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Crystals + Plants Mireya Fitzloff started Mauve Crystals as an e-commerce business, but she’s expanded to “Loretta”—a 1961 Aloha Trailer Coach that you can check out at various vendor shows in the Inland Northwest.

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Styling Shelves House Feature Kitchen + Bath

FIRST LOOK Mauve Crystals Lilacs & Lemons Maker Made Spokane Rising


THE SCENE Hoopfest Lilac Lit Art & Words This is Dirt Embrace Washington Datebook


the arts


health beat Broken-Heart Syndrome Stay Active


LOCAL CUISINE Rosauer Recipe For the Love of Coffee Wine Country Dining Guide


CLARKSVILLE The Fall and Rise of Alan’s Ark

Community Builder Museum of North Idaho Coeur d’Alene Art Podcast


Catalyst Power 50 Hair Stylists

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CONTACT US Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine is published twelve times a year. If you have any questions or comments regarding the magazine, please call us at (509) 533-5350; we want to hear from you. Visit our Web site for an expanded listing of services: Letters to the Editor: We are always looking for comments about our recent articles. Your opinions and ideas are important to us; however, we reserve the right to edit your comments for style and grammar. Please send your letters to the editor to the address at the bottom of the page or to Meganr@bozzimedia. com. Why-We-Live-Here photos: We publish photos that depict the Inland Northwest and why we live here. We invite photographers to submit a favorite to Story submissions: We’re always looking for new stories. If you have an idea for one, please let us know by submitting your idea to the editor: Datebook: Please submit information to Ann@ at least three months prior to the event. Fundraisers, gallery shows, plays, concerts, where to go and what to do and see are welcome. Dining Guide: This guide is an overview of fine and casual restaurants for residents and visitors to the region. For more information about the Dining Guide, email

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CORRECTIONS Incorrect Information The June 2021 issue provided incorrect information for Washington Trust Bank for the Business to Business Awards. The description for the “Best Bank” gold medal winner should read, “Founded in 1902, Washington Trust Bank is the oldest and largest privately held bank in the Northwest. With over forty financial centers in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon, the bank is able to make decisions keeping in mind the specific challenges of the Pacific Northwest.

Incorrect contact information The August 2021 issue listed incorrect contact information for both Spencer A.W. Stromberg and Brett T. Sullivan of Lucent Law, PLLC. The correct phone number for the law firm is (509) 455-3713.

Missing contact information The August 2021 issue did not list contact information for Michael Hines of Lukin & Annis, PS. His phone number is (509) 623-2037.



EDITOR LETTER Dear reader, Kristi Soto, our creative director, has teased me a few times that she’s wanted me to turn my editor letter into a Carrie Bradshaw-esque column. I think I’ll leave that to the Sex and the City reboot, but because she’s been so patient with me through all of…this, I suppose I’ll dip my toe in the water. This issue will mean I’ve been with the magazine for a year, so I think I owe you some vulnerability. So how about I put my big, sloppy heart on display and tell you I met a man. For the purposes of this letter, we’ll call him Frenchie. Now please understand that in everything I write, I must keep in mind my Catholic grandma—so if you’re hoping for something beyond PG, you will be disappointed (sorry, Kristi). While it might seem entirely chaotic to mention in a letter a man who is new in my life, I will say this: I have a good feeling. He orders food at restaurants with such precision and specificity that I have taken to sometimes calling him Sally— from When Harry Met Sally—a movie that is one of my favorites as well as my mom’s. So I’ll refer to one of the movie’s lines from when it cut to couples telling their stories: at that moment, I knew. I knew the way you know about a good melon. C’est parfait, non? But sure, everything in this life has the potential to fall apart in big and small ways—boy do I know that. Still, I don’t think I’ll ever regret marking a time when I felt shadows lifting. I didn’t understand how feeling I couldn’t trust men had been holding me back until I found one I could. Because recently I had been absolutely stuck in a dark, dark place. Protection-order bad, alongside men in power continuing to defend and shelter this man, and the feeling of betrayal that comes with that. Living-as-small-as-possible sad (those who know me know I live big). Best-friend-telling-me-she’s-never-seen-me-so-unhappy bad, and for such an extended period. I never thought I would write that in this magazine, but guess what? My silence is just another way I’ve allowed them to hold power over me, and I have fight in me—I got it from Mom, and to turn my back on it is to dishonor her memory. In all of this, I’ve been thinking about her—because I wish she could make it better, that I could talk to her about everything. But also, in her dying so much sooner than she should have, I’ve felt an obligation to live that big, happy life. To not spend my life sullen and crushed. Lately, it feels like dark clouds could be lifting. Certainly, before Frenchie came along, but his entrance into my life has given me new momentum. The timing feels right, and timing can be everything. While generally I agree that people shouldn’t depend on men for validation, I will say he reminded me of who I am at a time I needed reminding. Honestly, it’s not that I am dealing with that mess because of him, but rather that it’s possible for him to come into my life because something clicked, and I feel ready to let down my guard. It certainly helps that Frenchie is a man with incredible patience, which makes tackling that work a lot less overwhelming. I don’t feel rushed to get back to normal—I don’t even feel an expectation of normal. Because I can feel myself going through a period of shifting, I would say I’m trying to reach Mom in ways that aren’t entirely centered around grief, but rather exploring what it means to have a relationship now that she’s died. Because I don’t want to give up on talking to her— that’s too hard to bear. I have dear friends—including a woman whom I refer to as my Virgo Queen—who are into astrology and horoscopes. I’ve been told countless times that I’m such an Aries, and I’m along for the ride, curious as to how they can tell me things about myself that seem like interesting mirrors. I don’t know if I believe in astrology or horoscopes—but I don’t not believe, if that makes sense. One of the songs that has helped me grieve lately is “Marjorie” by Taylor Swift. I recently realized that the song is four minutes and seventeen seconds…and my birthday is April 17. I choose to believe that’s from Mom, and that, as the song says, she’s still around. Why not make room for more of the unexplainable, or the idea that we could 12 / SEPTEMBER 2021

all be connected and exist in ways we don’t quite understand? This is all to say, Frenchie wanted me to find something that had my time of birth. I found the answer (5:06 p.m.), on folded loose-leaf paper with Mom’s handwriting:

We loved you so much… you were so tiny and sweet. We were afraid we’d drop you during your bath… but somehow we all did OK. Maybe the point wasn’t him finding out what my birth date/time/place was. Maybe the point was discovering this note, which confirms that I have made plenty of room for the unexplainable in my life already—it just takes a different expression. I found this paper while I was on the phone with Frenchie. I read it over and over. I sent him a picture. I posted it on social media. I’ve wanted to get some sort of tattoo for Mom since we lost her, but I never felt like I had come upon the right thing. Now I have. I will be getting a tattoo with my best friend holding my hand, as she has through all of this—in Mom’s handwriting: but somehow we all did OK. These words, in isolation, open to so many beautiful possibilities of meaning and interpretation. Wearing them out of context feels right. Dear reader, I wish for you a period of happiness and growth. But if I’m reaching you at a dark period, and that’s simply not possible, know that I believe for you that somehow, you’ll do OK. All my love and then some, Megan Louise

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Spreading Light and Happiness: MAUVE CRYSTALS showcases healing power of crystals and plants

story & photos by Kira Westlund


nyone who follows trends on social media knows that crystals are a favorite—from jewelers and influencers to high-schoolers and self-care gurus. House plants are a classic design staple for any lively space, and there are Instagram accounts dedicated solely to plant care tips and tricks. Owned and operated by Mireya Fitzloff, Mauve Crystals is the perfect combination of these two aesthetics. Though it began as an e-commerce business, you can now find Fitzloff showing with Mauve Crystals at vendor shows throughout the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area—and doing it in style.

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Lovingly nicknamed “Loretta”, Mireya's 1961 Aloha Trailer Coach functions as her booth at shows. The sweetest little pinkand-white trailer, Loretta is a wonderful mix of vintage and modern, a fun and unique way to show off plants and crystals to customers. She has been showing out of her trailer since this spring. “I had previously participated in vintage trailer rallies, so it seemed like a natural fit,” Mireya says. “Showing at vendor shows with the trailer is so much fun! When people light up seeing the cute coral scallops, reminiscing about childhood camping memories or fall in love with the plants and crystals inside, it just brings me so much joy!” Mauve was created in November of 2019, and since then, Mireya has been expanding her knowledge of crystals, plant care, Reiki, and anything related to entrepreneurship. She understands that everyone needs a 16 / SEPTEMBER 2021

I dreamed up Mauve Crystals in the fall of 2019 after a dear friend gifted me a heart-shaped rose quartz crystal when I was going through a difficult time. Little did I know it was just what I needed. creative and emotional outlet, and her business sprouted from the same love she shares with her customers. “I dreamed up Mauve Crystals in the fall of 2019 after a dear friend gifted me a heartshaped rose quartz crystal when I was going through a difficult time,” she says. “Little did I know it was just what I needed.”  Rose quartz, a pale pink stone, is thought to promote empathy, forgiveness, and healing. Often referred to as the “love stone,” it has remained one of Mireya’s favorite crystals to use and gift. For those looking to start their crystal collection, she also suggests another favorite, amethyst. Amethyst is known for being an all-around

good-for-you stone, offering tranquility, stress and fear relief, and spiritual awareness. Crystals have been an important part of Mireya’s journey spiritually and professionally, but she finds her plants have similar healing and relaxation powers. While many plants can aid with physical ailments, simply having them around your house and nurturing their growth can help lessen feelings of depression and loneliness. Not to mention, indoor plants remove toxins from the air, making your home feel fresher every day. Walking into Mireya’s home is like walking into a greenhouse— beautiful plants everywhere, soaking up

the sun and surely brightening the mood of anyone who visits. Before selling, MIreya makes sure to cleanse her plants and crystals under the full moon or with sage, and sets them with intentions of love, peace, and empowerment for whoever buys them. Mireya propagates the plants she sells from her personal collection and sells a huge variety of plants and crystals in a wide price range. Her goal is for Mauve to be accessible to anyone looking for a little piece of joy. You don’t have to know anything about crystals or be a master gardener to shop at Mauve.   “I want to spread light and happiness, so really any plant or crystal that brings a smile to your face, I’m here for it,” she says.  Mauve’s main mission is to help their customers “feel connected to things that empower you and raise your vibration to live the best version of yourself.” This mantra aligns perfectly with Mireya’s way of

life; encouraging growth, deeper emotional understanding of the self, and personal empowerment. Outside of her career in Construction Management and Mauve, Mireya has been on the Board of Directors of the YWCA, mentoring girls and young women since 2015.  “I have a passion for uplifting women and sharing positivity,” she says. “I’m learning more everyday about energy healing and being able to share these natural and safe healing modalities with others just fills my cup.” Originally from Kennewick, Mireya moved to Spokane with her husband, Steele, and their two puppies thirteen years ago after their graduation from Washington State University. Since then, they’ve added another dog to their family and have found a supportive group of friends, happily calling Spokane home. Mireya graduated

from WSU with a degree in Construction Management. “It’s made the project management side of Mauve really easy,” she said.  Although she is the only employee of Mauve Crystals, her husband has helped along the way.  “My husband is awesome and helps me set up for vendor events,” she says of Steele. “I’m hoping as I participate in more shows and get comfortable with towing and my backup skills, I can be self-sufficient.”  She has also relied on friends with similar small businesses for advice on becoming an entrepreneur and how to build a clientele, but the day-to-day work is all hers. You can find Mireya and Mauve through her website ( or her Instagram (@mauvecrystals), and if you’re lucky, you can find her and Loretta at local vendor fairs and meet the beautiful personality behind Mauve Crystals.  SEPTEMBER 2021 /


FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}

lilacslemons created by Vince Bozzi

by Jack Heath

I’m honored to have the opportunity to author a Lilacs & Lemons column. Like others in

recent issues, I will do my best to rise to the occasion. Vince and Emily Bozzi were a dynamic duo in our community, and I always appreciated Vince’s unique perspective that he shared with us in this column. He had a sharp eye (not to mention sharp wit), calling out the highs and the lows of life in this community. While I offer my own perspective as a community member and president of Washington Trust Bank, I will try to do his column’s legacy justice.

