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Saturday, June 27, 2020

New quick service restaurants join Downtown's Crescent Court building.

Downtown Spokane is about to get two new restaurants. Spokanewich and Tio's Taqueria have spent several months now renovating a 1380 square foot space on the Skywalk level of the Crescent Court building ( 707 W. Main ) into what resembles a small food court with the new locally owned and operated quick service eateries.

Photos courtesy of Jesse Fox, SVN Cornerstone, thank you! 

Both new businesses will open for businesses on Monday, July 6th and have small menus that are perfect for a quick but delicious meal. Tio's Taqueria has a menu that focuses on street tacos with Carne Asada, Pastor and a few more items. Additionally Tio's will serve Sopa, chips & salsa and drinks including Mexican soda.

Photo courtesy of Jesse Fox, SVN Cornerstone, thank you!

Just a few feet to the left of Tio's Tequeria is Spokanewich, and as the name implies they sell fresh sandwiches, in addition to drinks and custard. 

The space used by Tio's and Spokanewich was leased by John Hillier of SVN Cornerstone. This is just the latest new business to open in this area. The Crescent Court building has several more spaces available, just waiting for a new business. It surely won't be long until we're all meeting " under the clock " at The Crescent once more. For info on opening a business in the building contact John Hillier ( 509-939-8094 ) or Jesse Fox ( 509-850-2805 ) with SVN Cornerstone or visit

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Construction is underway for Spokane's first Chick-fil-A

Chick-fil-A is coming to Spokane, for real this time. There have been many rumors and a few times it looked like they we're coming, when they really weren't. But, permits are in and physical construction is happening now on Spokane's first Chick-fil-A restaurant location.

Photos are used with permission from the Bring Chick-fil-A to Spokane Facebook page . Thank you!

Site work is largely done and as seen in the pictures some foundation work is happening at the site. It does still have a few months worth of work to go, but this is progress. No opening date has been announced just yet for the business, which will be located at 9304 N. Newport Hwy, just north of The Y at the corner of Newport & Hoerner Rd. . 

Plans call for the restaurant to be built directly next to Newport Hwy with a drive though lane circling it on the west side and a 80 stall parking lot on the east side of the property. At this time, this is the only planned Chick-fil-A location coming to Spokane.

For more information on Chick-fil-A, visit 

Vieux Carre NOLA Kitchen, Cajun restaurant planned to open in West Central Spokane

Our friends over at The Inlander are reporting that an historic building on W. Broadway in Spokane's West Central neighborhood will soon be home a new restaurant called Vieux Carre NOLA Kitchen. The restaurant will be just a stones through north of Kendall Yards at 1403 W. Broadway, a historic building that has been under renovation from some time now.

The new restaurant will feature New Orleans based food and atmosphere and will feature a full bar. The project is still ongoing but it is planned open later this year, and we hope to have more in a future post on this site. 

Once the renovations are complete the building will also house Gamers Haven, a gaming store that is relocating there from the Valley. We have also heard a barber shop and other small tenants are likely to open on the building's second floor. 

Western States CAT planning an equipment dealership in Liberty Lake

Western States CAT is a full line CAT equipment dealer that already has locations around the Inland Northwest and elsewhere in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana. And, now it appears they are in the planning phase for a large new dealership coming soon along I-90 in Liberty Lake.

The company is now in the SEPA application process for a 127,364 square foot facility at 20150 E. Cataldo on Liberty Lake's western edge. The site would require a short extension of E. Cataldo from the neighboring Camping World RV dealership and would also be accessible via a gate at the end of Harvest Pkwy on the north side of the parcel.

According to the documents included in the SEPA application construction is estimated to start in or about August and be completed in early 2022. Included in the plan is 46,000+ square foot equipment shop, 15,000+ square foot parts warehouse, 15,000+ square foot hydraulics and spec shop in addition to office space, support space and a shipping and receiving area. The facility's property will also include 178 surface parking spaces and outdoor equipment display areas.

The project could still be modified as it has not been fully permitted just yet, but we do expect to see this development come to fruition sometime this Summer. 

