‘Hamilton’ musical relieves downtown Spokane businesses

SPOKANE, Wash. — Tomorrow, “Hamilton” will open its 24-show run May 3 at the First Interstate Center in downtown Spokane.

Like many noteworthy events in the City of Lilacs, “Hamilton” is expected to bring great entertainment and positive financial impact to nearby businesses. The show comes as a relief to many who were struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Nobody knew what was going to happen once you know for sure what’s going to happen,” said Steve Reynolds, an artist at Pottery Place Plus. “We can adapt to it. We can deal with it. We didn’t know day to day what was going to happen.

Reynolds says the last few years at Pottery Place Plus have been times of uncertainty, even being located right in the heart of downtown.

“When the tourism is good and the shopping is local, yeah, we do pretty well,” Reynolds said.

A few blocks from the pottery store is Feast, a Nectar Co. restaurant. Owner Josh Wade is thrilled with the big events the town has planned this year.

“We’re thrilled when an event is happening downtown, including the INB performing arts center, the podium, the arena, that sort of thing,” Wade said. “For us, with our business model, we’re looking for that pre-glass of wine, beer, pre-show appetizer.”

Hamilton is expected to draw huge crowds, being one of the biggest musicals on Broadway right now.

“Throughout eastern/central Washington all the way to northern Idaho, we have people from Canada, Oregon and Montana,” said Peter Rossing, Marketing Director at WestCoast Entertainment.

The musical was supposed to arrive in 2019 but had to be postponed due to the pandemic. Tickets for the originally scheduled dates sold out quickly, but there are currently seats available for a pretty penny.

More than 60,000 fans are expected to see the show throughout Hamilton’s 24-show run to Spokane. If you want tickets you can see what is available here.

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