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Hop Shop under new ownership

Spokane resident Mel Kathryn Wood has taken over as owner of the Hop Shop, 3803 S. Grand Blvd. Last month Wood closed on the purchase of the pub that was operated since 2010 by brothers Andy and Glen Gardner.

Wood will rely on her twin sister, Emily Redington, to help run the business, which is open Tuesday-Saturday.

Wood said she will keep the same shop philosophy: no TV, no Wi-Fi, no loud music, and a wide selection of craft beers.

Based on customer preferences, Wood said she’s considering having food trucks in the parking lot a few days per week.

“But we won’t change it too much. We know some of the fans here just want a quiet, comfortable, neighborhood place,” Wood said.

For several years Wood has operated a graphic design business. The shop is her first commercial venture.

Owner will rehab Jenkins Building

Spokane business owner and developer Mark Agee has purchased the Jenkins Building, at 802 N. Monroe St.

Agee’s company, Ten Talents LLC, paid $750,000 to the previous owner, Burley Family Trust.

The 1910 three-story brick building at the corner of Broadway Avenue and Monroe has two commercial spaces on the main level and two floors that Agee will convert to apartments. The two floors have been occupied for more than 30 years, Agee said. He is considering floor plans for 10 to 16 units, he said.

Alpine Bistro and Bakery plans to remain in its first floor space. The second commercial space, last used by Bank of America, will be leased.

He’s hired Haines Architectural Service, of Spokane, to design the improvements, including adding an elevator.

Chris Bell and Mike King of NAI Black were the brokers.

Complete Suite opens Valley store

Spokane-based  Complete Suite Furniture has opened a 35,000- square-foot store at 11410 E. Sprague Ave. in Spokane Valley.

Owners Brad and Julie Markquart are taking over space used by Halpin’s Pharmacy, which closed in 2013.

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