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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Corporate Tools to open in vacant Post Falls call center

784 Clearwater Lp in Post Falls' Riversbend Corporate Park has sat empty for quite sometime. Ever since Center Partners ( now known as Qualfon ) moved their T-Mobile call center across the state line to Liberty Lake. But it looks like a planned significant remodel and a new tenant may mean life ( and jobs... ) will return to the single story modern office building.

The building will now house a company called Corporate Tools which will actually be based out of the building. We don't have all the details on what the company will do and how many new jobs this facility will create and are still waiting to hear back from the company for the answers. But, here is what we do know....

Corporate Tools' tenant improvement is currently out to bid for construction with Vandervert Construction on Spokane as the general contractor. The business will likely occupy the entire 28,375 square foot building with the offices themselves being designed by HDG Architecture, also of Spokane.  The plans show the building being divided into a main office space and a " Suite B " but based on some other info it looks like both will be used by Corporate Tools.

The interior of the building be completely re-done and a section of the back parking lot will be removed for sports courts. No where does it mention how many people will work for Corporate Tools, However the company's page on LinkedIn says they employ between 201-500 and since they are not open yet we assume they will be creating quite a few new local jobs. In fact the company's website also lists many openings from higher level management down to phone support, data entry and more.

Corporate Tools says on their website they provide entity management software, and assist in corporate filing. They also provide full back office support with calls, billing , collections and more. There is a few more services they offer as well but for the full details on that and the job openings they have, check their website at-

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

New shopping center called Ponderosa Village planned in Spokane Valley

A mix of new retail, restaurants and more will be included in a new multi-building shopping center development coming soon to the 11200 block of S. Dishman-Mica Rd in Spokane Valley. The new development will be called Ponderosa Village and will consist of several commercial units in 5 buildings all surrounding an already existing anchor store. In all there will be somewhere between 25-30,000 square feet of new leasable commercial space created.

The buildings will be to the west and south of Barney's Harvest Foods grocery store which also has an in house True Value hardware store. There are no tenants signed on to the new buildings but the developers are seeking out potential businesses that would make a good fit for the area. Construction will likely begin in the Spring but the exact timeline for construction / opening is still being worked out.

A small bar that had been on the site along Dishman Mica Rd will be demolished to make way for the development. Three of the new buildings will be along Dishman Mica Rd and 2 more northerly, closer to E. 40th St. . The project will likely be built out in phases depending on tenant demand and developers plan to mail surveys and ask around their area of Spokane Valley to see what the people who actually live there would like to see in Ponderosa Village.

Fusion Architecture PLLC has done the design work on the development and there hasn't been a contractor chosen for the project just yet. Keep watching this site for more information on Ponderosa Village as this new project progresses.

Friday, December 22, 2017

More details coming out about Incrediburger & Eggs coming soon to Downtown Spokane

Back in August we first learned of Chef Adam Hegsted's newest restaurant planned to open soon in the heart of Downtown Spokane. That new place will be a more casual burger focused restaurant called Incrediburger & Eggs and now flash forward to December and we're now learning even more about Incrediburger and it's gets cooler and cooler every time we hear about it.

Incrediburger & Eggs will open sometime in January ( watch for the opening date... ) at 909 W 1st Ave in what was last Dempsey's Brass Rail bar. The name is kind of self explanatory but the menu will consist of mostly burgers and eggs. In fact they will be hand pressed umami seasoned burgers and egg sandwiches along with side dishes, adult beverages all while using as much locally sourced products as possible.

Recently, Incrediburger & Eggs gave a sneak peak at their menu of Facebook and let's just say these aren't your grandfathers burgers. Sure they have a classic burger but they'll also have a PB & J burger, something called PigMac and for those not into burgers you'll find something too with a couple of the sandwiches using fish and quite possibly the best sounding thing on the menu a Korean Honey Butter Fried Chicken! And, the side dishes are just as cool with items like beef fat French fries and wait for it...   Vodka battered onion rings!

That's just a sample of what we'll see from Incrediburger & Eggs when it opens next month. And, I think this one will defiantly deserve a review from Inland Northwest Business Watch!

Their website appears to not be up just yet but you can get more info on Incrediburger & Eggs from their newly created page on Facebook at-

- This will be the second recent opening from Chef Adam Hegsted and the company he owns , Eat Good Group. They also recently opened Republic Kitchen + Tap House in Post Falls and own a handful of other restaurants in the area.

Spokane's first food hall likely to open in 2018

In case you haven't been following the culinary trends recently you've likely missed "food halls" . Food halls are concept originating in Europe that's sort of like a food court only way more awesome. And, it looks like our first food hall will come in 2018 with the recently discovered renovation plans for a building in Downtown Spokane.

The Umpqua Bank building ( formerly Sterling Savings Bank's HQ ) at 111 N. Wall was recently sold to a couple of developers from Seattle. One being Interurban Development who Rob Brewster is a part of. Some may remember Brewster for his involvement in several other development projects around Spokane a few years ago. His Interurban Development in more recent years successfully re-developed a handful of buildings in Seattle and Portland. But, for his next project he and a company called Confluent Development have there sights set on the aforementioned Umpqua Bank Building here in Spokane.

