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Thursday, July 11, 2019

New Spokesman Review plant goes vertical in the Valley

The Spokesman Review is pushing forward with their plans to print the paper and some other printing projects in Spokane Valley. As most know the Spokesman Review has been printed in Downtown Spokane for decades, but times are changing and it was announced recently that the paper plans to acquire a new smaller, more efficient printing press and relocate where it is printed. This allows them to open up the Downtown building for re-development.

Baker Construction is the contractor for the new facility which will be in a 65000 square foot at 19223 E Euclid, just off of Barker Rd in Spokane Valley. And, as seen in the photos below construction of the main building has gone vertical with much of the outside wall panels now in place.



Printing operations are to begin at the site on or about March 1st, 2020. A couple more warehouses for other companies are planned to also be built at the same site in the near future.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Spokane Eye Clinic opens new location in North Spokane



Spokane Eye Clinic has opened their newest location, at 9651 N. Nevada behind the Northpointe Shopping Center in North Spokane. This is their fourth clinic and it will focus on routine eye services, pediatric ophthalmology, contact lens fittings and the treatment of many eye conditions and diseases.

Additionally the new clinic features and optical shop carrying many nationally recognized eyeglass frames, contact lenses, supplies and high quality products to treat dry eyes. Spokane Eye Clinic has been serving the local community since 1955 and today is independent and physician owned with four locations and 29 doctors.

For more info on Spokane Eye Clinic, check out their web site at- http://spokaneeye.com

New Business Openings!

Here is update on some of the new businesses coming to the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area, and a few that are moving to new locations. It's by no means a comprehensive list, just some of the highlights that come to mind.

If you know of a new business you think we may not be aware of contact me personally anytime at matt.behringer@inlandnwbusiness.com



Other Mothers , a resale store selling children's clothing and supplies like strollers and car seats is on the move a new location. Watch for them to open sometime in August at 8701 N. Division ( the plaza behind Dutch Bros. )

Plato's Closet is moving their North Spokane store to a new larger location. They will open later this month at 8117 N. Division.

Garland Resale Boutique has opened for business in Downtown Spokane. The cool new shop can be found at 11 S. Howard St.

Reece Boutique has opened their new store in the Wandermere area at 12501 N. Division.

Osborn Consulting, a Seattle based full service civil engineering firm the primarily focuses on water resources has opened a new office in Downtown Spokane. They can be found at 429 W. 1st Ave, the former home of Scout Real Estate.

CBD retailer CBD of Spokane Valley has opened for business at 12012 E. Sprague Ave. #2

Wanderlust Delicato a specialty store selling wines, cheeses and some meats quietly opening in Downtown Spokane. Watch for a full post about them soon or check them out now at 421 W. Main #103.

French Toast which is a boutique selling childrens clothing, gifts and goods has moved from the Steam Plant to a cool new space in Kendall Yards. They can now be found at 1170 W. Summit Pkwy.

Northside Salon has opened for business in Wandermere at 12501 N. Division ( same plaza as the Reece Boutique item above ).

The Rusty Mug is a cool vintage store selling old fashioned candy and collectables in Spokane's up and coming Sprague Union District. They can be found at 1916 E. Sprague Ave and they say they'll have a coffee bar opening in their business soon.

Lemon Salvage is a new retail store that says they specialize in reclaimed goods. They can be found at 2003 W. Northwest Blvd. in Spokane.

Immerse VRcade is a new virtual reality business now open in the Logan Neighborhood at 1217 N. Hamilton.


Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Hardwick & Sons, with 80+ years in Seattle is moving to Post Falls

Hardwick & Sons is everything you'd want out of a family owned hardware store. Friendly folks with more merchandise then you could ever need and over 80 years in business. But, those 80 plus years ( 87 to be exact ) have been spent on the other side of the state, at 4214 Roosevelt Way NE in Seattle's University District.

So, why is Hardwick & Sons making news on a small local news blog almost 300 miles away? That's because Hardwick & Sons in moving, to Post Falls. Factors ranging from increasing crime and high property taxes have made the Hardwick family decide it's time to try something new. In fact really new as the business plans to build an all new building as well when they relocate to " Idaho's River City ".

Hardwick & Sons is currently working their way through the permitting / planning phases to construct a new 17,000 square foot building on Post Falls' east side. The business would have a 10,000 square foot retail store and a 7,000 square foot warehouse, which would in part store the products the business still sells on it's website. While the Post Falls store would still be a part of the original company they say it will be cleaned up a bit, while still selling many harder to find items.

The store is to be built on a couple of lots at 3820 / 3850 E. Mullan Ave , in-between a Domino's Pizza anchor strip mall and a Dutch Bros. Coffee stand. Construction likely won't begin till late Summer at the earliest but demolition work on the 2 homes that we're exsisting on the site has already begun.

