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We welcome Catalyst into the fold of the city magazine by celebrating the best in Businessto-Business Awards, the best in business and business people voted by our readers.

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Women will be the force that changes Western Civilization and they work in big and amazing ways to make our city a better place. We celebrate them in the Woman Pages of the magazine.


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Thomas Tedder began humbly and has swiftly built an empire at Tedder Industries. He shares the journey to where he is now, and what motivates him to stay ahead of the competition.

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Editor’s Letter


It Takes a Village

The Feed B2B Awards Green Building Trends


First Look and Buzz Rover Lilacs & Lemons Winter Adventures Road Trip: Schweitzer Life by Creative Design Civic Leadership Spokane Rising Spokane Sightings


The Nest Novel Look Rebuilding After Fire Home Decor Color Trends


Real Estate


Buying in Winter

People of Spokane, Out and About


People Pages



Earl Wham


The Scene

Woman Pages

Women March in Spokane Lilac Lit: January Lit Music: Cattywomp Artist: Janie Bruce

Day in the Life: Activist HerStory: Michelle Anderson Role Model: April Ponikvar Family





The Best Options for Where to Go and What To Do

Anti-Aging Wearable Fitness Devices



Metro Talk

Local Cuisine

Legal Fees & Reintegration

Feasting At Home Pizza Roulette Ribbon Cuttings Feast Wine Dinners Food Chain: Wage Ripple Effect Kombucha DINING GUIDE


Wedding Tips Enjoying the Day Budget Breakdown Dress Shopping Resource Guide


Mic Drop: Thomas Tedder


Why We Live Here


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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

The Brutiful Nature of Life “Life is brutal. But it’s also beautiful. Brutiful, I call it. Life’s brutal and beautiful are woven together so tightly that they can’t be separated. Reject the brutal, reject the beauty.” —Glennon Doyle Melton


he month of December—with all of the hope of the holidays and cheer of twinkly lights— did not prove to be immune to the brutal side of life. Daily, I read messages from friends and acquaintances who had to say goodbye to beloved pets. Dogs, bunnies, horses . . . furry family members woven into the fabric of their humans’ lives. Leaving their masters’ hearts tilted on their axis, and big empty holes in life spaces. There were forced goodbyes to beloved people, too. During the week of Christmas, one of my son’s football coaches suddenly passed away from a heart attack. A loving father to two teenage girls and a devoted husband, Joe Swope was strong and healthy, a light and inspiration to so many from the North Central High School community. I stared at his family photo and would not—could not—let the reality penetrate my understanding. It was all too much. The next day, my friend Katie’s 19-month old beautifully spirited daughter, Cami, fell ill. She put out a prayer request after Cami was hospitalized with what was later determined to be a bacterial infection that had swiftly taken over her little body. I had no doubt she would pull through because, although I had never met her in person, it was an unconscionable thought for such a bright light to be lost. The Friday before Christmas Eve, I read a Facebook message from Cami’s “granddaisey” that they were preparing to say goodbye to her. I couldn’t lift myself out of bed. I was one of hundreds of people praying for a Christmas miracle for Cami, but she became a Christmas angel instead. My 12-year-old wrapped her arms around me. “I’m so sorry, mama,” she said. It had been a while since she showered me with such tenderness. I don’t often cry, but I couldn’t stop the heaving tears coming out with what felt like a lifetime of devastating sadness. The kids and I had a full schedule planned that day, but I didn’t want to get out from under the covers. I texted a friend to say I couldn’t—didn’t want to—move out of bed. She said bad things happen all around us, but we can’t let them take us out. I think of all of them—the big strong dad and coach, the furry family members, the uber precious baby girl—with big sets of beautiful wings frolicking in a heavenly place. There is peace to envision them enveloped in the arms of those who had gone before. Glennon Doyle Melton has openly shared her tumultuous journey through


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addiction and suicidal thoughts via her blog, Momestary and two New York Times bestselling books. She speaks of experiencing her lowest moment, on the bathroom floor with a positive pregnancy test in hand. “Every morning, I open my eyes and immediately understand that I am still that girl on the bathroom floor, holding that pregnancy test like a terrifying invitation, trying to decide whether to stay down on the cold floor or get up and show up for my life.” My wish for 2017 is that we fully engage in the complex nature of life. That we capture and behold a deeper sense of connectivity to our friends and family, and to all of humanity. That we keep getting up off that cold bathroom floor—and out from under protective covers—after life flattens us out, and that we face each day with kindness toward ourselves and others. That we remember, with every interaction we hold the power to influence things for the better. And, as hard as it is, understand that we can’t fully see the beautiful side of life without fully leaning into the brutality of it. To be fully human is to recognize, even in the depths of life’s most significant losses, that love abides. And we must remember to show that love, by reaching out to those we care about, especially to those who are most in need. Here’s to the end of a difficult year, and to a year of new opportunities to show up for our lives, and to show up with our love intact and in action. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, and we are Spokane. Please find me on Facebook— and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living page—to stay connected between press dates, and share your thoughts, stories, and life in real time. With love for all,

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LILACS to the Browne’s Addition residents who are seeking extra protections to ensure the historic flavor of their neighborhood is not lost. Once even one beautiful turn-of-the-century mansion is razed it is lost forever, and then another concrete bunker-like duplex or apartment building takes its place and little by little the neighborhood declines as it loses its identity. Here’s hoping the neighborhood council prevails. We’d hate to lose that little gem in the midst of our great city.

LEMONS to Frontier Airlines for bumping a friend of mine from a holiday flight because they couldn’t find a pilot. They offered no assistance on finding an alternative flight home other than a refund of the ticket price, which was $500 less than any other airline was offering. If they can’t get their pilots to come to work, they shouldn’t take it out on their passengers.

LILACS to the Modern Theater of Spokane for lasting downtown more than 40 years. All is Calm, a play Bozzi Media sponsored, was their last scheduled play before closing down for good. Perhaps an angel can rescue them. The theater does seem to have nine lives. In the meantime, we want to thank all those who worked there, performed there or served on their board for 40 delightful years of entertaining and enlightening us. Bravo! Award Winning Catering for • Weddings • Parties • Special Events

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LEMONS to the Spokane County Commission for suddenly banning new outdoor pot farms without a public notice. That will certainly throw some peoples’ plans askew. But LILACS to them for responding to the cries of property owners who have seen significant declines in their property values due to the skunk smell the marijuana plants generate. It seems that such farms are going to have to be in more isolated areas. I speak for many who would dread having that smell waft into my backyard.

LILACS to the artistic director of Spokane’s Northwest Bach Festival, Zuill Bailey, on receiving a grammy nomination for solo instrumental work. Bailey has performed at several of our venues and has been featured on our front cover. We are lucky that he’s affiliated with Spokane and wish him the very best. If you haven’t seen his captivating and mesmerizing way with his cello, built in 1693, you simply must treat yourself. LILACS to Shaun Springer for spending his Thanksgiving at fast food restaurant drivethroughs and delivering bags of food to the needy. What a great example of getting into the holiday spirit. This local photographer was here without his loved ones and he decided to give back; to kind of adopt the homeless as his family. Finding people who delighted in Egg McMuffins and Taco Bell breakfasts was easy and welcomed. I think it’s a tradition we should consider emulating. Even the poor and addicted need to catch a break now and then. Knowing Shaun, he’ll say this helped him a lot more than it helped the recipients. LEMONS to AMC Theatres for converting ALL their seats to recliners. Some find them uncomfortable, including myself. I applaud their investing in their theatre and trying to improve the theatre experience, but the biggest result is that new movies seem to sell out immediately because there are so few seats in the theatre. And since all the seats are assigned, it’s difficult to meet up with friends and join each other at the show to sit together.






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Michala Mowery I’m living a more positive life and trying hard to accept my own short comings as quirks and love myself because of and not in spite of them. Deva Logan Be more naked! Penny Simonson Wear more jewelry. Work on my foreign accents. Go to Maine. Tina Gordon Feel the fear and do it anyways. Avont Grant Write a new drink or food recipe each month. David Ross To make more charcuterie at home. Like headcheese. Regina Malveaux To be more patient and remind myself that most people are doing the best they can in that moment in time. Hara Allison I resolve to marry.

Melissa Singh Cole Learn enough Creole to get by in Haiti. Rene Delane Get off my ask! Ask whoever I want for advice or help without fear of rejection.


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Holly Coelho Swanson I resolve to allow the process to unfold instead of trying to force things or make them happen Sherry Jones Dance more, and faster. Christine Pettit I want to keep my blood sugars under 100% control. Resist every tempting treat from now until eternity. Kayla Boutillier Be an intentional consumer and only allow people, places, and things in my life that truly add value and meaning. Sarah Spence Renew my resolve not to order, buy or eat anything that they hand out a window to you.



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FIRST LOOK/indoor adventures

Get Out of That Winter Funk with Indoor Adventures Chase away the winter blues by creating new experiences by Erika Prins Simonds

MASTERING THE ART of swaddling oneself just so, leaving one arm free to reach for the remote and spiked hot chocolate, is

certainly a worthy goal. But by January, the routine of Netflix and, well, more Netflix can leave the hibernating Northwesterner in a funk. For a quick remedy, metaphorically splash your brain with cold water by trying something new. You’ll likely have a blast—and the injection of energy and excitement for life may be just the nudge you need to make it to spring without a meltdown.

Catch an Indie Flick The Magic Lantern in downtown Spokane made a quick comeback after closing its doors in early August 2016. On December 1, the small theater celebrated its grand reopening under new ownership. Not all independent films require a film degree to appreciate—and it seems the Magic Lantern’s new owners aim to broaden the theater’s appeal by representing a variety of genres. The theater will also pick up some films that have completed their run at larger theaters, giving moviegoers a reason to enjoy the intimate setting—including beer and wine, pending approval of a liquor license— even if foreign films aren’t their thing. magiclanternonmain.com

Paint with Pals Pulling on heels for a girls’ night on the town has its place—and that place is summer, when you can rock a miniskirt without thermal leggings underneath. Swap the little black dress for something you don’t mind getting paint on and invite your gal pals to join you for a night of painting and sipping on wine or beer. Depending on how hip your friends are, you may need to propose taking a paint and sip class as an ironic activity, like the entertainment equivalent of wearing “mom jeans.” Pinot’s Palette, Downtown Spokane and Coeur d’Alene: pinotspalette.com Sip ‘n Paint Studio, North Spokane: sipnpaintstudio.com Paint & Pints, Downtown Spokane: paintandpints.com Painting with a Twist, Spokane Valley: paintingwithatwist.com

Get Speedy Blow off some of that winter driving angst by getting behind the wheel indoors. At FastKart, you don’t have to worry about hitting black ice or spinning out in the snow. You don’t have to look on in utter horror as drivers skid into the intersection the morning after a snowstorm. Plus, you get to wear a super-sweet helmet. To make the most of a go kart adventure, wrangle a handful of competitive friends and take over the whole course—your middle-school self will thank you for finally having your dream birthday party, even if it’s not your birthday. When you register to race, you’ll be asked for your racer name, which will appear on the printout of race standings. The right pseudonym will leave your opponents trembling in fear—and give you the boost of confidence you need to maneuver those tight turns at high speeds. Start brainstorming now. fastkartspeedway.com


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FIRST LOOK/road trip


inters can be interesting beasts for a summer-lov ing girl like me. The slippery speedways, the lack of open windows and wind in my hair. And how do I dare admit I don’t ski when surrounded by some of the most spectacular skiing mountains found

gray city existence. Until a media tour invite to the tip top of Schweitzer Mountain Resort to preview the new Sky House presented itself. I am officially 100 percent pro time on the mountain now, whether or not you ski. The peace and serenity, the stunning scenery, the jolly atmosphere, by Stephanie Regalado the layers upon layers of SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT warmth you need to wrap your body in, and hat hair for everyone around the globe? But, alas, it make winter worth experiis hard not to fall in love with encing and embracing. Life the way a winter wonderland is indeed a little different beautifies every aspect of the up there, it’s simply better, city and surrounding areas. with more than 2,900 acres While all of the snow-embrac- to explore, Schweitzer has ers scramble off to the moun- everything you need for a tains to frolic and live big, I perfect day on or off the stay tucked into my mostly slopes.

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See and Do From snow sports in the winter (skiing,

snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, snowmobile tours, snowbiking), to adventure sports in the summer (mountain biking, zip lining, tennis, geocaching, horseback riding, hiking and huckleberry picking), and a host of events for all ages, there is truly something magical for adventurous spirits of all levels. There are year-round pools and hot tubs, as well as massage and spa treatments in Solstice Spa. The most recent addition of the Sky House is a must experience. Ride the second lift up to the summit for views and world-class food and drinks (and proximity to heaven) that officially makes the trek up the mountain a bucket list item.

Stay Staying slopeside in

the Selkirk Lodge or White Pine is the best way to experience Schweitzer and it’s nice to know that once you’re there, you are all set with everything you need just a few steps away. Schweitzer Condos are a great option for families and long stay guests. Dining, shopping, experiences, chair lifts, instructors, events and more are all part of the “village” within walking distance of your vacation abode.

Sip & Savor During the winter season, there are several

delicious options to choose from: fine dining in Chimney Rock Grill, fantastic wine and food pairings at Gourmandie, quick breakfast and lunch offerings at Lakeview Cafeteria, pizza from Sam’s Alley, and espressos galore at Cabinet Mountain Coffee and the Mojo Coyote Café. You must stop by Pucci’s Pub for their shredded pork nachos and a pint or two. Taps Lounge (21+) serves all of your apres ski needs from hot toddies to cold beers. It’s the hottest place to be with live music on the weekends, too. Power Hound Pizza specializes in slices and pies, and will deliver anywhere on the mountain.

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December 2, 2016 | Bozzi Gallery First Friday and Grand Re-opening photography by James & Kathy Mangis

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The Difference

January’s Renaissance Moment:

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THE NEW YEAR always brings jubilation for new opportunities. Resolutions abound and Spokane’s forward momentum will continue in 2017 as a flourishing new medical school and Riverfront Park’s renovation propel our Renaissance forward. At the heart of the rebirth though are innovative individuals who dream big and then deliver. Dreamers like Walt Worthy have delivered a Grand Hotel which shapes our skyline, promising better things. Developers like Jim Frank of Kendall Yards revitalized an abandoned property into an enviable housing development while Ron Wells continues his quest to renovate the deteriorating Ridpath and Jerry Dicker likewise continues his success refurbishing the Bing and other hidden Spokane jewels. The Italian Renaissance was sustained not just on the dreams of the likes of Leonardo da Vinci but flourished across Europe on innovators from all walks of life who saw solutions rather than problems. So it is for Spokane, where visionaries provide promise of another economic spring. Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Startup Center provides a launch pad for entrepreneurs, an illuminating place

called Fellows CoWorking Space offers a communal location for creators to synergize, and a revolutionary place called Toolbox affords inventors a means to build their inventions. All these places are new, and while not as noticeable as the Grand Hotel, they nonetheless fuel our forward economic momentum. In a similar vein, visionary nonprofit leaders like executive director Edie RiceSauer of Transitions are making smart changes for the homeless and lowincome women they support against a constrained funding environment while still incredibly empowering the women they serve. Steve Jobs is famously quoted as saying “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and followers.” This January, resolutions may come and go but Spokane’s Renaissance remains resolute as our leaders itch for more and more innovation to make our lives brighter. That is one itch worth scratching. Col. Brian Newberry, USAF ret. is current executive director of Leadership Spokane and former Commander, 92 ARW, Fairchild AFB.

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FIRST LOOK/life by creative design


pokane and the Inland Northwest is in the midst of a cultural transformation led by a new generation of artists, culture creators and creative entrepreneurs. Mixed Media is a new monthly column highlighting this energy and the people sparking it, brought to you by your friends at Terrain.

Erica Williamson | Owner of Mimosa Floral Design Flowers have always been an obsession for Erica Williamson. “Each stem has a kind of mood and individual beauty to offer that can transfer emotion,” she says. “Being able to craft and utilize such a fleeting beauty is humbling and intoxicating.” She calls the work of floral design “a manipulated dramatization of nature,” and while most people treat flowers as a supermarket commodity, Erica wants to use her practice to help people see them as a moving, organic medium for artistic expression. “I want my designs to catch your attention,” she says. “Make you take notice of the beauty of a quirky stem, admire a flower variety that was perhaps unknown to you before.” Having been born in Everett and grown up in Kennewick, she appreciates the variety of landscapes in the Inland Northwest and our full four seasons. “The region is inspiring to me,” she concludes, and she’s excited to grow her art as it develops in its own right “into a major cultural hub for artists and entrepreneurs.” You can follow Erica on Instagram @MimosaFloralDesign or facebook Mimosa Floral Design. Check out her website MimosaFloralDesign.com

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Austin Stiegemeier | Painter & Draftsman When people think of figure drawing or a painted still life, it’s easy to imagine inert figures. A fruit bowl beneath a window sill. A model holding the same austere pose for hours. Even in stillness, Austin Stiegemeier sees movement. “Life has gravity and all actions bear a weight or power to affect something else,” he says. “Images are the trace of action. As a visual artist I think you have an opportunity to encourage someone to ruminate on these forces for just a little longer than usual.” So while he often uses traditional methods—like portraiture of a live model—his work also plays with contemporary materials like Sharpie on cardboard and large rolls of commercial vinyl and themes like violence and power constructs. He uses water color, which he loves “particularly for its brilliance, fluidity, and free moving quality,” to convey moments of objectification. He draws character studies of supporters at Trump rallies. “For me, art is a way of being present in the world,” he says. “There are so many ways to do that, but I know from my own experiences that participating in artistic thought and taking creative action can be deeply enriching experiences that can broaden expectations and sometimes alter our perception of limitations.” “My goal as an artist is to test my limits as a person.” See more of Austin’s work on instagram @stiggyart and at stiggyart.com. To join his exhibition mailing list or to discuss buying his work, email him at austin.stiegemeier@ gmail.com


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has developed a reputation as a particularly welcoming destination for refugees. In the early 1990s, as a result of the fall of the Soviet Union, roughly 5,000 individuals from the former Eastern Bloc, like Ukraine, escaped the slowing economies and rough politics in their home countries and made new homes in Spokane County. More arrived in subsequent years. Other refugees have arrived from Southeast Asian countries, like Laos and Vietnam. Still others have fled ongoing violence in places like Somalia and Iraq. World Relief Spokane estimates roughly 600 refugees arrive in Spokane annually. These migrants come with little other than a bag or two of their belongings, not much money and often poor English skills. Once here, local churches and nonprofit organizations provide assistance with ESL classes, housing support, and integration seminars. If they are relocating from a particularly war-torn or otherwise traumatic place, they may also receive services to help them cope in the aftermath. By all accounts, we in Spokane do an excellent job of relocating refugees. But what if we took it a step further? Because of the lengthy application and vetting process that can often top two years, many refugees relocating in the United States are highly educated and qualified, with specialized degrees and many years of experience. Unfortunately, however, without proof of their degrees or transferability of professional certifications, this experience is of little use once they arrive, and many refugees remain underemployed. We could begin to change that here in Spokane, by making hospitality in resettlement a part of our economic development strategy.

For example, what if we could provide small business training to refugees who wish to start a business here in Spokane? We could pair a local business-owner with a refugee business-owner for mentoring and support, and establish links with organizations like Greater Spokane Incorporated and the Downtown Spokane Partnership. Perhaps owners of vacant retail spaces could provide low-cost short-term leases, in a similar manner to Window Dressing, the nonprofit placing art and pop up retail in empty storefronts. Places like Garland, North Monroe, West Broadway, and East Sprague would welcome an increase in commerce. Local banks and credit unions might offer lowinterest loans and micro-loans to provide necessary startup capital. Thinking more broadly, while refugees may be unable to work in the precise fields that they did before relocating, we might be able to partner with local businesses to provide mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities. Ultimately, refugees come to the United States with skills they would be prepared to use if not for the obstacles which so often beset them. Spokane’s relative success in relocation derives from its spirit of hospitality, generosity, and openness. As the national conversation turns increasingly inward, we could become a model for the country by empowering refugees to help grow our local economy as they make a new home here in the Inland Northwest. Anthony Gill is a Spokane native and recent graduate of Santa Clara University. He is the founder of Spokane Rising , an urbanist blog focused on ways to make our city a better place to live.

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ore than 2,000 people are expected to march through the streets of Spokane, joining communities nation-wide as part of a day-long coordinated Women’s March, which will begin in Washington DC. In the spirit of democracy, and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice, marchers will join in diversity to show their presence in numbers too great to ignore. They will march and stand together in solidarity, demanding protection of the rights, safety, and health for all. “The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us: women, immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault,” says Maria Garcia-Bachman, from the Women’s March Spokane Action Committee. “We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.” Organizers recognize that vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of the country. A group of approximately thirty volunteers is coordinating the march in concert with hundreds of other cities across America. Spokane activities

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start at 11 a.m. with a rally at the Spokane Convention Center, where guests will hear inspirational speakers from national and local human rights, justice, and women’s advocacy groups, as well as musical entertainment. Beginning at 1 p.m., there will be a peaceful but powerful march through downtown Spokane, followed by a volunteer fair after a return to the Convention Center. The Volunteer Fair provides guests the opportunity to learn about, support, and volunteer for a constellation of agencies and organizations. March organizers have collaborated with a local agency to collect donations of warm clothing, blankets, and personal supplies for a shelter serving homeless and at-risk women in our community. Citizens of Central and Eastern Washington, North Idaho, Western Montana, and British Columbia are invited to gather in Spokane for the march. “We are reaching out to all defenders of human rights to mobilize with us. This march is the first step toward unifying communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up,” says Maria. The event is a 100 percent inclusive event, welcoming all genders, races, ages, religions, and sexual orientation. “March participants will be inspired and supported, and will leave with a new or renewed sense that ‘We Are America’ and will not be silenced.” For detailed information and updates, visit WomensMarchOnSpokane.org or Facebook at Women’s March on Spokane.












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Being mindful might be a battlecry for 2017, as we re-learn, following a brutal election year, how to treat others. My goals for the year include actively supporting arts organizations, public libraries, nonprofits, and community centers that foster our city’s diversity and compassion. Fittingly, it’s the month of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. If you have young kids around, I recommend heading to your local public library and checking out great read-aloud titles such as I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. from the Ordinary People Change the World series, or Mama’s Nightingale by Edwidge Danticat (about an immigrant family and a daughter’s separation from her mother), or even The Family Book by Todd Parr (which embraces the many varieties of loving families, whether nurtured by a single parent or by two dads). These books are a great introduction to the multiculturalism, tolerance, and unity MLK, Jr. inspired. On January 15, MLK, Jr.’s birthday, consider taking part in Writer’s Resist: Stand Together, Speak Out. Community organizers and writers will join together to speak and read about “what has been, what is, and what they hope will be.” While this is part of a national movement in response to the recent presidential election, it will appeal to any person interested in the civil rights movement and in Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. Time and location TBA; keep an eye

on the group’s Facebook page for more details. Another great opportunity to give back is the upcoming Spark Salon: A Benefit and Paddle Raise for Spark Central. The benefit presents literary superstars Jess Walter and Maria Semple with comedianne and exSaturday Night Live actress Julia Sweeney. Enjoy the salient wit of these three talents while supporting West Central’s vital community center. Tickets cost $50 per person, or $360 for a table of 8. January 20 at Overbluff Cellars (7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.). Spokane poets Tim Greenup and Ellen Welcker will give a joint book launch this month, reading from their new collections—Without Warning and Ram Hands, respectively—at Auntie’s Bookstore. Awardwinning poet and esteemed editor Maya Jewell Zeller, who lives in North Spokane, will introduce the writers. January 7, 7 p.m. On January 12, I’ll give a workshop at Spark Central for the upcoming Lilac City Fairy Tales anthology. Writers of all levels and ages are invited to join me for some witchy inspiration on this year’s writing theme, “Weird Sisters.” Anyone interested in publishing a poem or short story in the anthology, or in writing a piece that borders on the supernatural/fantastical, will enjoy this low pressure workshop. Sign up online at sparkwestcentral.org. $10 per person. All proceeds will support the community center. Please note that space is limited, so register early. Lastly, here’s to enjoying “the cold blessing” of winter, and to lifting our faces to it. Happy New Year to all. Sharma Shields, born and raised in Spokane, is the author of Favorite Monster: Stories and The Sasquatch Hunter’s Almanac: A Novel. She lives on the South Hill with her husband and two children.


