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Calendar of Fall Arts & Events

“Fly with Me” Public Art

As we head into the busiest (event) time of the year, we’ve pulled together

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Editor’s Letter

The Nest

Stephanie’s Thoughts

Literary Centerpiece Farmhouse Meets Contemporary


First Look and Buzz Wonderground Lilacs & Lemons 5 Public Art Installations Artist’s Eye Spokane Rising #PulseSpokane Photo Pics


The Scene RMHC Polo Event Diverse Voices Tyrone Wells Community Hearts Benefit


Horsepower Kirk Rodgers


Pets A-List Best Vets & Best in Pet Care Allergies and Your Pet


Local Woman

Falls Arts and Events Guide

NAWBO National Conference This is Dirt LTYM Sockpants & Superheroes Breast Cancer Fall Fashion If They Only Knew





Best of the City Pt. 1

Local Cuisine

Shopping, Home & Auto, Self-Care, Health & Beauty

Feasting At Home Favorite Lasagna Fujiyama Steak House Ribbon Cuttings DINING GUIDE


Catalyst Culture Evergreen Fountains Lead Spokane CenterPlace Event Center


Mic Drop: Col. Derek Salmi


Clarksville: Cheesy Riders Ride


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CONTACT US Spokane magazine is published twelve times a year. If you have any questions or comments regarding the magazine, please call us at (509) 533-5350; we want to hear from you. Visit our Web site for an expanded listing of services: www.bozzimedia.com. Letters to the Editor: We are always looking for comments about our recent articles. Your opinions and ideas are important to us; however, we reserve the right to edit your comments for style and grammar. Please send your letters to the editor to the address at the bottom of the page or to Stephanie@ spokanecda.com.

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Datebook: Please submit information to Ann@ spokanecda.com at least three months prior to the event. Fundraisers, gallery shows, plays, concerts, where to go and what to do and see are welcome. Dining Guide: This guide is an overview of fine

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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie


Turning Around

“Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.”—John Wesley

everal years ago, I attended the National Association of Women Business Owner’s National Women’s Business conference in San Antonio, Texas, with thousands of powerhouse women from across the nation. Each of them was committed to living lives by design, building businesses to fill needs and make their communities—and the livelihoods of their families—better because of their efforts (Spokane is hosting this year’s national event September 23-25. You can find more information at nawbo.org.) I attended inspiring leadership training classes, communication boot camps, and listened to a host of accomplished women, such as then-presidential candidate Carly Fiorina; Bonnie St. John, the first African-American ever to win medals in the Winter Olympic competition; and Leigh Anne Tuohy, author of The Blind Side. Their words move within me still. Leigh Anne Tuohy’s story, in particular, shifted the way I see the world, giving me a fresh set of eyes for those around me. Leigh Anne, as most of us know, is the fierce matriarchal subject in The Blind Side, the New York Times best seller and motion picture box office hit. She and her family—husband Sean, daughter Collins, and son SJ—had their lives changed by the simple act, she says, of “turning around” one day as they drove down a country road near their home in Memphis, Tennessee. The family noticed a young man walking alongside the road in clothing inappropriate for the weather. She felt something wasn’t right and asked Sean to “turn around.” Those were the only words that came out of her mouth, she said. “Turn. Around.” Sean turned the car around and they drove back to the teenage boy, Michael Oher. As the story goes, eventually Michael moved in with the Tuohys and with their love and support, went on to become a successful NFL player for the Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers. “There wasn’t a person on this planet that cared whether Michael lived or died,” Leigh Anne said during her keynote address. “He could have dropped dead on the sidewalk, and not one person would have cared … people would have stepped around or over his cold, dead body for days. And all we did is turn the car around and show him someone actually did care about his situation. That people did care about him. Think about that.” To this day, Leigh Anne makes no apologies when asking anyone who will listen to recognize the full potential of individuals in their communities—and to find value in people our society has deemed valueless. “Michael was on a path of destruction. No one cared about him. Even the principal of the high school said he ‘wasn’t going to make it.’ And now we have this kid who goes on to be a successful NFL player, a successful human,” she said. “He could have been dead with no burial. Instead, someone let him know he mattered and that was all the inspiration he needed to understand he, too, could live a life full of possibilities.”


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As Leigh Anne challenged each of us in the audience that day, I challenge each of you: turn around. Look around you. Stay eyes—and heart—wide open. Be kind and even generous to someone who may not feel worthy of their time here, and who struggles to find—or even to see— possibility in their life. You have the power to show them someone actually cares … you have the power to start the process of showing them that the world of possibility is meant for them, too. That they, indeed, have worth and are worthy. There are many amazing organizations in our community offering possibility and opportunity to those who need the pathway illuminated. I extend the challenge by asking you to find an organization this that resonates with you and then contribute your precious time, talent, heart and/or money. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, and we are Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Please find me on Facebook or Instagram—and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine page—to stay connected between press dates, and to share your thoughts, stories and life in real time. May we all see those around us and turn toward them when we hear—and feel— that inner voice encouraging us to do so. My Best, Stephanie Regalado stephanie@spokanecda.com

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Spokane’s First

by Darin Burt


pokane is rightly proud that many important organizations and events call our city home. Rather than keep this plethora of entrepreneurial enterprises and inspiring endeavors all to ourselves, Mayor David Condon, in partnership with a variety of local groups, is launching Wonderground, a five-day festival combining eight established events celebrating art, culture and innovation. “Wonderground highlights the urban experience and the proximity and coming together of everything from business and innovation to arts and culture,” Condon says. “It celebrates who we are as a city.” Wonderground takes place primarily in Spokane’s downtown core, bringing together more than 20,000 attendees from around the Pacific Northwest. Support initiatives include eco-friendly transportation to the different venues—demonstrating the capabilities of the city’s bike sharing project, and promotion and wayfinding from a single hub—and an interactive website hosted by Visit Spokane. Inspiration for Wonderground came from the Idea Festival in Louisville, Kentucky. Condon attended the event at the invitation of his friend, Mayor Greg Fischer, and was impressed with how “cool” it was to take in



such a variety of experiences. Wonderground is growing organically, and Condon is excited to see what partners might be added in the future. He can see alliances with thought leaders and influencers from within the community, the local universities and the region’s culinary scene.

2018 Wonderground Schedule SINE f(3): October 3, WSU Spokane Campus A biannual networking event that brings together faculty and regional innovators in the health sciences, technology from WSU and the entrepreneurial community. Triangle Venture Expo: October 4, Riverside Place The Triangle Venture Expo hosts the most compelling emerging companies in our region’s geographic triangle. Attendees include entrepreneurs, venture capital firms, angel investors, members of the press and others from the Northwest.

Terrain: October 5–6, Jensen-Byrd Building Terrain showcases a little of everything that’s happening to make the Inland Empire a more vibrant, cultural and beautiful place and has become a seminal focal point in the life, work and careers of nearly 700 local artists. Spokane Arts Fall Art Tour & First Friday: October 5–7, Downtown Spokane The Fall Arts Tour highlights dozens of happenings at art galleries, wineries, libraries and cultural centers all over the city. TEDx: October 6, Bing Crosby Theater TEDx Spokane 2018 is “Beyond Ourselves,” focusing on practices and processes that take us out of our everyday perspectives and attachments.




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FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}


by Vincent Bozzi

LILACS to Mayor Condon and Streets Director Gary Kaesemeyer for finally purchasing snow gates for the city’s snow plows. For decades, people have complained about their driveways gettiing plowed in, which often makes things worse. Other cities have figured it out while Spokane has always lagged behind, and excuses were made each year. We salute simple solutions. LEMONS to Frontier Airlines for often canceling flights without finding quick replacements. I was in line at the airport and a flight to Denver was simply cancelled—no reason given. The next flight was three days later and little was done for the passengers. To make matters worse, they charge a whopping $45 for luggage and even $45 for a carry-on item if you carry more than just a bag or a purse. LILACS to city council president Ben Stuckart for speaking out against global warming. For all of us who have suffered through the smokey haze here for three out of the last four Augusts—something that used to occur maybe once in a decade—it’s good to see someone in leadership cares enough to raise questions. Scientists have concluded that the dry conditions brought on by warming have caused the fires, and it’s going to get worse before it gets better. This is a survival issue, not a political issue. LILACS to the kind lady behind a shopper in Walmart who came up short and had to return a few back-to-school supplies. The fellow shopper offered to complete the purchase in full because she no longer had kids in school. We are lucky to live in a city where kind deeds from angels occur daily; they mostly go unheralded, but it’s often noted and always appreciated. LEMONS to Spokane City Hall for allowing wage inflation to bring more than 200 employees above the $100,000 per year level. With planned increases, that figure will swell significantly in the next few years, and although the old addage claimes “you get what you pay for,” government isn’t traditionally supposed to be an avenue to wealth, especially considering that so many of the employees do everything by the book and rarely stick their necks out or use discernment or judgment when gray areas occur. LILACS to the city council for putting the downtown stadium to the voters to decide, even if it’s only an advisory vote. We see pros and cons with the stadium in that it will cause increased congestion downtown when it’s already nearly impossible to find parking during hockey games and arena events, but it would bring in increased revenue and activity to the downtown core, which would help businesses 18

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economically. We think it’s too important a decision to put in the hands of a few, and it’s difficult to say which way public opinion leans on this one. LEMONS to people who buy specified seats in movie theaters and then choose to sit near their friends or in other seats. Invariably, we’ll go sit somewhere else when someone has our seats, but then the patrons who bought the seats we are in suddenly come in late—it sets a chain reaction among the guests just as the movie is starting, and everyone is upset. No good deed goes unpunished, so it’s best not to let someone else take your designated seat. Better yet, don’t sit in the wrong seat in the first place.


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spokane art rising FIRST LOOK/local

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lively bunch of expressive faces of all walks of life. One might wonder who these detailed faces might belong to, but according to the artists in a story by KXLY, the faces don’t have an identity— they don’t have a story—which allows those who visit them to bring them to life through their own imaginations.

Located on the Spokane Falls Boulevard side of the Spokane Convention Center, this owl is perched as if admiring its downtown viewpoint. The artists used weathering steel to create the wise, 7-foot beauty. Behind the Spokane Convention Center, along the river, find another one of the Simmons’s works—an 1,100-foot-long sculptural fence with elements representing the history of Spokane, called “Tapestry.”


East of downtown, under the Interstate 90 bridge on Altamont Street, is a collection of colorful finches and magpies spreading their wings in flight. Another piece funded by Spokane Arts, this one a more recent addition to the city, Lopez told The Spokane Review that he was inspired by several birds he used to watch at his downtown apartment—noting each had its own distinct character. He mirrors this individually in his work.


If you’ve driven downtown a time or two, you’ve likely come across a few pieces of striking graffiti art. Much of it is part of a project by Spokane Arts Commission in an effort to brighten downtown. Beneath the train tracks on Second Avenue and Maple Street is a

This piece was designed in honor of the annual Lilac Bloomsday Run and features 40 life-sized “runners.” Govedare reportedly traced the silhouettes of real runners in order to craft this eyecatching piece of art that gives passers by an overwhelming urge to run (or is it just me?). The installation is said to represent all walks of life—ages, ethnicities and abilities—participating together.


Among Balazs’s installations around the region, this one’s curvy arms and angles make it one of the most eyecatching—not to mention its peculiar placement as it “floats” on the river. The reportedly two-ton stainless steel sculpture is 35-feet in length and reflects light from the water, often morphing its appearance.

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spokane eyerising FIRST LOOK/artist



by Megan Perkins

St. John’s Cathedral is a remarkable Gothic-style cathedral on the South Hill. It is well worth a visit for its gorgeous stained glass and incredible stone decorations. A sentinel on the South Hill, the cathedral’s distinctive tower is easy to spot as you drive toward downtown. A friend told me once that her young son called it “the Batman Church” because of how it looks from a distance, that image has stuck with me ever since. Megan Perkins began her project, Artist’s Eye on Spokane, in May and plans to continue sketching and painting at cool places and events in Spokane for the next year. Follow her adventures on Instagram @artistseyeonspokane, Facebook and meganperkinsart.com.


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FIRST LOOK/spokane rising


by Anthony Gill

Considering a Downtown STADIUM When I was in middle and high school, Friday nights in September and October were

for football. The crisp autumn air, roaring crowd and bright lights were energizing, and while I never played the sport, I will never forget the dozens of evenings I spent hanging out with friends in the crowd at Joe Albi and Bullpup Stadiums. Between the conversation, the family vibe, and the noticeable absence of technological distraction, in some ways, every Friday felt like a “community” event. It’s easy, then, to understand why various local officials and sports advocates would want to capture that energy and place it at the city’s core—on the North Bank in downtown Spokane. We should absolutely consider the idea. But to take full advantage, we need to do more. First, a stadium on the North Bank should be in use, active and programmed at least 180 days per year—far more than Joe Albi or any of the other local high school or college stadia. Cities build stadiums downtown because they grow the economy and add tax rev-


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enue as fans shop and spend money in stores and restaurants nearby. In considering the “highest and best use” of the arena property, a large residential development might contribute more to the economy—and to the city—if a stadium sits empty more often than it is used. Second, a stadium on the North Bank would require a smart, coordinated transportation plan. While parking seems to be the prime concern, the bigger issue is how to get thousands of fans into and out of the area every game day, and the soonto-break-ground Sportsplex. As anyone who has traveled to Seattle Center can attest, more lanes won’t cut it; we need to get people to events via means that transport more but take up less space: buses, bikes and feet. Perhaps event tickets and student IDs could double as free bus passes on game days. Maybe we need to explore a downtown circulator bus route to avoid an ingressegress mess on the North Bank. Finally, a stadium on the North Bank should be multipurpose. Football has an uncertain future, but other sports, like soccer, ultimate frisbee, rugby and others are growing as preferences change. We can build to accommodate a diversity of sports and other events, like concerts and festivals. Better yet, let’s make it accessible for inexpensive public rental when the space isn’t programmed. Everyone should feel a sense of ownership over such a facility. Ultimately, if downtown stadium boosters can’t provide sufficient answers to programming, transportation and a diversity of sports, a stadium probably is not be the best answer for the North Bank. Housing, and all of the daily liveliness that comes with it, might be a preferable alternative. But if they can, and if the community agrees, we could create a truly special sports and entertainment district right in the heart of Spokane.

Anthony Gill is an economic development professional and the founder of Spokane Rising, an urbanist blog focused on ways to make our city a better place to live.

FIRST LOOK/new venues

Bozzi Media Expands with Two New Event Venues LOFT AT THE FLOUR MILL is Spokane’s best kept secret venue, although probably not for long. The top floor of the Flour Mill boasts a lovely venue with beautiful hardwood floors, brick walls, skylights and a view that’s to die for. Perfect for medium sized conferences, parties, weddings and events, guests will delight in experiencing the ambience of this hidden gem for the first time. The space has two big screen TVs, flexible seating and space for up to 100 guests, (fewer for sit-down meals). THE WHITE ROOM is a revival of sorts near the corner of Pacific and Browne. Our most modern event venue is set apart by its white walls, ceilings and décor on polished concrete. Sleek and stylish, it’s the perfect place to host exclusive parties for up to about 150 people.

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FIRST LOOK/spokanepulse

SPRING MORNINGS AT WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY by Kathryn Gourneau Instagram @pnwgirlexplorer

I’m a full-time student studying Elementary Education at Whitworth University. I love to explore and capture moments to make people’s days a little bit brighter.


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by Nathan Bearup Instagram @nathan_ bearup My love for photography developed along with my undergraduate at Gonzaga, and this is one of my earliest photos taken shortly after I bought my first DSLR. It was one of those late fall nights where the sky was magnificent, and I packed up my gear and walked through campus. The way the evening sun illuminated the front of College Hall made for a must-shoot.

