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Friday, October 27, 2023

New D&D / game shop and children's store opening in Hillyard this weekend.

 Earlier this year we reported on the opening of the new businesses on the ground floor of The United Building in the Hillyard neighborhood. After a very impressive restoration of the building at 5014 N. Market the space is now home to a location of Bellwether Brewing, a restaurant called Locos and a coffee shop called Derailer Coffee.

Photo courtesy of Bear Totem

But, this weekend the shops that make up the second floor of the historic former bank building will also open for business. Those businesses are both locally owned and operated by a husband and wife. One being Pigasus Toys & Vintage, which will specialize in kids items that are wooden, handmade, gently used or vintage.

The other space will be home to Bear Totem which will sell painting items, miniatures and Magic the Gathering cards along with allowing customers to rent a table for game play including a selection of many board games. Beer will also be available to Bear Totem patrons with 4 taps (growing to 8 eventually) with locally produced beers from Bellwether and For the Love of God Brewing.

The grand opening event for Bear Totem and Pigasus Toys & Vintage will be Saturday, October 28th from 11a-8p for both businesses. For more information find Bear Totem on Instagram or Pigasus on their Instagram

Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Many new commercial & residential projects in the pipeline for Mead

 I'm always watching for new businesses and upcoming construction projects for news story ideas on this site. And it's a sure bet that in the coming months and years a lot of those ideas will be coming from the Mead area with several urban development projects currently already in the pipeline and some prime commercial real estate now on the market. Likely due in part to the upcoming completion of the US 395 / North Spokane Corridor freeway which already traverses the area but will connect all the way south to I-90 by 2030.

A map of the area where a good portion of the new development in Mead is planned. Courtesy of Goodale & Barbieri

Let's take a look at some of what's coming-

Mead Works- a Greenstone led development directly behind the new North Spokane Costco store and on 300+ acres of land that was once part of Kaiser's large Mead facilities (hence the development's name). Some early work has already been started and once fully built out the project will have 1400 living units including single family, multifamily and 55+ housing. Like some of the other Greenstone developed projects, this is planned to an urban mixed-use neighborhood with commercial space also included for new stores, restaurants, etc... Much of the primary construction at Mead Works is planned to occur starting next spring.

Multicare- Just north of the North Spokane Costco at 12115 N Mellon Pkwy is a 30 acre parcel that was purchased earlier this year by Multicare Health System. No official word has been given about what the Multicare's plans are there, but we reached out some time ago and we're told the land will be used for future health care development. And, that this project will support Multicare's work to provide greater access to care in the Spokane community. Many are speculating that this land will one day be home to a new hospital.

Planned development at Newport Hwy & Costco access road- Immediately to the south of the Costco store across the access road (labeled as Renshaw Dr on Spokane County government sites) is a planned new commercial development that is currently being marketed by NAI Black. The 14.7 acre site is planned to be a commerical development with some in-line retail space, smaller strip malls and at least two pad sites which are already shown as pending on the marketing materials. It's not known just yet what will open here but we expect to hear more about this in the coming months.

Prime Northgate Land for sale- Goodale & Barbieri is also marketing over 50 acres of prime land along N. Newport Hwy in the same growing area as the projects shown above. These properties (outlined in red on the map above) surely will be appealing to investors, developers and businesses given the location. We also expect to hear more on land sales, new developments coming to this area as well in the coming months. For more information on these parcels contact Ryan Oberg at 509-990-8423 or Cory Barbieri 509-344-4901

North 40 Center- a bit north of the Costco store area at the northwest side of the intersection of N. Newport Hwy & Highland Rd. is a planned new shopping center nicknamed the North 40 Center as it will be anchored by a new North 40 Outfitters store. Construction is estimated to start in 2024 with a new 109,600 SF North 40 store planned that will replace a smaller existing Mead North 40 store. In addition to the North 40 store, a 29,000 SF commercial building with no tenant(s) listed as of yet and three pad sites along Newport Hwy which are shown on the site plan as being marketed for a bank, fast food restaurant and a convenience store. Exact details are still in the works so expect to see more on this project as well in the coming months.

And, don't forget we always welcome tips on new businesses and construction in this and all of Spokane and Kootenai County. Reach out anytime to

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Sunday, October 22, 2023

Construction starts on new mixed-use building on Appleway in Coeur d' Alene

 Construction is underway for a new building that will bring both new apartments and new businesses to the Appleway Quarter development in Coeur d' Alene. The new building has been nicknamed the Lucielle Building and will be at 295 E. Appleway behind the relatively new development's existing two buildings, located just west of the intersection of Appleway & 4th St. and a couple of blocks north of I-90.

