The Garland District began in 1910 with the building of the street railway system, particularly the Post Street Line. By the late 1920s, the district started to take shape. In the 1930s, the Milk Bottle was built as part of the Benewah Creamery Chain. Fergusons Café opened as well, and has been featured in movies such as "Why Would I Lie?", "Vision Quest", and "Benny & Joon". Most recently Boon was filmed in the district. The Garland Theater opened its doors in November 1945 and 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 1950s. Most businesses in the Garland District are locally owned and many of them have been family-owned for more than 25 years.
The Business District
The Garland Business District was 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 Garland Business District is a volunteer organization and we strive to establish a vibrant neighborhood walking district that encourages our neighbors and visitors to feel welcome.
Businesses within our district, or those who would like to support the marketing and improvement of our district, are welcome to join our annual membership. Please contact us for more details. Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 am at The Gathering House, 733 W. Garland Avenue. The annual meetings are held in November each year.
Thank you for supporting the strengthening of The Garland District!