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Monday, November 27, 2023

The Bearded Ginger to open in Riverfront Park's Skate Ribbon space

A change is in store for the food & beverage option at Riverfront Park's Skate Ribbon / Skyride building in Downtown Spokane. As a Spokane Valley bar and grill is set to take over operations of the building's restaurant space and planning to open as soon as the end of this month.

The Bearded Ginger, which is an eatery located at 8125 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley is planning to open within the Riverfront Park space, taking over from the Liberty Lake based Eat Good Group which has operated the space since its inception in 2020 as the Sky Ribbon Cafe. The Bearded Ginger says they are hoping to begin serving in the space by as soon as later this week but there isn't a set opening date just yet.

Once open The Bearded Ginger will serve their "Mozz Logs", BBQ Crunch wrap, Smokehouse Delight, Walking Tacos, Pretzels, Pizza as well as to go breakfast and coffee on Mon-Fri. . They are also hoping to have beer, wine and cocktails by the can but are currently working with the liquor control board to figure out when that service can begin.

The Numerica Skate Ribbon is already open for the 2023/2024 season having opened on Nov. 18th. The 650' ice skating path with attached 3,500 square foot pond will now be open throughout the winter season with several events planned throughout the season. For more information on the Numerica Skate Ribbon at Riverfront Park visit

And, for more information about The Bearded Ginger visit their website at or follow them on social media via Facebook or Instagram

Friday, November 24, 2023

The Athenaeum to open in Medical Lake

 The Athenaeum, a unique and classy new wine and beer bar is opening in just a few days in Medical Lake. The new business will celebrate its opening night on Tues, Nov 28th from 4-9 at their location in Downtown Medical Lake at 116 N. Lefevre St. The Athenaeum will be within the same building as Roam Coffee House but will have a separate service area and hours from the coffee business. Roam is owned by the same people and moved into this building back in May from another location.

Photos used courtesy of The Athenaeum

The owners of the businesses tell me they named the new bar The Athenaeum to imply being a place of learning, culture, arts and sciences. They go on to say they want it to be a place of connection, conversation and cultural exchange where people can gather and meet. The new place will also offer a learning center to host various painting and pottery classes and likely more as they hope to open up the space to other experts and teachers to lead their own experiences and classes. 

At opening The Athenaeum will offer beer and wine, cider, wine spritz, sangria and non-alcoholic cocktail options. They plan to offer full cocktails later on as the business progresses. There also will be some food offered with paninis and a caramel apple pie dessert for now with the food offerings also growing in the coming months.

As of the 28th The Athenaeum will be open Tues-Thurs 4-9p and Fri & Sat 4-10p. They are also planning a Grand Opening Gatsby Gala in January, watch their pages below for more details on this and the other events to be held there.

For more information on The Athenaeum find them on social media via Facebook or Instagram

Tuesday, November 21, 2023

Spokane International Airport opens newly expanded C Concourse parking area

 It's a busy week for Spokane International Airport, rumor has it a major holiday is happening later this week. Some 16,000+ inbound and outbound seats a day are anticipated to be going through the airport all this week. Meaning longer lines at ticketing and TSA, but maybe not as bad for finding a place to park as Spokane International earlier this week opened the newly expanded surface parking lot for the C Concourse.

As part of a $5 million project Spokane International Airport added 460 new parking spaces, with the lot now offering a capacity of 991 total parking spaces or more than double its original capacity. The lot also offers 29 ADA-designated parking stalls along with six planned electric vehicle charging stalls. The lot also now has new pavement and LED lighting. The project was designed by engineering firm Kimley-Horn Associates and constructed by Corridor Contractors,LLC.

The current rate to park in the C Concourse lot is $8 per day. Elsewhere on Airport property are 2,600 garage spaces, 2,150 outside lot spaces and 3,240 economy parking spaces. Spokane International Airport is a major player in the economy of the Spokane region providing employment for over 3,000 and annual direct and indirect economic impact of $3 billion.

