Monday, October 3, 2022

New Dutch Bros Coffee coming to the Pointe at Post Falls development

Another new location of the Dutch Bros Coffee chain is coming to the Inland Northwest, on the Idaho side of the border this time. Construction kicked off recently for a 950 Sq Ft new construction location at 6299 W. Pointe Pkwy within the Cabelas / Walmart anchored Pointe at Post Falls development.

The new location will be next to Panda Express with construction being done by general contractor NRC Construction of Hayden. There is no mention of an opening date, but the building permits currently expire in Feb. 2023 so we can give an educated guess it will open sometime this winter. This will be the 4th Dutch Bros. location in Kootenai County and according to business license filing with the City of Post Falls will be owned by franchise holder Dutch Love,LLC.

Coeur Climbing Gym planning new rock-climbing gym in Post Falls

 In 2020 a local company called Coeur Climbing Company had planned to build a new construction climbing gym on vacant land on the north side of Coeur d' Alene. But like in many other instances the pandemic put that plan on hold indefinitely.

They clearly didn't give up on the plan to bring a rock-climbing gym to Kootenai County as they recently announced their new revised plan via social media. Coeur Climbing Company now says they are leasing a large warehouse space in Post Falls' Riversbend Commerce Park for their future location, which they hope to open sometime in early 2023.

764 S. Clearwater - The building where Coeur Climbing plans to lease a portion for their new climbing gym.

Coeur Climbing Company will take over part of the building at 764 S. Clearwater Lp. . In the business's post they indicate the new facility will include 5000 Sq. Ft. of bouldering space and 1000 Sq. Ft. of roped climbing space at 24' heights. Additionally, they plan to include a yoga studio, weights and cardio equipment and training walls. Their website also mentions retail rock climbing gear and a cafe being possible.

Follow them directly for exact details as they are presently finalizing the lease on the Post Falls space. Sign up for emails on or follow them on Facebook

Tuesday, September 27, 2022

Wonder Building planning second annual Wonder Fair on Oct. 23rd

 One of Spokane's newer commercial development's The Wonder Building is presenting their second annual Wonder Fair event on Sun. Oct 23rd from 11a-4p. 

The Wonder Fair is a family-friendly festival with live music from DJ Donuts, balloon artists, face painters, party games, a tractor bounce house and a pumpkin carving station with pumpkins and tools provided. Guests can also participate in the Wishing Star Foundation charity raffle, raffle prizes include gift baskets, gift cards, special dinners at Tavolata Spokane, Anthony's and Arbor Crest. The event itself benefits The Wishing Star Foundation with 10% of the days sales and 100% of the proceeds from the charity raffle.

Wonder Building's internal vendors, Victory Burger, Koselig Kitchen, Evans Brothers Coffee, and Uno Mas Tacos will offer specials and discounts on food and drinks. Offerings include options like sliders, mimosas, quesadillas, popcorn, hot cocoa and hot cider. The event will also host outside vendors like Lucky Crumb, who will have specialty cookies and other sweet treats to enjoy.

Wonder Fair, Sun October 23rd: 11a-4p / The Wonder Building 835 N. Post St. Spokane

Alice in Wonderland inspired restaurant Ten/6 returning to Coeur d' Alene

 Many may recognize the restaurant named Ten/6 for its amazing breakfast and lunch menu and unique Alice in Wonderland inspired theme. The locally owned and operated eatery was located in Midtown Coeur d' Alene until deciding to move out of their location in hopes of moving to a new home eventually. That was approximately two years ago, and Izzy's Comfort Kitchen now calls that space in Midtown home, with a following of their own loyal customers. But, now not far away Ten/6 is about to return as well.

Ten/6 has been announced as one of the tenants in the commercial space on the ground floor of the new "The Mill" building, rising now on Government Way at Mill Ave. in Coeur d' Alene. In fact, the new Ten/6 will only be about a mile +/- to the west of their original space in Midtown. The Mill will be a mixed-use building with ground floor commercial space and 43 apartments on the upper three floors.

The new space will be about 1000 Sq Feet larger than their former restaurant. We reached out to Ten/6 and we're told they will be "bringing back all the magic from the old space while attempting to elevate everything at the same time for our new home". They also tell me then are hoping to open in the new space by late spring or early summer of 2023.

For more info on Ten/6, check out their website at-

Monday, September 19, 2022

Emerald Initiative and McKinstry to build new fabrication and manufacturing facility on the West Plains

 Emerald Initiative recently broke ground on a new McKinstry Fabrication and manufacturing facility in Spokane. The new 68,000 Sq Ft. facility is on a 5 acre parcel close to Flint Rd, nearby Spokane International Airport and near the edge of the City of Airway Heights. 

The state-of-the-art fabrication facility will serve all McKinstry locations nationwide and house an Overcast Innovations manufacturing facility. McKinstry is a national leader in designing, constructing, operating and maintaining high-preforming buildings and Overcast Innovations is a McKinstry-owned subsidiary that "liberates construction projects from productivity traps and systemic waste". Overcast primarily focuses on cloud based above-ceiling equipment and plug and play architectural appliances.

