Shopping in Spokane is a combination of big name retailers, regional malls, locally owned boutiques and vintage shops. As the shopping hub in the Inland Northwest, Spokane locals voted for the best toy stores, clothing shops, hotels and more in the latest edition of The Inlander's 'Best Of' readers poll! Discover your new favorite shopping spot in Spokane!
Spokane's Best Women’s Boutique
1st PLACE: AUDREY’S BOUTIQUE
Audrey’s is the spot for unique and stylish women’s wear. Audrey’s provides casual, work and formal looks, plus resort wear and swimsuits available in-store all year round, making it a go-to for any and all clothing needs. The boutique also specializes in clothes for the post-mastectomy woman and offers custom bra fittings to all. Audrey’s has been dedicated to serving customers in the Spokane area for more than 25 years. (Inlander)
2nd PLACE: Jema Lane Boutique
Jema Lane Boutique is a Spokane Valley based fashion retail store, offering upscale women's fashion, accessories, handbags, clothing and much more. With a friendly staff ready to provide anything you need, Jema Lane offers an unparalleled shopping experience. If you are looking for unique and trendy items, this is one of the best women's boutiques in Spokane! (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: Lolo
Lolo is a locally owned Spokane clothing boutique that offers unique clothing at reasonable prices. Cute, simple, and sophisticated define all the items sold here, with the latest summer fashion to trendy jewelry, room decorations and more. Discover why Lolo is becoming a favorite of so many in Spokane! (Visit Spokane)
Best Toy Store in Spokane
1st PLACE: WHIZ KIDS
Jan St. George, otherwise known as “Jan the Toy Lady,” is ending her chapter at Whiz Kids with a bang.
After successfully leading the toy store through a pandemic — followed by a year of record-high sales — St. George announced her retirement from Whiz Kids. She’s worked there for 17 years.
“I’ve had a life of loving toys,” St. George says, laughing. “I’m just a big kid.”
St. George joined Whiz Kids in 2005 as a part-time employee.
“The previous owners were just opening the downtown location, and they put an ad in the newspaper looking for employees. I applied, and they gave me a chance,” St. George recalls.
She quickly climbed her way up the management ladder, and purchased the store in 2010.
So we asked St. George: What did she learn during that time?
“How to juggle a hundred things at once,” she begins.
(I also ask her if, as Jan the Toy Lady, she’s learned to juggle physical objects as well as metaphorical ones, and she explains that yes, she can, in fact, juggle up to three physical objects.)
St. George goes on to say she’s also learned to “appreciate everybody for who they are,” a lesson taught to her by Whiz Kids’ customers.
Those customers, she’s quick to point out, are at the heart of the Whiz Kids experience for her.
They were “willing to embrace my love of learning something, but having fun doing it,” she says. “I have a lot — a lot, a lot — of repeat customers. All their support is why I’m in the position I’m at right now, going out on the best year yet. It’s the right time to turn the reins over to someone else.”
St. George recently sold Whiz Kids to a local mother-daughter duo, Kathleen and Julia Lara, who also own French Toast Children’s Boutique in Kendall Yards.
“I want everyone to support them the way they’ve supported me all these years,” she says. “I’m turning [Whiz Kids] over to great, wonderful people who are going to love the store just as much as I have. I’m totally behind them.” (Inlander)
2nd PLACE: Boo Radley’s
At Boo Radley's! Toys there is something for everyone. Fun toys, books, cards, t-shirts and decor line the shelves at this unique toy store in downtown Spokane at the corner of Howard and Spokane Falls Blvd across from The Looff Carousel in Riverfront Park. Discover why Boo Radley's has made it onto the Inlander's 'Best Of' readers poll over 15 times! (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: Figpickels Toy Emporium, Coeur d’Alene
Shopping in Coeur d'Alene doesn't get much more fun than Figpickels Toy Emporium, no matter what age you are! Whether you are taking the kids shopping for a new toy, or looking for fun-filled gift ideas, Figpickels without a doubt an amazing option near Spokane! (Visit Spokane)
Spokane's Best Wine Shop
1st PLACE: VINO, A WINE SHOP
Whether you’re an experienced wine lover or a wine novice, Vino has the grapes you (and the rest of our readers) are looking for! This shop offers a wide selection of local, regional and international wines — including the newest winery releases — and wine-related gifts. Vino also offers regular tastings and a wine of the month club for those looking to perfect their palate. (Inlander)
2nd PLACE: Nectar Wine and Beer
Located in the heart of Kendall Yards, Nectar Wine and Beer brings the best of both worlds with an amazing selection of not only all your favorite wines, but local craft beer as well! Enjoy a few drinks and food options in their quaint dining and bar area, or browse the store to take home a few bottles. You can also order online and have your drinks ready for you when you arrive! (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: Bottles
Bottles is an independently owned liquor store and tap house in Millwood, Washington. Shop their amazing selection of rotating craft beer and wines from across the world! Bottles also offers a dining area where you can sample their seasonal appetizer menu or try a wine before you buy! This premium wine shop has been proudly serving the Spokane area since 2008. (Visit Spokane)
Best Men’s Clothing Store in Spokane
1st PLACE: NORDSTROM
At risk of stereotyping, a lot of men like to keep their shopping simple. Not their fashion, mind you, but the actual act of shopping. Nordstrom is our readers’ favorite spot for men’s clothes, and it’s because you can find exactly what you need from head to toe, whether you want to dress up or keep it casual, all in one spot. (Inlander)
2nd PLACE: Anderson and Co.
