Spokane Coeur d'Alene Living #183 February 2021

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National Pizza Day Carrotomania! Dining Guide

FIRST LOOK Cottontail Bunny Rescue Lilacs and Lemons Artist’s Eye Spokane Rising




THE SCENE Love in Black Cinema Lilac Lit Art & Words This is Dirt


love Weddings Love Stories


catalyst Wealth Management Experts


NEST Redefine Romance House Feature



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Dining Guide: This guide is an overview of fine

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We Honor Vince Bozzi As incomprehensible as it was to wrap our minds around the loss of our co-publisher and co-founder Emily Bozzi, it has been numbingly devastating to accept that our founder and publisher Vincent Bozzi also lost his valiant battle with COVID-19 after a four-week stay in the hospital. We are grateful for the efforts of his medical care providers and send much respect their way as they bear the brutality of this virus on a daily basis. While in the hospital, Vince shared he was well taken care of, and felt he was in the best hands in Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s ICU. It is comforting to know he was surrounded by people who cared for him as though he was their own. Vince was a titan, someone who was fulfilled beyond measure in his work to honor others, to highlight the very best of our region, to ruffle up the status quo and encourage original thought, and to live life to the fullest. He loved hosting and attending events, clinking glasses and relishing in the joy of sharing space and laughter with friends as much as he enjoyed taking in the arts, attending concerts and plays, dining at every locally owned restaurant, and hiking around our region while breathing in the fresh PNW air as he discovered a gorgeous viewpoint. Vince brought balance to the roller coaster of our workdays as he pushed the team to excel and our products to be of the highest caliber while navigating strong personalities, celebrating all victories, and fighting for the dream he began more than 20 years ago. Over the years, he witnessed many publications come and go. No matter the challenges he faced in the precarious industry of print media, he always found his way forward. Anyone who worked alongside Vince quickly adopted the understanding that he and his company were indestructible, whether by his own forces or by that which was out of his control. Many have wondered what his secret to success was—our team would say it was pure heart. There wasn’t anything else he would rather do, and he fought for this company

as though our region deserved it, and he and his family’s livelihoods depended on it … because they did. Vince’s story is far from over, and his family and our team are committed to carrying on the legacy he began so many years ago. We vow to continue writing the next chapters on his behalf because he built the foundation and set it all in motion for us to do so. We still believe our region deserves a gorgeous glossy reflection of its best people, businesses, plights, future and more. We ask that you please keep the Bozzi family in your prayers as they grieve Vince’s loss, while continuing to respect their privacy. As soon as we are able to process the brutality of this new reality, we will share how we plan to memorialize and celebrate the lives of both Vince and Emily. Until then, please consider supporting the family’s unexpected medical and funeral expenses via a GoFundMe account set up on their behalf at https://www.gofundme.com/f/bozzi-family-fund. Cards or letters of support can be sent to the Bozzi Media offices at 157 S. Howard St., Ste. 603, Spokane, WA 99201. Our love, respect and tears go out to Vince and Emily’s son, Jordan, to Vince’s sisters, Julie, Angie, Cecilia and Shirley, and to his extended family. Our hearts break alongside his countless friends and our community. Again, our team will continue holding the torch for our leaders, moving the company forward, honoring our community through stories on the pages of our magazines, and caring for our clients. With tender hearts, The team at Bozzi Media Kristi, Stephanie, Megan, Heather, Russ, Karen and Kellie Please direct all correspondence to our interim publisher, Stephanie Regalado, at stephanie@spokanecda.com.






Before craft cannabis was legalized, Doug Peterson, Locals Canna House president and owner, was in the hydroponic supply business, and had already been building relationships with medical cannabis growers, producers, and processors. Doug has an entrepreneurial spirit, and he saw opening Locals Canna House as an opportunity to build a cannabis company that further strengthened those relationships. Locals Canna House isn’t a pot shop; it’s a craft cannabis company where wellness is the true north, and the product is chill. “We live in pretty stressful times, and it’s not hard to be passionate about cannabis when you see that it helps people,” Doug says. “Our job is to provide it in a professional way and be really good at what we do, to represent the industry in a good light.” Doug acknowledges that wellness is a broad spectrum. “For us, it’s everything,” Doug says. “It’s living whole. We really believe that cannabis can be a part of someone’s wellness, meaning physically, mentally, everything, right? That’s our passion, to be involved in cannabis at that level.” Doug says his team sets apart Locals Canna House. Craft cannabis is a young industry, but Locals follows old-fashioned business practices, chief among them kindness. “For us, it’s super relational,” Doug says. “If you have a good relationship with your suppliers, a good relationship with the state as far as your regulatory obligations, a good reputation and a good relationship with your community, then you can really create a positive impact on the community.” Doug focuses on Locals Canna House being a space where people can feel comfortable—whether they’re a regular customer, or just someone who is curious and wants more information. “There’s a lot of people who want to try it,” Doug says. “They hear about it, they read about it, but they’re not sure about it. We try to create an environment that’s not just super knowledgeable, but just a place of calmness, where we can educate and help our customers find their CHILL.”


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by Megan Rowe

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n July 2020, Crystal Toreson-Kern and her daughter Emma were browsing Craigslist, looking at cute animals, when they came upon a post of rabbits being sold for meat. The family didn’t set out to start Cottontail Bunny Rescue, but everything naturally followed from the jolt of reading this ad, Crystal says. The family already had a Holland Lop rabbit, Harry, so they were no strangers to rabbit care. “We didn’t have a huge plan, just that we needed to rescue a few. We didn’t want these cute

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They’ve helped me with depression and anxiety. Even people I’ve adopted them out to have had less illness symptoms. They really do bring a comfort and ease.



little rabbits to be living in cages and sold for meat,” Crystal says. Crystal wasn’t sure what to expect when she met the people selling the rabbits, but she says they were very respectful and welcoming, but the rabbits were part of their livelihood. In one case, Crystal says she rescued the rabbits from a ten-year-old boy. “It’s a way of living unless you have a paradigm shift,” says Crystal, who was a pescatarian for eight years until she became vegan a year ago. “With the rabbits, it just kicks in more because it’s a visual thing. We’re so conditioned to just do our daily routines, including what we eat.” The family purchased six rabbits, took them home, and started getting into a routine that would eventually materialize in their rescue. The rabbits were timid initially, and Crystal says it was joyful for her family to watch them come out of their shells. Learning limits was important for the family. At one point, they had nineteen rabbits. “That was wild,” Crystal says. “During the burnout, I thought, ‘Gosh, I think we’re done.’ At this point, we’re continuing at a healthy balance.” In addition to rescuing the rabbits and finding them homes—the family has rescued thirty-one rabbits so far— education is extremely important to Crystal. Many people don’t realize that rabbits can be litter trained or the importance of spaying or neutering the animal. Crystal also loves talking about the benefits. “They’ve helped me with depression and anxiety,” Crystal says. “Even people I’ve adopted them out to have had less illness symptoms. They really do bring a comfort and ease. Of course, like any pet, having them need us to take care of keeps us moving.” For information about adoptable rabbits as well as donation information, you can visit the rescue’s Facebook page, Cottontail Bunny Rescue.

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FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}

lilacslemons created by Vince Bozzi

by Col. Brian Newberry

The Bozzi team asked me to continue Vince’s “Lilacs and Lemons” column as he recovered. Sadly, Spokane lost two titans of encouragement in a short period. Still, I will spotlight some lilacs and offer some milder lemons—Vince was an unparalleled pitcher of lemon fastballs. I would be remiss to not offer a shout out to Vince, a “right jolly old elf,” as well as Emily Bozzi, who always sported an earto-ear smile. I met them when I was the Commander of the 92d Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild Air Force Base. They deeply appreciated the Airmen’s red, white, and blue hearts, and invited me to events to further involve the base. The duo had enthusiasm and kindness as tall as the Spokane clock tower. Meeting them and others with equally infectious cheer convinced me to stay. Bozzi Media’s commitment to honoring leaders in the community is part of what makes our home special. Excellent leaders never pat themselves on the back, but we had Vince and Emily to sing their praise. In doing so, our leaders aimed even higher. They changed my life, and I know I speak for others in this sentiment. I need Vince’s captain’s hat to properly capture his distinctive prose. A day never passed that he and Emily were not captains of SS Bozzi. That ship continues to sail smartly due to a dedicated team that carries on their mission—with heavy hearts, but a love that binds. Accordingly, my first lilac is for the Bozzi Media team, determined to preserve the magic. Lemons to the void created by the absence of our fine arts

traditions—the holiday pops at the symphony, Jersey Boys at the First Interstate Arts Center, Spokane Civic productions, Terrain in the fall celebrating our artists, First Friday, and so much more. Health conditions necessitate this, but I believe as Pablo Picasso does that, “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” Lilacs to our school districts for ramping up efforts. As a recent Spokane School Board member, I can only imagine the complexities are far above even the challenges I had in my first occupation of flying an Air Force aircraft in combat.

Lemons to the sour state of education,

despite educators’ best efforts. A child’s education is a moving train. The recent challenges will be difficult to overcome, particularly for our younger kids. The educational impact will be a long-lasting societal fissure. It is crucial we turn these lemons into lemonade for the sake of our kids. Lilacs to our businesses for their resiliency throughout this COVID drought. Many continue to innovate and evolve, and as the leader of Girl Scouts, I remain humbled by our Girl Scouts, who sold cookies from yards and drivethru booths. We remain committed to persevering with our Thin Mint 2021 motto, “We got this!” Lemons to the Zoom mute button, which has protected me from embarrassing moments but stolen countless minutes of me talking to myself while others giggle. More accurately, lemons to Zoom users who fumble despite ten-months practice. 20


Lilacs to our health care workers, my wife included. First responders and essential workers continue to catch us before we fall. One constant through this tumultuous period has been the perseverance and courage of our heroes donning scrubs and badges. Lemons to COVID. This disease is wicked, dividing households, destroying businesses, and ruining lives. COVID has taken lives, including my friends Vince and Emily. At the time of the writing of this column, we have lost over four hundred precious lives in Spokane County and over four hundred thousand lives in our country. This contrarian disease— mild for some, deadly for others—complicates our public response. I will never again shake Vince’s hand and hear his happiness with the community. I will never see Emily light up the room with her love of life and humanity. Rest in peace, Bozzis; we will never forget you… you were captains of your ship, SS Bozzi, still sailing second star to the right but straight on 'til morning.

Col. Brian Newberry, USAF (Retired) is the CEO of Girl Scouts Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho and the former Commander, 92 ARW, Fairchild AFB.




As a Senior Vice President/Investments at Stifel, Eric Allen wants to help people reclaim the American Dream. Eric

says people often have the misconception that they must be wealthy before seeking his services. In fact, there is a great deal of value in someone coming to him when they’re younger and putting away money over time. He works for Stifel—the seventh largest brokerage firm in the country in terms of number of financial advisors— because the company enables him to take on these clients. Eric is happy to devise a wide range of plans with his clients. If someone wants higher risk investments, he can pursue that. But Eric far prefers a diversified, low-risk portfolio when appropriate. You probably won’t become rich overnight, but it’s the classic tale of the tortoise versus the hare. “My approach has always been more of a big picture long term,” Eric says. “How do we take an ordinary family who isn’t worth millions and allow them to accumulate enough money so that when the time comes, Dad wants to go fishing, and Mom’s done working, they’ve got enough to live their life and do what they want to do.” A huge part of this for Eric is building relationships with clients to determine what they want for their future. “I can be as aggressive as anybody wants me to be,” Eric says. “But I’ve got to tell you generally, the happiest people who I deal with are the people that have just adopted a plan, we’ve put it in place, and we’ve let it work.” When Eric talks to clients, he doesn’t throw out jargon that overcomplicates or confuses. “I adopted a principle a long time ago, where I just told myself that if I can’t explain an investment to my kids, it has no business in a client’s portfolio,” Eric says. His kids would roll their eyes if you asked them how many times he’s explained the stock market over dinner, Eric says, laughing. “I just go back to the idea that if we can instill some simple habits when we just get started in our lives financially, it has the potential for folks to accumulate true wealth over time,” Eric says.