The Airport is also continuing on with it's TREX project, a $150 million expansion that will add 144,000 square feet of space to the existing C Concourse, adding new gates and ticketing counters, that project is currently expected to be complete in 2025. They are also always actively seeking out new flight destinations, announcing a new seasonal direct Southwest Airlines to Dallas Love Field just last month. That flight is set to begin in June of 2024.

For more information on Spokane International Airport, visit 

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Entropy to open Re*Entopy vintage store on 1st in Downtown Spokane

 Entopy, a newer store in Downtown Spokane's historic Parkade building is growing. The original store that sells vintage goods, art and records opened back in March at 101 N. Stevens and has even hosted a handful of artists shows during it's relatively short life. But now the business is growing and planning a new second location.

Interior of the future Re*Entropy store, used courtesy of Entropy.

The new store will operate as Re*Entropy and will be in the Carnagie Square Building at 1403 W. 1st Ave. on the western edge of Downtown Spokane. The new store will be larger with 5000 SF of space and they tell me they hope to open for business by Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25th. Re*Entropy will sell vintage clothing, household goods, collectables and antiques with many vendors also set up in the space. 

For more information on Entropy check out their website at or follow them via social media at Instagram or Facebook .

Friday, November 10, 2023

Golf Island Indoor Golf now open in North Spokane

 Golf Island has come to Spokane, the virtual golf business opened recently at 9956 N. Newport Hwy and is their second location after the original in Coeur d' Alene's Riverstone development. The new Spokane location is in a newly remodeled 11,000 square foot space at North Pointe Shopping Center and offers 12 bays of virtual golf using Trackman technology. This allows golfers to golf virtually on over 260 courses no matter what the weather is locally.

The official Grand Opening at Golf Island we're told is planned for November 18th but the business is already open with an introductory offer of $25 per hour tee times throughout the month of November. Drinks are also now available as after a bit of delay they have been approved for a beer license, a food menu is also in the works for some time next year but in the meantime, customers can bring their own food in if they desire.

Golf lessons as well as league golfing will also be available at the new Spokane Golf Island with sign-up info shown on their website. The new location is currently open Mon-Thurs 10a-10p, Fri-Sat 8a-Midnight and Sun 8a-10p ,the hours will change come May-September with those hours posted on their website.

For more information on Golf Island, including online tee time booking visit . Also, follow them on social media via Instagram or Facebook .

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Several new restaurant openings in the Spokane area this month

 If you like checking out new places to eat, then you'll be happy this month with several new places announcing their openings. Here's a look at the new places and their opening dates-

11/9 Captain's Cod Company- A new seafood food truck from Western Washington that is relocating to the Spokane area. They plan to continue their existing business model of opening at various locations around the area with their first stop being on Thurs. 11/9 from 11a-7p at Riggero's Ace Hardware at 15405 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley. A calendar of where they will be is posted on their social media sites and they also operate another truck with the same name in Central Washington.

11/10 Cali Fast Burrito- Affiliated with the California Mexican Restaurant which already has a location in North Spokane is Cali Fast Burrito which is opening at 6704 E. Sprague in Spokane Valley. Cali Fast Burrito will open for "lunch" that day then stay open mentioning there will be live music and 50% off of everything all day that day.

11/15 Island Style Food - a food truck featuring a menu of foods Asian fusion foods and items from Guam and Philippines is opening their new brick and mortar restaurant on Nov. 15th from 4-9pm at 2931 N. Division.

11/15 Killer Burger- Portland based Killer Burger is opening their first location in the Spokane area (one is already open in Hayden however) officially on 11/15 with the Spokane Valley Chamber hosting a ribbon cutting at 1:30pm at the restaurant which is in the former Sweeto Burrito location at 15705 E. Broadway in Spokane Valley. Of note they are also doing a training week with the restaurant soft open 11/8-11/12 from 11-6 with a portion of sales being donated to Make a Wish of Alaska and Washington.

