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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 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 Rapid,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

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- 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 .

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-

*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

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

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

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-

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

STCU to build a new branch in Rathdrum

Spokane Teachers Credit Union ( STCU ) continues to grow. And, with Idaho residents making up a increasing percentage of their members, STCU has announced plans to open a new location in Rathdrum. This will be the credit union's 6th location in North Idaho

The new Rathdrum STCU branch will be a new construction building. With 3300 square feet at the SW corner of Hwy 41 and Vera St., directly across from Lakeland Junior High School. The new branch will feature drive through tellers, ATM access and all of STCU's services. The credit union says since their first 2 locations in Idaho opened in 2007 STCU's membership has doubled, with 15% of members coming from Idaho. This new location is a response to the growth which they expect to continue as the area grows.

The new branch in Rathdrum will be STCU's 24th location, including 2 newly opened branches in the Tri-cities. A third branch for the Tri-Cities market is expected to open later this year in Pasco. STCU was founded in 1934 and today has more then 190,000 members and $2.9 billion in assets.

For more information on STCU, visit-

Friday, February 22, 2019

Construction starts for new Spokane Federal Credit Union / Revel 77 Coffee shared building in Spokane Valley

Earlier this week construction kicked off to renovate an existing building in Spokane Valley into a branch for a growing local credit union and a coffee shop. The building, which is at 13105 E. Sprague Ave. has been a mini mart and used car dealership in recent history and will be completely redone with an all new modern look. Design work for the project was done locally by HDG Architecture and construction will also be done locally with Baker Construction acting as the general contactor for the project.

They estimate to have the project done and the businesses open sometime around July of this year. Spokane Federal Credit Union will be the main tenant taking 2100 square feet. The new location will be staffed by about 3-4 employees trained in both member services and loans so no matter what the need, someone will be able to help.

This is Spokane Federal Credit Union's first location outside of the City of Spokane, currently they are based nearby the Spokane Arena at 601 W. Mallon Ave. . The Credit Union says they have heard members need for more access to banking in Spokane Valley and are excited to begin this project.

The remaining 1200 square feet of the building will be a new Revel 77 Coffee shop. This will be the second location for Revel 77 Coffee, which opened back in 2012 on the South Hill at 3223 E. 57th Suite K. The new Spokane Valley location will be similar to the South Hill store.

For more information on Revel 77 Coffee, visit-

For more information on Spokane Federal Credit Union, visit-

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Flatstick Pub to open in old Macy's Building in Downtown Spokane

Flatstick Pub, a Seattle based pub and restaurant has announced they will open in the remaining vacant street level space of The M building ( the former Downtown Macy's ) in Downtown Spokane. Flatstick Pub is a unique concept developed by Spokane natives Sam and Andy Largent. There locations are casual beer pubs that also feature a challenging 9 hole miniature golf course in the same place.

                            An example photo from one of Flatstick Pub's Seattle locations

In addition to the mini golf, customers can play a selection of golf themed games that we're invented by Flatstick. Those include Duffleboard, Cup Hunter, Stick Putt and 2 more new games set to debut with the opening of the Spokane location.

The Pub will have 30 taps pouring only locally made beer, cider and wine. The owners also will partner with Seattle based restaurateur Ethan Stowell to develop a cool new food menu. The entire place will be open to all ages until 7pm each day and they note it will even by dog friendly.

The Spokane Flatstick Pub is to open late this year, and they are also developing another location in Tacoma that will open around the same time. Currently they operate 3 very popular locations in the Pioneer Square and South Lake Union neighborhoods of Seattle and one in Kirkland. The company was founded in 2014 and has grown quickly, as is expected of such a cool and unique concept. They also are excellent community partners, giving $140,000 to charites in 2018 and they plan to continue donating in the each of the areas they operate.

For more info on Flatstick Pub, check them out online at-

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Donut Parade to re-open!

There have been some rumors lately that the Spokane landmark, The Donut Parade, might be reopening. And, now our friends over at KREM 2 News have confirmed this and they even have the scoop on what the newly revamped Donut Parade will include. Even though it sounds like it will still be largely the same as before!

Here’s there story from the KREM 2 YouTube page, we’ll try to get a story of our own closer to when they open.

At Home to open a store in Coeur d' Alene

Soon the At Home chain will have 2 places to call home in the Inland Northwest. Earlier this year it was confirmed that At Home will be opening in a part of the former N. Division Costco building. That store is supposed to open sometime around April of this year and will soon after be joined by a Texas Roadhouse and another yet to be named tenant.

