Spokane Coeur d'Alene #180 November 2020

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The Professionals Shaping Our City

#180 | NOVEMBER 2020

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A look at who’s building Spokane


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Architects Our city grows more beautiful by the day, in large part thanks to visionary architects who call Spokane home. We sat down with a few to find out what makes them tick.

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20 under 40 + on the cover You nominated, and we picked twenty people under the age of forty who impressed us with their care for their community, entrepreneurial spirit, and passion for their calling. Photographer: James O’Coyne, Shybeast LLC

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CONTENTS ( W H AT ’ S I N S I D E ) 14

Editor Letter Megan’s Thoughts


First Look


healthbeat Plasma Donation Stay Active


Local cuisine

The Botanical Alchemists Lilacs & Lemons Artist’s Eye Spokane Rising

Oyster Dressing Recipe South Hill Grill Dining Guide



The Scene Winter Retreat Lilac Lit Art & Words Artist Profile Van Life Datebook People Pages

Clarksville Bugout Bag


20 under 40


Special section K-9 Country Club 2021 Cars


THe Nest Giving Thanks House Feature Architecture Profiles

stay connected

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Contributors Darin Burt | Doug Clark | Ann Foreyt | Anthony Gill | Heather Hanley Kailee Haong | Melissa Huggins | Sarah Hauge | Megan Perkins Kacey Rosauer | Kathryn Smith | Chad Sokol

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR/what you had to say Dear Doug, I’ve read your column in the Spokesman Review since the beginning. When I was younger, I sometimes thought that you sounded a little curmudgeonly. Then, as the years went by, I found myself agreeing with your take on things more and more. Then I thought, oh, oh perhaps I’m ... Now I just find you hilarious—the article in the Spokane Living was the best comedic relief I’ve read, and I read a lot. I read it out loud to my wife, and we laughed from beginning to end. Thanks for the levity, a nice start to my day. Sincerely, Bill DeLine

Dear Vince, How unfair of you to give a lemon to our Governor Inslee. He did his very best judgment in deciding what to do to keep us all safe in the complete absence of any guidance from our federal government. We are now one of the safest states because of the actions he took. It is the responsibility of the federal government to help compensate the businesses that have been harmed, but the bills are held up by McConnell, the Republican in charge of the Senate. Give him a lemon and apologize to Gov. Inslee. Sincerely, Roya Franz Spokane


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EDITOR LETTER/a note from megan

Making space for loss Dear readers, Facebook’s memories feature has been jarring lately. Just a few days ago, a picture popped up of my friends and I, our faces squeezed in the frame at Pattison’s North on the Sunday adult skate night. I saw another photo at Bonbon—likely we were playing Trivial Pursuit, wondering why we couldn’t come up with more states that start with the letter ‘C.’ “California…Connecticut… there must be one more…” Maybe one too many Rainers was the culprit. Sorry, Colorado. Seeing pictures like these is jarring, especially the unreality of the label “one year ago” for something that feels like a different lifetime. Images of people close together causes physical discomfort, even when it’s irrational. I was watching a rerun of Schitt’s Creek the other night, and I became aware that I was thinking, “Stop standing so close to one another.” But life used to be like this, and not too long ago. In a group text, Lindsey mentioned missing the Baby Bar, and immediately everyone agreed. Our friend Emma texted, “I miss Baby Bar turning into nachos and cramming ten of us into a tiny booth.” Ten people in a booth? A different world. Going to Baby Bar after the newspaper is put to bed on Election Night—along with greasy pizza for the entire staff, descended upon like a plague of locusts—is a tradition that long predated my stint, and I wonder what November 3 will feel like for the staff in its absence. What we’re dealing with is loss on large and small scales, and one thing I’ve learned about loss—not in 2020, but in 2019, when my mom passed away—is that we all do it differently. Denial was a long stage for me, made easier since Mom had lived so far away that I had become accustomed to not seeing her on a regular basis. One night, I actually called her, and listened in disbelief to the message that her phone had been disconnected. I can’t imagine denial was as easy for my brother or sister, who lived close. My brother, T.J., lived across the street from her—she moved there when she started her lung cancer treatment at the hospital where he worked—and they had dinner together multiple times a week. When she was struggling, she stayed in the second bedroom of his condo. But because I didn’t live close—hadn’t for years—I could pretend that she wasn’t gone for long periods of my day, and this kept my head above water. Or, I thought it was working, but several times a day, everything would come flooding back, and I would experience jolts of 14


grief. I couldn’t control where I was when it happened because my mind was calculating its own breaking points, like the cruelest version of hot potato. The reason I finally broke from the fog was because of my eldest, who was so very close to his grandma. They had a connection that was beautiful to witness, partially because I could see the echoes of the way she loved me when I was a child, by taking so much interest in my life in such a genuine way. She gave the most thoughtful gifts, and that was because she gave thought to the person, made it a point to get to know the people she loved. I saw Robby grieving by rereading the collection of Roald Dahl books she gave him—one of the last presents she gave him—over and over and over. I can vividly recall long phone conversations where they discussed The BFG. Life used to be like this, and not too long ago. Robby memorized those books so thoroughly that when we watched the 1990 movie The Witches, he was able to point out inconsistencies with the book down to the dialogue. And when he sees the color yellow—anywhere—he says, “that was Grandma DD’s favorite color, right, Mom?” And when he so frankly stated, in Robby fashion, “Mom, the world just isn’t as good.” No, the world just isn’t as good. He was grieving by clutching onto every scrap of her, and eventually, I followed his lead: let everything in. And so far, that’s what’s worked, not turning off the memories, even when they’re painful. What we’re going through right now is painful, but I think we need to feel it. I would love to hear about how you’ve been coping during this time. Send an email, find me on social media, or write a letter. Sincerely,

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The Botanical Alchemists play with the fleeting elegance of nature art


snake made of stone lives in Polly Judd Park, next to its counterpart, a labyrinthine spiral that turns in on itself. Ava Barany and Sarah Edwards, the women behind The Botanical Alchemists, occasionally supply flower petals for children to float down while walking the dizzying path. Bikers and hikers pause on this stretch of the trail, drawn to the work. Fellow artists set up cairns nearby. Their work gains new layers through collaboration and

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FIRST LOOK/the botanical alchemists

participation, and the women have grown from embracing the transient, ephemeral beauty of their work and its decay. “These pieces are eventually going to go back to the earth, and our exercise of non-attachment to them helps us in our lives and a bigger picture of the world and life and death,” Ava says, mentioning her admiration for Buddhist sandpainting and box car art. The park has a new creation from The Botanical Alchemists— Rosita Bonita—a sugar skull crafted from rocks, flowers, succulents, cypress boughs, hawthorn berries, horse chestnuts, and more. The women have traveled to Mexico, and were deeply touched by the Mexican holiday Día de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead—a Hispanic holiday where families welcome back souls of deceased loved ones for a brief reunion. In Spokane, the Hispanic Business/ Professional Association hosts this annual holiday. The Botanical Alchemists had constructed a skull last year, but in our current world, processing grief and loss is more present. Rosita Bonita is a collective community memorial—Ava and Sarah invite everyone to visit, leave their own offerings within or around Rosita Bonita and take a moment to process losses. “It is a time when many people are experiencing more loss, and not just the loss of loved ones—but it’s just been a very trying time for so many people where their lives are changing in so many unexpected ways,” Sarah says. The duo have an arrangement with local florists who put cuttings on ice that would otherwise see the wastebin. For this creation, they repurposed the scraps from Manito Park that had been cut back for the season. 20


“We call it saving them because they were just going to die in that pile, which is a part of going back, but if we could give it a little more life, then that makes me happy,” Ava says. There was an instant connection when the two met in May 2019, and they began creating flower bombs together—their creations would anonymously appear in parks across Spokane. Though the two still work in other parks occasionally, Polly Judd—with its gorgeous vistas and wild beauty—has become home for most of their noncommissioned creations. The two decided the art they were creating could be a business when they had a stone snake installation in the Wonder Building. A family was having a memorial service in the building the next day and asked if the snake could remain. At the service, family and friends laid flowers on the rocks. Later, when the family was spreading the ashes in Hayden Lake, they released the flowers as well. “The flowers floated out onto the lake in the shape of a snake— the undercurrent pulled them out,” Ava says. “It just felt very special because it felt like the snake transformed into another thing.” Alchemy is in their name because of the beauty found in transformation. They’ve been commissioned to do pieces—such as the cornucopia on display at River Park Square—and they also do work for special occasions, such as weddings. A friend was helping them with Rosita Bonita, and they had created a mandala for her wedding. “Our process of letting go is not always easy,” Ava says. “There have been painful moments in that. I even remember at Maggie’s wedding the mandala we created we finished it just on time, and then we had to walk away.”



FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}

lilacslemons by Vince Bozzi

Lilacs to the Hagadone Corp. for proposing three new high

rises in the oft-disparaged East Sherman area. With housing at a premium and urban sprawl a continued threat, high-density residences near downtowns are always a winning move. Sure, they’ll mess with a few homeowners’ views, but actually the juxtaposition of high rises against Lake Coeur d’Alene might enhance the sightlines.

LILACS to Amazon, first for proposing another huge warehouse in the Spokane Valley (jobs!) but also for introducing new palm recognition in a few of their Seattle stores, which could lead the way to identifying people for concerts, building access, and (we hope) computer access. This writer will do cartwheels the day the need to remember countless passwords and user IDs finally passes. LEMONS to those who assume the worst in our politicians and don’t give benefit of doubt. Partisan politics has infiltrated the news media like never before, and each side is pandering to their audience, finding the devil himself in politicians who represent the “other” side. It’s dismaying to see great people on pilloried and taunted. A little more tolerance from either side would be a great civics experience. Let’s learn from odd couple Ginsberg and Scalia and learn to set apart our differences for the sake of simply enjoying each other’s company. LILACS to Visit Spokane for throwing out an outmoded membership model, where members were charged fees in a kind of hostage scenario if they wanted to get referrals from visitors. By throwing out the membership model and embracing sponsorships and other revenue sources, Visit Spokane will be stronger for all. Other membership organizations may want to watch and learn from this. LEMONS to the City of Spokane for considering a monthly surcharge for people who choose to recycle. If recycling is still being



encouraged this is exactly the wrong approach. Of course, it’s often been said by those who aren’t afraid to take brickbats that recycling really doesn’t work all that well. By the time all the costs and pitfalls are added in, the environment barely sees any benefit at all. A much better approach, in our view, would be to incentivize packagers to create biodegradable food containers. They need to break down in years, not centuries, and it’s doable now.

LILACS to the Spokane City Council for committing $1.1 million to an alternative to traditional jails for those with mental health or substance abuse issues. Jail is no place for them. They need a different kind of help and compassion. Being thrown in with hardened criminals does not benefit the vulnerable, it merely warehouses them in an environment of hopelessness. LILACS to Spokane and to Lime Bikes for letting us be one of only fifteen cities nationwide that get to try their new red Jump bikes. The bikes make it super easy to pedal up hills (and Spokane is a surprisingly hilly town). If you’ve ever dreamt of flying, these bikes provide a similar effect, giving riders the chance to effortlessly pedal up steep hills that would have winded them before. You still get SOME exercise, but it’s not exhausting. In other words, it’s fun! LEMONS to neighbors opposing a water tower in Hamblen Park. We know they’re nice people, but really, we all need water, and Hamblen is the least destructive and least expensive location. The park is mostly wild and undeveloped, and the water tower itself would only take a small footprint. Sure, it might alter the view for a few homeowners, but it is something that everyone would get used to quite easily. Sometimes we have to suck it up and allow for inconveniences for the good of our neighbors.

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.

Golden Walk

One of my favorite things about the South Hill is the established trees growing along the sidewalks in the older

neighborhoods. They are venerable towers, reaching across the road to form arboreal tunnels. In the fall, they turn yellow and brilliant, and the leaves fall to the ground like golden coins. Walking underneath their branches on a crisp fall day makes me feel like I’m in a magical, glowing tunnel.





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.

Wildfire smoke illustrates perils of poor land use, climate change Over the past several years, Spokane has been no stranger to wildfire smoke. It tends to roll in late summer, after months of dry weather inevitably leads to a conflagration somewhere to our north or west. In August and September, we can go weeks without seeing blue sky. Unfortunately, it seems to be getting worse—some days this past fire season felt downright post-apocalyptic. It’s easy to lay blame at the feet of forest managers, which has become standard practice among some local residents and right-wing politicians. Indeed, active forest management and stewardship—including prescribed burns, tree thinning, fuel brakes, and other practices— does decrease the risk of wildfires. Unfortunately, it’s an incomplete analysis of the present situation. First, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) already employs these practices, and even incentivizes private landowners to follow them. Notably, however, it controls just 2.5 million acres of our state’s forested land. The federal government, on the other hand, manages ten million acres, and remains decades behind innovative statelevel agencies like DNR. Any land management plan without federal participation will be 26


inadequate in a state where almost thirty percent of the land is federally owned. So yes, land management is a problem, but the federal administration probably deserves more blame than the state. Second, focusing on land management neglects another pressing problem: land use and the urban-rural interface. As rural areas have become increasingly disturbed by human activity, the risk of wildfire has grown dramatically. Homes built on the urban fringe, while desirable to some for their seclusion, also

carry the possibility that some type of failure—a downed power line, a stray spark from a vehicle, a gas leak—could lead to catastrophe. We must increase restrictions on rural development in fire zones and continue to prioritize development in previously developed areas. Where that isn’t possible, we should educate property owners and require them to take precautions, like clearing brush around their property, and penalize them for noncompliance. Third, like it or not, climate change absolutely does play a role. The relationship is not as direct as “X amount of warming caused Y fire,” and there are many possible pathways. A long drought could increase the amount of fuel available in the event of a major fire. Perversely, increased winter rain and snowfall followed by drier summers—as predicted for the Pacific Northwest by top climatologists—could increase the fuel density available to fires later in the year. And increased atmospheric instability can cause lightning, resulting in more fire starts. Bold action on climate change could help mitigate some of these risks. Unfortunately, purging our summers of smoke and maintaining good air quality is not as simple as firing state forest managers. Returning to a more typical wildfire season will require close federal cooperation, development restrictions and landowner action, and long-overdue global action on climate change. And even that might not be enough. It’s a tough order, but to breathe easier, we’ve got to try.



