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Happy Holidays, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene!

January reminds us that change—moving forward cannot be avoided. So the creative team at Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine have decided to embrace it.

As we begin a hopeful new year, we will become a bi-monthly publication. Creating six issues instead of twelve will enable us to better serve our advertising clients and our faithful readership.

With each ad purchase, advertisers will reach potential customers for two full months, instead of one.



An Introduction

When I was ve, I got my rst magazine subscription. Highlights for Children came in the mail every month, and with it sheer delight. My next magazine was Mad Magazine when I was ten. My mother said it was for boys, not girls. I convince her I was rowdy enough to qualify.

I’ve always read magazines. A er I studied journalism in college, I wrote for them too-more than 1,000 articles. I was even a contributing editor for three of them – Dig, Dinosaurus and the Dino Times (I LOVE dinosaurs).

Now, I’m hoping to ll Paulette Burgess’s incredibly capable editorial shoes.

I’ve called Spokane home for 23 years—a miracle for someone who moved every nine months as a kid. I’ve put down healthy roots, but I’ve longed to ll a community niche. Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living will answer that call, assuming I succeed. at’s where you come in.

Change has gob-smacked the world in the past few years. Some have folded under the pressure, but we’re trying to adapt.

With this issue, we’re shi ing to six issues, instead of twelve. It reduces our printing costs

and gives us the time to cra a truly exceptional publication, six times a year. But we’ll still honor the spirit of our creator, Vincent Bozzi under the eager stewardship of his son, Jordan Bozzi.

As an outsider, I hope to bring a little more fun to the editorial content, and Jordan has given me the green light. But I’d also like to know what you’d like to see in a magazine.

What you think matters, good and bad. So email me at editor@spokanecda.com. I want this to be your magazine, but I can’t do that without your help.

I’d also like to thank the Spokane businesses who support the magazine with the purchase of advertisements. I hope to make your ad dollars go even further by adding a posse of new readers to the old faithfuls.

Let’s do this, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene! And let’s have fun every step of the way.

In humility and delight, Kelly Milner

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According to the City of Spokane, homelessness in Spokane increased 13% from 2020 to 2022. More than 1,750 people identified as homeless in 2022. In 2020 the count was just over 1,550. The rise of Camp Hope brought the problem into near blinding focus. The impoverished need help.


Thanks to state and federal funding, a more precise survey of people without housing will be conducted from January 25 to January 29 of 2023. The countywide Point-inTime Count will make it easier to identify the important numbers and needs of the homeless. With focus, could come real solutions.


Spokane’s City Council approved the development of “Tiny Homes” in 2018 –affordable homes 500 square feet and under. Out of the box thinking could help move the homeless off the streets and shelters and into housing they can afford.


According to Almanac, our region will experience a mild winter with less than average precipitation. November and December were frosty and snow covered, but January through March should be easier to manage. Bonus! April and May predictions forecast warmer, wetter weather conditions.



If the Almanac is wrong and winter white prevails, there is hope. Thanks to Spokane’s aggressive 2023 snow removal formulas, fullcity plows should clear even rural streets within three days of its call to action. good bad good out of bad

The Almanac is predicting a hot summer, especially in July and August, but September and October will be cool and dry in 2023.

WHAT'S HAPPENING lilacs & lemons


Bold Made vs Old Maid

Hoping to raise ferocious young women with dreams of their own? Or boys who celebrate those women? Set aside the Old Maid card game and dig into Bold Made, a celebration of history making women. Makers of HERstory include Malala Yousafzai, Billie Jean King, Georgia O’Keeffe, Sally Ride and a crowd of other notables. Inspiring and fun! (www.boldmade.com)

Come Clean!

Showering before your first cup of Joe? This soap might help. It’s a caffeinated creation that smells as great as it cleans. Feel proud as you suds up, knowing you’re supporting soap made by female farmers dedicated to rainforest conservation. (www.redemptionroadcoffee.com)

Snack Smart

Looking for a delicious snack that will delight your taste buds and boost your intake by 5g of plant protein?

Check Once Again’s new graham cracker sandwiches. Made from ethically sourced, healthy ingredients, they are both gluten-free and vegan, with no preservatives. They are even kosher, so check them out, guilt free.

Take Another Little Piece of My Heart

Looking for a treat for your sweetie (or yourself)? The Chocolate Heart Pizza is a mouthwatering option. Solid milk chocolate topped with a festive assortment of chocolate candies and finished with a white chocolate drizzle, it’s as irresistible as you are. Complete with a wooden mallet, you can break this heart to bits, without a moment’s guilt. Order today for $55.00 and get free, 2-day shipping from Goldbelly.com.

Let it Snow

Be ready for the next snow day with the Glitter Galaxy Snow Tube—a snappy silver and pink glitter-filled sledding device sure to dazzle winter warriors of all ages. Comes with handy grips to help you cling to the tube, even speeding downhill. ($39.99)

In our December 2022 Buzzworthy column, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Washington Trust Bank in a brief titled, “Not Too Big to Fail.” However, we referenced the bank as “Wa Trust,” which was incorrect. And our headline was a little ambiguous. Our apologies to the professionals at Washington Trust Bank. We’ll do better in the future.



n Jan 13: Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood at 7:30 pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox.

Improv comedy made popular by their appearances on “Whose Line is it Anyway” will be on stage during their hilarious Scared Scriptless tour. A perfect lift for the wintertime blues.

Jan 14: Professional Bull Riders Spokane Classic at 7:00 pm at the Spokane Arena. Release your inner cowboy at Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour extravaganza. Forty of the nation’s top riders will take on 1,800 pounds of angry bulls in the hope of winning the championship.

n Jan 17-21: Aint Too Proud-The Life and Times of the Temptation at 7:30 pm (2:00 pm matinee on Jan 21) at the First Interstate Center for the Performing Arts.

Best of Broadway offers Spokane a full plate of Motown magnificence in this biographic musical that samples the songs and dance moves of a group that landed 42 Top Ten Hits in their legendary careers.

Jan 19: Niko Moon at 8:00 pm at the Knitting Factory. Texas born crossover artist Niko Moon grew up listening to

John Prine and brought that influence to his country/pop career—but only after he wrote hits for Dierks Bentley, Zac Brown Band, Rascal Flatts and other country mainstays. Sure to be a night of music that’s good for the soul.

n Jan 28: Queer & Weird Book Club at 6:00 pm at Auntie’s Bookstore. Hosted by nonbinary bookseller Ness Halls, this inclusive, quirky gathering offers a safe place for readers of every kind. They’ll discuss Iron Widow by Xiran Jay Zhao, a sci-fi retelling of the rise of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in

Chinese History. Complete with warrior robots piloted by boys who are treated like gods, and their female counterparts who are treated as concubines.

n Jan 28: The Bacon Brothers at 7:30 pm at Northern Quest Casino’s Pend Oreille Pavilion.

You know actor Kevin Bacon from iconic films like Tremors, Footloose and Mystic River (not to mention the Guardians of the Galaxy 2022 holiday special). Now get to know him—and his brother Michael as they rock your world with foot stomping music.

For more on the Bacon Brothers, read the feature article on page 20

n Feb 5: Lewis Black: Off the Rails tour at 8:00 pm at the Bing Crosby Theater. Lewis Black’s stinging but hilarious comedy may have first captured your ear on Comedy Central’s Daily Show, but he’s toured the world offering his observations, live. Now that he’s back in Spokane, don’t miss the chance to savor the fun of his always witty smackdowns.

n Feb 7: Science & Nature Book Club at 6:00 pm at Auntie’s Bookstore. If science and nature is your grove, don’t miss Teri’s slightly nerdy but always fun gathering. You’ll discuss nonfiction on the topics, and if you read the book featured, that’s great. But even if you haven’t read the book, you welcome to the lively discussions.

n Feb 10: Richard Marx at 7:30 pm at the Northern Quest Casino. Richard Marx dominated the Top 40 charts in the 1980s and 1990s, making his songs like “Right Here Waiting for You,” “Hazard,” “Should Have Known Better,” and dozens of others icons of his era. He also wrote songs for superstars like Kenny Rogers, Barbara Streisand, Keith Urban and many more. Rescheduled from Nov 20, 2022, this show is destined to be a memory maker.

n Feb 17/18: Red Hot Chili Peppers at 8:00 pm at the Knitting Factory. The Red Hot Chili Peppers exploded into the 1990s and the new millennium with irreverent gusto delivering rock anthems like “Californication” and “Under the Bridge” with equal skill and articulation. A distinctive sound set them apart, thanks in part to the vocals of Anthony Kiedes. This show is sure to deliver and a bargain at just $18.00 and $20.00 a seat.

n Feb 24: Paul Anka at 7:30 pm at the Northern Quest Casino Pend Oreille Pavilion.

Eight-one-year-old crooner Paul Anka first burst onto the music seen in the 1950s as a teen idol singing songs like “Puppy Love,” “Put Your Head on My Shoulder,” and “Diana.” But his career endured into the 1980s with hits like “She’s Having My Baby,” and, “The Time of Your Life.” He continues to entertain, including a recent stop at the Fox network smash television hit, The Masked Singer. He’s sure to deliver in Spokane, too.

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Another Side of Bacon

There’s a myth in Hollywood that there’s never more than six degrees of separation between Kevin Bacon and anyone in the entertainment industry. For example, Harrison Ford also equals a two for being in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” with Karen Allen who was in the cast of “Animal House,” which was Kevin Bacon's first movie credit. You could score a one if you come out to Northern Quest on January 27 to watch Kevin and brother Michael aka The Bacon Brothers in concert at the Pend Oreille Pavilion.

Kevin, you likely recognize from films such as “Footloose,” “Friday the 13th,” “Tremors,” “A Few Good Men” and “Apollo 13.” Michael is an accomplished cellist as well as a film score composer and member of the music faculty at Lehman College in the Bronx. Playing music since they were kids growing up in

Philadelphia, the brothers formed their band in the late-nineties, releasing their debut album entitled “Forosoco,” a “silly word,” Kevin says, that describes their sound as a mix of folk, rock, soul, and country. We caught up with the brothers Bacon to learn more about their music, their creative process and what it's like to be the hero of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

What should people expect from a Bacon Brothers concert?

Michael: There's a large percentage of people who are coming out of curiosity to see a movie star and find out what color of socks he's wearing. It's sort of a double edge sword because as a band, we want people to be familiar with our music and see that we take this seriously. I believe we're competitive with any touring band out there. We feel a lot of responsibility to put on a really great show.

Kevin: We like to have fun and play original music. There's five of us in the band, and we switch off on instruments a lot. Michael and I are both songwriters, so whoever is singing generally wrote the song. There are others that we collaborate on, and like I said, we like to get up on stage and have a good time.

What is your favorite instrument to play?

Kevin: I don't play anything very well, so they're all kind of the same to me. Before I played the guitar, I was banging on a pot with a spoon.

Michael: My favorite would be cello, which I started playing soon after I learned drums, banjo and guitar. I might not be a virtuoso, but I've always been able to pick up an instrument and make music with it. I'm very, very excited about this new instrument that our nephew, who is a linguist and spent most of his

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career in Asia, told me about. It's from Lao and it's called a khaen, which is a mouth organ with pipes made of bamboo connected with a small, hollowed-out reservoir into which air is blown. It's the most amazing instrument. I can't wait for Kevin to hear it, and I hope I can get to be good enough at it so we can use it in the band.

Kevin's wife Kyra Sedgwick appears in the video for "Dark Chocolate Eyes" and "Philly Thing” is obviously inspired by your hometown. How much of your personal lives make it into your music?

Kevin: Probably ninetyeight percent of our songs are based on something we've experienced. Recently we've gotten the opportunity to do some co-writing which just by its nature means you're sometimes working with complete strangers and that sort of requires that you suspend that idea of making everything personal and instead more universal.

Kevin, tell us about your charity Six Degrees.Org and how that connects to your music.

Kevin: It's about shining light on grassroots organizations that are doing good work. The song “Philly Thing” is a perfect example because when we went to release it Michael suggested maybe there was some kind of a Six Degrees tie in with a Philadelphia-based organization. Turned out to be Rock to the Future, which provides instruments and music lessons to underserved kids. I feel incredibly grateful to have had a great life and career, and all the great things that've come with it, so giving back is not a heavy lift. It's something I feel a certain responsibility to do as a person on the Earth.

Is it challenging to collaborate together when you both lead such busy lives on opposite sides of the country?

Michael: Most of the time we're sharing MP3s with each other. With technology, when Kevin does a song, it's pretty much arranged and we might add background vocals, cello or guitar or

whatever, so it's a pretty efficient way to work. I wrote this kind of an edgy song, and I knew that if I wrote the music for it, it wasn't going to work because I'm not that kind of songwriter. So I sent it to Kevin and about six months later he sent me a copy of the finished song with his take on the melody. It turned out really awesome.

What do you like about playing smaller venues like the Pend Oreille Pavilion?

Michael: It feels intimate like we're in your living room passing around the guitar.

But you've also played some iconic venues like Carnegie Hall. What was that like?

Michael: The Band was playing there and their opening act had dropped out at the last minute. They called us to see if we could fill in. Of course, we said yes. The guys are an amazing bunch of musicians, and I just adore their music. At the end, they were playing "Willie and the Hand Jive" as an encore and they asked us to sit in with them. Rick Danko (guitarist) and Levon Helm (drummer) were still alive, so getting a chance to play with them was super duper special.

Kevin: We've also played some funky roadhouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma and had a great time too. It's a rock'n'roll cliche, but you do everything else just so that you can have that hour and a half together on


As an actor, Kevin, can you draw any similarities between performing in a film and in a band?

Kevin: Live music is akin to theater, which I did a lot of starting out, in that you have a show, you rehearse it, and you share it in this relatively intimate way with a group of people. Recording is more like doing film and television where you're trying to capture something that feels like it's happening in the moment, but it's gonna be edited, and you have to resign yourself to that fact. One difference for me is that even though it's a show, I don't play music and take on the character of one of the Bacon Brothers.

Michael: I wouldn't know how to play a character if you gave me a million dollars.

Speaking of characters, Kevin, what was it like playing yourself (a Marvelized version anyway) in “The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special”?

Kevin: It was a really funny, cool idea. I'm crazy about James Gunn, who wrote and directed it, and I love the Guardians movies. When he told me that there was going to be a song, that was the icing on the cake. The Old 97s had this song, “Here It Is Christmastime,” that James put into the soundtrack, and it was fun to work on it with the guys. Everybody was in alien makeup except for me and Chris Pratt which was pretty wild.

“Footloose” had one of the best soundtracks of the Eighties. Do you get people at concerts shouting “Footloose!” the same way they do, “Freebird!”?

Kevin: We do. It's hilarious because unfortunately we didn't write that song.

So you might slip it into your playlist?

Kevin: I guess you'll just have to come to the show and find out.

The Bacon Brothers

n Fri, Jan. 27, 2023, 7:30 pm., n Northern Quest Pend Oreille Pavilion, Airway Heights.

n Tickets: northernquest.com


Comedian Colin Mochrie

When improv master Colin Mochrie appears at the Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox on January 13 at 7:30 pm with Brad Sherwood (a stop on their “Scared Scriptless tour), he’ll be delivering more than comedy to Spokane. He’ll be delivering heart.

Millions know Mochrie from his energetic appearances on “Who’s Line is This, Anyway?” an ensemble television series that has run in the United States and Great Britain for more than 30 years. Mochrie was featured on both sides of the Atlantic.

He has been proven hilarious now, but Mochrie grew up a shy little boy in Vancouver, Canada. His friends thought he was funny, but it wasn’t a side he revealed to the masses. He liked to read more than he liked to entertain. But he also loved television.

“Comedy is an e ential service. It’s not always being g fy. There are times when it means a lot to people.”
& Brad Sherwood

After watching Benny Hill, Monty Python, Carol Burnett and other comedy icons, Mochrie had built the foundation for what would be his destiny. Improvisational comedy released his inner silly and made him famous.

“I love improv because you don’t have to do a lot of preparation,” he says. “And everything you see on television, in pop culture or in relationships can feed improvisation.”

Most improv is a product of spur of the moment wit. It leaps from an agile mind the way a runner’s leg muscles respond to the need for speed. It’s a talent that grows stronger with experience and confidence, according to Mochrie. But working with smart people shifts the improv intellect into overdrive.

Cast members on “Who’s Line is This, Anyway,” liked to trade puns behind the scenes. And those puns would occasionally pop up on the show. One of Mochrie’s classic moments was improvising as anchorman he called Oswald Thatendswald as he

reported on a bovine assault.

With a straight face, Mochrie described how a fictional hit man called Jimmy TwoShoes McClarty beat a cow to death using two small porcelain figures. He closed the improv by saying, “Police admit this may be the first known case of a knick knack paddy whack.”

It was a pun expertly landed.

Sadly, Mochrie’s last season with “Who’s Line is This, Anyway” will be this season, the 12th. And while he has other talents— he wrote a book called Not Quite the Classics for Viking in 2013 and he’s a charming actor, as was displayed on Lifetime’s holiday movie, “Baking All the Way”—he will continue to embrace improv--on the live stage, worldwide.

“We tend to make light of what we do,” he says of improv, “But in many ways, it’s very serious. A young man once came up to me and said, ‘Can you sign my sweater?’ I asked if he was sure, because it was a nice sweat and he said, ‘Yes, my father and I used to watch you when he was going

through his cancer treatments. It was the only thing that brought him joy.’ “

Asking for Mochrie’s signature on his favorite sweater was the young man’s way of memorializing his father, who did not survive the bout with cancer. It was a way to remember the happy moments in permanent ink.

“Comedy is an essential service,” according to Mochrie. “It’s not always being goofy. There are times when it means a lot to people.”

If Colin Mochrie hopes for any lasting legacy, it would reflect that memory. “I hope people watching the show understand how all of us set aside our fears to work together for a common good. The first rule of improv—to say yes to the moments—is also a great rule for life.”

The Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox is located at 1001 W. Sprague Avenue in Spokane. For ticket information, dial (509) 624-1200.


