Thursday, December 30, 2021

Capriotti's Sandwich Shop coming to Coeur d' Alene

 Caprotti's Sandwich Shop is a Las Vegas based sandwich shop chain that has enjoyed a lot of growth recently. They also do have a following, in fact we've even had a few emails asking us when Caprotti's is coming to the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area

Well, the answer to when they are coming to our area is ... very soon actually. An alert reader was quick to point out that a Post Falls based franchise owner had filed building permits to remodel and open a new Caprotti's restaurant location in Coeur d' Alene.

According to permits the new Coeur d' Alene Caprotti's will be at 305 W. Appleway, just east of US 95. The building was built new just a few years ago for a relatively short-lived Chipotle Mexican Grill location. It has sat vacant ever since Chipotle left in late 2018.

The new Coeur d' Alene franchise of Caprotti's Sandwich Shop is part of their recent expansion plans. The Coeur d' Alene location is listed as a new franchise is recent company press release noting they have secured 60 new locations during the first quarter of 2021, 30 under the more established Caprotti's name and another 30 under Wing Zone, which is a brand wing and burger restaurants that the company just recently acquired. The Coeur d' Alene store is listed joining Caprotti's and not Wing Zone.

Currently the Coeur d' Alene location appears to be the only location planned in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area, with others listed dotting the map from Suffolk County, NY to Tulsa to Santa Monica. Currently the company reports over 100 locations but aims for 500 by 2025 and was even ranked #17 of Fast Casual Magazine's Movers & Shakers list of 2020. So, perhaps more stores will be coming? we'll be watching, and in the meantime check out their restaurant's at- http://capriottis.com

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Betty Jean's BBQ planning a new restaurant in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood

 Many foodies in the Inland Northwest go about their day, not knowing there is a small but mighty Authentic Carolina BBQ restaurant going strong on the West Plains. The reason being that restaurant, Betty Jean's BBQ, has been serving from a small food court type space in the Main Exchange at Fairchild AFB. Meaning you would need access to the Base to try Betty Jean's menu.



But that's about to change as Betty Jean's is making plans to come into Spokane, with a new restaurant coming soon to the South Hill's Lincoln Heights neighborhood. Betty Jean's BBQ is planning to open in the building at 2926 E. 29th, and they hope to open sometime before Spring with the owners working diligently to see the new location come to fruition.

The new South Hill Betty Jean's BBQ will more of a sit-down style establishment in a building that was last used as Thai Bamboo restaurant. Plans call for an expanded menu, online ordering, alcohol and even expanded hours. Just like the present, Betty Jean's also provides catering services for large and small events, contact them directly for rates and info.

For more on Betty Jean's BBQ, including a look at their current menu, visit their website at http://www.bettyjeansbbq.com or follow them on Instagram @ http://www.instagram.com/betty_jeans_bbq


16 Cents, 3 shoes & 5 Socks planning new location in Spokane Valley

 16 Cents, 3 Shoes & 5 Socks is one of the most impressive business sucess story's you'll likely ever hear. Owner Jason McSteen walked into Union Gospel Mission on Dec. 1st, 2012 with only 16 cents, 3 shoes and 5 socks in his possession.  From there he found a new lease on life starting the furniture business that boasts an unusual but inspiring name, out of a local garage.


And, today I get the report of the business's newest location, the business's fifth store overall. Located at 15303 E. Sprague, Suite B, in Spokane Valley, the new store is only a bit west of the Sprague and Sullivan intersection, adjacent to the Paul Mitchell School. This store will be the largest location for 16 Cents at approximately 20,000 SF. It's also their first store in Spokane Valley as they also have 3 existing locations in Spokane and 1 in Airway Heights.

16 Cents is a furniture and mattress store with a full line of furniture and mattresses. Easy financing programs and delivery are offered to customers at all locations. For more information on what they carry, visit their website at- http://16cents3shoes5socks.com

Friday, December 10, 2021

Progress watch- 206 Riverside

 The Progress Watch post feature of this website is intended to check up on an exciting construction project around the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area to see its progress as not everyone drives past random construction sites as much as I do. But this project likely has been noticed by most anyone who has been to Downtown Spokane recently, given its prime location and size.