LEWIS & CLARK HIGH SCHOOL— THE FUTURE IS YOURS by Wendy Cafferky Instagram @not_a_ fragileflower

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A SMALL PIECE OF HEAVEN by Ben Page Instagram @ben_wa_page

Most of us had that one place in high school where you and your friends would always hangout. This place for me was called the Switchbacks, a little piece of heaven on the north side of Spokane. This is an awesome place for taking pictures, swimming and hiking. I remember taking this shot with the idea of trying to create what the Switchbacks brought to me. In addition, this was peace, enlightenment and positivity.


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he fourteenth annual polo event benefiting families served by Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest (RMHC) will take place on Sunday, September 9. RMHC has provided more than 78,000 nights of lodging for families with ill or injured children over the duration of this important event— the equivalent of 213 years of lodging. In 2017, the RMHC board launched an initiative to serve more families both in the number of families served and the level of service provided. Their Serve More Families initiative is designed to increase their capacity to address the family wait list, make changes and advancements in health care, improve health outcomes and accommodate significant population growth in the region, which will inevitably increase the number of families with children needing medical treatment. RMHC will double the capacity of families they can serve in 24 months. With the addition of Ronald McDonald Family

Rooms inside Kootenai Health (2017) and MultiCare Deaconess Hospital (2018), they now serve families inside three major hospitals. These in-hospital programs collectively serve more than 100 family members each day with kitchens, laundry facilities and other home-like amenities, and provide overnight lodging for up to sixteen family members each night. In 2019, a Ronald McDonald House will open on the campus of Kootenai Health, with capacity to provide lodging for eight families or up to 28 family members a day. This project is a model of collaboration between the Community Cancer Fund, Kootenai Health and Katerra. On January 1, 2020 a second House will open on the current Spokane RMHC campus – increasing guest rooms from 22 to 56. This will provide the capacity for an additional 12,140 nights of lodging per year. The 56 family guest rooms will accommodate up to 196 family members per night. You can support RMHC families through donating, volunteering or making a meal at the house. For additional information please visit rmhcinlandnw.org.











by Sharma Shields


The Diverse Voices Writing Group at Spark Central At Spark Central’s Diverse Voices Writing Group (DVWG), Jazlyn Jacobs starts off the workshop by reading her poem, “The Stranger” (what follows is a short excerpt): There is power in that which has not yet come to be… The name I had spoken in vain, the name I gave myself when my own was too true, the name that echoed back at me in the desert, the names of my ancestors scrawled backwards into clay until writing uninvents itself, the name that silence gives is an answer. When she finishes there is a moment of silence. The group is connected by the gossamer web of her words. “Wow,” someone says, breaking the trance. “Beautiful.” “It’s the most Jewish thing I’ve ever written,” Jacobs says, laughing. Jacobs is one of several people gathered at the table today, a table open to all diverse experiences. No level of writing is required, but the talent runs deep. The DVWG is spearheaded by Jackie McCowen-Rose, a reluctant leader who noted the need for the group after attending a crowded North Spokane literary event where she was the only writer of color. The description for the DVWG, available to read on the Spark Central website, reads, “Your stories and visions matter, the sharing of your truth strengthens not just you, but all of us.” Boasting a range of literary mediums, from fiction to poetry to essays to multimedia performance, McCowen-Rose says there are 20-some members in total, “Including a Middle Eastern physician and several LGBTQ+ writers.” Tonight, the group is smaller. It’s the hottest day of the year. Poet John Browning reads two poems. His poetry explores memories from childhood, a spider and a nursery rhyme, his eccentric Uncle Gim. Someone comments on the powerful repetition in his work, on themes of isolation and abandonment. Other voices follow, commenting on his use of the word “burdock,” his ability to ground the speaker with such a small detail. The group is here to offer support, to lift one another’s stories up in a country that frequently does the opposite. “It’s so deftly helmed by Jackie’s sage, nurturing hand,” says screenwriter and novelist Aretha W. 36

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Aretha recently moved to Spokane from Oregon. “As a woman of color moving away from a more diverse and progressive community during a national white-supremacist uprising, I had my fair share of trepidation. The DVWG was the first lifeboat I saw gleaming with the potential for safety, connection and empowerment.” Power, I learn, is a central theme of Aretha’s manuscript-in-progress, a captivating historical novel she’s writing about Ching Shih, a woman pirate who lived in early nineteenth century Guangzhou. Ching Shih rose from sexual slavery to become one of the most powerful pirate lords in world history. We listen spellbound as Aretha W. reads a chapter to us. “She represented fishermen and the waterworlds, the unseen,” Aretha says after her reading. “Her story shows us there is power in the dark, in the shadows.” The writers around her discuss different aspects of her work, the language they particularly enjoyed, the events connecting the past to the present, such as the trade war with China. “The oppressive forces I’m writing about are still at play today,” Aretha says, and the people around the table nod knowingly. Aiden Sanders reads next, a poem about grief. They (Aiden prefers gender-neutral pronouns) ask the group to edit the piece; they want to submit it soon to the Diverse Voices Anthology, whose full proceeds will go to benefit Spark Central. The poem is short and perfect. Someone asks them to read it again. “I can’t,” Aiden says. “Not without crying.” “It’s ready to submit,” someone says. “Not a word is missing, not a word needs to be cut.” The others heartily agree. McCowen-Rose reads last, a short essay called “My Father.” The ache in the piece resonates with the group. “We had a similar childhood,” a woman says. Her voice is filled with emotion. All around us the connections thrum. These narratives, so diverse, so powerful, contain humanity incarnate: vulnerability, love, strength. They are an antidote to hate. May they go out into the world and sing. The Diverse Voices Writing Group meets the first Thursday of every month at Spark Central from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. spark-central.org 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.



by James Kempner

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Tyrone Wells

This once in a generation music talent, Tyrone Wells, was born in Seattle, where he lived until moving to Spokane at age four. When thinking back to his time spent in Spokane, friends, family, young love and dreams all come to mind. Wells went to Madison Elementary until third grade and then attended Garfield Elementary after moving closer to downtown. He spent his middle years at Glover Junior High, continuing on to North Central High School. He loved growing up in Spokane; he cherishes those moments still. He later moved to Orange County, California, for college. During college, Wells began turning heads. He started playing a weekly show at McClain’s Coffeehouse on Thursday nights. Wells’s voice kick-started the scene at McClain’s, which sparked the beginning of one of the most successful music careers of any Spokane native to this day. He began seeing growing crowds in Los Angeles and Hollywood venues as droves of people came out to hear him, a budding independent songwriter. As he built more momentum, he began selling out shows of 500-1,000 people. Wells was part of a national showcase of college talent buyers event for the National Association of Campus Activities (NACA). Established in 1960, NACA was the same event that featured Simon and Garfunkel. He set the record for most bookings ever at the showcase. From there, Wells began touring at more than 150 college campuses across the country. Eternally humble, you would never guess his music has accrued more than 660 million streams or that he has toured with the likes of Imagine Dragons, Sheryl Crow, Sarah Bareilles, Mat Kearney, Ben Rector, Better then Ezra, Allen Stone and Colbie Caillat. Wells 38

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eventually signed with Universal Music Group and had his songs featured on more than 75 television shows and films including “American Idol,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Odd Life of Timothy Green,” “Something Borrowed,” “Vampire Diaries,” “One Tree Hill,” “Private Practice” and more. Wells’s Metal and Wood album ranked the number one singer-songwriter album on iTunes. Another album, This Love, was number two on iTunes. If you have not listened to Tyrone Wells live or streamed his music, you are missing out on a voice with the unique ability to cover any song. We are blessed to have green pastures, lakes that glimmer, and trees that look like they could only be in paintings in this area, and Wells has the ability to make you feel as though you are right there. As his lyrics paint a vivid portrait, his voice has the power to stop you where you are, bringing your full attention to your surroundings. Wells is the son of a preacher man, which allowed him to be around music and church throughout his childhood. This upbringing helped shape his music. He has four older sisters who sang, inspiring him, as he grew older. Family is most important to Wells; his music career has allowed him to support his beautiful family, which he feels is more than he could have ever asked for. If you are interested in hearing some of Tyrone Wells’s music, be sure to check out these tracks: “Sea Breeze,” “Where You Are,” “More” and “No Good”—some of my personal favorites. You can find his music on YouTube, Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and on tyronewells.com. James Michael Kempner II was born and raised in Orange County, California, by his father Jim Kempner, a legendary Music executive. By 19, he became the director of A&R of a Hollywood label under music producer Tim Miner. By 25, Kempner had struck up a friendship and business relationship with legendary entertainment manager Robert Fitzpatrick of bands such as The Beatles, The Who and Rolling Stones. Kempner moved to Spokane in June 2017.



by Jennifer LaRue

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Community Hearts Benefit Have you seen one yet? Thirty-nine inch tall painted fiberglass hearts mounted to the

streets of Spokane, Coeur d’Alene and in some select businesses to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Inland Northwest (RMHC)—the house that love built (hence, the hearts). There are about 40 of them, decorated by 30 local artists who appreciate the exposure. “I’m just an artist jumping on an opportunity,” says Christian Lyze, whose heart is decorated with heavy lines and rich colors representing a keyhole and a key, expressing that “love is the key.” Lyze, like many of the other artists, heard about the opportunity through a Facebook page called Spokane Art Calls. Others heard it directly from artist Karen Mobley, who helped the organization get the word out. She also painted two hearts: one with a cloud filled sky and the other—a thick garden of bleeding hearts. The only real (unspoken but known) stipulation was that the work had to be auction friendly—nothing potentially offensive because the hearts, like the Ronald McDonald House, are meant to be a respite, not a soapbox. Artist Tom Quinn—who has an affinity toward painting nudes in interesting settings—painted two hearts, one to match the carpet of a local business and the other illustrating a woman holding an apple shaped a lot like a heart. Artist Megan Martens-Haworth also went with a figurative design, representing her young daughter in dreamland and a fox. “I thought about the mission of the RMHC—protecting and comforting. The fox represents a guardian, protecting a child while she sleeps,” MartensHaworth says, adding that the house is certainly a cause she can get behind but she is equally motivated by the exposure. “It’s definitely a symbiotic relationship; placing the hearts in a public setting raises the profile of the organization as well as the artist.” Artist Laura Lee Kaschmitter didn’t know anything about the Ronald McDonald House but was motivated by stepping out of her comfort zone as well as the $500 stipend. Her heart


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is abstract but lighter than her usual work. “A lot of my abstract work is dark, which disturbs some people,” she says. “This heart is an auction friendly version of my style.” Artist Melanie Lieb is covering her heart in hearts. “This is a good opportunity for public exposure,” she says, “and the $500 doesn’t hurt.” Artists are often asked to donate work to a cause but are rarely compensated. “I’m asked to donate work about seven times a week,” says artist Melissa Cole, “but I’ll do maybe seven a year. The RMHC is a large well-run organization that does good things.” Cole’s heart has a bee on it and is called “Bee the Change.” Questions often arise about the houses’ affiliation with McDonalds. However— despite the ongoing publicity McDonald’s receives due to the charity’s name, the houses receive less than 20 percent of their revenue from the golden arches, much of which comes from customers’ change. “People often assume that McDonalds supplies our funding,” says RMHC executive director Mike Forness. “But 90 percent of what we raise is raised locally, and that money stays here.” This is the third time the RMHC has done a fundraiser like this. The first one involved bears in 2005, followed by carousel animals in 2007. Both were well-thoughtout and successful; it was only a matter of time before they did it again. They are breaking ground in October for a large and expensive expansion to accommodate 34 more families. Currently, they have room for 22. They are also considering bringing up a Ronald McDonald Care Mobile Unit (currently caring for children in Yakima) a little closer to Spokane. And while the individual painting of the hearts doesn’t fit the definition of a “community art project” (they have since changed it to “public art benefit” and are considering doing a community art project in the near future), the organization hopes the community will appreciate or perhaps find respite in the peppering of hearts within their community. The hearts will be auctioned off at a gala in February. rmhcinlandnw.org

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September 7, October 7: 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.

September 14, October 14: Second Friday Artwalk in Coeur d’Alene Five to 8 p.m. every second Friday of the month, April-December, you can stroll through beautiful Downtown Coeur d’Alene and enjoy local and nationally acclaimed artists. Visit supporting galleries, shops, restaurants and businesses. A free familyfriendly event.

Currently open: As Grandmother Taught: Women, Tradition and Plateau Art Celebrating the work of three contemporary female Plateau artists alongside historic objects from the museum’s collection, linking the past to the present. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, northwestmuseum.org.




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Through September 23: Edward S. Curtis: The Grand Idea On the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Museum of Arts and Culture will explore the life’s work of one of America’s most famous and controversial photographers, chronicler of the West and the North American Indian peoples. In partnership with the Spokane Public Library. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, northwestmuseum.org. Opening September 15: Ryan Feddersen: Phantom Lands Feddersen uses humor, play, and engagement to make connections between U.S. history, her Okanogan heritage, and current events to ignite conversations. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. (509) 456-3931, northwestmuseum. org.


September 11, October 11: Northwest of New Orleans Join Hot Club of Spokane for a monthly jazz variety show, performed every second Tuesday of the month, hosted by the Bartlett. The Bartlett. 228 W. Sprague Ave. thebartlettspokane.com September 13: The Australian Pink Floyd Show Forming in 1988 and having sold more than four million tickets in 35 countries, The Australian Pink Floyd Show is hailed as one of the leading concert performances currently operating. The band began their adventure as a part of a wave of Australian tribute bands. Over the following years, the hit band played bigger and more prestigious venues including the Royal Albert Hall in 2003 and led to their 2004 arena tour in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. Northern Quest. 46

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100 North Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com September 14: Rodrigo y Gabriela with Special Guest Robert Ellis Since they left Mexico for Ireland in 1999, Rodrigo y Gabriela have established themselves as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental bands in the world. They have sold in excess of 1.5 million albums worldwide, and have sold out venues like the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Le Zenith in Paris on numerous occasions. Their film work includes the soundtracks to Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Puss In Boots, and they have collaborated onstage and on record with artists as diverse as Robert Trujillo (Metallica), Al Di Meola, Zack De La Rocha (Rage Against The Machine) and Anoushka Shankar. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325SEAT or ticketswest.com. September 18: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ’N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Northern Quest. 100 North Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com September 21-23: Inland Northwest Opera: The Marriage of Figaro Inland Northwest Opera presents Mozart’s most popular opera sung in Italian with English subtitles. Chaos and hilarity abound

as clever servants outwit arrogant masters, and crafty women outsmart foolish men during one crazy day as they prepare for a wedding…or two. The Marriage of Figaro has delighted audiences since 1786, and the captivating plot, with themes of social and sexual tension, remains relevant today. The beautifully restored Fox Theater is the perfect setting for this fully staged production set in 1915. Dress in your favorite Edwardian style and delve into the hilarious, ever-sublime marriage of music to comedy. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com. September 22: Rascal Flatts From the release of their self-titled debut album in 2000 to the release of their latest album Back To Us, Rascal Flatts remains as one of today’s hottest country music groups. With ten studio albums and 16 #1 singles, the group’s immense success exemplifies their desire to continue producing the best music for their fans. Top hits include “These Days”, “Bless the Broken Road”, “What Hurts the Most”, “Take Me There”, “Why Wait”, “I Like the Sound of That”, and “Yours If You Want It”. Northern Quest. 100 North Hayford Rd. Airway Heights. northernquest.com September 26: David Bromberg Quintet For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades, and includes—but is not limited to—adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and music and life lessons from seminal blues guitarist Reverend Gary Davis, who claimed the young Bromberg as a son. A musician’s musician, Bromberg’s mastery of several stringed instruments (guitar, fiddle, Dobro, mandolin), and multiple styles is legendary, leading Dr. John to declare him an American icon. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325SEAT or ticketswest.com. September 29: Fox Family Series: Recycled Percussion Get ready for high-energy music made with pots, pans, power tools, car parts, ladders — everything including the kitchen sink. The


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September 30: George Winston Multi-instrumentalist George Winston will bring his piano virtuosity to the Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox for an afternoon of music, with a charitable twist. Winston invites you to join him in support of the local food bank by bringing a donation of non-perishable food to the concert. One hundred percent of George Winston’s merchandise sales will be donated to 2nd Harvest Food Bank in Spokane. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com. October 7: Shinedown x Godsmack It’s about to get heavy— Shinedown and Godsmack will rock the Spokane Arena. Both bands are touring in support of their new charttopping albums: Godsmack’s When Legends Rise and Shinedown’s Attention Attention. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com.

