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Wednesday, April 24, 2024

New coworking space,The 808, now open on E. Sprague

 Open for a little over a month now, The 808 brought an exciting new coworking option to Spokane. Located at 808 E. Sprague Ave in the former offices of iHeart Radio, the 17,000 square foot building offers varying levels of workspaces for people seeking to build their businesses and careers.

The 808 can accommodate most business types and the building already houses real estate brokers, teams, lenders, leasing specialists and even a CPR business. The services offered by The 808 range from mail/address only all the way up to full private offices. They also offer conference room rentals, and all pricing is noted on their website (linked below).

Additionally, The 808 offers training room space, high speed internet, free parking and even on-site podcast studios. All in a prime location, just over a mile east of Downtown Spokane and within the growing University District.

For more information on The 808, check out their website at and give them a follow on social media via Facebook or Instagram .

Monday, April 22, 2024

Chaos Arcade hires new kitchen manager for elevated dining experience

Chaos Arcade (1020 W. Francis Suite H, Spokane) recently announced that they have hired Rosalie Fontana as their new kitchen manager. The new role at Chaos Arcade is just the beginning of growth for the award-winning local arcade, with a new menu coming soon. Prior to Chaos Arcade, Fontana was a chef at Manito Country Club and Golf Course. Hailing from Mayport, FL near Jacksonville Beach, her culinary career spans thirty-one years, with twelve years in fine dining. 

"I love the opportunities at Chaos Arcade to create new flavors while elevating the classics" explained Rosalie Fontana. "But the people here have to be my favorite part - the customers and the staff. The team is great, and Beverly goes above and beyond for our team." 

A key part of Rosalie's role at Chaos Arcade will be creating a new menu with sharable appetizers and snacks, weekend brunch, specialty entrees and more. "Chaos Arcade is growing" explains owner Beverly Lee "We are building Chaos Arcade into a destination for both food and entertainment. With Rosalie on board, we're exploring new menu items and custom menus for corporate events"

Chaos Arcade currently offers 12" pizzas featuring fan favorites like pepperoni, Hawaiian style and meat lovers as well as specialty pizzas such as Thai Peanut, the chicken bacon ranch, honey buffalo,  and Texas BBQ. They also offer cheese bites, nachos, chicken tenders, Korean shaved ice, and assorted desserts. Additionally, Chaos Arcade features a full espresso bar, boba tea and energy drink infusions, beer on tap and several more drink options.

Chaos Arcade plans to unveil their new menu in the Summer of 2024 after their blood drive on June 14th, 2024. 

For more information on Chaos Arcade, visit their website at and follow them on social media @chaosarcade. 

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Business feature-The Zen Blossom Massage and Reiki

 The Zen Blossom Massage and Reiki is a new business located in Spokane Valley, WA that provides a variety of holistic healing services. These modalities include Therapeutic Massage, Cupping, Hot Stone, Reiki, Hot Towels, Aromatherapy (dōTERRA oils) and Sound Therapy. Zen Blossom has a loyalty rewards system, and offers service packages, membership, and is giving all new clients $10 OFF their first service (all services included). A new website is coming soon and will include Katie’s handmade crystal jewelry!  

Katie Smithgall, the owner of Zen Blossom, is a graduate of Therapeutic Connections School of Massage, completing her studies in February of 2024. Additionally, she has completed training in Reiki (1 & 2), cupping, hot stone, and aromatherapy. With a strong background as a Certified Nursing Assistant, Katie brings a deep sense of compassion and dedication to her role at Zen Blossom Massage and Reiki. She is driven by her passion for helping others and is committed to providing exceptional care and support to all her clients. Katie takes a holistic approach to healing and incorporates a variety of healing modalities in her practice to assist the body in healing itself from the inside out. 

For more information about Zen Blossom Massage and Reiki and to book an appointment, visit their website at call or text (509)939-5624, or send an email to Follow Zen Blossom Massage and Reiki on Instagram and Facebook at @thezenblossom.

The address is 606 N Pines Rd Spokane Valley, WA

NOTE: the business runs by appointment only and is not open for walk-ins.      


Friday, April 19, 2024

BankCDA expanding into the Spokane market

 Coeur d' Alene based financial institution, BankCDA is growing and expanding into the Spokane area for the first time. The small bank recently opened a commercial lending center at 606 N. Pines Rd. Suite 201 in Spokane Valley and now is working on opening a new full-service branch in the Five Mile neighborhood.

Building owner 5-Mile Investment Company recently applied for building permits to demo the interior of their building at 1628 W. Five Mile Rd in preparation for a future BankCDA branch there. The 3400 square foot building was previously used as Bank of America branch before becoming vacant.

