Page 1

Renovated and Revived A home on the historic register gets a thorough renovation and revival

Home Improvement, 2014 Ideas, Tips, and trends from local experts for inside and outside your home

April 2014 #103 • $3.95 (Display Until May 15, 2014)

Power Players you’ll be sold on 253 of spokane’s top realtors!



Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Dependable Security for Every Home.


starting at

No Activation Fees

per month

No Equipment Fees

COPPER PACKAGE includes 1 Simon XT Control Panel, 3 Door/Window Sensors and 1 Motion Detector

877-467-4572 CALL IN NOW and receive a $50 Visa Gift Card Just for being a Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living reader!

Get a FREE Security Quote at www.protectamerica.com/?agent=a10365

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


features April 2014 V16: issue 3 (#103)

4 0

The State of Our Veterinary Care The human-animal health/one-health initiative is essential for new veterinarians coming out of local schools. We take a look at veterinary medicine’s role in the health of the livestock industry, the food supply, zoonotic diseases and disaster preparedness-especially with biological hazards.

7 8

Renovated and Revived Tim and Terri Lewis painstakingly restored their 1909-built historic home, bringing it back to life while adding touches of their own. It was a labor of love, but the results are impressive and show what happens when hard work and a vision meet.

1 0 1

Spring New Beginnings

1 1 5

Power Players 2014

The snow has melted, the birds are singing and it’s time for you to get your hammer swinging! Tis the season for home improvements, and we’ve asked local experts to help you navigate the tips, trends and ideas needed to get started on your projects.

Working nights and weekends, keeping track of complex rules and regulations, and meeting the needs of multipe cilents each day. Such is the life of a realtor. We’re celebrating the 253 top realtors in our region (based on volume of sales) and shining a light on these people who help turn your dream home into your dream come true. We’re sold on these realtors and think you will be too!

On the cover: The Lewis home, built in 1909, after its extensive renovation. Photograph by Alan Bisson.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

contents what’s inside Editor’s Letter Spaces and Places

Readers Respond What you had to say about

16 18

157 The Scene

Dip your brush, sip your wine; the

recent issues of the magazine

First Look and Buzz Earth Day 2014 ; Spokane by the Numbers; Lilacs & Lemons

What I Know Life Center’s Joe Wittwer tells us what he knows

Get Lit! EWU’s annual literary festival sparks a love for

newest art trend in the area



Visit Lake Coeur d’Alene’s


PRECICE Surgery; Hottest

Shops and services to

50 57 74 146


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

174 Restaurant Reviews 182 Dining Guide

Where to chow down in this town

191 Liquid Libations

Shaken, not stirred; the classic, yet complex, martini

193 Signature Dish Italian Kitchen’s housemade lasagna

194 Why We Live Here

your father’s muscle cars!

Local businesses with a story

What to put on your calendar

Cafe Italiano; The Boiler Room

Four door hot rods; these are not

Business Closeups

Books that are worth the read

beverage classes

help you look your best


Book Reviews

Keeping it classy with local food and

FitnessTrends; Nutrition; Allergies:

Looking Good


171 Local Cuisine

historic steamboats

Health Beat

Ira Gardener’s perspective from behind the lens

167 Datebook

literature and reading


158 Artist Profile


A picture is worth a thousand words

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



Coeur d’Alene Living [ the best of the Inland NW Since 1999 ]


Editor in Chief Blythe Thimsen blythe@spokanecda.com

Marketing Editor

Stephanie Regalado


Copy Editor Rachel Sandall Datebook Editor Ann Foreyt ann@spokanecda.com

Food Editor

Cara Strickland


Elsie Stewart

Art Art Director - Senior Designer David Crary david@spokanecda.com

Lead Graphic Designer Kristi Somday kristi@spokanecda.com

Graphic Designer Camille Mackie camille@spokanecda.com

Photographers Alan Bisson

Myron Bursell

Rocky Castaneda Barb Chase David Crary Luke Davis

Makenna Haeder Caroline Hunton Ryan Lindberg Rick Singer Photography Crystal Toreson-Kern Ryan Lindberg

Contributors Ildikó Kalapács

Sheri Boggs Kate Derrick Sylvia Fountiane Paul K. Haeder Sarah Hauge Shannon Lorenz Paige Turner

Jeffrey Mix

David Vahala

Kristin Monasmith Laurie L. Ross Justin Rundle Joe Wittwer

Julia Zurcher

Business Development Emily Guevarra Bozzi


Sales Marketing Senior Account Managers Cindy Guthrie


Jeff Richardson jrichardson@bozzimedia.com

Account Managers Melissa Cole

Debra J Smith debra@bozzimedia.com Diane Caldwell


Operations Operations and Finance Manager

Kim Morin


Circulation Manager and Accounts Receivable Theresa Berglund theresa@spokanecda.com

Director of Events and Promotions Melissa Halverson melissa@bozzimedia.com

Publisher & CEO Vincent Bozzi vince@spokanecda.com

Located at River Park Square, Above The Olive Garden 221 North Wall Street, Suite 226 509.290.5604 www.bozzicollection.com Open Wed - Sat, 11am - 7pm


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Emily Guevarra Bozzi


Find us on


e - mag

New: iPad App Available! SpokaneCDAMag

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living is published ten times per year by Northwest Best Direct, Inc., dba Bozzi Media, 104 S. Freya St. Ste. 209, Spokane, WA 99202-4866, (509) 533-5350, fax (509) 535-3542. Contents Copyrighted© 2012-2014 Northwest Best Direct, Inc., all rights reserved. Subscription $20 for one year. For article reprints of 50 or more, call ahead to order. See our “Contact Us!” page for more details.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Contact us Spokane Coeur d’ Alene Living is published ten times a year. If you have any questions or comments regarding the magazine, please call us at (509) 533-5350; we want to hear from you. Visit our Web site for an expanded listing of services: www.spokanecda.com.

Best Cosmetic Dentistry 2005-2013

Congratulations, Dr. Weigand

8 years in a row!


would refer friends and family to us


Dr. Weigand is the very best dentist I have ever had. He and his staff use the latest procedures to assure the best results. I have not experienced any pain during my visits for cleaning, crowns, filling etc. Everyone in the office is very friendly and professional.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

for new stories. If you have an idea for one, please let us know by submitting your idea to the editor.

Datebook: Please submit information to

ann@spokanecda.com at least three months prior to the event. Fundraisers, gallery shows, plays, concerts, where to go and what to do and see are welcome.

Advertising: Reach out to the consumer in

the Inland Northwest and get the word out about your business or products. Take advantage of our vast readership of educated, upper income homeowners and advertise with Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living. For more information, call the sales manager at (509) 533-5350.

Richard D. Weigand, DDS

www . drweigand . com

Story submissions: We’re always looking

region, contact the editor at blythe@spokanecda.com.


Suite 110 | Spokane, WA 99223

Why-We-Live-Here photos: On the last page of each issue, we publish a photo that depicts the Inland Northwest and why we live here. We invite photographers to submit a favorite slide or transparency. If you want your photo returned, please enclose an SASE with your submission.

BUZZ: If you have tips on what’s abuzz in the

5 stars Sharon W - Featured review

2700 S. Southeast Blvd.

ing for comments about our recent articles. Your opinions and ideas are important to us; however, we reserve the right to edit your comments for style and grammar. Please send your letters to the editor to the address at the bottom of the page or to blythe@spokanecda.com.

Dining Guide: This guide is an overview of fine and casual restaurants for residents and visitors to the region. For more information about the Dining Guide, email blythe@spokanecda.com.

- From Demand Force Review


Letters to the Editor: We are always look-

Fundraisers: Your group can receive $8 for each $19 subscription sold. Contact the circulation director at (509) 533-5350. Custom Reprints: We can adapt your article or ads and print them separately, without other advertising, and add new information. With our logo on your piece, your professionallydesigned handout on heavy gloss paper will be a handsome edition to your sales literature. Contact us at (509) 533-5350. Custom Publishing: Create a magazine tailored to fit the needs and character of your business or organization. Ideal for promotions, special events, introduction of new services and/or locations, etc. Our editorial staff and designers will work closely with you to produce a quality publication. Copy, purchasing and distribution: To

purchase back issues, reprints or to inquire about distribution areas, please contact the magazine at: Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, Tapio Yellow Flag Bldg., 104 S. Freya St., Ste. 209, Spokane, WA 99202-4866, (509) 533-5350.

Editor’s Letter

Spaces and Places


he book, Molly Moves Out, about a bunny who just wanted her own space, was tucked on the second shelf of the bookcase in my sister Courtney’s upstairs bedroom. I repeatedly begged her to let me borrow that book, along with so many of her things. Whether it was her pink batwing sweatshirt, her leather braided headband, or a book off of her bookshelf, if it was hers, it had a cool factor that made me want it. Looking back, I can only imagine how frustrating it must have been for her to have her annoying younger sister pestering to get her hands on all of her cherished possessions. She wanted to be herself, and I was trying to be her, too. When I was in third grade, the frustration level hit a new high. My mom decided it was time for the childlike wallpaper and curtains in my room to be replaced with something “timeless,” so she set to work, flexing her interior design muscles and overhauled the look of the room. It was a slow process. Carpet was torn out; the old wallpaper was peeled away, leaving bits and pieces here and there, thanks to the industrial powered wallpaper glue that once ruled the décor world. Those leftover pieces that clung to the wall had to be painstakingly scraped and chipped away at, until they finally admitted defeat and fell from the wall. My mom and I went to Wallflowers wallpaper store and pored over wallpaper books. I desperately wanted a light blue paper that I found in one book, with a vibrant border of bright red, green and blue dancing bears. Much to my dismay, that choice was vetoed, and my mom went with


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

a soft, elegant Laura Ashley floral paper and matching fabric. It was quite beautiful, but I was distressed about losing my dancing bears. Also distressed during this time, was my sister, who was forced to share her room with me during the renovations. My box spring and mattress were moved into the corner of her room, while the frame was taken away to be matched with a new headboard. My arrival created a slightly disheveled frat house look in her impeccably clean room. I see, now, why she, on the cusp of Junior High, wasn’t happy about having me in her room, and not only having her privacy taken away, but also having to endure my bedding, blankets and a small army of stuffed animals spilling out across her regularly pristine room. She fought back though, and refused to let me completely take over her room and her life. One Sunday afternoon, tired and wanting to lie on my bed and read, I tried to enter her room. Unbeknownst to my parents though, my sister had enacted strict rules dictating during which hours I was allowed into her room. Those hours were from 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. Denied entrance midday I trudged down to my room, cracked open the door and took in the sparse and cold scene. The blinds and curtains were gone, and bright light flooded into the room. The heat vent had been turned to the closed position, so dust wouldn’t fly into the room and attach to the still drying paint on the walls. The carpet had been pulled up, and most of the furniture taken out of the room. The one lone piece that remained was the dresser, which was covered in a giant drop cloth, like something out of the movie E.T. Cold, because of the closed heat vent; bright, because of the bare windows, and loud, as every noise ricocheted back and forth across the cavernous space of the empty hardwood-floored room, it was sterile, cold and very uninviting. But I had nowhere to go; it wasn’t yet 7:30. I plodded across the hard floor to the dresser and hoisted myself up on top, stretching out on the plastic covered surface. I was displaced by a renovation. For anyone who has undertaken a home improvement project, that feeling of being displaced in your own home – of feeling like you are living a nomadic life in your own sanctuary – is a common one. On page 101, with the input of local experts, you can find the help you need to make your improvements or renovations go as quickly and successfully as possible. The story does have a happy ending. The room was soon finished and looked beautiful (despite the lack of dancing bears). I moved out of Courtney’s room, and she had her space restored. Nowadays, when I remind her of the hours she posted for me to enter her room, she’s horrified at the memory. She graciously welcomes me into her home at any hour of the day or night now, and we absolutely enjoy our time together. Like Molly the bunny, we all need our own space; a retreat to which we can go where we can relax, enjoy the quiet and let our minds process. A place to replenish your soul, to relax, to pause and to reflect. May there be plenty of spaces and places in your life in which to find such respite. Happy reading!

readers respond what you had to say to the next? How about running them every another year? I’d rather read about our region. Just saying. Frank Mercer Via email

THE BEST MEDICINE Wow, Blythe, what a wonderful (and heartbreaking) story about your trip to Miami (Editor’s Letter, The Best Medicine, March 2014)! I can relate to it somewhat because of my wife, who over the past couple of years has lost close friends at too early of an age. Meagan’s focus on positivity, taking advantage of each day, and how you share that with the reader was heartwarming. I’m blessed to know you, observe and learn from your work. Today, I will leave early to pick up my wife from Sacred Heart. She had major elective surgery last Wednesday and it’s time to go home and begin that stage of recuperation. She is brave and practical. My wife has the BRC.A gene, and she has watched cancer take her father and uncle, and her mom and sister deal with breast cancer. She has been planning this for several years and last week it came to pass. Angelina Jolie put a famous face on this procedure and now it’s personal. She and I are of the same opinion, just as you touched on – live each day to its fullest, in a positive manner, appreciating the good things, trying not to dwell on the not so good, even bad things. Make life worth living for those around you and most important, for yourself. Not easy to do but worth doing! Warm regards. Name withheld Spokane, WA BEST LISTS Just a suggestion, but enough already with the best doctors, lawyers, dentists.....I usually skip over those sections, but does it really change that much from one year 18

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Editor’s response: Frank, I always appreciate hearing from our readers, whether it is about the good, the bad or the ugly! I am so happy that you enjoy reading about our region. One of the best parts of my job is bringing together a nearly 200page publication each month, whose sole purpose is celebrating all that is great about our region. There are so many stories to be told and so much to be excited about in our community. Our lists are a small part of the overall story we are telling. Some readers like the lists, some not so much, but what I think is great about them is that they are celebrating our citizens who work in a variety of fields. It is a chance to shine a spotlight on those friends, neighbors and professionals who are helping to make this such a great place to live. Though many professionals make the list each year, there are also significant changes. This issue’s Top Realtors list has over 250 individuals (53 more than last year), of which, 83 are new to the list. So take a quick look and then dig into the parts of the magazine that you like best. There is something for everyone within these pages. Thanks for reading! ~ Blythe RUFF STUFF Nice story about the dog blood donor program operated out of the Pet Emergency Clinic in Spokane (Donor Dogs, March 2014). I am a huge dog lover – I’ve grown up with dogs and always had one until the last few years. It gets harder and harder to lose one the older you get (although, it is not easy when you are younger, either!). I had never thought of what would happen if a dog of mine, or anyone’s dog, needed a blood transfusion. We treat our dogs like family members in so many other areas – the live with us, sleep with us, travel with us – it is comforting to know that there is also the chance to provide them with advanced medical care when needed. I hope all dog owners whose dogs meet the criteria will consider getting their dog tested as a donor. Just think how you would feel if it was your pooch that needed blood. That situation is ruff, but we can all help each other; all creatures great and small. Larry Spencer Spokane, WA

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


21 30 34 38


at r b e el

buzz City Trek people pages what i know

ing ou r l it tl

e bl ue

pl a n et

Earth Day 2014

First Look


very year people around the world take the time to observe Earth Day (April 22nd in the U.S.) and do something that truly helps and celebrates the land that we use—and sometimes abuse— everyday. Some communities throw Earth Day celebrations to mark the day and raise awareness, while other individuals take the day to really pay attention to what they do to the Earth and try to reform it in some way. You and your family or friends may choose to pick up garbage carelessly strewn about the Centennial Trail or conserve the vast amounts of water

used in the home. Perhaps sorting your trash to make sure recyclables are all getting into the big blue recycling bins could be a task for the kids, while committing to using regular, rather than paper or plastic, plates is a commitment the whole family can make together. A large source of pollution to the air comes from cars. While it is understandable that not everyone can go out and buy an eco-friendly car, Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


First Look Buzz

[not so good]

lilacsandlemons by Vincent Bozzi

[good] LILACS to the realtors who help us find and sell our homes.

on Earth Day, if it is possible, try walking or riding your bike to work. You might find that it is enjoyable, that you arrive at work feeling refreshed and that you feel good about yourself for having exercised and helped save the Earth at the same time. Once you’ve put in the hard work and effort to show your love for our friendly little blue planet, it is time to celebrate Earth Day with some fun and entertainment. That is exactly what will happen on Saturday, April 26th from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Riverfront Park, where Earth Day 2014 will be celebrated. “When our committee started planning the event for this year, and realized that the city would be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Expo ’74, the first ever environmentally themed World’s Fair, it became obvious to us that we needed to move the event from West Main Avenue, where it had been since 2009, back to Riverfront Park, where it had occurred for many years before 2009,” says Bart Mihailovich, a committee member on the Earth Day 2014 board. Mihailovich says to expect many of the community favorites including “amazing local music, street performers, spoken word, brief community leader speeches, children’s activities, bountiful opportunities to learn about environmental organizations, recreation, local food, the always popular Procession of the Species parade, and more!” New this year will be a showcase on the work the city has done on Riverfront Park; a view of our region’s keystone natural feature, the Spokane River, from the new Huntington Park; a booth featuring Spokane’s Expo ’74 and more. Whatever you decide to do, make it fun and, if you have children, make an effort to explain to them the importance of being aware of the state our planet is in and how we can lovingly tend to it. Paige Turner 22 Spokanecda.com • April— • 2014

In an age when many services have migrated to the Internet, the personal touch and professional advice realtors provide is priceless. Selling on your own is penny wise and pound foolish, as a good realtor has networks of other agents and buyers, and the more people they show your home, the better the chance you’ll get your asking price.

LEMONS to drivers in parking lots who won’t yield to other automobiles when an event ends and everyone leaves at once. If everyone yielded and allowed every other car to get into the exit lane in an orderly manner, the parking lot would empty fairly quickly with no one waiting longer than necessary and no unnecessary honking of horns. LEMONS to lot owners, though, who don’t unchain every available exit. LILACS to parents who let their kids play outside. It warms our

hearts to walk through parks and see that boys still make forts and girls still ride pink bikes. For a while it seemed that kids were all cooped up inside playing video games and watching TV, but lately we’ve been hearing the sound of children’s laughter again in parks, on front lawns and at street basketball hoops, and it’s a wonderful sound.

LEMONS to dog owners who make it miserable and scary for people who like to walk their neighborhood. I strolled by a house the other night just as the homeowners were letting the dog out the front door, possibly to do his business or to run around a bit. Despite their loud protests the large dog lunged at me and nipped me on the leg. It could have been worse, and often is. Last year at a different home, a dog that the owners probably assumed was inside the fence came running at me and jumped right up to my face and gave me a lick. He was just a big friendly lug, but it was unnerving to say the least. LILACS to volunteers. Spokane must be the volunteer capital of the world. At every event

I attend, whether it’s a big event like Bloomsday or a small charity gala, the events are teeming with good-natured volunteers, often the same people over and over. Volunteers really keep things humming in this town and allow events to continue that otherwise would simply not be feasible if not for the free, but greatly appreciated, help.

LEMONS is too strong a label, but could the city council consider taxing downtown parking lots for their potential value rather than for their value as a parking lot? There is a reason Spokane’s downtown suffers from so many asphalt deserts; it’s because there’s little incentive for the owner to build because their taxes go up. It makes more economic sense for them to leave them as parking lots or to tear down a vacant building rather than pay property taxes on it. Other cities have different taxing structures and far less negative downtown space. LEMONS to the baby boomer generation for so willingly tossing respect and manners out the window. We’re so afraid to appear unhip and grownup that we’ve allowed younger people to drop titles like Mr. or Mrs. or Ms., we’ve thrown out universal standards of dress codes, we’ve let strangers call us by first names, we’ve flouted the rules of the RSVP, we give passes to celebrities and politicians who exhibit appalling behavior, we worship style over substance, give little respect to authority figures and we wonder why young people are confused and why older people yearn for a more civilized time.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


First Look Buzz








Federal minimum wage


89 9-12 Percent of poverty rate in Washington State

Spokane Cost of Living Based on the average of 100%*



Health Care


Perry Street Brewing opening in the Perry District. Shox the Fox – one of our favorite local mascots! Spokane Valley Event Center – it is about time we had an urban event facility in the Valley.

9.32 Washington State minimum wage – the highest in the nation


2.07 Difference between Washington State and Federal minimum wage

ByThe numbers What does it cost to live here edition

* ACCRA Cost of Living Index, courtesy of greaterspokane.org Spokanecda.com • April • 2014







Companies that have websites chronically showing “Website under construction.” Give us some info! Inability to tip our local Starbuck’s baristas when using a credit or debit card. Local restaurants whose online menus do not match up with what they offer once you get in there to eat.

First Look Buzz

Bad Homburg, Germany

Patrick O’Connor knew it wasn’t a bad idea to bring along a copy of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living when he traveled to Bad Homburg, Germany. He visited the Bad Homburger Schloss (palace or manor), home of Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel.

Akureyri, Iceland

Steve and Debbie Cody jumped aboard Royal Caribbean’s ‘Adventure of the Seas’ and headed to the Arctic Circle and Akureyri, Iceland. They stopped by Godafoss Falls (translation “Waterfall of the Gods”). “Of course we took our Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living,” they wrote. “It is our new travel gnome!!!

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Cancun, Mexico

What could be stealing Donna Chetlain’s attention away from the beautiful scenery around her as she sat beachside in Cancun, Mexico? A riveting story in her copy of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, of course!


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

When Ulrike Berzau traveled to Saudi Arabia to visit a state of the art “rehabilitation city” on behalf of the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), she brought along a bit of home with her Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


First Look Retail Therapy

Spring Favorite Bouquet $62.95

Flowers are the greatest gift of spring, and while they look beautiful blooming in your garden, we’re a little impatient and want to enjoy their beauty now. A bouquet will brighten your home and let that sweet scent of spring fill the air. Available through Liberty Park Florist and Greenhouse, www.libertyparkflorist.com

Coral Faceted Drop $28.00 Earring

April showers may be falling all around, but with these earrings dropping from your ears you will enjoy a much needed dose of color to kick off spring. Give your look a tickled pink accent with coral and berry stones and goldtone touch. A simple way to bring a bit of color to your day. Approximately 1.25” x 0.38” with surgical steel posts. Custom designed exclusively for WHBM. Available through White House Black Market, www.whbm.com

It is the littlest of things that catches our eye in the spring. The little buds on the trees, the little shoots pushing up through the earth, the little birds chirping in the trees. So when it comes to spring’s arrival, yes, we’re excited about the big picture, but we’re celebrating the little things that brighten our look, our home and our lives.

Easter Egg Mustache Tattoos $6.95

Give your Easter eggs their own playful personalities with whimsical decals. Just remove the backing, place the decal on a dyed egg, then rub over the design. When you peel away the backing, your egg will be sporting a jaunty mustache. Each package includes a quartet of different mustache styles, for a whole family of charismatic eggs. Available through Williams-Sonoma, www.williams-sonoma.com


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


First Look City Trek



The pan-Asian Ginger Asian Bistro has spice and attitude to spare! Its modern interior and fresh and unusual menu make this a great place for a date night. For sushi fans, try the sashimi deluxe dinner that comes with 18 pieces of chef’s selection sashimi. Or, if fish isn’t your thing, the tangerine beef —crispy, crunchy beef in a tart and spicy tangerine sauce—is a tasty option. photo gingerspokane.com

It is hard to believe that Manito Tap House opened its doors only a few years ago. Already a well-established local favorite, the Tap House offers tasty gastropub eats with a selection of beer unmatched in Spokane (50 craft and import beers on tap and more than 65 bottled varieties). In the warmer months, the outdoor patio is the perfect place to unwind with friends and family. Try their notoriously addictive yam chips served with a bleu cheese, bacon and green onion dip and ask your server what beers they’d suggest – they know their hops.

by Julia Zurcher

Grand Boulevard For some of Spokane’s residents, the drive up (or down) Grand Boulevard is as familiar as the steps to their front door. During a commute to work or to drop kids off at school, drivers can appreciate that this route was traveled by generations of Spokanites before them. (Look closely on the west side of the road as you drive past Manito Park and you’ll notice the water troughs for early 1900’s horses still stand.) Neatly connecting Spokane’s past and present, Grand Boulevard is a thoroughfare to shopping, food and everyday life.

photo by Caroline Hunton

photo by Caroline Hunton

explore It’s clear why Manito Park is an icon of Spokane: Its pastoral playgrounds, rose and lilac gardens, conservatory and meticulously kept landscaping make it a wonderful place to spend an afternoon. Surrounded by historic craftsmen and bungalow homes, Manito is 90 acres large and has five distinct gardens. Enjoy serene contemplation in the shaded Japanese Garden, or watch the ducks, geese and swans at the duck pond. A delight for landscape and nature enthusiasts alike, Spokane is lucky to have a park like Manito.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

craft A Grand Yarn is a cozy yarn shop owned by a mother and daughter with a passion for all things knit and purled. The yarns available range from familiar and cozy wool to sumptuous cashmere blends. As much as this store is a tactile paradise, it is also feast for the eyes: The selection of colors far outnumbers any box of crayons. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable, and welcome all levels of crafters. And if you’ve never knit or crocheted before, they offer regular beginner-level classes. Stop in and be inspired!


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


First Look people pages

photos by : james mangis photography

Women in business leadership awards - 3.11.14 | Chateau Rive 34

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


First Look people pages

photos by : rocky castaneda photography

Northwest Harvest - Crush Hunger- 3/1/2014 | Luxe Ballroom

photos by : rocky castaneda photography

Miss Spokane 2014- 2/16/2014 | Bing Crosby Theatre If your fundraiser holds a gala, send photos with names of subjects, and a short description of the event to our editor, Blythe Thimsen, at blythe@spokanecda.com


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

What I Know

Joe Wittwer

Joe Wittwer Lead Pastor at Life Center, Spokane photo by Fine Art Photography

I was “Surprised by Joy.” As a young man, I was headed the wrong direction in a hurry. Don Lang, a junior high classmate, invited me to his church for a youth rally on Saturday night. I considered myself an atheist, not because I had carefully thought it through, but because it was convenient: if there was no God, I could do what I want! I didn’t want to go, but didn’t want to disappoint Don either, so I reluctantly agreed, went to the meeting, and I was ambushed by God! The speaker, a college student named Sam Owens, shared how Jesus had changed his life. He was funny and genuine and talked about Jesus like he knew Him. I walked home after the meeting, thinking about what I had seen and heard, and made my decision. I prayed, “God, I don’t know anything about You; I don’t even know if You’re there. All I know is, what that guy has, I want. So here’s my life.” The skies opened, and light from heaven beamed down on me. I wish! Nothing happened that I could tell. I went home, got up the next morning and went to church for the first time. And my life started changing. The change was so dramatic that my friends at school said, “You’re different. What happened?” Within a few months, I knew that God called me to be a pastor, and to help other people find and follow Jesus. My favorite verse is John 10:10. Jesus said, “I have come that you might have life and have it to the full.” He made good on that to me! It was joy that drew me to Jesus, and it is joy that I experienced as I followed Him. The entire trajectory of my life was changed by my friend’s invitation, and by God’s intervention. Just one small invitation… It’s all about relationships. When Jesus was asked what was the most important of all God’s commandments, He said, “Love the Lord your God with all you’ve got: all your heart, soul, mind and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself.” Love God and love people—that’s the most important thing. The real riches in life are relationships. No one has ever wished on his deathbed that he spent more time at the office! But many of us have relational regrets. My father-in-law asked me once about my baseball card collection; had I added any new cards lately? I told him no. Then he said, “You inspired me; I started a new collection.” I was surprised; Noel is not an acquisitive person. I asked him what he was collecting. “Friends,” he said. It made my baseball card collection seem kind of lame. My treasures are my family: my amazing wife of 38 years, Laina; my five wonderful kids and their spouses, and my six beautiful grandchildren. And my friends! As Clarence wrote to George Bailey, “Remember George, no man is a failure who has friends.” I am a rich man. Love does. Since love is the main thing, it’s important to understand that love is more than a feeling. Love is doing what is best for others no matter what it costs you. I don’t have to feel anything to love another person; I simply have to do what is best for him or her. Understanding this transforms our relationships. Rather than waiting for a feeling, we can act in a loving manner, and usually feelings follow. Jesus calls us to love our enemies; He wasn’t asking us to feel something warm and fuzzy for them, but to do something good for them. If you want to feel good about someone, do good for them. Love does. Be kind: everyone is fighting a hard battle. I love to hear people’s stories. Each person matters to God and has a unique story. But one theme common to every story is pain. Remember: that jerk who cut you off in traffic may be a single mom who worked nine hours that day


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

and is rushing home to cook dinner, help with the homework, do the laundry and catch a few moments with her kids. Be kind. The old couple wandering slowly up the grocery aisle and blocking your way are savoring this moment, knowing that, based on the biopsy report she just got back, this will be the last year they go shopping together. Be kind. Make time to hear people’s stories. And if you can’t hear their stories, give them the benefit of the doubt, and be kind, because everyone is fighting a hard battle. Generosity is fun. This is so counterintuitive. My “fun money” is what I get to spend on myself. But that new toy doesn’t stay new very long; the fun factor is short lived. I’ve learned a new definition for “fun money”—it’s the money I give away. Want to have some lasting fun? Sponsor a child in the developing world. Contribute to drill a well for people who are dying without clean water. Feed someone who is hungry, or better still, show him how to better feed himself. Adopt a child who needs a family. Use your money to change a life! Try it— you’ll still be smiling long after the shininess of that new toy has faded. Jesus said, “It’s happier to give than receive.” Word! Use what you have to do what you can, right where you are. My friend Jim calls this “the MacGyver Principle.” MacGyver solved complex problems with everyday materials, whatever he had at hand, like duct tape and a Swiss army knife. The world’s needs are overwhelming and often leave us paralyzed. “What difference can I make? I’m just one person.” And as long as most of us think that, things will get worse, not better. But if each of us does what we can, we can make a huge difference. So do stuff! Give something, serve somewhere, love someone. Use what you have, to do what you can, right where you are. Jesus, yes! Church, no! I hear this a lot, and I get it. I’ve been in the church long enough to know how crazy and dysfunctional it can be. The church is a mess, precisely because we’re in it! I often tell people, “If you find the perfect church, don’t go! You’ll wreck it!” The church is a mess—I get it. But I have two responses. First, check out Jesus. He’s the real deal. Don’t let us keep you from Him. Read the gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. They tell His story—a very compelling story. In the end, church isn’t the real issue; Jesus is. Check Him out. Second, being a follower of Jesus is a team sport. We do it best together. If you try to be a Christian by yourself, you probably won’t be a very good one. You need the perspective of others: there’s more to God than what you know, and you’ll learn from others. And you actually learn how to love by rubbing shoulders with all these imperfect people! A friend of mine invited his buddy to church. The guy told him, “I can’t go; I’d feel like a turd in a fishbowl.” My friend told him, “You’ll feel right at home; our fishbowl is full of turds!” Yep! It can be stinky, but it’s also pretty cool to see people love each other in spite of their turdiness. So if you decide to follow Jesus, find some folks to do it with. They won’t be perfect…but neither are you. That’s all part of the adventure!

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Metro talk


Veterinary profession


Gauging the state of our veterinary profession in the Inland Northwest

by Paul K. Haeder photos by Makenna Haeder


Dr. Brian Hunter

he art of healing animals, big and small, dry and wet, exotic and common, entire herds or just a lap dog, now that’s a real calling. The state of veterinary medicine and sciences in the USA, well, put it at a C or C-plus in some areas, and an A-minus in others. “If you are wanting to go into the veterinarian profession and tell me, ‘Oh, the reason I want to be a vet is because I love animals,’ well that’s not enough,” says John Cannon, who with his wife Sharon ran the Argonne Village veterinary practice for 35 years as a vetduo and business-duo. He just retired last year. “How many times have I heard, ‘I want to go into the veterinary field because I don’t like working with people’? Well, that person will not be well-suited in this career. Maybe he should become a meat inspector.” The 68-year-old Cannon graduated from Washington StateUniversity’s (WSU) College of Veterinarian Sciences in 1975, and at that point, he and his wife were just seeing the big push to concentrate on the “art and practice of behavioral sciences” for both animals and people; that is, looking at the big issues around the idea of animals as companions. “Studying the nuances and intricacies around human-animal bonds was just coming on line when we graduated.” To get under the fur and hide of this story, so to speak, I talked to some old-timers in the field of veterinarian care, sciences and the business end, including the dean of the WSU vet school, as well as former and acting officers in the Washington State Veterinarian Medical Association and its cousin, Inland Empire Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, I’ve also spoken with a woman veterinarian, Linda Wood, who is a practicing vet at Wandermere Animal Hospital.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

From barnyard to living room to the bedroom to the bed So many aspects of the vet world are changing or are in flux, including the fact that it’s becoming a woman’s profession, both as practicing doctors and up front and behind the scenes in the vet tech arena. “The increasing number of women has shifted the emphasis of the profession to more small animal practitioners, and there is a perception of women being more nurturing and compassionate than men,” says Linda Wood of Wandermere. “The work week has changed from a 60-plus hour work week to shorter hours and part time work to accommodate a more normal life schedule.” Cannon and Brian Hunter, owner and at Hunter Veterinary Clinic, agree the changing gender of the profession plays a big role in where the dog, cat and horse – companion animals – healing profession has gone. “There has been an emphasis on better communication skills with clients, as well as recognition that vets need a more balanced life and not be married to the practice 24/7,” says Hunter, who was voted best vet in 2008 by WSVMA and is the vet for Cat Tales. “Family life has become a greater priority so some clinics no longer offer Saturday hours, and job sharing has become common due to family responsibilities of vets.” The scholarly outlook for the profession, as gauged by WSU’s Bryan Slinker, seems to be a bit on the sputtering side when looking at the economics and the overall landscape of the profession’s viability. “The pet business is, what, around $60 billion a year indus-

try?” posits Slinker, who hails from Caldwell, Idaho, but got in on the reciprocity agreement with WSU-Pullman and went to school in the late 1970s and got his degree in 1980. He’s been a researcher and faculty member at WSU, and has seen the profession go from all-male to now upwards of 75 percent of the 2014 class being female. “The old country vet is no longer the dominant role,” he says, pointing out the vet school in Pullman was all about draft animals and husbandry. “Yes, the companion pet part of the veterinarian field has helped to push more women into the profession; however, salaries have not progressed as much as in other fields, so I suspect the guys are looking for more money elsewhere.” Chicken McNuggets Raised, ProcessED, Treated and Shipped from China All four vets told me that the biggest challenge to the profession, or to animal care in general, is around the fact that fewer students and young people want to go into public health, that is, into the biggest and most important dynamic fields tied to this country’s challenges around climate change, population growth and food production/ distribution/consumption. “We need to draw students to the public health sector, and to show them the opportunities there for jobs and personal fulfillment,” says Linda Wood, who graduated in 1975 from WSU’s vet school. WSU’s Slinker and John Cannon see some dark clouds on the horizon because of this shift away from public health and research around our herds and food systems. “Look, veterinarians are pretty well trained to do a lot of jobs around public health and the environment,” Cannon says. Mikayla, from Hunter Veterinary Clinic We have looming issues to deal with since the United States doesn’t raise a majority of its food. Our beef comes from Argentina, Canada and Mexico. Tyson is opening up the world’s biggest chicken operation in China to fulfill our consumption demands. “We are trained in dealing with herds, and that mentality and

We buy scrap:

Action Recycling, Inc. Honest Weights - Top Prices

Pick up service available E. 911 Marietta Spokane, WA 509-483-4094 | www.actionrecycling.com


SeaHneId,RPressed, Cl

& De


Brass Aluminum Stainless Copper Gold Silver & Nonferrous Metals

• Free Home Pickup • Next Day Delivery • Convenient monthly billing • Free button replacement

Sign up today at www.DCpickup.com or call 509-892-1234 Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Metro talk

Veterinary profession

Wandermere Animal Hospital vet techs and vets in the operating room

training works just as well in working with large human populations,” Cannon adds. For WSU–one of only a few research vet schools in the West, and one of 30 nationwide–new outreach, marketing and teaching schema are being deployed to attract people into the major. Yet, the vet field is still one fraught with downsides. “I would hope that more young people considering the profession will come to realize the need to serve in the human-animal health/one-health initiative. There needs to be the realization of veterinary medicine’s role in the health of the livestock industry, the food supply, zoonotic diseases and what our role should be in disaster preparedness-especially with biological hazards,” says Wood. Grizzled Vets Stand By! For Hunter, he can easily encapsulate the headline issues in the veterinarian field: “The large student debt loans, and repayments that will haunt them for their entire career. Debt has gone up tremendously yet wages have not. Vet students lack training in business, marketing and personal finance, the result can be dissatisfaction with their decision to become a vet. There are also more and more vet students graduating due to increased class size in existing universities and the desire for other states to create vet schools in their state. That makes finding jobs more challenging, especially as fewer animals are brought in for care. The equine industry was really hurt when the economy went down, and new vets that wanted to treat horses just couldn’t find jobs. Dog and cat visits have likewise declined and older practitioners, like many people, have had to delay retirement due to personal finances.” There are some real contradictions in what vets can and should do for society, as well as what sort of practitioner they will be to society, especially for advanced post-industrial nations. Here are some factoids: • There is one veterinarian per 3,500 animals and in some places it’s 4,500 to one • The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges projects a shortage of 15,000 veterinarians over the next 15 years - largely around livestock and in public health • The Government Accounting Office confirms that the veterinary workforce is not large enough to guarantee a safe food supply while adequately addressing zoonotic disease • There are 91,000 working vets in the country, about one-tenth the number of M.D.’s • Today, the ratio of debt to income for the average new vet is roughly double that of M.D.’s As is true in my profession – journalism, teaching, writing, English Lit – getting young people to commit to college – especially graduate and doctorate programs – isn’t easy from an economic standpoint. Student debt has surpassed $1.3 trillion in the U.S. Serving lattes with 42

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

PhDs in comparative lit and $80K in debt is not some fictional hard-luck story. So, WSU, as our regional veterinary school, has taken notice and has deployed plans to both entice students and deflect the large debt one might have coming out of five years of vet school. But Slinker still admits that huge debt can be discouraging. We are talking about some vets coming out of school with, gulp, $312,000 in debt. In my old neck of the woods, Arizona, one newly minted vet was recently quoted in a New York Times article, “High Debt and Falling Demand Trap” (you know it’s news when it hits the NYT business section). Hayley Schafer doesn’t even want to look at the monthly Sallie Mae spreadsheet laying out what she owes. She works at Caring Hearts Animal Clinic in Gilbert, Ariz., hobbled by almost a third of a million bucks in student loans, thanks to the fees, tuition, costs and living expenses tied to her DVM certificate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts. At WSU in Pullman, all stops are being pulled out to attract students, according College of Veterinary Sciences Dean Slinker. “There is a declining interest in practice ownership . . . sort of a generational trend where young people want to work for a paycheck, 40 or 50 hours a week, and have a life outside the profession.”