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Weekends through October: Green Bluff Apple Festival The popular Apple Festival is held over several weekends offering a large variety of the best cooking apples, plus fresh pressed cider and other produce. There’s live music, craft booths, corn and straw mazes, and great food for the whole family to enjoy. Green Bluff. greenbluffgrowers.com

September 14: Medvengers Gala The Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine is looking for superheroes to attend the annual Medvengers gala. Enjoy a thrilling, actionpacked evening of appetizers, cocktails, dinner, music, live auction and paddle raise, plus an appearance by the Medvenger himself. All proceeds support scholarships for medical students. The Davenport Grand Hotel, 6 p.m. Tickets are $150 per person and can be procured at medicine.wsu.edu. September 15: Creative Kegger with Chris Bovey Graphic designer and DIY screen print artist Chris Bovey has become a staple of the Spokane art scene. You’d recognize his vintage prints of Spokane landmarks like Dick’s Hamburgers, The Milk Bottle, and Peaceful Valley. Join Chris to see how he creates his work, make a print of one of his designs to take home, and make a mini DIY-screen of your own (they’ll have templates if you’re nervous about drawing.) All proceeds from Creative Keggers ensure those who need it most have the opportunity to create, innovate, and imagine their way to brighter futures. Spark Central. 1214 W. Summit Parkway. spark-central.org Saturday, September 15: Runway Renegades 11th Annual Fashion Show Six local fashion designers have created complete collections that will be shown on the runway. This is the only 100 percent locally designed fashion event in the Inland Empire. More than 120 artists, technicians and volunteers team up to produce this show with 100 percent of the net proceeds providing grants for artists of any media for professional or educational pursuits. In kind, those artists provide mentorship

and instructions to underserved youth in our community that might not otherwise be afforded the chance to enjoy the artistic experience firsthand. Held at Riverside Place, with doors opening for VIP at 6 p.m. and general admission opens at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. runwayrenagdes.com. September 15: PorchFest West Central Talented local musicians play right outside people’s homes … on porches and in front yards as the event will be happening all over the U.S. People smile, laugh, hug, meet the residents of West Central and enjoy some great local live music together. West Central residents make up the majority of the porch hosts and performers. Attendees come from all over the Inland Empire. Everyone with a positive attitude is invited. the event is Saturday, Sept. 15, 3-7 p.m. Sets start at 3 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 6 p.m. Map and more information can be found at PorchFestWestCentral.com. September 21: [SM]ART Show This will be an extremely unique, fullyimmersive, and themed event. Featuring the collective works of Seattle-based haute couture fashion designer Gustave Apiti, local legendary chef Jeremy Hansen, local visual artists including Daniel Lopez, Jeremy Vermilion, and Robert Mcneill, local performance and literary artists, and a spectacular light show provided by AMPD Lighting and Audio Visual of Spokane Valley. Come and experience a one-of-akind event that is sure to etch itself into your brain and leave you yearning for more. Your participation in this happening will support local artists and help to contribute to the advancement of Spokane as a destination

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September 21-23: Valleyfest Valleyfest is an annual community-wide celebration in Spokane Valley. Since 1990, Valleyfest has brought the greater region together with live entertainment for the entire family, an opportunity to meet and have fun with friends, and recognize area youth for their talents. Some of the events include: the “Hearts of Gold” Parade, Pancake Breakfast, Car Show, Duathlon, 5k/10k Run for a Cause, Family Bike Ride, Responsible Dog Days and much more. Valleyfest.org September 22: Bridal Festival The Bridal Festival is your best resource for wedding planning in the Inland Northwest. This tradeshow is designed to introduce you to the industry’s top wedding experts, from bridal gown specialists and tuxedo rentals, to wedding planners and venues, to photographers and videographers. Brides and grooms meet one-on-one with vendors, many with special Bridal Festival offers, and plan their wedding all in one weekend, under on roof, to save time and money. Get inspired with ideas for decor, venues, and catering by visiting the nearly 200 booths. Elegant wedding fashion shows showcase

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September 28: Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider Fresh from her highly successful run at Chicago’s The Second City, Julia Sweeney is bringing her first-ever stand-up show to Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Called “a consummate storyteller with exquisite comic timing” by Variety, Julia Sweeney is a writer, actor, comedian, director, and monologist. Perhaps most recognized as a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1990 to 1995, Sweeney created and popularized the androgynous character “Pat.” Her comedic and dramatic monologues include her Grammy Award-nominated God Said Ha., In the Family Way (ultimately developed into a memoir, If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother) and Letting Go of God. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com. October 4: YWCA—Spokane Women of Achievement Awards This popular luncheon celebrates high achieving women who embody YWCA Spokane’s mission of eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all by giving generously of themselves to make Spokane a better place for all. In addition to honoring the extraordinary contributions of the winners, the luncheon serves to raise awareness about the epidemic of domestic violence in the Spokane region and to raise critical funds for the victim support services offered by YWCA Spokane. The Davenport Grand, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ywcaspokane.org October 5-7: Jurassic Quest Jurassic Quest is America’s Largest and most realistic Dinosaur Event. Guests will walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and The Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living, breathing dinosaurs. Jurassic Quest is the only dinosaur event that has true to life size dinosaurs. Jurassic Quest has over 80 true to life size dinosaurs in each of its

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October 6: Beyond Pink At the Davenport Grand Hotel, Beyond Pink will host their 9th annual Designer Bra Fashion Show. The show has become known as “the most fun you will have saving a life.” Guests are greeted with wine and appetizers and have the opportunity to bid on fabulous silent auction items. Once the silent auction closes, the real fun begins as guests turn their attention to the runway. Eleven of the most talented local artists and designers will show off their handiwork as models adorned in designer outfits sweep the runway. These productions are completed with themed packages, trips, experiences and get aways and are auctioned off one-by-one throughout the evening.



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Hundreds will turn out to support Beyond Pink—and 100 percent of the net proceeds go toward funding for women who cannot afford thermography. To date, the charity has joyfully said ‘’yes’’ to more than 1,400 local women when they asked for financial help. This has greatly impacted women in our community in the battle against breast disease. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased at BeyondPink.net. October 11: Master Gardner Foundation 7th Annual Fall Banquet The annual fundraiser sponsored by the Master Gardener Foundation of Spokane County benefits the Master Gardener Program. The funfilled evening includes an extensive silent auction, a dessert dash with treats from the city’s best bakeries, a no host bar and catered dinner, and a meet and greet with this year’s keynote speaker and New York Times award winning author Andrea Wulf—author of five acclaimed books, including The Brother Gardeners, Chasing Venus, Founding Gardeners and the co-author of This Other Eden plus her latest book The Invention of Nature. CenterPlace Event Center, doors open at 4 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m. followed by the keynote presentation at 7 p.m. mgfsc.org October 13: Spokane Symphony Pops: Cirque de la Symphonie Gravity-defying cirque feats are set to classical masterpieces performed by the Spokane Symphony. Enjoy the amazing, acrobatic feats and strong men, along with dancers and jugglers. This jaw-dropping fusion of two art forms will wow symphony audiences of all ages as the award-winning artists of Cirque de la Symphonie push 56

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themselves to the limit on and above the stage. Fox Theatre. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com. October 18-21: Disney on Ice Presents Dare to Dream Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside us all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream. In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana goes on a quest with demigod Maui to save her island and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa sets her on a journey to stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Fearless Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and uncovers the Beast’s gentleness. With help from her friends, Cinderella is determined to make her wish come true. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com. October 20: Best of the City—Nights on Broadway Cue the footlights and part the red curtains … it’s time for Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine’s Best of the City celebration. Revel in two floors of live entertainment, magic and merriment. Enjoy food and drink samples, two full service cash bars, dance the night away with DJ Unifest, and encore headliners Atari Ferrari. Strike a pose on the red carpet, and experience live performance art, tarot readings, body and face painting, beauty bar and many other fun and glamorous surprises. VIP Tickets include catered champagne reception and swag bags to the first 100. Overnight packages available at Ruby 1, 2 and Montvale Hotel. Montvale Event Center, 1005 W. 1st Ave., 7—11 p.m., general admission and VIP tickets through bozzitickets.com.


September 7-23: 1984 The stage adaptation of George Orwell’s vision of very dystopian futuristic life where you are never not being watched. This production will be directed by Chris Wooley. Stage Left Theatre. 108 West 3rd Ave. (509) 838-9727. For spokanestageleft. org

September 14-October 14: Mary Poppins One of the most popular Disney movies of all time, Mary Poppins is the story of the Banks family who live in a big house in London on Cherry Lane. Things are not going well for the family – the children, Jane and Michael, are out of control and are in need of a new nanny. The children have one idea about their caretaker while their parents have another. When a mysterious young woman named Mary Poppins appears at their doorstep, the family finds that she’s the answer to their prayers, but in the most peculiar way. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who believes that “anything can happen if you let it.” Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. (800) 325-SEAT or ticketswest.com. September 21-October 14: Bug Set in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room, Bug centers on the meeting between Agnes,

a divorced waitress with a fondness for cocaine and isolation, and Peter, a softspoken Gulf War drifter introduced to her by her friend, R.C. Agnes stays at a hotel in hopes of avoiding her abusive ex, Jerry, who was just released from prison. There’s a hidden bug infestation problem that has both Agnes and Peter dealing with scathing welts and festering sores— which has Peter believing this is the result of experiments conducted on him during his stay at an army hospital. Their fears soon escalate to paranoia, conspiracy theories and twisted psychological motives. Spokane Civic Theatre. 1020 N. Howard St. (509) 325-2507. (800) 325SEAT or ticketswest.com.


October 6: Wild Moose Chase The Wild Moose Chase has been touted as one of the best trail runs in the Pacific Northwest over recent years. See what all the excitement is about on this awesome trail run on Mt. Spokane. 5k, 10k, and 25k distances available. nsplit.com

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October 14: Spokane Marathon, Half-Marathon and 10k The Spokane Marathon, a Boston Marathon qualifying race, is one of the most scenic courses in the country. Choose your distance— full marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon and 10k (now a second seed qualifier for Bloomsday)—and tackle one of the area’s most beautiful courses. thespokanemarathon.com SEPTEMBER 2018 / spokanecda.com



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PA R T O N E It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

when we celebrate more than 450 of the best local businesses, organizations, eateries, health care, personalities and more in our region. As you’ll swiftly notice, we’re spreading the Best of the City love between the September and October issues this year. On the following pages, you will find who and what readers voted as “the best” in 41 categories falling under shopping, home and auto, self-care, health and beauty.

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SILVER: Spokane Valley Mall BRONZE: River Park Square IDAHO: Silver Lake Mall

SILVER: Pounders BRONZE: Dodson’s IDAHO: Cheryl Burchell Goldsmiths

NORTHTOWN MALL NorthTown Mall opened in 1955 and has been expanded several times, with its biggest expansion occurring between 1989 and 1991. The complex is currently anchored by Barnes & Noble, JCPenney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Marshalls, Regal Cinemas and Sears. northtownmall.com


THE WHITE ELEPHANT This surplus store has been in the community since 1946, with its colorful exterior and wide-ranging selection of goods. Sure, you can find hunting, fishing, boating and camping gear here—toys for the adults—but kids are especially fond of the extensive children’s toy selection. whiteelephantstores.com

SILVER: Uncle’s Games Puzzles & More BRONZE: Boo Radley’s IDAHO: Figpickel’s Toy Emporium

JEWELRY DESIGN CENTER Jewelry Design Center carries the industry’s top brands for shoppers who known just what they’re looking for, the full-service store has a line of pieces designed in-house, and offers custom orders. The friendly staff aims at pleasing everyone who walks in the door and has been a go-to in the industry since 1977. jewelrydesigncenter.com


PAINT IN MY HAIR Paint in My Hair is a group of people passionate about breathing new life into old things. From upcycled, or repurposed furniture to hand-painted signs and home decor. SILVER: Veda Lux BRONZE: Boulevard Mercantile IDAHO: Paris Flea Market


DANIA If you’re edging towards a modern look for inside your home or office, Dania is the place to go. The pieces here are of quality craftsmanship and follow a Scandinavianminimalistic style for just the right touch of character and ultimate function. daniafurniture.com SILVER: MOR Furniture BRONZE: Complete Suite Furniture


JACOBS CUSTOM LIVING Extend your living space to the outdoors with furnishings designed to weather the elements. From dining and bistro sets to sofa loungers and fire tables, Jacobs Custom Living carries collections that enhance any patio or backyard space, plus the expert advice to pull it all together. jacobscustomliving.com SILVER: Spokane Fireplace & Patio BRONZE: Spokane Discount IDAHO: Ironstone Mountain Comfort

BEST BEDROOM FURNITURE: WALKER’S FURNITURE & MATTRESS Walker’s is a Pacific Northwest go-to for full-line home furnishings, great discounts and friendly service. Find bedroom sets in a variety of woods and finishes, often with ample storage, in styles from traditional to modern. walkersfurniture.com SILVER: Dania BRONZE: Ennis Furniture IDAHO: Walker’s Furniture



LA-Z-BOY FURNITURE GALLERIES When you enter a La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries store, you enter a world of comfort, service and selection. Whether you’re searching for ideas to decorate your home, or that perfect piece to complete your room, our Design Center is the place to find it all. la-z-boy.com SILVER: Tin Roof BRONZE: Walker’s Furniture IDAHO: Runge Furniture 62

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MATTRESS FIRM You won’t find anywhere better for deep discounts on new mattresses and bedding than Mattress Firm. Define your needs by brand, type, price range or comfort level, and the experienced staff will guide you to your mattress matches. mattressfirm.com SILVER: Mattress Depot BRONZE: Denver Mattress Company IDAHO: National Mattress

Dr. Andrew J. Czapla Dr. Michael R. Valente


Thank you Spokane, for voting us Best Chiropractor 14 years running!


Massage Therapy Voted Best Massage

• Deep Tissue Massage • Sports Massage • Swedish Massage • Clinical Massage

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Best Boutique

BEST WOMEN’S CLOTHING BOUTIQUE: 319 W 2nd Ave Spokane, WA 99204

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LOLO BOUTIQUE When you step into Lolo’s and begin browsing the unique, hand-selected variety of apparel, jewelry, accessories, and bath and body products, it’s evident the owner, Lainey LaRue, runs a special shop. Her collection spans affordable to high-end pieces. lolospokane.com SILVER: Maurices BRONZE: Swank IDAHO: Tiffany Blue


ANDERSON & EMAMI The one-on-one attention and fine menswear fabrics and styles that fit to a T, has led to a loyal clientele throughout Anderson & Emami’s 30+ years in business. Full wardrobes are steadily acquired here— from suites to sportswear—by all your favorite brand names. andersonemami.com


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SILVER: Tuxedo Gallery BRONZE: Mr. Tux


LIBERTY PARK FLORIST & GREENHOUSE Since 1928, Liberty Park Florist & Greenhouse has been a steadfast and well-loved local business, excelling in providing clients with a wide selection of beautiful floral arrangements for any occasion. The kind staff and expert floral designers make sure each arrangement is just as special as the last. libertyparkflorist.com SILVER: Appleway Florist BRONZE: Rose and Blossom IDAHO: Hansen’s Florist


BOO RADLEY’S Named after the character in To Kill A Mockingbird, who collected unusual and sometimes wacky items, this novelty shop is a one-of-a-kind trip to visit.