According to BankCDA they are currently in negotiations for the building and intend to open a branch there later this year. The bank currently also has branch locations in Coeur d' Alene, Post Falls, Hayden and Kellogg.

For more infomation on BankCDA, visit their website at

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Blue Zone Marketing expands presence into Washington state with new office opening in Liberty Lake

 Blue Zone Marketing, a full-service marketing agency serving clients nationwide has announced their expansion into Washington state with the opening of a new office in Liberty Lake. The office is located within the newly launched Mode coworking space at 2110 N. Molter Rd #1000, which is set to open on April 18th.

Courtsey photo of Blue Zone Marketing staff

Founded in Coeur d' Alene, Blue Zone Marketing has quickly gained recognition for its innovative approach to marketing and commitment to building authentic relationships with clients. With an existing office in Scottsdale,AZ the new Liberty Lake location marks the agency's third office location.

Blue Zone Marketing has been recognized as the best advertising agency in North Idaho in 2022, 2023 and 2024. Blue Zone's expansion into Washington state marks the culmination of a season favored by repeated successes. With a deep roster of dedicated talent working under the Blue Zone banner, the agency utilizes fresh, creative concepts to create brand stories with impact, making a splash for their clients that allows them to stand out in any market.

For more information about Blue Zone Marketing and its services, visit or call 509-991-7066 or email

Spokane Club to celebrate opening of new home decor store and renovated coworking studio

 Next week the Spokane Club on W. Riverside in Downtown Spokane will celebrate some changes to their facility. The Club is being joined by Mad Max Furniture & Decor who are opening a small boutique style shop within the building that will sell home decor and gifts. This will be the first brick and mortar store for the locally owned and operated Mad Max who has actually been in business in the area for some time.

Courtesy photos of the Spokane Club's coworking studio.

The retailer will be open to the public and is also currently developing a website for online sales. Additionally, the Spokane Club is introducing their newly renovated coworking studio which provides space to work for their members and hotel guests. The studio's decor was even designed by owner of the new Mad Max store.

The Spokane Club coworking studio and the Mad Max store will celebrate their grand openings together on Friday, April 26th with a champagne launch celebration planned from 3-7pm that day.

For more information on the Spokane Club, visit their website at

For more information on Mad Max Furniture & Decor, follow them on social media via Instagram or Facebook

Monday, April 15, 2024

Non-profit to add new affordable housing units in South Perry neighborhood

 Proclaim Liberty, an affordable housing non-profit created by the Presbytery of the Inland Northwest in the 1970's has secured funding and will soon be bringing new affordable housing in the South Perry neighborhood. The project will be located on E. Hartson Ave. near S. Perry St.

Project rendering courtesy of ZBA Architecture.

Proclaim Liberty is adding 54 units of affordable family housing to their existing campus of 48 units and the Proclaim Liberty Early Learning Center. Kiemle Hagood is proud to partner in helping reach this goal and looking forward to creating this much needed affordable housing. Kiemle Hagood serves as owner's representative (development consultant) and property manager for Proclaim Liberty, the projects sponsor.

Construction will start soon with leasing of the new units estimated to begin in about 14 months. TW Clark will be the general contractor for the development and architectural work is being done ZBA Architecture.

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Grand opening of new Mode Campus in Liberty Lake planned on 4/18

Luke Kjar, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and father of five has recently announced the opening of Mode. A revolutionary community campus slated to open it's doors on Thursday, April 18th. Located at 2110 N. Molter Rd. in Liberty Lake the new campus draws off of Luke's own Danish roots.

Luke aspired to build a simple solution for complex lives like his own, Mode is the result. Mode seeks to address the growing disconnect in our communities by providing a singular destination where individuals can come together to enrich their lives. The grand opening event planned for April 18th promises to be a celebration of this innovative vision.

At the event guests will have the opportunity to explore the state-of-the-art facilities including Mode Work, a coworking space designed for contemporary productivity and Mode Fitness, a comprehensive wellness center promoting physical and mental well-being. 

But Mode is much more than just a workspace and a gym, it's geared to be a lifestyle destination. The campus features amenities such as a barber shop, salon, ceramics studio, vibrant cafe, and coffee shop. Additionally, Mode plans to host frequent cultural and social events in the expansive space.

The grand opening festivities will kick off with hosted tours from 1-3pm, allowing guests to experience first-hand the "Mode difference". The celebration will continue into the evening from 5-8pm, with food, drinks and live music. For more information on Mode visit or follow them on social media via Instagram or Facebook

Friday, April 12, 2024

Is a Raising Cane's coming to Spokane?

 Is a Raising Cane's coming to Spokane? Although it's not confirmed and no building permits have been applied for yet, it is looking quite likely....