Fido getting his eyes checked at Wandermere Animal Hospital

He was in Utah working on accreditation issues and reciprocity agreements when we spoke. While he thinks the growth in specialty practices – ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, surgery and imaging – is one of the biggest changes in the profession, he knows that proportionally costs of vet care have also risen. He also knows that as a research and teaching institution, WSU has to have the value added services – some of them cutting edge – to keep competitive and draw students.

Olympic Game Farm

On the Olympic Peninsula

A Wandermere Animal Hospital resident

One counterintuitive fact around pet ownership is that the number of vet visits nationwide per capita over the past five years has been declining as people end up putting off check-ups in lieu of ordering medications on line or self-diagnosing their pets through Google and the like. Having a Pet Is a Privilege, Not a Right Hands down, Wood, Cannon and Hunter see parallels with human behavior and human health and our own homosapien habits and how we treat – or fail to treat – our pets. We wait too long to bring them in to see a medical professional. We overfeed them. We armchair diagnose. We fail to do the right things around behavior, socialization and life-long mental and physical health discipline. Sounds like how many parents treat their children? “I tell them they are investing in a wonderful friendship and experience that will hopefully last ten to twenty years,” Wood says. “And, like any investment, there is work to do on the front end-especially with training and socializing that pet to make that investment result in a life- long friend. I encourage them to start that journey with a trip to their veterinarian.” But there is a dichotomy. “People are willing to spend more on their animals,” Slinker says, “even to get another year of quality of life out of them. I spend a lot more on my animals now than I did when I started out as a vet. We’ve seen dogs move from the barnyard to the backyard to the bedroom — and into the bed itself. Things have changed.” Part of that change is tied to economics, and one big growth area in their profession is that of pet insurance: Pre-pay programs that

Come See the Waving Bears! Olympic Game Farm 1423 Ward Rd. • Sequim, WA 98382 1-800-778-4295 • 360-683-4295 • www.OlyGameFarm.com

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Metro talk

Veterinary profession

allow for unlimited routine visits. There are a variety of models, one being Trupanion which started in Canada and is offered in Seattle. Pay $39.99 a month, with no preexisting conditions covered, and you get 90 percent of the bills covered, Slinker says. Another trend is conglomeration, the WSU dean emphasizes. Banfield Pet Hospital on Newport Highway is one of several thousand in the USA. Banfield was started in Portland, Oregon, in 1955, but now with over 800 clinics inside PetsMarts and hundreds of others it is the largest privately-owned vet practice in the USA. Interestingly, Banfield is owned by Mars, the candy company. Slinker thinks the VCAs (600 vet practices in the USA) and Banfields will work to the advantage of the profession: new graduates can work for others, not worry about overhead, and raise families and live the American dream at 50 hours a week. “You can make well over $200,000 a year if you work long hours at a Banfield,” he said. For the Love of All Creatures Large and Small “If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans,” wrote James Herriot, Glasgow vet and author. Ahh, heck, who wouldn’t want to be a veterinarian after reading Herriot’s works, including All Creatures Big and Small which in 1972 prompted me to look into vet school while in high school in Tucson. The University of Arizona has a veterinary science and microbiology program that was making the news around all sorts of cool things a 14-year-old desert rat with terrariums, aquariums, backyard tortoises and a 44

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

mess of German Shepherds got jazzed about. Even wise and gray Cannon attributes increased interest in his field with Herriot’s book. My mother handed me Herriot’s book when I was a freshman in high school, and then 20 years later, she sent me her dogeared copy of his Every Living Thing. Margaret Woodhouse and Herriot brought the public the vet’s humanist side. Since then, we have had hundreds of books in mainstream fiction and non-fiction on the life and times of being a vet, and being a pet. Our own Columbia City, Washington, writer, Garth Stein, has created an anthropomorphic stir with his book, The Art of Racing in the Rain. “How difficult it must be to be a person. To constantly subvert your desires. To worry about doing the right thing, rather than doing what is most expedient,” states Enzo, the canine narrator in Stein’s 2008 book. “It’s a calling. I recently read that students that decide to pursue medicine, dentistry or law make that decision in their second year of college, whereas vets had made that decision at about age 12. There is nothing else we want to do. Perhaps if we were making the decision in college as a result of a bacteriology class we would want to pursue more of a career focused on research of animal diseases,” says Hunter. Alas, Baby Boomer journalist has to ask Baby Boomer vets what major changes they have seen in their profession, one where hands down they all agreed with Wood’s elevator spiel on why she loves being a vet: “I can say I still love what I do, and feel so lucky to have been a part of what I consider a privilege in caring for creatures in need of care, and in meeting the wonderful people

who accompany them to my hospital,” she says. Changes: • Less personal attention tied to our digital media upbringing • Too many young vets are technology-dependent • Not enough younger vets interested in the holistic and systems thinking side of the profession – blending science, business, and community professional and personally • The field is vulnerable to becoming just a trade rather than profession, art • The field is less research oriented • Fewer Renaissance men and women practicing; that is, fewer vets knowing how to tie science, the Humanities, politics, economics and social sciences to the field I’ve known quite a few vets over the years, practicing vets in El Paso, New Mexico, Arizona, Mexico and Spokane. Small egos and incredible versatility. My wife just lost her best friend (no, not me), her dog, Otis, at age 11, who was the $10,000 canine, having ended up at WSU and quite a few clinics in town, including the Garland Animal Hospital. So this article is dedicated to all the vets who took care of him, and to my own menagerie of dogs, snakes, fish, frogs, cats and tortoises the past 45 years. Paul K. Haeder is a freelance writer who worked in Spokane as a community college instructor and journalist for over 10 years. The positions taken in Metro Talk columns do not necessarily reflect the views of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine’s publisher or staff.

No Country Club Membership Required! Hangman Valley


Liberty Lake

All facilities are owned and operated by Spokane County.

(509) 255-9539

(509) 448-1212

(509) 255-6233

Admin Office: (509) 477-4730


$25 OFF Any Multi-Play Pass & $25 OFF Full Cart Rental! On same day in April 2014. Must show offer to get discount. All rates include applicable taxes. Limit one Multi-Play Pass discount and one Cart Rental discount per customer. Sorry no rain checks. Offer may end without prior notice. This offer may not be combined with any other offers.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


get lit


by Blythe Thimsen


a world dominated by smart phones and tablets, upon which we consume social media, stream videos, and post Instagram photos, it is easy to believe that time spent enjoying the written word and literature are a thing of the past. Reading, thinking, processing and analyzing rich word pictures woven together by writers devoted to literature rather than pop culture and news bites, seems to be a thing of the past. Consider the facts. According to an April 2013 report by Read Faster Reading Stats, the total percentage of young people who claim they read more than 10 books a year is only 56 percent, while the total percentage of books started that aren’t read to completion in a year is 57 percent. If you are feeling there is nothing left to do but build a raft of books upon which to sail down the swiftly moving river of pop culture, the good news is you won’t be sailing alone. In fact, there is an armada of those who cherish and who understand the value of great literature in our society and are committed to sharing that love with others. Oh, and did we mention, that armada sets sail from right here in our own backyard? It is the Get Lit! Literary Festival sponsored by Eastern Washington University Press and EWU’s Department of Creative Writing. According to the Get Lit! website, “The Get Lit! Festival began in 1998 as a one-day marathon of literary readings sponsored by Eastern Washington University Press and EWU’s Department of Creative Writing. Then The Spokesman-Review lovingly called it “the little literary festival that could,” and they were right. By 2004, the audience had swelled to 10,000 people from Spokane and the surrounding region. More recently, The Spokesman-Review referred to the festival as the literary equivalent to nationally recognized sporting events: Hoopfest and Bloomsday.” Get Lit! goes on to share that “past festivals have featured authors such as Kurt Vonnegut, Jane Smiley, Richard Russo, Salman Rushdie, Rita Dove, and Sarah Vowell. They also spotlight regional talent from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana, like Sherman Alexie, Dorianne Laux, Tim Egan, Sallie Tisdale, and Jess Walter. Over the past decade, the Get Lit! Festival has been praised consistently as ‘one of the best festivals I’ve ever been to’ by authors and audiences alike.”

Local freelance writer, and regular Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living contributor, Paul Haeder, recently wrote about writing in the Inland Northwest and focused on the Get Lit! program, and spoke to Get Lit! director, Melissa Huggins. “Get Lit! is important for both readers and writers, because it’s about celebrating in a communal way something that, as individuals, we do alone,” she said. “Writing is a solitary act. Reading is often a solitary act. Of course there are still communal aspects—parents read to children, people discuss the books they’re reading with friends, and debate the questions and topics those books address. But having a festival to celebrate those solitary hours of reading or writing that we treasure so much is essential.” Header says, “The impact of Get Lit! is obvious in the community. The K-12 schools have writers haunting the hallways and libraries, for up to 24 weeks, or one-day word magic appearances, again, thanks to Get Lit!’s organizational prowess and the good graces of local poets and fiction writers.” The ultimate goal of Get Lit! programs, which includes educational outreach activities as well as an annual literary festival, is to “engage the Inland Northwest community in a celebration of the written word and to encourage discussion, at all age levels, of literature in its many forms. Overall, Get Lit! programs enhance the artistic, social, and cultural life of people throughout the region.” Throughout the week during which Get Lit! is held, numerous authors share their experience and love for writing with audience members at several panel discussions and talks scattered throughout the Spokane community. From bookstores to theatres, restaurants, colleges and universities, wineries, museums and event centers, the venues at which these events are held, and that support this local event, are numerous and varied, reflecting the strong undercurrents of support for literature and reading in general, and Get Lit! specifically. This year’s festival runs from April 7-13, and will feature over 30 authors and poets, some from the Inland Northwest, others from across the country. Of those authors and poets, 10 are fiction writers, seven are non-fiction writers, 10 are poetry writers, and four are authors of youth writing. It is a broad spectrum of writers, tapping into many of the genres popular today. The weeklong celebration features presentations and readings, writing workshops and panel discussions, visits by authors to K-12

Get Lit! EWU’s Literary Festival sparks a love for literature and reading


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Do you have an Acme Integration home powered by Crestron?

509-893-9500 | acmeintegration.com

Inland Northwest’s Largest Integration Firm since 1945




Let Acme Integration and Crestron transform your iPad/iPhone or Android™ device into a virtual Crestron touch screen. Turn on your favorite tune or set the perfect mood lighting, all from the stunning screen of the iPad/iPhone. On the go? Take the iPad/iPhone with you and control your home's climate and security anywhere using 3G, 4G or WiFi.

Acme Toll Free

877-650-2263 Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


get lit


schools and colleges/universities, community readings, and poetry slams, along with other events. Readers and writers alike find a wellspring of talent, inspiration, and learning at the Get Lit! Festival. Get Lit! also offers educational outreach programs during the week, which include writing residencies and author visits to K-12 schools. The impact of the authors’ school visits cannot be underestimated. I remember as an elementary student seeing Jasper Tompkins, author of The Catalog and NIMBY. The “celebrity factor” of having an author speaking to us in person was truly impressionable, and his books came alive for me, quickly becoming members of my elite favorite book list. It wasn’t just Tompkin’s books that I adored, but almost every book I could get my hands on after that. Would my love for books have blossomed so strongly without this author’s visit? It is hard to say for sure, but it obviously made an impact and added to my passion for reading and writing. The authors who visit schools on behalf of Get Lit! will no doubt be leaving an equally powerful legacy with Spokane’s youngest learners. “Our educational outreach activities focus on the next generation of writers, engaging them in discussions around literature and introducing them to the tools they need to develop their own abilities as writers,” states the Get Lit! mission statement. “We seek to broaden and deepen language arts skills by encouraging students to think critically and creatively about our world. As one sixth-grade student put it, reading and writing skills ‘help your mind grow.’” Other events during the festival include poetry slams, poetry salons, EWU Alumni readings, workshops, and panel discussions. (Most are ticketed events; however, there are a few free events in the lineup. Check their website for specifics.) One example of the panel discussions is “Strangers in a Strange Land” with David Abrams, Adrianne Harun, and Nathan Oates. “Fiction allows us to see the world from another person’s perspective, through their experiences in strange landscapes, new cultures, or bizarre situations—to follow them down the rabbit-hole, as it were. In David Abrams’ novel Fobbit, Staff Sergeant Chance Gooding Jr. finds himself in a combat zone for the first time, headquartered in a marble palace in Baghdad and sifting through reports of bombings, sniper kills, and dismemberments in order to draft patriotic press releases about the war. Adrianne Harun’s novel A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain centers on a group of young people in an isolated logging town, who must reckon with enigmatic strangers appearing just as Native girls are vanishing from their midst. In The Empty House by Nathan Oates, characters often travel to far-off places in an effort to escape themselves, seeking comfort in the foreign but finding themselves strangers in their own lives. These authors will discuss ways of exploring “strangeness” in fiction, and how they each use it as a tool for evoking larger truths. Moderated by fiction writer and NIC faculty member Jonathan Frey.” So fear not, lover of books and advocates of literature, you are not alone in your passion. Our community shines brighter because of the dedication and hard work of those behind Get Lit! Because of their work, their vision and their passion, a love for literature lives on, and it continues to grow, one spark at a time, and with each turn of the page. To learn more about Get Lit!, including how to purchase tickets and passes, and the entire festival schedule, visit http://outreach.ewu.edu/getlit/ 48

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Get Lit! Venues for the 2014 festival

Auntie’s Bookstore 402 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

The Lincoln Center 1316 N. Lincoln St. Spokane, WA 99201

Barrister Winery 1213 W. Railroad Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

Magic Lantern 25 W. Main Avenue Spokane, WA 99201

Bing Crosby Theater 901 W. Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

Masonic Temple 1108 W. Riverside Ave Spokane, WA 99201

Blue Door Theatre 815 W. Garland Ave. Spokane, WA 99205

North Idaho College 1000 W. Garden Ave. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814

Brooklyn Deli 122 South Monroe Spokane, WA 99201

Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture 2316 W. First Ave. Spokane, Washington 99201

Community Building 35 W. Main Ave Spokane, WA 99201

Red Lion Hotel 303 W. North River Dr. Spokane, WA 99201

EWU Hargreaves Hall (Cheney campus) C St. and Seventh St. Cheney, WA 99004

River Park Square Mall 808 W. Main St. Spokane, WA 99201

EWU Riverpoint Campus N. 668 Riverpoint Blvd. Spokane, WA 99202

Rocket Bakery 1325 W. First Ave. Spokane, WA 99201

Garland Theater 924 W Garland Ave. Spokane, WA 99205

Saint George’s High School 2929 West Waikiki Road Spokane, WA 99208

Gonzaga University 502 East Boone Avenue Spokane, WA 99202

Spokane Community College Lair Auditorium (Building 6) 1810 N. Greene St. Spokane, WA 99217

Hagan Foundation Center for the Humanities Spokane Community College Learning Resources Center Bldg. 16, 2nd Floor 1810 N. Greene St. Spokane, Washington 99217 Holy Names Music Center 3910 West Custer Drive Spokane, WA 99224 Kress Gallery River Park Square Mall (3rd Floor, behind food court) 808 W. Main St. Spokane, WA 99201

Spokane Falls Community College 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr. Spokane, WA 99224 Spokane Public Market 24 W. 2nd Avenue Spokane, WA 99201 Women’s Club 1428 W 9th Ave Spokane, WA 99204

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014




Full Steam Ahead

The Spokane at Beauty Bay. Circa 1910, Palmer, Frank. TRW-17-19, photo courtesy of the Museum of North Idaho.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Lake Coeur d’Alene’s Steamboats of Yesteryear by Shannon Lorenz


ake Coeur d’Alene is a beautiful place, there is no doubt about it. After happening upon Lake Coeur d’Alene during a trip out west inspecting military forts, General William T. Sherman was so charmed by the lake’s natural beauty and majestic scenery that he recommended the location for the construction of a military post. The following year, Congress set aside one thousand acres of land and construction was soon underway. Fort Coeur d’Alene (later renamed Fort Sherman two years before General Sherman’s death) was completed in 1878. The arrival of the earliest pioneers to the area mostly consisted of the soldiers’ families who lived in tents on the land that is now occupied by the city park. With no roads into the area, with the exception of Mullan Trail, the commander of the fort saw the need for water transportation in the region. Plans were soon made for the building of the very first steamboat. The government authorized the construction of an eighty-five foot long stern-wheeler at a cost of five thousand dollars. Captain C.P. Sorensen, in charge of construction, hired a ships’ carpenter from Portland for the project, and an expert caulker with special tools had to be procured. Extra workers and equipment were sent from around the Northwest. After many long months, a number of major setbacks, and countless hours of back breaking work, the first steamboat to grace the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene was launched late in 1880. It was named the Amelia Wheaton, after the daughter of General Wheaton, the post commander at the time. The Amelia Wheaton was used mostly for bringing in feed for the cavalry mules at the fort and was kept readily available to move the troops in the event of trouble with the Indians living in a village at the mouth of the Spokane River. Captain Sorensen took advantage of the lake, spending much time traveling around Lake Coeur d’Alene exploring the uncharted waters. He named many of the bays and points of the lake, names familiar to us today, such as Black Rock Bay, Echo Bay, Squaw Bay, Beauty Bay, and Powderhorn Bay to name a few. In 1881 a man by the name of A.J. Prichard, a seasoned prospector, who had spent the last few

years looking for gold in the Coeur d’Alene Mountains finally had luck on his side and, on the creek later known as Prichard Creek, struck gold. He continued to prospect and pan for gold for the next two summers. In 1883 he finally made a trip to Spokane where reports of Prichard’s find quickly spread. Within a few months there were nearly 10,000 miners on Prichard Creek. Due to the remote location of the creek, the government allowed the Amelia Wheaton to transport miners and their outfits to the head of navigation on the Coeur d’Alene River, (near the location of the Cataldo Mission), where they would then rent a horse or hike the weary miles to famed creek’s location. With a sudden influx of hopeful prospectors, two new steamboats were soon added. Built during the winter of 1883 to 1884, the Coeur d’Alene, (later replaced by the Georgie Oaks), a stern-wheeler, one hundred and twenty feet long, was the first built. She made her maiden voyage on April 2, 1884, transporting most of the newest inhabitants of Coeur d’Alene, most of which had come in the winter waiting anxiously for spring to arrive along with their chances at prospecting along Prichard Creek. The General Sherman, a small propeller-driven boat was launched shortly after. There was great competition between the two vessels, yet always plenty of business for both. Passengers often gave a ten dollar gold piece for a place to stand aboard the crowded steamers. It was quite common for these trips to net a profit of $1,000 and at times as much as $2,000 or more. The main resource needed to power these steamboats was wood. In order to “get up steam” a fire needed to be lit and kept going in order to ‘fire the boiler”. An arrangement was made with the Indians to supply wood for the steamboats. Cordwood was cut and placed at convenient locations around the lake and in return the Indians would come to town to collect two dollars and fifty cents a cord for their work. With the discovery of lead and silver mines in 1886, the shift changed from a gold crazed region, and lead and silver mines

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014




1890 photo of Coeur d’Alene. Remnants of the Saginaw Lumber Mill in the foreground (burned 1891). The railroad ran up 3rd St. and out of town to Spokane Falls. At foot of Tubbs Hill from where this picture was taken are some “sporting houses.” Circa 1890. CDA-9-22, photo courtesy of the Museum of North Idaho.

soon dotted the mountains and hillsides. D.C. Corbin, a recent arrival from back East, came with the desire to build a railroad out west. The further west he traveled the more talk he heard of Coeur d’Alenes, gold, lead and silver, and his fascination grew. Corbin built a narrow-gauge railroad running from the mines to the head of navigation, realizing that there would have to be some way to transport the ore from the mines. He soon added another line from Hauser junction down to the steamboat docks of Coeur d’Alene. To complete his visionary transportation system, Corbin needed boats and quickly bought both the General Sherman and the Coeur d’Alene, and soon built a third, the Kootenai, which was a big, powerful boat used for breaking ice and keeping the waters open for boat traffic during the winter months, while also transporting freight to and from the mining region. In April of 1887, the Coeur d’Alene was being repaired and unable to make her trip to the head of navigation. A smaller boat, 52

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

The Schley, Queen and Spokane at the docks at Coeur d’Alene with a view of city. Circa 1900. TRW-19-18, photo courtesy of the Museum of North Idaho.

the Spokane was summoned in her place. Having spent much of her time on Lake Pend Oreille, this trip was one of her first runs up the river. On the return trip from the head of navigation, with nineteen passengers aboard, the water was high and the current was treacherous. The pilot, being unfamiliar with the river, had difficulty when coming upon a small island, which divided the river

into two channels. Some well meaning passengers began telling the pilot to go to the left, while others directed him to the right. Before the pilot had time to make a decision the boat swung off course, getting caught in the current and capsized. Five passengers drowned that day, among them two prominent citizens, the city clerk of Spokane, and a well-know miner on whose

body $16,000 was found. After the mining excitement had subsided, the steamboats found a different niche on the lake. In the late 1800s and the very beginning of the 1900s, before the popularity of the automobile, a popular form of family entertainment was often taking an “excursion.” Lake Coeur d’Alene was quite a draw from surrounding areas. The “thing to do” was to board an excursion train from Spokane or outlying towns to Coeur d’Alene, and once there take an excursion ride on one of the many steamboats on the lake. In an attempt to attract more people in search of a much sought after excursion The Coeur d’Alene Press wrote, “In what is there more concentrated bliss, than to take your best and sweetest girl boat-riding on an evening and seek some sequestered nook, some silent estuary, and whisper sweet accents of love into her sunburned ear, with naught but the whispering pines and the dear little fishes to witness your ethereal bliss?” This new form of entertainment took off with such welcome enthusiasm that it was hard to keep up with the demand. During the summers, every Sunday brought the arrival of excursion trains from around the Inland Empire. One Sunday sixteen coaches arrived with more than nine hundred people from Moscow, Colfax, Palouse and Tekoa, bringing with them the Tekoa string band and the Moscow band. The following Sunday two thousand people came from other farming communities, bringing with them the Latah and Fairfield bands. Excursion trains from Spokane came each Sunday filled with passengers anxious for a ride on one of the famed steamboats. Weekday excursion trips were also quite popular, the most popular being the trip to the Cataldo Mission, then known as the Old Mission. An account written in 1897 describes such an excursion. “It is luxuriant idleness to sail along in this fashion. In the cabins are easy rocking chairs, upholstered furniture and cozy couches, while the deck is furnished with steamer chairs for those who wish to brave the winds and cool air which dispel the idea that the middle of summer is at hand.” Just below the Cataldo Mission where the boats turned became a feeding ground for fish. Scraps were thrown into the water from nearly every steamboat. Fish, which could be seen by the thousands in the crystal clear water, became a point of interest for the passengers. Most organizations, from groups of teachers, to grocers, college students and grade school children, formed their own

Located on the Sunset Hill

1606 Assembly St 509-747-2101

Bursting with fresh cut flowers

Filled with garden plants and veggies www.sunsetfloristandgreenhouse.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014




Tubbs Hill and The Georgie Oakes before it was remodeled in 1908. Copy from Hart family album 74.14.4., before 1908. J. Schermanson. TRW-10-16, photo courtesy of the Museum of North Idaho.

special excursions. It was common for them to hire bands, drape the vessels in flags and bunting and provide food and drink for all. Several barges were equipped for dancing with a special floor, awnings for shade, and a platform for an orchestra or band. These barges were then towed by the steamboats on “moonlight excursions,” overflowing and filling the air and the surrounding waters with the excitement of the evening. One such excursion ended in unfortunate tragedy when a passenger fell overboard. When he was pulled from the water he was unconscious, and the steamboat was forced to separate itself from the barge full of dancing passengers to rush the man to 54

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

a doctor. He unfortunately died before the doctor could help him. It was nearly two o’clock in the morning before the steamboat was able to return and tow the cold and frightened passengers to safety. Another tragedy occurred during a Fourth-of-July celebration. The lake was full of steamboats carrying more than five hundred passengers aboard, all anxiously awaiting a spectacular performance by Captain Paul Webb, a professional daredevil, who had navigated various waterfalls throughout the country in a specially outfitted wooden barrel. He was planning to ride down the Rosen log chute, eleven hundred feet long, running down a

steep hillside into the lake. Something went terribly wrong and two thirds of the way down the chute the barrel veered off course, jumped up thirty feet in the air and crashed down on the hillside. Women fainted, people screamed, no one could believe what they had just witnessed. When the barrel was opened Webb’s body was crushed and he was unconscious. He died in a hospital two months later. For several Sundays after the accident, with a rather morbid curiosity, one of the excursion trips was up the lake to behold the very spot where Webb’s life had tragically taken a turn. At the turn of the century, the St. Joe and St. Maries river valleys were profiting from the timber craze and logging camps were popping up throughout the area. New steamboats were built to serve the river trade. In 1901, a man from California, D. McDonald had commissioned for himself the Spokane, a one hundred foot propeller driven boat, with two decks. It was considered the classiest boat on the lake at the time, with its two staterooms and smoking room; all steam heated and furnished with luxurious couches and chairs. In 1902 a sister ship to the Spokane was built. The Colfax was slightly bigger than the Spokane and was equally as elegant. The two boats were kept busy with runs to St. Joe and back during the week and still making round trip excursion runs on Sundays. J.C. White, known in the region for his part in the construction of the narrow-gauge railroads, played an important role in the history of steam boating on Lake Coeur d’Alene. He was approached by two timber men from Wisconsin, J.H. Spaulding and his son, Harry Spaulding, about the construction of a much bigger and better steamboat, one which could dominate the boating industry on local waters. White liked the Spaulding’s idea and the three men formed the Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe Transportation Company Limited. The construction of the Idaho was soon underway. An experienced ship builder from Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was brought in for the job along with his crew. One hundred and forty seven feet long, with a capability of transporting 1,000 passengers, the Idaho was like no other steamboat that had ever graced the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. She made her first voyage with 250 passengers and immediately became the favored boat on the lake. Her weekday schedule was set to connect with the arrival of the electric line. The popularity and success of the Idaho

took away business from the Spokane and the Colfax causing a rivalry between the two boating companies. Things became so heated between the two companies that J.C. White, along with his partner, decided that the only way to have business once again run smoothly was to buy out the other company. Jim Spaulding, wanting to flaunt their new ownership of the Spokane and the Colfax to their former rivals decided to mark the boats with a red stripe around their smokestacks. Soon the company was known as the Red Collar Line. J.C. White claimed that he never sold a boat in his life, but he continued buying boats to eliminate his competition. Having gained full control of the boating industry in Lake Coeur d’Alene, White soon ventured into selling not only boat but railway tickets advertising across the country the “beautiful, shadowy St. Joe.” Soon this special excursion was well known in the eastern part of the United States. Arrangements were made for passengers from around the country to take alternate routes on their train travel to explore the alluring Coeur d’Alene and St. Joe areas. With the advent of automobiles, along with the expansion of roads and railway systems, steamboats gradually lost their competitive edge. One by one they disappeared from the waters that had needed them for so long. The Idaho, which had once been hailed as the fanciest of all the steamers, was retired after less than 10 years of service and was anchored to a bay and used as a giant storage shed for apples before it was burned and sunk in 1915. By 1922, the Red Collar Line had met its end. One by one the boats were towed to “Three-Mile Point”, three miles south of Coeur d’Alene where they were burned and sunk. The spot became known as “steamboat graveyard,” although the boats remains have drifted from there all the way to Tubbs Hill. Today boats once again ornament Lake Coeur d’Alene and her waterways. A new era brings smaller, faster and perhaps noisier traffic on a lake that once prided itself in the magnificent beauty and elegance of its craft. While the steamboats are now gone, we can still enjoy the majestic beauty of the lake, just as General Sherman did so many years ago.

Law Office of Eowen S. Rosentrater, PLLC Meeting Your Day-to-Day Needs Licensed in Washington, Idaho, & Tribal Courts (L-R) Kelsey Kittleson, April Dinwoodie, Eowen Rosentrater, Linsey Sowinski

Business LAW employment LAW FAMILY LAW DUI 108 N. Washington, Ste. 402 Spokane, Washington 99201

Shannon Lorenz is a freelance writer living in Spokane with her husband and four children. She is fascinated by local history.

509.868.5389 www.eowenatl aw.com

10.0 Rating Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Health Beat 57 62 68


Hottest Fitness Trends Nutrition

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Spokane Performs New Procedure for Limb Lengthening Treatment

by Kristin Monasmith

rods d e t an by Impl gthened n are le control te remo


aul M. Caskey, M.D., Chief of Staff at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Spokane, is the first in the Shriners Hospital system, first in Spokane, Washington, and only the third in Washington state to perform a leg lengthening procedure using the innovative “PRECICE Intramedullary Leg Lengthening System.” Treatment of limb length discrepancy is a common procedure at the Spokane Shriners Hospital. Some limb length discrepancies are congenital, or present at birth. Other discrepancies can develop after a fracture, infection, tumor or other injury, which results in loss of bone or damage to the growth plate. As the child continues to grow, the limb length discrepancy may slowly increase. Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Health BEat PRECICE SURGERY A femur (thigh bone) fracture resulted in a growth plate injury leaving 13-year old Miriam Ramirez with a fairly severe leg length discrepancy. Treatment options available for this teen, who has completed her growth, included observation, use of a shoe lift, shortening the longer femur or lengthening the short femur. She was hesitant to have the shorter limb lengthened because she did not want to wear the external fixation device that is typically used for this type of surgery. The external fixation devices are rings or rods that surgically connect to the bone using pins or wires that go from outside the leg, through the skin and into the bone. When Miriam came to Shriners Hospitals for Children Spokane, she had actually decided to have her longer femur shortened. Dr. Caskey presented Miriam with another option, a new procedure where the PRECICE internal lengthening rod would be surgically implanted into her femur bone. Once the rod is implanted the lengthening occurs when a hand held External Remote Controller (ERC) unit is activated directly over the implant to gradually lengthen the inserted rod and the bone. Rare earth magnets inside the rod communicate with the ERC and allow the Shriners Hospital physicians to modify the length of the rod and femur slowly over time. The lengthening phase usually starts about five days after surgery. Miriam was taught how to safely use the ERC to make the rod and thus the bone a small amount longer each day (usually about 1 millimeter each day). The PRECICE implant holds the bone ends in alignment and stabilizes the femur being lengthened until the body makes new bone to fill in the gap. The goal was to increase the length of her femur by six centimeters, which would take approximately 65 days. When the bone has reached its goal length, the new bone forming between the bone ends is left to “consolidate,” or heal. This healing process usually takes an additional two to three months after the length has been obtained before Miriam can return to 58

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

You Don’t Need To Stay In Pain We can Help! Call Today!

A Personalized Team Approach To Your Spine & Health Needs • • • •

INS. Credentialed Massage Therapists Digital & Motion x-ray technology Personal Injury / Workman’s comp treatment Most all insurance & Medicare welcomed Open 7am - 6 pm Monday through Friday • Walk-Ins (or “crawl ins”)...Welcome! Board-Certified Chiropractors with the largest group of post-graduate credentials including Chiropractic Orthopedics & Chiropractic Neurology

2013 Best Chiropractor

2010 Best Massage

2010 Best 2011 Best 2012 Best Chiropractor Chiropractor Chiropractor

Houk Chiropractic Clinics

(208) 664-9134

610 W. Hubbard Ste 116, Coeur d’Alene, ID (N 1000 NW Blvd)

(509) 464-2273

9720 N Nevada St, Spokane WA

(509) 326-3795

3809 N Monroe St, Spokane WA

www.houkchiropractic.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Health BEat


full activity. “Shriners Hospitals for Children – Spokane is the leader in pediatric orthopaedic medical delivery in the Spokane region. The PRECICE rod provides an alternative to the external fixation device for lower extremity limb lengthening for patients that are closer to maturity and have bones large enough to accommodate the device,” says Dr. Caskey. “Miriam’s recovery and outcome have proceeded as planned; her femur was lengthened six centimeters and she has retained excellent motion of her knee and was comfortable enough to want to walk without crutches while the bone was still being lengthened. We are pleased with the results and look forward to treating more kids with leg length discrepancy with the PRECICE procedure.” “It scared me a little bit, but we felt this would be the best option for me,” says Miriam of when Dr. Caskey first suggested the PRECICE surgery. She has great hopes for the outcome and adds, “Running has been hard for me as I have grown. I hope next year I can join a soccer team!” Miriam is only required to use the magnet for two and a half minutes, three times a day, resulting in a millimeter of length each day. She needed to use crutches and avoid putting weight on her leg during the growth stage, but she was able to go about her daily life, something quite important to a teenager. In addition, the proprietary magnet technology can also be used to shorten the bone if necessary. “Miriam had anxiety about the procedure, but I knew everything would be fine; the treatment she has received at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Spokane has been so wonderful,” shared her mother. “This new procedure will definitely make such a difference in her life, Miriam looks forward to sharing her experience with other Spokane Shriners patients.”


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Apartments include: Large 1 & 2 Bed/2Bath, Full Kitchen w/Appliances, Washer and Dryer in each unit.

(509) 921-0249 www.BroadwayCourtEstates.com

13505 E Broadway, Spokane Valley

• Gourmet Dinner Menu • Continental Breakfast • 24 Hr Emergency Call System • All Utilities

Included in Rent: • Indoor Pool • Transportation Service • Free Wi-Fi Internet • Housekeeping

• DIRECTV Included • Onsite Exercise Facilities • Life Enrichment Programs • Greenhouse/Raised Bed Gardens

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Health BEat

Fitness trends

Hottest Fitness Trends for 2014

by Justin Rundle


re you bored with the gym? Are exercise classes becoming monotonous? If you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone. In fact, according to the American College of Sports Medicine’s (ACSM) recent survey of the top 20 fitness trends for 2014, gym and typical class-style fitness solutions were missing from the top rankings. What are the major fitness trends for 2014, you ask? The answer may surprise you. An overwhelming number of Americans are seeking more practical, yet effective workouts without the confines of a gym or class. Learn more on the top fitness trends for 2014 and how these training methods are reshaping body types in a quicker, more effective manner then spending hours at the gym.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Restoring your smile's natural frame with the New Strickland Facelift Dentures ™

A picture is worth a thousand words!





When a person first gets their dentures made, their face (or picture frame) is as big as it's going to get. As time goes by, their teeth wear out, the jaw keeps closing up and their face continues to collapse between the nose and chin (that's the picture frame getting smaller). With traditional dentures, new teeth can now be made but in an "older looking face" (that smaller picture frame). Strickland Facelift Dentures™ not only create warm, natural looking teeth, they enlarge the picture frame back to where it was before they lost their natural teeth.

Call today for a FREE CONSULTATION to ask,

"What are my possibilities?"

Doug Brossoit, D.D.S. 755 E Holland Ave Spokane, WA 99218

888-999-9688 Available Mon-Tues & Thur-Fri DrBrossoitRestoringLives.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Disclaimer: The Strickland Facelift Dentures™ services are in no way related to Dr. Sam Muslin's exclusive Face Lift Dentistry® treatment.

