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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- https://facebook.com/boomboxspokane







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-
https://www.volvoce.com/united-states/en-us/pacwest/

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-

http://ulta.com

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-
http://pokeexpressspokane.com

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 (https://boardandbrush.com/spokane/) 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 inlandbusiness@yahoo.com or matt.behringer@inlandnwbusiness.com


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


http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/apr/13/conceptual-plans-filed-with-spokane-county-for-lar/#/0


http://www.khq.com/story/37947267/massive-project-is-in-the-works-in-spokane-application-hints-it-could-be-amazon


https://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/amazon-of-a-project-is-in-the-works-in-spokane-area/


http://www.krem.com/article/news/local/spokane-county/large-warehouse-being-built-near-spokane-international-airport/293-537796802


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 Apartments.com 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-

http://deleonstacoandbar.com

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-

http://www.theblackbirdspokane.com  or...

http://www.facebook.com/blackbirdspokane

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  http://hughesinv.com

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 http://www.super1foods.net

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