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Monday, January 29, 2018

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream to open a location in Downtown Spokane

A small Montana based chain of ice cream shops called Sweet Peaks Ice Cream will be opening soon in Downtown Spokane. The company, which is based in Whitefish,MT has leased the space next door to Durkin's Liquor Bar in the 400 block of W. Main and after remodeling they hope to open there around April of this year.

Sweet Peaks Ice Cream is known for their handcrafted ice creams with both classic flavors and more seasonal flavor options, all made by Sweet Peaks themselves. Many of the seasonal flavors are unique challenging the big chain ice cream shops in providing a fresher, better local alternative.

This will be their 7th location, not including their food truck that operates over in Montana. Five of their current locations are in Montana with 1 being open during the warmer months only in Downtown Coeur d' Alene. Unlike some other ice cream shop chains, many of the ice creams they produce are also sold online in addition to a selection gift cards, shirts and hats, etc...

For more information on Sweet Peaks Ice Cream, find them online at-

New business openings, closings & updates - Facebook edition - Jan. 29th

It's time for another look at the businesses I've shared to the Inland Northwest Business Watch page on Facebook since the last one of these updates.

Some businesses get shared to our Facebook page but never make it on this main site because I don't have all the details. So if you haven't already please go over to and like us to see these new business tips well before they make it to .

Here are the businesses-

Millwood Grocery & Spirits will be opening soon in the same building that the Millwood 7-11 once was at 3409 N Argonne. The new business advertises that they will have slushies, shakes, hot foods, liquor, beer cave and lotto.

Riverfront Pharmacy is relocating to 1802 N. Monroe. They are moving from a location on Spokane Falls Blvd. and they say they should be open on N. Monroe later this month.

Silverlake Pizza & Pretzels will be opening soon in Coeur d' Alene's Silver Lake Mall. This new business is coming from the same owner as Philly Express.

Metro PCS has a new dealer now open for business at 1514 NW Blvd in Spokane

The Outpost is a new business selling mattresses and vintage décor from a storefront at 3015 N. Monroe

Frontier Behavioral Health has opened their new clinic / office building at 2128 E. Sprague.

Spokane Nutrishop and Cyrotherapy has opened their doors on the South Hill at 4314 S. Regal #202

Blue Cat Vintage will be opening soon at 1919 E. Sprague Ave and will sell vintage, décor and a lot more. The store will be about 6000 square feet so it'll be a pretty good sized place and nice addition to the transitioning neighborhood.

Rage Spokane will be Spokane's first " rage room " type of business and they will be opening soon at 6565 N. Perry in North Spokane.

Garland Mart is a new convenience store now open at 1006 W. Garland .

Solace Mead & Cider has closed their doors in the Kendall Yards Business District. The 2 business that owned Solace together decided to re-focus more on production and will still likely be a vendor at the Kendall Yards Night Market this Summer.

Siren Body Jewelry, Tattoo & Piercing Studio has opened for business in Dalton Gardens,ID at 5624 N Government Way Suite 8.

Quackers Convenience Corner is a new c-store with some quick foods. They will be located at 705 E. Prairie in Hayden.

Idaho Irepair will open in early Feb. at Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone development. As the name implies they will do Apple and some other cell phone repair services.

Millwood Brewing Company , is a new brewery now open at 9013 E. Fredrick in Millwood. Hopefully going to do a full post about this soon.

DollarPlus is a new dollar store which should be opening next month at 2710 E. 57th Ave. on the South Hill. We've made an attempt to get some info from them about this new shop so we can create a post about this too, but we're still waiting...

Spokane's first Menchie's Frozen Yogurt franchise is opening very soon at 9986 N. Newport Hwy ( Northpointe )

Snap Fitness has opened their new fitness center location at the Argonne Village shopping center in Spokane Valley.

Don't know much about it yet but a new restaurant called Elliotts an urban kitchen is coming soon to 2209 N. Monroe.

The Pure Barre chain of barre fitness studios is coming soon to Coeur d' Alene at 515 N. 4th by Downtown CdA

White Pine Coffee Shoppe is opening soon in Midtown Coeur d' Alene at 814 N. 4th St.