LILACS to the small business owners who persevered through the toughest economic conditions we have experienced since the Great Depression. I have worked with hundreds of small business owners, and I can unequivocally say that they are some of the most resilient and inspiring individuals I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and banking. They adapted through constantly changing health and safety guidelines, as well as a roller coaster of economic fall-out effects. These business owners have shown admirable dedication to their employees, customers, partners and community, and their flexibility is nothing short of amazing. LEMONS to the forced closure of some great businesses in the Spokane area. In addition to the impact on the physical health of many in our community and the tragic losses we have faced as a result, COVID-19 has created obstacles that have severely impacted many businesses, especially those in the service and hospitality industry. Despite the best efforts on the part of business owners, conditions for some businesses simply deteriorated to the point of no return. The loss of these treasured Spokane businesses will leave a gaping hole for many of us. LILACS to the community for coming together to support regional businesses. From people committed to shopping local to area lenders jumping at the chance to help local businesses, I am inspired by the way our community showed up for one another during this difficult time. I’m proud of our team at 18 / SEPTEMBER 2021

Washington Trust Bank who worked tirelessly to fund more than 8,000 Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans for businesses across the Northwest, and we weren’t the only Spokane-area lender to make an impact. We stand in good company with many other financial institutions that stepped up to extend the PPP lifeline. It truly was a collective effort, and I am proud of the work our community has done to support the health of our local economies and the businesses we know and love. LEMONS to distance. For more than a year and a half, we have had to change the way we connect with friends, family, coworkers and community. Virtual meetings, events and happy hours became part of our “new normal.” COVID-19 presented yet another challenge for the amazing nonprofits in our area that often rely on events as major fundraisers. I am so impressed by the efforts to shift these beloved events to digital formats and the way our community rallied to support them. Though this year has shown us that we can be flexible, it has also shown us how much it truly means to gather together, face-to-face, with loved ones and as a community. The battle against COVID-19 and the new Delta variant is far from over, but I know our community will continue to support each other and we will come out of this challenging time a stronger and more resilient community. Let’s continue to be diligent, supportive, compassionate and committed to help each other through this challenging time. Jack Heath has served as president and chief operating officer of Washington Trust Bank for more than 20 years. Washington Trust is the oldest and largest privately held commercial bank in the Northwest, with more than 40 financial centers and offices in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.



FIRST LOOK/maker made

makermade by Jonathan Glover

Six Degrees of Divine Bacon (Lettuce, Tomato): How Spokane’s Own Boy has had a Hand in Shaping the City’s Art When Ryan Oliver French chops vegetables for dinner, it’s usually to the rhythm of music, some of which he produced right here in Spokane. If he needs something from the fridge, he pulls a handle surrounded by his own artwork and designs. The flimsy pieces of paper themselves flanked by photos and crayon drawings by his sevenyear-old son Felix. And in-between the rhythmic chopping of peppers and cilantro and sips of brown ale, he checks the recipe on his phone – this is the first time he’s made this dish—wouldn’t you know, it was created by an old boss and restaurant owner. He didn’t know that until he saw her picture at the top of the page. “I get around,” Ryan admits. He’s standing next to his set of turntables and vinyl. He also DJs – mainly for his girlfriend, who likes most of what he plays. “I’ve always been an artist.” But if you’re from Spokane, you probably already knew that. You also probably already knew Ryan. It turns out, most people do. He knows tattoo artists who paint murals. He’s friends with videographers who have basements full of VHS tapes and who perform the movie “Die Hard’ alone and on purpose to a live audience. He’s grown up with musicians and follows the careers of young drummers. The forty-one-year-old surrounds himself with others like him – artists who can’t stop creating. On the walls of his small 20 / SEPTEMBER 2021

South Hill apartment, he shares with his girlfriend Laura Brown are one-of-a-kind pieces painted by Spokane Falls Community College instructors. On a shelf, a nifty sculpture he molded from metal. In his closet, a book of poems. He used to perform them live. Not so much anymore. And on his dining room table—actually, a TV dinner tray or coffee table—a homecooked meal. Made with care and precision only possible after decades of professional training. Curated from a palate refined, a blade sharpened, a pan well-oiled and hands properly trained. Because in Spokane, you’re also likely to have tasted Ryan’s art. Most recently, at Central Food in Kendall Yards, before it shuttered late last year when Chef David Blaine decided it was time to “try new things.” “That was honestly one of the best jobs I’ve ever had,” Ryan says. “I learned a lot there.” It was a dream cooking position earned only after the nightmare of food service was routed for good. Like most in the industry, Ryan began his food-making career from humble beginnings. He was a dishwasher at Steelhead Bar and Grille on the Howard Street downtown and one day, all of the cooks walked out. “And they were like, ‘Hey, do you wanna cook?’” Ryan says. “I learned how to cook in a week.”

That was opportunity. From there, Ryan worked at Raw Sushi and Grill on First Avenue (now called The Wave), at C.I. Shenanigans at the Spokane Convention Center, at Twigs (on the South Hill and downtown, before it moved into the mall) and then finally, Central Food. “I think, in general, Ryan is a creative person,” says Chef David, who worked with Ryan for several years since Central Food first opened in 2012. “He genuinely wants to do a good job and give others a good experience.” Each kitchen, a new menu. Each boss, a new chef—that’s life for kitchen staff. Of restaurant cooks, world-renowned chef Anthony Bourdain once wrote, “Professional cooks belong to a secret society whose ancient rituals derive from the principles of stoicism in the face of humiliation, injury, fatigue, and the threat of illness. The members of a tight, well-greased kitchen staff are a lot like a submarine crew. Confined for most of their waking hours in hot, airless spaces, and ruled by despotic leaders, they often acquire the characteristics of the poor saps who were press-ganged into the royal navies of Napoleonic times— superstition, a contempt for outsiders, and a loyalty to no flag but their own.” While standards have certainly shifted since Bourdain first wrote about New York City eateries in 1999, the theme is still relevant. Ryan doesn’t like to talk much about his experience in Spokane’s hot and greasy kitchens. Call it discomfort or unease or a blushing retaliation against self-serving ego, but he instead prefers where it led: to a fulfilling expression of creation. Even if that too has its ups and downs. Throughout his 20s and 30s, he never stopped making, in just about every medium you can think of. In the early 2000s, he was showcasing artwork alongside local art powerhouse Karen Mobley. In 2004 he had his first artwork photographed and put on the front page of the Spokesman-Review’s art section. Because of that experience, Ryan reiterates that he prefers to be behind the camera, not in front. “Even the picture in the paper, it’s of my butt,” he says.

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Throughout the years that followed, it was more exhibits. More installations. One, dedicated to his dad, whom he lived with in West Central, and who passed away in 2012. “I was living with him and going to school,” he says. “The basic gist was the use of repetition i.e. newspapers, bottles, cigarettes, boxes, milk jugs etc. and setting the environment with food and music he listened to.” While living in West Central, Ryan got married and had Felix. After a divorce, he now splits custody. He and Felix cook and listen to music and play games. And hangout with Laura and their gray cat named Bud– named as such because he was found in a box of Budweiser near a trash can. Ryan also cooks. A lot. He could die happy if he prepared and ate nothing but seafood until the ocean literally overtakes all land, while Laura is enamored with his lunches. Specifically, his sandwiches – king among them, a BLT. Since Central Food closed, Ryan has been working as a graphic designer at Doctored Locks, a hair extension company in Vinegar Flats. He’s learning new things—like web design—and flexing old muscles. Like making logos, which he loves. Just recently he made one for a Chase Gallery exhibit called “The Feels.” For the design he took inspiration from a fingerprint, and due to the nature of physical materials, had it printed in a way that showcased texture. On the back of the material, it’s all braille. He’s also writing new poetry. But that’s for him – shared only in the quiet space of a shower or smoke break at work. Or perhaps with his mother, whom he loves dearly. Because while everyone knows him, not everything is public domain. Some of it, you have to be there at a point in a time, at a place in space. Like his coffee table, where a vegan cheddar broccoli soup can deliver you to rapture. It was prepared in gratitude, as an offering of experience and understanding. And it took two hours to make, though the directions said half as long. No worry—it was something new. Something shared. “The learning never stops,” Ryan says. “That’s kind of the point of life. Constantly growing and learning. And especially with the things you care about.”

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spokanerising by Anthony Gill

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

IPCC Report Spells Big Trouble for the Inland Northwest

Slowly expanding desert on the West Plains. An inadequate winter snowpack, making ski season unreliable, reducing summer and fall water supplies, and causing record fire seasons. Hot summertime temperatures sending people scrambling for air conditioning and causing hazardous algal blooms in local lakes. If any of that sounds familiar, it’s because over the past ten years, we’ve been experiencing glimpses of our region’s future under climate change. These experiences will become not just an occasional annoyance, but a regular occurrence. Last month, the UN released a landmark report documenting the science behind the phenomenon. With more than 230 coauthors and 14,000 research citations, the study was described by the UN Secretary General as “code red for humanity.” Under the worst-case scenario, under which governments make only limited efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the world would be about 5.9º F warmer by the end of the century. And the target agreed to in the Paris Agreement—warming of no more than 1.5º C above preindustrial levels—looks increasingly out of reach, short of massive and immediate change. In the Pacific Northwest, we can and should take two big actions. First, we must prepare and adapt. In coastal areas, that would mean investing in seawalls, but here, it might mean creating programs meant to protect the most vulnerable from the negative impacts of climate change. The City Council’s recent action to require a plan for

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Last month, the UN released a landmark report documenting the science behind the phenomenon. With more than 230 coauthors and 14,000 research citations, the study was described by the UN Secretary General as “code red for humanity.”

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equitable heat/smoke/cold shelter space provides a good example. It also might mean encouraging—and even requiring—residents to reduce their water use for amenities like landscaping, to prepare for a future in which this resource is much scarcer. Second, we must dramatically change our practices to do our part in reducing emissions. The city’s Sustainability Action Plan is a fantastic and visionary guiding document, which outlines hundreds of actions the city and its partners can take, with clear metrics, goals, and timelines. Some of these moves—like improving transit service, focusing on walkable neighborhoods, or investing in protected bike lanes—require a bit of long-term planning. Others—like requiring all new housing units to use electricity rather than natural gas for heating and cooking, require political courage. (Incidentally, in an abuse of the city’s charter amendment process, opponents of this action have placed a measure on November’s ballot to try to bar the city from even considering it.). Still others would simply change city practices, such as by prioritizing the purchase of recyclable or compostable items instead of those which would be discarded after use. Ultimately, the future of Spokane and its livability truly do hang in the balance. Sure, we could certainly risk it and do nothing. But I’d much rather take a few big steps now—steps that, even climate aside, will further improve Spokane’s position as a great place to live!—to make sure annual smoke, a limited ski season, and an indoor summer don’t become our way of life.