Health BEat

Fitness trends

Poi nt of O ri gi n Dr. Coleen Smith, DAOM

Dr. Coleen Smith is dedicated to providing quality, natural healthcare. She focuses on women’s health, hormone regulation, pain, anxiety issues, and fertility challenges. S p e c i a l i z i ng i n: • Acupuncture • Cancer Care • Fertility • Herbs • Women's Health • Moxibustion

• AcuLaser

509.928.2777 | SpokaneAcupuncture.com

Commercial •  Residential Year-Round Service Pressure Washing Satisfaction Guaranteed Licensed and Insured

FREE Estimates Since 1979

www.rainbowwindowcleaning.net 64

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


ACSM’s recent study is shedding light and opening American’s viewpoints towards weight loss training methods. These methods not only work well, they are smarter, practical and time saving in comparison to endless cardio sessions. If you’ve ever spent hours at the gym, but were unsatisfied with the results, the explanation is in the exercise science. So why is steady state cardio not the most effective method for weight loss? In a 2007 study conducted by the Journal of Obesity, scientists found that over a year’s time – 300 hours of cardio: one hour a day, for six days a week – men lost only six pounds, and women lost only four pounds. (Reference: Obesity 15:1496-1512, 2007). In short, 50 hours of exercise was required to lose one pound of fat. Granted, this study was probably performed without any dietary changes, but overall, that’s pretty disappointing. On the flip side, when interval training was tested against traditional cardio and a third control group, the results were phenomenal. The interval-training group recorded three workouts a week, while exercising 20 minutes per workout. The traditional cardio group recorded three workouts a week for 40 minutes per session. The interval-training group lost abdominal belly fat and pounds, while the traditional cardio group didn’t

Family Dentistry

Grapetree Village • 2001 E. 29th

New Patients Welcome Appointments Available Monday through Friday


The 2009-2013 Reader’s Survey

best dentist 2009 - 2014

Brooke M. Cloninger, D.D.S. change. (This experiment was tested in three different studies by the Metabolism Journal, Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness, and Steve Boucher, University of New South Wales, Australia). What are the top fitness trends for 2014 you ask? The top candidates of ACSM’s recent survey are the rapidly growing training principles of high-intensity interval training (metabolic conditioning), body weight drills and functional training. For this criteria, think popular home workout DVD’s, boot camps and CrossFit. Due to the incredible time saving efficiency and effective results produced, most trainers and coaches are giving into the trend. I know personally, my training methods shifted this way close to eight years ago as more of a personal conquest for dropping football weight. With only 15 to 30 minutes of free time, I could squeeze in workouts between training sessions and during the lunch hour. This was a fraction of the time I used to spend exercising and strength training. Thanks to interval training and improved nutrition habits, I was able to transform my 265-pound frame to a healthier 215-pound body. This successful jumpstart became the basis of our own all-level, online training system Workout Anywhere. Workout Anywhere provides true, all-level Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Put your smile on!

Health BEat

Fitness trends

Ellingsen • Paxton • Johnson

orthodontics Actual Patient

Nothing But Smiles Orthodontics for Children and Adults

509.926.0570 www.epjortho.com Two Locations

Valley: 12109 E Broadway Ave, Bldg B South Hill: 2020 E 29th Ave, Ste 120


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

fitness and nutrition levels unlike some of the most popular DVD workout series. Try it for free at (http://www.workoutanywhere.net). To get your CrossFit on, check out one of the original CrossFit Boxes (gyms) near you. Some have even had competitors reach the CrossFit Regionals and CrossFit Games (also known as the fittest man or woman on Earth competition). If you’re living in Spokane or central Spokane, checkout the first CrossFit in Spokane: CrossFit Spokane. Spokane Valley’s largest location is CrossFit Spokane Valley and Coeur d’Alene’s is CrossFit Coeur d’Alene. For north siders, CrossFit 509 is easily accessible and very well run. All locations show up immediately on Google with directions, hours of operation and contact

information. Looking for a premier boot camp in the heart of Spokane commerce? Try Kurt Salquist’s CoreFit Inc. located in the Paulsen Building. For north side Spokane’s elite, all-level boot camp, contact Jessica Rundle (509) 570-3661 for amazing results and to join an all-inclusive team.

The New You Awaits!

If you’re looking to get the jump-start on the top fitness trends of 2014, try one of these options today. All are inclusive and have scaled ability level variations for most fitness goals. If something feels out of your comfort zone, or additional

40% off

Package of 8 hair removal (any area). Not to be combined with other specials. Please call for appointment in advance.

Our highly trained aesthetic staff takes the time to listen to our clients, helping to develop treatments that keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful.

Our Services:

guidance is needed, always ask. No question is a dumb question with regards to fitness and exercise safety. For further inquiries, questions on how to get started and anything fitness and nutrition related, feel free to email me at Justin@workoutanywhere.net or check out our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/RundleFit. Here’s to the new, healthier you! Cheers with water! Justin Rundle is a Certified Personal Trainer with six years of training experience. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from Whitworth University, and is the Mount Spokane High School Strength and Conditioning Coach, and the owner of www.workoutanywhere. net (online personal training and dieting assistance).

Botox Injectable Fillers Laser Treatments Spa Treatments Massage


901 N. Monroe St. #242 www.GloMedSpokane.com

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Health BEat Nutrition

Making Fruits and Vegetables Part of Your Weight Management Plan Courtesy of Spokane Regional Health District Eat fruits and vegetables the way nature provided—or with fat-free or low-fat cooking techniques. Try steaming your vegetables, using lowcalorie or low-fat dressings, and using herbs and spices to add flavor. Some cooking techniques, such as breading and frying, or using high-fat dressings or sauces will greatly increase the calories and fat in the dish. And eat your fruit raw to enjoy its natural sweetness. Canned or frozen fruits and vegetables are good options when fresh produce is not available. However, be careful to choose those without added sugar, syrup, cream sauces, or other ingredients that will add calories. Choose whole fruit over fruit drinks and juices. Fruit juices have lost fiber from the fruit. It is better to eat the whole fruit because it contains the added fiber that helps you feel full. One 6-ounce serving of orange juice has 85 calories, compared to just 65 calories in a medium orange. Whole fruit gives you a bigger size snack than the same fruit dried—for the same number of calories. A small box of raisins (1/4 cup) is about 100 calories. For the same number of calories, you can eat 1 cup of grapes.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Chicken & Fruit Salad

1 lb roasted chicken breast 1 medium-size bunch spinach 2 medium-size pink or white grapefruit 2 medium-size red delicious apples 3/4 lb seedless green grapes 1/3 cup fat-free Dijon salad dressing Remove and discard skin from chicken; tear chicken into bite-size pieces. Chop 1 cup loosely packed spinach leaves; set remaining leaves aside. Cut peel from grapefruit; remove sections with knife. Cut unpeeled apples into 3/4-inch chunks. In large bowl, combine chicken, chopped spinach, fruit, and salad dressing; toss to coat. To serve, arrange remaining spinach leaves on platter; spoon chicken salad over spinach leaves. Serves 4 / Nutrition per serving: Calories 380, Fat 5g, Saturated fat 2g, Cholesterol 95g, Sodium 380 mg, Carbohydrates 45g, Fiber 6g, Protein 40g, Vitamin A 190%, Vitamin C 130%, Calcium 15%, Iron 20%


We proudly offer the greater Coeur d'Alene and Spokane area a wide selection of the highest quality, most stunning party and event rental items. Whether your event is large or small, simple or elaborate, our friendly staff at Event Rents are your party and event rental specialists. Event Rents' highly skilled team will assist you in coordinating all of your party and event rental needs down to the smallest detail.

event-rents.com | 509-535-4030



Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Health BEat Allergies


things you should know about spring allergies (BPT)


pril’s showers bring May flowers but they also bring on sneezing, runny noses and watery eyes for some of the 50 million Americans with allergies. The spring allergy season begins in some regions of the country as early as February and can last into the summer months. 70

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

919 S. Raymond Rd. Spokane Valley, WA 99206 Phone: 509-321-9050 Fax: 509-924-3343 www.shfi.com Family Owned & Operated since 1949

New Patients Welcome | No Referrals Needed

CREATIVE Creating Beautiful Smiles

We Make it Easy for You!

Startup Websites

Braces for Children and Adults

Only $495!

Stephanie Combs D md , M s

Why pay thousands of dollars for a website, when we can create a wonderful site at a fraction of the cost? s

ut | Contact Home | Abo

Welcome to our


Phone # Address Email

Collection Hot Rod




Call and talk to one of our Sales Reps today!


or email for more information sales@spokanecda.com

South Hill Location 418 East 30th Ave. • Spokane, WA 99203

509.624.1139 North Spokane 605 E. Holland Ave. • Spokane, WA 99218

509.998.1745 www.combsortho.com

Best Cosmetic Dentistry Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Health BEat Allergies


Katrina Brennan

Edward Gilmore

Sam Terakedis

The most common spring allergy culprits are pollens from a variety of trees and grasses, as well as mold, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). “Because there can be millions of pollen particles and mold spores in the air, finding allergy relief can seem nearly impossible for some,” says allergist Dr. Michael Foggs,

ACAAI president. “But by knowing what triggers your allergy symptoms and how to avoid these allergens, you can be on your way to a sneeze-free season.” Knowing more about the spring allergy season can also help you fight symptoms. ACAAI allergists have put together the five things you should know about spring allergies.


* Allergies are on the rise - Every year more adults and children are diagnosed with allergies. There are several speculations about this increase, including climate changes and increased allergy awareness. Studies have also shown pollen counts are gradually increasing. Even if you’ve never had allergies in the past, you can develop them at any time. That lingering cold may be allergies and you should see your local board-certified allergist for testing and treatment. * It matters when you medicate - If you fall victim to spring allergies annually, you should begin taking your medication two weeks before symptoms typically begin. Keep an eye on the pollen counts in your area. Even if the temperature doesn’t feel like spring, there could already be pollen circulating in the air. To be better prepared, you can track your symptoms with MyNasalAllergyJournal.org. * There isn’t a cure, but there is something close Unfortunately, there is no cure for spring allergies. However, immunotherapy (allergy shots) provides symptom relief while modifying and preventing disease progression. Immunotherapy can also be tailored for an individual’s needs. So if you’re allergic to pollens, dust and pets, allergy shots can provide you with relief from these allergens. * Symptoms can be severe - Runny noses, itchy eyes and sneezing aren’t the only symptoms of spring allergies. If you are coughing, wheezing and have trouble breathing, asthma might be one of your allergy symptoms. In fact, an estimated 75-85 percent of asthma sufferers have at least one allergy. Asthma attacks can be life-threatening. Aside from avoiding allergens, you should also be under the regular care of an allergist and use medications as prescribed.

Located at River Park Square, Above The Olive Garden 221 North Wall Street, Suite 226 509.290.5604 www.bozzicollection.com Open Wed - Sat, 11am - 7pm


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

* When in doubt, get checked out - Not every cough is due to a respiratory infection. And colds shouldn’t be blamed for every runny nose. If you find yourself battling unwanted symptoms for more than two weeks, it is likely time to see an allergist to get tested, diagnosed and treated. Allergies and asthma are serious diseases and that’s “nothing to sneeze at.” Misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment can be dangerous.

Worry Free Quality, Compassionate, Healthcare Direct Care, a Primary Care membership program- only $69.00 per month.

Really. It's That Simple. • No co-payments, no deductibles, no waiting period. • A great membership program for small businesses, self employed, early retiree and individuals with high deductibles or no insurance coverage. Call or visit us online for more details and a complete list of services included in your Direct Care membership.

Services included in your Direct Care membership: • All routine office visits with same or next-day appointments. • Annual comprehensive physical exam, including laboratory health screening studies and preventative testing. • All clinical laboratory testing performed with our SIM accredited clinical laboratory. • E-mail access to your physician. • And much more.

Our Physicians Dale A. Nelson, M.D. Gregory Doering, M.D. John Sestero, M.D. Andrew Chester, M.D. Michael C. Kerkering, M.D. Brian T. Yates, M.D. Robert Hustrulid, M.D.

David Fischer, M.D. Kristina K. Swiggum, M.D. Lynn R. Naumowicz, A.R.N.P. Carol L. Good, A.R.N.P. Vicki Stevens, A.R.N.P. Lori Feagan, A.R.N.P.

Committed to delivering the highest level of care since 1975 509.924.1950 • www.SpokaneInternalMedicine.com • 1215 N McDonald Rd Spokane Valley Spokanecda.com • AprilWA • 2014 99216 73

Looking Good

Photography by Rocky Castaneda Photography and Creative Solutions Photography by Rocky Castaneda Photography and Creative Solutions Model: Savana Fredericks Model: Savana Fredericks


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

14th and grand salon

509.624.7263 Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Looking Good

Photography by Rocky Castaneda Photography and Creative Solutions Model: Savana Fredericks


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Coming Soon to the Garland District!

Best Sun Tanning


buy 2 get 1 free: Airbrush bronzing sessions or Versa Spa sunless booth sessions silver plan $69.99: Monthly unlimited tanning in all 4 levels of beds gold plan $24.99: Monthly unlimited tanning in the entry level beds Boutique •Tanning • Airbrush Bronzing • Massage Nails • Facials & Waxing • Manicures & Pedicures • Full Service Hair Salon • Minute Packages • Session Packages • 1 Month Unlimited

Thank YOU for making us Spokane's Best Salon

Versa Spa Magic Sunless Tan Booth

tanning salon and spa

South hill 2821 E. 27th Ave : Tanning 533-6300 / Hair 534-5100 | NorthSide 634 W. Garland : 290-5029

509 838 4995

108 N Washington St - Dntn jaazzsalon.com facebook.com/jaazzsalons twitter.com/jaazzsalons

how does your guy groom? all cuts 20% off face shaves 20% off Expires 4/30/14 Must present ad at time of service

509 838 4995

108 N Washington St - Dntn jaazzsalon.com facebook.com/jaazzsalons twitter.com/jaazzsalons Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Renovated, Remodeled and Revived A Spokane couple’s home is their labor of love

by Sarah Hauge photography by Alan Bisson


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


hen Terri and Tim Lewis moved to Spokane from Chicago in 1998, they knew what they wanted in a home. “We were looking for a house that was going to suit our needs and our family,” Tim says. “And also I wanted a house that was architecturally significant.”

This house fit the bill. It’s a beautiful, painstakingly restored home that sits on the bluff in northwest Spokane, with panoramic views of the Spokane River. The home, which is on the Spokane Register of Historic Places, was built in 1909 for an executive at Washington Water Power Company, Harry Bleecker, and his

wife, Katherine. It was designed by prominent Spokane architect C. Ferris White. Home construction cost about $8,500 (the cost of the land, which was part of the Pettet Tract Addition and had been purchased in 1885, was $1,500). Though it was designed more than a century ago, the home had a surprisingly forward-thinking floor

plan that now fits the Lewis family (Tim, Terri, and their two daughters) well, with living space on the main floor and three bedrooms as well as a master suite—a very unusual feature for the time—located on the second story. The home, a Dutch Colonial Revival, has a history the Lewises have carefully researched through city registers and

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Above: Original features, such as the wood beams and large fireplace, considered common in 1909, are architectural and design treasures today. Left: The home is on the Spokane Regiter of Historial Places

deed transfer ledgers. In the 1930s it was a boarding house, with locks installed on all of the bedroom doors and an additional (since removed) wall in the entryway blocking renters’ access to common areas of the home. “It was the Depression,” Tim says. At that time big houses were commonly turned into boarding houses to earn an income. Another storied moment of the home’s past? Hosting a celebrity guest. One year, 80

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

when the home was part of the Mother’s Day Tour of Homes, Tim was leading a group through the upstairs when one of the visiting women said, “I’ve got goose bumps!” She told him she’d lived in the home in the 1940s, and the room they were in (now one of his daughters’ bedrooms) had once been hers. When she was a sixth grader, there was one night when she had to give up that room so that a friend of her father’s could sleep there instead. That friend? Bing Crosby. When the Lewises purchased the home, they knew they had something special—and they also knew that there Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Above: Extensive built-ins in the dining room offer both storage and beauty. The elaborate woodwork is found throughout the home. Left: The home’s original mail box.

was a lot of work to do. “This house was great, because while every room needed attention, none was too difficult a project to undertake,” says Tim, who has done the majority of work himself, aside from hiring out for plumbing and electrical. Before moving in, Tim and Terri and their then-infant daughter lived in an apartment as a major remodel commenced. Over the course of five months, the home was rewired, the plumbing was redone, and the kitchen 82

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

and three bathrooms were gutted and remodeled. When they finally moved in, projects were still underway. There were no kitchen countertops, the one functional shower was in the hallway bathroom upstairs, the one working toilet was on the main floor, and the only usable sink was in the basement. It was a whirlwind beginning, and the dust has never fully settled. “It’s been one project after another for the last 15 years,” Tim says. “There is not one room that has not been touched at least once if not twice,” says Terri. Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Above: Historic can still have style. One of the girls’ bedrooms with a modern color choice. Left: Who needs a lake place when this is the view from your backyard? The Lewis family is often found in this area, taking advantage of the view.

The Lewises have taken great care to restore the home to its original condition. Tim is a stay at home dad with a background in mechanical engineering. When his daughters were small, he used to squeeze in projects during their naptimes and after bedtime, meticulously stripping layer upon layer of wallpaper, restoring windows and doors and hardware, hanging cabinets, setting tile, and milling trim to match the original. At times, like when Tim is milling a piece of trim for the inside of a closet, taking care to match the original woodworking even though it will never 84

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Is your listing looking old? New Flooring can get it sold! Our Real Estate Program Features

No Payment Until the House is Sold* *based on 6 months Same As Cash Financing with approved credit

Floor Coverings International is a local, family owned, full service flooring and carpet provider with full installation and product warranties. Always Free Estimates!

28 W. Boone, Spokane 99201 | P 509.413.1397 | F 509.413.1313 Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Above: Tim loves to cook, so turning the small kitchen into “a cook’s kitchen” was a necessary step. Left: Original doors in the upstairs master bedroom retain the historic feel of the home, but a built-in master bath, though original to the home, meets todays trend and needs.

be seen, Terri will ask him, “Why is this taking so long?” Tim’s patented response: “Perfection takes time.” Throughout it all, the integrity of the original home has been carefully maintained. The home sits back from the road on a smooth grassy yard, with a wide, U-shaped driveway the Lewises had repaved, widened and moved slightly; previously, when car doors opened they’d practically be touching the front porch, Tim says. The home is a green, cedar shake sided building with red accents, white trim and double-hung wood sash windows flanked by original louvered shutters. A stately sycamore tree grows in 86

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Monarch Custom Builders at River’s Edge

(on the Spokane River, Coeur d’Alene) • Custom Built homes starting at $1,150,000 tailored to fit your active and busy lifestyle •Only 3 lots left • Private Gated Riverfront community of 22 luxurious homesites, each with a private boat slip and 50 feet of river frontage. • Three Minutes To Downtown Coeur d’Alene by car or five minutes to Lake Coeur d’Alene by boat.

Above: Tim’s current favorite spot in the house is the office, which is the most recent room to be completed.

208.772.9333 monarchcustomhomes.com 88

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

the front yard. “I get more comments about that tree sometimes than I get comments about the house,” Tim says. Based on old pictures, they know the tree is probably at least as old as the home itself—and it almost didn’t make it to this point. The tree was nearly lost in 1996, during Spokane’s infamous Ice Storm, when it was split by the stress of the storm. The owners at the time had it bolted, bringing the tree back together with cables. “It healed and is perfectly healthy today,” Tim says. The cables that brought it back together are still in place, partially hidden among its branches. “They saved that tree.” The roof is slate, an attractive feature that’s uncommon in Spokane. A previous owner had the original roofing (probably cedar) replaced in the early 1960s with slate salvaged

from the old Ft. George Wright military buildings. The front porch has a copper roof that Tim installed. Because snow slides off slate, in winter months snow was regularly falling off the upper roof and pulverizing the slate porch roof below. The copper is lovely and more durable for its placement. The oak front door, flanked by original leaded glass diamond sidelights, opens onto an entryway that introduces many of the materials and features that run throughout the home: original white oak and Douglas fir floors, original ebony-colored woodwork, picture frame molding (which the Lewises use for hanging artwork—“You don’t run nails in plaster walls,” as Tim says), and restored doorknobs and hardware. Many of the furnishings

LOCALLY O W N E D & O P E RAT E D S I N C E 1 9 9 4

Countertop Trends...

Start Here.

on the main level are Stickley, an Arts and Crafts style the Lewises like and is in keeping with the age of the home. A spacious living room with boxed ceiling beams is off to the left of this entryway. The large room has been divided into three areas, with an open space in the center in front of a brick fireplace with a bracketed mantel. An area rug and leather armchairs furnish this part of the room. The fireplace’s brickwork is accented with decorative pieces that were described, in a 1908 article about the home, as “antique Roman tile.” Given that they were already considered “antique” more than 100 years ago, it’s fair to reason that they are now quite old. On the left side of the room, a comfortable sectional accessorized with colorful pillows and a cozy throw is an ideal

Interior Design • Hardwood Floors • Vinyl/Resilient Floors • Laminate • Carpets • Area Rugs • Marble • Ceramic, Porcelain & Glass Tile • Window Blinds & Shutters • Granite & Quartz Countertops • Designer Fabrics 11315 East Montgomery, Spokane Valley, WA 99206 509.921.9677 | www.nw tspokane.com Showroom Hours M-F 8am-5:30pm, Sat 10am-4pm




ays a

we ek

Dog & Cat Boarding & Grooming Your Pet's Home Away From Home! 509-244-2259 www.westwindspokane.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Above: Built in a day when neighbors came to call, an impressive entryway was mandatory in any house. This one is definitely impressive. Left: Bright colors adorn the walls of one of the Lewis’ daughter’s bedroom.

spot to curl up to read or watch the flat screen TV, which is mounted on the wall opposite the fireplace, cleverly placed so that it draws no attention when entering the room. The opposite side of the living room serves as a sitting area and office space for Tim, with doors that open onto the backyard and its stunning river views. The most recently finished project in the home is the office. Tim proclaims that this room of the entryway is his current favorite spot in the house—then admits that “my favorite thing in the house would be the last thing that got done,” a sentiment many homeowners can relate to. The office has gorgeous built-in 90

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

11616 E. Montgomery DR#37 Spokane Valley, WA 99206

509.891.5855 www.cabinetsys.com

Innovative, Custom Storage Solutions

Turn any room into a bedroom...Instantly! A Murphy Wall Bed provides you with the ability to turn home offices, excercise rooms, or kids playrooms into a welcome and comfortable spare bedroom. Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


At Your Feet F l o o r i n g

“Flooring your home one step at a time.”


tile - hardwood - carpet

Specializing in bathrooms and kitchens Serving Eastern Washington and North Idaho at.yourfeetflooring@live.com atyourfeetflooring.com

es, servic ing, n n i o d l a n s o s, ticket ore ! event avel and m tr 92

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Above: The cedar shake siding, along with shutters, have been updated on this Dutch Colonial Revival style home.

wood cabinetry that cleverly conceals clutter. The upper glass panes in the built-ins’ doors are tinted to echo the color of the glass panes in the front door, tying the new woodworking in with the old. Ventilation has been added to the base cabinets so that they’re equipped to house electronics and the room’s radiator. Though this room had its original baseboards and woodwork intact, the ceiling had been dropped eight inches. During the renovation, the ceiling molding was created to replicate what had once been in place. Drawing the eye upward is a Moravian star light fixture. A gorgeous paneled dining room with a built-in buffet and hutch has been restored to look as it did since its first days. “This is pretty much the

way it looked,” Tim says, noting that the woodworking in the space had always been painted. The hutch has glass uppers that showcase display items. The dining table is another Stickley piece, chosen in part for its decorative inlays, which are repeated on the upholstered chairs. A floral area rug helps to unify the space. The kitchen, adjacent to the dining room, is one room that’s drastically different from its early days. The addition of a garage in the 1950s left a space available to expand the kitchen, which the Lewises were eager to do. The previous kitchen was very small, with part of the room taken up by a second chimney and a butler’s pantry. While it was functional, it wasn’t what Tim and Terri had envisioned for their family. “It wasn’t a cook’s

Administrative Professionals Week is April 21st - 25th We deliver and ship worldwide!

• Birthday • Thank you • Sympathy

Let our Gift Experts assist you in finding the perfect gift to show your staff how much you appreciate and value them!

• Get Well • New Baby • Housewarming

• Job promotion • Retirement • Congratulations

When excellent customer service matters, choose Simply Northwest. Thanks a "latte" for all you do Gift Basket

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Above: The original banister in the upstairs hall is unlike any that you find in new construction.

kitchen, and he’s a cook,” Terri says of her husband. Knowing they wanted to grow their family, they created a kitchen that would be usable as a casual space for doing homework and eating meals. Tim and Terri chose maple cabinets and built-ins, laid slate flooring, and put in stainless steel appliances. Tim also laid the tile backsplash. The L-shaped granite-topped island is furnished with four stools, and gets even more use for homework and meals than Tim and Terri had once imagined. The garage is adjacent to the kitchen through a side door, another room that Tim remodeled when the drywall began literally falling off the ceiling. He gutted the space, insulated it, hung cabinets, and put in an epoxy floor. The garage wasn’t the only room where insulation was added. When the Lewises moved in, “There was no insulation in the walls—not a speck,” Tim says. When they replaced the original cedar shake siding with new, 94

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

identical-looking siding, they also insulated all of the walls and the attic, and installed custom, period storm windows. With those changes, “our energy costs went down 30 percent,” Tim says. From the entryway, a reception hall staircase with cutout floral balusters leads to the second story. Here, there is a bedroom for each of the two girls decorated in fun, bright colors (one of these is the “Bing Crosby Room”) and a guest bedroom (this was labeled as “Servant’s Bedroom” on the original home plans). A full hallway bathroom was remodeled when the Lewises purchased the house; it’s got warm yellow walls, double sinks and maple cabinetry. At the end of the upstairs hallway is the spacious master suite, an anomaly for its time due to its attached bathroom and two closets. Decorated with a soft, neutral palette, the room is tranquil and serene—and even more restful thanks Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Above: The hardwood floors throughout the home blend with the extensive wood paneling. Below: An original sign from the Chicago “L” is a nod to the years Tim and Terri spent in Chicago.

Cont. Lic, No. UNITEPI158CJ

united plumbing, inc. trust the professionals since 1985

residential commercial remodel

• water line repair/replace • back flow valve install or testing • hot water heaters-repair/replace • licensed medical gas install • all plumbing repairs • lead pipe change outs • boiler repair & install • gas piping & pipe thawing 24 hour service available free estimates on major plumbing


Voted by the readers of Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine as one of the best Plumbing Companies 96

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

senior discounts


11401 E Montgomery Drive, Ste 1

to the unbeatable river views from its windows. In the backyard is a pool, which was put in during the late 1960s. “Oh gosh, the back was a mess,” Tim says of its previous incarnation. The Lewises upgraded the space, removing the old patio foundation, adding decking,

fencing and landscaping, and, most important, putting up a gazebo to provide some relief from the otherwise relentless summer sun (one of the only tradeoffs for the unhindered views). The original pool house was in disrepair, so Tim built a new one, which has a bathroom and offers storage. The backyard is a beautiful space, and it gets lots of use. “We don’t have a lake house,” Tim says. “We have our backyard pool.” In the home’s basement is Tim’s workshop and a large carpeted space that, when their girls were younger, got lots of use as “the kids’ romper room.” The laundry room, also downstairs, is another room that’s had the thorough Tim treatment—he redid this space, installing drywall, putting in the washer and dryer, installing the cabinetry, and even building the ironing board into the wall. He shrugs off mentions of the remarkable amount, and quality of, work he’s done, chalking it up in part to his background in mechanical engineering. “I just have the gift of knowing how things work,” he says. After 15 straight years of projects, the house may look like it’s just about complete, but there’s always room for

Quality is in the details t Affordable Custom Cabinets we've been designing and building custom cabinetry for over a quarter of a century. Customizing cabinets to fit your needs and desires is what we do best. Keep us in mind for your next home project.

Showroom 12115 E. Mission M-F 10-5 Sat. 10-4 • 892-4374 www.affordablecustomcabs.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



Kitchens & Baths

Factory Direct Huntwood Cabinets

Full service Sales & Design Accurate, Detailed Proposals Cost effective ideas for tight budgets Installation Countertops for Kitchen & Bath

Visit Our Showroom By Appointment: Granite, Silestone, Caesarstone, Corian, Hi Macs, Cambria, Pental, Samsung, Zodiaq, Living Stone, Staron, Viatera

One-stop shopping with affordable package deals 6712 N. Pittsburg 509.483.4107 Spokane, WA 99217 knightskitchensandbaths.com

Environmentally Conscious Design energy and water efficiency natural resource-efficient materials site responsive design new construction

passive solar design healthy indoor environments straw bale remodels

The time and effort put into the house have paid off, as the Lewis family truly feels at home here.

62 1 S O U T H ' F ' S T R E E T S P O KA N E , WA 9 9 2 2 4 T E L : ( 5 0 9 ) 74 7 - 7 6 4 7 FAX : ( 5 0 9 ) 74 7 - 5 9 7 9 W E B : w w w. to m a n g e l l . c o m E M A I L : to m @ to m a n g e l l . c o m


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

improvement. With a home that’s more than a century old, there are lots of stories to tell—and no end of projects to tackle. The Lewises have even begun giving rooms they’ve already redone a second pass. “We took it one room at a time,” Tim says. “Now we’re starting to redo things!”



7 warehouses full of beautiful doors, all competitively priced!

From Traditional to International Forged Iron to Decorative Glass

Whatever your style... We’ve Got Your Door!

Quality Items at Low Warehouse Pricing! Spokane’s PREMIER Door Store

www.theuglyduckwarehouse.com 1727 W. SINTO Ave, SPOKANE, WA | 509-326-0199

House Credits: Paintcrafters Northwest Plumbing and Heating Freeze Furniture and Manufacturing Decorum Designs Environment West Designers Gregg Johnson and Angela Williams Designs

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Where building relationships is just as important as the projects we build

Every detail of your dream, matters to us.

New Construction • Remodel • Design & Build

Kitchens • Bathrooms • Basements • Decks • Additions • New Homes Contact Dave Covillo for your FREE In-Home Consultation

(509) 869-7409 www.RenovationsByDave.com

WALIC#RENOVDC9600B 100 Spokanecda.com • April • 2014






Spring New Beginnings A season of Remodels, Renewal and Renovations for your home


by Blythe Thimsen

ew beginnings don’t just happen in January, with the flip of the calendar and the dropping of the Times Square Ball; new beginnings happen all the time. In June, it’s the start to the summer, when we embrace the beauty of the outdoors. In the fall, it is the start of a new school year, the time to buckle down and be focused and dedicated to studying. January is the New Year start, with commitment to a whole list of things

(health, finances, volunteer work, etc.), many of which have faded into the background by early February. And then there is spring. That season of rebirth, renewal and…renovations? That’s right! With spring upon us, this is the start to home improvement and renovations for many of us. From major home remodels, to one or two projects that need to be tended to, this is the season of new beginnings for your home. From the floor to the roof, the yard and beyond, we’ve got you covered on ideas for making this the start of something beautiful and new. Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Inside your home

The new trend in bathrooms is incorporating a curbless shower system. These showers are not combined with a traditional bathtub, but feature a very low or no threshold, allowing users to easily walk or roll into the unit. “I just attended the International Builder’s conference in Las Vegas and saw several innovative ideas to incorporate into our remodel projects, but the idea that intrigued me the most was the ability to retro fit a curbless shower system into any existing home,” says Dave Covillo of Renovations by Dave Covillo. “Prior to this we were forced to do an extensive reframe work of the existing floor system, which in most cases was not feasible to do. This new system is designed to work around the existing floor framing system in most cases. With our ever growing agingin-place population this is a great way for people to stay longer in their homes.” 102

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



BPT suggests saving money without skimping on style on your kitchen remodel. According to Brandpoint®, Laminate was the kitchen countertop surface of choice “back in the day,” but today’s laminate has evolved to improve its style - looking like real wood, stone or tile. When remodeling your kitchen, consider ways to use what already exists, but upgrade it with a fresh, new look. For example, if your kitchen countertops are faded, covered in stains and worn out, don’t try to replace everything. Instead, consider replacing just the tops with granite-styled laminate - designed to mirror the look of granite, but at a fraction of the cost. Laminate can be resistant to scratching and marring from sharp objects. This way you can keep the existing cabinets, but change the color and look of the room simply by switching out the countertops.

Color Palette If you’ve ever seen a crisp, all-white kitchen designs, you know that color isn’t always necessary to create a beautiful cooking space. A bright white color palette exudes sophistication and elegance and is perfect for a modern design aesthetic. Keep these tips, from Spokane’s Canyon Creek Cabinet Company in mind when renovating your all-white kitchen: Paint window frames black: Create a gorgeous contrast between white and black by painting your window and doorframes a dark shade of black. This helps your white walls and custom cabinets look even more bright and fresh. Another easy way to create contrast is with dark wood floors and black stools.

Incorporate an edgy color: For a bit of drama, you can choose a vibrant hue and use it in small accessories throughout your white kitchen. Bright blue dinnerware on display or a vase filled with red blooms can help your whites stand out and offer some fun personality for your kitchen. Use metals: You can’t go wrong combining whites and metals. Consider finishes like stainless steel, brass, copper and gold for your sink, faucets or other kitchen appliances. The reflecting properties of metal pair well with a light and airy white palette.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Supplies & Materials Doors While it is true you never get a second chance to make a first impression, the same goes for your home. When friends, family or guests approach your home, they make a judgment within the first seven seconds of seeing what stands before them. One of the easiest ways to make a statement – and a positive, powerful statement – is with a beautiful door that sets the feel, look and tone of your home. And it is not just looks that you want, but quality as well. Country Homes Building Supply has long been Spokane’s go-to location when it comes to homebuilding materials, and they carry Therma-Tru fiberglass doors, which are a great choice in a climate like we have in Spokane. According to Therma-Tru, “Fiberglass resists shrinking and swelling with temperature changes, allowing the finish to last three times longer than on a wood door. The solid polyurethane foam core offers five times greater insulation value than wood doors.” Additionally, fiberglass won’t dent, rust or warp, unlike steel doors, and the design options are varied.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Environmentally conscious Spokane Architect Thomas W. Angell is used to designing both new and remodel construction projects for his clients, but he made it personal when he recently remodeled his own home, and was able to put some of his best tips to practice by making environmentally conscious choices. “We continue to make improvements to enhance our home’s functional performance and aesthetic appeal. We remodeled our kitchen by opening it up to the living and dining areas without adding any square footage to the home. Materials include cabinets made from locally salvaged wood and certified plywood, countertops made from recycled paper, a recycled glass tile backsplash, cork flooring, and Energy Starrated appliances. Dimmers on all lighting fixtures allow us to control our specific lighting needs and limit what energy we consume. Low VOC paints enliven the interior while improving air quality.”

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Flooring Carpet Care A common question is how often do you need to replace your carpet? If you have pets and/or children, you may notice your carpets are not as vibrant as they used to be, so it’s good to replace them when they no longer appear satisfactory to you. “If you bought inexpensive or low quality carpets and have little rug rats or pets, the carpet might only last a few years,” says Rachel Stocum from Northwest Trends Flooring America of Spokane, “ but good quality carpet will last over a decade.

Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) Throughout most recent modern day history, flooring was very limited to carpet, linoleum or tile, but with new technology as well as a new sense for both functionality and beauty there are a slew of new products. As an alternative to carpet, Stocum suggests Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) or Luxury Vinyl Plank (LVP). LVT and LVP are a growing trend amongst young families because of its durability and realistic look.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

LVT is a trend that Jeff Bray, of Spokane’s Floor Coverings International, absolutely endorses. “The hottest trend in the flooring industry is L.V.T. (Luxury Vinyl Tile) which has both the appearance of either hardwood or tile but with very little maintenance,” says Bray. “Our most popular LVT looks just like slate or tile but has the durability of a hardwood and the warmth of linoleum. Unlike tile, which can be cold, the LVT acclimates to room temperature and is completely waterproof. This gives homeowners the look of tile with out the headaches that are traditionally associated with tile. The LVT is completely scratch resistant and cannot be easily damaged, you can drop a bowling ball on it and its still looks new!” LVT not only comes in tile styles and designs but also in hardwood patterns to keep the traditionally look of wood. The cost of LVT is about half of what the cost is to supply and install tile or hardwood in your home and people will never know the difference.

Hardwood If you desire a traditional and timeless look, nothing makes as impressive of a statement as hardwood flooring. The beautiful grain, richness of color and impressive overall appearance make this one of the most desired flooring options. Both engineered and solid hardwood flooring look equally beautiful, and wear well. The decision of which one to use comes down to what is best suited for your project area. “Engineered hardwood is more stably dimensional than solid hardwood flooring because of the way they make it,” says Jeanette Rattray of Spokane’s Carpet Barn. “Hardwood flooring cannot be put on cement, while engineered can, because it can be floated rather than nailed to the floor.” Both types of flooring are beautiful and nearly indistinguishable from one another, and both have a long lifespan.

