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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.