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The world’s largest 3-on3 basketball tournament— and so much more by Nina Culver

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Matt calls Hoopfest a battleship. It’s a huge undertaking that doesn’t shift course easily.


by Nina Culver

he Spokane Hoopfest Association has put Spokane on the map by hosting the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament every year, but the organization also quietly builds community basketball courts, organizes Spokane’s AAU basketball program, and hosts basketball clinics for youth and adults. The annual tournament is usually held the last weekend in June, transforming the streets of downtown Spokane into hundreds of basketball courts. This year it was postponed and scheduled to be held September 11-12, but the growing numbers of COVID cases caused a last-minute cancelation, says executive director Matt Santangelo. The news came after 3,200 teams had signed up by the mid-August deadline and Hoopfest had already incurred expenses, including purchasing T-shirts for all participants and game balls for each team. “Our priority has always been the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community,” says a statement announcing the cancellation on August 25. “It is with that in mind that we are following the guidance of the authorities to cancel the event.” The news is also a blow to the association, which has been struggling financially without being able to host the event that accounts for most of its revenue. “We wanted nothing more than to bounce back stronger than ever in 2021,” the statement reads. “To our athletes, volunteers, sponsors and partners, we cannot thank you enough for your enthusiasm, creativity and continued support.” Last year everyone was optimistic that COVID wouldn’t last long, and the tournament was rescheduled to August. But as things changed, the organization was forced to go to plan B, then C, but it didn’t stop there. “I think we got to double letters,” Matt jokes. “I don’t think we got as far as emojis.” Matt calls Hoopfest a battleship. It’s a huge undertaking that doesn’t shift course easily. “Last year was a constant battle of planning,” he says. “We really put a lot of emphasis on being flexible, being nimble, being positive.” In the end Hoopfest was a virtual event last year. They used a program called Home Court to get people involved in their own driveways and backyards. It was fun, but it wasn’t the same, Matt says. “It was not Hoopfest,” he says. “But it was the closest thing we could offer.” Last year was a difficult one financially for the non-profit organization, which lost its primary revenue stream. “We rely so much on a really large event to make everything float,” he says. They continued selling merchandise online, including a special Nike sneaker. “When they buy a T-shirt or a basketball, that’s helping support the organization,” he says.

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The money raised by Hoopfest does just pay for the annual tournament. Over the years, the Hoopfest Association has donated more than three million dollars, Matt says. They are big supporters of Washington Special Olympics and the association has also built thirty-two community basketball courts in local parks, where they host free basketball clinics in the summer. The association also partners with Spokane Public Schools to run the Ignite Basketball Association for kids in grades six through eight. They run the Spokane AAU basketball league for boys and girls in grades three through eight. Each year the association also hosts The Fitz Clinic, named after former Gonzaga University head basketball coach Dan Fitzgerald, for elite high school basketball players who participate in a traveling team in the summer. The Fitz Tournament, also for high school players, is an invitational tournament. The association is also working on the Hooptown USA initiative to designate Spokane as Hooptown USA, Santangelo said. In addition, the Hoopfest Association works to support local basketball programs whenever possible, he says. “It’s all about growing the game,” he says. Matt says he’s grateful for the community support his organization has received over the years. Even people who don’t play basketball are proud of the annual Hoopfest tournament, Matt says. The community also steps up in terms of providing volunteers to run the massive tournament each year. “The magic ingredient to Hoopfest is the volunteers,” he says. Teams that were registered to play this year can choose between donating their registration fee to Hoopfest or receiving a twenty percent refund. The refund is partial because of expenses that have already been paid for. Everyone who registered will still receive a Hoopfest 2021 participant T-shirt and team captains will receive a Hoopfest basketball. “With your understanding and support we will survive this setback and be ready for Hoopfest 2022,” says the statement announcing the cancellation.



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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.

Back to school, kids! I remember how excited I was when I was growing up to prepare for the back-to-school mayhem. The clothes shopping, picking out a cool backpack, going to office supply stores, and making sure all my folders matched my notebooks. Of course, as the years went on, the excitement began to die down and preparing to return to school became more of an anxiety-inducing experience. Harder classes, not fitting in, lunch at the end of the table, doing nothing after school but homework. You know, typical high school woes. I often think, wow, I’m so glad I’ll never have to be a high schooler again. Other times, I think, wow, my “problems” sure were easier then. What better way to reminisce on being a teenager than delving into some fast-paced, dramatic, rich Young Adult literature? Whether you peaked in high school or were a bookworm nerd like I was, these recommendations will transport you back to gross hot lunches, forgetting your locker combination, getting dress-coded in the hallway, failing a test…

A Map to the Sun by Sloane Leong (graphic novel)

A Map to the Sun follows a young Ren and Luna at the end of their beautiful summer getting to know each other, until Luna moves away. Years later, in high school, Ren struggles with bad grades, trying to focus on basketball, problems at home, and the general anxieties of high school. When Luna returns to Ren’s school suddenly and joins the basketball team, Ren is faced with understanding who she is and what matters most to her. This novel weaves together the lives of five players on the team through basketball and dynamic friendships. Writing aside, it is one of my favorite graphic novels because of the visuals. The graphics are beautifully illustrated with a vibrant pink, yellow, and orange color-scheme. 30 / SEPTEMBER 2021

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

What sets The Poet X apart from many YA novels is the fact that it is written in verse. What better way to tell the story of Xiomara, a high school student who discovers slam poetry and realizes she can use it as a way to stand out instead of hiding the backdrop of her neighborhood in Harlem. Xiomara quickly realizes poetry is the perfect outlet for expressing all her feelings, desires, and frustrations, but also fears her mother finding out about the things she writes about. Despite her wish to keep her art a secret from her mother, Xiomara feels the pull to be heard and to share her voice. For those who love the musical quality of writing, this prose/ verse book is for you.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenez

This is a beautifully written, fast-paced YA novel. Although told only from the perspective of Ari, you truly get a deep and introspective dive into both him and Dante. Ari and Dante are seemingly opposite—their interests, their families, their lives—but when they meet for the first time at the local pool and Dante offers to teach Ari to swim, their inseparable friendship begins. It is a heartwarming and occasionally sad story about these teens’ self-discovery and coming into their identities, experiencing traumas and growing together. It is the book I needed to read when I was a teenager.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Perhaps you’ll recognize the name Angie Thomas from her best-selling novel-turned-film, The Hate U Give. In this novel, we meet Bri, a high schooler who knows who she wants to be: a rapper. Hoping to follow in her late father’s footsteps, Bri wants to be the hip-hop legend he would have been. Her dreams are stifled by her reputation at school and financial troubles at home. Although Bri originally goes viral for the wrong reasons, she vows to stop at nothing to follow her dreams, no matter the odds.


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Monster Guide to Make Poem

by Tiffany Midge Monster say narr-a-tive poem too tell-y. Break up story-poem into image. Frac-ture. Monster like smash-y poem. Not tell-y poem. Monster write coyote poem. All coyote howl. That what coyote do. But who care? Monster make them curse instead   Ex-ple-tive     ex-ple-tive     ex-ple-tive   all over lunar eclipse. Monster no like well-thumbed volume of shop-worn cliché.   Writing tip: Monster not like re-dun-dent. Monster see con-stant nagg-ing in poem, or wet water, Monster cry.   32 / SEPTEMBER 2021

Monster re-create noun into verb. “Tinsles,” and “Cottons” to make image of snow. Monster feel proud. Monster like nouns re-created as verb. Monster big on re-creation. Monster like taste, smell, touch, sound, thing to see. Except fire. Monster not like fire.   Monster think poet should be specific, personal, not general or abstract. Cryptic, eso-ter-ic story not help Monster connect, Monster no purchase or in-vest-ment in story only writer know. Bring story into sharp relief, spe-ci-fi-cit-y monster’s friend.  

Monster no like surreal image. Make no sense. Like in Sesame Street song, ‘one of these thing not like other, one of these thing just not belong.’ Monster no like flower poem. Flower poem about flower too flowery, re-dun-dant. Meta flower poem. But sometimes flower must be written about. Flower pushy like that.   Monster no have grasp of articles and con-junctions. Sometime that okay. Monster no like latinate word, or fancy big word, Monster like one syll-a-ble noun and verb. Monster favorite word cat.   Monster like best one sylla-ble noun with slant or end rhyme. They make poem be-boppy, monster like sync-o-pa-tion. Monster like poem to dance.  This poem originally appeared in Chapter House Journal Tiffany Midge is a citizen of the Standing Rock Nation. Her book, Bury My Heart at Chuck E. Cheese’s (Bison Books, 2019), was a Washington State Book Award nominee.

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thisisdirt by Amber Jensen

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mid-August. The biggest one, had already begun its transformation by late July. Not that this means anything really, but when I drive through the mountains and see the underbrush, below the tall yellowing Ponderosa pines, shifting to red and deep burnt orange, it matters. I'm ready for fall like I think I've never been ready before. The shift of seasons, early and clamoring, suit my soul. I feel tired, dried out like I need more water than can be drank. I look around at faces and see tired eyes. Didn't we say we’d be joyous when we could choose our produce without masks or when we could gather? And now, as the cool evening breeze fights with the hellfire summer we’ve had, I wonder, are we all just a bit crisp from our journey? A few months ago, I decided I’d stop writing about the pandemic. Enough voices are talking on that right now. Yet, it creeps in and smothers things. It rears its head and laughs at plans and governments and tiny microcosms of families and schools. I can't leave it out. I can't skip over it. It's here. It's real. It's not going anywhere. Last month one of my children came to me with tears streaming down their face. “Mom, I don’t know what’s up with me lately, I just feel overwhelmed and sad. My cup seems pretty leaky and I just can’t even today.” I wanted to tell this tiny person to go find something to do. I was working and had a deadline. I wanted to say something about not having a clue what true overwhelm is, some sort of adultism. I wanted to ask to be left alone to overaccentuate my plate, to ignore the very real distress in this child. Those sweet blueberry eyes brimmed with tears and the little hands shoved into pockets fidgeted. Instead of being the almighty, all-knowing, and always right mom, I asked that we sit for a moment and just breathe. Outside, the click-clack of mature grasshoppers cut through the oven vent breeze moving over the parched dirt. Stunted thistles, chicory, and clovers shivered against the burn. This worried child’s head lay in my lap and I stroked the hair that some say should be cut.

Hydration of Intention The voice from the pillow a mere whisper, “Mom, what should I do? I have so much to do.” As I watched a couple more tears pool and slide down from the freckled cheeks, I felt helpless to the times we are in. The push to continue as if no tethers hold us back. The force of momentum from years past, still demanding we march on, achieve, do, be everything all at once. Centuries of social programming telling us to leave nothing left undone. This summer I noticed many native flowers went dry before they were pollinated. They became crisp and blew away on the inferno wind of climate change and drought. The domestics in our garden thrived. They were given space, new compost, and ample water. They bloomed and attracted critters and fruited as I've never seen before. Intention and care became a mantra for our garden. “When I’m having a day, when I feel like this—sad, overwhelmed like I can’t even move—I take the day off and let my heart and mind rest. I ask my soul to guide me and for my breath to be for healing. I lay in bed or spend the day outside or I take a bath and let the water fill my ears. I pretend I’m in a womb where I can be safe and grow.” My voice, a whispering rasp as those wet cheeks moved with the clenching of a jaw working out frustration. “Can you run me a bath and make me some tea? Can I just be alone?” The water filled the tub and bubbles frothed and jumped about. My heart cracked a bit as I felt the hydration of intention pour in. I'm ready for fall like I've never been ready for rain and cool wind and slowing down.



