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By Rod Larse
The Journal 

Main Event gift and coffee shop opens in Ritzville


Last updated 12/8/2021 at 6:10pm

Photos by Rod Larse | The Journal

RITZVILLE – There's a new business downtown.

The Main Event opened at 116 W. Main Ave. on Nov. 27.

Owned by Amy Guiles and her parents Sherrie and Ron Guiles of Spokane, Main Event is a gift and coffee shop with a holiday theme.

Borrowing from the classic 1942 film "Holiday Inn," starring Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, the store will only be open on holidays, or more specifically months with significant decorating and gifting holidays included.

The store will remain open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, through December, with a Christmas theme.

A line of holiday plants, decor, and artisan bath and body products are available, along with espresso drinks and Italian sodas.

Comfortable seating in front of big screen TVs is provided, where holiday themed movies, currently including "Holiday Inn," are presented.

In January, Main Event will close.

It will reopen in February with a Valentine theme, and remain open through Memorial Day weekend.

The space can also be rented for private gatherings, hence the name Main Event.

According to Sherrie Guiles, art classes may be scheduled in the shop.

There could be a brief opening in July around Independence Day.

"There is so much going on in the summer," Amy Guiles said, noting the store will close again until October, then reopen for a Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas run.

The Main Event occupies two buildings - the William Snyder Building at 116 W. Main Ave., built in 1899; and the O.R. Haight Building, at 114 W. Main Ave., built in 1901.

Ron Guiles opened the doorway between the two spaces as part of a renovation.

It's not the first time a single business has occupied both buildings.

Inside the store is an old photograph showing a large crowd in front of the two buildings under a single sidewalk canopy. The sign says, "Wm Snyder Merchandise Company."

The Guiles also own Whispering Palms, next door at 110 W, Main Ave.

The Palms building sustained heavy damage as a result of neglect over the years, and now serves as shop space while work continues on that and the other two buildings.

"We are trying to save these old buildings" Amy Guiles said.


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