For more info on Western States CAT, check them out online at

Monday, June 15, 2020

World's first dog and cat adoption restaurant, Bark, A Rescue Pub to open in Spokane

Local business owner Josh Wade, who many know from Nectar Wine & Beer and Nectar Media has announced plans to open Bark, A Rescue Pub, which will be the world's first dog and cat adoption restaurant in the Summer of this year her in Spokane.

Bark will be in the old Broadview Dairy Building at 905 N. Washington, just north of Downtown Spokane. The space was last used as another restaurant called The Blackbird. Bark's mission is to be an extension of the adoption process at the Spokane Humane Society. The guests can interact with cats and dogs either before or after dining or drinks. Visitors will experience " elevated pub food " knowing their dining experience is providing help to a local animal shelter. 

" Josh has a way of identifying unique opportunities for our community and we couldn't be more excited to partner with him and his fiancĂ©" says Terena Thi, director of development and communications at the Spokane Humane Society  .  

The shelter dogs and cats will have their own team of caretakers and will live in a their own separate area, that's still accessible from the restaurant. They say this will give guests an interactive experience to meet, fall in love and maybe adopt a new pet.

Stay tuned for more info on Bark, A Rescue Pub and check out their website at 

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

New professional building nears completion on N. Pines in the Valley

The hard working crews from Silvey Construction are wrapping up the construction for a new 10,800 square foot professional building at 1222 N. Pines in Spokane Valley. 

The new building is currently in shell form is geared toward the medical industry due to it's close proximity to Multicare Valley Hospital.  The structure is located just north of the corner of Pines and Boone and is adjacent to an office building that Silvey built a few years ago, which is now fully occupied by Providence Family Medicine.

Silvey Construction has begun marketing the space for lease, and they mention there has already been interested in the building, although it's still too early to announce what businesses may operate there. Space is available at $25 per square foot NNN with a $60/SF tenant improvement allowance. While the space is marketed to medical offices, other uses are possible with the space being " build to suit" and located in a visible location in one Spokane Valley's busiest corridors.

We'll continue to watch for new businesses coming to this new building. And, if your interested in leasing space at 1222 N. Pines contact Jared Silvey at 509-990-3650 or Mike Silvey at 509-994-4244

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Red Wheel Bar & Grill opens on Thor in Spokane

A new restaurant has opened for business in Spokane. Red Wheel Bar & Grill is now open in a soft opening phase, across from Fred Meyer at 501 S. Thor and we recently checked it out.

The Red Wheel is a locally owned and operated neighborhood style establishment with pub food and full bar. On the wall behind the bar a giant wheel is spun by the bartender for an hourly special drink or food item. The restaurant is family friendly and the food is delicious, just look at these photos! 

The staff was amazing and welcoming, I recommend checking out Red Wheel Bar & Grill. For more info on this new restaurant, check them out on Facebook, Instagram or on their website

New Business Watch- round-up of new businesses coming to our area

We've lost several local businesses recently, some due to lack of business as a result of COVID-19 closures. But, Spokane is still growing and businesses are still moving forward, to prove it here are some of the new businesses that I haven't mentioned on this site yet but hopefully will soon. This by far not a list of everything but a few cool ones that come to mind. 

If I missed something? Tell me!

Sunrise Dental

The Spokane Valley location of Sunrise Dental has moved to a new larger office, located at 12701 E. Sprague Ave.


A new Russian market has opened for business in North Spokane. The new store is called Matreshka and they are located near the Y at 9335 N Division St.

Bloem Chocolates, Flowers and Paperie

Defiantly not a new business in Spokane as they have been a tenant of River Park Square for a number of years. But, Bloem has blossomed into a new location, they can now be found in the old Runners Soul storefront on N. Wall across from Riverfront Park, still in Downtown Spokane

6th Avenue Tea

The former Silver Spoon Tea House at 1427 W. 6th in Spokane is being converted to a new tea house / gift shop called 6th Avenue Tea.

Dearly Consignment Bridal

A cool new consignment bridal shop called Dearly Consignment Bridal is now open in the Riverwalk Building at 1003 E. Trent Ave suite 101.

Rose & Blossom

The local flower business, Rose & Blossom recently announced they will renovate a building at 219 N. Pines into a cool new store location.

North Spokane Apothecary

The former North Spokane Hemp Co. at 9323 N. Division is now North Spokane Apothecary and they have remodeled and rebranded to reflect a new direction of selling natural products and supplements in addition to the CBD and hemp products as they did before.

