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Berg’s shoe store in downtown Spokane closes; owners don’t cite a reason

The husband-wife owners of Berg's Shoes, one of downtown Spokane’s longest-surviving retail stores, announced they’ve closed the business.

Beth and Alex McCauley recently posted a note on the store’s door announcing the closure. In 2010 the McCauleys bought the business from Chris Berg, the grandson of the business’s founder, Oliver Berg.  

Originally started in the Peyton Building, Berg’s Shoes survived in downtown Spokane for more than 80 years, specializing in footwear for children.

In 1942 the family moved to its current address at 818 W. Sprague. During the 1960s the family-owned business added stores in University and Shadle Park malls.  In the 1990s the owners closed all but the downtown store.

On their Facebook page the McCauleys didn’t offer a reason for closing, saying: “To all our valued customers and those who have supported us, it is with a heavy heart we announce that Berg's Shoes is closed. We sincerely appreciate all your support and have truly loved serving the Spokane Community over the last four years.”

Photo: SR file photo. Former owner Chris Berg stands next to new owner Alex McCauley.

Godiva Chocalatier kiosk in downtown Spokane shuts down

The River Park Square Godiva Chocolatier kiosk shut down Monday, Jan. 24, with no formal statement on the reason.

A River Park Square mall spokesperson confirmed the closure but had nothing else to add. Another mall tenant, clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch, shut its doors last week.

The kiosk has been there at least since 2000. 

Cowles Co., which also operates The Spokesman-Review and, owns and manages River Park Square.

Nectar Tasting Room lists the first winery lineup

We mentioned last week that the Nectar Tasting Room, opening in downtown Spokane this fall, will feature five area wineries. Company founder Josh Wade didn’t have those wineries lined up when we first posted the mention.

Now he has. The five wineries are:

  • Kirkland-based Northwest Cellars.
  • Anelare Winery from Kennewick.
  • Hard Row to Hoe, from Lake Chelan.
  • Terra Blanca Winery, from Red Mountain.
  • Skylite Cellars from Walla Walla.

Wade intends to turn the main floor of the downtown 1889 Building into a regular wine event hangout, with eats on the side. His blog gives more details on the five wineries who are setting up tasting areas in the building.


Downtown Eddie Bauer store closes

Outdoor clothing retailer Eddie Bauer closed its downtown Spokane retail store recently, leaving only an outlet store in the Spokane Valley, the Bellevue-based company said Friday.

Spokeswoman Sarah Redgrave said Eddie Bauer does not comment on store closures or openings. She declined to say if a new Spokane store is in the works.

“This is a normal course of business,” Redgrave said.

The store, at 710 W. Main, has been a tenant of River Park Square since 1997, after it closed another downtown store one year earlier.

Bob Smith, chief operating officer of River Park Square, said discussions were continuing with a tenant interested in the location. He said the decision to not renew the lease with Eddie Bauer was “a mutual decision.”


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