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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.

Snow paints the contours of neat rows of wheat Snow has the magical ability to make everything look different, whether it's a foot of fresh powder or just a

skiff. In fact, a light dusting can highlight something that a large amount of snow would completely obscure. One of my favorite examples of this is the way that a dusting of snow draws the eye to the orderly rows of wheat stubble in the fields, how they curve, describing the contours of the land, brightening late winter mud and gray.





FIRST LOOK/spokane rising

spokanerising by Anthony Gill

“AMTRAK JOE” could bring new transportation investment

For decades, while serving in the Senate, President Joe Biden commuted more than 125

miles each day by train from his home in Wilmington, Delaware to his office in Washington. Until the Capitol attack scuttled plans due to security concerns, he was even planning to arrive at his inauguration by train. Perhaps it’s not surprising, then, that transportation policy experts are expecting major investments in our nation’s transportation infrastructure under the Biden administration. With a growing local economy and major projects already underway, the Spokane region could be poised to reap the benefits of a national reinvestment in infrastructure. The Federal Transit Administration, for example, could receive more funding for capital or planning grants. Last year, Spokane Transit accepted fifty-three million dollars from the agency for the City Line bus rapid transit project, which is set to open in 2022. Additional capital grants could fund further improvements to other high-performance transit lines, such as those set for East Sprague or North Division. The Federal Highway Administration could receive new funding—and a new mandate. Advocates are urging the new Congress to prioritize safety in a new transportation package, and this would involve reorienting the agency to focus more on pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users, in addition to drivers. Here in Spokane, that could result in extensions and gap closures along the Centennial Trail, improvements to bike lanes and paths, and better



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.

sidewalks and walking routes in your neighborhood. It could also mean more transit service in rural areas less likely to receive service now. Other advocates are pushing for programs to repair the damage caused to primarily Black, Indigenous, and POC communities by urban highway construction. In Spokane, that could mean new investment in the East Central neighborhood, which was once home to more than sixty percent of the city’s Black population. The neighborhood was “redlined” through the 1950s and ultimately ripped in half when I-90 was constructed. The neighborhood—and its residents— never fully recovered, though it has seen some revitalization in recent years. Some have even suggested “deconstruction” of unnecessary or overbuilt highway infrastructure, as a way to repair the urban fabric. The Hamilton exit on I-90—overbuilt in part because it was supposed to be the terminus for the northsouth freeway—might, in theory, meet that description. Finally, the nation’s rail system could see new investment. A major infrastructure and stimulus package could include funding for high-speed rail planning in Washington, including north-south and east-west routes. But even smaller-scale improvements— such as more frequent or timely service between Spokane and Seattle or exploration of other regional passenger rail routes—are within the realm of possibility. Ultimately, the new administration brings the potential for renewed investment in our region’s important social and physical infrastructure. I’m certainly rooting for “Amtrak Joe” and local legislators to bring home important projects to further improve our growing region’s quality of life.





1954—Carmen Jones starring Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte: A superb tale of a love triangle turned tragic portrayed by two iconic Black actors who aided in breaking color barriers in cinema. Originally an opera, the film won a Golden Globe, and Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress—the first African American to be honored in the category. The onscreen chemistry between Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte has been a benchmark of cinematic grace, talent, and of course, capturing the essence of love.

Color of Love:


by Malisea Gardner

t’s been said that love is the greatest thing on earth. Love heals. Love conquers. Love prevails. During some of the most turmoiled times in our American history, love has been a refuge from the pain, despair, and chaos of a harsh reality. In the Black community, the focal point of unity is love. Love for our community, love for one another, and love for our culture. While the reality of racism, segregation, and brutal injustices have often handicapped our social position in this country, love is universal and always rises to the top. From slavery, to Jim Crow, to Civil Rights, to senseless killings of young Black men—Black cinema has eased our pain, gave hope, and reminded us to love. So, what better way to celebrate Black History and Valentine’s Day than highlighting some of the greatest love stories in Black cinema? From 1954 to 2000, these films have played pivotal roles in shaping Black culture in America. Generation after generation, these films have produced iconic actors and actresses, groundbreaking performances, vintage fashion, timeless soundtracks—reminding us of the overall triumphs of love.

Great Love Stories in Black Cinema

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1972—Lady Sings the Blues starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams: Nominated for five Academy Awards including best actress, this is tragic story of legendary jazz singer, Billie Holliday, as portrayed by Diana Ross. The story portrays the growth of Billie Holiday’s musical career, displaying her struggles with drug addiction and the cinematic embellishment of the man who loved her, Louis McKay. The power of love is seen in the unwavering dedication McKay had to Lady Day even at the height of her addiction to heroin, and how he held high the dynamic woman she was during sobriety. A testament to love without condition. 1988—Coming to America starring Eddie Murphy: While categorically this is considered a comedy, the truth is that it’s a quest for love. This was Black culture’s answer to the “fairy-tale” love story—with an Eddie Murphy comedic twist. Prince Akeem, heir to the throne of the fictional African country, “Zamunda,” comes to America to find his future queen, and what better place to find a queen than in Queens, NY! This movie is etched in Black American culture as perhaps the most quotable movie in Black cinema. The lighthearted Akeem is somewhat naïve to the social cues of America and the overall dating scene, but learns quickly, as he is determined to return to Zamunda with his American queen, Lisa. 1997—Love Jones starring Nia Long and Larenz Tate: Music, poetry, and of course, love…at the wrong time. A sensual and romantic story about a writer/poet and a photojournalist who fall for each other at the wrong time. While the audience is mesmerized by the onscreen chemistry, we watch a love story that develops, comes to a screeching halt, renews, and eventually parts when the love for art compromises the love in their hearts. Love Jones has been deemed one of the greatest Black love stories in modern times—even though it's over twenty years old.



Providing the best family law representation to our clients in 2021. 2000—Love and Basketball starring Saana Lathan and Omar Epps: Love and Basketball is a coming-of-age story of two neighbors with a shared love for basketball—and eventually for each other. The classic tale of boy meets girl, boy pushes girl, and unbeknownst to them, Cupid’s arrow struck their hearts. We watch the dynamic story of a love for the sport and a blossoming teenage love. When the couple part ways during college, we witness the heartache of losing both your best friend and your love. In the end, it was a matter of risking it all in the name of love. Honorable Mentions: While all movies cannot be named, I would be remiss if I did not mention movies that have also played a pivotal role in not only Black Cinema, but in Black pop culture: 1974—Claudine starring Diahanna Carroll and James Earl Jones 1976—Sparkle starring Irene Cara and Phillip Michael Thomas 1984—Purple Rain starring Prince 1989—Mo Betta Blues starring Denzel Washington 1992—Boomerang starring Eddie Murphy and Halle Berry 1998—How Stella Got Her Groove Back starring Angela Bassett and Taye Diggs 1999—The Best Man starring Taye Diggs and Nia Long 2002—Brown Sugar starring Taye Diggs and Sanaa Lathan 2010—Just Wright starring Queen Latifah and Common 2016—Moonlight starring Mahershala Ali This article is dedicated to my friends, family, Sorority Sisters of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Fraternity Brothers of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.—who have all showed me their love stories, their trials and triumphs in life and still, no matter what, have chosen to let love win!

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THE SCENE/lilac lit

lilac lit by Kailee Haong

Kailee Haong is a queer fiction writer. She holds an MFA 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.

I first started reading graphic novels only about three or four years ago. I had waited to get into graphics because figuring

out where to start—or even how to read one—can be intimidating. I hold near and dear to my heart the first graphic novel I ever read, Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? Funny enough, I ended up teaching her “sequel,” Fun Home to my Introduction to English Literature course at Eastern my first year of grad school. In teaching my students how to read and absorb graphic novels, I dug into

Waves by Ingrid Chabbert

What a beautiful graphic memoir! I absolutely loved the illustrations and color scheme, as well as the way Waves presents parallel storylines: what’s actually happening in the storyline alongside a magic-like notion of jumping out of a boat and diving into the water, unafraid. This memoir follows two women and their attempt to conceive a child (many attempts have been made, none successful) and illustrates the vicissitudes of trying to have a child as an LGBTQ couple. It’s sad. It’s comforting. It’s hopeful. I felt all sorts of things while reading this, and it only took about thirty minutes to get through.



Daytripper by Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá This graphic novel spans different timelines, following Bras de Olivias Dominguez as he moves through different phases in his life. The kicker here is that each chapter ends in his death—happened and imagined in different ways. This time-bending novel keeps you on your toes and in some ways feels like taking a bunch of different chances at life. As the reader, we get to reimagine Dominguez as he “reawakens” in a different period of his life at the beginning of each chapter. It is an emotionally evocative novel, touching on moments of sadness, happiness, and everything between.

more of them on my own. Aside from the obvious plus-sides to reading a graphic novel (the images, of course), they are also fun, quick, and easily digestible. Below is a list of some of my favorites, but it is by no means exhaustive! Something fun I’ve learned about a lot of graphic novels is that once you find an author/illustrator you like, they’ve often worked on many other books or projects you can check out, too.

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me by Mariko Tamaki

Laura Dean is the beautiful queer story I needed while I was growing up. This graphic covers important issues like sexuality, abortion, and relationships in a meaningful and accessible way. The closeness of the story on the protagonist, Freddy, is endearing. We get even closer to Freddy with the interwoven snippets of her emails to an advice columnist of sorts. You truly get to grow with this character, watching her make mistakes and screw up to the point where you nearly lose faith in her, just to watch her figure it all out and make a breakthrough. It was the perfect amount of emotions tied up in a realistic story.

Spinning by Tillie Walden

As Walden describes herself in the afterword, this graphic memoir is and isn’t about ice skating. On the surface level, it obviously is about ice skating. We get to follow through Walden’s journey of being an ice skater from when she’s a young novice to her near completion of high school. This journey through a person’s most tender adolescent years is peppered with experiences she has on and off the rink. Beneath the surface, this memoir is about loneliness, coming-of-age, sexuality, moving states, and navigating the world as a teenager. It is beautiful and light, interrupted by moments of grief and pain. Spinning feels authentic to a teenager coming into who they were always meant to be.



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just me who needs it; it’s we. It’s all of us. It’s the collective breath-holding that creates tightness in the chests of all of us. The way the stale air burns in our soul’s lungs like fear underwater. Sometimes we need a reminder that things are going to be OK. The beginning of this year has had many of us holding our breath. Many of us have been waiting, hoping, longing for a sign of light and freedom. We’ve had loss and grief and fear and uncertainty for so long that it feels as though a sign may never come. For the past ten years, I’ve lived on land just outside of Spokane. Each winter, when the bottom breaks out of the ice and snow and the white fluff turns to rotten clumps of gray and the slop of saturated earth sticks to everything—I’ve noticed something. At first, I was surprised. That first year I could hardly believe it. And then another year would bring the sloppy mess of February, and there they’d be again— Buttercups. In our area, the variety opens its glorious vibrant yellow face every year, without fail, in February. I used to think I imagined it. A child would come running through the slush and crust of snow and icy muck, a dimpled hand gripping the yellow buds. Smashed by enthusiasm. The drizzly sloppiness of the end of winter feels as if it’s going to drag on forever. And then, there’s this precious yellow face beaming, perfect delicate petals glistening through overcast skies and fat-bellied clouds.