Venues bozzi

perfect for you

THE HIDDEN BALLROOM: is located in downtown Spokane above Bridge Press Cellars, on Pacific and Browne. Perfect for weddings, concerts, birthday parties, corporate parties, holiday parties and celebrations of any kind. The space can accommodate up to 299 guests.

HISTORIC FLIGHT FOUNDATION: Located in Felts Field and is ideal for large weddings and events. The glamour of the planes adds a level of excitement and distinction to your event, but can also be taken out. When the hangar door is fully open in the summer, it unveils a beautiful view of the runway and nearby mountains. For smaller groups the Terrace, with a view of the entire facility, is available for a significant discount. Plenty of free parking and room for up to 400+! Delectable Catering + Events is a preferred caterer.

Delectable Catering is also available for your offsite events or in any facility that allows outside catering. Call us first! We can arrange things with any venue.

Before you book your event call us first These venues are owned or managed by Bozzi Media and Delectable Catering & Events. email us at sales@bozzimedia.com | 509-638-9654 | bozziMedia.com

GLASS HALF EVENTS: Beautiful big city loft-like industrial leather-furnitured warehouse apartment space. Large enough for 150 people yet can be arranged to host an intimate party. Includes a full kitchen, extra breakout rooms. Fully air conditioned in the summer, with onsite parking. Sound system and TV available. Featuring a beautiful enclosed outdoor spillover area. The outdoor patio is a great place to cool off, smoke a cigar, and enjoy a cocktail.

180 BAR & BISTRO: Rent for private parties at a very reasonable price, with certain food and alcohol minimums. Private back room for VIPs or for use as a green room/staging area. Sound system in place for speaking engagements. Option to reserve a portion of the room for your group without closing the restaurant. For private parties order from the catering menu; for group meetings guests can order off the menu. Enjoy the fun and cozy atmosphere!



by Melissa Huggins

winter retreat

s crisp fall afternoons slip away, replaced by snow in the forecast, the idea of cozying up indoors has its charms: soft blanket, mug of tea, a good book. It’s a familiar winter scene many look forward to each year. But after months of sheltering in place, cancelling plans, and missing family or friends, a long winter spent cooped up in the same space you’ve been cooking, working, homeschooling, parenting, cleaning, sleeping, and more for the past eight months may not sound quite so idyllic. If you’re yearning for a break in the routine, something to jolt you out of COVID-induced ennui and stave off the winter blues, this region offers plenty of winter getaways within driving distance. Even the most cautious can rejoice: options abound for cabins and other standalone dwellings to get away without fretting about interacting with strangers. Pick a cabin where you can cook your own meals or a condo where you can order in. Get outside for some fresh air via hiking or snowshoeing, sledding or


cross-country skiing. Sit by a fireplace all day doing nothing but doing puzzles and playing cards, or read that classic novel you’ve always meant to. Take it from me: two hours from home can feel like a world away.



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photo courtesy of Elkins Resort

Elkins Resort, Priest Lake, Idaho Situated on the shore of Priest Lake, Elkins Resort features over thirty cedar cabins of varying sizes, available for rent year-round. Each cabin has simple furnishings, plenty of space to spread out, and a full kitchen stocked with basic equipment to make your own meals. Most cabins feature granite fireplaces, with a healthy supply of firewood just outside the door. There are groomed trails for walking around the property, which helps when the snow off the path is several feet deep, along with various trails for hiking, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and more. A roaring outdoor fire pit near the lodge, overlooking the lake, creates a friendly gathering place day and night to gaze at the pristine water and the Selkirk Mountain Range. Within the lodge, the restaurant and lounge are open on weekends during winter months for either indoor dining or to-go, and a small store stocked with basic staples might come to the rescue if you forget to bring milk or bread or (God forbid) wine. The resort is pet-friendly, and as a solo traveler with my dog, I felt perfectly safe, welcomed by the kind staff but able to retreat to a snowcovered cabin in the woods, warmed by a crackling fire. I took my dog for long daytime walks in the woods and shorter ones at night along well-lit paths. I read a novel cover to cover, cooked meals when I felt like it, watched a nature documentary, wrote, set goals for the year ahead, and more. No matter your preferred mode of winter relaxation, Elkins Resort at Priest Lake is the perfect setting. (208)443-2432, www.elkinsresort.com

Cave B Resort, Quincy, Washington Perched above the Columbia Gorge and surrounded by vineyards, Cave B Resort offers incredible views, hiking, and a unique range of lodging options. Among them are Desert Yurts (don’t worry, there’s heat!). If you’ve never stayed in a yurt, this may be the best possible entry point: a private restroom with a hot shower, sitting area with a couch, table, and chairs, and a comfortable bed, all carefully decorated. Steps outside your door, walk through vineyards toward the Gorge to stargaze, or wake up early to watch the sunrise. Another option is the photo courtesy of Cave B Resort “Cliffehouses,” self-contained suites with a sitting area, gas fireplace, desk and more, each with a terrace facing the gorge. The onsite, upscale restaurant Tendrils offers indoor dining or takeout delivered to your doorstep. Both yurts and cliffehouses have a minifridge for basics, but no kitchenette; this is a place to let someone else handle chef duties. Fear not; you can always hike off the indulgence the next day, taking in sweeping views and stunning desert scenery. From the lodge, follow the main trail all the way down to the Columbia River. It’s a beautiful down and back hike—and may actually be more enjoyable this time of year than in the scorching heat of summer. Dress for the weather and assume it will be windy. Nearby, within a few minutes’ drive, visitors can hike up the steep path to the Wild Horses Monument, the beloved sculptures by Chewelah artist David Govedare titled “Grandfather Cuts Loose the Ponies.” A few minutes further down the highway is the Gingko Petrified Forest, considered one of the most diverse fossil forests in North America. There are short, family-friendly



hiking trails that provide opportunity to spot eagles, bighorn sheep, and even elk in the distance, along with interpretive exhibits that illustrate how Ice Age floods carved out what we affectionately refer to as The Gorge. During the harshest part of winter, Cave B Resort closes, usually from midDecember through the mid-February, so if you’re eager to visit, now is the time. Cave B resort is located just two hours from Spokane on I-90, nestled between the Gorge Amphitheater and the Cave B Winery, currently offering tasting sessions seven days a week on their outdoor terrace with ample space heaters. I’ll cheers to that. (509)787-8000, www.cavebinn.com

Actual Patient photo by MOJO Lab

photo courtesy of Cave B Resort



THE SCENE/lilac lit

lilac lit by Kailee Haong

Kailee Haong is a queer fiction writer. She holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. Her work has been published in Split Lip, The Inlander, The Brown Orient, and Lilac City Fairy Tales, among others. She writes and resides in the Inland Northwest.

As we creep into fall—yellowing trees and crisp, dark mornings—I want to bring attention to national adoption month, which falls in November. This was implemented in the Seventies with the intent of raising awareness for the need for “found families,” or nontraditional, non-biological families for children waiting to be adopted, as well as children in the foster care system. In my spare time, I volunteer as a court appointed special advocate in the juvenile court system, working with foster children and the courts to determine the best course of action for each child and each case. Many children and youth in the foster care system endure traumas that most will never come close to facing. Lately, more and more writers have been tackling the concepts of foster care, adoption, and found families in their work. In some instances, found families are not even legal or traditional adoptions, but simply a symbolic acquiescence into a group of people that quickly becomes a family. These selected works explore the complexities of adoption—cultural rifts when placed with a family of a different race, the “white savior” complex that occasionally comes with adoptive families, a child’s yearning to understand who they are and where they came from, and a deep examination of the different found families that exist.

The Leavers by Lisa Ko

The Leavers follows Deming Guo, a Chinese teenager born in America, sent back to China to live with his grandfather for a time, then returned to his mother in America. When Deming’s mother disappears, he is adopted by a white family, the Wilkinsons, who give him the name Daniel to help him “fit in.” While the Wilkinsons give him everything he could desire, there is a huge part of Deming/ Daniel missing: his mother and the mystery surrounding her disappearance. The novel follows Deming/Daniel through a crisis of identity and a loss of the only culture he knew. When Deming/Daniel decides to head to China in search of his mother and an understanding of why she left, he discovers hard truths about the sacrifices families make for one another.



Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

In Lucky Boy, we learn of two women connected by one boy. The first woman, Soli, an undocumented Mexican immigrant fighting to get out of her home country and make something of herself, and Kavya, an Indian-American woman who begins caring for Soli’s son when Soli is placed in an immigrant detention center. Sekaran explores the complexities of motherhood in Soli and Kavya, with Soli being an unprepared young woman, and Kavya being a woman who has tried time and time again to become pregnant, only to continually struggle. Will Ignacio, the “lucky boy,” find more of a family with his biological mother, who risked everything to get herself to the United States and chase after a better life, or with Kavya, a woman who has spent her whole life trying to be a mother?

Nothing to See Here by Kevin Wilson

Borrowing from the tradition of magical realism, Nothing to See Here is a vibrant mixture of strange, funny, and sad. Wilson introduces Bessie and Robert, ten-year-old expressive twins whose temper tantrums cause them to light on fire. While the twins’ ignition causes no physical harm to them, they can harm surrounding people and objects. Enter Lillian, an arguably irresponsible, lost twenty-eight-year-old who has been hired by her former best friend Madison to become the twins’ nanny. Lillian’s main job quickly becomes keeping the twins alive—and making sure they don’t ruin Madison and her senator husband’s ascent into political stardom. Though she has difficulty gaining their trust initially, Lillian inevitably forges an unbreakable relationship with the twins, giving them a familial love that they have never experienced before.

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway (young adult)

Three biological siblings are separated at birth only to reconnect later in life after Grace, the middle child, goes on a search for her siblings after putting her own child up for adoption. Each of the siblings has experienced a drastically different path after their separation. In her adopted family, Grace is an only child, attempting to fill the void she felt when giving up her own child by trying to locate her biological mother and siblings. Maya, the youngest, is adopted into a wealthy family with its share of positives and problems. And Joaquin, the oldest, cycles through many foster care placements and a failed adoption. When Grace locates them, the siblings are quick to bond, but also quick to quarrel over whether or not to reach out to their biological mother. Grace wants to, but her siblings are hesitant. Far From the Tree is a gripping read, tackling the hard question of what makes a family.

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Art&words Art by Megan Perkins ­| Poetry by Kathryn Smith

Kathryn Smith's most recent poetry collection is Self-Portrait with Cephalopod, which won the Jake Adam York Prize and is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions in February 2021. She is also the author of Book of Exodus (Scablands Books, 2017) and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin (Open Country Press, 2019). She lives in Spokane. Connect with her online at kathrynsmithpoetry.com.

It’s Said Hope is the Thing with Feathers, but this morning, feathers smear the lawn, aftermath of some creature’s nocturnal hunger. Days like this, the world is difficult to love. It’s a warning of itself, a strip of filmy caution tape draping the mouth. When someone says, “We’re all in this together,” I know it’s meant to comfort, but why does it sometimes take prolonged catastrophe to show us what’s been true from the start? I want to believe in Us— a universal humanity, a common bond resistant to everything that fractures, mutual desire to overcome. Days like this, I hope so fiercely, I stuff my vest with its feathers until the seams threaten to burst, so when I step outside to clear the dying garden, hope’s quills abrade my skin. Months ago, in my greed, I thumbed sunflower seeds into every blank inch of soil, wanting summer to overwhelm me with yellow. But for every goldfinch plucking seed, another thuds the plate-glass, dizzy for more, and though I could blame the flowers, their shaggy insistence at the power of happiness, what sort of person would that make me? "Hope is the thing with feathers" is a line by Emily Dickinson.