LIFTS, DOCKS, & CANOPIES Pacific Harbor Distributors specializes in Hewitt boat lifts. Hewitt lifts are known for their strength, durability, and are backed by the best warranty in the industry. HYDRAULIC LIFTS • CANTILEVER LIFTS • VERTICAL LIFTS • FLOATING LIFTS FLOAT PLANE LIFTS • PWC LIFTS • WIDE SELECTION OF ACCESSORIES

509-924-4676 • www.pacharbordistr.com

Flexsteel Spring Sale

Guaranteed Lowest Prices on Flexsteel!

Hmmm…Quality or Price? Price or Quality? (oh heck, how about both.)

Located in Coeur d'Alene 303 Spokane Ave • Coeur d'Alene, ID Mon-Sat 8:00-6:00 • Sun 11:00-5:00


rungefurniture.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Windows Rebates “Now is a great time for Spokane/CDA homeowners to consider replacing their old windows, says Ken Modica, president of VPI Home Solutions. “If your windows are older than 10 years old and made of vinyl, wood or aluminum, you might qualify for local energy rebates. Avista has brought back its rebate for the first time in three years.”

Optical Illusions The new windows must have a .30 U Value or lower. Make sure you choose a local manufacturer to further help our economy. “Rebates, energy savings and resale values make getting new windows a smart choice in your home’s improvement,” says Modica.

Carefully planned optical illusions are some of the greatest tools a homeowner can have in their toolbox when it comes to updating the look in the home. Scott Greco, of Champion Windows, Roofs, and Home Exteriors, shares how the well-planned use of window frames can make small spaces look bigger. “Making a room in your home look larger or more streamlined is all about deceiving the eye,” he says. “Creative use of wall and ceiling colors and careful selection and arrangement of furniture give the appearance of open space, but many homeowners overlook the role of windows in this game of illusions. Contrast between window frames and wall colors can make walls seem to stretch and ceilings continue to climb. In addition, the more light you can let in, the bigger your room can appear.” He adds that custom-manufactured replacement windows can be designed with frames that feature permanently bonded, durable and maintenance-free finishes that not only lend this important contrast, but also add a great measure of class to an important architectural element. These frames are also designed to maximize viewing area without sacrificing strength or performance. More glass means more light.

Heating and Cooling Duct-Free Duct-free heating and cooling is a hot trend in home improvement according to Jill Spurbeck of Falco’s Fireplace & Spa. “Heat and cool the rooms you live in with a system that requires no ducting or venting. Small, low profile units mount to the wall of virtually any room and provide year round comfort and temperature control. State-of-the-art furnace and air conditioning systems can now be controlled and monitored remotely from your smart phone or tablet.” In addition to changes in heating and cooling systems, gas fireplaces have evolved to include modern styles, with sleek, contemporary lines, linear designs and metal accents. Traditional logs have been replaced with stones, rocks and glass beads for a more urban style. 108

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Outside Your Home


Outdoor Living After a winter spent cooped up inside, most people can’t wait to get outside and soak up every minute they can of sunshine and fresh air. So it makes sense that one of the most popular areas on which homeowners focus their fix-it-up energies is on an outdoor living area, allowing them to enjoy the outdoors. “I think folks around here are realizing that we do have beautiful weather and we can do a few things that help us enjoy our outdoor time for longer periods of the year,” says David L. Jacob of Jacobs’ Upholstery & Patio. “Fire pits are a rapidly growing area. Just about every furniture manufacturer now has a fire pit or two that coordinates with their furniture. While you do get quite a bit of heat out of these fire pits during our beautiful summer evenings, they are defiantly more about ambiance than anything. But it is sure nice to be able to turn the fire pit off and go in with out smelling of smoke.” Fire pits are now made with porcelain tile tops that demand almost no maintenance. “I see that as another trend; we work hard enough at our jobs and living, when we go to our great outdoor room folks are really looking for low maintenance without giving up comfort and style.”

| 3502 N Market | Spokane | M-F 10-5 | SAT 10-3

Best Granite

• Hardwood and Laminate Flooring • Granite Countertops



Granite and More www.NWGRANITEANDMORE.com

• Cabinets • Vanities • Tile • Sinks • Faucets • And Much More!

| 7312 E Sprague | Spokane Valley | M-F 10-5 | SAT 10-3

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Amenities “Homeowners are looking to expand their living spaces beyond their walls and into the landscape with fully functional outdoor rooms, says Dave Nelson, LLA, of Land Expressions. “Covered patios integrating kitchens with sinks, refrigerators, cabinets and barbeques are popular, accompanied by the warm fireplace and television to watch. Often, these amenities tie directly to the home central control system, allowing homeowners to operate all of their features with their smart phones or tablets; even landscape lights, irrigation and water features can be controlled. Convenience is a very high priority. The dynamic of water provides sound, movement and light which bring outdoor spaces to life.” Because your home’s appearance and value weigh heavily on the aesthetic appeal and functionality of your landscape, a pleasant landscape provides not only curb appeal, but also a warm, inviting feeling that welcomes family, friends and visitors to your home.

Why Local Security Alarm Monitoring?

Immediate. Reliable. Custom. Response.

Fast and reliable response time to any emergency situation is critical in saving lives or property. Working with an alarm monitoring company that has a direct relationship with authorities is unique and very effective for reducing, loss, injuries and damages.

Certified Security & Sound has been doing business in the Spokane area, since 1971, has seen and embraced many industry changes. Our team of professionals are dedicated, licensed and passionate about the security and life safety industry. Our team doesn’t believe in selling accounts, or outsourcing for extra profits, we believe in a truly connected and secure system for immediate local response. Taking pride in monitoring our own security accounts, allowing more control, custom responses, investing in our community, better customer service and overall superior protection

Contact our team anytime, we’re open!



Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Moment of Summer

Don't Miss a

Tackling the Project

Jacobs' has the largest selection of patio furniture, fire pits, grills, retractable awnings, and sunscreens in the Northwest.

Visit our store and experience real quality outdoor furnishings


16023 E. Sprague Ave •Spokane Valley, WA

509-926-4230 112

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Aaron Farr, owner of Greenscape Landscaping, and Greenscape Gardens, offers these tips for when you approach a landscaping portion of your home improvement. “Make sure you will be able to work well with the contractor. Do you feel comfortable with them when you interact? Are they friendly? Do they follow up quickly to your calls and emails or do you feel avoided? Depending on the size of the job, these projects can last weeks or months and it is important that you get along well with your contractor. A good landscape construction company wants you to enjoy the entire process of your landscape transformation, not just the end result!” Farr also says a key to a successful and magnificent landscape starts with a proper design. “Before any construction starts, make sure you are in love with the design,” he says. “There are a lot of landscape designers out there with a wide range of skills, so make sure you get referrals and examples of completed projects prior to signing a contract with a landscape designer. A good design is the construction team’s best friend!”

Maintenance Select a company that includes more than just setting up your landscape design and then leaving you on your own. “With the dynamic nature of an evolving landscape, a program of professional care and maintenance will achieve the original vision,” says Pacific Garden Design. Look for a comprehensive maintenance program llike they offer, one that includes plant care, pruning, mowing, fertilizing, pest control, and mechanical and irrigation systems. Using the advice of local experts, this season of remodels, renewals and renovations is sure to be successful and rewarding. Here’s to new beginnings!

faux wood.


Residential and Commercial ▪ Carriage House Doors Raised Panel Doors ▪ Garage Door Openers Transmitter Replacement ▪ Spring Repairs & Parts

www.spokaneoverheaddoor.com 3820 E. Dalke St. Spokane, WA 99217

(509) 482-7262

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Top realtors 2014

2014 top realtors

In the 1947 film,

Miracle on 34th Street, young Susan knows exactly what she wants Santa Claus, known to her as Kris, to bring her for Christmas: a house! Not just any house, but the exact one she saw in her dream; the house of her dreams. Finding the house of Susan’s dreams was no small task for Kris, but he was Santa after all, so of course he made it happen. When it comes to finding your own dream home, though, it can sometimes feel like it really would take Santa

himself to help you get it, much less believe it really is out there. The good news is you don’t need Santa, you just need a good realtor; one who is willing to listen to your needs and desires, to be relentless in the search, and who will patiently stick with it until the task is done and the dream is a reality. Where to find such a realtor? Right here! These are the top 253 real estate agents in Spokane (83 are new this year), based on volume of sales activity. Let’s celebrate their successes and praise them for all of the dreams they have made come true.

Sandy Alderman Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Michelle Allen new Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Donald Anderson Lakeshore Realty 509-995-0300


Suzette Alfonso Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Myah Allen new Exit Real Estate Professionals 509-535-8400

Nicole Andreasen new Live Real Estate, LLC 509-455-5483

Kari Aquino John L. Scott, Spokane Valley 509-924-4200 Cristi Arleth new Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000 Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Bill O’Dea | Broker 509-714-3814 cell


1314 E Cascade Ct. $329,900

Brand new 5br/3 bath home in the Deer Park Golf Course development. Main floor utilities, Cul-de-sac lot over 3200 sq ft, fully finished walk out basement, granite kitchen island, upgraded cabinetry, glass tile backsplash, gas fireplace, central air conditioning, oversized 3 car garage with oversized doors, multi level deck and patio area fully landscaped with sprinklers and concrete edging

1320 E Cascade Ct. Brand new 3br/ 2 bath house in the Deer Park Golf Course community. 1700 sq ft, radiant floor heat, central air conditioning, gas fireplace, glass tile backsplash, Cul-de-sac corner lot. Upgraded floor covering, fully landscaped with concrete edging and sprinklers.


licensed in both WA & ID

integrity. honesty. reliability. Julie Kuhlmann is honest, straight forward and will tell you what you need to hear as opposed to what you want to hear. She works hard, all the time, to make all of her clients feel as though they are the only one. -- Nate & Jenn

509.216.1182 • julie@SpokaneHomeGirl.com

residential | new construction | multi-family | waterfront

Peter B. Meyer, Sales Manager Stearns Lending, Inc. 509.981.1060 | pmeyer@stearns.com

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Bryan Avante Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000 Pete Baccarella Coldwell Banker Tomlinson 509-235-7400 Bruce Bafus new Key Properties 509-747-7777


Romi Banna Crane Real Estate Group 509-921-2121 Ken Barcus RE/MAX Select Associates 509-684-1000

Work with an experienced Real Estate agent who can help you take the next step.


Denise Ashcroft R.H. Cooke & Asscociates 509-327-1402

Michael Balogh RE/MAX 509-922-3000


People. Power. Possibilities.

Top realtors 2014


Jonathan Bich Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400 Kathy Bixler Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400 Richard Bockemuehl Century 21 Waterfront 509-321-1121 Heidi Bollum Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400 Josiah Boone Windermere North 509-467-6640 Marianne Guenther Bornhoft Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Kristina Bartlett new Spokane Home Buyers 509-327-7372

Brad Boswell RE/MAX of Spokane 509-922-3000

Iris Bartzen new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-2621

Patti Boyd new Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100

Mike Bass Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100

Jeremy Bray Windermere Cornerstone 509-927-7733

Mark Beardslee Century 21 Kelly Davis, Inc 509-684-2121 Dallas Becker Windermere North 509-467-6640 Elizabeth Bendinelli Kestell Company 509-838-2002 Greg Benner Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400 Justin Bennett Soleil Real Estate 509-489-7000 Khalil Beznaiguia Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Susan Bristol new Windermere Chewelah 509-935-6124 Farrah Brittain new Wild West Realty 509-280-9591 Kathy Bryant Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100 Steve Cain new Windermere North 509-467-6640 Eva Carper new Windermere City Group 509-323-2323 Cindy Carrigan Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000 Shelley Champagne new Hayden Enterprises Realty 509-492-3833

Nancy Wynia Associate Broker ABR, CNE, CRS, GRI 800-403-1970 509-990-2742 nwynia@windermere.com

View complete virtual tours at www.NancyWynia.com





ice ne

511 E. Wild Rose Road





8214 N. Panorama Drive


2216 S. Twilight Lane

Country craftsman sited on nearly 10 view acres. Stunning workmanship and appointments. Great room with two story fireplace and floor to ceiling windows. Epicurean island kitchen with cherry cabinetry, slab granite & stainless steel appliances. Master suite features alcove seating & fireplace. Lower level includes recreation & hobby rooms. 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths $695,000

Gorgeous Traditional with spectacular eastern exposure city & mountain views! Formal living room with gas fireplace & French doors. Cook's island kitchen with custom cabinetry. Luxurious master suite boasts dual sink vanity & walkin closet. Lower level features family room & additional bedroom. Viewing deck with hot tub. Newer 40 yr roof, siding & deck, patios. Park like yard. Gated. 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths $499,900

Stunning Custom Craftsman with unsurpassed upgrades & appointments. Formal dining room with butler's buffet. Chef's island kitchen offers top shelf amenities. Upper level boasts master suite w/high counter double sink vanity, shower, soaking tub & walk-in closet and 3 addt'l bedrooms. Lower level includes rec. room, 2BRs & BA. Exceptionally landscaped backyard. 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths $469,000








11208 E. Sandstone Lane




4367 S. Greystone Lane

Stunning home with upgrades throughout. Formal living room features floor to ceiling windows and fireplace. Cook's island kitchen with maple cabinets & 5-burner gas range. Spacious master suite includes steam shower, jetted tub and heated floors. Lower level boasts separate wet bar/kitchen, family room with fireplace, 2 additional bedrooms and bath. Oversized 3-car garage with RV parking. 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths $455,000

Gorgeous Rancher with Stunning Mountain Views features gleaming white birch floors, formal dining & great rooms. Designer island kitchen with slab granite, stainless steel appliances, knotty alder cabinetry. Main floor master suite boasts slate-topped dual sink vanity, garden tub & walkin closet. Lower level includes oversized recreation room with gas fireplace. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths $425,000

George Paras Two-Story sited on oversized lot with exquisite decor and designer finishes throughout. Formal living & dining rooms. Cook's kitchen includes granite-tiled island and knotty alder cabinets opens to great room with fireplace. Four bedrooms with bonus room on upper level. Stunning master suite. Private patio overlooks manicured backyard and greenbelt. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths $315,000


Wonderful Rancher







2701 S. Sunnybrook

Wonderful Contemporary with open floor plan. Formal living/dining room with cathedral ceiling & fireplace. Cook's kitchen boasts gas range & hardwood floors. Main floor family room, laundry & bedroom/office. Spacious upper level master suite with walk-in closet & jetted tub. Daylight lower level features recreation room & exercise/ hobby room. 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths $229,000

Parkside home features one level convenience in this 55+ gated community. Living room with gas fireplace. Spacious country kitchen with gas range, pantry & charming eating nook. Main floor master suite. Lower level with new carpet includes family room, additional bedroom and office/hobby room. Manicured yard with flagstone patio. All appliances stay. 3 Bedrooms, 3 Baths $198,900




Secluded living sited on 5 acres with territorial views, wildlife & year-round spring-fed trout pond. 50 amp RV hookup. Oversized heated & insulated garage/shop. Outdoor solar shower. Pheasant & chicken pens. All appliances included. Security system. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths $149,900



13008 W. 21st Avenue

Airway Heights office set-up located on nearly an acre. Office break room with mini-kitchen, map room and large storage area. Chain link fenced. Public water. Convenient location. Contract terms available. $195,000



4204 N. Whitehouse

Wonderful Northside home with fabulous updates! Newer roof, Hardy-Plank siding & vinyl windows. Charming kitchen with eating nook. Insulated 2-car garage with overhead storage. Fully fenced backyard with cobblestone patio, fire pit and gazebo. RV Parking. All appliances stay. 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bath $128,900

10321 E. Main Ave. #405

High Rise Coachman Condo with convenient Spokane Valley location. Community pool, rec. & workout rooms. Complex has elevator & common laundry area. HOA covers water/sewer/garbage, cable TV, snow removal & ground maintenance. Assigned carport. All appliances stay including W&D. Spokanecda.com • April • 2014$65,000 117 2 Bedrooms, 1 Baths

Top realtors 2014 Matt Chapman Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Jennifer Clemens EvoReal 509-747-1101

Dayna Chisum new RE/Max 509-922-3000


John Creighton John L. Scott 509-924-4200

Yvonne Debill Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Molly Cline John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Daniel Dailey new John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Shane Delaney Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-535-7400

Barb Christensen Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Bart Cloninger Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Melissa Dailey Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Dan Dhaenens new Windermere Valley 509-928-1991

Leonard Christian new Windermere Cornerstone 509-927-7733

Bob Cooke R.H. Cooke & Asscociates 509-327-2282

Dyer Davis Windermere North 509-467-6640

Marilyn Dhaenens John L. Scott, Spokane Valley 509-924-4200

Tom Clark Kestell Company 509-838-2002

Jeff Crane Prudential Crane Realty 509-927-2121

Jeaninne Dawson new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Suzy Dix Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Find your Highlighted realtor, Z-A!

pg. 135 tyler zyph 509-924-4200 John L. Scott, Spokane Valley

pg. 117 nancy wynia 509-747-1050 Windermere Manito

pg. 126 maria walker 509-323-2100 Century 21 Beutler & Associates

Spokane Valley Estate

pg. 141 tony vaughn 509-747-1051 Windermere Manito

A rare offering—8,900 sq. ft. home sited in the south of the Spokane Valley on an acre with panoramic views. A formal grand entry, chef’s kitchen, bil iard room, parlor, in-ground pool, and sport court make this 6-bedroom, 7-bath perfect for entertaining while enjoying the spectacular sunset views. A truly remarkable estate. $795,000 www.josiahboone.com

Josiah Boone Managing Broker 509.389.0733 www.josiahboone.com Windermere North Spokane, LLC


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

GAYLE ANNE TERRY B r o k er , C R S , A B R

18610 E 32nd

5 acres in the CV School District 5 Bedrooms, 4 Baths Shop, Barn, and Greenhouse


Top realtors 2014 Erik Dordal Coldwell Banker Tomlinson 509-535-7400

Gayle Earling Windermere Valley, Inc. 509-928-1991

Roger Ens new Coldwell Banker North County 509-447-2421

Jesse Fox Fox Property Group 509-850-2805

Graham Dunham new RE/MAX Inland Empire 509-232-0824

Eric Eden Live Real Estate, LLC 509-455-5483

Benji Estrellado Cheney Reality, Inc. 509-235-6191

Pam Fredrick John L. Scott, Spokane Valley 509-924-4200

Lou Dunham John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Jonas Elber RE/MAX of Spokane 509-922-3000

Eric Etzel Choice Realty 509-217-0200

Jessica Friedland RE/MAX Infinity Group 208-292-4230

Nate Dunham new John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Joel Elgee Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller 208-664-1461

Ray Fisk new John L. Scott, Spokane Valley 509-924-4200

Craig Fritsch Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Steve Duvall new Soleil Real Estate 509-489-7000

Peter Enkema Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Denise Fox Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100

Barbara Frye Exit Real Estate 509-466-4500

pg. 129 mike stinger 509-624-4400 Synergy Properties

pg. 129 jake senescall 509-624-4400 Synergy Properties

Featured Home

South Hill - Manito Park

pg. 129 keith riddle 509-624-4400 Snyergy Properties

Ask us why we

"Live in Spokane"

and how we can help make Spokane your home too!

Jerry Boyd



Patti Boyd

ABR, SRES, State Director

204 W 16th Ave. - $499,000

Manito Park crown jewel of South Hill listed on Spokane Historic Register & featured in the movie The Basket. Gorgeous detailed woodwork and built-in cabinetry highlight this magnificent 5BD & 5BA home. Original Tiger-eye oak, old growth pillars, cherry finished wood floors & stunning leaded glass windows. Chef's kitchen w/ hard rock maple cabinetry, 6-burner Vulcan gas range plus eating nook framed w/ leaded glass windows. 3rd floor secret guest suite! Two fireplaces, sauna, oversized garage & quiet private yard.

509-710-5240 *2013 "Centurion" Award Winners *Over 60 years of combined experience!

www.LiveInSpokane.com 120

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

pg. 144 bernadette pillar 509-458-4000 Keller Williams Spokane

Craftsmanship Integrity Quality Service

Casa Bella Custom home and lot packages starting at $600,000

This private gated community, on Spokane's South Hill offers an idyllic setting with the convenience of downtown Spokane only 15 minutes away.

Let us build your home to reflect your distinctive style. Custom Homes Remodels

Touchmark at Grapetree Custom home and lot packages starting at $350,000

A full-service retirement community on more than 16 acres of beautiful park-like grounds, located on Spokane's South Hill.

Look for us on Houzz.com

Eagle Mountain Homes Custom General Contractor since 1979

204 S. Koren Road, #200, Spokane, WA 99212 509.534.3934

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014 121 www.EagleMountainCorp.com

Top realtors 2014 Alex Ganea Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Mike Graham Plese Realty LLC 509-489-2323

MaryAlice Gumaer Soleil Real Estate 509-489-7000

Cheryl Hartzog new Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Nate Gant RE/MAX of Spokane 509-922-3000

Gary Grant Century 21 Kelly Davis, Inc 509-684-2121

Peter Hagen new RE/MAX of Spokane 509-922-3000

Don Hay Windermere Valley Inc. 509-928-1991

Daryl Gardner new Kestell Company 509-838-2002

Kristi Green new Greenstone Real Estate 509-458-5860

Steve Hagen Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Cindy Hedin new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Shay Garvey Prudential Spokane Real Estate 509-928-3413

Hal Greene Windermere North 509-467-6640

Ron Hansen Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-9771

Bev Heidecker new Cheney Reality, Inc. 509-235-6191

Nick Grishko Soleil Real Estate 509-489-7000

Karilynn Hardan new Windermere North 509-467-6640

Patricia Helring Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Mary Frances Gence Windermere Manito 509-747-1051


pg. 132 joe penny 509-701-5464 R.E. Marketplace NW


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

pg. 124 tracy penna 509-323-2100 Century 21 Beutler & Associates

pg. 133, 138 marie pence 509-467-7400 Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North

pg. 116, 134 bill o’dea 509-467-6640 Windermere North

The Northland Team Advocates for YOU through every step of the home buying process!

CHRISSY DESORMEAU & Natalie Elwess (509) 216-4865 | realtorchrissy@gmail.com

When is the best time to sell my house? There is no best time. People are buying homes year round. Once you have made the decision to sell, hire a realtor to show you what is going on in the market and to give you a price analysis of your home. When should I hire a realtor? As soon as you are serious about buying or selling. A realtor can guide you in what repairs your home may or may not need before listing and may even be able to recommend professionals for those repairs. As a buyer, getting set up on the MLS search will give you much more information about what is available within your search criteria. A realtor is your resource that will spend their time and energy to make sure that you get the best deal on the home of your dreams! Why is a final walkthrough important? The day you sign the final paperwork on a new home, homebuyers should complete a home walkthrough. This is to verify that the home is in the same condition as when you first viewed it, any repairs that you requested of the seller are complete, and to make sure the seller didn't leave a bunch of stuff behind. For example, this past winter I was completing a walkthrough with a buyer and a pipe had burst the night before and there was water running down the walls in the family room! I have heard a lot about foreclosures, how do I find those? Contact a Realtor and partner with them to help you find the right deal for you. There are a few websites that do not list the foreclosure property on the MLS. Terms to know when looking at real estate ads: • Starter home: The entry-level house for prospective homeowners. Often used in conjunction with "charming," "fixer upper," and "quaint." •Modest, cozy, intimate, compact, quaint, cute: Hobbit-sized. •Fixer-upper, handyman's special, ideal project, DIY, deferred maintenance, great potential, investment opportunity, needs some love/attention/work/TLC: Hopefully it has at least four walls, a roof and a floor, but it's best not to assume. •Custom, unique, interesting: Sometimes, these words indicate design and convenience that surpasses anything you've imagined for yourself. Other times, they are used for something that is more appropriately described as bizarre. •Efficiency kitchen: Chop, mix, microwave, bake, cook, wash, and store without ever having to move your feet! •Spacious: Ideal if you already own a Roomba, or if vacuuming is a hobby you've been meaning to take up. •Screened porch: These are great, since you'll have fewer mosquitoes than without the screens. As an added bonus, the screens blur the view of the cars parked on your neighbor's front lawn.

Keller Williams Realty | 802 N. Washington, Spokane, WA 99201

Top realtors 2014 Lisa Hensley John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Dave Holmes new Kestell Company 509-838-2002

Steve James John L. Scott, Spokane, Inc. 509-455-8600

Karen Jones new Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Mark Hensley John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Bonnie Howell Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-9771

Donald Jamison Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Kevin Jones new Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Dwight Hille Windermere North 509-467-6640

Jessica Howerton Prime Real Estate Group 509-218-4663

Teresa Jaynes Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Mary Ann Jones new John L. Scott Newport 509-271-5100

Ann Hinand Tamarack Reality 509-922-7076

Wendy Hughes Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

DJ Johnson Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Sabrina Jones-Schroeder Exit Real Estate 509-535-8400

Justin Hocking Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Pat Isbell new Hilton Real Estate 509-235-8484

Kelli Johnson new Extant Realty 509-926-4018

Jeff Jordan Coldwell Banker 509-467-7400

pg. 137 cambria moore 509-209-9470 Realteam

pg. 140 dan mclaughlin 509-323-2100 Century 21 Beutler & Associates

pg. 125 ron mcintire 509-217-0200 Choice Realty

what makes this century 21 agent? you know the story about the tortoise? well, kind of like that. only instead of slow and steady, it's more like relentless and dedicated. That's what wins the real estate race. tracy penna. smarter. bolder. faster. 509.953.6561 tracypenna@21goldchoice.com TracyPenna.com


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

pg. 122 karene garlich-loman 509-535-7400 Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Top realtors 2014 Douglas Juliano new John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Karl Kennedy Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Phil Konynenbelt new Plese Realty LLC 509-489-2323

Joe Lanet new Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Todd Kavanagh Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller 208-664-1461

Wendy Kennedy Windermere North 509-467-6640

Joseph Kramer RE/MAX of Spokane 509-922-3000

Larry Lapidus Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Rick Keith RE/MAX of Spokane 509-922-3000

Zanthe Kenney new Pat Kenney Realty, LLC 509-991-1135

Julie Kuhlmann new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

David Lawrence Windermere North 509-467-6640

Michael Keller Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Jack Kestell new Kestell Company 509-838-2002

Pat Lacy Kestell Company 509-838-2002

Darren Lawson Windermere City Group 509-323-2323

Collin Kelley RE/MAX Infinity Group 208-292-4230

Linda Knaggs new RE/MAX Inland Empire 509-232-0824

Thomas LaLone John L. Scott 509-455-8600

pg. 142 joe lanet 509-747-1051 Windermere Manito

pg. 116, 136 julie kuhlmann 509-535-7400 Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South

Maria Walker Real Estate Broker

C: 509.370.2664 | O: 509.323.2100 maria@mariawalkerhomes.com www.mariawalkerhomes.com


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Jan Leaf new Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller 208-664-1461

pg. 141

teresa jaynes 509-467-7400 Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North

It ’s a big decision to buy or sell a home. I’ll walk you through the process.


pg. 143 marianne guenther bornhoft 509-747-1051 Windermere Manito

Top realtors 2014 Julianne Lease new Live Real Estate, LLC 509-455-5483

Karene Loman new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Seth Maefsky Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Russ Marshall Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

John Leland new RE/MAX Inland Empire 509-232-0824

Beth Ann Long Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Brandon Marchand Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Tammy Mason Homes 4 You, LLC 509-922-7807

Julia Marcyes Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Scott May new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Terry Lipe new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-242-7427

James Luster Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400 Tommy Mackay RE/MAX 509-922-3000

Joel Maroney Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509- 467-7400

Ginger McCandless Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Jim Lister Windermere Manito 509-747-9160

James Madsen new RE/MAX Inland Empire 509-232-0824

Brianna Marquez new Hayden Enterprises Realty 509-492-3833

Peggy McCartney John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Lisa Lembeck new Windermere City Group 509-323-2323

pg. 142 pam fredrick 509-924-4200 John L. Scott, Spokane Valley

pg. 130 denise fox 509-323-2100 Century 21 Beutler & Associates

Marilyn Amato

pg. 136 joel elgee 208-664-1461 Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller

pg. 144 gayle earling 509-928-1991 Windermere Valley, Inc.

is referred by Dr. Jason and Mrs. Catherine Call after they purchased a home on the Little Spokane River:

"Marilyn is amazing. She helped us negotiate and complete a somewhat complicated transaction. Her advice was sound in all respects. She has been helpful and attentive to our needs even after closing. Her level of service is truly superior. We were across the country for much of the process and I trusted her every step of the way. I can highly recommend her as an extremely knowledgeable, professional, and honest realtor. She is surely one of the best in all of the Spokane area."

*2013 Century 21 Million Dollar Club Award *2013 Realtor of the Year Award, Spokane Association of Realtors *Recent President, Spokane Association of Realtors *Board of Directors, Local an d State Association of Realtors.

Marilyn E. Amato, ABR,CRS,CNE,ePro,SRES, GRI Century 21 Beutler & Associates W. 41 Riverside Avenue, Suite 310 Spokane, WA 99201 509.979.6027 cell, 509.623.2127 fax Marilyn@marilynamato.com 128

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

K. Jerome Barrett jerome@509s.com

Mike Stinger mike@509s.com

Keith Riddle keith@509s.com

Jake Senescall jake@509s.com

Let us help you with all your real estate needs! 706 W Garland Avenue. Spokane, WA 99205



Top realtors 2014


Melissa Murphy Prime Real Estate Group 509-218-4663

Marc Nilson Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Kathleen Moore Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Paul Murray Live Real Estate, LLC 509-455-5483

Pamela Novell Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Maria McWilliams-Lopez Estate Properties 208-676-8933

Nick Morelli Live Real Estate, LLC 509-455-5483

Angela Newcomb John L. Scott Newport 509-447-3144

Bill O’Dea Windermere North 509-467-6640

Chuck Mehalechko RE/MAX 509-922-3000

Jack Morse new Windermere North 509-467-6640

Fritz Nichols Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Karen O’Donnell Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Mark Montgomery John L. Scott, Spokane Valley 509-924-4200

Samantha Motz new Hayden Enterprises Realty 509-492-3833

Jeremy Nichols Greenstone Real Estate 509-928-5860

Mary Ogle new Exit Real Estate North 509-466-4500

Ronald McIntire Choice Realty 509-217-0200

Cambria Moore Realteam 509-209-9470

Dan McLaughlin Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100

pg. 120 patti boyd 509-323-2100 Century 21 Beutler & Associates

pg. 118, 131 josiah boone 509-467-6640 Windermere North

pg. 133 heidi bollum 509-467-7400 Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North

pg. 140 khalil beznaiguia 509-747-1051 Windermere Manito


Denise Fox Managing Broker

40+ years of experience

(509) 951-2720

Melissa Mayther The Fox Team

Licensed Marketing A Commitment to "FIRST IN SERVICE" is Coordinator/Realtor our PROFESSIONAL PHILOSOPHY! 14 years of experience (509) 321-1124

Celia Benzel Buyer’s Specialist

8 years of experience (509) 294-2528 130

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

For the vast majority of the last 20 years, Denise Fox and the Fox Team have been the number 1 agents in closed volume for residential real estate in the Spokane Association of Realtors multiple listing service. How did we accomplish this? By striving to do our best for our client every single time. We listen, we care and we deliver!

Nothing Says SOLD Like the Fox Team The Denise Fox Team | Century 21, Beutler & Associates 41 W. Riverside #200 Spokane, WA 99201 Direct #: (509) 321-1123

Top realtors 2014 Chris Olney new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Dan Pasby Windermere North 509-467-6640

Lori Peters Windermere Valley, Inc. 509-928-1991

Jim Powers Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100

Shane O’Neill Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Kathi Pate Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Joanne Pettit Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Tom Price new Prudential Spokane Real Estate 509-928-3413

John Orr new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Marie Pence Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Bernadette Pillar Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Natalie Rastall Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Jim Palmer, Jr. R.E. Marketplace NW 509-276-5445

Tracy Penna Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100

Rose Pittman new John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Timothy Ray new Soleil Real Estate 509-489-7000

Amy Parrish new RE/MAX 509-922-3000

Joe Penny new R.E. Marketplace NW 509-701-5464

Vic Plese Plese Realty LLC 509-489-2323

Carrie Redd new RE/MAX 509-922-3000 Holly Reichert new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson WP 509-235-7400 Claudia Restrepo Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

pg. 139 Elizabeth Bendinelli 509-838-2002 Kestell Company

pg. 114 mike bass 509-323-2100 Century 21 Beutler & Associates

pg. 133, 138

Bill Richard Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

suzette alfonso 509-467-7400 Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North

Spokane Waterfront Condo

Sensational Condo with spectacular views of the famous Spokane Falls, Riverfront Park, and Downtown Spokane. A floor plan designed to entertain with floor to ceiling windows taking in the sunsets followed by the city lights. Cross the footbridge to the park, water falls, and city center. Located in Spokane’s premier condo residences. $765,000 www.josiahboone.com

Josiah Boone Managing Broker 509.389.0733 www.josiahboone.com Windermere North Spokane, LLC

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Top realtors 2014 Rick Richard John L. Scott 509-455-8600

Zac Scott Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller 208-664-1461

Connie Slackman Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100

Mollie Sweat Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Keith Riddle new Snyergy Properties 509-624-4400

Natalia Seefeldt Live Real Estate, LLC 509-455-5483

Brian Smith Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Lisa Sweeney Windermere Valley 509-928-1991

Jan Roseleip new Windermere City Group 509-323-2323

Jake Senescall Synergy Properties 509-624-4400

Hollie Smith Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Leif Tangvald Exit Real Estate North 509-926-2006

Lisa Ross new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Jessica Shaeffer Coldwell Banker Tomlinson North 509-467-7400

Todd Spencer RE/MAX 509-922-3000

Lisa Thome John L. Scott Spokane 509-455-8600

Kevin Russell new Windermere Cornerstone 509-927-7733

Tim Shea new Live Real Estate, LLC 509-455-5483

Becky Stewart new Realty Direct Spokane 509-927-0193

Neil Thompson Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100

Warren Schick new R.E. Marketplace NW 509-276-5445

Gaye Shumaker Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Michael Stinger new Synergy Properties 509-624-4400

Sherl Tilton RE/MAX of Spokane 509-922-3000

Mike Schumacher new Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-535-7400

Jessica Side EvoReal 509-747-1101

John Stirling Windermere Cornerstone 509-927-7733

Bob Travis Windermere Manito 509-747-1051

Whitney Schumacher Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Christine Sitton new John L. Scott, Spokane Valley 509-924-4200

Todd Sullivan Keller Williams Spokane 509-458-4000

Eric Tucker John L. Scott, Spokane, Inc. 509-455-8600

GreenBluffHome.com • Breathtaking panoramic views, just minutes from town • 11 acre estate, additional acreage available • 4,728 square foot home • 7 bedrooms, 4 baths • Two full kitchens & two laundry rooms • Park-like landscaping • Multi-generational living potential • Located in the premier Green Bluff community • 2,500 foot shop

Offered at $679,950


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Doc Williams new Jerry Vanhook Windermere Cornerstone Coldwell Banker Tomlinson 509-927-7733 509-535-7400 Tony Vaughn new Roger Williamson Windermere Valley Windermere Manito 509-928-1991 509-747-1051 Sharon Windhorst Jason Walker Keller Williams Spokane Windermere Valley 509-928-1991 509-458-4000 Maria Walker Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100 Maria Walters new Century 21 Beutler & Associates 509-323-2100 Cathey Wells Windermere City Group 509-323-2323 Randy Wells Windermere City Group 509-323-2323 Bonnie White RE/MAX 509-922-3000

Trevor Windhorst Windermere Valley 509-928-1991 Scott Wright Coldwell Banker Tomlinson South 509-939-4268 Nancy Wynia Windermere Manito 509-747-1050 Julie Anne Young RE/MAX of Spokane 509-922-3000

Clearwater Collection

Top-notch quality. Smart design. Your style. Let me reintroduce you to the smart, beautiful home plans that is Greenstone Homes. The Clearwater Collection are highly efficient homes offering superior architecture and quality, giving you great function and value without added cost. Greenstone Homes also offers our own in-house Design Center that helps make those personalized choices and decisions of fixtures, colors, cabinets, flooring, countertops and so much more an easy and fun experience. The Clearwater Collection is one of many we offer. Please stop and see me at our model at 9102 N Rosebury to get more information. We also have great view lots and maintenance free living.

Joann Zyph John L. Scott, Spokane Valley 509-924-4200 Tyler Zyph John L. Scott, Spokane Valley 509-924-4200


Marie Pence

over $12 million in combined volume in 2013!

509.230.8457 mariepencerealtor@gmail.com topspokaneagent.com

Suzette Alfonso Experience that Sells Real Estate!