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AFTER CATCHING a live show or listening to their album, few would guess that

Spokane’s Cattywomp is the first serious band for any of its members. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist James Volz started collaborating with lead guitarist AJ Stormberger about three years ago, and the rest of the band came along in the summer of 2015. James writes the lyrics and brings a touch of the jam band vibe to the music, along with the sweeping dynamics of post-rock. AJ is deep into late 60s and 70s classic rock. He frequently provides the general ideas for songwriting, while everyone joins in to flesh out the arrangements. Kyle Freeman’s alto sax sound formed in his high school jazz band days. Skyler Lookabill’s keyboard technique pulls in progressive and reggae sounds. Jacob Ayers is immersed in funk bass styles from the 60s through the 80s. Drummer Andy Burdick somehow melded his experience in jazz and metal into a strong but responsive rhythmic backing. A common thread among multiple members, and definitely in the group as a whole, is inspiration from Dave Matthews Band. Altogether, funky/bluesy 70s classic rock and jazzed-up 90s alternative rock sounds dominate the mix. 2016 was a productive year for Cattywomp. They won a battle of the bands at the Garland Street Fair, headlined some local artist shows at The Knitting Factory, and played Pig Out in the Park. In the spring they recorded their debut album Stay Away with Jimmy Hill at Amplified Wax. The disc saw its release in September at The Big Dipper in downtown Spokane. With the vintage vibe of their music, they wanted an album cover to match. It was a nobrainer to include AJ’s 1959 Ford Edsel. To complete the “band on the run” theme, they wanted a retro police cruiser. Luckily, the Spokane Police Department set them up with a retired Washington State Patrol officer who was happy to help. They took photos in the farmlands northeast of Spokane. On the front cover, Jake has his head out the window: was this staged for the sake of photographic composition? No, he had just passed gas and wanted some fresh air. Meanwhile, the rest of the band tried to maintain composure for the shot. 2017 holds great promise for Cattywomp. On Saturday, February 4 they will open for Seattle’s Ayron Jones and The Way at The Big Dipper. They’re already booking summer gigs and have some new songs in the works. Chances are good they’ll play more shows along with other local bands such as Ragtag Romantics, Wayward West, and Traveler of Home. Find them online at Cattywomp.com and search for CattywompBand on Facebook and Instagram. Purchase their CD Stay Away at 4000 Holes in Spokane or online at CD Baby and iTunes.

Matt Loi is a lifelong resident of Eastern Washington. After majoring in music and minoring in physics at EWU, he got started at iHeartMedia Spokane in 2007. Since then, he’s brought hundreds of local musicians into the studio and has grown to love the local music scene. You can catch Matt around town at multiple concerts each week, sometimes on stage playing bass.

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Fresh on the Scene:

Janie Bruce

by Darin Burt

OFTEN, WHEN ARTISTS are interviewed, they talk about their artistic journey, how

they’ve come about developing their own unique style and their plans for the future. Janie Bruce is at the beginning of that creative road, and when she remarks that she’s been drawing or painting her “whole life,” it’s important to remember that she’s talking about 18 years. “In school I was always doodling, and in my free time I’d always be doing something artistic,” says Janie, who attended Joel E. Ferris High School and is now attending Spokane Falls Community College. “I’m still trying to figure out what makes me love art, whether it’s therapeutic or something I can use to make a statement about social issues.” Daniel Boatsman, at the Bozzi Gallery, was one of the first to take note of Janie’s talents, and arranged a showing of her paintings during a First Friday event. That one art show led to requests for more exhibits and commissions from new fans of her work “It was unreal and crazy that other people are interested in something I do mainly for myself,” Janie says.


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“It was only a year ago that I realized I had a really strong passion for painting. I had a lot of encouragement from family and friends; people would always tell me to follow my passion,” Janie says. “Painting is the one thing I can do that makes me feel useful and happy.” An artist has a gift to see the world in different ways. Janie’s subjects are people she knows, strangers she might see waiting at the bus stop or having a cup of coffee at a local cafe or simply someone in a photograph or magazine ad who she finds alluring, and posses that “something” she feels driven to capture on canvas. “It’s always something in the eyes, and I like to get that,” Janie says. “When I do a painting, I actually save the eyes until last because it’s my favorite part. I don’t really have a way to begin, I just start and something comes out.” Acrylic paints dry fast and allow Janie to work quickly. She tends to use larger brushes that give her paintings a smooth, ethereal quality. “I don’t want the goal to be perfect realism,” Janie says. “Most of the time, what I do just comes out as what it is.” “I like to meet the person I’m painting so I can capture their personality . . . I take a note of facial features and keep a mental note in my head of the ones that are most important to that person’s look,” she says. “Since I’ve started doing portraits, I’ve noticed that I’ll be looking at people’s faces more and thinking about how I would paint them. “I do this because I like it, and when I finish a painting, I feel really proud of myself.” You can follow Janie online at instagram. com/janieeeeeelise.

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covery, and curiosity with a specimen and media rich display. This is the only exhibition created on the topic that is truly international in scope, featuring a slate of world-renowned scientists and their breakthrough findings on Pleistocene mega fauna. Original artistic creations including environmental murals, life-sized replications, and soundscapes immerse visitors in Earth’s diverse ecosystems, both past and present. Collection pieces from the museum will accompany the exhibition with an unveiling of a mammoth-sized Pleistocene display in the museum’s group entry, created by artist Peter Thomas. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 4563931, northwestmuseum.org.

MUSIC January 19: Catalyst B2B Awards Networking Event

There’s no better way to kick off 2017 than connecting your business to the top B2B providers in our area—or advancing yourself professionally by plugging into our vibrant business community. Spokane area professionals will kick off the new year with a celebration of the region’s BEST B2B Firms of 2016. This trade show and networking event features area businesses who do what they do best. You’ll meet the people behind the business at this free and open to the public networking event. 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Bank of America building lobby, 601 W. Riverside Ave. Register via bozzimedia.com.


January 6, February 3: First Friday

Enjoy visual arts, musical presentations, sample local foods, get acquainted with local performing artists and more at this monthly event sponsored by the Downtown Spokane Partnership. On the first Friday of each month, participating galleries, museums, boutiques and more host a city-wide open house with refreshments and entertainment. First Friday is free and open to the public. Downtown Spokane. downtownspokane.org.

January 16, February 5, February 20: Spokane Poetry Slam and BootSlam

January 12: Wylie & the Wild West Show

Wylie Gustafson is an American original. The gifted singer, songwriter, rancher, horseman and the world-famous Yahoo! yodeler leads the band for a captivating presentation of original and traditional music. Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill. 621 W. Mallon. (800) 325SEAT or ticketswest.com.

January 13: Spokane Symphony Intersect: The Baltics—Independence at the Fore of Russia

INTERSECT (formerly Symphony with a Splash) is an evolution of the best parts of their adventurous programming infused with the collaborative innovation audiences have grown to love. They’ll be presenting music, art and culture in way that will enhance your concert experience. Partnering with local chefs, bartenders and cultural arts groups—this concert series will be an intersection of the best of what Spokane has to offer. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

Spokane Poetry Slam is competitive performance poetry at its Northwest finest. Every first and third week of the month spoken word warriors battle for Inland Empire supremacy, and a $50 Grand Prize. Each poem is judged by five members of the audience and, after two rounds of poetry, whichever poet has the highest cumulative score is declared the winner. BootJanuary 21-22: Spokane Symphoslam, at Boots Bakery, is held on the first Sunday of each month, while Spokane ny Classics: American Poetry Slam, held at the Bartlett, is held on the third Monday of each Voices month. Boots Bakery and Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. The Bartlett, 228 W. Celebrate America’s Sprague Ave. spokanepoetryslam.org. February 27: An Evening With Taylor vibrant musical voice. Joplin Hicks infuses German opera with Through January 8: My Spokane: A Vintage Look at SpoTaylor Hicks won the fifth season of ragtime, Ellington entwines kane Through the Screenprints of Chris Bovey American Idol. Hicks got his start as a complex melodies and The Museum is thrilled to present Spokane artist Chris Bovey’s professional musician in his late teens rhythms to create a musical first-ever Museum exhibit: 25 of his prints with photographs of perand performed around the Southeastern tour of Harlem, and Gersonal, special places. Photographs of the prints subject matter are from United States for well over the span of a shwin uses a rich blues to the Charles Libby Collection in the Joel E. Ferris Research Library and decade, during which he also released two evoke the impressions of an Archive. In the exhibit, each print and photo will be accompanied by a independent albums. Upon winning Idol, he American in Paris. Barber’s brief story about why Chris chose the image, what each place means to was signed to Arista Records, under which rhythmic vitality captures the him, and to Spokane. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. his self-titled major label debut was released spirit of a literary farce, while (509) 456-3931, northwestmuseum.org. on December 12, 2006. His energetic stage Adams’s “foxtrot for orchesperformances and influences derived from tra” portrays Chairman Mao Opening February 11: Titans of the Ice Age: Mammoths classic rock, blues, and R&B music have dancing with his mistress. and Mastodons earned him a following of devout fans, who Prokofiev’s lyrical and virtuoExplore the world of mammoths and mastodons in an 8,500 have been dubbed the “Soul Patrol.” 7:30 sic concerto rounds out the square foot traveling exhibition from The Field Museum of Chicago, p.m. Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill, 621 W. program. Fox Theatre. 1001 Illinois. This exhibition taps into the spirit of scientific exploration, disMallon. ticketswest.com. W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-


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January 28: Spokane Symphony Superpops: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is on a mission, one it has pursued for more than 23 years: to celebrate and revitalize jazz and swing music—America’s original musical art form. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, named after an autograph by blues legend Albert Collins, has appeared in concert venues across the world and sold millions of records, and had their music appear in hundreds of movies and television shows. Through it all, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy continues its decades long mission and brings joy to audiences around the world. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

January 28: Sawyer Brown

Founded in 1981, Sawyer Brown celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. Over the course of those years the band played more than 4,000 shows worldwide. Sawyer Brown prides itself on composing songs that represent the small moments in life, capturing their audience’s feelings of everyday life. The band’s signature song “Some Girls Do” represents the moment a man realizes he’s found the woman for him. Some of their hit songs include “The Dirt Road,” “The Walk,” “Drive Me Wild,” and “Thank God For You.” Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com.

January 29: Spokane String Quartet: Incomparable Beethoven

The Spokane String Quartet presents a double dose of Beethoven. Concertgoers will hear both Piano Sonata No. 9 in E Major and the composer’s arrangement of the same work for string quartet in the key of F Major. Rounding out the program is a piano quintet by Shostakovich written by the Beethoven Quartet. Guest pianist Karen Savage is on the faculty at Washington State University and is a frequent duo-piano performer with her husband Jeffrey as “88 Squared.” Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

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February 9: Roots and Boots

The Roots and Boots tour is comprised of three outstanding country music stars. Sammy Kershaw brings his pure country sound and revolutionary hits to the stage and allows the audience to take a step back in time. Celebrating 25 successful years of recording and producing country music, Aaron Tippin will bring his chart-topping, influential songs to the stage. Tippin was discovered in a Nashville night club in 1990 and within his first few years as an artist, he placed numerous No. 1 hits and chart-toppers. Terri Clark joins these two dynamic musicians with her distinctive female voice and impressive guitar skills. Northern Quest Casino. 100 N. Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest. com.

February 11-12: Spokane Symphony Classics: Tchaikovsky and Shakespeare Tchaikovsky drew inspiration from Shakespearean tragedies to create a pair of masterpieces. “Hamlet” captures the tension and conflict of the play, using powerful orchestration and dramatic contrasts. “Romeo and Juliet” pairs a brutally dramatic theme with his achingly beautiful love theme. Joshua Roman reprises his acclaimed performance of Bates’s Cello Concerto that blends classical lyricism with blues, jazz elements, and techno rhythms. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

and culture with the community. They continue this year with three films that offer fascinating glimpses into the diversity of Jewish experiences in Israel and around the world. Hemmingson Center at Gonzaga University. 702 E. Desmet Ave.

January 27-29: Monster Jam Triple Threat Series Monster Jam Triple Threat Series featuring the AMSOIL Series is a points-based format that showcases the best lineup of Monster Jam vehicles that deliver what fans want to see most . . . more trucks, more racing, more freestyle, more donuts, more wheelies, more action. The Central and West tour tests the versatility of the athletes as they go head-tohead in seven different competitions driving three different vehicles—Monster Jam trucks, Monster Jam Speedsters and Monster Jam ATVs. These athletes battle for points in challenging racing and freestyle events that push themselves and their machines to the limit. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325SEAT or ticketswest.com.

February 4: Symphonic Film at the Fox: Phantom of the Opera

Don’t miss this season’s Symphonic Film at The Fox, the 1925 classic flick Phantom of the Opera. Watch the great Lon Chaney, Sr. in one of his most memorable roles while the Spokane Symphony performs the soundtrack live. They will be joined by pianist Rick Friend, performing his own musical score to accompany the digitally restored version of the film. This rendition of the literary classic remains most famous for Chaney’s ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept under wraps until the film’s premiere. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

February 8: National Geographic Live: Brian Skerry—Ocean Soul


January 13-14: Wrangler Roughstock Rodeo

Fixin’ to take over the Spokane Arena, it’s the Wrangler Roughstock Rodeo presented by The General Store. Two huge nights of the roughest and toughest cowboys in the country taking on the meanest, nastiest and snarliest beasts around, this is one must-see event in January. New this year will be Bareback Riding, Saddle Bronc Riding and everyone’s favorite Bull Riding. Y’all should check out the action. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

January 19-22: Spokane Jewish Cultural Film Festival

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In the last 50 years, 90 percent of the big fish in the ocean have disappeared. More than 100 million sharks are taken annually and species of whales and sea turtles are on the brink of extinction. In his trademark presentation, Skerry showcases his stunning photography and describes his adventurous life in a gripping portrait of the ocean as a place of beauty and mystery, a place in trouble, and ultimately, a place of hope that will rebound with the proper attention and care. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325SEAT or ticketswest.com.

February 14: Balletboyz

Since its formation in 2001, BalletBoyz have sought to excite, enlighten, and expand dance audiences. The Company has quickly established itself as one of the most cheekily original and innovative forces in modern dance: revolutionizing traditional programming formats, commissioning new works, collaborating with a wide range of cutting edge talents and building a large following through its television broadcasts. Bringing together composers, artists, designers, filmmakers and photographers, BalletBoyz aims to integrate a wide range of artistic elements in every performance. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325SEAT or ticketswest.com.

February 16-19: Cirque du Soleil: Ovo

Ovo, meaning “egg” in Portuguese, is a headlong rush into a colorful ecosystem teeming with life, where insects work, eat, crawl, flutter, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot of energy and movement. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are awestruck and intensely curious about this iconic object that represents the enigma and cycles of their lives. It is love at first sight when a gawky, quirky insect arrives in this bustling community and a fabulous ladybug catches his eye—and the feeling is mutual. The cast of Ovo is comprised of 50 performing artists from 12 countries specializing in many acrobatic acts. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

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January 5-8: The Gin Game

The Gin Game, by D.L. Coburn, is a moving portrait of two feisty senior citizens, Weller Martin and Fonsia Dorsey, who meet in a nursing home and begin an epic gin rummy game that is by turns funny, rowdy, and ultimately quite poignant. Spokane Civic Theatre veterans Kathie Doyle-Lipe and Ed Bryan give noholds-barred performances in this little gem of a play. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.


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With its existential questions and probing narrative, this is an energetic, sardonic, often comical musical about a composer during a medical emergency. Relentless humor and cynicism are used to promote a very serious and often sad inquiry into key human questions. What do we make of our time here? What do we make of our abilities? The Modern Theatre—Coeur d’Alene. 1320 E. Garden Ave. themoderntheatre.org.

January 12-15: Pippin

Pippin is a high-flying, death-defying hit Broadway musical. Full of extraordinary acrobatics, wondrous magical feats and soaring songs from the composer of Wicked, Pippin will lift you up and leave you smiling. This unforgettable new production is the winner of four 2013 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. Come experience Pippin, one young man’s journey to be extraordinary. INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

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Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. Pakistani American Amir is living the American Dream. A successful New York lawyer, he enjoys a comfortable life with his American wife, a talented artist influenced by Islamic imagery. But when his Muslim heritage is questioned, his life begins to unravel and a celebratory dinner with friends leads to a fiery debate on prejudice, identity and faith. This show is for mature audiences and contains profanity and physical violence. Stage Left Theatre. 108 W. 1st Ave. spokanestageleft.org.

January 27-February 19: Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded and beloved Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister Sonia live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, but their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister Masha returns unannounced with her twentysomething boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

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February 4-5: Annie

The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of Annie will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.” INB Performing Arts Center. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. (800) 325SEAT or ticketswest.com.

February 10-26: The Flick

In a run-down movie theater in central Massachusetts, three underpaid employees mop the floors and attend to one of the last 35 millimeter film projectors in the state. This Pulitzer Prize winner is a hilarious and heart-rending cry for authenticity in a fast-changing world. The Modern Theatre—Coeur d’Alene. 1320 E. Garden Ave. themoderntheatre.org.


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DATEBOOK/january February 10-March 5: A Little Night Music

Sondheim’s romantic waltz featuring his popular song “Send in the Clowns,” A Little Night Music explores the tangled web of affairs centered around traveling actress Desirée Armfeldt and the men who love her: Fredrik Egerman and the Count Carl-Magnus Malcom. Both men—as well as their jealous and suspicious wives—agree to join Desirée and her family for a weekend in the country. With everyone in one place, infinite possibilities of new romances and second chances bring endless surprises. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. For tickets: (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

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Spokane legal experts and social workers fight to expunge records and stop legal financial obligations by Paul Haeder


nce you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal. As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and largely less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” —Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow


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ONE STRIKE AND YOU ARE OUT? The old biblical adage, “Whoever is without sin among you, let him be the first to cast a stone at her,” is something sorely lost in the corridors of the criminal justice system as we know it in American democracy. All these constitutional checks and balances were put in place to prevent citizens from succumbing to undue and unfair prosecution, and the courts have upheld many times the right of individuals who have served their time in prison to move on, move ahead. However, times have changed, and there has been a huge push to privatize prisons, and to place filing fees, court costs and even

the daily maintenance, upkeep the racially or ethnically charged and staffing of these halls of jus- stigmas that commonly accomtice on the financial backs of the pany drug crimes—stigmas that accused. It’s sometimes called a affect not only defendants whose punishment society, and on top ethnicity is consistent with the of that, when we start looking at stereotype in question, but all African-Americans and Latinos in this Washington State has one of the snapshot of Mass nation’s highest debt burdens on Incarceration, we those charged with crimes—more have the respective than $2,500 on average, though stats—black men are six times more some released prisoners have tens of likely to be incar- thousands of dollars they have to pay. cerated than white men, and Latinos 2.5 times more. The cost of their defendants convicted are racially crimes also increases with the or ethnically stigmatized,” writes color of their skin. Michael L. Vander Giessen in “Sociologists suggest these a recent Gonzaga Law Review increased penalties result from article.