But, that won't be the only store in our area for the Texas based chain. The company will also begin construction soon to convert the former Kmart store in Coeur d' Alene into another At Home store. The store will occupy the entire building, meaning the store will be about 87,400 square feet or a similar size to the planned Spokane store. The Coeur d' Alene store will open sometime later this year, we will update when we know a more exact date.

Improvements will also be done to the site, including a full renovation of the area that was Kmart's garden center. That space will not be part of the At Home store but will instead be a multi tenant commercial space for retail and restaurants. The main building will also be largely updated.

At Home is a Plano,TX based chain of big box stores that carry over 50,000 unique items including furniture, garden, housewares, rugs, home décor and a lot of seasonal merchandise. They consider themselves " The Home & Holiday Décor Superstore ". They are adding new stores rapidly but a recent count showed them at about 600 stores. These will be the first At Home stores to come to our area however.

For more information on At Home, check out their website at-

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Spokesman Review to relocate printing operations to Spokane Valley

Soon the Spokesman Review will no longer be printed in Downtown Spokane, like it has been for so many years. The Spokesman's owner Cowles Co. recently announced that all printing will be shifted to a new facility in the 19000 block of E. Euclid, close to the Spokane Business & Industrial Park. The move will likely happen around the end of the year with all 70+ employees keeping their jobs.

The new Spokane Valley Spokesman Review facility will also house a newly purchased smaller, more versatile printing press. The hope is that they can expand their outside printing contracts as the new press is able to print more efficiently and at times in smaller batches.

A key part of the Spokesman's move is freeing up the prime Downtown spaces for new uses. Currently the Spokesman Review is printed a huge 168,000 square foot building on Monroe St, just steps away from some of Spokane's best shops and dining. They say the building could be easily converted into breweries, restaurants or retail. Although there are no plans set just yet as the facility will still be printing the newspaper throughout much of 2019.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Shopko to close remaining Spokane / Valley stores

A couple of weeks ago Green Bay,WI based Shopko filed for bankruptcy. And, while the retail chain expects to continue operating they have added several more stores to their planned closure list, including all of the remaining Spokane area stores.

Here are the Spokane Shopko stores set to close and their estimated last day-

4515 S Regal - March 2nd ( store closure announced earlier this year)

9520 N Newport Hwy - May 5th

13414 E Sprague - May 12th

At this point the Shopko store in Coeur d’ Alene appears to be unaffected. No word on what may replace any of these stores.

Wild Birds Unlimited to open on the South Hill

Wild Birds Unlimited is coming to Spokane with a new franchise location opening soon. The new store will be opening sometime this Spring and will be a tenant at the Lincoln Heights shopping center on 29th.

Wild Birds Unlimited actually already has several locations in the region, including one in Coeur d' Alene, but this will be the chain's first Spokane location.

Wild Birds Unlimited is a growing Indiana based retail chain with over 300 stores in the US and Canada. Their stores sell a large selection of bird seed, bird feeders and other bird related supplies.

For more info on Wild Birds Unlimited, visit their website at

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Dutch Bros coming to Airway Heights

The rumors are true! Dutch Bros. Coffee is coming to Airway Heights!

The location will be the 10th in the Spokane area and will open sometime this Summer. It will be located at the corner of US 2 and Deer Heights Rd. nearby the Village Center Cinema movie theater.

Rut to open where Picabu Bistro once was

Sadly Picabu Bistro closed for good around the first of the year. But already we're learning a new restaurant will be opening soon in the same space at 901 W. 14th on the Lower South Hill.

Watch for a new restaurant called Rut , opening sometime around mid-march . The new place will be considered " New American " as well as Vegan / Vegetarian . The menu isn't set yet but it will focus on seasonal plant based dishes and craft cocktails.

Watch for more on Rut in the coming weeks. They say a website is coming but for now more info can be found on their Facebook page at-

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Multicare Health System opens patient access center near the Airport

In an effort to make their services more accessible to the their patients, Multicare Health System has opened a new patent access center in a office building nearby the Spokane International Airport.

The new office is a call center with about 40 employees and is located at 1628 S. Windsor Dr, a former Group Health office building that has been vacant for awhile now. The Multicare patient access center allows patients to schedule appointments and inquire about a number of other patient needs.

Multicare explains " This center will help connect patients with their healthcare providers in a timely manner , aiming to provide fast, efficient service to keep your hold times at a minimum " .