Keep watching for more, and for a more in depth look at why Hardwick & Sons is planning the move, check out their interview on Seattle radio station KIRO 97.3 at http://mynorthwest.com/1435648/dori-hardwick-sons/

And, for more info on Hardwick & Sons check out their website at http://hardwickandsons.com

Monday, July 1, 2019

Stella's to return with new location in Downtown Spokane

Many still remember Stella's Café, the small but hip restaurant with an sandwich focused menu and a orange door near the Spokane Arena. Stella's merged in with Ruins, another restaurant by Chef Tony Brown, back in Jan of 2017.

Ruins, of course, continued on with an always changing menu and Chef Brown is also working on an all new restaurant that will be coming soon to Downtown Spokane's The Bickett Building. So needless to say he's kept busy even without a separate Stella's location,

But, now at little more then 2 years after Stella's left, it's coming back!

Stella's Café will return in a somewhat new version in the Saranac Commons building at 19 W. Main in Downtown Spokane. Taking advantage of the spaces that we're very recently emptied by Chef Jeremy Hansen's closures of his 2 businesses in that complex. The new Stella's is to open sometime next month and they say their old sandwich menu will return complete with several vegan and vegetarian options. They are also planning a "revamped lunch menu " with more salads, pastas and entrees.

Keep watching for more news on the new Stella's coming back to Downtown!

Friday, June 28, 2019

Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub to open where Milford’s once was

An Irish Pub will soon bring life back to 719 N Monroe, better known as the former home of Milford’s Fish House. Milford’s closed a few months ago and the historic building has sat empty ever since.


But, a new owner has acquired the space and will open a location of Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub. This will be their fourth location as they also have restaurants open in Everett and two in Seattle. The new location will use the same menu as the other locations, with both Irish and American fare. There also will of course be liquor with an extensive whisky list, Irish beers, local microbrews and more.

The new Spokane O’Donnells doesn’t have a set opening date yet but should opening in “a couple months”.

For more info on Shawn O’Donnell’s American Grill & Irish Pub, including a look at their incredible sounding menu, visit their website at- https://www.shawnodonnells.com/

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

River Rock Taphouse opening in Downtown Spokane

Watch for a new addition to Downtown Spokane's craft beer and dining scene coming soon in a historic building. Construction is happening now to open the new River Rock Taphouse on the ground floor of Chronicle Building at 926 W. Sprague. The new taphouse takes the place that once was once the Spokane Chronicle newspaper printing room and remains outfitted in the original tile pillars and molding, with the addition of outdoor décor.



River Rock Taphouse will offer 32 craft beers on tap and 8 wines, ciders and Kombucha's . Local craft beer offerings will be a highlight of the River Rock, but they plan a delicious food menu as well that will be available during all business hours. The Kitchen will serve an array of appetizers, main dishes, salads and sharables. More on that soon.

The new business will also have beverages to go with 32oz howlers and 64oz growlers available. They plan to host some events , live acoustic performers, tap takeovers and the like. They'll also offer a special event room that's bookable for gatherings like birthdays, holiday events, book clubs, sports events, etc...

River Rock Taphouse's owners Mike and Denise Magee say they are very excited to open, and are humbled, grateful and appreciative for the opportunity to be part of Spokane's craft beverage family. No exact opening date is set yet but they hope to open soon and will be open Sun-Thurs. 11am- 10pm and Fri-Sat 11am- 11pm.

For more info on River Rock Taphouse, find them on Facebook at-
http://www.facebook.com/riverrocktap

Selkirk Pharma planning new manufacturing plant near Spokane International Airport

More growth is coming to the West Plains, with the news of another new manufacturing plant coming soon to land nearby Spokane International Airport. The new facility will be for Selkirk Pharma which is a newer company that is based out of offices in Downtown Spokane.


Selkirk Pharma's plant will be a 65,000 square foot building at 9110 W. Granite Ave. , just off of Flint Rd. in the Pacific Northwest Technology Park. They estimate the new building will have an approximate $30 million dollar price tag, no exact construction time line has been announced but it has been indicated that " initial client fills " would likely happen in late 2020.

The new facility will also create jobs but there isn't news on exactly how many just yet. For more info on Selkirk Pharma, visit their website at- http://www.selkirkpharma.com

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Second Harvest planning new building to combat child hunger

Second Harvest is our area's largest food bank, benefiting all ages and walks of life. One of their main missions is childhood hunger. And, as it is explained on their website " Getting healthy food to children who need it most is a fundamental goal of Second Harvest".

