Also known as the South Perry district, this historic neighborhood is located on the east side of the lower South Hill.
Dating back to the late 19th century and originally named Grant Park Addition, the Perry neighborhood was once the home of two lumberyards, a butcher shop, barber shop, library, bakery and several grocers. Early 20th century craftsman-style bungalows with their large front porches surround South Perry Street.
In recent years, the area has gone through a major revitalization resulting in a renaissance type change. South Perry Street, the main thoroughfare lined with vintage lamp posts, is now the home of trendy eateries, cafes, as well as locally owned boutiques and shops.
The Shop on South Perry is a cafe located in a converted auto shop. The vintage décor ranges from a giant neon OPEN sign, original concrete style floors, 2 garage doors that can be opened in the summer months to a patio, vintage couches and church pew seating with mismatched tables. The vibe inside of this pooch-friendly cafe evokes a Portland-esque neighborhood feel from the indie 80's music and engine hoist banana holder to the local artwork, photography, honey and jewelry for sale. Food offerings range from oatmeal bowls with raisins, brown sugar and cream, to lemon pound cake, muffins, quiche, frittatas and huge cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. Lunch offerings include hummus plates, house sandwiches such as The Shop's grilled cheese containing arugula pesto, tomato, balsamic red onion and provolone on sourdough or the roast beef with horseradish cream and balsamic red onions. A Greek pita sandwich as well as vegan options are also available. Beverages include teas, coffee, espresso, microbrews, ginger beer and wine. Free Wi-Fi is provided as well as vintage style board games. The Shop also features weekend live concerts.
Next door to The Shop is Casper Fry, a restaurant named after a Perry District Baptist Minister who preached in the Church across the street. Opened by his great-great grandchildren, Casper Fry offers up farm inspired American southern food. Lunch and dinner offers up low country shrimp and grits, pine nut lemon butter pasta, grilled salmon, pan seared sea scallops, slow smoked pork belly, braised oxtail marmalade, house smoked sausage and jambalaya made with wild caught prawns. Weekend brunch served from 9-2 on Saturday and Sunday includes items such as scrambled eggs on toast, organic steel cut oats, pork belly, fried chicken biscuit, brisket and eggs and smoked trout hash. Decadent desserts such as Kentucky bourbon pecan pie, peach crème brulee and devil’s food chocolate beet cake as well as classic cocktails are offered.
Quality artisan pizza can be enjoyed at South Perry Pizza. The industrial decor opens up onto a large patio where half price bottles of wine can be enjoyed on Tuesdays and $2 bottles of beer on Wednesdays. The menu includes salads, a hummus plate and flatbreads along with artisan pizzas such as the sopressata salami with mozzarella, black olives and basil, Erika's Hawaiian with olive oil, fontina, Canadian bacon, caramelized onions, pineapple, jalapenos, bleu cheese and basil. Desserts include a brownie with choice of Brain Freeze ice cream or a strawberry rhubarb square.
Craft microbrews, wine and pub food can be found at The Lantern Tap House. 10 rotating taps along with a selection of bottled and canned beer are offered while the wine list includes a rotating weekly feature on special. The inviting interior features a hand-crafted bar made from 150 year old repurposed wood and other sustainable products. The menu offers up scratch-made food such as Lantern pub fries, Irish nachos, pork parmesan sandwiches with marinara, melted provolone and roasted garlic aioli, a chicken apple brie sandwich, Lantern fish and chips and ahi tacos. Live music as well as vinyl records entertain patrons (you can even bring your own vinyl).
Perry Street Brewing opened in 2014 as the South Hill's first brewpub. The industrial interior showcases exposed ductwork as well as a reclaimed metal bar top and a custom metal chandelier. The exterior mixes industrial metals with old barn wood creating a unique look. Craft brews can be enjoyed inside or out on their large patio. Food can be enjoyed from local food trucks along with a cold-brewed DOMA coffee or a brew. A small appetizer type menu is in the works and South Perry Pizza will deliver most nights.
Organic juices and smoothies as well as yoga can be found at the BIJA Yoga and Organic Juicery and Kombucha Bar located on South Perry Street. Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. BIJA offers a fruit juice of the day as well as Kombucha.
California-based Title Nine on South Perry Street specializes in high-end women's active wear while Veda Lux offers vintage clothing and custom-made accessories. Him & Her Vintage Furniture, located in a bright yellow building, sell vintage home décor and furniture. Windfall Thrift Store offers second hand items.
Liberty Park Florist and Greenhouse has operated in the Perry District since 1929. Opened by Italian immigrant, Dominic Alice, Liberty Park has become Spokane's largest florist, specializing in unique European basket gardens, fresh arrangements and gourmet baskets.
An historic Dutch windmill is the home of Lorien Herbs & Natural Foods, Spokane's original health food store. The building is listed on the National Registry and is the most recognizable landmark in the South Perry neighborhood. Lorien offers all-natural local produce and over 400 organic and wild-crafted bulk herbs, supplements, teas and medicinal products.
Two Wheel Transit is a locally owned bicycle dealer located in the Perry District offering a wide selection of bicycles, accessories and parts while also maintaining a dedicated bicycle fitting studio. Two Wheel Transit sponsors weekly shop rides that leave at 5:30 each week from late March until Mid-September and cover 8-18 miles of road riding.
Each year in July, the South Perry Street Fair and Parade offers the community live music, art and craft vendors, food and of course plenty of fun.
written by:Jennifer McCormich