THE SCENE/branded content No-Li Brewhouse is one of the community partners supporting Embrace Washington. Joe Reynolds is also their mail carrier, which No-Li owners John and Cindy Bryant say puts smiles the faces of them and their employees. “Knowing that Joe is from the foster care system, and was impacted by Alene, who is now impacting other foster care children, gives us all hope in the future,” says Cindy (far right). “Hope is what we all need right now. It is about rooting for each other and building up the underserved.” 

EMBRACE WASHINGTON: Generously giving foster children a chance at a normal life

Joe Reynolds and Alene Alexander, Embrace Washington director of programming.

by Darin Burt

Growing up, Joe Reynolds was one of an estimated 850 to 900 kids who are, at any one time, part of the foster care system in the Spokane area. Joe was smart, ambitious, and no different from children who aren’t in foster care, except that without a permanent home and family, the obstacles he faced were far greater. Simply going to school, an opportunity some kids take for granted, was a stressful experience because without the usual resources— particularly money to buy new clothes, athletic shoes for participating in sports, or even a few bucks for a pizza and movie to hang out with friends—feeling “normal” and fitting in seemed beyond reach. Luckily for Joe, a helping hand was extended by Alene Alexander, an educator, who at the time, was in charge of programs supporting foster children as they worked towards graduating high school and college. You could say she was a mentor, and many times, part of the job was “chasing down” Joe and his brothers and making sure they were attending classes, encouraging them to study and stay out of trouble. In Joe’s case, she also helped him to get a laptop, fill out financial aid applications, and responsibly manage money. Joe went on with his life, primed to take on life’s challenges, and Alene went on with hers, continuing to help foster kids as one of the founders, along with local businessperson Kevin Parker, and child welfare advocate Shannon Boniface, of Embrace Washington, a non-profit 34 / SEPTEMBER 2021

organization committed to providing, caring, and supporting children in foster care within our community. Embrace Washington’s mission is to “bless and transform the lives of the children living in foster care—one child at a time.” Yes, the state provides funding for foster care, but as Alene explains, foster family budgets are stretched to the limit. That’s where Embrace Washington steps up to make sure there are little to no roadblocks, such as a new bed, educational support, and being able to pay for summer camp, music, or sports, to foster parents trying to provide a happy life for members of their foster family. “We pay, we pay, and we pay,” Alene says

without hesitation. “Whatever a child in foster care needs we are there—we help with our open checkbooks and our open hearts.” More than $100,000 is needed annually for Embrace Washington to help foster children in thirteen Eastern Washington counties. The organization receives no state or federal funding; instead, they rely on the generous support of corporate donors, community partners, and volunteers. Along with individual aid, Embrace Washington hands out Welcome Boxes to children waiting at DSHS to be placed with a family, pass the time, and feel less anxious during such an uncertain time. They also distribute personalized duffel bags in which foster children can carry their belongings rather than having to jam their stuff into a garbage bag, which is often the case. There are also many annual events, including Foster Mom’s Tea, Daddy Daughter Dance, Princess Party, and a Santa Breakfast, to make foster families feel special. “Foster children come and go, so we have to go on faith that what we do will impact their lives,” Alene says. “I truly believe it does.” You can imagine Alene’s surprise and adulation when Joe showed up at Embrace Washington’s office recently. Now twentyeight, Joe has a successful career as a mail carrier with the US Postal Service. He also works evenings delivering pizza, saving to open a gourmet burger and dessert food truck. He’s the first to credit Alene’s generosity and caring for giving him the confidence and self-esteem needed to go after his dreams. "Without Alene’s help I might have dropped out of high school and could have gone down a bad path,” Joe says. “If you don't have the ability to be part of events and do things that you enjoy, it's more difficult to create friendships and meet good, influential people." “Each story is different,” Alene says. “Foster kids are just sweet children who have been dealt bad luck. When you give a kid a chance to be a kid, it really makes a difference.” Embrace Washington | (509) 381-5370

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Through September 19: American Original: The Life and Work of John James Audubon

An exclusive selection of original prints, paintings, manuscripts, and personal possessions of an American icon. The exhibition tells the incredible story of a man who overcame many obstacles to attain international recognition through his creativity and initiative on projects such as the ubiquitous The Birds of America. On loan from the John James Audubon State Park Museum, Henderson, Kentucky. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. Through September 19: Justin Gibbens: Birds and Beasts

Through January 9, 2022: What We Make: Nature as Inspiration

People are makers. Delve into the vital relationship between makers and nature. Discover how the landscape inspires artmaking through the works and relationship of Northwest artists Wesley Wehr and Joseph Goldberg. Explore the natural motifs, tradition, and importance of beaded bags in the plateau cultures. Investigate the use of natural materials in millinery and its many different forms. Learn the story of a blacksmith who flew the first plane in the Inland Northwest, illustrating our obsession with flight over the ages. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave.

​ y lifting the formal conventions of classic B natural science illustration, such as the work of Audubon, Gibbens imagines curious wildlife of a forgotten natural history through the lens of a 19th century field artist. Presented in conjunction with American Original: The Life and Work of John James Audubon. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave.

September 3, October 1: First Friday

Through November: Wild Things

September 25-26: Valleyfest

A Campbell House companion to American Original: The Life and Work of Audubon. Wild Things targets the personal histories behind period clothing made from leather, fur, and feathers to interpret the social fabric of the Campbell Family’s era and tracks historical relationships with living creatures, from subsistence to fashion. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. 36 / SEPTEMBER 2021

First Friday is designed to showcase the downtown art and retail scene. Downtown retailers and restaurants feature artists, musicians, specialty food and beverage as a special promotion on the first Friday of each month. Some offerings may be virtual, and small groups are encouraged.


Spokane Valley’s premier community festival is in its 32nd year of bringing fun, entertainment and a vibrant community spirit to Spokane Valley. The festival had humble beginnings, starting with a group of volunteers organizing an afternoon of events in Terrace View Park. The Hearts of Gold parade that now shuts down Sprague Avenue, Spokane Valley’s main arterial, for several hours used to wind through the

neighborhood around Terrace View Park. Valleyfest has been around for so long it actually predates the city of Spokane Valley, which incorporated in 2003. http://


September 3: Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox 90th Birthday Open House

Come celebrate the 90th birthday of the Fox Theater—Spokane’s art deco-style iconic building, home to the Spokane Symphony. Enjoy self-guided tours, ticket sales for Spokane Symphony as well as virtual concerts playing on the giant screen, Jim Kershner signing his book, The Sound of Spokane: A History of the Spokane Symphony, and so much more. Masks required, 12-4 p.m. October 5: Shen Yun (RESCHEDULED)

Shen Yun at the First Interstate Center for the Arts had been scheduled for August 3rd, 2021. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date. Shen Yun’s unique artistic vision expands theatrical experience into a multidimensional, inspiring journey through one of humanity’s greatest treasures—the five millennia of traditional Chinese culture. This epic production immerses you in stories reaching back to the most distant past. You’ll explore realms even beyond our visible world. Featuring one of the world’s oldest art forms—classical Chinese dance—along with patented scenographical effects and all-original orchestral works, Shen Yun opens a portal to a civilization of enchanting beauty and enlightening wisdom. First Interstate Center for

the Arts. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. October 23-24: Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider - Live Taping

Julia Sweeney is an actress/comedienne and writer from Spokane, WA. She is most well-known for having been a cast member of Saturday Night Live (SNL) in the early 90s where she popularized her most famous character, Pat.  After she left SNL, she created several comedic biographical one-person shows. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave.


October 19-24: CATS

CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. The original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Misérables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), allnew sound design by Mick Potter, new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) based on the original choreography by Gillian Lynne (Phantom of the Opera) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Misérables) make this production a new CATS for a new generation. First Interstate Center for the Arts. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. firstinterstatecenter. org/


September 8: Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie is an American alternative rock band formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997. The band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae. Death Cab for Cutie rose from being a side project to becoming one of the most exciting groups emerge from the indie rock scene of the ’00s. They have been nominated for eight Grammy Awards. The band’s latest release, The Georgia E.P., raised over $100,000 for voter rights organization Fair Fight in 2020. Pavilion at Riverfront. Riverfront Park. 574 N Howard St. SEPTEMBER 2021 /


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September 13-14: Northwest Bachfest Presents: Eroica Trio

The most sought after trio in the world, the Grammy nominated Eroica Trio enraptures audiences with flawless technical virtuosity, irresistible enthusiasm and sensual elegance. The three women who make up this celebrated ensemble electrify the concert stage with their passionate performances. Barrister Winery. 1213 W. Railroad Ave. September 15: Louis The Child

Louis The Child float through electronic, pop, and alternative with wide-eyed wonder, adventurous spirit, and the elation of being present. Since 2013, the Chicago-bred duo—Freddy Kennett and Robby Hauldren—have popped off as a phenomenon, streamed over one billion streams on Spotify alone and endorsed by pop royalty such as Taylor Swift and Lorde. 2021 marks the Euphoria era for Louis The Child, during which they will be releasing their next single “So What” Feat. ARIZONA, leading into the Euphoria EP. Pavilion at Riverfront. Riverfront Park. 574 N Howard St. September 16: Billy Strings

Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Strings arrived on the music scene as one of the most compelling new artists with the release of his 2017 debut LP, Turmoil & Tinfoil. Often playing over 200 shows per year, he has also become known as an electric live performer, keeping the improvisational tradition of bluegrass alive while incorporating elements of several diverse genres. WXPN’s World Café declares, “a bona fide phenom...with his virtuosic guitar playing front and center, Strings fuses bluegrass to psych rock, country and jam music, without fussing over what bluegrass should be.” Pavilion at Riverfront. Riverfront Park. 574 N. Howard St. September 16: Jason Aldean

A three-time ACM Entertainer of the Year, Aldean’s a card-carrying member of Country’s elite headliners whose incendiary 38 / SEPTEMBER 2021

tours are nearing legendary status. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena. com September 19: Dwight Yoakum (RESCHEDULED)

Dwight Yoakam at the First Interstate Center for the Arts was originally scheduled for September 20, 2020. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date. First Interstate Center for the Arts. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. September 29: My Morning Jacket

Back in 2014, the members of My Morning Jacket spent time up in Stinson Beach, a tiny Northern California town set right on the ocean and near the majestic Muir Woods. Massively inspired by their idyllic surroundings—and a sense of charmed isolation that frontman Jim James likened to “living on our own little moon”—the Kentucky-bred five-piece ended up creating over two dozen songs at the mountaintop studio known as Panoramic House. Though they flirted with the idea of putting out what would have been a triple album, the band ultimately decided that less would be more at the time and divided the project into two halves, releasing the first segment as The Waterfall. My Morning Jacket are now set to share the second half of the project as The Waterfall II, an unforeseen and timely continuation of a psychic and sonic journey begun long ago. Pavilion at Riverfront. Riverfront Park. 574 N. Howard St. September 29: Josh Turner

For nearly two decades, Josh Turner has been one of country music’s most recognizable voices. He has never kept his reverence for traditional country music a secret, but, with this latest album, Turner is definitely in a Country State of Mind. First Interstate Center for the Arts. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. October 1: The Doobie Brothers (RESCHEDULED)

The Doobie Brothers show was originally scheduled for September 8, 2020. All tickets

purchased for the original date are still valid. Four-time GRAMMY Award winners and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees The Doobie Brothers are hitting the road to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the band’s founding. Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, Pat Simmons, and John McFee will be back on tour together for the first time in nearly twenty-five years. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena. com. October 12: Machine Gun Kelly

Recording artist Machine Gun Kelly (Colson Baker), is a multi-hyphenate talent with an impressive career that started in Cleveland and has made him a globally known star in both music and film. Machine Gun Kelly’s fifth studio album Tickets To My Downfall was released on September 25, 2020 and debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. The album was the first rock album of 2020 to take the top spot and amassed over half a billion streams in under a week. Pavilion at Riverfront. Riverfront Park. 574 N. Howard St. October 15: Jimmy Eat World and Taking Back Sunday

Jimmy Eat World is composed of lead vocalist and lead guitarist Jim Adkins, rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist Tom Linton, bassist Rick Burch, and drummer Zach Lind. They have released ten studio albums. The current lineup of Taking Back Sunday—vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist John Nolan, drummer Mark O’Connell and bassist Shaun Cooper—have all been there since the beginning. From the band’s landmark 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends to their most recent full-length, 2016’s Tidal Wave, Taking Back Sunday have evolved from a key player in the early 2000s emo scene to a genre-defying rock band who have three gold albums without ever ceasing to push the limitations of their sound. Pavilion at Riverfront. Riverfront Park. 574 N. Howard St.


