Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Germany based FlixBus to start serving the NW, including Spokane

FlixBus, a German low cost bus carrier has announced their plans to begin serving travelers here in the Northwest. The company will partner with Seattle based MTR Western ( who also has a facility in Spokane) and will begin service in our region starting Nov. 21st.



Known in part for their bright green busses, FlixBus will serve Spokane and Coeur d’ Alene in addition Seattle, Portland, Ellensburg, Olympia, Albany, Corvallis, Eugene and Salem with connections to other parts of the country. And, one of their main selling points will be discounted fares, initially tickets will be on sale for just $9.99!

FlixBus busses feature on board WiFi, outlets and even an app that lets travelers track busses similar to Uber.

For more info on FlixBus, including online booking check their website at-http://flixbus.com


Monday, November 11, 2019

miFLAVOUR opening a french style cafe and bake shop this month

miFLAVOUR is not a new name to Spokane, they've been making amazing macrons and a few other baked goods for over 3 years, originally via markets and wholesale accounts. Recently the locally owned and operated business opened a larger facility on E. Sprague and now they're about to take another huge step.
The business is finishing up a renovation of the another portion of their facility and turning it into a new French style café and bake shop that's open to the public. The owners, Max and Ella say they " went all the way to Paris and brought back a piece of Paris to Spokane ". The new café will have a full espresso bar and daily hand made and baked French style croissants, pastries and more.

The new miFLAVOUR café will open at 7am on Friday, November 22nd at 3403 E. Sprague. During the grand opening all items will be 20% off, keep watching our site as we'll try to post after their opening.

For more info on miFLAVOUR visit their website at http://miflavour.com or call them directly at 509-309-2108

Business Openings & Closings

This is recap of some of the new business coming soon or now open in the Spokane area, plus a few moves. This is not by any means a full list just the highlights of the places I'm tracking but haven't been able to get posts on the site about.

If you think I'm missing something, want to ask a question or really anything reach out to me 24/7 at matt.behringer@inlandnwbusiness.com .


Spokane Valley-

Bardic Brewing & Cider will soon open their first tap room in Spokane Valley. Watch for it at 15412 E. Sprague Ave. #14

Pete & Belle's Ice Cream is opening a new kiosk style location in the center court are of Spokane Valley Mall.


Spokane-

Horizon Credit Union is constructing a new building at 605 S. Washington on the Lower South Hill. It will actually replace an existing location for Horizon very close by.

Floor Trader is a chain of flooring stores that is now open for business at 6227 N. Division.

Bijou is a new bar and coffee shop open in Browne's Addition. It can be found at 1925 W. 4th.

Barnwood Social Kitchen & Tavern is opening soon at 3027 E. Liberty.

Bee You Organics is a new zero waste & organic makeup & skin care store now open for business at 1114 S. Perry.

Kalico Kitchen has moved! The awesome local restaurant known for breakfast is now open in the former Monroe Street Grill at 1829 N. Monroe.

Peace Pie Pizzeria will be opening soon within the Saranac Commons building at 19 W. Main in Downtown Spokane.


West Plains-

West Plains Animal Hospital is constructing a new building that will be a significant expansion over their current clinic. Set to open in the Spring it will be by US 2 and behind Les Schwab.


North Idaho-

The Dipper is moving up and opening their first brick & mortar location at 1500 Northwest Blvd in Coeur d' Alene

Westside Pizza is now open for business in Post Falls at 920 ID 41 suite #1

The Hive is a new coworking business coming to Coeur d' Alene. Descibed as an " Inclusive coworking and community center designed by women for everyone " it will be located at 405 Indiana.


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Burlington likely opening a Spokane Valley store

Building permits we’re recently filed with the City of Spokane Valley to build out a “Burlington store” in the Valley. One can only assume this would be for a location of the chain formerly known as Burlington Coat Factory.


The new store is to go into the former Toys r Us location at 15505 E Broadway, by Broadway & Sullivan Rd. . Plans call for a $1.4 million remodel of the store with front facade modifications and interior updates. Unfortunately there is no news about an opening date this early in the process, more news to come!