Sleds and Snow Goons: A Snow Day at Manito Park

One of my favorite comic series has always been Calvin and Hobbs by Bill Watterson. Growing up in California with snowless winters made strips like Calvin’s encounter with a “deranged mutant killer monster snow goon” especially magical.

Each winter, a craving for snow would be dashed as soon as I raised my head from my comic book and remembered that if I wanted to see snow goons, I’d have to move.

When a recent snowstorm dumped 8 and a half inches of snow on Spokane, the schools closed. So my husband and I bundled up our children, dug out our cars, and headed to the perfect place so spend a snow day-- Manito Park.

Established in 1904, Manito Park is 78 acres of cultivated landscape with an additional 20 acres of botanical gardens.


In the spring and summer, flowers of every color, size, and fragrance are nurtured for the enjoyment of park goers. But in winter, after freshly fallen snow clings to the towering trees and paints the hillsides white, Manito is transformed into a winter wonderland.

When my parents visited last year, I got my dad on a sled for the first time in nearly 30 years. He rode solo with my daughter down one of the most popular of hills in the park. It runs parallel to Grand Blvd. and provides entertainment for the sledders and the cars driving by.

Dad wore the snow boots I bought from Goodwill (I convinced him that his Vans were not going to work). He even wore a knitted red and white beanie that

my grandma made for him as a kid. It made it easy to keep track of him as he tumbled, then quickly climbed back up the hill for his next run.

During the recent snowstorm, we went sledding again, without hitting a single tree, though they seemed to jump in our way as the bumpy ground caused unexpected turns. Even pushing our daughter up a smaller hill (which proved surprisingly slippery) made us smile and laugh as we rolled back down.

When we finished sledding, we topped off our venture by constructing a ferocious, two-headed snow goon Calvin would have loved. My husband and daughter worked to build the base, abdomen, and heads while my son and I

sourced acorns for eyes, twigs for teeth, and fallen branches for its nose, arms, and antennae.

We didn’t see the goon move as we trudged, wet and cold back to our car. But who knows what he did when the night fell and the moonlight awoke the magic that lives beneath fresh fallen snow. Either way, it was a special day. And I got to share my childhood favorite when we got home, snuggled our stuffed tigers and read Calvin and Hobbes together.

If you would like to learn more about Manito Park and its year-round attractions, you can find information at My.SpokaneCity.org.


These Are Tough Times for Kids

These are tough times for kids; maybe tougher than usual. Covid took a toll. Most of us didn't have to look too hard to find a kid feeling crushed by isolation. Recent statistics focused on kids' mental health tell us there is an increase in depression and anxiety leading sometimes to self-harm in kids of all ages, but particularly with teenagers.

Add to the pandemic, the pressure created by mandatory testing, the clash often occurring between parents and educators about what education is supposed to be, the rancor between political points of view that seem to make young futures uncertain, the thought that that loud noise in the hall is announcing the next school shooter... and so on, as Vonnegut would say.

Sometimes the best way to see how a thing works, is to look at it broken. My decade teaching in, and then directing a k-12 alternative in Oakland, California followed by a long stretch working as a therapist, primarily with families involved in "the system" gave me some perspectives - most of them come by the hard waythat might be helpful navigating through this time.

This one comes from Avery, a second

grader at the alternative school, 1975. He's in my office having been sent by his teacher for hitting one of his classmates on the playground; reason, in dispute. One condition for returning outside for the remainder of recess is an apology to the victim. After refusing twice, Avery realizes recess is about to end and he needs to get back for the tail end.

"Okay, okay! I'll give him a apologize, but it's gonna be a big fat lie!" Dang! When I was a kid I certainly met my quota of forced apologies, and have been forcing students in my charge to tell big fat lies, since as far back as my coaching days. From then on it was, "If you're sorry, you need to let him/ her know that. Under any circumstances, that behavior will result in an indefinite period during which your time here at school will be no fun."

Here's one from a slew of parents, step-parents, paramours. "Yeah, I hit him, but there's one thing I refuse to tolerate, and that's a liar. Nothin' I hate more than

liars. You let a kid get away with lyin' what do you think they're gonna turn into?" An adult.

Look, if I'm a kid who's afraid of you, or if I'd do anything to keep from disappointing you, or if I think you are too vulnerable to hear what I think, I'm gonna lie. The more you give me a bad reaction when you catch me lying, the better I'll get at not getting caught; in other words, the better liar I will become. So, as a parent, if I'm worried about my child's relationship with the truth, my job is to discover why she feels she can't tell it.

If I can find that reason and remove it, I have a lot more emotional power to get agreements about truthtelling that my kid will buy into. That's not to say I'll believe everything he says, and when evidence is stacked against him, I'll immediately point it out. Point is, any conflict is better worked out, in the open. And by the way...I lie too. So do you.

"Do as I say and not as I do," is bogus.

"Do you want me to give you something to cry about?" When I heard that as a kid my response was, No, I already have something to cry about. John (my brother) doesn’t have anything

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Chris Crutcher is an award-winning novelist with HarperCollins and worked as a child and family therapist in Spokane for more than 30 years. He ran an alternative school in Oakland, California before he settled in Spokane and continues to consult with the Spokane Child Protection Team as a mental health expert.

to cry about.  Give it to him. The reason that's in italics and not quotes is, I was way smart enough not to say it.

I learned early in my career as a therapist to allow the word "perfect" to be used once in my office by any given client, so I could tell them not to use it anymore. I heard it most often by a parent involved with Child Protective Services. "Maybe I'm not a perfect parent..." Perfect is the only word I'm aware of in the English language, that's used to define what can't be. It's normally followed by "Nobody's..." "I can't be..." "It's not..."

Even in the Christian Bible, there's just this one guy and if we're paying attention, we learn that He is and we're not. There is no point in working toward perfection; we're talking about competent management. A "perfectionist" is a person who always feels a little like a loser because she's given herself a title which she's already agreed she can't wear. Another

good term for "perfectionist" is "anxious control freak."

We are a trial-and-error species that refuses to celebrate that which teaches us; our errors. We call them mistakes. We call them sins. We're forever telling our kids we don't want them to make the mistakes we made. They were never going to; they are going to make the mistakes they make, and as much as we'd like them to, they very likely didn't listen to our warnings. Our warnings are boring, and most of the time hard to picture. But when they err in the try, that's the time when we can sit with them and explore what might be learned.

It's a different world out there from what most of us grew up in. The last pandemic was over a hundred years ago. Though we all experienced divisiveness, divisiveness these days is on steroids. The people who experienced that are mostly all gone.

I'm old enough to have been forced to get under my desk to avoid catastrophic harm in the event of an atomic attack. Never happened. Our kids, all the way down to kindergarten, are crawling into dark corners to avoid the very real prospect of a school shooter. Has happened. Again and again. Teenagers are facing daunting higher education costs with diminished hope of finding the job they want.

It's trial and error, as I said, but I believe our best hope lies in telling as much truth, and getting as much truth back, as is possible. As adults we can give ourselves the best chance by creating a safe place for that. All of us, adults and kids alike, want to feel empowered; feel like we have influence over what happens to us next. The more truth we know, the more influence we have.

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Chris Crutcher with banned books

If love is in the air, weddings may soon follow. But what kind of weddings could they be?

Any kind you like! The old “rules” have fallen into the dust bin, replaced by new trends and possibilities. So set aside your grandmother’s warnings and consider these 2023 wedding trends. Host a wedding in sync with today-and worth remembering tomorrow.

Say I DO to 2023

Wedding Trends

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Rally Round the Engagement Ring

Some experts recommend spending two-month’s salary on an engagement ring, but Elizabeth Barnard at the has a different point of view.

“The modern couple is more pragmatic about spending—choosing a budget that makes sense for their own situation. Ultimately, it’s the sentiment behind the ring that reigns supreme, not the dollar amount spent,” she says. “And it’s our pleasure to help meet their desires.”

Barnard is still diamond friendly, “because diamonds are strong and durable.” But selecting a diamond does not mean you won’t find something distinct. “Our brides often ask for fancy shapes,” she says. Whether it’s a graceful oval, a radiant cut or a marquise, there are choices that will look unique.

“And those solitaires, those clean and classic looks, remain popular,” Barnard says. “All eyes are always on that beautiful gem.”

Another trend Barnard has noticed is the engagement ring with a colored gemstone. But she urges caution when picking the stone.

“Emeralds and opals have been popular with many online venues,” she says, “but we try to educate our clients on durability for daily wear.” Emeralds and opals are softer stones. They can suffer damage more easily. So Barnard offers a lovely alternative.

“Sapphires offer every color in the rainbow while still being able to withstand daily wear-and-tear. That said, as long a couple is fully aware of what to expect, we’re happy to help them design their perfect statement ring.”

Another trend is the custom design ring, and Jewelry Design Center is known for their creative team. “It’s something we have done for decades—helping a couple create a ring as unique as their relationship,” she says. “Whether it’s incorporating a floral element, or selecting colored diamond accents, we are ready to take that extra time, from sketch to reality, to create that one-of-a-kind heirloom.”

Men Trends and Keepsakes

According to Sean Tracy at Tracy Jewelers, diamonds aren’t the only stars of a 2023 wedding. A handsome array of specialty design wedding bands for men are also on the horizon.

“It used to be you had just the gold band, like your grandfather had,” Tracy explains. But today’s jeweler offers fresh choices. Take Tracy’s working man wedding bands, for example. “We have rings created for the blue-collar groom, like our concrete ring. They are crafted in gold or titanium but the finish looks like poured concrete. We have a brick layers style, too.”

If the groom is concerned about damaging his cherished wedding band at a more rugged job, Tracy has a solution. “We offer a cobalt ring to wear at work. It protects their nicer ring from damage.” Wear one on the job, the other when you’re out of the fray.

A trend Tracy sees for the lucky bride is a growing set of stackable rings. The engagement and wedding rings are joined on their wedding day. But as the groom celebrates new holidays and anniversaries, he can add to the stack. Valentine’s Day? Add a ring to your bride’s finger. Anniversary? Add another. The new rings can even be worn on other fingers, but the love behind the gift still shines.

One last—and lasting trend Tracy sees for 2023 is the jewelry keepsake for members of the wedding party. “One bride gave her bridesmaids a sterling silver bracelet with a blue topaz, her birthstone on it. Another chose simple rings set with pearls for her girls.

Grooms often give their groom’s men money clips, complete with the date of the wedding thoughtfully engraved on it.

A trend Tracy Jewelers might like to see launched would be jewelry gifts for the mothers-of-the-bride and groom. What better way to enter a new family than with a gift that says, “I’m lucky to join.”

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Crowd Gathering

Some wedding parties are shrinking in the modern age, but you’ll still need invitations. Troy Bise at Minuteman Press in Spokane Valley says the newest trends in invitations are the old trends.

“Everyone wants something unique, something that is purely their own,” Bise says. “And that’s the benefit of going to a custom printer. We can do anything. Think of Christmas cards, how many different kinds there are. Anything you can do on a Christmas card we can do on a wedding invitation.”

Dozens of paper textures are available. Dozens of colors, weights, shapes and sizes. Embossed invitations, foil invitations, the possibilities are virtually endless, according to Bise.

But don’t wait until the last minute. Covid supply issues have not impacted Minuteman Press, but delays are always possible in printing. Plan on ordering your invitations at least four months before the date of your wedding.

“That way you won’t have to cut corners. You’ll have time to design your invitation and make it just what you want it to be. You’ll have time to approve proofs and even get the invitations mailed on time.”

The best part? Bise says his team can even save you money. And when it comes to planning a 2023 wedding, saving money is ideal.

Dress the Part

Cassie Cleary at Honest in Ivory Bridal on Sprague is poised to help every bride and her bridesmaids keep up with the trends of 2023. And the biggest trend she’s predicting is twist on traditional lace. “We are seeing ultra clean and simple gowns with distinctive lace patterns,” she says. Some lace reveals soft colors underneath.

If you’re not sure you want a veil, Cleary says, “Consider using a tulle bow instead.” If you’re set on a veil, Cleary’s next tip will carry well into 2023.

Have the delicate veil fabric embossed with a modern tribute to your special day. It could be the names of the bride and groom, or the date of your nuptials. Anything that will help you remember the joy of the day is possible. And because the embroidery machines are computerized, you won’t have to worry about the safety of your veil.

In a post-Covid era, Cleary says shopping for a gown has been simplified. Instead of filling the fitting room with friends, 2023 brides are making it more personal. “The groups are smaller and smaller,” she says. “Perhaps the bride, a sister and a mom.”

Inviting only trusted companions offers the bride more support and less criticism.

Flower printed wedding gowns are a 2023 trend, but Cleary says most brides pass when it comes to a purchase. “Our brides have seen them in the magazines,” she says. “They love trying them on, but they usually buy a more traditional gown with a modern flair.”

If your budget is healthy the 2022 trend of buying a second dress for the reception is still popular. But Cleary says those reception dresses are leaning toward a more formal look—a departure from last year’s casual slant.

If shopping for a dress is a more intimate event in 2023, the same can’t be said for the wedding party. Cleary says the average number of bridesmaids is six, as it has been for years. But many of those bridesmaids are wearing brighter colors in 2023. “I’m seeing a lot of burnt orange, burgundy and a mustard color called ‘Sunrise.’

The price of gowns remains a high-ticket purchase between $1000 and $4500. If you buy your gown tomorrow, it won’t be ready for four to six months. If you need it more quickly—or a little less expensive—Cleary says their sister store, Dearly Consignment Bridal (upstairs) has off-the-rack options you can take home the day you shop at a budget price—roughly $700 to $3000.

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Location, Location, Location

Where to host your wedding and reception can be a weighty consideration. But Blake Crossley, the owner of LaRae’s on Second is poised to answer the call. In fact, his business was founded on an amazing new trend. Once you choose, LaRae’s, your wedding planning gets easier.

When Crossley launched his company, he took a leap of faith. “I wanted to do something different,” he says. LaRae’s on Second offered two choices. They could rent you the space, and let you handle the rest of the planning on your own. Or you could sign up for an all-inclusive option.

“Just get your dress and flowers, and we’ll take care of everything else,” Crossley explains. During his first year of business, he booked fifteen weddings. Thirteen were all-inclusive LaRae’s on Second has dialed up into another 2023 trend--smaller gatherings. “We specialize in intimate weddings of 90 or less,” he says.

They also incorporate visual trends to elevate your wedding. “We have 360 degree views of the whole city of Spokane,” Crossley said, “and rooftop access for sunset bridal photography.”

The introduction of lush greenery is another 2023 trend, according to Crossley. “We have a new chandelier with hanging ivy woven through the fixture.” And more is coming. He credits deep ties with an East coast partner with staying ahead of the curve.

“We’re always adding things,” he says. “We’re always thinking ahead.”

Go Outside the Box

If you’re thinking outside the ballroom box, you’re lined up with another 2023 trend. And John Sessions at the Historic Flight Foundation has a soaring option. He offers the Historic Flight hanger and tarmac –25,000 square feet of unique space within the Felts Field Historic District of Spokane.

Imagine your guests mingling among museum quality vintage aircraft as they wait to be seated. Imagine dancing under a starry night on the open tarmac. Imagine the wedding pictures you’ll have in such a distinctive setting?

“We also have a 2,000 square foot mezzanine that overlooks the planes and the wedding party,” Sessions says. Legally approved for up to 600 guests, Historic Flight is open to gatherings large and small.

If you’re concerned the hanger will be too cold in frostier months, don’t be. According to Sessions, the venue is, “insulated to R31 standards which means even when it’s below freezing, we can maintain a temperature of about 61 degrees.”

Another trend for 2023 is dressing at the wedding venue, and Historic Flight has that covered. “We have a conference room and a library upstairs,” Sessions says. “There is plenty of room to prepare.”

Theme weddings are another 2023 trend, and travel fans can take advantage of this venue’s aviation backdrop. “One bride had a travel theme, so when guests checked in at Historic Flight, they received retro Pan Am boarding passes, circa 1937. The bride even decorated with vintage suitcases.”

Another bride paid tribute to her dearly departed father, who had been a fan of private planes. “She flew with him as a small child,” Sessions explained, “so we provided a Cessna 182, the plane they flew in.” The large walls of Historic Flight even allowed the bride to project home movies of her father, so he’d truly be with her on her big day.

Modern couples have modern dreams, and Historic Flight is ready to assist.


Feeding the Masses

Most modern weddings are catered to heighten the celebration with delicious food. But how you cater is full of options, according to Kellie Rae at Delectables Catering.

“I see a lot of my brides looking to do the station concept. For example, they can choose an Italian station which is chef attended and prepared in from of the guests,” she says. “They choose their noodle, their sauce and their toppings. Or they can choose the mashed potato station which is served in a martini glass with assorted toppings.”

Full meals are still an option, but they’re no longer required in 2023. “We have so many different options, I usually create each couple’s menu to be exactly what they would like,” she says.

Some couples hope to cut costs by catering the wedding on their own. But Rae warns against it. “The last thing you want is to stress out on the day of your wedding, worrying about food. Having family help with food is also difficult. They don’t get to enjoy your special day.”

Beyond the food, catering handles the manual labor. “We’re in charge of setting up tables, renting china, setting up, refilling food and beverages, even managing your bar,” Rae says. “These are things you don’t want to have to worry about on your wedding day.”

Remember, Rae says, to book your caterer in advance, “the sooner the better,” she says. “Most venues have exclusive relationships with preferred caterers, so when you choose your venue, you might book your caterer, too.”

If you book in a timely fashion, you’ll also have time for a delicious duty. “You’ll have time to schedule a tasting,” she says, “to choose the food you’ll really like.”

If there is leftover food, a good caterer doesn’t let it go to waste. “It’s usually donated to the charity of your choice,” Rae explains. “For example, one bride asked that her leftovers be donated to the Ronald McDonald house.” No charity in mine? “Have the food boxed up for your family to take home after the wedding,” Rae says.

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Freshen Up, as Needed

If you’re not sure you’re looking your best, another 2023 trend can help build confidence. According to Dr. Jordan P. Sand, M.D., F.A.C.S. at Sand Plastic Surgery, help is just an appointment away.

