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New bakery brings business to West Central neighborhood

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In the middle of West Central Neighborhood, Mika Maloney is stirring things up. She opened Batch Bakeshop Tuesday, September 9th. Just like her new shop, Mika thinks West Central is a pretty sweet spot for her business. She hopes that the bakery will serve as a meeting place for the community, and she isn't the only one investing in the area.

Jocelyn Lyll has lived in West Central for more than fifty years, and owns Monkey Business Cafe. She says owning a business there can be a struggle. “We're kind of in a high crime district, so all the business in the area have to keep an eye out on each other. It's a close knit community here.” Despite some of the challenges of being a small business owner, she loves living in West Central. Lyll says she's hopeful the development in the area will continue. “Over the years, having been here for so long, I have noticed that things are getting better all the time,” Lyll said.

Brian Coddington, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the City of Spokane, says there is development all over Spokane, and that West Central is particularly up and coming. “We're investing, the private sector is investing as well, it's just a good mix of momentum,” Coddington said. He's hopeful that progress will continue for West Central, explaining, “We think West Central is already a great neighborhood, and its got a lot to build on. It's exciting to see that it's growing and building.”

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