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Friday, February 23, 2018

New business openings & closings - Feb. 23rd - Facebook edition

Here is a look at what has been posted to our Facebook page recently but not to this site. We always share more new business news to our Facebook page, so if you don't already like us on there, please check it out and click like!

From Spokane-

The Yuppy Puppy has opened their new store in Downtown Spokane. While they still have their main store in North Spokane this new store can be found at 830 W. Sprague. It has a retail area, dog wash and grooming will be starting very soon.

TicketsWest is wrapping up a remodel on it's new office space on the second floor of 421 W. Main in Downtown Spokane.

Impulse , the nightclub inside Northern Quest Resort & Casino has closed and already something is planned in the space. Lots of things are actually happening out of Northern Quest.

New commercial real estate brokerage LT Real Estate is now open with an office at 2614 N. Monroe and several listings now posted all over the area.

Millwood Grocery & Spirits has opened for business in the former Millwood 7-11 building at 3409 N. Argonne. They are open 24 hours a day.

Spokane Pottery Supply is opening soon at 9405 E. Sprague suite E in Spokane Valley.

BECU continues to expand in the Spokane market with the opening of their 3rd branch, this time in North Spokane at 9420 N. Newport Hwy.

Green Acres Vendor Mall has moved and is now in a much larger location at 16814 E. Sprague Ave. , next door to URM Cash & Carry in Spokane Valley.

EC Blend a retailer of liquids for e-cigs has opened for business at 15701 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley.

Dr. Detail a local auto detailing shop has moved to a new location at 3915 E. Francis in North Spokane.

SMS Martial Arts Academy has opened at 4610 N. Division suite 4, by Northtown Mall.

All Lines Insurance has become The Advisors Insurance Agency and they have relocated to the Bank of America Financial Center ( Suite 230 ) in Downtown Spokane.

The building that was last Scotty's Doghouse at 1305 N. Hamilton is transitioning into a new bar called the Logan Tavern. More to come...

From Coeur d' Alene and Post Falls-

Relic Moon a local business the does body piecing and sells body jewelry is opening a new second location in Midtown Coeur d' Alene at 812 N. 4th .

Dance Theatre Northwest has opened their new dance studio in Post Falls at 780 N. Cecil Rd, by Wal Mart.

Trucks n Toys a used car dealership that specializes in the sale of Subaru's has re-located to a new substantially larger location at 6430 W. Seltice Way in Post Falls / State Line.

Bangin' Nails & Beauty has opened for business at 740 N. Cecil Rd in Post Falls.

Specializing in IPhone repair services, Idaho Irepair has opened for business at Riverstone in Coeur d' Alene ( 1970 N. Beebe )

Have something you'd like us to share? or a tip on a new business coming? e-mail us at-

                - Items posted in regular posts on this site are not included in this list -

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Heritage Bar & Kitchen coming to Downtown Spokane

Watch for another new, exciting bar & restaurant coming in just a few short months to Downtown Spokane. Heritage Bar & Kitchen is a new local establishment working on setting up shop in the same building as Whistle Punk Brewing at 122 S. Monroe ( just south of the Montvale Hotel ).

Heritage Bar & Kitchen is hoping to open sometime around May and is to be ran by owners who many years experience in the restaurant industry, although this will be there first official place of their own. The menu is still being worked on but I'm told we can look forward to full flavored family recipes and creative twists on classic dishes. It is to be "pub food done right ".

They will have a full bar, in addition to 8 to 10 beer taps. Also guests will be allowed to take their food from Heritage Bar & Kitchen over to their neighbor Whistle Punk Brewing.

Keep watching for more as we to mention again as their opening gets closer. They don't seem to have a web site just yet but can be found on Facebook just by searching for Heritage Bar & Kitchen

New store specializing video games, retro gaming, movies and more coming to Spokane Valley Mall

While many malls are dying off around the country, Spokane Valley Mall is still chugging right along. And, a new store called Fun Unlimited will surely help bring in even more shoppers.

Fun Unlimited is a independent retailer specializing in video games, video game consoles and even retro games and consoles. But, that's not all as the store also has some books, comics and other merchandise. The business is already open and is relocating to Spokane Valley Mall from Pine Ridge Mall in Chubbuk,Idaho , they currently are hoping to open here around the first part of April.