Lucca Beauty Bar

Watch for a salon to move from the Valley to Downtown soon. Lucca Beauty Bar will take space at 172 S. Division, next door to Starbucks.

Clear Chiropractic 

Clear Chiropractic has opened a new second location in North Spokane / Mead. This new clinic can be found at 15325 N. Newport Hwy.

Supreme Tire and Auto Repair

A new auto repair / tire shop is now open in Spokane Valley called Supreme Tire and Auto Repair. They can be found at 8615 E. Trent Ave.

Southern Specialties 

The Southern themed gift store, Southern Specialties is moving.  They will remodel and open soon next door to Rockwood Bakery at 307 E. 18th on the South Hill

Downtown Market

Watch for a new convenience store to open soon nearby the STA Plaza in Downtown Spokane. The new business is to be located at 726 W. Riverside.

One Tree Hard Cider

One Tree Hard Cider continues to grow and will keep there location Downtown. However, they are remodeling a building at 125 E. Ermina, just north of Downtown, to soon move their production operations into a new larger space.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Construction underway for a UPS distribution center in Post Falls

Construction is underway for a new UPS distribution center coming soon to Post Falls. It will replace a temporary center that the parcel delivery company currently operates next to the Greyhound Park Event Center, also in Post Falls.

Plans call for a new construction building at 192 N. Beck Rd, or the southeast side of the Beck Rd / Expo Pkwy. intersection. Site work is wrapping up and as of my last check, crews are actively working on the foundation for the new building.

The UPS facility will be a 41,341 square foot building. Unfortunately, there is no mention yet about when this new facility will open or how many new jobs it may create so stay tuned. 

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Large business park planned in Airway Heights, further positioning the region for growth despite economic uncertainty of COVID-19

It's no secret, the economy has taken a hit and even now there is some uncertainty about what's next. But one local real estate company, AT Industrial is bullish about Spokane's future. The company recently announced they are planning to expand their commercial real estate portfolio in Spokane by building a new business park called West McFarlane Business Park, which will be in Airway Heights.

Construction is set to start sometime within the 2nd quarter of this year and is to be complete in early 2021. Upon completion the facility will feature a 187,000 square foot structure offering class A industrial space, heavy industrial zoning and 480V 3-phase power. This new business park will be located at 12315 W. McFarlane Rd, nearby the Spokane International Airport and  the Exotic Metals Forming Co. building, which is another local expanding company.

The West McFarlane Business Park could house up to 12 tenants and is being marketed , in part, towards national e-commerce businesses. AT Industrial has worked in larger markets like Seattle, Boise and Sacramento allowing them to recognize market trends they intend to bring back home to Spokane. Among the project features is double-sided loading as well as excess land that can be used for truck trailer parking or outside storage. These are just some of the features that make a property attractive for companies who need to fulfill that important " last mile distribution ". 

Additionally the business park is being built within the Airway Height Opportunity Zone, which encourages new business through tax advantages, which means the business park building can be built at a lower than other developments in the region. These savings they say will be passed along to the tenants with leases anticipated to be 10-15% lower than at other local business parks. 

AT Industrial is based in Spokane Valley and was formed by experienced real estate executives Tim Wolff, who recently retired from his operating role at the prominent Spokane real estate firm, The Wolff Company, but remains active on it's investment committee and Aaron Lake, president of Leavitt Capital. AT Industrial already owns over 700,000 square feet of industrial property in the Spokane area. 

We plan to continue watching for more news on this project. And, for more info on this project and other AT Industrial projects, visit their website

Thursday, June 4, 2020

New Springhill Suites opens at Spokane International Airport

As of today the new Springhill Suites Spokane Airport hotel has opened for business.

Tharaldson Hospitality Management, LLC will own and operate the hotel under a franchise agreement with Marriott International, Inc. . It is located just across the road from the Spokane International Airport terminal at 8967 W. Airport Dr. . The new hotel features 109 all-suite rooms along with amenities like free Wi-Fi, free hot breakfast, indoor pool, fitness center, business center and more. 

The new hotel is the third hotel to operate directly at the Airport, providing an excellent stay for business travel and nights before a flight. Online booking is now open via their website at