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By Megan Rowe

S T E FA N I R O S S I ’ S K E ’ N E K T:

A n ex pl o rat i on of connect ion Stefani Rossi’s newest collection of artwork—ke’ nekt—brings alive the always evolving relationship between connection and isolation. Throughout her career, Stefani has tackled a wide variety of subject matters and mediums—In Bitter | Sweet, she explored the devotional nature of our daily rituals through used coffee filters—but a common thread through all of her work is “a strong exploration of social connection and daily rituals,” Stefani says. “I’m interested in how people interact and how we manage and cope with life.” Stefani started ke’ nekt—a series of micro-paintings of intricate geometric shapes and lines using mica pigment and paper—about eighteen months ago. The largest pieces are eight by eight inches. In each piece, there is at least one shape—sometimes more—that is not touching any of the other shapes. One of Stefani’s friends pointed out in her work, “there’s a promise that there’s going to always be constant movement, and that the relationships between shape—and also metaphorically, the relationship between people—are always going to be changing,” Stefani says. “That’s something that I’m finding hope in as I’m making the images.” 38


As she’s progressed through this project—she’s made seventy-five in 2020 alone—the shapes began revealing themselves as a series of characters, and that process is continuously evolving. “I’d been making that work for almost a year by the time I started to quarantine and work from home,” Stefani says. “There was an even greater sense of isolation, and I started thinking of the shapes less metaphorically and more as characters. It really did shift how I was making compositions to be more complex.” There is also a freedom in her materials and scale. Rather than painting with oil or acrylic paint on

large panels, she’s working with small pieces of paper. “This exploration has given me the permission not have to have every one be a masterpiece,” Stefani says, adding that she has gone back to pieces earlier in the series to add more complexity. “One of the things that I’ve really liked about this body of work is that, while I have a concept that’s driving it, most of the decision-making is very spontaneous,” Stefani says. “The discovery process really is intoxicating, so I’m going to stick with it for a while and see what happens.” Stefani’s work will be on display at 180 Bar and Bistro for the month of November. stefanirossi.com



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"You bought a what?" my mom asked me over the phone recently. "An old ambulance," I replied. "Yes, really. An ambulance. You know, lights and sirens? I'm really excited about it." You might wonder what series of



questionable decisions led to this exchange, and I wouldn't blame you. You might also question where one acquires a retired emergency vehicle. By the time my girlfriend and I finish renovating our new rig, it will be the ideal

traveling tiny home—a cozy, functional camper van with just the right balance of amenities. That's the plan, at least. With many creature comforts of life in Spokane still restricted due to COVID-19,

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of customizing a personal living space on wheels. Check out #VanLife on Instagram, and you'll find more than eight million photos of converted vans, school buses, ambulances, and box trucks, often surrounded by sandy beaches or the gorgeous scenery of national parks. In the "vandwellers" forum on Reddit, travelers show off their handiwork and share tips for gutting, insulating, wiring, and framing in your layout of choice. Some folks—born nomads—live the van life full time, while others are weekend warriors. Some install toilets, showers, solar panels, TVs, and refrigerators. Others go with more low-tech options. The sky is the limit, depending on what you can afford, your technical savvy, and where you plan to take your rig. My girlfriend and I were immediately drawn in. What better way to check off our long list of travel destinations? After a bit of research and many hours spent browsing Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and government auction sites, I found a guy in a nearby town selling an ambulance built on a 1987 Ford Econoline chassis. With relatively low mileage, it seemed like a great option with our modest budget. The seller said this ambulance was originally used by the fire department on Whidbey Island, and for a couple years he had used it for his barbecue catering business. (Regrettably, the exterior was covered in hard-to-remove decals, including a 42


band of cartoonish orange flames and his business logo, which resembled a whole-roasted pig). "It's perfect," I told the guy, as I looked around the spacious interior of the vehicle, envisioning where to put a full bed and a kitchenette. "I'll take it." The ambulance needed a bit of under-the-hood work, but after a few weeks at a local repair shop, it runs like a champ. The transformation into a practical camper van will not be easy, however, and I hope my carpentry skills are up to the task. After parking it in the driveway, we quickly set about dismantling everything inside, delicately removing fiberglass insulation and scraping off those garish decals. As of this writing, only the ceiling panel and a few pieces of the old cabinets remain in the ambulance. The next big tasks will include cutting holes in the roof for a skylight and a ventilation fan. One day, maybe we'll give our van a creative paint job. It's a daunting project, and I fully expect hiccups along the way. But it's immensely rewarding to work with our hands—and a much-needed distraction from the chaotic news cycle. If our timeline works out, the camp-ulance (sorry) will depart for its maiden voyage next spring. At first, we'll probably visit places close to home— Eastern Washington, North Idaho, Western Montana—to work out any bugs. After that, the possibilities are endless.



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November 28: Shop Small Scavenger Hunt Instead of throwing all of your money at the big box stores, why not participate in Small Business Saturday this gift-giving season? Downtown Spokane Partnership is upping the ante by partnering with local retailers for a scavenger hunt that includes cash prizes. downtownspokane.org. Virtual: MAC Virtual Tours and Exhibits Spokane venerable Museum of Arts and Culture has a variety of resources, tours, and online exhibits to explore, including “David Douglas: A Naturalist at Work,” which explores the contributions of the Scottish man who is the Douglas Fir’s namesake. northwestmuseum.org. 2316 W. 1st Ave.

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November 6: First Friday First Friday is designed to showcase the downtown art and retail scene. Downtown retailers and restaurants feature artists, musicians, specialty food and beverage as a special promotion on the first Friday of each month. Some offerings may be virtual, and small groups are encouraged. 180 Bar and Bistro will have work from Stefani Rossi on display. downtownspokane.org/ first-Friday. 180 S Howard St.

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Virtual: Art House Movies at Home The Magic Lantern Theatre (Spokane) and the Kenworthy Theatre (Moscow) are offering streaming for a variety of films, opera, and theatre presentations. Part of each rental fee goes back to the theatre, so even though

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We couldn’t contain the greatness of this city in just one issue, so we decided to spread out the love in this issue. Hope you enjoy pictures of our Best of the City winners receiving their awards around town. Cheers!

Sushi.Com Japanese Cuisine Gold Best Sushi And rew Smith, Kevin Na, Doo Oh

Simply Northwest Gold Best Gifts owner Denielle Waltermire-Stuhlmiller McGinnity Room Silver Best Meetings/ Events Facility Kim Culbertson

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On September 24, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine celebrated the September issue of the magazine with a minirelease party at 180 Bar and Bistro. Karen Case, who was the artist of the month, painted live during the event. On Oct 10, new friends and old gathered at 180 Bar and Bistro to celebrate the release of our October “Best of the City” issue. NOVEMBER 2020 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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n our celebration of twenty professionals under the age of forty, it is fair to say that with the unprecedented events of this year, the class of 2020 is unlike any other. In the midst of a pandemic, these leaders in our community have found a way to thrive, support their community, and lend a helping hand. They are job creators, gamechangers, risk takers, and dream builders. The future of the Inland Northwest is bright with their advocacy, passion, hard work, and thoughtful leadership. While some buckle when faced with a challenge, these twenty have risen to the occasion and deserve celebrating. The list contains those in the public and private sector, bighearted nonprofits and entrepreneurs who dared to blaze their own path. These are people who chose to follow their passion doggedly, with a vision of a better Spokane.

Trevor Meek, 29

Partner/CEO, COO | Tumble Laundry Company, Wondery When Trevor Meek and his wife

Tahney Meek decided to purchase Tumble Laundry, they assumed it would be recession proof. When the economy was strong, the dry cleaning side would be more profitable, and when the economy was poor, the laundromats would bring in steady income. He did not expect that theory to be tested six months later. Trevor served active duty for five years and is now in the Army Reserve as a Captain. He was impressed that the previous owners offered free funeral flag cleaning but wanted to take it further— photo by Shybeast LLC offering discounts to veterans, first responders, and seniors seven days a week. For the entire month of November, Tumble Laundry is cleaning uniforms for free and taking twenty percent off dry cleaned uniforms to active first responders and military personnel in the county. Tumble Laundry was not Trevor’s first business foray. In 2016,

I was just trying to figure out what mom life and lawyer life look like together, so I started a business that became a law firm.

While in law school, Randi L. Johnson wanted to work in environmental law, but in 2007, she started social security disability work in New York and found her passion. She moved to Seattle in 2009 to continue that work, but in 2010, she went to a smaller firm, adding a focus of disabled veterans. When she had her first child in 2012, she and her husband decided to move to his hometown, Spokane. “I was just trying to figure out what mom life and lawyer life look like together, so I started a business that became a law firm,” Randi says. photo by Shybeast LLC That business was Lilac City Law, and in her capacity as managing attorney, she helped people navigate social security benefits, and helped parents of children with special needs navigate estate planning. “I think it’s really important to meet them where they are. Our 56


God has a plan and we know he will not throw anything at us we cannot handle.

his friend from Ferris High School started Wondery, which sells outdoor clothing and accessories for women, and Trevor became a partner and the COO. Trevor met his wife Tahney while working at Shopko. They dated for six months before Trevor left for the Army. The relationship was long distance for about a year until they married. “It was just one of those when you click, you click,” Trevor says. The couple have two daughters. Their youngest was born on July 29th. She came early at twenty-seven weeks and is currently in Sacred Heart’s NICU. Soon after Elliott was born, Trevor and Tahney closed on three more locations in the Bozeman, Montana area, closing on the additional locations nine days after Elliott was born, Trevor is confident that “God has a plan and we know he will not throw anything at us we cannot handle.”

Randi L. Johnson, 39 Social Security, Disability Marketing and Business Manager | Gravis Law

services are not transactional,” Randi says. Families can often be overwhelmed with a “fire hose” of information, and that is why she focuses on building a relationship, Randi says. In the last month, Lilac City Law transitioned to joining Gravis Law. In her new position, Randi is looking forward to bringing that personal touch to clients countrywide. Recently, Randi became a certified end of life doula and hopes to change people’s viewpoint about grief. “Our society makes us uncomfortable to see someone else sad, mad, yelling, or crying,” Randi says. We want to hand them a tissue box, which is a silent way to tell someone to stop crying. We tell ourselves, ‘Well, I’m just trying to be helpful,’ but if the person wanted the Kleenex, they could have gotten the Kleenex.”

Paige Lawson, 30

I think watching how my parents give back, both in their jobs and in their free time, is what made me want to give back to the community, too.

Community Relations Coordinator | Numerica Credit Union As a child, Paige Lawson learned her

philanthropic spirit from her parents. They were both educators: her father a passionate, spirited shop teacher and her mother an even-keeled, empathetic special education teacher. Her father was always mentoring underprivileged students on construction sites and on the basketball court. She remembers her mother exposing her to volunteer opportunities such as serving food at Women & Children’s Free Restaurant, handing out Hoopfest player packets, and tagging along to donate blood every eight weeks—something she now does with her photo by Shybeast LLC husband. “I think watching how my parents give back, both in their jobs and in their free time, is what made me want to give back to the community, too,” Paige says. Paige went to college at Washington State University, where she discovered her love of event planning through serving on the Student

Seeing people succeed is the biggest reward to the job.

At 19, Zach Kuhlmann met with his

Washington State University counselor, expressing that he felt like he was wasting his time. A friend who is now his business partner told him about a guy from their hometown who was successful. “I’d never even heard of fiber optics,” Zach says. “I talked to him, and two weeks later, I packed all my stuff up and moved to Southern California to start this new job for twelve bucks an hour.” Zach lived there for almost seven years before moving back to the Northwest. For a time, he went to Seattle but didn’t like living there. “Quality is everything we’ve been taught in this industry, and there weren’t a lot of reputable companies there,” Zach says. He had decided to leave the industry. Zach and his brother opened

Entertainment Board and internships at a wedding venue and the athletic department. When she graduated, she returned to Spokane and her old job at The Onion. Paige was able to volunteer at a school in Tanzania before returning to a job at KXLY. She loved the live music, events, and being on the radio, but also realized her passion for philanthropy helping with the Coyote Country Food Drive, St. Jude Kids Radiothon, and 92.9 ZZU’s Christmas Wish. Paige describes her position in community relations at Numerica Credit Union as a “dream job.” “It’s hard to believe I get to make a career out of giving back and encouraging employee volunteerism throughout the region,” she says. Paige helps oversee and execute Numerica’s sponsorships and charitable giving. She loves what she gets to do to support nonprofits, small businesses, and the general community.

Zach Kuhlmann, 34 President/Owner | Zero dB Communications

a bar, and Zach’s plan became running the bar. He received an opportunity to install the 4G for Verizon Wireless, and the company he did the job for said, “You’re going to either work for us or do the splicing here in Spokane.” He was passed up for a different candidate for project manager, but three months later, a man asked him to be ready to have a company up in about a week. That was how, at twenty-six, Zach started Zero dB. About four months later, he called his best friend to join him, and the rest is history. Zero dB provides engineering, construction, splicing, and testing as it relates to fiber optic structures and systems for all home, business, internet providers, and cell phone service providers throughout the western United States. Fast internet is key to a thriving economy, and has never been more important with many offices going remote. “Seeing people succeed is the biggest reward to the job,” Zach says.

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Nik Armitage, 38

Co-Founder, Attorney | Armitage & Thompson, PLLC When Nik Armitage was in high

school, he says no one would have predicted he would become a lawyer, himself included. He thinks people often associate the profession with the TV version of a lawyer—someone who is argumentative and confrontational. People would describe Nik as a problemsolver capable of putting himself in others’ shoes—assets that are key to the way he practices personal injury and insurance law with his partner, JJ Thompson. The two met in law school at Gonzaga University and have essentially worked together since, forming their own firm in 2017. “The spine of who we are is based on trust, friendship, and hard work,” Nik says. Nik says he was drawn to this area of law because when people

They say, ‘I’m tired of being pushed drugs, I’m tired of this just covering up my symptoms.’

