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Campfire Couture opens in downtown Sandpoint

Kimberly Stoddard has opened Campfire Couture in Sandpoint. The shop at 319 First Ave. sells heirloom quality clothing and accessories from independent designers and local artists.


Retail group says holiday season off to a strong start

The National Retail Federation said Tuesday that consumer spending has been strong, fueled by a better economy and stores’ investments in online services including features that allow shoppers to buy …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 27, 2018, 4:28 p.m.

Cyber Monday sales increase by nearly 20 percent

With consumers already shopping more online, Cyber Monday is expected to bring in record e-commerce sales as retailers’ digital operations face their first major test of the season.


Spokane-area retailers expect strong holiday season

Spokane area residents will spread their money around this season, hitting the malls, patronizing small businesses and shopping online, according to a survey by Washington State University. Five local retailers …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 22, 2018, 8:17 p.m.

Shoppers get a day early start on Black Friday shopping

Firas Alhasani had a plan. Get in. Get the TV. Get out. Such is the life of a Black Friday shopper. Especially one who shows up three hours early to …


As Sears declares bankruptcy, the retailers’ storied history in Spokane mirrors its rise and fall

While Sears is a wholly American story, it’s a Spokane story as well. Its rise was more than evident here, as the retailer built the city’s most modern department store …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 6:57 p.m.

Tech giants plunge again, pushing market into red for year

Stocks dropped again Tuesday as losses mounted for the world’s largest technology companies. Retailers also fell, and energy companies plunged with oil prices as the market sank back into the …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 20, 2018, 11:03 a.m.

Black Friday’s draw continues to wane, WSU survey finds

Black Friday’s draw as a retail experience continues to decline, with 84 percent of Pacific Northwest shoppers saying it “used to be an event.” More people are expected to shop …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018, 3:57 p.m.

Utah-based chocolate and ice cream company will open a Spokane store

Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates and Ice Cream will open a store in Spokane on Nov. 30.


Spokane Walmart celebrates end of renovations Friday

The Spokane Walmart at 9212 N. Colton St. will celebrate the completion of a store remodel with an 8 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 5:23 p.m.

Home decor store headed to old Costco on Division, according to plans on file at city

At Home plans to open a retail store in part of the former Costco building on North Division.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 24, 2018, 5:07 p.m.

Kohl’s schedules holiday hiring fairs at area stores

Area Kohl’s stores are having holiday hiring events on Friday and Saturday.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 6:13 p.m.

The Sears bankruptcy: Locals lament company’s decline, even if they’ve become infrequent shoppers at the one-time retail giant

Sears Holdings filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Monday. The retailer will close 142 of its 700-plus remaining stores and eliminate thousands of jobs in a bid to stay afloat.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 4:09 p.m.

U.S retail sales edged up in September

U.S. consumer spending edged up a slight 0.1 percent in September, a disappointing performance in which rebounding auto sales were offset by weakness in other areas.


Sears files for bankruptcy just as things are looking up for U.S. retail

A year ago, a Sears bankruptcy would have fit better into the U.S. retail narrative, given the steady decline of shopping malls and foundering chains. Today, however, with shoppers feeling …


Gen Z won’t kill brick-and-mortar, new surveys say

If millennials are killing brick-and-mortar stores, then their successors might save it, according to new surveys that say some young shoppers actually like to shop in person.


From the field through Amazon: Local farm uses online sales to attract buyers for Palouse crops

Sara Mader used her software background to start selling products from a fifth-generation family farm on Amazon Grocery and Gourmet. During a Tuesday workshop, Mader talked about how online sales …


Patagonia is giving its workers Election Day off – and says you should, too

The outdoor retailer Patagonia will close up shop this Election Day, and it’s urging other companies to do the same.


Walmart completes remodel of its Post Falls store

Walmart will hold a 7:30 a.m. Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony following the completion of a remodeling project at its store at 3050 E. Mullan Ave., Post Falls.


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Tax Day deals offering savings on food, services

Savvy consumers can take advanage of “tax day” specials offered by some restaurants and retailers.


U.S. retail sales rebounded a solid 0.6 pct. in March

U.S. consumers bounced back in March and bought more cars, furniture and appliances after three months of declining retail sales.


UPDATED: Thu., April 12, 2018, 3:38 p.m.

Walmart banks on tower power: North Spokane store included in Washington rollout

Walmart will add more than 500 “pickup towers” to stores across the U.S. this year, including the North Spokane location.


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 1:40 p.m.

Etailz moving to Valley: Growing e-commerce company launches marketing agency

Etailz is moving to a new headquarters in Spokane Valley this summer, part of ongoing expansion at the company founded a decade ago by two Gonzaga University students and their …


UPDATED: Fri., March 9, 2018, 9:50 a.m.

WSU to close downtown Spokane store

Washington State University will close its WSU Connections store in downtown Spokane by May 19, saying the decision was based on changes in how people shop.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 14, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

U.S. inflation pressures raising expectations for interest rate hikes

Inflation pressures appear to be building in the U.S. economy, a prospect that is heightening anxiety about potentially higher borrowing rates that could slow economic growth.


On game day, normally packed Spokane venues feel like a ghost town

It’s one of the best days of the year to bring down the house – or have it all to yourself, depending on your preference.


Eyemart Express to open North Division store in Spokane

Eyemart Express is opening a retail store at 7808 N. Division St. in Spokane.


Then and Now: Golden Gate building

The Golden Gate building, erected in 1892 and named by two brothers named Stebbins from Oakland, California, on the northeast corner of Riverside Avenue and Lincoln Street, was a bustling …


Hard-wired for hardware: John Montandon turned after-school job into a 64-year career

Sherman Hardware, a long-time family business in Coeur d’Alene, will close at the end of January. Owner John Montandon is retiring.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 31, 2017, 5:59 p.m.

Anticipation high as California rolls out retail pot sales

Californians may awake on New Year’s Day to a stronger-than-normal whiff of marijuana as America’s cannabis king lights up to celebrate the state’s first legal retail pot sales.