourth store location.

The business will remodel the interior and exterior of the 3200 square foot building at 9501 N. Newport Hwy ( corner of Newport & Holland ) for this new store. As some may recall, the building last housed an auto repair business called Northgate Import Specialties . They hope to have the store open for business sometime this winter and like other Wheel Sport stores it will feature both retail bicycle sales and repairs. Construction plans even call for the new store to share the space with a small coffee shop.

Wheel Sport has been in business in the Spokane area for decades and even has been ranked as the best bike shop in the Inland Northwest for the last 15 years by readers of the Inlander. The business sells a number of bicycle brands including Specialized , Pivot Cycles, Fuji and many more including a selection of cycling accessories .

For more information on Wheel Sport, visit-

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.

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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...

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