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Reports say Texas Roadhouse is coming to Spokane

Back in July we shared some information about the possibility of a Texas Roadhouse coming to Spokane. At that time they had appeared as a tenant name in the plans for the former N. Division Costco building. And, while some of those plans didn’t stay in the plan, we can happily report that our friends over at Spokane Journal of Business published that Texas Roadhouse is confirmed to be building at the site.

Here is their article ( be aware they have a paywall )-

We’ll be running our own article about this in the coming days but the short story is that Texas Roadhouse will open in the parking lot area where the Costco fuel station had been. The main Costco building will primarily be a new At Home store which we touched on briefly back in the Fall-

This will leave one section without a set tenant just yet. However it looks likely a storage facility will go into that space.

But, for now if you’re looking for more info on Texas Roadhouse check them out at-

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Yaya Brewing opening soon in Spokane Valley

A new brewery is on it's way to Spokane Valley. In fact construction is already getting underway for the new Yaya Brewing Company, coming soon to 11712 E. Montgomery.

They will open later this year, with an opening date a bit more up in the air then usual with the recent government shut down. But, they will be opening and when they do they will have a production facility and tasting room, both at the same site. The production side will include a 10-barrel brewhouse with 60-barrel production capacity.

Beer lovers will be able to visit Yaya Brewing in a planned 900 square tasting room. That space will include plenty of seating, several TV's and 10-15 taps. Of that 9-13 will be reserved for beers brewed by Yaya Brewing and the rest will be other locally brewed beers and ciders. Their beers will be brewed with high quality ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. They plan to brew several types of beers, which we'll likely profile a bit more when they open.

This new brewery is being dedicated in memory of the owners sister, Lara. They say Lara was very community oriented and they intend to follow suit with the creation of their flagship beer, the Angel IPA. 1% of the tasting room sales of the Angel IPA will be donated back to local charites.

Yaya Brewing will be a quality beer driven brewery with no kitchen. However they do plan to have some pre-packaged snacks and will likely partner with many local food trucks to bring in something for guests to eat at times.

We'll check back in with Yaya Brewing as they get closer to opening, but they do have a website coming soon to

And, follow their progress on Facebook at-

Thursday, January 24, 2019

High Tide Lobster Bar coming to Downtown Spokane

A small restaurant serving fresh lobster in Downtown Spokane ?!? Yes, really....

Watch for High Tide Lobster Bar coming soon to the space above Numerica Credit Union at 502 W. Riverside. High Tide will be the next venture of Chef Chad White, who's already known locally for his other Downtown restaurant, Zona Blanca, a delicious ceviche bar located inside the Steel Barrel Tap Room on Madison. Not so locally White was also a contestant on season 13 of Bravo TV's Top Chef.

High Tide Lobster Bar will be small with only some seating as the space was last used as Thomas Hammer Coffee kiosk location. But despite the size High Tide will still be very cool and very unique for Spokane. Watch for a quick service menu of lobster sandwiches, other sandwiches , chowder and salad.

Currently the plans call for High Tide Lobster Bar to open for business by the end of February. In addition to this project Chef Chad White is also collaborating with the local TT's Old Iron Brewery in opening a new brewery and Kansas City style BBQ restaurant coming later this year to 4110 S Bowdish ( at Dishman-Mica ) in Spokane Valley. But, more on that soon...

Renovations coming to abandoned Pacfic Fruit & Produce warehouse in Downtown Spokane

New life will soon be coming back to a presently abandoned warehouse on the east side of Downtown Spokane. Plans are in the works now to re-develop the former Pacific Fruit & Produce building at 102 E. Main into a small multi-use building.

Construction could start as early as the Spring and divide the building into 3 spaces for 3 separate tenants. About 3200 square feet for an office tenant, 3400 square feet for a yet to be named restaurant, and about 1100 square feet for a yet to be named coffee shop tenant. The office tenant space will be used by JMK & Associates , a financial advisory firm currently located at 421 W. Riverside, they will move to the new space once it is completed.

According to documents filed with the City of Spokane the re-development project will cost an estimated $500,000 with design work being done by HDG Architecture. No contractor name is mentioned as of yet.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Walk In Chiropractic to open a location in Spokane Valley

It's been a little more then a year since the first Spokane location on the Walk In Chiropractic chain opened. And, now we can report that the Montana based chain will be increasing their footprint here with a new location opening soon in Spokane Valley.

Walk In Chiropractic has leased a 1300 square foot space at 328 N. Sullivan Rd. Suite 6 in the Valley. This new clinic will be overseen by Dr. Brendan and his staff with an opening date planned sometime in February. The original Spokane location will also remain open for business at 915 E. Hawthorne Rd Suite D on the north side.

