Sure, online shopping is convenient. But what if you need something spectacular tonight? What if you aren't sure what shoes or jewelry will work with that dress? What if you need a bra that really fits? For all those reasons, and so many more, we love shopping local. Here's our guide to some of our favorite shops that go above and beyond to make the Inland Northwest look great.
This year, Audrey's celebrates 50 years of dressing Spokane women. In retail years (in our minds, similar to dog years), that's an eternity. Audrey Rotondo was working in the lingerie department at the Crescent, helping to fit breast cancer survivors with post-mastectomy products when she decided she could do better for these women. A breast cancer-survivor herself, she opened what was known then as Audrey's a Boutique.
Since then, the shop has had four different owners, but to this day, still serves breast cancer survivors with compassion. "We still do post-mastectomy fittings because it's a vital service. We have clients that range in age from their late 20s to just over 100 years old," says Audrey's current owner Victoria Ferro. "You can be in a fitting room with someone and cry. You can be in a fitting with someone laughing your butt off because they've been on this journey for a long time and they are so used to it."
Known in the region as the "bra whisperer" Ferro can fit anyone, not just breast cancer survivors in a bra that actually fits. She is passionate about how a proper foundation makes any clothes wear better.
She's also adamant about finding the right clothing styles that flatter your figure. Put yourself in her hands and she will make sure that dress you're wearing to the Pumpkin Ball is perfect. "We're very honest," she says. "When women buy clothes, they look at themselves from the waist up and they don't look at the whole body, whereas I'm looking at this woman from the feet up and from all angles." Unlike online retailers, which typically have a rate of return of 30-40 percent or more, Ferro's return rate is less than 3 percent. "I take pride in that," she says.
Ferro also takes pride in the changes she's made to the store since she took ownership in 2012. She immediately remodeled and replaced the mahogany and brown decor. She removed the "a boutique" from the shop's name and created a new, stylish logo. "Women have changed since Audrey opened the store," she explains "and each of us has a different style profile. My profile tends to be sleek, clean lines which transcend age." While previous owners tended to cater to older women, Ferro aims to attract a younger woman. "My goal here is to dress the girl who's graduating from college and show her how to dress for business and still be hip and cool." At the same time, she also aims to help the older client maintain a stylish edge, without looking like she's shopping in the juniors section. 3131 N. Division St.
Anderson & Co.
Anderson & Co. has been dressing titans of industry in the Inland Northwest for 34 years. This is where power brokers turn to find a perfectly fitted suit, a jaunty pocket square and the perfectly coordinated tie, as well as casual wear from premiere brands like Robert Graham, Bugatchi, Tommy Bahama and Cutter and Buck. This locally owned shop is also known for its longstanding relationships with its customers. Owner Gary Anderson has presided over the shop since it opened back in 1985. Opening his own clothing store was a personal dream, after working the retail industry in Billings, Seattle and Spokane before opening his own storefront. River Park Square, 814 W. Main Ave.
This charming shop in Kendall Yards is sunny and cheerful, and the dresses, blouses and sweaters inside are destined to spark joy. Shop owner Amy Driscoll consistently stocks stylish, casual clothing perfect for an evening browsing the Kendall Yards Night Market or wine tasting at nearby Maryhill. 1184 W. Summit Pkwy.
Be warned, if you follow Cues on Instagram, unbudgeted clothing indulgences may occur. This small, but mighty boutique consistently sells high quality clothing that's some of the most fashion-forward in Spokane. While it's fun to browse this shop's selection of premium denim, dresses and blouses, it's better to give in and just let them style you from head to toe. And don't skimp on the jewelry. This small storefront has one of the best selections in the region, but be prepared to make an investment. 108 N. Washington St.
Finders Keepers II Dress Boutique
If you love a little bling, then Finders Keepers is your destination for prom dresses and evening gowns. There's no shortage of sequins and sparkles in this local shop. Need a hat for the RMHC Polo Classic or a derby party? This is also your place. 18 W. Main Ave.
So, you went out for groceries and you ended buying a new blouse. Yeah, we've done that too. The display windows at Fringe will get you as you make your way to the South Hill Rosauers (2622 E. 29th). And the great thing is, you really shouldn't feel too guilty. This stylish boutique has super reasonable price points on everything from Kut from the Kloth jeans to wrap dresses. If you're tempted to online shop but want to keep your dollars local, they do have an online site (fringecollection.com). And yes, the cute brunette that seemingly looks good in everything on their website and social feeds, she's the owner.
Jema Lane Boutique
Want a casual, comfortable outfit that still looks put together? That's Jema Lane's, well, lane. The vibe here is also relaxed and approachable, with a wide variety of sizes from XS-3XL. Their accessory game (jewelry, shoes, handbags) is also strong. 613 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley
Turn to Jigsaw for sophisticated style that's timeless, but anything but pedestrian. This downtown boutique is awash in tasteful patterns and prints from the likes of top labels like Johnny Was and Nanette Lepore. If you want to look every bit as chic as the mannequins in their 18 massive storefront windows, let their talented staff style you to stand out. 601 W. Main Ave.
Need a dress for your best friend's bridal shower? Go to Lolo. Need a gift for the shower, too? Go to Lolo. You can get a lot done in this urban enclave. Just make sure you leave enough time. There's a lot to see — from exceptional statement necklaces and clothing styles you won't find at department stores to candles, dish towels and wine accessories. 319 W. Second Ave.
Marmalade Fresh Clothing
Marmalade, on Coeur d'Alene's main drag, carries what we think is the most diverse inventory of all the area's local boutiques. Your boho best friend can shop here for her floaty, floral kimonos. Your always chic sister will find her new favorite jumpsuit here and even your pulled together mom can find her lane in this densely packed boutique. Don't forget to check out Marmalade Underground downstairs for a smattering of carefully curated vintage pieces by the likes of Chanel and Dior. 308 E. Sherman Ave.
One of our favorite follows on the 'gram, the Swank girl is always up for fun and always looks good whether she's heading to a festival, going out for a burger or off to yoga and brunch. She shops at Swank for comfy and chic jumpers, flirty dresses and sassy swimwear. You can shop her looks on social, but better yet, visit the brick and mortar in NorthTown Square for the full Swank experience. Northtown Square, 4727 N. Division St.
T-blue is making North Idaho more stylish, one store at a time. In May 2019 they added a third store in Hayden. So how do you choose? We vote you shop them all, but if we described them as siblings (with strong similarities), we'd say the downtown sister is a little more funky, with a penchant for premium brands. The Hayden sister tends toward timeless and tasteful and the Riverstone shop is the little sister who's playful and fun, and wants to stay up on the latest trends without breaking the bank. 404 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d'Alene • Hayden Creek Plaza, 8134 N. Government Way, Hayden • The Village at Riverstone, 2027 Main St., Coeur d'Alene