Hiding just west of Spokane proper, West Plains offers Spokane residents the chance to explore amazing local shops and restaurants during this holiday season. Take a break from the usual Spokane shopping experience and discover everything you've been missing in West Plains!
The Best Shopping in West Plains
West of Spokane proper, holiday shoppers can explore hidden gems tucked away throughout West Plains, an area that encompasses Airway Heights to the north, Medical Lake to the west, and stretches south all the way to Cheney. If you’ve had enough of crowds, go uncover potentially overlooked goodies.
Not every college town has rodeo grounds just five minutes from campus, but Cheney does! That cowboy influence is apparent inside COTTONWOOD CREEK BOUTIQUE, a Cheney storefront known for Western-inspired women’s apparel, jewelry and boho home decor. Owner Angela Evans aims to serve college students with $35-and-under pieces, while also stocking her shop with more upscale finds like stylish jackets — “shackets” — and splurge-worthy purses. The boutique even offers beauty services by Wild Heart Esthetics and has a 24/7-access tanning bed.
Country charm is also in store at FARM SALVATION, a mere stone’s throw from the shores of Medical Lake. Stocked with vintage goods and handcrafted items from nearby women-owned businesses, Farm Salvation celebrates the local. Like a farmhouse pantry, their shelves are lined with jams as well as Washington state food products like dry soup mixes from Rill Foods out of Kittitas County, Chase Honey from Newman Lake and easy-to-use baking mixes from Spokane’s own Papa Ray’s Marketplace. Need help picking a present? The shop also sells pre-filled gift baskets.
When it’s time to warm up with a warm (or spicy hot!) meal, head toward FUSION KOREAN restaurant in Airway Heights. Open daily, this casual dining spot on the Sunset Highway serves a deliciously wide variety of teriyaki, sushi and kimbap rolls, spicy ramen, tempura dishes and more.
And if you can’t decide, Northern Quest Resort & Casino has a ton of delicious dining options, including the newer EAST PAN ASIAN CUISINE, with dishes featuring on-site-made noodles and other Asian delicacies. For a holiday party, you can reserve their Japanese-style Horigotatsu dining rooms that can hold up to 16 guests. And be sure to take a stroll through Questmas Village, which takes over their BECU Live outdoor concert space starting Dec. 1. The free “glice” skating rink will be back, and Santa and one of his reindeer will stop by on Dec. 17.