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New coffee house to be born of old Carpenter's Union Hall


A huge chandelier made out of PVC pipe was created for the Voltage Coffee House, soon to open on Spokane Way. Owner Solveig Chaffee found the pipe in the attic and twisted it into shape as the central lighting fixture. - Roger S. Lucas photos

How do you make a building constructed in 1938 look new?

You can, but it takes hundreds of hours of painstaking work to make it happen.

Solveig Chaffee has done it.

She plans to open the Voltage Coffee House at 140 Spokane Way in Grand Coulee in late March or early April.

The building originally housed the Carpenter's Union when it opened in 1938, and later a hair salon and at one time a bakery.

Solveig laughingly stated last week that, "I've created a job for myself."

People familiar with the building will appreciate the hard work it took to fashion the building for the upcoming coffee hou...

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