John Doran opened his business in 1914 just as automobiles were remaking American society. He sold such early models as the Essex, the Packard, and the Hudson. The Hudson had a more powerful engine at a cheaper price than competitors such as Ford's…

The pioneers of early Spokane did not live on bread alone. The rough frontier boomtown of the 1880s hosted luxury businesses as well, including Dodson's Jewelers. George Dodson arrived in Spokan Falls in 1888 after his long journey from Illinois.…