Bijou opened in late 2019 inside a previously vacant, pocket-sized building (277 square feet in total) that last housed an ice cream and coffee shop on the southern edge of Spokane's historic Browne's Addition Neighborhood. Bijou, which means trinket, jewel or something small and elegant, is owned by Spokane couple Shelayna and Tyson Skidmore, both longtime local bartenders who also make and sell aromatic bitters through their business Skidmore Alchemy. The dozen or so flavors of bitters in their lineup are available for purchase at Bijou. In addition to using their own bitters, a highly concentrated spirits-based flavor additive, the couple is making their own tea-infused syrups for use in Bijou's cocktail and espresso menu. The craft cocktail menu features 16 options split evenly between house recipes created by the Skidmores, and classics.