Burlington is a large chain of stores selling clothing, coats, accessories and a lot more. The company already operates one store at the Franklin Park Shopping Center on N. Division in Spokane. For more info visit- http://burlington.com

Friday, November 1, 2019

Ladder Coffee Roasters to open a new location in Spokane Valley, sharing a building with Canopy Credit Union

Ladder Coffee Roasters continues to grow, as does Canopy Credit Union ( formerly Spokane Federal Credit Union ) . A few months ago Canopy opened a new branch in Spokane Valley at 13105 E. Sprague, but with the branch being 3588 square feet it meant there was still some room in the building for another local business.


That local business will be Ladder Coffee Roasters, who will open a new coffee shop there with 1200 square feet and 5-8 employees. The shop is to open in December and will be open 7 days a week.

President and CEO of Canopy Credit Union, Charlotte Nemec says they reached out to Ladder Coffee Roasters founder and owner, Aaron Rivkin, because of their shared values; serving people no matter what stage of life they're in. This will be the second location for Ladder Coffee Roasters, who also has a location near both Downtown and Browne's Addition at 1516 W. Riverside.

For more info on Ladder Coffee Roasters, visit http://laddercoffeespokane.com

For more info on Canopy Credit Union, visit http://canopycu.com

Olive Garden eyeing a new location in Spokane Valley

Although not set in stone just yet, it looks strongly like Olive Garden will soon be opening a new restaurant in Spokane Valley.


An application has been filed with the City of Spokane Valley by RSI Group,Inc. of Costa Mesa,Ca. to demolish the existing structure at 14742 E. Indiana Ave. .After removing that building it would be immediately replaced by a brand new 7700 square foot building for Olive Garden. The site is adjacent to Spokane Valley Mall and is currently home to Hong Kong Buffet, with no news yet about the fate of that business.

Keep watching this site for more news about this project. This would be the 2nd location for Olive Garden for the Spokane area, although a location existed in Downtown Spokane for many years but was closed by the company 4 years ago.

For more info on Olive Garden, visit- http://olivegarden.com

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Small strip mall coming to land close to the new Amazon Fulfillment Center

A new project beginning on the West Plains will likely mean a few more new shops and restaurants coming soon to the area along Aero Rd, by McDonald's and the Petro Truck Stop. The site is also just a short distance away from the new Amazon Fulfillment Center, a project many are watching closely as it will surely spark even more new development in the area.

Located at 10507 W. Aero Rd. will be a brand new shopping center with 6974 square feet of space and up to 4 tenants. There is already rumors of what businesses might open here but I cannot confirm any and all 4 spaces are still being marketed as for lease at this point in time. One of the spaces will include a drive through however, indicating at least one new restaurant or coffee shop will be likely.

This building is all that is to be constructed at this time. However it is important to note it is actually part of a larger development that at completion will span all of the vacant land currently at the northwest side of the Aero Rd / Westbow Rd. intersection. Among what is purposed in the future is a 60000+ square foot grocery store, but nothing has been officially announced about that part of the project, nor have permits been issued there.

New restaurant, coffee shop and car wash to kick off new development on the West Plains

It's been in the planning phase for months and signs marketing the project have been on the site for some time. But it looks like a new commercial development next to the Hilton Garden Inn, in the 9000 block of US 2 might now becoming to fruition. This is because building permits we're just recently filed with the City of Spokane to kick off actual construction.

The project would be built on a 4.5 acre parcel with patrons coming in from a newly built private access drive at the rear of the site along Hilton Dr. . In all there will be 5 new buildings built with some businesses already announced to be opening there.

Closest to US 2 will be a 6000 square foot Bush Car Wash, a 500 square foot Roasters Coffee drive up and a 3600 square foot Bruchi's location. Bush Car Wash and Roasters Coffee are both Tri-Cities based chains that are new to the Spokane area, Bruchi's however is locally based chain with a reputation of making delicious cheesesteaks and more since 1990. The businesses at the site are to be complete sometime in the Spring of 2020.