Part of reaching this goal is their recently announced plans to expand their footprint to a new building. Second Harvest has acquired the 21,000 square foot facility at 402 N. Perry, which it will remodel and re-open as the Wolff Family Child Hunger Solution Center. The new building is just a short distance away from Second Harvest's existing 83,000 square foot distribution center on Front.


The new second building will add 13,000 square feet of additional warehouse space as well as a permanent home for a Bite2Go Volunteer Center. As well as flexible training space for nutrition education classes and space for some of their community partners.

Renovation work will begin soon with an official ground breaking next month. They also still have a bit to go toward their needed funding goal for the project. More info on this project and all that Second Harvest does in the Inland Northwest community, visit their website at-
http://2-harvest.org

Friday, June 21, 2019

Dollar Tree to open a new store in North Spokane

A new Dollar Tree store is planned in North Spokane. This new location will take over the former Tuesday Morning store space at 9316 N. Newport Hwy., Tuesday Morning has since relocated and re-opened their store to the Evergreen Crossing Shopping Center in Spokane Valley.

An opening date has yet to be mentioned for the new Dollar Tree location, but the project is now out to bid, meaning construction will probably start fairly soon. In all the store will be 10743 square feet, with just shy of 9000 of that being sale floor area. Based on the plan for the new store, it will be like most other Spokane area Dollar Tree locations with selection of small departments and even a small grocery / frozen area.

Another Dollar Tree store is located just 1.3 miles to the South of this purposed store, it's unclear if that store will be moving to this location or remaining open for business as is. In all, there are already 8 Dollar Tree stores in the Spokane / Spokane Valley area.

For more info on Dollar Tree, visit- http://dollartree.com

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Jimmy B's Pizza Parlor to open on N. Division

A new pizza place is coming to North Spokane! Watch for the opening of Jimmy B's Pizza Parlor soon at 7115 N. Division.


Jimmy B's Pizza Parlor will be located in the same strip mall as The UPS Store and others and is expected to open sometime in July. The locally owned and operated pizza shop will have a delicious menu consisting of several different pizzas and salads. Additionally they also plan to serve a selection of hot dogs and nachos and pizza by the slice will likely be available during lunch time.

There will be a few beers served both on tap and bottled served in the restaurants dine in area to go along with the standard fountain sodas / other drinks. Keep watching as we'll hopefully have more on Jimmy B's Pizza Parlor once they open, for now you can find them on Facebook at-

http://www.facebook.com/jimmy-bs-pizza-parlor-316853852540345

Monday, June 10, 2019

Is there hope for a Chick-fil-a in Spokane?

Important- This not a definitive confirmation that Chick-fil-a is coming but it is a good sign!

Chick-fil-a has recently filled for a SEPA application with the state for a parcel of land near the Y in North Spokane. Perhaps the rumors of Chick-fil-a coming to the Gonzaga campus inspired something?


The application, which would be an early phase of development, shows a 4833 square foot store at the corner of N Newport Hwy & Hoerner, or 9304 N Newport Hwy. . In the plans the Chick-fil-a name is mentioned several times. Commenting on application is now open and closes on 6/21/19. In the notes it indicates construction could start as early as later this summer.

Will Chick-fil-a be coming to Spokane soon? It looks very good but we’ll be giving it a little more time to say for sure! If you’d like to view the SEPA documents on the project for yourself check-https://apps.ecology.wa.gov/separ/Main/SEPA/Record.aspx?SEPANumber=201903214

Stay tuned...

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Wake Up Call opens Monday in Liberty Lake, remainder of new building opening soon

Wake Up Call Coffee has arrived in Liberty Lake! The new Liberty Lake Wake Up Call Coffee location opens Monday, June 10th at 4am and is the first tenant to open in what will be a new medical office building at 22011 E. Country Vista Blvd.


The coffee shop takes up a 1200 square foot space with an inside seating area and a drive thru. It is notably one of the largest Wake Up Call Coffee locations and is the ninth in the locally based chain. A tenth location has already been announced to be coming soon to Coeur d' Alene and will open later this year.



The other section of the building at 22011 E. Country Vista is coming along quickly. The building will have a total of 6900 square feet and will be home to 2 more tenants, both of which are in the medical field. They will be Liberty Lake Eye Care Center and Casey Family Dental.

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Take our survey and help shape the future of Inland Northwest Business Watch

Inland Northwest Business Watch is my passion. I know it's just a blog covering business & development news in a mid sized city, but I obsess over it, probably more then I should.

I want to help new businesses get the word out so that they can succeed. It's been a sort of a hobby of mine for most of my life, growing up in small town in Ohio I was the weird kid who would get excited over a new small store or even the hint of where the next big box store was going to open. I remember when I was a teenager and a factory was built near my house, I would take my dog over and just watch the construction workers work ( from a distance, not creepily of course ) . So it only makes sense that one day I would create this.