BEST BREAKFAST — 13 Years in a Row —

SILVER: Simply Northwest BRONZE: Atticus IDAHO: Mix it Up


SUPER SUPPLEMENTS Everything you’re looking for within the realms of vitamins and minerals, supplements and protein powders, and herbs and homeopathy can be found inside Super Supplements. The friendly and knowledgeable staff and extensive, name-brand product selection ensure your health needs stay on track. vitaminshoppe.com SILVER: GNC BRONZE: Mother’s Cupboard IDAHO: Pilgrim’s Nutrition

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SILVER: Cold Stone BRONZE: Brain Freeze IDAHO: Roger’s Ice Cream & Burgers

SILVER: Northwest Seed and Pet BRONZE: Judy’s Enchanted Garden IDAHO: Westwood Gardens Nursery

FROYO EARTH Kids and adults alike relish in the opportunity to create their own masterpiece of frozen yogurt dessert at this crowd favorite frozen yogurt shop. Mix and match probiotic-enriched yogurt flavors in a biodegradable bowl, and top it with a winning combination of fruits, nuts, candies, cookies and more. froyoearth.com

RITTERS GARDEN & GIFT Ritters Garden and Gift started as a floral shop 70 years ago. Ten years ago, the Wyman family purchased the shop. The shop carries a wide variety of pre-made and custom floral arrangements from the traditional to the exotic. No matter the occasion, they can meet your every need. 4ritter.com


BEST ARCHITECTURAL FIRM: HURTADO | HISSONG ARCHITECTURE [HDG] 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. hdg-architecture.com SILVER: Copeland Architecture BRONZE: Sam Roddell IDAHO: Edwards Smith Construction

COZZA OPTICAL For more than 20 years, Cozza Optical has been providing unmatched services in eyewear. This optical shop carries the latest styles in more than two dozen brand names, with options sure to fit any facial shape and fashion preference. Cozza Optical is your leader in eyewear with in-house lensgrinding services. cozzaoptical.com SILVER: Lilac Family Eye Care BRONZE: LensCrafters IDAHO: Visionworks


STCU STCU, established in 1934 by local teachers who operated inside of a Lewis and Clark High School classroom, has grown to more than 20 branch locations with 600 employees. The credit union helps members reach their business and personal goals through loans and is a prime example of a community partnership. stcu.org SILVER: Numerica BRONZE: BECU


WASHINGTON TRUST BANK A favorite for personal and business banking, not to mention wealth management, Washington Trust Bank’s friendly staff has been making locals feel at home inside their branches since 1902. The financial institution’s community involvement shines through with its Watrustology campaign, lending helping hands around the city. watrust.com SILVER: US Bank BRONZE: Banner Bank 66

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GREEN LIGHT Green Light is a retail marijuana store with a wide variety of premium cannabis products including flower, edibles, concentrates, topicals, glass, and smoking accessories. All of this is achieved through working directly with Washington’s top indoor producer/processors. greenlightspokane.com SILVER: Cinder BRONZE: Satori


CLEARWATER SUMMIT GROUP For nearly three decades, they’ve been providing comprehensive and innovative landscaping services in and around the Inland Northwest region, including design, installation and maintenance after the project is finished. clearwatersummitgroup. com SILVER: Land Expressions BRONZE: Terra Landscaping Inc. IDAHO: CDF Landscape Professionals


POOL WORLD When Kerry and Lyla Henderson started Pool World in 1976, they had one goal in mind: build a business based on customer satisfaction. Pool World has grown to become the largest pool and spa business in the Inland Northwest. poolworld.biz SILVER: Apollo Spa BRONZE: Arctic Spas

14TH AND GRAND SALON Brooke M. Cloninger, D.D.S. Grapetree Village | 2001 E. 29th | 509.534.4600

Brooke M. Cloninger, D.D.S.

2009-2018 Reader's Survey

BEST DENTIST 2009 - 2018

New Patients Welcome Mark Van Gemert, D.D.S.

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SHERWIN-WILLIAMS Helping people and businesses add color to their homes and lives for more than 150 years, it’s no wonder they’ve won gold again. They stick to their paintbrushes when they say: “Make the most of your color with the very best paint.” sherwin-williams.com SILVER: Rodda Paint BRONZE: Miller Paint


LARRY H. MILLER DOWNTOWN TOYOTA With something for every taste and need, Larry H. Miller provides a full line of sales and services dedicated to their customers. From Toyota auto repairs performed by expert mechanics, to OEM Toyota auto parts, to car loans, Larry H. Miller Toyota Spokane is the smart choice for your automotive needs. larryhmillertoyotaspokane.com SILVER: Wendle Motors BRONZE: BMW of Spokane IDAHO: Dave Smith Motors


GREAT FLOORS What began as a road show through Idaho and Montana in the early 1970s with a carpet peddler selling wares from the back of his car has grown to prominence as one of the nations top specialty floor covering stores selling through 16 retail and commercial showrooms positioned across the Pacific Northwest. greatfloors.com SILVER: Carpet One BRONZE: United Flooring


GOLD SEAL PLUMBING Since the company was founded in 1967, quality plumbing in residential, multi-family, and light commercial have always been a priority, and they plumb more houses, apartments and light commercial buildings than any other firm. goldsealplumbing.com SILVER: Mr. Rooter BRONZE: Cougar Plumbing


CALIFORNIA CLOSETS For more than three decades, California Closets has built a reputation as a leader in premium and luxury space-management, delivering custom products and unparalleled service. They help transform spaces and allow people to get more out of their homes. californiaclosets.com SILVER: Cabinet Systems BRONZE: Closet Guys


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JENNIFER’S AUTO SALES & SERVICE Jennifer’s has been faithfully serving Spokane car buyers and automotive service customers since 1998. As a lifelong Spokane resident, Jennifer opened Jennifer’s Auto Sales to offer her hometown true value with the mission to always sell safe and reliable cars. jenniferscars.com SILVER: Wendle Motors BRONZE: Larry H. Miller Dealerships IDAHO: Parker Toyota


LONE WOLF HARLEY-DAVIDSON The Ernst family founded Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson in Spokane Valley in May 2008. One of them is always at the dealership and they would like to meet you—ask for one of them—Greg, Bill or Chris. w.lonewolfh-d.com SILVER: Westside Motorsports BRONZE: Allsport Motorcycles IDAHO: Coeur d’Alene Powersports


MECHANICS PRIDE TIRE & AUTOMOTIVE This full-service auto repair group specializes in all aspects of auto repair including: general maintenance, brakes, alignments, suspension work, engine and transmission overhauls, as well as a wide selection of wheels and tires. usmechanicspride.com SILVER: European Autohaus BRONZE: Carlson’s IDAHO: Atlas Automotive


DAA NORTHWEST When you need collision repair or vehicle services, you want your car or truck back as soon as possible. And you need to trust that quality parts and products are being used to fix it right the first time. DAA invests in the latest technologies and uses the very best equipment and materials. daaautobody.com SILVER: Gerber BRONZE: Ed’s Premier Auto Body IDAHO: Coachman Auto Body

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Best Barber

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ROCKWOOD RETIREMENT Living at Rockwood means you have more time to do the things you enjoy. Rockwood residents choose these communities because they know that if their needs change they can continue to live in familiar surroundings among their Rockwood friends. rockwoodretirement.org SILVER: Evergreen Fountains BRONZE: Riverview Retirement Community IDAHO: Pacifica Senior Living


R&R HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING The experienced HVAC technicians and energy efficient experts of R&R Heating and Air Conditioning provide exceptional, value-driven service on every job. Between the wide range of maintenance and repair options and 24-hour service, this company is a no-brainer for all of your heating and air conditioning needs. randrheating.com SILVER: Revive BRONZE: Barton Boys


MCVAY BROTHERS SIDING & WINDOWS Family-owned since 1933, McVay Brothers Siding & Windows has been outfitting homes around Washington and North Idaho with top-quality, durable and energy efficient windows. The company’s unbreakable commitment to customer service and professional work is a testament to its lengthy success in the industry. mcvaybrothers.com SILVER: VPI BRONZE: River City Glass IDAHO: CDA Windows


MCVAY BROTHERS SIDING & WINDOWS The experienced and professional team at McVay Brothers Siding & Windows make roofing and siding repairs and installations a seamless experience from start to finish. The company is committed to using long-lasting and energy-efficient steel panels and siding, worthy of boosting any home’s curb appeal. mcvaybrothers.com


ADT SECURITY The leader in home and business security systems, ADT has your back when you need it most. ADT’s reliable, state-of-the-art technology equips clients with all the latest apps and gadgets for convenient control, accessible from miles away. adt.com SILVER: Allied Security BRONZE: Brinks


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SILVER: Exteriors Unlimited BRONZE: Jimmy’s


BERRY BUILT & DESIGN The charismatic and experienced team of professional designers and craftsmen of Berry Built & Design help clients bring their dream kitchens to life, built from the ground up. The retail showroom gives just a glimpse to the endless possibilities for your exclusively designed kitchen. berrybd.com SILVER: Gina’s Design Center BRONZE: Taylor Design


MARIO AND SON Mario and Son customizes stonework with the most sophisticated stoneworking machinery and technology in the world. Their use of this technology saves time and money so they are able to pass the savings on to their customers without sacrificing quality. marioandson.com SILVER: RW Gallion BRONZE: Washington Stone IDAHO: Gargoyle Granite & Marble


AFFORDABLE CUSTOM CABINETS You won’t find stock orders here. Affordable Custom Cabinets designs, crafts and installs cabinetry for any room of the home. The team flawlessly brings clients’ visions to reality, crafting remarkable custom pieces from a myriad of woods. affordablecustomcabinets.com SILVER: Huntwood BRONZE: Cabinets Plus IDAHO: Tapely Cabinet Works Inc


SACRED HEART When Mother Joseph and the Sisters of Providence founded Sacred Heart Medical Center in 1886, it was a small, 31-bed facility built along the Spokane River. Since then, they’ve become a major regional medical center featuring the best doctors, specialists and staff around. shmc.org SILVER: Holy Family BRONZE: Deaconess IDAHO: Kootenai Health

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THANK YOU SPOKANE! VOTED BEST OPTICAL SHOP Your local Multifocal Contact Lens and Headache Specialist 23505 E Appleway Ave. Liberty Lake, WA 99019 509.210.0303 | LilacFamilyEyeCare.com

BEST URGENT CARE CENTER: PROVIDENCE URGENT CARE When you need care quickly, but don’t need an emergency room, visit the Urgent Care Clinic at Providence Medical Group—they can handle most urgent health care needs in less time and for less money than a traditional emergency room. shmc.org

SILVER: Multicare Rockwood Urgent Care BRONZE: Spokane Urgent Care IDAHO: Kootenai Urgent Care


SHAPE COSMETIC SURGERY & MEDSPA Shape provides the finest cosmetic plastic surgery and MedSpa treatments at their two Inland Northwest locations. Top one percent provider with Allergan for Breast augmentation, Botox, Fillers and Kybella. shapespokane.com

SILVER: Dr. Kai Morimoto BRONZE: Spokane Center for Facial Plastic Surgery IDAHO: Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery




ADVANCED DERMATOLOGY & SKIN SURGERY A full-spectrum dermatology practice serving Spokane, Coeur d’Alene, North Idaho and the Palouse. As the region’s largest group of dermatologists, they have expertise in diagnosing and treating common, as well as uncommon, conditions affecting skin, hair and nails. advancederm.net SILVER: Sephora BRONZE: Cashmere Skin IDAHO: North Idaho Dermatology


14TH AND GRAND Whether you wish to make a bold statement or a subtle change, the team at 14th and Grand will create what you are looking for. Their entire staff is kept technically, artistically, and professionally fresh and focused. 14thandgrandsalon.com SILVER: Urbanna BRONZE: Oasis Hair IDAHO: Embellish Salon & Spa

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SPA PARADISO Spa Paradiso offers therapeutic massage and body treatments, complete spa and clinical skin care, eyelash extensions, Botox, Dysport and fillers, hand and foot care, waxing, and full-service hair care in an oasis of relaxation that exceeds expectations, stimulates creativity, and provides unbelievable moments in time. spaparadiso. com SILVER: La Rive (Northern Quest) BRONZE: Mosaic Salon and Spa IDAHO: Zi Spa

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SUNNY BUNS Second only to a tropical vacation, the Sunny Buns team is the place to go for that sun-kissed look and feel. While you are there, you can freshen up your hair, nails, lashes and eyebrows. To complete the “vacation,” they provide massage services as well. sunnybuns.com SILVER: Palm Beach Tan BRONZE: Slick Rock IDAHO: Beyond Bronze


PURE SALON & SPA The first step to success in your skin care protocol is having your individual needs carefully listened to. With 15 years of quality experience, owner Carole Bullock has been in Spokane for most of her life and understands what’s important here. puresalonandspaspokane.com SILVER: Loan and Mai Nails BRONZE: Carnegie Nail Design IDAHO: CDA Nails

CLEAR CHIROPRACTIC offers Upper Cervical Care using the gentle Blair adjusting procedure, and a warm caring environment. Our team prides ourselves in providing exceptional care by focusing on the root cause of the problem and help the body heal itself.

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VALENTE CHIROPRACTIC & MASSAGE Valente Chiropractic believes that pain isn’t something you should have to live with. A friendly and helpful staff will make sure you feel comfortable. If Dr. Valente believes your condition needs further treatment, he will point you in the right direction. spokanechiropractic.com • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner • Brunch • Late Night Dining • Patio Dining • First Wednesday Art & Wine • Eclectic Menu • Open Daily • Happy Hour 3-6pm & 9pm-Close Daily • Half Off Bottled Wine Every Wed & Sun • Weekend Brunch Every Sat & Sun: • Benedicts • Omelets • Mimosas • Harvey Wallbangers • Bloody Mary Bar • Rockin’ Blues Bands Every Fri & Sat 9pm-1am

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Company Culture by Rene’ Johnston-Gingrich


rganizations spend a lot of time evaluating how they are treating their external customers. While this is important, examining internal relationships is equally critical. Many businesses fail to take the time to evaluate how employees are treating each other within the organization. If employees are not satisfied and working well with other team members, it shows outwardly. Having a high functioning internal environment in place is similar to the human body having a strong core. It prevents a multitude of problems down the road and enhances performance. The healthier your employees (internal customers) are, the healthier your business will be. When an organization authentically val-

ues a strong organizational culture, it is reflected in leadership, policies, procedures and the overall atmosphere of the work environment. Happy employees don’t just improve morale. You can count on higher productivity, retaining those happy employees longer, and the employees better serving the external customer. There are four concepts to consider when evaluating the overall culture of your business: 1) Attitude—is it positive? Do employees show up with a smile on their face and leave their personal problems at home? Hire employees who recognize that the attitude is completely controllable and are willing to contribute accordingly. It is everyone’s responsibility—leadership and staff—to make a positive contribution to a positive work environment. 2) Rapport—do employees actively attempt to connect with their co-workers? Do managers make it a point to show appreciation for a job well done? Are people within the company really listening to each other and not just going through the motions? It is important to have those strong connections in order to build trust and a sense of security. When internal customers feel valued, they perform better and in turn make external customers more welcome by providing genuine, enthusiastic customer care.









