Spokane Journal of Business

Wonder Market secures first tenants

Restaurants & Retail

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A Sandpoint-based coffee company and a Spokane-based lobster bar are slated to be among the first eateries in the Wonder Market, located at 835 N. Post on the periphery of downtown Spokane.

In addition to Evans Brothers Coffee and High Tide Lobster Bar, Coeur d’Alene-based specialty pie company, Bean & Pie, will open a pop-up venue through the end of the year.

Each of the retailers will occupy roughly 200 square feet of counter and preparation space in a 10,000-square-foot atrium that will eventually house other retailers, says Nick Mounsey, who has helped in the development of Wonder Market.

Brothers Randy and Rick Evans started Evans Brothers Coffee in 2009. Wonder Market will be their third location, their second being in downtown Coeur d’Alene.

Spokane chef Chad White owns High Tide Lobster, a restaurant founded this year, which features an array of gourmet sandwiches, including its New England-style lobster roll, in addition to wedge salads and clam chowder. White also owns Zona Blanca, an award-winning ceviche restaurant in downtown Spokane, and TT’s Old Iron Brewery, a recently opened barbecue and craft beer venue in Spokane Valley.

Katy Bean and her husband, Ethan Bean, founded Bean & Pie in 2017. The Beans will open their first commercial store in Coeur d’Alene before year’s end. In the meantime, Katy Bean will sell an assortment of specialties on a temporary basis at Wonder Market.

 “We expect the market to become an essential gathering place in the up-and-coming North Bank area of downtown Spokane,” says Pete Mounsey, president of Wonder Spokane and Nick Mounsey’s brother.

Mounsey says Wonder Market also has reached a deal with Mangia Catering, of Liberty Lake. Tim Mitchell started Mangia Catering in 2008, and in 2015 business partner Matt Logan joined him in converting a full-service restaurant into a high-end catering service.

Mangia caters to gatherings ranging in size from 10 to more than 1,000 people. The company will serve as the exclusive producer-caterer for events in the Wonder Market, he says.

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