Additionally a 14000 square foot retail building and a 9000 square foot office building are included in the plans for the site but no tenants have been announced for them as of yet. There is also no building permits issued for these yet so they likely will be a future phase. Baker Construction is the projects general contractor, Knudson Engineering of Kennewick is leading the engineering work and Wave Design Group, also of Kennewick is doing the architectural design work for this development.


Saturday, October 19, 2019

Remitly opens new office in Downtown Spokane

Remitly, an online international money transfer company based in Seattle has chosen to open a new office in Downtown Spokane. The growing company will take space in Bennett Block building at 530 W. Main where Rover.com's Spokane office once was. Rover has since relocated to a larger space in the Wonder Building.


Remitly says their new offices in Spokane will primarily be a product and engineering office where they will employ full-stack junior and senior software developers. They decline to share just how many jobs the new office will create however.

The company says they chose to expand to Spokane due to a strong local job market, workforce and low cost of operations. This will be Remitly's second office location in the US , although with much of the company's business done internationally they also have offices in London, Dublin, Manila and Managua, Nicaragua. In all the company employs over 1,000.

Remitly's product allows people to send and receive money via smartphone apps. The company claims to have close to 2 million customers and helps send and receive more then $6 billion dollars annually.

For more info on Remitly, visit their website at http://remitly.com

Restaurants and more planned for new strip mall in Coeur d' Alene

Work continues to progress on a development on the north side of Coeur d' Alene. Located northwest of the intersection of Ramsey Rd. and Hanley Ave., the bulk of the project is a large apartment complex called The Northern at Coeur d' Alene Place. Once complete the apartment complex will have 294 apartments with 1,2 & 3 bedroom units available.




But on the southern section of the site, adjacent to the existing Maverik gas station is a new 2 building commercial project that will have 10,438 square feet of space and bays for up to 8 businesses. And, it's filling up with tenants even before construction is complete, among the businesses opening there are-

Union Coffee ( a new second location of their original coffee shop on 4th )

Poke Works ( a franchise location of a chain, the first location our area )

Stretch Lab

32 Below Frozen Yogurt

More space is also available for lease, for more info contact Hayden Anderl with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty at 208-964-0234 or hayden@cbinw.com

Monday, October 7, 2019

Cosmic Cowboy Grill opening in Downtown Spokane

Cosmic Cowboy Grill is growing and expanding. The fresh casual restaurant from Coeur d' Alene has begun working on a new second location coming soon to Downtown Spokane.

The new restaurant will be located on the ground floor of River Park Square, next to Nordstrom. The space was last used by Tortilla Union, a Southwest inspired restaurant that closed recently. Plans are to have the new Spokane Cosmic Cowboy Grill open sometime in January of 2020.


The restaurant will seat about 100 and feature a full bar. Food wise, the Spokane location will serve the same menu as their location in Coeur d' Alene. Their restaurants are a fast casual style establishment with a menu that is more health conscious the most. They serve " creative salads ", soups, sandwiches, wraps, bowls, burgers, and a few entrees. Additionally, they have delicious desserts, a wide verity of sides, a menu for kids and more. Gluten free substitutions are available, as are Beyond-Burger Veggie Patty's on their burgers.

Cosmic Cowboy Grill also does catering with more information about that service and a full menu on their website at http://cosmiccowboygrill.com. Also, keep watching our site and social media as we will try to keep you up to date as this new business progresses.

Friday, October 4, 2019

New Sleep Inn in Spokane opens and sets milestones for the chain

The new duel branded Sleep Inn / Mainstay Suites hotel has opened for business on the West Plains, after months of construction. The hotel features 87 rooms in all and is located near the Spokane International Airport at 3809 S. Geiger Rd.



But, the opening of a new hotel isn't the only story with this new property. The hotel, which is actually a franchise location, is both the 400th Sleep Inn location and the 20th location of the new Sleep Inn - Mainstay Suites duel branding concept. "It's not often that a hotel brand celebrates two major milestones on the same day. I can't think of a better market than Spokane to usher in this landmark " said Megan Brumagim , VP of brand management, design and compliance with Choice Hotels. And, Sleep Inn isn't planning to stop anytime soon with over 150 Sleep Inn hotels in the global pipeline.

