The Davenport Hotel Candy Shoppe will relocate today to the spot it occupied when the historic hotel reopened in the summer of 2002.
Auntie’s Bookstore had operated a satellite location in that space, on the south side of the hotel, for almost a year. It closed on March 13.
Auntie’s owner, Chris O’Harra, said having a store in the Davenport was fun but not profitable, due in part to competition from her main store several blocks away.
“You can only get by on euphoria for so long, then reality sets in,” O’Harra said with a laugh.
The candy shop will fill that space, vacating its gift shop spot on the north side of the hotel, said Lynnelle Caudill, the Davenport’s general manager.
In that spot, the Davenport will create its own gift shop, to open on May 1.
The shop will focus on bedding, bath items, apparel, upscale gifts and furnishings, Caudill said. Between now and then, the shop will remain open and will liquidate some remaining gift items, she said.
The new gift shop will be called The Davenport Hotel Signature Collection. Caudill said the hotel was encouraged to take over the shop by the success of its flower shop, where sales have more than quadrupled since last year.
Carol Measel, who owns the candy shop, said she’s glad to re-focus on candy instead of gifts. Since she opened in the Davenport, she has expanded her business, adding a factory in Spokane Valley and selling candy wholesale to other shops across the country.
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