September 12: Mt Spokane Trail Run

Finish our back to nature series with a

bang! Run Mt. Spokane with 3 scenic course options starting and finishing at Ski Mountain Lodge 2. Run a combination of single track and double track trails summiting Mt. Spokane at the Vista House. 25k runners will also enjoy trails and views from atop Mt. Kit Carson. Register at: BackToNatureMtSpokane. September 18: CdA Fondo

A breathtaking course around beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene with fully stocked aid stations. This year’s event offers five distances from 15 miles up to nearly 120 miles. Register at: October 10: Spokane Marathon

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A beautiful course at one of Spokane’s prestigious parks. This year’s event offers three distances: 5k, 10k, 25k, all on trails. Riverside State Park. Register at: WildMooseChase202. October 31: Halloween Hustle

Sign up for the first ever Halloween Hustle. Pick one of our three Boo-tiful course distances. Creep it real and dress up in your favorite costume to win great prizes. Choose between three distance options: Haunted Half Marathon, Terrifying 10k, and a Freaky 5k. All courses will be outand-backs for double the scare! Run through Coeur d’Alene Hollow and beware of headless horsemen, vampires, and ghosts. Trick or treat your way through aid stations every two to three miles on the course. Coeur d’Alene. Register at: Race/ID/CoeurdAlene/HalloweenHustleHalfMarathon10kand5k2021.

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Spokane Doesn’t Suck Ginger Ewing Puts the Plug in Spokane’s Creative Brain Drain by Riley Haun


rowing up, Ginger Ewing was presented with one option for success—if you wanted to be anyone, do anything, make something new or have some fun, there was only one way to pursue those goals: Get out of Spokane. The directive never sat quite right with Ginger. She knew from the beginning that she was called to connect with the city’s beating heart, to get hands-on with the inner workings that made Spokane the place she loves. So, when she started her career in arts administration as a curator at the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture, she threw herself into ensuring every Inland Northwest kid would have the opportunity to see the region like she did, gaining perspective through the traditional craftsmanship of local Indigenous tribes and the modern artworks of world-famous creators. 

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But as Ginger followed her calling, she saw countless peers called to anywhere but Spokane. The real opportunities for recognition, growth, or simply to make a living in the arts were in Seattle or New York. “There was this belief that you had to go to a bigger city, to the greener pastures, if you wanted to make it as an artist,” Ginger says. “That led to this brain drain of all our young and creative people, and out of who was left, only a certain few were being asked to the table.” Now, as executive director of the arts organization Terrain, Ginger has assembled a proverbial village of artists and appreciators of art. By connecting creatives and spotlighting those she so often saw left out of the conversation, Ginger and Terrain have helped to grow an arts scene that’s uniquely Spokane. Ginger and a few friends saw a massive gap between the bubbling pockets of underground 42 / SEPTEMBER 2021

art in Spokane, and an even bigger gap between those creators and the Spokanites who might support their work if only they knew what they were missing. Ginger and her co-founders envisioned Terrain, a one-night-only event with live music and vendors that would draw artists together to plant the seeds of something beautiful. They borrowed an empty warehouse and begged artists to submit work for exhibition. On that fateful night thirteen years ago, Ginger realized about two hours into the show that there was no way Terrain could be contained to a single night. The flagship event is still held one night a year, but where it once drew 1,500 people to see the work of thirty local artists that first night, over 13,000 spectators and 274 artists took part in the 2019 event. It blossomed into a full-blown arts nonprofit in 2013, and Ginger now oversees a permanent gallery space and performing arts center, a professional development and mentorship program called Creative Enterprise, and a storefront, From Here, featuring products made by local artisans. A collection of tees and sweatshirts emblazoned with the slogan “Spokane Doesn’t Suck,” created by artist D.O, is one of the most instantly recognizable designs available in the store. “We’ve grown tremendously over the years. But really, the mission and the vision are the same—how can we best support artists? How do we use our creativity as a vehicle and a tool to build community to build the Spokane we want to see?” Ginger says.  That vision is what drew Jackie Caro, now Terrain’s operations director, to the organization back when she was working for the city of Spokane. There was some construction happening on Sprague Avenue, and Jackie wanted to make the hassle and noise seem a little more promising with the help of an art installation in one of the empty storefronts. She reached out to Ginger to see if Terrain could help. 

Next thing she knew, Jackie was volunteering her own time to help Terrain in any way she could. She eventually left her urban planning career to work full-time on building the community Terrain was laying the groundwork for. “Growing up here, you could see a very distinct shift from the inception of Terrain to the city that we are today,” Jackie says. “I left and came back, and I realized if I put a little bit of effort into the city that I love and that I come from, I can make a big difference.” Jackie’s work with Terrain now entails a little bit of everything—she and Ginger are the only employees, after all—but a lot of her time is spent coordinating volunteers and planning logistics to ensure Spokane artists have the support they need to make visions reality.  There are countless art lovers and art makers constantly at the ready to do what’s needed to keep Terrain going, Jackie says, and she and Ginger couldn’t do what they do without the thriving community propping them up. It’s a sentiment of gratitude and community ownership reflected in a hashtag you’ll see on every Terrain promotion: #WeAllBuildThis.  Terrain was Ginger’s baby, Jackie says, and there have been so many people willing to help raise it. But what’s special about Ginger’s leadership is that she keeps her eye on the big picture. Without that overarching vision, Jackie thinks, Terrain may have succeeded in fundraising or promoting Spokane arts, but it would never have built the community machine that’ll keep it going for years to come. “Everything that we do as an organization and everything she does as a person is really always thinking about who we are welcoming to the table. Who are we asking for opinions from?” Jackie says. “That one night of the first Terrain was the fire that Spokane needed to believe in itself, and Ginger has never stopped thinking about how to keep it burning.” For Reinaldo Gil Zambrano, an art

educator and printmaker, that fire was a signal that Spokane could be the place for him to thrive. Like so many Inland Northwest creatives, he’d planned to make his way to a metropolis after graduating from the University of Idaho. When he attended one of Terrain’s annual flagship events, Reinaldo’s eyes were opened to the sheer scale of the community bubbling right under his nose. Since then, he’s sat on the jury for the annual show, participated in multiple Terrain gallery exhibitions, and collaborated with the group to launch Spokane Print Fest, a yearly celebration of printmaking arts.  Everything Reinaldo has done with Terrain has served to reactivate his passion for building community through art, he says, but it’s also made a distinct impact on his own livelihood. Because he’s been featured in Terrain shows and made connections with patrons through SEPTEMBER 2021 /


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We’ve grown tremendously over the years. But really, the mission and the vision are the same—how can we best support artists? How do we use our creativity as a vehicle and a tool to build community to build the Spokane we want to see?

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Terrain events, Reinaldo says he’s been able to fully establish himself as an artist and step into his own as a small business owner. “It’s really hard to do things by yourself, to break into the art space, which can be pretty intimidating,” Reinaldo says. “So, it’s important to have someone who is proactive, and Ginger has big ideas that can enrich others that share the same passion, and then they can materialize together all these amazing ideas.” For Ginger, it’s those individual impacts that strike closest to her heart. Everything she’s built, in the end, was to keep Spokane 44 / SEPTEMBER 2021

artists fed—both creatively and literally. It’s come full circle from the people who helped feed Terrain in the very beginning—the people who were willing to prove Spokane didn’t suck. “We just had an underlying love, belief, this dogged determination,” Ginger says. “I’m just not going to let people tell me my city is not good enough. I’m going to try to do something about it. There was this disparaging narrative that we told ourselves, and that’s completely changed. That’s a really beautiful thing to witness and to be a small piece of.”



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Under new leadership, Museum of North Idaho prepares for Incredible Growth

by Nina Culver

The last year has seen a lot of change for the Museum of North Idaho, as it struggled with a closure forced by the COVID-19 pandemic, said farewell to its longtime executive director, and launched an effort to find a new home. When longtime director Dorothy Dahlgren announced her retirement last summer after thirty-eight years with the organization, Britt Thurman was eagerly waiting in the wings. “I’d had my eye on this job for the last eight years,” she says. Britt grew up in Coeur d’Alene, but never came to the museum until she was an adult. She found herself fascinated by the permanent exhibits, which include mining, fur traders, the 1910 fire, and the history of steamboats on Lake Coeur d’Alene. “There were so many stories I hadn’t heard of,” she says. She earned a master’s degree in museum studies and was working at the Science Museum of Virginia when COVID hit. She was among the half of the staff laid off when the museum was forced to close. When she saw that Dorothy was retiring, she quickly applied for the job. “My family is all still here,” she says. “I still considered Idaho home.” Britt said she hopes to get the museum more involved in historic preservation efforts. She also wants to be more involved in the community and have a diverse selection of programs that will appeal to a wider audience. The first step will be for the museum to move out of the converted service station it has called home at 115 Northwest Boulevard in downtown Coeur d’Alene for years. The limitations of the building means that the museum is only open from April 1 to the end of October. “Our exhibit gallery does not have heat,” she says. In 2019, the historic 1904 J.C. White house became available. White owned the Red Collar Line of steamboats that traveled Lake Coeur d’Alene. It was an apartment building and a wedding venue before it was purchased by new owners. However, the owners wanted the land the house sat on, not the house itself, Britt says. 46 / SEPTEMBER 2021

An effort was made to save the house, which was donated to the museum. The City of Coeur d’Alene provided two acres of land at the base of Tubbs Hill near city hall to place the house on. However, the museum had to pay to have the house moved to its new location. “We built a basement foundation and moved the house on top of it,” she says. The effort cost $450,000 and was paid for with the museum’s reserves. But the home needs to be remodeled and the basement needs to be expanded to provide more exhibit space. The all-new exhibits need to be designed and built. A climatecontrolled archive will be added to preserve the 36,000 historical photographs and other artifacts the museum has in its collection. Britt estimates that the entire project will cost 5.5 million dollars and a capital campaign is currently underway. The museum has raised two million dollars so far. Most recently, Ignite CDA has donated 700,000 dollars toward the museum’s capital campaign. There are plans to apply for a federal grant of 500,000 dollars, but the requirements of the grant mean that the museum will have to raise 1.5 million dollars in new funding in five months in order to be eligible. Britt is hopeful that the museum can do it. “We’re getting great community support,” she says. Large donations are beginning to come in and the community is also sending in smaller donations as well. People who shop at the museum gift shop have the option to round up to the nearest dollar and donate their change. “Literally every penny adds up,” she says. The current museum is four thousand square feet, which includes the administrative offices and the gift shop. The new location will have four thousand square feet just for the permanent exhibits, plus another 8,000 square feet. The museum is also struggling a bit after last year. While it normally opens on April 1, it couldn’t open until June 1 and then only at reduced capacity. “We lost about 50 percent of our revenue,” she says. “Many museums were closed about a year. We were fortunate that we were only closed for two months.” Things are looking up for the non-profit,

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however. “Things have been going great this year,” she says. “Tourism in general is up. We also have a really fun exhibit. It’s on the history of film making in North Idaho.” The exhibit includes film director and actress Nell Shipman, who operated her own film company in Priest Lake. “Talk about an amazing, fascinating woman,” she says. “She was doing everything on her own terms.” There is a pipe, hat, and other artifacts that belonged to Bing Crosby on loan from Gonzaga University. There’s information on actress Patty Duke, who retired in Coeur d’Alene and often appeared on stage with the Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater. Her husband, Michael Pearce, has loaned the museum the Oscar she won for The Miracle Worker in 1962 and the Emmy she won for My Sweet Charlie in 1949. Meanwhile, Britt is looking ahead to a future where the museum is open yearround and has more room to display the many artifacts in its collection. “We’re a little excited,” she says. The Museum is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sept. 5, after which it will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is five dollars for adults and $1.50 for children.