Some believe that buttercup flower essences carry a blessing of sweetness, restoring the childlike wonder of our inner world. A whispered breath rekindling gentle joy. A nudge and reminder of who we truly are. They remind us of humility and light. Over the years, I’ve read more and more about them; each year learning something new and exciting or profound and passionately tethered to culture and land. Okanogan Native mothers warned their children not to touch the flowers. Their toxicity can cause mouth blistering, and they are poisonous if eaten. I imagine what it would be like to have that wisdom passed on to me. To know deep in my soul which plants were friends and which were foes. To be raised with the knowledge of which beautiful faces would poke through the soggy soil first. I imagine what it would be like to live richly, just like that. I’m learning. And each new blossom is a reminder of the collective breathing and knowledge we share. Sometimes my heart needs reminding that things are going to be OK. I need reminding that the most beautiful signs of coming spring are also to be respected and held in reverence. I need reminding that the dark sloppy days of late winter always succumb to the vibrant glints of coming spring. I need reminding that we have wisdom and knowledge to lean into as a whole human tethering of souls. We have a nod from nature to release the held breath. Ephemeral beauty reminds me that even the smallest signs are significant if we hold onto the moment and be present. Buttercups push up from the edges of rotting snow. They thrive in the transition. Buttercups, toxic and beautiful, remind my heart to sing when it’s not quite ready, to jump when I’m not quite sure, and to always keep hope for the future alive, even and especially when surrounded by darkness and mud.

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Historic Flight Foundation is located on Felts Field and is the largest of these venues. In warmer weather, the hangar door can be fully opened to unveil a breathtaking view of the runway and nearby mountains. Alternatively, The Hidden Ballroom has an art deco feel with a gorgeous chandelier and stage. The catering company will cater— pun intended—to their clients’ specific palate and is even willing to incorporate foods that are traditions within the family, all while working within a budget. The company provides tables and chairs, linen and china, set up from start to finish while coordinating with all other vendors, and so much more. Due to its smaller size, Glass Half Events is more suited to something like a corporate event than a full wedding. “I absolutely love doing weddings,” Kellie says. “That’s my favorite type of event—I almost cry at every single one. I love making people’s special day cool and unique, so that’s something I really miss.” Delectable also partners with 180 Bar and Bistro, and though it wouldn’t be enough space for the big day itself, Kellie says it would make the perfect spot for a rehearsal dinner—a wonderful way to tie in all of the wedding festivities.



Venues located in Idaho, such as the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort Hotel, proved to be an enticing option for couples who did not want to postpone their big day, as Idaho has different capacity restrictions. Claudia Graham, Coeur d’Alene Casino catering and hotel sales manager, says they had couples who moved their weddings from 2020 to 2021, but they also had couples who shifted from their original venue to the casino so they could still get married in 2020 with their original guest list—the casino is currently hosting celebrations, with strict protocols, in the fifty to two hundred range.

Claudia says the casino hosted two weddings like this in December 2020. Couples are able to have both their ceremony and reception at the casino, which also makes it an appealing option, and the casino has inhouse catering, with indoor and outdoor options. The casino follows strict protocols to make sure all guests are safe. “I’m just making sure that we're here for them through all of the planning with the different vendors and any changes to work through,” Claudia says. “We tend to take that off of their plate to help them navigate through it all, which is even more beneficial to the bride and groom – especially nowadays.” The casino has an interior decorator on premise to do wedding decorations, hotel accommodations for the wedding party and guests, a spa for the bridal party or for a couple’s massage after the wedding. The casino is also able to offer wedding cakes inhouse. Claudia has a passion for weddings because “I like being able to make others happy, and the casino is a one-stop destination to where we can offer it all.”

Making it official Even though the virus has shifted the plans of wedding ceremonies and receptions, perhaps the biggest indicator of how the pandemic has affected plans is the wedding license itself. As Spokane County auditor, Vicki Dalton is tasked with issuing wedding licenses. In a typical year, she would issue between two thousand eight hundred and three thousand. In 2020, she issued approximately 2,400. She says that in the first few weeks following the March restrictions, everyone was a bit “dazed and confused by everything that was going on,” but the licenses picked up and by early May they were in full swing. When people think of marriage, the first thing they think of is love, but it is important to remember that marriage is also a civil contract that comes with benefits, something that she stressed to Governor Jay Inslee to assure people would be able to pursue a marriage license. “People still needed to get married, and they did,” Vicki says.

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“We’ve had a busy season,” Sean says. “I think that’s maybe because people aren’t traveling, and they aren’t able to do their wedding receptions. I’ve heard a lot of people say, ‘Well, we’re just going to have a party down the road sometime, or maybe just go to the courthouse.’ I think it’s little easier to come in and use the money for their rings.” Elizabeth Barnard, a buyer for Jewelry Design Center, describes herself as a “silver-linings hunter.” Though COVID has derailed innumerable plans, she says she's seen it change people’s outlook in positive ways. “People end up prioritizing things differently,” Elizabeth says. “Love should always be a priority, but we get lost from that sometimes. Without the distractions, we’ve been focusing on our families, ourselves, and our relationships with our loved ones. That has been reflected in what happens at Jewelry Design Center.” She says one customer told her, “If I can survive being quarantined with this person, we’re clearly meant to be together.” Elizabeth has been working in the jewelry industry for twenty-one years, and “something that has always kept me in this industry is being part of something special for customers who come in and watching them grow.” She’s noticed that customers lately have been tending towards rings that are classic and clean, whereas before vintage-style rings had been in vogue—but that these trends are always a pendulum she’s seen swing back and forth.

The Dress The Ring Of course, there is much more to the wedding industry than just the location or food, and in most cases, the starting point is the engagement ring. Tracy Jewelers, which has been passed down through the Tracy family, has been around for seventy years. Sean Tracy is the owner, but initially, he didn’t want to take over his family’s business. He wanted to move to a bigger city and do something he considered more impactful. “My dad kept telling me, ‘You’re doing something for people, we’re making something that will last for them, celebrate their relationship and their love,’” Sean says. “I started realizing that’s true; then I realized it’s really the best part of the job.” Sean says he hasn’t seen much of a difference in wedding sales during the pandemic.



For many brides, the first item on their checklist is the dress, says Amanda Dewey, Bridal Collections owner. In fact, many plan their entire wedding aesthetic around it—a crucial piece—and when the dress falls into place, everything else follows. Bridal Collections—which has been around for forty years—is only booking private appointments, making for an intimate experience for the entire bridal party, and the store carries everything from tuxes for the groom to dresses for the bridesmaids. When the store shut down at the


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beginning of the lockdown, Amanda took it as an opportunity to revamp, repainting the entire store and creating an accent wall. Amanda is not just the “wedding dress gal,” and can guide the bride through the entire wedding process through different recommendations. “I’ve met a lot of a lot of people in the industry, and we’ve become close friends, so even if I can’t help you with a wedding dress, I can at least guide you,” Amanda says. “I can set you up with a few photographers or venues.” If a bride can’t find a dress she likes, Amanda will even refer them to a different shop.

Picture Perfect When it comes to making the memories of your special day last a lifetime, what could be more important than choosing the right photographer? Unsurprisingly, wedding photography has also slowed during the pandemic, says James Mangis with James and Kathy Mangis Photography, a husband-and-wife team. Though their main emphasis is event photography, they still do quite a few weddings. All of their booked 2020 weddings were canceled, but they did do a commitment ceremony on September 12, 2020. “Everybody is trying to be positive, and they’re saying when this is all over and things are back to normal… you look forward to that, we’re hoping.” James says one of the advantages to hiring them is that there’s always a second shooter. 42


“Kathy and I are a team,” James says. “Kathy picks up a lot of things that I’ve missed. A second shooter is imperative for weddings.” James says he and Kathy understand the importance of wedding pictures, not only because they capture the special day, but also because they provide cherished pictures of family members who pass on. The cover photo, featuring bride Aislynn Ledesma, was taken by Heather James of Heather James Imagery, LLC. Aislynn got married at the courthouse and was doing a photoshoot at Manito Park. A man in the park got Aislynn’s attention, and in that moment, Heather snapped the photo. She loves capturing these candid-yet-posed moments, and often uses prompts with the wedding party to capture more natural reactions. For example, she’ll have the wedding party link arms and “do a drunk walk” or tell the bride and groom to look into each other’s’ eyes and think about when they met. Though she’s had some couples reschedule, she’s still done quite a few weddings, using strict safety protocols. She wears a mask and primarily uses a zoom lens to keep even more than six-feet distance. “I think, just out of respect, it’s a thing that as a business owner you should be doing,” Heather says. Though she does other work such as family portraits, Heather loves weddings and often becomes friends with her clients. “I love the romance,” Heather says. “I love love, and everybody is so happy to be there. It brings up the energy level as a photographer, and even the creativity.” Heather was living in Coeur d’Alene previously, but now lives in Boise. But as a destination photographer, she frequently travels to Spokane and Coeur d’Alene to shoot weddings. She always stays a few extra days so she can do family portraits for regular customers or anyone who is interested.

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The Perfect Look Brides often want to ensure that they look flawless for their big day, and that process can start up to a year beforehand. Jaime Crocker, owner of Odara Medical Spa, says that many brides come to her to elevate their natural beauty. She’s worked with brides interested in a wide range of services—fillers, Botox, collagen stimulation, pigment reduction, microneedling, hydrafacials, chemical peels, and so much more. All of these services need to be perfectly timed so that the bride has the optimum look for her big day. Jaime is the injector at Odara and Kaila Schmidt is the esthetician. Jaime says when she first meets with a client, the first step is Kaila getting them on an effective skincare regimen, and Odara carries a wide array of lines, finding the perfect match for their client based on their skincare needs. Jaime says Odara isn’t about dramatically changing her client’s appearance, but to make them look like the best version of themselves. She says she recently had a client who was a “self-proclaimed tomboy”



who was planning a destination wedding. “She had a couple areas that she really felt made her look tired or older than she actually was, and so we were able to address that with just a light amount of filler and some Botox to help relax some of her muscle movement,” Jaime says. “That gave her refreshed look, she felt wonderful.” “You have so much invested into this day, and so many details to think about, it’s nice to be able to be a part of that and to make them feel so secure when they’re up there,” Jaime adds. For Luxe. Salon and Spa, the bride's experience is all in the name, says Jessyka Minudri, bridal coordinator. “Luxe is a luxury experience,” Jessyka says. “The bridal party will leave feeling that they got a top notch luxury experience where we care about their special date, because they are honoring us and blessing us with asking us to be a part of it.” To make it easier for 2020 brides who had to reschedule, Luxe created special bridal packages. “They can just choose a few package options rather than navigating how many people are in their wedding party, and who needs hair and makeup, trying to make it easier for them,” Jessyka. “It was so hard in 2020 and going through all of that so we just wanted to make it a day of pampering and hanging out with your girlfriends.” Luxe does hair and makeup the day of, but they also offer an array of services for brides leading up to the big day—hair extensions and coloring, Botox and injectables, lash extensions, hydrafacials, and more. “I wanted to create an atmosphere where people can come in and have that sense of confidence that they’re going to be receiving the best service,” Megan Ward, Luxe owner, says. “We truly feel we want to be able to give back to our clients, and we want them leaving more beautiful and more confident than when they walk in.”