But I couldn't pass up "borrowing" this cool photo the developer recently posted to their own social media (used with permission of course).

Photo courtesy of Dechase Miksis, I believe they are already up one more floor since this photo was taken.

Located at the corner of Riverside and Browne, near the Convention Center and the University District sits a new development presently called 206 Riverside. The project is being constructed with Bouten Construction as the general contractor, architectural design by GGLO Design and is the first project in Spokane for developer Dechase Miksis, who has offices in Eugene, Bend and Boise.

The project is estimated to be completed in the Summer of 2022 and will be a six-story structure with 137 apartments that will include a mixture of studios, one- and two-bedroom units. Neighborhood retail will also be utilized on the ground floor of the project and might include a coffee shop, market or restaurant opening up into an on-site plaza.

Rendering used courtesy of Dechase Miksis, a nighttime view of the completed project.

Stay tuned as we plan to keep an eye on this and all the other construction projects in the Inland Northwest. 

Always feel free to reach out with questions and tips to matt.behringer@inlandnwbusiness.com

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Construction starts for Post Falls Pavillion, a new food truck court coming to Post Falls

 The owners of The Prairie Pavilion food truck court at the corner of Prairie Ave and Heartland in Coeur d' Alene recently broke ground on a new second location of sorts. Site work has commenced for the new Post Falls Pavillion, on Horsehaven Rd., a short bit to the west of Highway 41, in a growing area of Post Falls.




The Post Falls Pavilion is currently set to open in the Spring of 2022. Similar to its Coeur d Alene counterpart, the development will include a fixed location of the Jitterz Espresso chain. They indicate that it's too early to release the names of the actual food trucks that will lease space there. However, the site will have room for 15 food trucks outside and an additional 4 trucks in an indoor area.

Follow them on social media for updates as the construction at the site progresses. We'll also likely have more on the project in the future with new food truck openings, etc... 

Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/Post-Falls-Pavilion-106213277903460

Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/postfallspavilion/

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Wake Up Call Coffee opens new cafe / HQ in the Sprague Union District

 Less than a month ago Wake Up Call Coffee opened their 11th location on N. Pines in Spokane Valley. And now they have opened a new location, this time a full cafe in the up-and-coming Sprague Union District.


Located at 1722 E. Sprague, the new Wake Up Call will feature indoor bar and table seating, a trendy merchandise display and a live roaster. Guests will be able to watch Dillanos Roasters - the official Wake Up Call roaster - in action, live on site!

The cafe is the brand's twelfth location and is connected to their new corporate headquarters. The new cafe will also undoubtedly aid in the recent revitalization of the area now known as the Sprague Union District. Popular neighboring businesses include Tin Roof Furniture, Benedito's Pizza and Bide & Burgeon Furniture to name just a few.

" The new cafe will hopefully bring great opportunity to the Downtown area, helping neighboring businesses and serving an area of local customers that we haven't yet reached. We're especially excited to bring our roaster on site and offer the highest quality coffee fresh to our customers " Said Christopher Arkoosh, President & CEO, Wake Up Call Coffee.

The new cafe will be open for business starting December 1st, but a special grand opening event will take place on December 17th, 2021 from 10am to 2pm. Customers will enjoy live music, snacks, and visit from Santa Claus! Favorite local vendors including Hello Sugar, Sweetwater Bakery and Dillanos Coffee Roasters will be in attendance. The Grand Opening Celebration will also include $3 drinks and a special giveaway of a year's worth of free coffee.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Centennial Properties announces plans for new Downtown Apartments on Chancery Building site

 Centennial Real Estate Investments, which is the real estate division of the Cowles Corp., has announced another part of their redevelopment of the former Spokesman Review Production Facility Block in Downtown Spokane.

The production facility was emptied in 2020 when Cowles relocated their newspaper production operations to a new facility in Spokane Valley. Dry Fly Distilling has since taken over 32,000 SF of that building for their own production and tasting room. While plans for the former Spokesman-Review production facility we're coming into focus Centennial says in a recent release that they took the time to evaluate options for its adjacent site at 1023 W. Riverside (The Chancery Building). 

