Listening to local bands, drinking local brews and supporting a sustainable business. This is what participants of "Boulevard Nights" can expect from a night out.
On the first Friday of every month, Boulevard Mercantile has been hosting “Boulevard Nights: A Band and a Brewery” inside its decked-out, vintage thrift shop located at 1012 N. Washington St. from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This successful event typically draws an impressive crowd.
Whether visitors are there for the local music, one-of-a-kind thrifted clothing pieces or if over 21 years old, to grab a free beer with friends, community is at the core of Boulevard Nights.
Co-owner Daniel Webb said that the idea for this event came from wanting to get to know the community better while highlighting local artists and businesses.
Since the event's launch in May, Boulevard Mercantile has highlighted three breweries — The Hidden Mother Brewery, Brick West Brewery and Bellwether Brewery Co. — and four local artists: Micah Clay, Blake Braley, Lucas Brown and the Folk Crimes and Uh Oh and the Oh Wells.
“Exposing our regular customers to good local music and bands, and then vice versa — exposing the people who are coming to see the bands to good vintage merchandise — was something we were excited to get going,” Webb said.
This last Friday was Boulevard Mercantile’s fifth night event. With vintage-dressed guests and people of all ages, the thrift shop energy was electric, according to Joshua Martel, an out-of-town attendee.
Lucas Brookbank Brown was the artist of the night. He stood center stage with an acoustic guitar in hand and sang as people slid hangers across the clothing racks, looking for unique finds.
The thrift shop venue provides seats around the artist’s stage for those who have finished looking through clothes and antiques or for those who simply want to sit, listen and relax.
“Live music is so great coming out of the pandemic,” Martel said. “Being able to look through clothes, listen to live music and have a beer, it’s pretty cool. It’s special.”
The brewery featured this month was The Hidden Mother Brewery, located at 1301 N. Washington St. The brewery featured two beers. Event attendees over the age of 21 can walk up, grab a free beer and thrift or sit to enjoy music. The beer stand is donation-based and checks IDs.
Attending this monthly event supports three local elements of Spokane: a business, a brewery and a band.
“We had people come in and buy some items that they were really stoked on while enjoying themselves, and that’s all we could ask for,” said Holly Smith, store manager Boulevard Mercantile. “We want them to come in and enjoy each other and buy some cool stuff.”
Smith said each vintage piece has a story that holds character. Boulevard Mercantile has one-of-a-kind items and a diverse collection of furniture, clothing and miscellaneous antiques.
Webb and his co-owners, David and Joellen Jeffers, plan to keep this event going after taking a two-month break in November and December, so they can focus on their biggest event of the year, "Shop and Awe," on Nov. 20 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Boulevard Mercantile’s annual shop rearrangement is the business’ way of giving back to the community, according to Webb. With free food, free drink, live music and special access to the thrift shop, Boulevard Mercantile wants the community to feel like a part of its store.
The next Boulevard Nights event will be held the first Friday of January in 2022.
Even though there may not be music and free beer everyday at Boulevard Mercantile, the thrift shop is still open for business six days a week, Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit its store location, just a few blocks from campus at 1012 N. Washington St.