June 18, 2009 in Business

42-unit Timbers aims for higher-end rental living

By The Spokesman-Review
 
Jesse Tinsley photo

Workmen finish painting and landscaping The Timbers, an upscale apartment complex at 824 E. Hastings on the North Side on Thursday, June 18, 2009.
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The Timbers at Wandermere, a 42-unit apartment complex in north Spokane, has been described as part of a Spokane resurgence in higher-quality rental living.

The seven apartment buildings making up the complex, in the 800 block of East Hastings Road, have plentiful wood trim, walk-in closets and attached garages opening directly into living spaces.

Developed by Harley and Lisa Douglass, the Timbers units rent from $795 to $975 a month, with one-bedroom units at the lower end and two-bedroom apartments at the higher.

They’re offered in five floor plans from 955 square feet to 1,352 square feet.

“This is a small apartment community,” said Lisa Douglass, noting the complex was built with simplicity in mind. “There’s no common recreation area or swimming pool,” she said.

Six of the 42 units have been rented.

As an incentive, the Douglasses offer rent or garage discounts for those signing six- or 12-month leases.

They’ve also laid down a no-pets rule for the apartments. Even goldfish? Yes, goldfish are excluded for now because The Timbers is a “pet-free” community.

Curves franchise plans move

Curves Southwest plans to move to a new location in downtown Spokane by the end of the month.

The women’s fitness center has been at 1908 W. Sunset Blvd. the past five years. The lease there expired, and the franchise will move by June 30 to 164 S. Washington St., Suite 200, behind Dutch Bros Coffee in the Josef Center.

Curves Southwest is owned and managed by Neila Poteshman and has 190 members. Hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fridays; and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays.

Information: (509) 456-6050.

Sports Clips franchise opens

Sport Clips, specializing in haircuts for men and boys, opened a week ago at Northtown Square on the corner of North Division Street and Wellesley Avenue in Spokane.

It’s the 651st store in the U.S. franchise and the first of three planned by owner Carolyn Borst.

Sport Clips offers a sports-themed décor that includes jerseys, pennants, lockers and sports memorabilia available for purchase. It takes customers on a walk-in basis.

The store, next to Starbucks, occupies 1,470 square feet of leased space. It employs 10.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Online networking firm moving

LaunchPadINW.com, a Spokane company devoted to social and business networking, will soon relocate its office to the fifth floor of the Holley Mason Building, 157 S. Howard.

Formed in fall 2008 by Alan Battle and Bill Kalivas, the company operates the social networking site LaunchPadINW.com.

Its other main focus is working with Spokane agencies or groups to attract more business to the region, said Kalivas.

For the last few months LaunchPadINW has rented space in the Spokane Entrepreneurial Center, 308 W. First.

Its next quarterly networking event will be at 5:30 p.m. June 30 at the Holley Mason Building.

Subway replaces paint store

Parker Paint will leave its downtown Spokane building, 41 W. Third, and be replaced by a new Subway sandwich shop.

The owner of the 3,500-square foot building has sold it to new owners. The seller’s name is not being disclosed, said Marshall Clark, who represented the previous owner.

The buyer is the franchise operator of the Subway shop. That shop replaces the Subway near Third and Division streets that was torn down last year after a company bought the land to build a Peppertree hotel at that corner. The Peppertree project has been stalled due to financing problems.

Deputy City Editor Scott Maben contributed to this report. Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail business@spokesman.com or call (509) 459-5528.


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