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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

Thursday, March 28, 2019

U Haul begins to convert the former E Sprague K Mart store

U Haul is wasting no time in opening their new location within what was the last K Mart store in Spokane. In fact the new facility , now called U Haul Moving & Storage of East Town , is already open for business in a temporary showroom space where the K Mart garden center once was. Many U Haul trucks have already been parked in the former parking lot out front, all ready to be rented.

Like most U Haul branded locations guests can rent their trucks and trailers for moving but also find towing equipment, U Box portable storage containers and even moving supplies. Work will also begin to convert the remainder of the 115,992 square foot building into self storage units.

In all U Haul Moving & Storage of East Town will feature 700 indoor self storage units. Giving customers access to climate controlled rooms with what they say will be high tech security features and affordable price points. Propane and professional hitch installation will also be offered at the site in the near future.

Once complete they estimate this new location will employ approximately 15. Hours of operation are 8-5 M-S. and 9-5 on Sunday. More info can be found on http://uhaul.com

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Whim Wine Bar opening soon at River Park Square

I'm going to go out on a whim and say people are going to be excited that a new wine bar will be opening soon in River Park Square.

This new wine bar will be a locally owned and operated establishment called, Whim Wine Bar. The business is to open sometime in June and will be located on the ground floor of River Park Square, where the Red Fox Sports store had been.

Whim Wine Bar will feature 30 by the glass wines, a few microbrews and some retail by the bottle wines. Additionally they will have a food menu of thin crust pizza, charcuterie boards and more.

We'll hopfully have more on Whim Wine Bar as they get closer to opening. And, to keep track of their progress they have a Facebook page at- http://facebook.com/whim-wine-bar-2312112439070198

New Maverik rising at Ruby & Montgomery

Construction of the actual building has already begun for a new Maverik gas station and convenience store, opening soon north of Downtown Spokane. This is the latest in a series of new locations in our area, with even more planned.




This Maverik will be just Southwest of the intersection of Ruby and Montgomery, with the building actually facing Ermina Ave. . The business will take up most of the block, leaving just the Budget Lot used car dealership remaining of the original structures that once occupied the land. Plans call for this location to have fuel pumps and a 4300 square foot convenience store with beer, wine and the "bonfire" brand of hot foods that are sold in most Maverik's.

This will be the 8th location for the Maverik gas station chain in the Spokane area, and the 10th in the Inland Northwest. An impressive feat for a company who just began opening locations in our area in 2013. But they aren't done growing here just yet, more locations are also planned at:

W. Pointe Pkwy at I-90 in Post Falls ( also already under construction )
Mullan Ave. at Hwy 41 in Post Falls
Barker at Montgomery, just south of I-90 in Spokane Valley
Government Way at Dalton in Coeur d' Alene

And, possibly more?

For more info on Maverik, visit their website at http://maverik.com

Monday, March 25, 2019

Spokane Eye Clinic opening new clinic on Nevada

Spokane Eye Clinic has announced that they will be opening a new location to serve North Spokane. This will be the fourth clinic location for Spokane Eye Clinic and will be located at 9651 N. Nevada, nearby the Northpointe shopping area.



The focus of the new clinic will be on routine eye services, pediatric ophthalmology, contact lens fittings and the co-management of many eye conditions and diseases. In addition to exam space, the new clinic will feature an optical shop carrying many nationally recognized eyeglass frames. In addition to contact lenses, supplies and high quality products to treat dry eyes.

Spokane Eye Clinic has been serving the community over 64 years and has since grown to multiple locations and 29 doctors. Yet, they are proud to remain an independent, physician-owned organization. For more info on Spokane Eye Clinic, take a look at http://spokaneeye.com

Friday, March 22, 2019

Grocery Outlet planning a new store in Cheney

Grocery Outlet is eyeing the City of Cheney for a possible new location. Currently in the SEPA application phase of development the new store would be built in the already commercial area on Cheney's north side.





Plans call for a 16456 square foot building to be built new for the store along with 63 space parking lot. It would be located at 2603 1st St , north of a small mobile home park and across from the intersection of 1st and Simpson Pkwy.


No construction start date or store opening date is listed as of the present time. We'll be watching for more info, and for more info on Grocery Outlet visit their website at http://groceryoutlet.com. This would be 5th Grocery Outlet store in Spokane County, one location in Spokane did close down last year but no mention if this one would be affiliated with that store.



Thursday, March 21, 2019

Walgreens eyes Downtown Spokane site for new " community pharmacy " concept

Walgreens, the huge national pharmacy chain is coming to Downtown Spokane. But, this won't be a traditional Walgreens as most people know them, that's because this store will be part of their newer community pharmacy concept of stores. This means this new store won't have any retail sales, just the pharmacy.