Eyemart Express a franchise of eyewear shops has opened their first Spokane location at 7808 N. Division.

Ten/6 is a new Cajun themed breakfast and lunch restaurant coming soon to Midtown Coeur d' Alene at 726 N. 4th ( can't wait... )

The Rusty Ruby is a new shop with art, antiques and more now open at 606 W. Garland in Spokane

Lilac Family Eye Care is an optometrist / eyewear shop now open at 23505 E. Appleway suite 106 in Liberty Lake.

Flare on Garland is a new salon now open at 901 W. Garland .

The Underdog is a new gourmet hot dog shop now open for business at 3415 E. Trent

Forza Fitness NW is a new retail shop selling fitness equipment from 8401 E. Sprague.

Post Falls Take & Bake is a new take and bake pizza shop now open at 830 N. Spokane St in Post Falls.

Splendiferous Bazaar is a new business that sells " unique gifts for men, women and children " at the Riverstone development in Coeur d' Alene ( 2061 N. Main )

Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop has opened a new mall kiosk inside Northtown Mall. They also still have the location at Spokane Valley Mall. Cupcakes are their specialty but there is also a lot more deliciousness.

Strike Zone Arena a business with laser tag, nerf battle spaces and a lot more has opened their new Spokane Valley location at 10614 E. Sprague ( U City Shopping Center )

A new Burger King owned by HMS Host has opened in the main rotunda area of Spokane International Airport.

The Beauty & Barber Shop has relocated and is now open for business at 7406 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley

Specialty Training,Inc. fitness center has opened at 12928 E. Mansfield in Spokane Valley.

Mad Mechanics a new fleet vehicle maintenance & repair has opened a new location in Spokane Valley at 7510 E. Boone Ln.

Theory Hair Studio is now open for business in Spokane at 1104 E. Wellesley Suite C

Sublime Vapor and Glass has opened a new location on the South Hill at 2525 E. 29th

Pigtails Mercantile is a new vintage store and mercantile with local crafters and more is open for business at 3028 S. Grand on the South Hill  

And, if you own / manage a business that I should know about or be sharing about contact me at-

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Pho Liberty brings Vietnamese cuisine to Liberty Lake

After a kind of lengthy wait the new Pho restaurant in Liberty Lake is now open for business. The restaurant goes by the name Pho Liberty and can be found in the former Twisp Café space at 23505 E. Appleway Suite 100.

Pho Liberty is a locally owned and operated establishment serving 10 different kinds of Pho in addition to a large selection of other authentic Vietnamese dishes such as egg noodle soups, noodle and rice entrees and more. For drinks there is Vietnamese coffees, Thai Tea, Pepsi products and even Boba smoothies.

Open Mon-Sat, Pho Liberty has a dine in area and also accepts carry out orders. They seem to not have a website or Facebook page just yet but for more info guests can call 509-598-8275 . There is also a menu posted on their Yelp review page.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Babies R Us in Spokane to close as part of corporate reorginization

Many national media outlets have reported recently on the struggles of the New Jersey based Toys R Us,Inc. . The company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection back in September so we assumed it was only a matter of time before we saw a store closure announcement. That announcement unfortunately came overnight last night.

Toys R Us will close a total of 182 stores in both their Toys R Us and Babies R Us branded stores. Locally only of their 2 local stores will close, the store set to close is-

Babies R Us 6104 N. Division in North Spokane

The Toys R Us store at Broadway and Sullivan in Spokane Valley will stay open for business. Going out of business sales are to begin next month and stores on the list will likely close their doors sometime in April. No word on how many employees will be laid off as a result of the local store closure.

Stores in Everett and Silverdale,WA are also included on the store closure list but none in Idaho.

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Plan to renovate Otis Hotel building into Hotel Indigo moves forward, ground floor spaces now leasing

It was announced back in October that a Portland based developer has acquired the former Otis Hotel building at 110 S. Madison on the west side of Downtown Spokane. His plan is to convert the building into a new location of the Hotel Indigo chain. And as it appears his renovation plan is now moving forward with an ambitious goal of opening the new hotel about 10 months after actual construction start.

