A new Indian restaurant, a cafe, a furnishing store and other changes are coming to Moscow's Eastside Marketplace in 2019.

The shopping center on Blaine Street will fill all of its vacant spaces in the early part of next year, property manager Michael Hinson said.

Karma, an Indian cuisine eatery owned by Deepika Dhawan and Manoj Kumar, is looking to open Feb. 1 in the space formerly occupied by the restaurant LaMadrid. Hinson said the owners also run two other restaurants in Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Wenatchee, Wash.

Lavender and Thyme, a floral business owned by Tammy McGreevy at Eastside Marketplace in 2017, will expand into the former GNC space.

"My business is booming and I need more room," McGreevy said.

She said the extra space will allow her to offer more household items and give her room to introduce a French-themed cafe in the store that she hopes will serve coffee, pastries and possibly wine and beer. She said she hopes to finish her projects by mid-spring.

Across the parking lot, the old Pizza Hut building will be demolished to make way for a new fast-food restaurant, likely in March. Hinson said he could not reveal which restaurant will be moving in, but he said Eastside Marketplace has received a letter of intent from the company.

Model Home Furnishings, which closed in Pullman in 2015, will be open for business on the Palouse once again, this time in the space vacated by Aaron's Sale and Lease.

Eric Doering, who owns the business with his wife, Susan, also owns Model Home Furnishing stores in Lewiston and Eagle, Idaho. He said they plan on having a soft opening in Moscow in February and a grand opening on March 1.

"We're excited to have a physical presence in the Pullman-Moscow market again," Eric Doering said.

Eric Doering said he did not want to leave the Palouse, but the company could not find a space that met its needs until now. He said the new furniture store will carry a slightly different mix of products than the Lewiston store, but it will still feature items from several manufacturers that incorporate current trends.

"We try to make style affordable," he said.


Anthony Kuipers can be reached at (208) 883-4640, or by email to akuipers@dnews.com.

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