Per an article from a recently opened location in Grand Rapids, Mi. these stores are specialty pharmacy's geared towards patient care for those battling complex conditions like cancer, CF and others. The stores are small with room for just the pharmacy and some support / employee office space.


The planned Spokane Walgreens Community Pharmacy location will be approximately 1300 square feet on the South side of Downtown Spokane. The store will be in the recently remodeled building at 327 W. 3rd, at the corner of 3rd & Washington. Currently the store is in the planning phase but notes on the plan indicate the may begin construction as early as the middle of April.


For more info on Walgreens, visit http://walgreens.com

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Opening date for new Spokane Valley Duluth Trading Company store.

Note this is a stock photo, actual store photos will also be coming.

The wait is almost over. Duluth Trading Company, maker of sturdy workwear and other apparel, will open their first retail store in our area in just a few more weeks. The store is to open on April 11th.

The Spokane Valley Duluth Trading store will be their first in Washington state and is located at 16314 E Indiana, a bit East of Spokane Valley Mall. The store is a 15,656 square foot stand alone building.

For more info on the company, visit- http://duluthtrading.com and watch for more posts yet to come on this site.

Monday, March 11, 2019

New business openings - March 11th 2019

Here's a rundown of some of the new businesses opening in the Spokane area that we either don't have all the info on or just haven't managed to work in yet. If we already posted about or will very soon it probably won't be found here, but please try searching the site.

If you know of a new business you think we might be missing or if you are with a new business and would like us to stop by and/or do a post about contact us at inlandbusiness@yahoo.com .


Sharkey's Cuts for Kids is opening soon at 6501 N. Cedar Rd in Cedar Crossing development.

Spokane Powersports is planning to relocate from there current location to the large glass building at Francis & Crestline. This will be a larger facility at over 35000 square feet.

Linnie's Thai Cuisine who was Downtown for many years has reopened at their new home at 5306 W. Sunset Hwy in Airway Heights. It is the same menu as before.

For the Love of God Brewing will be opening in the coming months at 2716 W. Northwest Blvd.

Shape Cosmetic Surgery & Med Spa has opened for business in their new location at 5915 S. Regal Suite 110

The Creative Office a Western Washington based supplier of office furniture and supplies has opened a location at 10102 E. Knox in Spokane Valley.

Two Men and a Truck , a popular franchise based moving company has expanded to Spokane. Their new offices now open at 111 N. Vista Rd in Spokane Valley

Glorious Artisan Bakery is a new bakery coming soon to the same building as Latter Coffee at 1516 W. Riverside. On the second floor of the same building a new shop selling local arts, crafts & gifts called The Lookout also just opened.

Mathnasium will be opening a second location soon here in Spokane. They will be next to Safeway in the Northpointe Plaza ( 9996 N. Newport Hwy )

A liquor license was recently applied for to open something called Vaqueros in the old Hooters building in Spokane Valley. Looks like it might be a Mexican restaurant?

Speaking of liquor license applications, others have been filed to open a Whim Wine Bar on the first floor of River Park Square and River Rock Tap House coming to ground floor of The Chronicle building Downtown

Our Place Vendor Mall will open in April at 18309 E. Appleway in Spokane Valley.

Zen Nail Spa will be opening soon at 9319 N. Newport Hwy in North Spokane.

Two Winey Bitches a winery from Ford,Wa will be opening a new tasting room in Downtown Spokane. They will be located at 1029 W. 1st Ave.

Immersive VRcade will be opening in the former Starbucks at 1217 N. Hamilton.

Genus Brewing & Supply will is moving, they will open in the coming months at 17018 E. Sprague Ave Suite 1 in Spokane Valley.


Over in North Idaho-

The Wellness Bar will be opening a new location soon at 214 W. Sunset in Coeur d' Alene

Aligned Chiropractic will be opening in the Highland Crossing shopping center at the corner of Mullan & Hwy 41 in Post Falls.

Release Float Spa is planning to open in Post Falls at 920 N. Hwy 41, in the River City Plaza.  

Tiffany Blue Boutique is working on opening a 3rd location, this time in Hayden. They will be at 8134 N. Government Way in the Hayden Creek shopping center.

City Thrift is opening in the former 50% Off Card store space on Best Ave. in Coeur d' Alene.


Former Academy senior living facility to re-open as a student geared apartment complex

Changes are coming to what was once a senior citizen housing facility nearby Gonzaga University. The building, which is located at 1216 N Superior was sold last year to Utah based Stellar Living who manage a few other apartment buildings in our area. They are now coming forward with their big plans for the 120+ year old building.


