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Guide to Vintage Spokane


Founded in 1873 by James Nettle Glover, Spokane was first a small settlement known as Spokan Falls (in 1883, the “E” was added to Spokan; in 1891, “Falls” was dropped to become “Spokane”). Spokane was transformed when the Northern Pacific Railroad arrived in 1881 and was linked transcontinentally in 1883. In that same year, Spokane experienced its first boom when the discovery of gold in the Coeur d’Alene mining district established Spokane as the service center for the north Idaho mines. Spokane suddenly became the center of regional commerce, becoming the main gate to the Pacific Northwest and establishing the Inland Empire which stretched from southern British Columbia to Oregon’s Blue Mountains, from the Cascades to the Rockies. Railroad maps showed the metropolis of Spokane as the center of the Inland Empire. 22

Rebounding from a national depression in 1893, Spokane experienced another building boom at the turn of the century. Construction again expanded the downtown area, and the city nearly doubled to 37 square miles in 1907 when the city limits were extended. With a population of just over 300 in 1880, Spokane had grown in leaps and bounds to over 100,000 people by 1909, making the city, at the time, larger than Salt Lake City and the largest city west of Minneapolis. With Spokane’s boom surprising many people who came here, forward thinking town leaders formed the city parks board in 1907 and brought the Olmsted Brothers from Brookline, Massachusetts in 1909 to advise and plan in order to ensure that Spokane would continue as the City Beautiful.

The Spokane Clocktower in Riverfront Park was originally constructed in 1902 as part of the Great Northern Railroad Depot. The Depot was torn down in the years leading up to Expo ‘74 to build the park. Luckily, this grand monument was left standing as an addition to the park. The clocktower is still wound every week by hand. This monument serves as a reminder of the impact railroads had on Spokane’s development.

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ACCOMODATIONS When planning a trip out of town, whether you’re familiar with the area or not, where you stay has a huge impact on the overall trip. Choosing the right motel/hotel is important in ensuring that you will have a positive experience to remember for years to come. Many factors will play roles in this decision, so weigh the pros and cons carefully to decide what is best for your personal needs.

Motel 6 Spokane West

The most affordable option for the traveller on a tight budget, Motel 6 Spokane West costs an average of $50 per night for one queen or two double beds. In addition, it is conveniently located near the Spokane International Airport (GEG). Accessible rooms for disabilities are available, and pets are allowed upon prior request and approval.


➢ Affordable ➢ Near the airport ➢ Outdoor pool

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➢ Dated furnishings/decor ➢ 20 minute bus to downtown ➢ Far from restaurants and stores

Alaina Beaulaurier


“Newly renovated rooms, free WiFi and great coffee. It met all of our needs and was very clean.”

Steven Mark Thompson


“Rate was decent. Desk folk were great. Room was adequate. Pet policy is fantastic.”

Steven Johnson

“The rooms were disgusting. The sheets were stained and the room smelled of weed.”

Nearest Bus Stops

➢ Sunset & Rustle (ID: 2531)

➢ Sunset & Assembly (ID: 2532)

Food/Convenience Nearby

➢ Fiesta Charra ➢ Pepper’s Grill & Bar Mexican cuisine Comfort food Inexpensive Fast service Guide to Vintage Spokane


Montvale Hotel

Moderately priced, travellers will spend between $110 and $150 per night for a room, depending on the number of beds and size of room desired. The location is perfect for those wanting to explore the Davenport Arts District or even downtown Spokane as a whole. Accomodations for disabilites and pets are abailable upon request.


➢ Great location downtown ➢ Plenty of shops and food nearby ➢ Exceptional ratings


➢ Busy area ➢ Thin walls ➢ Paid parking 66

Patricia Bowlen-Carter


“Charming hotel in downtown Spokane. I loved staying here and being a tourist in my own town.”

Steven Baker


“Very cool old yet renovated hotel in downtown Spokane! Cool view of the city. Very central and easy to walk to dinner and breakfast.”

Jocelyn Walsh

“The walls are paper thin. Got woken up at 1am to my neighbor’s television.”

Nearest Bus Stops

➢ Monroe & First (ID: 1150)

➢ First & Lincoln (ID: 2842)

Food/Convenience Nearby

➢ Brooklyn Deli ➢ Gilded Unicorn Sit-down deli restaurant Late night comfort food Quality food Bar/Lounge ➢ The Old Spaghetti Factory ➢ Piggy Mart Comfort food Convenience store Healthy/Low-calorie options Six-minute walk

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The Historic Davenport

For those who really want the historic Spokane experience, this is the place. Rooms are on the expensive side, ranging from $180 - $250 per night depending on the size. This hotel is worth the price, however, thanks to ammenities such as a fitness center, spa, and pool. Accomodations for disabilities and pets are available upon request, but there is a maximum of 2 dogs with a $50 non-refundable deposit.


➢ Great location downtown ➢ Fitness center, spa, and pool ➢ Historic building and location

Taya Compton


➢ Expensive ➢ Non-refundable pet deposit ➢ Busy area


“This hotel is so fancy! They have high quality chefs that cook your meals for you and the lobby looks like it was made for the entrance of royalty.”

