The Power Shoppers

Are you one of those people whose idea of the holidays starts and ends with shopping? Delivering the perfect, personalized Christmas gift is an art form all its own that makes the season so memorable.

So you and your team of power shoppers can unite early and start your day at RIVER PARK SQUARE — which is, as Senior Director of Marketing Rita Koefod puts it, “a wonderful place to be. People come in for the holiday vibe.”

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The shopping’s great, too. Anchored by NORDSTROM, River Park Square offers a wide variety of both national and local brands. Spokane’s own LEGO STORE location is brand new, so be sure to work it into your Christmas shopping schedule.

Exit the mall and step across the street, and you’ll find scrumptious bath, shower and body products at LUSH — a perfect stop for all skincare and relaxation lovers.

Take your shopping game to the next level by attending Spokane’s annual BRRZAAR at River Park Square on Dec. 16, featuring over 50 pop-up local artists and makers. “They take over all four levels,” says Koefed. “It’s huge.”

You can wander and window shop across downtown, and if you venture a little deeper, you’ll find FRINGE AND FRAY, a resale boutique providing a curated blend of vintage and modern looks for the fashionista in your life.

Or head up to the NORTH MONROE DISTRICT to explore funky stores and plenty of vintage options like 1889 SALVAGE CO., offering home decor, furniture, jewelry, books and other gifts.

It can be hard to remember to take a break, but power shoppers need to keep up their energy. ATTICUS COFFEE & GIFTS provides a cozy spot to grab a cup of locally roasted brew. Coffee plus shopping: genius!

Hungry? While TWIGS has four Spokane-area locations, its River Park Square setup features a row of tables high above the massive Christmas tree and all the holiday bustle. Or nearby at WHIM WINE BAR, you can enjoy appetizers, pizza, draft beers and, of course, wine.

Right in the heart of it all, you can stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS CITY CENTER, or you can opt for the CENTENNIAL HOTEL, adjacent to the Spokane River and Centennial Trail. Either way, you’ve earned a relaxing stroll through Spokane’s dressed-for-the-holidays Riverfront Park.

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