Sleep Inn hotels are considered midscale hotels and are just one of many brands held under the large Choice Hotels parent company. In fact Choice Hotels has a number of other hotels open just here in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area.

This new Sleep Inn / Mainstay Suites location in Spokane offers both a more traditional room under the Sleep Inn name and suites geared slightly more toward extended stays under the Mainstay Suites name. Amenities of the new hotel include an indoor heated pool, full bar, free Wi-Fi, complimentary hot breakfast,  a 24/7 marketplace, business center, fitness center and complimentary airport shuttle service.

Rooms can be booked via http://www.choicehotels.com and for more info on the local location directly follow them on Facebook at- http://www.facebook.com/sleepinnmainstay-suites-spokane-international-airport-2224361994351494

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Thomas Hammer Coffee planning a store on the South Hill

Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters is planning to open a new location, this time on the South Hill. This will be the locally based coffee chain's first location on the South Hill.

The coffee shop will be located within part of a new 3400 square foot building that will be constructed soon at 3173 S. Grand Blvd. . The new coffee shop will be part of a partnership between Thomas Hammer and Washington Trust Bank. Construction will begin soon on the building, which will be on a vacant lot immediately south of Washington Trust Bank's Manito branch.


The new Thomas Hammer location will share the building with a Washington Trust owned community center which will provide event / meeting space that can be rented for various groups. They also plan to use the space for financial education classes and trainings held by the bank.

The project is estimated to cost $750,000 with Baker Construction & Development acting as the general contractor, architecture work done by Wolfe Architectural Group PS and engineering services done by DCI Engineers .

Natural Grocers planning to open a store on the South Hill

We've uncovered plans that show Colorado based Natural Grocers via a general contractor is in the process of accepting construction bids for a new store on the South Hill. This would be the second Natural Grocers store in Spokane, the first one opened a couple of years ago on N. Division near Northtown Mall. Additionally, the chain also has a location in Coeur d' Alene.


Plans call for converting the former Hastings store at 2512 E. 29th into a new Natural Grocers store. The store would take the 25,359 square foot space, with natural and organic grocery items, some refrigerated / frozen foods , produce and vitamins / supplements.

Natural Grocers has been growing steadily in recent years. The company has been in business since 1955 and although a current store count isn't readily available, the most recent public count the chain has 140 stores in 19 states.

Keep watching for more on this project, and for more info on the Natural Grocers chain, visit their website at- http://naturalgrocers.com

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Johnson's Custom Jewelry to open in former Dodsons location

Last winter the Dodson's Jewelers closed their doors after 131 years in business. Since Dodson's was Spokane's longest running retail business it was a bit of an " end of an era ". But, very soon customers will be able to return to the same building at 516 W. Riverside for all of their jewelry needs.

That's because Johnson's Custom Jewelry is relocating into the former Dodson's store location and will open with a ribbon cutting tomorrow ( Sept 19th ) at 10:00am. Johnson's has spent the last 8 years operating from a much smaller 600 square foot space in the Downtown's Peyton Building, where they had done custom and repair work for the now closed Dodson's and other local jewelers.

This is a major expansion for Johnson's Custom Jewelry as their new shop is just shy of 3700 square feet. In the new shop, they plan to continue their work in custom jewelry design and repair, but will also include new inventory for walk-in's including a few different designer lines of engagement rings and wedding bands, as well as colored stone and diamond jewelry.

Johnson's Custom Jewelry points out they have a different approach then a typical jewelry store.
" You are often working directly with the person that is creating the jewelry, versus a salesperson which has to translate the ideas to the goldsmith " . And, unlike many jewelry businesses Johnsons Custom Jewelry is a completely locally owned and operated business.

For more info on Johnson's Custom Jewelry, visit their website at-

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Progress Watch- Downtown’s new Laquinta Inn & Suites

Construction is moving at a rapid pace for the update of the former Fairbridge Inn at 211 S Division in Downtown Spokane. The building is receiving a top to bottom remodel and will soon reopen as Laquinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Spokane Downtown.

