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Saturday, June 23, 2018

New restaurant watch...

I know I'll probably miss some but here is a quick review of some of the new restaurants coming to the Spokane area!

Soba Teppenyaki

Now open in the food court of Spokane Valley Mall is a cool new Asian food eatery called Soba Teppenyaki. Menu consists of reasonably priced noodle dishes, ramen and more.

Sams and Coffee

Also now open in Spokane Valley is Sams and Coffee. Albeit a bit hidden Sams occupies a 1600 square foot space at 12709 E. Mirabeau Pkwy for the workers of the surrounding Pinecroft Business Park and the entire community.

Sams menu consists of a few sandwiches and salads in addition to beer and a full espresso line up.

The Grain Shed

Not technically a restaurant it must be mentioned that The Grain Shed is now open in the South Perry district at 1026 E. Newark .

It's an awesome locally owned and operated place that is sort of 2 businesses in one. Culture Breads makes amazing fresh breads each day on the bakery portion and the on site brewery brews up fresh beers. It's a must to check out!

Vessel Coffee Roasters

Also on South Perry, Vessel Coffee Roasters is setting up a new neighborhood coffee shop in the formerly abandoned building at the corner of 11th Ave and Pittsburg. This is the same Vessel Coffee that is already operating a shop on N. Monroe.

Dinardi's Pizza and Pasta

We've been hearing rave reviews already coming from Spokane's newest pizza shop, Dinardi's. Located in the same building as Bruchi's at 829 E. Boone , nearby Gonzaga this new restaurant serves up fresh pizzas, Stromboli, calzones, heros, wings, wraps and more.

Austin Live Fire BBQ

Not too much is known yet but we do know that the owner of Mizuna is working on opening a second restaurant in the Downtown area. This time it will be a new BBQ place called Austin Live Fire BBQ and is coming as early as next month to 421 W. Main.

River City Pizza

River City Pizza is already a cool local pizza joint serving Otis Orchards, but it looks like they are branching out and will soon open a new second location to serve Newman Lake. Work / licensing is in the works for this new River City Pizza at 12515 N. Newman Lake Rd.

Heritage Bar & Kitchen

We mentioned this one on this blog sometime ago but wanted to re-mention as it is now officially open for business. Heritage Bar & Kitchen is in Downtown Spokane at 122 S. Monroe and is a full bar with food menu of burgers and some pub fare.

Heritage even has a drink menu of drinks named after local media icons like the Tom Sherry ( choice of flavored vodka, soda, splash of tonic & a lemon twist ) or the Robyn Nance ( Hornitos Tequila, sweet & sour, lots of lime & a float of grand mariner ). And, a few others, funny I don't see any drinks named after your friendly local blogging media members though.... ( just sayin' ;) )

 Did I miss one? Let me know at

Monday, June 18, 2018

Airway Heights’ new Noodle Express is now open!

Despite construction delays the new Noodle Express location in Airway Heights is now open!  This is the 8th location for the Spokane based chain of fast casual Asian restaurants. The Airway Heights store is slightly over 2100 square feet and located in the Crosspoint Plaza at 10408 W US Hwy 2 suite 1.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Renderings reveal look of new 7 story building coming to Downtown Spokane

In case you missed it, a new 7 story mixed use building is in the works on the western edge of Downtown Spokane at 1309 W 1st. . The new building will replace a much smaller single story building on the same site and will connect to the Password building directly next door at the corner of 1st & Adams.

While actual construction won't happen till later this year, locally based architecture firm, Trek Architecture has shared a rendering of the plan. Once complete this new building will be primarily apartments 48 1 and 2 bedroom rental units and ground floor commercial lease space. Here is a look at the rendering-

The same developers are also proposing a plan to renovate a former auto repair facility in the same block of W 1st into a new brewery and restaurant.

We're keeping an eye on both projects, so stay tuned for more in the future...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Alaska Airlines to add non stop flights between San Diego and Spokane

It's no secret that Spokane International Airport is growing, over the last few months several new non stop flights have been added. Planning is currently in the works for renovations to begin next year and with an Amazon Fulfillment Center planned to open next year near by, even the air cargo numbers will likely increase.

In fact just this morning it has been announced that Alaska Airlines will add a daily non stop flight between Spokane and San Diego. This will be the first non stop connection between the 2 cities, which is set to begin on Oct. 1st . Alaska will use a Embraer 175 jet for the route and will depart from Spokane nightly at 5:40pm with a return flight departing from San Diego at 7:10am and arriving here in Spokane at 9:55am.

Both San Diego and Spokane are also airports that participate in Alaska's "wine fly's free" program which allows mileage plan members to check an entire case of wine, up to 12 bottles, for no baggage fee, something very unique in the air travel industry.

This new connection is huge for Spokane as it opens up another link between us and Southern California. It's also a great connection point for travel between Spokane and Latin America. This new flight will surely mean a lot to the local business community "We want to thank Alaska Airlines for this important commitment," said Spokane Airport Board Chair Nancy Vorhees. "Nonstop service from the second largest city in Washington state to the second largest city in California has been an important priority for us and our partners in the business community, in particular LabCorp and Itron "

This is the second new non stop flight announced recently as Frontier Airlines announced earlier this month they will start a Spokane to Las Vegas flight beginning in August.

For more information on Spokane International Airport, visit-
And, for more info on Alaska Airlines , visit-

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Bartlett, seeks to build larger second live music venue in Spokane

The Bartlett is well known around Spokane as an all ages live music venue. The business has hosted some pretty awesome up and coming bands in it's Downtown space at 228 W. Sprague. But, now The Bartlett's owners are working on bringing a new second music venue to Spokane, this time in Browne's Addition and they need the community's help!

While not named yet they recently signed a lease on the former Sunset Junction bar at 1801 W. Sunset Blvd. This new venue is defiantly larger then The Bartlett with 10,000 square feet and would be huge for the local music scene. There isn't an opening date set yet either but some construction work is under way.

But, building such a venture doesn't come cheep so The Bartlett will be hosting a 1 night only " kickstarter style " event on Thursday, June 28th . They hope to raise $40,000 to get this exciting new venue moving. The event, called  " Kickstart The Bartlett 2.0 " will take place at 8:30pm with a cocktail hour from 7:30-8:30. They say there will be more info released about the new venue at the event.

Tickets to Kickstart The Bartlett 2.0 are $20 and include one drink. Tickets are for sale now on TicketFly at

And, for more information on The Bartlett, including other upcoming shows there visit-

Dominos Pizza adding more locations in our area

In the coming months watch from a few more Domino's Pizza locations will be poping up around our area with new locations in the works in Spokane , Spokane Valley and Post Falls. Here's the details-

Pacific Pie,Inc. , the Spokane based franchisee of basically all of the Domino's in our area ( except North Idaho ) is planning two new stores and jumping into the development world as well. The company recently purchased a 1.07 acre lot at 604 S. Sullivan Rd. , close by Central Valley High School in Spokane Valley. There they plan to build a small strip mall of 4 bays, 1 of which will be used for a new Domino's Pizza location. The remaining space would be leased out to other businesses.

Over in Spokane proper Pacific Pie,Inc. also recently acquired the former Hamilton Mart building at 1320 N. Hamilton in the Logan neighborhood. Building permits a new Domino's at that location are currently in plan review phase and interestingly enough include an outdoor patio. The new Domino's Pizza on Hamilton should be complete around September and the new Sullivan Rd. location will likely be complete sometime in the fall.

