Although a small community, St. Maries serves as the retail center for eastern Benewah County, southern Kootenai County and southern Shoshone County. The city of St. Maries completed a $2 million downtown revitalization in 2004 with new streets, sidewalks and lighting on the main downtown area. With an increasing tourism industry in St. Maries, several new businesses have moved in to provide our downtown area with an art gallery, craft and antique dealers mall, and gift shops. In addition to two large independently-owned grocery stores, St. Maries is served by two full-service hardware stores, which stock and sell lumber. A variety of stores offer soft goods, sporting and recreational equipment, books and office supplies. Two auto and truck-parts stores, tire stores and farm supply/feed stores serve the area. St. Maries also has a full service pharmacy/gift store.