The new Spokane shop will produce prefabricated sheet metal, piping and plumbing materials and systems by Union professionals. Production will be improved with the addition of new prefabrication technology including a new fiber laser for galvanized metals and a mist system to keep clean-up to a minimum for pipe cutting needs. Additionally, the new facility is designed around McKinstry's zero-carbon future goal. 

In addition to the updated prefabrication layout, the new space will include an updated area for detailers to sit closer to production, a new break room space that is designed to double as a safety training area and separate manufacturing area that will be leased to the above-mentioned Overcast Innovations.

Construction on the new facility is already underway and is currently planned to begin operation in late 2023.

Roam Coffee House opening new location on Northwest Blvd.

 Roam Coffee House has opened a new location in North Spokane and joined Supper Club Spokane at 1908 W. Northwest Blvd. Unit B. The owners of Roam Coffee House and their parent Roam Roasters, Shelly and Aaron Quigley, are local farmers who have provided custom blends and roasts to companies in the Pacific Northwest since 2019.

Roam Coffee House was established in Medical Lake (107 E. Lake St.) and after just one year of successful business they have expanded to this new second location, their first in the City of Spokane. The new coffee shop will employ four to six baristas in an 800 Sq Foot space that includes seating for eight and additional seating on the patio. They will offer espresso drinks, delicious cold brew ice pops, 12 oz. bags of coffee beans, Revival Tea and food items.

Roam Roasters is the result of two science teachers (one biology, one chemistry) who wanted to take their love of coffee and science to the next level. Their green coffee is sourced and tested using precise quality controls and roasted using a scientific approach that focuses on bean flavor while reducing bitter flavors. The company says they adhere to a Nordic style of roasting which creates unique and flavor roasts that highlight the growing region's flavor characteristics.

A Grand Opening celebration is planned for the new North Spokane location on Tues, Sept 20th from 8am-5pm. Advertised is free mini donuts, 20% off of bags of coffee, a bonus $5 on every gift card over $25 and deals from their friends at Supper Club and Domestikated Biscuits. Both the new Spokane and the original Medical Lake coffee houses will be open Mon-Fri 6a-6p and Sat-Sun 8a-5p.

For more information on Roam Coffee House, check their website at

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Cookie Co. franchise coming soon near Gonzaga

Cookie Co., a Redlands, CA. based chain of franchise cookie shops is on its way to Spokane. The company was founded in 2020 during the pandemic and they say it began as a labor of love, offering the simplest of comfort foods baked at home with curbside pick-up in the founders own driveway.

In August of 2020 the founders Elise and Matt Thomas opened their first location in Redlands, CA. baking up signature cookies that are proprietary to the company. Since then, Cookie Co. has continued to expand via franchising and now has four locations in California, one in Texas and several in the pipeline to open soon with nationwide expansion planned. One such new franchise location is even planned right here in Spokane. 

The Spokane location of Cookie Co. will open during the first quarter of 2023. This location will occupy a 2100 Sq. Ft space in the Matilda Building at 1028 N. Hamiliton that was last used as a Forza Coffee Shop. 

Cookie Co locations after a rotating menu of 4 cookies changing each week with the exception of chocolate chip. For more information on Cookie Co., check out their website at

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Several new stores and restaurants coming to River Park Square


Photo credit-Humanisticrationale via wikimedia

Several new places are either now open or coming soon to River Park Square, there's even a few cool locally owned additions! Here's a rundown of what's new-

Shiki Japanese Steakhouse ( Web )

We actually already mentioned this in a previous post ( ), Shiki a small chain of Japanese restaurants with locations in Walla Walla and Coeur d' Alene recently filed building permits to open in the the former Sushi Maru space on the ground floor of River Park Square. We're currently watching for news of an opening date.

The Small Biz Shoppe ( Facebook )

Technically just moving from one space to another, The Small Biz Shoppe is temporarily closed as it moves from an outside space at the mall to a new space on the second floor of River Park Square near the center escalators. The store is primarily a gift shop selling wares of local small businesses and crafters that can't afford a shop space of their own.

The new location of The Small Biz Shoppe is set to open on Oct. 1st. and the former space is looking to become a new store for The North Face, who is also already in the mall but appears to be creating a new store. We're keeping an eye on that news as well.

Chucherias and Snowcones ( Web )

Formerly a food truck selling Mexican snacks in the Hillyard Food Truck Pavilion, the business recently announced on their Instagram page they will be moving into the food court at River Park Square. A picture on the post indicates the business will be in the former Taco Del Mar space and they do indicate they will be expanding their menu with the new space.

PNW Dream ( Web )

Now open on the second floor of River Park Square, PNW Dream sells earth inspired goods from Pacific Northwest artists. The business has been operating since 2018 doing various shows around Spokane and the Northwest.

Soma ( Web )

Joining sister brand Chico's, Soma is now open on the ground floor of River Park Square. The store takes the space of Whim Wine Bar who is still in business and has moved to the space next to the AMC movie theater on the third floor of the shopping center. 

Soma has been in business since 2004 and is sells women's intimate's, pajamas, swimwear, dresses and more. In a recent press release mentioning some of these new stores, Soma is described with the motto "It's not about the runway, it's about the real way "

Pandora ( Web )

The world's largest jewelry brand, Pandora has opened a new retail store on the second floor of River Park Square. Pandora is known for their customizable charm bracelets, designer rings, earrings, necklaces and watches.

