When you step inside downtown Spokane's historic Liberty Building, you'll find more than just two stories of books. The friendly staff, soothing sounds, and quaint Victorian decor makes you feel right at home. Explore the game store, café, art gallery or gift shop while you look through a treasure trove of new and used tomes. To absorb a bit of local culture, drop in on a free book reading. Every week various regional authors present newly published works to the public. It is a great spot to read and relax.
Near the always popular Riverfront Park, River Park Square is a local hot spot for shopping and entertainment. In addition to department stores, check out some of the more unique stores and boutiques If you're in the mood for some cinematic entertainment, AMC Riverpark Square 20 plays all of the newest blockbusters.
Located just across the street from Riverfront Parks carousel, Boo Radley carries a hip and eclectic selection of gifts for your favorite Gen-Xer or boomer (or yourself!). Boxing nuns, henna painting kits, t-shirts, lunch boxes, magnets, world music CDs Boo's whimsical collection has something for everyone on your list.
Hemmed by the Highway I-90 to the south, and Boone Avenue to the north, Downtown Spokane is the financial and cultural epicenter of the city. This bustling central business district, also known as Riverside, is dotted with a mix of towering landmarks like the Bank of America Financial Center and the Wells Fargo Center, and cultural centerpieces such as the INB Performing Arts Center, the Spokane Arena, and the historic Fox Theater. Adding a beautiful splash of green to the heart of the city is the stunning Riverfront Park, which is also one of the best vantages for viewing the iconic Spokane Falls in all their glory. The city buzzes on well into night with several dining and drinking establishments that call this vibrant neighborhood home, from fine dining specialists like the Wild Sage Bistro, to local cafes like Brews Brothers Downtown. Downtown Spokane is also home to one of the city's best retail landmarks - the River Park Square.
At the NorthTown mall, all your conventional shopping prayers are answered - it is a mecca of mall goodness, replete with Victoria's Secret, Macy's, Kohl's, JC Penney's and countless more. There is also a host of cafes and restaurants for when you're all shopped out. There is an on-site movie theater showing the latest blockbusters - perfect for a family day out.
If you're looking for good old-fashioned retail therapy, or you have a family to occupy for a day, then the Spokane Valley Mall can provide many entertaining options. Alongside all the usual mall favorites - Macy's, JC Penney's, Sears, Old Navy, American Eagle Outfitters - there is a 12-screen movie theater and a decent selection of family-friendly restaurants.
Known for its chic designs and fine quality clothing, Lolo Boutique is the place to be when you're looking to add a bit of color to your wardrobe. Its vast collection includes an array of women's casual and formal clothing, as well as accessories. Try on their trendy dresses, skirts, denims, jackets and trousers, mix and match, until you find the right combination. Along with clothing their collection of handbags, shoes, jewelry and scarfs are also admirable.
Vino is the place to go if you're looking for a great wine to pair with your meal or even if you just want to learn more about wine itself. The store is staffed by experts with decades of wine experience between them and their wine enthusiasm and expertise is infectious. The store also organizes events, including wine tastings, wine dinners and wine classes, so you can become completely immersed in the world of wine. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
One of the city's best hobby and collectible shops, Merlyn's Science Fiction Fantasy Store carries a huge selection of toys, action figures, comic books, manga, and more. All of the most recent DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse comics can be found here, as well as a respectable stock of back issues. The staff is knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and can guide you to whatever product you seek, even if you're not sure what it is when you first walk in. The store also hosts table top gaming events.
Featuring restored, vintage lamps, Revival Lighting is one of the most unique retail options in Spokane. In addition to the antique lighting, they also have a great selection of reproductions, specialty lampshades, and garden statuary. Located slightly east of downtown, the store is still nearby many of the area's popular eateries. Their stock constantly rotates, so if you see something you like, snap it up before someone else does!
The store name is a little misleading; Ray's buys and sells DVDs, CDs and laser disks. It also custom-builds and upgrades computers. Movie and music aficionados seem to gravitate to Rays. While this isn't a superstore, the inventory is carefully chosen. This is the place to find Hong Kong movies on DVDs, cult classics and sleepers. Ray's can give you a review of nearly every item in the store. Don't be surprised if customers add their opinions; the discussions can get pretty lively.
If you are looking to say it with flowers, this is the place to come - Peters and Sons has nearly a century's worth of experience and the customer loyalty to prove it. They offer a range of services from gift arranging to hospital deliveries. Peters and Sons also has one of the city's biggest range of teddy bears and plush toys, alongside many other gifts. Closed on Sundays.