That building was vacated in 2019 due to safety and operational concerns. 

"We agree with our partners and community leaders that housing must be a priority at this time, given Spokane's unprecedented growth and limited rental market. We see a need for housing that accessible to our working professionals and others who work in Downtown Spokane. Stable housing is essential for healthy communities"  says Doug Yost, VP of Centenial Real Estate Investments.


The proposed plans include a new 40-50 unit, 2-bedroom and 1-bedroom apartment complex with modern amenities and community courtyard and nods to the architectural details currently found with the previous building.

The new building would join The M and The Chronicle Building apartments in Centennial's already operating Downtown apartment portfolio. " We have waiting lists on both properties, and I can't remember the last time we had a vacancy at the Chronicle Apartments for more than a week " said Byrn West, VP of the company's property management division.

Stay tuned to this site for more as this project progresses.

Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Large Builders Supply & Home Center store planned on Kalispel Tribal land in Airway Heights

 The Kalispel Tribe of Indians has partnered with Builders Supply & Home Center to bring a comprehensive new hardware, construction supply, and farm & ranch retail store to Airway Heights. Construction on the new 70,000 SF store is expected to begin soon with the new store open for business before the end of 2022.



The new Builders Supply store will be located just north of the existing Kalispel Market & Chevron gas station on Hwy 2. The store will act as a cornerstone for the Tribe's envisioned retail shopping area, which consists of 40 acres, approximately half a mile south of the Northern Quest Resort & Casino. "We envision more then 200,000 SF of of retail development in that area in coming years" said Brandon Haugan executive director of real estate for Kalispel Development.

The 8.5 acre site the new store will sit on has been leased to Aman Sood, who will build and operate the new Builders Supply & Home Center. Plans for the new store include a convenient drive thru lumber yard. And, a wide selection of products in several core categories including hardware, paint, electrical, plumbing, cleaning, lawn and garden and pet supplies. Additionally, the store will include professional construction supplies, kitchen cabinets, insulation, doors and windows, outdoor power equipment and home packages. 

In addition to partnering with K-Dev. and the Kalispel Tribe, Builders Supply & Home Center has also worked locally with real estate broker Shaun Meads of Anzac Properties, Russ Wolfe of Wolfe Architectural Group for the design and Parametrix for the civil design work. This will be the third store for Builders Supply & Home Center as the Airway Heights store will join already established stores in Colville and Kettle Falls,WA.


Sunday, November 28, 2021

Spokane Airport Board and King Beverage,Inc. announce completion of land sale, that will allow for a new 200,000 SF distribution center.

 The Spokane Airport Board and King Beverage,Inc. have closed on the sale of 19.977 acres of Airport land located at the Northwest corner of the Geiger Blvd & Flight Line Blvd. intersection. The sale is to allow King Beverage, a locally owned Anheuser Busch distributor, to construct a large new distribution center at the site.


The agreed upon purchase price for the land was $1,957,923 and the transaction was brokered by Cory Barbieri of Goodale & Barbieri Company.

King Beverage has served the Spokane community for 41 years and currently operates out of a smaller warehouse in Spokane Valley. A previously filed public record shows they hope to build a 204,000 SF warehouse with a 10,000 SF 2 story office building out front and surface parking for 102 vehicles and semi truck wells for deliveries. Construction is shown as starting in the Summer of 2022.

Uptic Studios of Spokane did the architectural design work and no general contractor is listed on the project as of my writing this. For more information on King Beverage visit- http://kingbeverage.com

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

The New 63 Social House & Eatery opening soon in former Rocky Rococo space in Downtown Spokane

 Back in August. we reported that the owners of Spokane Pizza Co. we're set to lease the now closed former Rocky Rococo Pizza space at 520 W. Main in Downtown Spokane's Bennett Block building. At that time they pointed out that they would open a new restaurant there but with a new name and branding, unlike their existing locations. 