Dr. Rachae Bell sees chiropractic

care as a tool in fighting the opioid epidemic, as more and more people seek answers to their pain through less invasive means through referrals from primary care physicians, physical therapists, neurosurgeons, and others in health care. “If we don’t work together, I think we’re doing a disservice to our community and our world because health is multifaceted,” Rachae says. Her practice opened in July 2013, and she recently opened a second location in Mt. Spokane. Expansion is important to Rachae because of patients who travel long distances—a barrier to ongoing care. Rachae said that by the time she sees a patient, they have often “hit a wall.” “They say, ‘I’m tired of being pushed drugs, I’m tired of this just



The spine of who we are is based on trust, friendship, and hard work. “come to my office, maybe in the thralls of the most difficult and troublesome times in their entire lives—financial strain, hurt physically, and the emotional turmoil that goes with all those things—that can be daunting sometimes. But when you help somebody through that and see them past those problems, it’s extremely rewarding.” Nik says the most important part of his job is helping people tell their story. “When somebody has been through something traumatic, the way our system works is that they have to stand in front of twelve jurors that they’ve never met and explain what they’ve been through,” Nik says. “If we can’t help them step outside of their comfort zone, then the story isn’t going to be told effectively, and we’re not going to get those twelve jurors to be with us.”

Dr. Rachae Bell, 35

Founder and Owner | Clear Chiropractic Spokane covering up my symptoms,’” Rachae says. She recalls one patient who came to her with debilitating migraines. She had blackout curtains in her house, and her doctor told her she couldn’t conceive because of her medications. After two months under Rachae’s care, she was off all medications, and at three months, she conceived. “The husband held up a picture of the ultrasound on his phone, and he said ‘This right here is because of you, and I want you to know that,’” Rachae says. “When you can give life back to somebody who can then give life to another human being … it’s very rewarding, but also humbling.” Rachae looks forward to continuing to grow and expand and to bringing upper cervical specific chiropractic care to the Pacific Northwest.

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Cassandra Miasnikov, 25

Why can’t you be nerdy and fun?

Founder, CEO | Selene Marketing When Cassandra Miasnikov was

in college, she was taking a lion’s share of engineering classes, and many of her peers were men. She was dating an engineering major, and when they went to parties, she constantly heard things like, ‘He’s the smart one and you’re the pretty one,’ or ‘He’s the nerdy one and you’re the fun one.’ “I was like, well, why can’t you be nerdy and fun?” Cassandra says, laughing. Cassandra credits her grandma, a law school student shortly after WWII, as an influence. Cassandra supports the Red Cross for two reasons: donating blood is an easy way to make an impact, and its founder in 1881 was a woman—Clara Barton. When she decided to start her business, Selene Marketing— which helps clients with digital marketing and modern web design—some thought she should partner with a man.

I think the way the bank handled it, it was truly all hands on deck, and I think that was a testament to the bank.

In a year’s time, Cliff Poffenroth might work on about twenty small business loans. For a three-week stretch at the beginning of the pandemic, he secured around eighty Paycheck Protection Program loans. “I think the way the bank handled it, it was truly all hands on deck, and I think that was a testament to the bank,” Cliff says. Cliff started his career in banking as a teller at Liberty Lake in 2005. His favorite part of his current position is the way the bank is able to provide a “one stop shop” for its clients. “I get to do everything from opening mom, dad, and kids' checking accounts to handling their commercial building loan,” Cliff says. Cliff also enjoys seeing business from inception to success in the community. 62


“Some of it was just genuine concern, like if I have a client who starts yelling or saying inappropriate things, I would have a guy to back me up,” Cassandra says. But Cassandra wouldn’t want a client like that anyway. She is proud to run an underthirty, female-led business, which received outside recognition. The Stevie Awards, started in 2002 to recognize contributions of companies and business people worldwide, chose Cassandra as a judge for the women in business subset. Cassandra enjoys the fact that it allows her to provide constructive feedback to the entrants. “As opposed to just saying ‘This is good’ and ‘This is bad,’ you can say, ‘This is a really cool concept, here’s how you can build on it,’” Cassandra says. “There’s a little bit of that women helping women aspect to it, which I love.”

Cliff Poffenroth, 38 VP Private Banker | Washington Trust Bank

“To see them continue to grow, and come back and say, ‘Hey, we’re going to start a second location,’ or ‘We’re going to need more funds for inventory,’ I think that it’s so neat to be a part of something like that,” he says. Cliff has spent a lot of time coaching youth sports, and he compares this transformation to coaching athletes. “It’s very similar in a sense to the kid who you see as a freshman, and you see them as a senior, just to see the growth,” he says. Cliff also spends a lot of time volunteering for various charities, including Habitat for Humanity, Big Table, and Ronald McDonald House. He and his wife Lindsee have three children, and they have volunteered for Ronald McDonald House as a family. “I think it’s good for the kids to get involved early,” Cliff says.




Travis Johnson, 39 Owner | Johnson’s Custom Jewelry Travis Johnson’s love of jewelry design

started when he was at Central Valley High School and he took an elective in jewelry making, which he says was a great creative outlet. “We just made simple sterling silver and copper things, and I ended up taking it again as an elective later that year,” Travis says. “My coach’s family owned a jewelry store, and I showed him some of the things I made.” The company had a position for high schoolers doing ring resizing and chain repair, and Travis took the spot. photo by Shybeast LLC After high school, Travis attended Western Washington University for two years to study business, but ended up leaving to attend a jewelry school in Southern California.

I lived that. I was tested for special education. I didn’t qualify due to high scores, and that meant I wasn’t offered supports for the original difficulties that led to testing.

Leslie Blevins wants people to know

that taking care of your mental health is not only for when you are under duress, but also a part of wellness that everyone should embrace. Her goal is to help parents build strong, healthy relationships with their children. She believes in evidence-based treatment, and education is the core of her practice. She created the Enilda Clinic Resource Library, providing children’s and parenting mental health education online for free. Leslie says that, growing up in rural Alabama, she realized how stress, poverty, and childhood misbehavior can create poor self-esteem in kids. “I lived that,” Leslie says. “I was tested for special education. I didn’t qualify due to high scores, and that meant I wasn’t offered supports for the original difficulties that led to testing.” She helps parents practice intentional parenting strategies. “That way, those automatic parenting behaviors that they learned



There’s so many options for people to make those purchases, and so it’s really an honor when they trust us to help them with that. His business, which used to be a bench in his garage, is now in the same building where Dodson’s Jewelers used to be. When people see the storefront, they already expect jewelry. “When we were doing the remodel in there, we had the floor all ripped out and the cases covered, and we still had people coming in, looking for a jewelry store,” he says. It’s meaningful for him to be a part of the joyful moments in people’s lives—picking out an engagement ring or buying something for a special occasion. “I still get amazed when people come in and ask us to make something for them, or they want to purchase a piece of jewelry that we have,” Travis says. “There’s so many options for people to make those purchases, and so it’s really an honor when they trust us to help them with that.”

Leslie Blevins, 36

Founder and Child Psychologist | Enilda Clinic in their childhood they don’t want to repeat can be changed,” Leslie says. “It’s about giving parents the tools to change the generational repetition of learned behaviors.” Leslie wishes this support had been available to her parents. “I needed someone who understood what I was going through and could guide my family even though it didn’t affect me academically,” she says. Leslie prefers children to come to her when they’re younger because “the parenttherapist team then creates a more efficient therapeutic process due to the child’s behavior not yet being set in stone.” The child will not change their behavior until the environment changes first, Leslie says. “I would say for me, I’m looking at that little kid and seeing myself there,” she says. “I just want that little kid to have the best chances. And, I want that parent to feel good about themselves.”



Dr. Laura Young, MD, 34

You tell them this is not all in your head, it’s not crazy. It’s certainly no way to live, either.

Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgeon | Northwest Women’s Care Dr. Laura Young is making it her mission

to ensure women do not endure pain in silence. “Most women I see in the office confess that someone has told them it’s normal, just something you have to deal with as a woman, but generally that’s not the case,” Laura says. Laura has noticed that when she validates her patients’ pain, she can tell they visibly relax. “You tell them this is not all in your head, it’s not crazy,” Laura says. “It’s certainly no way to live, either.” photo by Shybeast LLC Laura has a passion for improving health care in Native populations, sparked by a rotation at Indian Health Service during her residency. Laura reached out to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists to do research about how the opioid epidemic was affecting Native

You did things right, and you put in the hard work, and I think those life lessons last a long time.

David Pendergraft could probably

go by “Pendo”—his nickname playing basketball at Gonzaga University—and get by fine. Basketball these days is relegated to coaching his kids’ teams, but he learned a lot about life from playing sports as well as growing up in the country. “You did things right, and you put in the hard work, and I think those life lessons last a long time,” David says. After college, David “cut his teeth” at Next IT software, and three years later, went back to Gonzaga to get his MBA. Now he works for McConkey Auction Group—the company provides auto remarketing services—as the COO. He still has a bit of his competitive nature from his days on the court. “It’s that red-headed fire,” David says, laughing. “I’ve definitely learned to temper it a bit, but at the same time, I think that’s the



communities and maternal care, work she completed during a rotation in New Mexico. Once that was completed, they asked her to join the Committee on American Indian/Alaska Native Women’s Health. “What I found is that there’s not a lot of research out there on Native women’s health,” Laura says. One of Laura’s goals for her practice is to make her services more accessible to Native communities. “I’m hoping to venture out to provide services in person,” Laura says. Laura also has colleagues in Oregon who are working to get Native individuals who are younger—high school or college—who are interested in health care to offer shadowing or put them in touch with people who can help them stay in the health care field to work locally. “I don’t want women to think they’re alone or without hope,” she says.

David Pendergraft, 35 COO | McConkey Auction Group

beauty, when you talk about transferring things you’ve learned in sports or who we are as people into the business world.” Through the company, David participates in a variety of charity work, including Union Gospel Mission. In its work with the homeless population, David says he thinks UGM does “a tremendous job in providing that bridge, but doing it in a healthy way to where it’s done with love and respect.” The company also helps with the Bite 2 Go program, as well as Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery. “They’re such hard times for people, and it’s such an unsurety,” he says. “The importance of saying, ‘Hey, there’s resources, we’re here with embracing arms,’ that just speaks to what we believe in, and what the importance is.”



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We like to say we’re really one of the only—if not the only—areas of government that can actually return revenue without raising taxes or fees on the public.

Deputy Investment and Banking Officer | Treasurer of Spokane County Arthur J. Whitten works for the tax collecting office, but the department also invests tax dollars to earn investment income—of the $1.3 billion invested, they are projected to earn about $22 million in interest this year—which supports local public services. Sometimes that initial investment takes the form of government-issued bonds or debt issued by federal agencies, such as Fannie Mae. “We like to say we’re really one of the only—if not the only—areas of government that can actually return revenue without photo by Shybeast LLC raising taxes or fees on the public,” Arthur says. That investment can also be local investment, allowing them to provide support for many important projects large and small. For example, in the beginning of September, ESD 101—which

Within a month, the store totally changed me. I was looking into all kinds of things that weren’t on my radar before, and I fell in love with it.

At ten, Ashley Gorman used her

Caboodle as a briefcase and made her friends put memos in her inbox in her bedroom/office or play restaurant with aunts, selling crayon-fries and burritos— baseball cards rolled up in a lunch bag. “It amazes me how much that ten-year-old girl had it figured out,” Ashley says. But her road to being the corporate merchandiser for Huckleberry’s—the natural grocer owner by Rosauer’s—was not easy. As an only child of a single mother, she was left alone frequently. In sixth grade, her mother went to prison, and she spent the rest of her childhood moving from one relative’s house to another. She saved money working at McDonald’s and moved out of her grandma’s house senior year of high school. There was a competition at McDonald’s, which caused Ashley’s manager to notice her.



is support for many schools in Eastern Washington—approached them about financing to purchase of PPE for schools. “They’re a win-win-win, because we get a better investment return than we might from, say, a U.S. Treasury, the agency benefits because they get a better rate than they would in the open market, and the tax payer wins because whatever that public project was gets delivered at a lower cost,” Arthur says. A memorable project for Arthur was when Fire District 2—which serves the Fairfield area—needed a medical gurney upgrade. At the time, the fire department told the treasurer’s office that they were the only county fire district that performed its own medical transports. “This was a service they were really proud of as an all-volunteer fire district, and they have a really small budget,” Arthur says. “That really stuck out to me.”

Ashley Gorman, 36 Corporate Merchandiser | Huckleberry’s

“I realized when I put effort in he started looking at me as someone who had potential.” Ashley says. Sixteen years ago, Ashley moved to Spokane from the Tri-Cities area to attend Eastern. Her first job with the company was as a checker at Rosauers on 14th and Lincoln. From there, she moved to front end manager in Missoula, to running the deli department back in Spokane, and to Huckleberry’s as an assistant store manager. “Within a month, the store totally changed me,” Ashley says. “I was looking into all kinds of things that weren’t on my radar before, and I fell in love with it.” She called it being “Huckified.” “I’m tasked with making sure Huck’s stays who we are,” Ashley says. These days, Ashley’s mother has become her biggest cheerleader. She was maid of honor at her wedding, and the two have never been closer.