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3) Communication—are members of the organization aware of their own communication style and do they take note of others’ styles? Communication styles differ greatly and miscommunications are usually at the root of any conflict. Understanding one’s own communication style and being observant and tolerant of other’s styles can cut conflict down to a minimum. This includes non-verbal communication. Is the body language and tone reinforcing the message or fighting with it? A culture of quality, open communication is vital to a well-functioning team and an empowered workforce. 4) The Fun Factor—are your internal customers encouraged to enjoy their roles? It was a long-held belief in the American workplace that fun had no place there. Obviously, everything has a time and place, but it is definitely possible to have fun and be productive. That energy is contagious. Your external customers will love coming to a place where the positive atmosphere is palatable, and are likely to return. There is much to be gained from spending time cultivating a fully engaged, highly functioning team environment. The items on the checklist should be evaluated regularly, improved with proper training and consistently modeled as part of the organization’s philosophy. By investing in growing a strong internal culture, you are demonstrating to employees they are valued. Employees who feel valued have a much greater success rate with external customers, ultimately creating a worthwhile return on this investment. Rene’ Johnston-Gingrich is the owner and founder of Employee Engagement Solutions, specializing in improving culture, retention and profitability by building more engaged teams. She was selected as a TEDx speaker and holds a Master’s Degree in Adult Education and Human Resource Development. JohnstonGingrich works with businesses in the financial, retail, service and healthcare industries as well as the nonprofit sector where she uses her business expertise and experience to develop and deliver custom programming that is highly motivational, fast-paced and interactive. employeeengagementsolutions.com

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Evergreen Fountains Bridges Senior Living Gap with Skywalk Addition

by Darin Burt

Jerry Mellick first learned of Evergreen Fountains, a senior living community in

Spokane Valley, when he helped his mother move into the community. Seeing the spacious accommodations and the wide variety of amenities including an indoor pool and wellness area, movie theater, computer lab, elegant dining room and even a wine tasting and entertainment room with live music, he remarked that someday he wouldn’t mind living there himself. That someday came sooner than anticipated. Mellick, 75, was one of the first residents of the newly constructed Skywalk Phase II Addition. Being a helicopter pilot and


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working with the sheriff ’s department, Mellick wanted more freedom from the time consuming requirements of home ownership. The independent living arrangements at the Skywalk Addition— named so because it is connected to the main building by an enclosed skywalk—was the perfect option. The Skywalk Addition consists of a 61,700 square feet, three-story residential building featuring 39 apartments and 12 cottage triplex units. The new building also features a new courtyard with walking trails, a putting green, raised garden beds, and a patio surrounded by plenty of grassy areas. “The new floor plans are like nothing else in the greater Spokane area. Our one, two and three bedroom plans feature spacious bedrooms, walk in closets, personal washer/ dryer sets, balconies and full kitchens with modern appliances,” says Gene Arger, Evergreen Fountains co-owner and Marketing Director. TW Clark Construction was the general contractor for the job; Sam Nystrom of

Katerra Architecture designed the project. Evergreen Fountains exemplifies the philosophy of “Living Well” as a way of life, and the Skywalk Addition continues that theme even in the décor which features vibrant colors, premium-quality flooring, and displays by local artists. A beautiful rock fireplace sets the stage in the main lobby. “People who come for tours are amazed at the thought that has been put into making the Skywalk Addition exceptionally comfortable for seniors with features like brighter LED lighting and sliding pocket doors in the master baths for improved accessibility,” says marketing specialist Kathie Walker. Residents of the Skywalk Addition may choose from 10 modern floor plans. Rent—which is month-to-month for the apartments and 12-month lease agreements for the cottage—includes utilities, cable television, meals, housekeeping, as well as access to activities and the wellness center. Private garages are available for an additional fee. Currently, the Skywalk Addition is offering a special one-month free rent and free move-in services promotion. Arger, along with father Greg and uncle Prokey, opened Evergreen Fountains in 2008 to meet a growing need for enhanced senior living. The Skywalk Addition, which had its grand opening on August 4, expands on the company’s commitment to helping residents regain independence and live healthier lives. “The baby boomer generation is active and demanding these types of amenities,” Arger says. “Many other facilities are more of a medical model, whereas Evergreen Fountains is focused more on wellness—it’s resort-style living.” The new Evergreen Fountains Skywalk Addition will have an Open House, Saturday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. featuring live music, food and beverages and community tours. Evergreen Fountains Senior Living Community is located at 1201 N. Evergreen Rd. They can be reached at (509) 922-3100.

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September’s Renaissance Moment



by Brian Newberry

September is back to school month for our students and it cheerfully reminds me that our current Renaissance, our awakening, is founded on the great strength of our many educational achievements. Certainly, the centerpiece for our educational juggernaut is the growing medical doctor classes of the vibrant Washington State University, University of Washington and Gonzaga University WWAMI partnership (an acronym representing the Pacific Northwest States). Taken together, these programs promise to deliver more doctor residencies to our region, which will be the kernel for a greater medical presence both in our urban core and rural backyard. Any Renaissance, any rebirth, is shaped by the vision of its leaders, and powered by the educational attainment of its citizens. If true, we are in good hands on both accounts. Specifically, Greater Spokane Incorporated’s 84

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leadership on a revolutionary idea entitled Greater Minds aims to help working adults return to school and finish their degree, setting a goal of increasing high-quality degrees from 40 percent to 60 percent communitywide by 2025. As our post-secondary education flourishes, our extraordinary primary and secondary educational achievement is the foundation that ensures our Renaissance roots are strong. Central Valley School District proudly dedicated two new schools last month. Spokane Public Schools is moving to adjust middle school to be 6th through 8th grade, which will be transformational in easing school overcrowding, while also establishing a new paradigm of “Excellence for Everyone.” Likewise, the organization I proudly serve, Girl Scouts, is energized to give new educational opportunities to its membership introducing 18 new badges this year that in-

clude advanced skills like cybersecurity, online identity protection and hacking, among other things. At the celebratory joint announcement of a revolutionary new eco-building called Catalyst to be located in the University District, Mary Cullinan, president of Eastern Washington University, said something very striking to me: “Eastern Washington University is not looking at the horizon, we are the horizon.” In retrospect, these inspirational words ring true for me for the whole region because our educational pedigree rests on a simple truth … we collectively stand for students—and because of this, our Renaissance continues. Col. Brian Newberry, USAF (Retired) is the CEO of Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and the former Commander, 92 ARW, Fairchild AFB.


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CenterPlace Regional Event Center

Plans for Continued Expansion CenterPlace Regional Event Center opened as a 54,000-square-foot facility in September of 2005 in Spokane Valley. Since that time, the usage of the event center—as well as the west lawn—has dramatically increased and they now host around 1,000 events per year. “More and more groups are using the beautiful outdoor setting as a venue for their events,” says Mike Stone, Spokane Valley’s Parks and Recreations director. “New community events are springing up that have taken advantage of all that CenterPlace and the west lawn has to offer.” The popular family event, Valleyfest, has filled the space for years and continues to expand. In 2017, the initial CRAVE NW and Oktoberfest events were held at CenterPlace and on the west lawn. This July, Bozzi Media’s Hot Summer Nights took the fun up a notch for their annual summertime bash, truly shining a light on the growth possibilities the venue


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beholds. “While this space has generated a great deal of excitement, there are improvements that could be made to make this an outstanding community venue as well as a civic asset,” says Stone. “The master plan was developed due to the dramatic increase in the number of events hosted at CenterPlace and the desire to expand these events outside to the west lawn. The goal of the master plan is to provide flexible, accessible outdoor spaces that increase support for existing events while increasing the type and number of potential events.” The $1.8 million CenterPlace master plan was approved by the Spokane Valley City Council in December 2017, which allows the Parks and Recreation department to seek grant and funding opportunities. The city allocated $200,000 in its 2018 budget to support the first phase of upgrades, which were completed in June. Phase 1 included work on the west lawn and north meadow areas, including rough and finish grading, drainage, new sod, irrigation, trees, fencing and new electrical outlets and lights. Be on the watch for opportunities to help support moving the project forward as the regional event facility increases in popularity and continues to expand, increasing visibility within our region and enticing a plethora of exciting event possibilities. enterplacespokanevalley.com

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JENNY GRAHAM is running to reign in taxes.

“I’m not against taxes that benefit education, social services and other worthwhile programs,” Graham says, “but things are out of control.” Tax issues impacting Washington residents include a proposed state-wide personal income tax, no repeal of state sales tax, carbon tax which gives the state the ability to implement toll roads, vehicle

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milage tax that charges motorists for miles driven and creates the ability for the state to mail traffic infractions, a groceries tax and capital gains income tax. “Taxes just keep coming and there’s no end in sight,” Graham says. “It’s going to hit families, low income, and small businesses the hardest.” Graham is not a career politician, rather a wife, mother, Veteran, victim’s advocate and small business owner with a passion for protecting individuals, families and fellow business owners “so that they can live and work in peace.” Graham’s work in the legislature to increase the statute of limitations for prosecuting sex offenders earned her the support of Sen. Mike Padden, Rep. Jeff Holy, Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and county prosecutor Larry Haskell. A Washington native, and resident of Spokane since 1997, Graham understands the challenge to those in Eastern Washington to be heard at the capital. “A handful of people are making the decisions that affect all of Washington State,” Graham says. “It doesn’t matter to me whether Democrats or Republicans—I am working for everybody to have an equal voice.” votegraham.gop Paid for by the Committee to Elect Jenny Graham

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t’s that time again to wind down from a busy sun-soaked summer and nuzzle into the cozy months of fall. This back-to-school, book-club-inspired centerpiece was pulled together using small vases holding fall inspired garden flowers and rose hips placed on top of a few books. You can find adorable books like these by shopping at rummage, estate and thrift sales. Old books are a fun addition to your décor. Tying a bundle of books together with a simple ribbon would be a sweet addition to any shelf in lieu of your themed back to school décor.

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itting on an idyllic 30 acres on the Palouse is a modern farmhouse. Completed last fall, farmhousemeets-contemporary describes the aesthetic of the home, and of its owners (who chose to remain anonymous for this story); he

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brings the contemporary, and she brings the farmhouse. They purchased the property out of a desire for more acreage, with plenty of usable space for their kids to play. For the design, they worked with architect Matthew Collins and a team of other architects and designers from Uptic Studios. At first, the plan was less than clear. “We really didn’t know what we were going for,” the homeowners say of the early design stages. With Uptic’s guidance they thought through options, using their previous home as a reference point to understand what they’d want in this new project. This led to floor plan choices like opting against formal living and dining rooms, and opting for a larger kitchen and great room,


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One of the home’s most impressive features is the great room’s double-sided fireplace, which is built into a wall of glass. Both modern and cozy, this fireplace is also accessible from the back patio. The kitchen is one of the homeowners’ favorite spots. Here and throughout the home is a classic color palette—black and white, with a fresh spin (black cabinets, white quartz countertops, black fixtures, brass accents), with plenty of warm wood tones. The island is vast, “as big as you could get a slab,” say the homeowners. Palouse vistas stream in through the windows. By eschewing upper cabinetry in favor of lower cabinets and drawers, there’s even less to block outdoor views. On one interior kitchen wall, glassfronted, backless cabinets leave the white subway tile wall visible. Timeless choices were the aim. “We tried hard not to date anything,”


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family member, and the full main floor bathroom just off the garage entry is where the kids and dogs can clean up if they get messy outside. The addition of a built-in desk and a bulletin board turned a hallway off the kitchen into a work space. The master suite is a carpeted, light-filled retreat, with its own woodclad fireplace. Furniture like night stands and dressers are built in. The striking master bathroom combines subway tile and statement porcelain tile; industrial-inspired light fixtures above the vanity add character (all of the home’s light fixtures are from Revival Lighting). A well-organized master closet completes the suite.


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An open staircase leads to the second story, where the upper hallway provides one of the best views in the house, looking out to the Palouse as well as providing a bird’seye look at the main floor. Upstairs are the bedrooms of the couple’s two children and the kids’ charming, slanted-ceilinged shared bathroom. There’s also a music room, a workout room, and a spot for video games and spending time with friends. At the last minute the homeowners realized they could add a laundry chute to one of the kids’ bedrooms, a detail they really love. A guest suite rounds out the second story. Outside, the kids climb on the huge stack of hay and build jumps for their mountain bikes and remote control cars. The acreage is farmed by a local alfalfa farmer, who uses the crop to feed his livestock. “It’s fun to watch the tractor,” the homeowners say. Near the house, there’s grass for playing soccer and a basketball hoop on the spacious driveway. There’s plenty of patio seating, with little nooks for outdoor relaxation. Future plans include adding a pool and more grass, the last big projects for the outside space. The property also has ample garage space, convenient for the tractor, boat, motorcycles, cars and trailer. Sometime down the road there’s room to add lifts, which they note, laughing, may be needed as the car collection expands. The basement theater room has a cozy, clean-lined sectional from Dania. The family loves using this room to host groups to watch football and basketball. “It’s a great place to have people over,” they say. There’s also a secret worthy of a mystery novel: just off from the lower level bath, what appears to be an ordinary bookshelf is actually a secret door

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When considering household names within the northwest community of motorsports, Kirk Rodgers is one who comes to mind for many. Whether we look at his success on asphalt or explore his racing career on water, we find a considerable amount of respect for Rodgers in the community. Rodgers was born into the racing lifestyle, sharing a passion for speed with his father. This is where is roots started, and as time moves on, his passion is apparent in several areas of racing. Growing up at the local race tracks in the 50s, he was a regular of stock car races at Mead Speedway and Joe Albi Stadium. He was also able to work with some of the racing greats while building momentum within stock car racing. Between 1976 and 1997, Rodgers built a strong career of racing accomplishments. His fire for racing was undeniable, as he traveled near and far for the sport he loved. Some of Rodgers’s notable moments were winning the 1993 NASCAR Northwest Tour Championship and qualifying twice in 1993 at pole position at Phoenix International Speedway. 108

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In the 60s and 70s, Rodgers also developed a love of hydroplanes. In 2012, he built a replica of the notable and original Miss Marion Bluegrass. The seven litre hydroplane was originally made famous between 1964 and 1971, and was built as a tribute to some of the greats: Fred Rodgers, Earl Wham and Bob Schultz. Miss Merion Bluegrass is a sight to see, and is one-of-a-kind within the hydroplane community. You can check out all the history (past and present) of this beautiful hydroplane at missmerionbluegrass.com. Miss Merion Bluegrass has often been driven in northwest waters, so make sure to keep an eye out for possible events that Miss Merion will be a part of. Rodgers’ next adventure was a new vintage stock car class. This class brings back the classic old style race cars that racing fans came to love throughout the northwest in the 1950s through the 1970s. The cars are 1955-1975 steel body models. Fortunately, they have improved the safety of the cars by using frames and roll cages up to today’s standards. This makes a great combination with fast cars, and safe



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cars, as well. As the series builds into a large class of 20-30 cars over the next couple of years, the anticipation of some great old school racing will not disappoint. The emphasis made for simple rules that value sportsmanship and safety make this class one of the premier touring classes in the northwest while offering a respectful purse and growing schedule over the next couple of years. Pictured is a stock car originally owned and driven by Jack Morse. This stock car will be duplicated for the class, and driven by his son, Jack Morse Jr. Pure nostalgia will fill the air as these cars are showcased throughout this new class. For more information about the vintage stock car class, check out the Northwest Vintage Stock car Facebook page. As we watch Rodgers dive into his next racing adventure, there is anticipation and excitement brewing to watch what this special class adds to the racing portfolio of the northwest. Michele Martin is a motorsports photographer and racing enthusiast.

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et health trends change over time. Cats and dogs are more prone to certain conditions now than they have been in the past. For example, over the past 10 years there’s been a 30 percent increase in environmental allergy cases in dogs and an 11 percent increase in cats, according to the Banfield 2018 State of Pet Health Report. Additionally, pets today are also more prone to being overweight, and obesity cases are rising. One in three pets are overweight, according to Banfield, and the numbers are growing. While you can be proactive in helping pets exercise and eat a nutritionally-balanced diet, there are many other health conditions you have no control over. Pets can suffer from chronic diseases such as arthritis, heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and thyroid disease. One of the most important things you can do to ensure the ongoing health of any animal is to bring them in for annual checkups whether they are experiencing health issues or not. If you discover that your pet has a chronic condition that needs to be treated, don’t panic. Modern medicine and treatment plans help pets live a long, high-quality life even with conditions like allergies or diabetes. You may have to make lifestyle adjustments such as changing food or activity routines, but it’s usually manageable and you’ll likely notice an improvement to your pet’s health and demeanor quickly. Many of the same prescriptions that people use are also used on pets, just at a different dosage. That means you can buy your pet’s medication at your local pharmacy. By doing this, you can access discounts offered with the Inside Rx Pets card, in more than 40,000 participating pharmacies nationwide … and right here in our region, too. The program offers savings on commonly prescribed medications such as insulin and antibiotics, as well as glaucoma and antiinflammatory drugs. A list of the medications with which you can use the Inside Rx Pets card, as well as information to compare the pricing in pharmacies, can be found at InsideRx.com/pets. Just like people, taking preventative measures for your pets’ health will help save costs in the long run. What’s more, it will help ensure that your favorite furry family members are by your side for many years to come. The team at Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine has pulled together a list of some of the highest Yelp rated pet care and veterinarian companies in our area and are proud to share them with you on the following pages in our A-List for Pets.