“We love to help brides prepare for their special day,” he says, “and Botox is a wonderful treatment to give them an effortless, weddingday glow.”

Beyond Botox, Dr. Sand suggests a few other bridal perks. “Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments can brighten the skin. Filler can rehydrate the lips and add volume for the perfect first kiss as husband and wife,” he says.

If you’re not sure what you need to upgrade your beauty profile, Dr. Sand has the solution. “Come in for a consultation. That way we can tailor treatments to each, beautiful bride.”

Seeking help from a certified plastic surgeon popular, year after year. “Every season brings new brides searching for ways to look their best on their wedding days,” he says. But schedule your consultation sooner, not later.

“Give yourself ample time to reap all of the benefits we can offer.”

Gamble on This

If you’re feeling lucky, a wedding at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino in Airway Heights might be the perfect place to celebrate.

Northern Quest can host your bridal shower and your rehearsal dinner. And their casino is a great place to say goodbye to the single life with bachelor and bachelorette parties.

With a second hotel tower opening in May of 2023, there are plenty of luxury resort rooms to house your out-of-town guests. La Rive Spa can offer your bridal party tender loving care just prior to the wedding.

With five different places to host your ceremony and reception—three indoor and two outdoor—Northern Quest can help with a wedding with 15 guests or a gathering of hundreds. They’ll also take care of all the set-up, so you can step into your dream wedding without lifting a finger.

On-site catering simplifies your planning at Northern Quest. Sit down with their award-winning culinary team, and together you’ll select the menu that is perfect for your unique point of view.

Once the wedding of your dreams is behind you, consider Northern Quest’s Romance Package for your first night as a married couple. Not only will your sleep in a lovely guest room, you’ll find it equipped with a dozen roses, a bottle of wine, two commemorative wine glasses and the taste of Masselow’s custom truffles, designed by Northern Quest’s legendary Chef Kristina.


Charley’s Catering Company

For 43 years, Shirley Williams and her husband Jack made it easy for Spokanites to feel safe and welcome at Charley’s Grill & Spirits on North Monroe. When Jack, passed away, Shirley closed the bar and expanded her catering service.

After 46 years of service, Charley’s Catering Company has learned to evolve to meet the latest trends in weddings, especially when it comes to specialty themes.

For a guest list of 50 or more, Williams offers ten lively theme options from Mediterranean to 70s Disco to NASCAR to Mardi Gras and beyond. Both décor and menu items reflect each distinctive theme. That’s’ not the only trend on the wedding horizon. “I think mid-morning weddings are going to be a trend,” Williams says, “with the reception being a brunch affair.”

Smaller guest lists are another focus for 2023. “Weddings are expensive,” she says, “but keeping the guest list smaller allows the bride to cut expenses and organize the wedding of her dreams.”

Williams has a few more suggestions for 2023 bridal parties. “Hire a team of experienced professionals, listen to the advice they give you, trust them to do their jobs while you enjoy the wedding,” she says.

As for those formal wedding photos, take them BEFORE the ceremony, not after. “The guests do not like waiting for the bride and the groom,” she says, so make it a first look photo shoot to dodge those awkward moments.

Pop Culture Ringing

Looking for something truly distinctive when it comes to wedding bands? Lean into pop culture. Jen Hansens, The Ring Maker (jenshansen.com) offers elvish wedding bands inspired by the Lord of the Rings franchise for between $409.00 and $1290.00 per ring. Pokeman wedding bands are available at Van Sweden Jewelers (vanswedenjewelers.com) for $250.00 each. Want something new? From Harry Potter to Star Wars to the Dark Crystal, online designer Custom Made (https://www.custommade. com/geeky-rings/) is ready to help you create the rings lurking in your imagination.


Blooming Beauty

What is a wedding without flowers? It’s not nearly as sweet. But a trend toward DIY is risky. According to Sabrina Bosch, the owner of A Town & Country Floral in Cheney, skimping on the flowers could be a recipe for disaster.

Websites that that encourage bridal parties to make their own arrangements can be misleading. Professionals spend years perfecting their skills. They make it look easy, but it’s not. Bosch had one client who tackled the challenge and lived to regret it. “They had to work so hard, they didn’t get to enjoy the wedding,” she says.

Hire a professional and take the guesswork out of your wedding flower outcome.

To take the sting out of the floral budget, Bosch has a great trend for 2023. “A lot of brides like the package deals,” she says. One deal called the “Elopement package” offers just the bride’s bouquet and the groom’s boutonniere at a very affordable price point.

Bosch offers package deals for every budget—another rend for 2023.

The color pink is back for2023 wedding arrangements, as are loosely structured bouquets sometimes called “wildflower” arrangements. And if you’ve seen a trend you’d like to follow, bring a picture to the florist. “I’ll make it happen,” Bosch says.

“One bride said no roses, so I did that for her. Anything goes. You’ve been dreaming of your wedding day since you were a little girl,” she says, “So let’s make it happen.”

Looking for loving trend that will last long after the wedding? Bosch offers a floral subscription. Sign up, and your bride will receive flowers once a month for a year. That’s a great way to start your life together. Flowers say “I love you” in an especially fragrant way.

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When Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine approached the following businesses,..we had in mind the people and businesses we first thought of when considering an industry. These are companies that are not only successful in the traditional sense, but also leaders in the way they chose to conduct business. Across the board, there is an emphasis on people-forward business practices. Many of these companies desire to be a force for good in our community by providing jobs and creating partnerships with other businesses.

We hope these leaders can provide a blueprint of how businesses should be run: with integrity, passion, innovation, and bravery.



Baker Construction was founded in 1951 by John and Vera Baker as a real estate and insurance company in Saskatchewan. The agricultural boom brought the company to Wenatchee as they expanded services and began building agricultural storage facilities. Once Baker started building, it never stopped. In the early 70s, John and Vera moved the company to Spokane and became “Baker Steel,” putting it on the map as one of the area’s finest steel construction firms.

Though the business has stayed within the family, it has continued to evolve. Now on its third generation, the company is led by Barry Baker, President and CEO, and is taking on all kinds of projects, including one that could signal a greener Spokane— Tesla Service Center, which will make it miles easier to own a Tesla in the Inland Northwest. And he’s not the only Baker involved—Brooke Baker Spink serves as the company’s Chief Development Officer and has been with the company since 2013. The Executive Leadership team expands from Barry and Brooke to also include Randy Cameron Chief Operating Officer, Reed Caudle Sr. VP Business Development, Don Savage Chief Financial Officer, Brian Valliant Sr. VP Construction Services and Lucas Holmquist VP Construction Services. With a diverse and experienced leadership team, the future continues to be bright

for the company that anticipates completing about $100,000,000 of in place construction revenue this year.

Baker has recently completed quite a few multi-family and mixed use projects, including two large projects that are about to wrap up in the Kendall Yards area, in collaboration with developer Greenstone.

“We follow what the market needs, and right now, there is a large need for housing,” says Stevie Sloan, digital marketing director. “This past year, we’ve further dipped our toes in the multi-family and senior care market, and we’re just we’re noticing that a lot more developers are interested in it. We’re fortunate that in the commercial construction world, our industry experience is extremely vast so we can continue to help many throughout the 12 Western states we are licensed to build in!”

Still, with all the new, exciting projects on the horizon, Baker Construction remains steadfast to their core values and how they do business.

“We do business the old-fashioned way: with honesty, integrity, trust, caring, respect, and a healthy sense of humor,” Stevie says. “Baker is growing, but we like to stay true to our values. Handshake way of life is how Baker likes to operate. We’re true to our word, and we’re going to take amazing care of you!”

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Baker Construction & Development, Inc. 509.535.3668 | bakerconstruct.com | 2711 E. Sprague Ave. BAKER CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT, INC.

Brad Markquart, Complete Suite Furniture president, worked for a furniture company in Seattle for six years. While he was there, he was able to absorb the formula for success in the furniture business. When it was time to send his kids to school, he and his wife decided to move to Spokane, and try opening their own shop. On July 3, 1998, Brad opened the first Complete Suite location on East Sprague.

“I implemented what I learned over here, and that's what has helped me survive all these years,” Brad says.

Every morning, Brad wheeled furniture outside, under the overhang of his building, so people could see that he was open and selling. He recently hurt his hand, and while being seen by a nurse, she asked what he did for a living.

“I said, ‘I’m in the furniture business,’” Brad says, laughing. “And she said, ‘You remember that guy out on Sprague who used to put the furniture out every day?’”

Brad is proud to be that guy, a member of his community. What started with one store grew over time, and now Complete Suite is a fleet of seven stores. The smallest showroom is ten thousand square feet, and the largest is thirty-five thousand square feet.

“I think I kind of created a monster,” Brad jokes. “I was just in the store, and I was going around and there's not one ugly piece of furniture in here. That’s hard to do.”

Brad oversees the purchasing for all of his stores, and he says he is grateful for the support of the community.

“I am so thankful for the community in Eastern Washington, from Lewiston, to our North Spokane store, that everybody has supported our business,” Brad says. “We, in turn, do the same. We buy everything from local small business. I buy from the people who buy from me.”

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Chris Bell is repeat Co-Star Power Broker, nationally recognized as a top producing broker in the region. He is also a multiple time top producing broker at NAI Black. But the deals he brokered didn’t happen overnight.

In 2005, Chris Bell packed everything into a U-Haul on the back of his Toyota 4Runner to Spokane to work in commercial real estate, lured by the combination of opportunity and quality of life. As a twenty-five-year-old diving in, there was a learning curve, but Chris, a managing broker at NAI Black, thrives in an environment where everything depends on the work he puts in.

“I work really hard to do a good job for my clients, and to earn their trust and to earn repeat business,” Chris says. “It’s about results. Being in commercial real estate, we are economic development. That’s what we do.”

Chances are, you’ve walked into myriad buildings Chris has negotiated throughout the years. In 2019, he was named a top fifty top producing broker by NAI Global. Recently, Chris was part of the brokerage team that brought Tavolata to the renovated Old City Hall building, as well as the brand-new Chick-fil-A

in North Spokane.

Chris worked on a land deal that will ultimately change the landscape of the area—the sale of 132 acres in Airway Heights, next to the Amazon facility. This was purchased by developer Harlan Douglass, which will become the Douglass Legacy Park, an industrial park with over 1.5 million square feet of rentable space that can be customized to warehouse, manufacturing, nautical, high-tech, aerospace, or other uses. Another regionshifting project Chris is working on is a 300-acre master planned community in the Rathdrum Prairie.

Chris is a board member for Wheatland Bank, Providence Community Foundation, past President of the Spokane Club, and many more. Through his membership in the Spokane Angel Alliance, he’s invested in several innovative local startups, such as Spiceology and S2Media.

Chris has a passion and vision for Spokane as a family man. He’s married to former ‘Good Day on Fox’ TV anchor, Kjerstin Bell, and the two love to spend time with their five-year-old son, and Pudelpointer, Teela.

Chris Bell, esq., SIOR with NAI Black cbell@naiblack.com | naiblack.com |801 W. Riverside, Ste. 300, Spokane

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Thomas Suwanmaneedang is the General Manager of Bulldog Rooter, taking over and leading the operations of the business in January of 2019. The growth has been tremendous in the years since, with revenues up 350 percent and the little drain company that was, is now a prominent player in the Inland Northwest’s plumbing and drain service and repair arena.

Bulldog Rooter was founded by Butch Jumalon who started out of the backroom of his house, naming the business after his English Bulldog, Boxcar. Though he had moved to Spokane for a job in the aerospace industry, he had drain-cleaning experience from when he lived in Portland. After arriving, he saw the need for more companies to provide drain-cleaning services in our region, and as the father of five kids, he saw it as an opportunity for a much-needed side gig.

Bulldog Rooter's mission is to have its highly trained professionals provide cost-effective plumbing and drain services while never charging additional fees for overtime, evening, or holiday hours.

Business quickly grew and Butch found himself at a crossroads: There was only so much time in a day, and he needed to either pick his full-time job or go all in with Bulldog Rooter. He chose

the latter, and one of his first decisions was to hire a plumber. Over time, a drain-cleaning company that does plumbing transformed into a plumbing company that does drain cleaning.

Bulldog Rooters now has a fleet of twenty-four vehicles, thirtyfour employees, and operates out of a 20,000-square-foot facility in the Spokane Business Park. Bulldog Rooter has also now expanded its territory to North Idaho and has opened a second company NuFlow Trenchless that provides lining for sewer and drain lines when they can’t be excavated.

Thomas has known Butch for years; their children met in kindergarten and now are in college.

“Butch has always been trustworthy.. He puts his heart in front of his pocketbook," Thomas says. "He cares about his employees, cares about the customers, cares about the company. He's a man of honor; and more importantly a man of his word.

These qualities are reflected in Bulldog's vision to become the most trusted plumbing and drain company in the community, and through this success, find ways to give back. As a local, familyoriented company, Bulldog Rooter focuses its philanthropic efforts on deserving organizations in the Inland Northwest-such as Feed Spokane and the YMCA.

FACES 2023 of spokane THE FACE OF PLUMBING BULLDOG ROOTER Bulldog Rooter 509.535.3447 | bulldogrooter.com | 16124 E. Marietta Ave., St. 101, Spokane Valley


Early in his professional life, Andrew Campbell worked as a pharmacy tech, handing out pills to patients. Seeing people come back refill after refill, he knew there must be a more effective way than just prescribed drugs to help people dealing with physical pain. That's when he turned his attention to the field of massage therapy and proven techniques to help relieve pain, improve circulation, and promote relaxation.

Along with being an Idaho Licensed Massage Therapist, Andrew holds certifications from both the American Sports and Fitness Association (ASFA) as a Stretching Instructor, and from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Stretching and Flexibility Coach.

As a practitioner of Therapeutic Massage and Passive Stretching, Andrew uses these techniques in a slow, deliberate manner to release the body's tension and increase movement and peak flexibility.

“My typical clients are seeking relief from physical pain, often caused by stress and anxiety. Many of them work in office jobs where they sit for long periods of time working on the computer,

more often than not with poor posture,” Andrew says. “Even something as common as looking down at a mobile phone or playing games on a laptop can cause neck and shoulder issues to develop. All of this can lead to pain in the torso, neck, shoulders, and back, muscle tension, headaches and fatigue.”

Andrew also utilizes percussive therapy which applies rapid, repetitive pressure and vibration on specific pain points to prevent muscle tightness, improve range of motion, and speed recovery.

“Left untreated, pain can affect every part of our daily lives,” Andrew continues. “My greatest reward is the thank you I receive from people who tell me that because of my help they're able once again pick up their grandchildren, reach items on the top shelf in the kitchen, enjoy their favorite activities, and most importantly, get back to living life to its fullest 'pain free' potential.”

Located in Coeur d’ Alene, Andrew has two locations to serve patients: his family-operated salon, Wanderlust Salon & Massage, and the Coeur d’ Alene Massage School, of which he is a graduate, instructor and now operator with fellow LMT, Erika Beachler

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Andrew Campbell, LMT (208) 818-0245 | andrewcampbelllmt.com Wanderlust Salon & Massage, 1034 N 3rd Street, Ste 6, Coeur d' Alene Coeur d' Alene Massage School, 1625 N 4th Street, Ste 203, Coeur d' Alene


Long before “influencer” became the trend, Bonnie Quinn was positioning her clients as the leaders in the marketplace. Through strategic advertising campaigns with effective media plans, QUINN’s clients became the preferred names in the region. As a second-generation owner, Bonnie understands the importance of brand recognition for success and longevity of her clients as well as her own business, QUINN Advertising.

“Success starts with the right strategy,” Bonnie says. “We are driven by strategy but proven by its results. Our strategic process is both thorough and flexible, as to not hold back new opportunities to innovate.”

Bonnie purchased the agency in 2005 from her father Gerald Quinn Sr. Under her leadership, QUINN has earned the title of Best Advertising Agency in the Inland Northwest for over “10-Years in a Row” by Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living Magazine. Additionally, Bonnie has continually been named as one of three top local Businesswomen. Other business leadership awards include the Whatever Girls’ Empowering Women Awards, a faithbased organization committed to growing Christian leadership.

Prior to ownership at QUINN as an Account Supervisor, Bonnie spearheaded many extraordinary success stories. These campaigns range from restaurant, hotel, and auto dealership

chains in Seattle, Portland, Boise, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Dallas, Denver, Indianapolis, Columbus, Kalispell, Missoula, and Great Falls.

A graduate of the University of Washington with a BA in Business & Communications, Bonnie has served on many local boards and committees including the Spokane Advertising Federation, Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery, and is past-President of the Garland Business District where QUINN calls home. Currently, Bonnie serves as a board member for Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce and Mountain States Policy Center, a new organization committed to promoting good public policy based on free market solutions.

Aside from her personal achievements, Bonnie credits her team of strategists, creative thinkers, designers, marketers, and digital experts, who, guided by her inspiration, make QUINN's story one of vision, dedication, and promoting excellence in business.

“The bottom line is that the principles of advertising never really change, while methods of delivery are always changing,” Bonnie says. “Many advertising companies have come and gone while QUINN has stayed loyal to the principles that make our clients successful.”

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QUINN Advertising (509) 327-6688 x105 | quinn.agency | 727 W. Garland Ave QUINN ADVERTISING


Cabinets Plus was founded in 2015 in the garage of Alex Kulpin and Eugene Kuropatkin, contractors who saw a need for quality cabinets and countertops at affordable prices. It wasn't long before partner Art Artemov joined the business and word of this one-stop remodeling shop earned them the kind of business that today boasts a 5,500 square foot showroom and dedicated shops for cabinet work and countertop fabrication.

Cabinets Plus manages everything from A to Z whereas other shops subcontract much of the work, which can lead to miscommunication, missed details, and delays. Simple is the name of the game; rather than being custom built, the cabinets are designed by ProCraft, a leading kitchen and bath cabinet manufacturer, from furniture-grade birch, maple and hickory, and feature softclose drawers and 6-way adjustable soft-close door hinges. Countertops are available in granite and quartz from leading vendors including Bedrosians, Cosmos, Prizm stone, and Daltile. The team of craftsmen and designers at Cabinets Plus helps the client pick the perfect style, finish, and materials and then handles the templating, fabrication and installation using the most modern

equipment and tools.

