Welcome to this groovy little area of Spokane! The east end of Main is a vibrant neighborhood with lots going on, a veritable hive of diverse activities. You will find community guidance and services, cool things to buy, good food to eat, delicious drinks to enjoy and plentiful opportunities to make new friends.
The Saranac and Community Buildings are side-by-side neighbors on the south side of Main Avenue in downtown Spokane, just west of Division. The two sister buildings are home to about 40 tenants. Most are not-for-profit. All are engaged in purposeful, progressive work. Their missions range from protecting and restoring the health of the Spokane River to high profile civil rights litigation.
The buildings also host a handful of unique and innovative commercial enterprises: the venerable Magic Lantern Theatre, which showcases independent films; the Saranac Public House, serving local brews on tap and tasty locally-sourced fare; and Kizuri, a Fair Trade store featuring handcrafted items from around the world.
The buildings are about a short (less than 20-minute) walk from just about anywhere in downtown Spokane. If you are coming by bus, there is a stop right in front of Kizuri on the ground floor of the Community Building. It is a 6-minute ride on the #25 from the downtown STA Plaza on Riverside.
If you drive, you’ll find ample street parking in the neighborhood – just be sure to plug your meter if you are in a metered spot! The city patrols the area quite frequently. Metered parking is available on both sides of Main street. Spots on Browne (headed south) or on Division (headed north) are also metered and a little bit cheaper. There are two pay-by-the-hour parking lots, on the corner of Main and Browne and on the east side of the Main Market Co-Op. Free 3-hour parking is just a block away, east of Division on Main.
Bike racks are available for our visitors, right outside the buildings on Main. Make sure you’ve locked your bike up and don’t leave it overnight.