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Saturday, May 30, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Second Avenue building getting extreme makeover

Dick Edwards, one of the principals at real estate development firm Hawkins Edwards Inc., is moving forward with a remodel of what he calls the ugliest building in Spokane.

It’s a 1912-vintage, one-story building at 611 E. Second Ave., and Edwards calls it “the pig.” The plan is four commercial spaces with four bay doors on the building’s east side.

In a few months, Edwards and a group of partners expect to finish a total remodel of the building. He has erected a sign on the east side saying: “This PIG is Getting Lipstick!”

The main floor measures 6,000 square feet, along with a full basement providing a lot of potential for the right company, such as a winery, he said.

The building has been through good times and bad. For a period it was the home of a Spokane-based wholesale beauty supply. For nearly 20 years it housed Independent Cycle. After the motorcycle shop moved, the building stood vacant for six years.

In the past several years the fading white-stucco outside walls bloomed with works by graffiti artists and vandals.

The partners, Big Cigar LLC, are covering the sides of the building with new bricks. They’ll redo the roof and divide the open interior space into offices.

Pete Thompson, who works with Edwards, said the project is a good example of private investors doing their own urban renewal project. While no tenants have been signed yet, Thompson predicts the building will fill before long. He likes that it has plenty of parking and is between the University District and area hospitals. “Access to and from the building is very good,” he added.

Thompson said the project will run about $500,000.

Big Cigar also owns the corner lot on Second east of the “pig.” Edwards said the partners will develop a three-story building there, once they see further signs of commercial interest in that part of town.

“We decided to have fun with the ‘pig’ name,” Edwards said. “It was an eyesore, but we wanted to let the neighbors know we’re definitely going to make it look a whole lot better.”

Monique’s Salon expanding

Monique Smith selected a French Renaissance theme for her salon expansion going in at a former dental office in Spokane Valley.

Monique’s Salon is taking over the building at 10 N. Pines Road. Smith anticipates moving in late this summer or early in the fall.

The two-story space covers 6,100 square feet. The first floor will have 10 styling stations, tanning, a life coach, massage therapy, facials and other services. The upper floor will be devoted to medical hair replacement. Smith said the business does a lot of hair-loss work, including for children.

The new location will give Monique’s more than twice the space it occupies now at 12016 E. Sprague Ave. Smith also operates a Monique’s Salon in Bellevue.

The local expansion will allow Smith to increase her staff to about 30 employees, up from seven now.

WAM Construction of Spokane is doing the work.

Information: (509) 926-6429.

Organic linens and chocolate

MaryJane Butters, the organic lifestyle pioneer of MaryJanesFarm, has opened a retail store in downtown Moscow, Idaho, at 425 S. Jackson St., across from the farmers market. The store specializes in organic bedsheets and linens plus organic chocolate.

The store, MaryJane’s Sweet Dreams, is open daily from noon to 6 p.m. On Saturdays during the farmers market, May through October, it opens at 8 a.m.

Lucas and Megan Rae, of Moscow, own the store with MaryJane Butters.

Butters writes a syndicated newspaper column and edits a bimonthly magazine, MaryJanesFarm.

Information: (208) 882-2333.

Hawaiian Martial Arts

Hawaiian Martial Arts LLC opened May 2 at 1504 N. Monroe St., Spokane. The school teaches Kajukenbo, which is featured on the Discovery Channel TV series “Fight Quest,” as well as Danzan-Ryu Jujitsu and Kaihewalu Lua.

Classes are available for children ages 6 to 12 and 13 to 17, and for men and women 18 and older. Physical fitness and self-defense are emphasized.

The owner is Michael Whittle.

The summer schedule is Thursdays and Fridays, 5 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to noon.

Call (509) 838-3713 or e-mail

Here’s the Dirt is a weekly report on new developments and business openings, closings or movement in the Inland Northwest. E-mail or call (509) 459-5528.

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