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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.

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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-