Building permits we're filed a few days ago and are now in the " plan review " phase. Fisher Construction Group, which has offices in Burlington and Spokane is listed as the contractor on the project, this is also the same company who is wrapping up work on the new passenger terminal over in Everett at Paine Field among many other projects.

We only have some details about the new Hotel Indigo itself but know it will have 112 guest rooms and they will keep / update the existing Otis sign on the outside of the building . We hope to have a post with more about that in the future. But we do expect a trendy boutique style hotel experience as this is common with the Hotel Indigo brand.

Another sign that the Hotel Indigo Spokane project is moving along, is marketing documents are now being distributed to lease spaces on the ground floor. The new hotel will have a lobby on the ground floor and they are hoping to land a new restaurant for where the Carriage House Restaurant was many years ago.

At least 2 more tenants spaces are also shown as available for lease to retail or similar businesses. In the ad it says these spaces would be available for move in during the 3rd quarter of 2018, which ads up to the developer's 10 month construction plan. These spaces will rent for between $16 and $18 per square foot and are being leased by RenCorp Realty. Several other small local businesses have also opened in the same neighborhood recently in a sort of renaissance for the area.

We expect to be hearing more and more about this project so keep watching this site...

Monday, January 22, 2018

Walk In Chiropractic to open in North Spokane

A new concept in Chiropractic care is coming to Spokane. A chain called Walk In Chiropractic by Wellness WORx is setting up shop now at 915 E. Hawthorne Rd Suite D just north of the Northpointe Shopping Center.

Walk In Chiropractic is a small chain based out of Billings, MT and they also opened a location in Coeur d' Alene last year. As the name implies customers of Walk In Chiropractic just walk in, no appointment is ever needed. Their locations are open weekdays 10-7 and 10-4 on Saturday , with licensed chiropractors standing by during those hours to provide adjustments and get your back, back in shape.

The introductory adjustment is marketed as being only $29 and they also offer a wellness membership. The membership allows guests 4 adjustments each month for $69 a month and regular non members can have adjustments done still but at $40 per service.

No set opening date has been released just yet but they indicate on their Facebook page that the new Spokane location should open sometime later this month.

For more information on Walk In Chiropractic, visit their website at-

Fleet Feet Sports opens in Kendall Yards

Fleet Feet Sports has officially joined the tenant roster of Kendall Yards with their opening at the end of last week. Fleet Feet is the second business to open in the " bluff building " along W. Summit Pkwy , Kendall Yards' main drag. The other business already open in the Bluff Building is the Maryhill Winery tasting room and a new sushi spot called Umi Sushi is yet to come in the building.

Fleet Feet Sports is a locally operated franchise of a running / fitness shoe and accessory retailer. The store is actually a relocation of an existing store as they had a location at 1303 N. Washington near the Arena. Other Fleet Feet Sports stores are also open for business in Spokane Valley and Coeur d' Alene.

The Kendall Yards store occupies a 4700 square foot space , with a ground floor and a mezzanine overlooking the sales floor below. Fleet Feet isn't alone in the space either as Indaba Coffee has opened a small coffee shop area in the same space as the store. This is Indaba's 3rd location and will soon be the 2nd Indaba Coffee location in Kendall Yards as they are also planning a " pod " location in with the Hello Sugar donut shop when it opens in the Spring.

Fleet Feet Sports will be open Mon-Fri 10-7 , Sat. 10-6 and Sunday 12-5 however this is subject to change so double check with the business. And, for more information on Fleet Feet Sports Spokane check-

And, for more information about Indaba Coffee, check-

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Circle K planning new stores in Spokane

Circle K, a chain of convenience stores usually with gas stations attached looks to be coming to Spokane soon. This only adds up as the chain is growth mode and expanded into the Tri-Cities market in 2012 with the acquisition of 18 Sun Mart brand stores.

The stores are coming to Spokane are all still in the planning phase but likely will be at least starting construction in the next few months. Because of this we also don't know an opening date but do know that the chain has submitted pre-development conference paperwork for 3 stores in Spokane. They are-
4415 N. Market ( south end of Hillyard )
2820 E. 29th ( corner of 29th and Regal, next to Discount Tire )
4221 S. Cheney Spokane Rd. ( in-between Yoke's and the mini storage place )
10 N. Pines Rd in Spokane Valley ( where the Sprague & Pines Albertsons once was )

All of these location are vacant lots today so each store will be new construction and not taking over existing stores. There may be more stores coming to the area but this all the information we have found so far.