I am now going on 8 years of running this blog and it's time to start taking the next step so to speak. Similar sites like Boisedev.com in Boise are full time operations, Instagrammer and blogger Spokane Eats' owner has become successful enough to have interns working under her. Needless to say we're still the little guys on the block.

I'm not making any announcements, but do want to see where to go from here. I have lots and lots of ideas and have created a survey to see what people are thinking. Because at the end of the day I want this site to be what the readers want.

Please take this quick 10 question survey, and at the end of it, leave your name and email address because on 6/14/19 I'll draw a random name to win a $10 gift card to Indaba Coffee Roasters!


The survey will be up if you are reading this after 6/14/19 but that is the end of the give away.

Thanks!
Matt Behringer
Blogger/ owner of Inland Northwest Business Watch

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Luxurous new Northern Quest RV Resort opens by Northern Quest Casino & Resort

After months of construction, the latest piece of the expansion at Northern Quest Casino & Resort is now open for business. The piece being a large new luxury RV Resort called Northern Quest RV Resort opened just last weekend and a full grand opening is planned for later this Summer.


The RV park was a $14 million dollar project spread out over 17 acres the resort even dons the title of a Bud Surles Signature Resort, as it was designed by Mr. Surles a legendary designer who unfortunately passed away in late 2017.





Not all spaces will be open till later this Summer but once complete the new Northern Quest RV Resort will offer 67 oversized, standard and deluxe pull through RV sites. Those without RV's can still check out the resort via one of their 18 tiny home style cottages. Other features of the new park include a clubhouse, outdoor pool with cabanas , laundry room, catering kitchen, golf cart rentals, fitness center, fire pits, showers and even a dog park. Spaces include full hook ups and complimentary wifi.

And, all of the Northern Quest RV Resort is just steps away from Northern Quest Casino & Resort, with several bars and restaurants, Vegas style gaming, live concerts and the new Movie and Dinner dine in movie theaters.

For more info on the new Northern Quest RV Resort, visit their website at- http://www.northernquest.com/rv-resort

Large expansion called Euclid Logistics Center planned by Spokane Business & Industrial Park

The Spokane Business & Industrial Park in Spokane Valley is already one of the largest business and industrial parks in the nation. Today "The Park" as it is nicknamed has over 120 resident companies, 5 million plus square feet and employs in excess of 4500 people. With an very low occupancy rate, it only makes sense that The Park's owner and management company Crown West Realty,LLC has announced a new expansion that that will transform the southeast corner of the development.


The plans call for the construction of approximately 500,000 square feet of new space in multiple buildings near the corner of 5th St. and Euclid. The new are will be a state of the art distribution and logistics center called The Euclid Logistics Center.

Divcon Construction has already been selected as the contractor for the project. Work will start sometime this year on the first phase, which will consist of a 120,000 square foot concrete tilt building featuring 36 foot clear heights, cross dock capacity, 135 foot truck courts and all built to LEED standards. A rendering of the purposed new building is above.

For more info on The Spokane Business & Industrial Park, visit their website at- http://www.thepark.biz

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Pizza place and brewery to open in new Spokane Valley building

A few months ago we mentioned the construction of a new commercial building at the corner of E. Sprague & Flora, next to Ziggy's in Spokane Valley. The building shell itself is now complete and work is happening now to build out the space for 2 tenants who compliment each other quite nicely.


The building, with an address of 17018 E. Sprague, will house a brewery and a pizza place. Both businesses we're already established elsewhere in Spokane Valley, with one moving here and another opening a second location here.

Here is who is opening soon at corner of Sprague & Flora-

River City Pizza

River City Pizza is a locally owned and operated pizza place that is a favorite of many with a location on N. Harvard Rd. in Otis Orchards. They will keep that location open as well, making this their new second location.

This new River City Pizza location will be about 2500 square feet and will offer carry out and delivery pizzas as well as a few other menu items. The new location should open sometime around the middle of July.

For more info on River City Pizza, check out their website at http://www.rivercitypizza.com

Genus Brewing and Supply

Genus Brewing has evolved since their opening as Nu Home Brew & Bottles back in 2013. They are moving from their originally location further west of Sprague to the corner of Sprague & Flora.

There hasn't been an opening date announced just yet but they will likely be opening in the coming weeks as they are further along in the remodeling process. Like River City Pizza, the space for Genus Brewing will also be about 2500 square feet and will be larger then their original location.