Their plans call for keeping the upper floors ( 2-5 ) as office space while hopefully attracting a new mix of creative tenants. But the first floor is where the most exciting portion of the project will happen. The bank moved their branch to a new space on W. Main a few months ago leaving that space as a blank slate.

Currently in the pre-development conference state of the project the new developers are calling for a complete renovation into a food hall / market space with the project going by the name Alexander Goods Depot / Market Hall. The space would contain 14 eateries all using 2 shared commissary style kitchens. Likely these would all be new locally owned and operated businesses serving a wide array of foods.

The plans even call for a small ( 1066 square foot ) grocery store. There are no tenant names on the plans however so we expect all of that news later in the development process. If all goes as currently planned construction would start in the Spring with an opening in the Fall of 2018.

Interurban Development is also planning on converting the abandoned former McKinley School building in East Central Spokane into a space with restaurants , entertainment venues , breweries and the like. We hope to have more info on that project in the coming months as well.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Praxis Coworking to open in Downtown Spokane

More co-working space is on it's way to the Lilac City. The latest is a new locally owned and operated venture which will be called Praxis Coworking.

Praxis Coworking is under construction now with an opening date set for Jan. 3rd, 2018 . The new facility will occupy a 3500 square foot space on the fourth floor of the Holley Mason Building. And, if the adage location, location, location is true Praxis will be success as it'll be just a short walk from all of Downtown Spokane and easy public transit access. Parking ( albeit paid parking, it is Downtown after all ) is on site and the Rocket Bakery has a location on the ground floor of the building for a espresso, pastry or a sandwich any time of day.

Like most coworking businesses people will buy into memberships at Praxis. A month to month option will run $275 a month and there will be discounted rental rates for longer term commitments. Coworking is way cheaper then renting a full office, more professional then working from home and can be beneficial to work alongside others for collaborations, mentoring, etc...

Member of Praxis will enjoy- a private desk, access to all business & recreation amenities , a key, wifi and use of private rooms based on availability . Also, of note they are offering some special deals to their " founding members " who sign up now before the opening date.

For more information on Praxis Coworking, visit-


Starbucks to build new store close to new northside Costco

Signs are up and after a couple of delays the construction is beginning for the new Costco store coming soon to the 12000 blk of N. Newport Hwy. That store will replace a smaller Costco on N. Division and as it would turn out it's not going to be the only commercial construction site in the area.

That's because a project is going out to bid now for a new freestanding Starbucks Coffee location on a pad site of the Pinewater Plaza shopping center. The new coffee shop's address will be 10919 N. Newport Hwy. and will be directly south of Frank's Diner.

The 2011 square feet with both a dine in area and a drive thru lane and small 500 square foot patio area for outdoor dining during the warmer months. The store will be like other Starbucks, owned by corporate and carrying a menu of coffees, some pastries and a few sandwiches. The project will be overseen by general contractor Vandervert Construction and designed by Russell C. Page Architects both of Spokane.

For more information on Starbucks or to place an order online, visit-

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Altitude Trampoline Park to open in former Safeway on Argonne

Another chain of indoor trampoline parks is coming to Spokane. Colleyville,TX based trampoline park company Altitude Trampoline Park has entered into an agreement with a local franchise owner, Brandon & Kendra Gadish to open a location in Spokane Valley.

The new Spokane Valley Altitude Trampoline Park will take the place of the former Safeway store at 1441 N. Argonne Rd. A good amount of remodeling work will be done the building, which is about a block south of I-90. As of now the new business will open sometime in the Spring of 2018 and will be about 32,000 square feet.

The new Altitude Trampoline Park will encompass a large interconnection of wall to wall trampolines and cutting edge attractions for the amusement and exercise of all guests regardless of their age. There will be a kids zone, foam pits, trapeze , basketball dunking lanes , a rock wall and even something not done before in our area: a laser maze over trampolines.

To sign up to get e-mails on the progress at the new business, visit the Spokane location's future website at

And, for more information on Altitude Trampoline Parks as company visit the chain's website at-

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Chef Lu's Asian Bistro to open at Lincoln Heights Shopping Center

A new Chinese restaurant will be opening soon at the Lincoln Heights Shopping Center on the South Hill. The new restaurant will be a locally owned and operated establishment called Chef Lu's Asian Bistro.

The restaurant will specialize in Sichuan cooking and will also have a full liquor license and a sushi bar. Chef Lu's will take the place that was last used by the Costa Vida chain who closed and consolated that location in with their new Valley location at Sprague & Sullivan. The new restaurant will open next month.

