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Paper flower purveyor opens downtown shop

Mary and Nathan Eberle have opened aNeMonE, a gift shop and outlet for their paper flowers on the second level of River Park Square, next to Nordstrom. They also sell locally produced gfits.  (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Mary and Nathan Eberle have opened aNeMonE, a gift shop and outlet for their paper flowers on the second level of River Park Square, next to Nordstrom. They also sell locally produced gfits. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

After running her business for seven years out of a studio attached to her house, Mary Eberle has moved her handmade paper flower store into RiverPark Square in downtown Spokane.

The business, aNeMonE, is in a 900-square-foot space on the mall’s second level, next to Nordstrom.

In addition to the intricate paper flower bouquets and arrangements that have caught the eye of customers across the country, aNeMonE also carries papers, cards and locally made crafts, including soaps and dolls, Eberle said.

The paper flowers are popular choices for weddings, and aNeMonE has shipped bridal arrangements to 16 states. It also has shipped its creations to Canada, England, Spain and Australia, Eberle said.

All four employees make the flowers in the store, and another six people under contract help with big jobs.

Some arrangements also are available to rent. That has become a popular option for corporate clients around Spokane, Eberle said. Some businesses have new paper flowers placed on display each month.

The store opened Oct. 2 and celebrated its grand opening a week ago. While it has met its sales goal so far, Eberle said, “It’s going to take awhile for people to know we’re up here.”

Hours are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Athletic supplier expands sales force

Spokane retailer Kimmel Athletic Supply, which has operated out of its store at 202 E. Mission for 30 years near Gonzaga University, now has a five-person sales team in Seattle.

The group focuses on sports teams from youth to high school to colleges. The retailer’s first outside-Spokane sales group is its successful Dallas-based team. Started in 1998, the Texas group numbers 10.

Kimmel also has retail shops in Yakima and Coeur d’Alene and a total head count of about 90, said company President Bill Davis. He said there’s no plan to open a retail shop in the Seattle area.

Martial arts classes offered at new center

Newly opened martial arts academy Warrior Camp is offering classes at its training center, 1306 N. Mullan Road, in Spokane Valley.

Owner Joel Thomas will offer classes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, self defense and cardio exercise. More courses will be added as the center adds new members, he said.

Members can pay for monthly, half-yearly or yearly plans.

An open house will run from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, with classes starting on Monday.

Downtown barber adds retail section

Downtown Spokane men’s grooming shop Weldon Barber has added a retail section.

The store, at 707 W. Main Ave., now sells a full line of Aveda men’s care products, along with shavers.

Store spokesperson Jen Ferguson said the downtown Weldon Barber is the rare exception, being the only non-Aveda store to carry high-end Aveda products.

Aveda has its own retail store downtown, on the second level in River Park Square. In the deal, Aveda’s managers provided Weldon Barber with the best-selling lines of men’s care products, Ferguson said.

Among the best sellers are gels, shampoo, pomade and Aveda shaving products, he said.

The Aveda store, at 808 W. Main Ave., continues to sell both men’s and women’s care products.

Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail business@spokesman.com or call (509) 459-5528. Scott Maben can be reached at scottm@spokesman.com; Tom Sowa can be reached at toms@spokesman.com


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