The plans call Circle K branded full gas stations with a convenience store of about 3500-5000 square feet depending on the location. Also the planned stores on 29th and the one on Cheney Spokane Road also will likely include automated car washes. Circle K has operated convenience stores since the 1950's and today their HQ in Tucson, AZ oversees 8000 plus stores in almost all 50 states and several international locations around Europe and Asia. The chain is a wholly owned subsidiary of Alimentation Couche-Tard,Inc a Canadian based convenience store conglomerate that also has Holiday Stationstores under their wings.

For more information on Circle K visit their website at-

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

What we're working on...

In-between posts on here I'm always looking into leads on new businesses and restaurants. Most always I have several going at one time but I figured I'd take a moment to share some of the cooler things that I know but don't have enough info to share just yet....

* Building permits are now in a pending state to renovate the abandoned Otis Hotel building on 1st Downtown. A Portland based developer is purposing opening a Hotel Indigo franchise there, apparently sooner rather then later. This has already been mentioned on this site but we're hoping for even more details.

* Amy's Donuts, a small Colorado Springs based chain of donut shops with crazy flavors often involving candy bars, cereals and more is planning on opening a location in Spokane Valley in 2018. I have contacted them 3 or 4 times and still no response on the local store but we will have more some day. Until we have more info, check them out at

* The Circle K convenience store chain looks to be coming to Spokane as they have building plans for 3 locations within the Spokane city limits. Quite possibly more will come too as all the info I have is in the city.

* The renovation of the Tradewinds Hotel in Downtown Spokane shouldn't be too much longer. Originally the hotel was supposed to be open by now as a Howard Johnson but the parent company decided the hotel didn't fit that brand so there have been a few delays. It reportedly will open as a Baymont Inn & Suites and we'll have the details on it soon.

Got a tip on one of these items, or maybe you know of a new business I don't know about , whatever the reason contact me at

And, you can now reach me on Reddit at inlandnwbusiness

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Cooper George renovations near completion, new Downtown apartments will be ready soon

The Cooper George building at 707 W. 5th has been various types of senior citizen housing / assisted living for many years now. But, with the boom of people wanting to rent in and around Downtown Spokane it only makes sense that now would be the time to convert the 60+ year old structure back to it's original use, apartments for anyone.

For the past few months crews from Spokane based Baker Construction and others have been hard at work on the building. And, now we are able to report that the newly created apartments will should be ready to be moved into as soon as late February. In all the Cooper George will now be home to 144 apartments with studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units available.

The building has been completely updated providing modern apartments with upscale materials and finishes. But, it's main selling point will no doubt be the location as it's just a short couple of blocks into Downtown Spokane and has abundant public transit all around great for Downtown workers or those that just want to be close to all the events/ shopping / dining and more. The views are awesome too with units on the top floor ( 12th floor ) being able to overlook all of Downtown and all the way up to Mt. Spokane.

Apartments at the Cooper George building will rent from $1080-$1835 per month and the rent includes all utilities. Residents will also have access to a host of amenities including a roof top deck and a café space, etc. in process of coming to the completed building. More about what is all included is on their website.

For more information on the Cooper George call 509-455-3603 check their website at -

Or, find them on Facebook at-

The renovations at the Cooper George are just one of several new apartments coming online soon in Downtown Spokane. Apartments at both The M ( former Macy's ) and the Ridpath are to come open for residents this Spring. In addition to the new apartments at the Chronical Building and in Kendall Yards and more.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

New shops will be first of many at former Post Falls Outlet Mall

At one point just a couple of years ago both the North Idaho Outlets and Post Falls Outlets, along Riversbend in Post Falls sat almost completely vacant and closed up. But, those days are over and while we don't have 100% occupancy some new life has already returned.

Tedder Industries, a locally based manufacturer of gun holsters acquired the North Idaho Outlets section of the outlet malls and has done many updates. The southern building has been converted into a manufacturing facility for Tedder and the north building has been converted into the Tedder Business Center, where a handful of businesses have already moved in. But, today's news comes from the smaller Post Falls Outlet Mall.