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Public art controversy sparks popular CdA podcast looking at art from every angle The Coeur d’Alene Arts and Culture Alliance launched a weekly podcast earlier this year designed to highlight local art and artists of all types. The “Ali and Callie Artcast” is a casual conversation hosted by executive director Ali Shute and board chair Callie Cabe. The podcasts are produced by Kirstin Kilmer, the board’s vice chair and a film producer by trade. Like many things, the podcast started small. “We started a live Facebook, basically a show,” says Kirsten. “We based it on a Hoda and Kathie Lee kind of thing.” Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford used to host the fourth hour of the Today show on television, where they were known for sipping wine and chatting about their lives as well as interviewing guests. The intent of the Facebook broadcasts was to promote upcoming events and interview a featured artist or sponsor. “It just kind of grew,” Kirsten says. One of the catalysts for the Facebook show was a piece of public art that was removed from Riverstone by then-Mayor Steve Widmyer in 2019 after complaints that it included a Soviet hammer and sickle, Kirsten says. The art, titled “Marker #11,” had been placed by the Coeur d’Alene Arts Commission and removed without consulting the commission. It had been there for three years before anyone complained, she says. While the Alliance tries not to be political, Callie says it was important to educate people about public art and art in general. “In the podcast we want to educate, explain what the art is and maybe have the artist talk about it,” she says. “The podcast is also about educating the community about the amazing artists we have here and the things going on,” Ali says. The Facebook show morphed into the podcast that began in March. Most episodes are created in a tiny recording studio in The Hive and posted on the Alliance’s website every Friday. The show has been steadily gaining recognition and listeners, Ali says. “Now we’re getting calls, ‘Can we be on your podcast?’” she says. They’ve interviewed visual artists, musicians, photographers and more. They’ve even done a show with a local wine maker. “It was so fun,” says Kirsten. “There was a lot of wine.” 48 / SEPTEMBER 2021

They talked to Adam Schluter, a Coeur d’Alene based photographer who traveled the world taking photographs of people he met along the way.  “It was really fun to meet him and get to know him,” says Ali. “We did a recording with a live audience for that one.” Shute says she met an eight-year-old fan of the show who wanted to be on as a guest. That prompted an idea to have kids on a podcast in September for a back-to-school edition. “There’s so many different aspects of art,” she says. “You can incorporate food, wine, visual arts, performing arts, music.” The women are enjoying their time in front of the microphone. “Every time we sit down and talk to someone, I learn something,” Kirsten says. “When we started, we used to print out a script,” Ali says. “Now we just ad lib the whole thing.” That gives the shows the appearance of two friends chatting. And when female friends chat, naturally they talk about their husbands. It’s no different on the Ali and Callie show. “It’s great,” Callie says. “My husband doesn’t listen, so I have free reign.” All three women donate their time to put together the podcast. “It’s been a fun learning experience,” Ali says. “I’ve learned how to dub in music and ads.” They also enjoy doing much of their recording in The Hive, a new, womenowned co-working and event venue space in downtown Coeur d’Alene. “It’s a fun little space and it’s nice to have a professional space to bring our guests to,” Ali says. “They had just opened. We were one of their first members.” The women are grateful for the businesses that stepped up to sponsor the new podcast, including The Ovation Company, Scraps BBQ, CDA Portfolio Real Estate, and Tubbs Coffee Roasters. “They took a chance on this little idea,” she says. Each episode is about forty-five minutes long, though the length can vary between thirty and fifty minutes. They’re posted at every Friday. The plan is to continue the first season through the Friday after Thanksgiving, then go on hiatus until season two begins next March. 


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very year, we announce our Power 50 list to recognize those in the community who have the resources and influence to make monumental change in our region. The people on the list span a variety of industries—real estate developers, CEOs of a wide range of businesses including education, healthcare, banking, nonprofits, and so much more. Their fingerprint on the Inland Northwest is undeniable. While some major players in this town remain in place, this list shifts every year to recognize powerhouses that are newer to the scene.

W. Stacey & Betsy Cowles– President & Chairwoman, Cowles Company The Cowles Company is a diversified family-owned company. Stacey Cowles, Cowles Company president, has continued his family’s tradition of publishing The Spokesman-Review, and has added to that by restarting The Spokane Daily Chronicle as an afternoon digital edition as well as opening a commercial printer, Northwest Offset Printing, in Spokane Valley. He oversees Cowles Company’s startup investment division. Betsy Cowles oversees the real estate, broadcast, and insurance divisions, including television stations in Washington and Montana and retail development River Park Square. She is past chair of Greater Spokane Incorporated and the WSU Board of Regents.


Walt & Karen Worthy– President and CEO, Worthy Enterprises, LLC Best known as the owners of the five Davenport hotels, the Worthys have been investing in the Spokane business community since the 1970s, their ventures running the gamut of residential housing, storage units, commercial buildings, and more.


Jerry Dicker– Owner, GVD Commercial Properties, Inc. Jerry Dicker founded GVD Commercial Properties, Inc. in 1974. GVD owns more than 100 properties in eighteen states, totaling more than two million square feet of buildings. Dicker began as a neighborhood shopping center developer, but by the late 1980s had pioneered the “power center,” which combined large promotional tenants such as Costco, Home



Depot, IKEA, Toys R Us, theatre multiplexes, and other “big-box” users, with restaurants and smaller retail users. Dicker has substantial investments in hospitality and entertainment. His company owns and operates four hotels, including the historic Montvale Hotel, and owns and runs the Bing Crosby Theater.

Jim Frank– Principal & CEO, Greenstone Corporation Jim Frank grew up in Coeur d’Alene and received both an engineering degree and a law degree from Gonzaga University. He practiced environmental and natural resource law for ten years, and then founded Greenstone in 1983. Greenstone’s projects include Kendall Yards, Eagle Ridge, River District, and more. Most recently, he is embarking on a project to create a mixed-use, walkable community north of Mead’s city limits with nearly 1,500 residences.


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CATALYST/2021 power 50 Elaine Couture– Regional Chief Executive, Providence Health Care Eastern Washington Elaine Couture made the Power 50 list in recognition of an incredible career. She recently retired after serving as regional chief executive of Providence Health Care, Eastern Washington. She oversaw five medical centers including two critical access hospitals and a children’s hospital, plus a full range of health care services. She is an adjunct faculty member at the Washington State University College of Nursing.


Peter Stanton– Chairman and CEO, Washington Trust Bank Peter F. Stanton has served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Washington Trust Bank since March of 2000. Prior to this, Mr. Stanton was President, Chief Executive Officer, & Chairman ( January 1997), President and Chief Executive Officer (April 1993) and President of Washington Trust Bank (April 1990). Mr. Stanton also serves as Chairman of the Board for W.T.B. Financial Corporation, and is a board member for Inland Northwest Council, Boy Scouts of America, and serves on The Washington Roundtable.


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President & COO, Washington Trust Bank Jack Heath is the President and Chief

Operating Officer of Washington Trust Bank. He was elected to this position in March 2000. Prior to this, Mr. Heath held numerous positions in commercial banking, marketing, investment services, and branch banking. Mr. Heath is active in the community, currently serving as a Director on the boards of the Pacific Coast Banking School and the Community Cancer Fund. Jack is currently serving as the Chairman of the Board for Premera and Premera Blue Cross.

Ezra Eckhardt– President & CEO, STCU Ezra Eckhardt is a fifth-generation Spokane resident who chairs the Spokane Airport Board and has been active on boards for Spokane University District, Gonzaga Prep, and Downtown Spokane Partnership. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Eckhardt also holds a master’s degree in business administration from Gonzaga University, where he has been an adjunct professor at the Jepson School of Business. Under Eckhardt’s leadership, STCU has sought to help sustain key community organizations through the pandemic, so they can continue to focus on future success.


Carla Cicero– President and CEO, Numerica In addition to being President and CEO of Numerica, Carla serves on the Greater Spokane Incorporated (GSI) executive committee and Rosauers Supermarkets board of directors. In 2019, she received the YWCA Women of Achievement Award. She also


received the Dream Builders award for community service from the West Central Community Center in 2016 and the Inland Northwest Catalyst Business Leadership Award in 2014.

Jeff Adams– CEO, Horizon Credit Union Under Jeff Adams’ leadership at Horizon Credit Union—the credit union originally founded in 1947 to serve Kaiser Aluminum employees and their families— acquired Icon Credit Union in Southern Idaho and Eastern Oregon. Horizon now has a combined total of twenty-eight branches and serves over 100,000 members.


Sue Horton– President and CEO, Wheatland Bank As a thirtyseven-yearold CPA, Sue Horton was approached by Wheatland Bank’s directors to take on the position of president and CEO of the bank. Nearly twenty-three years later, Wheatland Bank has seen exponential growth under Sue’s leadership.


Phil Haugen– COO, Kalispel Tribe Economic Authority As the Chief Operating Officer of the Kalispel Tribal Economic Authority, Phil Haugen oversees all businesses owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, including Northern Quest


Resort and Casino and the Kalispel Golf and Country Club. Haugen began working at Northern Quest when it first opened in 2000. Since then, he has held a variety of roles, including executive director of Tribal Gaming, assistant general manager, and general manager. Haugen is a proud member of the Kalispel Tribe and one of the first tribal members to earn a college degree. He has served on several charitable boards, including the American Red Cross, Camas Path, and the Rypien Foundation.

Mark Few– Head Coach, Gonzaga University Men’s Basketball Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few has established himself as one of the most successful coaches in NCAA Division I basketball annals in his twenty-two seasons at the helm, and in the process has made Bulldog basketball a household name across the country. With thirty-two years on the Gonzaga bench, Few is the longest tenured men’s basketball coach in Bulldog history.