Over in North Idaho building permits have been issued for a 2nd location of Domino's Pizza in Post Falls. The new Post Falls Domino's will take the space of a former Chiropractor's office at 606 N. Spokane St. , just off of I-90. This location is likely intended for the western side of the city as they also recently relocated the original Post Falls location to the corner of Mullan & Hwy 41 on the far eastern side of the town. No word on when this location will open however.

Domino's Pizza is the sixth largest fast food chain, by locations, in the world. World wide they have over 14,000 stores, which can be found in dozens of countries. Back home here in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene general area Domino's Pizza has 15 locations already open, and these 3 more to be open soon.

For more information on Domino's Pizza , or to place and order, check their website at-

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Small new strip mall coming out front of Yoke's on Sprague

A portion of the Northwest corner of the Sprague Ave. Yoke's parking lot is being converted into a new commercial building for a variety of businesses. Once completed, the new building will be a 4 bay strip mall with the address of 13014 E. Sprague Ave.

The building should be ready in about 3-4 months and will be about 5880 square feet, divisible down to 1400 square feet suites. The building will share parking with the Yoke's store and the nearby Payless Shoe Source store which is also on a pad site in the parking lot.  Leasing work is being done now but no spaces are officially leased as of my checking.

The building will likely fill quickly with businesses as it's has a prime location facing Sprague, with 21000+ daily car count and many other well known established businesses in the same neighborhood.

Cantu Commercial Properties,LLC is marketing the property with lease rates being $18 per square foot or $20 per square foot for the end cap spaces. More info, including contact info, can be found on their website at-

Monday, June 11, 2018

New Indian restaurant coming soon to Coeur d' Alene

A new restaurant is coming soon to Coeur d' Alene and promising to spice up the local culinary scene. That's' because this new restaurant will be Coeur d' Alene's only ( and likely first? ) Indian restaurant.

The new business, which will be called The Mango Tree will open in what was last used by another restaurant called Fedora. Located at 1726 W Kathleen Ave, just west of Ramsey Rd., The Mango Tree will be operated by different owners from Fedora and will remodel the building before opening. Currently The Mango Tree is planned to open sometime in early July.

The Mango Tree identifies as an " Indian Kitchen and Tap House " . The menu will be made up of Indian curries and grill items such as Indian style pizza and wraps. They are now hiring for all positions and for updates follow them on Facebook at-

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Cool Beans Coffee expanding with new full coffee shop coming soon in Spokane Valley

Cool Beans Coffee has been a favorite South Hill coffee drive through for quite some time. Their stand serves up fresh coffee, espresso drinks and so much more each day at 4408 S. Regal. Guests also can find retail coffee, Isagenix products and a friendly fast barista staff so it makes total sense the business would be growing.

Cool Beans Coffee recently announced they will be opening a new location , at the former Cuppa Joe's space at Appleway & University near U City is Spokane Valley. Cool Beans will have both locations open and both will similar menus. But the new Valley location will be a bit improved.

I'm told they will have more food items as this new location has something the South Hill store does not. And, that's an indoor coffee shop space in addition to a drive though. They hope to have the drive though at the Valley location open later this month and the indoor café area operating probably about the middle of next month.

For more information on Cool Beans Coffee, check

Or, find them on Facebook at

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Restaurant Debut to allow a new resturarant each month to bring their unique menus to Spokane

From the " why didn't I think of that? " files is a new business coming to Spokane called Restaurant Debut.

Restaurant Debut will renovate the building at 3115 E. Mission which was last used as a short lived 2nd location for Freedom Burrito. The business will allow up and coming local chefs to rent the entire place for 1 month, meaning different cuisine, different menu and more each month. Restaurants opening at Restaurant Debut need to bring only the menu, decorations and the food. The rest, like the commercial grade kitchen. tables, chairs and utensils are all provided. Even staffing is available for an extra fee.

The new business will still need to do work to the building, etc.. in preparation so they don't plan to open till October 1st. Rent is $3,500 due at the beginning of the month, and $3,500 due at the end of the month. The restaurant owner keeps the profits, which will be likely with such a unique concept and good location close to Spokane Community College. This concept might even provide a launching point for Spokane's next new culinary hot spot.

With the opening still a few months away there isn't news about what restaurant will rent the space. However they are actively seeking restaurants to open there, with more information available from or by calling 503-481-9052.

A website is also coming soon to

Or, find them on Facebook at

Monday, June 4, 2018

Large new multi-tenant industrial building coming to Riversbend Commerce Park in Post Falls

Vacancy rates among warehouses and light industrial properties across the Inland Northwest remain low. So it's no surprise that we're seeing a lot commerce and industrial parks actively building. Spokane's own Playfair Commerce Park has built and leased several new spaces over the last couple of years and there is a new push underway to fill more vacant lots on the West Plains around the Spokane International Airport.

That push to build new industrial buildings has even hit North Idaho as is evident by plans set forth by Riverbend Commerce Park near I-90 exits 1 and 2 in Post Falls. They recently started construction on a large new multi-tenant building to be called the Lemhi Building. This new building will have 50,000 square feet of space all divisible and likely available in August.

The Lemhi Building is pre-leasing now for spaces 5000 square feet and up. The spaces are leasing for 0.60 per square foot and include build out of a manufacturing floor, office and bathroom. The space can be used for many different types of companies, including new businesses just starting out. Loading docks, 24' 10" minimum clear height, LED lighting , on site parking and much more are included. And it's all just minutes away from Spokane with easy access to I-90.

For more information about this new building at the Riverbend Commerce Park in Post Falls, check out their website at-

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Duluth Trading Co. coming to Spokane Valley

You've likely seen their ad's on TV, but soon you'll see them in person. This is because Duluth Trading Co. announced recently they plan to build a new store in Spokane Valley.

The company which is Wisconsin based, sells primarily clothing and accessories. The companies merchandise leans more toward work wear and outdoor apparel. Duluth Trading Co. has seen rapid expansion in recent years, something not common among retailers and this Spokane Valley location will be the company's first store in Washington State.

The new Spokane Valley Duluth Trading Company store will be a 15,000 square foot new construction building to be built at 16314 E. Indiana, a bit to the east of Spokane Valley Mall. The store will be in-between the Hampton Inn and the former Hooters restaurant which is also currently under construction to be used in part by a church. Construction will likely start in the fall, meaning the new store probably won't open until early 2019.

For more information on Duluth Trading Company , check their website at-

Friday, May 25, 2018

Altitude Trampoline Park is now open in Spokane Valley

Staying in town this holiday weekend? Looking for something new to do? Well then you may want to check out the newly opened Spokane Valley location of Altitude Trampoline Park.

Altitude opened for the first time just this afternoon in the former Safeway at 1441 N. Argonne Rd. . The business spans about 32,000 square feet with trampolines throughout the building and 16 different attractions. Guests can check out a foam pit, rock wall, laser maze, basketball, dodgeball and much more. In all the new location employs more then 60 and is open 7 days a week.

The park is also available for birthday parties and an a wide array of other events, just contact them directly for more information. The Spokane Valley location will be second location in Washington state for the Texas based chain. The company has experienced exponential growth recently with dozens of locations currently either under construction or coming soon, Altitude is even planning to have locations in Mexico and Tokyo, Japan very soon.

For more information about the new Spokane Valley Altitude Trampoline Park, check their web site at-

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Cracker Barrel planning location in North Spokane

Although it isn't publicly announced yet, it looks like we can now say that the Cracker Barrel chain of restaurants and country stores is coming to Spokane!

Documents have been filed with the city, showing plans to build a new Cracker Barrel in North Spokane. The plans show the restaurant would build on the Northeast side of the N. Newport Hwy / E. Hoerner Ave. intersection, nearby The Y and the Northpointe Plaza shopping center. Those plans call for a new 9,170 square foot building to be constructed on the site. Along with a 1,316 square foot covered front porch, an addition that is a bit of an iconic feature for the chains restaurants.

