Spokane Journal of Business

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Spokane-area retailers here feeling good about sales growth in 2014

Spokane-area retailers say they are planning for strong sales next year. Bryn West, general manager for River Park Square, says the downtown shopping center expects to see an overall 3 percent increase in sales in 2014, which is on par with the predicti...

 Downtown's 'creative alley' attracts more activity

Downtown's 'creative alley' attracts more activity

Tucked amongst exposed brick, scant graffiti, and “No Loitering” signs, a quiet revival is taking place on west Pacific Avenue in downtown Spokane. The west 100 block of the street, in particular, has become known as “creative alley,” to its resi...

 Social networking for threads

Social networking for threads

Connor Simpson, co-founder of the online Spokane venture Barters Closet LLC, collects what he describes as ugly sweaters he loves to wear. "I like them with lots of color, lots of personality," he says. "I like a sweater that speaks for itself." When h...

Online children's boutique acquires downtown building

Spokane wife-and-husband business team Chi and Trevor Walters, who operate online children's boutique One Good Thread LLC, have bought a 5,400-square-foot building at 806 W. Third and have moved their business there. Chi Walters says One Good Thread curr...

Lemon Ice women's clothing store debuts in Spokane Valley

A Salt Lake City-based apparel retailer has opened its first store in a new division of women's fashion outlets, named Lemon Ice, in the bottom level of the Spokane Valley Mall, near the Sears store there. The parent company, DownEast, which also operat...

New owner now operating car wash on Monroe Street

K&J Properties C LLC, of Medical Lake, has bought the property and other assets of the former Bob-O-Lyn Car Wash, at 3121 N. Monroe, and the facility has been improved and renamed Monroe Street Power Wash., says John Hilzendeger, a principal in K&J. Monr...

Wheel Sport plans second South Hill shop

Wheel Sport Inc., the Spokane-based bicycle sales and service chain, has leased 7,700 square feet of floor space in the Sterling Square retail center on the South Hill, where it plans to open its fourth and largest shop, says Mic Woodruff, Wheel Sport's g...

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Arc of Spokane leases former CompUSA building

The Arc of Spokane plans to open a thrift store next month in the former CompUSA building, at 808 N. Ruby north of downtown, having ended its longstanding relationship with Value Village, says Greg Falk, Arc's executive director.Arc, a nonprofit...

Red Lion Hotels posts increase in net income

Red Lion Hotels Corp., of Spokane, reported today third-quarter net income of $1.2 million, or 6 cents a diluted share, compared with a net loss of $906,000, or 5 cents a share, in the year-earlier period.James P. Evans, Red Lion's interim and in...

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Spokane-area retailers hopeful for holidays

The National Retail Federation is forecasting an increase of almost 4 percent in retail sales for the months of November and December this year. This is slightly higher than 2012's actual increase of 3.5 percent and the 10-year average holiday of a...

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