Quality Inn Downtown 4th Avenue
110 East Fourth Avenue
Spokane, WA 99202
Phone: (509) 838-6101
Fax: (509) 624-0733
If you are looking to say it with flowers, this is the place to come - Peters and Sons has nearly a century's worth of experience and the customer loyalty to prove it. They offer a range of services from gift arranging to hospital deliveries. Peters and Sons also has one of the city's biggest range of teddy bears and plush toys, alongside many other gifts. Closed on Sundays.
The store name is a little misleading; Ray's buys and sells DVDs, CDs and laser disks. It also custom-builds and upgrades computers. Movie and music aficionados seem to gravitate to Rays. While this isn't a superstore, the inventory is carefully chosen. This is the place to find Hong Kong movies on DVDs, cult classics and sleepers. Ray's can give you a review of nearly every item in the store. Don't be surprised if customers add their opinions; the discussions can get pretty lively.
One of the city's best hobby and collectible shops, Merlyn's Science Fiction Fantasy Store carries a huge selection of toys, action figures, comic books, manga, and more. All of the most recent DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse comics can be found here, as well as a respectable stock of back issues. The staff is knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and can guide you to whatever product you seek, even if you're not sure what it is when you first walk in. The store also hosts table top gaming events.
Featuring restored, vintage lamps, Revival Lighting is one of the most unique retail options in Spokane. In addition to the antique lighting, they also have a great selection of reproductions, specialty lampshades, and garden statuary. Located slightly east of downtown, the store is still nearby many of the area's popular eateries. Their stock constantly rotates, so if you see something you like, snap it up before someone else does!
The Main Market Co-op is a long overdue supermarket where local residents can get local and organic goods. Like many such stores, it is costly, but with its strong emphasis on community, membership appreciation days and a keen focus on quality and sustainability, it is definitely grocery shopping with a conscience. Organic and local goods are prioritized; the co-op is also focused on educating members of the community on how to live, and eat, more green.
Knitting has seen something of a revival lately - if your yarn curiosity has been piqued, then A Grand Yarn is a lovely place to stop in and pick up some fine wool, patterns or magazines. The store holds many classes, varying from knitting for kids to building on skills. The store is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Whether you're an expedition leader or an armchair tourist, you'll love browsing through this downtown store. One entire wall is devoted to travel books, organized by regions. Maps run the gamut from globes (lighted or unlighted) to wall maps, to topographical maps, to street maps for nearly any city in the world. Another section is devoted to marine maps, tidal charts and boating travel books. Local maps and natural history are a specialty, and custom mapping services are available.
When you step inside downtown Spokane's historic Liberty Building, you'll find more than just two stories of books. The friendly staff, soothing sounds, and quaint Victorian décor makes you feel right at home. Explore the game store, café, art gallery or gift shop while you look through a treasure trove of new and used tomes. To absorb a bit of local culture, drop in on a free book reading. Every week various regional authors present newly published works to the public. It is a great spot to read and relax.
Huppin's has had many incarnations over the years and, as it opened in 1908, has survived for over a century. It is now one of Spokane's premier electronic outlets - they have a wide range of electronics and also provide many helpful services including home installation and a department dedicated entirely to repairs.
If you're on a family vacation and the kids are beginning to get a little restless, Uncles Games is bound to have something to keep them occupied on those long hotel nights. This store, in the beautiful Liberty Building, has a staggering range of jigsaws, board games, party games, and much more. The store also hold regular events; check the website for details.
Lorien was born in 1977 in the back-to-the land days. The bulletin board outside the door is worth a visit all by itself. (Need a pack llama or reflexology treatment?) The store has a natural wood décor, herby smells and a laid-back atmosphere. You'll find bulk foods, organic produce and meat, homeopathic remedies, juicers, a good book selection, and a laid-back atmosphere. Quick fix dinners and dairy alternatives are in refrigerated cases. Clerks are always happy to stop and chat or advise, and tuck an informational newsletter in every bag.
Here is Spokane's go-to place if you are looking for both a decent cup of coffee and a place to pick up a gift, or something pretty for the house. Atticus serves great coffee and a range of tasty snacks - the ambiance is pleasing and relaxed, and there is outdoor seating - perfect for balmy summer days. Free wi-fi is available. The gift shop has a range of oddities, both local and international, and is always worth a browse.