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Finding new ways to draw customers is changing how malls look and operate

Friday night can be a bit quiet inside Silver Lake Mall, with a trickle of shoppers walking the beat between anchor stores. But down the west corridor near Sears, a crowd starts to gather. Then the music begins – country, folk, bluegrass and gospel. It’s a weekly acoustic jam that began nearly two years ago and has built a loyal fan base.

The Dirt: Affordable Insurance Group

Insurance firm leases space Affordable Insurance Group Inc. has leased 1,280 square feet in a retail-commercial center at 1908 W. Northwest Blvd.

The Dirt

Value Village to relocate Savers Inc., based in Bellevue, will move the current Value Village in Spokane Valley later this year into the building that once housed the Old Country Buffet.

Child inventors gather to display problem-solving skills, creativity

Carlie and Camellia Merrill spent too much time taking care of their chickens, as far as they were concerned. So when tasked with creating an invention for a contest in the Coeur d’Alene School District, the sisters, 7 and 8, respectively, decided to come up with a more efficient way of giving their thirteen or so chickens fresh water – a way that would benefit both them and their feathered friends.

Two men arrested in OxyContin heist

Two men are accused of two attempted robberies at Coeur d’Alene convenience stores late Wednesday and an OxyContin heist early Thursday. Michael D. Frank, 20, and Stephen J. Beck, 23, were arrested after police spotted them in a Nissan that matched the description of the getaway car used in an attempted robbery of Piggies Deli & Market, 2001 E. Sherman Ave., about 8:30 p.m.

Mall shake-up

When Chicago-based General Growth Properties Inc. filed for bankruptcy in April, the news set off alarms for dozens of Spokane and North Idaho retailers doing business in three area malls owned by that company. Their concerns eased once General Growth, the second-largest mall operator in the country, explained the bankruptcy will have minimal impact on the 220 malls it operates.