In late November 2023 a pre-development application was submitted to the City of Spokane for a project called "Newport Highway QSR" at 9252 N. Newport Hwy. This is the site of the now demolished Burger King restaurant near the Y, that was at one point considered by a Popeyes Chicken franchise. The hiding of the real name like that is often a dead give away that it's actually something of interest and they are hiding the true tenant's name from people like me who check the system everyday.

I heard nothing more after seeing that despite it being added to my radar, until this week. The business and construction news website BoiseDev (great site if you're looking for this type of news in the Boise area, by the way) ran an article entitled "Raising Cane's eyes first Idaho location in Meridian" . The article show the site plan in Meridian with the confirmed Raising Cane's name on it, and most details are an exact match to the QSR (quick service restaurant) project on Newport Hwy in Spokane. Even the square footage amount is identical at 2862 square feet, both also include a double drive thru.

The parcel in question at 9252 N. Newport Hwy. was also recently sold with the Spokane Scout tax record system showing a company called Powerfade,LLC for $1.8 million on 3/28/2024. Powerfade,LLC comes up as a Seattle based company with what looks like an office address in Seattle's North Queen Anne neighborhood. This looks like just a holding company so it can't be confirmed this way and it doesn't match the owner of the parcel in Meridian unfortunately...

So, stay tuned as I plan to use my resources to confirm this the rest of the way and will do a separate post on this site with the exact details when I can say with more certainty.

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Tuesday, April 9, 2024

North Spokane building to be renovated into the 5 Mile Pet Mall

 The building at 1028 W. Rosewood, just north of Francis, in North Spokane is about to undergo a conversion into a "one-of-a-kind destination for pet enthusiasts". The building recently came under new ownership by the same people as the Siemer's Farm at Green Bluff and they plan to do some quick renovations to the building.

Courtesy photo- 5 Mile Pet Mall

The building will be branded as the 5 Mile Pet Mall and they plan to fill the storefronts there with pet related businesses. Due to it being early in the redevelopment process no businesses have signed on just yet. However, they are actively marketing the building with the goal of having tenants like veterinary services, pet boarding, pet grooming, pet retail products, perhaps a pet friendly coffee shop and the like.

The building footprint is 4000 square feet and it will likely house several businesses. We plan to watch the project as we expect future new business announcements coming here. For information on leasing a space at the new 5 Mile Pet Mall contact Kim Millet at Bornhoft Commercial at 509-998-1450 or

And, follow along with their progress via the 5 Mile Pet Mall page on Facebook

Tawney's Sandwich Shop coming in Northwest Spokane

A building at 1505 N. Ash is about to be converted into a new locally owned and operated restaurant. The 864 square foot building is located at the corner of Ash and Maxwell on the Northwest side of Spokane. It had previously been used as the sales office for a used car dealership.

The new restaurant will go by the name Tawney's Sandwich Shop and they are currently planning to open in June. The new shop will sell cold and hot sandwiches, soup, chips, cookies, brownies, soda and the like. The building will be somewhat renovated in the coming days to accommodate the new use.

As of now there is no website or social media accounts set up for Tawney's Sandwich Shop but we will try to share more later.

Thursday, April 4, 2024

Swire Coca-Cola planning an expansion at their Spokane Valley distribution center.

 Swire Coca-Cola, one of the world's largest Coca-Cola bottling partners appears to be planning an expansion soon of their facility in Spokane Valley. A building permit and SEPA application we're recently filed by the company to expand and retool their facility located 9705 E. Montgomery Ave.

We reached out to Swire Coca-Cola about the project and we're told "as part of our long-term planning and growth goals, and to meet customer demand, we are looking for ways to position ourselves in order to meet future needs of the community. Efforts made in Washington are exploratory. We plan to keep the community informed about potential future development of the site, but no final decisions have been made at this time" said Erica Hansen, external communications manager with Swire Coca-Cola.

But, if the filings are any indication that final decision might be coming sooner rather than later. According the to SEPA application public records the company is seeking the demolish a 7,259 SF building toward the back of their parcel currently being used for vending machine maintenance. The maintenance work would then move into the main building, joining an expanded product warehouse with a 54,800 SF addition built onto the back half of the existing warehouse.

The plans also are calling for a new 10,170 SF new office space to be added to on the southwest side of the building nearby the facility's gate at Montgomery Ave. Permit data also indicates the project is valued at $15.4 million. Since the company hasn't confirmed this project there is no info on a construction start date or estimated completion. However, public building permit records do indicate Wolfe Architecture Group is currently working on the architectural design and the general contractor will likely be Garco Construction.

For more information on Swire Coca-Cola, visit their website at

Wednesday, April 3, 2024

Le Verre Wine & Libations coming to Downtown Spokane

 A new bar focusing on wine and cocktails is coming to Downtown Spokane. The new place, called Le Verre Wine & Libations is planned to open at 210 N. Howard in the space that was last The Wet Whistle. In fact, Le Verre will be locally owned and operated by the same owners as The Wet Whistle was.