If a project calls for new flooring, Cabinets Plus supplies those materials too.

“We keep the ball rolling from design to completion,” Art says.

Remodeling a kitchen or bath, even just the cabinets and countertops, can be a big job. Cabinets Plus knows the clock is ticking, and that's why they make every effort to finish each job as quickly as possible; often in as little as a few weeks!

Looking back from where Cabinets Plus began to where they are now, as one of the leading cabinet and countertop installers in the Inland Northwest with hundreds of happy (and often repeat) customers, Art says is,”Mind blowing.”

“It's amazing that we can do 20 to 25 cabinet installs a week,” he says.

“There's real satisfaction in seeing a project through to completion and giving the client a beautiful and functional addition to their kitchen or bath, and knowing that they got excellent quality, professional service and a great value.”

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Cabinets Plus 509-218-3349 | spokanecabinetsplus.com | 4630 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley CABINETS PLUS


Chantale and Jason Morgenstern have owned California Closets, with locations in Spokane Valley, Coeur d'Alene, and Boise, since 2013, but Jason's experience dates back to his job as a cabinet maker before serving as an Army Infantryman from 2005 to 2011.

Jason has family in Seattle, and so he left active duty to enlist in the National Guard and the couple chose to move to Coeur d'Alene. Jason became the California Closets general manager while Chantale was working in accounting at Coeur d'Alene Resort, and when the previous owner offered to sell the business, Chantale left her job with the casino and California Closets became a husband-and-wife team.

Chantale says the family dynamic extends to their employees. Jason is a third-generation carpenter and his passion has inspired their entire team to really respect the craft of designing and building the storage solutions that become the cornerstones of people’s homes.

When people hire California Closets, it often “begins” with one project.

"It might start with a closet or garage,” Chantale says. “But then it very swiftly moves to the rest of the home.”

At the end of the day, Chantale says one thing she enjoys most about the job is helping people improve an area of their life. She really enjoys taking on the more unique jobs such as a client who wanted to create a huge display for their action figures, and a family who displayed their ball gowns from charity events. She also has received numerous requests for hidden doors under staircases.

"The most common thing to hear is, 'I've been meaning to do this for years,'" Chantale says, adding that it's a huge relief to clients when they find out how quickly a job can be finished. And that it's backed by a limited lifetime warranty.

"We've got a big brand name, but we're a local, small, Veteran-owned, family-operated company," Chantale says. She adds that soon they'll be serving customers in southwestern Idaho with a new shop in Nampa and a showroom in Boise. “We've had lots of growth these past couple years and are truly thankful to our community.

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California Closets 509-926-3312 | Californiaclosets.com | 506 N. Sullivan Rd., Ste.D, Spokane Valley CALIFORNIA CLOSETS

Crafted Beauty is a modern beauty brand and medical spa founded by nurse injector Melissa Berg, also known as the Beauty Nurse, in 2019. After 15+ years in aesthetic medicine, Melissa's lifelong dream to provide everything she’s ever loved and hoped for in one space came to fruition as Crafted Beauty.

Spokane and Coeur d’Alene’s leading medspa, Crafted Beauty offers in-clinic treatments and at-home skin care, expertly crafted to improve your skin, confidence and life.

At the clinic located in the heart of downtown Spokane, Crafted Beauty providers promote skin health and inspire confidence with natural, beautiful results.

“I love helping people look like the best, most refreshed version of themselves—not trying to make them look like someone else,” says Melissa.

You can schedule a treatment, a relaxing facial, or a skin consultation and one of their experts—all knowledgeable in the science and art of beauty, will create a personalized treatment plan for you, your lifestyle, and your skin.

Crafted Beauty’s mission is to help craft the most beautiful version of you, using the safest and most effective practices throughout your personalized aesthetic journey.

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Crafted Beauty 509-443-3594 | craftedbeautyspokane.com | 510 W Riverside Ave Suite 100, Spokane CRAFTED BEAUTY


Stacey Miller was your average messy teenager, but when it was time to get organized, she had some expert help from her father Tony Leitch, a pioneer in transforming closets in the Inland Northwest. When he and his brother-in-law Bob Mower started The Closet Guys in 1994, they introduced customizable wire shelving to homeowners and builders.

Leitch's commitment to customers was to fulfill their every storage and organization need from kitchen pantries and bedroom closets to office file rooms. Stacey now continues that mission. The name may have changed — the sign now reads, Closets Northwest, but the quality products and service guarantee remain the same.

The designers at Closets Northwest offer custom solutions to fit every budget. They feature Rubbermaid brand systems constructed from professional-grade steel and 3/4" thick melamine with space-saving options, like full-extension drawer glides, and accessories including tie racks, shoe fences, and baskets. There are even solutions for the garage that combine sturdy rail or wallmounted systems with modular storage units.

“If something needs a place to go, we make it easy to put it where it needs to be,” Stacey says.

Closets Northwest is not a one size fits all solution. Every job is custom designed and fabricated to maximize the usability of the client's unique space and needs. That could be adding functionality to an overflowing pantry, converting an unused bedroom into the ultimate walk-in closet or creating an efficient home office or inspiring playroom.

“If there's clutter around you, then there's clutter in your head,” points out Senior Design Consultant, Heather Lukes.

“If you get organized, it's a lot easier to take a deep breath and deal with everything else that's going on around you,” she adds.

Making sense of the clutter is what Closets Northwest does best. They offer a free in-home consultation and estimate, and also sell kits for do-it-yourselfers.

“We have options to fit any budget that will achieve the same results,” Heather says. “Large closet or small, we treat them the same.”

“We love working with homeowners to give them a design that fits their individual needs,” Stacey says. “The real reward is helping people take control of their lives.”

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Closets Northwest 800-927-2818 | closets-nw.com | 3004 N. Sullivan Rd, Suite D CLOSETS NORTHWEST


Sonny Langdon has been a card holding member of the cannabis club since the late nineties when the herb became available to medical patients in Washington. When the state legalized cannabis for recreational purposes, Sonny's first thought was to follow his passion for growing, but instead he turned to the retail side where he could share his passion with the public.

“To be on the front lines, and one of the original people to help grow an industry that's never existed before was really appealing,” says Sonny, owner of Green Light, the Spokane Valley dispensary which opened its age-restricted door in the fall of 2014.

Green Light prides itself on great customer service and tenured, seasoned budtenders (aka cannabis experts). That and a wide selection of premium cannabis and hemp-derived products, including flower, edibles, vapes, prerolls, and CBD, have helped place the 1,100-square-foot dispensary among the leaders in sales in Spokane County.

“We try to work with vendors, many I know personally, whose products are pesticide free and as consistent as possible in quality,” Sonny says.

Sonny inspires that same dedication within his staff, all of whom partake, and have many times taken field trips to visit with vendors in-person, ensuring they are well-informed about

the products they sell.

“We have employees who've been with us since day one and are at the forefront of the industry,” Sonny says proudly. “We welcome questions. Our budtenders are highly knowledgeable and committed to helping customers find the right products that will work for them for their specific needs and budget.”

Sonny is honored to play a part in changing public perceptions towards cannabis. Where once it was thought of as being only smoked by degenerate teens and hippies, adults are learning of its reported ability to help with chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia and depression. Studies have even shown certain cannabinoids (naturally occurring compounds found in cannabis and hemp plants that elicit a variety of effects) has the potential to treat more serious health concerns, such as migraines, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, and glaucoma. Of course, if you just want to take the edge off and relax, cannabis can get you there too.

“It's cool to be able to dispel misconceptions about cannabis and work to change any negative stigmas that might have existed,” Sonny says. “Obviously, we sell products for adults who just want to enjoy themselves, but it's nice that we can also show people that cannabis can be a more natural way to deal with everyday issues that affect us all.”

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Green Light 509-309-3193 | greenlightspokane.com | 10309 E Trent Ave, Spokane Valley GREEN LIGHT

Chris Holliday may be taking over from his father Doc as the top man at Holliday Heating + Cooling, but one thing will never change –- the focus on integrity. This value ensures their customers are happy with the service they receive.

"I'm proud of our 'Fixed Right or it's FREE' guarantee," Chris states. "We are confident that we will be the only HVAC team you'll ever need."

Chris joined the family business after graduating from Eastern Washington University with a degree in engineering. He spent 10 years in the field, learning everything about the trade, before moving into a management role. That responsibility is something he doesn't take lightly.

"Taking over for my dad means I get to carry on the family tradition of taking care of our customers and our employees,” Chris says.


“From the customer point of view, I love seeing stress lifted when customers know we are there to fix their heating or air conditioning problem," he adds.

With over thirty years of experience, Holliday Heating + Cooling has the expert knowledge and dedicated staff to help customers with sales, service, and installation of the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system that is ideal for their home or business. Whether the goal is cleaner indoor air, upgrading to or adding a new system or maintenance on an existing air conditioner, Holliday Heating + Cooling is dedicated to providing quality service in a timely and professional manner.

That experience and commitment has earned them recognition as "Best Heating & Air Conditioning Company in the Inland Northwest" from Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living magazine, and a 4.9-star Google rating with more than 1,800 reviews.

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HOlLIDAY HEATING + COOLING 509-838-5717 | hollidayheating.com | 410 N Helena St, Spokane HOLLIDAY HEATING + COOLING


Jessica Blackwell has removed the barriers and impersonal approach of the traditional health care system to provide her patients with the highest quality of care. Her personalized approach to her patients, coupled with the unique perspective that her patients are like family to her, creates an atmosphere of compassion and partnership.

More than anything, Jessica believes in listening to her patients and taking their concerns seriously. “Most of the time, I find if I just listen and ask the right questions, the patient will tell me what is wrong. I have the education and experience, but the patient knows their body, and working together, we can conquer any problem.”

In a day and age where it is difficult to see your provider, Jessica offers same-day and next-day urgent care appointments, as she does her best to be available for her patients when they need her most. In order to provide this level of care, she plans to limit the number of patients she accepts into her practice to less than

¼ of the patients your average primary care provider takes care of.

With over 25 years of experience and her many specialty programs, Jessica is sure to address your specific needs, whether it be weight loss, cancer or heart disease prevention, or improved control of chronic illnesses. With 15 years of experience caring for cancer patients, she is the ideal provider for cancer survivors no matter where they are in their journey. Her unique type 2 diabetes remission program with one on one lifestyle coaching has allowed most of her type 2 diabetic patients to achieve remission or near remission of their diabetes.

Prescription recalibration is Jessica’s forte. She assists people in getting off medications that are causing side effects, weight gain, and working against their metabolism. She maximizes medications to assist with the reversal of chronic illnesses and, better yet, eliminates medications when at all possible. If there is a path away from prescriptions, she shows her patients the way.

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eVillageHealth serves patients in Washington and Idaho and bills most insurances. 509-960-6527 | evillagehealth.com


DR. JORDAN P. SAND, MD, FACS had the childhood dream of being a physician. His appreciation for art made the field of cosmetic surgery the ideal fit.

“Helping patients achieve their goals to look and feel their best is an honor,” Dr. Sand says. “I love what I do. It brings me joy to serve my patients and fulfill my lifelong ambition.”

Throughout his career, Dr. Sand has lived in multiple regions of the country: Seattle at University of Washington, St. Louis at Washington University, Boston at Harvard University, and most recently, Los Angeles as UCLA faculty. Upon completion of his education, he discovered a plastic surgeon selling his practice in Spokane. The stars aligned for Dr. Sand to relocate closer to home and bring his broad experience to the area.

Dr. Sand has recently embarked on developing a state-of-theart AAAHC Medicare-Certified Cosmetic Surgery Center and MediSpa in downtown Spokane.

"After battling COVID-related construction delays, our practice is excited to open our new location, which will be the most advanced cosmetic surgery center in the region,” Dr. Sand says. “Every inch of the building has been carefully crafted. We have created a space that is patient-centric and aesthetically sculpted. It

will allow us to provide care at the absolute highest level.”

Dr. Sand is also dedicated to improving medical education throughout the region. He serves as faculty with the UW School of Medicine and the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine at WSU. He recently started an accredited American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship program, where boardeligible surgeons obtain their capstone years of advanced surgical training. “Education has been an important part of my journey,” Dr. Sand says. “We are excited to help foster the next generation of surgeons in our field.”

Dr. Sand specializes in rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation. He is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of OtolaryngologyHead and Neck Surgery. He serves as an oral board examiner for these organizations, an honor reserved for leaders in the field.

"We distinguish ourselves by having spectacular results and unique double-board certified credentials," Dr. Sand says. “The future of plastic surgery is minimally invasive procedures that provide high impact results with minimal downtime. We are on the front edge of this movement and continue to incorporate the newest technologies."

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Mechanics Pride is more than just a name on a sign.

As the automotive repair industry leader in Spokane, Spokane Valley, and Coeur d’Alene area, winners of The Best of Spokane since 2009 in automotive repair, Mechanics Pride Tire and Automotive has been an innovator within the community. In 1989, Mike Federico Sr. started his small mechanic’s shop on the corner of 3rd and Monroe, with nothing but a rented space, a couple of lifts and a passion for getting things done. Three separate locations later, Mechanics Pride is serving vehicle owners who continue to count on them for a good reason.

“The key to our success is having honesty, integrity and respect for our customers . . we take great pride in that,” says Mike.

As a full-service independent repair shop, Mechanics Pride handles repairs big and small from oil changes, tire rotations and tune-ups to engine and transmission rebuilds. With locations Downtown, on South Hill and in Spokane Valley, Mechanics Pride has the ability to service most makes and models of vehicles in a timely and convenient manner –- no more playing Tetris with the cars to get them all onto one small lot. The techs

are all ASE Certified, most being Master Technicians, and they're so confident in their work that the business stands behind major work with a one-year, 12, 000-mile warranty.

As vehicles have become more advanced, Mechanics Pride has evolved too, staying up to date with the latest diagnostic equipment and technician training. They even work on the newest hybrid and electric vehicles because as Mike points out, no matter how high tech they may be, they still have brakes, suspensions, and “parts that go 'round and 'round.'”

Mechanics Pride is family owned and operated, with three out of Mike's four children working within the company in some fashion. Mike turns 65 in 2023, and while he plans to semi-retire, he'll always have grease on his hands. Mike Jr. and Sabrina strive to bring Mechanics Pride along with them as the next generation to what is quite quickly becoming an empire all in its own right.

"We couldn't have gotten to where we are today without the dedication of our staff and the loyalty of our customers,” Mike says. “It's a privilege to be able to serve our community and keep them safe on the road.

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Mechanics Pride Tire and Automotive mechanicspride.com | Downtown: 509-747-5371, 1126 W. 2nd Ave. Spokane Valley: 509-321-7243, 523 N. Pines Rd. Suite “E”, Spokane Valley South Hill: 509-534-0350, 2925 S. Mt. Vernon St. Spokane


Minuteman Press – Spokane Valley hung out their OPEN sign (which they no doubt printed themselves) in 2019. Operating with an experienced, professional, and friendly staff, including full time graphics experts, they assist businesses of all sizes with advertising, design, printing, direct mail, promotional items, signage, and so much more.

“We are one of the few places around where small businesses, organizations, and nonprofits can take care of all of their needs,” says owner Troy Base.

Business cards, flyers, brochures, promotional items like pens, calendars, and company-branded apparel and signage, Minuteman Press – Spokane Valley has the experience, know-how, and creativity to help businesses get their message across to their target customers. Those capabilities increased exponentially with the recent acquisition of Lancer Ltd., a long-standing commercial printing, filing systems, and promotional products company.

“Our capabilities in specialized items, laminating, dye sublimation, large format printing and vinyl printing will add additional capabilities for Lancer’s clients. Minuteman Press – Spokane Valley

clients will benefit from increased offset production capabilities, forms management, storage, and greater business forms and check printing expertise,” Troy says.

Adding a climate-controlled shop with large roll-up doors also benefits Minuteman Press – Spokane Valley's capacity to provide vinyl signs and vehicle wraps. When it's used for fleet vehicles, such as box trucks and vans, Troy says it's a 24/7 rolling billboard.

Dedication, commitment, and customer satisfaction. That's the company culture that has earned Minuteman Press – Spokane Valley all five-star reviews (100+) on Google, not to mention three Gold Awards (Best Printing, Best Trade Show Display, and Best Promotional Products Supplier) in Spokane CDA Living Magazine's 2022 B2B Awards.

“There is no greater satisfaction than delivering a finished product that helps our clients reach their goals and objectives and convey their individuality,” Troy says. “Every day we take ownership of our customers' projects from concept to completion. It's an exciting and rewarding process.”

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Minuteman Press - Spokane Valley 509 344-4600 | spokanevalley-wa.minutemanpress.com | 10020 E Montgomery Dr, Spokane Valley MINUTEMAN PRESS - SPOKANE VALLEY


As the name would indicate, Mom's Custom Tattoo & Body Piercing is a family operation, with mother and daughter bringing unique strengths to the table. Beth Swilling, the mom in Mom's, has long been an artist who has applied her skills and passion to the ultimate, walking canvas: the human body. Her daughter, Shandra Swilling, leads the piercing and jewelry side of business. They didn't just want to poke holes in people, they wanted to do it safely and with a high degree of expertise and reliability.

Mom's Custom Tattoo & Body Piercing is a member of the Association of Professional Piercers, the only business in the Inland Northwest with those credentials. This means following the highest safety standards and offering only implant-grade, mirror-finish, American-made piercing jewelry.

"In the tattoo industry, piercing is seen as a side thing to make extra money, but we really invest in that side: in education of our piercers, in high-quality jewelry, in counter staff who are knowledgeable about jewelry," Shandra says.

Shandra was involved in the business long before she came on board as piercer and manager. When Shandra was a student

at Mead High School, she said to Beth, "Why don't you call it 'Mom's' because I tell everybody about my mom?"

