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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Steady Flow Growler House planning location in Downtown Spokane

Steady Flow Growler House has gathered a loyal following since they opened in August of 2105. The locally owned and operated business runs an impressive 4.9 star rating on Google business. And, now they're building upon their success and they have their sights set on Downtown Spokane.

Steady Flow is currently working on opening a new location in the former River City Brewing Co. tap room space at 111 S. Cedar on the west side of Downtown. They plan to open there sometime later this Summer.

They say this new location will be the " same people, same vibe " . They also plan to keep their Spokane Valley location open at 328 N Sullivan, in the plaza behind Shari's . The Downtown Steady Flow Growler House will have 26 taps of craft beer, cider, kombucha and more for growler fills. They also offer the same products by the pint as well.

For more information on Steady Flow Growler House, check their website at- or find them on social media.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Washington Floral Service comes to Spokane, opening soon on the West Plains

Washington Floral Service is a regional floral distributor based in Tacoma who is now coming our way and opening soon in Spokane. They will soon serve Eastern Washington , Idaho and Montana from a newly constructed 20,000 square foot facility on the West Plains that they are presently putting the finishing touches on.

The new Spokane location will be at the corner of Thorpe and Grove Rd at 4310 S. Grove Rd. At this location they say there is plenty of parking for will call customers in a safe location, while still remaining accessible for local customers. The new facility will carry a full line of flowers, greens, plants, supplies and more.

Washington Floral Service doesn't grow anything themselves but instead sources plants and flowers from a number of trusted farms. Their services are available to both larger commercial customers and even local retail shoppers. They have a staff of people standing by to help and have been in business since 1936 so they have the experience for all floral requests,

For more information on Washington Floral Service, check their website at-

VOA's Hope House to rise, but it's not quite goodbye for Linnie's Thai

Volunteers of America is planning a new building at 1301 W. 3rd, just southwest of Downtown Spokane. They plan to relocate and expand their Hope House programs from a much smaller building at 111 W. 3rd to the new structure.

The new Hope House will be a 4 story modern looking building with a ground floor homeless shelter, offering 120 beds designated for women. The upper 3 floors with will have 60 studio apartments for people who are trying in dire need of housing and may be on the street otherwise. They also plan on site support offices, class room space and a full kitchen. Construction will likely start in early 2019 and be completed later that year and will double the capacity of Hope House.

Currently the site, which at the corner of 3rd and Adams is home to a long running Thai restaurant called Linnie's Thai. Volunteers of America does plan on demolishing the restaurant but despite a story from another business news source saying " Goodbye Linnie's Thai " it's simply not the end.

Linnie's Thai will remain on W. 3rd through the end of July and move after that. Currently Linnie's Thai plans to re-open in Airway Heights sometime between August-October in or around the Crosspointe Shopping Center nearby Wal-Mart, we'll have more on that in the near future as it's still too early to confirm exact facts.

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-