Bouquet Toss Of course, no wedding is complete without flowers, and Tammy Wallin, a floral designer with Liberty Park Florist, says they have been going above and beyond to meet their clients’ expectations despite a few hurdles. During COVID, she says Liberty Park Florist has done some smaller ceremonies, but that wedding business has been down. But that’s not they only difficulty they faced. COVID caused issues with the floral supply chain, and Tammy was initially worried about what Liberty Park Florist would be able to get, and if they would be able to give wedding parties what they expected. While there have been some flowers they have had difficulty with, Tammy says it hasn’t been as big of an issue as she initially feared, and she’s hoping it will improve this spring. “People are pretty open and confident if you just tell them that we’ll do as best we can in the look that you’re hoping for,” Tammy says. “Hopefully we’ll soon lift the restrictions, then we can start having the dream weddings everybody wants.” Jodee Fyfe with Westwood Gardens had similar concerns with her wholsale supplier. She says she saw a lot of interesting smaller, outdoor weddings. “It’s fun to decorate outside if you have a nice venue,” Jodee says. Jodee predicts that people who postponed their 2020 wedding will go for it in 2021, going smaller or outdoors—or a combination of both—if necessary. “I think they just don’t want to wait,” Jodee says. “One girl did it out of the Moyie Springs Mud Bog, where it was outside, because she wasn’t going to wait. She put wood spools for tables out in a field and put flowers on them and really decorated it up really cute with lights. They had fun.” FEBRUARY 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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MELODY & ARTHUR “Two souls don’t find each other by simple accident,” wrote Jorge Luis Borges. For Melody Chang and Arthur Heaton, their paths kept crossing until they couldn’t ignore one other any longer. The pair first met when Chang was a student at Washington State University, as Heaton visited a friend in Pullman. They were introduced through friends, but it wasn’t until later that their paths begin to intersect daily as downtown workers in Spokane. In winter 2016, Heaton asked for her number, and the day after Christmas they went on their first date at the café in Huckleberries, where they talked for four hours. Chang remembers they only stopped because he had dinner plans with his parents every Sunday, which she found charming. “Our second date he almost died choking on apple skin,” she says with a laugh. “We were talking, and all of a sudden he started turning red and had to flee to the bathroom to get it out.” Little did he know that as he hacked away trying to clear his throat, she could hear everything from their booth. “I kept imagining what on earth I would say to his parents, who I’d never met, if he choked to death on a piece of apple while on a date with me!” After the second date, Chang and Heaton saw each other every day through New Year’s Eve, which they celebrate as their anniversary. As the couple converses, it’s apparent how much they care for and respect one another. “Our relationship is always interesting,” Chang says. “We constantly keep We set the terms early ourselves entertained.” She is quickwitted and laughs easily; Heaton is on about making sure thoughtful and precise, with a sense of the other person was humor. Both love reading and traveling with their families. Chang was born aware when we needed in Seattle, studied music in college, is our own space. It’s all a member of the Spokane Symphony Chorale, and performs with Spokane about being honest and Valley Summer Theatre. She works in straightforward. marketing, specializing in social media management, and serves on several nonprofit boards. Heaton was born in the Northeast, living in New York and Rhode Island until the age of ten, when his family moved to the Spokane area. He attended the University of Denver, studying economics, history, and Italian, and worked in finance before leaving to pursue his lifelong passion of mechanical and technical work. He was hired at an aircraft electronics repair facility in Spokane, where he has worked for the past three years. For Heaton and Chang, the pandemic hit at a momentous time in their relationship. “We got engaged on March 15 and the governor ordered the shutdown on March 16,” Heaton says. In the weeks that followed, Heaton’s hours at work were temporarily reduced, and

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Chang shifted to working from home. The couple found themselves spending nearly every minute together. Heaton missed having an hour of alone time to decompress after work each day, and Chang felt the loss of her ability to perform as a singer and actor. Together, they adjusted. “We set the terms early on about making sure the other person was aware when we needed our own space,” Chang says. “It’s all about being honest and straightforward.” As they found themselves unable to visit museums or attend concerts, Chang took an interest in one of Heaton’s favorite hobbies, repairing and detailing cars. Soon, she threw herself into learning everything she could. “We’ve learned a lot about our relationship by working on cars through COVID,” Chang says, laughing. Heaton agreed. “Melody goes 110% into new hobbies,” he says, explaining how as her interest in cars was on the rise, he worried that his hobby was starting to feel too similar to his job. As Chang’s interest and skill level increased, she purchased her own tools and began trying out more repairs. They had to learn how to work together in a small space, discovering that while Heaton prefers the garage to be tidy, with a place for everything and everything in its place, “Melody is a sprawling workspace person,” he says. As a solution, they created a workspace for her tools, separate from his. Heaton also prefers to complete repairs methodically, one at a time from start to finish, whereas Chang might start multiple repairs at once, pinging back and forth between them. Finding themselves in the role of expert and apprentice, with different ways of approaching the work—and initially with different ideas of how much time each wanted to spend on the hobby—was a challenge, they admit, but one that made them stronger. “This year’s been tough on everyone; we’ve had our disagreements,” Heaton says. “But I recognized that she had lost the ability to perform and needed something to put her energy into. I really admire how she was able to reinvent herself.” “We’ve had to remind ourselves that we are a team. Everything we say to each other is out of love,” Chang says. “We’re not perfect, so we’ve had a lot of conversations, but we love each other and that comes first. It’s how you work through those moments that really matters.” ANDREW & KEVIN Do you know those couples whose relationship always seems joyful and at ease, where the two individuals are quite different but work beautifully as a team? Those people who cook well, exercise regularly, love to explore, meet people, and try new experiences? As it turns out, Andrew Whitver and Kevin Brannaman are those people. “We really enjoy our time together,” Whitver says. “He’s an introvert and I’m way out there, so he grounds me.” Asked how they met, Whitver laughed. “Well this was pre-internet Seattle in the 90s, so we were cruising in a park,” he says. “A friend of mine pointed at Kevin and said, ‘That dude is a god.’ We exchanged numbers, which was unusual, and a few weeks later Kevin called and asked me on a date.” At the time, Brannaman was working for the postal service, while Whitver was a social



worker and doing catering gigs on the side. “We fought a lot when we first got together, because we’re opposites,” Whitver says. “We don’t anymore, but there were real highs and lows in those days, even while we were having a lot of fun.” They moved in together after about six months. “We learned how to fight,” Brannaman says. “And we made rules,” Whitver added, “which we don’t need anymore but were useful at the time. The rules were: if we disagreed, no one could raise their voice. If you raised your voice, you were out of control and that meant argument over. There was no namecalling. And you could never threaten to leave; if someone ever said they wanted to leave, it would have to be for real.”

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The couple lived together for twenty years in Seattle in a seven-hundredsquare-foot apartment on Capitol Hill. For fourteen of those years, they also worked together (“in a very small kitchen,” Brannaman says wryly), cooking for a wellness retreat center. “We both had strong heads and pretty similar styles of cooking at the time,” Whitver says. “So the question one person could ask in the kitchen was ‘May I make a suggestion?’ and the other person could say no.” Their lives were altered significantly when Brannaman was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder, about twenty years ago. “We had no idea what Parkinson’s was at first, and when you read about it…” Whitver pauses. “We were completely, completely devastated.” In the early days, the symptoms were not yet noticeable. But as the disease progressed, Brannaman experienced discrimination from an employer and felt forced to quit a job he enjoyed. Around 2016, his doctor suggested brain surgery. The couple was apprehensive, but ultimately forged ahead. Whitver gets emotional remembering. “The results were remarkable,” he says. “It reversed the course of his symptoms ten years, easily. This is not where we thought we would be right now, in the best way. It’s truly amazing.” Post-surgery, they moved to Spokane. “I was hesitant at first,” Brannaman says. “But we’d come over a lot to visit, and over time I said yes. After about a year of being here, I really fell in love with Spokane.” Together they love to bike, walk their dog Monroe, and participate in Spokane’s cultural scene. Whitver serves on the Spokane Arts Commission, along with co-managing a farmer’s market, while Brannaman is considering taking up fine art photography again. Like most couples, the pair has navigated decisions about marriage and family. “Years ago, we participated in a march for marriage equality in Seattle, before it had been achieved,” Whitver says. “As part of the protest, we were the first couple to go into the building and ask if we could get married.” They were told no. “It was such a



slap in the face,” Whitver says. “After that, neither of us really had the desire to get married, even when we could.” About seven years into the couple’s relationship, a friend approached with a big ask: she wanted to have a baby as a single person and asked if Andrew and Kevin would co-parent with her. They discussed and agreed, so she adopted a newborn and the three worked out a co-parenting plan, made easier by the fact that they only lived five blocks away. Brannaman and Whitver remember that as soon as they met Nadia, their daughter, they knew they’d made the right decision. From their perspective, co-parenting was simplest when Nadia was young, and got more complicated later, but both emphasize their love for Nadia (now eighteen and living in Seattle) as making it all worth it. “Parenting is the best thing we’ve ever done as a couple,” Whitver says, with a catch in his voice. “Totally,” Brannaman agrees. Unlike some, Whitver and Brannaman say the pandemic hasn’t forced change within their relationship, but they have been cautious, since Brannaman is more at risk, and have used the time to reflect. “Growing up in the 80s and 90s AIDS crisis,” Whitver says, “That really affected what I do in my life. When you saw your friends die really young, so many of them...this life isn’t guaranteed. I think that’s what gives me joy in life and motivates me.” Brannaman says he appreciates his partner’s ability to listen, and how from the beginning, Whitver always made him feel safe. His advice for a healthy long-term relationship is simple: “Don’t try to change your partner.” “That was a hard lesson for me to learn,” Whitver admits. “But I don’t feel that way anymore. We support each other’s dreams, and he supports all my antics. Still after all these years, we’ll just lay in bed and look at each other. Kevin is my witness in this life, and to look at all the experiences we’ve had so far and know he was there with me is amazing.”

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After a career in marketing in both the higher education and utilities industries, Catherine Dixon became a financial advisor with Edward Jones because she wanted to positively impact lives on a personal level. For her, this has always meant getting to know her clients as individuals. When she meets with a prospective client, Catherine asks them what the “horizon line” looks like as it is crucial for her to determine what is important to them. “Some people come in and want to buy a house, or they’re trying to figure out if they can retire, and what that looks like,” Catherine says. “We talk about what people sometimes don’t spend enough time on—dreaming, and what their dream looks like.” Since COVID-19 hit, Catherine admits, people have spent more time looking forward, partially because they’ve had more time for reflection. Even though many have multiple goals, she says clients sometimes don’t realize prior to meeting her that they can pursue more than one thing. It is also important to determine whether she is a good fit for the potential client. If she isn’t, she happily refers them to someone who would be better suited. “I’m looking for people who want a professional partner,” Catherine says. “Maybe their goal isn’t completely defined, but they know in general where they want to go and where they want to be. They value the professional advice, and they’ll be responsive, which allows me to properly support them.” When meeting with a new client, Catherine also assesses how comfortable the person is with risk because she always wants her clients to feel comfortable with their choices. Even though nothing is guaranteed, Catherine does not want her 52


clients to lose sleep worrying about their investments. “This isn’t a miracle process where you put money in, spin a dial, and come out with x number of dollars guaranteed,” Catherine says. “It doesn’t work that way with the market. It’s three steps forward and one step back, because the market dances. Setting those expectations, empowering people to understand what’s happening and to stay strategic about their own life—I think it’s great. I love it. I’m so thrilled to be in this role.” Every investment is aligned with a particular goal. “Most of my clients aren’t concerned about short-term market fluctuations because they know that they’re on track for their long-term goals based on how they’re invested,” Catherine says. One of the ways she is able to prevent worry is by looking at clients’ fluency and understanding of the financial world and helping them build that knowledge base. She enjoys helping her clients to arrive at a level where they better understand their investments and the stock market as a whole. “I really believe it’s like learning a second language, and you’re building a toolkit from which to work,” Catherine says. “I enjoy working with people to increase their skills in the vernacular of the investing world, to allow them to build confidence and to grow as much as they’d like to in that area.” In that capacity, she’s particularly enjoyed mentoring women. “They stand a little taller knowing that they’re in charge of their financial future, and that really makes me happy to know that I’m part of supporting that effort,” Catherine says. “It’s so important that we lift each other up in that way as women, and I’m truly thankful to be in a position to do that.”



