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Who are some of the coolest home renovation, remodeling and building companies? We share a resource directory gathered from our partners to keep on hand as those spring projects amp up.

women in business leadership awards We are excited to share this year’s Top 20 women in the annual Women in Business Leadership Awards feature. We will celebrate in-person as soon as our community is deemed healthy and safe.

Local canna-retailers hope you come in and check out their products before checking them off your list.

What happens with the Clark from Ville is quarantined? A diary of his adventures emerges, of course.

About Cover Photographer: Crystal Toreson-Kern YOU CAN’T HOLD BACK SPRING: Our spring cover contest winner, Crystal Toreson-Kern, captured this purple beauty from the back porch of her uncle Todd Lock’s house in Palouse, WA. See runners up on pages 24-26.




Editor Letter Stephanie’s Thoughts


First Look and Buzz Quirky Activities Lilacs & Lemons Artist’s Eye Spokane Rising


The Scene Sofia Mantoni Hezada! I Miss You Spokane’s Jewels People Pages


catalyst WIBL Awards Women’s Resource Guide Tech & Innovation




THe Nest Easter Plush House Feature Remodeling Local Home Improvement


Local Cuisine Coconut French Toast Best Alfredo Ribbon Cuttings Dining Guide


cannabis Local Canna Retailers A-List of Cannabis Shops


Clarksville Quarantine Diary

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EDITOR LETTER/a note from Stephanie

Our Greatest Generation Moment


he sky wept as I looked out at it, as though the fluffy clouds were picking up where my puffy face had left off. I had been pressed into bed with an upper respiratory illness for four days and had shed my fair share of tears—nothing dramatic, just the turtlepaced kind that crawl down your cheeks and make temporary home of your feverish ears. A mix of misery, fear and all-aloneness proved to create the perfect drizzly storm. My reemergence back into the wide world beyond my four-poster bed included sending this issue of the magazine to press; a stroke of normalcy that comforted me. And although news these days changes from one moment to the next, I tried to catch up as much as possible, without burning up my brain. I checked in on my social media channels, too. People are becoming stir crazy. And drinking. A lot. They are also doing magnificent things to support local businesses, and, most importantly, one another. My pride swells often for our community, particularly when we are humble, and tender and helpful toward one another. As we navigate this uncharted territory, no matter how challenging things may become, the team at Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine and I need you to know how honored and grateful we are to be working within and alongside this beautiful community known for its plethora of personal and professional possibilities, which we vow to continue to find and share with you in the coming months. This community, and the livelihood of you and your pursuits, are important to us. We truly believe we are all in this together,



and we want you to know we are here for you. As much becomes unrecognizable— in perception or in reality—we want to support the continued visibility and success of the people, places and businesses of our region as our city magazine. My team and I are willing to do what it takes to keep the eyes and minds of you, our readers, on the best our city has to offer. This small gesture is our contribution to the promise that our community will get through this stronger than it was before. And that the needs we’ve counted on our community to fulfill in the past, will still be met in the future. In my January editor letter I wished us all white space—nothingness—in our big, busy lives. I wrote that in the end—in the beginning and middle, too—life is about connection. Connection to our deep and true inner selves, and to those around us. I wished us all space that allows our minds to wander and wonder about the ways in which we can deliberately show up in the world, above and beyond built-in expectations from work, home, routine and ourselves. And here we are, suddenly and unexpectedly, with the space to rethink our paths until now, to reconsider our paths moving forward, and with the time and headspace to consciously start choosing how we really want to do life. Dr. Steven Silvestro reminds us of “The Greatest Generation”—the generation who lived through World War II—our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. “We don’t give this honorable title just to those who fought in the war. We use it to describe everyone in that generation, because they all pitched in to ‘the war effort’ wholeheartedly. It didn’t matter what a person’s own

individual risk was. A family in Ohio had little chance of being bombed by the Nazis—but they grew victory gardens, rationed food, and stopped driving to save gas. Individuals acted as one, united in an effort of sacrifice for the greater good. This may be our ‘Greatest Generation’ moment.” Thinking of us all as we process what life will look like over the coming months. I’ve faced some devastating hardships and have come to trust I’ll make it through anything. I wish that belief and assurance for us all. Remember that even when it’s different and brutal and hard, it isn’t forever—it’s ... for now. We are naturally resilient, even when we haven’t had to be for a while, so let’s lean into our resilience, and use everything we’ve got. We’ll find our way through. And, perhaps, be more connected to family and community than ever. This is a reminder— maybe an awakening for some—of how connected we are to one another and as a global body … we, every single human in every part of the world regardless of means or health or language or religion or gender or diversity, are humanity. We are Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, and we are Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Please find me on Facebook and Instagram—and hop over to “like” the Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living pages—to stay connected between press dates, and share your thoughts, stories, and life in real time.  To us all,

Stephanie Regalado stephanie@spokanecda.com



2024 E. Boone Ave.

Jedi Alliance

If you grew up in the 80s and 90s, your Sunday probably involved the phrase “pause your video game, it’s time to go to church.” Jedi Alliance (who just celebrated their third anniversary) is the passion project of two brothers who decided to combine both worlds. Imagine 300 of your favorite retro pinball and arcade machines set to “free play” with a $12 admission. Included in that price you can tour an impressive underground toy museum and browse their collection of movie props. The kicker? This nostalgia bomb is a certified church of the Jedi. If you’re unfamiliar with the popular Star Wars reference, the Order of the Jedi are special powered peacekeepers tasked by the Galactic Republic to protect the Universe. Our local arcade doesn’t seem to be under any great threat (outside of the dumb pixelated cars that keep smashing my frog), but young padawans can come train, learn the art of the joystick and help defeat the darkside.

W by Kris Kilduff

Quirky Activities


hether you’re visiting Spokane for a weekend or you’ve been a life-long resident of our beautiful “near nature” city, one question always seems to linger: “What should we do?” For a reason I’ve never been able to put my finger on, Spokane has an oft-spoken aura of boredom and indecision; a sentiment that leisure is lacking if you’re not hunting, camping or smelling flowers at one of our sprawling parks. I’ve always cringed at Travel Advisor Top Ten lists and the cut-and-paste tourist to-dos overheard at busy intersections. It’s not a personal aversion to garbage goats and oversized Radio Flyers, it’s just an unassigned obligation I have to pulp. The unfiltered chunks that give a city its culture. Businesses created with a “What if ” rather than a “We should.” The quirky locally owned underbelly you might only hear about after a couple beers at a dingy bar. Luckily, I’ve spent an ample amount of time in bars ...










US Hwy 2, Elk

The Robot Hut

It doesn’t take a T-1000 Terminator to track down John Rigg. If he’s not watching “Lost in Space” he’s probably building a lifesize replica of its infamous M3-B9 G.U.N.T.E.R. Of course, the rest of us would never know much beyond “Danger, Will Robinson.” John lives, breathes and builds robots. What started as a hobby quickly turned into an obsession that culminated in early 2000 when he housed his collection in a barn-sized building on his property and started taking visitors. Now dubbed “The Robot Hut,” John shows off his more than 3,500 automated army who sit sealed in glass cases, stand sturdy with blinking bulbs and even race wreckingly on the floors of his wondrous warehouse. What has been touted as maybe the largest robot collection in the world, the sleepy town of Elk may be ground zero if artificial intelligence goes the science fiction route. Note: The Robot Hut is currently invite only. Please inquire by contacting Rigg at robothut@yahoo.com.

924 N. Vercler Rd.

Vercler Castle

When I first moved out of my parents’ house, a roommate and I moved into a modest valley apartment on the corner of Broadway and Vercler. It only took two days to notice a giant handmade iron-clad castle was secluded about a half-block down the road. Owner Jeff Jensen, a welder by trade, started a few home improvements on his roof and never stopped building. Years later, a multitude of metal and brick mortar line the streets silently waiting for a passerby to stop mid-migration to awe in her beauty. If you’re lucky, Jeff occasionally puts out a small “take a tour” sign adorned with a phone number. Make sure you’re up on tetanus shots, then call him and arrange your chance to climb Vercler Castle’s circle stairways atop one of its battlements or towers.



Coeur de Lion

If you’ve ever watched a movie where a bunch of semi-strangers are invited out to a millionaire’s giant castle secluded on top of a mountain and find themselves lost in rooms with funky relics, creepy paintings and giant sets of medieval armor … that is pretty much what it is like to stay at Coeur de Lion in Coeur d’Alene. Granted, instead of the lights flickering and someone getting murdered, the amazing staff customizes the stay to your every need and then serves you crepes and fresh fruit in the morning. Listed as a bed and breakfast, Coeur de Lion serves more as fairytale staycation where picturesque windows surround claw-foot bathtubs and the 6-acre property is devilishly beautiful with a view down the range to the lake. An unmatched unveiling for a romantic romp or simply sipping the weekend away with 12 of your closest wine-friendly foodies. Play chopsticks on the ruby red grand piano, BBQ on the sweeping decks or nestle away by the fire after a day of skiing in the library.

8137 W. Clemetson Rd., CDA

Lava Links Golf Course

When you imagine Tiger Woods switching up his 5 iron for a pitching wedge, you don't expect him to be making a chip shot from a pile of volcanic lava rock. Clocking in at just over an hour drive, Soap Lake might be home to the furthest attraction on this list, but Lava Links is a must for anyone who falls in the range between “avid golfer” to “ate one too many edibles.” This unattended 9-hole all-hazard hodgepodge is less PGA and more “Man vs. Wild.” If you’re looking to make the trek, be sure to trade in your gold jacket for a pair of good hiking boots and a couple garage sale 9-irons. Your stop at this secluded Soap Lake sand trap will mostly be mulligans amassed in sagebrush and desert vegetation. Say farewell to yelling “fore” on the fairways, you're more prone to twisting your ankle than hitting fellow golfers on your tee shot. With the benchmark being bogey, skip the score sheet and bunker down with a cold one and your caddie for what’s sure to be almost purely grassless golf.

311 2nd Ave. S.E., Soap Lake

FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}

lilacslemons by Vince Bozzi

LILACS to all the kind people who have come out in droves to support their friends and neighbors during the COVID-19 situation. We read daily of helpers extending grace and kindnesses to others. We feel for those in need and those who aren’t sure if their businesses will recover. It’s small condolence now, but we do think when this ends, there will be a rush for shopping and dining again and commerce will explode. In the meantime, it’s a chance to catch up on all those little things and perhaps reflect on what’s important.

LILACS to TDS Metrocom for bringing cable and internet to Spokane. We love that there will at long last be a second provider here. Competition is nearly always good for the consumer, and with hundreds of choices in toothpaste, shampoo, and beer, it seems strange that for 40 years we’ve had only one choice for cable. We don’t all want to cut the cord; we just want more cord choices. LILACS to Mayor Woodward for signing a lease on a new downtown police precinct across from the STA Plaza in the former Umpqua Bank building. She got a fair deal for 6,800 square feet on the ground floor and we feel it will more than pay for itself in increased tax revenues from businesses that will move in on either side for several blocks out. Cops walking beats and helping the disenfranchised find solutions as sort of street counselors—while making citizens feel more safe—sounds like a double win. LILACS to Spokane Valley for moving on a significant land purchase along the north side of the river between Sullivan and Barker Road. Large chunks of land (45 acres) along the river is hard to come by and may not come again during our generation. Parks are great for locals, and beautiful parks along rivers are great for tourism as well. Our grandchildren will thank us (well, when they get older they might!).

LILACS to the City of Spokane for helping downtown restaurants that choose to offer take out food by giving the restaurants two parking spaces near their front doors for quick 10-minute orders. We applaud that kind of nimble thinking. LEMONS to the hoarders who continued to wipe store shelves clean of toilet paper and hand sanitizers long after it was stated there is no national shortage and that stores will continue to be stocked. It makes it difficult for those on fixed incomes to get what they need. LILACS to the grocery stores that set aside special shopping times for seniors to buy essentials. LEMONS to the conspiracy theorists who are blaming COVID-19 on far fetched political gainsayers on either side. Minimizing the seriousness of the epidemic is dangerous, not fun.



LEMONS, reluctant ones, to the City of Spokane for placing heavy fines on Lime Scooter scofflaws. We absolutely agree that $15 fines for carelessly leaving them in the middle of downtown sidewalks makes sense, but fining people $118 for merely RIDING on the sidewalk is punitive. Make that fine $15 as well. Some downtown areas are simply too busy on the streets, and some sidewalks are fairly dead. Let’s try to fix poor behavior, not take people off Limes entirely, as they are doing us a favor when they are displacing cars and not taking up parking spaces or creating emissions. LILACS to Innovia Foundation for changing their policy and not funding donor requests to groups that foster hate. Even though past such donations were at the behest of donors, they were essentially being used to let anonymous individuals fund hate groups. They didn’t fund such groups from their general fund, but they were being used, and have changed their policy. Their reputation is too good to let it get sullied by cowards who don’t wish to make direct donations.

FIRST LOOK/artist’s eye

artist’seye by Megan Perkins

Megan Perkins uses her brush to capture the spirit of Spokane places and events, exploring her hometown with paint and love. Follow her adventures on Instagram @ artistseyeonspokane, Facebook and meganperkinsart.com.

The Monroe Street Bridge is my favorite bridge in town. The buffalo skulls are a major highlight, but the beauty of the arches over the river alone make it number one for me. This version of the bridge opened in 1911, according to Spokane Historical, and at the time was the world’s largest concrete arch. For a long time, there was a railroad bridge that crossed over the Monroe Street Bridge, but it was removed leading up to Expo ’74. Today, it stands alone, spanning the magnificent Spokane River.