DRUG ADDICTION PUBLIC HEALTH ALARM, NOT A SWAT RESPONSE Lawyers, criminal justice experts, counselors and social workers, putting a triple-whammy on individuals who are chemically dependent and find themselves busted for possession, at the felony level, many times, is not how we should be using the law as a deterrent. Other countries like Norway and the Netherlands see chemical dependency as a response to being disconnected from relationships, family, community, so those countries do not see addiction as a criminal justice problem. Having an albatross of financial liability around your neck is what we do in Spokane County and in hundreds of other counties in the U.S., creating a system where a person having served time in prison comes out and faces thousands of dollars in legal financial obligations while working at a low wage labor-intensive job at $10 per hour. Washington State has one of the nation’s highest debt burdens on those charged with crimes—more than $2,500 on average, though some released prisoners have tens of thousands of dollars they have to pay. “They go underground for employment,” Connie Nelson of Shalom Ministries says. “They will do things to support families like burglary, theft, petty crime and dealing drugs.” This is everything the citizens of Spokane do not want our penal system to encourage. Connie, like so many others in the fields of social work, counseling and law, sees many of the addicts on the streets forced there through legal/prescription drugs and America’s number one drug, alcohol: the liquor industry spends $2 billion a year on advertising

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to wrangle up $90 billion in yearly alcohol sales. Several sources put 500,000 as the number of alcohol dependent 9 through 12 year olds in this country. Many in Spokane and elsewhere working on homelessness issues and recovery programs put the blame on the US medical community. Here’s a cold fact: 80 percent of the global opioid supply ($24 billion a year market) is consumed in the United States. Cancer medications are

Quentin after 30 years, but anyone with a misdemeanor, even someone with an arrest without conviction. “Many records are drug-related,” says Connie, who started off working in special education, but spent a significant amount of time in program management around hunger relief. “Then we have mandatory minimums, where a judge is forced to give the same sentence to a person caught with two oxycontins as some“Because if we make it more difficult one with a car trunk for people to get back on their full of them.” feet—that is, much more difficult to This is all part of reintegrate into the community—by a continuation of making it impossible to get housing the War on Drugs, and a decent job, then we end say both Connie up creating a mindset that pushes and Alex Biel, who people to give up.” is in private practice as a criminal the number one class of phar- defense attorney in Spokane. He maceuticals, followed by pain added his expertise for a Dec. 14 drugs. “There were about 300 expungement and vacation legal million pain prescriptions writ- clinic at the main library. The war ten in 2015,” says Irina Koffler, against people getting a second senior analyst, specialty pharma, chance started all the way back Mizuho Securities USA. in the early 1970s under Richard Drugs, booze, lack of educa- Nixon, when his administration tion, undiagnosed fetal alcohol somehow declared “a war” on affective disorder, functional drug use (i.e people) when even illiteracy, childhood trauma, back then we knew drug addicuntreated PTSD/other mental tion was a public health issue, not health issues, over policing com- a policing problem. munities of color, and we have Then, fast-forward to 1992, a recipe for more policing and and we had a big push for manjailing. datory minimums (and three strikes and you are out laws) A COUNTRY OF CRIMINALS AND A under the Clinton administraLEGACY OF INDEBTEDNESS tion. For social workers and legal experts working with re-entry Today, with more than 100 folk, these penalties following exmillion Americans holding onto felons—after they have served some criminal record in their their sentences and finished propast—according to the Sentenc- bation requirements—are more ing Project and Bureau of Justice than just punitive. Excessive, Statistics—our brothers, aunts, vicious and malicious prosecufathers, cousins, and friends face tion some might call it. a lifelong set of barriers that truly “This is not about being tough impede a successful re-entry. We on crime,” Connie says passionare not just talking about some ately. “Because if we make it drug kingpin coming out of San more difficult for people to get


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back on their feet—that is, much places severe, long-lasting burmore difficult to reintegrate into dens on persons living in povthe community—by making it erty. Furthermore, there are few impossible to get housing and a checks and balances in place to decent job, then we end up creat- protect people from unfair coling a mindset that pushes people lection and enforcement practo give up.” tices that fail to take into account “Giving up”—when someone an individual’s current financial has tens of thousands of dollars situation, as required by law.” around their neck in the form of Legal Financial Obligations, IT ALL ENDS UP IN HOMELESSNESS restitution, medical bills, unpaid Any social worker struggling to child support—means these people go back to a life of crime, end homelessness on a case-bycase basis witnesses the impact or end up going back to jail. The criminal record is already of huge fees and garnishment of a tough stigma to overcome for wages for people barely back on someone who has paid his or her their feet and way below the feddebt to society, but when people eral poverty line. Here is a runare stuck with these Legal Finan- down of the LFO conundrum cial Obligations (LFOs), then we from the “Modern Day Debtors’ enter into the realm of a Charles Prison” study: A majority of courts impose Dickens dog-eat-dog England. An ACLU-WA/Columbia Legal LFOs without considering a perServices report that recently son’s ability to pay them, concame out, “Modern-Day Debt- trary to state law. LFOs can amount to a lifetime ors’ Prisons: The Ways CourtImposed Debts Punish People sentence with the debt being for Being Poor,” is a striking paid until the person dies. When one is not paying on indictment on our state’s value system, or lack thereof, when it an LFO, he or she can end up comes to giving people second behind bars, solely based on administrative procedures that chances. Here is just one portion of the very “It [not being able to vote] is one detailed ACLUpiece of a much larger feeling of WA / Co l u m b i a not being permitted to participate Legal Services Febin society that I’m supposed to be ruary 2014 study: adjusting to again.” “The practice of imposing and collecting excessive LFOs results in a counterproduc- violate their rights. In Benton County, 20 percent tive system that punishes people simply for being poor and brings of people booked into county jail little to no benefit to the govern- are serving time because of LFO ment or the general public. It non-payment. Just the threat of incarceration even results in some poor people being locked up in jail because (which results in losing a job, they cannot afford to pay debts— an apartment, and/or children) a modern version of the despised forces impoverished people to debtors’ prison. Regardless of choose between meeting their the rationale behind imposing most basic needs and paying for LFOs on persons convicted of LFOs. Maxey Law Firm and the crimes, in practice this system

Center for Justice worked with Shalom Ministries and Alex Biel to put on the December 14 clinic downtown. Alex is from Spokane, but worked as a Fulbright Scholar in Austria teaching English as a Second Language. When he came back to Spokane when the sixyear stint was over, he helped manage the family business—a salon and spa. He was quickly convinced to go to law school at Gonzaga and graduated in 2015, passing the state bar five months later. Well-known defense attorney Chris Bugbee encouraged Alex to open up his own law firm and to shadow the veteran defense lawyer. “I love doing criminal defense law. It’s like teaching where I am educating the court with a particular set of facts. Being on center stage, I am comfortable doing this.” Biel especially appreciates the camaraderie with his clients as well as between co-defense attorney and prosecuting attorneys. His push is to get the legislature to reconsider which crimes are applicable for sealing. Recognition of past conviction is a social inequality that creates so many barriers moving “into the middle class.” This is a country, Alex says, that makes it virtually impossible to climb out of a bad education, a low income community, and a criminal record. He believes that once you are sentenced, complete your probation, pay restitution, then the record should be sealed. The convictions and arrests should be vacated. While the law is Byzantine when it comes to vacating not-guilty verdicts and expunging background records, the barriers after conviction are monumental. Both Connie and Alex cite a recent case in Benton County—City of Richland v. Briana Wakefield—as the highwater mark for putting a stop to forcing people who are indigent and poor to pay these excessive fees. Also, there are many examples of individuals who become seriously ill while on a work crew (to pay off LFOs), who then fail to report to work one day, and then get charged with escape and then jailed for non-payment. The judge in Benton

County District Court is the primary collection office. Ex-felons have to pay their legal debts entirely before getting the Godgiven American right to vote. The following are comments from former felons talking about this ostracism and alienation (from Katherine A. Beckett, Alexes M. Harris, and Heather Evans’s report, The Assessment and Consequences of Legal Financial Obligations in Washington State funded by Washington State Minority and Justice Commission): “It [not being able to vote] is one piece of a much larger feeling of not being permitted to participate in society that I’m supposed to be adjusting to again.” “The thing that really hurts me is not having the ability to vote. So that’s the reason I’m pursuing the expungement, because for me, just being involved and active politically, it’s something that I really value, and I don’t have that right to vote. “I would love to vote. I would love to work on a campaign, you know? I would love to be involved in my community. Right now, I have to realize that I can’t, because of what I did. But that hurts, that hurts a lot.” “That’s really messed up that we can’t vote. It makes me feel less of an American, that’s what we have, is our right to vote. “ Connie, Alex and the researchers cited here believe placing a moratorium on the assessment of all LFOs is the right course of action, as well as stopping the interest and collection fees for LFOs. The $500 Victim Penalty Assessment fee and any true restitution orders would be the only mandatory penalties. “If the court has been given substantial evidence the person will not be able to pay post sentencing, then the LFO should be waived,” Alex Biel says. “A judge could throw any number out there, and that’s the Catch-22. This country is about second chances, giving people the opportunity to make amends and move on past their mistakes. I really believe that.”

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Ways to Ensure You Enjoy Your Wedding Day to the Fullest

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ou’ve planned, organized, analyzed your spreadsheets, worked with your coordinator, finalized details and checked off your list. The big day is almost here. Are you ready to make sure you soak it all in to the fullest? You’ve heard it before, but it really is true—it’ll fly by. Here are a few tips to make sure all your planning and hard work is put to good use and you enjoy every moment of your big day.


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1. Leave your phone behind. You’ve hired a professional photographer, everyone you love is there with you—leave the digital distraction in your hotel room. 2. Remember to eat and hydrate. Don’t forget to have a small snack and lots of water,

especially if you’re getting married outdoors in the heat and/or plan on drinking later in the evening.

3. Hire (at least) a day-of coordinator. Don’t want to worry about the caterer showing up late, or where that 18th table arrangement has gone? While we’re huge advocates of hiring a full coordination planner for the entire wedding planning process, if you haven’t done so already, invest in a day-of coordinator. Trust us, it’s worth the investment.

4. Speaking of professionals, don’t micro manage them. You’ve hired your vendors for a reason. Trust they know what they’re doing, and will do their jobs well.

5. Outsource the tips. While it’s never expected, it’s always appreciated to tip your vendors. Have the tips already arranged in labeled envelopes, and recruit someone trusted to hand them out as vendors arrive. You can also ask your coordinator to do this. 6. Take a few minutes with your new spouse. You’re officially married. Make sure to plan for a quick break with your new spouse—maybe right after the ceremony, before you sign your license. Just sneak away for 10-15 minutes and soak in your first moments together, alone.

7. Don’t overbook. The morning of your wedding is inevitably chaotic—don’t try to pack in more than you need to. There will be plenty of time to say hello to everyone later, and don’t plan to be finishing any DIY projects that morning. Schedule yourself a little more time than you think you need so you have a cushion, and can relax. 8. Stay in the moment. Easier said than done, but do your best to take a deep breath and stay in the moment. It really does go by ultra-quickly.

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way around it—if you’re having a wedding, it can become expensive. Setting a budget is a great way to keep things within reasonable parameters, so you know what to expect. Once you’ve set an overall budget, though, how do you know how much to spend on what? The most valuable thing to know when discussing money is to decide what’s most important to you. Is it the food you’re serving guests? Then expect to fork over a little more there, and save in other areas. Do you want a stellar photographer? Then put aside more money for that category,


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It's what's underneath that counts. and save in another. It’s about deciding priorities—and adjusting from there. This breakdown gives you an idea of what categories typically take up in a budget. It can be adjusted, and isn’t wedding law for every couple. It is a starting point, and will give you an idea of how things break down. After all, how can you expect to know what the typical floral arrangement costs, or what a good price for a three tiered cake is, if you’ve never been married before? So, we’re working out how much of your overall budget should go to each category.

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est expense. The reception includes food and beverages, equipment rentals, the venue fee (which may be coupled with your ceremony fee if you’re getting married in the same place), and non-floral decor. The exact cost will vary based on what kind of food you serve, if you have a buffet or plated meal, and your bar options. If you’re looking to cut costs in this category, consider going with simple decor (letting the venue speak for itself). Or having only beer and wine options at the bar. Getting married during “off-season” (not May-September) can also often save some green.

• Music (5-10%): A good DJ will really get the party started—and isn’t that the whole point? Getting married in one location is a good way to save some costs in this category as well. This often cuts down on a separate set-up cost with your DJ.

• Ceremony (5-10%): The ceremony typi-

• Attire/Rings (5-10%): Again, depend-

cally includes a venue fee, officiant fee, rentals and decor. If you’re looking to cut costs in this category, consider having your ceremony and reception all in one location. That way, you’re only paying one venue fee instead of two. You can also consider using in-house linens (if offered), skipping the fancy chairs, or repurposing seating from the ceremony to reception to save additional costs.

• Photographer/Videographer (1015%): This category will vary depending

on whether you want a videographer in addition to your photographer. This isn’t a category we’d recommend skimping on, since photos capture the memories you’ll be cherishing 30 years down the road. We’ve seen too many brides devastated by an amateur photographer missing important moments. However, if you’re really looking to cut costs here, consider forgoing an engagement session or, if an engagement session is part of a package, asking the photographer if you can skip it and apply the credit toward your overall cost.

• Flowers (5-10%): Depending on decor for your ceremony and reception, this may go up or down. Some people choose to decorate solely with flowers, which means you could borrow from the reception and ceremony categories a little. Others only want a bouquet, in which case this expense would go way down. If you’re looking to cut costs in this category, ask your florist what flowers are in season when you’re getting married. Sunflowers in August are a lot cheaper than in January.

a professional to run your day is a worthwhile investment. You wouldn’t hire Aunt Agatha to replace your carpets, so why hire her to run your wedding day? Most importantly, planners usually save you money in the long run. If you are looking to save, consider hiring a day-of planner instead of a full coordination package.

ing on what you want, this category will vary. Some brides prefer to spend less on a dress they’ll wear once, others want to splurge or even buy multiple dresses. It’s all up to you, but if you’re looking to save, consider buying an off the rack dress and having alterations done rather than ordering a custom gown.

• Cake (5%): Whether you decide to go with a traditional tiered cake or a custom dessert bar with lots of options, you have lots of ways to cut costs here. Consider ordering a small cutting cake and having sheet cakes made to serve guests—they cut it in a backroom and your guests never know! Alternatively, consider cupcakes or pies instead if you’re less traditional. There are lots of yummy options that don’t have to be outrageously expensive. • Miscellaneous (5-10%): Finally, make sure you’re putting aside a portion of your budget for miscellaneous and unexpected costs—everything from invitations to favors, marriage license fees, and unexpected things that pop up. A word to the wise if you’re looking to save a little more change—skip the cheesy wedding favors. They’re expensive, unnecessary, and usually left behind.

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Hoping to Keep Your Budget Low?

SKIP THESE THINGS IT CAN BE HARD TO KEEP your budget in check when Pinterest makes you

feel like you need everything when it comes to wedding planning. How could you possibly cut that custom ice sculpture or those trained doves to be released when you kiss? Here are seven things you can definitely skip so you can save money for the really important things. Like hand woven baskets for the flower girls.

1. A full bar, or top shelf booze. Having one or two signature cocktails, or just beer

and wine are a great way to make sure your party is still killer, but stretch your dollars.

2. Wedding favors that you can’t eat. As any wedding planner worth their weight

would tell you—unless the favors are edible, you’ll have tons left over. If you really want guests to take home a moment, consider something local they can snack on. Otherwise, skip them altogether and save yourself some change. 3. Crazy intense ceremony decor. Let the views speak for themselves and save your decor and floral budget for the reception. 54

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your venue includes in their package, consider moving the party to a bar or restaurant after your time is up. You’ll save some money and how fun is it to head downtown in your dress? 5. A massive tiered cake. The bigger the cake, the more expensive. Ask your baker about making a stunning cutting cake, and then having sheet cakes made in the same flavors. Guests will see your beautiful cake, and the sheet cakes are cut and plated in the kitchen, so they’ll never know. 6. Out of season flowers. Ask your florist what will be in season when you get married, and use those. Ordering floral out of season racks up the cost quickly. 7. Don’t DIY what you can buy (or rent). Think about it this way—yes, the supplies to make 18 centerpieces might be cheap. Then, factor in your time, stress, and the logistics. Still cheaper than just renting 18 centerpieces? Probably not. Save yourself and your ‘maids some time and stress and just rent. Or go without. Some venues really speak for themselves. Add some gorgeous flowers and that’s all the decor you need!

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Things to Remember When Wedding Dress Shopping

WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING is probably one of the most notorious parts

of being engaged. After all, entire shows are dedicated to the experience. It’s one of the parts of planning that girls dream about the most. It can also be frustrating, overwhelming and exhausting. How do you know where to start? Here are seven tips that will help you feel more in control and enjoy your shopping experience—like the free Champagne!

1. Have an idea of what you like, and what you’re looking for. A cohesive Pinterest board can come in handy here. Love keyhole backs? Be prepared to tell your stylist that. Want a mermaid gown? Don’t start with ballgowns. Have an idea of what you like, and start there. 2. That being said, keep an open mind. Don’t skip trying on that gorgeous satin gown just because you’re convinced you want lace. You never know until you try it on. You’d be surprised how many brides end up with something completely opposite from what they

thought they wanted. Keep an open mind when shopping.

3. Make appointments for your shopping day. While it can be tempting

to just pop into bridal salons, this is a sure-fire way to not get the attention you deserve. Setting up appointments allows for the salon to prepare for you and gives your stylist the ability to focus fully on you, with no distractions. 4. Know your budget. You don’t have to know down to the dollar, but have a general idea of how much you want to spend on a dress. Then, don’t look at dresses that are way out of that price range. You’re guaranteed to fall in love with a $5,000 dress if you only should be looking at $2,000 dresses. 5. Be logical about what you choose. Don’t select a tulle ballgown

for a beach wedding, or a short, slinky silk dress for a winter wedding. If your wedding is black tie, you’ll be looking for something ultra-formal. If it’s a casual affair, maybe you don’t need that trumpet style ballgown entirely encrusted in crystal beading. Know the vibe of your big day, and find something in line what that. 6. Read the fine print before you hand over your card. Always read over

a contract in full before signing and paying, especially if you’re ordering a gown. Know terms of sale, guarantees and delivery dates, payment options, and other purchase details. 7. Lastly, trust your gut. If it feels like it’s the one, it probably is. Don’t over shop. Put it on hold and think about it for a day. If you wake up still thinking about it, it’s true love. Jessica English is the owner and editor of the popular wedding blog, Apple Brides. When she’s not obsessing over wedding details, she enjoys skiing, reading, binge watching Game of Thrones or shopping. Her favorite part of working in the wedding industry is seeing how each couple makes their big day their very own, and being able to read wedding magazines for “research.” AppleBrides.com JANUARY 2017 / spokanecda.com


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(509) 822-7789 | borrachospokane.com Borracho caters their authentic cook from scratch Mexican food to groups of 10 or more. They keep the work to a minimum for you by organizing the various dishes so you and your guests can enjoy with ease.


(509) 953-8056 | blacktiecateringnw.com Black Tie Catering is a full service catering and event planning company, offering a wide selection of gourmet foods for weddings, corporate functions and special events. Count on them to help create a personalized and memorable event around gourmet food and a great company.


(509) 280-4852 | kelliepenthouseatthepaulsen@gmail.com Delectable Catering is owned and operated by an award winning chef and experienced wedding and event planner, with a combined experience of more than 24 years. This mighty duo knows how to stun tastebuds. Insider tip: their salmon is to die for.


(208) 667-9660 | 315martinisandtapas.com Greenbriar Catering has been in business since 1986, catering every type of location and event. Their experience assures you that you are working with seasoned, capable and creative people who offer the best cuisine the area has to offer at a reasonable price.


(509) 835-5466 | redlionbbq.com There isn’t anything quite like the savory flavors of some of the best barbecue in Spokane at Red Lion BBQ and Pub. And to think you could share this culinary glory with your wedding guests, too. All sides and sauces are homemade, too.


(208) 765-2555 | sataybistro.com Satay Bistro is a fine dining restaurant bringing more than 30 years of restaurant and catering experience to the region. Born and raised in Coeur d’ Alene, the owners are driven to provide a quality culinary experience that you will share with your friends and family. Their catering team produces extraordinary events from the simplest get together, beautiful weddings and complex over the top corporate experiences.


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(509) 280-4852 | vince@bozzimedia.com Spokane’s most elegant sky high honeymoon suite is in the historic Paulsen Penthouse. Perfect for unforgettable, intimate wedding gatherings and overnight stays.


(509) 533-5350 | bozzimedia.com Chateau Rive is the perfect wedding venue for couples who appreciate timeless beauty, old-world stone, and the romance of an ancient European setting nestled in a secluded downtown oasis of grass and lush vegetation, just steps from the river. Whether your dream is a picture-perfect princess wedding, a period Victorian or Goth event, or a modern, elegant affair, the character and charm Chateau Rive offers will take your event to that mystical place where dreams come to life.



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(509) 340-9113 | Gatheringhouse.org A proud part of the Evangelical Covenant, The Gathering House offers a great space for a wedding, close to downtown and other amenities. If you are looking for a church space that accepts all humans, put The Gathering House on your call list.


(509) 482-3556 | beaconhillevents.com As a full-service wedding and special event design and planning team, their goal is to help you create an unforgettable occasion. They take time to develop a close partnership with you to ensure every detail is perfect.


(509) 869-1959 | spokanevoice.com After 25 years in local radio and television, Tina Bjorklund made the leap to open Spokane Voice. Her passion is to create that special “sparkle” to each event with professional ease, so you can focus on other aspects of your event with relaxed confidence. Tina works hard to intimately customize each wedding.


(509) 998-2436 | VanZeeMagic.com For that whimsical wedding experience, Van Zee Magic brings magic to you and your guests. From atop stilts, or eye level, his magic tricks fill the biggest skeptics with wonder. And who doesn’t want to wish on a bubble and have it preserved for all time? Whether for the kids or the grownups, he is sure to delight.



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(509) 991-3000 | makewavesent.com Founded in 2014 by Jon Kuritz, Make Waves Entertainment specializes in wedding videos, including aerial photos and cinematography for a view truly over the top. With a talented team and more than 15 years in the video production world, they bring you high quality media at an affordable price. They work hard for their clients and strive to be the best at what they do.

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(509) 279-8182 | ohshootphotobooth.com Oh Shoot Photo Booth was launched in September of 2014 when the owners came across the idea to do a photo booth for a friend’s wedding. They loved it so much they decided to offer it to everyone. They customize every detail of the booth including the backdrop, photo strip logo and even the music playing in the booth.


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(509) 242-3845 sweetfrostingsbakeshop.com Thinking cupcakes, a traditional cake, or maybe a full dessert bar? Sweet Frostings is happy to create anything for the happy couple. For the best results, stop in or set up an appointment so they can help you design something deliciously you for your special occasion.


(509) 535-7171 | thescoopspokane.com How darling and delicious would it be to have The Scoop’s sweet Metro Maisy truck at your wedding? Freshly made ice cream straight out of the truck and into your guests’ mouths.


(509) 869-2926 | muah-xo.com MUAh! “The sound made by giving a kiss.” They are MUAh = (MUA—Makeup Artists) + (h - Hair Stylists) that make you shine on your special day.


(509) 324-8612 | 3131 N. Division St. Owner and stylist Victoria Zvoncheck-Ferro can always help clients answer the question, “What to wear?” If you need a personal shopper or are going for a particular look, Audrey’s is the place to go. The boutique can dress clients of all sizes, shapes and discerning tastes.


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(509) 624-1251 finderskeepersboutiques.com Finders Keepers offers a beautiful selection of stunning dresses for all occasions surrounding one of the most special days of your life. You won’t find these dresses anywhere else in the area.

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(509) 534-9381 | libertyparkflorist.com Liberty Park Florist has been in business since 1928. Dominic Alice, an Italian immigrant, opened the business at the same location where it still stands today. Although many changes have been made over the years, Liberty Park Florist is still growing strong to meet your floral and planting needs. They hand pick all flowers and plants on a daily basis to ensure the freshest and highest quality available.



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(509) 924-5050 | applewayflorist.com Specializing in fresh flower bouquets, basket gardens, and custom silks. Appleway has more than 30,000 square feet of greenhouses and experienced designers on staff at any time, so you can be sure your selection is given the professional attention it deserves.


(509) 747-2101 | sunsetfloristspokane.com Let Sunset Florist help you celebrate one of the most important days of your life. Their creative and talented staff will make sure your day is as special as you have always dreamed. No matter the size of your wedding, they offer exceptional service to help you in selecting the flowers you will need on your special day.


(208) 755-2158 | atticrentals.com The Attic is a vintage and specialty event rental company serving the Northwest. Their curated collection is available to rent for weddings, photographers, event planners, and stylists. They provide unique vintage props, antique furniture, and one-of-a-kind handmade pieces full of character and history.


(509) 991-7577 designgalleryandvintagerental.com When you work with this ambitious store, they gladly help you organize everything you need for your dream wedding. When it comes to your special day, they work to make it as immaculate and glamorous as you desire.


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(509) 995-4525 | spokanepartybus.com For keeping the party rolling and your guests safe, the Spokane Party Bus is quite the addition to your festivities . . . there’s nothing quite like toasting and dancing at 20 to 60 miles per hour.