Stellar Living will soon go forward with a plan to renovate the entire historic building into market rate apartments, geared towards students. The plan calls to re-open the building, which is currently empty, with 95 apartments and a mix of studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units. The building will retain The Academy name and is to open for tenant move in's starting in August.

Units at The Academy run from $700 - $1410 per month, and they are already taking applications on their website, which can be found below. After renovations are complete tenants will be able to take advantage of many amenities, including... a coffee bar, fitness center, a study lounge, bbq space and a lot more. They also plan to have the facility be pet friendly a pet fee and a small extra rent charge.

For more information on The Academy student apartments, visit- http://academyapts.com

*this site is not affiliated with this project. Please contact them directly with questions and concerns.

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Mango Tree Indian Kitchen + Tap House to replace Hill's in Downtown Spokane

Hills Restaurant & Lounge was a favorite of many, but as many now know the Downtown eatery closed their doors for the last time on Feb. 28th, the owners cite many reasons for this closure. But, while Hill's is no more their building won't be empty for very long.

The building, which can be found at 401 W. Main, across from Auntie's Bookstore has already been leased and will continue to be a resturant. It will become a new location of The Mango Tree Indian Kitchen + Tap House with renovations to begin later this month.



The Mango Tree opened just last year over in Coeur d' Alene and is actually affiliated with small Canadian chain. The menu however is somewhat different then that of their Canadian locations. The menu of The Mango Tree is focused on curry dishes and grilled items although the restaurant has most all common Indian dishes from Tandoor Chicken to Butter Chicken, Kebab's and everything in-between. As is implied by the name dinners also can order from a selection of beers and wines and appitzers and desserts are available.

The new Mango Tree location in Downtown Spokane is planned to open sometime in May.

More info can be found by finding them on Facebook or at http://the-mango-tree-restaurant.business.site

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Demolition of former YWCA underway to make way for The Falls high rise

Demolition is now underway to remove the former YWCA at Post & Broadway by Downtown. The building has actually been largely abandoned in recent years since the YWCA moved into YMCA building on N. Monroe.

The demolition is to make way for a new high rise. The planned high rise has been in the works for a couple of years and is to be called The Falls. The Falls will include- 126 apartments, 26 condo units, 124 unit hotel, 20000-30000 square feet of office space and 20000 to 27000 square feet of retail/ restaurant space. All will be built on top of an underground parking structure. Keep watching for posts about The Falls in the coming months...




Tuesday, March 5, 2019

AutoZone planning to build a store in Athol

Construction bidding has already begun for a new AutoZone store coming soon to the small town of Athol. Plans call for the chain to build a stand alone building at the corner of Sylvan Ln. and Hwy 54,  nearby the recently opened Super 1 Foods grocery store.


This new store will be like other Auto Zone locations in look and merchandise. The store will be an approximately 7300 square feet with a 32 space parking area. Opening date is not available just yet but with it going to bid it will likely be within the next few months.

For more info on Auto Zone, check http://www.autozone.com

Thursday, February 28, 2019

A look at Big Island BBQ, opening Fri. in Liberty Lake

Some of the best dishes from the Pacific Islands are coming to Liberty Lake, by way of the menu at Big Island BBQ. They open to the public tomorrow morning at 8:00am but tonight we got sneak peek of their place.

I highly recommend, it’s a great carefree local establishment with delicious food. Fresh salads, juicy meats and friendly folks. These aren’t my best pictures, but here is a look at what to expect...






Find Big Island BBQ in Liberty Lake at 1235 N Liberty Lake Rd #109 . More info can be found on their website http://www.mybigisland.co

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Homesick Candles introduces a candle that smells like Spokane?!? #notsponsored

It sounds like a joke, but yes, you can now make your home smell like Spokane. I mean you could also just open your window if you still live here but fresh air is overrated anyways.


But, judging by the candle companies name it's somewhat geared towards those who have left and are "homesick" . The Spokane candle is made by Homesick Candles, a growing company that's made a name for themselves selling candles that have scents of many different cities, states and even countries. There are even some that are supposed to have scents that bring back memories of holidays, special places and even special occasion's.

Homesick Candles are sold at $29.99 and are made in the US from all natural soy wax meant to burn for 60-80 hours.

So, according to Homesick Candles what does Spokane smell like? They describe it as...
" herbs and honeysuckle reminiscent of Centennial Trail hikes through the sunny side of the state. Home of 3 on 3 basketball. Notes of carnation to celebrate fathers around the world " .

If your interesting in smelling Spokane ( or Austin or France or one of dozens of other locations ) check them out at-
http://homesickcandles.com/collections/college-towns/products/spokane-candle

This is not sponsored, and I do not get anything off of the sales of their products. Just wanted to share...