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Spokane native Bobby Enslow started Indaba Coffee in 2009 with the aim of making a difference in the city’s toughest neighborhoods. “I get pumped at seeing neighborhoods restored,” Enslow said.
Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters is opening a cafe on Spokane’s South Hill, continuing a partnership with Washington Trust Bank, according to permits issued by the city. The new location, 3173 S. Grand Blvd., is being built and will be owned by the bank and just south of the Washington Trust Manito branch opened in 2018. The 3,400-square-foot building will take the vacant lot on the corner of 32nd Avenue and Grand Boulevard. It will house a neighborhood community center and the coffee shop, according to a statement on the website of Baker Construction & Development Inc., the project’s contractor.
The Seattle megachain of coffee shops has begun to stop offering plastic straws and is providing recyclable strawless lids at locations in Washington and Oregon. That includes a downtown Spokane location, and several independent roasters are following suit.
The U.S. coffee market is a $40 billion industry, and Spokane is spending more than its share.
Trader Joe’s opens its second Spokane grocery this Friday on North Division.
The Spokane Regional Health District is encouraging companies to establish tobacco-free campuses or policies that prohibit hiring smokers.
Spokane coffee roasters are losing sleep, and it’s not the caffeine. Supplies of high-quality Arabica beans are tight. Prices have doubled in the last year.
Hoping to fittingly open on Columbus Day, Oct. 12, since Christopher Columbus was an Italian, Lucca’s Restaurant will be at 1801 E. Sherman Ave. The 44-seat location most recently was My Place Restaurant. The lunch menu will include appetizers, soups, sandwiches and desserts, with main items ranging from $6-$9. The dinner menu will expand to include pastas, steaks, chops and fish, all with an Italian flair. Beverages will include beer and wine.