509.710.4900 suzettealfonsorealtor@gmail.com suzyrealtor.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


realtor profiles 2014

More than a Name on a Sign

When looking for a realtor (or hairdresser, mechanic, contractor, etc.) we tend to ask our friends “Do you have the name of a good realtor?” Well a name is the first step, but it doesn’t tell the whole story. We want the story behind the name, the nitty gritty details, the facts that will win us over and make us say, “That’s the one for me!!” So here is an opportunity to go in-depth and learn more about the person behind the name. Realtors’ names hang on For Sale signs in yards, getting lots of visibility, but how often do you get the chance to put a face and a story with that name? Today is your chance! Several of our area’s realtors share their stories; who they are, why they do what they do, and how they can help you find or sell that dream home. Without further ado, let their stories unfold.

bill O’Dea Bill O’Dea grew up on a farm and ranch in the Midwest, where he learned the value of hard work, the importance of honesty, and the value of a person’s word. In college, he received a B.S. in Agri-business, a minor in Geography and completed numerous electives in real estate. Bill has an extensive knowledge of home construction and the building industry as he’s owned his own general contracting business and worked with numerous other contractors in the past. Bill uses his combination of experiences, education, knowledge and skills and puts them to use in finding the ideal home for you. “I believe buying or selling real estate is a process that should be fun and rewarding for everyone involved,” he says. “This is not a part time job for me, it is my only job, so I have the time and energy to help you find that perfect property or to sell your current property. I want to be your source for all your real estate needs, whether it be for a lender, handyman, electri-

cian, plumber or anything else before or after the sale, I am here to help you.” In addition to Bill’s college degrees, he continues to obtain advanced certifications to better serve his clients. He has recently completed the SFR (Short Sale and Foreclosure resource) certification, which will allow him to give his clients an advantage if buying or selling short sale property. He has approximately 20 years of experience in the construction industry, first as a laborer, and then as an owner of his own contracting company. Bill has also worked in sales and marketing both as an independent contractor and as a trainer of other professionals. When not working full time in real estate, Bill enjoys watching college and professional football, coaching youth football, hunting, fishing, landscaping projects and being involved in his local church.

Windermere North Spokane, LLC (509)-714-3814 | bill@billodeahomesales.com | billodeahomesales.com 134

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

realtor profiles 2014

Tyler Zyph When deciding to enter the world of real estate in mid-2007, Tyler Zyph could have never predicted the historical crash that would soon derail the housing market. As the industry floundered around him, he wondered how the decision to leave the relative comforts of a steady paycheck and health benefits that a previous sales job afforded him would affect his life.

“I had a mortgage and a truck payment and everything else that a single guy in his late 20s wants to spend his money on, and the income was basically gone. I think about those times a lot. They were stressful beyond words,” says Tyler, recalling days that he’s glad to say are now in the rearview mirror. “I always loved sales and people and being part of a solution, and knew that’s what real estate could be for me so I decided to continue to be present in my job: going to the office every day, asking questions of established agents, just doing the things I saw successful agents do. By and large, I’ve stuck with those as the basics. Most importantly, I realized early on that the lasting commodity in the industry is the only one that matters anyway: relationships. Without them, I don’t succeed. “I have a reputation for straightforward honesty, for better or worse, and this isn’t the type of sales job where you ‘sell’ anything but yourself. I stuck with that model, so to speak, and figured out that I needed to sell trustworthiness and honesty before I ever sold a house. Paychecks are great and all, but if I don’t put satisfied people back into the marketplace saying ‘You should call Tyler, he knows what he’s doing,’ then the paychecks will stop. Quickly. So I’ve maintained that as my focus, and the rest takes care of itself.” Tyler has had the opportunity to cultivate those relationships essential to his real estate success through participation in many local endeavors. He’s entering his third year with the Inland Empire Football Officials Association. Along with volunteering at Hoopfest and with Upward Basketball, Tyler is also a board member for the Spokane Cougar Club. An avid supporter of Washington State Athletics, he makes a donation to the Cougar Athletic Fund with each closed transaction. He says, “It’s a way to keep it fun for me and support something I have a great passion for.” When asked to reflect on the decision to stick it out back in bleaker times, Tyler takes evident pride in the fact that he made it out alive. “I am grateful to those that set examples for me back then, because I love what I do today. In fact, having the knowledge that I was able to learn the ropes and ultimately figure this thing out during the biggest down turn in real estate history lets me know I’m probably cut out for it.”

John L. Scott (509) 710-9296 tzyph@johnlscott.com tzyph.johnlscott.com

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


realtor profiles 2014

Julie Kuhlmann Deciding to leave the hustle and bustle of Seattle for a better quality of life, Julie Kuhlmann and her husband moved to Spokane in 2001. Soon after, inspired by creating her own home here in addition to previous marketing experience in new construction, she decided to launch a career in real estate. Since then, she’s been through the good times and the bad times. “I never gave up and rode through the last storm because this is what I love to do,” she says. “I will never get tired of seeing the smiling faces of those I help move onto the next chapter of their lives.” Julie is excited to be recognized as a Top Realtor. “I work very hard, and go above and beyond what is necessary to do what is best for my clients. This is a business in which you live or die by the service provided, and I strive for 100 percent satisfaction each and every time.” For three consecutive years, Julie has been a part of the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society, a level achieved by only the top 14 percent

of all sales associates worldwide in the Coldwell Banker system. “There came a day when the very first family I ever helped called me, seven years later, asking for my help again,” she says. “This is when I felt like ‘I made it!’” Julie has the perfect balance between work and family, and she makes it a priority to spend quality time with her husband and two children. “I don’t want to regret missing my kids grow up because that is time I will never get back, and I appreciate all my clients who allow for me to maintain this balance.” Julie is currently licensed in Washington and Idaho. She holds the ABR, CNHS, CRS, GRI, RCC and SFR designations and is At Home With Diversity certified. She looks forward to the opportunity to work with you in finding or selling your home. Take a minute, too, to visit her newly updated website at www.SpokaneHomeGirl.com.

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson Real Estate | (509) 216-1182 julie@SpokaneHomeGirl.com | www.SpokaneHomeGirl.com

joel Elgee Joel Elgee is licensed in Washington, Idaho and Montana. He ranked number 96 in North America in total units among over 85,000 Coldwell Banker Agents. In 2013, he sold 91 properties. “This accomplishment feels good but motivates me to get better; there are still lots of things to learn and lots of opportunity to grow in this business,” says Joel. “I was able to accomplish this task by working hard to earn the trust of my clients who in turn have referred me to their friends and family.” Joel graduated from the University of Washington School of Business in 2002 and started his career in real estate shortly after graduation. He has been a member of the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors for the last 11 years, and is also licensed in Montana. Joel has been a member of the Spokane Association of Realtors Food Drive Committee for the last eight years and served on the Coeur d’Alene Association of Realtors Board of Directors as well as the Idaho Association of Realtors Board of Directors. In 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, Joel was awarded Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller Realty’s Top Residential Sales Volume Award. “My mission is to make selling your property as simple as possible through hard work and good communication,” says Joel. “I have a proven track record of achieving goals and earning my clients’ trust!”

Coldwell Banker Schneidmiller (509) 868-5264, (208) 953-1414 | Joel@joelelgee.com 136

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

realtor profiles 2014

Cambria Moore & Robert Henry SPOKANE’S POWER COUPLE Cambria Moore and Robert Henry met while taking a leadership course with an international personal development company. They knew instantly that they had a connection, both personally and professionally. At the time, Cambria owned a recruiting firm specializing in headhunting loan origination officers for the mortgage industry. Robert, a former builder and developer, had just switched gears into real estate and was quickly making a name in the Spokane real estate market. They merged both their personal lives as well as their professional careers in 2012. When it comes to their real estate partnership, their unique styles are a perfect blend. Cambria is very hands-on, putting care, enthusiasm and her in-depth knowledge of the mortgage industry to the benefit of their clients throughout the process. Though a people person himself, Robert takes a more analytical approach. Robert manages the team’s marketing, listings and agent development. With his background in business and construction, Robert utilizes his expertise to help people explore every option and make the best choices. Together, Cambria and Robert are focused on their clients’ real estate goals, providing expert guidance every step of the way. In August, 2012 Cambria and Robert left a major real estate brokerage to join a small boutique brokerage. Since becoming Managing Broker, Robert has increased sales and production at RealTeam by a staggering 776 percent from 2012 to 2013, with Robert and Cambria’s personal production accounting for 75 percent of the firm’s growth. Why leave a major national brokerage in favor of a smaller boutique brokerage? “Most agents working in a national brokerage, split up to 50 percent of their commission from the sale of a home with the brokerage. Instead of paying thousands of dollars a month to a national brokerage, we felt our clients would be better served if we joined a smaller brokerage that has minimal fees. This allows us to spend substantially more marketing dollars advertising our client’s homes.” Cambria and Robert’s choice to utilize more of their commissions to market their client’s homes has paid off. In 2013, Robert and Cambria net nearly 2% more on homes they sold compared to the typical real estate agent. For a $200,000 home sale, that is an average of nearly $4,000 more in their client’s pockets.

“I have worked with many agents in the past and I find the level of knowledge, honesty and integrity that Cambria and Robert has to be refreshing. The market research, analysis, their responsiveness to my goals and concerns and the marketing they utilize is beyond anything I had ever experienced in real estate or any other business.” - Pat Barclay, Spokane Valley

RealTeam Real Estate Center (509) 255-3764 | www.RobertandCambria.com

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


realtor profiles 2014

suzette Alfonso Suzette Alfonso, & Associates, provide “excellence in service you will refer,” providing years of award winning real estate sales in the greater Spokane area. She and her team are known for their integrity, honesty, professionalism, discretion and knowledge. A Spokane resident for more than 40 years, Suzette started her real estate career in 2002, building on her strong neighborhood ties and savvy business sense. From day one, Suzette relied on her reputation to open doors to referral business. The majority of her business still comes from repeat sales and referrals from an ever-growing network of loyal clients. Suzette’s expertise includes advertising and marketing real estate on behalf of both buyers and sellers and she is one of Spokane’s Top Agents having sold more than 800 homes. A true “people person,” Suzette’s favorite part of being a realtor is the opportunity to become acquainted with many interesting people and to help them realize their goals. She respects the fact that this isn’t like any other purchase – unless you’re an investor, your home is where you live and raise your family. As one colleague puts it: “Suzette is the consummate listener. She’s wonderfully adept at hearing her clients’ concerns and bringing an assuring sense of calm to the process.” Her sense of empathy for the emotion that goes into buying or selling a home could be the reason why so many of her former clients are her present friends. “If you are looking for a realtor who is down to earth with a good work ethic, professionalism and a great negotiator, then I am who you want working for you,” she says. Suzette’s mission is to provide every client excellent service by listening to their needs and exceeding their expectations. Her goal is to always keep her clients best interest at the forefront and Suzette is committed to engaging in all transactions with the utmost integrity.

Suzette Alfonso & Associates | (509) 710-4900 www.SuzyRealtor.com | suzettealfonsorealtor@gmail.com

Marie Pence Known by clients and colleagues alike for her tenacity, perseverance, honesty and fairness, Marie Pence is also known for her timely response to each client’s needs and concerns. Combined, all of these things have resulted in an extensive referral base from past and present clients. “I love the relationships I have built in this business and the satisfaction for me and especially for my clients is irreplaceable!” Marie is passionate about all aspects of real estate, and her vast knowledge of the local real estate market has allowed her to sell a huge range of properties. She loves the investment and residential market, which is the main reason she transitioned into real estate after a career in local city government with the police department. After purchasing, selling, investing and developing multiple properties, Marie was able to expand her experience in real estate to include flip properties, rental properties, multi-family properties and emphasize her knowledge in this specialized market utilizing personal experience. On the residential level, Marie enjoys working with every level of buyer, from the first time homebuyer to investors and high-end buyers. Each and every client has taught Marie different aspects of her career, and she in turn gets to teach them the different steps of the process for buying and selling for themselves as well. Education for herself and educating clients is an important aspect of the process and serves as a paramount part of keeping her real estate career so strong. This year alone, Marie has earned her CRS (Certified Residential Specialist), CNHS (Certified New Home Specialist), RCC (Residential Construction Certified), VAMRES (VA and Military Real Estate Specialist), and CMRS (Certified Military Relocation Specialist). “I plan to be in Spokane with my family for the rest of my life, I want to be as well rounded and versatile for as many of my clients as I can be,” she says. “And I want to feel good about the job I do!”

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson | (509) 230-8457 mariepencerealtor@gmail.com | www.topspokaneagent.com 138

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

realtor profiles 2014

Elizabeth Bendinelli & Andy Kanterman You might say that Elizabeth Bendinelli was born to be a realtor. Her grandfather was a real estate agent, as is her mother, who is consistently in the top half of the nation’s best one percent of agents. Elizabeth has been selling real estate in Spokane for eleven years, and while she’s been very successful in her own right, she doesn’t keep track of her volume statistics or her place on the top of this or that. “I honestly don’t pay attention to that because if you do, you’re not paying attention to what gets you to that point,” Elizabeth says. Sure, she has drive and ambition. But the commitment is directed at helping her clients achieve their goals. She contacts her listing clients on a weekly basis in an effort to make the home selling process less anxious through effective communication. Her mission is simply to exceed all of her clients’ needs and expectations by providing superior real estate service that is individually tailored to each client. Elizabeth is committed to making the selling or buying of your home a simple and pleasurable experience, because she truly feels that her clients deserve the very best! “I love homes and I love people,” she says. “In the beginning, I worked mostly with first-time homebuyers, and now I’m working with them repeatedly as they move up to their dream homes. The bulk of my friends here in Spokane are former clients.” Even at this point in her career, while carrying an average of twenty plus listings she continues to work with buyers regularly, including the first timers. “Every listing to me, is like selling my own home,” Elizabeth says. “Each and every listing is different. There’s no ‘template’ for how you address a listing.” Elizabeth considers communication to be the most essential tool an agent can apply to their marketing plan. “I make it a point to get feedback from every showing. If you’re not asking, you’re not listening to the market.” As a realtor/broker with Kestell Company Realtors, an independent brokerage with more than 50 years experience in the Spokane market, Elizabeth has control over the decisions and strategies she enacts for her clients. She is also adamant about contributing to the community where she lives and works, donating a portion of her commission from each transaction to a local charity or nonprofit organization. It’s what she calls, “socially responsible real estate.” Elizabeth embraces modern Internet and social media marketing, but not to the exclusion of some of the “old school” approaches for getting her clients the most effective exposure with prospective buyers. She utilizes ads in local newspapers and magazines, and targets specific demographics—hundreds and thousands of individuals at one time, with direct mail flyers. These are things she does with her own time and expense for each listing regardless of price point and she’s confident that it’s worth the extra effort. “Every single one generates showings,” she says.

“It feels good to help people,” Elizabeth says, “and it is very rewarding to be able to accomplish a job well done and to have people truly impressed by your work.” Elizabeth is pleased to announce that her partner in life is now her partner in business! Her husband, Andy Kanterman, joined her at Kestell Company in the summer of 2013. They’ve been successful in marriage and are set to be just as successful in business, hoping to be Spokane’s new dynamic duo in real estate!

Kestell Company Realtors Elizabeth: (509) 389-6380 elizabeth.bendinelli@mac.com Andy: (509) 954-4454 andyk@kestell.com www.askaspokaneagent.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Dan McLaughlin In Good Company! Dan McLaughlin has always considered himself lucky, not in the sense that the lottery ticket purchased at the convenience store has bestowed a staggering sum of money. More in the sense that he really enjoys what he does, and has always received a great deal of satisfaction from his work. Dan has been fortunate enough to be included in the elite group of top real estate professionals every year since 2006, his first year in this industry. “It has been eight great years since I first started my real estate career and I am proud to say that despite an uncertain market, my business has grown each year,” he says. “It is my firm belief that service is the cornerstone of our industry, but it must be met with equal competence and understanding. We are not in a business so much of homes and properties, as much as we are in a business of people and their various needs.” Dan appreciates that each day brings new and exciting opportunities to work with wonderful people, many of whom have become great friends. With the continued support from his wife Erin and their boys, Drew and Owen, Dan looks forward to many more years doing what he loves in the service of others. “Thank you Spokane and to all my family, friends and clients for being the foundation of my success and the driving force behind my passion.”

Century 21 Beutler & Associates Spokane | (509) 434-9219 dmclaughlin@21goldchoice.com | www.danspokanehomes.com

Khalil Beznaiguia The 3 Most Important Aspects of a Listing 1-Finding a Buyer Finding an able and capable buyer for your home is the goal, and by providing the very best in marketing, I will make sure that all potential buyers are aware that your home is “For Sale.” It is my goal to also ensure that we have priced your home correctly and your home “shows” in the best possible way. 2-Executing the Agreement Making sure that we keep that buyer, and that the desires and understandings both parties agree to are executed and enforced. Understanding the contract and all of its aspects and clearly explaining them is imperative and I take great pride in my experience and knowledge of real estate law, and I believe you will be comfortable in knowing that your expectations will be met. 3-Care and Commitment Above all, the most important aspect I bring for all of my clients is a true care for my clients and their best interest. I’m confident you will not find a broker that cares more and that is more committed to making our work together the very best experience it can be. It is this care that pushes me to work hard and smart, for you.

Windermere Real Estate/Manito LLC | (509) 475-2802 fastmind@comcast.net | www.khalilsells.com 140

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

realtor profiles 2014

teresa Jaynes

After growing up in the Northwest, Teresa Jaynes left after high school to pursue new and exciting adventures in Southern California. After selling real estate in a very competitive metropolitan area, she was able to stand out and succeed in her first couple of years in real estate, earning “Rookie of the Year” her first year. It was her drive, enthusiasm, and genuine care in helping her clients find their home that helped her succeed. When she moved back to the Northwest, she was thrilled to be back “home” and to be helping others find their home, as well. “Being a part of a next step in someone’s life, whether it’s a family growing, someone downsizing, or the first time purchasing their home is what inspires the work I do,” she says. “It’s wonderful to guide them along the process.” Teresa is not only professional, but she takes a personal approach, as well. Her business continues to grow based off of continued referrals and past clients coming back to purchase or sell again. As your professional real estate agent, Teresa Jaynes works hard to assist you in the purchase or sale of your home, land, or commercial property. She prides herself as an ethical, honest, and knowledgeable realtor with strong negotiating skills and keen awareness, which comes from years of experience interacting with people from all walks of life. Teresa was recently awarded Coldwell Banker International Presidents Elite Award, which ranks her in the top three perccent of Coldwell Banker agents in the world. She was also recognized for being number one for top listings sold, year to date, through the Spokane Association of Realtors, through February 2014. Teresa loves the community and enjoys giving back to several organizations, including Wishing Star and Children’s Club House. She loves spending time with her children, and staying very active as a runner (with the Flying Irish running club), while enjoying the outdoors and, every now and then, some wine too!

Coldwell Banker Tomlinson | (509) 714-5284 tjaynes@cbspokane.net | www.homesweetnorthwest.com

Tony Vaughn Tony Vaughn has vast knowledge and experience in the Spokane home and condo market, serving the entire Spokane region. Tony has a strong understanding of the Spokane market, as well as current market trends. He is dedicated to providing exceptional service to buyers and sellers. Tony is an active member of the Spokane Association of Realtors Education Committee, and prides himself in educating his clients to make a value based investment versus an emotional purchase. One of the things Tony loves about his career is the people, and conveys that he “brings people together” not only the buyers and sellers, but also all parties in the real estate transaction. Not only does Tony have the people skills, he has the numbers to back him up. Sales ranging from 10K to 1.3 million, recognized by the Spokane Association of Realtors in monthly sales volume, placed him in the Top Ten Real Estate Brokers in the Spokane region twice in 2013. Tony is also a premier director for Windermere Manito. The Premier Properties program was created to meet the unique demands of marketing luxury homes over 450K. These properties are professionally staged and photographed and marketed to a national audience. He has all of his listings professionally photographed, and offers optional staging and design services. Allow Tony’s skills, experience, and expertise to guide you through a pleasurable real estate experience.

Windermere Manito | (509) 230-3922 Tonyvaughn@windermere.com | www.Tonyvaughn.withwre.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


realtor profiles 2014

Pam Fredrick Pam is a Real Estate Broker and residential marketing specialist at John L. Scott in Spokane, Washington. She leads Spokane and the surrounding area in exclusive marketing and sales of luxury homes and is currently rated as one of Spokane’s Top 10 producers. Pam has successfully earned the “Realtor Excellence Award” for the past 12 years and is a member of the 15 Million Dollar Club. She has also earned the prestigious “Top 1% Designation,” and the “Presidential Elite” award. The Spokane Association of Realtors has awarded her with the exclusive membership in the Residential Top 10 for the years 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013. Pam’s success and reputation, within the industry and among her loyal clients, demonstrates her commitment to upholding high standards and professional ethics. These genuine qualities and her personal dedication are the traits that foster the return of her clients time and time again. Pam is currently rated number one in listing and sales volume for the entire Spokane Valley and Liberty Lake!

Pam Fredrick John L. Scott (509) 924-4200 pamfredrick@johnlscott.com www.pamfredrick.com

joe Lanet Real Estate roots run deep for third generation real estate broker, Joe Lanet. He often jokes that he was genetically pre-disposed to the real estate business. Joe entered the business full time from day one in his 20s with only $19 in his pocket. “And, real estate is a hard business,” Joe says. He recalls fondly a bookkeeper at the first office he worked at, Virginia Marks. “She was one of the sweetest ladies I ever met. Virginia would bring me grocery bags of fresh tomatoes from her garden and that is what I ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner for a solid month!” Now, 11 years later, Joe has sold hundreds of homes and still loves tomato sandwiches! “I have been fortunate enough to build a business that is 100 percent repeat and referral. That is something I am thankful for everyday. This is a relationship business and I approach it with a servant’s heart.” On average, Joe receives seven referrals a month. “My client’s best interest is paramount in every transaction. I really mean that and I believe my clients feel it and that is why they continue to refer their friends and family to me.” Making a connection with the right real estate agent is crucial. Choose a professional who is dedicated to serving your needs— before, during and after the sale. Who knows, you may even make a new friend. It’s a good life!

Windermere Manito | (509) 216-1253 spokanerealtor@live.com | JoeLanetHomes.com 142

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

realtor profiles 2014

Marianne Guenther Bornhoft

Marianne Guenther Bornhoft has been a realtor in Spokane since 1995. She works at Windermere Manito. Marianne is the 2013 past president of the Spokane Association of Realtors and is currently on the executive board of directors for Washington Realtors. Her career highlights include many accomplishments. This year, she won the 2014 Inland Business Catalyst Women in Business Leadership award. In 2012, Marianne won the Spokane Association’s Realtor Achievement Award. She also won the Spokane Association’s 2009 Excellence in Professionalism award. In 2008, she was voted as “#2 Realtor in Spokane” by the Inlander’s Best of Issue. In 2007, she received The Catalyst’s yearly award for top 20 under 40 rising stars in business. Marianne won rookie of the year in 1995. She has consistently stayed at the top of her profession. She was also the first realtor in Spokane to receive an E-Pro Certification; furthermore, she has earned Senior Real Estate Specialist designation (SRES), and The GREEN designation. Giving back is Marianne’s motto and she strives to make a difference every day in the lives of her clients and volunteers at numerous charitable organizations. In 2011, she won the National Applebee’s Community Partner Award for volunteerism. She has been on numerous boards and involved with over two dozen charities and nonprofits in the Inland Northwest. Marianne sits on the Visit Spokane board (previously known as the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau), and is a Windermere Foundation Committee Member. Every house she sells, a portion of her commission goes to the Windermere Foundation, a nonprofit organization established in 1989. Real estate is a family business. Marianne’s husband Chris Bornhoft heads up Windermere Manito’s Commercial Division and her mother-in-law, Beth Bornhoft, is her assistant. “I have had the rare opportunity to do what I love. I cherish living in Spokane and being part of such a vibrant community makes what I do so enjoyable.”

Windermere/Manito LLC | (509) 879-3779 marianne@bornhoft.com | www.SpokaneHouse.com

Chris Bornhoft Chris Bornhoft is a licensed real estate broker, working as the head of the Commercial Real Estate Division at Windermere Manito. Previously he was the Director of Development and Special Projects Asset Manager for Vandervert Developments in Spokane, WA. His duties included property management, development and financing arrangements for their loans and special projects. He has been in commercial real estate for ten years working in the Spokane, Pullman and Clarkston areas. Most recently he helped bring Trader Joe’s to Spokane at the Lincoln Heights shopping center. His work around the region earned him Inland Business Catalyst’s “20 Under 40” Award in 2013. Chris plans to keep developing, selling and leasing projects around the region, with the goal of partnering with other smart investors who want to be involved in quality real estate investments that produce steady returns. He appreciates the sense of community in our region which provides the environment for professionals to truly get know their customers and colleagues. Chris and his wife, Marianne Guenther Bornhoft, also own and manage 110 apartments and rental units throughout the region. Chris graduated with a degree from the University of Idaho and worked there as a multimedia consultant to the president’s office for several years. Chris and Marianne, also a realtor with Windermere Manito, reside in Spokane where they live, work and play with their five children. Chris and his family love to travel, but their favorite place is right here in Spokane.

Windermere/Manito LLC | (509) 599-6504 chris@bornhoft.com | www.WindermereManito.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


realtor profiles 2014

Bernadette Pillar When you are buying or selling property in today’s Spokane real estate market, it’s important to have confidence in your real estate professional. Bernadette Pillar, a top producing realtor in Spokane for the past nine years—finishing 2013 as number one for sales production—makes a commitment to provide clients with the specialized real estate service they deserve. Bernadette caters to all levels of homebuyers and sellers from first-time homebuyers (teaching the WSHFC classes), homeowners upgrading their lifestyle with a premier property, mature families downsizing, and especially distressed sellers (short sale properties). Not only does Bernadette take pride in her communication skills, negotiating skills, and passion for what she does, but her upbeat attitude and down-to-earth style puts her clients at ease so that they can focus on achieving their goals and dreams. When it comes to working with sellers, Bernadette goes above and beyond to market a home for maximum exposure to reach the greatest number of potential buyers—from creating individual websites that include floor plans for each home, to showcasing properties on national internet sites and local internet sites, to most all local targeted marketing publications. “I love the relationships I’ve made with my clients. To get so much enjoyment from doing a job well and helping put people into homes or putting closure on that chapter in their life, gives me great satisfaction and comfort,” she says. “Bernadette has the pizazz to get things done, is driven like no other, and sincerely cares about her clients, who inadvertently become friends,” says one client.

Keller Williams Real Estate | (509) 868-9181 Bernadette@spokanepillar.com| www.spokanepillar.com

Gayle Earling Serving Spokane for more than 30 years Having been born and raised in Spokane, Gayle Earling loves introducing our beautiful area to those seeking homes in the many varied neighborhoods. As a successful real estate agent, Gayle has always tried to communicate and listen to her clients’ needs. She actually places herself in her clients’ situations to get the task accomplished. That dedication has won her many honors and awards over the years, including: Most Inspirational Award (Realtor Excellence Award for the last 18 years, “Diamond, Platinum, Gold & Silver” Award), 2008 Best in Seattle magazine, representing Spokane. Gayle’s unparalleled service reflects her desire to earn the opportunity to be your realtor for life, and she looks forward to helping make your home dreams come true. Gayle looks forward to connecting with you to discuss how she can assist you.

Windermere Real Estate/Valley, Inc. | (509) 981-4152 gayle@windermere.com | www.gayle.mywindermere.com 144

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Centralized office space in a beautiful setting Customers served: Commercial, Professional, Medical, Insurance, Real Estate, Publishing, etc.

A perfect setting for all your business meetings. One of the most important assets offered by the Tapio Office Center is its close proximity to the Spokane business pulse. Located just off the Freya exit on interstate 90, the facility is positioned between bustling downtown Spokane and the busy Spokane Valley. Easy access to South Hill, Valley, and Downtown. Free Parking. Free Conference Room Facility. On-Site Restaurant, Lounge and Deli Service. Tenant Improvement Packages Available. On-site Building Engineer. Beautiful Landscaped Office Park.

Tapio Office Center Brown Flag Bldg. 104 S Freya St # 209D, Spokane, WA (509) 535-3619 cloningerandassoc@qwestoffice.net

cloningerandassoc.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



Birth of the Hot Rod

Four Door Hot Rods Not Your Father’s Muscle Cars by David Vahala


ention four door hot rods or muscle cars to anyone older than 50 and you’ll likely hear, “There is no such thing!” Four door cars are family cars. A four door muscle car? No way! Hot rods and especially muscle cars can only have two doors. Period. Get outta here! That was my thinking during my best hot rodding days, those being during the 1970s. High school drags and SS Chevelles. Cruising in Hemi Chargers. Auto shop and rebuilding a 454 LS7 to return it to its rightful home – under the hood of a 1970 Chevelle SS, arguably the baddest muscle car ever produced. I came from a family of hot rodders. My grandfather drove a 1961 Cadillac Coupe de Ville 390 V-8. My dad owned a 1964 327 Impala SS – it was our family car – we never owned a four-door car. My first and only muscle car was a 1967 Ford Fairlane 390 GT. I was fortunate, my high school memories are filled with visions of burnouts and drag racing. Cruising the Renton Loop and Golden Gardens at Shilshole Marina, Seattle. I came of age in an era that will never happen again. Or so I thought. Really though, what is a hot rod or a muscle car? Could it be that looks (in this case – a hot rod or muscle car having two or four doors) are in the eyes of the beholder? I believe it is. Allow me to make the case here. Racing cars is as old as cars themselves. Ford successfully began mass production in the mid-1920s of the Model T, with a meager 20 horsepower. In 1927, Ford introduced the Model A with more horsepower and sales skyrocketed (note: the 1932 Ford Model A is a foundational hot rod today.) Racers quickly learned how to speed up their

Model T and Model A by removing unnecessary pieces such as fenders, running boards, hoods, ornaments and headlights. Then came larger rear tires for higher gear ratios and speed, while smaller front tires helped lower the car for aerodynamics. Body panels around engines were removed or had slots added for cooling. This is why the “engine outside the car” look is so prevalent on hot rods today. Whether two or four doors, hot rods were “hot rods” and were based on speed, not number of doors. The Ford flathead V8 engine arrived in 1932 and hot rodding would never be the same. Hot rodders quickly learned how to double the factory 85 horsepower and reach speeds of nearly 100 mph by removing the muffler, straightening the exhaust and

adding multiple carburetors. Because the Model T and Model A, and flathead engines, were mass produced in the millions, the cars, engines and parts were all inexpensive. This catapulted the hot rod craze to new heights before everything came to a screeching halt during World War II. After the war, the economy boomed. Veterans came home with an attitude, an excess of time and money, and mechanical skills learned in the service. Hot rodding and car customizing grew more than it ever had, especially in Southern California. A new magazine, Hot Rod, spread the word nationwide. As the end of the 1940s approached, hot rods and custom cars were poised to become not just a trend but also a lifestyle. Mention a chopped ’49 Merc and

1932 ford coupe


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

1948 Tucker Torpedo

visions of cruising comes to mind. Those without the means to own a hot rod jumped in dad’s four-door sedan to drive up and down boulevards of cities and towns slowing down for girls, friends and maybe even a stoplight race. The lifestyle was cemented – to create a difference between adolescents and their parents. It was the beginning of the youth culture – the point of the whole hot rod and custom car phenomenon. The 1948 Tucker Torpedo was a forbearer of things to come. A simply stunning car far ahead of its time; fast, sleek and yes, a four door hot rod. Compare this to today’s four door hot rods coming later in this story. Notice any similarities? Drag racing began attracting fans across the U.S. These organized contests of quarter-mile acceleration between two cars originated with hot rodders putting on illegal street races. Drag racing gained critical mass in 1951 when the National Hot Rod Association was formed in car-crazy Southern California. For more than 100 years now, competition has driven both technology and sales in the car business; hence, the old industry saying, still used today, “race on Sunday, sell on Monday.” That saying explains how muscle cars came to be. Let’s pause here to review two on-line definitions: Hot rods are typically American cars with large engines modified for speed. The origin of the term “hot rod” comes from “hot roadster.” These were the cars of choice because they were light, easy to modify and could be bought for a low price. The term became commonplace in the 1930s or

S ervicing All Voted

• Tires/Wheels • E n g i n e R e pa i r s • S h o c k s / St r u t s

Mak es And


Best Auto Repair 2006 -2013

Thank You Spokane For voting us #1

• Mufflers • To w i n g Ava i l a b l e • Transmissions • Tune Ups • B att e r i e s

1002 W. 3rd & Monroe Spokane, WA 99201 509-747-5371

• Brakes

523 N. Pines Spokane, WA 99216 509-321-7243

Tire & Automotive

mechanicspride@gmail.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



Birth of the Hot Rod

1957 Chevrolet Bel Air

1940s as the name of a car that had been “hopped up” by modifying the engine to achieve higher performance. Muscle car is a term used to refer to a variety of high-performance automobiles. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines muscle cars as “any of a group of American-made two-door sports coupes with powerful engines designed for high-performance driving.” A large V8 engine is fitted in a two-door, rear wheel drive, familystyle mid-size or full-size car designed for four or more passengers. Sold at an affordable price, muscle cars are intended for mainly street use and occasional drag racing. Note the emphasis on two-door Throughout the 1960s, production cars became more aerodynamic and developing huge horsepower under the hood. Auto manufacturers were fighting it out in NASCAR and drag racing, increasing cubic inches and engine configurations each new model year. During the muscle car era, you could drive off the showroom floor and take on anything, including the average homebuilt hot rod. Dealerships were introducing evermore-powerful and outrageous highperformance machines – muscle cars were at their pinnacle. The 426 Street Hemi, a barely tamed version of the race engine and an option costing around $1,000, was rated as 425 horsepower by the factory when in fact it was substantially closer to 550 horsepower. In a Dodge Coronet or Plymouth Belvedere (yup – four doors), it delivered acceleration Motor Trend magazine called “absolutely shattering.” It all came to a crashing end in 1973 with the OPEC Oil Embargo.

Quoting Bruce Meyer, quintessential hot rodder and founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum, “Out of hot-rob clubs and racing sprang enormous technologies that largely brought us to where we are today in the way of the refined muscle car. Hotrodding is important to automobile history, but the whole hot-rod culture remains important in the American lifestyle. It’s a uniquely American art form like baseball, like jazz, and it’s a wonderful way for people who enjoy the automobile to express themselves.” Today, hot rodding is popular again thanks to nostalgia and TV. Many popular TV shows feature auto restorations, hot rod building and racing. Many hot rodders from the 1950s and 1960s also are back into it, now that they are older, have more time and, most important, more money. They can build that dream hot rod they never could build before. Or just head down to their local dealership again. Emphasis on the “more money” because they will need it. Fair to say, new muscle cars will set you back about $50K. Oh, but that money will be well spent! Today’s four door muscle cars, or hot rods, far surpass anything from the past. Yes, they have Hemi’s. Yes,

2014 Chevrolet Camero


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

most have over 400 horsepower, 20” magnesium wheels and wide tires, spoilers, sinister looks and run on premium gasoline. But these cars are comfortable, actually get decent gas mileage (example: the hemi V8 electronically shuts down four of the eight cylinders during highway driving to save fuel), faster, handle so much better, are filled with creature comforts and can go 100,000 miles without a major tune up. Talk about cruising! These muscle cars are downright luxurious. Heated and cooled eightway power seats, 16-speaker sound systems, satellite radio and beautiful paint jobs. The original Dodge Charger was a two door. No longer! There are now many sleek and powerful hot rods and muscle cars today, the majority of them with four doors. There are even more four door sports cars – too many to list in this month’s story – saving that for a future issue. Four door hot rods in 2014 don’t even all have big V8 engines. Several have V6s and even a 4-cylinder. These cars not your father’s Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, Chrysler or even Subaru. At some point in the near future, I hope to be able drive every one of these four door hotrods. And someday, maybe even a 1970 Chevelle SS 454 LS7. Happy Motoring! Spokane resident David Vahala has been a car guy since age four, when he owned and drove his first car, a Murray- Garton Hot Rod Pedal Car. A “few” years and many cars later, still a car guy, he works as an Auctioneer Assistant at Dealers Auto Auction Northwest. David enjoys driving his Chrysler 300, Porsche 944 and Porsche Boxster, and writing about the exciting world of automobiles.

Adventure Awaits. When others say no, Our Goal is to say Yes!

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


business closeup

sponsored section


Your Local Business Source


ershaw’s was founded in Spokane in 1900 and has been providing products and services to the Spokane business community ever since. Like you, they live, work, and play in this community and have a vested interest in its economic health. Buying from local companies makes Kershaw’s unique and contributes to creating and maintaining jobs here.