Beth, the owner, is engrossed in the tattoo side, and she loves that it's a highly customizable, affordable art form. She also loves the conversations tattoos start.

"Tattoos walk around in the community, starting up conversations between folks. They may never learn each other's' names, but they will know about the art and know a little bit about each other," Beth says.

Voted one of the best in the Inland Northwest year after year, Mom's commitment to safety, quality, art, and design shines through. Mom's strives to elevate the tattoo and piercing experience. They've also added to their offerings with "Mom's Crystal Corner" where they sell crystals, tarot decks, and affirmation decks-"fun, witchy vibes," Shandra says.

Mom's is grateful for the Inland Northwest community and hopes to be your favorite tattoo and piercing studio for decades to come.

Shandra and Beth Swilling with Mom's Custom Tattoo & Body Piercing 509-426-4465 | Momstattoo.com Momsjewelry.com | IFB: @MOMSCUSTOMTATTOO INSTA: @MOMSOFSPOKANE Main Studio: 1226 W. Summit Parkway, Spokane North Annex: 429 E. Main Street. Chewelah


The legacy of Tracy Jewelers is the history of the Tracy family.

The business was founded in 1950 by watchmaker Patrick Tracy. In 1974, the company was purchased by his son Leo, then, in 1994, ownership changed to Patrick's daughter Maureen, a GIA Graduate Gemologist and AGS-Certified Gemologist Appraiser, whose integrity and love for design reflect her father’s foundations. Leo's son Sean, who recalls working with his grandfather sweeping the floors and learning the basics in jewelry repair as a teenager, purchased the company in 2016. Along with his technical training in jewelry restoration and design, he learned the family values of honesty, integrity and community involvement.

That generational evolution is something Sean has seen in customers as well. After a short meeting with one of their designers, Sean explained that people could see old jewelry trans-

formed into a new ring or even into earrings or a pendant.

"Lately, we have seen a surge of the old becoming new again, as younger people are taking family heirloom jewelry and creating new pieces from the stones,” Sean says. "Every day, I reflect on how blessed our family has been to be a part of so many family's histories.”

When asked what new trends he sees becoming more popular, Sean points to the trendy "stackable rings.

"These new, thinner rings come in hundreds of designs and prices. Once a woman starts collecting the stackable rings, her husband or kids know exactly what to get her for Valentine's Day, Christmas, birthday or anniversary!"

Tracy Jewelers is Spokane's only accredited American Gem Society (AGS) gem lab. Their showroom is located just off Sprague Avenue and Evergreen Road in the Spokane Valley.

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Tracy Jewelers 509-893-2929 | tracyjewelers.com | 106 N Evergreen Rd, Spokane Valley TRACY JEWELRY


Valente Chiropractic after a car accident when he was 16 years old. He had an instant rapport with Dr. Mike Valente, who not only helped him through his pain, but also became his mentor of sorts, encouraging him to follow a career path in chiropractic care. Both guys were athletes, and while Greg initially thought physical therapy was his calling, Mike's persistence paid off in convincing him how chiropractic could have a more immediate impact on relieving pain and restoring mobility.

“It's no nonsense. . . get patients in, get them adjusted, and get them feeling better,” says Dr. Greg, as his patients call him.

Dr. Greg joined Valente Chiropractic after graduating from Western States Chiropractic College in 2020. Little did he know then that his friend and colleague would unexpectedly pass away June 9, 2022, of sepsis caused by a staph infection of unknown origin. After more than two decades in practice, Mike had earned his place as a renowned figure in the chiropractic realm, a pillar in the local community, and savior to his many loyal patients.

“The biggest reward for me is seeing people smile when before they were in pain,” Mike had said more than once.

Mike preached the benefits of a “whole body” approach focussed on safe, effective spinal adjustment and manipulation techniques. No pills, no shots, no surgeries, no fancy equipment — just non-invasive and natural restorative healing. Dr. Greg now proudly carries on that legacy and commitment.

“Mike and I had the same desire to help people,” Dr. Greg says. “With my physical therapy background, I can see issues that will benefit from strengthening or stretching, and I show patients exercises that they can do at home. Little things like help make it so the patient's quality of life is improving and staying that way.”

And Dr. Greg's reward? That's something he shared with Mike as well (that and their lack of hair).

“Using my hands, within a few minutes I can have somebody who hobbled in, walking out normally,” he says. “It's a great feeling to know that you're able to help patients reach their health goals for a better quality of life.”

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Wendle Motors celebrates their 80th anniversary in 2023. It’s a legacy built on trust, respect, and ethical values for their employees, customers, and community.

Chud Wendle Sr. partnered with Wayne Stoddard and opened Stoddard-Wendle Motors at Second and Jefferson in 1943. Because of the war effort taking over car plants, the business focussed on parts and service. Wendle bought out Stoddard in 1958, and the name changed to Wendle Fordtown in 1962.

Wendle’s son, Chud R. “Dick” Wendle, joined the business in the 1960s, and his daughter Kristin entered into a management role after college in the 1990s. Kristin’s husband Shayne soon became part of the team, and now their children, Kolby Goff and Rylee Pulliam, as well as Rylee’s husband Mathew Pulliam make up the newest generation of the Wendle family.

“My parents and grandparents were very positive people and very hard workers and that has been an inspiration for everyone who is part of the Wendle Motors family,” says Kristin. “We like to have fun too. Buying a new vehicle is a major step in many people’s lives and we strive to make it an enjoyable experience whether it’s a first-time buyer or somebody who has been a loyal customer for years.”

“We always listen to our customers’ evolving needs and are

dedicated to extending our knowledge and support in every way possible,” Kristin adds.

Wendle also gives back to the community with donations and support to many local charities and non-profit organizations. The employees are proud to help towards that mission and many are inspired to volunteer their time outside of work to make a difference as well.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to run a business that has employed so many incredible people who are focused on providing great service and support to our community,” Kristin says. “It makes it all that more special to see the strong friendships among all of us that have been created along the way.”

“Ultimately, the reward for me is exactly what it was for my parents and grandparents,” she adds. “It’s happy customers, happy employees, happy community.”

Visit the Wendle showroom just north of the “Y” and you’ll find the newest Ford and Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs as well as a selection of quality pre-owned vehicles. The goal, says Kristin, is providing quality customer service every step of the way, from selling a vehicle to maintaining it.

“Exceeding customer expectations has always been our priority,” she says.

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The Wine House in Coeur d'Alene is truly a family effort, says co-owner Nicole Hammons, and when you visit, you're going to feel like you're part of the family.

After an extensive remodeling of the building, known as "The Hock Shop" for thirty years, Nicole and husband, Conor, opened the doors to the Wine House in early July 2020.

Conor is a Realtor, and the project began with purchasing the 1920s building, even though they weren't sure what they wanted to do with it. Then, an idea came to them while at a restaurant on vacation.

"It was just so easy and relaxed," Nicole says. "We had been wine tasting all day, but this place took pretentiousness out of it and made it fun and enjoyable. We were like, 'This is what we need.' There are so many great places to go out and eat and get wine, but we wanted a place where you could come off the lake, be in your flip flops, and feel comfortable."

The Wine Bar features wine by the glass or bottle, craft beer

and seltzers, flatbread pizza and appetizers. They also have a wine club, and igloos in the winter, as well as live music and yard games in the summer.

Since opening, they've been able to create new friendships and community.

"We've had so many people that live in our area who bike or walk or they bring their dogs, and they are really what makes Wine House thrive," Nicole says, adding that the friendly, knowledgeable staff also plays a big role in their success.

"They truly do make you feel like you're part of the team when you're there. They talk to you about your kids or your pets or work or whatever because they've seen you so many times and know you so well," Nicole says. "People return because they feel like they're part of the family that we've created."

"Our reward? I think just being able to see your dream actualized. We made this; we did this," Nicole says. "When I walk into the building, it's still amazing every time. "

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Celebrating Black History Month

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When the Carl Maxey Center (https://www. carlmaxeycenter. org/) opened in East Central Spokane, the city’s African American citizens may have known of Carl Maxey’s remarkable history. But it’s long past time for the whole of Spokane to celebrate his story.

Born in Tacoma in 1924, he was orphaned as a four-year-old and taken in by the Spokane Children’s Home, but

only briefly. When the home ceased to house black children, Maxey and one other black orphan, Milton Burns were surrendered to the Spokane County Juvenile Detention Center, and later to the Coeur d’Alene Mission of Sacred Heart Indian School in Desmet, Idaho.

Father Cornelius Byrne recognized Maxey’s natural athletic prowess and his sharp intellect and helped him land a full-ride boxing scholarship at Gonzaga Prep when he turned 15. Once his high

school academics were complete, Maxey joined the U.S. Army to fight in World War II.

Maxey hoped to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps, but was denied admission because he was black. Instead, he served in a medical battalion until 1946, when he returned to Spokane. Even as a veteran, Maxey was refused service in his hometown, so he decided to become a lawyer to fight against injustice.

After attending Gonzaga Law and

by KELLY MILNER HALLS Artwork by Reinaldo Gil Zambrano.


passing the bar exam in 1951, Maxey became the first black lawyer in Spokane. He fought for civil rights and Pacific Northwestern underdogs, including Eugene Breckenridge. With Maxey’s legal assistance, Breckenridge became Spokane School District’s first black teacher. Maxey also sued for the desegregation of Spokane businesses and fought against the redlining of housing available to black buyers.

President John F. Kennedy, Jr. recognized Maxey’s exceptional skillsets in

1963 and asked him to serve as the chair of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Maxey accepted, and later served in the same capacity under Nixon, Ford and Carter. He also lent his expertise to the Rev. Jesse Jackson during his 1988 run for the presidency.

Maxey’s two sons followed their father into the legal profession, and together, they opened the Maxey Law Office in Spokane in 1980.

When he died in July of 1997, his family and the community mourned his

Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life

passing and celebrated the good his hard work had done. “My road was a little tougher than the rest of them,” he once said, “because I had to educate a community to come to a black professional person.” But Maxey pushed past every barrier and became one of Spokane’s finest sons.

The Carl Maxey Center is a tribute to the man and a promise to tomorrow’s leaders. Follow in these footsteps, and you too could change the world.

Journalist Jim Kershner grew up in Denver, but landed in Spokane as a writer for the Spokesman Review in 1989. His local expertise made him well equipped to document the remarkable life of Carl Maxey in his book, Carl Maxey: A Fighting Life, published in 2008 by University of Washington Press. We caught up with Kershner to explore his path to the biography and this is what he had to say.

1.What led you to writing a book about Carl Maxey?  How did you learn of his extraordinary life?

I was interviewing Maxey for a story on a different subject, and he surprised me by saying he wanted to tell me the full story of his early life. Everybody in Spokane knew of Carl Maxey, but few knew about his childhood as an orphan. So I kept my recorder running, and listened to one of the most compelling life stories I had ever heard. This turned out to be the last interview Maxey gave before his suicide. Fortunately, I had kept the transcript of that recording.

2. What surprised you most about Maxey’s personal and professional journeys?

I suspected his road in life had been difficult, but I never knew just how difficult. He was an orphan in Spokane during the Great Depression — and, if that wasn’t tough enough, he was then kicked out of the orphanage because of the color of his

skin. The county housed him for a year at the Juvenile Detention Center, not because he had done anything wrong, but because they had nowhere else to put him. How does a person go from the leastpromising start possible, to having his bronze bust at the entrance to the Gonzaga Law School library?

I knew this had to be a great story, and it just kept getting better and better with every new bit of information I learned.

3. Have you learned anything since your book was published you’d like to add in an updated version?

The connection between sports concussions and later life brain issues did not emerge until after I had published the book. If I had known about it at the time, I would have explored the possibility that brain trauma had played a role in his suicide. He was an NCAA champion boxer, and he had taken many blows to the head.

Also, I later came across new information about his true parentage that I would like to use in a new edition.

4. What would be the ideal follow up book to this one for you?

I have subsequently written six more non-fiction books, but I am still looking for a narrative that is more dramatic than Carl Maxey’s. So far, nothing has come close.

For more about Jim Kershner, visit his website at https://www. jimkershner.us/


A Legacy of Storytelling: Lisa Fairbanks-Rossi

When Spokane mainstay Lisa FairbanksRossi was born in Walnut Creek, California, she was born into a family of storytellers—a family of warriors for the truth.

Rossi’s mother was very shy, but she stood up and marched for liberal causes. “She longed to hang out with the Black Panthers,” Rossi says. “She couldn’t do

that, but she did do all she could.”

Rossi’s father was her mother’s polaropposite—outgoing and fierce. “He was a renaissance man,” she says, a man who studied art and dreamed of a lively career in the radio business. “He did character voices and worked as a DJ. He also interviewed people like Jim Jones—he even gave the man money.”

Landing an interview with the preacher who got 900 followers to drink

poisoned grape drink in a mass suicide in Guyana could have secured his radio longevity in the San Francisco market. But he left the city by the bay for another radio job at KIDD in Monterey in 1971. Three years later, he was fired by a caustic new station manager.

As he searched for a second career in art, he landed a job installing private security systems. He also adventured with his little girl. “We went to the beach to play in


tidepools, climbed under the piers at Fisherman’s Wharf, and rode motorcycles,” she says. Always, she was learning from him—how to tell a story, how to chase a dream, how to dig in and hustle.

The family eventually moved to Missoula, Montana—her parents’ hometown where Rossi quickly took root. By the time she started high school, Rossi had an urgent need for experience. “I wrote for the high school newspaper, I was in student government, the Key Club, the Model United Nations and drama. I did it all,” she remembers.

When she ran for Senior Class President, her friends skipped the election assembly, convinced she was a shoe-in. At the last minute, a popular football player tossed his hat in the ring and won by six votes. “It’s okay though, Rossi says. He

never got married and he lost all of his hair.”

From 1987 to 1991, Rossi studied journalism at the University of Montana with a minor in Spanish. “I wanted to be a reporter in San Diego,” she says, where a bilingual skillset would come in hand. The Spanish never engaged, but the nose for news paid off.

When KHQ offered the 22-year-old graduate a job as the Weekend Assignment Editor, she moved to Spokane. One of her first stories was the eleven-day siege at Ruby Ridge in Boundary County, Idaho in 1992. U.S. Marshals tried to arrest white supremacist Randy Weaver. When he resisted, the shout-out left Weaver’s 14-year-old son Sammy, the Weaver family dog and a U.S. Marshal named William Francis Degan dead.

Rossi went on to work for the KHQproduced Fox 10:00 pm news. When her former boss left for a better television gig in Providence, Rhode Island, he encouraged Rossi to join him. She waffled, but eventually refused. She’d met a tall, dark handsome young man named Mike just two weeks earlier and it felt like the real deal.

When she explained why she couldn’t leave Spokane, her boss gave her the best advice of her life. “If you want the job, great. But this is just a job,” he said. “We may never have what you have (with Mike).”

Rossi married and continued to work in Spokane television. She enjoyed a vastly successful stint at KXLY as a promotions producer. But when she met Yolanda King, the daughter of Dr. Martin Luther

Lisa adventures with family in 1973
Lisa at Fox 10 Producer at Fox 10 Lisa with boyfriend Mike

King, Jr. she had an epiphany. Her work in television wasn’t the stuff of Edward R. Murrow. “It wasn’t my purpose,” she says.

A quote from writer Hunter S. Thompson hung on the production office wall. It said, “The TV business is a cruel and shallow money trench; a long, plastic hallway where thieves and pimps run free and good men die like dogs.” Rossi didn’t want to get to that point, so she shifted gears.

She pursued a Masters in Education and taught for a time before she set aside time to raise three children—a son named Alex and twin girls, Bella and Sophia.

As she thrived at motherhood, Rossi also wrote human interest stories for Spokane’s Inlander as a freelancer. “It was still storytelling,” she says, “storytelling in print.” But her next turn would be storytelling of a totally different kind.

Rossi earned an endorsement in Library Media and now works as a school librarian in the Mead School district. Part of her job is storytelling, literally—the act of sharing great literature. But it is also a calling in social justice.

“As a writer, a reader and an activist, this job has it all,” Rossi says. And while some of the district’s board members recently fought for policies that cause her anguish, she knows librarians are, “the people on the front lines of the fight for freedom of information.”

She also knows she’s been charged with creating good digital citizens. “I have to teach them how to triangulate,” Rossi says. “How to find three reliable sources before they assume any fact is true.”

Fake news has landed in the direct spotlight in recent years, but it is not new. Rossi teaches her students to think and do careful research before they spread disinformation. And she knows her library is the school’s safe place, especially for kids who can feel like outsiders.

Rossi hopes the activism she learned from her mother and the storytelling she learned from her father will be carried forward— within her own kids and the kids she teaches.

“I hope they stand up and speak up, even when their voices are shaking,” she says. “I hope they know having something to fight for really matters. And I hope these kids feel at home just showing up.”

Simply put, Lisa Fairbanks-Rossi hopes the drive to tell stories will jump from this generation to the next—just as it jumped from her parents’ lives to her own.

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Artist Terry Lee

When artist Terry Lee was born in Coeur d’Alene 70 plus years ago, he was destined to adopt a high-octane work ethic.

His Father, Orrin Lee landed in the city in 1936 as a 29-year-old new hire at the struggling Coeur d’Alene City College. He turned the school around and proved hard work did more than pay the bills.  It made things happen. The father passed that truth on to his son.

At five, a lung surgery required a lengthy, bedridden recovery, so Lee’s mother bought him art supplies. A spark was ignited.

By the time he was nine, Lee wanted art lessons. Magazine advertisements from the mailorder Art Instruction School gave him hope. Draw the pirate, they said, and you may win a scholarship. He submitted his best attempt and got a response.  Come back when you’re older. It was a setback, but not the end. The spark burned on.

Once the family invested in the Showboat Drive-In movie when Lee was 12, he went to work. He ran the snack bar and picked up garbage in the 400-car lot after the films. He also

Doing the Impossible Well


tended livestock on the family’s 20-acre ranch.

When Lee and his brother graduated from Coeur d’Alene High School, their father sold the livestock because, as Lee puts it, “he wasn’t raising cows, he was raising boys.”