It seemed really fitting to go for this far-out dream of remodeling a building, and trying to make it into something that could be used by community members.

Ellie Getchius, 32​

Facilities Director, President | The Milling Center, St. Maries Youth Roots, Inc. in 2010, Ellie Getchius and her family moved to St. Maries, Idaho. “We moved to this area just because it is so great,” Ellie says. “It’s tight knit, it has a lot of outdoor opportunities. But we would always utilize the Kroc Center in Coeur d’Alene, our once a week trip, and it was so nice to have that resource. We wanted something similar in St. Maries.” When her father passed away in 2016, he left her a sum of money, and she wanted to honor his memory. Ellie’s father was a dream big guy who loved children. photo by James & Kathy Mangis “It seemed really fitting to go for this far-out dream of remodeling a building, and trying to make it into something that could be used by community

My eyes were open to how important our public servants are when it comes to emergency situations in our community.

In 2016, when Jared Webley took his job with the county, he dealt with a fire storm his first week, and was surprised Jared about his position’s role in emergency services. “My eyes were open to how important our public servants are when it comes to emergency situations in our community,” Jared says. With the pandemic, this has never been more apparent. “It was very frustrating at first because there were a lot of answers we didn’t have,” Jared says. The joint information center was activated in March, resulting in twenty communication professionals gathered for six to twelve hours a day, every day, for at least two months. “It can be very difficult navigating relationships and priorities for each organization,” Jared says. “While there were some difficulties for sure, in the long run, I look back on it as a very 70


members,” she says. The project began in April 2017. The demolition took a year, and the remodel another. “We don’t have business experience in starting something like this, or even a nonprofit background,” Ellie says. “It’s been a big learning curve.” They planned for the Milling Center to have its grand opening on March 21, but the pandemic had other plans. They postponed the opening date, and were finally able to open on June 1. For now, enrollment is slow, but Ellie is confident things will pick up once the virus is contained. “It’s been slow, and that’s OK,” Ellie says. “It’s given us a lot of time to adjust and adapt.”

Jared Webley, 37

Public Policy and Communications Manager positive experience.” Jared enjoys that, on any given day, he could be thrown on a variety of tasks— distributing information about voter registration, making a video about road improvements, and anything in between. After college, Jared worked for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers for five years— three years in her congressional office and two as her campaign director. In 2009, he married, and decided he wanted a career less dependent on elections. He went to work for the public relations firm, Gallatin Public Affairs. Jared wanted to do work that would make his community stronger and saw working for the county as a great opportunity. “I really started to identify with the value of helping our community, and I thought moving over to the county would be one way for me to continue my mission to make this place a better place for my family to live,” Jared says.

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I was like, ‘Well, I guess we’re sticking with hot dogs.’

Owner | Wild Dawgs, So Clean, SLJB Properties, SKIL Holdings, BB and Punkin, The St. Bernard Scott Lea realized at fourteen that college was not going to be his path. His grandma cleaned commercial buildings in Spokane Valley for extra cash, and he decided to help her for a cut of the money. This planted the seed for his first company, So Clean. Scott learned how to run a business over ten years. “That was my learning curve for the trajectory of my life, figuring out how to manage people and work with people,” Scott says. In 2013, Scott and a longtime employee noticed the vacant building which is now Wild Dawgs. Scott’s plan was to make it into a noodle restaurant, but quickly changed gears when a Pho restaurant opened right behind him. “I was like, ‘Well, I guess we’re sticking with hot dogs,’ which

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a hotel in her native country, Nicaragua, Glenda Mendoza Creager met her now-husband, Spirit Creager, who was designing maintenance for the same hotel. The intention had always been to stay in Nicaragua, and the couple did for ten years. While they were vacationing in Miami in 2018, however, a social insurrection in the country erupted as they were leaving, and they decided to move to Spokane, where Spirit was from. They moved in the dead of winter, and the city was a shock to her system. To meet more people, she began attending church and volunteering at Our Place, a community outreach organization that provides food and other services, while also taking ESL night classes through Spokane Community



actually turned out great because there’s virtually zero competition, and it’s an easy product—easy to cook, easy to teach, and easy to come up with cool new recipes,” Scott says. With his fantastic business partner, Lauren D’Arienzo, he co-owns commercial property on Schweitzer, a restaurant within that building called the St. Bernard, and a holding company for management of AirBnBs in that area. Scott continues to build other companies, and his reasons for this are nontraditional. He has talented employees and wants to retain them, so he creates opportunity. He loves watching managers thrive without him, and instead of barking orders at employees, he believes in “shifting to a model of love.”

College, where she met her friend and teacher, Christina. Christina helped her find her first job at SNAP, where she was able to help people with housing needs and electricity. “It changed the way I think because we don’t have programs like this in my country,” Glenda says. “Just to see how grateful people were brought me satisfaction. I loved giving to my community and helping Spanish-speaking people also, who may not have been helped.” From there, Glenda took a job with Northwest Fair Housing Alliance, where she had already done volunteer work. She’s determined to make a difference in others’ lives while continuing self-improvement. “I’ve had a lot of angels, helpers since I’ve come here, and I guess I want to be an angel for others,” Glenda says.



Joe Gellatly, 38 CEO | Medcurity, Inc.

At a time when the health care system is being stretched thin, Medcurity provides software to help health care organizations protect patient information. With telehealth booming, the company helps organizations navigate privacy and security requirements. When coronavirus first hit, business slowed, but in the summer, business leveled as health care organizations needed help serving people remotely and enabling employees to work from home, which can open opportunities for cyberattacks or lost information. “It can be really frustrating and overwhelming for health care organizations, and it’s certainly not the main reason they got into the business,” Joe says. “It takes away from patient care. We heard over and over again from health care

I got to see that not every successful business person is sixty years old and gray.

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leadership that this is a huge headache, they don’t have any time to work on it, it’s a big risk.” Joe founded the company in 2018 with Amanda Hepper and says they worked together on everything from the beginning. They hired their first employee in 2019 and now have thirteen employees. He says he also owes a debt of gratitude to his wife, Bonnie, whom he met at Whitworth University. “Bonnie and I have done various entrepreneurial activities through the years, and she’s been extremely supportive. When you’re thinking about leaving a good job to pursue something like this, it’s very helpful to have a supportive spouse that says, ‘Yeah, let’s do it. Let’s take it on and see what happens,’” Joe says.

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marked by taking great leaps of faith. His first job was working for a nowdefunct radio station. From there, he went to work for KXLY in sales. Starting sales in 2008 when the economy was taking a deep dive was the ultimate training ground, he says. He could see that many people chose to pursue a lifetime career at KXLY, but he didn’t want this for himself. While at KXLY, Jeremy McGee—who owned three businesses at the time— became one of his clients. As he got to know Jeremy, “I got to see that not every photo by Rogue Heart Media successful business person is sixty years old and gray,” Tony says. “He was just a couple years older than me.” They had a wonderful working relationship, and he went to work


We heard over and over again from health care leadership that this is a huge headache, they don’t have any time to work on it, it’s a big risk.

for Jeremy. They noticed clients were asking for marketing advice, and this planted the seed for what would become The Woodshop, a full-service marketing and design company. The company is now thriving. Tony wanted his children to see nontraditional paths to making a living. His six-year-old is becoming aware that the family can spend a day at the lake, and dad only has to jump on his laptop for a few hours. “My wife works a normal eight-to-five job, so he’ll start to see some more of the differences,” he says. Tony prefers a collaborative relationship with other agencies in town. “There are some that are heritage, and I look at them and all of the cool stuff they’ve done, and I do see a future where that’s going to be us.”

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hen Nick Lungu started K-9 Country Club, located in Spokane Valley, he envisioned a one-stop shop for pet owners, and it’s safe to say he’s made it happen. The facility has what you might expect— animal boarding, daycare, training, and grooming services—and a lot of other services you wouldn’t expect under one roof. K-9 Country Club has pet rehabilitation, which includes a hydrotherapy tank and Danette Roberts DVM—an onsite veterinarian capable of everything from shots to surgery, not to mention a full pet store with all the goodies you need to pamper your pets.

From his days growing up in the Ukraine and Portland, Oregon, Nick has always had a special connection with animals, which he brings to his training sessions. He says he would be happy to go toeto-toe with Cesar Millan, the “dog whisperer.” “Nick has a reputation of being super unique with a dog the way he interacts with the dogs and communicates with them,” Kevin Patton, K-9 Country Club Manager, says. “Every dog is different, and I think he has that innate ability to identify what dogs need specifically for behavior modification.” Peter and Susan Fern, who have been working with Nick since they got their first German Shepard from him eight years ago, can’t speak highly enough of Nick and his services. Their first dog from Nick, Shasta, was easy to train, they said. But Gunner was more strongwilled, and the family was struggling. “Nick said, ‘So he’s giving you a hard time, right?’” Susan says. I just laughed, burst into tears, and said yes. And he said, ‘Okay, go home. There’s no lesson today. He’s going to live with me for a month.’” A month later, Gunner’s behavior was night and day. The Ferns also use the doggy daycare services twice a week, and always board



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ou know what they say about all work and no play—well, there’s certainly nothing dull about the lineup of new trucks and SUVs entering the market for 2021. And when it comes to play, whether you’re taking the kids to soccer practice or exploring the great outdoors, you’re covered there too. We picked three new vehicles for a test drive around the Inland Northwest, and here’s why we think they’re worth considering.

Introduced in 2004, the Titan was Nissan’s entry into the full-size truck market. It made headlines from the start, being named a finalist in the North American Truck of the Year award and receiving the 2004 “Most Significant Vehicle of the Year” from Edmunds.com. It’s been a while since the Titan received a significant makeover, and the all new PRO-4X takes it up a huge notch. With a beefy exterior and hardened off-road technology combined with interior comfort and driver conveniences, the Titan PRO4X is designed for those who love to work hard and play even harder. The Titan PRO-4X was built to handle rough terrain—whether rocky job sites or Spokane’s deepest potholes. Making it a formidable off-road contender are features such as 275/65/R18 BSW all-terrain off-road tires, 18x8-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with painted dark finish, Bilstein off-road shock absorbers, electronic locking rear differential, radiator skid plate, twospeed transfer case (4-Hi and 4-Lo), and Hill Start and Descent Control. PRO-4x is just as tough on the exterior as underneath. Standard features include painted over-fenders, lower front fascia and rear bumpers, spray-on bedliner, black tailgate finisher with PRO-4X logo & bedside decals, and LED running lights and fog lamps. You can also add the PRO-4X Utility package, which consists of various towing and utility goodies, including trailer brake controller, Class IV receiver hitch and trailer wiring harness, cargo tie-down system, 120-volt power outlet in the bed, rear bumper step, and electronically locking tailgate. Powering the PRO-4x is Nissan’s 5.6-liter Endurance V8 gasoline engine, rated at 400 horsepower and 413 lb-ft of torque. The engine features Nissan's Variable Valve Event & Lift technology, which combines hydrauliccontrolled variable valve timing and electronically controlled variable valve lift on the intake side to provide high performance and crisp response. As tough as the Titan PRO-4X is on the outside, it’s just as comfortable on the inside, with a long list of standard equipment, loads of convenience, and tech features. Some of the highlights are a leather-wrapped steering wheel, automatic dual-zone climate control, remote engine start, keyless ignition and entry, front captain’s chairs with a power-adjustable driver’s seat, power-sliding rear window, nine-inch touchscreen display with navigation, and extra USB and power ports. Upgrades include leather upholstery, surround-view parking camera system, heated seats, and even a heated steering wheel. NOVEMBER 2020 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


The Chevrolet Tahoe has long been known as the ultimate

family SUV. With a fuel-efficient V8 engine and seating for seven to nine passengers, it’s clear to see why the Tahoe has become a fam favorite and one of the bestselling new vehicles year after year. How do you improve an iconic SUV like Tahoe? You make it the most versatile and advanced Tahoe ever—with a more spacious cabin, better ride and handling, and a commanding presence that’s impossible to ignore. The 2021 Tahoe accommodates an impressive 122.9 cubic feet of stowage space—a 29.7% increase over the previous year’s model. Seating capacity is achieved by a three-bench-row cabin configuration with a front split bench that replaces the standard captain’s chairs. Being stuck in the third row is never fun, but the Tahoe makes that back seat more enjoyable with ten inches added legroom and an extra side window that allows for watching the view and letting in a fresh breeze.

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A big vehicle needs a big engine. The new Tahoe is powered by an anything-but-standard V8 that is among the most advanced in Chevrolet’s history. An industry-first Dynamic Fuel Management system is designed to optimize engine efficiency across a broad range of driving conditions, including when towing a trailer. Available engines also feature automatic stop/start technology, direct injection and variable valve timing, which all contribute to the balance of performance and efficiency. Chevrolet is dedicated to helping its customers feel safe and comfortable while on the road. As a result, the 2021 Tahoe is just one of the vehicles that has many different safety features available. These include Automatic Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Following Distance Indicator, and Intellibeam Auto High Beams. Other standard driver-assist features include Front and Rear Park Assist, Lane Change Alert with Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. The 2021 Tahoe isn’t meant for family just to ride—Teen Driver is a unique system that allows parents to customize different settings to help a new driver make good driving decisions. It can limit specific features to lessen distractions, and also give a report card on how the newest driver in the family is doing.


