A first-generation Cuban-American raised in Florida, Louie Flores, III lived all over the United States before settling in Spokane. In 2002, he purchased the Edward Louis Powell House and began restoring it as a single-family home, before opening as the 1899 House Bed & Breakfast, in late 2012. It is on the national registry of historic homes, as well as the Spokane registry.
In addition to being the owner of the house, he is the full time Designated Mortgage Broker for Kelly-Right Realty/K-Loans. He is also the Race Director for an annual 5K, is a part-time actor with many screen credits, mostly local productions, and he was one of the three original founders of the Hispanic Food Network TV series.
Gillian is the daughter of a DOD travelling family, raised in Washington, as well as in Japan. She later worked with the U.S. Navy as a civilian, and continued travelling, mostly throughout the US and Europe. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and secondary education, a master’s in public policy and ethics, and an augmented master’s in psychology and education. She retired in 2009 from these second and third careers: nearly four decades of teaching undergraduates in four-year and community college systems, and doing emergency intake, crisis and family counseling for community mental health agencies and shelters in South Carolina and Washington State.
Like Louie, throughout her life, she had many enjoyable travel experiences with youth hostels, pensiones and bed and breakfasts, in and outside the US. It was a long-held dream to be staff for a bed and breakfast one day, and partnering with Louie, she has found an exceedingly special home and dream work! She hopes to bring many of her own happy B&B experiences to guests at the 1899 House, as its Innkeeper.
In 2012, after years of career work, travel, and renovations, the doors of 1899 House opened to its first guests. This is a dream fulfilled, yet remains dynamic, as we continue maintenance along with upgrades and renovations. We are committed to providing each guest with an individualized, comfortable and unforgettable Spokane Experience.
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