Monroe St. Arch 20


californiaclosets.com 506 N. Sullivan Rd, Suite D | Spokane Valley, WA 99037 627 N. Baugh Way | Post Falls, ID 83854

168 N. 9th St. | Boise ID, 83702

FIRST LOOK/spokane rising

spokanerising by Anthony Gill

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

How to Build a

Resilient City

We all know that we will be living with the impacts of the pandemic outbreak of

COVID-19 novel coronavirus for years to come. As of this writing, the virus has infected well over 200,000 people globally, including 20,000 people in the United States—many in the Seattle area, and some in Spokane. Thousands of small businesses across the state are closed, and nonprofits and cultural organizations cannot hold events due to strict social distancing guidelines. In the midst of such a difficult situation, we’ve seen glimpses of the resilient city that, during ordinary circumstances, we hope we’re building together. Restaurants like Clover and Central Food, and breweries like Brick West and NoLi, have quickly adapted their business models and are offering unique grab-and-go dinner menus and growler fills. Local K-12 schools, colleges, and universities are moving what they can online and distributing grab-and-go meals. Local grocers, like Rosauer’s, are offering special shopping hours for seniors and other at-risk groups. And while the Spokane Public Library is temporarily closed, it is heavily promoting its online options, like e-books and digital learning tools. Some nonprofits have even come up with fascinating ways to continue to advance their mission. Spark Central, for instance, immediately began fundraising for “creative care packages”—essentially, buckets of creative materials for neighborhood children who would not be able to visit their center during the crisis. Terrain began further promoting the artists and makers involved in its creative enterprise program, while From Here, their retail location, was closed.



As we adjust to social distancing, let’s grow this spirit of resilience and creativity. And as we begin to look beyond this crisis, let’s consider how we might build Spokane-centric supports for the workers, small business owners, freelancers, contractors, artists, and gig economy workers most at risk in these types of situations. Could we offer zero-interest emergency loans (and hopefully additional grant support?) to small businesses and nonprofits through the City or a community foundation? Could we further grow and assist neighborhood groups, which often form the first line of action in support of seniors, lowincome, disabled, and at-risk folks? Could we grow our local capacity in areas like public health, energy production, sustainable transport, and urban agriculture? Future local crises may involve not just disease, but also drought, wildfire, flooding, and other severe weather. Could we help more local businesses and nonprofits sell their products online, to reduce vulnerability in case of shelter-inplace or stay-at-home orders? Could we further guarantee benefits like paid leave, health insurance, and housing security through emergencies in a Spokanefocused context? The situation with COVID-19 is uniquely unsettling, and will have enormous impacts on our local economy. But local residents, businesses, and nonprofits are already showing their resolve and creativity in the face of adversity. Area leaders should do everything they can to support at-risk residents, workers, small businesses, and nonprofits, while making careful note of the things we’ll need to ensure we can even more easily meet the next crisis.



FIRST LOOK/cover contest


photo by Crystal Toreson-Kern

photo by Ari Nordhagen

photo by Monica Kirchner



photo by Mallorie LeeAnn

photo by Ari Nordhagen

photo by Ari Nordhagen

photo by David Nackers

photo by Monica Kirchner

photo by Hannah Smith

Oh, the challenge when you can choose just one image for a cover. Thank you for the inspiration, Spokane, you really showed the beauty of Spring in our region through your lenses. Here are some of our favorite “runners up� from the Spring Cover Contest:

photo by Beth Adan

photo by Grace June

photo by Chris Van Valkinburgh

photo by Brennon Poynor

photo by Crystal Toreson-Kern

photo by Elizabeth Clark

photo by Chris Van Valkinburgh

photo by Sean Zenishek

photo by Monica Kirchner



by Sarah Hauge

ife never moves slowly in the Mantoni family. Sofia Mantoni, a clothing designer, entrepreneur, and architect, takes a hands-on approach to everything she does, as does her husband,









Sofia and Sergio Mantoni, along with their five children, operate Lo Boutique in Spokane.

Sergio, who is an entrepreneur with a consultant business. “We cannot stay still,” says Sofia. “We can’t watch a movie, relax—we are always thinking. That’s the way we are.” The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree with their five children: son Bautista, a high school junior, and four daughters: Macarena (tenth grade), Barbara (eighth grade), Valentina (sixth grade), and Virginia (fourth grade). All of them are busy with their own interests as well as the family’s latest business venture: LO Boutique, the women’s clothing store they’ve been working toward for years that opened with a brick and mortar location on north Division in October. Sofia’s clothing designs earned her a coveted spot at New York Fashion Week this February, where she was one of a small number of designers whose applications were selected from among hundreds to present an eight-look collection of pieces on the runway through Pier59 Studios. “That experience was one of a kind, beyond words,” she says. “It was super exciting, and bizarre too. It was huge, and it felt really good …” Showing at NYFW week is a huge accomplishment, but the Mantonis are used to taking big swings and following their passions. The family moved from their native Argentina to the U.S. a few years ago to pursue new opportunities, living in Utah for a period before settling in Spokane. As a child in Argentina, Sofia started honing her design sense and focusing on creative projects. “In my family growing up all the women cook, crochet, knit, sew, we do all that … it’s just a family thing to do together,” she says. She’s always viewed problems with a designer’s mind, making clothing for herself and for family when she couldn’t find what she envisioned to purchase. “People would start asking, ‘Where did you get that?’ I’d say, ‘I made it.’” Clothing design was something she did on the side while running her architecture firm, and now it’s her main pursuit. At LO Boutique, almost every garment on the racks was designed by Sofia. She has a workshop in the back of the store, and offers custom, complimentary alterations. Of her aesthetic she says, “I wouldn’t describe it as simple, but minimalistic. I

try to be kind of timeless where you could reuse or repurpose things that I design and use them season in and season out. It’s a minimalistic approach, but comfortable.” “I believe that the way you dress affects the confidence with which you approach life in general. The more confident you are, the better you perform, and the better you perform, the more successful you are in whatever you do.” With herself and her daughters as product testers, they wear everything they create, refining products and determining which ones they love best before they hit store racks. Her children, all of whom are enrolled through online school Washington Connections Academy, take advantage of the flexibility of an online education to be involved in the family business and other pursuits. Her son is a competitive tennis player who trains four hours a day. Her daughters “are super hands-on” with LO Boutique, pairing up to work on everything from social media to inventory to laying the floor and hanging the wallpaper in the boutique before it opened. “They are awesome,” says Sofia. “They are these mini entrepreneurs. They learn time management, they learn stress management, they do a lot of things on their own.” The whole family takes a hands-on approach to gaining new skills. “I totally believe that practice is the mother of all learning,” Sofia says. Being part of the business is not something their children have to do, Sofia says, but they’ve chosen to be involved, and along the way they’ve seen the ups and downs and frustrations, the times she’s wanted to quit but persevered. “It’s hard work. It’s not easypeasy,” she says, but they’re in it together. The Mantonis hope to open more stores and expand the brand, possibly on a global scale. “Right now, this is what we’re doing and we’re all onboard. We’re this team, we’re on this ship, and we all want to get to the same shore.” LO Boutique (loboutique.net) is located at 11921 N Division St., Suite B.



THE SCENE/lilac lit

lilac lit by Sharma Shields

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.

World Remade:

Erin Pringle’s New Novel, Hezada! I Miss You

In this column I once named Spokane

writer Erin Pringle’s story collection The Whole World at Once (Vandalia Press) a favorite read of 2018, and it’s a sure bet that her debut novel, Hezada! I Miss You (Awst Press), will be on my “Best of 2020” list, as well. The novel—set in a rural Midwestern village and featuring a circus-indecline—stunned me with its intelligent, lyrical, visceral examination of growing up in a small town, and of the bottomless, wild grief that follows a loved one’s suicide. Pringle was kind enough to email with me about her new novel and its inspirations. Sharma Shields: Let's start with your novel's title, Hezada! I Miss You. What inspired it? Pringle: My best friend and former husband Jeremy brought me the title on a scrap of paper. He’d written it down from bathroom graffiti. He’s a writer too, and we bring each other words like birds for nests. He knew I would do something with it. I saw it and knew it was the title of the circus novel I’d been working on for years. S: What nudged you to give two very different characters, one younger and one



older, the name Hezada? P: One of the important aspects of life in a small town and life in the circus is that both are generational. I thought it was important to show that lineage through names, both that Hezada is a role that women in a circus family have been raised into performing (literally), and to show the connection between Heza the child in the town who is split between both a family in the town and the circus, since her conception is because of the relationship between her mother and a Summer Boy working at the circus. I use first-names as a way to show the town and circus’s matrilineal history. S: As a reader I felt the complex emotions about this place, the nostalgia for it, the suffocating chokehold of it. Did you start writing the town first, or the circus, and how did other themes (such as class, sexuality) fall into place as you wrote? P: It’s hard to say. I’m always writing the town, writing inside my memory of growing up. The circus was always set here in the writing. Class is similarly inseparable in my view of my childhood and town, as is my identity and understanding of my memories which I’m now interpreting through my queer present. I spent more energy in the writing (so much time) trying to figure out the time and its vanishing point within the story. S: At an event at Auntie's recently, I heard you speak eloquently about causality. Can you discuss causality’s problematic nature and how you approached writing suicide in this more honest way, without the usual attempt to explain or justify it somehow? P: My sister died by suicide, and that’s the moment I couldn’t believe any stories about people who died that way in order to maintain the complex understanding I had of her as a person—of our relationship—of her death. I know that there’s basic causality. That a tightening against our necks will collapse our ability to breathe, that after enough time without oxygen, our bodies can’t go on. But I also know that any “reason” for her death is simplistic. Her death is the accumulation of her life. It has no vanishing point—no fixed moment that provides perspective for everything else. It’s not solely because of our father, or her shyness, or her marriage, or our family’s history of depression, or because of an argument she had that morning. It is easy to imagine that strangers who die by suicide did it because they gave up, or were depressed, or were weak, or were super sad, or weren’t thinking clearly, or were unable to imagine the future, or were selfish, or didn’t listen well enough about suicide and hell. But when it happened to my sister, this kind of death, all those easy stories could not hold her or me or the world as I was being remade to understand it.  S: This novel is a masterclass in pacing. I was breathless in one particular scene, told in smaller scraps of chapters, the trim words surrounded by blank white space. P: Where you were breathless is where I cannot spend time. Where I hurt the most. Where

language has no hold on reality but must hold it, nonetheless. It is the center of my sorrow, that place. It is me telling you a story while running away at a sprint. S: Were there particular books you thought of as you wrote Hezada? P: It took fifteen years to arrive at the end of the novel, but when writing or thinking of the book, I thought of Ingmar Bergman’s films and the cinematography by Sven Nykvist, and the pacing of the way one tells and shows stories and the light and shadows within them—the silences, the emptiness, and how those function, too, in the spaces of my memories. S: What books would you recommend to Inland Northwest readers? P: “The Life of Towns” by Anne Carson (in her book Plainwater), The Death and Life of Aida Hernandez by Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Don’t Call Us Dead by Danez Smith, Citizen by Claudia Rankine. Interview edited slightly for word length. Pick up Erin Pringle’s new novel, Hezada, I Miss You! from one of our local indie booksellers, Auntie’s Bookstore or Wishing Tree Books.




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How a pre-historic catastrophe delivered a colorful gift that keeps on giving

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t its high point west of Spokane, the Centennial Trail rises to a rimrock ledge overlooking the Bowl and Pitcher in Riverside State Park. The view is stunning in every direction, but especially downward where whitewater slams and splashes against massive lobes and knobs of charcoal-colored basalt. The sweeping, surreal beauty of this vantage point is also a signature of the pre-historic natural catastrophe that created both the vantage point and the view. The unmistakable scars of the long ago cataclysm remain in plain sight. The field by the trailhead is littered with stumpsized chunks of shattered rock. A quarter mile to the south is a towering wall of basalt, looking as though it has only recently been carved open like a colossal chocolate wedding cake. Both are vivid evidence of the epic Ice Age floods that obliterated and thoroughly re-shaped the Spokane area some 15,000 years ago. The epic floodscape is impressive. But my favorite clues to the “Spokane flood”—as the famed geologist J Harlen Bretz named it nearly a century ago—exist on a more modest scale. They are loose stones and cobbles, some streaked with quartz, some with sedimentary stripes, and some with the distinct freckling of granite. These gems from the Ice Age are a delight to collect and photograph. But they also provide a vital service. The potato-sized cobbles are the main ingredient in the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie aquifer—a deep, 50-mile long pile of glacial flood deposits saturated with trillions of gallons of cold, clean groundwater. The prolific aquifer provides Spokane’s drinking water. It is also critical to the health of the Spokane River. Although Lake Coeur d’Alene is the source of the river’s headwaters, studies show that in the low-precipitation months of summer and early fall, it’s actually the aquifer that supplies most of the water for the river by time it reaches Spokane. Although Bretz didn’t know it at the time, the cause of the epic floods was the repeated breaching of an ice dam that held back an enormous natural reservoir—glacial Lake Missoula. Under the rising pressure of the accumulating water, the dam would periodically burst. Each rupture would send an inland tsunami roaring through Spokane then out into the lower Columbia basin, APRIL 2020 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


creating enormous canyons like Grand Coulee and gouging out the myriad lakes south and west of Spokane. There are dozens of scientific papers that document the nature, frequency, and extent of the glacial floods. But, as a general matter, the description that writer Norman Maclean offered in his classic 1976 story A River Runs Through It works just fine. When the Lake Missoula ice dam shattered, Maclean wrote, the resulting



flood: “spread the remains of Montana and Idaho mountains over hundreds of miles of the plains of Eastern Washington. It was the biggest flood in the world for which there is geological evidence; it was so vast a geological event that the mind of man could only conceive of it but could not prove it until photographs could be taken from earth satellites.” As a photographer and casual collector of rocks I have my own peculiar reasons for

focusing on the fist-sized cobbles. The first is the variety of colors they display, especially in water infused with sunlight. But I’m also intrigued by the journeys packed into the rocks and what we know, in the broad sense, about their origins and ages. Just west of Hope, Idaho, for example, there is a turnout on Highway 200 with a large, weathered sign announcing the location of the enormous ice dam that caused ancient Lake Missoula to form. In

the distance, beyond the sign, is Green Monarch Ridge, a flat-faced mountain that absorbed the brunt of the Purcell Trench glacier that—as it pushed against the ridge— created the ice dam for ancient Lake Missoula. If, after reading the sign, you turn around, you’ll be looking across the highway at layers of the Prichard Formation—rock that formed well over a billion years ago at the bottom of an ancient, inland sea. The Prichard is the oldest of several formations that belong to what geologists refer to as the Belt Supergroup, a deep consortium of sedimentary and metamorphic strata that also accounts for the vivid colors on the high, rocky peaks at Glacier National Park. To be sure, the Lake Missoula outwash

deposits also include countless cobbles and boulders consisting of younger granite and granodiorite. In the mix with the deeper colors of the Belt Basin rocks, the salt and pepper colors of the granitic rocks complete a rich spectrum. Because they are almost always covered or mixed in a thin layer of organic topsoil, the colorful flood deposits in Spokane are more common and deeper than most people realize. I remember driving to my mother’s house in East Spokane last year the morning after a fierce thunderstorm. The stormwater had overwhelmed a culvert and cut deeply into the bank alongside the road as it headed up toward Lincoln Park on Spokane’s South Hill. There, on the pavement beside the

orange hazard cones, was a thick spread of pebbles and cobbles unloosed by the storm, gleaming in the morning-after sunlight, as though someone had emptied a large jewel box onto the roadway. Because river water naturally rinses the cobbles and enhances their colors, my favorite place to photograph the rocks is in the swimming hole I visit almost daily during the warmer months. But even there, the cobbles in the sunlit shallows are vastly outnumbered by those beyond the river bank, where the cobble-rich flood deposits are so large they form streamlined hills that rise more than a hundred feet above the river. To paraphrase Norman Maclean, it is mind-boggling.