The restaurant would include a new surface parking area with almost 130 parking spaces. In all  Cracker Barrel would occupy just shy of 2 acres with the site being devided, creating a new lot at the back along N. Colton St. . Inside the new Cracker Barrel will include seating for about 180 as well as a country store area. This space would sell small gifts, unique foods, country themed merchandise and more. All in all the new North Spokane Cracker Barrel will likely end up almost identical to the Coeur d' Alene location which just opened for business last year and has been packed most times since.

Currently this new restaurant is in the planning / permitting phase so there will still be more details coming so keep an eye on this site for more as we will post more information as we get it. Cracker Barrel, for those who don't know is a chain of country / Southern themed resturants with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Their restaurants are family friendly and don't serve liquor. Very common along highways in other parts of the country, Cracker Barrel is a Tennessee based company that has been growing a lot lately. As of the latest information Cracker Barrel has 640+ locations and over 73,000 employees nationwide.

For more information on Cracker Barrel, visit their website at-

Riverside Station, a large new high rise planned in Downtown Spokane

Yes, your read the title of this correctly, if built this planned new development might just be the first large high rise to be built in Downtown Spokane since the Davenport Grand Hotel. And, if built as planned the Riverside Station would likely be the tallest building in Spokane!

Currently the tallest building in Spokane is the Bank of America Financial Center at 288 feet, but this building would have 354 feet and 31 floors.

So, where will Riverside Station be built?
It's purposed for the vacant lot on the northwest side of the N. Division / MLK Way intersection in the University District section of Downtown. The address is listed as 100 N. Division

When will Riverside Station be built? as per the plans recently filed with the City of Spokane construction will begin this fall. However it is important to note this project is still in the planning phase and developments this large rarely run on schedule.

Here is a breakdown of what is purposed in this new high rise-

Ground floor- Some parking, retail / restaurant lease space and some building support services

Floors 2-7- Parking garage ( 400 spaces )

Floor 8- Mechanical support area

Floors 9-18 Apartments ( number of apartments doesn't look to be set just yet )

Floors 19-22 Office space

Floors 23-30 Condo apartments

Floor 31 Condo apartments and mechanical

We've only recently received these details so we don't have a building rendering or anything along those lines yet. The project's developer is listed under the name Alvco,LLC which appears to be connected to local real estate investor Vincent & Janet Dressel. We'll be watching / checking for more in the coming weeks...

This is actually 1 of 3 purposed high rises in Downtown Spokane at this point in time. But, to date no construction has happened on any of the sites. The Falls Tower is planned near the Spokane Arena, and the 1400 Tower is planned to the west of Downtown along the Spokane River. There has also been on going rumblings of another high rise planned just a couple of blocks north of the Riverside Station proposal on the site of the abandoned auto shop at Division and Spokane Falls Blvd.

What do you think?
Would this project benefit Downtown? What else do you want to see come to Downtown Spokane?

Also, on a side note here is an interesting read on how everyone should be able to live downtown, something I support immensely. It's off of the Spokane Rising blog, which in itself is a site worth checking out- *However note we don't know yet how much apartments in the Riverside Station building might actually go for.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

The opening date for Spokane’s new Nike store is here!

We’ve watched construction crews build out Spokane’s first Nike Outlet store for the last few months. But, finally this afternoon we’ve been able to confirm that the store will open on June 14th at 10am!

Spokane’s new Nike store is the first commercial tenant of the former Macy’s building, now called The M. Other stores and restaurants are still coming but not announced yet. The new store is a 12000 +/- square feet space carrying the full line of Nike products. Currently the next closest Nike store is in Auburn,WA.

For more info on Nike, check

Friday, May 11, 2018

It's opening day for Sweet Peaks Ice Cream's new location in Downtown Spokane!

After a few months of remodeling the popular Sweet Peaks Ice Cream chain opens for business later this morning in Downtown Spokane. Their new location is next door to Durkin's Liquor Bar at 415 W. Main and is the seventh location overall for the Whitefish, MT based company.

( Photo credit- Sweet Peaks Ice Cream's Facebook page )

The Spokane store will officially open at 11:30am today ( May 11th ) . Customers will find nine signature ice cream flavors, joined by several more rotating seasonal flavors. The Spokane location will be similar to their other Inland Northwest location which open a couple of years ago in Downtown Coeur d' Alene.

For more information on Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, follow them on Facebook and Instagram and check out their website at-

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Poke Express opening day is this Friday!

Beginning tomorrow Spokane now has a fast casual Poke' restaurant! It's been the talk of our Facebook page recently so I figured I'd take a moment on here to announce that Poke' Express is to open for business tomorrow ( May 11th ) at 10:30am . The new restaurant features freshly made poke' bowls and rolled ice cream from a storefront nearby Sacred Heart at 905 S. Grand.

( Photo credit- Poke Express' Facebook page )

The restaurant is has similar concept to a Subway, which kind of make cense since it's location was last used by that chain. Which since Poke Express is a locally owned and operated business makes the news of the location all the more wonderful. Diners have the option to " build your own " bowl with a base, a protein , many side options, some sauce and toppings. Or, the menu will also have a few delicious sounding bowl options that have recommended combinations then built fresh for you.

And, yes Poke Express will also serve the same rolled ice cream that they make at their sister restaurant, Yummy Ice Cream Rolls, which can be found on N. Division, by Gonzaga in the University District.

For more information on Poke Express, check out . Or, find them on Facebook at-

New strip mall planned near Wandermere

A small new strip mall is in the works for the vacant lot at 11921 N. Division, just to the south of the Wandermere area. Planned is a 6900 square foot building with up to four storefronts, one being specifically geared towards a new restaurant as it would include a patio and drive through lane.

Construction will likely begin sometime this year as the building is to be complete by March of 2019. Of the 4 storefronts one is leased, a space with a little more the 2100 square feet on the end but no news as of yet about what business will lease that space. The remaining spaces are up for lease and are being marketed by NAI Black. Currently space is leasing for $24 per square foot in line or $30 per square foot for the end cap restaurant space.

Below is an example rendering of the purposed new building-

For more information about leasing space at this new strip mall contact Terry McAleer at NAI Black or visit

Monday, May 7, 2018

Poole’s Public House to build new restaurant in Wandermere

Poole’s Public House , a pub style bar and restaurant in North Spokane is making big plans. They are currently in a leased strip mall space at 101 E. Hastings Rd. but will soon replace that space with a new building all their own.

They aren’t going far though as it will be just a bit to the west at 12310 N Ruby at Hastings and Ruby. The new restaurant will be a stand alone building with about 5000 square feet. It was designed by Mercier Architecture & Planning and Baker Construction will be the general contractor. Below is a look at the purposed renderings for this new Poole’s Public House.

Poole’s also has a location on the South Hill at 5620 S Regal suite 1. For more information and look at their menu check-

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Anytime Fitness to join Fairways Plaza near Cheney

The rumors are true, a fitness center is coming soon to the Fairways Plaza shopping center at 10511 W. Aero Drive. This is the shopping center that has been largely vacant since it's construction at the SR 902 exit off of I-90, except for a McDonald's & a physical therapy office.

The fitness center will be a location of the huge Anytime Fitness chain and take up about 2 suites there or almost 6000 square feet. The goal is to have the new Anytime Fitness open sometime in the early summer. They plan to begin accepting members as soon as the end of this month.