Lee left home to study at Brigham Young University in Utah. But by the time he graduated with a degree in art and design, he once again met with resistance. “My last year of school, an instructor said maybe I should do something else,” he remembers. “I wasn’t good, but I still wanted to learn.”

For twenty years, Lee set his degree aside and worked in Coeur d’Alene at Lee’s Outdoor Outfitter, his father’s store. He married and had three sons. He even mastered scuba diving. As a certified dive instructor, he helped the Kootenai County Sheriff’s office retrieve water-logged vehicles and drowning victims. He still painted for fun, but it was a hobby, not a career.

Divorce soon left Lee’s world in turmoil. So he moved to San Diego, California to paint. In his mind, it was sink or swim, but Lee was very good at swimming.

He rented a room, set up his easel and he painted. “I didn't think I could make a living,” he said, “but I was around artists and art galleries and museums. I had to try.”

Success in California was elusive, so he moved back to Idaho and continued his quest at home. Determined to draw better, he split the cost of hiring a model with another artistic friend and got to work. When the friend brought a guest to the Lee’s make-shift studio, his luck took a miraculous turn.

“This guy is really good,” Lee said to his friend.

“Don’t you know who he is,” the friend replied.

It was George Carlson, one of the world’s greatest sculptors. Lee had found a mentor.

Carlson told Terry his drawing would improve if he learned to sculpt and offered to teach him how. “People would have died to have a session with George,” Lee said. He apprenticed with the master for nine years.

As his skillset grew, so did his ambitions. Lee set a goal, to earn $25,000 a year.  If he could sell 25 paintings a year for $1000 each, he would be a success. He produced the works, then searched

for a way to be seen.  An art show at Spokane’s Ridpath Hotel offered that opportunity.

For $500, Lee secured a room at the Spokane show, and landed a commission. The fee barely covered his Ridpath entry expense. But the client had a suggestion.  “You should go to the Safari Club show,” his client told him. “You’d sell everything you could paint.”

Lee discovered the entry fee at the Las Vegas show would be $3000 – six times the cost of his first show. But he was determined. He maxed out his girlfriend’s credit card and drove to the desert. He sold one painting—a zebra for $1000. He was down two-thousand bucks when he headed home.

Days after he got home, Lee got a call from a collector in Florida. He bought a Safari Club painting for $8000. Lee was no longer in the hole. A collector from Texas called next. After weeks of tele-

phone haggling, Lee was $10,000 richer.

He never looked back.

Today, Terry Lee is pro. He paints and sculpts for very healthy commissions. His annual income has far surpassed that original goal. His most famous Idaho installations are wax-coated, bronze sculptures of working people who made the state great, and a group of picture book inspired bronze moose, created just for kids.

Coeur d’Alene didn’t fund the five, life-sized sculptures of The Carpenter, The Idaho Farmer, The Idaho Lumberjack, The Suffragist or The Idaho Miner. Local businesses sponsored the costly works of art that adorn 6th and Front Street as historic markers.  The World War II Veteran will soon join the existing five.

Author Susan Nipp’s popular picture book, Mudgy and Millie—a fund raising project for the Coeur d’Alene Public

Library--inspired five whimsical moose scattered along the city’s 2 ¼ mile Mudgy Moose trail. A stream of special events, including a library celebration December 10, give Lee and Nipp the chance to celebrate Mudgy with fans of all ages.

Lee admits, life is good now that his years of hard work have paid off. In fact, he is far luckier than most people who answer the artistic call. But he says he had no choice.

“My art was not an interest,” he says, “it was a passion. I followed that passion and discovered, if you do what you love, money will follow. I couldn’t NOT do it. My desire to get better was all encompassing. I hope that improvement shows. And I hope my legacy will be works of art people can enjoy for years to come.”

If the past is any indicator, Lee's hope will be blissfully fulfilled.



When a bald eagle (or raptor) tilts its head like this, falconers affectionally call it "derp." I think it’s to help them focus and see better. An eagle’s eyes don’t move, so they have to tilt their heads to see. But I think it was because I told him to sit still a minute longer so I could get the best shot, and then…DERP! --

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eats, shoots and leaves EAT TO RESET FOR THE NEW YEAR

Now that the holidays are over, most of us think about ways to give our bodies a break from all the gluttonous eating of the past two months. Gyms are usually the busiest this time of year, and food places that serve healthier fare get an uptick in customers, wanting more nutritious sustenance like fruit-and-veggie filled juices, smoothies and bowls to fuel their workouts. Fortunately, we don’t have to buy expensive blenders and juicing machines to make these meals at home. Here are three options in the area to get your health-food fix in a jiffy.

The Wellness Tree

(1025 S Perry Street in the South Hill)

The Wellness Tree, in South Hill’s Perry District, is a combination general practice clinic and juice bar, run by doctors Patrick Love and Lauren Boldebuck, who specialize in providing holistic medical care through Naturopathic Medicine, chiropractic and acupuncture. At the south hill location, you can make an appointment for a health consultation, purchase

in any of

feature and photos by ARI Peanut Butter acai bowl, with blended acai, banana, peanut butter, and almond milk, topped with banana, granola, goji berries, cocoa nibs and honey. Dragon Bowl, with blended acai, dragon fruit, banana, mango and coconut milk, topped with banana, kiwi, coconut and honey. natural vitamins and supplements from their in-house store, or simply indulge their selection of delicious cold pressed juices, smoothies or acai bowls.

Ari Nordhagen is an award-winning portrait, wedding, and food photographer who is passionate about supporting locally owned businesses. Follow her on Instagram at @joyful.meandering.

Photos and musings of a local shutterbug foodie

Cafe (718 W Riverside Ave in downtown Spokane)

Method Juice

Method Juice prides itself in using only organic ingredients in their juices and smoothies. At their juice bar in downtown Spokane, you will also find an array of other food options like healthy curries and salads alongside their cold pressed juices, smoothies and acai bowls.

Liberty Lake Juice Company (1334 N Liberty Lake Road in Liberty Lake AND a new location at 180 S Howard in downtown Spokane)

Orange Dream smoothie (with fresh orange juice, mango, almond milk, vanilla and maple syrup) and Acai Superfood Bowl (with acai, strawberry, banana and almond milk, topped with chia seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, raspberries, blueberries and honey)

Liberty Lake Juice Company recently changed ownership, and new owner Kristi Schmidt found an empty cafe spot on Howard in Spokane’s downtown core to open up a juice bar to introduce Spokane to their delectable variety of raw, fresh-pressed juices and superfood-packed smoothies, acai bowls, and warm, satisfying steel-cut oat bowls. In the next few months, they plan on partnering with local fitness studios to do collaborative events that center on health and wellness.

FUN & FOOD eats, shoots and leaves Method Juice Cafe’s “Method Curry” with sprouted brown rice and quinoa, carrots, cabbage, garbanzo beans and red onions. “Blue Majik” acai bowl with coconut milk, banana, pineapple, blue majik and raw agave, topped with banana, strawberries, granola, bee pollen and honey. Almond Butter Berry Oats – warm steel-cut oats topped with almond butter, chia seeds, almonds, and seasonal berries

dining guide

1898 Public House. With a nod of respect to the year Kalispel Golf and Country Club was established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history with modern flair. The culinary team takes pride in preparing classic foods with a fresh twist, while using the finest ingredients. From hand-pressed gourmet burgers and house-cured bacon, to house-made rolls and charcuterie, dining at 1898 will be an exciting culinary tour for your palate. 2010 W Waikiki Rd., (509) 466-2121, Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-9pm, 1898publichouse.com.

Chinook crafted by Chef Adam Hegsted. Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel’s signature “upper casual” restaurant had its grand reopening on November 11, with a reimagining of its menu and cocktail offerings thanks to Chef Adam Hegsted. The restaurant still features items diners have grown to love—such as a delicious steak dinner—but has added new items at a lower price point. There is something for everyone to love at Chinook. 37914 S Nukwalqw St, Worley, ID, (800) 523-2464, Monday-Sunday 7am-3am, CdACasino. com.

Clinkerdagger. A downtown institution, this is the place for taking out of town guests when showing off Spokane. Located in the historic Flour Mill, overlooking the river, its English Gothic décor creates the perfect ambiance for enjoying their signature, slow-cooked choice prime rib meal. 621 W Mallon Avenue Spokane, (509) 328-5965, Sunday 3-9pm, MondayThursday, 11:30am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11:30-10pm, and Happy Hour MondayThursday 3-5pm, Clinkerdagger.com.

Crafted Tap House. Excellent outdoor dining with firepits on a large patio make for an ideal setting to enjoy their 62 rotating taps from breweries near and far. The house-made, giant pretzels with fivecheese, beer dipping sauce made with red pepper syrup and sea salt is a must. Burger lovers will die for the #42 as well as the other gastropub fair. 523 Sherman Ave, CdA, Id, (208) 292-4813, Bar is MondaySunday, 11am-close, kitchen is SundayThursday, 11am-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm, CraftedTapHouse.com.

EPIC Sports Bar. From the nachos and buffalo wings to prime rib dip and epic burgers, EPIC is serving up a full menu of upscale pub fare, craft beers, and cocktails inside Northern Quest. With its thirty-foot LED HDTV, you can enjoy sports for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. 100 N Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, (509) 481-2122, Sunday-Thursday 7am-12am, Friday-Saturday 7am-2am, NorthernQuest.com.

Gander and Ryegrass. An Italian-inspired restaurant in downtown Spokane with a menu featuring coursed meals based around whole animal butchery and homemade pasta. Their robust beverage program includes a full bar and wine cellar delivering a variety of pairings for each course. They would love to welcome you for your birthday and other celebrations, as well as offer you the best service for a great night out on the town. À la carte options available, too. 404 W Main Ave, (509) 315-4613, daily 12pm–9pm, GanderAndRyegrass.com.

Hay J’s Bistro. Gourmet cuisine in a casual atmosphere sums up this familyowned restaurant. Starters include clams and blackened bleu tender tips. They offer separate lunch and dinner menus. Their Chicken Puttanesca Linguine and Bistro Medallions are worth the visit. Hay J’s is open from 11am-9pm but closed from 3pm-4pm for dinner setup. Can’t wait?

Piccolo Kitchen and Bar is right next door, alongside Butcher Block, which are owned by the same family. Located in Liberty Lake at 21706 E Mission Ave. Reservations are accepted, (509) 926-2310, HayJsBistro. com.

Hill’s Resort Restaurant and Lounge

On Priest Lake, the view is a perfect accompaniment to a filet mignon and glass of wine. Whether you’re in the mood for locally picked huckleberries or craving comfort food, Hill’s has something that will delight all tastes. Breakfast and lunch are casual menu and a dinner menu seven days a week from Mid-May through Early DECEMBER. Restaurant open Friday evenings through Sunday evenings Mid DECEMBER–February. Restaurant and Lounge closed March and April. Dinner reservations are always recommended and can be made by calling the front desk at. 4777 W Lakeshore Rd, Priest Lake, ID, (208) 443-2551, HillsResort.com.

Maryhill Winery. The winery draws more than 75,000 guests annually, while the region offers warm summer days, yearround appeal and excellent winemaking and continues to gain recognition as an emerging wine destination. Each location offers beautiful scenery, frequent live music and special events, food menus featuring small plates and charcuterie, and an expansive selection of award-winning wines. 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, (509) 773-1976, Sunday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-8pm, 1303 W Summit Pkwy., Ste. 100, (509) 443-3832, MondayThursday 12pm-8pm, Friday 12pm-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, Sunday 11am-7pm, 801 Waterfront Way, Ste. 105, Vancouver , (360) 450-6211, Monday-Thursday 12pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm, Sunday 11am-8pm, 14810 NE 145th


St #A, Woodinville, (425) 481-7925, Monday-Thursday 12pm-8pm, FridaySaturday 12pm-9pm, Sunday 12pm-7pm, MaryhillWinery.com.

Masselow’s Steakhouse. With nine prime-grade steaks and the best seafood oceans and rivers have to offer, Masselow’s Steakhouse continually provides the “wow” factor. With an outstanding array of mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine selection, and true Kalispel hospitality, Chef Tanya Broesder and her team create a special experience you won’t soon forget. 100 N Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, (509) 481-6020, Wednesday-Sunday 5pm-10pm, Masselows.com.

Park Lodge. A fine dining restaurant featuring a relaxing atmosphere and locally inspired comfort meals from its award-winning chef, uniquely prepared on a wood-fired grill. 411 N Nettleton St, Spokane, (509) 340-9347, Tuesday-Saturday 5pm-9pm, ParkLodgeRestaurant.com.

Piccolo Kitchen Bar. Brick oven pizza, craft cocktails, beer, and wine are available in this casual atmosphere that is connected to Hay J’s Bistro and Butcher Block in Liberty Lake at 21718 E Mission Ave, (509) 926-5900. Open every day of the week, 3pm-9pm, with happy hours, MondayFriday, 3pm-5pm. Visit PiccoloPizza.net for a full menu.

Shogun Restaurant. This iconic hibachi steak, seafood, and sushi house is part entertainment, all gourmet meal. Bring family and friends to enjoy watching master chefs prepare food with style and flair as you sit around the grill. This is an ideal spot for celebrating anniversaries, birthdays, and other special events. Reservations may be required for groups, and private party room is available. 20 N Raymond Rd, Spokane Valley, (509) 5347777. Open seven days a week, 4pm-close, SpokaneShogun.com

The Fat Pig. Enjoy their outdoor dining and seasonally rotating menus made with local ingredients and a perpetually rotating craft beer and wine list. 301 Cedar St, Suite 102, Sandpoint, ID, (208) 265-PORK (7675), Tuesday-Saturday 4-10pm, closed Sunday-Monday, SandpointFatPig.com.

Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar. Named after the three prominent peaks outlining the Spokane Tribe’s homeland, Three Peaks is the Spokane Tribe Casino’s premier dining destination. This upscale casual eatery features weekend brunch, as well as lunch and dinner specials all week long. Discover your new favorite Happy Hour from 3-7pm every day with amazing patio seating, local and regional wines, as well as $2 drafts with 20 taps to choose from. Visit SpokaneTribeCasino.com for menus, details and to make a reservation. 14300

W SR-2 Hwy., Airway Heights, (509) 8181547, Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm, Friday 11am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 9am-9pm, SpokaneTribeCasino.com/ dining.

Townshend Cellar. This is an ideal place to bring a date. They offer a wonderful, immersive, hands-on experience of wine tasting right amidst the wine-making process. Wine available on tap for Wowler fills too! Fri-Sun 12-6pm, 1222 N Regal St, Spokane, (509) 238-1400, TownshendCellar. com

TT’s Brewery & Barbecue. TT’s Brewery & Barbecue is proud to offer the highest quality barbecue and beers brewed onsite. From their family to yours, they put lots of love and careful attention in each item. 4110 S Bowdish Rd., Spokane Valley, (509) 919-4798, Tuesday-Saturnday 12pm-9pm, TTsBreweryBBQ.com.

Zona Blanca. Zona Blanca brings the flavors of coastal Mexico to Spokane. Flavor comes first, and ceviche, entrees, tacos, tostadas, and more await you. 157 S Howard St, (509) 241-3385, TuesdayThursday 4pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday 4pm-10pm, LimeFishSalt.com.

Let us know of any new restaurants by email at editor@spokanecda.com.


If you dig a food truck but feel less than warm about seeking it out as the snow falls, a solution is on the horizon.

Josh and Katie Wade, who brought us BARK, A Rescue Pub and Nectar Wine and Beer will soon open Off the Wall, an indoor food truck that has something for everyone. Located at 121 N. Wall, it will offer tacos, gourmet hot dogs, soups, salads, burgers and fries, plus a basic bar.

“The space is fun, bright and bold. It will be a new scene for late night eats and drinks, fast casual family dining and a great place to watch the game,” says owner Katie Wade.

“We love downtown Spokane,” says Josh Wade, “and we are excited to introduce this new concept to the area.”

Watch for doors to open in early 2023. And follow them on social media at instagram.com/otwspokane,  facebook.com/otwpsokane, or their website at otwspokane.com.


Valentine’s Date Downtown Spokane

Once again, Valentine’s Day is approaching. We spend the holiday showing people we love how much we care. Buying a gift, going out to dinner, or even planning an activity are good ways to celebrate our love. But if you’re struggling to plan the perfect Valentine’s Day, we’ve put together a few ideas possibilities available right here in Spokane.

Pre-Date Preparation

Smart preparation is important. Buying the perfect gift requires forethought, but it doesn’t have to be expensive. Something simple like a book, a necklace, or even flowers are ideal. And Spokane businesses might have just what you’re hoping to find.

Flowers are perfect for any Valentine, and local florist Arlene Guerra creates stunning arrangements at her shop, VoeWe (voeweflower.com), in the Historic Davenport hotel. If your Valentine digs a different green and growing energy, check out the Fern Plant Shop (fernplantshop.com) on Riverside for a great variety of high-quality plants.

Wonders of the World (wondersoftheworldinc.com) in the Flour Mill has “magic inside.” In this case, “magic” means jewelry, art, crystals, fossils and more. Visit this store and it’s nearly impossible to leave without a gift.

Thoughtful planning will help you

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Local florist Arlene Guerra creates stunning arrangements at her shop, VoeWe

find the right gift for your loved ones.

Dinner Reservations

Picture this—heavenly scents, intimate lighting, soft music and wine. It’s true. The best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach. So don’t take any chances. Call ahead and make a reservation. Create a romantic evening that’s guaranteed to score points.

I cannot stress enough how important it is to reserve a table if you want to go out on Valentine’s Day—or on any holiday. Restaurant staffers plan the night’s floorplan in advance to create the best atmosphere. No reservation on a busy night, no romance points.

Where should you go? Here are a few possibilities.

As a tasting menu restaurant, Gander & Ryegrass (ganderandryegrass.com) is a fine dining experience with a classy ambiance and a changing Italian menu. That makes it the ideal Valentine’s Day spot.