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graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, he wanted to try his hand at living somewhere bigger, so he attended the University of Washington. After graduation, he began working as a financial advisor in Seattle, where he had the opportunity to work at firms both large and small, taking on a wide variety of clients. As time went on, he noticed the bigger firms were solidly focused on ultra-rich clients. While the smaller firms were more prone to take on clients with modest means, they were often purchased by the larger companies. “I knew from the beginning that dealing with individual customers, dealing with people, was where I wanted to go in this business,” Eric says. “I know what I’m doing when I sit down in front of mom and pop, and so that’s all I’ve ever really wanted to do. That’s how I’ve built my business.” When it came time to start a family, Eric and his wife returned to Spokane, and this was how he found his way to Stifel, the largest firm of its kind not owned or controlled by a bank. “It really turned into a situation where more and more firms were more focused on policy and ten meetings a week and bureaucracy,” Eric says about his switch to Stifel. “They would argue that we're trying to help the client, but in reality, it was more of an effort to try to help the firm. The whole customerfirst approach is real here. It's what everybody talks about, but very few firms actually deliver on it.” “My job is to take care of people, not sit in meetings all day,” Eric adds.



Eric has been a financial advisor for thirty-two years, and he’s always tried to do business in such a way that if he ran into one of his clients at the grocery store, he wouldn’t have to avert his eyes. “I would never want to have to hang my head and be somebody who said, ‘Oh, I'm sorry that we did that high-risk thing, and you've lost all your money,’” Eric says. Eric says throughout his career, he’s never had to be in a position of delivering news like that to his client. “I don't pretend to know what's going to happen tomorrow and anybody who says they do, I think they're just they're full of it,” Eric says. “What I try to do is position clients so that no matter what happens, they're going to be okay.” And he isn’t going anywhere. At fifty-six, he’s not slowing down anytime soon, and it’s important to him that his clients know he’s in it for the long haul. Part of what sets Eric apart is flexibility. He knows that many in the financial advising realm will only work with clients on a fee-based structure, but Eric prefers to evaluate based on what makes the most sense. “I just have trouble justifying a fee-based structure for the safe investments in a client's portfolio,” Eric says. Eric also doesn’t have account minimums with his clients. “I decided a long time ago that I was going to treat the guy who gave me five thousand bucks to put in his IRA the same as I would the guy who inherits five hundred thousand,” Eric says. “I've got to tell you, some of the biggest relationships I have now started with some of the most modest investment amounts.”



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avoided a forked piece for this, but Jim saw the potential in the unusual choice. Formerly the owner of a cabinet shop, Jim made the cabinetry in the kitchen out of a combination of striated tiger stripe maple and Australian lacewood. The stained glass fronts were sourced from a company in Portland, where they added the color by hand. Though almost every one of the 100 or so logs used in the home came from the property, some elements were obtained thanks to a



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neighbor. There was a tree on their property so large it raised safety concerns, and they asked Jim if he’d take it down for them. “It was so big, it was too big to use on the house,” Jim says, so he cut it into lumber that became countertops, window moldings, wood floors, and the outer perimeter of the interior doors. He used the bark from the tree for window trim. Jim’s handiwork can be seen in every angle of the home, from the wooden “seed-keep” with small drawers—a furniture style that dates back to pilgrim days—to a wavy-lined multi-piece mirror in the spacious upstairs master bedroom to the jewelry cabinet near the upstairs fireplace, which includes another beautiful flaw: an “inclusion,” or a

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Joshua Conway Spokane Valley Dentistry 12121 E. Broadway Ave., Ste. 4 Spokane Valley (509) 926-6261 spokanevalleydentistry.com Travis V. Coulter Coulter Family Dentistry 1601 S. Dishman Mica Rd., Spokane Valley (509) 209-8747 coulterdentistry.com Debra L. Craig 10121 N. Nevada St., Ste. 202 (509) 467-1562 Kimberly R. Craven South Hill Family Dental 1424 S. Bernard St. (509) 747-7166 southhillfamilydental.com Louise C. DeFelice DeFelice Dentistry 4703 N. Maple St. (509) 258-5641 defelicedentistry.com Robert R. DesRoches, Jr. Maple Street Family Dentistry 4610 N. Ash, Ste. 102 (509) 928-5001 maplestreetfamilydentistry.com Blaine D. Dodson Evergreen Cosmetic & Family Dentistry 1005 N. Evergreen Rd., Ste. 202 Spokane Valley (509) 928-4191 evergreencosmeticdentistry.com James P. Dorosh Dorosh Dental 10121 N. Nevada St., Ste. 301 (509) 467-1000 doroshdental.com Jaclyn M. Eliassen Integrated Dental Arts 5011 W. Lowell Ave., Ste. 130 (509) 464-3100 identalarts.com Eric C. Ellingsen Smile Source Dental 1215 N. McDonald Rd., Ste. 203 Spokane Valley (509) 381-7421 smilesourcespokane.com

Erin E. Elliott Post Falls Family Dental Center 313 N. Spokane St., Post Falls (208) 773-4579 postfallsfamilydental.com Ola J. Englund Smile Source 6817 N. Cedar Rd., Ste. 201 (509) 228-3212 spokane-smilesource.com Gregory A. Frahm North Hill Dentistry 1520 W. Garland Ave., Ste. A (509) 328-9787 northhilldentistry.com Heather A. Frampton Spokane Valley Dental 200 N. Mullan Rd., Ste. 103 Spokane Valley (509) 928-8431 spokanevalleydental.com Amir A. Ganji Cannon Hill Dental 1424 S. Bernard St. (509) 624-5590 cannonhilldental.com Katherine M. Hakes Integrated Dental Arts 5011 W. Lowell Ave., Ste. 130 (509) 464-3100 identalarts.com Drew F. Heidergott 10121 N. Nevada St., Ste. 202 (509) 466-6979 drdrewdds.com Robb B. Heinrich 10121 N. Nevada St., Ste. 302 (509) 467-1117 heinrichdds.com Jeffrey J. Henneberg Smile Source Dental 1215 N. McDonald Rd., Ste. 203 Spokane Valley (509) 381-7421 smilesourcespokane.com Bryan P. Hill 9671 N. Nevada St., Ste. 200 (509) 505-6303 bryanhilldds.com

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2009 - 2021

Appointments Available Monday–Friday New Patients Welcome

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With responsibility, the best materials, and customizing your smile.

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Honesty We want to treat you the way you want to be treated. We only want to do what is needed and help you keep your smile.

Integrity You are important to us. We focus on your care and giving you world-class dentistry, and we stand by this everyday.

About Us A father and son team, we love the Spokane community, and love working with all of you.



HEALTH BEAT/2021 Top Dentists

Dr. Olson wants to help give you a beautiful healthy smile with a gentle touch in a comfortable environment.

We are changing lives one smile at a time.

Jeffrey R. Hood Evergreen Cosmetic & Family Dentistry 1005 N. Evergreen Rd., Ste. 202 Spokane Valley (509) 928-4191 evergreencosmeticdentistry.com

• Gentle Family Dentistry • New Patients Welcome • Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry • Teeth Whitening • Preventive Care • Relaxed Environment • Over 20 Years in Practice

James A. Howard 720 N. Evergreen Rd., Ste. 102 Spokane Valley (509) 891-0430

Member American Dental Association & Spokane District Dental Society

Congratulations Dr. Kathrine Olson

11 years in a row!


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Bradley D. Jarvis Braun & Jarvis Family Dentistry 775 E. Holland Ave., Ste. 201 (509) 464-2391 braunjarvisdental.com Mark A. Jensen Millwood Family Dental 3018 N. Argonne Rd. (509) 928-5444 millwoodfamilydental.com KEVIN A. KING King Family Dental 101 W. Cascade Way, Ste. 201 (509) 466-2499 kkingdds.com “We want to treat you the way we want to be treated. We only want to do what is needed and help you keep your smile.” SAMUEL KING King Family Dental 101 W. Cascade Way, Ste. 201 (509) 466-2499 kkingdds.com “Our patients are important to us. We focus on their care and giving them world-class dentistry, and we stand by this every day.” Susan M. Kohls 2020 E. 29th Ave., Ste. 100 (509) 534-0428 drsusankohls.com Ryan R. Love 420 N. Evergreen Rd., Ste. 600 Spokane Valley (509) 928-2525 ryanrlovedds.com

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HEALTH BEAT/2021 Top Dentists

DR. CATHERINE LUCHINI The Kidds Place 506 E Hastings Rd. # B (509) 252-4746 thekiddsplace.com “We believe in providing the very best dental experience for your child with a happy heart.” Joseph L. Luchini Luchini Family Dentistry 2107 W. Pacific Ave. (509) 838-3544 luchinidds.com Kenneth Lynn Post Falls Family Dental 313 N. Spokane St., Post Falls (208) 773-4579 postfallsfamilydental.com Katherine Q. Martin Avondale Dental 1683 E. Miles Ave., Hayden (208) 772-4066 avondaledentalcenter.com Rudyard G. McKennon 5th Avenue Dental 421 W. Riverside Ave., Ste. 810 (509) 624-8783 5thavenuedds.com Daniel J. Mergen Mergen Dental 902 W. 14th Ave. (509) 747-5186 mergendental.com Stephen H. Mills 3201 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 747-5184 drmillsfamilydentistry.com Kent E. Mosby Advanced Family Dentistry 910 W. Ironwood Dr., Coeur d’Alene (208) 667-1154 drmosby.com



KATHRINE A. OLSON Kathrine Olson DDS 210 S. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley (509) 924-9596 kathrineolsondds.com “Dr. Olson wants to help give you a beautiful, healthy smile with a gentle touch in a comfortable environment. We are changing lives one smile at a time.” Filip E. Orban Orban Family Dental 2834 N. Ramsey Rd., Ste. 102-103 Coeur d’Alene (208) 667-1546 orbanfamilydental.com Jeffrey L. Oswell 15636 N. Highway 41, Rathdrum (208) 508-1954 oswellrathdrumdental.com Kurt Peterson Peterson Dental 1604 W. Riverside Ave. (509) 747-2183 petersondental.com Corey L. Plaster 5th Avenue Dental 421 W. Riverside Ave., Ste. 810 (509) 624-8783 5thavenuedds.com Simon P. Prosser Prosser Dentistry 251 E. Fifth Avenue, Ste. B (509) 744-3244 prosserdentistry.com James J. Psomas Psomas Warnica Hennessey 12409 E. Mission Ave., Ste. 201 (509) 924-4411 spokanevalleydds.com John P. Reamer Reamer Family Dentistry 12805 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley (509) 924-5661 reamerfamilydentistry.com Paul F. Reamer Reamer Family Dentistry 12805 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley (509) 924-5661 reamerfamilydentistry.com

Charles L. Regalado 6817 N. Cedar Rd., Ste. 202 (509) 326-6862 charlesregalado.com James A. Robson Avondale Dental 1683 E. Miles Ave., Hayden Lake (208) 772-4066 avondaledentalcenter.com Stanley A. Sargent Grand Corner Dental 3707 S. Grand Blvd., Ste. B (509) 838-2434 grandcornerdental.com Todd Schini Schini Family Dentistry 2329 N. Merritt Creek Loop, Coeur d’Alene (208) 664-3321 schinidentistry.com Ryon G. Schofield 8912 N. Hess St., Hayden (208) 762-4331 schofielddental.com Jay H. Sciuchetti 2103 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 624-0542 drjayspokane.com ROSS SIMONDS Simonds Dental Group Family Dentistry 22106 E. Country Vista Dr., Suite D, Liberty Lake (509) 893-1119 libertylakedental.com “Dr. Ross Simonds has provided missionary dentistry to patients in the Amazon Jungle, Africa, Mexico, and the Islands of the South Pacific as well as free dentistry to people here in our own community.” Mary K. Smith North Cedar Dental 6817 N. Cedar Rd., Ste. 101 (509) 325-0233 northcedardental.com



