We get it. You're busy. And shopping online at 11:14 pm in your pajamas is downright convenient. But there's a price to that convenience, and a pleasure not to be missed supporting the mom-and-pop shops that make the Inland Northwest unique and interesting. These locally owned shops sponsor sports teams and donate to local charities. They pump more money into our local economy than the homogeneous big-box retailers. But best of all, they offer a bevy of brick-and-mortar bonuses, from custom fittings and personal styling appointments to free home design services. But to discover these benefits, you need to put down the laptop, grab your keys and start exploring. Long live brick and mortar!
If you've ever been tuckered out by shopping and wished there was a coffee shop in-store, &Kloth's got you covered. Sip a vanilla latte while sorting through racks of both casual and classy attire that can outfit you for a weekend barbecue, date night or the casual workplace.
&Kloth • 875 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 290-6821
For a formal event, look no further than this northside shop. At Audrey's, not only will you be able to try on cocktail and special occasion dresses, but you also have the option of being measured and fitted to make sure you're wearing the right bra. And, let's be real, knowing your real bra size and fitted shape can make all the difference.
Audrey's • 3131 N. Division St., Spokane • 324-8612
No need to be a famous, sartorial Instagrammer to be on trend. At Boutique Bleu, they'll supply you with all the best tips, accessories and clothing. Shop owner Amy Driscoll excels at styling, and like a true friend, she'll actually tell you if those jeans make your butt look big.
Boutique Bleu • 1184 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane • 473-9341
The fashion fairies at Cues, or at least their ethos, promises to put the fun in "functional" without compromising quality. Top brands like AG, Citizens of Humanity, Frame, Chan Luu and Velvet, among others, reside there, indicating that it's staying true to its word. This is boutique shopping at its best.
Cues • 108 N. Washington St., Spokane • 838-5837
Finders Keepers II
Designer Dress Boutique
"You always look so cool," the character Daisy once uttered to Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. For a 1920s themed look, you can find a bevy of flapper-esque dresses adorned with sequins and sparkles. Or find more contemporary prom dresses here, too. Brick and mortar bonus: Finders Keepers keeps track of what dress is being worn at what event, so you can avoid showing up and seeing your twin.
Finders Keepers • 18 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-1251
Finan McDonald's Coeur d'Alene shop expanded and remodeled this year, allowing it to carry an even more expansive selection women's and men's clothing and shoes designed to appeal to the active Northwest couple who loves to live in high-quality casual wear by the likes of Tommy Bahama, Patagonia, Kuhl, North Face, Prana, Born, Dansko and Teva. Here, they can outfit you for a grueling hike to the top of Scotchman's Peak, or for a sunset dinner at Tony's overlooking the lake.
Finan McDonald • The Plaza Shops, 210 Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-765-4349 • 301 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-3622
You know what goes well with a new outfit? A fun, cute hairstyle. And we'd be remiss not to point out that you can get both here. Fringe also continues to be one of our favorite follows on Facebook and Insta and regularly inspires us to pop in and try on the look we love in person.
Fringe Boutique • 2622 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 315-8138
Jema Lane Boutique
Bralettes, kimonos, jumpers, oh my! All the accessories and clothing at Jema Lane are reasonably priced and available in a wide range of sizes, a win in all regards. Saunter through the small shop without feeling daunted by clutter or size.
Jema Lane Boutique • 613 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 321-2330 • 6630 E. Sprague, Spokane • 309-2655
The myriad mannequins at Jigsaw all seem to have a cohesive theme: timeless and chic. It's not everywhere that you can invest in elegant pieces which can transcend fleeting trends. In regards to quality and class, Jigsaw Boutique excels.
Jigsaw • 601 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 835-3517
The word Lolo itself is playful and rolls off the tongue with ease. It encapsulates the mood or, dare we say, apparent "vibes" at the boutique. Local designers and trade vendors have stocked Lolo's shelves with their goods at reasonable prices, so you, too, can enjoy festooning your wardrobe and your home with trendy and functional pieces without breaking the bank.
