The Washington Flower Growers Association organized around 1925 to help a dozen or more Spokane and Idaho greenhouse operators market and ship their flowers to florists and stores around the region. In the early 1930s, the cooperative took over one of the large warehouses on Havermale Island, giving them convenient access to trains for shipping their products.
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Spokane Public Radio has purchased a historic city firehouse on North Monroe Street for its next offices and studios, dropping earlier plans to buy a building and property in downtown Spokane. In 2007, the nonprofit station, which operates KPBX-FM, launched a $10 million campaign to acquire a historic building at 19 W. Pacific Ave. That goal included plans to buy an adjoining lot and build a 7,500-square-foot studio.
You could say Bob Hamacher’s retirement was no bed of roses – which may explain how he solved the dilemma. After a career spent building four Northwest television stations – including KAYU, Spokane’s first independent station – Hamacher sold them and kicked back for a year, “which sucked, to be honest,” he growled.
Roses & More pushed the last Montana- and Idaho-bound trucks off its Spokane Valley loading dock Thursday night, closing out the more distant Valentine’s Day 2010 deliveries for the region’s largest flower wholesaler. Today, those flowers will be beautifying dining rooms, kitchens and mantles from Billings to Boise. Almost all will have started their journey in California, Colombia or Ecuador, owner Bob Hamacher said. As much as 70 percent will be roses, preferably red, but Hamacher said growers often demand customers include a mix of other colors in their orders.