Sunday, November 9, 2008

RiverPark Square

River Park Square
808 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
(509) 232-3377
http://www.riverparksquare.com/

I'm not a mall shopper. It could be the fluorescent lights, the horrible architecture, the endless parking lots or that it seams like every mall in America has exactly the same stores with the same inventory. Meh!
RiverPark Square, located in downtown Spokane, however I like. It has a galleria-type feel and there are some original-to-Spokane shops such as Labor of Love Creations, Washington State based Bohem's Chocolates and Children's Corner Books. There are solid collection of chains stores, most of which I do like such as Banana, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Ann Taylor , Albercrombie, Black House White Market, and William & Sonoma to name drop a few. There's a Children's museum, Mosaic in in the basement and Twig's, a locally owned martini bar which serves unmall-like bistro style food on the top floor by AMC theaters, that boasts 20 screens.
There's also a Macy's (formally Bon) which has the most unbelievable sales. In fact, the sales are soooo good you worry about them staying in business. The store is a mess and merchandised poorly which I seem to care less about when I'm getting an amazing deal. But shopping there seams more like digging for cheap and deep deals, which there's nothing is wrong with, it's just not what you go to downtown for. The relocated Nordstrrom is the anchor. Though you can better for clothes these days, you can't beat the Nordstrom Shoe Department for selection, especially in Spokaloo.
Downtown shopping has been revitalized and there are some wonderful locally owned boutiques within walking distance from River Park Square. See my posts (shop locally) for a few cool stops. Lets just say the downtown shopping in Spokane has come aloooong way and you don't have to travel to Seattle for some decent shopping anymore.
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