We are now learning that the new restaurant opening there will be called The New 63 Social House & Eatery. The name plays homage to the history of the building, which once spent a number of years as a movie theater, originally as The Ritz and most recently as Cinema 63. The name will also play a part in their cocktail menu as well.

The menu will be hybrid of Asian influenced meals, such as rice bowls, noodle bowls and various appetizer options. They say they will also have some pasta offerings and a fairly robust pizza selection. Additionally, by popular demand they will be keeping the salad bar for daily lunch service.

The new 63 Social House & Eatery will be an all ages establishment, in addition to having a full liquor license. They plan to offer craft cocktails as well as bottled beer from various countries and an 8 line draft system with a selection of local/regional offerings. Several TV's will be throughout the restaurant playing sporting events and old movies ( also calling back to the buildings history ).

Currently they plan to open their new restaurant either late next month of early in 2022. Stay tuned as we hope to have updates coming.

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Radio Bar opening soon on Northwest Blvd. in Spokane

We'll all soon be tuning into a new bar off of Northwest Blvd. in Spokane. Work is ongoing to open a new radio station themed bar, called Radio Bar in the former Brandywine Bar space at 2408 W. Northwest Blvd..



The new owners are husband and wife and say they immediately noticed the structure resembled and old radio station. Hence the name Radio Bar, the bar even boasts a new radio antenna on top of the structure. Inside they are installing a solid stereo system and a vintage radio that they plan to use a host stand.

Photos of radio towers, stations, etc. will be incorporated as the decor. And, they are considering a record night where guests call play the music they'd like. The Radio Bar will begin as bar primarily but they also hope to " evolve into their our limited kitchen space " as time goes on.

Stay tuned to this channel for updates on this new bar coming soon, also find them on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/radiobarspokane/

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Aero Center Spokane, new FBO, announced for Spokane International Airport (GEG)

 The Spokane Airport Board recently announced the ground lease and concession agreement for a new FBO ( fixed base operator ) by a Marathon FBO Partners,LLC dba Aero Center Spokane, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Florida based SAR Trilogy Management,LLC.  The new operator will construct a new facility on 1.86 acres of leased land on along W. Pilot Dr. within the business park area at Spokane International Airport.


Aero Center Spokane will be the third operation of the aforementioned SAR-T, currently they operate a location at their base airport in Lakeland,FL, will open a Aero Center in Wilmington,NC in the Spring of 2022 and plan to open here in Spokane during the Spring of 2023 after building their new facility.

Plans at the Spokane facility include a 5200 SF FBO terminal connected to a 15000 SF aircraft storage hanger and a separate 10000 SF aircraft maintenance hanger. Additionally Aero Center Spokane will lease  82488 SF of aircraft parking apron, all with a 25 year lease term.


FBO's focus on general aviation and they plan to provide a full spectrum of services- Aircraft fueling, office/hanger rentals, line services and maintenance support. In addition Aero Center Spokane says they plan to partner with local businesses to provide additional services like aircraft management and charter services, flight training, and aircraft sales. 

" Spokane's catchment area and economic activity at SIA drew us to the region. We believe Aero Center's customer-focused and full service business model will be appealing to the entire SIA aviation community " said Sanjay Aggarwal marketing director and co-founder of SAR-T .

The new Aero Center Spokane FBO is estimated to create about two dozen new jobs locally.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

The Wet Whistle coming soon to Downtown Spokane

 A new way to " wet your whistle " is on it's way to a storefront in Downtown Spokane. That's because a new coffee, beer/wine and craft cocktail bar, called The Wet Whistle is coming soon.

The Wet Whistle is a new venture from owners of the Whistle Stop Coffee Shop, a coffee stand that's been in business for over 15 years in Spokane Valley. The new business will be located at 210 N. Howard, which most recently was a Indaba Coffee location that recently shut down. The new owners will re-configure the space in the coming days in hopes of opening there in December or early January.

The Wet Whistle will be open to all ages and in addition to the coffee, beer, wine and cocktails they also intend to serve local pastries, flatbreads, sandwiches,  appetizer's and some dessert options.