The team at Kershaw’s, representing more than 100 years of experience in the industry, strives to make the process of buying office supplies a whole lot more fun and personal while staying competitive. They will remember you and “those folders” you always order or “Joe’s toner.” They offer over 50,000 items from office products made by top-selling brands to niche items with your name on it. If they don’t have it they will find it. With close to 50 furniture manufacturers, they are confident they can meet your needs from file cabinets to complete office suites. Space planning and design are just an added benefit they provide at no cost to you. Over the last two years, Kershaw’s has developed contracts which allow them to provide better pricing for nonprofit entities, as well as federal government entities. Kershaw’s is a local business with the support of a national buying network, which allows them to stay competitive with the “big box store” pricing. And if you haven’t been sold yet, how do deliveries at no cost sound? Their delivery specialists get to know you and will put the copy paper away, deliver to your desk, and gladly stock the break room supplies. There have been many changes over the last 100 years but one thing remains consistent, our commitment to service: Free next day delivery, convenient web-based ordering, fax or phone ordering, and thousands of the fastest moving items in stock in Spokane! Kershaw’s, 119 S Howard St, Spokane, WA 99201, (509) 456-6500, www.kershaws-spokane.com

Pinot’s Palette

Paint. Drink. Have Fun.


inot’s Palette is the upscale destination in downtown Spokane where you can “Paint. Drink. Have Fun.” At their studio, anyone can be an artist and have fun being creative - no art experience required! In two or three hours you can create a festive, whimsical and colorful painting while sipping on your favorite local beverage from their bar . . . you’re sure to create a night to remember as well as your very own masterpiece to take home. Pinot’s Palette offers a unique way to help you celebrate a fun night out, a special date night, birthdays, anniversaries, time with friends and family, team building, or any other private parties. Pinot’s Palette 32 W. 2nd Ave, Suite 100, (509) 290-5098 www.pinotspalette.com/SpokaneSoDo


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

business closeup

sponsored section

VPI Home Solutions


t has been said that windows are the eyes of the home. We know that our eyes say a lot about us. They tell the world whether we are in good spirits or bad, whether we are young or old, whether we are wide awake or sleepy… VPI Home Solutions is the exclusive distributor of VPI Quality Windows based in Spokane, WA. They are a full service home improvement general contractor, offering locally made vinyl windows, James Hardie Fiber Cement siding, and Provia entry doors. VPI’s goal is to offer discerning consumers the latest in technology and quality, all with a local touch. They are committed to making it a delightful experience for homeowners looking to make improvements. With all they offer, VPI is known as the leader in making living spaces shine through the eyes of the home, the windows. What do your windows say about your home? At the heart of their success is the VPI commitment to offering the best combination of truly helpful customer service, as well as new window technology with lasting beauty and value. “As a local company, we take great pride in offering fantastic products and service to neighbors in our community,” says Ken Modica, president of VPI. “We design our products to deliver value over a lifetime.” “We decided a few years ago that we can offer an excellent value to Inland Northwest homeowners by taking our skill at manufacturing and our understanding of customer service, and integrate into a local

retail business as well as a being a manufacturer.” It’s what VPI calls “undivided responsibility.” Whether a homeowner chooses to have VPI’s professional technicians install the new windows or to do the job themselves, they can be assured the product is made and serviced locally. There’s only one place customers need to go to have their questions answered. Each VPI vinyl window and patio door is custom-built using stateof-the-art assembly techniques. Each is constructed to meet exacting specifications. VPI Quality Windows uses the latest technologies in all their windows. Whether you’re upgrading your existing home for your own comfort and convenience or to make it more attractive to potential buyers, a window remodeling project is a smart investment. “Especially in a market where selling a home can be challenging, buyers can be very discerning of upgrades that they see,” Modica says. “A house that has had windows changed out will sell much easier than one that hasn’t. It’s invigorating every day to take on the challenge of creating products, materials and applications that make people’s lives easier.” VPI is a local company, staffed by local employees with local customers. You can visit VPI Home Solutions at 2901 N Argonne Rd, Spokane 99212. You can also call them at (509) 892-6460 or visit them on the web: www.vpihomesolutions.com.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


business closeup

sponsored section

Floorcoverings International

Yes We Can


loorcoverings International is a four year old, enthusiastic full-service flooring contractor and retail store specializing in high-end remodels and new construction of commercial buildings. Their talented team also works with numerous highend residential homes in the greater Spokane area. They are a full-service flooring store that comes to your home and works with you on the entire flooring process. They measure, design, quote, and install flooring within the comfort of your home. This includes bringing all the samples to your residence and designing your specific look on site and they always offer free furniture move and replace. Floorcoverings International is a member of the local Chamber of Commerce and Jeff Bray, vice president is on the Greater Spokane Incorporated Small Business Council. “Our business is growing and we are excited to be a locally owned and operated women-owned small business in the Spokane area,” says Jeff. “I’m also proud that all of our employees attended school locally and are now raising their families here. As a team that cares about our clients and each job we undertake, we firmly believe in ‘yes we can’ and do whatever it takes to make sure our clients are 100 percent satisfied.”

Floorcoverings International, 28 W. Boone, 99201, (509) 413-1397, www.spokanefloorcoveringsinternational.com

Jacobs Upholstery and Patio

Exactly What You Want


acobs Upholstery and Patio is a family business that takes great pride in providing quality craftsmanship and quality products at reasonable prices, providing a true value to their customers and friends. Their talented team has been serving the Inland Northwest since 1959, and they have been in their current location since 1992. Their father and grandfather started Jacobs Upholstery in 1959, building the business on quality work, good


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

value and “friends telling friends” of the work performed. They are now in their fourth generation and have expanded their services to include automotive, windows and quality outdoor furniture. Though the business has grown, the four siblings, Dave Jacobs, president; Darby Jacobs, general manager; Donna Phipps, sales manager; and Dean Jacobs, production manager, continue to provide the same craftsmanship and service that Jacobs Upholstery and Patio has provided for almost six decades. Jacobs Upholstery and Patio provides custom reupholstery of residential and commercial furniture, as well as auto, boat, and RV. They offer interior design service, custom window treatments, sales of outdoor furniture, firepits, grills, rugs and accessories, retractable awnings and sunscreens. They have recently added high quality retractable awnings from NuImage and have also brought in a couple of lines of high quality grills and accessories to go with their offerings for the great outdoor room. Their team is not afraid of the custom order and encourages their customers to not just accept something off of the shelf, but really find what they want . . . and they go out of their way to help their customers in that process. Jacobs Upholstery and Patio, 16023 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99037, (509) 926-4230, www.jacobspatio.com

business closeup

sponsored section


Exceeding Customer Expectations for more than 80 Years


lthough the location has remained the same for more than 80 years, for the Falco family, changing to meet their customers’ needs is the most important part of business. In the early 1900s, Guiseppe “Joseph” Falco immigrated to the United States from Italy and settled in the Spokane Valley. Soon after, he opened a fruit and vegetable stand along Sprague Avenue and customers were so impressed with the quality of his produce that they began asking Joe to carry the trees from which the produce was grown, thus the business grew to become a full-fledged garden center. When Joe’s son, Joe, his grandson, Louie, and, now, his great grandson, Grant, joined the business, customer requested changes have continued. In the early 1980s, Falco’s evolved into one of the first retail hearth and fireplace shops in the Inland Northwest. Falco’s has always tried to stay at the forefront of their industry by offering innovative, quality products while serving their community with honesty, integrity, reliability and the best in customer service. As big box stores jumped into the retail market, the decision was made to move away from nursery and expand their successful hearth and home business. In 2004, a new store and showroom was built. This inviting 5,500 square foot showroom features the latest in ecoefficient heating including wood, pellet and gas stoves, fireplaces and inserts from industry leading manufacturers. Falco’s offers free in-home installation estimates and they employ their own professional installation crews. The team at Falco’s knows how fortunate they are to have endured for more 80 years and holds close the philosophy of

treating every customer like family. They also take great pride in their A+ Better Business Bureau rating. Along with their fireplace center of wood, gas and pellet stoves, Falco’s carries products for all your heating and cooling needs, as a full service carrier furnace and air conditioning dealer including the problem solving duct-free heating and cooling systems. Falco’s also offers a full line of outdoor living products, which includes; grills, barbecues, fire-pits, spas, and spa chemicals, to patio furniture. Falco’s partnership with trusted manufacturers such as Carrier, LG, Quadrafire, Enviro, Blaze King, Kozy Heat, Traeger and Big Green Egg helps them to uphold their own high standards. They have nearly 100 stoves and fireplaces on display in their showroom, with over 30 burning models! Their products evoke warmth, comfort, relaxation, family and home enjoyment. Whether you are looking to replace or just maintain your current appliance, Falco’s can help with their full service parts and service center; they offer preventative maintenance programs to help protect your investment, plus, Falco’s is Spokane’s only CSIA certified chimney sweeping and inspection company. While many changes have taken place at Falco’s over the years, one thing has remained the same: the desire to exceed customer expectations. Falco’s, 9310 E. Sprague Ave Spokane Valley, WA 99206, (509) 926.891, www.falcospokane.com

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Located on the ground floor of the historic Flour Mill building, Chateau Rive is an elegant venue with old world charm. A bridge-covered creek flows through the outdoor garden and into the beautiful Spokane River, which roars by just steps away.

Attend a Culinary Class at The Kitchen Engine! We have many classes, such as: - Sushi Making - Pasta Making - Fish & Chips - Crepes - Sauces - Prime Rib - Pie - Artisan Bread - Vegetarian - Gluten Free - MANY More! 621 W. Mallon Ste 416 Spokane, WA, 99201


www.thekitchenengine.com 154

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Get together with your friends over a warm, inviting cup of hot chocolate!

For Rental Rates or Viewing,



Make your spring wedding reservations now!

A million things to see from $.25 to $25,000!

Best Gifts

J e w elry • B e a ds • A r t i fac ts • S c ulp t ures • M i n er a l s • F o ssi l s • M e teorites E t h n ic • A r t • C h i me s • F o un tains • C a n dle s • C ollec t i ble s • T oys

20% Off When you mention this ad!

in the

Any one item or total bead purchase

Flour Mill | 621 W. M allon S pokane , wa 99201 | 509.328.6890 Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

the scene 158 artist profile 160 book reviews 162 datebook

The Spirit of Painting How painting and sipping are becoming one of the hottest trends in Spokane by Laurie L. Ross


sk students in any 1st grade class to raise their hands if they can paint, and a sea of enthusiastic arms wave in the air. Ask a similar question to a group of adults, and few if any hands are cautiously raised. What happened? Did we lose our creativity or just our confidence? Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Maybe Picasso and Peter Pan were onto something. Though it’s inevitable that we age, maybe we can still be childlike when it comes to art. Now there’s an enjoyable solution for you to rediscover your inner artist that involves drinking. It’s an art trend sweeping the nation that has made its way to our region. Participation will help you rediscover your inner artist and permit you to paint with reckless abandonment without investing in pricey paint supplies. Here’s how it works: a talented artist guides a group of want-to-be artists of various experience levels through simplified and demonstrated steps to create a pre-determined masterpiece. Everything is supplied, from the easel and canvas to paints and brushes. Oh, and there’s alcohol served while you paint, which just may be the liquid courage you need to be fearless with a paintbrush! The concept is a great date idea, girl’s night out or corporate team building activity. Classes run between $30-$50 and are typically between two to three hours. The use of quick drying acrylic paint means you can bring your art home after class. It’s a no-pressure, fun environment where you can follow the directions or break out to do your own thing. There are no rules...unless of course you want them. This art trend is catching on in our region, with several similar themed businesses around Spokane and Coeur d’Alene that combine painting and drinking. Van Gough & Merlot and Tipsy Muse are two such businesses that hold painting classes in various settings around town, such as restaurants, coffee shops, and wineries and in private residences. Basically

they bring the entire art studio to you. Just recently well-known artist Ken Spiering was the instructor for a fundraiser benefitting the Freeman School District Art Department, in which he led a class through an afternoon of Lautrec and Malbec. New on the scene is Pinot’s Palette, a national sip and paint franchise that opened on the corner of 2nd and Browne in downtown Spokane earlier this year. Owner Jackie Casey previously attended a class in Oklahoma with girlfriends. One class led to another and next thing you know she was dreaming about bringing Pinot’s Palette to Spokane. And who says nothing good comes from a girl’s night out? No art experience is required and Casey employs local artists to lead the classes, as well as provide help and offer encouragement. Just raise your paintbrush and they’ll come check in on you. The all-important in-studio bar features beer and wine, and Casey is partnering with local wineries and brewers. There’s music to accompany you as you paint and dancing has been known to spontaneously happen. Sounds like fun, right? You should do it! You know you want to. It’s an opportunity to be brave. But be warned, it’s habit forming. Just ask Casey who was confident it would be a good business as she discovered first hand that once was not enough. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene artists and artist wannabes, it’s time to think like a child and reclaim your creativity. Art is not a noun; it’s a verb. Who knows where your untapped talent may lead once it’s unleashed? Regardless of where it leads, at the very least you’ll have fun and be able to decorate your walls with your very own art. For more information and schedules of upcoming classes visit the following: www.vangouchandmerlot.com www.tipsymue.com www.pinotspalette.com/sodo Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


artist profile

Ira Gardner

25 Years Behind the Lens

Artist Ira Gardner’s perspective


by Jeffrey Mix

rowing up in Los Angeles with a father who was a professional photographer, Ira Gardner spent a lot of time playing with cameras, projectors and movie cameras. At the age of nine his family moved to Spokane, where his father started the first photography program in Spokane’s Public School District 81. Gardner, fascinated by his father’s work, followed in his footsteps, studying photography and liberal arts at Spokane Falls Community College before going on to his graduate studies in fine art, media theory and filmmaking at Vermont College and the New School University in New York. Gardner’s upcoming show at the Bozzi Collection Gallery is aptly titled Here and There: A 25-Year Retrospective and will highlight a quarter century of film-based photography. This humanistic and intimate collection is a visual biography of the people and places that have been meaningful to the artist over the last 25 years. A natural storyteller, his black and white images are each linked to a short essay, sending the viewer on a touching journey through the Inland Northwest, San Francisco, Europe, L.A. and New York. In a hyper-fast world where the digital camera reigns supreme, Gardner prefers to take his time with filmbased photography. “For the most part it connects me to reality. Working with the physical, tangible, even chemical process keeps me grounded,” he says. Indeed there is something time-honored and sacred that happens when Gardner enters his dark room, where things like temperature and time work in tandem with his film. Time, in fact, is a major point of emphasis with Gardner’s work. Due to the instantaneous nature of digital technology it can feel like there is a rush to not


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

only accumulate, but also create something from these vast amounts of images. In this regard, Gardner is pulled toward the slower pace of film-based photography. “Having the lapse in time that occurs between taking the photo and then going into the darkroom— this empty space in between—allows me to make better judgments about the photo,” he says. The photography that Gardner shows is very rarely recent work. Instead, he scours through years of work; images that have germinated out of culturally diverse travel, research or cultural connections, before carefully choosing from his neatly filed collection. When asked how he maintains a balance between his artist’s life and his busy teacher’s world at Spokane Falls Community College, Gardner explains that it is precisely his ability to slow down, while remaining consistent that keeps him sane. As many artists do, in his younger days he would work only when inspired, and then he would work frantically, fearing that the inspiration would suddenly burst, leaving him with a half finished collection. Having taught photography for over 16 years now, he feels like he is finally comfortable enough with himself to slow down. “It’s taken me awhile to get to the point where I’m in harmony with inspiration and motivation,” he says. “These days my routine has settled into a more comfortable pace, which means dedicating time to my craft on a less frantic, but more consistent basis.” Gardner hopes people will enjoy his work, but really his art is about the artist feeding his spirit and putting the world as he sees it into perspective. Each photograph is a celebration of a moment in time. It shows us that life will go on and it will change, sometimes for the better and sometimes for the worse, but it is always there to be appreciated. And as human beings we’re not entirely good nor bad, we’re both. Gardner’s photography highlights these dualities in thought provoking and unconventional ways. Ultimately these images ask us to look at the human experience as it relates to the natural world, and ourselves and appreciate that we’re all connected. To see some of Ira Gardner’s work, visit www. iragardner.com . He will be the featured artist for the month of May at Bozzi Collection Gallery, with an opening reception Friday, May 2nd. Jeffrey Mix profiles a different local artist in each issue of Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living.

HD VIDEO CONFERENCING "Multimedia Business Training, Video Conferencing, Distance Learning... It's All Right Here!" "This amazing Business Training & Conference Center is a regional jewel" Business meetings, individual interviews, boardroom to classroom, this facility serves the Inland Northwest with formal, superb technology, and multimediatraining excellence. Be amazed at the interactive state-of-the-art, high-definition equipment and experience the professional amenities, services, and capabilities available here. The professional video conferencing can connect you live, faceto-face, and give a truly "global reach" to your meeting or conference.

East 4003 Broadway, Spokane, WA 99202


Toll Free 1-800-765-9055 FAX 509-536-8965



Photographic Designs, Inc. Specializing in high-quality architectural photography 10108 E. Cimmaron Drive 509-924-8158 www.alanbisson.com

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Book Reviews Local

bookreviews Story Cookbook: Featuring Americana Basics from the Northwest Mountain by Jo Ann Bender Jo Ann Bender is a Washington author and bed and breakfast owner living in the wilderness just a few miles south of the Canadian border. Story Cookbook is a short and sweet recipe book that paints a descriptive picture of her mountain lifestyle and all the attractions that makes the Northwest so wonderful. Bender’s home, friends and family all make appearances in this cookbook, as she gives antidotes that go along with the recipes she is presenting. Her stories are both relatable and inviting, leaving the reader feeling like the recipe could be incorporated into their own family traditions. Most of the recipes included in Story Cookbook are Bender’s take on traditional and familiar dishes such as “Secret Mashed Potatoes,” “Memorable Zucchini Bread” and a country fried steak, although there are a few recipes that, at first glance, may leave a little more to the imagination, like “Mystery Salad” or “Slush.” The recipes don’t appear to be particularly complicated, though some of the instructions can be a little vague. All in all, Story Cookbook is a no-frills collection of comfort foods. Food tends to remind us of fun times spent with friends and family, so it’s no wonder Bender was inspired to put together some of the memorable stories of her life at the Lazy Bee. It reads like a book you would find passed down through the generations in your own family, and Bender’s stories will surely leave you wistful and ready for a trip up to the Lazy Bee to experience her cooking for yourself. Published by Bender and Associates, paperback, $9.95 Jo Ann Bender lives in a mountain cabin in Washington State with her author/engineer husband and Alfie, an affectionate cat.

2 Minutes

by Janene Loucks

April 160

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

2 Minutes is the debut novel from Spokane author, Janene Loucks, and what a debut it is! A hairstylist by trade, Loucks mentioned

by Kate Derrick

that she came up with the plot idea for her novel one day after thinking about the lack of captivating plotlines these days. After a little brainstorming, her idea for 2 Minutes was born. The protagonist of Loucks story is a man named Michael with quite a past behind him. Growing up with facial deformities, Michael was frequently subjected to torment and ridicule as a child. As a young adult, Michael left his hometown as soon as he was able; however, the past seemed to follow him no matter where he went. As an adult and an aspiring writer, Michael’s work was continually rejected by publishers. One day, while out on a walk, Michael is jumped and blacks out. When he wakes up, he finds a fully written book on his computer. The instructions say, “If you wish for fame and fortune, all you have to do is hit the send button. This manuscript will be published; you will be known the world over as a famous writer.” Thinking it is a joke, Michael sends the book. It is clearly a story about his life, though the names of his family and friends have been changed. Jumping forward a bit, Michael is now a famous author with loving wife and a new life ahead of him, though things aren’t as simple as they seem. It appears as if the book he has published is changing the course of his life and predicting his future, and to Michael’s horror, that future is pointing toward the death of his own wife. Will Michael publish the sequel and risk losing his wife, or will he step away from his newly found fame and ignore the other mysterious books sent his way? 2 Minutes will have you on the edge of your seat until the last chapter. The author’s story is incredibly creative, though it tends to move very fast. Luckily, Loucks has published the second part to this trilogy, 2 Minutes Revealed, so there is no more waiting to see which direction Michael’s story will take! Janene Loucks Publishing, paperback, $14.99 Janene Loucks grew up in Washington State where she studied all facets of life from sales to secretarial, tour guide to hair design. She’s written the novel called ‘2 Minutes’ and has recently published the second novel in this series.

The Geography of Love by Glenda Burgess

Glenda Burgess’ memoir, The Geography of Love, is a story about family, love and loss that pulls on your heartstrings until the very end. Burgess starts her story as a young woman who has worked hard to achieve her idea of success. She has a prestigious job at the U.S. State Department and no shortage of material comforts, though her life feels somewhat incomplete. In a desperate need for change, Burgess moves back to her home in Spokane and starts her life over outside of the fast-paced life she made for herself in the Capitol City. By the time Glenda meets Ken Grunzweig, a man over 10 years her senior, he has already been married twice, losing one wife in a car accident and his next wife in a tragic and unsolved murder in which he was the primary suspect. While these details may have scared some away, Glenda and Ken connected despite the odds against them, and ultimately fell in love. Ken and Glenda both take the plunge and live their lives together, completely in love, though not without their share of troubles. Ken’s tragic past, a bitter daughter and eventually his illness all tests the couple’s love for each other over the years. But after 15 years of marriage, it is Ken’s cancer diagnosis that really strengthens the couple’s bond. The Geography of Love is a story that transcends the usual clichés of a book about love and marriage. Ken and Glenda’s relationship is strong, especially in the face of adversity. While it is hard to sum up their lives in a short review, it is simple enough to conclude that The Geography of Love will have you laughing, crying and very inspired by the end of Burgess’ story. Published by Broadway Books, paperback, $14.00 Glenda Burgess is the author of two novels, Exposures and Loose Threads. She lives in Spokane, Washington.

Providing entertainment lighting solutions to the Inland Northwest! • Concerts • Conventions • Weddings • Consultation • Rentals • Installations • Repair and Maintenance • Onsight Service

2423 S. Inland Empire Way - www.silhouettelights.com 509-747-4804

sound system rentals for any occasion, big or small s p r o d u c t i o nllc

Locally Owned & Operated Since 1991

Sound solutions

Installs and upgrades to existing systems

hands-on training

to take the novice to knowledgeable

CALL US TODAY 1-800-429-8490 www.reitpro.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



April 2014


April 4, May 2: First Friday Enjoy visual arts, musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, boutiques and more host a citywide open house with refreshments and entertainment. Join us! First Friday is free and open to the public! Downtown Spokane. For more info or a complete map of participating venues, please log on to http://www.downtownspokane.org/first-friday.php.

April 25, May 23: Coeur d’Alene Music Walk Every fourth Friday from January to April, Downtown Coeur d’Alene rings with live musical performances from some of our local favorites! Visit supporting restaurants, shops, businesses and galleries with your friends and family! A family-friendly, free event! Downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. For more information, please visit http:// www.artsincda.org/.

currently open: Meet Me at the Spot: The Art of Patrick Siler

currently open: 100 Stories - A Centennial Exhibition With the end of its first century in sight, the Eastern Washington State Historical Society (dba Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture) is preparing a new exhibit experience that looks forward as much as it looks back. Capitalizing on the MAC’s extraordinary collections, 100 Stories will vibrate with enduring and inescapable themes of the American West. Spirited voices will weave stories of history and cultures and art. This exhibit will demonstrate the MAC’s role in maintaining, preserving and interpreting the region. 100 Stories will be told on the MAC campus in Browne’s Addition, as well as in relevant locations throughout Spokane and eastern Washington. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail themac@northwestmuseum.org for more information.

opening April 1: Very Carefully Welcome to Very Carefully, a group exhibition of art works by four artists who pay attention to craftsmanship and detail. Media include woodcarving, metal assemblage, painting and mosaic. An artist reception will be held on First Friday, April 4, 5-8pm. Artists in the exhibition include Hank Chiappetta, Spokane, Sarah Fagan, Portland, OR Patricia Franklin, Woodinville, WA, and Rik Nelson, Liberty Lake.

April 7: Kelly Irish Dancers Music is the heart and soul of the dancing, and a family of musicians evolved into a family of dancers. The Kelly Irish Dancers had their origins in the family living room as the music came together for St. Patrick’s Day one year. The children and grandchildren could not help dancing to the rousing tunes flying around the room. Before long, the mothers and grandmothers learned the dancing too, and with the addition of a few more friends, a dance school was born. Since 2001, the Kelly Irish Dancers have delighted audiences in retirement homes, schools, and around the community with their light-hearted traditional Irish Step Dancing. Dancers of all ages perform together in an art form that brings young and old together in toe-tapping fun. The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. For more information, please check out http://www.thekellyirishdancers.com.


April 3: Bruce Cockburn

Chase Gallery at City Hall. 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For more information, go to http://www.visitspokane.com/art/chase-gallery/


Patrick Siler embraces the human condition through an affirming and comical portrayal of commonplace, everyday moments. Often a nostalgic “Main Street,” or a shabby interior sets the stage for Siler’s disparate characters to interact. Siler reflects back to us a humble and occasionally unflattering view of humanity. We see ourselves, accepting and perhaps even forgiving our own flawed nature with the perspective of a little humor. A longtime Pullman, Washington resident and WSU Art Department Professor Emeritus, Siler is fluent in several mediums. Meet Me At the Spot will feature paintings, drawings, woodblock prints and ceramic works spanning Siler’s lifelong artistic career. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201. Call (509) 456-3931 or e-mail themac@northwestmuseum.org for more information.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

April 4: 2014 International Fly Fishing Film Festival IF4 consists of short and feature length films produced by filmmakers from all corners of the globe, showcasing the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly-fishing. From enormous trout in the Rockies to following April Vokey in search of elusive Steelhead, the variety of films at this event are sure to peak the interest of all anglers. The International Fly Fishing Film Festival is the event of the year that you don’t want to miss and contains exclusive content not available in any other flyfishing film. At each IF4 screening there are great door prizes and all viewers get a chance to vote for their favorite film! The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. Tickets are available for purchase at Silver Bow Fly Shop and, if available, tickets may also be purchased at the Bing box office beginning at 6pm on the day of the event.

Bruce Cockburn has always been a restless spirit. Over the course of four decades, the celebrated Canadian artist has traveled to the corners of the earth out of humanitarian concerns—often to trouble spots experiencing events that have led to some of his most memorable songs. Going up against chaos, even if it involves grave risks, can be necessary to get closer to the truth. Small Source of Comfort, Cockburn’s 31st album, is his latest adventurous collection of songs of romance, protest and spiritual discovery. As usual, many of the new compositions come from his travels and spending time in places like San Francisco and Brooklyn to the Canadian Forces base in Kandahar, Afghanistan, jotting down his typically detailed observations about the human experience. The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

April 4: Tyrone Wells

Tyrone Wells got his start as a singersongwriter and storyteller in Southern California coffee shops, building a ground swell of devoted followers that connected with his powerful voice, honest lyrics and personal anecdotes. From this foundation, Tyrone went on to release two records with Universal Republic, build a national fan base by touring relentlessly with his band, land over 50 songs in TV and Film placements and launch several records to #1 on the iTunes Singer Songwriter charts. This journey has brought Tyrone full circle and he’s decided to bring things back to his roots for this tour so that he can have a “closer than ever” experience with you. The “closer than ever” tour is about a voice, a guitar, and one man’s story of loving, dreaming and growing. Chateau Rive at The Flour Mill, 621 W Mallon; 10:15 p.m. For more info and tickets ($20 each) go to http://www.ticketswest.com/events/tyrone-wellscloser-than-ever-tour/22834/

April 4: ABBA MANIA ABBA MANIA is now accepted as the world’s number one touring ABBA production. Featuring a special concert presentation, which celebrates the music of ABBA in a respectful and enjoyable way, reviving special memories of when ABBA ruled the airwaves. ABBA MANIA brings ABBA fans old and new a night not to be missed. If you’re looking for an excuse to party, reminisce or simply be entertained by the best music ever, then ABBA MANIA is for you! Join in and enjoy all of your favorites including: ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Voulez Vous’, ‘Dancing Queen’, ‘Winner Takes It All’, ‘Super Trouper’ and many more. So dig out those platforms, dust down those flares and thank ABBA for the music.

R ick Singer Photography Spokane's

Premiere Photographer

Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to http://northernquest.com/.

April 12-13: Spokane Symphony Classics: Celebrating Strauss - The Beginning and the End Alpha and Omega, Beginning and End.

Natural Light Portraits - Families Business Portraits - Professional Portraits Restoration - Damaged photo repair While you wait Passports - Any Country

415 1/2 W. Main Ave. Spokane, WA 99201


ricksingerphotography.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



April 2014

Romanticism in music means music which sets out to mean something, the music of relationship. This concert has relationships: Nietzsche to Strauss to Kubelik to Hal to Computer Viruses to the Musician of Now. Another relationship is the girl next door, Amber Wagner. She may have grown up in Oregon but she’s taking the Wagner world by storm, as well as getting huge praise for her singing of the Four Last Songs. Nothing defines Romanticism like the music of Richard Strauss. In invoking the philosophy of Nietzsche he created a musical opening which Stanley Kubrick used to evoke the beginning of time in the movie, 2001 A Space Odyssey. At the end of Strauss’ life he illuminated the golden end of an era in his “Four Last Songs.” Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http:// www.ticketswest.com.

April 13: Air Supply Air Supply’s Graham Russell & Russell Hitchcock became instant friends with their common love for The Beatles and, of course, singing. After seven top-five singles included on albums “Lost in Love,” “The One That You Love,” “Now & Forever,” and “The Greatest Hits,” Air Supply’s simple yet majestic songs create unique sounds and lasting memories. Their live shows always hold audiences captive around the world and Northern Quest Resort & Casino is proud to present a permanent force in modern music. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to http://northernquest.com/.

April 22-23: Chamber Soiree 3: Spring Spokane Symphony’s Chamber Soirees feature exciting, yet intimate musical experiences with the Symphony’s outstanding musicians in this second year at the Spokane Club. The always diverse ensembles from outstanding musicians of the orchestra provide exciting chamber music in an inviting setting. Table seating includes local wines paired with hors d’oeuvres and dessert crafted by the Spokane Club’s Chef Urs Moser. For your convenience, reserved parking in the Spokane Club Garage may be purchased in advance for just $15 for the three-concert series. The Spokane Club. 1002 W Riverside Ave, Spokane, WA 99201. Ticket prices are $48 for table seating, which includes food and wine, and $20 for gallery seating. Single tickets may be purchased at the Box Office or Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox, 1001 West Sprague Avenue, or by calling 509-624-1200. Tickets are also available at The Spokane Club one hour before the concert, and at all TicketsWest outlets.

April 26: Spokane Symphony SuperPops: Video Games Live Video Games Live™ is an immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. The Spokane Symphony and Chorale will perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

percussionists, live action and unique interactive segments creating an explosive entertainment experience! Video Games Live™ bridges the entertainment gap between fans of the symphonic orchestral experience and video gamers providing a completely new and unique experience for families, gamers, and non-gamers alike. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http:// www.ticketswest.com.

April 27: Blue Öyster Cult Pioneering the heavy metal style while providing inspiration to psychedelic jam bands and arena rockers alike, genrebenders Blue Öyster Cult offer the world a taste of the wild side. The group has been known to incorporate elements of sciencefiction and dark occultism into their jawdropping live show, and this allegiance to dynamic and masterful performances has led to the group being covered by everyone from Metallica and HIM to moe. Formed on a college campus in 1967, Blue Öyster Cult are best known for their smash singles “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You” and “Godzilla.” Riff-heavy and headbanging while intelligently hook-laden, the band remains a staple among the heavy metal greats. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N Hayford Rd, Airway Heights, WA 99001. For tickets, please log on to http://northernquest.com/.

April 27: Spokane Youth Symphony: “Air” “Air” features the Spokane Youth Symphony Orchestra’s own Shane Maurer, principle flute, performing the exciting and energetic “Allegro Moderato” from Carl Neilsen’s Concerto for Flute and Orchestra. Additionally, this concert concludes the adventure of the Pastoral Symphony with the exciting third fourth and fifth movements, which begin with the happy gathering of country folk, is interrupted by a fierce storm, and concludes with the celebration of a shepherd after the storm’s passing. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http:// www.ticketswest.com.

April 30: Arlo Guthrie For the past year Arlo Guthrie has been touring solo in celebration of his father Woody Guthrie’s centennial. Arlo continues to honor the elder Guthrie’s remarkable legacy with a series of live shows accompanied by a small band for a spirited musical tribute. He returns to Spokane to play at one of his favorite venues, The Bing Crosby Theater! Folk music icon Arlo Guthrie is a legendary artist who shares timeless stories and unforgettable classic songs as he carries on the Guthrie family legacy. With his singular voice as both a singer-songwriter and social commentator, he has maintained a dedicated fan base that spans the globe. A celebrated figure in American music, Arlo connects with communities far and wide leaving a lasting impression of hope and inspiration. His artistic ventures help bridge an often-divided world through his powerful

spirit of song, and his inimitable musical ingenuity forges to new creative heights as he continues to entertain generations. The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

May 1: An Evening With The Steep Canyon Rangers With smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals and jaw- dropping harmony, the Rangers are bringing Bluegrass to music lovers across the USA and around the world. The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

May 1: Spokane Symphony Link Up: The Orchestra Moves The Spokane Symphony presents Link Up performances with approximately 900 area students in grades three through five. Link Up is a program of the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall which connects classrooms with the symphony as they perform together in concert. In the program titled “The Orchestra Moves” teachers and students use workbooks provided by Carnegie Hall, as they delve into elements of music and learn to play recorder and sing songs they will perform with the orchestra. The fully scripted concert will feature Eckart Preu, conductor, Dave Weatherred, Master of Ceremonies, with guest singers and a surprise finish! Families are encouraged to attend the evening performance to witness this amazing opportunity for our students. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http:// www.ticketswest.com.

May10-11: Spokane Symphony Classics: Russian Greatness It doesn’t get bigger, more dramatic, more colorful, more Russian, than Alexander Nevsky and Pictures at an Exhibition. Alexander Nevsky, Prokofiev’s film score to Eisenstein’s 1938 film, looks back to the year 1242 when Prince Alexander saved his people from the invading Germans. The final blow, the Battle on the Ice, became a pioneering example of orchestral sound effects. Thrill to the Spokane Symphony Chorale as mighty Russian chorus, and mezzo-soprano Meredith Arwady as a devastated war bride. Then this glorious season struts through a gallery of primitive paintings and marches into summer through the Great Gate of Kiev. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http:// www.ticketswest.com.

May 18: Spokane Youth Symphony: “Fire” In the concluding concert of the Spokane Youth Symphony, “Fire” we showcase the talents of our concerto competition winners. These students have been selected through a competitive process—one that requires sheer fiery determination to pursue, endure, and triumph. Also on this program is Henry Cowell’s “American Melting Pot,” a piece celebrating the multiple cultures and

musical influences which have created and inspired American music. Fox Theatre. 1001 W Sprague Ave. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http:// www.ticketswest.com.


through April 13: SUDS “Cindy works in a Laundromat. It’s her birthday and everything seems just swell until Mr. Postman arrives and gives her all sorts of bad news.” Luckily her guardian angels arrive to teach her there is always hope for new love. Loaded with over 50 great songs from the 1960s, including: “Where The Boys Are,” “These Boots Are Made for Walkin” and “Respect.” Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

through April 13: The Great American Trailer Park Musical The Armadillo AcresTrailer Park just became a whole lot more interesting! A stripper on the run, murderous ex-boyfriends, Costco and doublewides all put to song. It’s not your traditional musical. “This Side of the Tracks,” “Road Kill,” and “The Buck Stops Here”… you just might find a new favorite show tune. NOTE: This production contains adult themes and language and may not be suitable for all audience members. Lake City Playhouse. 1320 E. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (208) 667-1323. http://www. lakecityplayhouse.org/.

April 3-April 19: Wait Until Dark Which frightens us more—the evil you can see coming, or the one you can’t? In this hold-your-breath shocker, a cool-as-ice psychopath smooth talks his way into the home of an unsuspecting blind woman who soon discovers she’s harboring a dangerous and illegal prize, one that he’ll do anything to get. Hold on tight! This production will be directed by Jack Phillips. Interplayers Theatre. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call 455-PLAY (7529). For tickets, call 1-800-325SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

April 4-19: The Three Musketeers The timeless tale of loyalty, heroism, honor and deception. Join the Musketeers in their quest – “All for one and one for all!” May romance abound and swords collide. Let the adventure begin! Spokane CivicTheatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

April 19: Behold Jesus Spokane Dream Center, a nondenominational Christian church, presents “Behold Jesus” an Easter Drama. In its 17th year with a cast of 150+, this is the largest Easter production in the Inland Northwest. This drama portrays the life and teachings of Jesus according to the Gospel accounts. With your own eyes you will experience Jesus’ earthly ministry

Who doesn't love a good deal? Check out today's deal at www.TheDealPlanet.com 509-533-5350

Local deals, from our planet to yours. Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



April 2014

of teaching, healing, miracles and then the agony of His betrayal, crucifixion and glorious resurrection, including a glimpse of His heavenly ministry from Revelation Chapter 5. People of all ages, cultures and walks of life are welcome to attend this free event. You will be blessed. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. This performance is free and open to the public.

