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Saturday, September 23, 2023

Work underway to re-build The Oval Office in Post Falls

 Perhaps a bit unlike some legislation in the real Oval Office, there has definitely been progress at site where The Oval Office Bistro & Martini Bar once stood in Post Falls. The popular restaurant & bar was housed in a converted former house at 620 N. Spokane St for several years. It was demolished in 2022 after being planned to close for a remodel, that instead became removing the structure, likely due to the amount to repair.

The front porch and signage we're left on the site with a promise to re-build by the owners on social media. And they are keeping that promise as in August construction fences went up and work is now progressing to build a new Oval Office. Site work is ongoing and early work for a foundation has also now commenced.

We reached out to the owner via email about when the business might re-open but did not receive a response as of my writing this. Noteworthy however is the planned new building will be larger than the original as permit data on file with the City of Post Falls shows the new building will be a 3,348 SF structure being built at a cost of $502K. If data is correct this would be triple the size of the original restaurant.

RH Contracting is the general contractor for the project and ML Architect looks to have done the architectural work for the new building. During construction both of the Oval Office's sister restaurants also do remain open, The White House Grill about one block north of the site at Seltice & Spokane St in Post Falls and The Pentagon Bistro & Martini Bar at Mission & Meadowwood Ln in Liberty Lake.

Friday, September 22, 2023

The Bagel Authority opening in Downtown Spokane

 A new locally owned bagel shop is now just days away from opening in Downtown Spokane. The Bagel Authority is a new business that is planning to open on Monday (Sept. 25th) on the ground floor of The Empire State Building at 903 W. Riverside, corner of Riverside and Lincoln. Additionally, they are also planning to do a soft opening for a time before opening day as well.

The Bagel Authority's menu will offer a good selection of steamed bagel sandwiches. They plan to be open 7-4 Mon-Fri and 8-2 on Sat initially and will offer both breakfast and lunch bagel sandwiches options. In addition to the bagel's the new restaurant will also offer coffees, lattes, espresso as well as beers of draft and a limited bar of bloody marys and mimosas.

Monthly seasonal specials are also planned to be featured. For more info on The Bagel Authority find them via social media on Instagram

Thursday, September 21, 2023

The Human Bean coming to Spokane

 The Human Bean, a Medford,OR based chain of drive thru coffee stands is planning to open next year in Spokane. A local franchisee is planning to construct the new stand at 2503 W. Northwest Blvd on the site of a former car detailing business that was recently demolished. This will be the chain's first location in the Spokane market.

Building permit filings show the plans call for a new construction 614 square foot Human Bean coffee stand to be built at the site. Volro Construction of Mead will be the general contractor and we're told the new coffee shop is currently planning to open around the winter of 2024.

The Human Bean is a growing chain of coffee stands with approximately 150 locations in multiple states around the nation. This includes already established locations operating in Coeur d' Alene and Hayden in Kootenai County. The company's menu consists of coffees, smoothies, teas, infused energy drinks and more.

For more info on The Human Bean visit their website at

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Paper St. Coffee Co. opens in the Logan neighborhood

 A unique kind of coffee shop has come to the Logan neighborhood. The new locally owned Paper St. Coffee Co. is now open at 1307 N. Hamilton, nearby Gonzaga University. The space has been used as a couple of other similar business over the last few years and was last a place Roots Coffee Kitchen.

Paper St. Coffee Co. is a fulfillment of a dream for one of the owners to own his own place after falling in love with the hospitality industry ever since starting as a dishwasher in a small Italian restaurant at a young age. He also mentions they place keep the place always changing and growing.

Guests will find a full espresso set up featuring coffees from DOMA Coffee Roasters, lotus energy drinks, hot and cold sandwiches, salads, real ice cream milkshakes, a cereal wall of bulk dispensers filled with cold cereal and granola plus more. They also plan for the place to be part mercantile also. With few exceptions everything on the customer side of business is available for purchase from art on the walls, the chairs and even books is available. And, they are open to feedback from their customers.

Watch for more on Paper St. Coffee soon as I hope to check them out and get something on the Inland Northwest Business Watch social media pages soon. In the meantime, for more info on Paper St. Coffee Co. check them out on their social media sites - Facebook or Instagram

The Small Biz Shoppe is making a big move into former Mobius Museum space at River Park Square

 The Small Biz Shoppe is making a big move. While not far from their current location on the second floor of River Park Square mall the locally operated business will be soon be a much larger space and filling a space that has been underutilized recently.

The Small Biz Shoppe is currently in the process of renovating and relocating to the basement level of River Park Sqaure. This is the former home of the Mobius Childrens Museum before it moved over to their current location along Post St. near the city hall. It has sat mostly empty since Mobius left in 2020.

The new space is 15,000 SF allowing The Small Biz Shoppe to expand to 90 vendors. The existing vendors will be able to move over into the new space along with opening up space for new vendors to join. The business allows local small businesses, artists, crafters, etc. to take space within the store to sell their products. These are vendors that one might often find on sites like etsy or at art festivals, selling their products in a more permanent showplace.

Currently the owners of The Small Biz Shoppe plan to open in the new space in October. For more information on their shop or how to contact them for vendor information find them on social media via Facebook 

Thursday, September 14, 2023

Recent Real Estate Transactions - Sept 2023 edition

 I'm sorry it's been a long time since I did a real estate transaction report. This once was a more regular featured post on the site but due to time constraints it got abandoned. So, this time's post might be a bit more lean then in the past if you've been reading my site for awhile.

The following are as they we're reported to us...

Byrd Real Estate Group,LLC reports Ben-Ko-Matic CO. dba Owen Equipment/Cal-line NW has leased +/- 7.330 SF at 1602 S Williams Spokane,WA

Byrd Real Estate Group,LLC reports Spokane Bins has leased +/- 2,732 SF at 5320 E. Sprague Ave Suite 400 in Spokane Valley, WA.

Byrd Real Estate Group,LLC reports Reclaim Project Recovery has leased 13,000-15,000 SF of space at 16814 & 16816 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley, WA

New business Ruda Construction leased 3,016 SF of space at 12018 E. 1st Ave in Spokane Valley, WA. Rob Kannapien of Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller CCIMTEAM handled both sides of the transaction.

Thank you for the brokers who continued to send me updates! If your involved in CRE in the Spokane / Coeur d'Alene area please include us in your reports / press releases at