Follow along with their progress on their social media- https://www.facebook.com/thewetwhistle  or https://www.instagram.com/the.wet.whistle/

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Tantuni Mediterranean Restaurant now open on N. Hamilton in Spokane



An exciting new restaurant has opened for business along N. Hamilton, in the Logan Neighborhood nearby Gonzaga. Tantuni Mediterranean Restaurant is that restaurant and is located at 2024 N. Hamilton and shares a building the long running business, Le's Teriyaki & Pho . 

The menu is made up of shawarma, kabab's , falafel, gyros and much more. Salads, hummus and other appetizers are also available and all look and sound delicious. The business says items are halal and made fresh. 

Carry out and indoor dining are available and a menu is posted on the restaurants Facebook page at- https://www.facebook.com/Tantuni.Restaurant0 

New business, Spokane Refillery aims to help the community reduce it's plastic footprint.

 Everyone is guilty of buying the giant size laundry detergent or cleaner, while knowing just how much plastic goes into that container. It's not wise but we as a culture are far from stopping, but one new business in Downtown Spokane is aiming to help our area reduce that huge footprint while providing more natural product alternative. 


Spokane Refillery recently leased a small 220 square foot store front on the ground floor of the Hotel Indigo building at 110 S. Madison ( the store actually faces, W. 1st Ave however ) and plans to open for business there in the coming weeks.



The refillery business concept is already popular in other parts of the country, but this will be the first one in Spokane. Customers bring in there own containers from home, they are weighed to subtract the container weight and filled with natural product dispensed at the store. Customers are also allowed to fill as much or as little product as they need and are charged accordingly. Products offered will include eco-friendly shampoos, conditioners, cleaner, soaps, personal care items and much more. 

While the new brick and mortar location is still in the works, anyone can check out the Spokane Refillery already as they set up regularly at events. Including the Beyoutiful Local Market, held every weekend through the Holiday season inside the Northtown Mall.

For more information on Spokane Refillery, follow them on social media or visit their website at- http://spokanerefillery.com

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

New Gelato shop, Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano coming soon to Downtown Spokane

 A new Gelato shop is coming soon to Downtown Spokane, and from what we've heard it will be a serious authentic place. Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano is planned to open around January of 2022 at the Steam Plant Square complex on Lincoln.




The new shop will be operated by Ashley and Marco Napolitano, a husband-and-wife team who are originally from Italy. Marco even has over 35 years as a gelato master chef and they plan to use authentic Italian ingredients. In fact, they say they intend to use the " the most authentic ingredients, of which Spokane has never tasted ".

Tre Palline Gelato Napolitano will serve fresh daily made gelato with over 30 flavors all 100% natural, gelato inspired pastries, coffee and gelato inspired beverages. Gelato cakes and gelato will also be made available for weddings and other events, and they say they are looking at delivery services as well.

For more info on their opening in Downtown Spokane, follow them on social media-

https://www.facebook.com/trepallinegelatonapolitano

http://www.instrgram.com/TrePallineGelatoNapolitano

Chan's Noodle House & Dumplings to open in the Flour Mill

 While new restaurant's open in the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area all the time, a few cuisines remain are under-represented.  One of those is a more authentic Chinese noodle and dumpling spot, but that is changing.

Namgo Chan, of Spokane has filed for building permit to convert an empty space in the basement of The Flour Mill (621 W. Mallon Suite 305) into a new business that is shown on a recent business license filing as Chan's Noodle House & Dumplings. The space was last used as another Chinese eatery called Ho Ho Chicken Teriyaki, which closed.

We reached out for more info on Chan's owner, while construction delays are commonplace right now, they still hope sometime after Christmas. A beer and wine permit is pending and they plan to focus on delivery and pick up orders as the space is small, just shy of 600 square feet. 

Stay tuned here and on our social media ( @spokane_business on IG ) as we plan to watch the progress of Chan's Noodle House, coming soon to Spokane.

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

WSECU opens new branch in North Spokane

 WSECU 's members now have more options when it comes to finding a convenient location for banking. This is because on Nov 1st, the credit union opened their new North Spokane branch at 6301 N. Division, on the former site of Ace's Casino at the corner of Division & Francis.