Their new store will serve beers made on site by Genus, as well as some home brewing supplies. They won't serve food at first but will have seating for 43. The owners next door at River City say they hope to work together at times but exact plans aren't certain so early in the building process. 

For more info on Genus Brewing and Supply, check out their website at http://genusbrewingco.com





Friday, May 24, 2019

The Blissful Whisk opening this weekend in Spokane Valley

Tomorrow morning a cool new bakery will open their doors for the first time in Spokane Valley. That new shop is The Blissful Whisk and is located in a newly constructed building at the corner of N. Barker Rd. and Mission ( 1612 N. Barker ) .



The Blissful Whisk offers both baked goods and coffee. Baked good items range from muffins and éclairs to the highly anticipated brookies and most anything in between. There will even be some vegan and gluten free options available. Additionally they offer a full coffee and espresso menu, that even include Lotus Energy drinks. Items can be taken to go or their is plenty on tables inside waiting for someone to relax and enjoy.

The Blissful Whisk is the second new business to open within the new building at 1612 N. Barker. A new dental clinic called Lakeside Dental is also opening in the other suite. Together they will host an official grand opening event on June 15th from 10am-noon .

Hours of operation for The Blissful Whisk, as of my writing this are Mon-Fri 6-4 , Sat 6-1 and closed on Sun.

We we're able to stop by and check out The Blissful Whisk before opening and snapped a few quick pictures to give guests and idea of what to expect, those pictures are below. And, for more info on The Blissful Whisk like them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/theblissfulwhiskspokane








Spin City to offer spin classes on North Monroe

A cool new place to spin is coming soon on North Monroe in Spokane. Starting with 4 spin classes a day, Spin City will open in on June 3th at 1215 N. Monroe, just north of REI and Downtown Spokane.


Plans call for the business to expand their offerings and one day, possibly offer yoga. But for now Spin City will be Spokane's go to place for spin classes. I'm told they will offer 45 spin classes that are instructed by their " badass instructors ". With an amazing light and sound system they say your
"exercising and at a concert at the same time".

If you'd like more info on Spin City, like them out on Facebook-http://www.facebook.com/spincityspokane

Follow them on Instagram @spincity2019

And, class booking will be available on the mind and body app.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Axe throwing coming to Spokane with Heber Hatchets

Axe throwing is about to come flying into Spokane! That's because Heber Hatchets, a small chain of Axe throwing businesses, is setting up shop right here in the Lilac City!

Heber Hatchets bills itself as "Utah's #1 axe throwing experience" with their headquarters in Heber City,Utah and a few locations scatter around the West, mostly to our South. This will be there first location in Washington.

Heber Hatchets is an axe throwing arena where customers throw an axe towards targets set at the end of designated lanes. Standard rates are per hour and vary depending on the number of people, the business will also likely offer league time. Rentals will be offered for large groups and corporate events. An example of a Heber Hatchets locations can be seen in the video below-


The Spokane Heber Hatchets location will be at 2015 N Division Suite B. When contacted they did not provide an opening date but say it will be in the next few weeks.

For more information on Heber Hatchets, visit their website at- http://heberhatchets.com

Also, like the Heber Hatchets - Spokane Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/heberhatchetsspokane

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Linnie's Thai Cuisine re-opens on Sunset Hwy.

Linnie's Thai Cuisine is back! Linnie's has operated in Downtown Spokane since 2004, and other local locations since as far back as 1990. But, last year it was announced that Volunteers of America would be purchasing the site Linnie's stood on Downtown for a new homeless housing project. Linnie's owners wasted no time in finding a new location to provide their delicious Thai dishes to the masses.



The restaurant's owners have recently re-opened in the former Asian Restaurant building at 5306 W. Sunset Hwy. about 2 miles west of Government Way. The owner and chef E Muongkhoth says he is still serving up authentic, quality Thai food that customers have come to love over the years, and " everyone is happy ".


And, he must have made a few people happy as this month marks the beginning of Linnie's Thai Cuisine's 29 year in business. Muongkhoth came to the United States as political refugee from Laos in 1979, finding his way to Spokane in 1984. Working for others at first until he opened the first location of this restaurant with just $6,000.

Linnie's Thai Cuisine is open M-F 11-9 and Sat. 4-9pm. They can be reached anytime at 509-747-5760 and a menu can be found on http://linniesthai.wordpress.com


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

A look at Spokane's first indoor aquarium, Blue Zoo, with photos!

In case you haven't already heard, Spokane is about to get a brand new indoor aquarium!

The new business is under construction now and will be called Blue Zoo. Blue Zoo is expected to open sometime this Summer, next door to Buffalo Wild Wings in Northtown Mall. Recently, Blue Zoo was nice enough to allow us a tour of their progress, and from what we saw I can safely say it will be unlike anything Spokane has ever seen.


