Missoula Chamber of Commerce: Shop in Spokane!

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The Missoula Chamber of Commerce is supposed to be an advocate for area businesses. So why is it promoting a shopping trip in Spokane?

Chamber members received an email newsletter last week announcing a "Fabulous Nosey Parker's Ladies Get-A-Way for savvy shoppers." It includes, among other things:

-Posh Stay at Holiday Inn Express Spokane
-Classy limousine service with your personal guide by Group Coordinators
-Festive champagne and chocolates in route
-A Marvelous Nosey Parker Guide
-Shopping Gifts and Exclusive privileges at Unique Spas, Shops & Boutiques
-Exquisite dessert at Wild Sage American Bistro
-Scrumptious Cookies and Milk to culminate that wonderful day of shopping

Prices begin at $137 per person for a group of four. You'd think the Chamber would want that money—plus whatever's spent at all those "unique spas, shops & boutiques"—to stay here in our community.

Incidentally, the Indy's annual gift guide—this year's theme: odd, unusual and awesome locally made items—hits stands a week from Thursday.

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