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Coming soon from Jeremy Hansen: Octopus Gin and a classic French brasserie

The octopus-themed gin joint and traditional French eatery are slated to open in the old Ridpath Hotel.


UPDATED: Wed., June 21, 2017, 3:38 p.m.

Hoopfest players will take to downtown Spokane this weekend; heed street closures

Hoopfest, the largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the world, tips off at 8 a.m. Saturday for two-days of street ball competition. Many of the downtown Spokane streets will be closed …


UPDATED: Wed., June 7, 2017, 4:16 p.m.

Does Spokane need a Cheesecake Factory?

While Cheesecake Factory doesn’t top the list, it does make the top 10.


UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017, 10:44 p.m.

Marchers take to downtown Spokane streets for mental health awareness

A small but passionate group of marchers carried signs and chanted Tuesday in support of more services for those with mental illnesses.


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017, 8:28 p.m.

Spokane could pay more for Hoopfest police, medical services under proposed contract

A new two-year contract the Spokane City Council is considering for Hoopfest will cap the amount event organizers would have to pay for police and firefighters working overtime at the …


UPDATED: Thu., May 25, 2017, 10:04 p.m.

Developer plans $60 million towers for old YWCA site on north bank of Spokane River

Spokane developer Larry Stone has proposed a $60 million project for the old YWCA site on the north bank of the Spokane River.


Jim Frank’s Kendall Yards development arose from vision, patience and luck

How Jim Frank’s development company – Greenstone Corp. – gained control of Kendall Yards, the former industrial site perched above the Spokane River, is a classic case of entrepreneurial patience. …


Kendall Yards developer sees ‘enormous potential’ for residential neighborhood on downtown’s east end

Could another Spokane site magically morph into a thriving urban neighborhood like Kendall Yards is? Developer Jim Frank believes so. He sees “enormous potential” for the east end of downtown, …


City Council loans Ridpath developer $1.75 million and awards tax breaks

Developer Ron Wells plans 214 housing units in the historic hotel, including micro apartments that will rent for $453 a month. The loan will be repaid over a 25-year period. …


UPDATED: Sat., April 22, 2017, 10:36 p.m.

Scientists and supporters rally at Spokane’s Riverfront Park

The speeches had only just begun, but the field in front of the clock tower was crowded with thousands of people when the Spokane March for Science got underway Saturday …


Spokane will mine shopping data to see what’s missing downtown

What’s missing from downtown Spokane’s retail and service scene? The city and several business groups hope to take the guesswork out of filling the gaps by tapping into sales analytics.


UPDATED: Wed., March 15, 2017, 2:07 p.m.

Urban Nirvana offers ‘tea experience’ in downtown Spokane

Savannah Breeden, 30, and Thomas Kilborn, 32, opened Urban Nirvana want everybody to enjoy tea at their new shop.


UPDATED: Mon., March 13, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Ridpath loan of $1.75 million clears first hurdle from Spokane City Council

The city will have to vote a few more times before Ron Wells’ loan to convert the old hotel into mixed housing gets final approval.


100 years ago in Spokane: Daily Chronicle announces it will get new home designed by Kirtland Cutter

The Spokane Daily Chronicle announced that work would soon begin on a building that would be the “finest in the West:” The Spokane Chronicle’s own building. “A steel frame fireproof …


100 years ago in Spokane: Work on Post Street Bridge suspended after two men killed and many injured when falsework collapses

Work on the Post Street bridge was stopped until further notice, because to proceed “would be criminal,” said the city engineer. Two workers, including the project superintendent, Dave Cullen, died …


100 years ago in Spokane: Multiple workers presumed dead when framework collapses during bridge construction

Tragedy struck at the Post Street bridge construction project when the “falsework” – temporary framework – collapsed, sending up to 30 workers into the icy torrent.


100 years ago in Spokane: Office supply company announces plan for downtown megastore

John W. Graham & Co., a office supply store and bookstore, announced plans to build a spectacular six-story building at Sprague Avenue and Stevens Street.


Doug Clark: No wonder Walt Disney wanted Spokane’s Looff Carrousel

Riverfront Park, a friend observed the other day, is as important to Spokane as Disneyland is to Anaheim. If that’s the case – and I can’t disagree – then you …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 26, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

Macy’s, Bon Marche inspire new name for downtown Spokane building under renovation

The former Macy’s building in downtown Spokane has a new name. After about 300 different names were submitted via a contest to name it, Centennial Properties said on Thursday the …


Macy’s project on track, with developer and city negotiating design specifics

Renovations to the former Macy’s building in downtown Spokane are still on schedule, although a city review board has questions about specifics of the project design.


Shawn Vestal: Finally, Ridpath renovation may be a reality, part of ‘generational transformation’ of downtown

Downtown Spokane is in the midst of a massive, generational transformation, a series of changes that will redefine it for years to come.


Break in weather allows for asphalt paving on big downtown project

Dry and partly sunny weather on Wednesday gave construction workers a chance to lay a substantial amount of asphalt pavement over torn up streets in downtown Spokane


Cowles Co. receives tax break for Chronicle Building apartments

The Spokane City Council voted unanimously this week to provide the Cowles Co. an eight-year subsidy for apartments being built in the Spokane Chronicle Building. The multifamily property tax exemption …


Downtown construction of Lincoln and Monroe streets will be completed next year

A single layer of asphalt will be laid down on Lincoln and Monroe streets downtown to allow full traffic flow during the winter, following a busy summer that left some …


Crowd waits for iPhone 7 outside Spokane’s Apple Store

About two-dozen iPhone devotees have lined up outside the Apple Store in downtown Spokane to get their hands on the latest model, which went on sale today.


Downtown Spokane Macy’s to be renovated for retail and apartments

Centennial Properties, which purchased the shuttered Macy’s in downtown Spokane this summer has released its plans for turning the department store into apartments and new retail space.


Getting There: Downtown Spokane businesses suffer in construction zones

Business are suffering in downtown construction zone; city asks the public to help them with their purchasing power


New Kendall Yards grocery store won’t be part of chain

A new grocery expected to open early next year just north of the Monroe Street Bridge will not be affiliated with a chain. The store, which will be on the …


Kendall Yards plans grocery store adjacent to downtown Spokane

Kendall Yards is planning to build a grocery store just north of the Monroe Street Bridge. Developers filed an application with the City of Spokane last week to build the …


Woman’s purse stolen in downtown Spokane; she gives chase

A woman was robbed of her purse in downtown Spokane at gunpoint just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, but she was able to get it back after giving chase.