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Women in Business Leadership awards


uch like women around the globe, women in our region are creating—and leading—companies and organizations that are helping build a community where we can all be proud to raise families, build businesses and live out our lives any way we wish. There were more than 150 emails resulting in 90 qualifying nominations this year—with more than 50 completed forms returned—each representing the créme de la créme and worthy of recognition. Our team is honored to be celebrating this year’s Top 20 with our readers and with community. The Awards Event: We look forward to celebrating our winners, and the community, at a breakfast awards event as soon as our community is back on its feet and we are all healthy and safe.

2020 There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise. —W.E.B. Dubois





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Proudest moment or biggest success: Becoming a mom begins a journey filled with so many proud moments, challenging times, opportunities for self-reflection and recalibration. When our three young men become independent, positive contributing members of society, who are respectful, kind, giving, and happy, then I know we have provided a safe pathway for their success. Also, the day I married my wife Erika and our family was publicly recognized meant the world to our children and underscored our efforts in teaching them to accept and embrace the individuality of every person and what they have to offer to our community. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? Spokane is a rich source of opportunities for many mar-

kets and will continue to expand as the community grows. Whether it is in medical, educational, the arts, or traditional manufacturing, good talent can find opportunities. The real goal is to become a person of strong talent and a positive attitude.



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AZ Zaman

COO Pearson Packaging Systems

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Embrace your unique strengths and

use them to your advantage. Listening and caring does not make you a rollover. Emotional intelligence is a characteristic that tends to be more developed in women and has been recognized as a key quality to successful leadership. Owning and appreciating your leadership characteristics makes you an authentic leader, which builds trust and respect. Recognize leadership is not tied to a position. Leadership happens at every level—to rise to the top, you have to demonstrate confidence at every opportunity.

Proudest moment or biggest success: Since joining Davenport Hotels through the purchase of the Hotel RL by Red Lion, I have played a key role in onboarding the Centennial to the Davenport family, which also included merging two established sales teams consisting of 32 employees. I am proud of this moment, for it taught me a valuable lesson: the merging of two companies isn’t a way for one team to bail out the other, but rather an opportunity for both teams to grow. Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? As Davenport Hotels continue to grow, I truly look

forward to any new endeavors the company decides to take on. Working for a local organization of our size has allowed me the opportunity to lead an ever-growing sales force, in which I have confidence that we can tackle new challenges and events together as a team. It is everybody’s dream to work for an organization that allows growth, and the Davenport has provided me with just that: a place to build and thrive in my career. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? Many of my counterparts in the Spokane

hospitality industry are women in key leadership roles. I feel as if it is our responsibility to lead by example and empower those around us. By striving to be female leaders in the workplace, the community and even at home, we can continue to have success in all opportunities presented to us. I believe Spokane truly empowers women, in which we are given opportunities to strive in all platforms.

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Angela Mercado

Corporate Director of Sales Davenport Hotels

Proudest moment or biggest success: Building a team in Port-

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? The business environment for women in Spokane has

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Claire Olson

Chief Financial Officer Interim HealthCare of Spokane, Inc.

changed over the years and with the new mayor of Spokane, Nadine Woodward, being such a positive and outspoken role model for women, I envision women will be empowered to pursue their own dreams as she did. With many female-owned businesses in our community, the possibilities for women are endless. Through my volunteer work and mentorship with younger female professionals, I will continue to inspire ambition through my own actions while empowering others through support and encouragement. What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Don’t set your sights too small; don’t

burn any bridges along the way and always be the one to straighten another woman’s crown without ever telling anyone else it was crooked to begin with.

The Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel, operated by the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, is among the largest employers in North Idaho and has contributed more than $33.3 million to education in the region. Your role: I have dozens of responsibilities, including maintaining

a safe and positive workplace as well as ensuring we are in compliance with regulatory agencies and we are profitable. My vision is to define who we are, nurture our employee relationship and continuing to contribute to our community.

Proudest moment or biggest success: As a proud member of

the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, I joined Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in 1993, the year it opened. I held steadfast to my dream of one day becoming CEO, and in November 2019, that dream became a reality. I am the first female CEO in the property’s history, and one of only a handful of female leaders in the industry.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? Like much

of the U.S., Spokane is seeing progress with a female mayor and more women in leadership, showing other women we can do anything. There is opportunity for growth, and I see my role as being more active and partnering with entities to find ways to open more doors for women in business, finding ways to communicate and collaborate.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Don’t give up on your dreams, no matter

how lofty they may seem. Our journeys may not all be the same, but I encourage women to continue to persevere.

Compassionate Laura Stensgar Chief Executive Officer Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel

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land, Oregon, with a small office that more than tripled their business footprint in a year’s time by implementing two new lines of business and looking at every challenge as an opportunity. This team went on to win every award we offered that year and while most of them have now moved on, they all moved up, following their dreams. Also, I created a recruitment process with template emails for each stage of the process. I was asked to present at our national corporate recruitment summit in Las Vegas and now several offices use our templates, retention activities, and have even been awarded prizes through our corporate contests for using the tools I created.

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Once one of the poorest Native American tribes in the U.S., the Kalispel Tribe is now one of the top private employers in the Spokane area. The tribe owns and operates a number of business enterprises (including Northern Quest), provides more than 2,300 jobs in two counties, and has donated more than $19 million to regional nonprofits.

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Shirley Blackbear Executive Director of Human Resources Kalispel Tribe of Indians and Northern Quest Resort & Casino

Proudest moment or biggest success: Winning the Vincent Price Award for poetry and short stories. It was a poem I had written about my grandfather that was published by Hartcourt, Brace and Jovanovich for several years in English Literature school books. My grandfather was a huge role model in my life. I still have a beautiful photo of him in my office. During challenging times, I often look to him for inspiration on how he would handle certain situations and it reminds me of what’s important.    What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? For many

years I served as an advocate for each team member, encouraging high levels of morale, motivation and efficiency. My role allowed me to ensure that every team member, whether tribal or not, was able to work in an environment that was free from discrimination. My greatest reward has been in mentoring young female tribal members to gain the experience they need to earn positions of leadership in the Tribe’s largest businesses. Many women have been promoted to director and management positions, paving the way for continued leadership success for future generations of women.

Proudest moment or biggest success: The growth of the East-

ern Washington branch is my biggest success. When I joined GLP, the Eastern Washington office was just an idea. We created a five-year growth plan, which through hard work and dedication we surpassed in two years. We now have blown our 10-year growth plan out of the water. When I come to work, I am proud of the work we do for our clients in the Spokane community and how many people we have helped. I am also proud of the wonderful attorneys we have and the amazing staff.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? There is so much opportunity in the Spokane market,

and the women here support each other. We are a team. Just like this publication—it’s amazing to see the support among businesswomen in Spokane. When I first began the office here 10 years ago, there were not many women attorneys in civil litigation. When I would go to court for motions on Fridays, I would commonly be the only woman in the entire courtroom. However, over the following years, I have hired and mentored a number of young women attorneys, and many are choosing to practice civil law. Things are changing and that is amazing to see.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Find something you are passionate

about, believe in it and pursue it. You can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you work hard and work smart.


Passionate Janelle M. Carney Managing PartnerEastern Washington GLP Attorneys, Personal Injury Law Firm

Kim Kelly, CEO of Christ Kitchen and the Women's Ministry Director at Timberview Church

We are so proud of our CEO Kim Kelly for being recognized with a Women in Business Leadership 2020 award.

The goal of Christ Kitchen is to offer a nurturing, healthy, caring environment where women learn work skills, gain life skills and meet relational needs. It provides a community within which to grow, learn, give, and be supported. While the incentive to earn money brings women to Christ Kitchen, it is the spiritual and emotional care that sustains them while they learn how to become employable, self-sufficient and Christ reliant. Thank you for supporting a ministry that is changing lives.

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Proudest moment or biggest success: Seeing the years of challenges,

lessons and hard earned wisdom, blossom into rewards. Rewards of being able to purchase the company, work with incredible people, have a strong support system and face personal growth with anticipation instead of fear.   Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? A debt free small business that can generously share our resources with the community and team. Staying current in the industry and being an advocate for an intentional insurance experience. Developing a community group that promotes healthy leadership, mentorship opportunities and collaboration with other small business leaders.      

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Lisa LeBlanc

New Owner North Town Insurance

Twenty-five years ago, Marie Widmyer bought her first store, Marie’s Boutique, with no college degree, pregnant with twins, and chasing two young boys. Her businesses are centered around family—shopping with your daughters, sharing a meal with your family—and the idea of manifesting dreams. Proudest moment or biggest success: When the previ-

ous owner, Marie O’Brien (hence why I didn’t need to change the name), agreed to sell me her boutique. She had faith in my ability to run a business even before I did. My biggest success is raising my four children. Each with their own talents, I encouraged them to be themselves and find their own passions. Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? I want to continue to ask

questions and find new ways to improve myself and my business-



What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? The current busi-

ness environment for women has really expanded. It is learning to speak the language that women need to hear and offers platforms for collaboration, encouragement, camaraderie, support, leadership and balance. My hope is to enhance that through active participation—creating opportunities for mentorship, extending our resources to fill gaps and continually partnering with ladies to build up our women’s leadership in Spokane.   

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? You cannot be scared of saying yes to opportunities.

Embrace the fears and failings as you live out your potential, because the pain or challenges will fade but the lessons will remain. The freedom and opportunities that come with pushing, stretching, getting uncomfortable, embracing successes and learning from failures will take you to places you never thought possible.     

es. I am planning to expand my mentorship opportunities, start a clothing line with my daughters, and model in New York Fashion Week. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? There is a

tremendous support for womenowned businesses because there are a lot of female entrepreneurs who have lent a hand to encourage one another in all endeavors because we know how hard we work.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future?

To G.R.A.B hold of your dreams: GO–Start today, regardless of your circumstances. REACH–Aim high. Make yourself uncomfortable, that’s where you see growth. ACHIEVE–Start by setting small goals each day. BELIEVE–You CAN do it. Don’t ever give up.

Passionate Marie Widmyer

Owner Marie’s Boutique, Marmalade, Marmalade Underground, Fort Ground Grill and Bier Haus

Proudest moment or biggest success: The ability to never let my

Where do you expect to be with your career in five years?

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Megan Ward Owner/Artist Luxe. Salon and Spa

I envision leaving a footprint in Spokane through giving back to our community, positively influencing other women to feel confident, and building up my team to flourish within our society. As our culture continually revolves around innovation and growth, I expect that my business and team members will have the ability to be industrious and continually surpass new levels of success.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? Spokane has a strong community culture that fosters

and encourages women to seek business leadership positions. Many of these women have grown into influencer roles within the community and can be a source of positivity and confidence, while also guiding others in the business world.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? To find your true passion and pursue it.

Focus on whatever it is that makes you hungry to achieve more every day. Define what drives you, establish your goals, and never lose sight of it no matter what the adversities or obstacles are. The only way to make your dreams become a reality is to never give up.

Proudest moment or biggest success: The one that stands out most was receiving the advance copies from the printer of the first of 10 history books I co-wrote and published with my husband Tony Bamonte. The book was The History of Pend Oreille County. Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? With the recent death of my Tony, and feeling like my

life has been blown into a million pieces, sometimes just getting through the day at hand is all I can reasonably manage. I’m finally able to look a little farther ahead, but it’s difficult to even envision where I might be five weeks down the road.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? I feel it has to offer whatever women choose

to do. Spokane has a rich history of amazing, competent, strong, enterprising, and entrepreneurial women who, if the environment did not already offer it, created the environment in which they could do whatever they chose to do. I have full confidence Spokane women will continue to contribute in productive ways and pave the way for future generations.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Find and pursue something

you are passionate about; believe in yourself but don’t hesitate to reach out to others who know more than you do; don’t be afraid of hard work; take personal responsibility for both the good and the not-so-good in your endeavors; and give back to your community wherever you can.

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Suzanne Schaeffer Bamonte Owner Tornado Creek Publications

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vision fade. Through numerous trials and triumphs, I have been able to establish an environment indicative of my personal vision, allowing growth to transpire beyond what I could imagine for my myself, my team, and our industry.

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Proudest moment or biggest success: Opening our Spokane

Valley Branch—a long-held dream of ours. Our new Valley location is not just a branch, it is a reflection of our vision to create a space where every person who comes to visit us feels at home. The changing of our name and brand is also a proud moment. Our team worked so hard to make this dream a reality and the end result is one that, every time I see it, gives me goosebumps.

Authentic Charlotte Nemec President/CEO Canopy Credit Union

Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? I hope to be continuing this journey of building a strong credit union. I am committed to living our dream of impacting our employees, our members and our community. We believe whether you are financially stable or you’re struggling, your banking experience should be easy and accessible. We have a responsibility to empower people to understand their money and what it can do for them; when this happens they are happier and more confident. When they feel this way, it not only affects those close to them but our entire community. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? Spokane’s been kind to me as a professional woman.