"We're excited to expand and increase access to more members in the Spokane region" said Dan Thorpe, Spokane Division Branch Manager.  The new 4214 SF branch offers drive-thru service lanes, walk up and drive up 24/7 ATM's, Safe deposit boxes, coin machine, notary services and shared branching. 

The new branch will be open 9-5:30 Mon-Thurs. and is the fourth branch for WESCU in Spokane County. The credit union has a total of 22 locations branches across Washington State.  The new North Spokane location was designed by Bernardo Wills, PC and built by general contractor Yost Gallagher Construction, both of Spokane.

For more info about WSECU, visit their website at http://wsecu.org

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Selkirk Pharma,Inc. expands campus near Airway Heights

 Selkirk Pharma,Inc. is currently constructing their first manufacturing facility at 9110 W. Granite Ave. near the border of Spokane / Airway Heights. The locally based, Selkirk Pharma,Inc. will manufacture ( fill and finish ) injectable drugs, including vaccines and biological therapeutics in the facility.

Site photo provided by Selkirk Pharma,Inc.

The building that is under construction as of today is only Plant 1, and will be a state-of-the-art 145,000 SF facility that is set to employ 35 when it comes online in March of 2022.

With actual production still a few months away the company is already expanding their campus and preparing for the future. The privately held company recently announced that they have executed a purchase and sale agreement to acquire 10.7 acres of land adjacent to their facility. The land acquisition expands Selkirk's campus to more then 27 acres, which will one day provide space for three stand alone factories. The company goes on to report that once at full capacity the Selkirk campus is expected to employ roughly 750 scientists, engineers and operations personal.   

Selkirk and it's partners say the have invested over $90 million and will announce additional investments to the build out the remaining campus at a later date. 

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Celebrating 10 years of Inland Northwest Business Watch!!!

 I wanted to drop in briefly to say Thank You , to everyone who reads this site every time I post something. 

Thank you, to the people who check it out every so often. 

Thank you, to the people who've never been on here before but thinks it's not the worst site they've ever seen. 

Thank you to everyone who reads this site and/or follows it on social media.


My name is Matt and I recently entered the 10th year of writing this blog. I still write it by myself and I still love sharing construction and business news updates, just as much as I did on day one. But I wouldn't continue to do it if it weren't for the readers. 

In those 10 years I've broken a few stories, made a few mistakes ( luckily I have a pretty good record though ), met some amazing people. I got to write a short lived magazine column, been mentioned in print, was a guest on Spokane Talks, been a Spokane Guild Tastemaker ( still am ), toured several places before they opened and met numerous important decision makers. It's amazing! 

One has to understand that while many geek out about seeing their favorite band or famous person. I get the same joy seeing the inside of a under construction building, being one of the first to try a new restaurant and even just being first to write about a new place on here. When a post is successful it's brings me joy beyond what is probably normal, but that's who I am.

I am a major introvert so sometimes this blog has brought me out of my shell, put me in more then a few uncomfortable situations. I regret to admit but I've passed up some opportunities I probably could have taken to further this site. I'm not one to sit on the phone asking millions of questions like the traditional writers and reporters, heck I try avoid phone calls altogether most of time. But, somehow I put something out on a regular basis on this site and I'd like to thank anyone who's worked with me to get info for this site. I apologize for not being the best to work with, but my deep down passion for this site keeps me going.

I have no plans to stop blogging any time soon. I won't lie, I have considered it in the past. I've thought about re-starting the site with a different name and format, I've thought about going to a YouTube vlog format . But when they the day is done, I think I have something that sorta works as is or else you wouldn't be here reading this. 

I'm not here to compete with anyone, my stories overlap with a few other media sites sometimes , but I don't intend to be here to take readers away from anyone. Instead I want to help be another voice in the effort to promote our region. I'm a proud Journal of Business subscriber, will recommend Ed Clark's How's Business newsletter to anyone and will gladly give out a link to something in The Inlander, if I know they beat me to a new restaurant or something. Too many people put the Spokane area down and I just want to be a way for people to find something new and cool, rethink what they thought.

Thank you for reading my celebratory rant, even though I did mention my introvert tendencies earlier, please do reach out to me any time.