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Helping Your Pet Live Longer (and our Pet A-List, too) Veterinarians Animal Clinic of Spokane 6322 N. Wall St. (509) 228-3305 Audubon Veterinary Clinic 2120 W. Northwest Blvd. (509) 381-1406


The Cat’s Meow Feline Veterinary Clinic 1017 S. Perry St. (509) 850-9212

Using the Canine HealthCheck kit, your dog will be screened for more than 150 common, inherited diseases and will provide valuable insight into your dog’s metabolism, immune system, heart health, vision and more. Every dog, purebred or mixed breed, can benefit from the Canine HealthCheck. The Canine HealthCheck is brought to you by Paw Print Genetics, the most trusted laboratory providing genetic testing for dogs. www.caninehealthcheck.com

Fairwood Animal Hospital & Laser Surgery 317 W. Hastings Rd. (509) 315-3384

Garland Animal Clinic 1022 W. Garland Ave. (509) 326-3151

Hunter Veterinary Clinic 933 N. Washington St. (509) 381-1427


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Indian Trail Animal Hospital 5150 W. Barnes Rd. (509) 904-1116

Mountain Empire Veterinary Services 12619 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 590-0497

SouthCare Animal Medical Center 2915 E. Palouse Hwy. (509) 448-4480

Latah Creek Animal Hospital 4241 S. Cheney Spokane Rd. (509) 462-7387

Mt. Spokane Veterinary Hospital 17117 N. Newport Hwy. (509) 703-4371

South Grand Veterinary Clinic 3104 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 747-7333

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North Spokane Mobile Veterinary Clinic 11405 N. Lancelot Dr. (509) 209-8544

VCA Manito Animal Hospital 2304 E. 57th Ave. (509) 724-2101

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by Dr. Brian Hunter

Allergies and Your Pet

Few things bother clients more than a pet that is constantly

chewing, licking, scratching or shaking its head. When I’m presented with a dog or cat with these signs I think of three things: parasites, skin or ear infections, and allergies. Of this group, allergies seem to be the most common. We divide allergies into two groups, seasonal and non-seasonal. Seasonal allergies, like hay fever in people, will occur about the same time every year and last for two to three months. They are manifest by itchy feet, ears and skin. Frequently, clients wrongly assume the ear problems are due to ear mites, rather than allergies. These environmental allergies are due to pollens, molds, mildews and other things your pet is exposed to that time of year. Testing for environmental allergies can be done either by a blood test or skin testing, with the goal of giving injections to try to desensitize your pet to the allergen. Far more commonly, veterinarians put pets on medication to block the allergy. In addition, bathing or rinsing the dog with cool water, or using a lightweight coat made from a sheet, can reduce your dog’s exposure to allergens. Unfortunately, antihistamines that help people cope with allergies are not usually effective for pets. New medications available in the last three to four years have made dogs much more comfortable without the undesirable side effects of steroids. Non-seasonal or frequent flare-ups of allergy symptoms are usually due to food allergies. In addition to itchy skin and ear problems, food allergies may also present with vomiting, diarrhea


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and excessive intestinal gas. In cats, both food and environmental allergies can cause skin crusts and scabs. Pets may suddenly become itchy after a recent food change, but even without a food change, the diet can be the cause. Manufacturers may change the formulation of the food, and pets can develop allergies to foods over time. There are no accurate tests for food allergies other than a food trial using a hypoallergenic diet. Food trials involve feeding either a hydrolyzed protein diet, where the protein molecule is broken down so small as to not be recognized by the immune system, or a novel protein diet using a single starch and single protein. We advise venison, duck, rabbit, salmon or kangaroo as the protein source. Grain-free foods are not necessarily hypoallergenic and rarely control allergies in food allergic pets. Because tests show 80 percent of store bought “hypoallergenic” diets have ingredients not listed on the label, I am selective of which foods I recommend in food trials. By finding a diet that prevents a food allergy, your pet will be more comfortable and may not need medication. Solving allergies in pets takes effort and time. All family members must be committed to following the diet guidelines to be successful, but the results can be life-changing for everyone. Dr. Brian Hunter is the owner of the Hunter Veterinary Clinic in Spokane. His clinic has been selected as one of the best veterinarians in Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine the last three years.



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providers of veterinary services in the Spokane area. Doctors Steve Boharski and April Weber have owned the clinic since 1999, and are joined by doctors Saundra Taylor, Carrie Grace, Brianne Sorensen and Brooke Cumming. Their combined veterinary experience of more than 100 years ensures a competent and complete workup for your pet. The doctors share their experience and expertise with one another to ensure your pet gets thorough and consistent care. Their mission is simple—to provide compassionate and humane veterinary care to their patients and outstanding customer service to their

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clients with the most thorough, up-to-date diagnostic, medical, dental and surgical care available. As part of their commitment to delivering exceptional care, the team at Garland Animal Clinic is continuously improving themselves and their services. One way they do this is by working closely with internal medicine veternarians specialists, radiologists, surgeons and oncologists at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. They are also a cat friendly practice as certified by the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) and the International Society for Feline Medicine (ISFM). To better accommodate new clients, Garland Animal Clinic recently relocated to a 6,500 square feet building (about four blocks west of the previous location) which offers expanded parking, a comfortable waiting area, six exam rooms, modern surgery and dental facilities and larger recovery spaces. Whether it’s a basic wellness check or an advanced medical treatments, such as laser therapy, you can count on the team at Garland Animal Clinic to be there for you and your furfriend every step of the way. Garland Animal Clinic | 1022 W. Garland Ave. (509) 326-3151 | garlandanimalclinic.com SEPTEMBER 2018 / spokanecda.com



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“Work Well, Live Well”


he National Association of Women’s Business Owners (NAWBO) brings its annual National Women’s Business Conference (WBC) to Spokane September 23—25. The 2018 event features keynote remarks by Elizabeth Gilbert, Author of Eat, Pray, Love and most recently, Big Magic. Shabnam Mogharab, CEO and Executive Producer at SoulPancake, an award-winning media and entertainment company that explores ‘Life’s Big Questions’ and curates uplifting, thought-provoking content to celebrate the human experience, will provide a keynote address as well. “As women entrepreneurs, our lives are a journey, never a destination. We run successful businesses and households, give back to our communities, advocate for causes we care about and nurture other life passions,” said Kathleen Warnick, NAWBO National Board Chair. “We are constantly focusing, refocusing, pushing, pausing, inventing, reinventing, stretching and balancing. This year’s conference is designed to focus on the wellness and wholeness of attendees so they can continue on their entrepreneurial path armed with the resources they need to be successful.”



The NAWBO WBC draws nearly a thousand women business owners from around the globe and offers break-out sessions that provide practical and inspirational tools to scale and grow businesses of all sizes, from soloproneurs to multi-million dollar enterprises. “Women business owners play a critical role in driving economic growth, fostering a competitive marketplace and providing critically-needed products and services,” said Jill Calabrese Bain, head of Bank of America’s Small Business Merchant Services. “NAWBO’s annual conference is a great time for women business owners to pause, reflect and recharge.” NAWBO was founded 43 years ago in Washington, D.C. to serve as an advocacy organization for all women business owners. The national organization continues to ensure that women business owners have a voice at all decision-making tables. Sponsor, vendor and ticket information can be found at nawbo.org.







by Amber Jensen

How Does the

Water Get In? On a recent trip to Los Angeles and then Anaheim, California, I was struck by the stark difference in landscape and the overall feel of outdoor space. In the gorgeous and lush Pacific Northwest, we are a touch spoiled—removed from the reality that is the concrete and lights of an established and heavily populated urban area. Sure, we think we’re big city, but to shift that view we need only to step out onto the asphalt in front of LAX and deeply inhale the stale and mechanical air of an established cityscape. Maybe it was the itchy contacts I’d been wearing all day, or perhaps it was the sense of loneliness from being surrounded by so many moving humans with no real connection. As I stood on a concrete island—vehicles rushing past—waiting for a shuttle bus to take my family of six to pick up a car rental at midnight, a question hit me. How does the water get in? Everywhere I looked there was a structure: concrete or asphalt. Even the trees dotting the sidewalk areas were encased in rings of poured or placed compacted aggregate. The sheer expanse of the city, its stretch along the skyline and the volume of heavy structures looming, took my breath away. As I took in my surroundings, I imagined water wishing to touch the soil, evaporating in the blistering southern sun or traveling along some groove or worn path to its supposed freedom. Miles of concrete rivers, designed to speed the waters of runoff to the ocean, networked beneath our speeding car on the freeway, dry. There is so much urbanized, smothered space in this already dry area that any waters that arrive have no way to penetrate the soil, much less feed and nourish parched roots and organisms. And so, there is systemic and consistent drought. The city of L.A imports more than 80 percent of its water and is now in crisis as other unreliable aquifers are unable to support the usage of such a harsh environment. As a constant seeker of analogies and patterns in life, I couldn't help but connect to this harsh landscape on a deeper level. Often, we spend a great deal of energy building shields and 118

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structures, elaborate hard-shelled strategies for getting to where we want to be. We push things out that seemingly don’t serve our ambitions, and we wall ourselves off to the damp undersoils of the human condition. We win. We prevail as we build our own personal empire in how we are perceived by others, how we manage our businesses and our families. And then, things start to crack. Crumbling foundations, once thought to be solid and impervious to quake, eventually disintegrate beneath the parched and barren structure we once planned to keep us safe and happy. How does the water get in? When we build an impenetrable personal landscape for ourselves and surround our hearts with stonework and unnatural mechanisms for connection, something’s got to give. As we drove through acres of freeway, passing slabs and pillars, I imagined that one day the earth might take it all back. Crack and crumble it, and the water would seep in. My imagination built something close to FernGully or Fight Club. Either way, the connection to the human spirit was unshakable for me. It’s fine to build structure into our lives. It’s admirable to stack the stones of a foundation of love and compassion and to pass along tradition and legacy. And it’s also important to stop and examine our lives. To look at the thoughtfully laid landscape of our created chaos and see where we can make space to allow the water to get in. Only then can we experience the unexpected and joyous thrills of an unplanned and much-needed downpour. Do we lend space for our thirsty hearts to be quenched? Amber Jensen is an author, journalist and freelance marketing and copywriter specializing in pieces that highlight the human condition as connection and contribution. She hales from small town Idaho and makes her chaotic home on a piece of dirt in Eastern Washington with her adventure-seeking husband and four wild children. amberjjensen.com

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WOMAN/listen to your mother


by Julie Riddle

T h e s e W o r d s A r e Tr u e When my husband and I were in deep discussions about whether to become foster parents, I

called my doctor and asked if she thought I could handle it. She knows my history, and a part of me—okay, a big part of me—was hoping she’d say, “Are you crazy?! Don’t even think about it.” Maybe she’d write a note, excusing me from any fostering-related activities. Instead, she said, “You have a toolbox of skills that you could use to help a child coping with trauma, and I think fostering would be a beautiful way for God to redeem your past.” Dang it. I was scared to be a foster parent. I have long been scared to be a parent. Which is why I don’t have children. I have spent the majority of my life recovering from my own childhood trauma and coping with related health problems, and the remaining time trying to maintain the ground I gained, protecting myself from further suffering. I was afraid of the unknowns of fostering, of not being able to handle the stress, of not being able to meet the child’s needs, of the child’s trauma triggering my own. Plus, I was a total pushover—I just want people to be happy and get what they want. Even I knew this brand of parenting was doomed to failure. But with my doctor’s encouragement and the support of a whole lot of loving people, my husband and I took a leap of faith and became licensed foster parents. Last September, on a Friday afternoon, we picked up Blake at the children’s administration office. He was 10 years old and in fourth grade. The police had taken him from school earlier that day. He had never been in foster care before. When we arrived, he had just said goodbye to his mom and brothers and didn’t know when he’d see them again, but he met us with a stoic face and a polite hello. I tried to look kind and to hide my fright even though my head felt untethered from my body. Blake carried only a backpack holding a sweatshirt and football receiver gloves. On the drive home, he shared that he played football every recess, and relief washed over me. My husband and I are sports fans. Blake’s room at our house was decorated with framed football posters. We stood a chance. By Monday I was already sad that Blake would leave us one day—which he did, two months later. During those months, he taught me so many lessons. Here are four: 1. He taught me I’m actually not a total pushover. Early on, Blake referred to me as “Woman” and issued commands. As in “Woman! Play catch with me.” About the third time he did this, I found myself very easily and naturally saying, “My name is Julie, and I don’t respond


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to commands.” Before long we were working on saying “please” and “thank you,” and soon after that, he was calling us out when we failed to remember our manners. 2. Blake taught me that I do have a toolbox of skills that I can use to help a child cope with trauma. One night, when I was tucking him into bed while my husband drove to the grocery store to get a box of chocolate Chex because we had run out and that was the only food Blake would eat for breakfast, he told me about the violence he had experienced since early childhood. We talked about the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and I explained that the memories that troubled him at bedtime were called intrusive thoughts. I shared with Blake that I went through some hard things as a kid and had intrusive thoughts, too. They’re scary and upsetting. I understand. You’re not alone. He told me about things he was afraid of in his bedroom, and we came up with ideas to address his fears. When Garrett got home, he helped us rearrange Blake’s furniture so he could sleep better. 3. Blake taught me that, even as a 47-yearold woman, I’ve got some mad football skills. A high point was when he launched his football in the school parking lot and I went out for the pass and caught the ball one-handed, just like Blake’s sports hero, Odell Beckham. Impressing a 10-year-old boy, I had learned, was next to impossible. Blake’s grudging nod at my catch made me glow for days. 4. He taught me what courage looks like. Being a foster parent is hard. But being a child whose family circumstances lead to foster care is so much harder. Blake had endured years of danger, fear and pain. He was a hurting boy, but he was also exuberant, hilarious, observant, tough, forthright and just plain beautiful. As we packed Blake’s belongings the day before he returned to his family, he took down the sign I had made for the bulletin board in his room. The sign featured a quote from author A.A. Milne: “You are smarter than you think, stronger than you seem, and braver than you believe.” I was glad Blake took this message with him. I wanted him to know these truths and to remember them always. When I made the sign, I thought it applied only to the boy who would live in that room. But thanks to Blake, I too believe these words are true.