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CATALYST/the feed


by Darin Burt

Support Network Bill Kalivas works to keep businesses connected


ichard Branson, the billionaire CEO of Virgin Group, famously said, “Succeeding in business is all about making connections.” Spokane’s Bill Kalivas, co-founder of LaunchPad Inland Northwest, and originator of Connect Northwest, would wholeheartedly agree; leveraging business and personal connections is what his entrepreneurial efforts are about then and now. Launchpad was the inspiration of Kalivas and co-founder Allen Battle. This was back in 2009, before Facebook and Linkedin had earned mega internet status, and professional networking was still primarily done face to face. After hosting a series of networking events targeted at the younger business people in the Spokane community, the pair realized there was a need for a new way to make meaningful connections that would allow people to grow their business or further their career. The idea of bringing professionals in similar industries together online and then adding to their networking opportunities with get-togethers and workshops, proved successful, and within the first couple of years the Launchpad community had some 10,0000 members. Kalivas later built Connect Northwest, a virtual springboard uniting entrepreneurs, CEOs and


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angel investors. Eventually, the membership assets of Launchpad and Connect Northwest were acquired by Greater Spokane Incorporated and integrated into GSI’s Startup Spokane program, which connects entrepreneurs and startups to the resources to help them succeed. Kalivas, 52, is now with Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, and leading provider of next-generation access solutions for mobile enterprise networks. As Territory Manager, working with clients in Eastern and Central Washington and Montana, he is still helping businesses connect to a larger world. To complement the challenge of using mobile technologies as a way to improve their bottom line and attract top talent while improving customer satisfaction, Aruba is hosting The Network Edge Business Forums. The goal for these forums, held quarterly, is to bring industry leading technology companies, such as Microsoft, Apple, and Palo Alto Networks, to Spokane to demonstrate networking edge and mobility innovation in an educational and informative format. The next scheduled event will be held at Gonzaga University in February (time/date TBD). The topic will be “IoT: the Internet of Things,” a buzzword with the tech industry referring to the many possible webs of inter-

by Darin Watkins


has always known she had a passion for helping people. Fresh out of college, the SpoGonzaga University School of kane native took a job with for America, which led Law Launches Accelerated Teach her to a low income community Two-year J.D. program in Helena, Arkansas, where she taught grade school math. But along the way she always wondered if there was a way she could offer more. “It seems like people with a law degree have a lot of doors open that wouldn’t be available otherwise,” she says. “The law is a great tool to help me give back to my community.” So Anna returned to Spokane to enroll in a pilot program at the Gonzaga School of Law that put her on an accelerated track to finish a year early. “After working for several years, the chance to completely refocus my career in only two years and get right back into the workforce was ideal,” she says. “Really, the accelerated program was perfect for me.” The degree offering has been such a success, the law school has elected to launch the Accelerated Two-Year J.D. Law Degree Program, with an aim toward offering working professionals a career boost or even a new career entirely. “We have seen how a law degree can greatly enhance someone’s professional ca- After working for several years, reer,” says Jane Korn, Dean of the Gonzaga the chance to completely School of Law. “We’re proud to be the only refocus my career in only two West Coast law school to offer an accelerated years and get right back into the workforce was idea. program.” The Accelerated J.D. program allows students to earn a law degree in 24 calendar months. The program requires the same number of credits as the traditional three-year program but instead of taking a break from studies during the summers, students in the accelerated program take a full load of classes in the summers. “It’s the same curriculum,” says Susan Lee, Gonzaga Law School’s Director of Admissions. “But with our fast-track program, professionals get back into the workforce a year earlier.” Angela Jones also knew she wanted more out of her career in education. After working for six years with Spokane Public Schools, she decided to enroll in the two-year program at Gonzaga. Having graduated last May, she landed a prestigious position as the Chief of Staff to the President of Eastern Washington University. “I’m not the most patient person, so when I make my mind up I just go for it and did not want to wait three years to complete a J.D.” Angela says. “Law schools teach you to examine every aspect of an issue and assess the weaknesses, strengths, and possible surprises. All necessary skills to have as a Chief of Staff.” To apply, you need to have at least a bachelor’s degree and take the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT). With the launch of the Accelerated Program, working professionals are eligible for new scholarship money from donors who believe a law degree is the quickest path to enhancing your career or changing it entirely. law.gonzaga.edu

connected data streams from devices—and what can be done once all that information is linked and synched. “Everything is becoming connected, and we’re going to focus on how businesses can take advantage of the Internet of Things and the connected network . . . it’s changing the way businesses im-

prove their engagement with customers,” Kalivas says. “I’m really passionate about helping businesses and educational institutions here in Spokane to use technology in a efficient way,” he says. “I’m fortunate that I work for HPE, which works with some of the leading partners in the world—my

goal is to bring them Spokane and highlight the cool technologies and connect them locally to help create businesses relationships.” Registrations for The Network Edge fourms are complimentary. Preregistation is required. For additional information visit bit.ly/TheNetworkEdge.

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ersonal recommendations are said to be the number one driver of consumer purchase decisions at every stage of the purchase cycle, across multiple product categories, including Businessto-Business enterprises. And there isn’t anywhere that makes building personal and business relationships quite as accessible as the Spokane area. We asked our readers to tell us who they appreciate doing business with, who they turn to when they need the support, products, resources and expertise of another business. Read on for this year’s list of businesses that hit gold, silver and bronze with their clients in 2016 in Inland Business Catalyst’s Best in B2B Awards. Be sure to join us as we celebrate—and network—during the awards trade show on January 19 in the Bank of America lobby, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is complimentary.

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Best Accounting Firm Gold: Moss Adams, LLP

A leader in assurance, tax, consulting, risk management, transaction and private client services, Moss Adams has a staff of more than 2,500 that includes more than 290 partners. They focus on serving public, private, and not-for-profit enterprises across the nation through specialized industry and service teams. Silver: Eide Bailly Bronze: Fruci & Associates

Best Advertising Agency


The team at QUINN is composed of advertising, marketing and media professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds. Their principals have worked on global brands and national advertising campaigns, but they have intimate and thorough understanding of the intricacies of local marketing in the Northwest. Their team has won national awards for television and print creative, but they love to create effective search results ads, social media posts, and product/price print ads. Silver: Propaganda Creative Group Bronze: BHW1

Best Business Banking Gold: INB

Inland Northwest Bank was founded in 1989 by a group of local business people who were unhappy with the fact that Spokane headquartered banks were getting gobbled up by big out-of-state banks. They felt strongly that being headquartered here enables a bank to


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be more responsive to the needs of the local community. Total assets have grown from less than $4 million in 1989 to nearly $610 million today. While they offer a full complement of competitively priced personal loans, the large majority of their loans have historically been to small and medium sized businesses. Silver: Washington Trust Bank Bronze: Umpqua Bank

Best Business Insurance Firm Gold: North Town Insurance

An independently owned and operated agency delivering comprehensive insurance and risk management solutions serving individuals, families, and businesses since 1989 throughout Eastern Washington. They offer a wide variety of personal and commercial insurance programs, each of which they adapt to the needs of individual clients. Home, auto, life and business are among some of the basic essential programs they offer. They also offer specially designed programs for specific industries, including farming, contracting, trucking and special event insurance. Silver: Allstate Bronze: Payne West Insurance

Best Business Law Firm Gold: Winston & Cashatt Lawyers

Winston & Cashatt’s history began more than 50 years ago with the founding of two separate law firms in Spokane. Patrick Winston and Leo Cashatt respectively developed firms dedicated to the highest level of legal practice. In 1971, the two firms merged. Many of their clients have been with Winston & Cashatt for more than 40 years. As a full service law firm, they represent businesses and individuals who reflect the diversity of the Northwest, from the local entrepreneur to the large multi-national corporation. Silver: Witherspoon Kelley Bronze: Layman Law Firm

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Best Business Security System Provider Gold: Allied Fire & Security

Allied is a full-service home and business security systems and services provider, protecting communities in the Pacific Northwest for more than 65 years. Their experienced security professionals can help you find the right solutions for your home or business. They service most areas of Washington, Oregon and Northern Idaho, with branches in Spokane, Seattle, and Portland. Silver: ADT Security Services Bronze: Total Security Inc.

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Best Business Startup Gold: Remedy Kitchen and Tavern


Conveniently located off of 38th and Grand, Remedy offers a full service dining room, a 24 tap bar, a banquet hall, seasonal rooftop and patio seating. Whether you’re hungry for a tasty burger or something more heart healthy, they’ve got you covered. Their kitchen opens at 8 a.m. on the weekends for Brunch, and 11 a.m. through the rest of the week. Silver: dot.INK Bronze: Make Waves Collective

Best Catering Business Gold: Beacon Hill Catering & Events


This family owned business provides exceptional catering and a distinctive venue for their clients and guests. They cater special occasions at their spacious clubhouse and gardens that overlook the city and also at offsite locations. They are committed to producing delicious food, providing attentive service, and are always searching for the unexpected touches that make for a remarkable event. Silver: DelecTable Catering Bronze: Fery’s Catering


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Best Collection Agency Gold: Bonded Adjustment Company

Bonded Adjustment is a professional full-service collection agency locally owned and operated since 1916. They have assisted clients with collection needs throughout Spokane, Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. As members of the American and Washington Collectors Association, their collection territory is nationwide, covering all 50 states and Canada via a network of Forwarding Agents (collection agencies) that can handle your account locally in their area. Silver: Automated Accounts, Inc. Bronze: CBS Collections, Inc.


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Best Commercial Architectural Firm Gold: HDG Architecture

Hurtado | Hissong Architecture [HDG] is a multi-faceted architecture and design studio with experience in a variety of project types such as commercial, multi and single family residential, mixed-use, hospitality and restaurant design. Their team’s diverse set of skills can create and materialize every aspect of a project from start to finish; architecture, interior design, branding and graphic design are all in-house assets, affording them the level of control required for their pursuit of an integrated, cohesive and appealing design solution.


Silver: Steven Meek Architects Bronze: ALSC Architects

Best Construction Company Gold: Baker Construction & Development, Inc.

Baker Construction & Development is licensed in 12 states and British Columbia. They are one of the premier construction and development companies in the western United States and are committed to providing each client with superior service and construction. Clients include the Federal Government and Fortune 500 companies including Starbucks, Rite Aid, Walgreens, CENEX, US Bank and AutoZone and marque clients like Goodwill Industries, Washington Federal, AVISTA and many others.

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Silver: Garco Construction Bronze: Walls Construction Corp.

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Best Commercial Landscape Firm Gold: Land Expressions

Land Expressions is a team of landscape architects, designers, artists, craftsmen and construction managers, headquartered in Spokane. Since 1987 they have been envisioning and building exceptional outdoor living and entertainment spaces for discerning homeowners, commercial building owners, developers, and creators of public space throughout the western states. Silver: Greenleaf Landscaping, Inc. Bronze: Clearwater Summit Group, Inc.

Best Commercial Photographer Gold: Schindler Commercial Photography

Schindler Commercial Photography has more than 15 years in business and more than 20 in the industry. Specializing in executive and business portraiture along with commercial advertising photography for advertising agencies, architects, interior design firms, and editorial features. Silver: Diane Maehl Photography Bronze: Rogue Heart Media

Best Commercial Realty Company Gold: NAI Black

Originally founded in 1958 as James S. Black & Company, NAI Black has more than five decades of commercial real estate leadership in our area. Under the direction of CEO David R. Black since 1984, NAI Black delivers cutting-edge services of the highest quality to its customers and serves a wide spectrum of real estate needs. NAI Black serves clients in Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, and Montana. Their affiliation with NAI Global allows them to reach beyond the local market and provide services to clients on a regional, national, and global basis. Silver: Kiemle & Hagood Company Bronze: Cantu Commercial Properties, LLC

Best Computer Repair Company Gold: Perfection PC

Perfection PC is known for their fast, friendly, and knowledgeable computer technicians servicing Spokane, Washington and outlying areas for more than 16 years. Silver: Friendly Computers Bronze: Intrinium


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Best Credit Card Processing Company Gold: INB

INB offers the technology and a dedicated team to help you accept all forms of payment including traditional debit and credit cards, EMV chip cards, tap cards, and mobile wallets in your store, as well as safe and secure payments via your business website and your mobile device (to accept debit or credit card payments). Silver: Washington Trust Bank Merchant Services Bronze: Heartland Payment Systems, Inc.

Best Credit Union Gold: Spokane Teachers Credit Union

Founded in 1934, STCU is one of the largest and most successful financial institutions in the Inland Northwest. As a $2.2 billion member-owned financial cooperative, they focus on local business owners who share their desire to sustain a strong economy and to give back to the community. Silver: Numerica Credit Union Bronze: BECU

Best Dry Cleaning Gold: Clarks Cleaners

Clarks Cleaners is a full service dry cleaning business locally owned and operated for more than 40 years. Specialty services include wedding gowns, leather care, sewing, pressing, and next day rush. Silver: Next Day Dry Cleaning Bronze: Beacon Cleaners and Laundry

Best Employment Agency Gold: Provisional Recruiting + Staffing

Since 1994, Provisional has been the Inland Northwest’s leader in specialized recruiting and staffing services, employing more than 15,000 contract workers and placing more than 8,000 direct-hire professionals with area companies. Provisional uses a consultative approach to provide customized solutions, which includes temporary, contract-to-hire, and direct-hire placements. Silver: Aspen Personnel Services, Inc. Bronze: Humanix

Best Engineering Firm Gold: DCI Engineers

Mark D’Amato and Guy Conversano founded DCI in 1988, beginning the adventure out of a basement. From the start, they were committed to creating the kind of environment that would enable employees to thrive and make clients want to come back. DCI is based in Seattle, with offices in Spokane, Portland, San Diego, Austin, Irvine, San Francisco, Anchorage and Los Angeles. They are licensed in all 50 states and most Canadian provinces. Silver: Coffman Engineers Bronze: TD&H Engineering

Best Event Facility Gold: Spokane Convention Center

Built specifically to host events, the Spokane Convention Center is the region’s premier choice for conventions, consumer shows, banquets, meetings and social events. With the completion of the 2015 expansion the Spokane Convention Center has more than 650,000 square feet of user-friendly space including a 120,000 square foot exhibit hall.

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Silver: Beacon Hill Catering & Events Bronze: The Lincoln Center

Newly renovated single office with waiting room, built in reception desk (north facing)

Suite 304 / 791 sf / $857 per month

Suite 704/ 1,064 sf / $1,099 per month 2 window offices, conference/work room, built-in reception desk (south facing)

Gold: Appleway Florist & Greenhouse

Silver: Liberty Park Florist Bronze: Peters and Sons Flowers & Gifts

Suite 864 / 435 sf / $580 per month

Newly renovated, 2 offices, reception area and storage room (south facing)

Best Florist Established and family owned since 1952, Appleway Florist and Greenhouses specializes in fresh flower bouquets, basket gardens, custom silks, and sympathy arrangements. Appleway has more than 30,000 square feet of greenhouses growing many varieties of hanging baskets and bedding plants.


Suite 866 / 876 sf / $1,168 per month


• Cafe • Shoe Shine • Dry Cleaner Drop-Off Service • Full Service Post Office

Newly renovated, 2 large offices, break room and built in reception desk (north facing)

• Three Building Conference Rooms • Management Office On-Site • Connected to Skywalk • Fitness Center With Showers

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Best Gift Basket/ Gift Service Business Gold: Simply Northwest

Simply Northwest was founded in May of 1989 as a home-based gift basket service to help companies show appreciation for their employees and clients. The business grew quickly and soon required a warehouse space for storage and assembly. As demand rose from non-corporate clientele, they opened a gift boutique in 1994 at the current location. Simply Northwest also offers printed and etched promotional items for your business or event; convention and event execution services; and in-home décor consultations. Silver: Edible Arrangements Bronze: Made in Washington Stores

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Best High-Tech Firm Gold: Itron, Inc.

IN 1977, Itron was founded by a small group of innovative engineers intent on finding more efficient ways to read meters in Hauser Lake, Idaho. Itron has been a technology leader in the energy and water markets ever since, and works to help their customers create a more resourceful world, using big ideas and continuous innovation. Silver: Next IT Bronze: etailz

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Gold: Walt Worthy

Walt Worthy is a man of vision with the aptitude to bring his plans to fruition. Best known for pouring his revitalization magic into The Davenport Hotel and recently developing The Grand Hotel, Worthy’s investments and developments have included condos, storage facilities, student housing, commercial buildings and office complexes. Silver: Tom Simpson Bronze: Dave Black


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Best Local Business Woman Gold: Bonnie Quinn-Clausen

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Bonnie Quinn-Clausen is the owner and principal of QUINN. Her 25 years of advertising expertise is the result of her passion to empower her clients to succeed. Bonnie has worked in almost every business category all across the United States. Her leadership has led her clients to greater market share, and she is often recognized as one of the top businesswomen in the region. Silver: Melissa Murphy Bronze: Heather Hanley

Best Maintenance & Janitorial Service Gold: ABM

Since 1909, ABM has been dedicated to extending the life of their clients’ building assets and providing an exceptional experience for customers. Their mission is to build value for your business by helping you decrease operating costs, reduce customer complaints, and improve your customer’s overall experience. Silver: Cleanworks Bronze: Jan-Pro Cleaning Systems

Best Office Building Gold: The Paulsen Center

From the private, underground parking garage, to the prestigious penthouse at the top of the building, the floors of The Paulsen Center offer unique amenities that make doing business there easy. Professions offered in the building include a bank, attorneys, financial advisors, insurance providers, a dentist, a massage therapist, personal trainers, an eye doctor and state-of-the-art tech companies. Silver: Bank of America—Unico Properties, LLC Bronze: Rock Pointe Corporate Center— Unico Properties, LLC

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Best Office Design Company Gold: Contract Resource Group

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Posters | Giclee Reproduction | Metal & Acrylic Prints Blueprints | Stretched Canvas and more!

Whether you are equipping a multi-story major headquarters office building, establishing a medical center, setting up an entrepreneurial enterprise or just need to add to an existing facility, the Contract Resource Group team tailors to your individual project. They assist in all phases of your interiors projects, from the initial analysis, through planning and design, budget development, order entry, project management, delivery/installation, and ongoing facility maintenance. Silver: HDG Architecture Bronze: Wallflowers Design Center

Best Office Furniture

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Business Cards | Brochures | Copies and more!

Gold: Davis Office Furniture

Davis Office Furniture has been providing innovative workplace solutions for more than 20 years. Since their doors opened in 1993, they have grown to be the largest, pre-owned dealer in the Greater Spokane area. With the Inland Northwest’s largest showroom at 30,000 square feet, they offer a “Touch and Feel” buying experience. They offer products and services that complement every part of your work environment. Silver: Contract Resource Group Bronze: Kershaw’s, Inc.

Best Office Park Gold: Spokane Business & Industrial Park 509-624-2985 | sbprint.com | 256 W Riversie Ave, Spokane WA

The Park is the region’s largest employment center with more than 120 resident companies employing more than 4,500 people. More than 4.5 million square feet of both dock-high and grade-level buildings rank The Park as one of the largest business and industrial complexes in the county. Silver: Meadowwood Technology Campus—Greenstone Corp Bronze: Iron Bridge Office Campus


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Best Office Supply Business Gold: Kershaw’s, Inc.

Kershaw’s is big enough to get you the right product at the right price, yet small enough to be flexible to the way you do business. Founded in Spokane in 1900, Kershaw’s has been providing products and services to the Spokane business community ever since. There have been many changes throughout the last 100 years, but their commitment to service has remained steadfast. Silver: Office Depot Bronze: Staples

Best Place to Host a Company Party Gold: Clinkerdagger—Restaurants Unlimited, Inc.

The tradition has continued for more than 40 years at this Spokane landmark overlooking the majestic Spokane River and city skyline. This is the perfect place for a special business occasion. The classic American grill artfully serves quality steaks, and fresh and innovative seafood with enthusiasm by their experienced restaurant team. Silver: The Historic Davenport Hotel Bronze: Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill

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Best Printing Company Gold: Plese Printing & Marketing

Plese Printing & Marketing is a state-of theart, full service, commercial printing company specializing in design services, sheet-fed full color printing, spot color printing, high speed digital black and white copying, high speed digital color copying, binding/finishing and complete in-house direct mail marketing. Owner Kim Plese has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and commercial printing with valued clients in Washington, Idaho, Alaska, California, Tennessee, New York and Missouri. Silver: Mojo Print Bronze: Garland Printing Company

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Best Promotional Products Provider Gold: NBS Promos, Inc.


With more than 75 years combined experience in the promotional products industry, owners Randy and Nellie Spencer know which suppliers are going to have the correct balance of quality products, imprint capabilities, production time, and reliability. With their one-stop shop approach and more than 850,000 different items, their team will assist you in finding the perfect product for the right event, promotion, or employee gift. Silver: Brand It Promotional Products Bronze: Adventures in Advertising—Fitzgerald Enterprises

Best Public Relations Agency Gold: DH

For nearly 20 years DH has blended advertising, public relations, research and design. They’ve built a team of people who work across disciplines: advertising, PR, public affairs, brand strategy, and research, which helps them connect the dots in ways others can’t. Which means more effective marketing programs, big ideas grounded in smart strategy, and powerful ideas communicated in simple ways. Silver: QUINN Bronze: Bozzi Media

Best Restaurant for a Business Lunch Gold: The Onion Taphouse & Grill

Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. With the addition of Area 51 Taphouse (with, yes, 51 different beers—and some hard ciders, too), you may never want to leave. From gourmet burgers and sandwiches to pizza, salads and their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion Taphouse & Grill pays attention to details and creates the bulk of their menu from scratch. Silver: Hay J’s Bistro Bronze: Anthony’s at Spokane Falls


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Best Sign Company Gold: Mountain Dog Sign Company

Spreading your message is a crucial part of being successful. Mountain Dog Sign Company offers an array of services to help clients achieve precisely what they want and need. They also work with non-commercial clients who want a custom, high-quality sign, banner, or graphic. All of their work is customized for their clients, nothing is pulled off the shelf. Silver: Instant Sign Factory Bronze: Zome Design LLC

Best Telecommunications Firm Gold: Communication Management Partners

Communication Management Partners (CMP) are the experts at navigating the gap between telecom providers and business needs. With a combined experience of more than 75 years in the telecom industry, their people know how to get the service you want at the prices you need. Silver: Ptera Bronze: Access Unified Networks

Best Trade Show Displays Gold: Skyline Inland Northwest

For more than seven years, Skyline Inland Northwest has been the exclusive dealer for Eastern Washington, Northern Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, providing innovative exhibit design, dynamic marketing solutions, and high quality displays and graphics. Maximizing client’s trade show results and minimizing stress are top priorities for their team of expert designers, consultants and project managers. Silver: Zome Design LLC Bronze: NBS Promos, Inc.

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Best Web Design Business Gold: Well Dressed Walrus

Founded in 2010, Well Dressed Walrus has been building websites and a strategic online presence for dozens and dozens of small businesses and organizations dating back to 1998. Their core team members have more than 24 years of combined experience, and love keeping up with the fast pace of the web solutions industry. Silver: Platinum Passports Marketing Bronze: Design Spike, Inc.