As is with all Anytime Fitness, members can work out at Anytime with 24 hour access via a key fob. Members will also get access to use Anytime Fitness' 4000+ other gym locations. This new location will also have a fitness studio with over 200 automated classes, a free weight area, many machines, men's & women's showers and occasional group events and outings. Personal training services will also be available.

While this location will be a locally owned and operated franchise, Anytime Fitness actually a huge recognizable chain with locations throughout United States and several other countries around the world. The Minnesota based company has been in operation for about 16 years and can today boast more then 2 million clients. This will be the fourth Anytime Fitness location in the Spokane area with a couple more in the Kootenai County area.

For more information on Anytime Fitness, check their website at-

Monday, April 30, 2018

Business Openings & Closings - Facebook Edition - April 30th 2018

As we close out the month of April I figured it was time for another one of these posts. If your new here this where I got back through the new businesses around the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area I've shared about on Facebook but didn't do a full post. Some may get a post soon, some maybe I don't have much info on, who knows but I still what you to know so you can be educated on what's going in where.

If your not following us on Facebook, your missing out as I share business updates almost every day. So, please like us to know what's happening business wise around Spokane-

And, now here are there business openings and closings, with the Coeur d' Alene / Post Falls news listed first so the news is easier to find-

The Human Bean a coffee stand chain is preparing to open a new location off of Government Way, near Idaho Central Credit Union in Hayden.

Red Label Shoes is a new local discount shoe retailer that will open soon in Post Falls at 4065 Riversbend Ave. ( former Outlet Malls )

Fox Trailers a trailer dealership building a large new sales and service center along Pleasant View Rd. just north of Seltice in Post Falls. Not mentioned in the share, Jitterz Espresso is also building a new coffee stand just a bit south of them.

HMH Engineering has moved their offices into 3882 N Schreiber Way suite 104 in Coeur d' Alene

2nd Act Clothing Store is now open for business in Coeur d' Alene at 5624 N. Government Way

The extensive renovation of the former Shilo Inn in Coeur d' Alen is nearing completion and should be complete in late May. It will then be Comfort Inn & Mainstay Suites Coeur d' Alene , the hotel is located at 702 W. Appleway.

Mountain Paw Pet Supply is a new pet supply store now open at 724 N. Hwy 41 Suite C in Post Falls

Ten/6 a new breakfast and lunch restaurant will open May 9th in Midtown Coeur d' Alene at 726 N. 4th St. . It is Alice in Wonderland inspired with Cajun themed menu.

Silver Lake Market a marketplace of hand made arts, gifts, crafts and more will open soon in Coeur d' Alene at Silver Lake Mall.

Beau Monde Clothing Exchange will open a second outlet store location soon in Post Falls at the new shopping center at Mullan & Cecil Rd.

NYC Piano Bar is coming soon to the former Cellar location in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 313 E. Sherman Ave.

Sonrisa Taqueria is a new bar / Mexican restaurant now open in Downtown Coeur d' Alene at 519 E. Sherman Ave.

Anchored Coffee Company is now open for business at 451 Dalton Ave, out front of the roller rink in Coeur d' Alene.

The Gourmet Way a cooking / baking store in Hayden has moved up the road to 9321 N. Government Way, still in Hayden.

From Spokane / Spokane Valley and area-

Timeless Furniture & Boutique has opened their doors at 13127 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley

No word on when they might build / open there but the local franchisee of Domino's Pizza has purchased a lot 604 S. Sullivan Rd. in Spokane Valley for a future restaurant.

Gesa Credit Union has opened their newest location on the ground floor of the Northtown Office Building at 4407 N. Division in Spokane.

Balanced Fitness Wellness Studio is a unique new fitness studio that offers classes, personal training, massages and more at 18321 E Appleway is Spokane Valley

Adhara Salon & Spa has moved and can now be found at 18123 E. Appleway in Spokane Valley

Slick Rock Tanning & Spa has opened their newest location in North Spokane. They can be found at 8701 N. Division.

Quality Inn Valley Suites is in the later stages of there top to bottom renovation. The hotel which is located at 8923 E. Mission Ave in Spokane Valley will become Fairfield Inn & Suites Spokane Valley

Just a couple of months after the Eyemart Express chain opened their first location in Spokane and they are planning a second. This time this will open in Spokane Valley at 15318 E. Indiana in the former Tuxedo Gallery store space.

No Boundaries is now open in the post security rotunda at Spokane International Airport. The store sells gear and apparel for outdoor and sport enthusiasts. Columbia, Marmot and more are among the brands sold in the new store.

Paws n' Claws a dog and cat grooming business has moved to 9725 N. Division in North Spokane.

I don't always share new churches / moves. But, had to mention that Liberty Lake based Uplift Church is renovating about half of the former Spokane Valley Hooters on Indiana and will open their church there soon. Big change...

Gold Bay Pawn at 1505 N. Ash has closed their doors. I believe they had a short lived realty show a few years back?

Prairie Dog Pet Mercantile has taken over another suite of their strip mall and greatly increased the size of their South Hill store at 5608 S. Regal. They also just opened a new store in Kendall Yards recently.

Copper Stats Bolt & Nut Co. has opened a location in the Playfair Commerce Park in East Central Spokane.

Consign Furniture has opened Consign Jewelry in the same building as their popular furniture store at 21605 E. Country Vista Dr. in Liberty Lake.

Pawpular Companions Boutique a pet store in Liberty Lake has moved to a new larger home at 21801 E. Country Vista Blvd. Suite 111 , still in Liberty Lake. 

River City Guitars is now open for business on the South Hill at 2910 E. 29th .

BLH Marketing & PR has moved into new offices near Kendall Yards at 628 1/2 N. Monroe in Spokane. They plan to lease out the first floor of the building to likely several office tenants and have renamed the building the NoMo Building.

Walk In Chiropractic has opened their new Spokane location. They can be found on the North side at 915 E. Hawthorne Suite D.

The Grooming Studio has moved and can now be found at 3123 E. Francis Ave. in Spokane.

Watch for a new Jenny Craig weight loss location coming soon to the Argonne Village shopping center. Their address will be 9311 E. Montgomery Suite 104 in Spokane Valley.

Most people know of Go Calendars, Games & Toys for their pop up stores in most every mall during the holiday season. But now Spokane is home to a year round location of the chain. The Northtown Mall store will remain but will focus on the games & toys primarily until winter.

Built to Move Chiropractic & Sports Rehabilitation is now open and seeing patients at 12403 E. 1st Ave. in Spokane Valley

Art Salvage is opening Spokane's first creative reuse center at 1925 N. Ash . The space will include a retail shop, classroom space and storage.

The Loft Tanning & Boutique is open for business in Liberty Lake at 23801 E. Appleway Suite 120.

Keep watching Inland Northwest Business Watch for many more new business openings & closings in our area. And make note that we always accept tips on new places, press releases , invites , etc... at any time via  , no phone calls please.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Affordable Pet Dental Plus / Union Animal Hospital to relocate to East Central Spokane

Yet another business is joining in on the renaissance of E. Sprague, now know as the Sprague Union District. And, it'll be a move up for them as it will mean a larger more visible location.

The business I'm talking about is Affordable Pet Dental Plus, who is in the process of changing their name to Union Animal Hospital. The name change is in part to reflect that they are a full service veterinary clinic and not just for animal dental needs. Affordable Pet Dental Plus will lease about 6300 square feet at the East Gate Plaza building on the 2200 block of E. Sprague, and will open there after the space is converted in a clinic for them.

Affordable Pet Dental Plus / Union Animal Hospital is currently in a smaller location at 3613 E. Springfield, off of Freya. This new clinic will offer a larger lobby and more exam rooms to reduce wait times for patients. Their vet, Dr. Sutton is also currently take additional courses in orthopedic surgery to allow for more in house surgical options as well.

