Posts tagged: East Sprague business district
Keith and Janice Raschko, owners of the One World Spokane Cafe, at 1804. E. Sprague, are closing the restaurant for a limited reorganization and refocusing.
For two years One World Cafe has been a nonprofit busines serving healthy food and providing a social hangout. Executive Director Janice Raschko said she hopes to reopen in February, in the same location.
After meeting with the cafe board of directors, she decided to take the time off to refocus on the key mission, which she said is “building community” among the cafe's supporters and patrons.
“We got a little off that focus” by trying to do too much, she added.
Support and enthusiasm are not lacking, she said. “It's a social experiment. We've changed so many people's lives,” Raschko said.
The cafe lets patrons eat locally grown and healthful meals at whatever price they choose to pay. Volunteers contributed labor, either in exchange for meals or to keep the cafe operating. She estimated volunteers have offered up 8,000 hours of labor for the cause.
Photo, taken in August 2008, shows Denise Cerreta, front, a Salt Lake City-based mentor, with the Raschkos as they got ready to open the cafe.
Seventeen banners have been placed near businesses along East Sprague, to call attention to that area’s new claim as Spokane’s International District.
First question: what do you think of the banners? And is there any other part of the metro with a better claim to the tiitle of “international district”?
Thanks to planning support provided by Seattle-based Impact Capital, the banners were recently installed on city poles along East Sprague. The district lies between Helena and Crestline, and between the railroad tracks and Interstate 90. The idea for the banners came from the East Sprague Business District in conjunction with SNAP, the nonprofit assistance program that works with neighborhoods on economic development. A $3,500 grant from Avista Foundation paid for printing the banners.
Avista crews also reinforced or replaced some of the poles to make them sturdy enough to hold the banners and the brackets that hold them.
A portion of the $3,500 grant is not yet spent, said Tracy Reich, a spokesperson for Impact Capital. That leftover portion will likely go for a “seasonal” set of banners for the district.