Spokane’s newest coffee roaster, Roast House, has organized something a little different for your Black Friday shopping. Owner Deborah Di Bernardo, who opened Roast House less than a year ago on principles of sustainable, ethical, and delicious, is all about promoting local businesses. Some time ago, she decided to invite a dozen local artisans to sell their works on the day after Thanksgiving in her warehouse at 423 E. Cleveland Avenue without charging them booth fees, so shoppers would have an alternative option that supports local crafts people. She planned on serving free tea and espresso and live music. This idea expanded into a shopping circuit of small, local, mostly downtown Spokane businesses.
Here’s how it works: Go to the Roast House, open that day from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to pick up your Black Friday Local Shopping Challenge punch card. Then, visit the participating businesses: Atticus, Boo Radley, Vino! A Wine Shop, Satellite Diner, Kizuri, Auntie’s Bookstore, Cassanos, and Sun People Dry Goods. Your punch card will get you a discount or special offer at each stop. Auntie’s Bookstore, Kizuri, Atticus, Boo Radley, Vino! A Wine Shop, and Sun People Dry Goods are all offering discounts to Black Friday card holders. Satellite Diner is offering free Roast House coffee, and Cassano’s is offering $2.00 canolli. If you make the entire shopping circuit, you will be entered into a drawing for a grand prize basket of goodies donated by the participating businesses.
The artisan event at Roast House features woodworkers, a glass artist, jewelers, a paper card artist, knitters, quilters, and more. Some of the great gifts for sale include glass platters, ornaments, holiday wreaths, gloves, scarves, hats, cutting boards, bird houses, and canned jams and relishes. Live music will be provided all day, and Roast House, will feature the release of their new Nutcracker Suite, a holiday blend of coffees featured in a sustainable, reusable glass jar.
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