Then and Now

West Main Avenue

In the 1962 photo above, a sign on the left reads “E-Z Loans.” That’s Millman Jewelers and E-Z Loan, a shop started by Henry and Sadie Millman in 1929, next door to the current location of 407 W. Main. Henry was born in Romania in 1900 and came to America at age 5. He became a skilled watchmaker and jeweler and operated his store for almost 45 years. At one time, it sat next to Dutch’s Music, in the old Ulrich’s Café, and Huppins , both of which operated as pawn shops at one time.


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In the 1962 photo above, a sign on the left reads “E-Z Loans.” That’s Millman Jewelers and E-Z Loan, a shop started by Henry and Sadie Millman in 1929, next door to the current location of 407 W. Main. Henry was born in Romania in 1900 and came to America at age 5. He became a skilled watchmaker and jeweler and operated his store for almost 45 years. At one time, it sat next to Dutch’s Music, in the old Ulrich’s Café, and Huppins , both of which operated as pawn shops at one time. In 2013, Huppins consolidated their audio, video and photography showroom to their North Division location and Dutch’s went out of business following the death of owner Gary Singer, leaving Millman E-Z Loan as the last pawn shop on the block. All three businesses were owned by members of prominent Jewish families from the Spokane area. Annette Silver, who was once married to a grandson of Henry and Sadie, has been running the Millman shop for the last 32 years. She uses Henry’s watch repair cabinet as a shelf. She is hoping that the two empty buildings next door find tenants soon. “This whole block looks so dark. I miss the foot traffic from those places and I sure miss those guys over there,” at Dutch’s, she said. “They’re a good bunch of guys.” Henry Millman died in 1974, Sadie in 1975.


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