Rendering of the planned new building - courtesy of Chad Oakland, Northwest Realty Group.

Plans call for a three-story building that will offer 11,000 SF of commercial space on the ground floor and 24 apartments of varying floor plans on the upper floors. Some of the commercial space is already leased out as well with 208 Massage & Spa planning on moving there from a smaller facility. The new 208 Massage & Spa location is to feature 6 treatment rooms, traditional / infrared sauna and a relaxation area according to a recent social media post from that business. The developer also confirms that a tap house has also leased space, but no mention yet of a business name for them.

Occupancy for the new building is presently planned for the Fall of 2024. J Meyer Construction of Coeur d' Alene is the general contractor for the project with architectural work done by Momentum Architecture also of Coeur d' Alene. Information about the development is available by contacting Northwest Realty Group


Construction underway for new Multicare clinic in the Indian Trail neighborhood

 Construction is now underway for a new Multicare clinic coming soon to Spokane's Indian Trail neighborhood. Associated Construction of Spokane is the general contractor for the new facility, which will be located at 5238 W. Lowell Ave. south of the Sundance Plaza shopping center and nearby the DiVita Dialysis Clinic.

Rendering of the new Indian Trail Multicare clinic- photo courtesy of Multicare.

Construction at the new clinic site- photo courtesy of the Friends of Indian Trail

The new clinic will be a 5,000+ square foot standalone structure. Multicare will offer both primary care and behavioral health services there when it opens, which is currently planned to happen in the third quarter of 2024.

This is the second new clinic project happening in the Spokane region at the moment as a 8000 SF clinic is also under construction at 9834 W. US 2 on the eastern edge of Airway Heights. That clinic will replace a smaller primary care facility nearby and is planned to open in the spring of 2024.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Swing Lounge golf simulator business to open location in Downtown Spokane

 Swing Lounge, a locally owned and operated golf simulator business that already has a location in Spokane Valley is expanding with a new location now in the works for Downtown Spokane. The Valley location will also remain open and can be found by the Spokane Business & Industrial Park at 3808 N. Sullivan Building N15 Suite 103.

The new Downtown Swing Lounge will be on the ground floor of the Bank of America Building at 601 W. Riverside. This new location is planned to offer six golf bays using Trackman Technology allowing golfer to play even iconic courses no matter what the weather is like locally. Which might be important as the Downtown location is planned to open sometime in January with tenant improvements now getting underway at the Bank of America building.

The new location will also have a full bar and full-service kitchen meaning a food menu will also be offered to golfers. For more info on Swing Lounge, check out their website at

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Chipotle Mexican Grill planning new locations in Post Falls, Spokane Valley and others

 Newport Beach,CA based Chipotle Mexican Grill is making a big push into the Inland Northwest. The well-known chain of quick service restaurants already operates 3 locations in Spokane and 1 in Spokane Valley and are now in various stages of development for 4 more new restaurants to come to the area in the coming months.

Chipotle will open a new location in after renovating a former Banner Bank branch at 8909 E. Trent Ave. in Spokane Valley. Additionally, the chain will be the first tenant to open in a new small strip mall called Spokane Station at 9926 W. Sunset Hwy in front of the North 40 Outfitters store on the edge of Airway Heights. A rep with Chipotle confirms that these two new locations are planned to open "this winter".

Over in North Idaho, Chipotle is also poised to make a return as Kootenai County previously had a location in Coeur d' Alene that closed some time back due to corporate cuts. The Chipotle rep. tells us a Coeur d' Alene location is planned to open during the fall of 2024, but doesn't give an address for that location as of the moment (update- the CdA location will be at 163 W. Neider). Post Falls will also be gaining a Chipotle Mexican Grill location as building permits have been applied for to build a new standalone 2325 SF restaurant at 950 N. ID 41 in-between Car Wash Plaza and Bruchi's. The Chipotle rep confirmed that the Post Falls location is planned to open in late 2024.

The new Chipotle restaurants will offer catering services and will also feature the brands signature Chipotlane, a drive-thru lane that allows customers to pick up digital orders without ever having to leave their cars. As of 2022 Chipotle Mexican Grill operates over 3100 restaurant locations across the US, Canada, UK and France. For more information about the company, including menu info and online ordering visit their website at

Tuesday, October 17, 2023

The Press Pickleball Club to open soon in Downtown Spokane

 Pickleball in Spokane continues to grow and fans of Washington's official state sport will soon have another option for play space. The Press Pickleball Club will be a new 6-court indoor pickleball planned to open soon in Downtown Spokane at 1 N. Monroe, the former Spokesman Review production facility.