Tempur-Pedic Flagship Store ( Web )

Also now open for business on the ground floor of River Park Square is a new flag ship store of the popular Tempur-Pedic mattress brand. They describe themselves as a leader in bedding products world-wide.

What would you like to see come to River Park Square? Tell us in the comments to this article on our Facebook page 

Thursday, September 1, 2022

New local businesses coming to N. Monroe St.

 As of the beginning of this week crews began a paving project on N. Monroe St. from Summit Pkwy, but don't let that scare you away from the many local businesses that dot the street going north from Downtown Spokane. In fact, north of the construction area will soon be a handful of exciting new businesses you might want to keep an eye on. They are-

Spokane Record Store going into 1401 N. Monroe

I don't have all the details yet but from what we hear, Spokane Record Store will be a new retail record store opening sometime around October of this year. This is a 2800 SF store that will be in one of the new suites at the former Empire Office Furniture building.

Lunarium going into 1925 N. Monroe Suite A

Lunarium isn't technically a new business but until now they had been sharing a space on S. Grand Blvd with the local bakery Twenty Seventh Heaven. By day the main business would sell baked goods, and the evening Lunarium would open as a cool night-time coffee shop.

Twenty Seventh Heaven recently announced their plans to relocate to a storefront in Downtown Spokane, and Lunarium is going out on its own on... N. Monroe.

Lunarium is planning to open this fall at 1925 N. Monroe in the Atomic Threads Boutique's former location (they are still in business at 1905 N. Monroe). On their social media Lunarium says they will be bringing new brewing methods, a dinner menu, comfier seating, a conference room, stage for live events and the same late-night hours!

Rejuvenate relocates to new 2907 N. Monroe location

Rejuvenate is a locally owned and operated retailer of vintage, mid-century modern, antiques, refurbished collectables, home decor and more. They are actually planning to open TODAY Sept 1st at 2907 N. Monroe after doing work to the building which formerly held a business called Almost Antiques.

The new space is not far from their old location, but that location won't be sitting empty, because their old space will be the new business below...

Gabriel's Guitars to open at 3221 N. Monroe

Tucson,AZ based Gabriel's Guitars is planning their new second location in the former Rejuvenate space at 3221 N Monroe, here in Spokane. Gabriel's is planning to open for business with an official grand opening on Nov. 5th and a possible soft opening at a yet to be determined date.

Gabriel's Guitars says they will offer guitar repair, retail guitars, consignment and tube amp repair.

Also, don't forget to stop by the many other businesses of N. Monroe St., including during the weekly Emerson-Garfield neighborhood Farmers Market held every Friday from 3-7pm by the IEL Adult Education Center at 2310 N. Monroe. It'll be held through Sept. 30th.

Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Homegoods, Ross and others to open in a renovated former North Spokane Shopko

 Watch for new shopping options coming soon to North Spokane. California based Rich Development acquired the former Shopko store and adjoining land at 9520 N. Newport Hwy late last year with plans to recruit new tenants and renovate the 94,000 SF building into a new commercial development nicknamed the Esplanade at Northpoint. 

After, several months of behind scenes work we have now learned the project is set to begin construction in October with new tenants to open sometime during the spring of 2023. About 2/3 of the building already has committed tenants and the project developer confirmed those to be a new Home Goods and a new Ross store.

This will be the second Ross in the North Spokane market as another is located in the Franklin Park development in the 5500 blk of N. Division. The closest Home Goods is the location on Indiana Ave., nearby Spokane Valley Mall. The Esplanade project also still has room for one more major tenant, but negations are ongoing for that section of the building.

Additionally, the plans call for an addition on the south side of the structure that will house two 5000 +/- SF tenant spaces, and those are currently being marketed as for lease from local brokage NAI Black. The project itself is also surrounded by shops, restaurants and other commercial uses as the development site is directly south of the large North Point shopping center, which is known for having several well-known anchors and tenants.

Building owner and project developer Rich Development Company might also sound familiar to those who follow construction projects in the Spokane area, as this is the same company that renovated the former Costco building on Division in 2019. That building is now home to an At Home retail store, although Rich is no longer the owner of that building.

Stay tuned as we will keep an eye on the Esplanade at North Point and all the other construction around the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Project update- Midtown Mixed-Use in Coeur d' Alene


Photos taken during the project's construction, used with permission from Rocky Mountain Crane.

An impressive looking crane from McCall based Rocky Mountain Crane now stands tall over a site in the 800 block of N. 4th St in Coeur d' Alene's Midtown neighborhood. The crane is bringing people's attention to an exciting new project going up at the site which as you can see is progressing nicely.

We paid a quick visit to the site this morning to get an update, framing seems complete and inside work is starting on the first of what will someday be two mixed use buildings. Plans call for 2800 SF of commercial space on the ground floor and 16 apartments on the upper floors with a combination 1- and 2-bedroom units and an elevator. The current building is scheduled to open in March-April of 2023 with Aspen Homes acting as the general contractor and Eric Hedlund Design, LLC doing to architectural work on the project. 

