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Hillyard Blog

Archive for May 2011

Blankets needed

The blog got a call from the Outlaw Cafe (5012 N. Market Street) today saying that there's been an increase in homeless people camping and sleeping around Hillyard. It rained a lot last night, and the nice folks at The Outlaw took in a wet, cold, pregnant and homeless woman this morning. Calls are being made to get her some permanent help, but in the meantime the cafe is asking for donations of clean, whole blankets, tube socks and hats. Drop off donations during opening hours - or bring blankets to donate on Saturday, during the Hillyard Hop.

It’s Hillyard Hop time on Saturday

Hillyard is turning into a 1950's neighborhood on May 28 - complete with a custom car parade and a shown and shine of '50s cars. Register your car at 9 a.m. at the booth on the corner of Bismark and North Market Street - or come watch the parade at 10 a.m.
Hillyard Businesses have specials going on all day, including hamburgers and homemade french fries at the Outlaw Cafe - served up with Coca-Cola in bottles.
Night Hawk is playing from 3-6 p.m.
The events are sponsored by The Gents, Spokane Hotrod Association and the Historic Hillyard Merchant Committee.

Aunt Bea’s Antiques is closing

To most, she's Aunt Bea and she runs the antique store on the corner of Market Street and Olympic, just like she has for the last more than 20 years. Her real name is Beverly Nevin and just today she announced that she's closing her store for good.
“I'm as healthy as I can be, I'm not retiring, I just can't do this anymore,” Nevin said sitting in her shop Wednesday morning. “It's hard to close the store. I love it. I live it. I breathe it. It's my life.”
A recent break in put her back some, but Nevin said in the end it's a slumping economy and lack of consistent sales that made up her mind to close.
“For years, we've been limping along, limping along, just barely making it,” said Nevin, who's had Aunt Bea's in its current location for more than 20 years. Before that, she had a small store on Garland Avenue and she figures she's been in the antique store business for about 35 years.
“It began with yard sales. I got divorced and I'd never worked a day of my life outside the home, so I had to do something,” said Nevin. “I went to yard sales and then sold stuff on my own lawn. From there on it grew and here we are.”
On Saturday, during the Hillyard Hop car show, Aunt Bea's will have a 40 percent off sale all day. And there's plenty of stock: a back room contains about as much as customers see stocked in the store.
Fenton Glass, Duncan Phyfe furniture, scales that came down from Alaska after the Gold Rush, porcelain, paintings, mirrors, chairs — there is literally something for everyone.
And then, of course, there's Aunt Bea, who'll be happy to tell you the story about every single thing in her store. She expects to stay open for another couple of weeks, but is not certain what the future holds.
“I don't want to quit, I don't want to leave,” Nevin said, choking up a little, “but I gotta do it.”

Here’s the deal on Agnes Kehoe

As promised, here's a link to today's story about the Spokane Housing Authority's restoration of the “Old Hillyard High School” which is now the Agnes Kehoe Place. Rumors that the place will be used for sex offender housing is simply false. Read the story here.

Housing Authority at meeting tonight

The Spokane Housing Authority's Art Noll will be at the Hillyard Neighborhood Council meeting tonight, at 6:30 p.m. at the North East Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street). Noll will be answering questions about the restoration of the Old Hillyard High School on Regal and Diamond, which is now being turned into low-income housing.

A few temporary closures in Hillyard

The Outlaw Cafe is updating its power supply and electrical wiring and will be closed Monday and Tuesday, waiting for the final inspection from Avista. The cafe hopes to be open again Wednesday morning.
Aunt Bea's Antiques is going through inventory and reorganizing; the store will be closed through May 27.
And finally, the Hillyard Florist is closed through the end of the week - but is expected to reopen in great form.

Yard sale was successful

The yard sale sponsored by the Hillyard Merchants Committee this past weekend made $501 - and was deemed a success by everyone. Next yard sale is on June 18.
More volunteers are needed to help out with the next sale - especially people who can staff the cash box and help get things organized before and during the sale.