I’ve been fortunate to have some amazing women mentor me and I feel that’s where Spokane shines. We have so many successful women, and I’ve yet to meet one that wasn’t willing to put out her hand and lend support when I’ve needed it.

Proudest moment or biggest success: Leading the vision, organization, and execution of our Summer Solstice 2019 event. In partnership with the City of Spokane, Downtown Spokane Partnership, and lululemon, we closed down Main Avenue on a Friday night to offer free yoga and inspiration for community healing. More than 200 yogis of all shapes, ages, and levels attended. This moment culminated the hard work of the entire Union team and our passion for wellness, growth and sweat. Where do you expect to be with your career in five years? I see myself being proud of creating a sustainable space for fitness and wellness gurus to build a lifelong career in addition to taking my personal stamp from local to global.   What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women?  The opportunity for change. As a Filipino American

woman, I aim to empower women in our area to feel strong and confident in their authentic selves. As a woman of color running a business that has the capacity to change lives, I hope to break the construct of what leadership in business looks like. Our upcoming generation offers a creative, diverse and boundary breaking stand on what Spokane is all about. We have the chance to break the mold in our community and redefine the future of the workforce.    

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Hold true to your authentic self; no one

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Christ Kitchen is a 20-year-old mission that started as a standalone ministry in March of 2017.  For over two decades Christ Kitchen has been providing work, job-training, life skills training, Bible study, and discipleship for disenfranchised, impoverished women living in poverty in Spokane and outlining areas.  Proudest moment or biggest success: I have written and have

been awarded multiple grants that have allowed for the hire of a new Development Manager and expand our Job Training Matrix with opening a Barista training module. We have been able to increase both training position openings as well as expanding our training hours. Additionally, we have been able to increase our dry food product line.  

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? At Christ Kitchen, our call is to help women trapped in

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Kim Kelly

Executive Director/CEO Christ Kitchen

poverty to develop, renew, heal, and maintain spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health through the care, instruction, accountability and growth of the women we serve. These women often have critical employment and life challenges such as felonies, lack of job experience, reentry into social society after incarceration, prostitution, human trafficking, physical and mental abuse, addiction, untreated mental health issues and much more. Our program enables the individual to change their stripes and the stripes of their future generations.      What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Be resourceful and let your wisdom speak

for itself. Do the research, the dreaming and the hard work. It’s about how much you know, how hard you work for the things you are truly passionate about and seek a positive impact on. 

Lumen is a public charter high school for teen parents and their children that will open its doors in the fall of 2020. The school is centered on the vision of high school aged parents learning together alongside their children and our staff and will incorporate social emotional learning, academics, and wrap around services on site. Proudest moment or biggest success: Aside from a job success like getting Lumen high school approved and having so many teen parents help in the process, my overall proudest moments are when my own children are generous and kind to others and when they are leading in kindness in their classrooms and in the sports they participate in and when they behave in the fullness of who they are without inhibition. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? There are lots of networking groups and business

groups in our community that are specific to women in business. Many of them are philanthropy driven or are working to advance women in their roles in our community. I gravitate toward groups that are philanthropy based.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Your voice matters. Don’t say sorry.

Don’t shrink back. There is no limit to what you can envision or do and if you have passion for a project, get a team of people to join you who in the core of their being believe in you and your vision and together make it happen.


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Shauna Edwards School Founder and Executive Director Lumen High School

cial professional where they can take the skills, drive and desire they possess and use that to help individuals and businesses solve their most important financial challenges. As a Special Care Planner, with the ChSNC designation, I assist families with developing valuable financial strategies with my knowledge of and dedication to the diverse concerns of special needs families. Proudest moment or biggest success: Growing a rare disease day event in Spokane every year. We are in our third year and tracking to have 200 people at the event. Also, balancing caregiving, parenting, and a high level career is a daily success I am privileged to manage.


Mary McDirmid, ChSNC Managing Director/ SpecialCare Planner MassMutual Northwest

Registered representative of and offers securities and investment advisory services through MML Investors Services, LLC. Member SIPC. SIPC.org. Branch Address: 9 S. Washington St., Ste. 415, Spokane. (509) 363-0288.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? My role is

to be a connector, to be the person who people want to go to for help and to be more creative with how we look at our teams. My first step into this was our pilot parent to work internship—the more out of the box ideas we can come up with around employment the more we lift all boats.   What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? Believe in yourself. Don’t let anyone tell

you that you are not awesome.

Spark Central is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that ignites the creativity, innovation, and imagination necessary for people to forge the path to their best future. They break down barriers to creativity like cost, confidence, and access by offering transformative programs, access to innovative technology, and a welcoming creative community for people of all economic backgrounds. Everyone deserves the opportunity to forge the future they imagine. Your role: I am the founding executive director of Spark Central, re-

sponsible for general and fiscal leadership, as well as management of the organization, including programs, partnerships, fundraising, budgets, and internal/external relations.

Proudest moment or biggest success: Recently celebrating four and a half years of Spark Central at our fundraiser with our board and Jess Walter, our co-founder, was moving to watch the community step up to support our work and to see how much we’ve done through programming in such a short amount of time. I’m proud of how we have served West Central and the broader Spokane community. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? My biggest mentors have been women who have

coached me in some way and helped me have the confidence to not settle for less than I am capable of achieving. Women in leadership roles are not always given the respect or the pay our male counterparts take for granted. Strong female mentors in my life have taught me to stand firm, even when there is no one to stand with you.

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Heather Beebe-Stevens

Executive Director of the Community Colleges of Spokane Foundation The Spokane Valley Museum has been serving the community for over 16 years. The Museum collects, preserves and makes accessible the heritage of the Spokane Valley. Your role: Inspiring 25 volun-

teers, and supervising six interns from local universities. I also give public history presentations and write grants. I give at-grade level presentations on the history of our community to students in the hope they will become stakeholders in the community once they know the history.

Proudest moment or biggest success: Watching my

vision for a repository and museum for the Spokane Valley and region become a successful reality, connecting people with their heritage. I am proud of the team that continues to grow the museum with their donated time, talent and resources.


Proudest moment or biggest success: I was working late on a Friday evening when I received an email from a colleague working with a student who had a young baby while working—and going to school—full-time. It was a cold January night, and she’d just been told she had two weeks to find a new place to live. She could pay for rent each month, but there was no way she could pull together first and last month’s rent plus a security deposit at that time, so she was looking at being homeless. Thanks to the belief that our CCS Foundation donors have in our work, I was able to access emergency funds to help her get into an apartment. My colleague called me a few minutes after I’d emailed back that I could help— and he told me how when she’d stopped crying, she wanted to send her thanks. That was a huge moment of clarification— that the work I am privileged to do each day has a real and long-lasting impact on people throughout our region. What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women? Spokanites love to invest in each other

and to cheer each other on to greater success. There is always room for improvement, of course, but when we have organizations like WOMEN LEAD and Women Helping Women, I think it shows that Spokane is investing in women in leadership, women in business and women in general.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that?

The business environment in the region offers ample opportunities for women to lead and succeed. Networking organizations offer opportunities to grow in one’s profession and connect with others who enrich our relationship with the business community. I see my role as one who shares a vision for a connected community, connected with the past success stories to engage and anchor a stronger future vision.

What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? I would share that life is

short, pursue what you are passionate about. Never settle for just getting by. You can always get more money, but you cannot get more time … so spend your time wisely.

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Girl Scouts of E. WA and N. Idaho is a small but mighty council out of 111 national councils. They build girls of courage, confidence, and character through innovative and relevant leadership programs, including entrepreneurship through the largest girl led business in the world. Your role: I have the privilege of planning, overseeing and executing

the Girl Scout Cookie sale, which supplies 80 percent of the organization’s revenue, raising 4 million dollars. Many prominent businesswomen and leaders credit their early learning to Girl Scout Cookie selling. I also oversee our marketing department, philanthropy department, special events, volunteer trainings, and our highest awards, including the Gold Award.

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Chief of Mission Delivery Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho

What is your role in women’s leadership? I see my continued role and opportunity to influence and encourage the next generation of women leaders through Girl Scouts. Whether by encouraging them to use their voice in civic engagement, find courage to ask customers to buy cookies, or to climb a rock wall, I am grateful for the opportunity every day to be able to build girls up and to help them discover their potential for greatness in whatever they pursue. What advice would you give young women as they consider their professional future? To not be afraid of who you are, and

don’t be afraid of failing. If you pursue what you are passionate about with honesty and integrity, you will find success. I would further advise young women to not be afraid to try more than one thing. Do not be afraid to make changes and never stop growing.

Proudest moment or biggest success: One of the most transforming experiences for me as a healthcare leader and a nurse happened early in my career when I was a nurse manager of pediatrics. We had a young 6 year old patient who was being treated for cancer; her mother was pregnant and stayed with her during her care. When mom delivered—I facilitated for her and her newborn to be cared for in the same room as her child so the family could all stay together. It made me realize how impactful advocating for patients can be. It shaped me as a leader. Where do you expect to be with your career in five years?

I want to continue to serve our community as a healthcare executive to improve the health of our citizens. I want to be known as a woman of high integrity, who cares deeply, gives generously and knows how to get things done. I want to contribute to MultiCare’s mission by developing partnerships in our community and improving the health of our community. Our strategic partnerships created across business, nonprofit and government sectors will be key in improving health and healing.

What do you feel Spokane’s business environment has to offer women and how do you see your role in that? Spo-

kane has a wealth of women leadership role models who are forging the way and inspiring others. I see myself as a leader who is joining forces with others in Spokane to create a positive difference for our community.


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ur publishers have compiled a list of businesses catering, in particular, to women and female interests to use as a resource guide when searching for care providers, employment services, mental health options, fashion and more. You’ll find our partners in bold, with a statement about their services as a bonus. If you know of a category or business that should be included in the future, please email our publisher, Vince Bozzi, at vince@bozzimedia.com.

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A listing of organizations for all reproductive health needs. Pelvic exams, pre and postnatal care, and all other medical resources to set you up with the right physician to address your health needs.

105 W. 8th Ave., #6060 (509) 838-4211 spokaneobgyn.com From obstetrics and general gynecology to specialized surgical procedures, patients receive the highest level of women’s health NATIVE PROJECT care at Spokane OBGYN. 1803 W. Maxwell Ave. nativeproject.org Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology The NATIVE Project employs a patient 1415 N. Houk Rd. centered care model that embraces (509) 924-1990 action, education, culture and spirituality valobgyn.com on the road to healing and wellness.

12 E. 5th Ave. (509) 455-4986 catholiccharitiesspokane.org CAPA offers stabilizing and advocacy services to expecting and parenting individuals and families with children ages 5 and under.

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Associates for Women's Health 212 E Central Ave., #340 (509) 484-1236


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Northwest OB-GYN 105 W. 8th Ave., Ste. 6020 (509) 455-5050 nw-woman.com


2429 E. North Altamont Blvd. (509) 999-2755 spokanebirth.com Family birth services across the Inland Northwest.

Valley OBGYN (Liberty Lake office) 1334 N. Whitman Ln. OB/GYN ASSOCIATES OF SPOKANE (509) 924-1990 valobgyn.com 601 W. 5th Ave., #301 (509) 455-8866 Kootenai Clinic OBGYN—Post Falls obgynspokane.com 1300 E. Mullan Ave., #500 Their goal is to help all Spokane (208) 625-5635 residents remain healthy and happy by kh.org offering women’s health services, from adolescence through menopause. Obstetrix Medical Group of Washington at Spokane Coeur OBGYN 910 W. 5th Ave., #380 980 W Ironwood Dr #201, CDA (509) 570-5470 (208) 765-4888 coeurobgyn.com mednax.com MULTICARE ROCKWOOD CLINIC Women's Health Connection—Valley WOMEN’S CENTER 16201 E. Indiana Ave. 910 W. 5th Ave., #300 (509) 465-8885 whconnection.com (509) 755-5205 multicare.org MultiCare’s Family Birth Centers provide North Spokane Women's Health expecting parents a safe, welcoming 235 E. Rowan Ave., #102 environment and compassionate, (509) 489-2101 supportive staff. nswomenshealth.com

Transitioning to Better Health with Wellness Therapy & Consultation

As we’ve experienced recently, change is inevitable, not only in life, but also in business. These are crazy, uncertain times, and every part of your business has the potential to stress you out and keep you up at night—lack of sales, too much debt, not enough money, issues with employees, problems with equipment and operations. Likely, you just grin and bear it, because as we’ve always been told, nothing worthwhile ever comes easy. That might be true, but according to therapist Jennie Keane, there are tools that can help you build a business model that leads to holistic health. Keane, A Mental Health Therapist for 20 years, combines her experience in business theory, evidence-based psychology, and mindfulness techniques within the work organization. She has worked with business owners, managers and staff both in-person and virtually. Her clients come from a variety of industries and professions, including, IT, medical, real estate, entrepreneurs, marketers and managers and executives at all levels. Leadership and effective business management are not, and have never been, about having all the answers. Instead, Keane points out that establishing a healthy business culture requires emotional intelligence, self-awareness, empathy, stress management—and most of all the willingness and ability to change and grow. “One of the most important things I do,” Keane says, “is help clients put their personal and business lives in perspective, and view them as a whole so we can create a plan for them to transition to better health.” Jennie Keane, MBA, M.ED., LPC, Wellness Therapy & Consultation 1717 Lincoln Way, Suite 101, Coeur d’Alene | (208) 699-5536 | wellnesstherapycda.com

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First Call For Help 107 S. Division St. (509) 838-4428 Sexual Assault & Family Trauma 210 W. Sprague Ave., #100 (509) 747-8224 lcsnw.org YWCA Spokane/Spokane Family Justice Center 930 N. Monroe St. (509) 326-1190 ywcaspokane.org Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery 2230 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 535-3155 vanessabehan.org   Miryam's House 1805 W. 9th Ave. (509) 747-9222 help4women.org Spokane County Regional Domestic Violence Consortium (509) 477-3787  UGM Anna Ogden Hall 2828 W. Mallon Ave. (509) 327-7737 uniongospelmission.org Safe Passage 850 N. 4th St., CDA (208) 664-9303 safepassageid.org St. Margaret's Shelter RM 101 E. Hartson Ave. (509) 624-9788 catholiccharitiesspokane.org


2121 E. Wabash Ave. (509) 484-0600 abuserecovery.org Abuse Recovery Ministry Services exists to bring healing and transformation, from a faith perspective, to those impacted by domestic violence and controlling relationships. Naomi Community 11214 E. Broadway Ave. (509) 926-6492 naomicommunity.org TRANSITIONS 3128 N. Hemlock St. (509) 328-6702 help4women.org Transitions works to end poverty and homelessness for women and children in Spokane. Victims Response Team Crisis Line (509) 624-7273 Women's Healing and Empowerment Network (509) 323-2120 whenetwork.com

Women's Fashion Retailers specializing in women's fashions.