Owner Rajbir Sukhbir Sandhu is investing approximately $2.2 million dollars into the project that even includes a 2550 square foot addition to the original building. In all the hotel has 79 rooms on 4 floors.

Although reservations aren’t yet available for the new hotel, some info is already on their website at-https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/laquinta/spokane-washington/la-quinta-spokane-downtown/overview?CID=LC:LQ::GGL:RIO:National:53898&iata=00093796



Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Revival Tea Company planning new Downtown tea house

Locally based tea producer Revival Tea Company is planning on opening a brick & mortar location later this year.


Revival Tea Company is working on a new tasting room / tea house at 415 W Main #100, by Sweet Peaks Ice Cream. They  plan on it being a 2000 square foot shop with retail sales, tea bar and manufacturing space. All in a historic basement space in the heart of Downtown Spokane.

The company will add to their tea selection with the new location that is to open this fall. For more info on Revival Tea Company visit- http://revivalteacompany.com

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Work underway for Blockhouse - Life coming to the South Perry area

New apartment construction is happening in every corner of Spokane, a product of a historically low vacancy rate. I usually skip a lot of these projects for posts on here because they are common place and don't really stand out. But one project, just getting underway is quite interesting and leading the way to bring a more environmentally conscious approach to urban dwellings.


Ground was broken last month for Blockhouse Life a new " smart " housing project in the South Perry neighborhood. The complex of 14 rental units will be located on the presently vacant lot at 1410 E. 10th, steps away from South Perry's restaurants and shops, and of course public transit.


The buildings will be built using cross-laminated timber or CLT, a new construction material that is made by gluing several layers of wood together in a lightweight but still strong manner. Each unit will also be equipped with a voice activated " smart wall " , with plumbing, mechanical systems, data/wifi and the majority of electrical systems all built into the wall at the factory before delivery. Solar panels will also be added to the site to produce energy for Blockhouse's tenants.

As construction is just getting started rental rates have not been released just yet, but we'll try to follow up on the Blockhouse project in the future. They also are already planning to replicate the same type of housing elsewhere in Spokane with a recent pre-development filing for a second Blockhouse development. That project will be build 16 units at 1757 N West Point Rd. at the top of Doomsday Hill on Spokane's northwest side. That project is still in planning phase but construction at the site might begin as early as the Summer of 2020.

For more info on Blockhouse Life, visit their website at- http://blockhouselife.com

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

The Pentagon Bistro & Martini Bar coming to Liberty Lake from the owners of The White House Grill

The owners of Post Falls' White House Grill are planning to expand once more with a new restaurant coming soon to Liberty Lake. Using the same political naming theme this new location will be called The Pentagon Bistro & Martini Bar.


The Pentagon Bistro & Martini Bar will be located in the former home of Corkhouse at 1400 N Meadowwood Ln and they hope to be open for business sometime around the middle of October. This is not their first stab at serving diners on the Washington side of the border as they also owned The West Wing on the South Hill, which closed due to them feeling " spread too thin " at the time. There was also a briefly lived White House Garlic Mobile food trailer that parked in Liberty Lake for a time not far away from where The Pentagon will soon open.

We're told the menu of The Pentagon will be similar to that of their Oval Office Martini Bar in Post Falls, with 20-25 small plates inspired by several international cuisines. In all The Pentagon will employ about 30.

A website is coming soon for more info at http://pentagonbistro.com

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Poke Express opening in Wandermere ( and there will be boba! )

Poke Express is heading north. The small local chain of restaurants already has locations on S Grand and on Pines in the Valley, and now they will also have a new store very soon  in Wandermere at 12208 N Division Suite C, next door to the AT&T store. This new location will open for business on September 1st.


Poke Express features customizable Hawaiian poke bowls. Guests choose their own base (rice, spinach,etc... ) , then a protein ( salmon, tuna, tofu,etc... ) and then sides like vegetables and similar, sauces, toppings and drinks.

The existing Poke Express locations also feature Thai style rolled ice cream. But, this new location will be unique however. Instead of ice cream rolls, the Wandermere location will have a full menu of boba teas!

