Our Story

The Garland District began in 1910 with the building of the street railway system, particularly the Post Street line. By the late 1920’s, the district started to take shape. Three buildings in particular are eligible for the Historic Register. The Masonic Temple, built in 1922, is a modest example of late Romanesque revival style with gabled parapets, round arches and decorative motifs in the brickwork. In 1935, the Milk Bottle was built as part of the Benewah Creamery Chain. Fergusons Café, which first opened in the 1930s, was featured in three movies: Vision Quest, Benny & Joon and Why Would I Lie?.

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The Garland Theater, established in 1945, is a premier example of Art Deco architecture in the Pacific Northwest. Many businesses still have their original neon signs dating back to the 1950’s.

The Garland Business District incorporated in 2007 as a non-profit corporation to foster economic development and support locally-owned businesses. The Garland District was voted Best Neighborhood Shopping District, in the Inlander’s 2013 Best of Readers Poll.

Local art, vintage clothes, thrift store, fun clothes, pet grooming – just a few reasons to come to the Garland District. Browse bookshelves or try out a guitar. Recharge at the coffee shop. Catch a movie or a comedy improv show. Get your nails done. Take a sewing lesson. You will find unique, high-quality products and services. Grab a bite at Spokane’s original family-owned diners.

The City of Spokane has recognized the Garland Business District for our leadership and innovation in environmental sustainability. When you Buy Garland, you really are buying local.