No businesses have been set yet for the commercial space as the developers are waiting for building completion to lease this space, which will open up to a public park once complete.  In the future a second mixed use building will be built on the southern end of the site at the corner of 4th & Roosevelt, that building is in the planning stages now. 

Idaho Central Credit Union to start construction on Spokane Valley branch, Liberty Lake coming soon

Idaho Central Credit Union continues to expand their presence in Spokane. The Chubbuck,ID based credit union is renovating a building on Newport Hwy. for a new branch, and they recently opened a branch / regional office in Downtown Spokane at 41 W. Riverside.  Next up they plan to open in Spokane Valley.

The credit union is planning the construct a standalone branch in Spokane Valley at 16015 E. Broadway. The new facility will be a 9200 SF building that will be on a previously vacant lot, along Broadway in front of Lowe's and Wal-Mart. J. Addington General Contractors,Inc. of Coeur d' Alene will be the general contractor for the project and Lombard/Conrad of Boise is in charge of the architectural work.

The new Spokane Valley branch is planned to open in late fall or early winter of 2023. Another branch is also planned to be built in Liberty Lake, which is planned to be a 9000 SF facility located at 21398 E. Country Vista Blvd. on the south side of Country Vista in-between Kramer Pkwy. and Legacy Ridge Dr. that location is still being planned with construction coming soon.

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Shiki Japanese Steakhouse coming to River Park Square

 Japanese cuisine will once again be returning to River Park Square with a new restaurant filing for building permits in a space on the ground floor of the Downtown mall. The new restaurant will actually fill the same space as the mall's previous Japanese eatery, Sushi Maru which was primarily a conveyor belt sushi restaurant that closed following the pandemic.

On the building permits the new restaurant is shown as Shiki Japanese Steakhouse, but is part of the small regional Shiki chain, with the other locations using slightly different names like Shiki Hibachi Sushi. Whatever the name officially becomes the restaurant will do some remodeling to the 5600 SF space to remove to conveyor belt and add a sushi bar and potentially more before opening.

Shiki is operated by Leon Chi who spent time working in the sushi restaurants of Manhattan before establishing the first location using the Shiki brand at Walla Walla in 2015. Other locations have also since opened in Kennewick, Hermiston, OR and Downtown Coeur d' Alene. We attempted to reach out to Chi for comment on an opening date and other details about the planned Spokane location, but we did not receive a response.

For more information about Shiki Japanese and menu examples, check out or

Les Schwab Tire Centers planning Liberty Lake location

 Bend,OR based Les Schwab Tire Centers is planning to construct a new store in Liberty Lake, with building permits already being applied for. Currently the purveyor of tires, brakes and other auto-related services operates many locations in the area including one a few miles to the west in the 15000 blk of E. Sprague in Spokane Valley, but none within the City of Liberty Lake, until now.

According to the building permit application the new store will be built at 22400 blk of E. Appleway, across Appleway from Taco Bell in a mostly unused section of the parking lot for the Liberty Lake Business Park development. The store is planned to be a 9,586 SF stand-alone concrete block building with showroom, offices, six work bays and tire storage. Site improvements will also be done for new landscaping and improved parking.

The project's general contractor is currently listed as TBD, architectural work is being done by Cushing Terrell of Boise. The applied for permits are currently shown to expire in Feb. of 2023, so we expect construction to start not long after their issuance with an opening in the coming months, perhaps before the end of 2022.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Progress Watch- McFarlane Industrial Park in Airway Heights

Named for the road the development is located on, McFarlane Industrial Park is growing and adding to the much-needed warehousing stock in the Spokane area. A project of Spokane Valley based developer At Industrial, the project actually started with a 187,500 SF building which has been leased to Amazon and will evidently become the Spokane area's first Amazon Delivery Station. No word however on when Amazon will start operating there, however.

Now the focus is onto phase two of the project, which will be another new large warehouse. This new warehouse is located 10921 W. McFarlane Rd and is actually larger than the first building at the site, with the new building clocking in at 218,400 SF. . There are no tenants named for the new structure, however the marketing information indicates the new building is to be dividable down to 14,560 SF, meaning we could see more than one new company set up shop in the new building.

Office spaces will be built to suit with the building boasting cross dock capabilities. 30' clear height +/- and 145' truck courts. Large amounts of on-site surface parking will be provided to tenants, as will 4.2 acres of adjacent land for storage, etc.

Divcon,Inc. is the general contractor for the building. An additional building was also planned at the site at one time, but this will likely be added as the market demands as no additional permits have been issued at the site.

For more information on the projects of At Industrial, check

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Construction underway for new Cambria Suites hotel near Spokane International Airport


Originally planned to be built as a LaQuinta Inn in early 2019, the planned hotel made a switch to the Cambria Hotel branding in Aug. 2019. But perhaps due to Covid and other factors no actual construction happened at that time for the hotel, which is to be located at 4611 S. Dowdy Rd nearby Geiger Blvd.

Flash forward to 2022, and we can see that the plan appears to have been delayed but not completely cancelled as construction is now happening on the site. In fact, when we investigated last week, a small crew was present, and a building foundation has already been constructed with early plumbing rising out of the ground. The site is only few miles south of Spokane International Airport, the GEG1 Amazon facility and is an easy drive to Downtown Spokane.