Lolo Boutique • 319 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 747-2867
Lucky Monkey Trading Co.
Boho style is always in fashion at Coeur d'Alene's Lucky Monkey. Stop here for flowy handkerchief dresses, tanks, tunics and colorful Palazzo pants, plus oodles of jewelry from all over the globe. Or show your local pride and stock up Tubbs Hill tanks or Straight Out of Idaho tees.
Lucky Monkey • 412 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-664-9096
Marmalade Fresh Clothing
Individuality is celebrated at Marmalade. Clothing like detailed tapestry jackets, Victorian blouses and funky button-up dresses serve to cater to a variety of women's styles, making this a place where mom and her 20-something daughter can shop together. A small smattering of vintage pieces are designer, like a Dior camisole or Prada purse.
Marmalade Fresh Clothing • 308 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-819-945
Sure, follow Nana Macs on Facebook just as more than 700,000 people do worldwide, but then get off your screen and visit their darling brick and mortar boutique in Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone and let a skilled stylist find the most flattering looks for you. Their boutique resembles their Instagram page, curated and clad with scalloped tops, gingham prints and stylish jumpers excellent for a getaway or a walk through the farmer's market. With their "Curvy Girl" line, Nana Macs fosters an air of inclusivity for women of all shapes and sizes.
Nana Macs • 2018 N. Main St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-889-1444
If you like Free People, but feel betrayed by the prices, look to Swank Boutique. I call it "Free People on a budget," in the best way possible. A plethora of cheeky bathing suits, dresses and shoes all make for a stellar wardrobe for any season.
Swank Boutique • Northtown Square, 4727 N. Division St., Spokane • 468-1839
Why spend your hard-earned money at big corporations when you can find name brand, designer clothing at local shops like Tiffany Blue? Fun and sophisticated clothing can be found at both locations, where employees are both friendly and helpful. Look to the downtown location for more upscale brands like Free People. Turn to to the Riverstone shop for on-trend rompers, dresses and cold shoulder blouses at a slightly lower price point.
Tiffany Blue • 404 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • 208-765-2583 • The Village at Riverstone, 2027 Main St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-292-4543
Anderson & Company
The cuts and colors have changed over the 30+ years Anderson & Company has been outfitting Spokane's business class, but their penchant for impeccable fitting and exceptional quality has remained a constant. Frankly, there's no better place to be professionally fitted for a suit.
Anderson & Company • River Park Square, 814 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 838-1652
Kingsley & Scout
This is the only shop we know of where you can grab a beer (yep, there's a bar in the back) while picking out a Great PNW tee or some Benny Gold streetwear. It's no wonder Kingsley & Scout rose rapidly in the retail ranks to be selected as one of Inlander readers' favorite menswear shops in the region. This shop manages to be masculine, outdoorsy, urban and artistic all at the same time. Oh, and fun. Remember the beer part?
Kingsley & Scout • 2810 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 251-7781
Thrux Lawrence opened its Coeur d'Alene shop in 2014, selling a mix of quality leather goods designed with timeless appeal and an old-fashioned American value. From the floor you can watch bags being stitched with care in the back workshop and dudes in the next-door barber shop getting some semblance of the Macklemore haircut as you browse the assortment of heavy duty, yet refined, leather backpacks, dopp kits, briefcases, duffels and accessories, all made in-house from rolls of the finest leather and canvas.
Thrux Lawrence • 206 N. Third St., Coeur d'Alene • 208-661-5193
Also Try: Finan McDonald (Coeur d'Alene and Sandpoint)
Like a children's Etsy shop come alive, every nook screams Peter Pan nursery with its toys, clothing and books. Appropriately named, it's sweet, warm and welcoming for anyone looking to build a nest or treat the tiny tot in their life with a gift.
French Toast • 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 315-8200