Larry Stone– President, Stone Group of Companies Larry Stone grew up in Spokane and graduated from Whitman College in Walla Walla. His involvement in the community includes Spokane Ponderosa, East Spokane Business Association, Spokane Preservation Advocates, Spokane Regional Transportation Council, and the Downtown Spokane Partnership.


Bobby Brett– Owner, Spokane Indians & Spokane Chiefs Born in Brooklyn and raised in El Segundo, California, the real estate investor purchased the Spokane Indians baseball team of the Northwest League in 1985. Brett relocated his family to Spokane shortly after he purchased the Spokane Chiefs Hockey team in 1990. After playing baseball at Cal Poly, he briefly played in the Kansas City Royals minor league system. Brett has invested in several apartment and commercial properties in Spokane with Chris Batten of Rencorp Realty and owns several other minor league baseball franchises. He served two terms on Minor League Baseball’s Board of Trustees and serves as a member of the Executive Committee of Western Hockey League Board of Governors.




CATALYST/2021 power 50 Linda Underwood– Regional President, U.S. Bank In 1993, Linda Underwood began her career with U.S. Bank. Starting in 2010, she has led the bank’s operations in North Idaho and Eastern Washington Linda serves as a board member of the Spokane Angel Alliance and the Spokane Club. Within the bank itself, she has chaired the P.A.C. and is a member of the Community Banking and Branch Delivery Women in Leadership group.


Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Guzman– Command Chief, 92nd Air Refueling Wing command chief Chief Master Sergeant Daniel Guzman is the Command Chief Master Sergeant 92d Air Refueling Wing, Fairchild Air Force Base. The Wing provides global reach airpower and deploys expeditionary forces in support of worldwide combat, contingency, and humanitarian requirements. As the command chief, Chief Guzman advises the Wing Commander on all matters affecting the readiness, training, professional development, and effective utilization of all assigned enlisted personnel and coordinates support for eighteen associate units.


Shelly O’Quinn– CEO, Innovia Foundation Shelly became the CEO of Innovia Foundation in 2017. Prior to this, she had been a Spokane County Commissioner. In this role, she established her reputation as a team


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builder and agent of change. In her current role, she has been a force in uniting the board, staff, volunteers, and community partners to reinvigorate our region with creative solutions. Additionally, she was the Director of Education and Workforce Development for Greater Spokane Incorporated.

Dennis Vermillion– President and CEO, Avista Dennis Vermillion serves as the president and CEO of Avista Corp. He also holds the position of chairman of the board of directors for Avista Corp. subsidiary Alaska Electric Light and Power Company. Dennis joined Avista in 1985 and has held various staff and management positions. Previously, Dennis served as senior vice president of Avista Corp. and president of Avista Utilities, vice president of energy resources and prior to that, as president and chief operating officer for Avista Energy from February 2001, until its sale in June 2007.


Dr. David O’Brien– Senior Vice President & Chief Executive, East Region, MultiCare Health System Dr. O’Brien received his medical doctorate from the University of California School of Medicine in Davis. He began his career as a physician, practicing family medicine in Eureka for fourteen years, and he still identifies with the joys and challenges of being a doctor. “I’m a health care executive now, but I’m a physician at heart,” he says. “It really energizes me to pull together a group of people who work well together with the patient at the center.”



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CATALYST/2021 power 50 Dr. Adam Swinyard– Superintendent, Spokane Public Schools The board approved Dr. Adam Swinyard as superintendent in summer 2020. He had previously served as associate superintendent for Teaching & Learning Services. In 2009, Dr. Swinyard joined SPS, working as a principal assistant at Garry Middle School. He briefly worked as an assistant principal for the Cheney School District but returned to SPS in 2013, taking on the role of principal of Sacajawea Middle School.


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Thayne McCulloh– President, Gonzaga University Thayne McCulloh is in his twelfth year serving Gonzaga University as its President. He holds a B.A. from Gonzaga (1989) and was awarded a Ph.D. in experimental social psychology from Oxford University, England (1998). He first began working at Gonzaga in 1990, and from his roots in student affairs has remained fundamentally focused on students. He is deeply committed to a broadly-based liberal arts education that prepares students to be critical thinkers, outstanding professionals, and living exemplars of the Jesuit imperative to be men and women with and for others.


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President, Spokane Angel Alliance; CEO, Ignite Northwest Tom Simpson has over thirtyfive years of experience as an investment banker, venture capitalist, angel investor, and entrepreneur. He is CEO of Ignite Northwest, president of the Spokane Angel Alliance, managing member of Kick-Start angel investment funds and serves on the boards of Arevo, Berg, GenPrime, Medcurity, Spiceology, Stay Alfred, and Vaagen Timbers. Previously, he was co-founder and executive chairman of etailz, an innovative eCommerce company acquired in 2016.


Dave Black– CEO, Principal of Black Realty, Inc; Black Commercial, Inc; Black Realty Management, Inc, and Black Management Services, Inc. Dave Black started his real estate career in 1981 and became CEO of his company in 1984. He now manages more than 100 people and properties. He holds an undergraduate degree from WSU and a Masters of Business Administration degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver. He is a past chair of Downtown Spokane Partnership, sits on many other boards including the Boy Scouts of America.


Fritz H. Wolff– Executive Chairman, The Wolff Company Fritz H. Wolff is the executive chairman of The Wolff Company, responsible for corporate governance and global strategy. He is an active member of the Wolff ’s Executive Committee, and co-heads the firm’s Investment Committee. Fritz has more than two decades of institutional real estate investment experience. He attended Gonzaga University and serves as a member of its Board of Regents and its Investment Committee. He also completed the OPM Program at Harvard University and is a founding member of YPO Scottsdale.


26. Craig Gates– President and Chief Executive Officer, KeyTronic

27. Ray Sprinkle– President and CEO, URM Stores

28. Stephanie Curran– CEO, Spokane Public Facilities District

29. Aaron Wilson– CEO, CHAS

30. Barry Baker– President and CEO- Baker Construction & Development, Inc.

31. Christine Johnson– Chancellor, Community Colleges of Spokane

32. Alisha Benson– CEO, Greater Spokane Incorporated

33. John Tomkowiak– Dean, Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine

34. Kevin Curtis– Principal, Winston & Cashatt, Lawyers

35. John Bole– President, Yoke’s Fresh Markets


36. Kent Hull– Managing Partner, Iron Bridge Office Campus

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44. Jordan and Joel Tampien– Owners, 4 Degrees Real Estate

45. Jeanette Hauck– CEO, YWCA—Spokane

46. E. Susan Meyer– CEO, Spokane Transit Authority

47. Adam Hegsted– Chef & Owner, Eat Good Group

48. John Bryant– Co-founder and Owner, No-Li Brewhouse

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50. Rick Clark– Founder, Spokane Quaranteam

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40. Lance Beck– President & Chief Executive Officer, Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce

41. Michael Senske– President and CEO, Pearson Packaging Systems

42. Toni Lodge– CEO, Native Project

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is a salon with an urban edge—an aesthetic fitting for its downtown location and an intentional tieback to Stevens’ garage, where she worked as a stylist in 2020. Before that, she spent twenty years at another Spokane salon. It was her experience working from home in 2020 that confirmed it was time to pivot toward something she’d always wanted. “I’d dreamt of opening my own salon,” says Amy. She’d decided on the name Tried and True years before, and when her massage therapist moved out of her downtown space and offered it to Stevens, everything fell into place. “The industrial look here came about because I basically just moved my garage here,” Stevens explains. Tried and True has a roster of stylists and estheticians, with three stations and two suites. Services offered run the gamut and include color, cuts, wedding styles, extensions, eyelashes, perms, skincare,

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blowouts, and waxing. A discount is offered to those in law enforcement. Going forward, Stevens is excited to build upon her many years of expertise and education, continuing to learn new techniques and styles and staying up-to-date on the best practices and trends in the industry. Her idea of success at Tried and True means client satisfaction, and it also includes continued business growth for each of the people who rent chairs in the salon. “I want my people to be super successful,” Amy explains. Amy says all of her clients followed her to her current location, and she’s looking forward to many more years in her just-right downtown setting. “It’s honestly just a dream come true. I can’t believe I didn’t do it sooner.” Tried and True Loft 216 W Pacific Ave. Suite 205, Spokane



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Along the way he connected with stars, working with celebrities like Olivia Newton John, John Travolta, and Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai). In 2020 with all of that behind them, it felt like it was time to come home.

Domingo Serquinia knows hair. He’s been in the hair industry for decades, working in large-capacity, prestigious salons in Los Angeles and before opening their own salon, Paint Shop. Now he’s taking all of that knowledge back to Spokane. “Actually, my career started in Spokane,” he says. When he started out years ago, “I had a salon [here] called Studio 2.” After that initial salon experience, he and his wife, Julie, moved to LA, where he worked in salons as a hairstylist and also as a creative director. Along the way he connected with stars, working with celebrities like Olivia Newton John, John Travolta, and Martin Kove (The Karate Kid, Cobra Kai). In 2020 with all of that behind them, it felt like it was time to come home. “We did what we wanted, accomplished what we wanted in LA,” says Domingo. Here in Spokane, his operation will be limited in scale and focus: a one-chair salon named Private that’s open just a few days a week, where he’ll specialize in cuts only. The salon will open its doors this September. Every appointment will begin with a consultation, a time during which he and the client will get to know each other. “They can size me up, I can size them up, and we can figure out the best direction for them,” he says. “I’m into healthy hair,” Serquinia says. He prioritizes spending time in the salon talking through his clients’ routines and habits, how they normally care for their hair, and finding the right cut and styling products for their lives. Working out of his northside home will allow Domingo to keep business small and satisfying—less time spent managing and coordinating, and more time to do what he loves. He no longer needs to work, but he has a passion for what he does. “I can do this, and I can have fun, and I don’t have to deal with being the boss,” he says. “You do it because you love what you do, and you pass it on.”

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Guide to Styling Shelves

tyling shelves can be tricky. When we moved into our home, one of the things I loved the most were the built-in cabinets with open shelves flanking the stacked stone fireplace in the great room. I was so excited to decorate them. We moved in and… frankly I was a little stumped. I wanted to display items that had either function or meaning to our family. So, I took it one step at a time. The first items I placed were the Bose® speakers on the top shelf. Our family loves music and I knew they would be essential to many fun evenings. I layered from the back with beautiful metal trays, all different and unique; then, I added a layer of family photographs. Each time I

look at the black and white photo of my hubby and me in Athens, Greece, I remember that perfectly sunny day of exploration and adventure. We needed a bar in the great room, and we lack wall space to put furniture pieces on; so, I set up the bar on one side of the built-ins. I used a leather tray that I found on a family trip to Olympia. On the other side I set up a champagne bar with hand-made flutes. If you look carefully, there are many similarities in styling both sides with lanterns, urns, and vintage pieces. I am careful to make certain the visual weight of each side is the same, with each piece a little different. While the blue and white urns on one side were a gift from my mom, the white urns on the other side create balance without being redundant. And grouping similar objects creates more impact, like the sphere shapes that are grouped together.  If at first you don’t succeed, just keep trying… the fun is in the creative process. Cheers!