Permits for Spokane's new Cambria Hotel we're re-issued in March of this year with MedVed Global Northwest,LLC of Moses Lake listed as the general contractor. The permits we're submitted by Mohinder Brar, who appears to be related with the Best Western franchise in Moses Lake, but when we reached out for information on opening dates, etc. we unfortunately received no comment.

What we do know about the new hotel is that will be a 4-story building with 85 rooms. The original press releases for the hotel when it was first proposed indicate that the hotel will include a fitness center, meeting space and locally inspired design. The architect on file with the building permits is Kaul Design Associates, LLC of Federal Way. We hope to have more exact details at some point in the future.

Cambria Hotels are a growing brand established by the parent company Choice Hotels. The company's website mentions the Cambria brand under the phrase " Little luxuries, Big Difference ", tailored to business travelers and the wants of leisure guests. 

Friday, July 22, 2022

Is Chick-fil-A coming to the South Hill?

 The chicken wars might soon be heating up even more around Spokane. As many know Chick-fil-A officially entered the Spokane market with a location at 9304 N. Newport Hwy. in Dec. of 2020. It was quite the opening with drive thru lines snaking thru the surrounding neighborhood for several days.

But, now two years later it looks like Chick-fil-A is working one adding a second location in the Lilac City. No permits have been applied for, but San Diego based 4G Development & Consulting did file for a pre-development conference with the city this week for what is shown in the public record documents as a new Chick-fil-A restaurant in the South Hill's Lincoln Heights neighborhood.

Plans can change, and they can even potentially be cancelled, but the current development plan calls for the new restaurant to be built new on the southwest corner of 29th & Regal. The site, which is already largely vacant would be cleared to make way for a new 4,987 SF Chick-fil-A restaurant building, it is to feature a double drive through, enough indoor dining for 90 and a new 113 stall surface parking lot. No mention of an estimated constriction timeline or opening date just yet.

The info on this possible new Chick-fil-A come on the heels of their competitor, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen, also showing an attempt at coming to the Spokane area. Popeye's has a location now in Post Falls and once planned a store at Division & Lyons but backed out of that site. Recently a new franchise owner put in pre-development paperwork for a new Popeye's on Newport Hwy. by the Y (ironically by the existing Chick-fil-A) and another close off of US 2 by the Spokane / Airway Heights border. Those also have not yet been issued building permits.

We will continue to keep an eye on these projects and other new restaurant news in the Spokane area.

Portion of the former Luigi's building to be converted into apartments

 Following on the heels of a few other Downtown building re-purposing's, plans are moving forward to convert another Historic building into apartments.  Permits we're applied for this week to convert the second and third floor of the building at 245 W. Main into rental units.

The space has been used previously as office space and the ground floor was last used for Luigi's Italian Restaurant, who's signage still remains on the facade despite the eatery having closed some time ago. The ground floor is shown as not included in this new round of permits and will remain commercial with no mention of a new tenant.

The top floors will be renovated and built out into 12 new apartments with one- and two-bedroom floorplans. In all 8 one bedroom, 3 two bedroom and 1 accessible two-bedroom units will be created. As this is only the permitting stage there is not yet news on what the rental rates will be or when the units might start to become available.

Graham Construction, of Calgary and with offices in Spokane Valley is acting as the general contractor for the project with design work being done by ZBA Architecture of Spokane.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Construction starts for Schweitzer's new employee housing project in Ponderay

 Originally announced in May, construction has now officially kicked off for a new 84 unit employee housing development for the employees of North Idaho ski resort, Schweitzer. The project is a partnership between Schweitzer and real-estate development firm Eastmark Capital Group. The complex will be located near the intersection of Schweitzer Plaza Dr. and Triangle Dr. , in Ponderay, a few miles north of Downtown Sandpoint. The project is to be walking distance to shopping, dining and transportation services including the public shuttle to Schweitzer.

The first phase of the project will see 84 pet-friendly one-, two- and three-bedroom units, and will feature full kitchens, washers and dryers and access to bike and ski storage. The current construction is set to be completed by the Summer of 2023. Future plans for the site include additional housing units, converted picnic areas, outdoor play areas, walking paths, workout facilities, and full-service daycare facility aimed at serving Schweitzer employees with young children in need of affordable childcare.

Schweitzer also continues to make improvements elsewhere around the resort property. In early May, construction began on a new road that will lead to approximately 1400 additional parking spaces and a new chairlift, with the goal of creating more efficient access to the mountain. This new roadway will connect to Schweitzer Mountain Rd. from an existing roundabout. Plans call for having more parking and at least one new chairlift in place by the Winter 2023/24 ski season.

Additionally, Schweitzer opened their new 31 room boutique hotel called Humbird earlier this year with a second phase in the works.  The new hotel also features an on-site restaurant called Crow's Bench.

For more information on the offerings of Schwitzer, visit their website at

Sunday, July 17, 2022

HUGE new update to our Current Construction Projects page!

 Ever wonder what's going in where? The articles we publish onto the main site give one a good idea, but there just isn't time to cover it all. That's why we have a convenient page of active construction in the Spokane area, and we just did a big overhaul of it!