While not as large as the established aquariums in bigger cities, Blue Zoo will pack their 11,000 square feet full of dozens of species of animals. Even more unique, Blue Zoo will have a couple of rooms included to see birds and lizards as well. There will even be scheduled mermaid and a pirate shows!

Among the attractions will be 30,000 gallon shark tank with kids crawl, Giant Pacific Octopus Tank and designated tanks for everything from fresh water fish to predator's! A full list of their attractions is on their website listed below. I can safely say Blue Zoo will be a must do for anyone who is even remotely interested in fish and marine life.

Blue Zoo is still at least a couple months away from opening to the public. But, annual passes are already up for sale and with early bird pricing they are cheaper now then they may ever be again. Passes are for sale from an individual economy pass for $39 up to the Ultimate Family Annual Pass which allows 2 adults and unlimited children access to Blue Zoo anytime during open hours for just $199. Also after opening, guests will be able to check out Blue Zoo via daily passes but the annual pass provides a more budget friendly approach. A full rundown of all pricing is available on their website at http://bluezoo.us

In addition to the main attraction, Blue Zoo will also have a gift shop at the entrance and a birthday party room available for anyone to rent from $249+ or $199+ if you have an annual pass! Themed birthday parties will also be available as will mermaid and pirate meet and greets. More info on birthday parties are also available on their web site.

Watch for hopefully many more updates as Blue Zoo develops and opens this Summer. And, for business owners Blue Zoo is excited to offer sponsorship opportunities, contact them directly for more on those incredible opportunities.

In the mean time, follow their progress via their website at http://bluezoo.us

Or on social media @bluezoospokane on Instagram or on Facebook at http://facebook.com/bluezoospokane

And, now some photos from Blue Zoo, the photos of fish are actual fish taken inside Blue Zoo and are not stock images.









Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Construction starting for Thirty First Place on the South Hill

Early construction work has begun on a new modern apartment building coming soon to the South Hill. The new apartments will be called Thirty-First Place and will soon rise at 2772 E. 31st Ave. just south of the Lincoln Heights shopping center.


Thirty-First Place will offer just 12 units but will be a modern look in a in-demand neighborhood. The project is estimated to cost $1 million dollars and all units will be approximately 860 square feet with 2 beds and 2 baths. Rental rates are not set yet but will likely be in the $1350 +/- per month range.

Kofmehl,Inc is the contractor and Fusion Architecture designed the building. The apartments will be ready for lease in about Jan 2020.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Terrain's Pop Up Shop getting new name, moving to River Park Square

Pop Up Shop is planning to pop up in a new, larger location soon. Despite the name, Pop Up Shop is actually a permanent retail shop that has called the Steam Plant Square building home for a few years now. The shop is a part of the non profit arts organization Terrain and is retailer of various products, gifts, apparel , home items and more from local artisans and makers. A sign on the window explains the business sells items that are " Spokane sourced, Spokane made " .






But, work has already begun to relocate the store to a new much larger location, still in Downtown Spokane however. The Pop Up Shop will move into the former Whiz Kids storefront on the second floor of River Park Square ( Whiz Kids moved to the other end of the mall a while ago ). It will also dawn a new name and logo better reflecting the purpose behind the business. After the move the store will be called From Here.

From Here will now have 4200 square feet of space, a significant increase in space from the former location. The new space will allow From Here to sell all the same items as before, but they will also be able to accommodate an additional 25 artists and makers.

Several renderings of what the completed store will look like line the windows of the new space and workers are inside moving the get the new store operational. In fact plans call for From Here to open as early as the end of this month, we'll hopfully follow up on their opening as the time gets closer.

For more info on From Here / Pop Up Shop, visit their website at-
http://terrainspokane.com/popupshop

Monday, May 6, 2019

New speciality cheese, meat and wine shop opening Downtown

Foodies will want to clear there schedules for the upcoming opening of Wanderlust Delicato, coming soon to Downtown Spokane. The new business will be a cool new artisan cheese, wine and charcuterie shop and will take the place that was last Wollnick's General Store at 421 W. Main #103.

Wanderlust Delicato will be both a retail shop and a place where guests can come and enjoy their menu on site. All cheese and charcuterie will be cut and wrapped to order. They will offer a selection of cheese, charcuterie, seasonal cheesy dishes and Euro style sandwiches. Platters for parties will be sold anytime and custom platters will be available with 24 hour advanced notice.

But wait there's more! Wanderlust Delicato plans on hosting cooking classes in their residential style kitchen space. The classes will be taught by rotating instructors from chefs to farmers and other experts.

