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Spokane couple opens Realty One Group Eclipse in the Garland District

While the Spokane real estate market was on an upswing right before the Great Recession, short sales were beginning to sweep the Southwest. Local real estate investors Matt and Jessica Side were faced with a decision: move to Arizona and take advantage of market opportunities there or stay in their hometown.

Three ‘parklets’ coming to Spokane this summer

Spokanites can expect to see more “parklets” around town this summer. The City Council recently approved another extension of a pilot program for the parking-spot-sized public seating areas.

Business-minded women

Businesses in the burgeoning Garland District have more in common than just their location. Most of them – from Tinman Gallery to Celebrations Bakery to the Garland Sandwich Shoppe – are owned by women. “We call it ‘Girls on Garland,’ ” said Bonnie Quinn, owner of Quinn Group Advertising and Marketing. Her father started the Quinn Group in 1969 and the business moved to the Garland locale in 1976.

Artists apply their talents to neighborhood branding

Several local artists are trying to make their mark on Spokane’s neighborhoods. With professional backgrounds in graphic design, the five artists created brands and logos for a handful of neighborhoods, including the South Hill, Browne’s Addition and Peaceful Valley.

Garland Street Fair features contests, music and little dogs, too

On Saturday, the Garland District is putting on its 10th Garland Street Fair. Sure, it’s a tribute to Judy Garland and “The Wizard of Oz,” but it’s also a day full of kids activities and live music, food and local vendors. “We are expecting around 20,000 people to come up here,” said fair director Amy Cutler. “Something new this year is the block party that picks up when the street fair is over and runs through 10 p.m.”

Night blaze damages pair of iconic eateries

Two historic Garland District restaurants – one a Depression-era icon and the other a popular diner featured in several Hollywood films – were heavily damaged Sunday night by fire. Spokane firefighters initially tried battling the three-alarm blaze inside Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle, 802 W. Garland Ave., but they had to pull back as heavy flames spread around them and over to Ferguson’s Cafe next door, authorities said.

Garland District fire

Two historic Garland District restaurants, one a depression-era icon and the other a popular diner featured in a handful of Hollywood films, were heavily damaged Sunday night.

Girls Day Out encourages shopping in neighborhood stores

On Saturday four Spokane neighborhoods are getting together to celebrate local businesses. This year’s Girls Day Out – a neighborhood shopping event supported by the city of Spokane – has a pink theme, and its goal is to introduce local shoppers to their neighborhood businesses. Instead of driving through the shopping areas on East Sprague Avenue or North Hillyard, Girls Day Out wants to get you out of your car and into the neighborhood shops.

Garland Street Fair fills district with annual wizardry

Last year, more than 10,000 people made their way to Garland Avenue for the street fair, and this year organizers expect at least the same number to show up. “We have really put a lot of work into it,” said Tracy Mielke, owner of A Bead Addict’s Attic on Garland and one of the street fair organizers. “We have more vendors signed up at this point than we’ve ever had before.”