April 19: Spank! Harder Wife, mother, and senior account manager E.B. Janet embarks on her second novel, taking audiences on a hysterical, fantasy adventure where anything can – and does - happen. A precarious love triangle? Yes. Drop dead gorgeous male characters? You bet. Whether you are looking for a perfect date night to spice things up, or gathering the girls for some laugh-out-loud fun, we’ve got the show for you. Arrive early for special show-themed cocktails, and stay afterwards for photos with the cast. It’s time to get SPANK’D.. this time Harder! There will be two showings of Spank! Harder: 6pm and 9:30pm. The Bing Crosby Theatre. 901 W. Sprague Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

April 25-26: Broadway’s Best Musical Review In celebration of musical theatre and the Broadway greats and legends. We will enjoy two unforgettable evenings of pure entertainment and song. This event will feature many of your Civic veterans performing roles and pieces that you remember in addition to new Broadway numbers that we are looking forward to sharing with you! Spokane CivicTheatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

May 2-18: Arsenic and Old Lace Two sweet but not so innocent ladies love to serve up a nice glass of wine and arsenic (with a pinch of cyanide). While their lovestruck drama critic nephew handles what’s in the cellar, he must also contend with his two insane brothers: one is a murderous psychopath and the other thinks he is Teddy Roosevelt. Lake City Playhouse. 1320 E. Garden Ave, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814. (208) 667-1323. http://www. lakecityplayhouse.org/.

May 2-June 1: Becky’s New Car This new comedy is filled with unexpected turns of events for Becky Foster, who is always caught in the “middle” of everything. The intriguing storyline is the perfect blend of character depth, deadpan humor and romantic farce. This production will be held in the Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre, downstairs in the Spokane Civic Theatre. Firth J. Chew Studio Theatre at Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Your Alaska Cruise Specialist Always personalized service and the best rates for all cruise lines. Jason Armstrong Independent Vacation Specialist Spokane,WA



Prices per person, double occupancy; port charges included; gov't fees, taxes and fuel surcharges additional; limited availability. Not responsible for last minute changes of price or itinerary by cruise line, or any errors or omissions in the content of this ad. Some restrictions and cancellation penalties may apply. Ships Registry: Bahamas, Panama, Italy, Malta. WA 601698664


April 2014

May 7-25: Wicked Back by popular demand. Variety calls Wicked “a cultural phenomenon,” and when it last played Spokane in 2011, it broke box office records and sold out in record time. Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is “Broadway’s biggest blockbuster” (The New York Times). Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One - born with emerald green skin - is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for “the most complete - and completely satisfying - new musical in a long time” (USA Today). INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

May 8-June 1: Putting It Together Humorous, poignant, sophisticated and chock-full of Stephen Sondheim’s timeless melodies! An intricate, funny and moving evening featuring songs from many of Sondheim’s biggest Broadway hits, including “Every Day a Little Death” from A Little Night Music, “Everybody Ought to Have a Maid” from A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and “Not Getting Married Today” from Company. Interplayers Theatre. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call 455PLAY (7529). For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.

May 16-June 15: Gypsy Considered by critics to be “the best” musical ever written in the history of musical theatre. Songs include: “Together Wherever We Go,” ”Everything’s Coming Up Roses” and “Let Me Entertain You.” The story, based in part on the memoirs of Gypsy Rose Lee, has become a chestnut to be cherished as we go back to the era of vaudeville in the early 1920s. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N Howard St., Spokane, WA 99201. For showtimes and more information, call (509) 325-2507. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www.ticketswest.com.


April 12: Spokane Shock vs Portland AFL 7:00 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www. ticketswest.com.

April 19: Spokane Shock vs Cleveland Gladiators 7:00 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www. ticketswest.com.

May 9: Spokane Shock vs Pittsburgh Power 7:00 pm. At the Spokane Arena. 720 West Mallon Ave., Spokane, WA 99201. For tickets, call 1-800-325-SEAT or visit http://www. ticketswest.com.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Chateau Guitar Masters An Evening With World Guitar Master Pierre Bensusan Thursday March 20, 2014 7:30pm Chateau Rive At The Flour Mill Tickets/$15/Advance/$20 Day Of Show/ General Admission http://ticketswest.com/events/chateauguitar-masters-pierre-bensusan/19577/ For More Information www.pierrebensusan.com

Concert Series

www.ticketswest.com 1800-325-seat

An Acoustic Evening With Peter Rivera Of Rare Earth Friday, March 28, 2014 8:00pm Chateau Rive At The Flour Mill Tickets/$10/General Admission http://ticketswest.com For More Information www.peterrivera.com

Closer Than Ever Tour Tyrone Wells Friday, April 4, 2014 10:15pm Chateau Rive At The Flour Mill Tickets/$20 http://www.ticketswest.com/ events/tyrone-wells-closer-than-evertour/22834/ For More Information www.tyronewells.com

Closer Than Ever Tour Tyrone Wells Friday, April 4, 2014 8:00pm - SOLD OUT Chateau Rive At The Flour Mill Tickets/$20 http://www.ticketswest.com/events/ tyrone-wells-closer-than-ever-tour/22834/ For More Information www.tyronewells.com

The Return Of Grammy Award Winner Steep Canyon Rangers Thursday, May 1, 2014 7:30pm Bing Crosby Theater Tickets/$30/Reserved http://ticketswest.com/events/steepcanyon-rangers/15121/ For More Information www.steepcanyon.com

An Evening With Wylie & The Wild West Friday May 2, 2014 8:00pm Chateau Rive At The Flour Mill Tickets/$20/General Admission http://www.ticketswest.com/events/ an-evening-with-wylie-and-the-wildwest/23263/ For More Information www.wyliewebsite.com Chateau Guitar Masters Claude Bourbon With Special Guests Thursday May 22, 2014 7:30pm Chateau Rive At The Flour Mill Tickets/$10/General Admission http://ticketswest.com/events/claudebourbon/15120/ For More Information www.claudebourbon.org

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


downtown spokane’s premier riverside event center Located on the ground floor of the historic Flour Mill building, Chateau Rive is an elegant venue with old world charm. The perfect venue for company parties, weddings, luncheons, meetings, retreats and trade shows. Fo r mo re i n for m at i on o n facil ity rental rates & catering opti o n s ,

please call 509.795.2030

presented by

6 2 1 w e s t m a l l o n a v e n u e , S p o k a n e , WA 9 9 2 0 1 w w w. c h at e a u r i v e . c o m

local cuisine

Keeping Classy


174 182 191 193

restaurant reviews dining guide signature dish liquid libations

Local Cooking Classes

by Cara Strickland


Photography by Ryan Lindberg

hen I walked into the Kitchen Engine on a Tuesday evening for a crepe-making class, I wasn’t sure what to expect. My cooking education has been informal and self-directed, so when I surveyed the teaching kitchen, equipped with screens and cameras to capture the instructor’s hand movements, a range with room for students on both sides of the counter and lots of prep room, I couldn’t help but be a little intimidated. As Nicole Frickle, my teacher and part-owner of the Kitchen Engine, began to talk about crepes and all of the fillings we could put inside them, my hunger superseded my nervousness. Nicole had us introduce ourselves and I began to place the other people in the room: a mother and her grown daughter, a couple, who came to classes Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


local cuisine keeping it classy

Photography by Luke Davis

whenever they could (and had eaten crepes in France); a group of girlfriends and several women on their own, looking to learn new skills. Nicole told me later that this variety is normal. People come to classes on dates, with friends or on their own. “People come for an experience,” she says. “It’s a great place to meet new people in a non-threatening environment.” As I prepared to approach the pan for my first try at a crepe, my nervousness returned. Nicole demonstrated the proper wrist motion, pouring batter into the center of a special crepe pan I was craving (along with the rest of the class). As two of us poured our crepes, she was right there with encouragement and guidance, assuring us that crepe mastery was all about practice. Before I knew it, I had a finished crepe. Not perfectly round, perhaps, but when filled with savory ingredients (including baby swiss, sautéed spinach and mushrooms), it was delicious and satisfying. As I ate my first crepe, chatting about thickness, filling and the extra ingredients Nicole added to her batter to give it a little punch, I was happy to be eating something so enjoyable, and even happier that I had made it myself. We went through several kinds of crepes, taking home Nicole’s recipes for each. We all got as many chances as we wanted to make crepes (even if we didn’t want to eat them all). She wanted to be sure we felt comfortable 172

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

so that we could make more crepes at home, no problem. By then, we were all friends, sharing stories of our families and lives, swapping ideas for crepe fillings and talking about the next cooking class we wanted to take. The Kitchen Engine offers a wide breadth of classes, sure to delight any palate. “We find people who are the best at something,” says Nicole. On any given evening, that can look like Challah bread, sushi, condiments from scratch, authentic Mexican food, and more. Some classes, like my crepe class, are hands on, while others involve a presentation, which intend to prepare you fully to make the dish at home (don’t worry, you still get to eat the full meal). Whatever your comfort level, or interest, it’s likely that you’ll find something to capture your fancy. Nicole takes pleasure in passing on the joy of creating something delicious

yourself, perhaps even something you didn’t expect to be able to do. “I’ve never taught a pie-making class where there isn’t a student who has never made one,” Nicole tells me. “It’s fun to feel like I’ve given someone the strength to conquer a pie.” She certainly gave me the strength to conquer a crepe. I put on my student hat once again and went to Rocket Market for a beer tasting class. Rocket offers wine or beer classes almost every Friday and Saturday night (check out the schedule on their website for details and pricing). Matt Dolan, Wine and Beer Steward at Rocket, started the evening off by telling us that there is only one expert in the room when it comes to libations: us. Some of us had come in groups of co-workers or with a friend or two, others, like me, had come alone. It didn’t take long before we were exchanging our thoughts on the beers we were trying and by the end of the evening, we were writing down phone numbers and email addresses and promising to stay in touch. Usually, I’m more of a wine than a beer drinker, so I was eager to learn more and, perhaps, find a few new favorites. We tried ten beers of varying types from the lighter, to the stout with quite a few stops in between. Matt had pulled together some new brewery offerings (both local and further flung) and we debated their merits together. As the evening wore on I became more confident in my opinions, taking into account Matt’s thoughts, as well as the different tastes around me at the table. It was the perfect environment to try new beers, without ordering an entire pint, and crowd-source impressions at the same time. (I found this to be true with the wine classes I’ve attended, as well). One of my favorite beers of the evening was the Second Hand Smoke stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Company. We christened it: “campfire in a glass” and when there was a little left over, I didn’t hesitate. Both wine and beer classes come with snacks to complement your beverages. We had heavy pub food: popcorn, several kinds of cheeses, salami, pretzels and mustard with whole seeds and piping hot stuffed-mushrooms with a beer and Dubliner cheese filling. The wine classes include cheeses, fruits, artisanal crackers and bread with other appetizers, depending on the mood of the chef. Either way, if you leave hungry or thirsty, it’s your own fault. The schedule changes monthly with

Best Thai Food

Happy Hour Specials! Monday-Friday 3pm-5pm -$6 appetizers (except combo) -$3 Domestic Beer -$3.50 Import Beer -$4 Well Drinks

new themes and combinations for you to choose from. It’s always a good idea to check early, since classes fill up fast (that goes for the classes at Kitchen Engine, as well). In the course of my adventures with classes, I’ve learned that something happens when we collaborate around food and drink, reaching for ingredients, laughing and learning something new outside of our comfort zone or experience. Connections form over shared stories, taking people who might have been strangers or casual acquaintances at the beginning of the evening and turning them into friends. At both Rocket Market, and the Kitchen Engine, I found this to be true. Whether you choose a beer or wine class, learn to perfect the art of the crepe or how to make a pie, I think you’ll find it to be true for you, as well. For more information on classes at the Kitchen Engine or Rocket Market please visit their websites: www.thekitchenengine.com and www.rocketmarket.com. If you’re hungry for even more opportunities to learn culinary (and liquid) skills, check out these local establishments: Inland Northwest Culinary Academy After Dark: “Interactive courses for fledging to more accomplished cooks.” www.incaafterdark.scc.spokane.edu Clover: Salad dressing and mixology classes. www.cloverspokane.com The Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center: varied class offerings taught by highly-acclaimed local chefs. thejacklincenter.org. Two Cooks with Love Catering: class offerings change monthly. www.twocookswithlovecatering.com

9 Lunch combos


Riverwalk 1003 E. Trent (509) 325-8370

south hill 1325 S. Grand (509) 838-8424

valley 101 N. Argonne Ste E (509) 315-9943

Thank You for Voting Us #1 Best Wings

y b e f i Grab Lt Wings o H e h t Ask and you shall receive...

69¢ Wings are back! Tuesdays Only

*with purchase of beverage. Dine-In only.

North 7015 N Divison, (509) 465-5052 Spokane, WA 99208

South 2620 E 29th Ave, (509) 241-3843 Spokane, WA 99223

Valley 11618 E Sprague Ave, (509) 922-5052 Spokane Valley, WA 99206

www.flaminjoeswings.com Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


restaurant review CafÉ Italiano

Classical Italian Comfort Food


Café Italiano by Cara Strickland Photography by Rick Singer


he Spokane South Hill has a new player in the culinary game. Cafe Italiano has taken over the space that once housed The West Wing, on Regal. As it was with that establishment, there is a scent of garlic hanging in the air as you enter, which will either be enticing, or a turn-off, depending on your palate. Cafe Italiano is conveniently open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner. My guests and I went for dinner, starting


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Scampi Della Casa

with appetizers, including the Bruschetta ($10.95), which featured homemade bread topped with fresh basil and tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and imported ham, drizzled with balsamic. The first few bites were cohesive and enjoyably hot, with the ham providing an additional dimension to a classic. We found that this appetizer is best when eaten right out of the kitchen, relying on the melted cheese for the full effect. The wine list includes several Italian wines to pair with the menu (also influenced by French and Greek flavors, according to their Facebook page). Beverage options include beer and wine only (no mixed drinks), as well as non-alcoholic offerings. The menu is organized into genres with each entree of the same type being grouped together at the same price, making it possible, for example, to order the halibut and the shrimp scampi both for $18.95 each. This was convenient, from an organizational standpoint, but slightly confusing, from a financial perspective. Our entrees came with a choice of soup or salad. The salad was a step above the basic iceberg side salad, featuring a slice of hard baguette, tomato, cucumber and fresh mixed greens. We tried the tomato basil soup, which was enjoyable, but a little sauce-like in thickness for my group. We ordered the Scampi Della Casa ($18.95), served in a light Chablis butter sauce over penne. One puzzling feature of this dish was the fact that the shrimp were a mixture of salad shrimp and traditional prawns. While it didn’t affect the flavor, which also had a hint of lemon, the texture was inconsistent, and frankly, a little disappointing. You can’t get much more classic than the Spaghetti Meatballs ($12.95). The large homemade meatballs were divided and topped with Bolognese sauce, shaved cheese and herbs, over spaghetti noodles. This dish was satisfying and generous in size, and the flavors married well, creating an overall sense of warmth and well-being. One of my guests ordered the La Greca pizza ($15.95), which came on an attractive silver platter. The crust was puffy, but substantial, bringing quite a flavor punch of it’s own (and definitely not left behind on the plate). The pizza was topped with baby spinach, roasted red peppers, red onions, artichoke hearts, feta, and garlic with a red sauce base. There was certainly a lot of flavor in all of these toppings and we found it slightly overwhelming, but the crust was

328 North Sullivan Rd. Ste 5 Spokane Valley, WA 99037 (509) 703-7029


• Girls Night Out • Date Night • Private Parties • Corporate Parties

Favorite Night Out!

Join us for an unforgettable evening filled with fun, friends and fine art.

View our painting calendar and RSVP online Use code SPOKCDA

and checkout for

10% off public class.

PinotsPalette.com/SpokaneSoDo offer expires 5/31/14

Pinot's Palette - Spokane SoDo 32 W 2nd Ave Ste. 100

SpokaneSoDo@pinotspalette.com 509-290-5098


m o r e c h o c o l at e . l e s s s t r e s s . Coffee



Located in The

Iced Latte

Flour Mill

Italian Soda


Corporate Baskets

621 W. Mallon Spokane

Gift Cards

509-324-2424 NOW OPEN

w w w . C h o c o l a t e A p o t h e c a r y. c o m


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


restaurant review CafÉ Italiano

Spaghetti and Meatballs• April • 2014 176 Spokanecda.com

La Greca pizza

good enough that we became curious about the other pizza and calzone offerings on the menu. While there were a variety of dessert options, we chose gelato, both peppermint and chocolate because they sounded like a good combination ($3.95 each), we were correct. Both types of gelato were suitably creamy and flavorful, but the chocolate did come out the winner at our table. Throughout our evening we received personal, attentive service, never feeling rushed. We felt the freedom to catch up at our leisure in a comfortable, inti-

Best Frozen Yogurt 3 years in a row!

Spokane’s First and Finest Froyo Shop!

tion The GU loca er! ff o to has lots o ss re sp e e Th en! p o w bar is no airs st p u r u o , Also r fo ct e is perf gs, n ti e e m r u yo s, and post game tc. e s, y a d th bir it out! Come check

5 locations serving you!

Wandermere 12519 N. Division #5 509-315-4910 Gelato

DOWNTOWN 172 S. Division 509-455-8000

VALLEY GONZAGA Neighborhood cheney 325 S. Sullivan 829 E. Boone Near Starbucks 509-368-9618 509-315-5034 509-235-8000


mate space, set off by thematically complementary music and low lighting. The space is set up to accommodate a variety of group sizes, and we were completely undisturbed by other diners during our evening. The strength of Cafe Italiano, in my opinion, is in the well-priced, generous pasta dishes and pizzas. The protein-based entrees we tried were decent, but seemed a little steep for what we got, especially in comparison to similar restaurants in our area. With a slightly tighter focus, this restaurant has the potential to become an alternative to the Italian chain restaurants in our area, bringing ambiance and good service to the table. Those in close proximity to the South Hill (and beyond) are always happy to hear of an addition to the food scene, especially something that brings a new element to the area. If this is what you’re looking for, I don’t think you’ll find it at Cafe Italiano; however, for classic Italian comfort food with a few creative alterations, in a casual environment, you need look no further. Cafe Italiano is located at 4334 S Regal St, in Spokane. Mon-Sun 11:00 a.m. -9:00 p.m. (509) 290-6943. www.cafe-italiano.com.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


restaurant review The boiler Room

g n i t Sta rto

l i o B

The Boiler Room heats up toward greatness by Sheri Boggs Photography by Green Gables

When it comes to launching non-chain restaurants of the

“fusion,” “bistro” or “artisan” persuasion, it can seem like the areas outside downtown Spokane, especially the Valley and the North Side, get left out. So you can imagine the promise of The Boiler Room, a new pizza joint in Five Mile offering “wood-fired craft pizza and swill.” My party and I had a look at their Facebook page: Fresh, local ingredients. Pre-prohibition classic cocktails. Best pizza in Spokane? Count us in! The place is a little tricky to find on the first try: it’s between Cedar and Maple and shares a parking lot with Waddell’s Pub. The interior is great with a cavernous space that is an amalgamation of dark grays: polished cement floors, exposed decorative pipes, gauzy chain mail curtains designed to separate the larger room into


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

smaller areas, and warm tones: red pendant lights, butcher block wood tables, the fire from two enormous boiler-shaped pizza ovens. On the west side of the building is a marvelous patio with several stone fire pits that’s sure to be popular this summer. In addition to 10 taps of microbrew, the Boiler Room has a specialty cocktail menu with classic cocktails renamed with a nod to various local names and attractions: (The Country Homes Cocktail, Audubon Tea, Riverside Sailor). The Cedar St. Cooler ($8) was a bit like a Moscow Mule: vodka, ginger beer and muddled cucumbers and limes. For contrast we ordered a Holy Dr. Pepper ($7): spiced rum, amaretto, lager beer and a splash of cola, and a regular Manhattan ($8) and found them all potent and perfectly blended. Although The Boiler Room has a nice selection of salads, we went

6501 N. Cedar Rd. Spokane, WA | 509.321.7818


Specialty cocktails

straight for the comforting warmth of the Small Plates. The Wood-Roasted Potatoes ($6) were chunks of Yukon gold roasted with olive oil and sea salt, alongside a smoked paprika aioli. Both the sauce and the potatoes were a little bland needing perhaps some rosemary on the latter or something a touch more acidic in the former. The Chicken in a Blanket ($9) also seemed promising—after all how could you go wrong with bites of tender chicken and smoked mozzarella snuggled up inside saltysweet prosciutto? These, also, were fine but could have benefitted from a contrasting note - either more of a kick in the Dijon mustard sauce or some pineapple alongside the chicken and mozzarella to deliver a frisson of tartness. When asked what the most popular pizzas were, our server said the super-spicy Fireball ($16) and the Spicy Islander ($14). We were tempted to go spicy but opted instead for the Criminilicious ($13) and the Italian Stallion ($14) in order to sample with the full use of our taste buds. The Criminilicious was what mushroomlovers crave - hearty chunks of fresh crimini finished with herb oil, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, rosemary, and truffle oil. The aroma wafting off of this thing was amazing—due no doubt to the distinct earthiness of the truffle oil. The wood-fired crust was excellent: crispy and charred slightly on the outside and delicately chewy on the inside. The Italian Stallion, however, was more like Rocky V. It was pretty damp in the middle, and it didn’t deliver the punch of flavor we expected from salami, San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella, white cheddar, black olives and pineapple. In fact at least one member of our party wondered why there was pineapple on an Italian pizza at all, but I liked to think of it as a nod to 1980s pizza, you know, the kind

Happy Hour 3-5pm We have some of the area’s best bartenders mixing and serving up daily specialty drinks. As well as an extensive menu by our top Chef Brad Emery and culinary team along with the Waddell’s favorites featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Over 70 bottles of the finest wines from all over the Northwest and wine & brew club coming soon ask for details.

Try Our Original Rubes Brews: Alligator Stout, Firemans Amber, South Paw Pale Ale, Barkeep Bavarian Wheat, Left Hook IPA, Calvary Shattered Glass Imperial Ipa, and Dickau’s All American Pilsner.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


restaurant review The boiler Room

The wood-fired oven Chicken in a Blanket

The Criminilicious

Ice Cream Sandwich


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Sylvester Stallone himself might have eaten. I didn’t mind the pineapple, but we all wanted it to be fresh rather than canned. On this one too, we loved the crust, and envisioned how we’d like them even more with fresh herbs or greens (maybe arugula on the Criminilicious or fresh basil on the Italian Stallion). For dessert we quartered an Ice Cream Sandwich ($7). Vanilla bean ice cream was sandwiched between two house-made chocolate chip cookies with a caramel dipping sauce. The ice cream was delicious but we were again not feeling the “super fresh” vibe from the cookies. They were good, of course, but not in that mind-blowing, fresh-fromthe-oven homemade cookie way.

The Boiler Room is a great place for grown-up pizza dates, sports Sundays and outings with the family. With a more overt, visible emphasis on fresh ingredients, we can see it also becoming a major beacon to the area’s many artisan pizza-loving foodies. The Boiler Room is located at 6501 N Cedar St., Spokane, and is open Monday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. (509) 863-9213, www. facebook.com/TheBoilerRoomPizza

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


DINING GUIDE Suggestions for Dining Guide additions or corrections can be sent to diningguide@spokanecda.com.

ASIAN AND INDIAN Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. Signature Dish in March 2011. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan are serving up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back even without much inside seating. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount and the Francis location serves an amazing breakfast concoction called Loco Moco. Order it the way “Huff” (Patrick’s nickname) gets his. Open daily. 1724 North Monroe (509-443-1632) and 1220 West Francis (509-413-2029). www.eataloha.com $-$$ Bangkok Thai. Thai. A relative newcomer to Spokane, Bangkok Thai took over the former Linnie’s Thai location on Grand Avenue and the former Riverview Thai location near Gonzaga. The South Hill location offers combination lunch plates that allow you smaller portions of several popular Thai dishes for one price and the Gonzaga location has the best Thai lunch buffet in town for $12/person. 1325 S Grand Blvd. www.spokanebangkokthai.com. (509-838-8424) and 1003 E Trent Avenue (509-3258370). Mon – Thur 11 – 9, Fri 11 – 10, Sat 12 – 10, Sun 12 – 9. $$


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Categories: Asian and Indian, Barbecue, Bistros, Breakfast and Lunch Specialties, Burgers, Casual Dining, Fine Dining, Italian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, Mexican, Pizza, Pub Fare, Seafood, Steak Houses, Other

Ginger Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar. Japanese and Chinese. Owner Jingou Sun has put together a brilliant team with Tong Lui in charge of an LA-style sushi bar and Jay Jay Lu turning out brilliant traditional Chinese hot entrées. The Steamed Dumplings Szechwan Style are amazingly like the dumplings in China. The portions are generous and the there is plenty of creativity tucked into the massive menu. 11am -10pm, Tue -SunThur and closed Mon. 1228 S Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 315-5201. www.gingerspokane.com $-$$$ Gordy’s Sichuan Café. Provincial Chinese. This intimate bistro with a creative menu is a temple to the Sichuan cuisine of southwest China. Chef Gordon Crafts and his team serve up dishes laced with ginger, garlic, chiles, and the lemony Sichuan “pepper” that sets your tongue buzzing. Open since 1997, Gordy’s is a wonderful exception to mediocre and standardized American Chinese food. Heavenly dumplings, searing chile basil soup, and the best Lemon Chicken around are only the beginning. Open Tues-Fri 11am-9pm, Sat 4-9pm. 501 E 30th Ave in Spokane. (509) 747-1170. $$ Shogun. Japanese. Simple elegance defines the decor, with guests greeted by an interior waterfall. Shogun is really two restaurants. First are the

familiar hibachi tables. Each table seats about eight and comes with a personal chef who prepares a selection of beef, chicken, and seafood in front of delighted guests. Trained in the art of hibachi cooking, chefs serve as impromptu performance artists, amazing diners with kitchen acrobatics, sleight-of-hand and grill-assisted pyrotechnics. The other is the sushi bar, perhaps one of the largest and best equipped east of Seattle. Across the bamboo bridge over a tranquil koi pond and past the waterfall and lounge, this is a quiet refuge and counterpoint to the frenetic atmosphere of the main dining room. Shogun is a perfect spot for either a special celebration or a quiet night out. Open seven days 5-10. 821 E 3rd. (509) 534-7777. $$-$$$ Sushi.com. Japanese. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious dot.com label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what is fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. 11 am – 9:30pm. weekdays. Noon – 9pm Sat. Noon – 8pm Sun. 430 West Main, Spokane. (509) 838-0630. $-$$$

Sushi Maru. Japanese. A hip conveyor belt sushi spot in the heart of the downtown Riverpark Square mall in Spokane, Sushi Maru is the perfect place for a quick, healthy, and entertaining meal before or after a movie. The $3.75 Tuna Poki Salad is a steal and the off-menu mochi balls are a must. There are plenty of fully cooked rolls and other items like Orange Chicken on the fun visual menu if raw fish makes you nervous. Open at 11 am during the week. Closes at 9:30 Mon – Thur. 10 p.m. Fri – Sat and 8 p.m. Sunday. 808 West Main Avenue in Spokane. (509) 455-3900. www.sushimaruspokane.com. $-$$ Sushi Yama. Japanese and Korean. After years developing a cult following in Airway Heights and serving up some of the best sushi in the region, Charlie Yamamoto has opened a second location on 3rd Avenue in downtown Spokane. The space works as an Asian restaurant with touches of the truck stop vibe remaining from its Arctic Circle days. Most of the menu will be familiar to Charlie’s West Plains clientele. Try one of his fine sports-theme rolls that anchor the sushi side of the menu. Bento boxes and classic Korean dishes are also served up with relish. 11 – 10 Thu-Sat. 11 – 9 Sun – Tue. Closed Wed. 1321 West 3rd Avenue in Spokane. (509) 624-5553. $-$$$

Patio Open Open 7 days a week

(509) 326-6794

1018 W Francis Ave. Spokane, WA


Swagat. Indian. “Swagat” means “welcome” in Punjabi.” In this case, “welcome back” might be fitting since the man running the kitchen is Pargat Singh whose cooking was the heart of the Bombay Palace until five years ago. Try the lunch buffet if you want to explore Swagat’s menu with well over 80 options or go straight to your favorites. 11 am – 9 p.m. Mon – Thur, 11 – 9:30 Fri, 12 – 9:30 Sat, 12 – 9 Sun. 14415 E Sprague in the Spokane Valley. (509) 315-8785. www.spokaneswagat.com $-$$ Taste of India. A family-owned restaurant on the Division hill offering authentic cuisine emphasizing northern Indian flavors. Taste of India boasts a casual atmosphere with a soundtrack of traditional music and a popular lunch buffet during the week. Try Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Curry, or Vegetarian Samasa. Mon-Thur 11-9:30, Fri and Sat 11-10, Sun 11-9. 3110 N Division in Spokane. (509) 327-7313. $-$$ Teriyaki House. Japanese. Teriyaki House is locally owned and operated. They take tremendous pride in the quality of their food. Their dishes are low-fat, lowcholesterol, and are prepared without MSG. Try their homemade teriyaki sauce. 11516 E Sprague. Tues-Sat 11-8. (509) 928-8893. $ Thai Bamboo. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo keeps racking up #1 Best Thai votes in reader polls and both the newest location on North Division and the CDA restaurant feature a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and a striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with phad thai. Open 7 days per week with delivery available. www.thaibamboorestaurant.com. $-$$

Best Appetizers

Best Fine Dining

Top of India. Reviewed February 2013. A great hidden gem serving up wonderful northern Indian dishes in a surprisingly chic space tucked into a tiny East Sprague house. Owner and chef Manjit Kaur brings the specialties she learned to cook on the family farm in the the Jalandhar district of Punjab to the Northwest. Don’t miss the garlic naan or the Chicken Tikka Masala, but order just about anything and expect it to be quite good. There is also a lunch buffet for $9.99. Open daily from 11 am – 9:30 p.m. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. 11114 E Sprague Ave in Spokane Valley. (509) 927-0500. www. thetopofindia.com. $-$$. Toro Sushi. Reviewed December 2013/January 2014. A good place for seasoned sushi people and those just learning to love the experience to eat together happily. Try the Bunny Roll, or a classic Rainbow Roll. Open Monday-Saturday 11am-2pm and 4:30-10pm. 328 N Sullivan Rd #5 in Spokane Valley. (509) 7037029. $-$$. Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


dining guide APRIL Vien Dong. Signature Dish December 2011. This International District hole-in-the-wall is the go-to spot for one of the best sandwiches on the planet: the Vietnamese Báhn Mì that packs a small torpedo-like loaf of crusty French bread with grilled pork, chicken, Vietnamese ham, or pate. With the meat of your choice you also get fresh or pickled vegetables like cucumbers and carrots, a smear of mayonnaise, and a slice or two of jalapeno. Vien Dong also serves up the classic Vietnamese soup pho and some generously portions Chinese classics. Tues - Sat, 10 am – 8 p.m.; Sun 10 am – 7 p.m.; closed Mon. 1730 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane. (509) 536-6073. www.viendongspokane.com $

Downriver Grill. Innovative, local and seasonal cuisine in a sleek, modern space with dishes at various price-points to suit every diner. Try the Chipotle BBQ burger for a flavor-packed lunch or the Lemon Thyme Grilled Salmon for a leisurely dinner. Either way, you’ll want to sample the Chocolate Pot de Creme for dessert. Open Tues-Sun 11am-9pm. 3315 W Northwest Blvd in Spokane. www. downrivergrillspokane.com $$-$$$ Hay J’s Bistro. This surprising Liberty Lake bistro located in a Conoco parking lot pulls off high end food in an intimate setting that is a delight given the asphalt and gas pumps fifty feet away. At lunch

Latah Bistro. Four signature pizzas with thin but amazingly tender crusts are just the beginning of an exceptional menu with such items as wild mushroom ravioli in a smoky pancetta cream sauce, seared ahi, and pan-fried calamari. The sugar pumpkin bread pudding will spoil your Thanksgiving pie forever. The wine list is surpassed by the startling after dinner chocolate list. Ask for a sampler and fascinating explanation. Latah Bistro also features an ever changing Fresh Sheet and a heated outdoor patio during summer months. 4241 S Cheney-Spokane Rd, off Highway 195. Lunch daily 11:30-2, Happy Hour seven days 2-5, Dinner daily 5-Close. (509) 838-8338. www.latahbistro.com. $$-$$$ Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie. Madeleine’s Café and Patisserie specializes in traditional French and bistro-style fare. Pop in for a morning coffee and hand crafted croissant, or take a break from shopping and try the Organic Tomato Mozzarella Tart or one of the many lunch salads, quiches and casseroles. Madeleine’s is a popular spot for weekend brunch, with made-to-order whole wheat pancakes, Croque Monsieur sandwiches and beautiful French pastries. Dinner (Thur-Sat) features rustic French dishes such as cassoulets and crepes, as well as seafood and salads. Take advantage of outside dining in warm weather or grab a streetside table for people watching. Mon-Wed 7:45 am -5 p.m., Thu-Fri 7:45 am – 10 p.m., Sat 8 am – 10 p.m., Sun 8 am – 2 p.m.. 707 West Main. (509) 624-2253. www.madeleines-spokane.com $-$$$

BARBECUE Chicken-n-More. “Amazing-Crispy-Tender-Chickenn-More” could have been the name. It is that good, and Bob Hemphill—full-time cook and part-time preacher— is telling the truth about the “more” as well: moist ribs slathered in Hemphill’s own sweet and kicking barbeque sauce, cornmealbreaded catfish fried fresh when you order, pulled pork sandwiches, fiery red beans and sweet crisp coleslaw. Call ahead if you want catfish and save room for the cobbler or sweet potato pie. 414 W Sprague. Mon-Fri 11–8, Sat 1-8. (509) 838-5071. www.chicken-n-more.com. $-$$ O’Doherty’s Irish Pub and BBQ Catering Company. See the entry under Pub Fare. Bistro on Spruce. This neighborhood bistro offers high-quality fare in a casual, friendly atmosphere. It’s a great spot for a quiet dinner out, or weekend brunch with friends. The menu changes frequently, with tempting selections like Paella, Duck Confit and Casper Fry. Reviewed February 2013. A modern take on Southern comfort food with a local twist, located in the South Perry neighborhood. The restaurant serves lunch, dinner and a Sunday brunch in a hip space with a great bar at the back. For dinner, try some of Jama’s Fried Chicken with a classic cocktail, or the Low Country Shrimp and Grits for lunch. The maple-glazed Pork Belly is brilliant and a number of the hearty sides are vegetarian. Wednesday-Monday, 11:30 am - close. 928 S. Perry Street in Spokane. www.casperfry.com. $-$$$.


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Hay J’s Bistro offers entrees like a Chicken Pesto Burger and a Blackened Steak Wrap. Several dinner favorites are the Crab Stuffed Chicken and the Bistro Medallions. Hay J’s also offers catering and has developed a loyal following of locals who feel they no longer need to drive into Spokane for an upscale meal. Mon-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10, Sun 3-8. (509) 926-2310. 21706 E Mission Ave, Liberty Lake. www. hayjsbistro.com. $$-$$$ Herbal Essence Café. Northwest cuisine. This relaxed downtown restaurant tucked into the middle of a block on Washington serves Northwest bistro food and works hard to offer great service. The menu offers up baseball-cut sirloins, a whole stuffed Dungeness crab and a swordfish steak stuffed with pesto and baked off with a parmesan crust. Try the award-winning house salad, brilliant with sliced pears, crumbled Gorgonzola and a white truffle vinaigrette. 115 N Washington. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-2, Dinner Mon-Sat 5-close. (509) 838-4600. www. herbalessencecafe.com. Lunch $-$$, dinner $$-$$$ Laguna Café. This South Hill restaurant calls itself a café, but in actuality it is much more. Owners Dan and Debbie Barranti have created a sophisticated combination of gourmet food, great wines, and gifts, while still serving the same great coffee they inherited from the previous tenant, the Deluxe Coffee Company. The dinner menu features entrees such as Wild Pacific Salmon with fresh rosemary mango salsa and roasted rosemary potatoes or the Flat Iron Steak and Black Tiger Shrimp.» Live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday in addition to monthly wine tastings. 4304 S Regal. Mon-Fri 7 am -9 p.m., Sat 8 am -9 p.m., and Sun 8 am- 9 p.m.. (509) 448-0887. $-$$

Santé. The Liberty Building is a perfect setting for the sophisticated French bistro food and charcuterie (in-house prepared and preserved meats) of localboy-turned-chef, Jeremy Hansen. Throw in Hansen’s passion for sourcing as much of his food locally as possible and you have a recipe for great dining. Santé serves breakfast and lunch daily off a shared brunch menu with several of the most creative egg dishes in the city (try the Shirred Eggs or the Weisswurst Blanquette). Dinner is served Thursday through Saturday off a separate menu and offers delicious food with bright flavors as well as great options for vegetarians. Gracious service and a seasonally changing menu at the draw. 404 W Main. (509) 315-4613. www.santespokane.com Daily 8 am - afternoon. Dinner, Thur – Sat, 5 p.m. close. $$-$$$ Wild Sage. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on 2nd and Lincoln, Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive Chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon & Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon to be Famous” Coconut Cream layer cake with lilikoi sauce. This award-winning bistro is known for it’s in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten free options. Also make a point to order something from their “scratch bar”, either with or without alcohol. They use only fresh juices and house infused flavored liquors. Dinner seven nights a week, opening at 4 p.m.. 916 W Second Ave in Spokane. (509) 4567575. www.wildsagebistro.com. $$-$$$ The Wine Cellar. Reviewed April 2011. The door up on Coeur d’Alene’ main street to this intimate basement grotto is easy to miss, but don’t. This bistro, wine bar, and live music venue embodies generosity with hearty Italian and Mediterranean fare at incredibly reasonable prices, warm and welcoming staff, and a killer space that feels like a retreat from the time pressures of life outside. Don’t miss the amazing Mac and Cheese on the appetizer menu and factor in that every entrée comes with a salad and bread. 313 E Sherman Ave in Coeur d’ Alene. Mon to Thur 4:30 – 10 p.m., Fri and Sat 4:30 to midnight. Closed Sun. (208) 6649463. www.coeurdalenewinecellar.com. $-$$.