 If you want to ask me a question about something you saw being built, if you're working on a business or project and want to show me / send me info, or just to say hi. Please do reach out ( Office-inlandbusiness@yahoo.com / Direct- matt.behringer@inlandnwbusiness.com ) . And, if you see me out and about, come up and say hi because I genuinely do love meeting the people who read this site and I'd love to tell you Thank You in person!

Stay tuned , big things I'm sure are in store in the next 10 years!


Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Popular boba tea truck to open a new shop in River Park Square

 If you visited several of the farmers markets in the Spokane area over the summer, or several other local events for that matter, you probably recognize Tea's Co. . The small businesses bright multi color trailer isn't easy to miss.

The trailer sells a selection of tea's and tea lemonades with boba and jelly options all made to order and they we're actually one of the first to introduce the boba trend to the Lilac City. Owned by two sisters, Tea's Co. has gathered quite a following despite not having a a permanent store location.

Pay no attention to the women behind the curtain... the location of the new RPS Tea's Co.

But, that's changing as Tea's Co. is currently renovating a space in River Park Square for a new more set location of their tea business. That space will be in the former Auntie Anne's space on the second floor of River Park Square nearby Polka Dot Pottery and Urban Outfitters. They plan to open for business there sometime during the month of November. It also appears they also plan to hit the streets again with their trailer once the weather allows again. 

For more info on Tea's Co. including a look at their menu, visit- http://teascompanyspokane.com

Monday, November 1, 2021

Large new Performing Arts Center planned in Spokane Valley

 

Renderings designed by NAC Architecture

Plans we're announced today in regards to what will be one of the largest projects planned to come to Spokane Valley. The project is a new Performing Arts Center, with a 59,000 SF building foot print the project is estimated to cost $36 million dollars to construct and will become the new home of the Spokane Valley Summer Theater.  







The center, named Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center or PAC for short is proposed on a five acre parcel, immediately to the east of the recently built Tru by Hilton hotel, at the corner of Mansfield and Mirabeau Pkwy. Ground breaking is likely to happen in the fall of 2022, with full use planned for 2024. And, despite being proposed by the Summer Theater organization, they do plan to use the facility year round.

The PAC will include a 475+ seat Main Stage Theater , a 200 seat flexible studio theatre , an acting conservatory for area youth in addition to event / meeting space. 

A website has been created by the organization to follow along with their progress in constructing this exciting new facility. Visit them at http://spokanevalleypac.com

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Amazon possibly a tenant in new warehouse, under construction on the West Plains, by the existing Amazon facility

 




Many have emailed in asking about some construction work that has recently started, near the corner of Hayford Rd and Geiger Blvd. on the West Plains. While not much can even be seen at the site yet, construction crews have begun clearing a large area there, which is just west of Amazon's existing West Plains fulfillment center.

The plan for this land is a large new warehouse, with 278,670 SF of space , numerous loading docks ( about 80-100 ) and a large on site surface parking area with approx. 303 automobile parking stalls and 296 truck / trailer parking stalls. All with an address of 6125 S. Hayford Rd.

The developer is listed as Panattoni Development Company, Inc. of Tacoma and some early documents with this project indicated that it would operate as a " cross-dock truck terminal and sorting of packages would occur on site " . But, even though construction has officially started there has yet to be any official announcement showing the planned tenant for the warehouse.

In fact, it's speculated that this warehouse will also be used by Amazon and will be the ecommerce giant's fifth facility in the Spokane area. The lack of company name is common in Amazon construction projects and on some publicly filed planning documents the development is referred to as GEG5, which keeps in line with Amazon's site naming plan i.e. GEG1 is the West Plains Fulfillment Center, just down the road and GEG2 is the new Amazon center off of Barker Rd. in Spokane Valley.

Although it cannot be confirmed, those same documents also indicate that upwards of 700 people would be employed at this new Hayford Rd. warehouse. 

Construction starts on new mixed use building at Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone development

Ground was broken earlier this month for a new mixed use building, which is now fully under construction in Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone development. The building is being constructed on one of the last remaining empty parcels in the development.

