Downtown, skywalks link 14 blocks of shopping and dining on two levels, including two shopping malls plus several large department stores. The Flour Mill (621 W. Mallon) adjacent to the Riverfront Park  was the most modern mill west of the Mississippi when it was built in 1890. Today the restored brick building is home to 17 shops, including galleries, restaurants, gifts, and candy stores.
Book lovers should be sure to stop by Auntie’s Bookstore (402 W. Main, 509/838-0206, www.auntiesbooks.com , Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–6 p.m.). This excellent and spacious store has frequent poetry and prose readings, along with a fun game and puzzle shop.