‘Hamilton’ musical brings relief to downtown Spokane businesses

SPOKANE, Wash. — Tomorrow, “Hamilton” will open its 24-show run on May 3 at the First Interstate Center in downtown Spokane.

Like many noteworthy events to hit the Lilac City, ‘Hamilton’ is expected to bring great entertainment and a positive financial impact for nearby businesses. The show comes as a relief to many who were struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nobody knew what’s going to happen once you know for certain what’s going to happen,” said Steve Reynolds, an artist at Pottery Place Plus. “We can adjust to it. We can deal with it. We didn’t know day to day what was going to happen.”

Reynolds says the last few years at Pottery Place Plus were times of uncertainty, even while being located right in the heart of downtown.

“When the tourism is good, and the shopping’s local, yeah we are doing pretty well,” Reynolds said.

A few blocks from the pottery store is Fête, a Nectar Co. restaurant. Owner Josh Wade is thrilled about the big events the city has planned this year.

“We’re excited when any event comes to downtown, including the INB performing arts center, The Podium, the Arena, those types of things,” Wade said. “For us, with our business model, we look for that pre-glass of wine, beer, appetizer prior to the show.”

Hamilton is expected to draw in a huge crowd, being one of the biggest musicals on Broadway currently.

“Through all of Eastern/Central Washington through North Idaho, we do have people coming from Canada, from Oregon and Montana,” said Peter Rossing, Director of Marketing at WestCoast Entertainment.

The musical was supposed to come in 2019 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Tickets for the originally scheduled dates sold out quick, but there are currently still seats available for a pretty penny.

More than 60,000 fans are expected to see the show throughout Hamilton’s 24-show stint in Spokane. If you want tickets, you can view what’s available here.

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