For more info on Poke Express, check out- http://pokeexpressspokane.com

And, follow the Wandermere location on Facebook at- https://www.facebook.com/Wandermere-Poke-Express-104086937620311/

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Feast World Kitchen coming to Downtown Spokane

Work has begun on the former Artic Circle / Sushi Yama building in Downtown Spokane to convert it to a new use. And, this will not only be a new use for the building but also something new to all of Spokane.

The building, which is located at 1321 W. 3rd Ave. , is becoming Feast World Kitchen. It will be an incubator kitchen to celebrate and empower immigrants and former refugees here in Spokane. Feast World Kitchen is a program of the non profit Feast Collective and will showcase food from many different cultures, inviting in different immigrant and former refugee chefs to highlight their culture and improve upon their own small business skills.



With this model, the menu will be ever changing with the types of dishes changing nightly. The current plan is to be take out style restaurant to start out and eventually grow their dining room, making it a hub for cross-cultural community. The space may even continue to evolve with cook classes, food truck rallies and private events all possible one day.

Feast World Kitchen is currently scheduled to open sometime in the fall. The project is being spearheaded Dan Todd, owner of the Inland Curry pop-up and Ross Carper, owner of The Compass Breakfast Wagon food truck. Dan and Ross are joined by a group of partners and advisors who intend to lend their expertise to the immigrant and refugee chefs who come to use Feast World Kitchen.

But, because starting such a venture doesn't come cheep they have recently launched a fundraiser on Indiegogo to raise $25,000 towards their plan. This site is not affiliated with the project but if you think you might be interested in joining me in helping Feast World Kitchen get off the ground, check out their page on Indiegogo at-

http://indiegogo.com/projects/feast-world-kitchen#/

Also, follow along with their progress on Facebook at-

http://facebook.com/feast-world-kitchen-101919134509271

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Pre-leasing underway at Downtown’s Parkview West Apartments

Pre-leasing is underway for Parkview West, a new 7 story urban apartment complex on the western edge of Downtown Spokane. Residents will be able to begin moving into the new apartments as soon as November or December.


The building, which is located at 1309 W First Ave. offers 50 apartments, with ground floor space that is available for restaurants, cafes, retail, etc... No word yet on exactly what will open there just yet however.

We’ll hopefully have a more in depth post about this building coming when it’s opening gets closer but for now info on the project can be obtained via their website at https://www.parkviewwestapts.com or their Facebook page at https://facebook.com/parkviewwestapt

Rents at Parkview West range from $1300 for a studio to $1950 for a 2 bedroom / 2 bath.







Monday, August 12, 2019

New Cambria Hotel to built on the West Plains

Another new hotel is coming to the growing West Plains. A franchise of the newer Cambria Hotel chain is now under development at 4611 S. Dowdy Rd. , nearby I-90, Spokane International Airport and the new Amazon Fulfillment Center.

Plans call for an upscale hotel with four stories and 91 rooms, presently set to open sometime in 2020. The Cambria Hotel brand is part of the larger Choice Hotels parent company, with the new Spokane location being owned by franchisee Mohinder & Paramjeet Brar, who do business as Brar Hotels Group,LLC. They also own and operate the Best Western Plus Lakefront in Moses Lake and have over 13 years of experience owning and operating hotels.


Per the press release, Cambria Hotels are designed for today's time-starved travelers looking for moments to people and places through modern conveniences. The Spokane Cambria Hotel will include-

-Immersive spa style bathrooms with Bluetooth mirrors.
-Contemporary and sophisticated guestrooms, complete with modern fixtures, abundant lighting  and plush bedding
-On-site dining featuring freshly made food. local craft beer on tap, wine, specialty cocktails and small bites.
-Multi-function meeting space
-State of the art fitness center
-Locally inspired design

"The Cambria brand is a perfect fit for a city like Spokane. which is thriving - not just as a business hub, but also as a destination for tourists looking to experience the Evergreen State" said Mohinder Brar, owner & developer with Brar Hotels Group,LLC.