Best Wholesale Coffee Service Gold: Thomas Hammer Coffee Roasters

Drive-thru. Restaurant chain. Regional Airline. Wherever you serve coffee, Thomas Hammer hopes you’ll be serving Hammer Coffee. And he’s sure your customers will thank you for it. In Spokane since 1993 and rocking roasted beans ever since, the Hammer has become one of the most recognized brands. Silver: Tom Sawyer Country Coffee Bronze: Indaba Coffee

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CATALYST/green living by Robin Bishop




• 30 percent reduction in vehicle fuel petroleum by 2020. •20 percent improvement in water efficiency by 2020. • 50 percent recycling and waste diversion by 2015. • 95 percent of all contract to meet sustainability requirements. • Implementation of 2020 net zero energy building requirements. • Implementation of stormwater provision of the Energy Independence and Securities Act of 2007. In 2015 Obama revised this provision to reflect progress and implement more long-term sustainable goals in E. O. 13693. The new parameters mandate government facilities:


N ex t Ge n Gre e n Build

e all know what “green building” generally means by now. The 30,000-foot view is that green building uses smart techniques and ecologically friendly products and practices that improve efficiency in the building process, create a healthier interior living and working environment, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions (carbon footprint) and waste. Sustainability and “green” are used interchangeably most of the time. Being green is nothing new, but government initiatives have spurred awareness and set mandatory efficiency goals in the past two decades. The increased price of oil in the 70s is responsible for launching a wave of research and innovation into improving energy efficiency and finding renewable energy sources. This official idea was spurred on by the environmental movement of the 60s and 70s. Those “hippies” and “tree huggers” made groundbreaking strides in awareness—giving waste a new purpose and saving natural resources. Earth homes gained popularity in the 70s, especially in places like Arizona and New Mexico and are still popular today. These homes typically use discarded products that could be found in landfills, products that would never break down or were damaging and left unused. Foundations are constructed using discarded vehicle tires and mud or “cob.” Walls can be constructed with the same cob substance but can contain bottles or sculptures. One is really only limited by their imagination using these methods. In the early 90s there were a handful of federal agencies and initiatives including the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Clinton Administration’s Greening of the White House, and the formation of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and their launching of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification guidelines that made green living more intentional and official. From this foundation the movement has grown exponentially. The government began to take it seriously in the early 2000s with the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and the handful of performance leadership initiatives for government facilities. In 2008 President Obama signed Executive Order 13423 Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance. E. O. 13423 placed reduced carbon footprint and waste restriction goals on all federally operated facilities. This is substantial considering the federal government is our country’s largest consumer of energy occupying nearly 360,000 buildings, operating more than 650,000 vehicles, employing 1.8 million civilians, and purchasing $445 billion in goods and services annually. E. O. 13423 specifically mandated:


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• Ensure 25 percent of total energy (electric and thermal) consumption is from clean energy sources by 2025. • Reduce energy use in Federal buildings by 2.5 percent per year between 2015 and 2025. • Reduce per-mile GHG emissions from Federal fleets by 30 percent from 2014 levels by 2025, and increase the percentage of zero emission and plug in hybrid vehicles in Federal fleets. Executive Orders such as these have helped companies such as McKinstry, which has a Spokane office, elevate their offerings to assist corporations in meeting the new standards. McKinstry advocates collaborative and sustainable solutions that are designed to ensure occupant comfort, improve systems efficiency, reduce facility operational costs, and ultimately optimize client profitability for the life of their building. They have been around since the 60s but they really hit local radar when they renovated their own building on the river in the Gonzaga district in 2011. Their innovative and conscientious remodel of the old Spokane and Inland Empire Rail Road building at Trent and Hamilton achieved a rare LEED Gold-Certified standard for historical renovation. They did this by recycling, repurposing, and donating 95 percent of the building’s demolition material along with implementing leading-edge technologies to improve efficiency and comfort throughout, all while preserving and updating the historic

character of this beautiful property. McKinstry occupied a portion of the building and provided Spokane with a new hub for innovation and start-up incubation. It houses several new startups, offers a ToolBox for development of prototypes and new designs and has been the home of local start-up etailz since the renovation. McKinstry has been instrumental in completing dozens of local and regional projects that meet and exceed the new standards. The list includes Avista Headquarters, the Spokane City Hall, STA, Matilda Building’s new Robotic Total Station, Thomas S. Foley Federal Courthouse, and more. Green building, more accurately labeled 21st Century Design, has been steadily growing in our region since the late 90s. Tom Angell of Tom Angell Architect remembers helping found the Northwest Eco Building Guild which focused on sustainable life as well as construction. This organization helped form the Spokane Home Builder Association’s Green Build Program. He’s been involved with energy efficiency and clean living for twenty years and was involved in building the first straw bale constructed home in Spo-

kane County in 2001. Angell has watched the region embrace the clean movement to the point that clients are looking for design that exceeds building code standards on a regular basis. “If you want to live clean or build clean, it doesn’t have to be all or nothing,” Angell says. “There are simple ways to improve the efficiency of your existing home. Invest in high quality furnace filters, replace old lightbulbs with LED, install new weather stripping around doors and garages, use natural compounds and cleaners inside the home and low VOC paint. As budget and time permit invest in larger projects like window replacement or solar panels, and spray-in foam insulation.” Gavin Tenold of Pura Vida High Performance Builders echoes this sentiment while building the argument that “green build” is almost an outdated label for new 21st Century Design concepts. Pura Vida specializes in Passive House design/builds which originated in the U.S. and Canada back in the 70s. When Americans seemed to lose interest in the following decades, Europe developed the idea and refined a highly technical and scientific approach to the passive house concept. While

it results in a highly efficient envelope and comfortable interiors, Tenold argues that the detail and technology are beyond typically outdated green build terminology. Tenold also argues that the traditionally daunting initial investment in 21st Century design models or “green building” no longer applies when you take a holistic approach to your project. “The idea that 21st Century construction costs more than standard is no longer accurate. This only occurs when an existing design is forced to meet energy standards. If designers and architects work hand-in-hand with builders and general contractors, energy efficiency can easily be delivered at market rate.” So no more excuses folks. Just consult with the major players early on, even before you select your piece of land, if you are dedicated to using new and innovative design/ build practices with your new project. Robin Bishop is a free-lance writer and editor in the Spokane area. She can be contacted at dragonflywriter2014@gmail.com or via facebook at Dragonfly Writer/Robin Bishop.

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by Diane Corppetts

A Novel Look


fter the displays of bold colors from October through December, it’s nice to tone it down a bit in January. Set aside the bold colors and go with something softer on the eyes that brings a calming and relaxed mood into your living spaces. When decorating your home, create an inviting atmosphere in the entryway giving your visitors a great first impression. For family members, it’s the first place to welcome them back home from a long day. I love this book page wreath, a simple and fun project (as well as a great way to use an old book you may otherwise consider giving or tossing away).

Diane Corppetts specializes in creating affordable home decorating. Step-by-step directions for making this book page wreath, or purchasing one, are located at dianedecorates.weebly.com.








What Constitutes a One family’s story of rebuilding after the Valley View fire of 2008 story and photography by Joni Elizabeth


home is a structure, with chosen belongings, and most importantly the people inside, inspiring the deeper meaning of the word. Our homes are a place where we surround ourselves with things that become part of us. Our things bring us comfort. Stability. We collect things in our lives. We display trinkets that trigger past memories. Carefully selected clothes reflecting personal style fill drawers. Dishes await meals in kitchen cupboards. We stow sentiments in boxes to infuse holiday seasons with spirit. Bookshelves might house loved pages and photo albums documenting time. So imagine, for a moment, what it must be like to lose all those things in an instant. To


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return to your home one day only to discover it no longer exists. Along with those things inside, it has been erased. Such was the reality for the Reynoldses in 2008 when the Valley View fire tore through 1200 acres and destroyed 13 homes. The people were safe. The things, not so much. Catherine and her husband Branden

received word of the fire while at their lake home in Hayden. They rushed back to the Spokane Valley only to find they could not pass the barricade to save any things. Their 17-year-old daughter Valerie and 9-year-old son were absent on summer activities. The calculated loss of inventory, much of which insurance could

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not replace, was both overwhelming and heartbreaking. Three of the family’s beloved pets—the cat, dog and a corn snake, sixteen years of catalogued photos of the kids, Valerie’s newly upgraded pedal harp to list a few. It was a devastating summer to say the least. Yet the world refused to slow down in the face of this slow-motion tragedy. Insurance demanded a 12-month action plan. So despite their grief, the Reynoldses forged ahead and began to rebuild. The family, along with their surviving Lab Marley, moved into a South Hill rental home for the 1.5 year construction. A new cat joined the family, a bud of newfound ground and healing. Catherine divided her hours listing lost items for the insurance company and working with the original builder of their


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home to construct the walls again. “The silver lining was getting a new home,” says Catherine. Though she adds she felt a bit numb orchestrating design and decor under the circumstances. In fact, Catherine mostly relied on the builder, saying they simply wanted to mimic the original daylight rancher with upgrades. Designing a significant number of built-ins throughout the home, like a full dresser flanking the onyx tile glass fireplace in the master bedroom and a built-in kitchen desk with a pocket door to hide any mess when not in use, infused the home with character while minimizing furniture replacement needs. Overall the family is pleased with the finished product. Catherine says her “husband’s only qualm is he wishes he could have made the garage bigger.” She’s referring to the 12-stall garage, with 24-foot ceilings, connected to another four stall garage via somewhat of a post-hunting suite for the boys. (When they come home from trips, the boys can clean up, wash clothes and clean winnings in the kitchenette, powder room and laundry facility that make up this suite.) It’s a nice perk for Catherine, a member of PETA. On that note of humorous contradiction, the Reynoldses’ ability to embrace differing personalities within the family is evident throughout the home. “It’s a mutt! We were in a rush to build and there’s a little bit of everything, something for everyone,” says Catherine describing her home. Well it’s a loveable mutt. The great hall greets guests with bold modern decor (Branden’s style of choice,) while the

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prominent downstairs, a deliberate choice to warm the physically cooler temperature of the adjacent kitchen bears more traditional basement. Yet some traditional spaces hold secrets. Various sized tiles, installed vertically to patterns and woodwork (Catherine’s go-to depict a New York skyline, literally twinkle at night with embedded fiber optic lights. The approach.) A vibrant red keyboard set inside wine cellar contains a secret door to storage space. a baby grand frame sits on the edge of the When asked about home highlights, James and his mom, perched atop two of eight kitchen, tying the two rooms together. plush bistro chairs surrounding the granite island in the spacious kitchen, begin describing The traditional decor continues into the master suite where cozy ensues with experiences rather than things. an in-room fireplace, plush warm copper At first the memories trickle as they reminisce about memories created in the new home. carpet, and a strategically The roller skating birthday party in the 12 stall placed armoire to enjoy garage (complete with a disco ball) comes to mind. expansive valley views The older sister “tearing it up on Guitar Hero in the Their memories still basement” stands out to James. out the window. The stood, and they built The day James got a new snake, this time a python. suite extends into a And then the memories gush . . . smaller room, potentially upon these in a new Countless shared s’mores around the fireplace on a nursery, but now a home on the same one of the many covered porches overlooking the small gym eliminating Spokane Valley, with views stretching to Mt. Spokane any excuse to skip the plot of land. on a clear day. workout due to the Family golf games at Pebble Beach, or another world commute. famous course, via the full golf simulator downstairs. Luxury drapes the Further golf competitions on the backyard putting green. master bath with a seven spout shower Branden and his son James heading out on a crisp cool morning in an attempt to bag a bird adjacent to a soaking tub perched under a on the huntable property within walking distance before school. chandelier at the top of a set of stairs. Tending gardens, and then reaping harvests—especially strawberries rewarding efforts with Traditional northwestern decor reigns


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juicy bursts by the mouthful. Elementary-aged James channeling Harry Potter and setting up camp in the wine cellar carved out beneath the stairs. James’s slew of adventures on the near nine acres of property extending beyond the home, like building bike trails and catching lizards. (He fondly remembers Cosmo and Wanda, two favorite reptile field friends.) The flames erased matter, but couldn’t erase what mattered most to the Reynoldses. Though the photos burned, the images and memories remain impressed


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upon mind and heart like a fossil, reminding that memories and time can never be erased by a natural disaster. Those you will always carry with you. Their memories still stood, and they built upon these in a new home on the same plot of land. They’ve started to collect things again. Catherine chose custom rod iron french doors from Texas, a piece of her hometown roots anchoring the entrance and symbolizing strength. The strength to begin again and the courage to keep going. James is now a senior at Gonzaga Prep making college plans. Valerie lives in Colorado where she is studying to be a veterinarian. The python has doubled in size. Any other home is a distant memory for the cat. Catherine and Branden, soon to be empty nesters, are putting their home up for sale to embark on a new chapter. “Of course I’ll be sad to leave,” says Catherine. The family loves the location, which they describe as an isolated, but connected, hideaway.


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HOMESTYLES/colors of 2017

Home Decor: The Hottest Colors of 2017 FROM FURNITURE to

walls, new homes to remodels, cool grays have dominated home design palettes for the last five years. Look to 2017 to gently shake things up with a focus on fresh neutrals that bring warm and cool tones together to create versatile color with timeless appeal.


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One of the most notable trends of the year is the transition of neutrals from monochrome gray to warmer hues, including complex taupe, beige, khaki and brown colors. These warmer tones create an inviting feeling, and while grays will continue to be popular, look for hybrid hues that blend

the best of gray with warmer undertones for colors that are unique, yet familiar. The perfect example of this trend is Poised Taupe, the Sherwin-Williams 2017 Color of the Year. Earthen brown combines with conservative gray resulting in a weathered, woodsy and complex neutral

that fits well in virtually any room. “Poised Taupe celebrates everything people love about cool gray as a neutral, and also brings in the warmth of brown, taking a color to an entirely new level,” says Sue Wadden, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams. “Not cool or

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warm, nor gray or brown, Poised Taupe brings a sense of coziness and harmony that people are seeking.” If you’re looking to refresh your space with this new color trend, there are countless opportunities. Here are four stunning home decor themes using this up-andcoming color.

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With its cool-yet-warm vibe, Poised Taupe is an ideal complement to cornflower hues. For example, when paired with the faded indigo of Stardew, it creates a charming palette ideal for French countryside aesthetics. This fun twist on a classic is sure to produce timeless results in the kitchen or living spaces.

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Wine and taupe Saturated color pairings that evoke deep moods are gaining popularity. Taking cues from baroque and romanticism designs, the SherwinWilliams Noir palette is rich with colors that are reminiscent of vine-ripe fruits, dramatic wine colors and deep blues. Balance this mysterious palette with a neutral like Poised Taupe and you’ll have a look that is unexpected and gorgeous.

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Gray tones always provide a clean, modern base, but contrasting these hues with vivid colors allows you to transform any room into a contemporary paradise. Try using the deep teal of Marea Baja and sunny hued Bee alongside Poised Taupe to create a graphic look perfect for the office or kids' rooms. Ready to make this the year you update your house with fresh designs and stunning colors? Refresh with new colors, furniture, design and decor from our partners, to make your home new again.

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S N O S A E 3 R R IS A WINTE TIME SMARTUY A TO B E HOM DON’T GIVE UP on buying a home this winter: it is the most wonderful time of the year. December through February may be better for buyers than the busy season in spring and summer. Enjoy less competition and lower prices.

Fewer properties are typically available during the winter, as sellers and buyers aim to complete transactions before the school year begins. You can turn that to your advantage. “In winter, there are fewer properties, but it’s less competitive, with fewer buyers per property,” says Greg Jaeger, president of USAA Residential Real Estate Services Inc., and former real estate agent. The more favorable supply-demand balance can lower prices. In the winter, “negotiations are slower-paced and there is more 104

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negotiating room,” Jaeger says. Also, winter sellers may be more motivated, especially if they’re forced to sell by divorce or by corporate or military transfers. In January and February, homes cost 8.45 percent less on average than in June through August, according to NerdWallet research conducted using RealIn winter, there are fewer tor.com data from 2014 and 2015. properties, but it’s less competitive, That’s in line with what Jaeger sees, with fewer buyers per property. particularly in competitive real estate markets where supply is limited.

Lower prices help at closing—and over the life of your mortgage.

A lower price eases your home purchase in many ways, Jaeger says. It lowers your down payment, any closing costs that are calculated as a percentage of the home’s sale price, and your mortgage payments. There’s also less of a seller’s agent commission bundled into the sales price. These savings help when you buy, and they add up over the life of your mortgage.

The right agent can help.

When supply is limited, the right agent can help you get a jump on other buyers. Agents who are well connected learn about properties before they are listed. The right agent understands the market. That includes doing competitive market analysis so you understand what the house is worth. Look for an agent who suits your style. For example, if you’re a statistics geek, you need an agent who’ll provide them. “Just having access to statistics doesn’t mean they have analytical skills and will use them,” Jaeger says. Many resources are available to help consumers find the right agent, including USAA Real Estate Rewards Network, a free program that gives members access to USAA’s network of real estate agents and rewards when they buy or sell.

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Racing Icon... on the Track, on the Water, and Behind the Power by Michele Martin


ew people in Spokane’s motorsports history have contributed more on and off the track—and the water— than Earl Wham. Earl started his racing career in the 1950s driving a 1937 Ford with a flathead V8 at Mead Speedway. Through 1957 he raced at that track and Joe Albi




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garnering countless wins, two track championships, and fast time at both tracks. After the 1957 season, Earl retired from stock car racing when officials outlawed his motor, convinced he was cheating. He never went back. After taking a year off, he drove a dual motor dragster at the Deer Park Dragstrip, winning 10 top gas eliminator trophies and one top fuel. Earl’s dragster ran on gas, but after beating all the gas dragsters, he was occasionally able to run against the cars running Nitro (Top Fuel). Earl went more than 150 mph in that race car in 1958. That was to be his only year drag racing. The two motors were pulled from the dragster (one of which was Earl's) and the dragster went back to its owner and Earl never saw it again. Earl began racing a hydroplane in 1957 named The Squirrel. He


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knew motors, but he didn’t know a lot about boats. Initially racing a hydroplane was a frustrating experience, and eventually, Earl wrecked The Squirrel in Electric City and it sank. They recovered the boat and were able to salvage only the motor. In 1959, after breaking his leg skiing and subsequently being off work for two months, boredom took over. Earl ended up with a second hydroplane to race, a boat named The Holy Smoke. This boat brought Earl much success, including 100 race wins in a row, and a world record in 1963. In 1964, Earl and his longtime race collaborator Fred Rogers, bought a new boat, the Miss Merion Bluegrass. The boat was sponsored by Arden Jacklin of Jacklin Seed (the boat was named after their popular bluegrass). Earl had an illustrious racing career with this

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boat and experienced his proudest racing accomplishment. He set a world straightaway record in 1968, powered by a 7 liter 427. He also won the International Grand Prix in 1968 in Miami’s Biscayne Bay and was featured on ABC’s widely popular Wide World of Sports telecast. He competed against boats from all over the world, and won. Earl was US-1 (top ranked in the US) two years in a row, when he decided to retire from racing at the end of the 1971 season. It was at this juncture in Earl’s racing career, that he went from driver to taking on a behind the scenes role. He ran the oval track at Spokane Raceway Park for Orville Moe for 10 years, and, for decades, built championship race motors for other racers. Earl’s Kong Power motors were highly sought after. Many track and series champions ran Earl Wham motors including Marc Groskreutz and Rick Schultz. Earl, 85, has retired from his once constant involvement in local motorsports. He still lives in the same home overlooking the Spokane Valley he has lived in for 50 years. On rare occasion, you might see Earl out at the track catching a race or watching Kirk Rogers, of Valley Machine, race an exact replica of his dear hydroplane, Miss Merion Bluegrass, that he built with Kirk’s late father, Fred. The local motorsports community is truly lucky to have this pioneer and innovator in our midst. Michele Martin is a lifelong Spokane resident, and a motorsports photographer and enthusiast. She can be reached at MicheleMartinPhotography@gmail. com.

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he financial and emotional cost of diabetes can be vast for those who have diabetes and their families. Kindred Spirits Against Diabetes seeks to take their love of Harley motorcycles and their compassion for diabetics to help financially and emotionally with the costs of the disease. They ride and raise funds in the name of diabetes awareness and seek to support those families who suffer this illness. They are the only organization of this type in the Spokane area. Cindy Rodriguez, secretary and events manager of Kindred Spirits Against Diabetes, wants people to know: “They aren’t alone . . . we understand and want to help.” From education to supplying emergency testing kits, and even driving across town to drop off a prescription for insulin, Kindred Spirits is there to help every step of the way. A cure has still not been found which is why it is so crucial to have support and education

about diabetes. Cindy says, “We want to be a positive impact on our community, and work toward education and a cure.” They especially want to stress early testing with the Test One Drop program. This program is a glucose test that costs one dollar and can aid in the early recognition of a diabetic emergency. Often times parents of diabetic children have to miss work because of the child’s unstable insulin levels or worse, the child has to leave school because their insulin levels are too far out of range to be manageable. Managing diabetes is a 24-hour job. “Most people caring for an individual with diabetes don’t sleep much, I know I don’t,” says Cindy. They always need members, volunteers, and supporters to join and support the organization. One hundred percent of the funds they raise go toward helping families in need. Email ksadidaho@gmail.com for more information.




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WOMAN/day in the life

A NEW YEAR HAS ARRIVED and change is coming with it; perhaps propelled by this age of information, more people are being called to act and cause change for a better world. “We can no longer look away and act like we don’t know or don’t have a personal responsibility in creating a better world than the one we will be leaving our children and grandchildren,” Sara Stime says. “The only way to have a peaceful world is when everyone’s needs are met. And the only way that’ll happen is if people start coming together and standing up for each other.” So, Sara went to Standing Rock in North Dakota to help in the fight to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline by protecting the sacred land and the water that runs through it. What’s that, you ask? Mainstream media hasn’t been much help in getting the word out and what they do show is often slanted, a fact easily exposed by those who were actually there, peacefully attempting to protect a water source that nourishes hundreds of thousands of people. Big oil companies consider dollars over fresh water and even refrain from admitting just how many times their pipelines have destroyed bodies of water and surrounding areas, leaving human beings dependent on plastic bottles of nature’s nectar. The water protectors (Dakota Access Pipeline protestors) are not financially motivated. Rather, they are globally motivated to address injustice and to stop the destruction of an already fragile ecosystem and they have been demonized. One Spokane man who was at Standing Rock received a warrant for his arrest in the mail for allegedly engaging in a riot. Sara was there and she saw no rioting. “I arrived with a group,” she says. “We set up our camp, mapped the area, met others, and cooked. I attended an orientation and direct action training. We discussed how to be respectful and unified. There were drum circles and dancing. People prayed. I helped out in the medic area, did supply runs, and recorded what was happening.


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Sara Stime by Jennifer LaRue

I dressed a wound on a hilltop in subzero temperatures.” She remained for 10 days and came back a little different. “I can no longer just sit back and accept the current paradigm,” she says. “No more injustice. No more corporate greed.” Sara grew up in a small town in eastern Canada. Her parents were Christian missionaries who served others in exotic locations. For a while, Sara worked in an orphanage in El Salvador. She went on to receive her nursing degree from Yavapai College in Arizona. She moved back to Ontario in 2010 to care for her mother who died two months later. “I believe that it was the chemotherapy that killed her. That’s one of the reasons I left the medical field; I saw how tied in the medical industry is with big pharmaceutical companies, and how the system is set up to keep people from really getting healthy, because a lot of people in the industry are making a lot of money off the backs and the lives of others. I felt I was part of a sick system that perpetuated injustices,” Sara says. “I’m now looking toward using my knowledge and skills in a capacity that helps change the system to take care of all people.” After her mother died, Sara moved to Spokane and worked in retail for a while. She then moved to a communal organic farm in Davenport, living first in a tent by the river then a yurt and finally a house, traveling to warmer places during winter months. She started working for a home health agency in Spokane and moved to the South Hill. Now, she considers what she wants a day in her life to look like. “I’ve come to realize that the way we heal ourselves is by connecting with others, by supporting each other, and by showing solidarity in whatever way we know how,” she says. “I want my days to be a part of a bigger movement even if it’s in subzero temperatures. And sure, some people think I’m a little off because I don’t fit into their ideas of normal, but, as Jiddu Krishnamurti said, ‘It is no measure of health to be welladjusted to a profoundly sick society.’”