Their clinic is one the highest rated veterinary clinics in Spokane. Customers will find a caring team that provides an array of services to our dog and cat family members. They provide everything from shots and routine care, to specific care needs and lab diagnostics to surgery.

For more information on Affordable Pet Dental Plus / Union Animal Hospital visit their website at-

Friday, April 27, 2018

Amy's Donuts coming to Spokane Valley

Amy's Donuts is small chain of donut shops originating in Colorado Springs, but while small they are certainly unique! And, they are coming our way!

We first heard of this back in January but are just now able to confirm that Amy's Donuts will open a location later this year in Spokane Valley. Building permits have been filed to transform the former Abelardos Mexican Restaurant at 11519 E. Sprague into the first Amy's location in Washington. This will be their 4th location overall as they are also open in Colorado Springs, Tucson, AZ and Columbus, OH .

So, just what makes Amy's Donuts unique? It's their menu consisting of dozens of donuts with a lot of cool out of the box creations. There's donuts with cereal on top like the Lucky Charms donut, ones with candy bars like the Reese's Cup donuts. Other cool donuts include a Peanut Butter & Jelly donut, Cotton Candy topped donut and tons more!

They'll of course have all the traditional donuts available also as well as filled donuts, cake donuts and frosted cake donuts. There menu even includes some seasonal specialties. And, to add to the awesomeness, all Amy's Donuts location are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except Thanksgiving and Christmas.

They plan to open sometime around November and in the mean time check out Amy's Donuts web site at-

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Thomas Hammer, Ben & Jerry's and Qdoba to join an expanded food court at Northern Quest

Northern Quest Resort & Casino is pushing forward with their massive expansion, the Kalispel Tribe is investing millions to transform their Casino in Airway Heights into a primer resort destination. An  RV park, expanded outdoor venue, an Dinner & a Movie concept movie theater, new family friendly spaces, a new retail store and a whole lot more are all in various stages of construction right now. And, just today Northern Quest confirmed one more piece of their expansion, exactly who will be joining their expanded food court area,

Fatburger and The Deli are the quick service options already open in the food court but the plan is double the size of the food court adding 3 more bays. All of which already have places coming, and will likely open around June or July. The 3 new places will be-

Qdoba Mexican Eats

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Thomas Hammer Coffee

Ben & Jerry's and Thomas Hammer will each have about 500 square feet and Qdoba will be larger at 1000 square feet. Like the existing businesses they will all use a common dining area, the expansion also will result in the creation of approximately 45-50 new jobs.

Keep watching for more news on Northern Quest as we're expecting more news from them to be coming. Valued at over $20 million their expansion is currently one of the largest construction projects in our area and will likely continue of for several more months. However during the construction the Casino, hotel, most restaurants and services remain open and their famous Pepsi Summer Concert Line-up will continue.

For more information on Northern Quest Resort & Casino, visit-

Monday, April 23, 2018

Elliott's, an Urban Kitchen to enter soft opening mode tomorrow!

Don't let the N. Monroe construction stop you from coming down starting tomorrow ( Apr. 23rd ) for a cool local restaurant opening. Elliott's, an urban kitchen is small but awesome new place opening at 2209 N. Monroe in what was last 1889 Salvage ( they have since moved ).

Early reviews out of the gate are very positive and it's all locally owned and operated with a kitchen ran by Chef Tony Elliott, the former executive chef for Fairchild Air Force Base. The menu will be a contemporary American cuisine with beer, wine and a full bar.

Dishes will use fresh local and seasonal ingredients whenever possible with lunch, dinner and even a brunch menu for Saturday and Sunday. Their menu will match most any taste with such items as fresh green curry chicken, steak frites and an amazing looking clams and mussel chowder. There is also " shareables ", salads and more. Happy hour is 2-6 every day except Sunday and the menu mentions reserving a Chef's Table. But, we won't share everything you'll just have to check it out ( like we hope to soon... ).  Just note that the menu maybe limited during the soft opening portion of their opening.

But, as a tease of their food, here is a photo of that clam and mussel chowder they posted to their Facebook page recently-

And, while your visiting Elliott's, an Urban Kitchen don't forget to visit some of the other awesome local businesses that dot North Monroe. It's a really cool neighborhood and they really need our help to make it through the construction happening over the next few months, who know we may just #meetonmonroe !

Watch our site for more happenings on North Monroe, and for more on Elliott's, an Urban Kitchen check out their Facebook page at-

Saturday, April 21, 2018

90s themed Boombox Pizza now open in Downtown Spokane

A cool new pizza restaurant  / bar with a 90s theme is now open in Downtown Spokane. Boombox Pizza is that place and it’s located within the space that was Revolver at 221 N Division. We were able to stop in for lunch ( and a little day drinking... ) , while it’s small and the pizza was a very limited menu (first couple of hours open) it is a pretty cool place. Hit 90 jams played on a handful of TVs , a wall of speakers , and giant murals of 90s stars adorn the interior . That along with a great pizza , beer , wine and a full bar make this a great new addition to Downtown Spokane.

Here are some photos we snapped along with the menu, for more info on Boombox Pizza find them on Facebook at-

Thursday, April 19, 2018

PacWest Machinery planning large new dealership in Spokane Valley

The Spokane branch of PacWest Machinery is planning to invest locally with the recent announcement that they have acquired a parcel in Spokane Valley for a new, larger dealership. PacWest will build on a parcel located at 3515 N Sullivan Rd just west of the Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

The new PacWest Machinery will continue their concept of selling Volvo Construction equipment as well as several other leading equipment brands. The new dealership is set to be open by the second quarter of 2019 and it will be larger then their current space on E. Trent. The new dealership will have a 30,000 square foot building on 9 acres and will include a sales showroom, a 14 bay service center and an expanded parts warehouse.

The new facility will enable PacWest to stock more equipment as well as host demonstrations and training. It will also provide customers an easy to access location not far off the freeway. For more information on PacWest Machinery, visit their website at-

Monday, April 16, 2018

Ulta Beauty planning a new store in Spokane Valley

The Illinois based Ulta Beauty chain is expanding, after opening a new store over in Yakima recently they are setting their sights on adding one more store here in the Spokane area. This new Ulta will be the second in the Spokane metro and third in the Inland Northwest as they already have stores in North Spokane and Coeur d' Alene.

Not many of the details are in about the new local Ulta Beauty location other then construction will begin soon for it in Spokane Valley. It will join the tenant roster of the Evergreen Crossing shopping center at the corner of Evergreen and Indiana, just west of the Spokane Valley Mall and right off of I-90. The store there will be located in-between the Fred's Appliance and the currently under construction Tuesday Morning store in the plaza's in-line business space.

Founded in 1990 Ulta Beauty has around 1000 stores and are sort of a go to store for beauty. Their stores are usually slightly smaller then a full big box and carry cosmetics, hair and skin care products, fragrances and much more. All Ulta Beauty stores also have and in store salon.

For more information on Ulta Beauty's planned new store in Spokane Valley keep watching this site. And, for more on Ulta Beauty the company and what they carry check out-

Poke' Express to open soon on S. Grand

The owners of Yummy Ice Cream Rolls just brought the joy that is Thai rolled ice cream to Spokane just a few months ago. And, it's been going strong at 1601 N. Division ever since but they are wasting no time expanding and bringing yet another cool restaurant concept to Spokane.