Named " Cornerstone " the new building was designed by Architects West, Inc. and is being built by general contractor Ginno Construction. Cornerstone is being developed by John Stone and partners under the name Riverstone Holdings. Stone developed much of the Riverstone development itself, which today includes a shopping center area, numerous restaurants, hotels, office space, single family homes, condos and apartments. While most of the development has now been sold to other entities, the Cornerstone project is being viewed as Stone's last contribution to the plan.





Cornerstone will be located towards the southern end of the "Village at Riverstone" section of the development. The building will be a 4 story structure with a private underground parking garage. The ground floor will have about 8000 SF of commercial space, which has already been claimed / leased, but with no tenant announcements this early in the project.

Floors 2 and 3 will have a total of 12 condos , 4 three bedroom condos at roughly 1800 SF each and 8 two bedroom condos at roughly 1450 SF each. The fourth floor will feature three penthouse condos ranging from 2600 SF to 3000 SF. All condos and penthouses will feature large open balconies. It is estimated that Cornerstone will be complete at/or about November 1st, 2022, about a year after the start of construction.

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Wienerschnitzel coming to Spokane?

 


Local real estate brokerage Goodale & Barbieri Company is reporting this morning that Ryan Oberg, one of their brokers recently leased a space in North Spokane that will be used as a new Weinerschnitzel restaurant. Additionally, Justin Rundle of Cantu Commercial is representing Weinerschnitzel in the region.

This would be Spokane's only Weinerschnitzel, although the brand of quick service hot dog restaurants does operate two stores in Western Washington. The Spokane location would open in a 1250 SF former Papa John's Pizza location at 10220 N. Newport Hwy, at the Northpointe Plaza shopping center.

There is no opening date just yet as the company will spend some time remodeling the space. The North Spokane location will be the only Weinerschnitzel in Spokane for now, but I'm told more locations are a possibility, although they say they are taking things one location at a time.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Taco Bell planning location in Spokane's Indian Trail neighborhood

 

Although the project has not yet had any permits issued, Woodinville,WA based Taco Bell franchise owner Northwest Restaurants, Inc. has begun the process of developing a new Taco Bell location in Spokane's Indian Trail neighborhood. 

The company filed for a " pre-development conference " recently with the City of Spokane for a new stand alone restaurant at a TBD address in the 8800 Blk of N. Indian Trail Rd. . The restaurant would be immediately south of Adelo's Pizza and just north of the STCU branch on what is presently a vacant lot. Plans show construction would begin on this new Taco Bell sometime around February of 2022.

The approximately $1.3 million project would build a 2684 SF building with on site parking, indoor dining and drive thru lane all provided.  

Monday, October 18, 2021

Killer Burger now open in Hayden

 Killer Burger, a growing chain of quick service burger restaurants from the Portland area is now open at 85 W. Prairie Shopping Center in Hayden. The restaurant is renowned for winning several awards including " Portland's Best Burger " from 2019-2020 in the Willamette Week and " Best Burger in Clark County " in 2019-2020 from The Columbian newspaper. And, as of today franchisees and couple Wes & Coral Walterman have brought the brand to North Idaho.

The Walterman's we're also the first franchisees with the brand, opening a location in Happy Valley,OR. " Killer Burger simply rises above all burger brands. There's no other experience like it locally, and beyond. From the burgers, beers and fries to the backyard barbecue and rock n' roll vibe, the concept stands alone " says franchise co-owner Wes Walterman, who grew up and went to Jr. High and High School in Coeur d' Alene and spent two years at North Idaho College.

Aside from the brands high preforming non-traditional locations at Portland's Moda Center and Providence Park, this will be the 14th full scale Killer Burger location. Online ordering, indoor dining and carry out are all available. 



We stopped in to the restaurant on opening night, and despite being understandably busy. We we're still very impressed with our burger and the price. In our opinion, Killer Burger will likely be a part of the Inland Northwest's restaurant scene for some time and if your a fan of burgers, we recommend paying them a visit. Tell us what you think!

To check out Killer Burger's menu and for more information on the brand, visit- http://killerburger.com