Local businesses teaming up in tough times

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by Shawn Chitnis & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on June 18, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 18 at 6:21 PM

SPOKANE--Some Spokane neighborhoods were in the middle of revitalizations when the local economy changed.  Now different parts of the city are working together to make it through these tough times.

One of the newest restaurants in Spokane is Casper Fry.  They're finishing their second week of service Monday in the Perry District.  More than 2000 people came through the first week and the restaurant created 30 jobs for the area.
 
Owner Deb Green says she's excited to join the neighborhood.

For neighborhoods like downtown, they can pool together to pay for services that help an entire block.  Plus they get support from organizations like the Downtown Spokane Partnership to publicize their services.

While some neighborhoods rely on being a destination or a recent track record, others are still working to improve their reputation.
 
In the Hillyard neighborhood businesses are still fighting stereotypes and meet weekly to brainstorm how to help their community.  They also hold monthly events to bring people from outside the neighborhood.

Businesses and local development groups aren't just focusing on their own neighborhoods.  They say once they get customers in their doors, they also encourage them to visit other stores in other parts of the city.
 

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