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH SPECIALTIES Frank’s Diner. Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark in just over a decade. Both early 1900’s-vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the depression, and each converted them to diners in Seattle and Spokane, respectively. Larry Brown, of Onion Bar and Grill fame, acquired the Seattle diner in 1991 and moved it to its present location, meticulously restored by well-know local restaurant restoration artisan, Pat Jeppeson. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-miss-atbreakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd. Seven days 6-8p.m.. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, Sun-Thurs 6am-8p.m., Fri-Sat 6am-9p.m.. (509) 465-2464. www.franksdiners. com. $ The Satellite Diner and Lounge. See listing under Pub and Lounge Fare.

CASUAL DINING 315 Martinis and Tapas. Reviewed February 2012. Located within the historic Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant specializes in small plates with a global focus and well-crafted cocktails. Come sit in the intimate martini bar for happy hour beginning at 3:15 and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6:00 p.m.. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. Tues - Sun from 3:15 to close. 315 Wallace Ave in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 6679660. www.315martinisandtapas.com. $$-$$$. Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery. Reviewed May 2013. Casual and classy dining, specializing in craft cocktails. Holds the distinction of first distillery in the nation with a restaurant onsite. Perfect place for happy hour, or lunch on the patio. Try the Grilled Yellowfin Tuna Salad for well-blended, refreshing tastes in a generous portion. Pair with a housecreated cocktail and some small-batch alcoholic ice cream. Open Monday-Sunday 11am-close. 1710 W. Riverstone Drive in Coeur D’Alene. www.bardenay. com $-$$.

Best Vegetarian

Best Chef

Best Salad

• Seafood Baked Salmon • Buffalo Top Sirloin • Yellow Fin Yakisoba • Spinach Artichoke Halibut • Huckleberry Top Sirloin • Apple and Date Stuffed Pork Loin

Lunch Mon-Fri 11am-2pm Dinner Mon-Sat 5pm-Close Twilight Menu Mon-Wed 5pm-6pm 3 Courses for $20

509.838.4600 • 115 N Washington St. Spokane, WA 99201 1 Block South of Auntie's Bookstore

www.HerbalEssenceCafe.com On and Offsite Catering Available

Private Parties, Live Music, Catering, Full Menu

Hill’s Restaurant. Hill’s restaurant is back and rejuvenated. Hill’s offers an extensive menu with nine appetizers including the unique Scotch Egg, soups, vegetable dishes, ten salads including the Smoked Salmon Salad and the Seared Steak Salad, sandwiches, steaks, chicken, pork, and seafood entrees. Hill’s also makes their own pasta. Hill’s has always been a local favorite and they’re back with the same great food and a newly renovated location. The restaurant also features daily lunch and dinner specials worthy of a picky pallet. 401 W Main, Mon-Sat 11-10, Lounge until midnight Mon-Thurs and 2am Fri-Sat. (509) 747-3946. www. hillsrestaurantandlounge.com. $$-$$$ Klink’s on the Lake (at Williams Lake Resort). Klink’s on the Lake, located at scenic Williams Lake Resort is destination dining at its best. From the comfortable restaurant to the secluded patio overlooking the lake, Klink’s has a lot to offer it’s dining guests. The menu hosts a variety of dishes including Chicken Marala and Jumbo Prawns, but don’t miss out on their steaks, primarily the decadent chargrilled Ribeye topped with Dungeness Crab and browned butter. Follow it up with some of their famous Marion Berry Cobbler and you’ve created an evening to remember. Summer Hours: Tues-Fri 11-9, Sat-Sun 7am-9. Closed October-March. www.klinksresort.com (509)235-2391. $$-$$$

stirmartini.com | 7115 N Division |

(509) 466-5999

Noon-close 7 Days a Week | Happy Hour 4-6pm DAILY Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


dining guide APRIL Palm Court Grill The Palm Court Grill offers upscale casual dining fare that highlight favorites discovered all around the world by Walt and Karen Worthy, the owners of the Davenport. Home to the original Crab Louis, named for original hotel owner Louis Davenport, the grill also serves USDA Prime beef and a fine wild salmon filet with a huckleberry champagne sauce. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Open daily from 6 am to 9 p.m.. Reservations recommended. Private Dining room available, seating up to 30 people. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$ Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar. The Davenport Hotel Tower’s Safari Room Fresh Grill and Bar will add a spice of adventure to your dining experience featuring a full menu with a variety of tasty flatbreads, small plates, salads and gourmet sandwiches. Private Dining room available seating up to 30 people. (Flatbread is oven roasted thin bread that is topped with a variety of vegetables, fresh herbs, highly flavorful cheeses and meats) 111 S Post St. (Davenport Hotel Tower lobby). Serving breakfast 6-11, Lunch 11-4, Dinner 4-10, and Late Night 10-close. 509-455-8888 $$-$$$

exceptional menu with generous entrées starting just above $10. Plan on making a reservation a week in advance or someone from Billings will have your table. Open at 5 p.m., last seating at 9 p.m., Tues – Sat. 4365 Inverness Drive in Post Falls. (208) 777-7600. www.fleur-de-sel.weebly.com $-$$$ Masselow’s at Northern Quest. Reviewed June 2010. Named after a strong chief that was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room just off the hotel lobby in the new wing of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 North Hayford Road in Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000. www. northernquest.com/dining/masselows. $$-$$$ Max at Mirabeau. Signature Dish October 2012. More than the typical hotel restaurant, Max opened in 2005 as a valley destination for fine dining with an

ITALIAN Angelo’s Ristorante. This authentic, organic, Italian cuisine in downtown Coeur d’Alene is proof that Chef/Owner Angelo Brunson has been around long enough to know what he’s doing in the restaurant business. The romantic setting complements the romance in the menu as true Italian cooking should. Angelo’s offers pasta, chicken, veal, and steak entrees using all organic ingredients whenever possible. The menu includes simple Spaghetti and Meatballs to more extravagant Lobster Ravioli and Gorgonzola Port Wine Steak. Angelo’s also offers wine suggestions for each entrée and service to match its class. Angelo’s also offers full-service catering for your special occasion. 846 N 4th St, CDA. Dinner seven days from 5p.m.-10p.m.. (208)765-2850 www.angelosristorante.net $$-$$$ Italian Kitchen. Owners Bryce and Lyndsay Kerr have created a beautiful and charming décor along with exquisite cuisine, not to mention the remarkable hospitality. Known for its Calamari, Tiramisu, and Lasagna from scratch, the Italian Kitchen is as authentic as you’ll find. They were recently placed on the “Best of the Best” list, which honors the top 17 Italian restaurants in the nation. 113 N Bernard. Lunch Mon-Fri 11-3:30, Dinner MonThur 3:30-9, Fri 3:30-10, Sat 4:30-10, Sun 4:30-9. (509) 363-1210. www.italiankitchenspokane.com. $$

MEDITERRANEAN AND MIDDLE EASTERN Marrakesh. Moroccan. Recently moved from Northwest Blvd to Division, Marrakesh transcends the normal dish-by-dish approach and becomes a journey accompanied by Mamdouh, a steaming glass of mint tea, and a bath-sized towel in your lap. The feast is set in five courses including the tea, a simple saffron lentil soup, salad, Bastela Royale (a cross between a pot pie and a puff pastry stuffed with chicken, almonds, and egg) and an entrée. Expect an North African experience with the price of an appetizer at a high-end restaurant. 1227 North Division in Spokane. Open seven days 5-10. (509)328-9733. $$


FINE DINING Clinkerdagger. English pub décor overlooking the Spokane River. Known for their fresh seafood, steaks, and rock salt-roasted prime rib, Clinkerdagger is a favorite eating place among locals. Their salmon filet is one of the best in the area. The Broadway Pea Salad and Blums Coffee Toffee Pie are two classics since 1974. Two cozy fireplaces make for a warm, friendly atmosphere; 621 W Mallon (in the Flour Mill). Lunch Mon-Fri 11:15-2:30, Sat 11:30-2:30, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4:309, Fri 4:30-9:30, Sat 4-9:30, Sun lounge 2-9 and dinner 3-8. (509) 328-5965. www.clinkerdagger.com. Lunch $$, Dinner $$$ Fleur de Sel. Patricia and Laurent Zirotti opened this hidden gem with a classical French soul, gracious service, and stunningly reasonable prices in the fall of 2008. Almost immediately patrons of their former restaurant in Billings, MT began driving hundreds of miles for more of Laurent’s thoughtful and nourishing dishes and a chance to see Patricia’s warm smile. Take a risk and order the Snails in Puff Pastry to start and then dig deeper into an


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

infamous menu offering 100 options. Chances are you can find something you are craving on the huge menu, but if an abundance of possibilities scares you, ask your server. We scored at dinner with the gluten-free Cashew Lime Sea Bass and the White Chocolate Mousse with Cherries Jubliee. Casual diners are welcome too breakfast, lunch or dinner. ½ priced bottles of wine on Wednesday nights. Open Mon – Thur, 6 am – 1 am, 6 am to 2 am on Fri – Sat, and Sun, 6 am – midnight. 1100 N Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley. (509) 924-9000. www. maxatmirabeau.com. $-$$$ Stacks at Steam Plant. Named for the twin smokestacks that have been a part of the downtown Spokane skyline for nearly a century, Stacks offers a full-service dining experience in a one-of-a-kind space. Unique private dining spaces include boiler rooms where the original pipes still line the walls and ceiling. Signature dishes are created from scratch and incorporate ingredients produced only at the Steam Plant – including smoked meats, fish and vegetables, and many of the ales brewed on-site. 3p.m. – 10p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3p.m. – 11p.m. Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. www.steamplantspokane.com $$-$$$

Fiesta Mexicana. One of many such places to pronounce themselves “authentic”, Fiesta Mexican actually deserves the moniker, the owners having studied the recipes and menus of other restaurateurs in their family for several years prior to opening. We’re drawn to the classic Arroz con Pollo and Pollo en Mole. And where else in town can one assuage a hankering for Huevos Rancheros or Menudo on a Sunday morning? Sun-Thurs 11-9, Fri-Sat 11-10. 1227 South Grand Blvd. (509) 455-7117. $-$$ Hacienda Los Flores. A bright reincarnation of the space at the bottom of the Freya hill formerly occupied by La Katrina Taco. Owners Jorge and Adriana Hernandez pull out all the stops with a possibly the best mole sauce in town. Try the Pollo en Mole ($12.25) and plan on multiple dips with your standard basket of chips rather than just a single salsa. Several of the soups on the menu also get rave reviews: the Sopa de Camaron and the Sopa de Tortilla. Kids eat for $0.99 on Sundays. Open daily from 11-9. 510 South Freya in Spokane. (509) 3158853. www.haciendalasfloresspokane.com. $-$$ Rancho Viejo. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E Sprague. Sun-Thurs 11-10, Fri & Sat 11-11. (509) 927-8428. www.ranchoviejo.net. $$

Spokane's Best Italian

9 years running!

pen O w o N Lunch for n.-Fri. ) Mo rom $8.99 hes f


Spokane's Premier Dining Experience Since 2005

Italian Kitchen

RSVP @ 363-1210


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


dining guide APRIL PIZZA Fire Artisan Pizza. Reviewed January 2012. Walk in the front door and you smell smoke from local orchard wood burning at 800 degrees in the Fourno Bravo oven that is a focal piece of the open kitchen at the back of the restaurant. Whether you order up one of the creative pizzas on the menu or design your own pie, you are in for a treat. Fire’s chewy charred crust and bright red sauce are both excellent. The wine list is also well chosen and the space has an industrial retro rustic feel that also manages to be warm and welcoming. Open Sun – Thu, 11:30 am – 9 p.m.; Fri – Sat, 11:30 am – 11 p.m.. 517 Sherman Ave in Coeur d’Alene (another location in Downtown Spokane). (208) 676-1743. www.firecda.com. $$ South Perry Pizza. Reviewed Apr 2010. Fresh innovative pies without over-wrought gourmet pretensions in the heart of the Perry district on Spokane’s South Hill. Located in a former auto body shop, the restaurant has an open kitchen centered around an open-flame pizza oven that turns out

of the building: a radiator shop. Expect a great selection of IPAs on tap since two of the owners, Tom Purdum and Mark Camp are self-confessed “hop-heads.” Mon – Thur, 4 p.m. to 12ish. Fri, 4 p.m. to later. Sat, 5 p.m. to later as well. Closed Sun. 120 E Sprague Avenue in Spokane. (509) 747-6005. $ Manito Tap House. Reviewed March 2012. Manito is living into its name as a gastropub that offers high-quality dining fare to go with their 50 beers on tap. A fun pub atmosphere and friendly service make this a great hangout. Try the yam chips, the Carne Adovada, the Murphy’s Beef Boxty, or the inventive veggie burger that comes inside out,. 11 am – 11 p.m. Sun – Thu. Open until 2 am Fri – Sat. 3011 South Grand Blvd in Spokane. (509) 279-2671. www.manitotaphouse.com. $-$$ O’Doherty’s Irish Grille. Traditional Irish pub fare. Reuben sandwiches, fish and chips, burgers and salads are the specialties. An outdoor eating area in this downtown restaurant overlooks Spokane

The Onion. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. From the Hula burger with ham and grilled pineapple, the “Big O” with bacon and avocado, to their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside, Sun-Thurs 11-11, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. (509) 747-3852; 7522 N Division, Mon-Sun 11-11. (509) 482-6100 (Bar until midnight Sun-Thurs, Fri-Sat until 1). $-$$ Peacock Room. It is all about martinis, cold beer and great music. Known as the place to see and be seen, the Peacock Room contributes to Spokane’s vibrant downtown nightlife. Showcasing a giant stained-glass peacock ceiling, the menu features such items as giant prawntinis, open-faced crab sandwiches and gourmet onion rings. Casual attire. Private Dining room available seating up to 25 people. Mon-Thurs 11-midnight, Fri-Sat 11-1am, Sun 2-midnight. 10 S Post. (509) 455-8888. $$-$$$ Post Street Ale House. This floor to rafter renovation of the former Fugazzi space in the Hotel Lusso by Walt and Karen Worthy of the Davenport gives downtown Spokane a great English-style pub with a striking bar, twenty beers on tap, and a reasonably priced menu built around comfort food. We feel they do some of their fried food particularly well: the Halibut and Chips, the Fried Mozzarella “cubes,” and the Ale House Fried Pickles. If you are hungry, try the Guinness Braised Short Ribs served over mashed potatoes and topped with a pan gravy chunky with vegetables. 11 am – 2 am daily. N 1 Post Street. (509) 789-6900. $-$$ Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub. An amazing location for a brewery – under layers of catwalks and an 80’ ceiling inside the renovated steam plant. The brewery produces eleven handcrafted microbrews on-site, from their famous Double Stack Stout to several seasonal varieties. Its microbrews are also available to go in kegs and growlers. The Pub features multiple flat-screen TVs and a game room to make a night of it. The brews are complemented by signature menu items like the Coal Bunker cheese bread, smoked steelhead and beer cheese soup. 3p.m. – 10p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3p.m. – 11p.m. Fri-Sat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. www.steamplantspokane.com $$

brilliant pizzas (try the Margherita, the Veggie, or the Prosciutto) with a yeasty bready crust that has good chew and the right amount of char. 6 microbrews on tap and several fresh salads start things off right. The garage doors roll up in good weather for patio seating. 11 am – 9 p.m., Tues - Sun. 1011 South Perry Street in Spokane. (509) 290-6047. www. southperrypizzaspokane.com. $-$$

PUB AND LOUNGE FARE Jones Radiator. Signature Dish January 2012. Here is a quirky local bar with friendly vibe and great beer on tap and one of the best and most original appetizers in town: PB&J Wings that come slathered in a house-made Thai peanut sauce and are served with a raspberry chipotle dipping jam on the side. The name comes from the original 1920 tenant


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

Falls Boulevard and Riverfront Park; perfect for early evening dining and people watching. Live folk music most Tuesday evenings. 525 W Spokane Falls Blvd. Sun-Mon 11:30-9, Tues-Thurs 11:30-11, Fri-Sat 11:301am. (509) 747-0322 $-$$ O’Doherty’s Irish Pub and BBQ Catering Company. The valley pub with a family-friendly dining room, a traditional Irish menu, and Southern-style barbeque done on the premises thanks of massive smoker installed by the former tenant, Smoky’s BBQ. Try the Guinness beer-battered fish and chips, the slow cooked corned beef, and the smoky pulled pork. In addition to the beers on tap, the bar includes a lineup of high-quality Scotch. Opens at 11:30 am during the week and 9 am for breakfast on the weekend. 11723 E Sprague Ave in the Valley. (509) 924-2578. www.odohertysirishpub.com. $-$$

The Swinging Doors. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern turned restaurant has been in the same family for its whole life. With 27 beers on tap and 60 television screens, The Swinging Doors is a sports fan’s paradise. On the food front, the restaurant is famous for its large portions (which can be split). Breakfast is served all day and the huge pieces of Broasted Chicken remain the most popular item on the golf-themed menu. Show up for on your birthday for a free steak dinner. Open seven days a week from 6:45 am to 2 am. 1018 West Francis in Spokane. (509) 326-6794. www.theswingingdoors. com. $-$$

SEAFOOD AND FISH Anthony’s At The Falls. A welcome addition to the local seafood scene, Anthony’s combines a spectacular view of the Spokane Falls with an unwavering commitment to fresh seafood. So much so that they operate their own fishing company for the sole purpose of supplying their restaurants. The success of this shows up in the always available, rich and flavorful seafood fettuccine and clam chowder, as well as on the fresh sheet. The four course “Sunset Dinners” served Mon-Fri from 4-6 for only $18.95 are particularly good values. 510 N Lincoln. Lunch Mon-Sat 11:30-3, Bar Menu in Lounge Mon-Sat 3-4, Dinner Mon-Thurs 4-9:30, Fri-Sat 4-10:30, Sun 3-9:30, Sunday Brunch (breakfast/lunch menu) 11-2p.m., Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-6 with half-price appetizers and drink specials. (509) 328-9009. $$-$$$

Regal Street Seafood. Heather and Phil Lazone from Northstar Seafoods opened Regal Street as a retail fish market, but the staff includes a trained chef who can give you cooking guidance and prepares several readyto-eat options like Cioppino – an Italian fish stew – and fish tacos. You can also pick up some harder-to-find bottles of wine in the store. Open Tue – Sat, 10 am – 6 p.m.. 2812 E 30th in Spokane. (509) 535-1966. www. regalstreetseafood.com. $-$$

STEAK HOUSES GW Hunters Steakhouse. See the entry under Casual Dining. Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops. April 2012 Signature Dish. Greeted with dark mahogany paneling and crisp linens, Spencer’s has been a destination for USDA Prime beef for almost 15 years. Try the signature bonein Spencer Ribeye or pull out all the stops and order the dry-aged New York Strip. Beautiful fish and seafood are also featured and the kitchen offers a number of classic side dishes also – including a memorable au gratin hash browns laced with smoked bacon, sweet onions, and cheddar cheese. Open Mon-Thurs 11:30-10, Fri-Sat 11:30-11, Sun 11:30 - 9. 322 North Spokane Falls Court inside the Doubletree. (509) 744-2372. www. spencersforsteaksandchops.com/spokane. $$-$$$$ Wolf Creek Lodge. The Wolf Creek Lodge is the younger city sibling of the original Wolf Lodge Inn located ten miles east of Coeur d’Alene. While the menu is far from identical, you can’t miss the similar steakhouse theme with plenty of beef options as well as the likes of as Bourbon Chicken and King Salmon. Don’t forget to order the birthday “potato” for that special occasion: Oreo ice cream rolled in cocoa powder, topped with whipped cream, and set on a plate of hot fudge. 104 S Freya, Spokane. Mon-Fri 11:30-close, Sat-Sun 4-Close. www.wolflodgespokane. com. (509) 535-8972. $$-$$$ Wolf Lodge Inn. Reviewed December 2012. It is worth the drive to experience the original Wolf Lodge just off Interstate 90 east of Coeur d’Alene. From the simply massive 24 ounce Porterhouse on down, this wonderfully ramshackle red ‘barn’ serves up classic western roadhouse food off their famous open pit grill. For the adventurous there are Rocky Mountain Oysters on the appetizer menu. Beef aside, the Idaho Rainbow trout on the menu is delicious, and don’t miss the sweet white Krebal fry bread with honey. Reservations requested. 11741 E Frontage Rd ten miles east of Coeur d’Alene. Tues-Fri 5-Close, Sat - Sun 4-Close. (208) 664-6665. www.wolflodgecda.com. $$-$$$

OTHER Loco Dogz. Each hot dog and sausages is designed to transport to a different spot on the globe. Two locactions currently – First Street in Cheney and Hamilton near Gonzaga – but don’t be surprised to see more soon. Great prices and great design along with house made caramel corn gives you something sweet to close out the meal. Try the authentic Chicago Dog in a fresh-baked poppy seed bun with chopped onions, Rolf’s sweet pickle relish, mustard, fresh tomato wedges, sport peppers, and celery salt. Become a fan on Facebook. www.loco-dogz.com. (509) 321-7069. $ Queen of Sheba. At Queen of Sheba Ethiopian Cuisine, dishes are served with injera, a sour Ethiopian bread used to pick up the meat and vegetable stews – no utensils required. Portions are generous, so bring your friends and order family style. Spicier dishes on the menu are cooked with berberé, a spice blend with ground red chili peppers. Try the Yebeg Kay We’t, a lamb stew cooked in a thick berberé sauce which is spicy enough to leave your lips zinging. Milder dishes include the Doro Alich’a, (chicken) and several vegetarian specialties. 11:30 am to 8 p.m., Tues-Sat and Sun 1-4 p.m.. 621 W. Mallon (Suite 426 of the Flour Mill Mall). (509) 328-3958. $-$$

| 509.413.2029 1220 W. Francis | Open 7am-9pm daily

| 509.327.4270 1724 N. Monroe | Open 10am-9pm daily

Visit us online at EatAloha.com

Trina & David Sampson

Honest Quality Janitorial Service, Licensed, Insured, and Bonded.


You're Our First Priority 509-921-0068

Complete Commercial Janitorial Service • Office Cleaning • Windows • Strip Floors

• Waxing & Buffing Floors • Carpet Cleaning • Construction Clean-up

Family owned business since 1992

32 Years Janitorial Experience Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


voted Gold Best beer list ANd Bronze Best Pub Fare in spokane

3011 south grand blvd

manitotaphouse.com sun-thur 11a-11p fri-sat 11a-2a 190

509-279-2671 open 7 days a week Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Shaken, A Not Stirred

by Laurie L. Ross

The simple yet complex classic martini

martini is the swankiest of cocktails with a long history of being celebrated onscreen. It’s simple and elegant but far more complex than than its two ingredients hint at. From Casablanca to Mad Men, a martini consistently represents suave sophistication. James Bond may be the most famous martini drinker of all. Many admire Bond for what he has that most of us don’t, but there’s one aspect of the Bond persona that anyone can steal: his signature drink. Half the appeal of ordering a martini lies in the fact that it’s 007’s “shaken, not stirred” drink of choice. Bond movies are drenched in alcohol and over the years whatever the debonair ladies’ man drinks translates to what’s ordered in the bars. Many think that anything in a long-stemmed V-shaped glass is a martini, but purists insist that a martini is concocted with gin or vodka and a splash of dry vermouth. Besides a garnish of a lemon twist or olive, that’s it and nothing more. Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar, of which several are conveniently scattered around Spokane, boast 36 different martinis on their menu. But don’t stray to the whimsical world of caramel appletinis and orange creamsicles. In Twigs’ defense, the fruity martinis are popular even if they don’t taste like alcohol. Try the Twig’s “Well Mannered Dirty Martini” and you’ll discover their barkeepers also know the classics. Ordering a martini seems like it should be pretty straightforward, but there are still choices to be made. Like getting coffee at Starbucks, the nuances are plentiful and affect the outcome. Bond made an art form out of confidently ordering a libation, making no apologizes for drinking on the job. When you think about it, Bond is kind of a jerk, but regardless of if you consider him a role model or not, his swagger is intoxicating and he knows his way around a bar. Here are a few tips that will have you ordering with the confidence of the celebrated spy. GIN OR VODKA: Gin is the classic choice and adds a distinct flavor due its botanicals that can vary across brands. If that botanical taste doesn’t suit you a common substitute is vodka. Try both to discover which your palate prefers. DRY, WET OR PERFECT: These three distinctions refer to how much and what type of vermouth you want in your martini. Vermouth is actually a type of wine that’s flavored with botanicals, and can make a martini “dry” or “sweet.” A modern martini usually calls for a splash of dry vermouth. A common confusion when ordering your martini “dry” it sounds like you’re wanting more dry vermouth. It actually means you want less. Ordering your martini “dry” refers to wanting just a drizzle of vermouth, and ordering it “extra-dry” means just a drop or two. A “wet” martini is the exact opposite — it means you want more dry vermouth. A “perfect” martini is made with equal parts dry and sweet vermouth.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014



Award Winning Hand-crafted Northwest Ports and Wines Keep the Summer going with our Sangria and Summertime Ports!

Visit our website at Knipprath-Cellars.com 5634 East Commerce Avenue Tasting Room Open Wednesday - Sunday 12pm-5pm

Like us at facebook.com/knipprathcellars

SHAKEN OR STIRRED: Think Tom Cruise in Cocktail. Yes, there’s undeniable style to having your drink “shaken.” The cocktail is shaken with ice and then strained into the glass. “Stirred” still means it goes in a shaker but briefly stirred, which creates a smoother version with less likelihood of ice shards. STRAIGHT UP OR ON THE ROCKS: “Up” means that your drink will be served in a traditional chilled martini glass. “”On the Rocks” means that it will be served in a tumbler over ice. DIRTY OR WELL MANNERED: “Dirty” refers to a little splash of olive juice in the martini and “Well Mannered” means the olives are bleu cheese stuffed.

0 5 1


int Pr dit* e cr

*$150 print credit when you book before April 30, 2014


.599.2118 | Ctoreson.com facebook.com/CtoresonPhotography


Spokanecda.com • April • 2014

GIBSON & VESPER: A “Gibson” has pearled onion instead of a classic garnish of a lemon twist or olive. A “Vesper” is for those really wanting to be Bond. This double-the-alcohol drink debuted in Casino Royale. It’s made with gin, vodka and Kina Lillet, which is a type of bitter wine aperitif. As a side note, Vesper was the name of a double-agent that Bond had a tryst with, and after her untimely death he never had the cocktail again. A good place to start is with a gin martini, 3:1, stirred, straight up with a lemon twist. Clover, located in the Gonzaga U-District and Bon Bon in the Garland District are recommended local places to discover the classic cocktail culture. Finally, if you like the idea of ordering a martini but honestly don’t love the taste, try a Sapphire Martini. This is made with a lighter more floral gin that’s less “punchy.” Ordering this “starter” martini can have you fake it while you acquire a taste for the real thing. Laurie L. Ross is a freelance writer and the author of the popular blog www.sipofspokane.com

Signature Dish Italian Kitchen

Italian Kitchen’s

Housemade Lasagna

Story and photos by Sylvia Fountiane


fter purchasing The Italian Kitchen in 2005, new owners Bryce and Lyndsay Kerr, life long residents of Spokane, revamped the restaurant, updated menu and opened their doors for business on Valentine’s Day. Located inside a charming historic building in downtown Spokane, this romantic restaurant has dark wood paneling, tera cotta tiled floors and etched glass. Wood tables and chairs, and wine bottle-lined walls give it a classic old-world Italian feel. The main dining room offers great views into the open style kitchen where guests can watch the kitchen crew cooking in action. They offer private dining options with cozy alcoves off to the side, comfortable booths, and seating for larger groups as well. My favorite part of the restaurant is its beautiful, cozy, dimly lit bar. During the warmer months they offer outside dining on their front patio. The Italian Kitchen’s signature dish is their house made lasagna. It has become of their most popular items on the menu, “It exemplifies authentic Italian cuisine, and is made completely from scratch,” says Bryce Kerr. “It is a very dense, rich entrée

that consists of several Italian meats, cheeses and spices and is generously topped with housemaid marinara and Alfredo sauces. On a daily basis our guests say that our lasagna is the best they’ve ever had anywhere in the world!” The lasagna is offered during both lunch and dinner, and comes in two sizes, Piccola and Grande. From making the pasta from scratch, assembling and to making the marinara and alfredo sauces, Bryce says it is an eight hour process to make one batch of lasagna. “We get guests that travel from all over the world that literally say it’s the best lasagna they have ever eaten...it’s such a great compliment.” Italian Kitchen is a family run business, and the Kerrs take pride in their staff, who offer the best in hospitality. Their Italian-American menu offers a large variety of choices ranging from tasty appetizers, to house made pastas, to a good selection of chicken and beef dishes along with lamb and seafood. All of their dinner

entrees include a choice of house salad, Caesar salad, minestrone soup or the soup of the day. They feature an extensive wine list and a full bar. The Kerr’s are committed to supporting locally owned restaurants. “We hope that when you’re faced with the decision of where to dine that you give the locally owned restaurants a try,” says Bryce. “Not only the Italian Kitchen but others as well. We truly rely on every penny and we promise that we care passionately about our guests experience. When you spend your hard earned dollars in a restaurant you should gain more than just satisfying your hunger. You should leave having experienced authentic flavors, warm sincere hospitality and an honest sense of gratitude from the entire staff.” The Italian Kitchen is located at 113 N Bernard St, Spokane, and is open for dinner seven nights a week, and for lunch Monday thru Friday. (509) 363-1210 www. italiankitchenspokane.com.

Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


Why we Live Here

Horse in the Meadow By: Michael Nutkowitz


Like to take pictures? Do you have a great photo? Submit it to us at art@spokanecda.com high resolution. YOU JUST MIGHT SEE YOUR PHOTO DISPLAYED HERE. When submitting photo please include a caption with date, place, and any photo Spokanecda.com • April • 2014 manipulation that was done.

Ad Index 14th and grand 75 acme integration 47 action recycling 41 Affordable Custom Cabinets 97 Alan Bisson 159 aloha island grill 189 angell, Thomas W. Architect 98 Ashley Furniture 29 At your feet flooring 92 audrey’s Boutique 41 Autonation Audi 149 Baldwin Signs 55 Bangkok Thai 173 Berry Built Design Inc. 94 broadway court estates 61 Brossoit, Douglas DDS 63 Building Dreams 37 Cabinet Systems 91 Cameron Reilly Construction 33 camp automotive 35 Cancer Care Northwest BC Canyon Creek Cabinet Co. 105 Carlson Sheet Metal 109 Carpet Barn 111 Century 21 - Marilyn Amato 128 Century 21 - Mike Bass 114 Century 21 - Patti Boyd 120 Century 21 - Denise Fox 130 Century 21 - Dan McLaughlin 140 Century 21 - Tracy Penna 124 Century 21 - Gayle Terry 119 Century 21 - Maria Walker 126 Certified Security & Sound 111 Champion 87 Chateau Rive 170 Choice Realty - Ron McIntire 125 Cloninger, Brooke DDS 65 Coldwell Banker - Suzette Alfonso 133, 138 Coldwell Banker - Heidi Bollum 133 Coldwell Banker - Teresa Jaynes 141 Coldwell Banker - Julie Kuhlmann 116, 136 Coldwell Banker - Karene Garlich-Loman 122 Coldwell Banker - Marie Pence 133, 138 Coldwell Banker - Joel Elgee 136 collins family dentistry 3 Combs Orthodontics 71 Cotter Ranch Properties 32 cruise one 168 Ctoreson Photography 192 DAA Northwest Auto Body Center 147 DaBell Orthodontics 69 dania furniture 20 Davenport Hotel 9 desormeau, chrissy 123 Diane Maehl Photography 167 Downtown Spokane Partnership 156 Eagle Mountain 121 Ellingsen, Paxton, Johnson orthodontics 66 Entertainment Spokane 179

Eowen Rosentrater event rents Evergreen Hematology falco’s fireplace & spa Fine art Photography Flamin’ Joes Floor Covering International froyo earth Fruci & Associates Glen Dow Academy Glo Medical Spa glover mansion Gold Seal Mechanical good Samaritan Society great floors green gables photography GreenScape hanley collection HDG Herbal Essence houk Chiropractic clinic In My Life - The Beatles Tribute Inland northwest health services italian kitchen jaazz salons Jacob’s Upholstery Jewelry Design Center Joe Penny John L. Scott - Pam Fredrick John L. Scott - Tyler Zyph just roses plus keller Williams - Bernadette Pillar Kershaw’s Inc Kestell Company - Elizabeth Bendinelli Kitchen Engine Knights Kitchen & Baths Knipprath Cellars Land Expressions Larry H. Miller Honda Larry H. Miller lexus Larry H. Miller toyota La Z Boy Lyle Pearson / Land Rover Magnuson Orthodontics Manito Tap House mario & son mechanics pride and automotive Monarch Custom builders moody radio Next Day Dry Cleaning Northern Quest Resort & Casino NorthWest Granite & more Northwest Trends Olympic Game Farm Oxarc Pacific Flyway Gallery Pacific Garden Design Pacific Harbor Distributors Pinot’s Palette

55 69 15 153 168 173 85,152 177 169 77 67 49 61 65 105 177 106 81,83 27 185 59 165 56 187 77 112,152 2 132 142 135 77 144 150 139 154 98 192 108 11 45 149 5 23 60 190 94 147 88 163 41 7 110 89 43 159 43 109 107 150,175

Plese Printing 18,19 point of origin 64 Priority One Maintenance 189 protect america 6 Providence Health Care 60 Quality Hardwood Floors 99 R. Alan Brown, Inc 104 rainbow windows 64 rancho viejo 183 Red Lion Hotel 13 reit productions 161 Renovations by Dave Covillo 100 rick singer photography 163 rockwood retirement community 4 Rocky castaneda photography 161 Runge Furniture 107 Ryan Lindberg 166 Sam Rodell Architect 95 Saunders Cheese 189 shriners hospital 64 silhouette lighting 161 Simply Northwest 93 Spokane County Parks 45 Spokane Hardware 96 Spokane Internal Medicine 73 spokane overhead door 113 Spokane RealTeam - Cambria Moore 137 steamplant square 181 stir 185 Sunny Buns 77 sunset florist & greenhouse 53 sunshine home health care, llc 71 Swinging Doors, The 183 Synergy Properties 129 tapio center 145 The Onion 187 The Ugly Duck 99 Therma Tru Doors 113 Tillamook County Creamery 17 toro sushi bar and grill 175 United Plumbing 96 Valley Hospital 31 VPI Home Solutions 103,151 waddell’s pub 179 Weigand, Richard DDS 14 Wendle Ford Nissan & Infiniti 25 Westwind Kennels 89 Wild Sage 183 WINDERMERE - KHALIL BEZNAIGUIA 140 Windermere - Josiah Boone 118,131 Windermere - Marianne Guenther Bornhoft 143 Windermere - Gayle Earling 144 Windermere - Joe Lanet 142 WINDERMERE - Manito 127 Windermere - Tony Vaughn 141 Windermere - Nancy Wynia 117 Windermere North - Bill O’Dea 116,134 Wonders of the World 155 ywca 166

Coming in May 2014 Issue:

Local Non-Profits

Join Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living as we celebrate at the April issue Release Party! April 10, 5:30-8:30 at

Spokane Valley Cancer Center To receive invitations to our events, enter your email at spokanecda.com

13424 E. Mission, Spokane Valley, WA Spokanecda.com • April • 2014


104 S. Freya, Suite 209 Spokane, WA 99202-4866