The Historical Garland District
Just 2 miles north of downtown Spokane, you can find the historical Garland District, studded with art galleries, bakeries, interior design studios, vintage music shops, funky consignment boutiques, a one-of-a-kind theater and hometown eateries.
Garland Avenue is the heart of the neighborhood, mixing its artistic flavor with a family friendly small town Americana vibe. American diner-style breakfast enthusiasts will love Ferguson's Fountain Cafe, a Spokane landmark, where the menu features breakfast scrambles made with local Sonnenberg's sausages, French toast combos and biscuits and gravy. One of the highlights of this eatery is the counter overlooking the cooking space where you can watch your meal being created while chatting it up with the chef.
Movie fans might recognize the iconic Mary Lou's Milk Bottle featured in Benny and Joon, starring Johnny Depp. Shaped like a giant milk bottle and originally built in the 1950's, the Milk Bottle serves up family friendly priced burgers, fries and ice-cream, especially popular in the summer months.
The Rocket Bakery, locally owned, brings the neighborhood fresh, from-scratch pastries such as scones, tarts, cookies, bagels and cakes, which can be enjoyed alongside artisan coffee concoctions, hot chocolate, Italian sodas and tea. Salads, quiche and sandwiches are served for lunch.
Cupcakes, custom cakes and cookies, made with all natural, high quality ingredients can be enjoyed at pink and white striped, Celebrations Sweet Boutique. Their treats are made from scratch daily and can be enjoyed on their patio.
Local ingredients are the star at the locally-owned Garland Sandwich Shoppe, which provides free local delivery of their fresh, healthy sandwiches.
Those looking for one-of-a-kind treasures will enjoy browsing through the Garland District's eclectic thrift shops and consignment boutiques.
The Blue Door Theater offers affordable, entertaining improv comedy shows, improv classes for adults and open auditions. The Blue Door Theater is the Inland Northwest's premier improv company.
At the heart of the Garland District is the Art Deco Garland Theater, which was built in 1945. Today, it offers discounted movies, meals and popcorn in a luxurious setting. Adjoining the theater is Bon Bon, one of Spokane's premier cocktail destinations. Bon Bon offers affordable, retro cocktails such as the Old-fashioned and Gimlet. Trivia night is held every Monday.
Mark's guitar shop, located next to the Garland Theater, offers new and used guitars, bass and amps. They buy, sell and service guitars. Groove Merchants, buys and sells vinyl records. Inside you can find a listening station, budget records, t-shirts and local art.
For home design and decor, Interiors by Robin offers full service design, including wall coverings, window treatments, flooring, furniture and space planning. Artworks Garland offers hand painted furniture, custom finishing, home decor, chalk paints and monthly workshops where you can bring your own piece to paint with instructor guidance.
The Spokane Art School Gallery, located in The Ruby Slipper building, offers art exhibitions, workshops and classes for children and adults.
Porter's Barbershop, brings a cool, hip industrial meets vintage vibe to the Garland district, offering straight razor shaves, hot steam towels and haircuts for men. Old school desk chairs line the wall, beverages are complimentary with most of their services and you get to use the products of your choice.
Sunny Buns Tanning Salon and Spa offers tanning, nail services, hair design and massages. Unique swimwear, jewelry and clothing are also offered for sale.
Bark and Snip Grooming Salon and Boutique offer your furry family members grooming services and products, while the Garland Animal Clinic provides veterinary care.
One Saturday every August, 4 blocks of Garland Avenue closes for The Garland Annual Street Fair, where approximately 10,000 people enjoy vendor booths, food, crafts and family activities.
written by:Jennifer McCormick