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Spokane family hopes to continue historic legacy at the Davenport hotel

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Frank Brown's grandmother Marianne Burns opened the Jewel Box in 1923. Frank Brown's grandmother Marianne Burns opened the Jewel Box in 1923.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

A historic Spokane family is returning to their roots. They are trying to get one of their family members memorialized at the Historic Davenport Hotel. Frank Brown's grandmother Marianne Burns opened the Jewel Box in 1923. It was open for decades until the 1960's. The location of the Jewel Box was next to the South entrance of the hotel off of 1st Ave.  The space is now occupied by the Palm Court Grill.   

Brown is in Spokane with his family all the way from Georgia to take a look into the past. "It's very surreal. I mean, walking down the sidewalk and you can kind of feel the vibes and energy. Being here is like a big coming home for me," said Brown. He even brought a special picture of his grandmother along with an old jewelry box from the store.

"She took an apartment in the Davenport Hotel after she sold the house and it was called the Jewel Box and so that is this whole wonderful, magical connection that I have," said Brown.

He's hoping that he can have her memory memorialized in some way at the hotel in order to carry on the Brown legacy. After all, he has his very own jewelry store in Georgia. "I have children in the business and we are going to continue her legacy," said Brown.

The Davenport Hotel says they hope to have some sort of remembrance in their display cases soon. 

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