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OLFACTION is a powerful thing. has bottled a new line of locally If you don’t know what the word inspired perfumes she calls Rare Ayre. means, look it up and there you go; fact As her ancestors before her—dating upon fact of its almost mystical powers. as far back as 1865—Michelle grew You’ve experienced it; unlike the other up in the Northwest, frolicking near four senses, you’ve been lakes and mountains flooded with memories and collecting fond “I think my that are unique to memories. Initially, passion has been she wanted to be a your own experiences before you’re even contagious; I started comedian to bring joy conscious of the trigger. ‘stumbling’ into the to others. She went For no good reason, on instead to study right people; artists, literature and math you might suddenly designers, chemists, at the University of be fearful or tears of sorrow or joy pool in New Mexico, and she and engineers the corner of your eyes. spent eight years in who are just as “I still cry every time the Navy, breaking passionate as I am.” the glass ceiling as I drive around Pend Oreille Lake,” Michelle the first woman naval Anderson says. “It’s so midshipman to serve beautiful and so fragrant.” Moved by on a Navy ship (USS Vulcan). She then the scents of the Northwest and the entered the business of life insurance, memories they bring forth, Michelle working her way up to an executive

position from which she recently retired after 30 years. Rare Ayre started shortly after, practically conceived on her final day at work, December 31, 2015, when Michelle’s boss asked her what she was going to do next and suggested she consider looking into the world of fragrance. His wife had always commented on Michelle’s perfumes and the beautiful scents floating around her. Michelle thought about it for a while and decided to take his advice. “I really just picked up the phone and started asking questions,” she says, giving credit to her passion for capturing the beauty and distinct scents of the Northwest. “I think my passion has been contagious; I started ‘stumbling’ into the right people; artists, designers, chemists, and engineers who are just as passionate as I am.” To Michelle, it’s not just about smell; it’s a lasting tribute to the Northwest, packaged like a fairytale; the box is a book of scenic photos taken by her husband, selected Northwest lore, and a list of native plants that inspire the particular scent. The cover is an original painting by a local artist. Working with a master perfumer in France (one of 250 in the world), Michelle selected a melody of scents to represent the songs of the seasons in the Northwest beginning with the launch of Insurrection (February 14, with a geocaching adventure) in the anticipation of spring and reminiscent of lilacs, linden, apple blossom, and pine. “In the Northwest, spring is so important,” she says. “It’s the beginning of hope.” Abundance, Enlightenment, and Quiescence will follow. “All I really want is for people to experience the beauty of the Northwest.” rareayre.com


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More than the Sum of our Challenges by Jennifer Evans

WHY WOULD A perfectionist with zero tolerance for anything less than “as planned” choose to be in a career that is consistently selected as one of the Top 10 most stressful jobs in the world— because of the unpredictable nature of the work? While my personality matched with this career often leaves me questioning my sanity behind closed doors, my quest for the perfect experience pays off for my clients and guests. Instead of skipping into the holiday spirit, my December kicked off with sleepless nights and intense anxiety about the outcome of my first event in the South. When the day came to embark on my flight to Atlanta, we were going to be a few moments late leaving the gate because the air conditioning system on our plane wasn’t working. The issue was resolved and we started to back away toward the runway. And as abruptly as one can stop a 737, we halted and taxied back to the gate. “I’m sorry, folks, but we seem to be having an issue with our deicer. If it’s causing an issue here on the ground, it’ll certainly be an issue in the air, so we are going to have our mechanics take a look and we anticipate having this resolved in about 10 minutes,” the pilot announced. Passengers with close connections were nervous. Grumblings grew louder and fear turned into panic as minutes turned to hours before we were given the option to deplane. In addition to the mechanical issue, the plane was 9,000 pounds overweight. Volunteers surrendered their seats, recovered their luggage and we were back on board and 118

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in the air. Connections were missed, loved ones lost precious time with family, and meetings were cancelled. I was one of the fortunate who was simply inconvenienced. What felt like devastation for some, was an exercise in patience and perseverance and then we all went on with our lives. The next day as we set up for our event, challenges started to present themselves. Attendance was low, a key player was going to miss the event due to a family emergency and I realized there were other misaligned expectations that were likely going to cause attendees to have a less than perfect experience. You never get a second chance to make a first impression and the fear and worry were rising. I held firm to my “never say die” motto and didn’t sleep much that night. I tossed and turned as I came up with Plans B, C, and D—for a few scenarios—and mentally sifted through every aspect of the event. All I wanted was for my guests and partners to receive value and to feel like attending was a worthwhile investment of time and money. As expected, the event wasn’t perfect, but it was imperfectly so. Our guests didn’t experience disappointment and the things that went right went really right. Business connections were made, people gleaned valuable insight and training, new business opportunities presented themselves and our guests left fulfilled. Success. I headed back to the airport for the long journey home. At check-in I learned our flight was delayed, but it wasn’t until I boarded the plane that I was told I would miss my connection. I fought back tears. I was exhausted and just wanted to be back home with my children. We arrived in Seattle to a logistical nightmare. The season’s first snowstorm brought airport closures, delays and standby lists of up to 45 passengers. No matter how angry, calm, tearful or tolerant people were, there wasn’t much that could be done. Since the delays were due to weather, hotel stays were not offered. I have to believe that everyone was doing the best they could, but I witnessed some awful displays of human behavior. I wondered what this would look like if this were genuinely a crisis situation.

Dozens of us turned bags into pillows, coats into blankets and the terminal looked like an upscale refuge camp. The next morning, the battle continued as gate agents wore their full armor and passengers were tired and grouchy. I thought back to my fear and loss of sleep leading up to my event. I thought of past events where people complained and demanded their money back when the event wasn’t what they had hoped. This week I was put hours off schedule, I slept in public, my family was inconvenienced, my work and play schedule for the weekend was altered and did a single executive at the airline lose sleep due to anxiety? I doubt it. Would I be demanding a refund and complaining? No. I understand that problems happen and that my desire to repair every issue isn’t healthy . . . because it isn’t realistic. But what is an appropriate response when you’ve made an investment and been let down? What is my responsibility as a business owner when I have an upset customer? How does one define failure? I’ve let myself be crippled by far less than what this airline dealt with. The airline won’t lose sleep and certainly won’t lose customers forever over the experience. When can I declare my work “good enough”? I think the only “right” thing in these situations is to take personal accountability for how I behave. I want to treat others as I would like to be treated no matter what side of the counter I am on. I will strive for the best possible performance from myself and will be courteous to others always. I will also learn to be forgiving and kind to myself when things don’t go as planned because ultimately, the plane takes off, we get home and the challenges will be left behind. So I kick off the New Year with the reminder that “this too shall pass” and fully embrace the hope that life is so much more than the sum of our challenges. Jennifer Evans is the proud mother of three children and the principal of Encore Events. Closing the Gap chronicles Jennifer’s story of how she is getting from where she is in life to where she wants to be.

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AprilPonikvar by Erika Prins Simonds

APRIL PONIKVAR, a yoga instructor at Mellow Monkey and the Spokane Community College athletics department, recently embarked on a pretty revolutionary new venture: making dog treats with cannabidiol oil, a non-psychoactive hemp extract. In this month’s Role Model, she shares how she dreamed up the idea—and what it took to make her new dog treat business, King Pua’s, a reality.

What inspired you to start King Pua’s? My husband’s family has a “502” [marijuana retail business], so we had kind of been kicking around the idea of doing a bakery and doing edibles for people. So, I had been researching that. I love to cook and bake anyway. I went online and ordered some books and started delving into this idea. Around that same time—the baking edibles in my mind—we started thinking, “Well, what about animals?” We’d heard about CBD oil, which is different from marijuana. I had read about CBD oil in National Geographic a few years ago. I’d read about some of the health benefits of it and it just kind of clicked: Why not put CBD oil in a treat for dogs?


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Do you encounter skepticism about feeding a cannabis-derived product to animals? Surprisingly, no. I’ve had a couple of people who started out skeptical. Just in short conversation about the benefits, what we’ve seen in our dogs—by the end of the conversation, they’re buying treats for their dog and for their friend’s dog. It’s been in the news more—the health benefits of CBD oil—so we’ve had more people excited when they hear about it. Everything’s moving so fast: we came up with the idea and at the time, we couldn’t find anything on the internet that was CBD hemp oil dog treats. But now, there are some popping up, even in the six months since we started making the treats. What steps did you take to transform your idea into a viable business? I just kept going back to it, like, “This is such a great idea.” You know I’m a yoga teacher, too. I’m about creating wellness. There was just something inside me that said, “This is the one idea that you have to follow through on.” At the time, I was working at the bakery and I was gaining all these skills. I really became interested in the science of baking, so I got all of these books, like Alton Brown. So, when I started making dog treats, I had that to work with.

I was so excited about this idea that I kept sharing it with everyone I met. I have a lot of friends through yoga and I had two students that I kept bouncing this idea off of: one of them is a vet and another is a dog trainer. I talked to them about, “What are the components of a healthy dog treat?” They were telling me about dogs with wheat allergies—and soy and corn—they led me in the direction of staying away from common allergies and that’s why I use oat flour. They talked to me about putting protein in. They told me that dogs really like sweet potato. Over the course of a month or two, I had a treat that really worked. I had my two dogs to try them on. They’re definitely well-fed. How did you go about distributing the product once you had it dialed in? We knew that there were farmers markets around and street fairs in the summer so we said, “Let’s just go to some of those and see how it goes.” My husband, Jess, has been a big help. He’s helped me with the business development. He has a background in sales. So when it came to getting it into stores—going to people saying, "we’ve got this great new product you’ve never heard of ”—he went in and basically convinced these store owners, “You need to carry this product. This is going to be the next big thing and you need to be on the cutting edge of helping dogs be well.” The response has been amazing. People love their pets. They see them as their children. When they see that you’re trying to help them, they latch onto that. What inspired your new company’s name, King Pua’s? Pua, who is the dog on our treats, was our dog. Jess got him when he was a puppy, about 15 years ago. His full name was KuPua, meaning half shark, half human. Jess’s family is from Hawaii. Pua was with us for eight years when we discovered he had cancer. It was traumatic loss, especially for Jess. When we created the treats, they were in memory of Pua. Kingpua.com

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Healthy Kids . . . Just Wanna Have Fun


t the development ages of two to five years old, kids generally don’t have an appreciation for the benefits of building a skill, nor do they associate any benefits with being good at something. They are hard wired to learn through play. As most parents know full well, kids will expend a tremendous amount of energy to play but picking up their toys is a terrible exertion. SuperTots understands the nature of kids and has created a curriculum that uses their motivations to develop athletic skills and fitness through a series of fun but beneficial games. The founder, Kent Gold, started with a vision to provide age-appropriate sports development for young kids. Kent owned and ran sports facilities in the Puget Sound region for several years and developed a similar program that grew out of a need for good programming for that age group. None existed at the time and Kent, being a grown-up kid, knew that the indirect approach that taps kids' “fun� motivation was the key. Kids just wanna have fun and parents want good programming that develops kids physically, emotionally and prepares them for sports. Most adults are too direct in their approaches when training young children because they forget that kids at this age have totally different motivations. The SuperTots curriculum is designed to first introduce the fun, and thus the motivation, then add challenges. The goal is



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to eventually get kids to perform a particular exercise that builds a vital skill while they are in the super-concentration mode. For example, teaching kids to dribble a ball from one hoop to the other as fast as they can is a great exercise to learn ball control. Simply instructing them to do it results in an unmotivated, distracted effort. The SuperTots curriculum is a progressive curriculum designed by experts with a comprehensive understanding of child development. The goal is to bring kids through the various stages so they grow their athletic skills and fitness and develop an interest and love for sports and aerobic activities, for a lifetime of health and happiness. supertotsports.com

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my kids’ desire to expedite their childhood and jump right into adolescence and adulthood. My 12-year old can’t wait to grow a mustache and climb behind the wheel of the car as he’s convinced both of these milestones will significantly improve his social life. My 8-year old is anxiously awaiting the day when he will no longer be harassed about a clean bedroom and completed homework assignments, and my youngest is counting down the days when she will finally have boobies that necessitate the need to wear a bra. There are times that I can’t help but crave the days when my biggest challenge was getting them to wear something other than sockpant tights and super hero costumes. I can’t say that I was any different. As a kid, I was always looking forward to the next milestone. I couldn’t wait to start high school, get a driver’s license, and find my first job. When I moved into my college years it was much of the same. I counted down the days until I could finally experience the college bar scene with my friends and, more importantly, the day I turned in my very last final. Even after college I looked ahead to the great American dream: marriage, home ownership and kids of my very own.

It wasn’t until I stepped into the time warp of motherhood that I began frantically pumping the brakes in an attempt to slow down time. I found it

hard to believe this past year that my youngest child was turning seven and I was transitioning into pre-menopause. How did I get so old? As often as the conversation would allow, I pointed out to my kids that they should enjoy their youth because being

an adult is not what it’s cracked up to be. Sure, adults get to stay up late and watch whatever they want on TV, but that’s only because they’ve worked their tails off all month long to earn enough money to make mortgage, utility and Netflix payments. My lectures seemed to fall on deaf ears until tragedy struck. In the span of just four weeks, our family lost two of our cherished fur family members. I wasn’t prepared for how challenging it would be adjusting to life without one dog, let alone two. Words can’t describe how difficult it was to explain why dogs live shorter lives than humans and even more difficult to rationalize: why God doesn’t give second chances to dogs. Doing my best to stay strong for the kids, I encouraged them to focus their energy on remembering the good times they had with each pet. It was interesting how some of Dixon and Minnie’s most annoying qualities became the things the kids remembered and missed the most. One evening as I executed my nightly household chores, I looked up to find my oldest son intently studying my face. With sadness in his eyes, he said, “Being an adult must suck, Mom. I mean, you tried everything you could to save our two dogs and they both still died. I’m sorry you had to experience all that. It must have been really hard on you.” I was speechless that my 12-year old was able to read the emotions I was trying so hard to bottle up inside. As tears slid down my cheeks, all I could muster was a nod. He gently wrapped me in a warm embrace and said, “It’s okay, Mom. I know that I have the easy job of just being a kid.” Holly Lytle is the mother of three and is the founder of The ISAAC Foundation, a local nonprofit organization. In her free time Holly enjoys chronicling her many adventures of motherhood for this column.

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who is 85, fell ill at Christmas, we all thought she was going to die. Suddenly, she, who has never fallen, who has all her original joints, whose mind is sharp and clear, she who has been the steady force at the center of our family, was faltering. We had just finished our traditional Christmas dinner at my parents' house in Massachusetts. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy. Lots of my mother’s thick, smooth, homemade gravy. All served up on her flowered wedding china with the real silver. The table was simple and beautiful, the conversation perfect. We exchanged small gifts and caught up with each other. And that night she fell ill. She spent five days in the hospital with pneumonia. I put my children, who are 8 and 11, on a red-eye—their first solo flight—to meet my husband in Seattle. I teared up as the gate agent came to take my boys through the door. My older son turned away with a stoic expression. My younger son grabbed his head with both hands: “Mom, don’t cry! It’s embarrassing!” I hugged them hard. There was everything to say and nothing new to say. “Good bye,” I said. “I love you.” And I telegraphed it again, staring out into the rainy Boston night as the plane backed from the jet way and turned to leave. Driving home—home to the bedroom with my high school books and sports trophies—I was suddenly different.


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Mother of children ready to fly on their own and daughter to a mother at the precipice of life. One day when I was in my 20s, a woman who worked near me in a big New York City building, lost her mother. She was distraught. Young and flip, with a mother I took for granted, I asked how old her mother was. Ninety-nine, she answered. And then, as if reading my thoughts, “But it doesn’t matter how old they are,” she said. “You’re never ready to lose your mother.” And all these years later, I see her face as it was when she said that to me. My mother has had a rich and spectacular life. A strong marriage, travel, meaningful work, a community of friends, access to ideas. Her children are adults, her grandchildren are thriving. She has the benefit of a mind that can still read three newspapers daily and, like a wizard, untangle the shifting alliances in the years of conflict in the Middle East. Share sports trivia with my boys. Stop a raging political argument with compassionate commentary on struggling governments and suffering people. It has been such a good ride. And yet. And yet . . . I am not quite ready to lose her. Not quite ready to acknowledge myself as an adult. Not quite ready to be a mother to my own children, without my mother . . . because no one else in the world delights in my children as much as she does. No one else reminds me the way she does that motherhood begins and ends with love. Most of all, I am not quite ready to move the tangible connection to the past that I have through her, into my growing bank of memories. She is my connection to a simpler, quieter world. Her mother grew up in snowy Connecticut and remembered the sound of sleigh bells as a child. Sleigh bells on real sleighs, pulled by horses, carrying people under heavy blankets to town for the day. I didn’t know until I saw my mother sick, that I cared about sleigh bells. She recovered this time. At home I tucked her into bed then, boldly, curled up next to her—the first time I’ve been in her bed since I was a child seeking refuge in a thunderstorm. She didn’t mind. I felt her small body relax. I rubbed her back and shoulders until she fell asleep, as she used to do for me when I was sick. Daughter to my mother, mother to my children . . . Not quite ready to let go of either . . . Everything still to say, nothing left to say . . . Goodbye in both directions as my people pull away from the gate, moving slowly into the night. Good bye, I love you. Caroline Woodwell spent 20 years in nonprofit organizations, both as a staff member and a board member, on the east coast and in the Northern Rockies. She left that world recently to complete a year-long training program in life coaching. Now she is coaching, living through and writing about midlife transitions. Originally from New England, she lives in Spokane with her husband, Chris, and their two sons.

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are less controversial than birth control. Poll after poll shows public support for contraception to be overwhelming. Yet recently, politicians have generated controversy around this widely accepted facet of women’s daily lives, once again shifting women’s health care from a private issue to a political one. This has severe implications for individuals and communities. It starts with the Trump administration’s promise ”Gradually women’s rights to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The ACA closed are being eroded. When a tremendous gap in health care, and made key do we stand up and say services like annual exams and birth control ‘Enough!’ The time to act more widely available, often with no copay. In Washington, approximately 750,000 people and protest is now. Access have gained insurance. But the proposed “deto reproductive health care funding” of Planned Parenthood, the largest in the 21st Century means women’s health care provider in the country, is complete access to birth especially troubling. control. Nothing less.” The term “defunding” is intended to imply that Planned Parenthood is subsidized by the government. In fact, defunding actually involves unconstitutional moves to prevent Planned Parenthood from serving as a Title X (family planning) and Medicaid provider—programs a full 60 percent of its patients rely on for their health care. Given the threats to these services, women are reaching out to their elected officials for help. “I recently heard from mothers in my district who are afraid that under a Trump administration, women will no longer have access to reproductive health care,” says Congresswoman Susan DelBene, a fierce advocate for women’s rights who represents Washington’s First District. “And unfortunately, with his reckless selection of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services, there is a real chance that funding for Planned Parenthood—and the promise of no-cost birth control under the Affordable Care Act—will be under siege.”

DelBene said she’s planning to be vigilant over the next four years, especially when it comes to keeping government out of private matters. “No one has the right to interfere in women’s most personal medical decisions—least of all politicians,” she says. Price, who supported 65 attempts to repeal the ACA, has a dismal track record on women’s health. In 2012, he infamously said “there’s not one woman” who struggled with access to contraception. A Hart research poll shows how out of touch this is—one in three women voters struggle to afford birth control, including 55 percent between the ages of 18 and 34. In the midst of it all, there’s a suggestion women are overreacting. “Just wait and see” is the message being used to dismiss valid concerns, which would cost women a valuable window of time to advocate for themselves. That hasn’t escaped Spokane City Council member Lori Kinnear. It reminds her of the lobster in a pot of cold water story—the lobster doesn’t know anything’s amiss until it’s too late. “That is what’s happening here. Gradually women’s rights are being eroded,” says Kinnear. “When do we stand up and say ‘Enough!’ The time to act and protest is now. Access to reproductive health care in the 21st Century means complete access to birth control. Nothing less.” To understand key layers, we need to look at our health care system: Providers who both accept Title X and Medicaid and have room for new patients are not in abundance. Removing Planned Parenthood creates a serious hole in the health care infrastructure. “The assertion that community health centers could step into a breach of this magnitude is simply wrong and displays a fundamental misunderstanding of how the health care system work,” writes Sara Rosenbaum, George Washington University professor and public health policy expert. This could have disastrous consequences locally. “About 35 percent of the residents in Spokane live at or below the poverty line,” says Kinnear, who serves on the Spokane County Board of Health and the Community, Health, and Environment Committee. “Access to health care is a game changer.” These programs benefit their participants, but communities also see gains. In 1970 Title X was championed by Republicans, especially President Richard Nixon, who believed the program saved taxpayers money. He was right. Researchers from the Guttmacher Institute reported that “Every $1 invested in publicly funded family planning services saved $7.09 in Medicaid expenditures that would otherwise have been needed to pay the medical costs of pregnancy, delivery and early childhood care.” Many, including 3rd Legislative District State Representative Marcus Riccelli from Spokane, want to see this investment grow. Aside from the economic benefit, it helps people thrive. “I am very hopeful to see increased funding to Medicaid and Title X,” says Riccelli, who is vice chair of the state’s Health Care and Wellness Committee. “We must provide greater support to women and families as they make critical decision for their futures. Supporting them means healthier families and healthier communities.” Much remains to be seen, and many are holding out hope for a healthy, cooperative future. But we need to recognize that women’s health care should never be controversial— these services create economic security, ensure futures, and save lives. As Kinnear said, women deserve nothing less. Tiffany Harms is the communications director for Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho. If you have questions about HPV, or would like to schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider, visit www.ppgwni.org.