11/18 Houston Hot Chicken- A growing chain of hot chicken restaurants, Houston Hot Chicken will open their first Spokane location on 11/18 at noon in their location which is also a former Sweeto Burrito at 1839 N. Ruby St. . The opening promises to be quite the event with a few guests receiving a "special gift" in addition to offering 1,000 free chicken sandwiches along with complimentary food and beverages for attendees.

A $1,000 spice challenge and a car meet are also planned for opening day.

Also new and noteworthy are a couple of other new local restaurants that have recently opened. Those are the new Liberty Lake location of TT's Old Iron Brewery & BBQ. This is their second location and now open at 1950 N. Harvest Pkwy , across from Orchard Park in Liberty Lake

Loren a French inspired speakeasy and restaurant officially opened at the beginning of the month nearby the Spokane Arena at 908 N. Howard on the lower level.

Also on the horizon we're hearing rumblings that the new Weinerschnitzel coming soon to 10220 N. Newport Hwy might be nearing completion after what we hear was delays on getting equipment. However, there is no opening date just yet.

A liquor license has been applied for at the planned Emrys Beer & Mead Works location that also has experienced some delays. Still no opening date but this is a good sign that things are getting closer for this new restaurant coming soon to 21850 E. Wellington Pkwy in Liberty Lake.

Speaking of liquor licenses, one has also been applied for at Hot Pot & Pho planned to be coming to 11110 E. Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley. We tried to get some info about this new restaurant but haven't heard back, all we know is they have a coming soon sign and some work is being done on the building.

And, there's always more to come! 

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Monday, November 6, 2023

Recent Real Estate Transactions - November 2023 edition

 Time for another look at some recent real estate transactions in the Spokane area. Thank you to all the commercial real estate brokers/offices who have included us in their transaction releases to make these posts possible. If you are involved in commercial real estate, please send them to us at 

This list is not meant to be a list of all transactions, just highlights of notable sales the we're aware of. They are posted as they we're sent to us.

Byrd Real Estate Group,LLC reports the lease of +/- 4,964 SF of space at 1602 S. Williams Ln in Spokane to Dynamic Gaming Solutions,LLC

Byrd Real Estate Group,LLC reports the lease of +/- 2,988 SF of space at 5320 E. Sprague Ave #600 in Spokane Valley to Ambarsariya Best Price,LLC

Mmpire,LLC which does business as Empire Roof Coatings has leased 2,988 SF of office/warehouse space at 12018 E. 1st Ave. Rob Kannapien with Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Real Estate handled both sides of the transaction.

Entregar Seattle,LLC has purchased 11.30 acres of land at 21602 E. George Gee Ave. in Liberty Lake. Erik Nelson, Craig Soehren and Danny Patterson with Kiemle Hagood represented the seller.

Northwest Specialty Hospital has leased 7,689 SF of space at 1611 E. Edmonton Ave in Post Falls. Casey Brazil and Mary Keinbaum represented the landlord.

Stephen Barbieri of Goodale & Barbieri handled the lease of 1224 S. Pines Rd. in Spokane Valley to Blend Outdoor Design,LLC . The space is 1,725 square feet.

Ryan Oberg of Goodale & Barbieri handled the sale of land in Airway Heights to Sapphire Hospitality Airway. The land is located at 1203 S. Centre Way

Stephen Barbieri of Goodale & Barbieri represented the Spokane Velocity, the new USL soccer team, in their lease of 5,035 SF of office space at 530 W. Main Ave. in Downtown Spokane.

Athol Eats bringing new food truck court to Athol

 Already open but planning to grow substantially in the coming months is a new pavilion of food trucks in Athol,ID. The new facility is called Athol Eats Food Truck Pavilion and can host about six food trucks during the winter months and they are aiming to have 10-12 trucks there come spring/summer. Athol Eats can be found at 30440 N. Old Hwy 95 in the Town of Athol immediately to the west of the Hwy 54/US 95 interchange.