With a four-star rating, Wild Sage Bistro (wildsagebistro.com) is “the perfect spot to have a comfortable fine dining experience with a farmto-table twist,” according to experienced diners. It serves high-quality American-style dishes—a great experience for you and your partner.

If going out doesn’t appeal to your Valentine, stay at home and cook. A well planned, home cooked meal is just as romantic as going out.

Post-Meal Activities

Once your bellies are full, the night doesn’t have to end. Here are some post meal opportunities.

Consider couples painting at Polka Dot Pottery (polkadotpottery.com), where you can select a dish or figurine to decorate as gifts for one another.

Want something more physical? How about a couples massage at Spokane Massage (spokanemassage.com), or ice skating at the Numerica Skate Ribbon (spokanecity.org).

If drinks and bar snacks are your style, how about a night out on the town at the Globe Bar and Kitchen (globespokane.com) It’s elevated nightclub experience allows you the chance to drink, dance and have fun that’s on the wild side.

We’ve offered a few possibilities, but here’s the best Valentine’s Day advice. Choose loving moments that fit your unique style as a couple. Knowing what your loved ones like best will make you the perfect Valentine, no matter what you choose.

Heide Tyvan is a Technical Communication major at Eastern Washington University. This spring, she will graduate with her bachelor's degree and hopes to continue writing as part of her career.

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Frosty Fun in Eastern Washington

With the limited daylight hours of the winter season, many suffer from depression-like symptoms. It can be hard to find the motivation to leave the house. But staying active and getting as much sunlight as possible is one way to ease the blues. And the Inland Northwest is blessed with abundant winter recreational activities.

We have ski resorts in Mt. Spokane, Chewelah, Kellogg and Sandpoint—just a short driving distance of Spokane. Each one offers skiing and snowboarding trails for all ages (prices for lift tickets, season passes, rental equipment, and classes vary by resort).

If you’re a beginner, resist feeling embarrassed. I took my first ski lesson at 18. At first, I was ashamed of my lack of natural athleticism. But after one lesson, I felt more confident navigating the mountain’s beginner trails. I also met others my age and older who were at the same experience level. It made the class more fun, and at the end of the day, we were no longer a danger to other skiers.

Beyond lessons, there is nothing quite like the breathtaking view at the top of a mountain. The views as you descend

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along beautiful trails of fresh snow and towering trees is just as grand. So try it, at least once, and have fun--even if you never get off the bunny hill.

If the difficulty and cost of skiing and snowboarding aren’t for you, there are cheaper, easier options.

The Numerica Skate Ribbon in Riverfront Park is an affordable activity for all ages. Skaters can enjoy the 650-foot path with slight declines and inclines that mimic the Northwestern landscape for under twenty dollars an hour. Balancing on skates can also be challenging, so bring a friend for support and giggle when you fall.

Another winter favorite is sledding, which—again—is fun for all age. All you need is a hill and a sled. And even if you don’t have a sled, some common household objects can double as a sled.

Underhill Park and Manito Park are popular sledding locations in Spokane, but my favorite place to sled is Camp Sekani. In Coeur d’Alene, Cherry Hill Park is open to sledding, too. But be forewarned. Sledding has been banned at Downriver Golf Course due to the dam-

age inflicted on the greens. So be respectful wherever you sled to avoid damage and possible injuries.

My last suggestion for an outdoor winter activity is the easiest and the cheapest. A walk! A simple walk around the neighborhood burns calories, boosts your energy, feeds your body vitamin D and improves your overall mental state.

Staying active outdoors during the winter can seem daunting. But once you do, you’ll feel better physically and mentally. So stop saying there is nothing to do during the winter. Layer up those winter clothes and jackets, wrap up in that fuzzy blanket and explore the Northwestern winter.

Whether you’re on foot, on skies, on snowboards, or even snowshoes, the experience will give you something fun to talk about at home with a steaming cup of hot cocoa to warm you up.

Heide Tyvan is a Technical Communication major at Eastern Washington University. This spring, she will graduate with her bachelor’s degree and hopes to continue writing as part of her career.

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Renovating the Clearwater House

The town of Millwood was founded in 1911 as a company town for the Inland Empire Paper Mill. Within the first year a general store, a barber shop, a restaurant, a lumber mill, and a couple of hotels were built. But family housing was sparse.

To help solve the problem, Inland Empire Paper Mill created a home loan fund in 1923 to help employees build homes of their own. Many of those houses still stand, including the Clearwater House, constructed in 1928.

Named for Bill Clearwater—the 5th Mayor of Millwood who served for almost 26 years—it is a Tudor Revival style home with its original red brick and its steeply pitched, two-story gabled roof. Clearwater owned the home for over 40 years. He sold it after his wife passed away, and it became a rental property in its recent past.

Rich and Mary-Pat King bought it in April of 2020, determined renovate and update the Clearwater House while honoring its lengthy history. Owning a historic home had long been Mary-Pat’s dream, so when she retired from her career as an art teacher,

tackling a project made sense. And they if they didn’t do it soon, it might never happen.

The couple bought the Clearwater House and the house next door, so they could stay nearby as the renovations took place. The amount of work needed was intimidating, but fear did not deter them.

They hired Al Naccaroto Construction as their general contractor. Al and his wife Vikkie lived nearby in the Rosebush House, another fully restored historic

home. The Naccaroto’s country cottage looked like something straight out of a fairytale, and gave the Kings confidence.

The Clearwater project required adding on to the main house to create a large, modern kitchen and an upstairs bathroom. They also needed space for a new garage, a media room, and a large home office for Rich’s real estate business. The home’s dated electrical and plumbing needed an update. And thanks to Spokane’s increasingly hotter summers, a new

air conditioning had to be installed.

The home’s corner lot made expansion possible. And the mechanical updates guaranteed comfort. But the Kings they took care to blend modern updates with old world charm when it came to the home’s decore and finishes.

The expanded kitchen connects to the other first floor living spaces. Its cabinetry is made of old knotty elder and countertops of quartz stone. The floors are either hardwood oak or octagonal mosaic tiles


(each octagon with its own distinct pattern). Two industrial-style pendant lights illuminate the kitchen island, complete with antique table legs. The stovetop range has a red brick backsplash, to reflect the home’s exterior. And new french doors open to the newly created outdoor patio.

The main floor powder room features a stone basin fixed atop an antique Singer sewing machine table with a bronze vessel faucet. Even the toilet paper holder is vintage. It’s an antique, ice cream crank.

The original kitchen became the laundry room, complete with an iron handled barn door. Beadboard ceilings adorn the master bedroom and the home office. The stairway features a removable newel post created by master craftsman Mark Kummer. It made it possible to move funishings upstairs without doing damage to the stairway. Revival Lighting restored antique light fixtures to reduce the risk of fire. And the original laundryshoot in the master bathroom adds function to the modern-

ized historic space.

The garage is a new build reflecting the style of the historic home, right down to the gabled roof and the red brick borders. It houses the couple’s cars and, thanks to a secondary room, a large room TruGolf indoor simulator so Rich can practice his swing, even when snow covers his favorite golf courses. It doubles as a media room— the perfect place to watch movies or to play video games.

The garage second floor is Rich King’s


home office, featuring a large conference table, built in storage, and a massive desk that faces the tree-lined street below. Four skylights fill the space with natural light. And beadboard ceilings give it a historic feel and call back to the home’s beadboard ceilings.

Thanks to quality workmanship, the Kings will enjoy they home for many years to come. And the second home they used as the work moved forward now houses their son, Corey and his wife Alysa.

When asked what the best part of the project home had been, Mary-Pat mentions her sitting room where she sews and counts her blessings. Rich hopes their success inspires other families to tackle home renovations. He’s created a newsletter, offering home updates and preservation tips.

Soon, the Clearwater House will celebrate it’s 100th birthday. Thanks to the Kings helping hands, it will echo the past as it survives to see the future.

Many Thanks to the Rennovation Pros:

• Al and Vikkie Naccaroto, Al Naccaroto Construction (general contractors)

• Gene Farris (architect)

• Rick Hamilton, Real Escapes (landscaping)

• John Niske, Big Swedes Electric (electrician)

• Mark Kummer (carpenter and craftsman)

• Randy Ziegler, Ziegler Painting (painter)

• Peter Cooper, American Design & Construction (mason)

• Northwest Trends (counters, floor, and tile)

• Fred’s Appliance

• Advanced Mechanical Systems

• Gold Seal Plumbing

• Larry Miller Excavating

• Maverick Counts, Evergreen Fence

• Wayne Dalton (garage door)

• Superior Insulation

• Tyler Deatherage, Dahlen Cement

• Mike De Freese, De Freese Roofing

• Builders First Source

• Sherwood Cabinets

• Glasgow Construction (foundation)

• Spokane Hardware

• Revival Lighting

• AAA Concrete

• Mark D. Whitney (footings)


Tips to Keep Pipes from Freezing

When temperatures plummet, the risk of your pipes freezing and bursting skyrockets. In fact, burst pipes are one of the most common causes of property damage during frigid weather and can cause thousands of dollars in water damage.

The pipes most at risk are those in unheated interior spaces such as basements, attics, and garages, as well as unheated exterior spaces such as crawl spaces under your house or mobile home. But even pipes running through cabinets or exterior walls can freeze as well. The good news is there are some simple things you can do to keep your water running and your house dry.

How to Beat the Freeze

Once the temperature starts dropping outside, you should take measures inside to keep your pipes warm and water running. Research conducted by the Building

Research Council at the University of Illinois shows that the “temperature alert threshold” is 20° F, especially if you have uninsulated pipes running through an uninsulated space.

Some of the steps experts recommend may go against your better instincts of conserving water and heat, but the extra expense is nothing compared with a hefty repair bill. Here’s what to do.

Garage and Cabinet Doors

Keep garage doors closed especially if there are water supply lines in the garage.

Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing, especially if your sinks are on an exterior wall. (If you have small children, be sure to remove any harmful cleaners and household chemicals.)

Drip, Drip, Drip

Let the cold-water drip from a faucet

served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe—even at a trickle—helps prevent pipes from freezing.

Set Your Thermostat

Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature during day and night. Again, during a cold snap is not the time to set back the thermostat at night to save a few bucks on your heating bill.

Going Away?

If you plan to be away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

Beef Up Insulation

For the long term, add insulation to attics, basements, and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in those areas. And to prevent drafts, seal cracks and openings around windows, doors, and at sill plates, where the house rests on its foundation.


How to Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, you may well have a frozen pipe. If you suspect the pipes are frozen, be careful when thawing them out because if the pipe has already burst, the water can come flowing out and flood your home.

If a pipe has broken, turn off the water at the main shutoff valve, which is usually at the water meter or where the main line enters the house. If the water is still running and no pipes have burst, you can take the following steps. (Of course, if you suspect a more serious

problem, call Gold Seal Plumbing.)

Turn on the faucet.

As you heat the frozen pipe and the ice plug begins to melt, you want the water to be able to flow through. Running water through the pipe, as cold as it is, will help melt ice in the pipe.

Apply Heat

Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, or

a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water.

As tempting as it may be, do not use a blowtorch, a kerosene or propane heater, a charcoal stove, or any device with an open flame; the high heat can damage the pipes or even start a fire.

Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. Check all other faucets in your home to see whether you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.


Call a Plumber

Call Gold Seal Plumbing if you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you cannot thaw the pipe on your own. We’re on our way!

This article and more plumbing advice can be found at https://goldsealplumbing.com/.

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Is Granite a HARD Choice?

You’ve finally stashed enough cash to replace your dated countertops. And granite has a delicious look and feel as you prep you daily meals. It’s beautiful, but is it a safe choice?

UseNaturalStone.org offers a few pros and cons to consider before you make your purchase.

PRO: Granite from a quarry is a natural material. Very little chemical engineering is necessary to produce a countertop slab.

CON: Granite is not sustainable. Once it’s quarried out, it’s gone forever. But experts say it’s not considered scarce,

so far.

PRO: Granite is heat resistant. It will not melt or buckle when you place a hot dish on the surface without a potholder or trivet.

CON: Use of appliances like crockpots produce high heat for a long period of time. Experts suggest you use that trivet under your slow cookers, just to be safe.

PRO: Granite is scratch resistant. It scores high on mineral hardness scales. So scratches are unlikely with normal use.

CON: Granite is hard, but knives against granite can be problematic. They can leave metal residue behind, and that

can be hard to remove.

PRO: Chips and cracks are rare in granite countertops.

CON: If you do crack or chip your granite by dropping a heavy object, you will not be able to repair it yourself. You’ll have to hire an expert fabricator to patch the flaw with epoxy.

Looking for more advice on your granite investment? UseNaturalStone. org has an extensive list of advisories here: https://usenaturalstone.org/proscons-granite-countertops/.

With expert assistance, you’ll learn to love your natural stone countertops— and protect it too.


How Natural are “Natural” Hormones?

Menopausal hormone therapy (MHT) can be confusing due to the misuse of terms such as natural and bioidentical.

Non-FDA-approved hormone products, sometimes referred to as “bioidentical” or “natural” hormones, are widely marketed and sold without a prescription on the Internet. Claims that these products are “safer” or more “natural” than FDAapproved hormonal products are simply not true.

Bioidentical hormones from plants like soy or yams still need to be chemically processed and altered in a lab to become bioidentical.

Estradiol is an FDA-approved estrogen that is considered natural and bioidentical. For this reason, it is the estrogen replacement medication that I recommend. The Estradiol patch is my preferred replacement therapy method due to a lower risk of stroke

and blood clots and less negative impact on cholesterol compared to estrogen taken as a pill. Estradiol is available in pill form but has higher risks. Estradiol is also available in topical gels and several intravaginal preparations, including creams, pellets, and a ring.

The term “natural” is often used to refer to estrogens and progesterones that are derived from plant sources. Yam-based products that have not been processed in a lab may be natural, but they are also nothing like our hormones. Rubbing yam on your skin or ingesting it in a small capsule will not affect your hormones in any way or relieve symptoms unless it has been processed in a lab. If this is the case, it is no

more natural than the prescription progesterone.

Unfortunately, quality control for lab processes varies widely. If you are using an over-the-counter hormone product that is not USP verified or if you are using compounded hormones, you don’t really know what you are getting. USP is a globally recognized, nongovernmental, nonprofit organization that sets standards for the identity, strength, quality, and purity of medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements.

Additionally, just because it is a prescription doesn’t mean it is an ideal hormone. Provera (medroxyprogesterone acetate) is a prescription medication that is also marketed as natural or vegan. Still, it is made in a lab and causes many side effects, including weight gain, bloating and abdominal discomfort, mood swings, and headaches to name a few.

Premarin is a natural estrogen but is

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derived from the urine of pregnant horses.

“Bioidentical” and “Compounded” hormones

Bioequivalent plant-based estradiol and progesterone are available through a prescription and are FDA-approved. Although compounded hormone regimens with dose adjustments based on blood tests sound appealing and scientific, most experts do not recommend this.

Our leading expert groups, including the North American Menopause Society, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Endocrine Society, all advise against using custom-compounded hormones, most notably because of the lack of quality controls regarding purity and dosing.

Customized compounded hormones pose more risk because they vary in strength and purity. That means you can take too little or too much of a hormone without knowing it. In addition, most experts recommend using the lowest effective dose to manage menopausal symptoms to minimize risks. Therefore, you should adjust your hormone doses based on how you feel and not on an annual blood test.

There are also safety concerns about a compounded drug called pellet therapy. The pellet industry alone is a multi-billion-dollar industry. Pellets with hormones are implanted under the skin and are expected to release hormone(s) at a controlled uniform rate, typically over several weeks or months. This type of therapy is not FDA-approved at this time

because of the variability in the release of the hormones. This variability has been known to cause hormone overdoses. The other concern with pellet therapy is that some compounding pharmacies substitute inactive ingredients, which in turn change the release rate of the hormones.

There are good bioidentical hormone options that are FDA-approved, including Estradiol as estrogen replacement and progesterone. Bioidentical hormones come from plant sources and are identical to the female hormones that our bodies make.

Our hormones act as keys that open certain doors in our cells in order to help our body function well. In theory, if the hormones we take are bioidentical, then the key will fit perfectly into the receptors in the cell, opening the doors needed so that we feel well.

Menopausal hormone therapy can feel daunting due to rampant, misleading marketing. When you have a good understanding of your therapy options and your individual benefits and risks, you can make the best decision for yourself. To learn more about the risks and benefits of therapy and discuss the available options with your healthcare provider, you can refer to my most recent article (published in the December 2022 edition) titled, “To Treat or Not to Treat: That is the Question of Hormone Replacement Therapy.”

Meet THE AUTHOR, Jessica Blackwell

Jessica Blackwell owns eVillageHealth, a local primary care practice serving patients from Washington and Idaho. She received her undergraduate training through Washington State University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude and received the Undergraduate of the Year Award. Jessica earned her graduate degree from Gonzaga University, again graduating Summa Cum Laude.

Blackwell’s healthcare career has spanned over 25 years. She started her career as an ICU nurse. During that time, she developed a patent to prevent ventilator tubes from disconnecting. Jessica has since served as a nurse practitioner in the areas of urgent care, medical oncology, and internal medicine/primary care.

Blackwell blends her experience with compassion. She offers a personalized approach to primary care. Services include primary care for cancer survivors, cancer prevention programs, one-on-one health coaching, and weight loss programs. She also specializes in reversing chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. She does her best to see patients the day of or the next business day for urgent care, as she wants to be there for her patients when they need her most.

She takes most insurances. Visit eVillageHealth.com or call (509)960-6527 with questions or for new patient information.

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Peak Health Genomic Medicine

Cross-referencing a robust DNA analysis with biometrics, comprehensive blood work, epigenetic aging, and gut microbiome data provides a blueprint of instructions for optimizing your human operating system.

It might sound like science fiction, but it's exactly what Peak Health Genomic Medicine does to identify conditions that patients are at risk for, such as nutritional deficiencies, sleep disorders, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, and make recommendations to treat/reverse or prevent/delay their onset.

