Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Cloudy 48° Cloudy

Enterprising Spirit

Our new series Enterprising Spirit documents how businesses and workers are managing the economy’s slow return to life after its sudden shutdown in March – and adapting to new challenges ahead.

Donut Parade owner Nathan Peabody says his most popular item is the maple bar. They sell some 400 of them on Saturdays. View story: Donut Parade upped its donations despite downturn, reopened in time for National Doughnut Day

Dan Pelle The Spokesman-Review

Donut Parade upped its donations despite downturn, reopened in time for National Doughnut Day


Dale LaBounty, owner at Gopher’s Shop, waits for customers to pick up, Friday, May 29, 2020, in Spokane. LaBounty said on major repair work he’s backed up six weeks. They are so busy it is taking 11 business days just for a tune up. He said this is one of the busiest years he’s ever had with everyone stuck at home. View story: Gopher’s is keeping up with customers trying to keep up with yard work

Dan Pelle The Spokesman-Review

Gopher’s is keeping up with customers trying to keep up with yard work


Veteran volunteers Bill Muir, left, and Frank Swegheimer react as they pull a Temptations CD from a recently donated stack of music on Tuesday at Veterans Thrift Store. View story: Spokane thrift store provides opportunities for vets during ‘World War C’

Tyler Tjomsland The Spokesman-Review

Spokane thrift store provides opportunities for vets during ‘World War C’


Gina Campbell, owner of 1889 Salvage, is photographed Wednesday in her North Monroe Street store. View story: 1889 Salvage Co. opens doors

Colin Mulvany The Spokesman-Review

1889 Salvage Co. opens doors


Jacob Godwin, an acupuncturist, situates his glasses above an N95 mask as he does with each patient at Godwin Acupuncture in Spokane. Because pain management, the goal of acupuncture, is deemed essential, Godwin has been open through the shutdown. View story: With no lessons and few sales, music store finds new way to stay busy

Jesse Tinsley The Spokesman-Review

Acupuncturist has kept practice open during pandemic


Shelley Eslick-Watkins and Chuck Watkins, owners of Millwood Brewing Co., a relatively new brewery, has adapted to the pandemic by canning their own beer and offering curb-side pickup. View story: A simple decision to boost business may have saved Millwood Brewing Co.

Colin Mulvany The Spokesman-Review

A simple decision to boost business may have saved Millwood Brewing Co.


Penny Antonelli-Flegel had been an employee of Digital Imaging Solutions for 20 years before purchasing the business in February. As a new business owner, she was able to survive the COVID-19 pandemic by securing a PPP loan and setting up employees to work from home before the stay at home order went into effect. View story: Digital Imaging Solutions owner prepares for new normal of office supplies

Digital Imaging Solutions owner prepares for new normal of office supplies


Jasmine Barnes, general manager of the Garland Theater, holds cleaning supplies as she poses for a photo on Thursday at the Garland Theater in Spokane. The Garland Theater staff is using its PPP loan to deep clean the theater. View story: Garland Theater receives massive scrub for 75th birthday

Tyler Tjomsland The Spokesman-Review

Garland Theater receives massive scrub for 75th birthday


Jackie Casey, owner of Pinot’s Palette takes a break from preparing pick-up painting kits to be used in livestreamed painting classes to pose for a photo with them on Thursday at Pinot’s Palette. View story: Paint-and-sip studio owner has kept customers creating despite shutdown

Tyler Tjomsland The Spokesman-Review

Paint-and-sip studio owner has kept customers creating despite shutdown


Jackie Casey, owner of Pinot’s Palette takes a break from preparing pick-up painting kits to be used in livestreamed painting classes to pose for a photo with them on Thursday at Pinot’s Palette. View story: Paint-and-sip studio owner has kept customers creating despite shutdown

Tyler Tjomsland The Spokesman-Review

Paint-and-sip studio owner has kept customers creating despite shutdown


Tim Lannigan and Patty Tully stand in their restaurant, Neato Burrito, on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in downtown Spokane. The pair have closed their restaurant, which also has the attached Baby Bar, and are waiting to see what happens, while making some needed repairs. View story: Owners of Baby Bar and Neato Burrito focus on domestic life while waiting for safer time to reopeny

Jesse Tinsley The Spokesman-Review

Owners of Baby Bar and Neato Burrito focus on domestic life while waiting for safer time to reopen


Linnell Hinchey, owner of Clay Connection, a clay and fused glass studio in downtown Spokane, is offering curb-side pickup and shop by appointment during the pandemic. View story: Clay studio owner fires community, even while struggling to keep business alive

Colin Mulvany The Spokesman-Review

Clay studio owner fires community, even while struggling to keep business alive


Summer Hightower, owner of Veda Lux poses for a photo on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Spokane. Hightower calls uses the vintage bags to make fashion deliveries to customers’ doorsteps in what she calls a Fashion Snack Pack and in her hand are online orders. View story: Perry Street boutique Veda Lux innovates by returning to roots

Tyler Tjomsland The Spokesman-Review

Perry Street boutique Veda Lux innovates by returning to roots


Todd Sullivan has been able to sustain his two companies, Sullivan Homes and Newhomes.house amid the COVID-19 pandemic. View story: Homebuilder Todd Sullivan finds hope, investor during shutdown

Colin Mulvany The Spokesman-Review

Homebuilder Todd Sullivan finds hope, investor during shutdown


Mike Haggerty collects fresh eggs at Haggerty’s Happy Hens on Wednesday. View story: Haggerty’s Happy Hens makes a strong comeback

Dan Pelle The Spokesman-Review

Haggerty’s Happy Hens makes a strong comeback


Spa Paradiso owner Jan Schoonover, right and spa director Rachael Hendrikson, left pose for a photograph in Kendall Yards on Wednesday, May 13, 2020. View story: Spa Paradiso looks to bring back ‘intimate’ but safe experience

Kathy Plonka The Spokesman-Review

Spa Paradiso looks to bring back ‘intimate’ but safe experience


Kyle Kemble, president of Uncle’s Games, is photographed with puzzle inventory in the basement of the Liberty Building, Tues. May 12, 2020. Uncle’s Game’s is adapting to the pandemic by offering pick up and delivery of puzzles and board games. They also created a discord server with weekly tournaments, game night and hobby parties so that regulars who game at Uncle’s can continue to do so virtually. View story: Uncle’s has puzzled together a pandemic business plan

Colin Mulvany The Spokesman-Review

Uncle’s has puzzled together a pandemic business plan


Debbie and Robin Amend, of Amend Music Center, have spend part of their spring cleaning and sanitizing these musical instruments from North Central High School during the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday. View story: With no lessons and few sales, music store finds new way to stay busy

Dan Pelle The Spokesman-Review

With no lessons and few sales, music store finds new way to stay busy

Share on Social Media

Recently in Picture story