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adding twenty-six inches to overall length, and while the front suspension hardware carries over unchanged, a sophisticated fivelink setup provides smoother on-road handling and drivability. Inside, the Gladiator retains robust Wrangler styling and userfriendly controls. Durable details include a waterproof push-button start, and optional convenience features such as a heated steering wheel and front seats. Jeep's Uconnect tech handles infotainment, navigation and climate duties, with up to an 8.4-inch touchscreen. For those that venture off road, an inclusive gauge cluster shows pitch and roll, and steering angle and power delivery, so you’ll know exactly how to push the Jeep up the trail and keep it more or less upright. If you’re a rookie at backing, Jeep’s ParkView rear camera displays hitch and wheel gridlines, enabling precise alignment with a trailer. An optional front-facing camera gives a heads-up for obstacles below driver eyeline. The bottom line on the Jeep Gladiator is that it’s rough and ready for any adventure. But all that versatility doesn’t come cheap — starting price for the base Gladiator is in the mid-thirties with the top of the line Rubicon model beginning around $45,000.

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From a young age, Kevin Rudeen was into going fast. Go-carts, motorcycles, snowmobiles— if it had an engine, Kevin was racing it. He’s relayed that competitive spirit into his business life as the CEO of Rudeen Development LLC, a Liberty Lake-based real estate development firm specializing in commercial and multi-family residential properties. Racing is in his blood, and while he doesn’t have as much time to get behind the wheel, he lives vicariously through the drivers and crew of Rudeen Racing. Rudeen’s team competes in sprint and midget car racing on dirt tracks from Pennsylvania to Florida, and they are a top-five name on the All-Star Circuit of Champions. With the powerto-weight ratio of a Formula One car, these diminutive racers hit top speeds of 150 miles per hour and drift into corners at the very limit of their traction. These are open-wheel race cars with high horsepower and a high center of gravity, which makes the races both exciting and dangerous—Rudeen’s transport truck carries three cars, and it not uncommon for a team to crash four or five cars during a ninety-race season. Rudeen and son Remy make up the third racing division, testing the power of their Nissan GTR dragsters which blaze down the half-mile in excess of 230 miles per hour. “Building a successful race team has the same challenges as with a construction project or a property management company," Rudeen says. “In building, you want to find the best plumber, the best electrician, the best carpenter, and with racing you need the best drivers and support crew—both take a lot of talent, passion and commitment.” Check out photos and highlights at rudeenracing.com.

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1. Warm up and dynamically stretch prior to starting an actual workout—making sure your body is prepared for exercise helps reduce injury and soreness. 2. Choose movements that make sense for your body, activity level, and available equipment and space, but aim to choose movements that work multiple muscle groups and a combination of cardio and strength. 3. Get creative—safely!—with your equipment. a) Plastic milk jugs filled with water, bags of kitty litter, your toddler, or a backpack filled with books can be used as weights if you don’t own a kettlebell or dumbbells b) A park bench or sturdy chair can be used to step or hop up onto 4. Write down your planned workout before you start. Grab a piece of scratch paper and jot down each movement and your chosen workout length. 5. YouTube is a great resource for finding videos of correct form for movements that you’re unsure about or would like to review. 6. Respect your body’s cues! a) Give yourself rest breaks b) If a movement doesn’t feel good today, switch it out for something that better suits what your body needs AMRAP (As Many Rounds/Reps as Possible) Equipment Needed: • Timer • Scratch paper or whiteboard to write out your plan • Yoga mat (optional, but nice for any floor movements) • Something to count your rounds with (poker chips, chalk, Lego blocks, etc.)



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n a way, it felt like the world hit a pause button this year—jarring at first—but perhaps it’s just what we needed? I invite you to take pause this Thanksgiving to count not the place settings at your table, but the blessings that surround it. I, for one, am thankful for a slightly slower pace of life that has brought about a deeper appreciation for my friendships, family, and the time we spend together. I give thanks for the time we’ve all been given to work on our “nests,” making them cozier and more comfortable than ever before. This holiday season, let's create magical moments and make special memories—because we do have the time. Don’t get caught up in a frenzied holiday season, hunting for the latest and greatest toy, gadget or gidget, but instead spend the time in a quiet spot, enjoying the season with the ones you love. This year, more than ever, it’s time to give thanks.


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ary Jo and Kirk Ayers knew they wanted a ski home; the question was where it should be. They had skied “all over the place” and lived in many cities, so there were a lot of possibilities. Having attended Washington State University, though, there was always a pull back to the Inland Northwest. “I kept saying, ‘I just want to go home, I just want to go home,’” Mary Jo says. “I’d grown up skiing in the area.” Then it suddenly occurred to her: Schweitzer, the mountain she’d skied with a friend whose family had a cottage there. She hadn’t been to Schweitzer in years, but mentioned it to Kirk, who

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mix of materials.” Pops of color and humor are also important; Mary Jo’s favorite artist is California-based Shag, known for bold, whimsical pieces. A limited edition ski piece by Shag, a gift to her from Kirk, represents the look for her. “For me, that was the house.” The home—which Mary Jo refers to as a lodge—was completed three winters ago, with

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The home’s lower level is designed for guests, and can function independently of the upper floor for privacy, or if the Ayerses ever choose to rent that level separately. “We wanted to have this completely private if



we rented the downstairs,” says Mary Jo. This story includes three bedrooms, a living space, two bathrooms (one of them en suite), a kitchenette, and a laundry room. Each bedroom has a king-sized bed, and all of the bedrooms in the home have gray berber carpet for added coziness. Down one more floor is the garage and entry.

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“I love so much about it,” Mary Jo says of the lodge. “I love the ceiling and the beams. I love the big windows. My favorite spot is probably where I am right now, right next to the window.” “I like medium-colored woods, light grays, little pops of black. When [I first] came in, I was like, ‘Yeah. Done.’…The windows are just phenomenal.” She likes the simple wood trim and the character that comes in through the wood planks that line the ceiling, which are full of knots. “It’s so great that they did that kind of thing with a modern structure. I love, love clean lines, but I love to soften things up.” “It was just such a fun experience to build this house,” Mary Jo says. “I know a lot of people often think building is a nightmare, but I just did not have that experience. I think it was great fun.” “I am very particular, and when I saw it, I was like, ‘Yeah.’ It was everything I like. I don’t know if they read my mind.” CREDITS: Builder: Idagon Homes Architecture and Interior Design: Uptic Studios

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ometimes we can be guilty of taking our surroundings for granted, but the face of our beautiful city is everchanging, morphing to reflect a more modern Spokane with respect for its history. We have an abundance of buildings that are functional, beautiful, and thoughtful in their design—an embarrassment of riches. This is in no small part due to the plethora of talented architects and designers who call Spokane home. Be it a firm that’s worked in the area for decades or a rising star, Spokane has benefitted from the committed professionals beautifying our skyline, creating jaw-dropping homes, sleek offices, gorgeous churches, and so much more— professionals committed to quality and realizing the visions of their clients. We were delighted to speak with a few and share their thoughts in these pages.

South American Restaurant A South American Restaurant is soon to appear near downtown Couer d'Alene. The open space allows consumers to flow through the outdoor and indoor design. Accompanied with bold, simple, and cost-effective maneuvers, the HDG team created an environment that sparks experiences.

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in collectives coldly called firms. HDG Architecture prefers studio, and it only makes sense. “Artistic, creativity, and studio all kind of go together,” remarks Armando Hurtado, who founded HDG in 2010 with partner Josh Hissong. “We consider ourselves creative—that's how we operate—we're here to provide a creative solution to a client's challenge.” Great design is a product of deep insight and hard work, and HDG’s team of architects, interior designers, graphic designers, and branding experts share a passion for their work, and a commitment to the underlying philosophy of every one of



their projects: Make it matter. “If we’re going to do something, we put our all into it and strive to make it count, not just for the client's sake, but for our sake as well,” Hurtado says. “At the end of the day, you've got a happy client, a successful project, and something of which you're extremely proud.” If you ever walked into a home, restaurant, office, or even a convenience store in Spokane or Coeur d’Alene and thought, “Wow! This place is cool!” there’s a good chance you’re in the presence of HDG Architecture. Frequently cited as one of the up-and-coming companies in the Pacific Northwest, HDG is an award-winning, multi-fac-

If you build it, they will come Delta Dental of Washington Slated for completion by December 2020, the new headquarters for Delta Dental of Washington captures the essence of the organization—well-planned, simple design. The HDG team uses their consistent and collaborative nature to produce a seamless design and construction approach.

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eted architecture and design studio with experience in commercial, single and multifamily residential, mixed-use, hospitality, and restaurant design. Architecture, interior design, fabrication, branding and graphic design are all in-house assets, affording HDG the level of control required for the pursuit of an integrated, cohesive, and appealing design solution. Locally, HDG designs include Thomas Hammer’s new South hill location (opening soon), Fire Artisan Pizza locations in three states, multiple Nudo Ramen restaurants, Nectar Wine Bar in Kendall Yards, the Millennial Apartments in Kendall Yards, and more. They have also worked on renovations for the Steam Plant, MW Engineers, JMK Finan-

cial, DCI Engineers, and the Hoopfest headquarters in the Paulsen Center. HDG firmly believes the spaces where people live and work have the power to transform our experience. Their current headquarters was once Carr’s Corner Bar in downtown, which, in its previous state, was a good candidate for demolition. Stopping now at the light on 3rd and Washington and looking left, you’ll be pleased it wasn’t torn down as it’s hard to miss the modern office with the catchphrase, “If Not Now When” boldly painted in giant block letters on the wall. HDG always goes back to their founding principle: Make it matter.



The 508 W. Building retains its classic mid-century modern facade, but will be repainted in a mosaic color pattern. The existing garage facade has been replaced with a modern curtain wall system that allows maximum natural lighting into each of the new micro-unit apartments. A new floor has been created and placed at the top of the existing building that will house larger penthouse units and a public social room for property tenants and guests. The redesign of the 508 W. Building will create a mix of penthouse suites and micro-loft apartments. Ceiling heights will be just short of fourteen feet tall and the window system will be oversized to allow maximum natural lighting and views.

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by Steven Meek Architects is transforming a nine-story tower on Spokane’s South Hill into a mixed-use property with penthouse suites and micro-loft apartments. Built in the Sixties, the building has a prominent midcentury appearance, and Meek is respectful of maintaining those unique elements while incorporating modern materials and technologies for the upmost in energy efficiencies, convenience and comfort. It’s an approach Meek refers to as “designing significance,” that is at the foundation of making the world—the “built environment”—meaningful and coherent. “Some of the best architecture incorporates a mix of different styles, and a lot of times, that’s what makes some neighborhoods so dynamic,” Meek says. “One of our primary goals is to design a project that reflects the local environment, through both architecture or landscaping. In doing so, the



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building becomes not just the main center of attraction, but draws attention to and enhances its surroundings and community.” Meek, who’s built a diverse portfolio over the last three decades, believes strongly in his role as a project collaborator. He is committed to developing long-term relationships with clients beyond providing quality architectural services, and his experience and insight directly benefits the projects and people involved. Meek and his team of architects and designers focus primarily on developer-oriented projects, which includes office buildings, hotels, and industrial facilities, as well as condominiums, apartment complexes, and single-family custom housing. They’re also proud to have worked on over forty churches throughout Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. “I don’t know that I have one particular type of project I prefer over the other. For me it’s the challenge of solving problems,”

says Meek, who took his first drafting class in eighth grade. “One of the most enjoyable— and important parts of any projects is digging down and uncovering exactly what a client wants and needs, and coming up with a solution that works aesthetically and functionally and makes everyone involved happy.” This understanding, Meek says, allows his team and him to create “better places for people.” “We succeed when our clients succeed, and ultimately love that we can help others achieve their goals and reach their dreams through imaginative and dedicated service and design,” Meek says. “We recently completed a project where the owner invited me to the open house and proceeded to tell me, and everyone within earshot, about how much better the project turned out than he could ever have imagined. That kind of affirmation and recognition is the best type of reward we could ever receive!”



BELLA TERRA Located on a fifteen-acre site on the South Hill area of Spokane, each townhouse was designed to express a modern, contemporary feel. Each unit relates to each other in a cohesive neighborhood fashion, with the use of traditional craftsmanship. The “backyard” of each unit opens to a park-like setting with rolling hills, creek bed, ponds, walking bridges, and natural rock formations.

RICHLAND CITY HALL The 43,000 square foot, three-story facility will house municipal administrative and service-related agencies and provide one-stop convenience for the public for billings and permits. The project is of a mid-century modern style to capture the history and spirit of Richland civic architecture.