The new bar is still a work in progress, but they tell me they hope to open sometime around early/mid May. They describe it as old Hollywood glamour with a French flair. Food wise Le Verre will feature a menu of apps and sharables like charcuterie, hummus, whipped feta, an array of flatbreads and a dessert charcuterie. 

They also plan on having Enomatic self-dispensing wine machine where customers can get a card and choose their own tasting or glasses. They plan to offer local wines in addition to some small vineyard European wines. Additionally, some great craft cocktails will be available.

We plan do an update on their progress at some point but also give Le Verre Wine Bar a follow on social media via Instagram or Facebook

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Hitters planning new location in Liberty Lake

 Hitters is planning to hit Liberty Lake soon with a new location. The locally owned and operated business is known for indoor batting cages but that's far from all one will find there. This will be their second place as the original opened back at the end of 2021 in North Spokane at 3700 N. Francis Suite 7.

Hitters is already working on building out their new Liberty Lake location which is currently planned to open sometime in June in 12,000 square feet of space at 24250 E. Knox Ln. Bldg #1 on the eastern edge of the city. The new location will feature 4 batting cages using Hittrax and 2 golf simulators using Trackman technology. A training space is also planned in the new place.

Additionally, the new location will boast a full bar and kitchen. The exact menu of course is not yet set in stone but we're told to expect things like smash burgers, cheese steaks, fries and things of that nature. More details on the menu and photos/videos of their new location build out will be posted on their social media pages as the project progresses (follow them on Instagram or Facebook)

And for more information on Hitters, visit their website

Monday, April 1, 2024

Recent Real Estate Transactions- March 2024 (belated)

 Looks like I'm late once more on my monthly post of recent real estate transactions so please accept my apologies. However here is a look at some recent commercial real estate transactions in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area as they we're reported to me. This is not a complete list of every transaction as I'm sure many are never sent to me. But, thank you to those that do send and if you're involved in commercial real estate in the area and would like the exposure of being included in these lists send me an email with your transaction info to 

Here is what we have-

Ryan Oberg with Goodale & Barbieri handled the lease of 1,631 SF to Bank CDA. The space is located at 606 N. Pines Rd suite 201 in Spokane Valley.

Cory Barbieri and Bill Duffy of Goodale & Barbieri handled the lease of 1,427 and 868 square feet at 1415 N. Houk Rd in Spokane Valley. The medical office building is now 100% leased.

Bob Spooner of Goodale & Barbieri represented the landlord in the lease of 1,261 square feet to Sage & Soul Interiors in The Central Point Professional Center. The center, located in the 1000 block on N. Washington is now 100% leased.

Byrd Real Estate Group reports the lease of 2,697 square feet of space at 7816 E. Broadway Ave in Spokane Valley to Firecracker Software,LLC.

Chad Carper of Kiemle Hagood represented the landlord in the lease of 1,200 +/- square feet of space at 204-226 W. Ironwood, Ste. 226-A6 in Coeur d' Alene to CDA Math,LLC.

Chad Carper of Kiemle Hagood represented the landlord in the lease of 1,200 +/- square feet of space at 204-226 W. Ironwood, Ste. D in Coeur d' Alene to Sports Clips - Five Seas,LLC

Chad Carper of Kiemle Hagood represented the landlord in the lease of 1,550 +/- square feet of space at 604 S. Sullivan Rd, Ste. D in Spokane Valley to Frontline Vision,LLC

Local business feature- Zephyr Van

 My apologies I haven't had a post like this in a while, where we feature an established local company so that people may learn about some of the lesser-known business in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area. These posts are not sponsored are intended only to highlight a place. So, without further ado, today we'll take a look at Zephyr Van.

Located at 3896 N Schrieber Way in Coeur d' Alene, Zephyr Van specializes in building high-end Mercedes Sprinter camper vans. They've served customers in all parts of the country already but even locals are welcome to explore to explore purchasing the Sprinter camper van of their dreams. The company was started in the fall of 2019 by owner and entrepreneur, Robert Perry after he decided to make a career pivot from flipping houses. They tell me Covid hit to company hard but the recent take off of the van life industry ended up positioning Zephyr Van in the right place at the right time.

With an engineering background, Robert was able to custom design and build a true off-grid, camper van spec build using high-end materials that surpass the RV industry norm (no plywood construction). The company uses hardwood cabinetry, structural aluminum interior, quartz countertops, and marine grade finishes in their builds meaning they will last the test of time.

To find out more about Zephyr Van call them at 406-851-9229 , check them out online at or give them a follow on social media via Instagram or Facebook