HEALTH BEAT/2021 Top Dentists

Mark M. Sodorff Sodorff & Wilson Family Dentistry 12706 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley (509) 928-3131 sodorffwilsondds.com Jessica Toillion Medical Lake Dental Clinic 123 N. Brower St., Medical Lake (509) 299-5171 medicallakedc.com John A. Van Gemert Liberty Park Family Dentistry 1118 S. Perry St. (509) 534-2232 libertyparkfamilydentistry.com Nicholas G. Velis Velis Family Dental Care 820 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley (509) 924-8200 velisdental.com Scott D. Warnica Psomas Warnica Hennessey 12409 E. Mission, Ste. 201 (509) 924-4411 spokanevalleydds.com MARC D. WEIAND Weiand & Weiand 1414 N. Vercler Rd., Bldg #6 (509) 926-1589 yteeth.com "My goal is to provide exceptional treatment with compassionate care, giving patients a reason to smile every day!" Earl L. Whittaker Whittaker Family Dentistry 1212 N. Post St. (509) 326-7307 drwhittakerdds.com Kory J. Wilson Avondale Dental Avondale Dental 1683 E. Miles Ave., Hayden Lake (208) 772-4066 avondaledentalcenter.com Laura B. Wilson Sodorff & Wilson Family Dentistry 12706 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley (509) 928-3131 sodorffwilsondds.com 88


Stephen O. Woodard 1020 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley (509) 924-8585 drwoodard.com

Timothy L. Sweatman Sweatman Endodontics 775 E. Holland Ave., Ste. 202 (509) 468-7744

Mark A. Woodward Wandermere Family Dentistry 510 E. Hastings Rd., Ste. A (509) 467-0755 drmarkwoodward.com

Roderick W. Tataryn Tataryn Endodontics 2700 S. Southeast Blvd., Ste 201 (509) 747-7665 drtataryn.com



Lisa A. Ellingsen Ellingsen Endodontics 1005 N. Evergreen Rd., Ste. 201 Spokane Valley (509) 921-5666 ellingsenendo.com

Erik R. Curtis Curtis Orthodontics 215 W. Canfield Ave., Coeur d’Alene (208) 772-7272 curtisbraces.com

Michelle A. Ellingsen Ellingsen Endodontics 1005 N. Evergreen Rd., Ste. 201 Spokane Valley (509) 921-5666 ellingsenendo.com Dustin L. Gatten Access Endodontic Specialists 602 N. Calgary Ct., Ste. 301, Post Falls (208) 262-2620 accessendo.com Timothy L. Gatten Access Endodontic Specialists 602 N. Calgary Ct., Ste. 301, Post Falls (208) 262-2620 accessendo.com Blake McKinley, Jr. Spokane Endodontics 620 N. Argonne Rd., Ste. A (509) 928-8762 spokaneendo.com Brittney Penberthy Marycliff Dental Center 823 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 202 (509) 744-0916 spokanesdentistry.com Timothy W. Penberthy Marycliff Dental Center 823 W. 7th Ave., Ste. 202 (509) 744-0916 spokanesdentistry.com Scott J. Starley Inland Endodontics 3151 E. 29th Ave., Ste. 201 (509) 535-1720 inlandendo.com

Jacob DaBell DaBell and Paventy Orthodontics 720 N. Evergreen Rd., Ste. 101 Spokane Valley (509) 381-4200 dabellpaventyortho.com Clay H. Damon Damon Orthodontics 4407 N. Division St., Ste. 722 (509) 484-8000 damon-orthodontics.com Paul L. Damon Damon Orthodontics 12406 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley (509) 924-9860 damon-orthodontics.com Ronald H. Ellingsen Ellingsen Smiles Orthodontics 9915 N. Division St. (509) 467-2606 ellingsensmiles.com Bret M. Johnson Bret Johnson Orthodontics 10306 N. Nevada St. (509) 466-2666 drbretortho.com Joshua L. Johnson Johnson Orthodontics 510 E. Hastings Rd., Ste. B (509) 328-1243 johnsonsmiles.com Shannon L. Magnuson Magnuson Orthodontics 10121 N. Nevada St., Ste. 201 (509) 443-5597 magnusonortho.com

Dr. Catherine K. Luchini, DDS General Dentist, children only

Voted #1

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HEALTH BEAT/2021 Top Dentists

Diane S. Paxton Ellingsen Paxton Orthodontics 12109 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane Valley (509) 926-0570 eportho.com

Andrew H. Garabedian The Children’s Choice 418 E. 30th Ave. (509) 624-1182 childrenschoicedental.com

Scott W. Ralph 23505 E. Appleway Ave., Ste. 204, Liberty Lake (509) 892-9284 drscottralph.com

Molly Gunsaulis Dentistry for Children 15404 E. Springfield Ave., Ste. 102, Spokane Valley (509) 922-1333 mollygunsaulis.com

Gerald E. Smith Smith Orthodontics 101 W. Cascade Way, Ste. 100 (509) 467-6535 smithorthodontics.com PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY T. Joel Blake KidSmile Dental 721 N. Pines Rd., Ste. 101 Spokane Valley (509) 822-2209 kidsmiledental.com BECKY COOMBS South Hill Pediatric Dentistry 2020 E. 29th Ave., Ste. 130 (509) 315-8500 southhillpediatricdentistry.com “We practice pediatric dentistry because every child has a different story, and by helping them keep their smiles healthy, we play a role in building their confidence to tell those stories to the world.” Dallin J. Dance Dance Dentistry for Kids 1027 W. Prairie Ave., Hayden (208) 772-2202 dancedentistry.com Tom M. Dance Dance Dentistry for Kids 1027 W. Prairie Ave., Hayden (208) 772-2202 dancedentistry.com



Christopher W. Herzog The Children’s Choice 418 E. 30th Ave. (509) 624-1182 childrenschoicedental.com ERIN L. JOHNSON South Hill Pediatric Dentistry 2020 E. 29th Ave., Ste. 130 (509) 315-8500 southhillpediatricdentistry.com “We practice pediatric dentistry because every child has a different story, and by helping them keep their smiles healthy, we play a role in building their confidence to tell those stories to the world.” Jason R. Moffitt Moffitt Children’s Dentistry 520 S. Cowley St., Ste. 101 (509) 838-1445 moffittdental.com Charles E. Toillion The Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry 418 E. 30th Ave. (509) 624-1182 childrenschoicedental.com David B. Toillion The Children’s Choice Pediatric Dentistry 418 E. 30th Ave. (509) 624-1182 childrenschoicedental.com John R. Ukich, Jr. Pediatric Dental Center of North Idaho 1717 Lincoln Way, Ste. 205 Coeur d’Alene (208) 667-3556 dentalcareforkids.com

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY Chad P. Collins The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery 322 W. 7th Ave. (509) 624-2202 thecenterfororalsurgery.com Daniel R. Cullum Implants Northwest 1859 N. Lakewood Dr., Ste. 101 Coeur d’Alene (208) 667-5565 implantsnorthwest.com Neal D. Curtis Oral Surgery Plus 10121 N. Nevada St., Ste. 102 (509) 928-8800 oralsurgeryplus.com Nicholas D. Freuen Spokane Oral Surgery 9911 N. Nevada St., Ste. 120 (509) 242-3336 spokaneoralsurgery.com David G. Gailey Inland Oral Surgery 2204 E. 29th Ave., Ste. 104 (509) 321-1404 inlandoralsurgery.com Trevor Griffitts Griffitts Facial & Oral Surgery 8724 N. Wayne Dr., Hayden (208) 667-0824 cdaomfs.com Terrance L. Hauck Spokane Oral Surgery 9911 N. Nevada St., Ste. 120 (509) 242-3336 spokaneoralsurgery.com Bryan W. McLelland Liberty Oral & Facial Surgery 507 N. Sullivan Rd., Ste. 120 Spokane Valley (509) 922-2273 libertyoralsurgery.com Spencer N. Sautter Oral Surgery Plus 123 W. Francis Ave., Ste. 102 (509) 928-8800 oralsurgeryplus.com

Daniel W. Skinner OMAX 12509 E. Mission Ave., Ste. 101 Spokane Valley (509) 928-3600 omaxsurgery.com PERIODONTICS Steven D. Aeschliman 9708 E. Nevada, Ste. 102 (509) 489-6850 periocentral.com David W. Engen Engen, Hahn & Pizzini 9911 N. Nevada St., Ste. 110 (509) 326-4445 drengen.com Anthony G. Giardino South Hill Periodontics 2700 Southeast Blvd., Ste. 210 (509) 536-7032 southhillperio.com Rolf G. Hahn Engen, Hahn & Pizzini 9911 N. Nevada St., Ste. 110 (509) 326-4445 drengen.com Nate Johnson Spokane Periodontics and Implants 508 W. 6th Ave., Ste. 208 (509) 838-4321 spokaneperio.com Lauralee Nygaard 1005 N. Evergreen Rd., Ste. 102 Spokane Valley (509) 927-3272 drnygaard.com Shaun M. Whitney Lake City Dental Specialties 1322 W. Kathleen Ave., Ste. 2 Coeur d’Alene (208) 664-7300 shaunwhitneydds.com

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PROSTHODONTICS Michael Brooks Pacific Northwest Prosthodontics 826 N. Mullan Rd., Ste. D Spokane Valley (509) 309-0867 pnwprosthodontics.com Michael W. Johnson Pacific Northwest Prosthodontics 826 N. Mullan Rd., Ste. D Spokane Valley (509) 309-0867 wspdic.com Max H. Molgard, Jr. 6817 N. Cedar Rd., Ste. 102 (509) 327-4469 maxmolgard.com

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HEALTH BEAT/tooth fairy


The Power of a Smile

photo by Kirsten Cook

by Edie Higby

These are trying times for everyone, to say the least. 2020 was one of the most challenging years most of us have ever faced, evoking the human spirit to its very core with compounding sensitive social issues, politics at its worst, and an ugly virus unlike anything we've seen in our lifetimes. Communities have been broken, classrooms shut down, and our smiles have been covered with a mask. When you look up the textbook definition of a smile, it reads: a simple facial expression characterized by an upturning of the corners of the mouth; an agreeable appearance; to wear or assume a smile usually showing amusement, laughter, friendliness, or patience. But a dwelling of a smile can also mean to bear trouble patiently; to recover cheerfully from misfortune; to look derisively (at) instead of being annoyed; or to drive away one’s tears. A smile can even, at times, be a display of displeasure or scorn. You know the one smile that I’m talking about where a parent or family member made a certain smirk to show disapproval or manipulate your behavior. That’s the one! The final definition and true meaning of a smile is to bestow a blessing. Isn’t that wonderful? And boy, do we ever need a blessing right now. Today, in every way, the power of a smile is so much more than what we see in one’s facial expression. A smile is an expression of how we know and show joy, and even sorrow. A smile is how we connect with others. Smiling at each other is important. It matters. Now, more than ever, we need to believe in the power of a smile. Mother Theresa—known for her life work of commitment and dedication to others, said, “We will never know all the good a smile will do.” I believe she is right. A smile can do more good works than we could ever know and much more beyond what we will ever see.





HEALTH BEAT/tooth fairy


TOOTH DECAY PREVENTION The “Tooth Fairy” believes that every child’s smile matters. The Tooth Fairy Company’s Mission: We are committed to discover and explore creative ways to prevent tooth decay in early childhood. We believe in public health service. We embrace the social responsibility to all children’s oral health. Our focus is on resources that build collaborations and partnerships of any and all efforts to increase knowledge and awareness of early oral health preventive care, improve inequities and access to dental care, and to reduce infections, injuries, and deaths due to childhood oral health disparities and chronic tooth decay. We can only do this work by strategizing community outreach and education efforts to advance creative innovations that make childcare programs, schools, and communities aware and more knowledgeable in the area of oral health concepts and early preventative care. We are dedicated to the overall mission, vision, and goal of eradicating childhood tooth decay disease forever. Interested parties, partnerships and contributions will help us continue our work to educate, encourage, and believe in every child’s healthy, happy smile.