The store will be relatively small at just over 1400 square feet total on the second floor of the mall. They will take the currently vacant space in-between Journeys shoe store and Uncle's Games. A prime spot for just such as store as Uncle's also attracts a similar clientele. Once open Fun Unlimited also plans to host occasional in store events.

Fun Unlimited doesn't have a web site at this point in time but they are active on Facebook at-

Fun Unlimited isn't the only new thing coming to Spokane Valley Mall either. A new Carter's / Oshkosh B'gosh is under construction on the first floor ( mentioned in a prior post on this site ) and Box Lunch also recently opened on the first floor . In addition the mall's website lists Harry Ritchie Jewelers and a place called Soba Teppanyaki as still coming soon. For more information Spokane Valley Mall visit their site at-

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Wolf Creek Lodge Steakhouse in Spokane to close

Just a couple of weeks after the closure of Milford’s , Spokane is about to loose another long running local restaurant. Wolf Creek Lodge will be shutting down there Steakhouse on Thor/Freya later this week.

The restaurant shared the sad news via this Facebook post they posted just yesterday-

“All of us want to thank Spokane for 20 years..
We will be saying good bye to great people and dedicated guests on Feb 24th.
We have all created such strong relationships with our guest, with our families, with each other..😘Tom and Lisa thank you.
I feel so privileged to have been able to have been so blessed with such an amazing team ..from my moms with there loving families , my funny hard working guys in the kitchen,to my little teens ,and all my special friends,all of you have blessed my life. I am forever grateful.”

This closure is for the Spokane location.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Autumn Leaf Furnished Apartments to bring new short term housing option to Airway Heights

The same owners as the Turning Leaf Townhome complex on the North side are planning on opening a 3rd location, this time in Airway Heights. The business says they have acquired a small currently under construction apartment complex and will open it as a combination corporate housing / extended stay hotel.

Planned to be called Autumn Leaf Furnished Apartments the complex is located at 12911 W. 13th Ave , just a block off of US 2 and nearby Yoke's . There will be 23 separate apartment style units, all furnished and ready for guests as soon as early March.

Both 1 & 2 bedroom apartments will be available at Autumn Leaf with all the comforts of home and then some, something you don't find in a traditional hotel. The apartments will all have wifi, premium package cable TV, 50" flat panel TV's , housekeeping service and all are pet friendly. In addition to all this guests of Autumn Leaf Furnished Apartments are also given passes to use Airway Fitness, just a short drive away.The location of Autumn Leaf Furnished Apartments will also be a big selling point, with Fairchild AFB, Northern Quest Casino and Spokane International Airport all closeby.

This will be this companies 3rd location as they also operate Turning Leaf Furnished Townhomes near The Y and Maple Leaf Manor Furnished Apartments on W. Dean in the West Central neighborhood. For more information on Autumn Leaf and the other properties check  ( online booking available ).

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Johanna Beverage to build large new refrigerated building on the West Plains

Johanna Beverage Company is continuing to invest in Spokane. This is because the company has just announced that they will construct a new 37,300 square foot refrigerated storage building here, used to store and stage the company's refrigerated products.

The company, which produces primarily fruit juices will operate the building which will be by their current facility on W. Thorpe Rd, just west of Spokane. It is to be operational by the end of this year and will utilize a steel frame and clad with insulated metal panels to keep the product between 34 and 38 degrees for maximum food safety and energy efficiency.

Cooper Architects of Bellevue did the design work and it will be constructed by Fisher Construction Group of Burlington, WA who also has an office here in Spokane. Fisher Construction Group has experience in the cold storage construction / food processing industry having built several other similar projects throughout the continental US and Alaska.

Johanna Beverage Company has operated their Spokane facility since 2007 and is a branch off of their parent, Johanna Companies based in Flemington, NJ. Johanna Beverage products are sold all over the country under such brand names as Washington's Natural, Citrus Sunshine, Tree Ripe, Earth Wise and Ssips Sabor Latino.