"There are DNA markers for modifiable factors specific to each unique individual. We look carefully at those and then give people recommendations for how to positively influence their genes,” explains Dr. Brooks Laselle, M.D. “Some genes are your destiny, these are not --- specifically, we look at single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) which are influenced by your lifestyle, so you can drastically lower your chances for chronic disease by staying healthy and lowering all of your risk factors.”

Peak Health provides medical care in a health optimization, ultra preventive approach. But it's not just a visit to the doctor to get a prescription. Dr. Laselle, who is board certified in emergency medicine, a fellow of the American College of Emer-

gency Physicians, and fellowship trained in both emergency ultrasound and genomics based precision medicine, begins by generating a 50 page report examining over 70,000 DNA markers and 150 different lab markers to give patients a template for how to live their healthiest life.

Peak Health takes a deep dive into the patient's current state of health including lipids, diabetes, hormones, cardiovascular risk, macro and micro-nutrients, vitamins, minerals, sleep, cognitive health/ stress/mindfulness, exercise, recovery, gut microbiome, epigenetic age, and longevity, among others. This is cross-referenced with your biometric and phenotypic information to understand your unique health and lifestyle.

By working closely together to understand the patient's day to day life, Dr. Laselle takes a layered approach to design and implement an effective customized strategy that is acceptable and sustainable.

“The current health system doesn't routinely assess risk or strongly encourage prevention of chronic disease in every patient, especially those who are otherwise 'healthy.' But we often find ticking time bombs hidden in the grass, so to speak,” states Dr. Laselle. “Markers of chronic disease, like elevated blood sugar, can go undetected for 20 or more years, until they’re suddenly a problem.

We look under the hood to find potential issues before they become a real problem, and then give people the information they need to fix or prevent the problem altogether.”

Caring for and coaching patients through telemedicine, Dr. Laselle gives patients a highly individualized plan for diet, exercise, recovery, sleep, stress reduction, chronic disease prevention, and longevity enhancement, among others.

“We believe you can generally stay healthy and avoid many prescription medications if you start the process before chronic disease takes over,” says Dr. Laselle. “Every patient is a unique individual, who deserves personalized care. The real power lies in identifying those who are mildly sick, but without symptoms, in whom you can prevent chronic disease, get off medications, and prevent that long term cycle of 'sick care' in modern medicine.”

“Achieving optimal health and longevity requires a patient to be highly motivated. Those who make the commitment see improvements,” Dr. Laselle continues. “People can heal themselves if given the right tools, and that's what we provide so they can live their best life possible.”

Peak Health Genomic Medicine, peakhealthgenomics.com, 877-521-7325

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When Temperatures Drop, You CAN Stay Warm

As the snow levels grow deeper and deeper, it can be hard to stay warm. Especially considering the rising costs of heating a home. But the medical masters at Loyola Medicine offer these tips for keeping your body heat up, even when it’s more than frosty outside.


When you wear layers of clothing it traps warm air between the layers and helps guard against the cold air outside. So wear a long sleeve shirt, under a snuggly sweater, under a waterproof winter jacket. And if one layer gets wet, you have a dry layer underneath.

Don’t forget your lower body. Slip into long underwear before you pull up those

jeans. You feet get the same treatment. Layer those socks for toastier toes.


Mom said you lose half of your body heat when your head is uncovered during the winter. She was wrong. But you do lose 10% of your body heat, so slip on a wooly cap. The same applies to gloves. Wear them, but avoid those fingerless gloves designed for texting, not staying warm. Every step of protection helps fight the shivers.


Frostbite can hit in under 30 minutes if your feet and hands get wet. External digits like fingers and toes (and noses and earlobes) are the most likely body parts to

be stricken. So get inside and change your wet clothes quickly to avoid the danger.

If your skin turns white or yellowish or is numb to the touch, it’s time to take action. Put those cold digits in warm, not hot water and pat dry. Do not rub the frigid skin because it could cause damage. If the feeling doesn’t return or the area gets red and swollen, call 911.


When your body temperature drops below 95 degrees, the danger of hypothermia is real—even if your exercising in the winter wonderland. Aerobic activities in extreme cold can trigger asthma, cardiac events and other chronic medical conditions. So shovel the snow if you must, but do the rest of your workout inside.


Anti-Aging: Do Supplements Help?

Growing older brings experience and wisdom we can all appreciate. But it can also wreak havoc with our bodies and our skin. Nothing can roll back the clock entirely, but a few modern supplements may help slow it down.


Turmeric is best known as the spice that gives Indian curry its golden hue. But India has long valued it as a medicinal herb, too. Curcumin, one active element in turmeric works wonders as an anti-inflammatory agent rich in antioxidants.

According to nutrition expert Kris Gunnars, curcumin has additional

benefits. “Curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF,” a growth hormone that declines as we age. Boosting BDNF may reverse age-related brain disease and improve memory.

Because turmeric is only 3% curcumin, a supplement—500 to 1000 milligrams per day—is a better way to deliver the active ingredient. But the body does not absorb the curcumin efficiently on its own. So be sure your supplement includes piperine. Drawn from black pepper, piperine improves absorption by 2,000%.


Thanks to high concentrations of

EGCG—epigallocatechin gallate—green tea is much more than a drink. It’s believed to reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease, it also slows aging by removing damaged cellular material.

If that’s not enough reason to consider the supplement, keep this in mind. Green tea may help the body manage blood sugars and fortify the heart. Just 250 to 500 milligrams taken daily with food may also delay the onset of wrinkles.


For decades, collagen has been touted as a way to boost the elasticity of skin and the overall health of hair. But it may

HEALTH BEAT supplements

also reinforce your body’s connective tissues including tendons, ligaments and muscle. But how much of the supplement you use matters.

“Perhaps the biggest reason why people fail to see results with collagen is because they aren’t using the proper dose,” said Dr. Chad Walding, a wellness expert and co-founder of NativePath. Natural collagen levels abundant in youth diminish as we age. So older people will need a larger dose to benefit.

People under 40 should take 5 to 10 grams of collagen. Older people should double that dosage. Some see results after eight weeks of use. But Dr. Walding believes most people will need twelve weeks-time to realize success.



Looking for other options when it comes to supplements to roll back time? Here are five more possibilities.

■ CoQ10 – boosts energy and helps neutralizes harmful free radical elements.

■ Sa ron – boosts immunity and sexual interest.

■ Rhodiola – boosts brain function and metabolism, eases anxiety and depression

■ Garlic – boosts immunity, heart heath, brain function and works as a prebiotic in the gut.

■ Resveratrol – boosts weight loss and the oxygenation of muscle tissue.

This article first appeared in Taste For Life magazine.

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New Year’s Resolutions You Can Keep!

As we begin a new calendar year, we often look back at the old one. We assess our pasts and look for ways to improve our futures.

Unfortunately, we often set lofty goals we cannot meet. We are left disappointed in our failures and suffer setbacks until another new year rolls around. So here’s an idea.

Don’t ask the impossible of yourself. Set smaller goals you can actually reach, and remember—another opportunity to set tougher goals is just twelve months ahead.

Lean into these ten health-conscious resolutions and you’ll be ready for whatever challengers present themselves in 2024.

Drink Less Alcohol

When we are really happy or when we are really sad, we tend to consume alcoholic drinks to help moderate those emotions. And for a short time, it seems

to help. But scientific research suggests chronic use of alcohol can make depression and anxiety worse. And a healthy liver can become diseased when alcohol becomes your main coping mechanism. Once you do cut down, your mood, skin and immune system will improve. And you’ll save money on the alcohol you do not consume.

Drink More Water

According to experts, nearly 75% of all Americans suffer from chronic dehydration. One contributing factor is the use of caffeinated drinks like coffee or cola. Caffeinated drinks block your body’s absorption of the water used to create them. And being dehydrated leaves you feeling fatigued. So add a tall glass of water to your morning routine—before you drink


your cup of coffee. And make water the last drink you consume before bed.

Sleep More

According to the National Institutes of Health, 50 to 70 million Americans have chronic sleep disorders. If you’re sleep deprived, consider these tips from the Center for Disease Control. Set a regular bedtime and stick to it. Routine helps your body reset your circadian rhythm—your brain’s cues to slip into a restful state. Be sure your bedroom is dark, quiet and maintains a comfortable temperature as you try to sleep. Avoid large meals, caffeine and alcohol at least

three hours before your set bedtime. And shut down electronic devices—computers, cell phones, televisions—an hour before your bedtime. Powering down signals your brain that it’s time to rest. Set a goal of seven hours of deep sleep each night, but remember, the goal is flexible.

Read a Book

Between 500,000 and one million books are published every year, according to publishing industry experts. But the average American hasn’t read a book since high school. Break that pattern. Pick up a book and explore new worlds, new characters, new facts you haven’t explored

in your recent past. If your schedule is too busy to allow for a paper page turner, look into audio books you can enjoy as you commute or work out. Story telling has been a part of the human experience since our ancestors first gathered around a roaring campfire. Reconnect with mankind by reading a book. And remember, local bookstores like Auntie’s can make suggestions if you’re not sure what to read.

Invest in Plants

It’s well known that house plants improve the air quality in your living quarters, but did you know they can also


improve your mental wellbeing? According to naturopathic doctors, plants treat the whole person by adding beauty and life to your environment.

Spider plants, peace lilies and rubber trees are easy to grow and remove impurities like formaldehyde from the air as they grow. But rubber trees are toxic to pets and humans if they are ingested, so be sure they are not within reach for kids and fur babies.

Pothos is also easy to care for and can lower ozone levels in your living quarters, reducing your risk for respiratory ailments.

Save Money

Setting money aside is an enormous challenge in today’s economy. But saving even $20 per paycheck will give you a sense of accomplishment. As your savings grows, you’ll feel better prepared for financial surprises like a furnace repair or a new set of tires. Even a small savings will ease your fiscal anxieties.

Step Up Your Steps

Making a resolution to work out every day is often apathway to failure. So don’t invest in a gym membership. Just boost

your daily steps, instead. If you have the choice between a staircase and an elevator, take the stairs at least once a day. Park a little further from your local grocery store or workplace to up-shift your daily step count. And if you need a little assistance, invest in a step monitor like a Fitbit or Apple watch. It will remind you to take a few extra steps, even if you only walk for a minute or two, several times a day.


Our post-Covid world and feel cold and beyond our control. When that lack of control impacts your sense of wellbeing, consider being a volunteer at a community help center. Build houses for the impoverished. Pass out food at your local soup kitchen. Babysit for the single mother next door. Volunteer to make the world a better place, especially when you’re feeling the good guys might not be winning. Be the change you desire.

Make Time to Cuddle

If you want to improve your mental health, make time for cuddling. Experts agree, physical contact with a person you love fights stress and increases the production of the hormone oxytocin—a

key factor in controlling blood pressure. Beyond making you feel better, cuddling can improve your relationships. Physical affection builds trust between human beings, and it doesn’t have to be a preamble to sexual contact. Sometimes, a hug or the tough of a hand is enough to lift your spirits. Not everyone has a significant other waiting at home to give you a hug. But feeling physically connected to a loved one has a healing quality.

Pamper Yourself

When your board a commercial airliner, the flight crew tells you to slip into an oxygen mask in the event of a flight emergency. They remind you to take care of your own mask first--before you assist other passengers. The same advice applies to your daily routine.

Take time for yourself, every day. Take a hot bubble bath, without interruptions. Watch your favorite television program. Listen to the music that makes you feel hopeful and infused with love. Paint, draw, garden, play an instrument. Do something, every day, that benefits you and only you. It will boost your mood and improve your interactions with other people in your life.


Reason to Celebrate! January and February

The holidays are behind us, but there are still plenty of good reasons to celebrate. Check out these fun and fabulous days we can look forward to in the next two months.

January 10 – Save the Eagles Day

January 11 – National Step Into a Puddle and Splash Your Friends Day

January 12 – National Pharmacist Day

January 13 – National Sticker Day

January 13 – National Rubber Ducky Day

January 14 – National Dress Up Your Pet Day

January 15 – National Hat Day

January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 17 – National Classy Day

January 18 – National Winnie the Pooh Day

January 19 – National Popcorn Day

January 20 – National Disc Jockey’s Day

January 21 – National Hugging Day

January 22 – National Polka Dot Day

January 23 – National Pie Day

January 24 – International Day of Education

January 25 – National Opposites Day

January 26 – National Peanut Brittle Day

January 27 – Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 28 – National Kazoo Day

January 29 – National Puzzle Day

January 30 – National Bubble Wrap Day

January 31 – National Hot Chocolate Day

National Polka Dot Day National Step Into a Pu le and Splash Your Friends Day National Dre Up Your Pet Day

National Popcorn Day

Bu le Gum Day

National Polar Bear Day

National T th Fairy Day

February 1 – National Serpent Day

February 2 – National Groundhog Day

February 3 – Bubble Gum Day

February 4 – National Thank a Mail Carrier Day

February 5 – National Shower with a Friend Day

February 6 – National Chopsticks Day

February 7 – National Periodic Table Day

February 8 – National Boy Scouts Day

February 9 – National Pizza Day

February 10 – National Umbrella Day

February 11 – National Make a Friend Day

February 12 – National Pork Rind Day

February 13 -- National Cheddar Day

February 14 – Valentine’s Day

February 15 – National Gumdrop Day

February 16 – National Almond Day

February 17 – National Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 18 – National Red Sock Day

February 19 – National Arabian Horse Day

February 20 – National Love Your Pet Day

February 21 – National Pancake Day

February 22 – National Supermarket Employee Day

February 23 – National Toast Day

February 24 – National Tortilla Chip Day

February 25 – National Clam Chowder Day

February 26 – National Pistachio Day

February 27 – National Polar Bear Day

February 28 – National Tooth Fairy Day




Reinaldo Gil Zambrano is an awardwinning printmaking artist from Caracas, Venezuela, in Spokane, WA. RGZ began collecting unique stories from random social encounters that highlight the common aspects of the human identity that later enriched the visual narratives of his drawings, relief prints, installations, and murals from an early age.

His narrative raises questions of daily issues equally experienced by people across cultures and borders using relief printing as a storytelling tool for its illustration and reflection. He studies the universal idea of home and how it affects individual personalities by exploring iconography derived from the Majority World and fascinating storytelling inspired by Hispanic literature's magical realism and illustrations from the Venezuelan Rosana Farias. His wordless visual narratives challenge the limitations of the written language and bring people together to celebrate the commonality of their collective experiences.

His desire to promote the printmaking practice has guided him to develop projects such as "First Vandal Steam Roller Project" and "The Ink Rally," where large carved pieces were printed on fabric using asphalt roller with the help of many printmaking enthusiasts. In addition, RGZ has been collaborating with local non-profits to develop the Spokane Print Fest. This venue celebrates all things print-related, where local universities, students, artists, instructors, and professors offered live printing demos and exhibited artwork to promote accessible printmaking to the rest of the community. Such projects have worked as communal developers and forces of integration between the Northwest's academic, artistic, and larger communities.

Reinaldo is currently an assistant professor of Printmaking at Gonzaga University as well as an artist member at the Saranac Art Projects, Co-founder of the Spokane Print & Publishing Center, Art Commissioner for the state of Washington, and Spanish host of the #1 printmaking podcast: HELLO PRINT FRIEND

Reinaldo Gil Zambrano

The Art of the Abstract: Meet Pamela Caughey

Abstract artist Pamela Caughey first took an interest in art as a child. But it took a little longer to master her craft.

After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin/Madison in 1983, her family moved to Hamilton, Montana where her serious artistic studies began in 1986. By 2010, she had her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Montana School of Art, then her life of artistic endeavors took flight.

By exploring many mediums, including cold wax/oil, encaustic and acrylics, she found her creative center. Today, she is a full-time studio artist, passing her skillset on to new talent following in her footsteps, through classes and workshops.

With that background in mind, let me tell you how I see Pamela Caughey. She reminds me of a prima ballerina on

a New York stage. Her strokes are like dance moves, each executed with skill and precision. She makes it look easy, but the years of blood, sweat and tears show in her creative canvases.

And that’s the point. To get great at anything, you have to work long and hard, then get up the next morning and do it again. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.

Art critic and Pulitzer Prize winner Jerry Saltz once said, “Only 1% of 1% of 1% of 1% of all artists really have or make any money.” The journey from beginner to a successful career as a creative energy is a leap of faith. But Pamela Caughey has made that leap.

Abstract art is the opposite of figurative painting. You don’t look at a forest and paint the forest in abstracts. Abstracts require deeper consideration. How does the forest make you feel?

Abstracts are like smiles or hugs. They speak in their own language to evoke an emotional response in the painter and the people who admire their paintings. They may make the viewers heart sing.

“I work in four distinct mediums because they push me to further refine who I am as an artist,” Caughey explains. “I continually try to expand my ability to express myself and for the moment am fascinated by the expressive and emotive qualities of line, complex color and shapes that do not exist anywhere except within.”

When Caughey talks about her work, it’s like a master class. She can weave words for 20 minutes, going layer by layer through what it took to create each piece. Her thoughtfulness can make your jaw drop in awe.

She can express what her abstracts mean to her, but that’s only one side of

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the coin. In abstract art, what the viewer draws from the work is just as important. Each person will see something different, and for once in this complicated human era, each person will be right.

Mastery doesn’t mean her education is over. According to Caughey, it is never really over.

“My quest is always to explore what I haven’t done, and find out who I am. Through art, there is discovery, adventure and experimentation. I routinely employ risk and unfamiliar territory as my muse. My main question is, ‘What if?’ I do not like to repeat myself and feel there is far greater ability to grow as an artist, even through failure.”

Experts at galleries and museums

including the Missoula Art Museum, the Nicolaysen Museum and the Holter Museum now follow Pamela Caughey’s quest. Her work grows in popularity each day. She maintains an artistic website at https:// www.pamelacaughey.com/ and an active YouTube presence.

If you’d like a more immediate means of discovery, join her at my gallery, the Marmot Art Space in Kendall Yards on January 6 and February 3 for First Friday events. We’ll consider her larger works in January and her smaller pieces on February.

Marshall Peterson is the owner of Marmot Art Space - back to back winners of Best Art Gallery in our Best Of The City contest for 2021 and 2022.

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