Photo courtesy of Athol Eats Food Truck Pavilion

In the spring/summer months they also plan to offer a covered seating area but will always be a good option for grab n' go food options. In the immediate future Athol Eats will feature the following trucks-

Golden Fleece Foods featuring a menu of sandwiches, a couple of sides and desserts.

The Wurst Man in Town

Taco Works a new truck for Taco Works, a truck with a menu of tacos, burritos, chimichangas, etc. they also have other already open trucks in Coeur d' Alene and Post Falls.

Those interested in opening a food truck at Athol Eats Food Truck Pavilion can reach out to the owner Tyler Miller at or 208-620-0924. To follow their progress and for more information about Athol Eats check out their Facebook page

Friday, November 3, 2023

Spokane Braves seeking sponsors! #ad

 The Spokane Braves are seeking sponsors for the rest of the 2023/2024 season.  The Spokane Braves are a “Junior A” hockey club (one step below the Spokane Chiefs) playing out of Eagles Ice Arena. 

The Spokane Braves have a few game night sponsorships available for the rest of the 2023/2024 season, including a special night on Saturday, January 13th that will get repeated exposure for your business leading up to that game.  

The Spokane Braves have other sponsorship opportunities available such as in game announcements, and webcast/video sponsorship. 

If your business would like more information on how to sponsor the Spokane Braves please call or text or Dan Eloe at 208.755.9588 or email him at

The Spokane Braves are a proud member of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League.  Since our founding in 1971, we have consistently moved up players to higher levels of hockey. We are a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to developing players aged 16-20 on and off the ice. Your donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.  

Thursday, November 2, 2023

Construction continues at River Landing at Mirabeau, with first phase already fully leased

 Evidence that the demand for housing in the Spokane area remains strong, the River Landing at Mirabeau multi-family project in Spokane Valley announced this week that it's first phase is already fully leased. This with construction still ongoing to complete the remainder of the project, which in a recent mention in the Spokesman-Review's The Dirt column could one day include 300-400 apartments.

River Landing at Mirabeau is a new upscale residential apartment community located at 13809 E. Carlisle Ave. , just east of Mirabeau Park in Spokane Valley. The site is nearby several employers, shopping like Spokane Valley Mall and is within a growing area itself. The ICCU Spokane Valley Preforming Arts Center is also already well under construction nearby and a new office building, Homewood Suites hotel and yet to be announced golf project all planned to start construction within 1/2 a mile of the River Landing site within the coming months.

Ryan Lewis, residential director for Cowles Real Estate shared "The reception for River Landing has been truly remarkable, and we're excited to see the area come to life. Our residents are excited about the small community feel, the apartment finishes and the location. We are pet-friendly so that has been of interest as well. Residents love having direct access to the Centennial Trail."

Phase 1 is comprised of 17 units, Phase 2 is now open for pre-leasing and includes 24 one- and two-bedroom apartments with move in dates planned for November 2023. Phase 3 will introduce two- and three-bedroom townhomes featuring rooftop decks, these new townhomes we are told are on track from completion by the end of December 2023. For more information on River Landing at Mirabeau, visit their website at

Wednesday, November 1, 2023

Lebanon Deli & Grocery opens on Newport Hwy

 A new Middle Eastern grocery store and deli is now open on Newport Hwy in North Spokane. The owners of the Lebanon Restaurant & Cafe at 5th and Wall, nearby Deaconess Hospital have opened the new business which is called Lebanon Deli & Grocery. 

The store can be found just north of the Y at 9222 N. Newport Hwy and is open every day from 10a-7p. Customers will find a large selection of Middle Eastern grocery items from Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Egypt and Iraq. Merchandise includes authentic spices and marinades, Zaatar, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Falafel mix and more. Halal meats are also available for sale.

All photos courtesy of Lebanon Deli & Grocery

In addition to the selection of grocery items, Lebanon Deli & Grocery will also offer prepared Middle Eastern dishes. With more dishes planned to be available as the business progresses. For more information on the business check them out via their Facebook page .