The name is a homage to the club's location - the former longtime home of the Spokesman Review's printing press. The Press Pickleball Club will be owned and managed by Cowles Real Estate, who also own the One North Monroe building and many other holdings around the area. John Gavin, commercial asset manager for Cowles Real Estate says "The transformation of the facility is underway, and we anticpate the space to be ready for play at the end of November. Over the past three months, we've engaged with members of the local pickleball community to listen to their needs and ensure that this facility becomes a vibrant hub for the sport"

Pickleball players of all levels are invited to provide feedback and shape the future of The Press Pickleball Club via a community survey that can currently be found at Those who complete the survey before October 26th will have a chance to win a $100 Nike gift card. Details of league play and tiered membership structure will be finalized soon.

The Press Pickleball Club will feature six dedicated indoor courts, expansive operating hours, easy reservations through Court Reserve, secure building, convenient parking options, locker room facilities, league play and tournments. 

For more information follow their website at or via social media Instagram or Facebook

Lego Store will open at River Park Square in November

 We we're the first to mention the likelihood of a LEGO corporate retail store coming to Spokane some time ago. And, we have now received confirmation that LEGO is coming and will open in November, just in time for the Holiday shopping season. The new 3,003 SF store will be on to ground floor of River Park Square in Downtown Spokane. The store will have a street level entry facing W. Main. 

Photo courtesy of River Park Square

"The LEGO store at River Park Square will deliver an immersive LEGO Brand experience with a wide product assortment, hands on building experiences for our customers, exclusive promotions and fun events held in store with our amazing staff" said Travis Blue, vice president of Americas brand retail stores, the LEGO group. John Gavin, commercial asset manager for Cowles Real Estate adds "This new LEGO store is an excellent addition to our combination of local shops and primer national brands. LEGO has fans across all ages and does a superior job of of making stores fun, innovative and engaging"

The new Spokane LEGO store will offer a LEGO Pick and Build wall and an expert staff called brick specialists. The new store will feature a wide range of LEGO products including exclusive items sold only at LEGO.COM and in LEGO stores. For more follow for info and updates on the store.

Of note, the store planned for River Park Square is a corporate owned retail store. Earlier this year a locally owned and operated LEGO resale shop opened in the Garland District buy the name of Brick Buy Brick. They are already open, plan to stay open and are not affiliated with the new Downtown store. They can be found at 3915 N. Monroe or online at

Thursday, October 12, 2023

New mobile women's clothing boutique opens in Spokane Valley

 Rebel Hart Co. has announced the grand opening of their new mobile boutique. The mobile boutique grand opening celebration will be Sat. Oct 14th from 11a-5p at 6630 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley. 10% of profits will be donated to Stop The Silence, a local non-profit organization that helps women escaping from domestic violence.

The grand opening is free to attend and will include a selection of bites and beverages and unveil new fall styles. The first 15 people will receive swag bags of accessories and self-care items. There will also be a raffle with over $300 worth of prizes from local small businesses such as Anam Cara Center, 444 Esthetics, Daily Dose, Posted Consulting and Morgan Laine Photography.

The Rebel Hart mobile boutique will bring the excitement and customer service of boutique shopping to local community events and private parties. "We live in an era with an ever-changing shopping experience" explained Kodie Hartin, owner of Rebel Hart Co. "Our mobile boutique is a cool way to enjoy the in-person shopping experience" . 

Coincidentally, the one year anniversary of Rebel Hart Co. first brick and mortar location in Spokane Valley is also this weekend. Their first location opened in Oct 2022 at 6630 E. Sprague Ave. and their second location was co-launched with Small Town Rootz in August of this year in Downtown Spokane at 525 W. Sprague. Rebel Hart Co. offer size-inclusive bohemian-style clothing and accessories, as well as items from other local businesses. 

For more information, visit Rebel Hart Co's website at

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Insomnia Cookies opening first Spokane location this weekend

 Insomnia Cookies, a rapidly growing Pennsylvania based late night bakery concept is opening their first Spokane area location this weekend. In celebration of the new Spokane location, Insomnia Cookies will be holding an all-day in-store grand opening event and late-night celebration baked full of freebies, treats and more. They will be donating a portion of their retail sales from the grand opening to 2nd Harvest.

On Sat. October 14th from 12p-3a "insomniacs" who visit the store will receive 1 free classic cookie (no purchase required) in-store, or 1 free classic cookie with their delivery order (minimum purchase required). Customers will also be able to celebrate late into the night with sweet giveaways, a prize wheel, milk pong and more.

The new Spokane Insomnia Cookies is located at 922 N. Division, at the corner of N. Division and E. Cataldo. The new store will deliver to Gonzaga University, WSU Spokane, Spokane Community College, Spokane Falls Community College and throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. The Spokane location is the third location to open in Washington and their 254th location nationwide.

