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Growing neighborhood businesses

It’s been a busy morning here on South Perry - lots of neighbors and business owners stopped by to chat and the theme of the morning was business development. Photographer Craig Sweat has had his studio in the neighborhood for a long time. “The business climate up here has not always been ideal,” Sweat said. “There just wasn’t a lot of foot traffic, it was difficult to draw people in.” That’s changed a bit over the past two years and Sweat said he likes what he’s seeing: “A few little boutiques, smaller places, kind of like what’s happening right now - it’s going the right way.” The Altamont Pharmacy Building is still vacant but there are consistent rumors that will change soon.

Someone - let’s just call him Mike - came in and shared some frustration about starting and operating a pop-up restaurant in Spokane. The original idea was to see if it’s possible to start a food vendor business for $100, cooking and selling food in various locations - hence the name ‘pop-up.’ Now Mike has hit a wall of permits and regulations, all meant to keep consumers safe of course, but at the same time limiting what he can do. “It can work,” said Mike. “Look at Portland - it’s a street food mecca. Look at Seattle. It’s about a cultural shift more so than anything else.” Keep an eye out for random acts of great food happening in your neighborhood.

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Welcome to the South Perry neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last four years I’ve lived on South Perry Street.

I love the neighborhood so when time came to pick an area for The Spokesman-Review’s first neighborhood blog, the choice was simple: South Perry is where it’s at.

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