Sharing a smile is no easy task while we walk around wearing a mask and stand in fear of contagion six feet apart. We will never know the long-term psychological effects a global pandemic will have on our hearts and human spirits. We have to care about how we share our smiles. We must find new ways of creating a culture of kindness and compassion, especially if someone can’t see the smile. A smile is so much more than what we can see! A smile is a reflection of the heart, a twinkle in an eye, a pep in our step, the energy we bring into a room. Our smile is the physical presence of our spiritual wellbeing. It is a light in the darkness. Our smile is an expression of who we are. It is how we lift each other up. A smile is—by definition—the bestowing of a blessing, and we do that by showing generous acts of kindness, unfailing love, finding compassion to share, and how we connect our energy with others. Believe in the power of a smile and you will begin to see them everywhere! In the next days, weeks, and year to come as the current issues continue to unfold before us, let’s look for ways that we can smile at each other. The reality is, things have changed. The world is different. We don’t know what comes next. What will 2021 or beyond hold for us? What will the postCOVID-19 world look like? We can’t know. Perhaps our smiles have changed, too. How will we recognize a smile? Let’s show the power of our smiles through this pandemic together. Let’s smile by social distancing, being aware and respectful of others, performing generous acts of kindness, and by wearing a mask. That’s how we will know a smile. As we continue to brave the unknown together, let’s believe in the power of a smile. COVID-19 has robbed us of enough, and I believe a mask can no longer hide our smiles. Edie Higby is a published children’s book author, speaker, entrepreneur, and the owner of The Tooth Fairy Company. She received her degree from Whitworth University and has over twenty years of experience in education as an early learning specialist and professional development trainer. Her new children’s book, 10 Tips from the Tooth Fairy, is available now! ediehigby@gmail.com, thetoothfairy.website2.me













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HEALTH BEAT/stay active

TABATA by Ann Foreyt

We’re all busy, and sometimes,

fitting a workout into an already jampacked day just feels like a lot of work. This month’s schema is a great way to fit in some activity, even if you only have four minutes at a time to devote to it. The Tabata (named after Japanese scientist Izumi Tabata) is a simple set-up: one movement, eight rounds. Each round consists of twenty seconds of intense work, followed by ten seconds of rest. This is designed to be intense, and its lasting benefit is in teaching your body how to quickly

and efficiently recover in order to prepare you for the next burst of activity. To complete this workout, you will need either an easy-to-read clock or timer that displays seconds or, ideally, a timer app. You can find a variety of free options in both the Apple and Android app stores; just look for one that has a Tabata preset (most do). If using an app, you’re good to go. If using a clock, just remember to keep an eye on those seconds—don’t cheat on your move time with your rest time!

Some general considerations for at-home workouts: 1. Warm up and dynamically stretch prior to starting an actual workout, making sure your body is adequately 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 want 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.

Equipment Needed

● Timer app or easy-to-read clock or timer that displays seconds ● Scratch paper or white board to write out your plan ● Yoga mat (optional, but nice for any floor movements)



The Tabata (named after Japanese scientist Izumi Tabata) is a simple set-up: one movement, eight rounds.



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The Process 1. Rep scheme: eight rounds of twenty seconds of focused movement, ten seconds of rest. 2. Pick three and six movements, one for each Tabata. All eight rounds of each Tabata will be completed with the same movement (or set of two alternating movements), before moving onto your next chosen movement. Each Tabata is only four minutes long, so you can scale your workout pretty flexibly. 3. Set your timer and go for it! Try to stay moving during each twentysecond round, then breathe and shake it out during the ten-second recovery periods. TIP: Count how many reps you get in the first round, then try to match that during each subsequent round.


Four Tabata Set - Whole Body Tabata 1: squats (challenge: add a small hop at the top) Tabata 2: cardio any way you want it (Run in place? Stationary bike? Jump rope? Shuttle sprints across your yard?) Tabata 3: alternate rounds: bent-over row and shoulder press Tabata 4: rolling plank (front, side, reverse, side 2x) Six Tabata Set - Fast and Slow Three of these Tabatas are going to ask you to move quickly and focus on reps. They’re interspersed with static holds to help you slow down, focus, and prepare for the next dynamic set. Tabata 1: alternating rounds: sit-ups and flutter-kicks Tabata 2: plank or rolling plank (front, side, reverse, side 2x) Tabata 3: mountain climbers Tabata 4: boat-pose/hollow-body holds Tabata 5: dumbbell/kettlebell swings Tabata 6: wall-sit holds (challenge: hold your dumbbell/kettlebell) photos by James & Kathy Mangis



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ith National Pizza Day on February 9th this year, I asked my husband Colby—my favorite pizza know it all—for some tips and tricks on how to make the best pizzas at home. He has been obsessed with perfecting his pizza-making since he was a kid, and if he’s not making pizza, he’s eating pizza from everywhere that offers it, so there is no one else I would ask. With his signature dough recipe in hand, we tossed some of our favorite ingredients and created a pizza tasty enough to be takeout without having to social distance. Creamy white sauce topped with salty prosciutto, sweet caramelized onions, and Brussel sprouts shaved thin so that while the pizza is in the oven, they get perfectly cooked while staying crisp. I would also suggest making extra dough; it keeps well in the freezer, so homemade pizza night can be any night—even a Tuesday. 102


Serving size: 1 twelve-inch pizza

Shaved Brussel Sprout White Pizza Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 7 mins Total Time: 17 mins

Ingredients 1 pizza dough ¼ cup alfredo sauce 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded 5 Brussel sprouts, thinly sliced 3 slices prosciutto ¼ cup caramelized onions A drizzle of balsamic reduction

Instructions 1. Roll out prepared pizza dough into a twelve-inch circle. Lay the dough either on a pizza peel with a sprinkle of cornmeal—to ensure it doesn’t stick and slides easily into the oven—or onto a parchment-lined sheet tray. 2. Starting in the center, spread the alfredo sauce evenly, covering the dough to nearly the edge. 3. Sprinkle ¾ of the cheese over the pizza, then the onions, prosciutto, brussels sprouts, and finally the remaining cheese. 4. Place in a 550˚ oven either on a preheated pizza stone or on a sheet tray and cook for five to seven minutes, or until golden brown. Remove, allow to cool, and then drizzle balsamic reduction. Slice and serve.

3 dough balls

Pizza Dough Prep Time: 20 mins Cook Time: 1 min Additional Time: 4 hrs Total Time: 4 hrs 21 mins

Colby’s tips and tricks for making the best pizza at home

Ingredients 375 grams water, lukewarm 7 grams active dry yeast 4 grams extra virgin olive oil 7 grams salt 612 grams flour Instructions 1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt, then set aside. 2. In your stand mixer or another large bowl (that has been warmed to the same temperature as the water) add water and yeast. Allow the yeast to bloom for about three to five minutes. 3. Once the yeast is bloomed, add the flour-salt mixture to the bowl and either mix or turn on your mixer and knead until the dough comes together. 4. Drizzle in olive oil, continuing to

Make sure you’re using fresh high quality 00 flour. This will make the best pizza dough knead for fifteen minutes, or until the dough comes together in a ball and bounces back. 5. Once kneaded, shape the dough into a ball and coat with olive oil. Add the dough to the bowl, cover, and allow to rise on the counter for three to four hours or in the fridge for twenty-four hours (if you refrigerate the dough, remove it forty-five to sixty minutes before assembly).

you’ve ever had!

If you don’t have a pizza oven, (like most of us) you should invest in a pizza stone to use in your oven. Preheat your stone in the oven for at least fortyfive minutes at the max temp, and convection if you have it.

Whole milk, low moisture mozzarella works best. If you want to use fresh mozzarella, I prefer to slice it then and dry it out as much as I can on sheets of paper towels. This helps to avoid creating pools of moisture on your beautiful pizza.



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by Kate Lebo


Carrots barely merit description, so familiar are they to almost everyone’s eye, but I’ll

Carrots were introduced to the Americas describe them anyway: a white or yellow or purple or, yes, orange root with round shoulders by colonists and became popular with truck and a long tapering body that tastes sweeter than a vegetable has a right to. So sweet that farmers by the end of the colonial period. carrots can be the principal ingredient of cakes—unless it’s your typical grocery store root, They were then, as they are now, easy to which most of us must eat if we want to eat carrots. These might be long orange logs in grow, transport, and store, all of which humid plastic sacks or clammy “baby” sized stumps, often woody or even bitter because translates into much-needed cashflow for they’re bred for easy shipping and not for flavor, or because they sat too long in storage. farmers. “That’s our winter income,” says Can you look at a carrot to know if it is sweet? No, you cannot, says Isaac Jahns of Big Dan Sproule of Full Bushel Farm near Sage Organics. He grows rainbow carrots on his family’s farm in Othello, and tells me that Medical Lake. By the end of the year, he if I want to be a weirdo about it, I can snap a carrot open in the produce aisle to determine says, “we try to get fifteen thousand to its quality. A tender, sweet, appropriately aged carrot won’t have a defined circular core, he twenty thousand pounds of carrots in our says. The best carrots are fall and winter carrots that, thanks coolers.” When I to a few light frosts, have converted some of their starches talked to Sproule into sugars. Carrots picked in hot weather won’t be as sweet. in January, he’d just Feathery green tops do not help carrots maintain their flavor brought his last in storage—in fact, carrots can become rubbery faster if those load to area grocery Carrots picked in hot tops are left on too long—but we can use them to help judge stores. By the time weather won’t be as the carrot’s age. If they’re fresh, so is the carrot. Meanwhile, “a you read this, all of sweet. Feathery green carrot in a bag is anyone’s guess,” says Jahns. those carrots will be They originated, probably, in Afghanistan, and may or gone. tops do not help carrots may not be descended from wild carrots, depending on How does one maintain their flavor in which source you consult. Wild carrots, remember, are a find great carrots storage—in fact, carrots white root known as Queen Anne’s lace, a European plant in the Inland whose luxuriant umbels unfurl all over the US each summer. Northwest in the can become rubbery Domesticated carrots would flower like Queen Anne’s lace dead of winter, when faster if those tops are if we didn’t yank them from the ground before they had all our farmers’ left on too long—but the chance to bolt. Their umbrella-shaped flowers indicate markets are closed? membership in the umbellifer family, to which parsley, Our easiest and we can use them to help cilantro, dill, cumin, and fennel also belong. All of these plants most delicious bet judge the carrot’s age. taste delicious together. Though, to my mind, the mark of a is LINC Foods, a truly great carrot is the degree to which it can be eaten alone. co-op distributor The heaviest carrot was twenty-two pounds, seven ounces, that connects the size of two or three healthy human newborns. The longest customers to high carrot was 20 feet and 5.9 inches, most of which was a taproot quality produce as narrow as a thread. PETA uses a carrot as a mascot. “Eat veggies, not friends,” they say. grown within 250 miles of Spokane (the “Carrot” is a way to describe the reward portion of “carrot and stick,” where metaphorical LINC box subscription is a year-round carrots are used to positively reinforce certain behaviors (if you’re training a horse, use treasure trove of produce—sign up at literal carrots). “Legends of root plants often emphasize the consequences of pulling these lincfoods.com). Or grow them yourself. plants out of the ground,” writes Tamra Andrews in Nectar and Ambrosia: an Encyclopedia Both Sproule and Jahns advise home of Food in World Mythology. Despite the carrot’s mythic association with dark underworlds, gardeners to plant in soil that’s somewhat they will not help you see in the dark. That’s a lie concocted by British propagandists in loose at least eight inches down, and to be WWII to explain why their pilots, who were using secret radar technology, were so good careful about how close you plant each tiny at shooting German planes at night. The body does convert beta carotene into vitamin A, carrot seed. Using pelleted seed can help which does help vision. You’ll know when you’ve eaten too many carrots if your skin turns with spacing. Merciless thinning also works. orange, a phenomenon called carotenemia. Carrots are no doubt a more salubrious way to To grow a good-sized carrot, make sure obtain an orange glow than the tanning beds of our forty-fifth president. If someone calls there is an inch between each sprout, “about you carrottop, you probably have bright red hair (though if we’re talking actual carrot colors, the width of a finger,” Jahns says. Sproule’s someone with purple or yellow or white hair could just as easily claim the name). The degree favored carrot varieties for growing in the to which comedian Carrot Top has had an improbably long shelf life due to his stage name is Inland Northwest spring and summer are unknown. Mokum and Yaya. For fall harvests, try FEBRUARY 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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Dolciva and Bolero. Carrot salad is an internationally popular side dish that starts with a bed of shaved, grated, or julienned carrots and adds flavors according to local taste. David Leibovitz recommends a French-style carrot salad with lemon, mustard, and tarragon; palates raised in the southern US may prefer mayo



