Live Local Inland Northwest launches directory, online marketplace for area businesses

Live Local Inland Northwest is launching an online marketplace for Spokane-area businesses and organizations to showcase their products for free while providing them with an opportunity to reach a wider customer base.

The marketplace acts as a one-stop shop for businesses and organizations, which can showcase up to 10 items on the platform. Businesses are able to sell directly to customers on the marketplace or link to their own e-commerce website.

“We are calling it Spokane’s virtual Main Street,” said Janice Miller, communications director for Live Local INW, adding the marketplace gives each business a chance to have prime online storefront space while lifting each other up in the process.

More than 400 locally owned and operated businesses have signed up to participate in the online marketplace, which goes live Tuesday.

The Grain Shed co-owner and brewer Teddy Benson said he’s excited about the online marketplace.

The Perry District brewery,

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