SPOKANE, Wash. -- Recent violence has plagued The Knitting Factory and its reputation.
Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub shut down the concert venue after a nearby double-shooting over the weekend. The police department, Mayor Condon and the head of The Knitting Factory devised a plan to reopen it Thursday, with the greatest intention being to keep everyone safe.
Owners of neighboring businesses like Rachel Rogers hope for the same. She owns Adinkra Market and Design, which shares a wall with The Knitting Factory. Rogers calls it a good neighbor and says she’s never had a problem with the clientele. The news of the closure came as a surprise to her.
“I don’t condone that kind of gang violence, and I understand why people are afraid, but I don’t feel like that’s the right answer,” Rogers said.
She isn’t the only one who feels that way. Connie Naccarato owns the nearby Rain Lounge and says every downtown business suffers when one shuts down. She hopes safety improves and The Knitting Factory remains a mainstay.
“Maybe change the type of venues they bring in, if they can. If not, and they like what they’re doing, they could just have some additional police force. Maybe they have to pay for it and have it present there, so you don’t have that kind of activity here,” Naccarato said.
It appears now the temporary closure may not have affected the concert venue. The business said on its Facebook page Thursday night an upcoming show is nearly sold out.