Check it out at

New additions include-

New warehousing / co-working space coming to the former Triumph building near Airway Heights.

Upper floors of the Luigi's building to become apartments.

21-unit apartment building planned off of an Alley along Monroe St., near Kendall Yards.

And, a lot more! It's not a list of everything as it's very likely I forgot a couple. There's also a few that I'm hearing about but haven't seen permits / movement on just yet so I'm leaving those off the list for in-case they stall. 

Don't hesitate to reach out with questions ( ). And, with any luck watch for a Kootenai County version of this list at some point as well.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Beard Papa's coming to Spokane Valley

 Starting in Japan in the late 90's the Beard Papa's brand of cream puffs now boasts over 400 bakery locations in 15 countries. And now the brand is on its way to the Inland Northwest.

The location planned for our area will open soon in Spokane Valley, near Costco at 4808 E. Sprague #204. The company will occupy a 2450 SF space with Ryan Oberg, Katie Bohr and Cory Barbieri of Goodale & Barbieri handling the lease transaction for the space.

The about us page of the Beard Papa's website tells us that Beard Papa's began in Osaka,Japan and people in the city couldn't resist the aroma from the bakery or the kind face of the owner, Yuji Hirota. His fluffy white beard was so renowned that became known as " Beard Papa " to the regular customers.

The menu of Beard Papa's locations consists of their famous cream puffs where they allow the customer to choose a "shell" from an original to green tea eclair and many more and after that one can also choose a filling. A few other dessert items are also usually available, and a scan of the company's website shows some locations offer teas and iced coffees but no info if the future Spokane location will include anything extra.

This will be the third Beard Papa's location in Washington as other locations include a location in Lynwood and one within Seattle's Uwajimaya Asian Market. For info on the offerings of Beard Papa's, visit their website at

Friday, July 8, 2022

Seattle based real estate partnership acquires land in Spokane's University District for new Class-A apartment project

 A joint venture between Seattle based real estate developers Spectrum Development Solutions and opportunity zone real estate investment firm Pinnacle Partners have announced that they have closed on the acquisition of a 5.75 acre site in the heart of Spokane's University District.

The companies plan to develop the site in a new, 160 unit 4-story Class-A apartment complex that is yet to be named. Spectrum and Pinnacle plan to break ground in the Spring of 2023 with completion due in the Summer of 2024. The project will be at 811 N. Iron Bridge Way, a short walk across the Iron Bridge from the campuses, facilities, shops, restaurants and more within the main University District.

"This is a terrific opportunity for us to deliver our brand of housing to serve students, healthcare workers and young professionals" said Jhomar Small, associate principal at Spectrum Development Solutions. The project will include a mix of open one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment units, along with ample bike and vehicle parking. Various on-site amenities will include a half-size basketball court, fitness center, and club room. The project will also have easy access to the Centennial Trail and the Spokane River.

Architectual work for the project is being done by Seattle based Mithun in collaboration with local architectural firm ZBA Architecture. No general contractor is shown on the public record documents for this project as of yet.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Property watch- Open House July 7th for a commercial building at 6012 E. Trent with lots of possibilities

 This is a new story idea for our site called " property watch " where we take a look at an active commercial real estate listing. I'm sure more than a few of this site's readers are looking to start or expand a business and this will give a look at what's out there and maybe help fill a space or two.

However, know that I'm not a broker myself, I'm not licensed in any state and make no guarantees. For that kind of info please contact the broker I mention in the article-

6012 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane. Suitable for retail, production and/or warehouse space!

This property is listed with Matthew Byrd, senior advisor with SVN Cornerstone. The property offers 3,000 SF of open warehouse/shop area, 950 SF showroom area and 700 SF storage/production area all along the busy E. Trent Ave. corridor near SCC. There is plenty of newly painted and striped surface parking and approximately 17,000 SF of extra land on the north side of the property for additional parking/yard space. 

Interested parties can even see this one in person, as an open house is planned at the site on Thurs. July 7th from 3-5pm. The space is marketed as leasing at $6,200/Mo./NNN. 

For more information on leasing 6012 E. Trent, contact Matthew Byrd with SVN Cornerstone at 509-499-9229 or or stop by the open house. And, once you lease it be sure to come back to this site, send us an email and tell us all about the place you'll open there!

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Going up... work to start on Downtown Coeur d' Alene's newest high rise

About a year after the completion of One Lakeside, a residential / hotel tower that was the last addition to Coeur d' Alene's skyline, work has kicked off for the next skyline addition. This time the new project is called The Thomas George and will be an 18-story mixed use building to be built at 116 S. 3rd St.. 

The building will be at the corner of 3rd and Front, where a surface parking lot and the former US Bank drive thru lanes had been. It'll also be just steps away from the Coeur d' Alene Resort and Lake Coeur d' Alene. The site has now been cleared and blocked off; and we're told actual construction will start by the end of the Summer. They plan for construction to take about two years, meaning the Thomas George should open in 2024.  Garco Construction will be the general contractor and Miller Stauffer Architects did the architectural designs for the owner Front Row Properties.