Insomnia Cookies offers multiple cookie flavors, cookies in ice cream flavors, brookies, brownies and blondies. Additionally, there will be a full slate of vegan options, and a frequently rotating limited edition menu. The local location will be open Mon-Wed 11a-1a, Thurs-Fri 11a-3a, Sat 12p-3a and Sun 12p-1a. They are also still hiring for the new store with info available at

And, for more information and online ordering visit

Monday, October 9, 2023

The Mill, mixed use project nears completion in Coeur d' Alene

 Located at 1705 N. Government Way in Coeur d Alene, a new mixed use development called The Mill is now nearing completion. The development is a project of the Coeur d' Alene based Widmyer Corporation with Yost Gallager Construction acting as the general contractor and architectural design done by Momentum Architecture.

Once fully opened The Mill will offer 43 apartments over top of commercial spaces on the ground floor. The apartments are already being marketed for lease with one- and two-bedroom floor plans available and a rental rate of $1650-$2400 a month as per the development's website.

We're also learning that all of the commercial spaces on the ground floor of the new building are already fully leased. Coeur d' Alene Press columnist Nils Rosdahl shared in a recent report of his that the new businesses joining the building will be-

Ten/6  -- An Alice in Wonderland themed restaurant that had previously been located on 4th St. in Midtown Coeur d' Alene before being replaced by another restaurant. They have been closed since while working on the new location.

Copal Salon

Heart City Barber

Fiore Beauty & Wellness

Lia at the Lake

No info however on exactly when each business will be opening, however. Among the amenities offer to new apartment tenants will be covered parking, fitness center and a rooftop common area patio. For more information on leasing an apartment at The Mill check out their website

Sunday, October 8, 2023

De Leon's Tex Mex Grill opens in Coeur d' Alene

 A Spokane favorite has found its way across state lines with De Leon's first location in North Idaho opening last week in Coeur d' Alene.

The new De Leon's Tex Mex Grill is located in the former Cosmic Cowboy Grill space at 412 W. Haycraft Ave., just north of the I-90 / US 95 interchange. Owners Sergio and Mayra De Leon also operate 3 locations of De Leon's Taco & Bar in the Spokane area and the Hispanic grocery / restaurant combo De Leon Foods with locations and North Spokane and Spokane Valley.

Photos- Chicken enchiladas w/ green sauce above, Horchata below

The new Coeur d' Alene location is restaurant only and features a menu of entrees, burritos, tacos and desserts. Options are even available for breakfast, lunch and dinner with indoor dining and a patio on site. They are open 11-8 Sun-Thurs and 11-9 on Fri & Sat.

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Iconic Parkade to celebrate grand re-opening after extensive updates

 The Parkade, a Downtown Spokane landmark is back and better than ever. The facility which calls itself "Spokane's original parking garage" has stood at 511 E. Main since 1967 when it was built for $3.5 million as part of a private renewal project to service the Downtown core of Spokane.

The facility was acquired by a group of investors with local ties in late 2020 and has since underwent extensive repairs, renovations and upgrades to the entire building and its operating systems. The management is partnering with local businesses on a validation program for reduced parking during dining, attending events or working at local restaurants and bars in the evenings and weekends.

A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned to celebrate the grand re-opening of The Parkade on Friday, October 6th with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for 1pm. Among many individuals planned to be in attendance is Ann Martin, daughter of Warren C. Heylman who was the original architect of The Parkade. Food trucks will also be serving at the site that day from 11a-2p.

The Parkade offers daily and monthly parking with 11 stories and 800 parking spaces. For more info visit their website or find them on social media via Instagram

Monday, October 2, 2023

Infrared fitness chain, Hotworx opening new North Spokane location.

 Hotworx, a chain of fitness studios that incorporates infrared saunas in their work outs is planning a new location in North Spokane. This new location will join two previously opened locations in the Spokane area with others already operating on the South Hill and in Spokane Valley. 

The company says they offer a unique "3D training approach" combining exercise with heat and infrared energy. The process helps "torch 3x the calories in 1/3 of the time" and also aids in pain relief, detoxification, lower blood pressure and shorter workout recovery times. All of Hotworx's virtually led workouts take place in their patented infrared saunas.

Hotworx customers can use the facility anytime with the facility open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. The facility is locked with members getting a door pass to access the business at their convenience.

This new North Spokane Hotworx is planned to open sometime later this year at 10409 N Newport Hwy. in the same shopping center as Pizza Pipeline. A pre-sale will begin at the site on Oct 6th with staff on site from 8-8 that day to answer questions and sign up new members. And, for more information on Hotworx visit the new studio's website at or find them on social media via Facebook or Instagram