Sephora, the latest big chain to stake out a spot in Spokane, opens tomorrow at River Park Square. The makeup-and-beauty giant already has a presence at local malls, but this is the first full store in the area. The store is located on the second level, where part of the Abercrombie & Fitch store used to be.Sephora stores carry more than a hundred brands, as well as the Sephora label, for wall-to-wall lipstick, blush, nail polish and more. Name a color visible to the human eye, and they’ve got the matching eyeshadow. (Recently they’ve been promoting a Disney Jasmine Collection with 15 shades of eyeshadow pulled directly from scenes in the 1992 movie Aladdin. Rumor has it the Little Mermaid-inspired set is coming this fall.)
Doors will open at 10 am. It’s hard to know whether there will be a line of eagerly waiting customers, but Spokane has a history of giving chain stores an enthusiastic welcome.
People went crazy for the grand opening of H&M last fall, and camped overnight for the opening of Trader Joe’s, too. Chipotle opened in north Spokane last year after fans demanded it on Facebook. In 2011, hundreds of people lined up for the opening of the Apple Store.
Why does Spokane love its big chain stores so much? In 20 years of Best of the Inland Northwest results, readers frequently picked new national arrivals for the year’s Best New Business: Restoration Hardware in 2001, Old Navy in 2002, Cabela’s in 2008, Trader Joe’s in 2012.
Here at The Inlander we try to encourage shopping local, but it’s impossible to deny that bigger chains make us feel like a bigger city. Even if you don’t really want chain stores here, you want chain stores to want to be here. And businesses that employ people are always better than empty storefronts.
When it comes to shopping local, two locations are the first to pop into the heads of Spokanites — the Monroe and Garland districts.
On Monroe, you’ll find the stores from purchasing-past. While many people love getting ahold of a classic flapper dress or the most awesome ’70s puke-green sofa, the store that provides the perfect preservation of time is 4000 Holes. Selling records of the best genres, this little store has been a staple around the neighborhood for ages.
But iPods and mp3 players and smartphones have led to the decline in sells at 4000 Holes. It's been apparent this Spokane landmark needs a little help.
A bit north of 4000 Holes, you’ll find the Garland District. At the heart of the block is Mark’s Guitar Shop. For years this business has allowed musicians to thrive. Everybody loves Mark’s. But the harsh winter caused a slow economy at the store. Something needs to help them get out of the slump.
That’s where Spokane Cash Mob comes in. Less secretive and choreographed than other trendy mobs, this type is all about shopping. Coming off of the success at Glamarita last year that brought in $8,000, the folks behind SCM are hoping to make this music mob the biggest cash mob in the country. Both targeted businesses were nominated last fall.
Here's how it works:
Promoters ask people to head out to these shops on March 23 — that's today — between the hours of 1 pm and 4 pm.
No dance skills are required. Instead, spend $20 at either 4000 Holes or Mark’s Guitar Shop, and get admission to an after-mob party for buying locally.
"Two of our beloved Spokane Music icons are experiencing financial difficulties and are in danger of closing," event organizers wrote in an email to supporters. "YOU CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE!"
The holiday season is over but that doesn't mean you have to stop giving. Or receiving, for that matter. Besides, it's getting, chillier which means your skin is probably getting dry and scratchy. Why not treat yourself with some inexpensive spa treatments and help the YWCA's fight to end domestic violence at the same time?
This weekend the Health and Beauty Spa Show hits the Spokane Community Community College Lair with 90 booths and over 20 sample treatments including massages, skin care, airbrush tanning, brow waxing, mini facials, anti-aging treatments, laser, manicures, mini makeovers and a whole lot more. $5 single sample spa treatments will also be available.
Make sure you keep your entry ticket if you'd like to purchase spa treatments inside. And if you don't get enough fabulousity on Saturday, go ahead and come back on Sunday; the hand stamp you'll get when you first enter the show is good for both days.
The Health and Beauty Show will be in the Spokane Community College Lair, located at 1810 N. Greene St., from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sunday. Admission is $7; $5 with the donation of any non-perishable food or hygiene item to the YWCA shelter. Visit healthbeautyshow.com for more information.
Well we'd heard about it and heard about it and reported on it (then other people reported on it), but the buzz around the Apple Store in downtown Spokane has a glassy finality to it. On the plywood facade erected around the old Eddie Bauer location (710 W. Main Ave.), the computer and lifestyle corporation has finally branded itself.
No official date has been set for the launch.
Several friends and acquaintances of The Inlander have been interviewed for positions at the new store, which is a good sign, though a peep in an open door last week showed an interior that was still really rough.
Given the company's mostly impeccable control of buzz and consumer demand of its products (love the iPhone/iPad/iPod or hate them, Apple is invariably seen as the company to beat in smartphones/tablets/mp3 players), we're going to wager a guess that the Apple Store will be open in time for Black Friday.
Anyone gotten hired there yet? Email me at luke[at]inlander[dot]com.
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