Plans are for the new business to open sometime around mid-June. For more info follow their Facebook at - http://www.facebook.com/wanderlustdelicato

New building planned for Domino's / other tenant on 3rd in Downtown Spokane.



Watch for construction to start in the coming weeks at the corner of Third & Howard in Downtown Spokane. Workers will soon demolish the existing building on the Southwest side of that intersection and replace it with a new 2 story commercial building. Most recently the existing building has been a Mexican restaurant called Cinco de Mayo, and a few other businesses have also came and went from the space in recent years.

After demolition, construction will start on the new building, which will be a little larger then 6000 square feet. A good section of the new building will be a new Domino's Pizza location, one other tenant will join the building but no word on who that might be. Domino's Pizza already has a location about a block and a half west of the site so it is believed that location will relocate here.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Runners Soul closing down both stores

Runners Soul, a well known name in the local fitness scene has announced they will be closing both of their stores. They have been locally owned and operated for over 20 years and their stores are located Downtown on N Wall by River Park Square and off of Division in Wandermere.

The owner spoke with KXLY ( who I’m not affiliated with ) saying the closure is a following a few factors, including the recent changes and construction in their Downtown neighborhood. The Downtown store will close first, followed by the Wandermere store.

For more check out KXLY’s story at-
https://www.kxly.com/news/spokane-s-runners-soul-stores-to-close/1073634156?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_KXLY_4_News

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Electric Car Maker planning new plant on the West Plains

Another potentially huge employer is coming to the West Plains! Brea,CA based Mullen Technologies, Inc. has signed a letter of intent with the West Plains - Airport Area Public Development Authority to develop a massive new plant near Airway Heights.

Mullen Technologies, Inc. intends to use the new Spokane facility to manufacture their Qiantu K50 super-EV electric sports car. The company will ramp up employment in phases, but they hope to employ about 860 people locally by 2026. While 2026 is a few years away however, Mullen is working the PDA already to locate a 100,000 +/- square foot facility to begin production on the West Plains as early as this year. Initially they will employ 55.

That facility will be temporary however, as Mullen will lease a huge new building from the West Plains - Airport Area PDA. No exact address was given but it is explained as about 1 mile SW of the new Exotic Metals Forming,Inc. plant on McFarlane Rd. This would actually place the new facility relatively close to the currently under construction Amazon Fulfillment Center.

The new facility for Mullen Technologies,Inc. will be built in 2 phases, phase one would be 500,000 square feet and complete by about this time in 2021. A second phase of 800,000 square feet would follow and likely house the company's next gen lithium battery research and development, which may mean even more new jobs.

The Qiantu K50, which the company will make here was introduced just last week at the New York International Auto Show. The sleek all electric sports car will have an expected $125,000 median price, a look at the car itself can be found at http://www.motortrend.com/news/2020-qiantu-k50-by-mullen-california-built-bargain-ev-supercar/ ( although the article says the car will be built in California, which is no longer accurate)

This is a developing story which we continue to watch...

Thursday, April 18, 2019

New renderings are out for The Falls Tower project

Spokane is really growing up! Quite literally....

Via the Spokane subreddit we've uncovered this exciting new rendering of The Falls project in the North Bank area just north of Downtown Spokane. Currently the developer LB Stone Properties has demolished the former YWCA building to make way for the construction of the first tower. You'll notice the project now includes a 3rd tower which was mentioned in a recent article in the Journal of Business ( https://www.spokanejournal.com/local-news/third-tower-envisioned-for-the-falls-project/ )







Once complete The Falls will include-
126 apartments
26 condos
124 room hotel
20000-30000 square feet of office space
20000-27000 square feet of retail / restaurant space
And, this is just the figures without the newly added third tower!


All with and parking facility to be build on 3 floors underground. Obviously with a project of this scale it'll take some time so we won't even speculate about what will open when. But, if built out as we see today this will be a game changer for the North Bank.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

At Home is now open in North Spokane

It's official,  Home Décor superstore At Home is now open in the former Costco building at 6902 N. Division. The new Spokane At Home location is the second store in the state and their 191st store opening nationwide.


The new store has 88,000 square feet and offers more then 50,000 home décor items, from furniture, mirrors, rugs, art and housewares to tabletop, patio and seasonal décor across a variety of styles. Shoppers will find style ideas through out the store which is based on a warehouse model with continually updating items that showcase the latest trends and seasonal products.

"At Home strives to have the widest selection of home décor items, and we are dedicated to inspiring you to refresh, play and experiment with home décor that reflects your unique personality and style,” said Spokane At Home Store Director Matt Fortner. "We welcome everyone to come in, explore our newest store and find endless decorating possibilities for every room in your home for your budget.”