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Mediation as a Method to End the Madness How a divorce mediator can save legal fees and time by Rick White

REMEMBER THE RHYME Mary and Johnny, sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G. First comes love, then comes marriage. Then comes arguments, fights and disparage. Then comes blame, then comes despair. Two hearts damaged beyond repair . . . Mary leaves Johnny, and now they are fighting about who gets the tree? D-I-V-O-R-C-E. It’s sad when two people start a relationship with romance and love, mutual respect and a life-time commitment to be together “until death us do part” and then end the relationship with dislike, distrust, animosity and conflict. That is what getting a divorce is like for most couples, and when children are added to the break-up all of the painful and fearful feelings are often shared with the kids Sounds horrible doesn’t it? I bet that most divorced couples describe the break-up as one of the most painful experiences in their lives. In one research study of children of divorced parents, the author opined that the death of a parent was less emotionally painful for children than watching their parents divorce, especially if the divorce was conflictual. If you and your spouse or partner have concluded that the marriage must end and you want a “peaceful” end to the relationship—and the thought of expensive litigation and courtrooms feels fearful, frightening, and expensive—engaging in mediation may be your best and smartest decision. The fancy term in the legal profession is “alternative dispute resolution” (ADR). It means a method of solving and settling disputes (like a divorce) in ways alternative to the traditional ways of courtrooms and litigation and having important decisions made by judges and juries who sometimes don’t get to hear the whole story. ADR includes arbitrations, mediations and settlement conferences. Arbitrators are usually lawyers who serve like judges but hear the cases in offices instead of courtrooms. Settlement conferences are usually performed by judges and generally involve a judge forecasting 128

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the outcome of a case. Mediations are much different. A mediator listens to the clients’ needs and goals, gets a thorough understanding of the clients’ assets and debts, and helps eliminate the communication barriers that often exist in order to guide the clients to a peaceful settlement. In my practice most of the mediation clients have lawyers and the lawyers are with their clients in separate rooms. I help the parties design settlement offers and I communicate the offers and counter-offers as I travel back and forth between the separate rooms. Slowly and almost always we get compromises and agreements on the different issues in a typical divorce case (property and debt values and division, child custody and parenting schedules, child support and spousal maintenance). The process typically requires a full day and at the end of the day a binding written stipulation is signed. Another mediation process that many of my clients have found satisfactory is to work with the mediator without lawyers. In those cases I help the clients reach agreements on the values of their assets and debts. Sometimes I will help clients engage professional appraisers to value the assets. This process usually requires several shorter meetings with the clients so the clients don’t feel rushed and pressured into making important decisions. Whatever the type of mediation process, with lawyers or without lawyers, a peaceful and fair settlement almost always occurs, so long as the clients and the mediator are willing to patiently listen and be committed to the process. Judge Rick White (ret.) served as a District Court Judge from 1991 to 2011. He was an adjunct professor at Gonzaga Law School teaching Community Property and Family Law. He is a frequent lecturer on mediation and alternative dispute resolution. He now focuses his energy serving as a mediator or arbitrator in all legal matters. judgewhitemediation@gmail.com

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Census Bureau in 2013, 42 million adults had been married more than once. This number is almost double what it was in 1980, and triple the number from 1960. With remarriage comes blended families, and with blended families comes the potential for complications that makes air traffic control look like child’s play. I sat down with local attorney and guardian ad litem, Nina Roecks, to find out what challenges are being brought into the court system by blended families, and some strategies to mitigate those challenges. Arrangement of bedrooms is one of the most common challenges, and one with the greatest impact on children. Consider this scenario: Husband Smith has two girls and one boy from a prior marriage. They sleep at the Smith home every Tuesday and Wednesday night and every other Friday through Sunday. Wife Smith has two boys from a prior marriage. They sleep at the Smith home every night except for every other Friday and Saturday. The Smiths also have a boy and a girl together, and these children sleep at the Smith home every night. How many bedrooms does this family need? The easy answer would be eight, one for each child and one for the parents. If you can find, and afford, an eight-bedroom home then this problem is solved for you; however, the rest of us may need to be creative. As a guardian ad litem, Roecks is charged with making recommendations to the court regarding this very issue, among many others. Roecks acknowledges that in many cases it is impossible for each child to have their own room, but emphasizes the importance of each child having his or her own bed and personal space. In Roecks’s interviews with children, she has seen a recurring theme that children who do not have their own beds do not feel like they “belong” in the home, which leads to further effects on the children. Let’s get into more detail with the Smiths. Mr. Smith’s children spend the first and third weekend of every month in the Smith home. These happen to be the same weekends that Mrs. Smith’s children


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sleep at their father’s home. So, Mr. Smith’s children can just sleep in Mrs. Smith’s children’s beds, right? Not the ideal scenario, according to Roecks. Children will feel like they do not fully belong in a home where they do not have their own bed, and when some of the children have beds and others don’t this can create a hierarchy between the children in the home, which breeds resentment. Roecks suggests bunkbeds as a solution. There may, at times, be three (or even more) children sleeping in a room, but they each have their own bed, their own drawers, and their own space where they belong. When matching siblings and step-siblings as roommates, it is important to keep age and gender in mind. A teenager is going to need more space, and more privacy, than a five-year old. Further, beyond toddlerhood, children should only be expected to share a room with other children of the same gender. (Note: This solution assumes that all children in the home identify with the gender that is congruent with their reproductive parts. Families with more complex gender issues may need to consider other solutions). As for older children and teenagers, Roecks recommends families think outside of the box. Can a basement or supplemental living area be converted into a bedroom? Can a bedroom be partitioned into smaller rooms? Is it possible to build an addition on to the home? Another common complication is transportation. If Mr. Smith’s children go to school in District 81, but Mr. Smith lives in Central Valley, how are his children going to get to school on Wednesday and Thursday mornings? Roecks suggests a few potential solutions. One is to see if your place of employment can accommodate a modified schedule on the days you have to transport your children into another school district. Public transportation is an option in some cases as well, but this is highly dependent on the number of transfers, and the age and comfort level of the child. A third option is to rely on the child’s other parent. Is it possible to drop the children off at the other parent’s home (the home that is in their school district) before

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school where they can then take the school bus or be transported by the other parent? A fourth option is one that should be used with caution. When one or more children in the family are old enough to drive, it is an option to have the driving siblings help with the transportation of the younger siblings. Caution is necessary to prevent what is referred to as “parentification,” where a child assumes an inappropriate amount of parental duties over younger siblings. For a court to modify a parenting plan, the court must first determine that there is “adequate cause” for the modification. The court will find “adequate cause” exists if the court determines there has been a “substantial change in circumstances” since the time the parenting plan was entered and that the modification is in the best interest of the children. This change in circumstances must be something that was not contemplated at the time of the original parenting plan. Many judges find the possibility of remarriage is foreseeable (and was therefore contemplated) at the time the parenting plan was entered and, therefore, do not find that a remarriage creates adequate cause to modify a parenting plan. This does not mean the parenting plan cannot change; it just means that the courts are unlikely to require the change. The parties (the parents) are free to come to whatever agreements they want between each other. These types of agreements are highly encouraged by the courts. Judges DO NOT want to have to decide where your children will spend holidays. This is where it becomes important to invest in creating a mutually respectful co-parenting relationship with the other parent. If you have invested goodwill into your ex, chances are greater that he/she will be amenable to accommodating the changing needs in your family and your schedule. The Smiths can have a very rewarding family life ahead of them, but it is going to require special consideration for each child regardless of the amount of time each child spends in the home. It will also require creativity, resourcefulness, cooperation, and a mutually respectful relationship with former spouses.


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WEDDING DAY (VOID OF) BLISS I stood in front of the altar. Bent at the knees and struggling to remain upright. I could not breathe, every inhale a chore confined to the limited room my lungs had to expand. My eyes darted from my husband-to-be to my family lined up, bearing witness, then again to the officiant. Just breathe, I told myself. Beads of sweat swelled on my skin but still I shivered. I looked at my fiancé, his eyes wide, full of excitement and concern, welling with emotion. Pity gripped my heart while doubt and fear mocked it. Do I love him? I wasn’t sure. I wasn’t sure about anything these days. I wasn’t sure I had ever loved anybody or even knew how. The double breasted white business dress three sizes too big hung on my small frame like a potato sack. I looked down to divert my eyes from the reality surrounding me only to be hit with the truth and the gravity of this moment. Tonight I would be a married woman. Tonight, I would be expected to make love to my husband. Tonight would be the end and the beginning as I left one controlling man’s home to serve another. I wept. My gaze drew upward back to the man in front of me. He was not a bad man, not much older than a boy. He knew only what he had been taught. He loved me. He was my best friend and knew me better than anyone in the past had attempted. When he graduated high school and left to take his oath in the Army he had finally uttered “I love you” in the hotel parking lot. It had been a nice enough ten month relationship, though I had really only “been” with him for three. He made every effort to show me love, in the ways he knew how. He stared at me, nearly a stranger, who had returned only a few days ago after almost seven months gone. He searched my eyes for the elation he was feeling. Did he see me? Eleven days ago I had officially become an adult in the eyes of the state. Finally recognized for the adult I had been for years. Today, I did not want to be an adult. I was doing the right thing, in this run-down


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wedding chapel. What other option did I have? There were no other choices I could make, even within the freedoms I was apparently now granted. As an adult. I cried. The words coming from the officiant were muffled and strange, his lips moving faster than seemed ordinary. I was reeling from the speed of everything. The most important day of my life, or so I was told, was rushing by, fueled by the dizziness clouding my head. In disbelief, denial, and detachment I repeated the words thrust at me. Tears fell, accepted by the onlookers as signs of joy, but instead they fell for uncertainty. They fell in mourning for the life of which I had once dared to dream. They fell for the excruciating pain reaching through my thighs to grip my lower back. Bright white lightning shot rhythmically with every heartbeat, as wretched claws kneaded into my extended belly pulling it high and tight. Six months was not long enough. This baby girl would be here any time. Too soon but still any time. A high calorie, low fat diet to heal an angry gall bladder. Sugar free for months now due to gestational diabetes. Three different hospital stays for monitoring and administering multiple doses of various drugs to prolong the pregnancy and delay birth. Battles with the principal, multiple teachers and curious students just to stay in a school even though I was earning straight As. Hours climbing stairs and sitting in hard school chairs against doctor’s orders just to finish. Nothing felt real except the pain. And shame. At a time when I should have felt pride, anticipation and happiness looking to the future, it was all I could do not to fall into a ball of nothingness on the ground beneath me. I blinked back the despair, the weight of failure I felt. I drew a deep breath in the valley of a contraction and heard my mouth whisper “I do.” I looked out at my little sisters, my new husband’s family and my two close friends and thought . . . “If They Only Knew.”

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to replace aging skin and strengthen frail bones and muscles. These replacements promise to cure or make manageable most of today’s age-related illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and most brain disorders. Stem cells do hold the hope of changing medicine in dramatic ways. Needs a kidney? With stem cells, you could grow your own kidney, with your own DNA, and transplant it, avoiding the need of taking anti-rejection drugs and the long term risks associated with these drugs. Type One diabetes would be cured with pancreatic cell transplants to make insulin again. A patient with COPD, or emphysema, was given stem cells via a nebulizer, and her lung functioning has actually improved, instead of progressively deteriorating like all other COPD patients, and she is now off oxygen. Heart failure patients have re-grown healthy heart cells to replace the decaying, dead myocardium of the heart. The possibilities are endless. Stubborn fat cells? Destroy them by freezing—called Coolsculpting, it destroys the fat cell membrane. Too much axillary (armpit) sweating, even deodorants don’t work? Use miradry to kill the sweat and odor glands, a one-time treatment. Miraculous for many patients. Early cancer detection? Look up OncoblotLabs.com—a blood test that detects 26 different types of cancer with 99.3 percent accuracy. More than any medical test on the market. Have diabetes but hate having to stick your finger to check blood sugars? Use the new non-invasive glucose monitors that read glucose through the skin. Painless.

Have memory problems—otherwise known as cognitive impairment—and wonder if it’s early dementia versus just “senior moments”? Most doctors would give you some verbal tests, which are highly inaccurate. Anti-aging medicine would use something called a QEEG, a specialized form of EEG done in the office that can quantify brain functioning, to tell you how the brain is working in every lobe, and what can be done about areas that are under-performing. Second toe longer than the first, or big, toe? Then you have a genetic defect in methylation, which means you will be at higher risk of depression, anxiety, dementia, breast or prostate cancer, and heart disease. It’s very common, I have it, and take daily methylated B vitamins to protect me from all of the above. Every child with autism has this, and will benefit greatly from methylated B vitamins. In anti-aging medicine, life expectancy is projected to increase to 160, 180 years. In the old testament, they routinely lived to 900 years, so who really knows our potential? However, it’s not just about extending the years, but the quality of your years, that is so important. We don’t want to be frail and tired and in pain. We want to live vibrantly, with purpose and excitement for each and every day. And that is what anti-aging medicine can do for you. Dr. Susan Ashley, of Healthy Living Liberty Lake, specializes in anti-aging medicine, and combining specialized anti-aging therapies, such as bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, with traditional and alternative medicine practices to reduce or eliminate the many signs of aging.




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Winter Fitness Classes

by Sarah Hauge


us and the crisp newness of winter wearing off (plus, perhaps, a few nagging New Year’s resolutions), many of us enter January seeking new inspiration, particularly when it comes to personal health. Fortunately, the ever-expanding fitness universe offers plenty of creative ways to challenge bodies and refresh midwinter spirits. L e v e r a g e G r a v i t y, G e t Results One way to shake things up: get your feet off the ground. Consider aerial yoga, a combination of traditional and aerial adaptations of yoga poses, performed using silk hammocks suspended from the ceiling. “Everybody says, ‘Oh, it’s so fun—I feel like a kid again,'” says Lindsay Murray, an aerial yoga instructor at Training Ground on the South Hill. “They feel like they’re back on the jungle gym.” The silks are an adaptable tool, providing a challenge for adventurous or experienced yogis, who quickly increase upper body and core strength as they support their own weight in the air. The silks also lend extra support to get practitioners into poses they might not otherwise be able to. “If you’re looking for a workout that isn’t boring and is gonna get you out of your box and be adventurous, it’s perfect,” Lindsay says. Another fun option for the vertically inclined: indoor rock climbing, which


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challenges mind and muscles alike. “You feel like you’re getting a really good workout and using your whole body, and you don’t need to just go and grind your body at the gym,” says Phil Sanders, head climbing instructor at Wild Walls downtown. Newbies can learn the ropes (pun quite intended) by enrolling in introductory classes covering the basics—harnesses, knots, safety, and etiquette. Seasoned climbers tend to be encouraging and eager to offer advice. “It’s a very friendly community. It’s easy to talk to people and get information,” Phil says. Though the ascents may look intimidating, in climbing as in life it’s best not to overcomplicate things. As Phil puts it, “It’s pretty simple. You just gotta get on the wall and climb, and if you can do it, try something harder.” Your popping lat muscles will thank you later. For a fitness challenge to strengthen every inch, look no further than TRX, which makes use of a suspension trainer (nylon-threaded straps with padded handles) to leverage bodyweight and gravity. Developed by a Navy SEAL looking to stay fit while deployed, strength training is taken to a new level in TRX. Though it can look intimidating—a common reaction to strange apparatus attached to the ceiling—“it’s very adaptable to different abilities,” says Katrina Nebel, health and wellness director at the Central YMCA. Take a push-up. A beginner might put their hands in the handles and perform the push-up at an incline to reduce resistance. The same move performed with the body parallel to the ground would be more challenging. The next level might be placing feet in the handles instead, requiring more core stability. And speaking of the core, with TRX, you’re going to feel it. “You don’t realize you’re working your core, but your core has to engage the whole time,” says Katrina. “It’s just a strap, but it really challenges your body. It can be really empowering for people—they can see such a progression as they get stronger.” Creative Combos Maximize Efficiency Sometimes the best workout is the one that wastes the least time—hence crop-ups of creative combination classes, like spinning and barre (ballet-based strength exercise). Jessi Thompson, who runs Re Fitness Studio on the north side of Spokane, offers Pedal Plie: 30 minutes of spin followed by 25 minutes of bodyweight strength training, concluding with five minutes of yoga. “A lot of times people want to do a little bit of everything, and there’s not enough time to do a whole cardio class along with a whole strength training class and a whole yoga class,” she says. “This is great mentally because you’re switching things up a lot.” Each component complements the others; spinning warms up the body for strength training, and the yoga cooldown stretches muscles already worked. “It’s a power-packed hour for sure,” Jessi says.


At Orangetheory, efficiency is the name of the game. These gyms (the Spokane branch of the franchise is located on the South Hill) offer intense, trainerled group sessions where participants wear heart-rate monitors—each participant’s rate is displayed on screens—to maximize performance. Orangetheory workouts are based on the concept of excess postexercise oxygen consumption. “The theory is that if you keep your heart-rate at about 84 percent of its max for 12 to 20 minutes, it increases your metabolic rate to burn more calories in the next 36 hours,” says Justine Waner, a current Orangetheory employee and former instructor. Women, she says, can burn 500-700 calories during the hour-long class (divided between cardio and strength); for men, it’s 7001,000. The extra calories metabolized after a workout—known as the “afterburn” in Orangetheory parlance—are a big plus for participants. Justine notes that all classes are customizable for varying abilities. “There are 14-year-olds all the way up through 85-year-olds doing these classes. It’s a big mix. The one thing they have in common is that they just want to better themselves in one way or another.” Another popular combination class is RowFit: intervals on a rowing machine paired with strength training via bodyweight or lifting circuits. “It’s kind of a one-stop shop—a little bit of strength in there and a lot of cardio work also,” says Tori Olney, an instructor at Training Ground. Though it’s low impact, rowing is an intense, total-body effort. On the rower, “you’re learning how to use literally every single muscle in your whole body to get the best stroke,” Tori says, adding that RowFit is a good complement to other activities, translating well to the strength and cardio needed for sports like running. But no matter what your motivation, RowFit provides a challenge. “You always leave sweating and you always leave feeling like you had a good workout,” says Tori.

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HEALTH/fitness by Matt Griffith, CSCS

WEARABLE FITNESS DEVICES are all the rage. From your basic pedometer to the iWatch, you can’t step outside without seeing at least a handful of people wearing one or another. But are they really helping you or are they just the newest, coolest fitness trend?

A recent study done at the University of Pittsburgh states that they may be less helpful than we think. Throughout 24 months, they studied 470 people; half wore a fitness device and the other half did not. The entire group was given counseling around nutrition and physical activity but not specific meal or exercise plans. The results they found seemed exactly the opposite of what you would think. The group wearing the devices lost an average of 7.7 pounds while the non-device wearing 140

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group lost an average of 13 pounds. Why is this so vastly different? Because, just like any fitness goal, when it comes to food intake, if you track it you can dismiss it. What’s that mean? If you go to the gym and burn 400 calories more than you would have not going to the gym, in your mind it’s so much easier to say “I earned this cupcake today” versus if you went to the gym and had no idea if you burned enough calories to cover your coffee for the day. We all do it, maybe not every day, but in some form or

another. Another reason the device group lost less weight: eventually, they tossed the wearable technology into the drawer. Author of the study, John Jakicic says, “Anecdotally, these devices tend to work or people tend to engage with them for about three months or so, and after that, a lot of people start throwing them in the drawer. They get bored with them.” Another reason most workouts or diet programs fail: they miss a few days and start the inevitable “I’ll start

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Avocado Toast with Poached Eggs, Arugula, and Zaatar


ere’s a simple recipe for Avocado Toast with poached eggs, arugula, za'atar, Meyer lemons and spring radishes. It’s a flavorful dish, packed full of nutrients and perfect for breakfast, lunch, or even a light dinner. It’s very easy to make and can be made in 15 minutes flat. The za'atar spice—a Middle Eastern spice blend of cumin, sumac, thyme, coriander and sesame seeds—gives it an earthy, tangy flavor while the fragrant Meyer lemon adds a zesty brightness. Together, it’s a delicious combination. If you can’t find za'atar, you can always make it, or simply use a sprinkle of cumin for a similar effect.



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Food Roulette by Kris Kilduff

THERE’S SOMETHING about staying up until midnight, finding someone to kiss and watching a ball drop to a 10 second countdown. It’s like somehow the previous 12 months disappears and upon you is a new year, a new start, full of new resolutions. 2017 might see a you who gives up smoking, who hits the gym three times a week, or a you who starts adding kale in everything. Me? I’m dedicated to a year of eating healthier, revitalizing this innerenergy that is weighed down by carbs and cheese. It’s time to hold myself accountable for what I put in my body. Just kidding, I’m going to hunt down the weirdest, most unconventional pizza in a gluttonous rage and shove it in or around my mouth. Kris Kilduff is crafted of 77% smoked gouda, 20% gnocchi and 3% ice cream sandwich.

Embers by the Lake - Winner Reuben Pizza $18 Is this real life? Who thought putting aged pastrami, red onion and sauerkraut on a pizza with a Grey Poupon sauce and thousand island drizzle was a good idea? What’s even crazier is that they were right. Embers has one of the most beautiful venues in the Inland Northwest, and they are second to none in the pizza arena.

Republic Pi #37 (AKA: The Kiernan) My favorite sandwich of all time is the Vietnamese classic ‘bahn mi.’ Flying Goat has perfected a similar profile on a pizza. Yellow coconut curry, jalapeno, pickled carrot, cilantro with a Sriracha sauce and a fresh squeeze of lime. It’s a mind-bending blend of sweet, spicy and sour in a single bite. (Tip: Tuesday nights are half price pizza.)

Piccolo Artisan pizza Ladieu $16 I’m not sure what Liberty Lake mad scientist decided to char grapes and put them on pizza, but I owe them a beer. You couldn’t orchestrate a better match than spinach-herbed chicken, crumbled goat cheese and a drizzle of fresh port reduction. Finish that beautiful pie in an 800 degree ceramic oven and you’ll leave drooling.

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Flying Goat

Monterey Cafe

D Street $15

Crazy Mac $15

You simply cannot cover pizza without a trip to Flying Goat. It is the most consistently amazing pizza in town. The D Street, a cream-based sauce, sausage and arugula with a large egg cracked in the middle and then splashed with truffle oil is no exception. Part pizza and part breakfast, this fresh Frankenstein of a pie can’t be missed.

Someone somewhere sat in a room and said “How can we put three beloved American comfort foods into a single entree?” What came to be was a pizza that boasts macaroni and cheese, and spicy buffalo chicken. Some sick human being then argued to sprinkle that beaut with chunks of bacon. We’re not worthy.

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LOCAL CUISINE/ribbon cuttings

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1415 N. Argonne Rd. The beer just continues to grow. Badass, which has been around for a while, sealed the deal on their taproom, a large open space on Argonne full of craft beer brewed by Spokane’s leading beer ladies.


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Kabob House

2118 N. Ruby St. A Spokane has always had a lack of authentic Mediterranean food. Babaganoush, falafel, shawarma . . . were age-old myths. Now we can finally take a quick drive up north and chug an entire liter of Taziki sauce if need be.


1011 W. Broadway Ave. I’d heard rumors that A Couple of Chefs food truck had plans to open an actual brick and mortar spot. I was overjoyed to find out it was going to be dedicated to brunch. As Monroe continues to expand, we will need more great food. This is a delicious step in the right direction.

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P r i v a t e 1 2 - c o u r s e D i n n e r s w i t h C h e f A d a m H e g s t e d

W i n e

by Kris Kilduff


ressing the basement button in a remote elevator located in the far corner of a refurbished old flour mill sounds like it could be the starting scene of Spokane Chainsaw Massacre. Lucky enough, instead of Leatherface, I’m met by a suited maitre d’ offering to exchange my jacket for a crystal glass of Merlot from Ambassador Winery. The unfinished rock walling hidden in the shadows of a barely lit tunnel and the far-off sound of acoustic guitar keep the ambiance a tad eerie. As I draw closer, it isn’t long until I realize the only thing that will be screaming tonight will be my taste-buds. Contrasting the darkness is a beautiful candle-lit white linen table adorned with shining silver cutlery and


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dark red rose centerpieces. I’m one of the lucky 24 the 2016 James Beard Award nominee Chef Adam Hegsted intends to serenade with a private 12-course wine dinner. Feasts of this size require exquisite flavor pairings and much like the tracks of a musician’s album, there is an art to the order. Course one should leave your palate craving what is highlighted in course two. Much like music there is a chorus and an interlude. Small subtleties of flavor you find hidden in the cracks. The lightly fried crispy crab, green apple balls, curry, coriander and drop peppers in direct contrast to the heavier chicken “short-rib style” with a tangy gremolata and potato vinaigrette. The succulent tang of a flax-caraway

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cracker sticking deep in a chunk of aged blue cheese and swimming in plum jam is a punch in your mouth after the mild albacore tuna dancing with orange, vanilla bean and chiles. Each course a story . . . like the salty-sweetness of a potato chip tart, over-whipped ice cream and fudge that was inspired by Chef Adam’s son who dips his fries in his milkshake. When all is finished, and everyone has said goodbye to their appetite and new friends, two things linger: I am really full and, dear Lord, when are we doing this again. The answer to the latter is . . . soon. Chef Adam plans to unleash his “Wandering Table” roots seasonally across secret locations in the Inland Northwest, inviting the foodie who’s-who and bringing an area thriving in its culinary scene something to whisper about. If you are looking to get your mouth in the mix for the next episode on January 21, email Chef Adam at ahegsted@yahoo.com.

