Your one-stop shopping, dining and entertainment destination By Jillian Chandler
Spokane, Washington, is a city immersed in natural beauty and offers travel-worthy attractions, and in the heart of this charming community is where you will find River Park Square.
Boasting 420,000 square feet comprised of 55 businesses, River Park Square features everything from Nordstrom, movies, technology and home fashion to casual and full-service dining and entertainment.
Conveniently located just steps away from top hotels, Spokane Falls and Riverfront Park, there is always something to do in and around River Park Square, “whether it’s the Skate Ribbon, Looff Carrousel, Sky Ride, or Light Show at the Pavilion,” says Rita Koefod, senior director of Marketing, Communications and Branding for River Park Square. “River Park Square is also a pre-show hot spot within walking distance of the Fox Theater, comedy clubs, Spokane Arena and First Interstate Center for the Arts, home of Best of Broadway.”
Attracting visitors from the entire region (and Canada!), River Park Square is the premier shopping destination between the Seattle area and Minneapolis. “Shoppers can find sought-after brands like Nordstrom, Apple, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, Nike Factory Store and Lush,” shares Rita. “They will also love our new merchants including Pandora, Soma, Tempur-Pedic and Lovesac.”
She adds that another popular attraction is River Park Square’s AMC Theatres with IMAX, featuring recliners and reserved seating options.
When visiting with the kids, be sure to check out “Ruby,” America’s largest red stiletto on display year-round. Checking in at 9-feet 11-inches tall and weighing more than 500 pounds, it’s sure to impress. “For more family fun, check out Polka Dot Pottery, Whiz Kids Toy Store and Ben & Jerry’s,” suggests Rita.
When it comes to dining, River Park Square has a unique array of options for patrons. Rita recommends locally owned Whim Wine Bar, a charming destination dishing up thin-crust pizzas, charcuterie boards and carefully selected wines, ciders and beer from around the world. She adds, “It’s ideally located near AMC for pre-move sips.”
The River Park Square staple Twigs is known for its martinis, wide menu and terrace dining, which opens to the center’s atrium. P.F. Chang’s is another popular destination for locals and tourists alike. For those boba tea lovers, there’s the sister-owned Tea’s Company, which launched as a farmers market pop-up stand and just last year made its new home at River Park Square.
“Whether it's for a date, family excursion, night out or a large group event, Flatstick Pub is a fun, unique experience for local craft beer, pizza, old-school fun and memorable moments, including mini golf and duffleboard,” shares Rita. Bonus: Flatstick is family friendly until 7pm.
And then there’s the shopping to be had. From Here, The PNW Dream and The Small Biz Shoppe each offers its own distinct personality while offering a creative blend of products sourced from local artists and makers. Rita also suggests checking out an Inland Northwest favorite, Anderson & Co., a unique shopping destination for fine menswear with bespoke quality and extraordinary service.
While there is a narrative about malls and brick-and-mortars closing their doors in response to people opting to shop online, Rita reminds the community about the importance, and experience, of shopping local. “It’s impossible to replicate the sense of discovery that comes from shopping in-store. It’s a true benefit getting the size right on the first try. Who doesn’t love avoiding shipping delays and taking goodies home immediately? We find customers are also well informed about the true cost and environmental impact of returning online orders. Beyond that, a day at River Park Square is about community and spending time with friends and family.”
Throughout the year, River Park Square hosts a variety of events, partnering with many local nonprofits and community organizations. Nearly every weekend throughout the year, you’re sure to find something happening downtown and at River Park Square. With the wide array of dining, fashion, events and entertainment, visitors will discover something new each time they plan a visit to River Park Square.
River Park Square is open 10am to 8pm Monday through Saturday and 11am to 6pm Sunday, with AMC Theatres and restaurants open later.
River Park Square 808 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA 509.363.0304