Their new place, Poke' Express will be opening sometime around the middle of May and will offer both Poke' bowls and ice cream rolls. It's not the first place in Spokane to offer Hawaiian Poke' bowls but it is the newest and the first to make them an exclusive feature of their menu. Poke' Express will be located at 905 S. Grand just a short jaunt south of Sacred Heart Medical Center.

The menu will consist of about 4 pre-set poke' bowls like the Salmon Poke' with sashimi grade salmon , veggies, house seasonings and sauce and three more. Or customers will be able to build their own bowl picking a base like rice, a protein like tuna or tofu and sides, sauce and toppings. Depending on the way you get you bowl at Poke Express it will cost approximately $11 - $15.

Special events and catering will also be available and they promise all food to be served fresh and quick. For more information on Poke' Express check out their website at-

Board & Brush Spokane - New Business Review

This post is going to be the first of a yet to be named feature where we try out newish places around town. This article is also the first to be written by a new Inland Northwest Business Watch staffer... my wife.
Being no stranger to the paint and sip concept, I thought I was perfectly prepared for everything that was going to happen. However, Board & Brush is unlike my previous canvas painting experiences. I put in a lot of effort, and with little skill, I came home with a décor item I was happy to display. 

Upon walking into the workshop, I noticed how bright, clean, and welcoming it was. The walls were adorned with design samples, paint colors, glitter, and tools. Needless to say, it was a crafters paradise. We found our spots by looking for our names on the table, which also had a stencil of our chosen custom design laying over pieces of blank wood. I decided to go with a theatre sign as a cheeky way to showcase my movie collection.

At Board & Brush, you can choose the design you want from their site ( and customize it with your name anything else you’d like. There was a woman at our table making a gift for her brother’s wedding. My husband and the other girl at our table opted for pet signs. Not only is your sign design customizable, but every step of the process is too. 
After getting a drink from their small but mighty bar, that also offered local brewery No-Li, it was time to get down to business. We used hammers, screws, bottle caps, and mallets to not only get out the stress from the week but also to destress our wood anyway we wanted to. We sanded the boards, and stained it with our choice of stain, applied hanging wire and hooks, placed our stencil where we wanted it, and colored it how we wanted. They were nice to let me go crazy with color choices and my addition of glitter. Meanwhile, the owners Tom and Barb were there to help with any issues or to refill beverages. They had a lot of regulars which not only proves you can make an endless number of great signs, but also that the owners are friendly. 
I recommend giving Board & Brush a try. It’s a unique experience that both males and females over 21 will enjoy. No experience is required. Plus, if you do mess up it just adds to your sign’s rustic design.     

If you go, Board & Brush can be found next to the South Hill Growler Guys at 1314 S Grand #3 . Class booking can be done on the website listed above.

Friday, April 13, 2018

An Amazon fufilment center in Spokane?!?

There are a lot of rumors going around that a site nearby Spokane International Airport is being eye'd by Amazon for a new massive distribution center. Just yesterday Spokane County officials held a pre-development conference for a project code named " Super Duper Project Rose " at 10010 W. Geiger Blvd. ( along I-90, near GEG and the Medical Lake exit ) .
Many other local media outlets have been reporting on the speculation that this will be the new Amazon Spokane fulfillment center. It does seem to make complete sense but as now no part of the project can be confirmed this is the only post I'm going to put on this site for right now.

But, keep watching for more as I'd say an announcement is coming and if anyone has any insider info contact me at or

For the details of why it looks like will be an Amazon center, here is a round-up of local media coverage-

Either way with a building the size of what is purposed if we see this project come to fruition it surely will  be " super duper " for Spokane.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Quick look at The M as it is today

Renovation is going full steam ahead at the former Macy’s in Downtown Spokane. Currently the hope is to have the building done this fall and some of the residential tenants in by May.

Once complete the bottom 2 floors will be retail, a Nike Outlet is currently building out their store in half of the first floor. But the remaining first floor and all of the second floor are all still being marketed. The upper floors are apartments, with 114 units and a mix of sizes and floor plans. As per rent will be around $810- $2850 per month.

We were lucky enough to join AIA Spokane and CSI Spokane on a tour of The M and see where it stands here in Mid April. I wasn’t able snap many photos but here are a few to get an idea of what some of The M might look like, and the awesome view

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Stupid Cow opens tomorrow in Spokane Valley

You've been asking about the coming soon signs that recently appeared at the former Jennifer's Auto Sales car dealership at 17416 E. Sprague ( for the record Jennifer's is still in business at 15020 E. Sprague ) .

We did a little digging and still don't know much, but do know it will be a small restaurant called The Stupid Cow. The Stupid Cow will be from the same owners as Daley's Cheep Shots bar on E. Trent and it will be a breakfast and lunch restaurant.

We haven't seen the menu or anything else as of my writing this so watch for updates. However we can announce that if you want to check out the Stupid Cow you won't have to wait long. That's because they will be open for business starting tomorrow ( Wednesday Apr. 11th ) at 6:30am.

At this point The Stupid Cow seems to have no web site or social media pages ( yes, really....)

De Leon's Taco & Bar to open second location near Gonzaga

De Leon's Foods is growing once more, this time they will be adding a second location of their De Leon's Taco & Bar restaurant. This is the casual restaurant concept they opened just last year, and that original location will remain open near Whitworth University at 10208 N. Division.

The new De Leon's Taco & Bar will be located in the former Chapala Mexican restaurant building at the corner of N. Hamilton & E. Nora in the Logan neighborhood, not far away from Gonzaga. The 4000 square foot building was just recently purchased by De Leon's. Some remodeling will be necessary with the new De Leon's location opening for business sometime around the end of Summer / early fall of this year and will employ about 20.

The new location will be very similar to the existing one on N. Division. The restaurants specialize in street style tacos and burritos made with their own locally produced tortillas that are produced using local wheat from Shepard's Grain. Daily specials will also be offered as will catering services, beer, tequila and much more.

For more information on De Leon's Taco & Bar, including a look at their menu, visit their website at-

Also, check out the other De Leon's locations which are combination Hispanic grocery stores / Mexican restaurants. Those are at 102 E. Francis in North Spokane and 15530 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Blackbird Tavern + Kitchen updates, to bring a traditional taste of the south to Spokane

Big changes are coming to one of Spokane's favorite restaurants. The Blackbird Kitchen + Tavern at 905 N. Washington St in the Broadview Dairy building is currently closed. But, the closure is only temporary as they plan to re-open, with the same name but a cool new concept in just a couple of weeks.

The Blackbird will re-open on April 16th with a smokehouse and traditional southern barbeque menu. We're told these updates have been the plan since they opened in the Summer of 2015. " We said from the start we wanted to change concepts every few years " said owner Patrick McPherson in a recent press release. And, it should be good with wood-fired smokers running 24 hours a day and executive chef Molly Patrick, a native of Macon, GA remaining in charge of the kitchen.

Smoked items will include brisket, pork, jackfruit, hot links, spare ribs, chicken and more. They'll even have their own house made BBQ sauces like Kansas City style, spicy Asian, mustard and coffee. But, the goal they say is to make barbeque that stands on it's own and doesn't need sauce.
Vegetarian and vegan diners will also still find options at The Blackbird as they plan to have several salads. And, they are even working on different preparations for possible dishes including pulled jackfruit and smoked tofu.

In addition to the re-tooling of the menu, they are working on some big changes to the restaurant itself as well. The main entrance will be relocated from the front to the patio side and many updates will be done throughout the restaurant. Also, now guests will order at a counter or kiosk before sitting down with the option of full service for the remainder of the experience. They say the new concept and menu will allow The Blackbird to become less formal, more casual and " a lot more fun ".