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The Diligent Fight To Keep Kids off Drugs I’m a fan of saving money. When I was offered the opportunity to have a smart thermostat installed in my house, I was ecstatic. While my kids were away visiting their dad for the weekend, the device and bedroom sensors were installed. It wasn’t surprising that within hours of being home, my astute eight-year-old daughter pulled me to her bedroom sensor and asked, “What’s this?” Putting it back in its place, I explained that the sensor helps me monitor the temperature of the house so we can be more energy efficient. Weeks went by and I didn’t give much thought to the newly installed thermostat until I received a notification that the sensor in my son and bonus son’s shared bedroom went offline. Immediately, I became suspicious. The boys were gone for the evening, so I seized the opportunity to investigate. I didn’t find the thermostat sensor, but I did find a hidden cigarette lighter. I called my son on the phone and learned—through a heated interrogation—that my boys had destroyed the sensor thinking it was a hidden camera. Many expletives left my mouth that night as I explained acceptable alternatives to their act of vandalism: putting it in a drawer, covering it with a dirty pair of underwear, or even confronting me with the perceived invasion of privacy. Destroying the camera meant there was something they didn’t want me to see. At 10 p.m. that night, I drove to the store to purchase two home drug testing kits. I didn’t sleep a wink that night as I mentally prepared for what I was likely to learn the next morning, upon their return. With the boys standing sheepishly in front of me, I presented them with their respective drug kits and gave them two minutes to deposit a urine sample. Five minutes later, both boys were rolling on the floor laughing with negative drug results sitting on the back of the toilet. “If you’re not doing drugs, why did you destroy the thermostat sensor thinking it was a camera?” I asked. Between giggles, they said, “We’re guys. We don’t want our mom watching us.” The following week, I sat on my patio enjoying the quiet of a warm summer night when I heard footsteps on my rural gravel driveway. To my surprise, a shaggy, unkept man appeared out of the darkness. It was my bonus brother who has been part of my life since the day his 122

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parents accepted me warmly into their family when I was 16 years old. “Hey, sis. I was wondering if I could hang here for a bit and charge my phone and get a glass of water?” I was stunned. “How did you get here?” I asked. “I live miles from town.” He shrugged, “I walked. I don’t have anywhere else to go.” I became choked up looking at the shell of a man standing before me. It seemed like yesterday he was a young kid running through the neighborhood, playing army rangers and shooting neighborhood boys with squirt guns. “You can’t stay here,” I said. “You’re using heroin. I’ll charge your phone, give you water, and clean up your infected injection sites, but then I’m dropping you off somewhere in town.” Hearing my voice, one of my sons came out to the patio to see the uncle he once idolized, crying, shaking and rocking on our doorstep in a drug-induced stupor. “What’s going on?” he asked. I looked in my son’s eyes: “This is what drug abuse looks like. You mocked me the other day. But drugs ruin lives and rob families of the people they love.” It was heartbreaking to watch my son plead with his uncle to enter a treatment program and get help before it was too late. As I left my bonus brother outside a church on the lower South Hill, I felt overwhelmed. Am I doing enough to keep my kids off drugs? While I don’t have the answer to that question, I won’t give up the diligent fight. I will lecture, I will question and I will verify without an apology because I have too many more chapters I want to write with my children in our crazy adventures of Sockpants and Superheroes. Holly Lytle is the founder of The ISAAC Foundation, a local autism non-profit organization. In her free time Holly enjoys chronicling her many adventures of motherhood mishaps while raising her three biological children and one bonus son in this column and on social media.

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Health Initiative. It found just 1.25 to 2.5 hours of brisk walking each week can reduce risk by 18 percent.

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Twelve percent of women today will develop invasive breast cancer, and more than 40,000 will die from it this year alone, reports BreastCancer.org. That’s why a refresher course on early detection and staying up-to-date on latest studies is important. Risk factors There are several risk factors for breast cancer as identified by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Some of these are unchangeable but should be taken into account in developing a screening plan. Other risk factors are lifestyle-related. Still, the simple presence of risk factors doesn’t mean you’ll go on to develop breast cancer. Likewise, lack of risk factors doesn’t mean you won’t develop the disease. For this reason, all women should be aware of the risks and symptoms and what screening does and doesn’t do. Some risk factors can often be controlled. Pregnancy and childbirth is one of these factors. According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), having more than one child provides increased protection with each successive birth. Women who breastfeed also reduce their risk of breast cancer, the NCI explains. The greater the total length of time spent breastfeeding during child rearing years, the greater the protection. Oral contraceptives, according to the ACS, slightly increase risk. However, once a woman is off contraceptives for a period of 10 years, that risk is no longer present. Hormone therapy for menopausal women can also increase risk. The ACS says estrogen alone is not a concern. For certain women, it can even slightly reduce the risk. But estrogen combined with progestin can increase risk. Another risk factor is alcohol. Having one drink daily increases risk only slightly—but the greater the consumption, the greater the risk. Consuming more than five drinks daily increases risk for other cancers as well. After menopause, being overweight or obese increases risk, according to the ACS. But as the organization explains, the risk of breast cancer related to weight is complex. Those who were overweight as a child may not be affected. The distribution of excess body fat may also play a role. Waist area fat, in particular, may be more significant in increasing risk than fat in other parts of the body such as hips and thighs. Exercise, however, has been shown to decrease risk, according to a study by the Women’s


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Early detection and screenings Screenings are an important means for detecting breast cancer, hopefully in its early stages. Clinical breast exams, for women with average risk factors, should be done every one to three years starting at age 20. Then at age 40, clinical exams should be done annually. Women with greater risk factors should have exams more often and consult with their doctor for the recommended frequency. Mammography, believed to be one of the most crucial tools in early detection for decades, first started in the 1960s. Early trials found mammography reduced breast cancer death rates by 25 percent. But Peggy Orenstein points out in her 2013, New York Times article, “The Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer,” such statistics have overstated mammography’s role in the reduction of breast cancer death rates. This is because increased use of mammograms occurred along with improved treatments. Medical experts now believe treatments likely played the greater role in reducing deaths. Thermography has grown in popularity as an important tool in risk assessment for women of all ages. Thermography is an FDA approved technology used to identify physiological signs that precede cancer and signal future risk. Many believe they can improve, modify and manage their risk through lifestyle changes, diet and natural treatment—and thermography offers patients a tool for monitoring the effectiveness of these treatments. According to Insight Thermography, breast infrared thermal imaging is a cornerstone to detecting breast disease at its earliest stages. Currently, no single imaging tool is 100 percent accurate in the detection of breast cancer. Yet, when thermography is combined with mammography and a clinical breast exam, your chances of detecting breast disease are substantially increased. In the Spokane area, women who desire a breast thermogram—regardless of ability to pay—are offered one through Beyond Pink. Visit beyondpink.net for more information.

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Accidentally leaving a baby or child in the car happens too often to loving families each year. Since records were taken in 1998, more than 700 young children have unnecessarily died by being forgotten in cars. As adults increasingly face mental distractions, this number will increase. Fortunately, this is a tragedy we can help prevent. eClip is an innovative device that is easily attached inside the car to help remind parents to remove their baby from the car seat. It is the first low-cost device that helps prevent parents and caregivers from accidentally leaving a young child in the back seat of the car. Using low energy Bluetooth and advanced patent pending technology, eClip is able to detect when you walk more than 15 feet from your car by alerting you through an interactive app on your smartphone. The eClip also monitors the temperature in the back of your car to keep it safe and comfortable for your baby. Simply attach eClip to a car seat, regular seat belt or diaper bag. elepho.com/eclip

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Dr. Morimoto is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon. There is a vast difference between a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and a “cosmetic surgeon.” She offers a wide range of plastic surgery and beauty related products such as Botox, and the whole Allergan family of facial fillers. Dr. Morimoto performs the injections herself. She is a talented expert. In addition, she offers class IV laser treatments: SculpSure for body contouring and PicoSure for facial rejuvenation and tattoo removal all at a great price with no down-time. She also practices anti-aging medicine that includes testosterone pellet therapies for men and women. Dr. Morimoto believes in improved quality of life through these therapies. Healthy people of all ages hold the vibrancy of life. A Fall procedure gives you plenty of time to recover for the holidays. If you are searching for a doctor with an artistic eye to perform the right procedure for your best result—call or go online to schedule an appointment with the expert, Kai Morimoto, MD. Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living readers will receive $250 off a surgical procedure when they reference this article during the month of September. Kai Morimoto, MD, PLLC | 12615 E Mission, Suite 105 Info@KMPlasticSurgery.com | KMPlasticSurgery.com

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N O I H S A F R O O L F R E H TOP T A E W R E L O O C FOR We’ve survived the smoky month of August and are preparing to bid

farewell to yet another amazing summer. What is the best sendoff into the next season? Adorable clothes is right (insert dance moves here). We teamed up with Cues Boutique and Urbanna Salon and Spa to share some fashion finds that will make you stand out this fall. And since we were feeling on top of the world, we held the shoot on the top floor of the Paulsen Building in Downtown Spokane.


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Photography: Kathy Piper Photography Models: Kayla Porter, Christiina Schlangen Clothing: Cues Boutique cuesclothing.com Cues Stylists: Hannah Talarico Trisha Thoen, proprieter Makeup and Hair: Urbanna Salon & Spa urbannaspa.com Makeup: Linda Biel Hair: Olya Boyko, Taylor Schwisow Location: Penthouse at the Paulsen Shoot Director: KelliAnne Yates

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IFTHEY ONLYKNEW Looking for a LIFELINE If they only knew that a woman’s body

can be used repeatedly by a man, by multiple men with intent only to brutalize. I was a child prostitute—a hooker or a whore, as some once referred to me. I didn’t choose that life; I was forced into it at 12 years old by a man who used physical force and violence to control me. From ages 12 to 17, my role was to be available for men—it was my job—and if I returned with less than $1,000 on any given night, I would be beaten or raped and discarded until the next day when I would need to experience it all over again. It was a tragic life, and my soul was crushed too many times to count. I lived in constant fear: fear of what, I do not even know … because death would have been a beautiful escape most days. One horrific night in particular, I went to a hotel room with a man, but what I didn’t know was there were three other men hiding in another room. For hours on end, I was raped and beaten by each of them. But that didn’t even end up being the worst part of that night. The biggest blow happened hours later after I had escaped through a back window. I couldn’t return to the hotel I had been staying in with my pimp; he would have no sympathy for me and would have beaten me more. I found a pay phone, and I begged some change off of a passerby. No one paid attention to a woman who was bruised and

bloodied, no one offered to call the police— of course I would have declined, but it would have shown me that humanity still existed, that I was worth someone’s concern. After collecting enough change, I phoned the only two numbers I had—my two older sisters. I begged each one to come pick me up, but each of them declined. I could barely speak, but I was offered no compassion by my own family. If they only knew that I would spend the next hour cleaning myself up in a convenience store restroom. If they only knew I would return to the street that evening bruised and battered but determined to make money so I could return to my pimp. If they only knew what it felt like to not have a lifeline, to be hanging over an abyss completely and utterly alone, mind warped from years of abuse and neglect, body torn and tattered from those who only wanted to consume a fragile teenage girl. I was able to escape the horrors of that life when I was 17, and it has taken years and years to find—and believe—my sense of worth. Fortunately, life has put many years between those horrors and now. But, no matter the time or distance from those moments, I’ll always wonder: if my sisters only knew, would they have chosen differently? I share now hoping that if you have the opportunity to help someone who reaches out to you, that you honor them by doing so.

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If you’ve been to Ferrante’s, it is a tad unsuspecting. A quaint little restaurant in a strip mall adorned with tiny trinkets and goodies for you to peruse while you wait. It isn’t until your lasagna is dropped at your table that you realize the pasta and sauces are made in house daily. Taking a bite almost becomes tricky when the cheese stretches endlessly to your mouth. This brilliant lasagna comes in their traditional beef (shown), crispy chicken or vegetarian. Save room for dessert; they also have 16 flavors of their in-house gelato.


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by Kris Kilduff

rowing up a foodie in a predominantly steak and potatoes household was always a bit precarious. I suffered through horrific scenes that included ranch on microwaved baked potatoes and ketchup on any meat that wasn’t chicken, so it was always a treat when noodles, mozzarella and a deep baking pan made an appearance. I loved pasta, and I loved the process. The first thing I remember ever doing in a kitchen was scooping heaps of ricotta and playing tetris with sheets of chewy pasta. By the time I had my own apartment, I had become a mini Mario Batali, making every Italian dish I saw on the cooking channel. Years later, I wondered, what better to do on a lazy Sunday: sleep in late, peruse the neighborhood, eat an entire sheet of lasagna and push Odie off the side of the kitchen table …? Wait, I keep mixing up my life with Garfield's.

ITALIAN KITCHEN 113 N. Bernard St.

Last year, I overheard someone explaining Italian Kitchen’s food as “pasta just like mom used to make.” That gentleman’s mother must have been a rock-star because they have my favorite meatball sub in town, and this layered goodness of Italian spiced meats, cheese and an even spread of both marina and alfredo is everything you want in your mouth. Tip: for date night, order an appetizer and split the “grande” sized portion.


The idea of a gastropub is to take pub classics and spice them up with high-quality ingredients. I’m not sure I’ve seen lasagna on many pub menus, but owner/chef Leonetti has zero qualms about stuffing a giant pan of lasagna full of chicken, mozz, creamy alfredo and the real kicker: chunks of blue cheese. I might be going out on a limb here, but this dish may have more cheese per square inch than any in town.

TONY’S ON THE LAKE 6823 E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr.

Italian food always seems to scream family. Tony’s is just that, locally owned and operated by the D’Alessandro family who came to the U.S. from Tuscany in 1909. Luckily for us, they landed in Coeur d’Alene. If you make your way to their lake-view Italian paradise, make sure not to miss the housemade spinach lasagna noodles stacked with mushroom ragu and mozzarella that gets a beautifully crisp sear in the wood oven.


Chef Anna Vogel was recently nominated for a James Beard Award, so it’s no surprise when one of her most popular dishes ends up on one of my lists. Her play on lasagna offers polenta that is cooled, sliced and served with cremini mushrooms, a tomato basil butter sauce and loads of melty fontina cheese. The biggest problem with Italia is the painstaking choice of what to order off the menu: red wine braised lamb pappardelle or rabbit and ricotta raviolis with morel mushrooms? Follow Kris Kilduff’s food adventures on Instagram at @chefboyarduff. SEPTEMBER 2018 / spokanecda.com



Fujiyama Japanese Steak House & Bar by Kris Kilduff

Dancing around the Inland Northwest’s culinary scene for the better part of my adult life, “We are having a dinner date in Liberty Lake” isn’t something I would often hear. Occasionally, a couple would stumble across Ding How or Corkhouse, but usually it was only if someone let them in on the secret gem that is Hay J’s Bistro. Though it is now the happy home to upwards of 8,000 people, Liberty Lake hasn’t offered much in the way of fine dining. However, Fujiyama Japanese Steak House and Bar has other plans. Its popularity in Silverdale, Richland and Pullman has them setting up their fourth location in none other than our beautiful Lake of Liberty. Surprisingly enough, the hoards of hungry humans are making reservations for much more than the food.


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Teppanyaki (cooking on a flat hibachi style grill) became a popular Japanese method of cooking in the mid 1900s. The Japanese, who have always been among the first to classify food as an artform, would make a display of assorted meats and vegetables and showcase them being cooked to order in front of their customers. As this style of cooking arrived in the U.S., chefs with extra flair retained more customers. Flair turned into fun, and pretty soon, a new form of entertainment erupted. Next thing you know, chefs were spinning eggs and flipping shrimp onto their customer’s plates. Walking into Fujiyama, you're transported to a different culture with its deep red and black walls and Asian art, and the menu is clean, simple and delicious. Choose from steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon or calamari, and mix it with vegetables over some rice fried right at your table. While you wait, make sure to try an order of assorted shrimp and pork stuffed dumplings in lucky money bag shaped pouches. If you’re looking for a quick bite or a few drinks during the game, slide over to their bar or patio with a more casual sports bar atmosphere. Visit them at 21801 E. Country Vista Dr. #101, Liberty Lake, fujiyamawa.com.

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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.