and raisins in theirs. Morkovcha koreyska is a Russian-Korean carrot salad with paprika, garlic, and hot peppers that was originally made by the ethnic Koreans that Stalin forcibly removed to the Soviet Union’s western hinterlands. Some descriptions of this dish call it “lightly fermented,” which can be achieved by leaving it at room temperature with the vegetables tamped beneath their juice for one to three days, until the salad lightly bubbles. Fresh or fermented, this sweet and spicy salad is an addictive side dish. For more serving ideas, check out Kachka: A Return to Russian Cooking by Bonnie Frumkin Morales and Deena Prichep.

Morkovcha Koreyska 4 servings

1/3 cup olive oil ½ onion thinly sliced 1 garlic clove, minced ½ teaspoon paprika ½ teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed ¼ teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground 3 tablespoons white vinegar 2 teaspoons sambal oelek chili paste ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon sugar 2 pounds carrots ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped

In a sauté pan, heat the oil on medium and cook the onion until it is soft and starting to brown, about five minutes. Remove from heat and add the garlic, paprika, coriander, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Then add the vinegar, sambal oelek, salt, and sugar, and stir again. Let the mixture cool while you peel and shred the carrots (the wide-holed side of a cheese grater will do this in a pinch). Mix the carrots with the oil, spices, and onions. Then add the cilantro, give the salad one more stir, and let it sit for an hour before serving.

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diningguide 180 Bar & Bistro. Featuring unique gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and homemade soups for lunch, and evenings with a full dinner menu as well as amazing appetizers—including some crowd favorites from Delectable Catering and Events—along with fun drinks, all locally sourced. 180 is a great place for people to enjoy a festive, positive atmosphere. 180 N. Howard, (509) 824-1180, Currently open for take-out, M-F, 180barbistro.com

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

1898 Public House. With a nod of respect to

Downriver Grill.

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

Castaway Cellars Wine Bar and Tasting Room. Castaway Cellars owners Scott and Shelly 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, Wednesday-Thursday 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.

Chinook crafted by Chef Adam Hegsted. Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel’s signature “upper casual” restaurant had its grand reopening on November 11, with a reimagining of its menu and cocktail offerings, thanks to Chef Adam Hegsted. The restaurant still features items diners have grown to love—such as a delicious steak dinner—but has added new items at a lower price point. There is something for everyone to love at Chinook. 37914 S. Nukwalqw St., Worley, ID. (800) 523-2464, MondaySunday 7a.m.-3a.m. cdacasino.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 108


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) 866-0850, MondaySaturday 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 meal—alongside dynamic, award-winning sushi. Have it counterserved by friendly people next to a full-service fish market. 215 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene, (208) 664-4800, Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., fishermansmarketcda.com. Frank’s Diner. Frank’s breakfast, lunch and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-missat-breakfast hash browns and silver pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd Ave., (509) 747-8798, 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) 3093698, Sunday-Thursday 4 p.m.-11 p.m., FridaySaturday 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 precision 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 hit-


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

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) 9265900, daily 3-9 p.m., piccolopizza.net.

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in the Manito Neighborhood. With a heart for community and a passion for food and drink, the menu and space were curated to bring people together. Running at over 700°, our wood-fired oven allows us to create each pizza with the utmost care. We source the highest quality ingredients to bring our own twist on Neapolitan influenced cuisine. Wood-fired pizza, craft beer, local wine, hand-crafted cocktails. Republic Pi was truly built for the people. 611 E. 30th Ave., (509) 863-9196, daily 11 a.m.10 p.m., republicpi.com.

South Hill Grill. South Hill Grill is a laidback

The Onion Taphouse & Grill. It all started in 1978 when they introduced the first gourmet burger in Spokane. Their first menu had more than forty 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 business, The Swinging Doors has been a part of Spokane for more than 30 years. Their restaurant offers huge portions and a wonderful atmosphere second to none in the Spokane area—along with a sports bar with 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. Yards Bruncheon. The

team at Yards Bruncheon figured out how to extend the weekend to all week by offering brunch every day. 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 inhouse, 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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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.


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.


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Snowbird. There’s a word I never dreamed of associating myself with. As a proud lilac lifer, I’ve always held in contempt those cowards who cut and run at the first sign of shovel. Who do you think you are? You with your Tom Ford sunglasses and floralpatterned swimsuits and leather espadrilles. How dare you slouch on some white sandy shore while the rest of us are back home shivering in our timbers? Umbrella-topped cocktails. Servile waiters with towels draped over an arm. ‘Nother Mai Tai, sir? Aw, bite me! There are many excellent reasons to stay put when Spokane becomes Snokane. Local TV newscasts, say. They are way 114


more entertaining when the black ice creates an I-90 demolition derby. Every newscast showcases the latest fender rearrangements that always end with some grim-faced state trooper delivering the same warning: “Driver was, um, going, um, too fast for conditions.” No shite Sherlock! And what about the thrill that comes with surviving? You know the old saying: What doesn’t chill you, makes you stronger. Then there’s… Nope. That’s all I got. Granted, I am composing these deep

seasonal greetings from a relaxed quasialcoholic fog inside a stylish mid-century modern home in the heart of Palm Springs, Calif. You know, the city where Sinatra built a Rat Pad with secret sex nest for JFK and Marilyn. Although Secret Sex Nest would also make a swell name for a band. My lovely wife, Sherry, and I are marking time here for all of January and February. Oh. And for those of you wondering, the outside temperature (last time I checked the Grumpy Cat weather app on my iPhone) was a balmy 74. Between me and you, however, it feels much hotter. I think that’s due to the sun that just keeps scorching down through the cloudless azure skies. But don’t worry about us. The new digs came with a lap-length swimming pool to, you know, counter any dangers of solar meltdown. Did I mention that I picked a juicy fresh lemon off the tree in our backyard this morning? -Don’t be haters. If anyone’s to blame for this hypocritical Clarksville bugout, it’s my daughter, Emily. She hates snow. Ditto cold. Flashback to the icy throes of last winter, months before the Covid took hold. Like Poe’s raven, Emily vowed “Nevermore!” So, she and her hubby, Shane, hatched a plan to avoid the next winter by booking a two-month reprieve in

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.

a Palm Springs rental home. As an old contrarian, I was automatically against such a brazen new idea until it dawned on me that they’d probably want to take our cute granddaughter, Ronan, with them. A few calls and a monetary deposit later, and we’d reserved our own oasis. The elder Clarks had joined the Berry family’s southbound odyssey. And then…. Who knew what a rancid bowl of wrong the year 2020 would be? By the time Christmas arrived, everybody I knew was either clinically depressed or in need of serious couch time. The Clarks and Berrys had been selfquarantined for ten months. And sure, until the vaccine gets to us, life in Palm Springs will be no different in the limited-mobility department. But at least we’ll all be hunkered down within walking distance in a desert paradise with self-service citrus trees. Our two-car caravan departed Spokane midday on Dec. 29, and in a bit of a frenzy. We’d planned to leave on the 30th until we learned that an enormous snow-blow was about to download on the region. Actually, we were watching TV and noticed that the weather dweebs on all the local channels were showing even more capped teeth than usual. “Grab your bags, honey!” I hollered. “Tom Sherry hasn’t been this wound up since Ice Storm ’96.” So, off we went with snowflakes nipping at our wheels. As we learned from Homer, however, strange dangers await those who venture off into unknown lands. No. Not Simpson. I’m talking about the ancient Greek dude. Hello. For you literate readers, we encountered no Cyclops or Sirens. We did, however, survive a face-off with giant Brides of Christ and fell prey to a Grubhub grifter. -Spokane to Palm Springs is a 1,253-mile

drive, unless you mean Yakima, which has long billed itself the “Palm Springs of Washington,” which is #soverysad. Being quarantined for almost year, the Berrys and Clarks hadn’t done much driving aside from motoring to Rosauer’s for curbside pickups. For sanity’s sake, we divided our So-Cal travelogue into three segments, the first being a layover at a parochial looney bin, the Old St. Francis School in Bend, Ore. The hotel is owned by McMenamins, a group known for procuring overlooked or unusual properties and turning them into lodging with brewpubs and historic quirky charm. The Edgefield outside Portland, for instance, is on the site of a former TB sanitarium and county poor farm. As the name indicates, the St. Francis was once a Catholic school. That explains the orgasmic nun painted in near life-size on the headboard over my pillow. Think that’s odd? The painting hanging on the bedside wall featured four mothers superior in full habits who were looming and laboring over a farmhouse half their size. All things considered, I was quite relieved to leave this weirdness in our rearview mirror. Next stop, Sacramento—the state capitol of California—which looks less fresh than a long-haul trucker’s underpants. Boarded up storefronts. Grafitti-plastered buildings. Transients camped out. Punks roaming the sidewalks. Nice job, Gov. Newsom! It being New Year’s Eve, Emily called ahead to have a nice Thai dinner delivered to their downtown hotel before the restaurant’s 8:30 p.m. closure. With the timing of a space shuttle launch, they ordered eighty bucks’ worth of delicious food through Grubhub. The Berrys checked in. They settled into their room. Moments later—badabing!—the Grubhub Guy called with

terrific news. The hot and spicy dinner was in the lobby and awaiting pickup. Hungry as hell from the long day’s drive, Shane hurried downstairs, only to find no Grubhub Guy. Or even the tangy waft of curry. He redialed Grubhub Guy who told Shane the following tale. After entering the lobby and calling Emily, some dude wandered over to him and their exchange went something like… Grubhub Guy: “Are you here for Emily’s order?” Thai Food Bandit: “Yes, I am.” Grubhub Guy: “Here ya go.” Thai Food Bandit: “And a Happy New Year to you, too.” My son-in-law is a laidback sort of fellow, not given to rash rages or intemperate outbursts. But steal a man’s family dinner and the fight is on. Shane walked outside the hotel. Standing next to the curb, he loudly started hollering the “F” word over and over into the Sacramento night air. None of the riffraff seemed to notice. -Palm Springs. There are so many things that come with desert living. Keeping your sunglasses clean. Replenishing the fresh lemonade pitcher. Deciding what color shorts to wear. Watching your step as you ease into the 101-degree waters of the jetted spa. I miss Spokane. I really do. But… Aw, who am I kidding? This place rocks! It’s also the perfect place for selfimprovement. My plan is to swim every day, eat better and get back to a weight that doesn’t require a “Wide Load” sign whenever I cross a street. Already I think it’s working. “Do I look like Michael Phelps yet?” I ask Sherry after lumbering out of the saltwater pool on Day Two. “Well,” she deadpanned, “you’re wet.”

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