William Tadlock


“Lovely place, building, and food. However the service seemed lacking in places.”

Keri Bruce


“The food is horrible. Too expensive. You can get better food anywhere.”


Nearest Bus Stops

➢ Lincoln & Sprague (ID: 1051)

➢ Plaza Zone 8 (ID: 2632)

Food/Convenience Nearby

➢ 24Taps Burgers & Brews ➢ Brews Brothers Lounge Restaurant/Bar Coffeehouse Happy hour food and drink Casual and cozy ➢ Churchill’s Steakhouse ➢ Domini Sandwiches Steak, lobster, and crab Deli restaurant Live music Fast service

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EVENTS For those visiting Spokane hoping to fill their schedule, there’s no shortage of events on the calendar. Spring and summer are Spokane’s busiest time of year, with events scheduled every weekend downtown.

INL Food Truck Rally

Five different food trucks, a beer and wine garden for those 21 and older, wonderful raffle prizes, tours of our 95,000 square foot manufacturing facility, and much more fun for your entire family. -

The Great Spokane Road Rally Think Amazing Race, meets golf scramble on wheels. The Road Rally includes swag bags, a silent auction, valve cover races, pit stop challenges, slow drags, a beer and wine social, and a BBQ dinner.

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Spokane Pride Parade & Rainbow Festival

The daylong bash is a parade, festival, resource fair, and dance party all rolled into one fun day. Spokane Pride is the largest LGBTQA gathering in Eastern Washington, so don’t miss it. -

BECU Outdoor Movies

A summer outdoor theater with entertainment, trivia, food trucks and big screen movies. Events are locatedeast of the Clock Tower in Riverfront Park. Outside food and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted. -

Pig Out in the Park

Come get your groove on and fill your belly at Spokane’s Pig Out in the Park. This food and music festival is a six-day party of tunes and gastro fun. The event features 85 concerts from a range of music artists, along with more than 40 food booths and 225 different menu items. -

First Friday

First Friday is designed to showcase the downtown art and retail scene. Downtown retailers and restaurants have joined forces with DSP to stay open, feature artists and musicians and offer special promotions on the first Friday of each month. -


Spokane Hoopfest is the largest 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament on Earth. That means over 6,000 teams, 3,000 volunteers, 225,000 fans and 450 courts spanning 45 city blocks! Beyond basketball, it is an outdoor festival with shopping, food and interactive entertainment.

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SIGHTS - DAVENPORT For the tourist who wants to see more than they do, there are plenty of sights in the historic Davenport Arts District. The district is packed with art galleries, theaters, and sculptures for your viewing pleasure. Below are four main attractions that every tourist should see, but if these really strike your fancy, then rest assured that there are far more than these to be seen downtown. Just start walking in any direction, and you’re bound to find something beautiful.

1. Kress Gallery

Home to a revolving collection of art from local Spokane schools and colleges designed to accommodate community events, non-profit meetings, and professional group meetings. This is a great space to simply enjoy your lunch while taking pleasure in local art. -

2. Bing Crosby Theater

The Clemmer Theatre opened in 1915. It closed as a movie theater in 1985, but became a venue for touring shows and for local organizations. See the online calendar for events. -

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4. Looff Carrousel

Riverfront Park’s 1909 Looff Carrousel is one of America’s most beautiful and well preserved hand-carved wooden carrousels. Our Looff Carrousel features 54 horses, 1 giraffe, 1 tiger, and 2 Chinese dragon chairs. The building was remodeled and reopened in 2018. -

3. Mobius Science Center

The board’s mission is to create innovative experiences that equip and inspire creative problem solvers of all ages. A day pass is $8 and grants access to all of the exciting interactive exhibits the center has to offer. -

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GARLAND MERCHANT DISTRICT Explore the unique shops and stop at one of the diners for a bite to eat. After dinner, enjoy a vintage bar crawl down these two blocks and see what each bar has to offer.

1. Time Bomb

Lookin’ for a vintage toy partay? Beware, this is not a tea party store, this is where hot vintage action takes place! Time Bomb takes you back to the time of Star Wars action figures, your first bike, and that vintage specialty magazine that your mom took away from you! -

2. Coolectibles

Everything from beer signs to Seahawks, action figures, records, and lots more, really just a little bit of everything. Items changing daily. -

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3. Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle

Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle was built in Spokane around 1933. Despite a fire in 2011 destroying most of the building, it was restored and expanded to what it is today. They only accept cash, but everything on the menu is under $10, so hit an ATM and enjoy! -

5. Groove Merchants We’ve got new and used vinyl records and accessories, as well as special order vinyl and vinyl requests. Our store features a listening station, thousands of budget records, vintage audio equipment, and engless music conversation (at no charge!).


4. Garland Mercantile

6. Mark’s Guitar Shop



We are a local family owned business. We wanted to bring local goods to the Garland District. We are well known for supplying Mick’s Pepper Jellies and BonLogic cosmetics. Come on inside we have a wide variety of products and samples.