For more information on Johanna Beverage Company, visit-

And, for more information on Fisher Construction Group, visit-

Halletts Chocolates opens new store in Downtown Spokane

It's been a work in progress for almost a year, but now Halletts Chocolates is offically open for business at their new store in Downtown Spokane, just in time for Valentine's Day.

Halletts Chocolates joins a variety of other businesses as tenants of the ground floor at the New Madison building on the western side of Downtown. Halletts is in the space at 1025 W. 1st Ave which was last used a vintage goods store. The new store will be similar to their only other retail location with a big selection of delicious chocolates and sweets, in addition to a coffee and espresso menu.

The company's other retail store can also still be found in North Spokane at 6704 N. Nevada. All of the chocolates from Halletts are produced locally by in their own factory which is also right here in Spokane. They have been in business for over 30 years and offer products from small single serve up to boxes for gifts and special occasion's.

For more information on Hallett's Chocolates, visit their website at-  

Thursday, February 8, 2018

What will happen to the Division St. Costco after Costco moves? Here is the answer...

By now most of us know that the Costco store at 7619 N. Division is relocating soon to a new construction store at 12020 N. Newport Hwy. That store is already under construction and will be 30,000 square feet larger then the current one. But, since construction on the Newport Hwy store only started recently we don't expect the store move for a few months yet. So, even though Costco will continue to be open for business in the N. Division site for awhile yet there are already several rumors floating around about who will replace that building.

The number one rumor is that Fred Meyer will open a store there as they closed their store nearby on Francis a few years back. And, while they still could, Fred Meyer has not signed on to the building as of this point, so that rumor seems to be false.

In fact, the North Division Costco actually recently appeared as for lease by NAI Black. And, interestingly enough it's listed as a re-development project. The marketing files just show draft site plans so nothing is set in stone but by this it appears the building and property will likely be used for something other then a traditional big box store like it is today. This doesn't mean it won't remain retail, but a mega retailer seems unlikely ( not impossible though ).

The marketing files go on to say that the development could be ready for occupancy as soon as early 2019. The front parking area, where the fuel station is today appears to be planned to re-done with a couple of pad sites ( maybe restaurants ) and a small 7000 sq foot +/- in-line strip mall. The main building has a couple of options, one being left in it's whole 133,000 square foot state and leased as " flex space " meaning just about any kind of tenant, including offices, warehouse or really anything.

The second option would have the main building being divided up, likely into 3 separate units, but still used as flex space. Either way nothing is leased just yet, so nothing is for sure coming there as of right now. And who, if anyone, is looking into opening there is a secret. It will however be interesting to see what happens as the building is in one of Spokane's busiest corridors so it should fill quickly after Costco leaves.

Keep watching Inland Northwest Business Watch as we'll keep watching for news on the Division St. Costco as well as the new Costco coming soon to Newport Hwy.

If you own a business and are interested in leasing space at the N. Division Costco building, here is some more information including who to contact-

* This site is not affiliated with NAI Black or any CRE brokers.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New ice cream roll establishment planned near Gonzaga

Spokane's first rolled ice cream restaurant is under construction now off of N. Division, nearby Gonzaga University. The new business will be called Yummy Ice Cream Rolls and will at the Logan Square shopping center at 1601 N. Division, in the suite next door to Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Yummy Ice Cream Rolls is a locally owned and operated business that is hoping to be in open sometime in March. Ice cream rolls originated in Thailand but have been kind of trending in the US lately. The process is where the ice cream is poured out onto cold metal where it is then rolled up, usually with other items mixed in, and some toppings / sauces then placed on top.

The new Yummy Ice Cream Rolls will allow customers to make their own ice cream creations or choose from several delicious sounding known combinations. If choosing to make your own, guesst will first chose a base ice cream, then choose from one of about a dozen mix ins, over 20 toppings and then one of 10 sauces.

For more information on Yummy Ice Cream Rolls, visit their website at-

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Dick's Sporting Good's to open a store in North Pointe Plaza

The Spokane area soon will have 2 locations of the Dick's Sporting Goods chain. Dick's currently has a construction permit pending to remodel and open a new store at the North Pointe Plaza shopping center. The chain will take over the former Sports Authority store there with is an 45,658 square foot space on the southern side of the large shopping center.

