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Spokane Mourns the Loss of a Landmark

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Monday, September 26, 2011

Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle, a beloved restaurant and landmark in Spokane’s Garland District, burned to the ground on the night of September 25. The fire also destroyed Ferguson’s Café next door, and was so large and difficult to contain that it took 50 firemen almost two hours to put it out. Both restaurants were featured in the 1993 movie Benny and Joon, and the Milk Bottle in particular has come to be nationally known as an iconic location in Spokane.

The Milk Bottle was built in 1935 as a retail store for the Benewah Dairy. At 38 feet tall and 15 feet wide, it is one of a handful of giant milk bottle buildings scattered around the United States—and one of the most famous. The dairy closed down in the early 70’s, leaving the Milk Bottle unused until 1994, when it reopened as Mary Lou’s restaurant, serving some of the best local burgers, thick-cut fries, and delicious homemade ice cream. Mary Lou’s has been a favorite among North Spokane residents ever since, and their ice cream became so popular that it was served in other local restaurants around town. The restaurant had an old-fashioned charm to its décor, with black and white checkered tile floor, historic photos displayed on the walls, and 50’s style bar stools at the front counter. At first, the Mary Lou’s Milk Bottle was open only for lunch, but the past two summers their hours were extended into the mid-evening so that locals could grab an ice cream cone to cool down on a hot summer night. Many people around Spokane have fond memories of both the Milk Bottle and Ferguson’s Café and have been devastated to learn that they are gone, describing it as a heartbreaking loss for the city.

Update: Although the Ferguson’s building has been deemed a total loss, the Milk Bottle is still structurally intact. The owners of both restaurants state that they have plans to rebuild. The cause of the fire is still under investigation at this time.


Celebrate the Grand Opening of Spokane Public Market!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Spokane Public Market is celebrating its Grand Opening this Friday and Saturday! This is an exciting opportunity to explore Spokane’s newest market for local farmers, artisans, and small businesses. Local businesses like the ones you can find at the Spokane Public Market are the lifeblood of a community, offering unique products that are grown and made in the area with an eye toward quality that is so often missing from mass produced goods and commercially grown food. When you purchase from these vendors, you know that your money is going to support people who live and work in the same area as you do, thereby supporting the economy of your hometown.

Mountain Valley View Farm, Inc. is proud to be a vendor at the Spokane Public Market. In addition to our delicious, fresh organic produce, you will find baked goods, all natural goat cheese in a variety of flavors, healthy teas and juices, candies, cut flowers, and nursery stock. Our booth is easy to find: it’s on the Northeast corner at the end of the aisle when you first walk in–just look for our sign. We would love to meet you and tell you more about our family farm.

Other unique items you can find for sale at the Spokane Public Market include freshly picked huckleberries and wild mushrooms; arts and crafts including dolls, sculpture, herbal soaps, hand-dyed yarns, handcrafted jewelry, leather handbags, and candles; gourmet caramel candies and chocolates; locally caught fish as well as locally raised beef, pork, poultry, and goat meat; and so much more. There is almost no end to the variety of amazing things you can discover at the market! A full list of vendors can be viewed here.

The Spokane Public Market is open each week Thursday-Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, and plans to operate year-round. Please spread the word about their Grand Opening by grabbing a flyer and showing it to your friends and coworkers! You can print the flyer at the top of the post, or choose from one of the following flyers as well (click on either image to view and print it in a larger format). Thank you for supporting local businesses in the Spokane area!