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Here’s the Dirt: Health food store to be converted

Sun., Nov. 17, 2013, midnight

Tom Hamilton, owner of Pilgrim’s Nutrition store in Spokane Valley, will close that location by the end of November, then convert it to a furniture showroom.

The health food store has been in business at 9118 E. Sprague Ave. for more than 20 years.

Property owner Hamilton said he’ll use the 2,200-square-foot building as a showroom for secondhand furniture sold at his nearby second business, Treasures Thrift Shop, 9200 E. Sprague.

Hamilton operated more than 40 Pilgrim’s Nutrition stores in the Northwest during the past 30 years, including shops in Seattle and Portland.

The Spokane Valley location is his last. He’s closing it because the store no longer generates sufficient revenue, he said.

The Coeur d’Alene Pilgrim’s Market is owned by Hamilton’s son, and is not closing, Hamilton said.

Sewing boutique opens in Valley

Stefanie and Shayne Gruenig will open Charming LuLu, a sewing boutique and fabric supply store, in Spokane Valley.

They’re moving into 3,800 square feet at 1300 N. Mullan Road, in the Mullan Retail Center. They’re filling the space last used by Scrappers Attic.

They plan a grand opening the week after Thanksgiving.

Stefanie Gruenig previously operated Stefanie’s Isn’t it Sweet Bakery, in north Spokane. This is the first sewing business for the couple.

The store will also sell and service Janome sewing machines, and provide sewing classes at the store. Next year Charming LuLu will expand to include knitting supplies, Stefanie Gruenig said.

Brokers in the deal were Mike King and Kevin Guthrie of NAI Black and Rich Crisler of Century 21.

AT&T leases Ponderay office

AT&T Wireless is leasing 1,300 square feet of retail space at 476864 Highway 95 in Ponderay, Idaho.

The company will move in on Dec. 1. An investor owns the building, with the lease brokered by Clark Pacific Real Estate, of Spokane.

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