9315 N. Nevada St.
From the road, one might see the broad, two-story Service Station building and wonder why a coffeehouse would need so much space. The tables and couches inside the roomy, European-style café are constantly filled with families, students, couples and friends sipping on coffee and snacking on goodies, but that's just one room. The Service Station runs the rest of the building as an event center.
Four rooms can be rented out for various occasions, including business meetings, conferences, Christmas parties, baby showers, weddings and wedding receptions. There's the Green Room (set up like a living room), a boardroom, conference room and an auditorium.
In addition to providing event space and selling coffee, the Service Station seeks to give back to the community. "The reason why [it's called] 'Service Station' is because we serve the city of Spokane," she says. "We are an organization that supports good causes in town."
4516 S. Regal St.
When Tony Ferrante opened his cafe, he figured it would be a pizza place, albeit an upscale one. Still, he would keep things simple. You'd order at the counter and pick up your own food when a chef said it was ready.
Nine years later, this simplicity - coupled with reliably tasty Italian food - hasn't changed at Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe. What has changed is the variety of items on the menu.
"We were thinking more of a pizza place when we started, but it's evolved," says Ferrante, whose restaurant is also home to a boutique gift shop and busy catering business.
Nearly everything is made in-house, including their delectable salad dressing, and they've expanded to include pastas, panini, calzones and other dishes, like the super-popular five-layer baked lasagna. Ferrante's also serves wine and now offers four beer taps. Wednesdays feature local acoustic musicians, adding more of a vibe to the already comfortable dining room.