Walk In Chiropractic has earned a name for itself with a unique concept of adjustments and chiropractic care without an appointment, as the name implies one can just walk in. Introductory adjustments are just $29 with affordable pricing after that. Memberships and pre-paid packages are also available for future visits. And, their locations are open at more convenient times, most clinics are open Mon-Fri 10-7 and Sat. 10-4.

For more information Walk In Chiropractic, check their website at-

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Roasters Coffee planning Spokane locations

If you've spent any time in the Tri-Cities in the last few years you've likely at least seen a location of the Roasters Coffee chain. The chain is a 10 year old brand of drive thru coffee stands with about 10  stores around the Tri-Cities and Walla Walla. And, now Roasters is planning to expand to the Inland Northwest with new stores coming soon to the Spokane area.

They are planning a location at 2505 W. Northwest Blvd. which they hope to have open by the end of 2019. Another location is planned in 2020 near Airway Heights along US 2 and others are in the works in Spokane Valley on Argonne Rd. and Evergreen. They say their goal stands at 5 stores in 5 years and then setting a long and committed goal towards reaching the entire population.

Roasters Coffee has been roasting their own coffee since 2011, they roast daily and have the same coffees from the same farms year after year. Wes Hayden, owner of Roasters tells me " we might be considered fast casual coffee but the guarantee is the coffee your getting is high specialty grade coffee roasted extremely well. Which isn't true for many drive thru chains ".

He goes on to say " one of the things we focus on is the coffee, that will always be our first goal ". Also Roasters Coffee brings more value to the people and communities they serve, last year they offered a day a month in revenue to local charities. Roasters Coffee is truly a community driven coffee company.

For more info on Roasters Coffee, check out their website at -

And, for a better idea of the company I recommend reading an interview with the owner Wes Hayden from 2016 at -

Saturday, January 19, 2019

103.5 The Game launches as Spokane's newest radio station

Radio Spokane has launched a new radio station that's sort of a re-branding from a previous station. Mapleton Communications, which does business as Radio Spokane, has switched the format of KGA 1510 AM and brought on a translator station at 103.5 to re-broadcast the channel to the more common FM radio.

The station switched just this week and now plays a mix of sports and hip hop, geared to take on Hot 96.9 Spokane's other hip hop geared top 40 station. The station will primarily be a music station but will continue on with games from Gonzaga, Spokane Chiefs and the Spokane Indians, which is a holdover from KGA's previous sports format.

This is the first radio station launch in Spokane market since Alt 96.1 took the place of a country station back in March.

For more info on 103.5 The Game, visit their new website at where you can also stream the new station.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Region's only completely gluten-free restaurant completes big expansion

With more then 4 years in business, Cole's Bakery & Café the region's only completely gluten-free bakery and restaurant has recently completed a large expansion of their facility. The expansion will allows Cole's to provide more products and allow them to enter the wholesale market.

Cole's is located in North Spokane at 521 E. Holland , they opened there in August 2014 as a gluten free bakery with 1484 square feet of space. Now, with the most recent expansion Cole's boasts a significantly larger 4084 square feet. The expansion allows for increased workspace for food preparation, additional seating for restaurant customers and even a drive-thru window. This is huge as 1% of the US population has celiac disease and up to 5% of the population suffer from some level of gluten intolerance.

Eric & Jeanie Smith, owners of Cole's say they have seen steady growth since they opened their doors. " We have many local families that love our food and have supported us from the beginning " Jeanie said. The restaurant has also attracted customers from around the region including Pullman, Moses Lake and Coeur d' Alene.

With the new larger space Cole's will be expanding into the wholesale baking market. " We hope to help restaurants and stores around the region meet their customers demands for more and better gluten-free options on their menus " Eric said. In addition to providing wholesale services Cole's will seek to expand their own bakery and restaurants offerings for individuals following the Keto diet.

The Cole's menu has also been expanded with new offerings such as curry ravioli and chicken parmesan. Ice cream in gluten-free cones and shaved ice will also be available for customers eating in or at the drive-thru window. Cole's is even open seven days a week with breakfast, lunch and dinner offered.

For those not able to travel to their location in North Spokane, delivery is also now available via Treehouse Deliveries and Cole's can be found regularly at the Kendall Yards farmers market during the spring and summer months.

For more information on Cole's Bakery & Café visit their website at-


New ESD 101 conference center completed on the South Hill

ESD 101 which serves 59 public school districts and 45 state approved private school districts has completed their new event center located at 4202 S. Regal on the South Hill. Meridian Construction acted as the general contractor with design work done by Design West Architects of Pullman.