A full bar, beer and wine , banquet rooms will remain available as will their popular weekend brunch, which will remain a full service dining experience. The barbeque menu is an exciting change but fans of some of their current menu might still be able to find their favorites at Manito Tap House ( 3011 S. Grand ) as it's the sister restaurant of The Blackbird.

Watch this blog as we'll likely post a review / menu update post when they re-open. In the meantime more information on The Blackbird can be found at-  or...

Friday, April 6, 2018

Former Post Falls Factory Outlets bouncing back quickly with even more new businesses

It seems like a just a few weeks ago I found myself writing on here about a few new businesses opening at the former Post Falls Factory Outlets. But, it's already time for another update as we're seeing and finding out about even more places planning to open there.

I'm referring only to the smaller Post Falls Factory Outlet building at the corner of Pleasant View and Riversbend in Post Falls. The larger North Idaho Outlets, now known as the Tedder Business Center, will likely be reserved for a future post as there isn't as much to report there right now.

As of earlier this year the Post Falls Factory Outlets are under new ownership and are presently being marketed under the name Riversbend Commerce Park. Leasing work is under way and it's paying off as here the places are now known to be opening stores / offices in building-

Brothers Flooring ( they are currently open in Spokane, this will be a second store )

Salvage 7 ( vintage store mentioned in last post, now open )

The Rusty Star  ( signs and rustic home décor mentioned in last post, now open )

Rocky Mountain Distributing ( Liquidation retailer selling overstocked clothes and a bit of everything from several national retailers, their store is now open )

Faithful Chocolates ( Chocolate seller with a significant amount of Christian books & gifts for sale )

North Idaho Gun & Pawn

A new restaurant

Cloud Vapor  ( e-cig retailer, now open )

Home brew & wine making store, no name mentioned yet.

Offices for Crowd Hub Apps.

All of these businesses join the few hardy shops that remained from the previous ownership. Those businesses we're Northwest Title Loans and The Cabin Restaurant.

So, while it's no Mall of America it's safe to say this space is bouncing back from it's dead mall days. There is also more space available for lease with active marketing work being done by Select Properties of Coeur d' Alene. If your interested in leasing space in the former Post Falls Factory Outlets, contact Cory Turnbull at- 208-691-2995

Monday, April 2, 2018

New mixed use building planned for Spokane's SoDo neighborhood

Currently a mostly empty lot, a large new mixed use building, will soon rise on the NE side of the intersection at 2nd Ave & Bernard in Downtown/SoDo. Set to be called the Pacific Building, this new structure will be directly adjacent to the Armory building which today houses Laser Quest and the Wild Walls climbing gym.

The plans call for a 5 story building with retail space ,offices and residential condos. Precision Palates currently occupies a small building on the same lot and will subsequently move into a portion of the retail space in this new building once it is built. No other set in stone mention yet about what other businesses might open there. Space is already available for lease / sale and we'll likely have more info about that in another post coming soon.   

Super 1 Foods to open new Athol store this week

They're almost done.... the Super 1 Foods grocery store chain will open a new location in our area this week. Marking the 19th store for the Hayden based chain, and the first major grocery store to open in the growing North Idaho town of Athol.

Super 1 Foods Athol is a 57,000 square foot store and the anchor of the new Crossroads development on the northeast side of the US 95/ ID 54 interchange, a few miles north of Coeur d' Alene. The store will serve the surrounding small communities and will likely deem popular among travelers arriving at the nearby Silverwood Theme Park during the Summer months. The store also means more jobs for the area with about 125 planned to be employed there.

Like other Super 1 Foods grocery stores the Athol store will office a full deli, seafood department, meat department, natural/organic food section and a bakery. But, it will also have a large beer and wine area with growler fill station, pharmacy and a Ace Hardware branded hardware section. Like all other Super 1 stores this store will be open 24 hours a day.

Right now the store seems a bit lonely on it's parcel, but not for long. The surrounding acreage is to be developed in a large commercial development. There isn't a set timeline for openings but plans call for a hotel, travel plaza type gas station and many pad sites for restaurants, banks, medical office or possibly even a few smaller retailers. Information on the project can be found on the developers website at

Stop by and check out the new Super 1 Foods store, it is to open at 7:00 am this Wednesday, April 4th. And, for more information on the Super 1 Foods brand visit

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Alt 96.1 launches with format switch at iHeartRadio Spokane

Spokane has a new radio station, and it's a format that hasn't been in out market for the last few years. iHeartRadio has re-branded their station at 96.1 into Alt 96.1, a radio station with an adult alternative / alt rock format. Also, the station has been re-assigned new call sign KFOO.

Previously, the 96.1 was a country format known as Kix 96.1 which has historically had the lowest ranking of the 3 country stations broadcasting in Spokane. Kix 96.1 has had a 1.5 market share, lacking behind the top station 99.9 Coyote Country with their 5.0 market share. But, iHeartRadio intends to keep a country station on the air in Spokane. That station has moved to 99.3 which is actually a translator station of KZFS 1280 AM. 1280/99.3 launched not long ago and had a short run as a contemporary Christian station. The country station will now be called Kix 99.3 .

Alt 96.1 began broadcasting at the beginning of March and in addition to the alterative music format will air a syndicated morning program called The Woody Show which broadcasts out of Los Angeles. Prime advertising spots are available on Alt 96.1 and the other iHeartRadio Spokane stations with info on that available on

Locally iHeartRadio also operates 98.9 KKZX, 103.1 KCDA, Kiss 98.1 and News radio 590 KQNT.

For more information about Alt 96.1 , visit their website at-

Also, find the new Kix 99.3 at-

2018 Northern Quest Resort & Casino Summer Concert Lineup announced!

The announcement of Spokane’s hottest concert lineup is here! Here is who will be appearing in the 2018 line up for Northern Quest’s Pepsi Summer Concert Lineup....

Little Big Town Jun 18th

I love the 90s Tour Jun 28th

Incubus Jul 10th

John Fogerty Jul 17th

Brad Paisley Jul 27th

Zz Top Jul 29th

Willie Nelson & Alison Krauss Aug 3rd

Gabriel “fluffy” Inglesias Aug 9th

Train Aug 10th

Alabama Aug 15th

Huey Lewis and the News Aug 19th

Kane Brown Sept 9th

The Australian Pink Floyd Show Sept 13th

Joan Jett & Cheep Trick Sept 18th

Rascal Flatts Sept 22nd

More information on these concerts and everything happening at Northern Quest, check their website at-

Monday, March 26, 2018

Etailz to relocate HQ to Spokane Valley

Etailz is leaving Spokane, but have no fear the growing company isn't going far. Etailz is beginning a remodeling project to move into a larger office space in Spokane Valley. The company says they have outgrown their current HQ in the historic McKinstry Station building at 850 E. Spokane Falls Blvd. . No word on who will replace them there.

The new Etailz HQ will provide workspaces for all of the company's 250 plus employees and should be ready for occupancy sometime this Summer. This new office will occupy 37479 square feet in the Sullivan Business Center at 2818 N. Sullivan, which was Itron's factory space several years ago . This new HQ location is also strategic as the company already leases some warehouse space not from here in Spokane Business & Industrial Park.

Etailz , which was once known as greencupboards describes themselves as a leading online marketplace retailer. They also offer advanced technology and strategys to help grow there customers sales on Amazon, Jet, Ebay, Walmart and Alibaba.

While Etailz HQ is located here in Spokane, they are a part of the larger parent company Trans World Entertainment Corp of New York. Trans World Entertainment acquired Etailz in 2016 for $75 million. But, despite the far off ownership, Etailz has managed to remain a separate entity. Trans World Entrainment Corp. is also the owner of FYE and Suncoast Entertainment brands which we're recoginaizable largely mall based retail brands.