This is the smaller complex where Dress Barn once was at 4005 W. Riversbend Ave. It too has come under new ownership as of the Summer of 2017 and updates are already in the works throughout. The complex is now considered the Riversbend Commerce Park and Select Properties Co. is doing leasing and property management for the complex. Now in the re-tenanting process things are going full steam ahead with many local businesses being attracted by extremely competive lease rates.

Active leasing of spaces began in November and as of early Jan. 27% of the spaces are already leased. There are also signed agreements in place for another round of new tenants to open at the shopping center by March 1st which brings the occupancy rate back up to 51%. In all the complex offers about 65,000 square feet of commercial space.

So, what businesses will be opening at the Riversbend Commerce Park? They say it's a perfect mix of home furnishings, home décor, e-commerce, office and food & beverage. The Cabin Restaurant and Northwest Title Loan, the last remaining open tenants for the outlet malls will stay open but will be joined by at least...

The Rusty Star- opening Feb 1st, The Rusty Star is a locally owned and operated retail store. It will be a home décor store specializing in custom wood signs, flags and other vintage goods. They will open in a 2,250 square foot space.

Faithful Chocolates- Moving from near Wal-Mart in Post Falls, Faithful looks to already be open for business at the Riversbend Commerce Park. They are also a local business, specializing in chocolates with a selection of Christian books and gifts.

Looking to open a business or move your business to Riversbend Commerce Park? Many spaces are still available for lease but they are obviously filling up fast. Spaces are leasing for .30 to .50 cents per square foot, which are well under market rate.

For more information on leasing contact Cory Turnbull at 208-691-2995 or on his website at-  on that site you'll also find a marketing flyer and a few YouTube videos of the spaces still available for lease.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Large new office buildings planned at Spokane Valley's Pinecroft Business Park

Pinecroft Business Park is already a very active area of businesses along Mirabeau Parkway in-between Pines and Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley. Businesses like Next IT, Sears Marketing Center, Faneuil, and a several more already have offices in the complex. But, the northern end of the development is still largely vacant land, but we're now learning there is big plans for a portion of this area.

The area along E. Pinecroft Way where the property abuts the Spokane River will gradually become a complex of large new office buildings with one tenant already signed on and likely many more to be announced in the near future.

Three office buildings will be built out as the market demands along the river. Each will have about 42,000 square feet with the first building's second story already being leased, that building will be at 12939 E. Pinecroft Way.

That space will be used by Northwestern Mutual who plan to consolidate their Spokane offices in the one office at Pinecroft. Their offices had been in a couple of buildings South Hill and this move will give that company more space with an about 20,000 square foot office. It will also allow Northwestern Mutual to hire more financial advisors and professionals. The first floor is still available for lease and plans are for the first building to be complete sometime this Summer.

In recent months Pinecroft Business Park has also completed development and construction of 2 buildings right next to each other at 12709 E. Mirabeau Pkwy. . One of the 2 buildings at 10,000 square feet is now occupied by PayTrace, Inc. a payment processing company. 12,500 square feet of office space remains for least there and plans call for a deli or similar food service business to also open at that same site at some point.

Pinecroft Business Park's businesses employ over 2000 and offer over 400,000 square feet of office space. The property is leased / managed by JMA Commercial Real Estate , for more information on Pinecroft visit their website at-

Monday, January 8, 2018

Spokane Tribe Casino's opening day is finally here!

After years of planning and months of construction, Spokane Tribe Casino will open their doors to the public today ( Monday, Jan 8th ) at 7pm. They have been in soft opening mode since the end of last week exclusively for members of the 2900 member Spokane Tribe.

Here are all the details on the new Spokane Tribe Casino-

Located in Airway Heights at 14300 US Hwy 2 the new Casino adjacent to the Spokofuel / Arby's complex which is also owned and operated by the Spokane Tribe.

38,000 square foot building with 450 slot machines and 12 table games.

Surface parking lot for free parking steps away from the entrance.