The new center will operate as the Talbott Event Center, a 7900 square foot space with 3 conference rooms and support facilities. In addition, Meridian Construction also completed remodel of the existing building and extensive site improvements.

In all the ESD 101 building now has over 14000 square feet of space and the ability to host hundreds. ESD 101 is one of 9 education service districts in the State of Washington. For more info on ESD 101, visit their website at 

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Local partner- Comcast Business

Rest assured this site will never become a big mess of advertising. But, as a thank you from time to time I may suggest someone we work with solely as a recommendation.

One such partner is Kyle Sargent with Comcast Business. If you’re opening a business or need new service give him a call and let him know you were sent by Matt at Inland Northwest Business Watch!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Business Openings, plus the future of this blog...

I'm kicking off 2019 by looking back at some off the newer businesses opening in the Spokane area. This is not everything coming but a good amount of highlights, some I may post about later and if you know of something I've missed feel free to contact me at

I'm planning some big things in 2019 and a kind of re-think of this site. I'm hoping to follow up more on businesses after they open and do more tours of businesses for the readers. On the larger scale I'm hoping to branch out into making videos of new businesses on the blog's YouTube channel and livestreaming on Instagram and Facebook. Oh, and I think it's time for a give away or two...

If your a business owner that wants to arrange a look at your new location, or to partner someway in a give away or discounts, please get in touch with me at

But, for now here is a report on new businesses...

Yaya Brewing is a new brewery coming soon to Spokane Valley at 11712 E. Montgomery Ste F2

Walk In Chiropractic is adding a location in Spokane Valley. Watch for them coming soon to 328 N. Sullivan Rd.

Wishing Tree Books is a new bookstore being planned at 1410 E. 11th Ave.

Liquor license applications have been filed for a place called Redemption Open Hearth Bistro at 11003 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley.

Wright Surgical Acts is expanding with a new location in Spokane Valley at 12709 E. Mirabeau Pkwy #200

Kuni's Thai Cuisine is coming to the space that was last Poole's Public House at 101 E. Hastings Rd.

Tasty Bun is in the works nearby Gonzaga at 829 E. Boone Ave Ste C

Chic & Shab is planning to move from Hillyard over to the North Monroe area at 2319 N. Monroe.

Slick Rock Tanning & Spa is coming soon in Spokane Valley at 212 N. Sullivan Rd #D

Gambles Tackle Shop is opening in North Spokane at 10925 N. Newport Hwy #8

The Ridler Coffee Corner is a new coffee stand now open at 1119 N. Division.

CHAS Health is planning to open a new clinic in a couple of weeks on the South Hill at 5620 S. Regal #11

Northstar Taps is coming soon to 1818 2nd in Cheney

Casual Spaces is a new furniture and rec room supply store now open at 9312 N. Division.

All Vacuums is a vacuum retailer now open at 302 S. Pines in Spokane Valley

The Barre Code is a fitness studio coming soon to a new strip mall at 11921 N. Division in the Wandermere area.

Cole's Coffee is now open in Spokane Valley at 3105 N. Pines Rd.

Spokane Mobile Dog Grooming has opened a grooming salon at 515 S. Thor in Spokane

ACMS is opening the first authorized Comcast dealership in Spokane Valley at 1510 N. Argonne Rd.

Mrs. Cavanaugh's Chocolates is now open at 513 E. Hastings in the Wandermere area.

The Comic Book Shop is now open at their newest store in Spokane Valley at 11510 E. Sprague.

Mr Piggy's BBQ is opening soon in Cheney at 809 1st Ave.

In Coeur d' Alene / Post Falls --

Terre Coffee & Bakery has opened a new location at 5417 N. Government Way in Coeur d' Alene. 

The Filling Station gastropub / growler shop is opening soon in Post Falls at 306 N. Spokane St.

J&T's Food Bunker is moving their food truck to the former Enoteca space at 702 N. Spokane in Post Falls where they will open a brick & mortar bar soon.

Sport Clips has opened a new location a 3145 E. Mullan, by Wal Mart in Post Falls.

Serving "Japanese soul food" , Rokkos is now open at 2360 Old Mill Loop in Coeur d' Alene

Syringa Japanese Café & Sushi has moved to the former Bistro on Spruce location at 1401 N. 4th in Midtown Coeur d' Alene.

New British pub Crown & Thistle is coming soon at 107 N. 4th in Downtown Coeur d' Alene

The Spice & Tea Exchange is now open at 2061 N. Main in Coeur d' Alene