While the store is now open, a new store open house will be held on Sat. May 4th  starting at 9am . The open house will feature gift card giveaways for the first 50 people who visit the store and sign up for their At Home Insider Perks program.

Also, this Summer watch for a second store coming to our area as At Home will also be opening in the former K Mart store building in Coeur d' Alene. For more info on At Home stores visit their website at - http://athome.com

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

New restaurants coming to the Downtown Spokane's Bickett Building

In 2014 the former Bickett Hotel building at 225 W. Riverside in Downtown Spokane underwent a stunning restoration. The building's owner, Jed Conklin renovated the building's upper 2 floors into 8 new apartments that today are very in demand.

At the same time the ground floor also received some updates but has sat vacant and for lease for since then. That is until now as three exciting new businesses are in the works, we'll hopefully have individual posts about each in the near future, but here is an overview of what we know...

Eyvind

Eyvind is a project of Chef Tony Brown, who also owns Ruins, a small and ever changing restaurant on North Monroe. The unique name is a nod to Mr. Eyvind Earles who was an artist known in part for his background illustrations in 1950's era Disney films. He is best known for his background and styling in the 1951 classic Sleeping Beauty.

In a previous interview, Brown described his plan for Eyvind to be a more polished version of Ruins. It will likely be very vegetable forward seasonal local ingredients .

Hunt

Another project that Chef Tony Brown is involved with will actually be in the basement of The Bickett building. That new restaurant will be called Hunt and will be a small space serving what is being called elevated campfire food.

Redband

Redband is a project of the building's owner Jed Conklin. A bit different from the other 2 new places, Redband won't be an everyday restaurant, but instead gathering space. The new space will offer a dining set up and full bar and will be available to rent for gatherings of up 60 guests.


Tarascon Empanadas to bring Argentinian empanadas to Spokane

Something new is coming to Spokane's restaurant scene, traditional Argentinian empanadas!

This is due to the planned opening of Tarascon Empanadas at 9222 N. Newport Hwy in North Spokane. The new restaurant will be a quick service eatery in space that is shared with the exsisting Mr. Wok Chinese restaurant.

Tarascon Empanadas will be a locally owned and operated establishment being opened by members of the Alvarez family who came to the US from Argentina in 2002 and became US citizens here in Spokane in 2014. They say they have been making empanadas for years and have always had friends and neighbors are always very interested in trying them. And, soon all of Spokane will be able to...

Empanadas are savory pastries fill with variety of meat and vegetable fillings. According the their newly launched website they will offer pork, spinach, beef, ham and cheese, chicken and maybe more.

To help launch the restaurant Tarascon Empanada's owners have launched a fund raising page on Kickstarter that already as of my writing this is over 2/3 of the way funded and about 2 weeks left to go. More info about their Kickstarter is at- http://kck.st/2Cq43Q5

And for more info on the new restaurant itself, check out their website at https://tarasconempanadas.com/

Or, find them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/tarasconempanadas

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Honey Pig BBQ opening soon in the Garland District

The owners of Ferrante's Marketplace Café on the South Hill are cooking something up for the Garland District. Soon they will open a new Barbecue restaurant at 713 W. Garland, which had been a small bakery up until recently.

The new restaurant will go by the name Honey Pig BBQ and is currently scheduled to open in May. Honey Pig BBQ will be a seasonal establishment with BBQ dishes. They say the menu will be simple and delicious with meats and sides. They will also sell meat by the pound and customers will be able to dine in or take out their meals.

Honey Pig BBQ will only be open for business on Fridays and Saturdays and will be open until the BBQ sells out. And, following over from Ferrante's this new restaurant will also have gelato!

Watch here and our social media for more on this new restaurant.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Wake Up Call Coffee adding a location in Coeur d’ Alene

The Wake Up Call, a popular and growing Spokane based coffee business is breaking into the North Idaho coffee shop market.


Commercial real estate brokers, SVN Cornerstone, have announced they sold the former Taco Time restaurant building at 2517 N 4th St to the Wake Up Call. Some work has already begun as the building will be remodeled. No opening date has been offered as of this time.

For more info on Wake Up Call Coffee, visit http://wakeupcoffee.biz

Duluth Trading Company is now open in Spokane Valley

While the store’s grand opening is still scheduled for Thursday April 11th , the new Duluth Trading Company store in Spokane Valley is now open in “soft opening” mode. This is the first store for the company in Washington and the 50th overall.



Located at 16314 E Indiana Ave. , the store sells all of the products of the Duluth Trading Company brand of workwear. In all the store is about 15600 square feet and employs approximately 40. The store is open Mon-Sat 9-8 and Sunday 11-5.

For more info, check http://duluthtrading.com