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Stewardship is a word more often associated with the environ-

ment than architecture. But considering that it is defined as the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care, it makes perfect sense. It is a principle that guides Architects West in everything they do, from helping clients select the appropriate building site, to making sound choices concerning materials and methods, to being efficient in the use of time and resources. For the team at Architects West, the mission is about creating responsive spaces for clients in which they and their communities can flourish. This occurs not only in terms of how individuals respond to their surroundings, but also how a built environment affects the way we interact with one another. “We do a diverse variety of projects that have relevance and directly impact the communities where they exist,” says Marcus Valentine, architect and principal in the firm along with Ed Champagne, Kevin Cole, Keith Dixon, Scott Fischer, and Steve Roth. “Being able to participate in a hands-on way with the creation of community elements and being able to observe people enjoying those environments is extremely rewarding.” Founded in 1973, Architects West invites their clients into a creative design process built upon communication in a friendly and receptive environment. Their extensive portfolio includes custom residential and multi-family homes, commercial, municipal and civic buildings, tribal projects, and K-12 schools throughout Washington and Idaho. According to Valentine, Architects West does not have a signature style. “We listen to the desires of the client and look very carefully at the context where the project is sited, and seek solutions that reflect the unique qualities of the specific design challenge and the historical features that are important to that community,” he says. The Kroc Community Center, Memorial Field Grandstand and the K27 Memorial at McEuen Park in Coeur d’Alene, Spokane Valley City Hall, Ednetics corporate headquarters in Post Falls, and the Upper Columbia Conference Headquarters in Spokane are just a few of the projects of which Architects West is proud not only in the design of the buildings, but also in the impact to the local community. “We don’t design buildings as monuments to ourselves,” Valentine



states. “They are a testament to the owners that occupy them, and we take a lot of fulfillment in that.” Architects West has been heavily invested in education projects since its founding, and is currently remodeling or building schools from the ground up in Post Falls, Coeur d’Alene, Prosser, Grandview, Walla Walla, and Brewster. You might say the process has been an education, charging designers to find solutions to new challenges regarding health and safety, and making the facilities more energy efficient. “Facilities are continually evolving from a technological standpoint,” Valentine says. “We enjoy the challenge of coming up with creative design solutions that provide a safe learning environment yet welcoming atmosphere, while at the same time supporting the needs of students and staff.” Another way that Architects West embodies stewardship is within their company culture. The firm is employee owned, and the thirtytwo member staff has an average tenure of over ten years. The team includes six landscape architects to complement the architectural work of virtually every project. “We’ve really been beneficiaries of their talents over the years,” Valentine says. “When we get done with a project, it’s a fully integrated design from the driveway in, and that is a huge benefit to our clients.” “There’s a great sense of accomplishment in understanding and successfully confronting the lengthy, involved process in putting together a high-quality project,” Valentine adds. “It’s extremely rewarding to achieve the needs of our clients, do it attractively, and also make a positive contribution to the context of a neighborhood and community.”



Whether it’s a custom home, a lake cabin,

a small addition, a tenant improvement, or a multi-story building downtown, Architecture All Forms makes it their mission to improve our community through high quality and responsible design that is long-lasting. Established in 2016 by Robert Vralsted and Chris Weiland, Architecture All Forms is an efficient full-service local architecture firm. Their goals are to provide excellent service and for the end product to meet their clients’ expectations as well as stand the test of time. “We draw inspiration from our admiration of Spokane’s mid-century modern portfolio of work and use this style’s attention to detail and formal qualities to inform our design approach to each project,” Vralsted says. “While improving access to affordable housing is our main focus, as our name suggests, we are passionate about all forms of architecture and we enjoy the design challenges that come with all types and scales of

projects,” Weiland adds. Architecture All Forms is licensed to provide architectural services in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada, and approaches each project as an open and ongoing dialogue with the client that will continue throughout the duration of the project. “We strive to be straightforward and pragmatic with our work,” Vralsted says. “We start by identifying and resolving the practical issues in the project while trying to understand and express what is unique about the client and project. Our design will be based on code requirements and our architectural understanding of the space and its context, which includes a realistic understanding of the program requirements, schedule, and budget, combined with any unique goals the client may have for the project.” Vralsted and Weiland have over thirty-five years of combined expertise in architecture and design. They work as a team and will be the key personnel assigned to any project

throughout the entire process. Their professional affiliations include LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and Small Business certification by the Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity in the state of Oregon. “We have established a unique architecture firm model that maximizes our resources and skillsets in that we maintain a small and efficient staff in order to provide the highest level of service possible for our clients,” Weiland says. “It is important to us that the principals of the firm are hands-on in every phase of the project and remain the main contact point for the client throughout the life of a project.” “While we pride ourselves on our professionalism, we like to keep things simple and have fun,” Vralsted adds. “We understand that for most people, hiring an architect and going through a design process is not a typical experience and it should be enjoyed.”

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Bagby Residence Conversion of an existing warehouse into a single-family residence in the up-and-coming East Sprague neighborhood in Spokane. The redesign of the four-bedroom home is informed by the existing building elements including heavy timber beams and columns, brick, concrete floors, and wood roof joints creating an industrial, loft aesthetic.

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Regardless of the scope or scale of the project, the goal is the same—to create an environment that is equally functional and beautiful.

Michael Christensen believes life is better with art.

Interior and exterior spaces are one in the same, and designing them together creates a unifying whole.

As lead architect at Form Architecture, a Spokane-based firm with projects throughout the western United States, Christensen designs commercial and residential projects creatively tailored to site and client purpose. Form Architecture’s successful builds include a wide array of projects including schools, churches, retail and medical space, and luxury homes. “We work to create a more beautiful environment for the human experience,” Christensen says. “Regardless of the scope or scale of the project, the goal is the same—to create an environment that is equally functional and beautiful.” “We ask our client for goals rather than solutions in order to help them identify design elements they would not have otherwise considered,” Christensen adds. “This process results in unique and purposeful design.” The client gets to experience the design development process through virtual 3D modeling. Being able to walk through your project helps you to visualize, Christensen explains. The client becomes an immediate, integral part of the design process—this interactive relationship helps the client confirm strong ideas, weed out weaker



ones, and explore new opportunities. Form Architecture specializes in new design for a specific view lot, not only carefully siting the building and its approach, but also designing the spaces to flow in a way that takes advantage of every unique quality of the site. “Location completely guides the design,” Christensen says. Cohesive design takes foresight, Christensen points out. “While designing the architecture, we compose the surrounding hardscape for a harmonious whole,” he says. “This approach elevates the program, producing an inviting and special experience.” Design at this level results in greater value for the project, well beyond the cost of the design services. Functionality and attractiveness are even larger beneficiaries of Christensen’s thoughtful design work. “I get home photos and cards from my clients years after they have moved in. They enjoy their homes as much as when they were new. I am gratified seeing how connected they are to their homes,” Christensen says. “I think their enduring pleasure is the natural fruit of their connection to the design process.”


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et me settle now and forever the age-old tradition of arguing over whether this dish called “stuffing” or “dressing.” Like my grandmother always said, if it’s in a dish on the side of the turkey, it’s dressing, and if it’s in the bird, then it’s stuffing. Now that we’ve settled that, can we argue the fact that stuffing is gross? You take this perfect side dish and put it into the raw turkey. Also, stuffing the turkey makes it take longer to cook, which then dries out the breasts (probably why I grew up a dark meat girl). 136 SOUTH HILL GRILL 141 DINING GUIDE




YIELD: 8 SERVINGS PREP TIME 15 minutes COOK TIME 1 hour TOTAL TIME 1 hour 15 minutes INGREDIENTS • 12 oz bag of sourdough bread cubes • 1 qt chicken stock • 3 stocks of celery, diced • 1 shallot, minced • 3 cloves garlic, minced • 6 strips of bacon, diced • 8 oz jar oysters • 1 stick butter, divided • 3 sprigs thyme, stemmed • 1 spring sage, minced • salt and pepper to taste INSTRUCTIONS

In theory, the idea of the turkey juices being absorbed into the dried bread sounds appealing, but two things happen there. Raw turkey juices are being absorbed and you have no way of knowing that what can make you sick is completely cooked out. Yes, you could temp the center of the stuffing to make sure it’s cooked enough (165˚), but now you’re back to drying out the rest of the bird. Furthermore, if the stuffing is absorbing the juices, what’s left for gravy? The only thing that belongs inside is aromatics, like onions, garlic, lemon, sage, thyme, rosemary—almost anything but stuffing. Sorry to go on a stuffing rant, but I’m very serious about dressing. If you ask me, it’s really the only reason to have Thanksgiving. My grandmother’s dressings were the best. She’d make the standard sausage dressing, which was my family’s favorite, but she’d also make the holy grail of dressing: oyster dressing. I’m not sure when or where the oyster dressing was introduced to her since from what I have found via Wikipedia (the most trusted website ever) it’s a New England dish. As far as I’ve looked into my heritage there are no ties to New England, but I’m not mad about it. It has been my favorite part of Thanksgiving for years— and now hopefully your new favorite, too.



1. In a medium saucepan, bring chicken stock, garlic, thyme, sage, and half the butter to a simmer and let simmer while preparing everything else. 2. In a medium frying pan on medium-low heat, render the fat from the bacon. Cook it to crisp and remove from pan. Place in a big bowl, but reserve the fat. 3. In the same frying pan that the bacon was cooked in, cook the mushrooms until the liquid has been cooked out and slightly browned. 4. Check the fat level—if the mushrooms absorbed the fat, add a little more bacon fat, then the

diced celery and minced shallot until tender, salting as you go. 5. While the veggies are softening, clean the oysters, making sure there are no bits of sand or shell. Put the oysters in the simmering broth for 2-3 minutes, until just cooked enough to stiffen them up so they’re easier to chop, but also so they release a little bit of their briny goodness. Remove, then chop the oysters to bite-sized pieces. 6. With some of the remaining butter, grease a 9x13 casserole dish. 7. Add oysters, celery/mushroom mixture, and the bread to the big bowl with your bacon. Add about 1/2 cup of stock at a time into the bread mixture, tossing to make sure the bread evenly soaks up the broth. Put the dressing into the casserole dish and top with the remaining butter. Cover with foil and place on a cookie sheet, then place in a 350˚ oven for forty-five minutes. Remove the foil and cook for another fifteen minutes or until the sides are bubbling, the liquid is absorbed, and the top is golden brown. 8. Allow to cool before serving. Garnish with turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and gravy.

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Trying to decide where to eat when your group has divergent tastes and preferences can be a battle. One person wants tacos, the other is hankering for a burger, but you just want sushi. An easy solution? Head to South Hill Grill, which serves all of that—and more. “Sometimes when you go to places that have a very large menu, it’s like they can’t quite pull off everything that they’re trying to,” South Hill Grill general manager Chelsea Struck says. “Not to be cocky, but I feel like we do pull it all off.” Chelsea says she thinks that South Hill Grill used to the be the “hidden gem” of the South Hill, but now, “secret’s out.” Bao Zhang has been the owner of South Hill Grill for almost three years, and has owned QQ Sushi for six. He wanted a new challenge, and this expansive menu was just that. Bao has been a cook for most of his life, including when he lived in China. He says his mom was a good cook, and she wanted him to have a good job. He moved to the U.S. fourteen years ago for a new life. “You did a good job creating that,” Chelsea says. Bao is quick to smile, and refers to staff and regular customers as family. The way he treats others was learned from his mom as well, whom he remembers as always giving to others, even when she didn’t have much herself.

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1898 Public House. With a nod of respect to the year Kalispel Golf and Country Club was established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history with modern flair. The culinary team takes pride in preparing classic foods with a fresh twist, while using the finest ingredients. From hand-pressed gourmet burgers and house-cured bacon, to house-made rolls and charcuterie, dining at 1898 will be an exciting culinary tour for your palate. 2010 W. Waikiki Rd., (509)4662121, 1898publichouse.com. Castaway Cellars Wine Bar and Tasting Room. Castaway Cellars owners Scott and Shelly

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Crawford have been ardent lovers of wine for nearly two decades. Their passion for wine and learning inevitably led to a home wine making hobby, which rather quickly turned into the creation of Castaway Cellars. The Castaway Cellars label was inspired by a love for the outdoors, and the place they call home in beautiful North Idaho. The family’s mission as a family-owned boutique winery is to provide their customers with well-crafted, small batch wines from a variety of exceptional vineyards in the Pacific Northwest. 206-210 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, (208)819-1296, WednesdayThursday 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-6 p.m., castawaycellars.com.

Crafted Taphouse + Kitchen. Crafted is not just the restaurant’s name; this word defines who they are, what they believe in, and the quality of product they stand behind. The restaurant provides the staff with a means of delivering guests a truly unique dining experience, incredible food, and a beer selection that can’t be found anywhere else, while allowing them to pay homage to the principles our great country was founded upon—

diningguide pride, determination, innovation, and hard work. 523 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, (208)292-4813, Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 a.m., craftedtaphouse.com.

Downriver Grill. Located in the Audubon Park neighborhood, Downriver is a casual fine dining restaurant focusing on fresh, local and seasonal Modern American cuisine. Both the menu and space are designed to be a welcoming addition for the local neighborhood—a place where you could get a gourmet burger or salad, a fresh pasta, fresh seafood, or a grilled steak any time of the day. 3315 W. Northwest Blvd., (509)323-1600, Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., downrivergrill.com. Elliots an Urban Kitchen. You learn a lot

about a place by reading the reviews, and Elliots has a stack of dozens and dozens of glowing, enthusiastic online reviews. From the fried pickles, Scotch Eggs (cooked in chorizo), curries, charcuterie boards, and steak salad, to a brunch and drink menu (and much more) that sounds out of this world—the only thing that rivals the food options is the atmosphere and a team that makes you feel as special as family. 2209 N. Monroe St., (509)8660850, Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Fisherman’s Market & Grill. Fisherman’s

Market & Grill believes it doesn’t have to be complicated; source the freshest seafood, and create traditional, homestyle meals—alongside dynamic, award-winning sushi. Have it counter-served by friendly people next to a full-service fish market. 215 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene, (208)6644800, Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., fishermansmarketcda.com.