Since its inception, Anderson & Co. has been one of the premier upscale men’s clothing stores in the Pacific Northwest, drawing people from across the region who are seeking fine hand-crafted suits and accessories. Anderson & Co. is locally owned and operated, consistently offering the highest quality men's clothing and helpful customer service. If you are looking for expert help in choosing the perfect fabric, fit and tailoring for your specific needs, then pay this outstanding men's store a visit. (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: Kingsley & Scout
Kingsley and Scout is a modern concept retail and art space, working to bring quality men’s lifestyle clothing and premium hand-made goods together in one upscale setting. This business is committed to bringing a sense of community to men's fashion and shopping. providing excellent customer service that leaves you feeling relaxed and at home after every visit. The space and art displays are constantly evolving, making every shopping trip here a fun and unique experience in the heart of the North Monroe District. (Visit Spokane)
Spokane's Best Farmers Market
1st PLACE: KENDALL YARDS NIGHT MARKET
The Inlander staff is spoiled having the Kendall Yards Night Market come to life Wednesdays for much of the sunny part of the year. The combination of local produce, artisan crafts, food trucks, live entertainment and more makes it a lively spot to spend an hour or two hobnobbing with friends and strangers alike, and it’s a fine showcase for the businesses in the neighborhood all year. (Inlander)
2nd PLACE: South Perry Farmers Market
The Perry Street Farmer's Market happens every Thursday from May to October, bringing together the best local retailers, farmers, brewers, and much more! Explore more about what the local Spokane community has been making, as you make your way through this local favorite market. The market was created to serve as a resource to the community offering affordable and high-quality products while giving small farmers and local artisans a place to promote their artisanal craft and goods. (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: Liberty Lake Farmers Market
Taking place every Saturday from May through October, the Liberty Lake Farmers Market is one of Eastern Washington's favorite weekend markets. Located in Town Square Park, this particular market is as scenic as it is fun, with beautiful landscapes complimenting the unique goods of local purveyors. (Visit Spokane)
Best Antique/Vintage Shop
1st PLACE: BOULEVARD MERCANTILE
Step through the doors of Boulevard Mercantile, and expect to have your expectations dashed, in the best way. Because you never know what you’ll find there on any given day, from home decor pieces to clothing to furniture, all handpicked by its experienced team of local vendors. That’s really the best thing about a trip to Boulevard — you’ll almost always find that one-of-a-kind “something” you can’t leave without. (Inlander)
2nd PLACE: Tossed & Found
If you are looking for quality mid-century furniture & decor, antiques or other unique vintage items then Tossed in Found is the perfect place to go. Every trip here is like a treasure hunt, with new secrets hiding throughout the shelves. (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: Blue Cat Vintage
Blue Cat Vintage is an eclectic antique store offering a variety of goods, all of which are unlike anything you will find elsewhere. This shop also features a consignment shop, so you can sell or trade-in all your old antiques! (Visit Spokane)
Spokane's Best Coffee Shop
1st PLACE: WAKE UP CALL, PINES ROAD
Wake Up Call is a go-to for a midday caffeine fix. Its signature espresso drinks include the Abbey, a blend of white chocolate; and the Royal Crush, a combination of dark chocolate and salted caramel. Walk-in or drive through to see what all the buzz is about. (Inlander)
2nd PLACE: Thomas Hammer, South Grand Boulevard
Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters is a coffee house and wholesaler, creating new and delicious coffee each and every day. Industry-leading customer service and innovative products are themes here, with some of the best coffee made locally in Washington. Whether you are looking for a freshly brewed latte or want to take a few bags of beans home with you, Thomas Hammer will have just what you need. (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: Indaba, West Broadway
Since 2009, Indaba has made it its mission to forge a community in Spokane through excellent service, good coffee, and 'radical hospitality.' Roasting some of the finest beans in Washington has helped them achieve their goal, as Indaba is now one of the city's favorite coffee houses. (Visit Spokane)
Spokane's Best Hotel
1st PLACE: THE HISTORIC DAVENPORT
As one of Spokane's most notable historic landmarks, The Historic Davenport Hotel often needs no introduction. Founded in 1914 by Louis Davenport, this hotel has become synonymous with the city of Spokane, playing host to its most memorable figures and events. Rated 4 stars by the Forber Travel Guide, The Davenport is without a doubt the finest hotel in town. (Visit Spokane)
2nd PLACE: The Davenport Grand Hotel
Not to be confused with the Historic Davenport, The Davenport Grand Hotel offers a dazzling alternative for visitors who are looking for an enlightened hotel experience, complete with world-class accommodations and service. The cutting-edge and modern design of the hotel is matched only by the comfort of the rooms and suites, making it an easy choice for anyone traveling to the area. (Visit Spokane)
3rd PLACE: Northern Quest Resort Hotel
As the region's only destination resort to earn both the AAA Four Diamond award and the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star rating, Northern Quest Resort and Casino is a favorite of anyone looking to do a little gambling on their vacation to Spokane. Complete with 5-star restaurants, world-class day spas, exciting casinos and much more, Northern Quest is one of the best hotel options in Spokane. (Visit Spokane)