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. The North Hill Masonic Lodge #210 was established in 1915 and built their beautiful building at the corner of Garland Avenue and Wall Street in 1921.
In 1935, the Milk Bottle was built as part of the Benewah Creamery Chain. Fergusons Café, which first opened in the 1930s, has been featured in three movies: Vision Quest, Benny & Joon and Why Would I Lie?.
The Garland Theater opened its doors in November 1945. It was the premier movie house in the West, rivaling and surpassing theaters in Los Angeles and Hollywood. It is a premier example of Art Deco architecture in the Pacific Northwest.
Many businesses along Garland Avenue still have their original neon signs dating back to the 1950’s.
The Garland District has a rich history of business development over the past 110 years. For the most part, the businesses have been locally owned. Many of them have been family-owned for more than 25 years, such as Garland Printing, Quam’s Watch Center, QUINN and The Engraver.
For those who have lived and grown up in North Spokane, there is a great fondness for the Garland District. They love to share their stories and memories.
The Garland Business District Association
The Garland Business District incorporated in 2007 as a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation to foster economic development and support locally-owned businesses. There are currently over 85 businesses in our District. The boundaries of the Garland District are along Garland Avenue from Howard Street to Madison Street and include businesses one block north and south of Garland Avenue.
The Garland Business District is a volunteer organization. We strive to establish a vibrant neighborhood walking district that encourages our neighbors and visitors to feel welcome. We are known for our community events such as the Garland Street Fair, Fall Fest and Winter Wonderland. Pub crawls along Garland are always a favorite nightlife event.
Member dues for those businesses within out designated boundary is $100 per year to support the marketing and improvement of our District. For others outside the Garland District boundaries who would like to support the district, we have a Friends of Garland membership of $125 per year.
Monthly meetings are held the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 am at The Gathering House, 733 W. Garland Avenue.
The annual meetings is held in November each year.
Email for details and questions.
Thank you for supporting the strengthening of our district!
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GARLAND BUSINESS DISTRICT
The Garland Business District and its members do not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
We seek to encourage diversity in our district and welcome all those who visit us to feel safe and accepted.