Dick's Sporting Goods other local area store is in Spokane Valley at 14014 E. Indiana Ave. The company is a Pennsylvania based chain of mid box size sporting goods stores. Dick's stores lean towards more athletic sporting goods merchandise with athletic apparel, bicycles, shoes, outdoor equipment and much more.

The company had around 600 locations as of last update. Interestingly enough Dick's Sporting Goods actually purchased the intellectual property of Sports Authority at auction in 2016. We don't have the opening date for this new store, nor do we have employment numbers but expect construction to start soon.

For more on Dick's Sporting Goods visit-

Spokane's first Menchie's Frozen Yogurt opens this weekend

The Encino,Ca based Menchie's Frozen Yogurt chain is just about ready to open their first location in the Spokane market. The company is a franchised brand that has been growing a lot recently with well over 500 locations world wide. The chain even has some high profile locations in places like Dubai and at Universal City Walk in Orlando.

The Spokane location of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt is located at 9986 N. Newport Hwy in the North Pointe Plaza, near Safeway. The business occupies a 1600 square foot space there that was built out by Recon Construction of Liberty Lake. This location has been under construction for a few months now and will officially open for business this Sunday, Feb 11th at noon.

Menchie's Frozen Yogurt are self serve frozen yogurt bars, however they are known for their flavors, of which they have a lot. There is also low fat, low carb, sorbet and no sugar added options and good size amount of toppings. They also sell frozen yogurt cakes for most any occupation.

For more information on Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, visit-

Thursday, February 1, 2018

IncrediBurger and Eggs to have their grand opening Feb 8th

It's one of the most highly anticipated new restaurants coming to Spokane. IncrediBurger and Eggs is a more casual concept from one of Spokane's most successful chefs, Chef Adam Hegsted. The restaurant has been under construction for the last few months in the former Dempsey's Brass Rail space at 909 W. 1st in Downtown Spokane.

And, now we know when their grand opening will be!
IncrediBurger and Eggs announced last night that they will open Feb 8th at 7am!

As the name implies the menu is primarily driven by burgers and eggs. There is about 10 delicious sounding gourmet burger choices , 6 breakfast sandwiches and a few other options. There is plenty of sides, salads and yes even boozy milkshakes in addition to other adult beverage choices. This isn't your average burger joint either as IncrediBurger and Eggs' menu includes unique options like a PB & J Burger , beef fat French fries and so much more. And to add to the awesomeness all items on the menu are under $8.99

We have also heard there will be a soft opening before this date but are still working to confirm this.

For more information on IncrediBurger and Eggs find them on Facebook at-

And, stay tuned as we hope to visit / review them soon after their opening!

Will anything ever come to the former Hooters in the Valley?

One of the more common questions people ask me is if anything is coming to the now abandoned former Hooters restaurant visible along I-90 by Sullivan Rd. . There hasn't been a tenant there since 2014 when a short lived sports bar and adjacent breakfast restaurant closed their doors. And the Hooters franchise itself left a bit before that.

The question about this building intensified recently as the building owner cleaned up the graffiti and gave the whole place a kind gray paint job. But, sadly this looks to have been done mostly to make the place more marketable and as of right now it is still up for lease.

However, a recent real estate listing on CRE web site implies a new push to fill the building, but not with a new restaurant. This time around it's up for sale or lease to be remodeled into office space / medical office space or retail. The listing shows a couple of drafts that can be considered for the building, one would be very similar to a strip mall with what looks like 3 retail bays. Another option shows a 3 suite office center with a common lobby area right in the middle.

These are only drafts however so they are not exactly what will come there. They are however signs of hope that something will be there soon as these both seem like they would be more in demand and fit the neighborhood which is now mostly office spaces and apartments ( a lot of apartments.... ).

So, with that said if your interested in opening a business there ( I'm not affiliated with the owner nor am I in the real estate field ) it is available via Kimele & Hagood Real Estate. It's presently listed for sale at $2,000,000 or for lease at $10- $18 per square foot. It is one of the more visible buildings in the Spokane area with almost 80,000 cars per day passing by on I-90 and lots of new residents in the immediate area.

For more information on the building, check this PDF from the broker-

And, as always we'll continue to watch for any new businesses coming to this and all buildings in the Spokane area so stay tuned.....