1184 W. Summit Pkwy. (509) 473-9341 boutiquebleuonline.com Boutique Bleu provides a classic approach to life and dress—helping you achieve the best looking, most fashionable you through their unique designer collections. Chico's 808 W Main Ave., Ste. 101 (509) 624-0656 chicos.com

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Echo Boutique 1033 W. 1st Ave. (509) 747-0890 echoboutiquespokane.com Fringe & Fray 1325 W. 1st Ave. #102 (509) 720-7116 fringeandfray.net J.Jill 808 W. Main Ave. (509) 455-6592 jjill.com Kaster Luz 1312 N. Monroe St. #255 (509) 342-8391 Lane Bryant 4727 N. Division St. (509) 481-9768 lanebryant.com

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Motherhood Maternity 14700 E. Indiana Ave. (208) 273-1326 stores.motherhood.com Outlaw Woman 1720 N. Ash St. (509) 879-5808 outlawwoman.com Reece Boutique 12501 N. Division St., Ste. 3 (509) 790-4353 spokanewomensboutique.com Torrid 4750 N. Division St., Spc. 1168 (509) 489-4073 torrid.com Veda Lux 1106 S. Perry St. (509) 475-1674 vedalux.com Willow Market and Boutique 400 N. 4th St., CDA (208) 292-4348






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323 S. Pines Rd. (509) 321-2330 jemalane.com Jema Lane is a small, family-owned boutique that sells chic women's clothing for every shape and size, where every woman can find something fabulous to add to her wardrobe. Audrey's Boutique 3131 N. Division St. (509) 324-8612 Lolo Boutique 319 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 747-2867 lolospokane.com Anthropologie 885 W. Main Ave. (509) 747-5557 anthropologie.com

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THE ESSENTIAL WOMAN Athleta BOUTIQUE 808 W. Main Ave., Spc. 235 507 S. Sherman St. (509) 456-4078 athleta.gap.com (509) 363-0100 essentialwomanboutique.com The Essential Woman Boutique serves BOARDWALK BOUTIQUE the unique needs of women with cancer, 210 E. Sherman Ave., #111, CDA helping clients regain confidence in (208) 667-4665 their bodies and themselves in a private, facebook.com/boardwalkbtq relaxed, and comfortable atmosphere. Free People 865 W. Main Ave. Cues Clothing (509) 747-0559 108 N. Washington St., #104 freepeople.com (509) 838-5837 cuesclothing.com HONEST IN IVORY 1003 E. Trent Ave., #105 (509) 309-3239 A listing of health organizations honestinivory.com specifically catering to women's health. Honest in Ivory provides the cure for the uncommon bride. Providence Sacred Heart Maternity Clinic—Spokane Title Nine 101 W. 8th Ave. 928 S. Perry St. (509) 474-3170 (509) 535-4839 titlenine.com Sacred Heart Women's Health 101 W. 8th Ave., #1200 lululemon (509) 474-2400 707 W. Main Ave. a6 washington.providence.org (509) 747-0276 shop.lululemon.com Health Care For Women 980 W. Ironwood Dr., CDA Catherines (208) 765-1455 6202 N. Division St. hcfwcda.com (509) 481-9763 catherines.com WIC—Women/Infants/Children 500 S. Stone St., Ste. 152 Kandy's Boutique (509) 323-2830 421 E. Sherman Ave., CDA fns.usda.gov (208) 665-8100 kandysboutique.com Women's Clinic 1603 N. Belt St. RUMOUR BOUTIQUE (509) 473-7060 5648 N. Government Way, CDA (208) 755-9890 Womens Health Connection Valley rumourboutiques.com 16201 E. Indiana Ave. From teens anywhere to moms (509) 465-8885 everywhere, and now children, Rumour Boutique has the Coeur d'Alene product Planned Parenthood—Spokane Health and style you're looking for. Center 123 E. Indiana Ave., Bldg. A Swank Boutique (509) 207-3017 4727 N. Division St., Ste. 100 D plannedparenthood.org (509) 468-1839 swankboutique.net

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Planned Parenthood—Spokane Valley Health Center 12104 E. Main Ave. (509) 207-3017 plannedparenthood.org Point of Origin Acupuncture & Women's Health 13607 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 928-2777 spokaneacupuncture.com Northwest Women's Care 1551 E. Mullan Ave., Ste., 200-A, Post Falls (208) 262-2482 northwestspecialtyhospital.com

Associations and Clubs A listing of organizations and clubs which cater exclusively to women. Every Woman Can 827 W. 1st Ave. (509) 315-5940 everywomancan.org League of Women Voters 2404 N. Howard St. (509) 326-8026 lwvspokane.org LeanIn Circles leanin.org MeetUp.com meetup.com Order of The Eastern Star of Washington (161 Victory) 11204 E. 34th Ave. (509) 922-3524 Rosh Chodesh Society—Chabad of Spokane 4116 E. 37th Ave. (509) 443-0770 jewishspokane.com Woman's Club of Spokane 1428 W. 9th Ave. (509) 838-5667 womansclubspokane.org

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Women Helping Women Fund 1325 W. 1st Ave., #318 (509) 328-8285 whwfspokane.org Women's Hearth 920 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 455-4249 help4women.org


Counselors and Therapists Therapists, marital counselors, and other mental health professionals who provide services specifically for women. Alice Lavelle 521 N. Argonne Rd. (509) 926-6176 alicelavellemft.vpweb.com Keneesha Jo Lloyd 407 E. 2nd Ave., Ste. 250 (509) 402-1699 Return to Roots Therapy 1325 W. 1st Ave., #226 (619) 693-7576 returntorootstherapy.com Avalon Counseling—Coeur d’Alene Counseling 1250 W. Ironwood Dr., #303, CDA (208) 618-3007 graymattercounseling.com Derive Family Therapy 122 N. Raymond Rd., #3b (509) 730-5193 Tiffanie O'Rourke 10103 N. Division St., Ste. #109 (509) 467-1156 tiffanieorourke.com Trishanna Jones, Counselor 505 W. Riverside Ave., Ste. 524 (509) 252-5031 atlascounselingpnw.com Jessica Kaluza, Counselor 207 W. Nora Ave. (509) 688-4844 renewedstories.com



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Journey Counseling/Ashlie Unruh 2426 Merritt Creek Loop, Unit B, CDA (208) 495-3356 journeycounselingcda.com Kelsey Clark, Marriage & Family Therapist 400 S. Jefferson St., Ste. 200 (509) 768-6852 charmedcounseling.com Diane Thompson Counseling 1411 W. Garland Ave. (509) 939-4114 dianethompsoncounseling.com Erin Kelly 400 S Jefferson St. (509) 774-5412 purplelotuscounseling.com


1717 Lincoln Way, CDA (208) 699-5536 wellnesstherapycda.com Jennie Keane provides expertise in the cultivation of optimum health in clients’ personal and career lives utilizing therapeutic treatment and business strategies bringing more meaning and purpose to their lives. Sarah Kaiser, Clinical Social Work/ Therapist 316 W. Boone Ave., Ste., 656 (509) 309-0449 corspokane.com

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A listing of professional and career growth resources. The Women’s Business Center 500 S. Stone St. (509) 456-SNAP snapwa.org

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5515 N. Alberta St. (509) 326-5740 edwardjones.com As a financial advisor, Catherine Dixon applies a resolute approach to supporting each client's pursuit and protection of their unique, long-term financial goals. Women to Work 930 N. Monroe St. (509) 789-9299 ywcaspokane.org National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-NW) nawbonw.org Après Group apresgroup.com Career Contessa careercontessa.com Career Transitions Institute for Extended Learning 2917 W. Fort George Wright (509) 279-6065 scc.spokane.edu CHRIST KITCHEN 2410 N. Monroe St. (509) 325-4343 christkitchen.org Christ Kitchen is committed to loving and providing hope to vulnerable women in our community. Hire Tech Ladies hiretechladies.com InHerSight hiretechladies.com


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Resources geared toward assisting women in completing whatever stage of education they are currently pursuing. American Association of University Women (AAUW) aauw-wa.aauw.net EWU Women's and Gender Education Center 526 5th St., Cheney (509) 359-2898 Association of Faculty Women—WSU (509) 335-3564 afw.wsu.edu Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (509) 928-8884 deltasigmatheta.org Women Lead 502 E. Boone Ave. (800) 986-9585 gonzaga.edu WSU—Scholarships for Women (509) 335-3564 spokane.wsu.edu

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A listing of resources, alliances, and organizations geared toward supporting women currently, or who did at one time, battle breast cancer. American Cancer Society Spokane Office and Tender Loving Care 1212 N. Washington St., Ste. 325 (509) 455-3440 tlcdirect.org



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217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 324-2980 sandplasticsurgery.com Jordan P. Sand, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a double board-certified, award-winning facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, hair restoration, facial rejuvenation, skin resurfacing and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments.




DR. KAIULANI MORIMOTO, MD 12615 E. Mission Ave., #105 (509) 315-4415 kmplasticsurgery.com Dr. Kaiulani Morimoto, MD, F.A.C.S. is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers Enbloc Capsulectomy for Breast Implant Illness, breast lifts, tummy tucks and body contouring, blepharoplasty and browlifts, breast augmentation and reduction, testosterone pellet therapy, Botox injections and dermal fillers. Providence—Breast Cancer Support Group (509) 474-5490 washington.providence.org Summit Cancer Centers 13424 E. Mission Ave. (855) 786-6482 summitcancercenters.com Plastic Surgery Northwest 530 S. Cowley St. (509) 838-1010 plasticsurgerynorthwest.com

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computer without you even being aware “Because of the amount of digital transactions and communication that we do, nobody’s it’s taking place. immune,” says Daniel Schwartz, founder and president of Design IT Solutions. “Bad actors “A half an hour of education for don't care who they hit as long as you have a digital presence.” business users will save them a ton When a ransomware attack scrambled data on computer systems at a Grays Harbor of grief,” says Schwartz, who hospital, management called on Design IT Solutions to fortify their network to in 2018 was selected by a protect sensitive records and patient health information. The healthcare sector committee based on his is the Spokane company’s largest client sector, but they also work with law Because of the “depth and diversity of firms, manufacturing, financial institutions, and even RV dealers. amount of digital experience” to join the The newest weapon in Design IT’s arsenal are “Next Gen Firewalls,” Forbes Technology which, put simply, offer more protection than a traditional firewall that transactions and Council, an invitationjust looks at the address of incoming files and uses simple rules to decide communication that only organization for what’s permitted. A next-gen firewall scans the entire file for malicious senior-level technology content.  we do, nobody’s executives. Artificial intelligence is also revolutionizing computer security. Traditional immune. “I enjoy the challenge antivirus software seeks out files that are determined to be dangerous by a of making technology better centralized server. Artificial intelligence actually understands machine code and and making technology work for how normal applications function, and shuts down anything considered an anomaly. everyone,” Schwartz says. “We're called “It’s super smart and is proactively looking for threats to your network,” Schwartz says. Design IT Solutions because there's “All told, it uses some eight artificial engines to assess in real time what’s happening and no one-size fits all approach—we're immediately stop it.” engineers and we provide tailored As intelligent as antivirus programs have become, according to Schwartz, the majority of viruses are spread through “social engineering” where users are tricked into clicking on solutions for individual security challenges.” a link and enter personal information—it can even give unauthorized users access to your

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SMART BOATING Chad Bixby, owner and chief mechanic of Legend Performance Marine, has been involved with the boating industry for more than two decades, and in recent times, he’s witnessed how technology has placed safer, stronger and more reliable boats on the water. Legend Performance Marine, in Liberty Lake, is an official Hallett & Nordic boats dealer and authorized service center for Mercury Marine, a leader in outboard and marine engine innovations from joystick piloting to digital displays and controls.  Mercury’s exclusive Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) technology is a “fly-by-wire” system that replaces mechanical cables with wires that carry an electrical signal from the control to the ECU (electronic control unit) on the outboard, which in turn controls an electronic throttle actuator, and solenoids that handle shifting. Bixby points out that digital controls offer a multitude of advantages. You’ve replaced cables that can stretch or corrode, of course, but because the system is electronic, all kinds of other features can be built in, from a mode to adjust engine speed in fine increments for trolling to automatic engine synchronizing. 84


“It’s a very reliable system,” Bixby says. “You don't have parts wear out and it’s designed with redundant systems, so that if there happens to be a sensor failure, specialized programming inside the computer ensures that you return safely to port.” Digital displays are common in computers and home television systems, and now they are also a beneficial feature for boating. Mercury’s VesselView system incorporates a touch screen that displays more than 30 engine parameters, including fuel level and range, oil temperature and pressure, battery voltage, water depth, generator monitoring, HVAC and more. An ECO mode tells operators what trim and rpm settings will give them the best fuel economy. This feature won a “Green Product of the Year” by West Marine in 2010 and can provide up to 20 percent better fuel economy. VesselView isn’t just for fancy powerboats. Also available as a mobile app, it offers sportsmen with smaller fishing vessels, that typically aren’t equipped with a full array of gauges, readouts on engine performance. There are even upgrades that allow for advanced fish finders and theft deterrence systems. “Your phone essentially becomes your dashboard,” Bixby says. “If you have a problem, you can save that information and then send it to your local Mercury dealer and they can virtually diagnose your boat over the phone.” All of these advances are geared towards making boating more accessible and more affordable because there's less maintenance involved. “The overall advantage,” Bixby says, “is a less stressful, more pleasant boating experience.”