To date their are about 40 Cambria Hotels open across the US in popular cities like Chicago, Dallas, LA, Nashville, New York, New Orleans, Phoenix and Washington D.C . The brand is on pace to break it's openings record for the second straight year and is fast approaching 50 open Cambria Hotels with over 100 locations total either open or already in the pipeline.

For more info on Cambria Hotels, check out their website at http://www.choicehotels.com/cambria

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Exchange Publishing moves to new larger offices

Exchange Publishing is on the move. The company publishes a quarterly horse & ranch magazine, Horse Previews and the popular Exchange classified advertising paper among other publications announced they have recently moved into new office space on Trent Ave.

The company moved from their offices on 3rd in Downtown Spokane to new offices at 5111 E. Trent Ave. . The new offices are 1500 square feet larger then their previous space, and the move might even mean hiring additional staff. To show off the space they plan to host an open house on Thursday, August 22nd from 4-7, follow them for more info.

Also, Exchange Publishing recently won first place in general excellence for a " shopper " paper in North America for 2019 from the Association of Free Community Papers, a national origination. The Exchange paper can be found at all major grocery markets, gas stations & stores in Eastern Washington and parts of North Idaho. They are also online with the popular website- http://spokane.exchange 

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Locust Cider & Brewing Co. to open a taproom in Downtown Spokane

Locust Cider & Brewing is expanding to Eastern Washington with a new planned tap room in Downtown Spokane. This new location will join other established Locust Cider tap room's in Woodinville, Seattle and Tacoma. They say the new Spokane location is part of an expansion plan to make cider more accessible to a larger audience while providing a space to educate on the nuances of the cider world. Also, they plan to introduce their new beer concept and expanded food menu.


The new Downtown Spokane Locust Cider will be located at 425 W. Main with a opening date projected to be sometime this Fall. The family friendly tap room will be in the Historic Huppin's building and will have many similarities to their other Washington tap rooms. They will offer 16 taps, made up of 10 cider flavors including their core favorites, popular returning seasonals and limited specials. The other 6 taps will be dedicated to their beer's including traditional flavors and rotating experimental flavors.

And, as I mentioned the new Spokane location will have an expanded food menu that includes sausages from their partnership with Uli's Famous Sausage of Seattle. They also plan to have wine in cans and an array of retro video games for young and old to enjoy.


“On a very high level, we are opening tap rooms so we can get as close to our customers as possible" said co-founder Jason Spears. The ciders and beers of Locust Ciders are all made using ingredients sourced from here in the Northwest. The company was founded in 2015 and by Patrick and Jason Spears and they specialize in crisp modern ciders. The beer end of the business was born just this year with a partnership between them and Dirty Bucket Brewing Co and now are all facets of the business are operated together under the new Locust Cider & Brewing Co. name.

For more info on Locust Cider & Brewing Co. , visit their website at-

http://www.locustciderandbrewing.com

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Sears to close Northtown Mall store.

The shrinking of Sears and Kmart continues with today’s announcement that the company will close an additional 25 stores . Sadly, the Sears store in Northtown Mall is on this store closure list.

The stores on this list will close in late October with going out of business sales starting around August 15th. The press release does not mention how many will lose their jobs as a result of the closure, although there will surely be some.

This leaves the Spokane area with only the Spokane Valley Mall Sears store open. The last Kmart in the Spokane area closed a few months ago and has since become a location for Uhaul. There is no news as of yet about what might take Sears’s place at Northtown.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Interactive aquarium, Blue Zoo, opens Thursday at Northtown Mall

Spokane’s first interactive aquarium, Blue Zoo will open tomorrow, next to Buffalo Wild Wings in NorthTown Mall. The 11,000 square foot space is a unique place full of all kinds of aquatic life and even birds, turtles and lizards. Many you can touch and interact with.

There will be scheduled murmaid and pirate shows and a good sized space to rent for parties and other groups. Among the attractions are a 30,000 gallon shark tank, predator tank, giant Octopus and much more. Definitely worth checking out for kids or really people of all ages with an interest in aquatic life.

We were allowed to look around today and get a few pictures to show what to expect...

























For more information on Blue Zoo, check out them out on Facebook, Instagram or their website at-
Http://bluezoo.us