Frank’s Diner. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and din-

ner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-miss-at-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd Ave., (509)7478798, 10929 N. Newport Hwy., (509)465-2464, daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m., franksdiners.com.

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

Gilded Unicorn. This modern American classic restaurant features handcrafted foods and drinks, located in the historic Montvale Hotel. The name reflects their blend of classic and modern without taking themselves 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, Sunday-Thursday 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Friday-Saturday 3 p.m.-12 a.m., gildedunicorn. com. Hay J’s Bistro. Thriving in Liberty Lake for fourteen years, Hay J’s Bistro has been providing excellent entrees, cocktails, high-end service, and ,most importantly, a passionate love for food. Hay J’s prepares only the finest steaks and seafood, while also offering an extensive wine list and other cheers-worthy libations. With a new outdoor patio, you can enjoy the summer sunset with dinner. This is the life. 21706 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake, (509)926-2310, daily 3 p.m.-9 p.m. hayjsbistro. com. Iron Goat Brewing. With humble beginnings in

a locked shack hidden in the middle of the woods, Iron Goat has always kept a personal, hands-on approach to their beer. Constant experimentation with hop choices and seasonal ingredients has kept their passions strong. In an effort to ensure flavors are at their best, they constantly taste test the batches. Some days that’s all they do, because precisionishness is a priority. Iron Goat has crafted over 150 distinct beers keeping these values close, and their pint glasses closer. 1302 W. 2nd Ave., (509)474-0722, daily 11 a.m.-11 p.m., irongoatbrewing.com.

Magnolia American Brasserie. The new

talk of the city is Hotel Indigo’s 3,600 square foot American-style restaurant with a French flair. The chef is Steve Jensen, who was previously at Osprey Restaurant and Bar downtown and Craft and Gather in Spokane Valley. The space is large enough to provide an amazing experience while social distancing, and the food is hitting just about every foodie’s Instagram feeds because of the gorgeous presentations and tastebud delighting flair. In addition to happy hour specials offered daily from 4-6 p.m., Magnolia has a lineup of weekly food specials from Jensen and his team. 110 S. Madison Ave., daily 4-10 p.m., (509)862-6410.

Masselow’s Steakhouse. With nine prime-

grade steaks and the best seafood oceans and rivers have to offer, Masselow’s Steakhouse continually provides the “wow” factor. With an outstanding array of mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine selection and true Kalispel Hospitality, Chef Tanya Broesder and her team create a special experience you won’t soon forget. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, (509)481-6020, WednesdaySunday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., masselows.com. OCTOBER 2020 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide No-Li Brewhouse. Family owned and fully independent, the No-Li team comes to work every day to make great beer in the artisan, hands-on tradition. Beer that does justice to the natural resources around us. Beer that wins awards and gathers folks together in conversation and celebration. 1003 E. Trent Ave. #170, (509)242-2739, Sunday-Thursday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., nolibrewhouse.com. Park Lodge. Chef Philip has been cooking

for more than fifteen 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, Monday-Saturday 5 p.m.-9 p.m., parklodgerestaurant.com.

Piccolo Kitchen Bar. Under the same roof

and owners of Hay J’s Bistro, Piccolo Kitchen Bar offers a welcoming, casual experience while serving topnotch brick oven artisan pizza, as well as other deliciously orchestrated plates. Come for happy hour appetizers and pies alongside a great craft beer, wine, and cocktail selection. A personable and eccentric staff will ensure a good time. 21718 E. Mission Ave., (509)926-5900, daily 3-9 p.m., piccolopizza.net.

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Roger’s Ice Cream & Burgers. Roger’s

Ice Cream & Burgers was established in 1940 in Moscow, Idaho and moved to Coeur d’Alene in the 80’s. It is a wonderful part of Coeur d’Alene history. Roger’s is not typical fast food. All the food is cooked fresh to order. Your order may take a little longer, but it will be worth it! 1224 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, (208) 930-4900, 403 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, (208)773-6532, 8833 Hess St., Hayden, (208)772-6205, Sunday-Thursday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m., rogersicecreamburgers.com.

South Hill Grill. South Hill Grill is a laid-

back bar and eatery with a spacious patio that will soon be converted for all seasons. The restaurant serves American staples for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and strives for the ‘wow factor’ for their guests. Sushi rolls are served on dry ice and set aflame. 2808 E. 29th Ave., (509)536-4745, daily 8 a.m.-9 p.m.



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, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m. 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 using the finest ingredients, thoughtfully prepared fresh by trained chefs remains the same. 302 W. Riverside, (509)747-3852, (takeout only) daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m. 7522 N. Division, daily 11 a.m.10 p.m. (509)482-6100, theonion.biz.

The Swinging Doors. A family-owned busi-

ness, 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 fifty televisions to watch all your favorite sports. 1018 W. Francis Ave., (509) 326-6794, theswingingdoors.com.

Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar. Named after

the three prominent peaks outlining the Spokane Tribe’s homeland, Three Peaks is the Spokane Tribe Casino’s premier dining destination. This upscale casual eatery features weekend brunch, as well as lunch and dinner specials all week long. Discover your new favorite Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. every day with amazing patio seating, local and regional wines, as well as $2 drafts with 20 taps to choose from. Visit spokanetribecasino.com for menus, details and to make a reservation. 14300 W. SR-2 Hwy., Airway Heights, (509)818-1547, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

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 Pkwy., (509)443-4410, Sunday-Thursday 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., thewanderingtable.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 Pkwy., (509)290-5952, daily 8 a.m.-3 p.m., theyardsbruncheon.com.







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CLARKSVILLE/bugout bag

clarksville by Doug Clark

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.

The End of the World As We Know It The package I had so been waiting for

arrived on my porch on a Friday afternoon. God bless FedEx, I thought, as I lugged the medium-sized box—which was far heavier than it appeared—into my front room for unveiling. A press of a button snapped open my surgically sharp Pro-Tech switchblade. I snicked through the taped cardboard with a scary precision that, for some reason, gave me an uncomfortable flashback to my vasectomy. And there it was: the “bugout bag” I had ordered. Also dubbed “go bag” or “grab bag” or “personal relocation emergency kit,”



a proper bugout bag typically contains enough vital necessities to ensure at least a three-day survival when the SHTF. Which is actual Doomsday Prepper lingo for something fecal hitting a fan. Not that I’m trying to amp up anyone’s current state of panic. But have you noticed that the planet seems to have, um, GONE OFF ITS MEDS THIS YEAR!!? Take this story I read on a major network news site. Data-spouting experts were claiming that we were on the brink of another Civil War. And that’s just off-camera at the Ellen Show! The rancor and chaos out here in the

real world is a zillion times nastier. Need I remind you of Covid and closures and faux crowd noise being piped into empty NFL stadiums on game day? How dumb do they think we are? And how about Washington Gov. Jay Inslee delivering maggoty apples to Eastern Washington wildfire victims? There’s a pandemic going on, Jay. Don’t bring your wormy apples over here unless they’re all wearing masks! Don’t get me wrong. My generation faced plenty of catastrophes back when I was young and had prematurely thinning hair. We had Vietnam and Nixon and, way worse, Disco. Lord. Those screechy Bee Gees nearly sucked the soul out of us. But compared to this year? “We’re not living in 2020,” my son, Ben, told me the other day. “We’re in 2020 The Movie!” Which brings me back to why I gave a substantial amount of money to Utahbased Uncharted Supply Company (unchartedsupplyco.com) for one of their Seventy2 Pro Survival System bugout bags. And for the record: NO, I haven’t joined one of those paranoid gun-toting North Idaho nutjob militia groups. Haven’t been invited – yet. But even so-called respectable folks at FEMA (Federal Emergency Blah, Blah…) advise every household to assemble an easyto-carry collection of items in the event of a tornado, say, or an earthquake or a preBlack Friday Sale campout at the mall. Now, it’s true that our Ingrown Empire is quite fortunate when it comes to evacuation-causing calamities. Most of our disasters are elected. Spokane did burn down back in 1889. Although that turned out be not so much a disaster as an opportunity for some of our most important citizens to buy smoldering real estate on the cheap and rebuild Spokane in their own larcenous images. Still, you never know. Another Mount St.

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.

Helens. Another Ice Storm. Fall a month behind on your Avista bill. Boom! You may have to make a run for it. In that event, owning a fully stocked bugout bag could be worth its weight in Dick’s burgers. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking: “So, Doug, what made you decide to drop all that dough on a pre-made bugout bag rather than DIY your own emergency kit at considerable savings?” The answer is A. I’m extraordinarily lazy. And B. Saw it on Shark Tank. Really. Hasn’t Shark Tank become the platform for American ingenuity and knowhow? This 2017 episode I watched featured two fit-looking dudes who were hawking their fancypants survival bag. They accepted a $200,000 offer from billionaire Robert Herjavec for 10 percent of the company. Good enough for Shark Tank, I figured, good enough for Clarksville. I did give some thought to creating my own, um, Dougout Bag. Then I realized I’d wind up stuffing a sack full keepsakes, like: Autographed Don Larsen baseball. Framed poster of our very own shot-inSpokane horror movie: “The Ghosting.” Expo ’74 coffeemaker. Rubber Grumpy Cat Halloween mask. Vintage Fender ’51 Telecaster… Wouldn’t make it far lugging all my treasures, huh? The Seventy2 Pro, however, is the real deal when it comes to stayin’ alive. (Damn those Brothers Gibb.) Anyway, the 16-pound bundle comes in a tough waterproof pack with an ingenious inner bag that has been subdivided into golden oldies, ala: Air. Shelter. Water. Food. This is a bugout bag for two. Every compartment is clearly labeled, revealing what goodies have been stored inside, like tools and first aid and even a Mylar tent.

Seventy2 Pro items have been rigorously field-tested and are of obvious high quality. There are the usual suspects no bugout bag should be without, of course. Knife. Matches. Flashlight… But wait, there’s more. The small radio is approved by the National Oceanic Assocciation, no less. Its hand crank will keep it running and even charge your cellphone. Worried about a WWI mustard gas attack? Say hello to a pair of ballistic-grade goggles and face masks guaranteed to filter “99.9-percent particulates down to one micron.” I haven’t a clue what any of that means, but it sounds terribly impressive. The bag’s water filtration system is good enough to allow a user to sip safely from swamps or your sweaty neighbor’s hot tub. Tell it to my lovely wife, Sherry. She refused to join in when I suggested that we take a test drink from our indoor koi pond. “Wait’ll TEOTWAWKI, babe,” I told her, spouting another prepper acronym for ‘The End of the World As We Know It.’ “You’ll be swilling koi water like it was pinot noir.” Then I got an even better brainstorm. “I know!” I told Sherry. “Let’s do a dry survival run and spend a night hunkered down under some grubby freeway overpass. “The ultimate adventure. Just us, maybe a dozen crackheads and our brand new bugout bag! “What could possibly go wrong?” Okay. So, we all know where that went. Next up, I decided to attempt a solo bugout run, but in the safe familiarity of our backyard. Until, that is, I discovered a dozen large piles of mysterious critter poop while mowing the lawn. Probably my fault. An avid bird lover, I’ve been stocking multiple feeders and routinely spreading dove and quail food all

over the grass. I’m no scatologist. But based on the enormity of the poo piles, I’m fairly certain that I’ve turned my backyard into a Carl’s Jr. for predators. WOLF – Hungry, dude? COYOTE – I hear ya, man. Let’s hit the bushes for some bunnies. WOLF – Naw. Let’s lope over to Clark’s backyard and grab some feathered takeout. COYOTE – Yo, mon! Then Sherry supplied the deal breaker. A neighbor’s motion camera had recently captured the nocturnal image of an adult bobcat roaming her yard. “Backyard bugout cancelled,” I announced. “I might as well drive to Cat Tales and move into one of the tiger cages.” As a compromise, I decided to stay indoors and taste test a Datrex bar. “The gold standard of emergency food rations,” according to the Datrex website. The Seventy2 Pro comes with 4,800 calories’ worth of these dense survival cubes. Shelf life: five years. Sherry, not surprisingly, opted out again. “They look like the suet squares you put out for your birds,” she said. I took a bite. Spoiler Alert: The texture is like fine sand that just disintegrates in your mouth. And the taste? As bland and innocuous as modern country music. For purposes of scientific comparison, I chomped into one of Sherry’s fresh oatmeal raisin cookies. Whoa! Now, that’s something worth stuffing into a bugout bag. I tried a second bite of Datrex. Seriously? If survival boils down to these bland sand crackers, here’s what I’ll do. I’ll take the cool Army-designed collapsible shovel from my Seventy2 Pro and dig a grave nice and deep. Then I’ll climb in, use the bugout bag for a pillow and wait for – all together now… TEOTWAWKI!!!

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