For more information about Etailz, check out-

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Incrediburger and a coffee chain to open at the newly built Ramsey Crossing in Coeur d' Alene

The relatively small plot of along Appleway, just northeast of the Northwest Blvd exit off of I-90 in Coeur d' Alene has been proven to be a great spot for new restaurants to open. Two chains that are new to the area have already opened there, one being the Inland Northwest's first Cracker Barrel which opened last fall. And, the other is Coeur d' Alene's first Firehouse Subs location ( Spokane's opened a few months earlier ).

Cracker Barrel is in there own building but the newly opened Firehouse Subs is in the end cap of an otherwise vacant strip mall, which can be seen above. And, it's those vacant spaces where we are finding two more businesses coming soon. Here's the details on those-

Incrediburger & Eggs to add second location in Coeur d' Alene

Just weeks after the first ever Incrediburger & Eggs opened to much fanfare in Downtown Spokane, another location is already in the works for the Ramsey Crossing development of Coeur d' Alene. This new restaurant will be right next door to Firehouse Subs.

We're told the menu will be very similar to the Downtown Spokane location. Incrediburger is a fast casual style eatery with gourmet burgers, egg sandwiches and boozy milkshakes.

On a side note Incrediburger is a business venture of local chef and restaurant owner Adam Hegsted.  Hegsted is also developing another restaurant in Coeur d' Alene as he plans to open a place called Honey & Co. in Downtown CdA where The Cellar once was. Neither Honey & Co. or the new Incrediburger location have set opening dates just yet so stay tuned....

Thomas Hammer Coffee to add a new location

We are still waiting on the details but have confirmed that the Spokane based Thomas Hammer Coffee chain will join the same building as Firehouse Subs and Incrediburger.

It looks like this store will be much like their others and include a drive thru lane but we'll re-post when they share more.

Could more new places be coming?

It's very likely that more places could be coming to the same Coeur d' Alene neighborhood. In fact, the non-restaurant related Idaho Central Credit Union just broke ground for a new branch and office building across Appleway from Ramsey Crossing.

There is also a vacant lot still for lease directly at the corner of Ramsey and Appleway and another new strip mall is still largely up for lease to the east on Appleway just past Lowe's ( where the new Pool World store is ).

All of this just a short distance north of Riverstone where a handful of construction projects are also underway. So, stay tuned...

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Top 8 restaurant chains that Spokane wants

Recently I took to the Inland Northwest Business Watch social media pages and the Spokane sub-reddit with a question. That question was what restaurant chain would you want to see come to Spokane?

Below is what we found. And, to explain why I asked, it was to get people talking and while most are the same places I hear all the time some we're kind of a surprise.

8. Texas Roadhouse

This one surprised me a bit as there is already a location in Coeur d' Alene. But, it's true Spokane has none and the Coeur d' Alene location is usually packed.

I've heard on and off for the last few years of possible plans for a Texas Roadhouse location in Spokane nothing has come to fruition. From what one commenter mentioned is since the Coeur d' Alene store is so successful they don't want to put in Spokane to take away from the sales in CdA. I can't say if that's true or not, but it is probably a factor,

Texas Roadhouse is a Louisville,KY based chain ( shouldn't they be based in Texas? ) and founded 25 years ago in Indiana, with around 500 locations in the United States and some Asian / Middle Eastern countries.

For more information on Texas Roadhouse, check out-

7. Bojangles Famous Chicken n' Biscuits

Bojangles is about as Southern fried chicken of a restaurant as you can get out of a chain establishment. The North Carolina based restaurant chain has been in business since 1977 and today is a publicly traded company with over 600 restaurants.

So, will Bojangles ever come to Spokane? Well probably not very soon as their current closest store is in Tennessee. In fact over half of their locations are within the state of North Carolina, but they are building a bit of cult following nationally so never say never.

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6. Dunkin Donuts

Probably because of Starbucks' huge market share in the Northwest, our area is one of the few spots in the country that doesn't have a Dunkin Donuts. I'm told there was one in Spokane a long time ago but they have all since moved on.

The Canton,MA based chain is known for it's coffee drinks ( often cheaper then the other chain's ) and donuts. Although they have been experimenting with dropping the donuts portion of their name lately. Dunkin Donuts was founded in 1950 and today has over 11000 stores worldwide.

Their parent company , Dunkin' Brands also operates the Baskin Robbins ice cream shop chain, which does have locations in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area. But, will Dunkin Donuts ever come to Spokane? It could happen as they are still in growth mode but there are no plans as of right now.

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5. Dave & Busters

When Northtown Mall underwent their remodel of the north side of the mall a couple of years ago a lot of people thought a Dave & Busters would surely open there as they created some new restaurant spaces. Sadly that was not the case as today Outback Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill and Buffalo Wild Wings are in those spaces.

But, could Dave & Busters come to Spokane? The very well could as they just opened a location in Anchorage  and are already open for business in Auburn,Wa. . I'm not sure exactly what is holding them back from coming to Spokane.

Dave & Busters is a Dallas based chain lead by CEO Steven King ( not that Steven King... ) . They are a publicly traded company with over 100 locations almost all in the United States a couple in Canada. Their stores are sports bars that a sort of an adult version of Chuck E. Cheese. They are the corporate sponsor of the UFC and have been in business since the early 80's

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4. NONE!

Many who I asked said Spokane doesn't need any more chain restaurants. And, while I support local businesses first and encourage people to do so, chains aren't going anywhere anytime soon and do employ many in our community.

So, all I can say to do this one is after reading this post do some research into local alternatives to the chains. Check out D Lish's, Chicken-n-Mo or DeLeon's  as they are all great local options and there are so many more.

3. In n' Out Burger

Founded in 1948 the Irvine,CA based fast food burger chain has grown a lot in recent years, but still in a not to fast pace. Today, most of their 329 locations are still in California and Nevada although they have grown towards us opening a location in Medford,OR not too long ago.

In n' Out's menu consists of three burger variety's hamburger, cheeseburger and " double double " . Burgers can come with thousand island dressing and don't forget to try out getting your burger " animal style ". There is also sides, shakes and more.

So, will In n' Out Burger come to Spokane? I'm going to say yes but give it at least a couple more years probably more. And, don't believe the rumors...

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2. Cheesecake Factory

Rumors have swirled around many locations that a Cheesecake Factory would open at in Spokane. That's because the chain has had locations as close as Western Washington for several years now. So will Cheesecake Factory come to Spokane? it's likely they will sometime but there are no plans as of yet.

Cheesecake Factory is a Calabasas Hills,CA based company that has been in business since the late 70's. As the name would imply they are famous for cheesecakes and desserts but in reality are full services restaurants with burgers, steaks, pasta and more, including alcoholic drinks.

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1. Chick-fil-a

Many in Spokane apparently want to live by Chick-fil-a's motto " eat more chicken " . The chain has over 2200 locations and is based in Atlanta,GA . The company started in Georgia in the mid 1940's by a different name and today has locations all over the country, except here in Spokane.

They have however been hit by controversy from some stances they have taken due to the founders religious beliefs, because of this Chick-fil-a restaurants are closed on Sundays.

So will Chick-fil-a ever come to Spokane? it's likely it will happen someday but there are no plans right now. A rumor swirled after the developer of the purposed Commons on Regal development showed a building plan with a blurred version of the Chick-fil-a logo on it. That has turned out to be false but I do think the chain has looked at for sites here.

It's also important to note that Chick-fil-a actually already has a location in our region. There is a lesser known location on the campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow. Still a drive but for die hard fans...

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