The Thomas George will offer 60 condominium units with indoor/outdoor heated pool, golf simulator, 24 hour fitness center, balconies and garage space underground. A recent article from another news source even indicates that many of the condo have already been reserved. Condo's at The Thomas George will range from $770k - $2M, for info on reserving a unit contact Hayden Anderl of Anderl Real Estate & Development at 208-964-0234 / /

In addition to the residential side of the development two commercial spaces will be available for lease on the ground floor. One 1,527 SF space and another at 1,605 SF, ideally to be used for a food service type tenant(s).

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

HUGE update to our New Restaurant page!

 So many new restaurants are coming to the Spokane area!  And we like to think we are one of the best sources for finding new eatery's coming to the area, so after probably way to long we've updated our " Restaurants coming soon" page with more of the places we're hearing about.

Check it out, it's always there at

Places newly added to the list include (go to the page to see more details about each)-

Indigenous Eats

Hungree Bee


Chipotle Airway Heights

Popeyes Airway Heights

Popeyes North Spokane

Tamale Box


Cantarito Mexican Restaurant

Domino's Pizza Spokane Valley (on Trent)


Koselig Kitchen

California Mexican Food

Palenque Mexican Restaurant (move)

Twenty Seventh Heaven (move)

Habit Burger Grill

Spokane Salad & Delivery

Porter's Real BBQ

Drunky Two Shoes

Off the Wall


Hammers Bar & Grill

And this is just the places added to the list. Several others including Kasa, Loren, Uno Mas Taco Shop and more are already on the list. So, check it out at

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Construction underway for new Bike Hub lead development in Liberty Lake

 Originally planned to have construction start in early 2022, delays happen and construction is just now starting for a new commercial development to be built at 2210 N Madsen Rd, near Appleway in Liberty Lake. Plans call for the eventual construction of two buildings to be built on what is currently a vacant lot next to the existing Trailbreaker Cider facility. 

Paperwork filed in the project's SEPA application indicate a 7500+ SF building to be constructed across from a 6500+ SF building that is indicated as phase two. A new surface parking lot would also be added by the buildings and some land towards the back of the lot that would remain undeveloped at this time.

Bike sports sales and service business, Bike Hub is to be the main tenant for the project taking what's shown as about 4600 SF. Three other tenants are already signed on to open in the development and are even included on a sign at the site. Among these businesses are Move & Co. Real Estate, Red Oak Barbershop and Radio Brewing Company.

Radio Brewing Company will be a new addition to the Spokane area brewing scene, coming to Liberty Lake from their current facility in Kellogg,ID. We believe this will be a second location for the brewery. The other two are new businesses and all should open around the Spring of 2023. JW Elmer Construction of Spokane is the general contractor in charge of the project, with Architectural Ventures doing the architectural design work. 

New PODS warehouse taking shape in Spokane Valley, space still available.

 Clearwater,FL based portable storage provider PODS is no stranger to the moving industry. But soon instead of helping others make big moves, they'll be making a move of their own in Spokane Valley. PODS, which stands for Portable On Demand Storage, currently operates their Spokane area branch out of space at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park and will soon be the lead tenant on a new warehouse, currently under construction at 4414 N. Barker Rd.

The new facility is just one of many new warehouses within a short radius of the site, including a new Amazon fulfillment center that is now open about a mile +/- west of the site. This new warehouse offers 140,000 SF of total space with PODS planning on taking a little over 70,000 SF.

Above- The rear of the building, road closures unfortunately make the front difficult to see unless on private property.

Above- Front corner of the new building as seen from the business next door.

The remaining space will be available for lease, with brokerage NAI Black marketing the space. The building features 40' clear height at the eaves, ESFR fire protection, drive in loading docks and a prime location. On the marketing flyer the remaining space is shown as leasing at 0.75/SF NNN, however please contact a broker directly as this info is always subject to change. The property is listed by Darren Slackman, SIOR of NAI Black ( 509-622-3595 / ).

Thursday, June 16, 2022

Building permits show The Habit Burger Grill coming soon to Spokane

 The Habit Burger Grill might be coming to Spokane after all. The Irvine, CA based quick service burger chain originally was planned to come to Spokane on a vacant lot at Division & Lyons. But the company backed out of the deal and a Maverik gas station has since been built there.

That was back in the Fall of 2019, but now The Habit Burger Grill has shown up once more with an actual application for a building permit. This time the restaurant is applying to build a new stand-alone building at 6335 N. Division, which is vacant land near the intersection on Division and Francis and north of the newly constructed WESCU branch.

We reached out to The Habit Burger Grill for comment and info on a Spokane location, but they have yet to reply. The building permit info however shows the restaurant will be a 3128 SF building, to be built at a $700,000 valuation. 

This will be the first The Habit in the Inland Northwest, although locations do already exist in The Tri-Cities, Yakima and the Seattle/Tacoma area. The brand itself began in Santa Barbara, CA in 1969 and has a menu of chargrilled burgers, sandwiches, salads, frozen treats and more. It was acquired as part of the Yum! Brands family of restaurant brands in 2020.

For more info on The Habit Burger Grill, visit-

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Taco Vado planning new counter service restaurant on Northwest Blvd.

 Taco Vado, considered by some to be a bit of hidden gem in the Spokane restaurant scene, is currently just a drive up stand at 1602 N. Ash, that replaced a non-affiliated bikini coffee stand back in early 2020. But the little eatery with delicious burritos and tacos is growing and will soon have an actual restaurant space to call home.