Chef Lu's Asian Bistro will a venture from the same ownership as Chinese Gardens Restaurant in Cheney. That restaurant will unfortunately close shortly after the new restaurant opens. Currently there isn't a website or Facebook page online for Chef Lu's but watch here and our Facebook page in the coming weeks for more information on the menu, etc for Chef Lu's Asian Bistro.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Kickstarter on now to get a brick & mortar location for Culture Breads.

Culture Breads is already an operating locally owned and operated baking operation supplying breads to a few local locations, including Rocket Market on the South Hill. Culture Breads now wants to take the next step in opening a brick & mortar location which is actually already being built in a formerly vacant building in the South Perry District.

Culture Breads takes breads seriously as part of the new location they have launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to purchase a unique wood fired oven and stone grain mill and more. The Kickstarter campaign which I will link to at the bottom of this article currently has raised a little over $9,000 of a $20,000 goal. The Kickstarter is for " all or nothing " and needs to be funded by Dec. 13th at 11:03 PST.

Culture Breads is hoping to open in the Spring at 1026 E. Newark and will be a full bakery baking products using grains grown on farms on the Palouse, meaning the new bakery will also provide more jobs and income locally in addition to bread and baked goods.. The space will also be shared with a new microbrewery called Grain Shed Brewing, which we don't really have much info on.

I recommend checking out Culture Breads page on Kickstarter and giving if you can. The Kickstarter page all says a lot more about what they have planned. Check that out at-

Monday, December 4, 2017

North Idaho Dermatology building a new 3 story building in Riverstone

Construction has started in the Merrit Creek office park area of Riverstone in Coeur d' Alene for a new office building that will be quite a bit larger then what is there now. The site is visible from Northwest Blvd. and will be used by a growing dermatology practice that is planning on replacing a clinic they already have nearby.

North Idaho Dermatology is that dermatology practice and they will construct a 36,850 square foot three story building that will be both a clinic and office space. The structure will provide space for the following-

- 35 exam and procedure rooms
- business and support offices
- lab enviroments
- underground parking garage

The new building is planned to be completed around the 3rd quarter of 2018. North Idaho Dermatology has been serving the Inland Northwest since 1999, the board certified physicians have helped over 70,000 patients with all kinds of skin care needs. While the clinic in Riverstone is their main location and definatly now the largest they all see patients at locations in Liberty Lake, Moscow and Sandpoint.

For more information on North Idaho Dermatology visit their web site at-

And, here is a look at some renderings of the new building going up now in Riverstone- 

BoxLunch to open soon at Spokane Valley Mall

BoxLunch a newer retail chain that is growing in popularity will open it's doors very soon in Spokane Valley Mall. The store which is a sister chain of Hot Topic but sells gifts, collectables, apparel, home goods and more geared towards pop culture with a lot of Disney items.

As of the most recent info BoxLunch has about 50 locations with a couple open in Western Washington. The company has been in business since 2015 and is headquartered in Industry,CA.

The Spokane Valley Mall BoxLunch store will open sometime this month and will be located on the first floor of the mall nearby H&M . They are currently hiring for all positions for the new store and this is the only store from the chain currently planned to open in the Spokane area. Hot Topic itself has stores in Spokane Valley Mall and Northtown Mall here in Spokane.

For more information on BoxLunch, visit their website ( where they also sell all of their merchandise) at-

Or, find them on Facebook at-

Friday, December 1, 2017

Details about the new restaurants coming to the Spokane Tribe Casino

The Spokane Tribe of Indians says they are now about 85% complete on their new Spokane Tribe Casino by the corner of US 2 & Craig Rd in Airway Heights. They aren't saying when their opening date is just yet other then it will be by the end of the year. However, says their opening date will be Dec. 29th but while that site is not official the date does seem to make sense, we will see...

But, what we can speak on today is the bar and restaurant options of the new Casino as we now have a bit more info on that front. The Spokane Tribe Casino will have 1 sit down restaurant , 1 bar and 1 grab and go deli type of restaurant. Here is the names and what to expect from each-

Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar

A casual fine dining restaurant with scratch made menu items with locally sourced ingredients . Open daily from 11am - 10pm Three Peaks will have a selections of Washington wines and 20 craft beers.

Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar gets it's name from the peaks of Mount Spokane, Cayuse Mountain and Steptoe Butte all of which are important landmarks that roughly outline the ancestral lands of the Spokane Tribe.


Named for a traditional tribal card game played by generations of the Spokane Tribe. Whaluks will be a bar serving cocktails, beer and wines and will be open daily from 9am-2am

Speelya's Den

A deli with many grab & go items in addition to scratch made gourmet desserts. Speelya's Den will also serve locally roasted espresso and will have long hours being open from 6am-3am.

These will be the 3 places at the Spokane Tribe Casino when it opens. However they say the Casino as is, is just the first phase of what will one day be a large resort complex. The Casino when it first opens will be about 38,000 square feet and offer 450 slots and 12 table games. It is also next to the Tribe's other business venture, Spokofuel , a gas station that includes an Arby's franchise.

For more information on the Spokane Tribe Casino, check out their website at-