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Camyn’s greenhouses torn down on Spokane’s South Hill

UPDATED 12:40 p.m. April 21:

The Camyn's property has been sold to two buyers. Our Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, at 4320 Conklin, has purchased the lot from Garfield to its own parking lot.

The second part of the greenhouse parcel, from Garfield westward, was bought by SharperLending, a Spokane-based company with offices on the corner of 43rd and Scott.

One of Spokane's oldest businesses,  Camyn's Greenhouse and Garden Center, is no longer there.

The company was started in 1927 and was owned by brothers Jim and Vic Camyn. This week, the last parts of greenhouses and sheds at the nursery, at 4317 S. Garfield, on the South Hill, were torn down and taken away.

The fairly boring photo here was shot by my Droid phone, in minimal light. A sign in the parking area said: "Camyn's is Closed. From Jim and Vic Camyn. Thank you for all your support. 1927-2010."

The brothers' dad, John Camyn, put up two of what later became 10 greenhouses in 1927. Others were built in 1949. Years ago, the front houses were used to grow an award-winning display of sweet peas.

The new owner of the land hasn't been identified. The location is ideal for a small business, located not far from Manito Golf and Country Club and the Rocket Market on 43rd.

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Tom Sowa
Tom Sowa covers technology, retail and economic development and writes the Office Hours blog.