SPOKANE, Wash. -- Business leaders geared up for the Garland Block Party over the weekend, hoping the event would translate into a spike in sales.
The Garland District festival kicked off Saturday to celebrate the arts in Spokane. The event happens every summer.
"It was packed,” Zippers clothing store owner Erica Shepard recalled from last year’s Block Party. “I had a line like Ross after Christmas to the back of the store.”
Another store owner in the area was hoping big lines from the event would kick start his business.
"It's been a slow start. I'm hoping this block party will get more people into this store," said Ghani.
Garland District leaders want the increased foot traffic from the Block Party to continue. They were planning more events for the area throughout the year.
Nearly 40 vendors and businesses were involved in the 2013 edition of the Garland Block Party. The event wrapped up Saturday night.