Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nike Store will be tenant of former Downtown Spokane Macy's building

While the retail tenants are not planned to open till at least Spring of next year, construction is still pushing forward at the former Macy's store building in Downtown Spokane. The building is now named The M and will have retail / restaurant tenants on street level and 100+ modern looking apartments on the floors above. And, now we've learned who one of the businesses planning to open there will be.

Building permits have been filed ( but not yet issued as of my writing this ) to build out a portion of the space for a new Nike store. The permit is for a 12,168 square foot space meaning it won't be the only store to open there. However no other tenants have been announced or leaked yet.

This would be the only Nike store in the Inland Northwest. Currently there closest store is in Seattle and an outlet store in Auburn,WA. Nike stores sell the full line of Nike products from shoes to sports apparel and accessories and allow customers shop with training product experts.

We'll have more soon as this is a developing story, watch for updates to this post.

For more information on Nike, visit http://www.nike.com

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 @ http://www.facebook.com/coffeeatcedar

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 @ http://www.facebook.com/laddercoffee

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 @ http://www.evansbrotherscoffee.com

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 http://www.naiblack.com

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-


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