Businesses on Main Avenue survive COVID-19 shutdowns

SPOKANE, Wash.–We’re a long ways away from getting rid of COVID-19, but one block in the heart of Spokane gives us a little bit of hope.

Many shops on Main Avenue had to close their doors for the last 66 days, and luckily none of those shops had to close permanently.

Every shop on the street survived the shutdown.

“It feels great, it was like a ghost town a month ago,” One store owner said.

But with that said, business is going to take a while to return to normal.

Phase 2 allows restaurants to serve dine-in customers at 50 percent capacity, but Boots Bakery doesn’t have the space to do that.

So they’re still only serving customers with takeout or allowing families to sit outside.

One family is more than happy with that.

“It’s great to see it come back,” Jennifer Shupe said. “We did support Boots with takeout while the shutdown was going on, so it’s good to be back and be here in person.”

A few doors down, Finders Keepers still has its doors closed, but the dress shop is operating still through appointments only.

You can reach out to 509-624-1251 to shop there.

Just across the street, another small shop opens its doors for the first time since March.

Chosen Vintage clothing will only allow a handful of people in at once.

“I’m excited to see everyone again, and we love the block,” Owner Deena Kieffer said.

You can still try clothes on in the store, but if you don’t buy them, they’ll be put away for 24 hours to disinfect.

Also on Main Ave, the home of Spokane’s Party Trolley.

Usually, the trolley would take you around local bars on a beautiful day like today.

But, now the owner is changing the way she does business.

“I really had to think long and hard what am I going to do?” Nina Kindem said.

Instead of waiting until next year to operate, she has decided to offer two-person trolley rides.

She’ll be up and running in about a week, and you can book an appointment through this number (509) 879-6309.

“This is going to be a little above the normal party trolley, you know party, party, party make lots of noise,” Kindem said.

It’s been a long two months for many people in Spokane.

But, this little block of Main Ave shows some light at the end of the tunnel.

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