Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Chaos Arcade, VR and Cafe opens on Francis in North Spokane

 Looking for something new to do? Then you might want check out Chaos, a new business in North Spokane that offers a large arcade, VR experience and cafe  and is now open at 1020 W. Francis suite H.

INBW staff photos

The business' opening was delayed somewhat because of the pandemic, but they are now ready and operational, albeit following current state regulations. Chaos Arcade is located in a 13,000 square foot space with dozens of video games from the most current state of the art games to a few old school classics. Like other arcades, there is even a ticket redemption center stocked up with some great prizes. Money is loaded onto game cards when entering for however much you desire to play and the business is open to all ages. 

Chaos is more then just an arcade, the front wall of the space is filled with Virtual Reality booths for a VR gaming experiences of all kinds. And, the center of the space is home to their own cafe serving coffees, espresso, boba tea and selection of beers and wines.

Photos courtesy of Chaos.

A food menu is also available at the cafe with pizzas, gourmet hot dogs and more. Indoor dining is available and a party room is coming as soon covid restrictions allow.  Currently Chaos is open Tues-Sun. 11a-9p, for more information check out their website at and follow them on social media.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Construction begins to convert high rise QualMed Plaza into the 508 West Apartments

A large red crane is now up and changes are coming to the building formerly known as QualMed Plaza. The building has sat the corner of Sixth & Stevens on the Lower South Hill for decades, filled with an array of medical offices. But the offices that remain are working on their own new spaces to move to as construction crews have already started the process of converting the building into a new option for urban living in Downtown Spokane.

Brumback Construction of Spokane is both the contractor and developer on the project that will re-develop the ten story structure in the 508 West, a play on it's address at 508 W. Sixth. The plan calls for converting the main building and it's attached parking garage into apartments, 117 new units in all. The apartments will be available as upscale studio, one and two bedroom units. When we reached out they said they don't have a set rental rate just yet but will likely have a " wide range of pricing ".

The building will also feature a rooftop terrace and amazing views of Downtown Spokane, which is within walking distance of the development. Also, the ground floor will retain it's commercial use with a pharmacy, hair salon and coffee shop.

They indicate the first of the apartments will be able for move in this Fall, with more phases to be released shortly after. Brumback is already gathering an interest list on their website, which also includes some awesome renderings of what the finished project will look like. For more info on that please check out

Project update- River District Town Center in Liberty Lake

 Recently I've seen a few local news articles about new developments that might become " the next Kendall Yards ". From Greenstone's planned Mead Works project by the North Spokane Costco to a project in the Latah Valley. But, a project just now getting underway in Liberty Lake will likely be closest to that goal of the next Kendall Yards.

Although not a copy of the project by any means, Greenstone Homes, the same developer as Kendall Yards has started some commercial construction for the River District Town Center. The development is the commercial portion of the River District subdivision which has been under construction along the Spokane River on the north side of Liberty Lake for over a decade now.

The first portion began last year with the opening of a small commercial building across from Orchard Park, which already houses Sweet Annie's Ice Cream and Hello Sugar. Construction has gotten underway directly behind that building that will add a second location of Liberty Lake Children's Academy and permits also show an un-named pizza restaurant. 

Construction has also recently vertical for a building nicknamed the " River District Welcome Center " closer to where the main development will eventually be. This building is going up off of N. Harvard Rd, just north of I-90 and permits show it will house a Greenstone Homes sales center, a restaurant and at least one salon. No exact businesses in the building have been named just yet however.

Construction will also start sometime this year to the north of the Welcome Center building for a new " brew + mead " business and a winery. Information we've found indicates those two businesses will kick off a " Artisan District " where local businesses will produce a product and sell said product under the same roof.

The River District Town Center project is still early in it's development but we do expect to hear a lot more about it in the near future. What would you like to see open in this development?