Note: The Spokane Housing Authority was supposed to be here this morning at 8:30 a.m. to talke about the Agnes Kehoe Place - but no one has made it yet.

Hillyard parade fees went up

The fee to be in the Hillyard Parade this year is $20 - that's up from $5 last year. This spurred some discussion this morning, mostly focusing on what to do for children who can't afford to pay $20 to be in the neighborhood parade.
One suggestion is for merchants to pay part of the parade fee for low-income families; another suggestion is to simply not charge kids on bikes and with waggons.
The festival committee decided to raise entry fees because this is the centennial parade and the festival is expected to draw a much larger crowd (and parade) than other years.
Costs associated with porta potties and insurance are higher this year, too.
The Festival Committee has yet to make the final decision on the parade fees.

Agnes Kehoe rumors put to rest

Agnes Kehoe Place, aka the Old Hillyard High School, is being restored and turned into low-income housing by the Spokane Housing Authority. Rumors are circulating that it will be used for sex offenders housing, and the rumors are so persistent that the Housing Authority is sending a representative to Hillyard Wednesday morning to talk to the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee about what's going on.
Just for the record: the housing authority does not allow sex offenders of any kind in its developments.
Look for live blog updates here during tomorrow's meeting - and for a more detailed story in Thursday's Voice section.

Great yard sale - and awards

The Saturday Hillyard Yard Sale got rained on a little bit, but shoppers had a good time in between showers and wind gusts, looking through books and magazines, glass, porcelain, kitchen gear and other gadgets. Stay tuned for an update on how much money was raised.
And in case you missed it, here's a link to the story from last week about Hillyard's Main Street award.
The Greater Hillyard Northeast Planning Alliance and The International District on East Sprague will both be recognized at a potluck reception prior to the city council meeting tonight. Reception is from 5-6 p.m. in the Chase Gallery, just outside city council chambers.

Hillyard Festival Gazette needs submissions

This year's Hillyard Festival is the 100th anniversary of the neighborhood celebration, so the Hillyard Gazette will be publishing more frequently begining at the end of May. Luke Tolley is looking for submissions - news bits, small stories, pictures, historical information - it can all be e-mailed to: Luke.Tolley@gmail.com

The Hillyard Hop is right around the corner

It will be quite a party in Hillyard on May 28 when the '50s Hillyard Hop Car Parade and Show n'Shine takes place. Expect food vendors, childrens activities and the band, Night Hawk.
To enter your car is $15 and registration begins at 9 a.m. at the booth on the corner of Bismark and Market.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and includes a '50s style sock hop - come dressed for the occation.
The car parade is sponsored by The Gents, Historic Hillyard Merchant Committee and the Spokane Hotrod Association. Call: (509) 487-1138.

It’s yard sale season

The Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee is hosting a yard sale in Hillyard on Saturday, May 14 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Don't miss this great opportunity to forage for some great deals - and of course you can stop at as many other yard sales as you want on your way to Hillyard.

So the blog wants to know: do you yard sale? Have you ever held one? How did it go? And are there special items you are looking for?
The photo is from the Liberty Lake Yard Sale a couple of years ago

Trees planted in Hillyard


The Abor Day tree give-away in Hillyard was a success. About 1,200 trees were given away during the week of Arbor Day - 400 went to North East Youth Center alone. The remaining trees will be planted in and around Hillyard for everyone to enjoy.

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Welcome to the Hillyard neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last six years I've worked for The Spokesman-Review.

In April, I started a neighborhood blog on South Perry Street (where I live). When it came time to expand the blog activity, Hillyard was an easy pick: There is so much going on in this neighborhood in terms of new businesses and street improvements, festivals and new construction - and there is a strong sense of neighborhood history and pride. I'm looking forward to highlighting all of that on this blog.

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