The Spokane Tribe Casino opening also introduces a few new local dining options with a new restaurant, new bar and a new quick service deli style establishment all located inside the Casino.

Those new restaurants are-

Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar serving casual fine dining with scratch made menu items that use local ingredients.

Speelya's Den serving sandwiches ,salads and the like in addition to espresso and coffee drinks.

Whaluks, a bar with locally crafted wines, cocktails and beers.

The new Casino will use the Sun Club players club which is tiered players club based on the players points. More information on how to sign up for the Sun Club can be found at the Casino or on their website which is listed below.

The Spokane Tribe Casino will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the restaurants operating separate hours. They are also still hiring for some remaining postions at the Casino with information on how to apply also on their website. The Spokane Tribe also operates the Chewelah Casino in Chewelah and Two Rivers Casino in Davenport. Throughout the process the Spokane Tribe has also indicated that more phases of construction will be coming to the new Casino site in Airway Heights but there hasn't been a project timeline released just yet. That will be for a future post...

Visit the Spokane Tribe Casino's website at-

Friday, January 5, 2018

High end coffee shop to open in Downtown Spokane's Music City Building

Yet another renovation project will soon be bringing life back to another storefront on Downtown Spokane's western side. And, this one will mean Downtown will be gaining a new coffee shop unlike the others we have now.

Spokane based coffee roaster Roast House Coffee will take over 3000 square feet on the ground floor of the Music City Building at 1017 W. 1st, right by the Montvale Hotel. They will use the space as an upscale coffee establishment to be called First Ave Coffee.

This will be Roast House Coffee's first coffee house, although they do operate a tasting room in the same building as their production space at 423 E. Cleveland. Roast House will also continue to provide their coffee to numerous coffee shops and stands around the Inland Northwest.

We're told First Avenue Coffee will be " all about the coffee " they plan to have 5 pour over towers in addition to 4 espresso options. While there will be the more traditional coffee drinks served they also will provide organic high end small lots of coffees not previously available in Spokane. According to a recent article in the Spokesman Review some of the small lot coffees are worth more then $100 a pound with cups of coffee likely maxing out at around $20 a cup. But, yes there will be more standard espresso drinks available too, but why not try something new?

First Avenue will even have affogattos, nitro cold brew infusions and much more. There won't be much for food at First Avenue Coffee but they will likely have a small sweet selection. Construction has already begun and the plan is to have First Avenue Coffee open by April 1st.

There isn't a website for First Avenue Coffee just yet, but you can keep track of the progess on Facebook at-

And, for more information on Roast House Coffee, where to buy and what they offer, check out their website at-

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

The Market adds unique new dining options to Spokane Arena

Last Summer it was announced that Spokane Arena was to add a unique new food court area in 4100 square feet of space on the North side of the Arena. And, after a few months of work that area called " The Market " is now open for business. And it's 4 new food vendors provide foods unlike anything else already at the venue.

These restaurants and all food and beverage services at Spokane Arena are operated under a contract with Centerplate. They also have updated a few other of stands to what are basically full restaurants in recent years. However, more traditional concession stands with beer, hot dogs and the like are still there.

Here is what new places guests will find in The Market-

Griddled - A new deli with grilled deli sandwiches

Crust- A new artisan pizza place serving pizza by the slice.

Craft Burger & Sausage- A menu of burgers and a couple of sausages ( as the name would imply )

Noodled- Asian inspired menu with noodles, wok-fired foods, banh mai sandwiches and more

Also, The Market features a new wine and beer area with 16 beers on tap. Unfortunately these new spaces are only open to ticketed guest during Arena events.

For more information on what events are coming up at Spokane Arena, check-

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

El Charrito Mexican Resturant chain opens on the South Hill

The small El Charrito chain of Mexican restaurants has opened their newest location here in Spokane, other locations can be found in Sunnyside and Toppenish,Wa The new Spokane restaurant is in the Regal Pond shopping center at the same space Laguna Café was last (they have since moved) at 4304 S. Regal.

El Charrito serves a menu of classic authentic Mexican cuisine in a casual setting. They are open 7 days a week from 10am - 11pm. We don't have a menu for them just yet but they can be found on Facebook at for more on what they have to offer, including details on a grand opening special they have going on now.