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nn Fennessy and Bob Maixner weren’t looking to move. They loved their 1929 home in the Rockwood neighborhood on Spokane’s South Hill. They’d lived there for many years, enjoying morning coffee on the back porch and over-the-fence repartee with their neighbors. But. When they’d go on runs and walks together, they’d talk about the future. They’d point out houses to each other and wonder what kind of place might they end up in someday. “If we ever moved out of here,” they’d find themselves saying, considering various homes and asking each other if a place like that might be right. When Maixner heard about a new development called Bella Terra, a community of townhomes on the South Hill built around an expansive garden, they decided to visit, just to see.

“We came over here in June and we loved it,” says Maixner. “Four or five days later we put the house on the market.” There were four factors that sealed the deal when it came to leaving their beloved home and moving to this new development: nature, community, beauty, and practicality—a place they could age in.




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“I think it’s important, especially the older you get, to stay open to change, and to court change” says Fennessy. “Continued growth is vital.” Downsizing from 3,000-plus square feet to a townhome wouldn’t be easy, but that didn’t mean it wasn’t the right choice, an opportunity to think about how they wanted to live, both now and in the future. They winnowed their possessions. Maixner gave away half of his clothes, they parted with some artwork, and Fennessy said goodbye to her beloved garden.

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The difficult decisions that accompanied the move were worth it to be part of Bella Terra. As project developer Roger Fruci describes it, Bella Terra was designed to create homes that would be at harmony with nature. When Fruci first conceived of the project, it came as the answer to a question he asked himself. “I thought, ‘where would I ideally like to live?’ And I thought, I’d like to live in the Japanese Garden at Manito. That can’t happen. Is it possible to bring those kinds of features into a development?” That’s what Bella Terra is striving for, and as new townhomes there continue to be constructed, that vision is coming to life.



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Early in development, “the first person we hired was a landscape architect who specializes in healing gardens,” says Fruci. “Bella Terra is really all about trying to create a very beautiful, healing, natural environment,” with all units oriented toward the substantial 60,000-square foot garden that includes waterfalls, ponds, and a contemplative space. The units have basic plans that can be customized to fit residents’ needs, and finish choices are theirs to make as well. “We don’t want to tell people what they have to do—we work with them to try and modify our standard plans, which are already really beautiful, to accommodate what they want,” says Fruci. “The level of finish is like a high-end custom home.” APRIL 2020 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


Maixner and Fennessy are impressed with quality of workmanship in their townhome; this is one reason why it was chosen as one of the AIA Spokane’s Homes of Distinction. One thing they appreciate is the soundproofed walls, which made it so they weren’t disturbed by a winter windstorm, nor does Fennessy worry that the sound of her playing the piano will bother anyone.







Their home’s layout accommodates her grand piano, and has an open floor plan that allows for a level of entertaining that their larger but more divided previous home couldn’t facilitate. Should the need arise, the ground floor is designed to function as a self-contained living suite, and there is an elevator installed in the townhome as well (since it’s unnecessary for day-to-day life currently, they are putting it





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to work as an additional closet for the time being). The upstairs includes a substantial great room, a spacious kitchen, and a master suite. Since moving in just before Thanksgiving, Fennessy and Maixner have gotten to know their neighbors, and their neighbors’ dogs, all on a first-name basis. In terms of finishes, they opted for quartzite countertops, a variegated tile surround for their fireplace, and wipeable tile for the base of the kitchen island (to withstand the smudges from the feet of their grandchildren when they come to visit). But they didn’t want to start completely over with their décor. “I got my back up about keeping my old furniture,” says Fennessy. The great room’s focal points are art, books, and outdoor views. “I obviously have a strong connection to history,” says Fennessy, who treasures the antique furniture, art, and

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As land becomes more expensive, and market growth continues in Spokane, it’s good to see more and more examples of dense urban development. This project does a great job of introducing our city to what it might mean to feel like you’re living in … well, a city, at least an urban one anyway and without having to give up your two car garage. The interior palette is soothing and, when coupled with the ample exterior amenity spaces, Bella Terra provides a unique and calming living experience.



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omeowners and renters remodel, redesign and restructure their homes for a variety of reasons. Even a newly constructed dream home needs improvements over time. Common renovation projects include upgrading worn-out surfaces, finishes and materials, or adding features and improving livability. Other homeowners invest in remodeling simply because they’re ready for a change.



However, many find the idea of taking on a remodeling project too overwhelming to attempt. Thirty-five percent of U.S. homeowners would rather move to another home than remodel their current home, according to research by the National Association of Realtors. What those homeowners don’t realize is that taking on projects is often worth the investment and time. The same study showed that among those who did undertake a home improvement project, 75% had a greater desire to be in their home when the project was completed. Others reported increased enjoyment in their home and a major sense of accomplishment. Satisfaction aside, there are financial implications that may influence how you prioritize renovations in your home. Here are some interior and exterior upgrades likely to bring the biggest return on investment according to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of Realtors.



Exterior Upgrades Generally speaking, improvements to your home’s structural features and exterior elements drive the greatest returns on your renovation dollars. New Roof: Your home’s roof takes a real beating from the elements, and upgrading this protective feature is one of the greatest investments you can make for your home with an estimated 109% return on value. There’s a reasonable expectation for long-lasting results and you’re likely to see some improvement in your home’s energy efficiency.

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Updated Siding: Enhancing an architectural element like siding is another way to improve your home’s aesthetic appeal while making it easier to maintain. Be thoughtful in selecting your materials, though; fiber-cement siding brings a slightly higher return than vinyl selections.

Interior Upgrades Although many improvements inside the home tend to be based on your personal tastes and lifestyle, you can still reap the benefits of undertaking certain high-return projects. Wood Flooring: Refinishing existing wood floors or installing new wood floors is likely to bring at or near a 100% return on investment. The project improves a home’s aesthetic appeal and eliminates possible signs of wear while bringing a more modern feel to the living space.



Sustainable Considerations: Also high on the list are projects that improve a home’s energy efficiency, such as upgrading insulation. Not only does improved quality or quantity of insulation help reduce energy bills, it’s an investment you can expect to recoup a large percentage on. Similarly, replacing the HVAC may be a necessary project if the old unit is failing to perform, but it can also improve energy efficiency and result in better functionality and livability for the home.



Livable Spaces: Adding square footage always helps a home value, especially when you can convert unused, unfinished space like a basement into a comfortable, cozy living area. Another place where you can expect a big return is on a complete kitchen remodel, which will allow you to improve function while adding modern touches and upgrading outdated and worn features. Find more advice to maximize the value of your next home improvement project at remodelingdoneright.com.

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BPS Supply Company Inc. is the exclusive marketing distributor of Dupont Corian and Corian Quartz in Washington, Montana, Idaho, Eastern Oregon and Western Wyoming. Their goal is to provide that extra measure of service and convenience by stocking what you need, where and when you need it and providing expert logistics to get the product to you the fastest most effective way for your project needs.



CALIFORNIA CLOSETS 506 N. Sullivan Rd., Suite D californiaclosets.com

California Closets works closely with homeowners to create custom storage solutions designed to any space, lifestyle and budget. From closets organizers to cabinets for the kitchen and bath, from practical to posh, California Closets has the experience to help you put your home and life in order. CLOSETS NORTHWEST INC.


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Closets Northwest believes that a little bit of organization goes a long way when it comes to feeling in control and ahead of the game. Life can be hectic, and a simplified, organized space can be the grounding force to make closet and storage zen a reality. With more than 25 years of combined experience, you can be certain they are the team to deliver you to that closet and storage zen you crave. They can't wait to start the process with you today. DANIEL J. OLSON CONSTRUCTION, INC.

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For nearly four decades, Great Floors has been providing the best products, exceptional service and the lowest prices in the markets they serve. This equates to offering the best value in floor coverings and natural countertops to Northwest homeowners, contractors and business owners.


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Grizzly Glass Centers has been serving the Inland Northwest for more than 30 years. They are a local company, large enough to serve all of your glass needs and small enough to care with an added home town personal touch. Their certified team has an amazing reputation and only use professional grade products and state of the art equipment. GOLD SEAL PLUMBING 5524 E. Boone Ave.p goldsealplumbing.com

In the more than 35 year history of Gold Seal, the team has established a reputation for prompt, professional service and honest pricing. A four-generation, familyowned company, Gold Seal proudly serves residential and commercial customers in Washington, Idaho and Montana. Whether it’s prompt repairs to existing plumbing systems or installation in new construction, no job is too large or small.



HUG CONSTRUCTION 630 W. Shannon Ave. hugconstruction.com

The passion at HUG Construction is to provide the ultimate construction experience by delivering the extraordinary through investing in people and their dreams. They exist “to help families and business owners who feel frustrated by outdated design.” They deliver beautiful and functional design and construction solutions so you can thrive in your space and have more time to do what you really love. JOEL’S LAWN CARE

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Joel’s Lawncare is a locally owned and operated premium landscape management company. They always strive for perfection in everything they do—your lawn will be no exception. Joel’s Lawncare proudly serves the North Idaho and Eastern Washington areas, including Coeur d’Alene, Colbert, Greenacres, Hayden, Liberty Lake, Post Falls, Rockford, South Hill, Spokane, Spokane Valley, Valley Ford, Veradale and other surrounding areas. LAND EXPRESSIONS

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The Land Expressions team designs spaces for human use; creating places that are well planned, designed, and crafted for the purpose of creating a positive interaction between people, the built environment and our natural world. As landscape architects, they apply their comprehensive knowledge as problem solvers, visionaries, artists, builders and craftsmen—they are stewards of our environment. 136



2750 N. Eagle, Liberty Lake marioandson.com

Simply put, Mario & Son is the “natural” choice for high-quality marble, granite and quartz surfaces. From gleaming countertops, sinks, showers and benches, and intricate stone inlay for your home to eye-catching signs and reception areas for your business, the options are endless. At Mario & Son, you dream it, they create it. N-HANCE

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N-Hance’s goal is to provide the best cabinet and wood floor refinishing so you know your needs are being met. The technicians pay specific attention to your needs and recommend the services that are right for you. N-Hance uses the proprietary Lightspeed instant-cure wood refinishing process, which requires no sanding and leaves no odor or toxic residue.

NOOK INTERIORS 1633 S. Grand Blvd. nookinteriors.com

Nook Interiors is a full-service interior design studio in Spokane. They specialize in remodels, and custom-built homes, and have worked with clients across the Pacific Northwest. The Nook team’s goal is to tune in to their clients' needs and create spaces that combine style, comfort, and functionality. NORTHWEST GRANITE 7312 E. Sprague Ave. nwgraniteandmore.com

Locally owned and operated since 2010, NW Granite is Spokane's one-stop supplier for all of your remodeling and new construction needs. They have it all: cabinets, vanities, sinks, granite and quartz countertops, and much more. With their guaranteed lowest prices, you can create that kitchen in your house you’ve always dreamed of thanks to their huge selection of colors and styles. RENOVATIONS BY DAVE renovationsbydave.com

Renovations by Dave Covillo has been renovating homes in the greater Spokane and Northern Idaho area for more than a decade. His quality of work and reputation is built on his honesty, integrity and the personal attention he provides to each project. With more than 25 years in the housing industry, Dave has developed a critical eye for details and extensive knowledge of ever-changing design trends. APRIL 2020 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


RIVER CITY GLASS 6615 E. Main Ave, rivercityglass.com

River City Glass has been locally owned for more than 30 years. They take pride in only offering the top quality glass that they can stand behind. They cover all aspects of glass from vinyl, aluminum, wood, steel and more. Whether you are in need of a basic shower door or an elaborate commercial project such as a storefront or automatic doors, River City Glass has a solution that’s right for you. ROLLED STEEL PRODUCTS, INC. 1010 N. Nelson St. go-rsp.com

With Rolled Steel Products and RSP Structural Systems, the component and building possibilities are endless. RSP’s focus is all of the products included in light gauge metal buildings targeting the agricultural, residential and commercial building industries. RSP Structural Systems specializes in a variety of types of light-gauge self-storage buildings using their in-house engineers and designers to create the perfect building for customers. SAVVY HOME

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Savvy Home’s mission is to provide their customers with an exceptional shopping experience. They concentrate on surrounding themselves with quality and unique products they would enjoy in their own homes. They partner with other local vendors to ensure they can make recommendations for everything, from styling your home to hosting your friends and family in the most warm and inviting ways. SPOKANE HARDWARE 2001 E. Trent Ave. spokane-hardware.com

Since 1945, Spokane Hardware has provided great products and excellent customer service the old fashioned way. It is the company's goal, in this ever-changing world that we all live in, to continue to provide customers with new and unique quality hardware items. Their online store has 143,738 quality hardware products from more than 251 different manufacturers that you can research at your leisure. 138



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Spokane Overhead Door is a leader in garage door sales, installation, and repair. Family-owned and operated, Spokane Overhead Door offers 35 years of experience working with residential and commercial customers. Members of the BBB and Spokane Home Builders Association, Spokane Overhead Door prides themselves on high quality work and precise attention to details. STROHMAIER CONSTRUCTION 1325 W. 1st Ave., Ste. 200 strohmaierconstruction.com

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by Darin Burt

ot. Weed. Marijuana. Whatever you call it, there’s no getting around the fact that this once nefarious herb has become a common part of our everyday life. Not long ago, if you wanted to smoke a “jay,” you’d have to secretly grow the plant in your basement or buy it from a friend of a friend and hope they weren’t selling you a bag of oregano. Stop at any intersection nowadays and you’ll likely see billboards on every corner advertising local cannabis shops, where, as long as you are 21 or older, you can walk right up to the counter and purchase flower (dried cannabis), concentrates (CO2 extracted), edibles (cannabis infused food products, candies, capsules and drinks) and even canna-biscuits for your dog as easily as you would grab a latte at your favorite coffee stop or groceries at the market. No matter your history with cannabis, it’s natural to feel a bit apprehensive before your first visit to a legal dispensary. From the moment you enter the front door, you’ll encounter an experience unlike any other. There’s no reason to be intimidated, though. The owners and staff of these businesses are no different from you and me, and the budtenders (cannabis product specialists) are ready and excited to answer your questions and help you find the products that will give you the effect you desire, whether for health and wellness or simply to take the edge off and chill out. We met with the people behind Spokane’s most popular cannabis shops to hear about their journey into this new retail landscape and get the facts to dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding it.