ASIAN, INDIAN, HAWAIIAN Aloha Island Grill. Hawaiian. Operating out of two former Taco John shacks on Monroe and West Francis, Patrick and Lori Keegan serve up fresh, tender Teriyaki Chicken “plates” that will keep you coming back. Based on family recipes from the islands and plenty more than just teriyaki, both spots offer a student discount; the Francis location serves a creative breakfast concoction called the “Loco Moco.” Open daily. 1724 N. Monroe St. (509) 327-4270 and 1220 W. Francis Ave. (509) 413-2029. eataloha.com. 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 No. 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. BARBECUE Red Lion BBQ & Pub. For about 20 years, whether it was in the old rhythm and blues, peanut-shells-on-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-the-bones moist and tender. Together with the signature fried bread and honey, you have a BBQ experience that can’t help but please. Sun-Thu 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. (Sunday breakfast buffet 9 a.m.-noon during football season.) 126 N. Division St. (509) 835LION (5466). redlionbbq.com. BISTROS Park Lodge. Located in Kendall Yards overlooking the Spokane River, Park Lodge is sur-


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rounded by natural beauty. The views offer inspiration for creating a unique dining experience of locally inspired comfort food in a fine dining setting. Chef Philip has been cooking for more than 15 years in fine dining establishments in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Portland, Paris and Spokane. His philosophy toward food is one of careful consideration—recipes should highlight the ingredients. The dishes at Park Lodge attempt to help others develop the same love and respect he holds for the ingredients we are provided with. 411 N. Nettleton St., Mon.-Thurs. 4-9 p.m., Fri.Sun. 4-10 p.m., (509) 340-9347, parklodgerestaurant.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 take on salads, 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. Take the chef 's advice and go with the “You Choose the Price” meal option for the table offered at $35-$65 per head for a surprising culinary journey. Hopefully it will include the Olive Oil Gelato for dessert. TuesThurs, 11:30 a.m.–10 p.m., Fri-Sat 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sun-Mon, 4-10 p.m. 1242 W. Summit Pkwy. in Kendall Yards. (509) 443-4410. thewanderingtable.com. Wild Sage Bistro. Tucked into a classic 1911 brick building on Second Ave. and Lincoln St., 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 award-winning bistro is known for its inhouse 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. BREAKFAST & LUNCH SPECIALTIES Frank’s Diner. Frank’s has become a Spokane landmark throughout the past decade. Both early 1900s vintage rail cars were originally obtained by the Knight brothers, Frank and Jack, during the Depression, and converted to diners. 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 the don’t-miss hash browns and silver dollar pancakes. Seven days 6 a.m.-8 p.m. 1516 W. Second Ave. (509) 747-8798. 10929 N. Newport Highway, (509) 465-2464. franksdiners.com. The Yards Bruncheon. The team at The Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend all-week-long by offering brunch every day, and—oh!—how that pleases us. This modern diner is a combination of breakfast and lunch complemented with classic brunch cocktails. Their menu features comfort food using local farms and producers. The 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 Pkwy., Mon-Sun 7 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (509) 290-5952. theyardsbruncheon.com. CASUAL DINING Gilded Unicorn. The Gilded Unicorn is a modern American, classic restaurant featuring handcrafted foods and drinks, located in the historic Montvale Hotel in downtown Spokane, right in the heart the entertainment and arts district. The restaurant's name reflects its blend of classic and modern without taking itself too seriously. The Gilded Unicorn showcases local,

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The Grain Shed

1026 E. Newark Ave.

Bread, pastries and beer. All oldworld style, made with freshly stone milled local heritage grains, all baked and brewed in-house. Like any good bakery, they make everything fresh that day and serve it up until it sells out, so get in early.

The Mango Tree

1726 W. Kathleen Ave.

Coeur d’Alene makes room for their first Indian restaurant in the space that used to be Fedora Pub and Grill. The Mango Tree will feature Indian curries and tandoor specialities like tandoori chicken and mango tikka.

Dinardi’s Pizza & Pasta

829 E. Boone Ave.

The DiNardis started their first Italian restaurant in New York in 1962 and make recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. Now with their new home in Spokane, we are lucky enough to be in such close proximity to their legacy … and to get our hands—and our mouths— on the goods.

Follow Kris Kilduff on Instagram at @chefboyarduff.

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Bring 6 of your friends or family and the birthday guest receives a FREE Hibachi Steak & Chicken dinner! Birthday must be within 24 hours of your visit and a minimum party of 6.

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LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide 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. Sun-Sat 3 p.m-close, 110 S. Monroe St., (509) 309-3698. gildedunicorn.com.


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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 p.m. 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 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 Masselow’s Steakhouse. Named after a strong chief who was instrumental in the survival of the Kalispels, Masselow’s combines the culinary heritage of the tribe with Northwest fine dining. The restaurant features an intimate and lavishly appointed dining room just off the hotel lobby in the new wing of the Northern Quest Resort and Casino in Airway Heights and serves up an Elk Sirloin and Seared Scallops worth the drive. Their chocolate mousse on the dessert menu is also a show stopper. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights. (509) 242-7000. northernquest.com. 1898 Public House. With a nod of respect to the year the golf club was originally established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history with modern flair. Led by Executive chef Tyler Schwenk, their culinary team takes pride in preparing classic foods with a fresh twist, while using the finest ingredients. From hand-pressed gourmet burgers and house-cured bacon, to housemade rolls and charcuterie, dining at 1898 is an exciting culinary tour for your palate. With signature comfort food dishes and unique combinations designed for the more adventurous foodie. Sun-Thurs 4-9 p.m., Fri/Sat 4-10 p.m., happy hour 4-6 p.m. 2010 W. Waikiki Rd. (509) 466-2121. kalispelgolf.com. PUB AND LOUNGE FARE 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 Tap-

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house & Grill pays attention to details and does more from scratch than many other restaurants aspiring to loftier appellations. 302 W. Riverside. Sun-Thurs 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Mon-Sun 11 a.m.-11 p.m. 7522 N. Division. (509) 747-3852.

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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 week from 6:45 a.m.-2 a.m. 1018 W. Francis Ave. (509) 326-6794. theswingingdoors.com. Crave. Where to go that’s lively, airy, and serves some of the best pub and lounge fare around? Crave does wraps, burgers, salads and fries (yes to the fries!) right. On the super hip corner of Riverside Ave. and Washington St. with eats, drinks, and nightlife done right. Daily, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. 401 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 321-7480. OTHER Fujiyama Japanese Steak House and Bar Its popularity in Silverdale, Richland and Pullman has them setting up their 4th location in beautiful Liberty Lake. Walking into Fujiyama transports you to a different culture with its deep red and black walls and Asian art, and the menu is clean, simple and delicious. Choose from steak, chicken, shrimp, salmon or calamari, and mix it with vegetables over some rice fried right at your table. While you wait, make sure to order the assorted shrimp and pork stuffed dumplings in lucky money bag shaped pouches. If you’re just looking for a quick bite or a few drinks during the game, slide over to their bar or patio with a more casual sports bar atmopshere. Mon-Thur 11a.m.-10 p.m., FriSat 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., 21801 E. Country Vista Dr #101, Liberty Lake, (509) 903-0888.

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Sushi.com. We still think the name is about as cheesy as you can get for a sushi bar and Japanese restaurant, but the food transcends the curious .com label over the door. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what’s fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. Mon-Fri 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sat 12 noon-9 p.m., Sun 12 noon-8 p.m. 430 W. Main Ave. (509) 838-0630.

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I grew up just outside of Dallas and, like most Native Texans, I hold a deep love for the state and its people that is sometimes hard for non-Texans to understand. I knew from an early age I wanted to be in the Air Force—both of my grandfathers had served overseas in the Army Air Corps during the Second World War and my dad was also an Air Force pilot—and the military lifestyle has been a great fit for both my family and myself. Across 10 moves, two overseas tours (most recently England), and now to a dream assignment to the Inland Northwest, our lives have been incredibly enriched across the many experiences and friendships we have formed over the past 20 years. Below are just a select few of the many insights I have garnered across that journey: I know how powerful a sense of purpose can be. The Airmen I serve with have that clear sense of purpose— making our nation and the world safer and more just—and each and every day they accomplish absolutely amazing things with this purpose in mind. I know that small daily successes build the foundation for even larger future successes. One of my favorite leadership talks is Admiral William McRaven’s 2014 commencement speech at the University of Texas, where he challenges the new graduates to “make their beds” each day as the first small—but important—leadership habit along the path to changing the world. I know the days when I get a good run in are markedly better than the days when I don’t. Physical fitness gives me the energy I need to fill Kipling’s “unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.” I know the incredible importance of a good wingman, somebody who without question has your back and can equally celebrate your successes or give you that needed feedback when you may be falling short. For me, my wife Kris has been the absolute best wingman I could ever had hoped for; she keeps me grounded and is my biggest fan at the same time. I know that work-life balance can be tough to achieve, and I prefer my colleague’s approach of work-life integration. Even this can be a challenge, but I take my cue from the air traffic controllers I once served with who decorated their tower cab with a string of rubber ducks (the popular bathtub toys) as a constant reminder “to keep their ducks in a row.” For the controllers it meant balancing the demands of both routine and emergency aircraft traffic flow, but for me it serves as a good reminder to keep personal, professional and family goals in the right priority.


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I know there are few things better in this world than a cold, clear stream when the trout are biting … and even when they’re not biting! I know the value of true grit in meeting life’s challenges. My ancestral heritage is from Finland and the Finns have a word— sisu—that captures this innate sense of courage in the face of adversity. I imagine the sisu of my great-grandmother, who immigrated alone to the U.S. at the turn of the century, or of my grandfather, who faced the choice of certain work in Upper Michigan’s iron ore mines or pursuing a less certain path with the then fledgling Air Force. His bet on an Air Force civilian job further shaped our family history and both continue to inspire me today. I know that I am truly blessed and my kid’s laughter, the changing colors in the fall, and unexpected notes from lifelong friends are just a few reminders of this. I know that as much as we have learned about our world, there are still so many unknowns that keep life entertaining. Our family vacation last fall to the Scottish Highlands reminded me of this. And no, we didn’t solve the Loch Ness Monster mystery. Perhaps the Northwest Sasquatch this assignment? I know that leaders are readers and I find the most insights from great literature books versus some of the popular-yetformulaic leadership books. These latter books are relentlessly optimistic or tend to oversimplify complex challenges, whereas great books better capture how people really are, for better and for worse. I know we have a deep responsibility to care for our environment and do all we can to preserve it for future generations. I know that to whom much is given, much is expected.

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Cheesy Riders Ride by Doug Clark

SOMEWHERE ATOP MOON PASS – It’s hotter than Satan’s sphincter

and, as per usual, The Cheesy Riders, Spokane’s only outlaw motorscooter gang, have lost their way. Hawking a softball-sized dust glob, I roll over to the portly bus driver with what I think is a perfectly reasonable question. “Um, how do we get to Wallace?” Mr. Driver gives the micro putt-putt I’m sitting on a smirking once-over. Same look a junkman might have when appraising the scrap value of a rust-bucket ’81 Yugo. “Wallace?” the man utters finally with a sneer—“on THAT?” You’re probably not aware of it from the column photo, but underneath that grinning doughy exterior lurks the soul of a badass biker. And yet here I am, stuck in a world of two-wheeled ridicule. It’s all on account of my lovely wife, Sherry. She has loudly mocked my desire to one day roar off like Peter Fonda on my very own chrome-laden chopper. She says I look nothing like Peter Fonda. Plus I’ll crash and bash my brains out. Go figure. Sherry has, however, agreed to an odd compromise by letting me buy a used Honda Ruckus. To the uninitiated, a Ruckus is a 49cc motor scooter with a top speed of a chipmunk in leg irons. The Ruckus is to a Harley what Mini-Me is to Dr. Evil. Sherry gets a kick seeing my hugeness plopped upon the cherry red scooter. Claims I remind her of those tricycle-pedaling Shriners who used to draw big laughs in the annual Lilac Parade. Well, the joke’s on Sherry. To compensate for my motorcycle inadequacy, I formed the Cheesy Riders, which, sad to say, consists of only two renegades: yours truly and Scott Cooper, the guy who sold me the thing.


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Cooper also owns South Hill Hauling. He’s one of my best friends, too, the sort of standup pal who never says “no” to an adventure. For awhile, Cooper had a thriving side business, buying and selling pre-owned Ruckuses to mainly environmentally aware folks who love that the deftly designed machine will take you 100 miles on their 1.3-gallon gas tanks. We Cheesy Riders don’t give a rip about saving the planet. Like the Hells Angels, we’re all about engaging in acts of increasingly risky behavior. (Er, minus the blades, guns and beatings, of course.) We Cheesy Riders prove our macho by rolling where no sane scooter rider would dare roll. Our lust for nonsense surfaced a few years back when I asked Cooper what he thought about attempting to ride our Ruckuses west to possibly Seattle. “I’m in!” said my fearless amigo. As if riding a Ruckus wasn’t mortifying enough, spoilsport traffic laws say you can’t ride one on any road posted above 35 mph. So, with crumpled map in hand, we concocted a confusing route over farm roads, marmot trails and one jaw-jolting jaunt down a railroad track. Seven hours, 89 agonizing miles and several wrong turns later, we arrived at the bustling cosmos of … Ritzville? That’s right. We turned a 50-minute I-90 dash into Homer Simpson’s Odyssey. What happened next is a blur. Bruised and blue, we invested in a motel room and, next morning, caught a bus to downtown Spokane. After a taxi ride to Cooper’s South Hill home, we

climbed into his truck and took the freeway back to fetch our scooters. The Cheesy Riders took a hiatus to hold Post Traumatic Ruckus Tuckus whine sessions in Cooper’s garage where we relive our pain and vow to never again be so selfdestructive. Once the nightmare has faded, however, delusion returns with a new goal: an interstate Ruckus to Wallace. “I’m in!” he agreed. That Cooper. He’s the Lewis to my Clark. And so on a recent summer morning, the Cheesy Riders set off east with high spirits, only to become geographically confused a half hour later on the outskirts of Liberty Lake. Fortunately, fate intervened in the form of three kind women on walkabout. After some amicable banter, the secret passage to Idaho was revealed. “Go down there and turn right,” said one in the same tone used for teaching primary colors to a toddler. Mystery solved! We were back on track and soon pulled into Coeur d’Alene for a gas-up (.3 gallons each) and hamburgers at Hudson’s. Cooper cited health and legal concerns against my desire to ignore the laws and take the fast freeway route to Wallace. I grudgingly agreed with my comrade and opted for the long and grinding road around Lake Coeur d’Alene: Wolf Lodge Bay, Carlin Bay, Harrison and on to St. Maries where we took a hard left and followed the flowing St. Joe to Avery, a flyspeck former railroad hub (Pop 19). Like Custer’s Little Big Horn, this is where we got a bit ahead of ourselves. We began celebrating the fact that we had Ruckused 150 miles under a blazing sun without succumbing to heatstroke. Nor were we turned into the hood ornaments of an oncoming semi. Best of all, the friendly Averyites told us that Wallace, they pointed, was a mere 30-mile hop and a skip over the mountains. “Thirty miles,” we told each other. “We can do that in our sleep.” And so began our hell ride over Moon Pass, a nightmare of glaciated twists and turns on a washboard dirt road that seems to have been carved into the Earth with one purpose in mind: torturing the lowly Ruckus rider.

We kept a white-knuckle grip on the handlebars at all times. It was the only way to keep the corrugated road surface from chattering us off Moon Pass and into oblivion. Rocks bulged from the surface every few feet. It was difficult, but I think I managed to hit every one of them. Now in a state of sunbaked delirium, we took a wrong turn and found ourselves in the middle of a gaggle of Lycra-clad bicyclists who had come to pedal the famed Hiawatha Trail. Motorized vehicles, one of them quickly scolded, were NOT permitted on the precious trail. Well, la-di-dah to you too, pal. Bike boy told us we could get directions from the aforementioned bus driver, who, I’m assuming, had obtained permission from God or Al Gore to bring his carbonbelching land beast on such holy turf. Cooper and I backtrack to where Mr. Driver says we went wrong. To be honest, however, we crossed that “wrong” point nine hours earlier by rolling out of my driveway. Up a switchback. Down a switchback. Hit the rocks. Curse the cars… “We’re in HELLLL!!” I holler at Cooper, who flashes me a rictus grin that scares me. Yet. Some 18 miles later the torment ends when we suddenly find ourselves on actual pavement. I tell Cooper not to get his hopes up. It could be a mirage. But my friend/turned dust bunny has more faith than I do. He dismounts and kneels in a silent prayer of deliverance. I’m thinking of deliverance, too. It’s in the form of sweet Sherry, who has promised to come get us in my truck. Before cruising the final and 180th mile into Wallace, the Cheesy Riders make another pinky swear to never, ever attempt anything so monumentally boneheaded again. Doug Clark is a Spokane native and lead singer/songwriter for his band, Trailer Park Girls. He recently retired from The SpokesmanReview after writing three columns a week for more than 30 years. Clark’s humor and general-interest commentaries have won scores of local, state and regional honors along with three awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He can be reached at dougclarksville@gmail.com.

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