We specialize in excellent customer service and product knowledge, as well as vintage and cool player grade used guitars, basses, and amps. Our inventory changes daily, so stop in to see what we have and take a few for a test drive.

7. Garland Theater

When the Garland Theatre opened in November of 1945, it was the premier movie house in the West. The Garland closed briefly in the early 1960’s, but the current owner purchased the theatre in 1999 and has been working to restore the theatre to its original splendor. - Guide to Vintage Spokane

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FOOD AND DRINK Downtown Spokane has no shortage of places to eat and drink; the real difficulty is choosing where to go! A good bite or pint is always within walking distance downtown. Many of the burger joints double as pubs, killing two birds with one stone. Don’t worry, family-friendly diners are a common find as well, and if all else fails, fast food is always there for you. For the tourist over 21, you’ll find a lively crowd at any one of the numerous pubs and wineries when night falls.

1. Frank’s Diner

This train car served as a presidential car until it was replaced in 1931. Frank Knight bought the presidential car and converted it into a diner car in 1931. Franks Diner has won Best Diner and Best Breakfast for 18 years in a row by The Inlander’s People Choice Awards. -

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2. Dick’s Hamburgers

Despite the name, this Dick’s Drive-In is not affiliated with the chain in Seattle, WA, but they do offer a similar experience with a vintage vibe. They only take cash, so hit an ATM before stopping by. There is no drive thru or interior seating, just a few walk-up windows and plenty of outdoor seating.

3. Satellite Diner

From classic diner favorites to creative cuisine from our weekly specials menu and home-made soups made from scratch daily, the Satellite serves up satisfying meals at affordable prices, and we do it with a wink and a smile, seven days and nights a week. -

4. Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop

The staff at this darling bakery are just as sweet as the cupcakes, macarons and no-bake cookies they sell. Trying to choose just one cupcake (or two) is hard, but with a super-fine crumb and magical frosting, there are no bad options. -

5. Sukiyaki Inn

Established in 1947, Sukiyaki Inn has been a pioneer in introducing the world of Japanese cuisine to friends and families in Spokane and surrounding area. Our experienced chef creates amazing sushi and sashimi right in front of you.

6. Garageland

Garageland is one part record store, one part bar & restaurant, and one part antique/vintage mall. We have local beer on tap, and local wine and spirits, but our restaurant seating is open to all ages. A lot of great things to offer, all under one roof!


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EXPLORE DOWNTOWN Have a relaxing day exploring and discovering what makes Spokane beautiful. Try one of many unique, locally-owned restaurants and pubs. Can you find all 22 sculptures on Riverfront Park’s sculpture walk?

1. Pinot’s Palette

Our paint parties are a unique way to celebrate all of life’s special moments - even if the occasion is just called “Friday.” Join us for an unforgettable evening of friends, fun, beer, wine and painting in Spokane! We provide everything you need for a great night out. -

2. Finders Keepers

A very cute boutique specializing in designer dresses and accessories. Trying on a variety of glitz and glam is a fun activity sure to satisfy every girl’s inner Barbie. Even if you’re not looking to buy, or even try anything on, the boutique is a fun location for window-shopping.

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3. Merlyn’s Comics and Games

Spokane’s biggest and best Comic, Game, Magic the Gathering and more store. This store is a great windowshopping opportunity, but they also host a variety of game tournaments, including Magic the Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons. When you’re finished, head on over to Chosen Vintage next door and explore what each of the vintage vendors have to offer. - Merlyn’s Spokane Facebook - Chosen Vintage Facebook

5. Giant Nerd Books

Sandwiched between Time Bomb Collectibles and Krunch Skate Shop, the store features tomes from the macabre to the mysterious and everything else in between. The owner also picks the art on the walls, and is proud to feature local artists. -

6. Sculpture Walk

4. Boo Radley’s

Named after the character in To Kill A Mockingbird, who collected unusual and sometimes wacky items, this novelty shop is a oneof-a-kind trip to visit! From new vintage lunch boxes and funky cool t-shirts to off the wall weird stuff, this shop is a wild toy experience for kids as well as adults. Owner Andy Dinnison is constantly searching for the cool new product to delight or disgust his customers. You can expect to find new and vintage items, off beat books, weird candy, and the unexpected. -

The Spokane Sculpture Walk features 22 sculptures in our downtown area by various artists. It’s an almost two mile walk, starting at the WSU Spokane Riverpoint Campus, down the Centennial Trail through Riverfront Park, and ending at Footsteps to the Future by Deborah Copenhaver-Fellows. -

7. River Park Square Spokane’s premier destination for shopping, dining, and entertainment in one central downtown location. At this mall you can visit AMC Theaters for a movie, explore artwork at the Kress Gallery, or shop or dine at a variety of national and local stores and restaurants.

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Spokane: The Lilac City  

City guide detailing all the coolest vintage places and experiences that Spokane, WA has to offer.

Spokane: The Lilac City  

City guide detailing all the coolest vintage places and experiences that Spokane, WA has to offer.