The owners of Taco Vado recently signed a lease on the former Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy building at 1327 W. Northwest Blvd. and plan to open a new Taco Vado counter service restaurant with indoor seating in the building. The new location is set to open in September, sometime after Labor Day. 

The new space will not include a drive thru however, but they tell me they plan on launching online ordering for pick up. Beer & Wine is to be added to the menu and they also plan to have new vegetarian / vegan options as well as an expanded baked good selection on top all their current offerings.

For more info on Taco Vado, including a look at the current menu visit

Natural 20 Brewing Co. planning new location near the Spokane Arena

 Spokane Valley based Natural 20 Brewing Co. has leased space just north of Downtown Spokane, and nearby the Spokane Arena / The Podium. The brewery plans to open a second location in the space at 412 W. Sharp Ave, which was last used as the home Hidden Mother Brewing. A recently issued press release says their flagship location on E. Sprague in Spokane Valley has become so popular that owners Reece and Jackie Carlson knew there was an opportunity to expand. 

Natural 20 Brewing Co. plans to unite beer and nerds at the new Downtown Spokane location. "At Natural 20 we have a unique emphasis on a few different things. The first is creating quality craft beer, focusing on English, Irish, Scottish and American styles"  said Carlson. " We also have a large focus on tabletop gaming and 'nerd culture' and cater to many customers who come into the brewery to discuss and engage in things such as Dungeons and Dragons, Magic the Gathering TCG, Sci Fi, Fantast, Anime and more"

The brewery hosts standard and themed trivia nights as well as occasional murder mystery parties. In addition to providing entertainment and craft beer, the brewery is planning to serve a food menu specializing in flatbreads and sandwiches.

The new Natural 20 Brewing location is set to open sometime in early-mid Summer 2022. The lease transaction was handled by Guy Byrd of SVN Cornerstone.

For more info on Natural 20, visit like them on Facebook at or follow them on Instagram

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

New housing projects in the works for Spokane's University District

 Housing seems to be a hot topic right now, with prices soaring and bidding wars being prevalent. Even local renters are seeing significant increases as developers build and build to keep with demand. I don't have the answer to this "crisis", but I am glad to see some new infill / urban housing projects popping up as I do my blog topic sleuthing. 

One such area that many more people might call home in the coming years is the Spokane University District, to the East and Northeast of Downtown Spokane. This is because several new apartment projects are in the works for this area, meaning hundreds of new places to live. 

Here's the projects we're watching for this area-

The District 

Located along E. Martin Luther King Dr. and alongside the Hamilton St. Bridge (on either side of the bridge actually) is a new development called The District. This project was originally purposed back in 2020 by developer and current landowner Sagamore Spokane,LLC , which is division of Phoenix based Sagamore Capital. 

While it did take a minute for this project to begin, just in the last couple of months we are now seeing some active site work. With dirt moved around and some equipment/signage on the site from Spokane based Garco Construction. 

Once completed The District will be home 296 apartments in four multi-level buildings. The complex is even included on a couple of apartment rental websites, but no rental rate has been shown as of yet. We're keeping an eye on this project and hope to do another post, just about The District alone after they move more along in their construction process.

Iron Bridge Residences 

Spectrum Development Solutions of Seattle is in the planning phases of a new housing project called Iron Bridge Residences. Plans call for a large four story building with 170 apartments to be built at 811 N. Iron Bridge Way. The project would take up vacant land on the north side of the established Iron Bridge Office Campus development. 

Although things can always change / be modified, paperwork filed with the City of Spokane shows they intend to begin this $25 million dollar construction project as soon as April of 2023. Although signs do point to this project coming to fruition, maybe wait a bit before you start packing if you intend to make Iron Bridge Residences your new home.

We will also likely do a separate post about this project as it progresses.

Boxcar Apartments

Previously mentioned on this site is the Boxcar Apartment complex. The new mid-rise apartment building is now open and leasing, with plans still in the works to add a cafe on the ground floor.

This new building is home to 136 new apartments and is located at 15 N. Grant, just off of E. Sprague Ave.

For more information, visit-

Sherman Flats

Developer Rad Space,LLC is taking the historic building at 131 S. Sherman Ave. and turning it into one "rad space". They plan on re-purposing it's space from commercial uses into 9 apartment units. The 6400 SF building will house 8 one-bedroom units and 1 two-bedroom unit, under the name Sherman Flats. 

For more information, visit-

430 E. Sprague " Peabody on Sherman,LLC"

According to the Spokane University District website, a local development firm recently closed on 430 E. Sprague, at the corner of Sprague and Sherman. The building on the site was last used by automotive shop Downtown Automotive Specialists and Ray's Computers.

Per that brief mention they plan to develop the site into a new construction, mixed use building. Using public tax records, we we're able to figure out the parent behind the new owner ( present property owner is Peabody on Sherman,LLC , which is an cleaver name if you're a fan of older cartoons ). However, that company didn't return my request.

We assume they are very early in the progress of this development and like always we respect our local businesses and hope to find out more on this project in due time. Although it seems like a great location for such a project, so finger crossed.