Christina Dahm, general manager, Green Light

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Green Light Sonny Langdon has been a card holding member of the cannabis club since the late nineties when it went medical. One of the state’s first authorized farms was owned by a colleague at a local auto dealership where he worked on the sales floor. When recreational cannabis became legal, Langdon’s first thought was to follow his passion for growing, but instead he turned to the retail side, which had less red tape to deal with in order to open for business. Luckily, his was one of the first retail applications in Spokane to be selected in the state’s original cannabis license lottery. “I wanted to get into the industry because it is something I know a lot about, and to be on the front lines, and one of the original people to help grow an industry that’s never been done before was appealing,” says Langdon, owner of Green Light, at 1030E. E. Trent Ave, in Spokane Valley. “Everybody thought I was crazy and was going to be on the government’s radar,” Langdon says, “but I was like, ‘Whatever … I’m paying taxes, following the rules, doing everything legal and get to pursue something I’m passionate about and actually do it for a living.’” Green Light prides itself on great customer service, tenured, knowledgeable budtenders and a wide selection of quality products, which have helped make the 1,000-square-foot dispensary a leader in sales in Spokane County since its grand opening in 2014. “I know many of the growers personally and I know what product is good versus bad, having been in on the ground level as a grower myself,” Langdon says. Langdon inspires that same commitment within his staff, ensuring they are up-to-date on the latest information with product education and in-person visits with vendors, like Fairwinds and Phat Panda, whose cannabis-centric products they sell. 144


“We welcome questions,” Langdon says. “Because of our continuing education, our budtenders are highly knowledgeable and committed to helping customers find the right products that will work for them.” Being a legitimate business includes the ability to conduct transactions with banking institutions. Many assume cannabis retailers operate on a cash-only basis because their business isn’t welcomed by traditional banks. While that is the case in some instances, as financial institutions grapple with the fact that cannabis is still federally prohibited, there are many like Langdon, who’ve formed positive relationships with business bankers and merchant services providers. “We definitely make money in this industry,” Langdon says, “but one thing I’ve always done, and sometimes it’s gotten me into trouble, is to get the real information to people.”



Apex Cannabis Troy and Stacey Peterson, owners of Apex Cannabis—with the modern storefront at the corner of N. Division and E. Sinto— were introduced to the potential benefits of medicinal cannabis after Stacey’s dad developed pancreatic cancer. Cannabis helped him better endure the side effects of the chemo and radiation treatments that saved his life. “Prior to this experience, we were not judgmental about cannabis; we just weren’t around it,” Stacey says. “We did have a vision of our shop based on the priorities of safety, compliance, customer service, and a respectful, fun environment, and principles such as professionalism and offering a wide range of products and prices in a welcoming environment.” There are now three Apex Cannabis locations, with stores in Otis Orchards and Moses Lake. All have a clean, contemporary feel. The Moses Lake and Otis Orchards stores were the first in the state to feature temperature- and humidity-controlled display cases. The Spokane shop has these along with refrigerated cases that keep beverages chilled and maintain the stability and flavor of some concentrates. “If you’ve never been in a cannabis shop, the only way to really formulate an opinion is to visit one,” Stacey says. “Don’t feel you have to buy anything—just ask questions, learn about the products and see if cannabis might be something you would like to explore further.”

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Being medically endorsed, Apex Cannabis offers consultations to Washington State medical card holders. But the staff are not physicians or pharmacists and must walk a fine line when discussing the characteristics of different cannabis strains and products. “The doctor who taught the medical class told us the best option is to encourage customers to become an ‘experiment of one’—meaning, start with a low dose; wait and see how you feel; and trust yourself to find the amount that is right for you,” Stacey says. “Due to the long-term federal prohibition, we do not have the proper scientific double-blind studies that the medical community and many others would like to see.” When Stacey tells people she’s in the cannabis business, those who are against it often say, “I hate cannabis and I did not vote for it.” Hers is a respectful, compassionate response. “The thing I would encourage them to think about is someday, if someone they love is suffering, and could possibly benefit from cannabis—they may want to consider it.’ “It is exciting to be part of this still emerging industry,” Stacey says. “We all get to contribute to developing the cannabis industry today and we are continually improving it to become what it will be in the future.”

Stacey Peterson, co-owner with husband Troy (not pictured), Apex Cannabis



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Carol Ehart and Alissa Taylor, owners, 4:20 Friendly

4:20 Friendly Finding the perfect location for a cannabis shop can be a challenge. Among the unique zoning laws and regulations, such businesses must be at least 1,000 feet from an arcade, school or day care center, intended for the safety of children. It can also be expensive to lease space for a cannabis business—if a landlord can be found that will even consider it. Carol Ehart and Alissa Taylor constructed their own little store from the ground up right on their own property. Not only is 4:20 Friendly (4:20 being ’70 police code for Marijuana Smoking in Progress) conveniently located just off W. Sunset Hwy, it’s also the closest dispensary for tourists to visit after landing at the airport, which is why the owners and staff see themselves as Spokane’s Cannabis Ambassadors. At any given time, 4:20 stocks 75 to 100 different strains of cannabis. Customers range from seniors, intrigued by endorsement of cannabis acting as an anti-inflammatory to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, to helping with better sleep; to newly retired folks, previously 148


unable to use cannabis because of workplace rules. The shop is neatly housed in a converted pre-fab wooden building. As one of the smallest stores in town, the staff is fortunate to have the time to spend with customers, going over options for what they need and want to get out of using cannabis. Ehart says that, hands down, the most misinformed opinion from those new to cannabis is that in order to experience any kind of positive benefit you need a strain with the absolutely highest level of THC, the main psychoactive, or mood altering, ingredient in cannabis. “You’re buying a plant, not a bottle of whiskey,” Ehart says. In reality, there is no official industry standard for calculating the total THC of a cannabis product, and different producers and testing facilities calculate it in different ways. Tolerance for various levels of THC, Ehart points out, depends on the individual and how it’s consumed. Then there are the profiles of different strains from indica, which can have a calming, sedating effect, to sativa, known for uplifting and

stimulating qualities. Then there are the hybrid strains that are a complex cannabis puzzle, resulting in a range of effects. “How to marry the law and culture has been tricky,” Ehart says. Speaking of marriage—Ehart and Taylor are partners in business and life. They were strong supporters of Referendum 74, otherwise known as Marriage Equality, coincidently on the same Washington State ballot with Initiative 502 to legalize cannabis statewide. When both historic measures passed, the newly-wed couple felt the community and the social environment was ready to embrace lifestyle choices outside the norm. “People have been smoking in the closet forever. Making cannabis more acceptable really boils down to education and being open to communicating about it,” Ehart says. “Our perspective was to create an environment where anybody from any walk of life can feel welcome and supported and not like they’re breaking the law—because they’re not.”

Let the Good Times Roll. We pride ourselves by offering discrete, professional service in a comfortable environment with knowledgeable budtenders who are certified medical marijuana consultants. We have ample parking for any size vehicle, well lit and safe parking lot, and are ADA accessible.

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WARNING: This product has intoxicating affects and may be habit forming. Smoking is hazardous to your health. There may be health risks associated with consumption of this product. Should not be used by women that are pregnant or breast feeding. For use only by adults 21 and older. Marijuana can impair concentration, coordination and judgement. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under the influence of this drug.

A-List Cannabis Shops The team at Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living has pulled together a list of the highest online and customer rated cannabis businesses in our area. To show our clients some love, we have bolded their listings: 4:20 Friendly 1515 S. Lewis St. (509) 844-7287 four-twentyfriendly.com

Green Light 10309 E. Trent Ave. (509) 309-3193 greenlightspokane.com

Apex Cannabis 21502 E. Gilbert Rd., Otis Orchards (509) 922-9235 apexcannabis.com

The Green Nugget 322 E. Francis Ave. (509) 309-2130

Cannabis and Glass 9403 E. Trent Ave. (509) 710-7118 Cannabis Tree 6620 N. Market St. #100 (509) 340-9117 Cinder—Valley 1421 N. Mullan Rd. B (509) 241-3726 Cinder—Downtown Spokane 927 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 241-0110 Greenhand 2424 N. Monroe St. (509) 919-3470

Hidden Joint LLC 6620 N. Market St. #100 (509) 368-9065 Locals Canna House 9616 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 413-2796 localscannahouse.com Lovely Buds 4107 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 474-0461 LUCID Recreational Marijuana Dispensary 11414 N. Newport Hwy. (509) 465-1197 Lucky Buds 1403 N. Division St. Ste. A (509) 919-3398

Lucky Leaf Co 1111 W. 1st Ave. (509) 474-9616 Mary Jane's 2829 N. Market St. (509) 315-8223s Phat Panda 2611 N. Woodruff Rd. (509) 981-9409 Royals Cannabis 7115 N. Division St. (509) 808-2098

Smokane 3801 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 536-4000

Sativa Sisters 10525 E. Trent Ave. (509) 381-1502

The Top Shelf 1305 S Hayford Rd (509) 474-1050

Satori—South 2804 E. 30th Ave. (509) 241-3066 Satori Recreational Cannabis—North 9301 N. Division St. (509) 703-7191 Sedated Smoke Shop 1228 W. Northwest Blvd. Ste. A (509) 866-1287

TreeHouse Club 14421 E. Trent Ave. (509) 413-2169

Spokane Green Leaf 9107 N. Country Homes Blvd. #13 (509) 919-3467 TERP 6063 WA-291, Nine Mile Falls (509) 598-1216 Toker Friendly 1515 S. Lyons Rd., Airway Heights (509) 244-8728

The Vault Cannabis Spokane 2720 E. 29th Ave. (509) 315-9262




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Coconut French Toast


photography and recipe by Kacey Rosauer

opped in bright tropical colors, this sweet, soft, coconuntty french toast really is the perfect crowd-pleasing brunch for any occasion, especially Easter. Slather all of that with a silky warm coconut syrup to make this toast over the top.





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Instructions Coconut Syrup 1. In a large pan (larger than you think you'll need), bring the water and sugar to a simmer. Don't scrape the sides of the pan or anything; just let it warm up and allow it to simmer for 10 minutes, stirring to make sure it doesn't burn or carmelize. 2. Once the water has evaporated about 1/2 way and the mixture becomes syruplike, add the coconut milk and bring to a simmer, then remove from the heat. 3. With the syrup off the heat, add in the baking soda. It will bubble up (hence the bigger pan); allow it to settle, then remove the foamy top and serve warm. It can be kept in the fridge for 2 weeks.

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1. Mix all the fruit and coconut in a bowl.

Custard and Toast 1. Slice the loaf of bread into 1 inch thick slices. I suggest doing this the night before and allowing the bread to dry out a little, but this step is not necessary. 2. In a large casserole dish, mix together the eggs, heavy cream, coconut milk, powdered sugar, and vanilla. 3. On medium heat, warm a large frypan with enough butter to cover the bottom of the pan. Dip the bread, covering the entire slice with the custard. Place in the frypan and cook until golden brown on both sides. About 3 minutes each side. Continue until all the bread is cooked.

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125 S. Wall St., Spokane When it comes to alfredo, I'm usually on team “simple is better.” Give me butter, cream and parm with little hint of garlic and white pepper. Europa breaks all the rules with their mouth-watering take on the Italian classic. Sautéed chicken and mushrooms in perfectly cooked fettuccine topped with walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes, all tossed together in a gorgonzola cream sauce. This is for anyone who has eaten fettuccine alfredo around town and is looking for the next evolution.

“Clean up in aisle 12.” Four years ago I made a quick stop at the grocery store to pick up some San Marzano tomatoes. A seemingly lost

husband stood in the pasta isle eyeing the leagues of Ragu and Newman's Own. He must have seen the Italian parsley and garlic in my basket because he asked if I knew which alfredo sauce would be best for his attempt in making his significant other dinner. I knew right then it was my foodie duty to teach him how simple an amazing white sauce can be. We picked up some butter, heavy cream, a wedge of parmesan and proceeded to write a few basic instructions on the back of his tattered shopping list. In my al dente dreams, I love to imagine he impressed his family with an out of character endeavor, but I'd settle for knowing he successfully didn't burn his home to the ground. Since I'm unable to give you a personal pasta play-by-play, here's a list of local spots who will happily do the work for you. Mangiamo!



Charlie P's

8125 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane When you crave seafood fettuccine, a semiremote corner bar in Spokane Valley isn’t usually the first place your brain goes. With one trip to Charlie P’s, your taste buds will beat your brain into submission. Known for a knockout seafood chowder, it only makes sense to mix many of those ingredients into an alfredo you'll be hurrying back for. If you really want a treat, make sure to ask for this dish Cajun-style for blackened shrimp and an added kick to your sauce.

Ferrante's Marketplace Cafe

4516 S. Regal St., Spokane Anytime you talk pasta, forget the silly gimmicks—you can't beat the places who make it fresh in-house daily. After a morning spent making their pasta and pizza dough, the Ferrante family finds phenomenal ways to get it into our mouths. Eat this delicious feast in the dining room or take one to go with various styles ready to cook in your own oven. Make sure dessert is on your radar; another shining point of Ferrante's is its gigantic 16 flavor gelato bar.


3022 N. Division St., Spokane Pat Ferraro came to the United States from Italy in 1962. Lucky for us, he brought “Mama's” family recipe book that include a wine braised veal marsala and a spicy shrimp and clam al mare. One of their fan-favorites is the top sirloin fettuccine—a bed of al dente noodles covered with homemade alfredo, mushrooms and baby bella mushrooms. Whatever you do, don't miss happy hour (M-F 3-6 p.m.) for $5 brushetta, mozz sticks, fried ravioli and calamari.

