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Shop Small: Unique Boutiques

A Passion for Fashion?  Discover These Unique Boutiques.
Spokane is dotted with independently owned designer boutiques, which makes buying local easier than ever. There was a time when downtown Spokane’s elaborate skywalk system kept shoppers inside and off the street, but a bevy of trendy shops and eateries have now put people back at street level and added vibrancy to the city. Here are some unique boutiques that provide great retail therapy with top-notch service.


Trendsetter Susan Carmody made a fashion statement in 2001 by opening Jigsaw in downtown Spokane. The boutique caters to women who want individuality in their wardrobes. This keep-it-special concept differs from large retailers that stock multiple items in each size and reorder more of any style that sells out. Personal service is the hallmark of a Jigsaw shopping experience. Carmody, who studied fine arts, says the joy of color mixing keeps her enchanted, and she loves it when a customer gets excited about something she br…

ART in unlikely places

The art galleries of Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are vibrant and diverse, but you can also discover lesser known artwork in underground venues and unlikely places. The thrill of finding something not everyone sees only adds to the excitement. Hidden Abstractionists

A basement and an old storage space are the first locations of two of Spokane’s favorite artist studios. Ben Joyce, the artist who creates semi-abstract compositions of Google Earth topography, calls the basement of the historic Luminaria building on South Madison his studio. You can visit his wondrous geographical paintings, part of noteworthy private collections around the world, during First Friday Art Walks.

Abstract expressionist Edward Gilmore envisioned an unlikely place to find great art when he created *Studio 66 in an old storage space. Tucked away and off the beaten path, this gritty warehouse showcases artists with a modern edge and invites viewers into an oasis of brilliance.

Dine and Be Cultured

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Art Walks in Spokane : Coeur d'Alene : Walla Walla

First Friday was formally launched in 1990 when the Spokane Arts Commission merged two existing events: Live after 5, a celebration of live music, and the Visual Arts Tour, which focused primarily on galleries. The impact of the collaboration was immediate, but in 2004, with the promotional backing of the Downtown Spokane Partnership (DSP ), First Friday truly became downtown's monthly celebration of all things art.
This highly anticipated night continues to build momentum. First Friday caters to the after-work crowd, officially taking place from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. Twice a year (February and October) the festivities last all weekend with First Friday included in the Visual Arts Tour. In most cases, the featured artist is on site, mingling with interested art seekers. Art walkers can expect to discover a variety of art in a range of mediums and enjoy live music, as well as partake of regional cuisine and wine. Today, First Friday is no longer …