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Then and Now: Rosemary Apartments

The three- and four-room apartments would rent for $25-$35 a month in 1907. Early advertisements referred to the Feulner Building, later the Rosemary Apartments, and touted electricity, continuous hot water and janitorial service.

Then and Now: Electro-Kold

Later moving from residential refrigerators to commercial units, Electro-Kold became a household name under the ownership of Lewis and Clark graduate Edwin S. Matthews. 

From a tress to distress: Celebrity stylist returns home to Spokane, shares hair-raising artistry at Salon Nouveau

It didn't take long for Bradley Irion to go from a tress to distress when he learned of the potential impact of the pandemic last winter. Unlike many Americans, the celebrity hairstylist was aware that the novel coronavirus was serious. The Spokane native's friend and client, actress Leslie Grossman from "American Horror Story," revealed that a horror story was on its way to America.

Then and Now: W.T. Grant Company

W.T. Grant opened two stores in Spokane within six months of each other in the 1950s. The department store billed itself as "4-stores-in-one," offering clothing, dry goods, home hardware and variety items.

Family Fun: Take a spooky walking tour downtown and in Browne’s Addition

Ghost stories are a year-round experience at the Spokane Public Library. Not only are books and movies about ghosts always on the shelf, but a lot of people also come to the library's Northwest Room to learn about the ghosts that share their homes, said librarian Vanessa Strange.

Family Fun: Downtown Spokane promotes kindness with challenges for shoppers

Downtown Spokane Partnership is rewarding acts of kindness for people living, working, shopping and playing in the city center. It's a way of highlighting what people and businesses are doing to slow the spread of COVID-19, said Elisabeth Hooker, the group's marketing and programming director.

Spokane music venue the Pin announces closure

The Pin has dropped from the ranks of Spokane’s music scene. The music venue’s owner, Chelsey Heidenreich, announced Friday afternoon via Facebook that the club at 412 W. Sprague Ave. has permanently closed its doors.

Despite pandemic, downtown library renovation on track

Despite disruptions to the construction industry caused by the pandemic and the building’s temporary use as an emergency shelter for the homeless, the project is still on schedule for completion in spring 2022.

The 16 artists of color behind the Black Lives Matter mural

On a recent sunny afternoon, Tina Stevens, a blonde, 50-something middle school teacher, hopped out of her car in the parking lot at the Seven2 digital ad agency downtown. Her purpose was to get a closer look at the enormous Black Lives Matter mural.

Council delays Mosquito ban until downtown police precinct opens

The Spokane City Council voted Monday to override Mayor Nadine Woodward's veto of a new law that bans the use of "Mosquito" devices – small speakers that emit a shrill, high-pitched noise meant to disperse the young and homeless from congregating or sleeping near a business. 

Then and Now: Riverfront Park after Expo ‘74

While organizers were planning a world's fair in the early 1970s, boosters were also pitching the idea of a natural downtown playground that would be left in its wake. That idea became Riverfront Park. 

Then and Now: John Deere building

The location of the downtown John Deere warehouse in Spokane, built in 1910, was tied to the railroads in the city's urban center. The arrival of the World's Fair in 1974 led to the realignment of those railroads, and the John Deere building was used for storage and staging during Expo '74.