White House Grill

712 N. Spokane St., Post Falls In an interview, writer Dean Koontz said “A plot without action is like pasta without garlic.” If that is the case, then White House Grill should win the Pulitzer. Chef/Owner Raci Erdem often walks up to tables wearing an “I stink” shirt. This pillowy pile of pasta was no different; their thick parmesan alfredo is a garlic lover's dream. Pair that with the best garlic bread in the Inland Northwest and you'll leave with a smile. Even if you might need a shower.




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Joe's House

3117 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane The Millwood neighborhood keeps on growing. Joe's House leads a series of alcohol-forward establishments stretching north on Argonne. Joe's looks to be a promising addition with a unique craft cocktail and beer program and Southwestern inspired food that includes these stuffed chicken tacos.

Monica's Bakery & Deli

901 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley Formerly Schlotzsky's Deli and Cinnabon, Monica's Bakery and Deli decided to drop the franchise name, restart as a small business and expand on what the location has in store for customers. Expect the great sandwiches, fresh-baked pastries and a variety of homemade lunch friendly fare.

Barnwood Social Kitchen & Tavern

3027 E. Liberty Ave., Spokane At a glance, Barnwood might seem like another traditional neighborhood eatery, but Matt Goodwin (Press, Brick West, Remedy) and his team launch what seems to be their first true gastropub. With super unique takes on bar classics and a top notch brunch menu that will have locals setting their alarm clocks.

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CAPONE'S PUB & GRILL. Featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives in 2010, Capone's is known for their extensive, delicious menu of homemade soups and sandwiches, the "best pizza in town," burgers, grinders and more along with a full bar and an extreme selection of microbrews (41 on tap). Find them at three Idaho locations for a fun, full-family dining experience: 315 N. Ross Point Rd., Post Falls (208) 457-8020; 751 N. 4th, CDA (208) 667-4843; 9520 N. Government Wy., Hayden (208) 762-5999. caponespub.com CASCADIA PUBLIC HOUSE. Cascadia is a locally owned gastropub that sources regionally with an emphasis on sustainability. A popular dish, Oregonzola Steak Salad, features sliced steak from St Helen’s farm, organic baby spinach, candied walnuts, thick bacon, organic dried cranberries, rogue Oregonzola bleu cheese crumbles, and a fan of pink lady apples. 6314 N. Ash St., (509) 321-7051, cascadiapublichouse.com. 1898 PUBLIC HOUSE. With a nod of respect to the year our golf club was established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history, delicious cuisine and stunning views. Located at the Kalispel Golf and Country Club, Executive Chef Tyler Schwenk invites you to eat and drink inspired, while enjoying classic foods with a fresh and tasty twist. 2010 W. Waikiki Rd., (509) 466-2121, 1898publichouse.com. FRANK’S DINER. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-missat-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd Ave., 10929 N. Newport Hwy, (509) 465-2464, franksdiners.com. GILDED UNICORN. This Modern American, Classic restaurant features hand crafted foods and drinks located in the historic Montvale Hotel. The name reflects their blend of classic and modern without taking ourselves too seriously.  They showcase  local, seasonal  food  and drinks from the  Northwest and beyond coerced into new fashioned flavors that hit you in the soul. 110 S. Monroe St., (509) 309-3698, gildedunicorn.com.



MASSELOW’S STEAKHOUSE. With nine primegrade steaks and the best seafood oceans and rivers have to offer, Masselow’s Steakhouse continually provides the “wow” factor. With an outstanding array of mouthwatering cuisine, an extensive wine selection and true Kalispel Hospitality, Chef Tanya Broesder and her team create a special experience you won’t soon forget. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, (509) 481-6020, masselows.com. PARK LODGE. 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 they are provided with. 411 N. Nettleton St., (509) 340-9347, parklodgerestaurant.com. RANCHO VIEJO. Jose Rodriguez and his staff offer up traditional and familiar Mexican fare with some of the amplest portions and most caring family-friendly service in Spokane. 14201 E. Sprague, (509) 927-8428, rancho-viejo.net.. SUSHI.COM. 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. 430 W. Main, (509) 838-0630, mainsushi.com. SWINGING DOORS. A family owned business, The Swinging Doors has been a part of Spokane for more than 30 years. Their restaurant offers huge portions and a wonderful atmosphere second to none in the Spokane area—along with a sports bar with 50 TVs to watch all your favorite sports, as well as Golden Tee, a pool table, bumper shuffleboard, and much more. 1018 W. Francis Ave., (509) 326-6794, theswingingdoors.com. THE ONION TAPHOUSE & GRILL. It all started in 1978 when they introduced the first gourmet burger in Spokane. Their first menu had more than 40 kinds of exotic burgers, taking Spokane by storm. Today, their menu has grown but their commitment to only us-

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ing the finest ingredients, thoughtfully prepared fresh, by trained chefs remains the same. 7522 N. Division St., (509) 482-6100, theonion.biz. TORO SUSHI. Full sushi menu with a huge selection of sushi rolls, as well as a full Japanese fusion menu. They dazzle guests with daily lunch specials and traditional Japanese grilled skewers that pair perfectly with a cold beer from their wide selection of domestic and imported beer. Toro also offers a variety of sake, wine and cocktails. 328 N. Sullivan Rd., (509) 703-7029.

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315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS. The Greenbriar Inn is the home of 315 Martinis and Tapas located in a garden setting in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The cuisine is eclectic and international in nature, with an emphasis on tapas and an award winning martini bar. Highlights include happy hour, food specials, live music, and a bed and breakfast. Built in 1908, this historic structure is supported by a friendly and gracious staff.  315 E. Wallace Ave., (208) 667-9660, 315martinisandtapas.com. WANDERING TABLE. The team at Wandering Table has an insatiable appetite for cooking and creating food. They love what they do. And they consider this restaurant their restaurant. This is their way of cooking what they want to cook. And Wandering Table is how they share the food they love to eat. 1242 W. Summit Parkway, (509) 4434410, thewanderingtable.com. WILD SAGE BISTRO. They have designed a menu that allows them to be creative on a daily basis, and work within the limits of what is in season and available. They are always looking for unique ingredients to highlight, as well as local beef, regional fresh fish, local gardens, heirloom vegetables, fruits and tomatoes for their exquisite dishes. 916 W. 2nd Ave., (509) 456-7575, wildsagebistro.com. YARDS BRUNCHEON. The team at Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend to all week by offering brunch everyday. This modern diner  is a combination of breakfast and lunch complimented with classic brunch cocktails. Their menu features comfort food from all over using local farms and producers in the season. They make most of their menu items in house including their pastries, which are some of the best around. They also feature some of the best coffees and teas from around the world. 1248 W. Summit Prky., (509) 290-5952, theyardsbruncheon.com.

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Doug Clark is a Spokane native and lead singer/ songwriter for his band, Trailer Park Girls. He recently retired from The Spokesman-Review after writing three columns a week for more than 30 years.

Quarantine Diary I’d like to lay a big wet smooch of thanks on our leaders who willingly shut down the entire American industrial complex, just so I wouldn’t catch the COVID-19 flu. Okay. On second thought, a soft elbow bump would be more appropriate in these germy times of uncertainty. But my appreciation remains, nonetheless. See, you probably can’t tell by looking at the hunky boyish photograph that appears alongside my column each month, but I’m actually one of those 60-plus individuals who is at highest risk of getting really, really sick from this bug and possibly even, well, croaking. I turn 69 this month, in fact. Hey, I’m as shocked by this as you are. Seems like yesterday when I was running around carefree and cocksure in my long-haired 20s. Then – WHAM! – here I am, well down the potholed road to bald and shambling geezerdom. Cocksure and carefree no longer, I am now well aware of my encroaching mortality. So, due to family concerns and governmental wishes, my lovely wife, Sherry, and I are staying in our home for an undetermined period of self-quarantine. This way we can hopefully avoid the Coronavirus and being numbered among a sickly tsunami that threatens to swamp the entire healthcare system. We’re sheltering in place. Or, as it’s more commonly conveyed in cinema, we’re under house arrest for the foreseeable future. Having built much of my journalistic career on the precept “misery does indeed love company,” I have decided to chronicle my isolation in a Clarksville Quarantine Diary. Day 1 Dear Diary… In an attempt to ease into our situation, I convince my wife to join me and binge watch one of the more popular docudramas on Netflix. Unfortunately, the series I select is called “I Am a Killer,” which profiles a different death row inmate in each segment. Spoiler Alert: These stories always tend to end badly, as in: shooting, stabbing, dismemberment or he burned the remains for two days in an outdoor bonfire. So much for slumbering peacefully during our self-quarantine. … In the wake of several positive area cases of COVID-19, Spokane Mayor Nadine Woodward urges residents to remain “cautious, courteous and calm.” Not to sound cynical, but aren’t these the same words that Capt. Smith said to Leonardo DiCaprio near the end of Titanic? … All this toilet paper madness reminds me of one of my final foraging expeditions to a South Hill grocery store. Turns out I was lucky enough to find the last lousy four-pack left on the entire TP aisle. So, I toted my prize up to the checkout. In an attempt to lighten the mood, I jokingly told the cashier that she might want to send someone to check on the old lady I knocked down to



get to the wipes. “Been a lot of that, lately,” she deadpanned while ringing up my purchase. Day 2 Dear Diary… Gov. Jay Inslee urges Washington to “hunker down.” Which is precisely what cost Mike Leach and the Cougars seven straight Apple Cups. …To kill more quarantine time, I watch a rerun of the 2011 pandemic blockbuster, “Contagion.” Twenty minutes into the movie, I can’t stop grinning. No matter what happens next, I’ve still outlived Gwyneth Paltrow. …Random thought of the day: Since the virus began in China, I don’t see why it can’t be called the Chinese Flu. If it started at GU, say, I’m sure someone would call it Kennel Cough. Day 3 Dear Diary… While organizing our food supplies, I discover the can of alligator meat I brought back from New Orleans three years ago as a joke. “Please, God,” I pray to the ceiling. “Strike me dead before it comes to this.” …Closures. Closures. Everywhere a closure. Disneyland. Baseball. The NBA. March Madness. Northern Quest. Macy’s. Nordstrom. Bloomingdale’s. Restaurants. California... Haven’t heard anything about professional bowling shutting down, but I presume they have the hygienic good sense to at least stop with the shoe rentals. …Random thought of the day: Mayor Nadine suggests that Spokane’s downtown

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.

library may be used to harbor the homeless. Which is different, um, how? Day 4 Dear Diary… Grabbed a guitar this morning and began writing “The COVID19 Blues.” Went over to my neighbor’s. To see if she had enough to eat. Jumped out her kitchen window, When I saw her comin’ up the street. Quarantine. Quarantine. Got nothing more t’lose. Quarantine. Quarantine. Got those scarifyin’ COVID-19 blues. …Every facet of American life is ceasing to function. It’s as if the entire nation has finally matched the pace of Spokane’s north/south freeway construction. …Random thought of the day: Waiting lines to get into Costco are longer than Space Mountain on the Fourth of July. This may really be the end of the world as we know it. Day 5 Dear Diary… Everybody’s talking about “social distancing” as if it’s a new thing. Not to me. Back when I was writing newspaper columns, anytime I’d walk into City Hall I’d hear some elected official yell: “Clark, stay the hell away from me!” Think that’s bad? Cops warned that their social distancing would involve Tasers if I ever dared show my mug at the police department. …Spokane hotelier Walt Worthy closed the historic Davenport and three other hotels. He’s redirecting all patrons to stay in his Davenport Grand Hotel. This guy’s a survivor. I’m betting Worthy

transforms those Grand Terrace igloos into Quarantine Luxury Pods. …For purposes of transparency, I should point out that the above joke actually began as a text from Emily, my quick-witted daughter. When I told her I planned to use it in my quarantine diary, she quickly texted back: “It’ll cost you one roll of toilet paper.” “Deal!” I responded, adding that now I’d probably use the roll-for-a-joke idea, too. “Two rolls, then,” she texted back. Ah, still Daddy’s little girl! Day 6 Dear Diary… The City of San Francisco issued a “shelter in place” rule, which is complete wishful thinking. These bozos, after all, can’t even enforce a simple “don’t crap on the sidewalk” ordinance. … Oh, oh. The federal government warned against any gatherings of larger than 10 people. The Matt Shea Fan Club has nothing to worry about. Day 7 Dear Diary… Mayor Nadine is urging all of us to purchase gift cards from our favorite local businesses and restaurants. Then months from now we’ll be able to take those gift cards to the empty buildings where our favorite local establishments used to be. …The news gets worse and worse. In an attempt to protect employees, Walmart officials will not only reduce store hours, but replace their beloved Walmart Greeter with a new symbol: the Walmart Reaper. …Random thought of the day: Why are they letting felons out of prison? Isn’t being

incarcerated the very definition of social distancing? Day 8 Dear Diary… A news commentator claims the silver lining in this pandemic is that it gives older Americans like me more free time for self-improvement. Point taken. After several minutes of soulsearching, I decide to add a second nap to my afternoon regimen. …Mark my words. So many things about life in America are going to disappear once we get through this Corona nightmare. Things like: Costco samples. Open air grocery store olive bars. Licking envelopes. Fondue will be Fondon’t. And how about those communal lentils and gummy bear bins at the organic hippie marts? Yuck! Those things creeped me out long before Corona. If I were in charge I’d issue an immediate ban on the biggest germ factory of all: the chocolate fountain. Once at a fancy Sunday brunch I watched this kid stick all of his nose-picking fingers and then his entire fist into the chocolate murk. I almost hurled. The future, if we survive long enough to make it there, will have a lot more hand sanitizer. Day 9 Dear Diary… Should’a got my (bleep) t’gether. When the bells began to toll. Yesterday I swapped my Rolex, For one Charmin Mega roll. Quarantine. Quarantine. I got nothin’ more t’lose. Quarantine. Quarantine. Got those scarifyin’ COVID-19 blues.

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