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FOOD CHAIN/new wages

New Year Wages How the rise in minimum wage is impacting restaurants and small businesses

by Chris Patterson

SO HERE WE ARE, a New Year full of new possibilities and opportunities,

cheers! With this New Year also comes a change that we may all soon be feeling. Higher prices of some things we did not anticipate. By now we all know about 1433 and the increase of minimum wage to $11 an hour. I’m not going to speak to the merits of the new law, but to the effect of it. And why it happens. Most of us may think it strictly affects the minimum wage workers around us. But that’s not the only impact. The ripple effect in this case, goes from the bottom up. Restaurant employees who have earned their way to $11 an hour, which a month ago was $1.53 above entry-level minimum wage, are now at minimum wage. So, to honor their investment, dedication and effort, they must now receive a raise. And the crew that was above that pay grade, might also receive a raise. But eventually, a ceiling is hit, and the raises stop. This is called the compression factor: the difference between the raises incoming, and the eventual ceiling of the business’s ability to pay all the way through these increases. To clarify this, let’s talk about profit in a business. In 2016 my partner and I conducted more than 60 seminars and trainings throughout the region. More than half of those were staff trainings. In these trainings, we ask the question to the staff: “What is the mark-up in a restaurant?” The most common answer we hear is 40 to 50 percent. What the staff and general


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public see, is cash flow. I call it “dining room math.” You’re sitting in a full restaurant that has 80 seats. Your ticket is going to be about $25 per person. Quick math tells you that there is $2,000 sitting in the dining room. Times two seatings, times 7 days a week . . . and you think: “Wow! This place is making so much money!” And just like the staff we train, you are seeing cash flow, not profit. The national average profit for an independent restaurant is four cents on the dollar, or four percent. The remaining 96 percent of that cash flow is already spoken for in terms of food cost, wages, power and energy, rent, administration, legal, and supplies. What happens when the ice machine, or heater goes out? It comes out of that four cents. Or, when the wages jump 14 percent? The reserve to just “take one for the team” and make less money, simply

doesn’t exist. Something has to change; be it product quality, services, automation for labor replacement, prices on the menu, or some combination thereof. These are just the business decisions of trying to stay flush. You might think: “Okay, that’s only in the restaurant business.” But is it? Have you seen the news stories regarding daycare prices going up from $50-$100 per child? What about your movie theaters? Your dry cleaning? Coffee stands? Fall harvest? Even your toothpaste. Colgate harvests Washington mint for their toothpaste. Manufacturers will either continue to buy Washington products, and make some kind of pricing adjustment, or go shopping for products that cost them less. Washington jobs may be affected. And even bank tellers too. These and other service positions that started at $11 an hour, are all now minimum wage, and will probably need to be raised, as well. Many union positions are based on X percent over minimum wage. What’s going to happen when these contracts come up for renegotiation? The truth is, most businesses might have good cash flow, but remember profit and cash flow are not the same thing. And the aforementioned business decisions still need to be made. It may take some time for it to ripple all the way through the market, but you can count on it, the ripple is coming. To be sure, the wage side is a great thing. But on the cost side, there’s a price tag associated with it. The great news is, in a free market, prosperity always finds a way. Sometimes, the path just takes a while to reveal itself. That’s what we have now, a path that needs to be found. And a New Year full of new possibilities and opportunities to find this path. Food for thought. Now back to those resolutions.

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Matt Manteuffel pours Bare Culture Kombucha

KOMBUCHA story and photos by Chris Lozier

IF YOU WANT TO get healthier in 2017 and you need a little help,

could kombucha be the answer? That depends on who you ask. An ancient sparkling fermented tea beverage that is growing in popularity, kombucha contains antioxidants, acids, vitamins, probiotics and more, which some claim will improve gut health and spur weight loss, among other things. The FDA has yet to validate any health claims, and in rare cases doctors advise against drinking it, but there are also folks who swear by it. Regardless of where you stand on its functionality, know this: kombucha can be delicious. In its simplest form, kombucha is made from tea, sugar, water, and a SCOBY. SCOBY stands for “symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast,” which sounds like the type of thing that could go wrong, but nearly always goes very right. Think about many of our favorite foods and drinks, like cheese, bread, wine, and beer; just as those wonderful edibles are made


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possible by microbes that ferment good stuff into even better stuff, fizzy fermented kombucha tastes much more complex than the original tea. Kombucha usually contains a trace of alcohol due to fermentation, but it’s generally less than half a percent and typically considered non-alcoholic. You don’t have to be 21 to buy it in small quantities, and you’re not going to see teenagers chugging it like beer,

either. While many believe it tastes great, a little goes a long way and it’s best not to overindulge. You can make kombucha at home or find it on grocery store shelves (though commercial offerings are often filtered and/or pasteurized, which some prefer and others dislike), but some of the best tasting ’buch comes from two local makers: Bare Culture Kombucha in Coeur d’Alene (bareculture.com), and Hierophant Meadery and Apothecary on Green Bluff (hierophantmeadery.com). Bare Culture makes more than 30 flavors, depending on what’s in season. Many of their offerings bring exotic color and flavor into the gray winter, like mango tarragon, hibiscus lavender, and acai pomegranate. “That’s kind of our niche is the variety of flavors that we have to choose from, and they’re always changing,” says Bare Culture founder Heather Threadgill, whose food background sparked her creative use of bold ingredients.

“We use all whole foods—fresh fruits or herbs—to season our kombucha, and some things we grow onsite.” Bare Culture uses organic cane sugar and a combination of oolong and assam teas from Lake Missoula Tea Company for all their kombuchas. They ferment for two to three weeks, which produces a dry, tangy, complex beverage that’s refreshing and enjoyable. At Hierophant, Jeremy Kyncl prefers shorter fermentation times, which leaves a little more sugar in their offerings. The jun variety, made with green tea and local honey, only ferments for three to five days, and their oolong tea and

raw sugar kombucha ferments for two weeks, maximum. Alongside kombucha, Jeremy makes mead, a honey-based wine, and he plans to employ that experience moving forward to make artisan kombuchas by pairing local honeys with specific teas to emphasize each ingredient’s nuanced characteristics. Given that he can tell what flowers the bees were pollinating just by smelling the honey, the possibilities are exciting. Kombucha will keep well when refrigerated, though it will eventually lose its carbonation. Many people buy it in refillable jars, grunts, and growlers, and Bare Culture has taps in grocery stores, bars, restaurants, and drive-through coffee stands all around the area—even in Oregon and Montana. Bare Culture offers glass pours at their Fourth Street tasting room as well, and they just released kombucha vinegar which they age for at least two months in oak barrels. Hierophant sells kombucha at their Green Bluff tasting room, Solace Mead and Cider in Kendall Yards in Spokane, farmers markets, and they hope to expand into other local markets soon. Twenty percent of Hierophant’s kombucha profit above cost goes to their on-site animal shelter, Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary, which Jeremy’s wife Michelle runs with her mother Cheri Scandalis. “It’s a piece of right living for us,” says Jeremy.

Jeremy Kyncl pours Heirophant Meadery Kombucha at Solace Mead and Cider

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DINING GUIDE/local eats




THAI BAMBOO. Thai. Each of the four regional Thai Bamboo locations offers a massive Southeast Asian menu in settings designed to transport you across the Pacific. Inside each restaurant you’ll find Thai stone and wood carvings, water fountains, Thai music and the namesake bamboo décor. Thai Bamboo continues to be #1 Best Thai in readers’ polls and both the newest location on North Division and the CdA restaurant feature a Tiki-Beach styled lounge and striking sky ceilings in the main dining rooms. Think Vegas with pad thai. All locations Mon-Thu 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 12-9:30 p.m., Sun 12-9 p.m. Delivery available. thaibamboorestaurant.com

RED LION BBQ & PUB. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanut-shellson-the-floor days, or more recently as a sports bar, there’s always been butt-kickin’ BBQ at this downtown corner spot. The undisputed star here is wine broiled chicken, spicy and robust, yet falling-off-thebones moist and tender. Together with their signature fried bread and honey, and you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. 126 N. Division. SunThu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-noon during football season.) (509) 835-LION (5466). redlionbarbeque.com.

THE CELLAR. One of the most popular eateries along Coeur d’Alene’s historical Sherman Street was revamped in 2015 by Adam Hegsted, Spokane-based chef and restaurateur. A talented kitchen team uses only seasonal, natural, farm-fresh foods like fresh Steelhead from the Columbia River and cheese from Idaho-based Ballard Cheese Company to make approachable dishes like Miso Roasted Steelhead and Northwest Paella. True to the establishment’s name, they have a subterranean, climate-controlled, security glass and access-code enclosed room for their vast wine collection (estimates fluctuate from 2 to 3 thousand bottles at any one time). The Cellar’s wine program is the cornerstone of the restaurant. Music is often jazz or blues played live and to a packed house on weekends. 313 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’ Alene. Open daily 4 p.m.-close. (208) 664-9463. thecellarcda.com.



The Dining Guide includes summaries of local restaurants that are featured on a rotating basis each issue. Suggestions for additions or corrections can be sent to stephanie@spokanecda.com.

THE WANDERING TABLE. A much-anticipated American tapas-style restaurant located in Kendall Yards. Chef Adam Hegsted delights with a variety of small plates (try the Garden for a creative salad take, the Deviled Eggs, or the Popcorn), craft cocktails, a whiskey bar, and substantial dishes, such as the Bacon-Wrapped Bacon Sliders or the Braised Shortribs. The chef is known for his previous culinary venture of the same name consisting of a twelve-course dinner party. Take his advice and go with the “You Choose the Price” meal option for the table offered at $15$65 per head for a surprising culinary journey. Hopefully it will include the Olive Oil Gelato for dessert. Tues-Thurs, 11:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.1 a.m. Sun-Mon, 4 p.m.-11:30 p.m. 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. in Kendall Yards. (509) 443-4410. thewanderingtable.com. WILD SAGE. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on 2nd and Lincoln, Wild Sage offers an intimate dining setting and memorable food with real flair. The atmosphere combines class and warmth. Executive Chef Charlie Connor presents regionally influenced Northwest cuisine using only the finest locally sourced products. Try the Yukon Taquitos, the Crisp Bacon and Blue salad or the Cioppino. Be sure to finish with a slice of the “Soon-to-be-Famous” Coconut Cream Layer Cake with lilikoi sauce. This awardwinning bistro is known for its in-house bakery and an amazing array of gluten-free options. Also make it a point to order something from their “scratch bar,” with or without alcohol. They use only fresh juices and house-infused flavored liquors. Dinner seven nights a week, opening at 4 p.m. 916 W. Second Ave. (509) 456-7575. wildsagebistro.com. SATAY BISTRO features an American fusion menu that can be described as nothing short of art. Every team member’s goal is to move beyond the ordinary . . . to extraordinary. Their menu is locally sourced from “farm to menu,” boasting fresh beef and seafood cut in house to their specifications. All pasta is made from scratch, as well as soups, sauces, fusion marinades, bakery, and deserts are prepared each day by their award winning culinary team to ensure the freshest quality organic flavors available. Visit Satay Bistro for an otherworldy dining experience that is beyond the pale. Mon-Thurs 4-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 4-10 p.m. sataybistro.com

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12 Beers on Tap and Grill fame, acquired the Seattle diner in 1991 and moved it to its present location, meticulously restored by well-know local restaurant restoration artisan, Pat Jeppeson. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-miss-at-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd. Seven days 6 a.m.-8 p.m. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, Sun-Thurs 6 a.m.-8 p.m., Fri-Sat 6 a.m.-9 p.m. (509) 465-2464. franksdiners.com.

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YARDS BRUNCHEON. The team at Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend to all week by offering brunch everyday, and—oh!—how that pleases us. This modern diner is a combination of breakfast and lunch complimented with classic brunch cocktails. Their menu features comfort food from all over using local farms and producers in the season. This food is food the team loves to eat and is meant to be taken lightly. They make most of their menu items in house including their pastries, which are some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. 1248 W. Summit Prky., Mon-Sun 7 a.m.3:30 p.m. (509) 290-5952. theyardsbruncheon.com.


in the heart the entertainment and arts district. The name reflects their blend of classic and modern without taking themselves too seriously. The Gilded Unicorn showcases local, seasonal food and drinks from the Northwest and beyond coerced into new fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. This is a “must visit” eatery experience. 110 S. Monroe St., Sun-Sat 3 p.m-close. (509) 309-3698. gildedunicorn.com. 315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS. Located within the historic Greenbriar Inn in Coeur d’Alene, this restaurant specializes in small plates with a global focus and well-crafted cocktails. Come sit in the intimate martini bar for happy hour beginning at 3:15 and enjoy drink and tapas specials, or share small plates or entrees along with live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights in the main dining room beginning at 6:00 p.m. Expect good service, great atmosphere and an experience you won’t soon forget. Tues-Sun from 3:15 p.m. to close. 315 Wallace Ave. in Coeur d’Alene. (208) 667-9660. 315martinisandtapas.com.

FINE DINING STACKS AT STEAM PLANT. Named for the twin smokestacks that have been a part of the downtown Spokane skyline for nearly a century, Stacks offers a full-service dining experience in a one-ofa-kind space. Unique private dining spaces include boiler rooms where the original pipes still line the walls and ceiling. Signature dishes are created from scratch and incorporate ingredients produced only at the Steam Plant—including smoked meats, fish and vegetables, and many of the ales brewed onsite. 3 p.m.–10 p.m. Sun-Thurs, 3 p.m.–11p.m. FriSat. 159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks downtown. (509) 777-3900. steamplantspokane.com.


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PROHIBITION GASTROPUB. A small, but cozy pub on Monroe offering modern meals with a vintage vibe and a carefully curated cocktail menu. Specialty candied bacon appears throughout the menu, from jalapeno poppers to a bevy of burgers. The kitchen is eager to please vegans and vegetarians, as well. 1914 N. Monroe. Mon, Wed-Sat 11a.m.-11 p.m., Sun 10 a.m.-10 p.m., closed Tues. (509) 474-9040. facebook.com/Prohibition.Gastropub.Spokane1. TASTE CAFE & FINE ART. If you love the taste of healthy and enjoy putting nutrient-dense fuel into your body—while giving your tastebuds the stuff food dreams are made of—Taste Cafe & Fine Art is a not to be missed downtown destination. Jim and Mary Ann McCurdy whip up their most popular dishes—asian chicken wrap, lentil salad, cookies and a kale salad that would make carnivores drool— among a long list of tantalizing dishes. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-4 p.m., Thu-Fri 5:30-8 p.m., closed Sun. 180 S. Howard St. (509) 468-2929. tastecafespokane.com. GILDED UNICORN. The Gilded Unicorn is a Modern American, Classic restaurant featuring hand crafted foods and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane, right

MANITO TAP HOUSE. Manito Tap House is living up to its name as a gastropub that offers highquality dining fare to go with their 50 beers on tap. A fun pub atmosphere and friendly service make this a great hangout. Try the yam chips, the Carne Adovada, the Murphy’s Beef Boxty, or the inventive veggie burger that comes inside out. 11 a.m.–11 p.m. Sun–Thur. Open until 2 a.m. Fri–Sat. 3011 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 279-2671. manitotaphouse.com. NYNE BAR & BISTRO. Pub fair done right. Everything from juicy burgers, and delicious wraps to salads, nachos and a select array of appetizers. All entrees served with your choice of Kettle Salt and Pepper Chips or Tomato and Cucumber Salad. Tacos served every Tuesday with $5 margaritas.

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Happy hour is Tues-Sat 3 p.m.-6 p.m. $5 appetizers, $1 off well drinks, pints and wine. nYne has one of the best dance floors in town featuring DJs on the weekends and karaoke Tues-Thurs. Live music and special events as well. Private party space available with reservation. 232 W. Sprague Ave. Mon 7 p.m.-close, Tues-Sat 12 p.m.-2 a.m. nynebar.com. THE ONION TAPHOUSE & GRILL. Established in 1978, the Onion is the grand dean of gourmet burgers and casual family dining in Spokane. With the addition of Area 51 Taphouse (with, yes, 51 different beers—and some hard ciders, too), you’ll never want to leave. From gourmet burgers and sandwiches to pizza, salads and their namesake beer-battered onion rings, The Onion Taphouse & Grill pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside. SunThurs 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (509) 747-3852; 7522 N. Division, Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (509) 482-6100. STEAM PLANT BREWING CO. & PUB. An amazing location for a brewery–under layers of catwalks and an 80’ ceiling inside the renovated steam plant. The brewery produces eleven handcrafted microbrews on-site, from their famous Double Stack Stout to several seasonal varieties. Its microbrews are also available to go in kegs and growlers. The Pub features multiple flat-screen TVs and a game room to make a night of it. The brews are complemented by signature menu items like the Coal Bunker cheese bread, smoked steelhead and beer cheese soup. 3–10 p.m. SunThurs 3–11 p.m. Fri-Sat.159 S. Lincoln, under the smokestacks, downtown. (509) 777-3900. steamplantspokane.com.

We Are Family Owned Our love for family, community, and Chocolate is the foundation upon which we are built. It is our goal to source the highest quality, cleanest, and freshest ingredients in the world. To craft and bring you the finest and most creative products on the market. To support our local community through charity and education. To offer customers a personal and unique chocolate experience each and every time they walk into our family-owned store. To treat our customers like family and and show our guests that Spokane, and Chocolate Apothecary are to be revisited time and time again.

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THE SWINGING DOORS. Opened in May of 1981, the tavern turned restaurant has been in the same family for its whole life. With 27 beers on tap and 60 television screens, The Swinging Doors is a sports fan’s paradise. On the food front, the restaurant is famous for its large portions (which can be split). Breakfast is served all day and the huge pieces of Broasted Chicken remain the most popular item on the golf-themed menu. Show up on your birthday for a free steak dinner. Open seven days a


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RANCHO VIEJO. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E. Sprague. Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.10 p.m., Fri & Sat 11 a.m.-11 p.m. (509) 9278428. rancho-viejo.net.






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BENNIDITO’S. Though we didn’t realize it for several years, it is possible to order a gourmet pie without garlic at Bennidito’s. But who would want to with choices like the popular “LC Primo” with both fresh and roasted garlic along with chicken, mushrooms, feta and mozzarella over a pesto sauce? The crust is hand tossed and bready in the best sense of that designation. Bennidito’s is the spot to eat outside in good weather with its own deck at the South Hill location. It also has a larger menu that includes salad, wings, calzones, and several popular hot sandwiches like the Italian Beef Sammie ($7.50 whole, $5.50 half). The gluten-free crust is top notch and made by local purveyor, Fusion Flours. 1426 S. Lincoln, Mon-Thurs 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri 11 a.m.11 p.m., Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Closed Sun. (509) 455-7411.


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THE BLACKBIRD TAVERN AND KITCHEN. Head straight to the bar where there are 34 beers (and four wines) on electronic tap, or take a seat at a squishy leather booth at a butcher block table. If it’s warm enough, you might want to sit on the patio under strings of Edison light bulbs. Located in the historic Broadview Dairy Building just north of downtown, the Blackbird offers southern-inspired gastropub fare like Bacon Fat Popcorn, Marinated Scallops and a bevy of burgers. A convenient location, kind, attentive service, the chance to try ingredients and combinations unlike any other area restaurant, bottomless mimosas at brunch and a bit of homey resemblance to its sister restaurant Manito Tap House on the South Hill make it a solid choice for friends and families alike. 905 N. Washington. Open Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-11 p.m.,

Sat-Sun 8 a.m.-1 p.m., 3-11 p.m. (509) 392-4000. theblackbirdspokane.com. CRAVE. Where to go that’s lively, airy, and serves some of the best pub and lounge fare around. They do wraps, burgers, salads, and fries (yes to the fries!) right. On the super hip corner of Riverside and Washington with eats, drinks, and nightlife done right. Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 401 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 321-7480 and on Facebook.

GARAGELAND. Located in an iconic Spokane venue, Garageland specializes in Inland Northwest cuisine using all natural meats and seasonal ingredients, and is well-known for their exceptional burgers and comfort food. The bar features craft cocktails, an extensive absinthe list, and curated local and international beers and wine. Also well-known as one of the best record stores in the region—with punk, jazz and rock offerings and thousands of vinyl titles. 230 W. Riverside Ave. Open daily at 11 a.m. (509) 315-8324 and on Facebook.

OTHER THE SCOOP. A quaint community gathering place, hidden amongst the tree lined streets on the South Hill of Spokane serving fresh made ice cream created in store using fresh ingredients and liquid nitrogen. Known for their amazing Liege Waffles, they make these yeast-based delights every morning from scratch in small quantities. The Scoop serves locally roasted Organic Roast House Coffee on their espresso bar and carries vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan options as staples, alongside their classic menu items such as cranberry turkey and the BLAT—a BLT with avocado. 1001 W. 25th Ave. Mon-Fri 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Sat/Sun 9 a.m.-8 p.m. thescoopspokane.com.

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What I Know

Thomas Tedder

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ix years ago, I was working a regular 8-5 job. I had no training in business, accounting, marketing, or anything else that would make starting a business seem like a logical endeavor. My degree was in Computer Programming. Perhaps illogically, I only lasted three months past graduation before I handed in my resignation to the small software company I worked for. I’m just not an 8-5 kind of person.

how fast you’ll cut through all the fluff (or sometimes B.S.!). I loath failure. It gnaws at me. It keeps me up at night, but not in a bad way. In an exciting kind of way. It’s my planning session for how I will come back and succeed. Admittedly, though, I do the same when I’m winning. My mind will constantly race with ideas to improve what has already been improved many times. It’s incredibly fun.

available at the time so I decided to give it a go. Two years later, my company had more employees than the software company I’d been working for. Six years later it has more than 200 employees and operates in a 70,000 square foot headquarters.

achieving goals, but most of your time should be doing—not planning or dreaming. I’ll almost always take a 50 percent accomplishment today over 75 percent next week.

I’ve always had many hobbies and holster making was something I was experimenting with. I thought I had a couple of angles on what was

I liken the way I run my company to the way I drive go karts with my kids. Most people press

the accelerator to the floor and drive as fast as they can. They get right up to the corner then slam the brakes before accelerating off again. I don’t drive go karts like them. I press the pedal to the floor and never lift it. I slide through the corners and sometimes run into the barriers, but can’t bring myself to slow down. When I’m done, my right quad is usually exhausted from pressing the pedal too hard.

I look at business as the ultimate game of strategy. My competitors are the enemy. My goal is to

stay several moves ahead of them. I plan my strategy by educating myself and I read every day about any topic I think will help me outmaneuver my competitors.

I do everything in my power to leave no stone unturned. It’s easy to be really good at one aspect of

business, such as marketing or manufacturing, but it’s much harder to be good at everything. I tell every department in my company to be “World Class” and empower them to be just that. If you want to solve a problem. Ask “Why.” Ask it a lot. Just say the one word, formed as a question, and sit quietly until you receive a response. Repeat until you have arrived at the root of the problem. It’s amazing

You’ll get more done if you don’t dillydally and just start doing what it is you are trying to accomplish. Planning is a critical step toward

You can have more hobbies if you choose to be mediocre at most of them. Never let others convince you of what you are capable. Let the naysayers be motivation for

you. If someone else has done it, you probably can, too. I believe motivation and action are the primary determinants of success.

We should spend more time teaching our children about things we assume we don’t have to teach them. We should teach them to be kind to

strangers, to be entrepreneurs, to be charitable. We should teach them about how tattoos on their face will hinder their career prospects or about laser tattoo removal if they already have tattoos on their face. Life isn’t fair. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you can set about making it what you want it to be. A victim in life is too busy blaming others for their perceived misfortune to see the possibility of success. I grew up very poor, but I’ve had great success. When I say “poor” I don’t mean food stamp poor. I mean the kind of poor where my stepfather sold the food stamps for less than face value to buy whiskey and cigarettes. I mean the kind of poor that required eating flour, cornmeal, and beans in every conceivable recipe for weeks at a time. It took me a decade to unlearn what he taught me. Now that I have, all I see are possibilities.

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