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ichael Perry and Eric Horsted toyed with the idea of relocating to Washington for years before they made the move. The LA-based couple had established lives in California, with Horsted’s work as a TV writer and producer (most recently for the Emmy-nominated ABC show blackish) and Perry’s with his design/build firm, Build Therapy. But when members of their extended family started moving to Spokane years ago, it came onto their radar and never fell off. “We were always looking in Washington,” says Eric, whose long list of television credits include Futurama, The Simpsons, and Coach (shout-out to Spokane native Craig T. Nelson). Spokane “kind of felt like Austin during my college years,” says Eric, who attended the University of Texas before moving to LA. “There were so many awesome old buildings downtown being renovated. It was a nice vibe, a cool aesthetic.” They were looking casually at Spokane homes for sale when they came across a stunning property in 2019: a mid-century modern home on two and a quarter acres

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with 280 feet of frontage on the Spokane River, and bordered on one side by the historic Blakely Gardens. “We thought, ‘That’s the coolest property we’ve seen in Spokane,’” says Michael. The home was designed by regionally acclaimed architect John Culler in 1955; it had passed through just a couple of owners in the intervening years. In addition to the gem of a house, there was a long list of additional selling points including a heated saltwater pool, sport court, spacious shop, private boat launch, and boat house. Moving to Spokane meant majorly rethinking their work lives. Michael sees

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years commuting between major world cities for work. “It’s always been big, busy, too-fast cities. The move to Spokane is our first effort to slow down for the kids, and us.” The couple has three children, sixteen-year-old Talia, and fourteen-year-old twins Finn and Lily. Though they’ve always lived in a metropolitan hub, a mid-sized city seemed like the right choice for the kids’ high school years, a place where they can spend time with their cousins and other family members. As a bonus, the kids

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had their own local connections, having each spent some of their summers at Camp Reed. “Life is just so fast in population centers. We all wanted to try a different pace,” says Michael. He began renovations on the property in 2019 while Eric and the kids remained in LA for school and work; the whole family officially moved in last summer. He’s full of appreciation for the updates the previous owners, who have become friends, put into the home and



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grounds. “I feel like they did a lot of the heavy lifting with major landscaping, irrigation, the RV garage, TPO roof, beautiful custom gates and entertainment spaces,” explains Michael. “They left us a lot of the fun stuff: kitchen, bathrooms…” The most impactful projects they’ve taken on have been mechanical. “The home was built in 1955, so the galvanized plumbing, the super dated electrical, compromised water main, radiant heating, whole house water filtration, all of these were approaching their expiration dates and needed to be replaced,” Perry explains.


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Then there was the project of modernizing the interior to fit their needs and tastes, which included floor plan adjustments; taking the radiant from the ceiling to the floor so they could install skylights, can lights and structural reinforcements; deleting walls and replacing



I also like to think that we haven’t strayed too far from the original architect’s vision for this property. We always hope when [the previous owners] visit, they are surprised at how little it has changed, not how much.

them with floor-to-ceiling windows to better enjoy the river view; and reworking the master to make it more spacious. They re-oriented the small, closed-off kitchen and added windows to take advantage of the view. They divided a long, narrow bathroom in two, allowing for Finn to have his own attached bath and Talia and Lily to have a bathroom to share. They transformed a too-small breakfast nook into a pantry, and created a laundry room

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full of storage and work space. They also built in a dog door and dog run off the owners’ suite to accommodate their two pups: tiny, elderly Walter, and a rambunctious doodle puppy named Sam. The property exudes a sense of its history, through the home’s architecture and the elements like the rock wall that lines the east border, which was built as part of the neighboring Blakely estate and dates back to the 1920s. There’s also plenty of associated

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folklore. “Everybody has a story with this house,” Michael says. One visitor reminisced on his parents having been to the home, musing, “I think I was conceived at a party here.” Michael and Eric wanted to emphasize the home’s original materials—like brick and wood paneling—and brought in complementary elements, like the main floor’s terrazzo tile (the green terrazzo in the lower level is original). They enlisted the aid of extended family to help with the demo, and tried to rethink or reuse anything they were taking out, like the room

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dividers from the kitchen that now serve as desktops in the office and music room. The home is full of personalized work and adventurous projects that both fit the mid-century modern bones and bring in the family’s personalities and history, with décor

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have pieces inherited from family members, such as the basement’s 1940s living room set that belonged to Michael’s grandparents. “We’re big on finding a good thing and then restoring it,” he says. Michael has a longtime partnership with an LA-based craftsman and builder, with whom he partnered to create many of the home’s custom furnishings and built-ins. Among them are the low-profile black walnut dining table where the family loves to play cards in the evenings, the white ash coffee table in the living room, the expansive living room shelving, and the geometric designs of the dining room credenza. Vivid tones—greens and

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blues as well as pops of orange and citron—bring each space to life, with color infused through artwork like the abstract piece in the dining room that the family painted together, and the series of family photographs displayed around the home, many by noted photographer Ann Ploeger. Eric and Michael have chosen materials strategically, splurging in high-impact spaces—for instance, the kitchen backsplash, where the Fireclay tile is laid in a subtle pattern (H for Horsted)—and then saving where an economical choice will suit just as well. Spokane is certainly not LA, but they’re finding that the Inland

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Northwest is full of parks to explore, water to paddleboard, and good relationships. It’s been hard to leave behind LA’s thriving and delicious ethnic food scene, though they’re enjoying what they’re finding locally. Also, “it’s just a little more purple,” here. “Politically, it was interesting,” says Michael. In LA, “as a gay family, it’s just not that unusual,” Michael says. They know they stand out more here, though they note that no one has treated them unkindly. The truth is, as Eric said in an interview the couple did with podcast Life Told to a Stranger, “We’re just as boring as a straight couple with children.” “And that’s perfect,” Michael added. “That’s the goal,” Eric concluded. As they continue to put down Spokane roots, they have an ideal location to create, spend time as a family, and enjoy their gorgeous surroundings. They are often visited by wildlife, and recently played a part in rescuing two eaglets who jumped from their nest on the property during one of the summer’s heat waves. They credit

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have something like that in our own yard. [It’s] such an amazing historical feature.” The work they’ve done over the past two years has been tiring but satisfying. “It was definitely a bigger project than we had anticipated, but this home in this location is such a gem! We feel we will keep it forever and that makes it worth it,” Michael says. “I also like to think that we haven’t strayed too far from the original architect’s vision for this property. We always hope when [the previous owners] visit, they are surprised at how little it has changed, not how much.”



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Experts Tips for Increasing the Return on Enjoyment of Your Kitchen and Bath by Darin Burt

Upgrades happen for all kinds of reasons, but one of the most common purposes of a home renovation is to make essential spaces like kitchens and bathrooms more functional, convenient, and aesthetically pleasing. We talked with some of Spokane leading remodeling and interior design experts and they all agree: whether you’re thinking cabinets, countertops, lighting, or wall treatments, you’ll get the biggest ROE (Return on Enjoyment) if your choices reflect your lifestyle and personal tastes.

Natural Choice

A perfect example of a longstanding trend is quartz countertops. Contrary to what you might have heard, quartz isn’t the only low-maintenance option when it comes to stone. Quartz isn’t even really a true stone—it’s man-made and consists of quartz chips or quartz dust bound together with resin. Granite, on the other hand, is pulled straight from the Earth. “Granite is timeless and beautiful. It has been used as kitchen countertops for more than forty years. Granite is very durable, and as for maintenance, you just spritz it with an easy-to-apply spray-and-wipe sealer once a year,” says Matt Berry, co-owner of Berry Built & Design. While granite steals the show in the kitchen, bathroom surfaces can just as effectively utilize granite. Whether you incorporate the stone as a vanity top, backsplash, or tub surround, a granite bathroom is sure to please. photo by Kayleen Michelle

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Set in Stone

Mario & Son is known for taking stonework to the next level, and they’re finding that homeowners are making more adventurous and individualized design choices. Michaela Steinbach, Mario & Son General Manager, sees more homeowners going with bold colors, choosing unexpected textures, and mixing material like marble in the same design as quartz to really elevate their spaces. Steinbach says the demand for unique applications in stone has gone beyond countertops. With advanced, computeraided tools, Mario & Son can shape custom stone pieces to fit any space to add a distinct personality to a home—like carved marble and limestone fireplaces, three-dimensional wall features, ultra-personalized architectural pieces like sculptures, vases etc.

Sleek Style

Recently, Dave Covillo, owner of Renovations by Dave Covillo, has seen more homeowners opting for sleek European style kitchen cabinets as opposed to the traditional shaker style featuring recessed panels and decorative edge detailing. “It’s a great option for people who want a stylish appearance that’s easy to clean,” Covillo says. “Because the European design has a smooth finish, there are no ledges to collect dust. Maintenance is simple and requires only wiping with mild soap and water.” European cabinets are distinct thanks to their frameless construction. Without a face frame, European cabinets have a sleek design that works in modern and contemporary kitchens. As the box serves as the frame and needs fewer reinforcements and braces, Covillo explains that this style of cabinet offers increased durability and storage space. Typically made from high pressure laminate, the doors are scratch resistant and available in virtually any color, and the finish is more uniforme because it is applied in sheets rather than brushing.

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Shower Power

Master baths are beginning to embrace the “open floor plan” that has become so appealing in new homes, and here, the focal point is definitely the shower. Typical sliding shower doors are hung on aluminum or vinyl frames that have an outdated, boxy look to them. To avoid this, Jeff Fred, General Manager at Grizzly Glass Centers, suggests modernizing your shower with a frameless swinging glass door, which eliminates the borders around each panel for a seamless aesthetic often incorporated into five-star hotels. Without a bulky frame in your line of sight to interrupt the room’s flow, clear, frameless shower doors are able to convey a much more open, airy feel. While they don’t physically increase the size of your space, the lack of a frame makes it seem that way. It allows custom tiled showers to become a beautiful feature in the décor. Because the door is a giant sheet of floor-to-ceiling glass, it also creates a wider, more easily accessible entry.

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Speaking of accessibility, Richard Dixon, President of Gold Seal Mechanical, has many customers who choose to remodel for safety reasons. In a traditional bathroom, the shower in particular can become unsafe for seniors with mobility challenges. A shower chair is a low-cost device that can help prevent falls on slippery showers. Dixon also suggests installing wall-mounted grab bars in the shower and replacing the standard shower head with an adjustable head mounted on 92 / SEPTEMBER 2021

an easy-glide bar that allows you to change the height and angle of the spray. Another way to restore freedom in the bathroom is the addition of a bidet toilet, which uses a stream of warm water to clean up after bowel movements while the user remains seated. “It is great for everyone, but especially good for anyone with limited arm mobility,” Dixon says.

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Just like new hardware can bring flair to boring cabinets, Hank Shaw, owner of Shaw Plumbing Services, suggests that modern fixtures can transform a bathroom shower into a luxury spa. One of the most popular upgrades, according to Shaw, is a rain shower head that provides a super-soaker experience unlike any other. These oversized heads deliver a drenching shower of water that feels like standing in the warm rain. You can buy fixed and handheld versions of rain shower heads; both are relatively affordable and easy to install. For the most realistic experience, consider a ceiling-mounted rain shower head that will have you daydreaming about standing under a tropical island waterfall. Body sprays are another option designed to enhance your shower time. Placed on your shower wall, the custom nozzles spray water out horizontally like jets for a fullbody hydrotherapy experience.

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Proper lighting can also make an impact in a bathroom. The most common lighting in a bathroom comes from above, either from ceiling fixture or a multi-bulb bar across the top of the vanity mirror. The result: dark shadows under your eyes, nose and chin. That’s exactly the effect you do not want when applying makeup, fixing your hair, or shaving. The solution, according to Bridgit Wilson, designer/owner at Nook Interiors, is to place a pair of wall-mounted sconces at eye-level on either side of the mirror. This allows light to fully illuminate your entire face without casting shadows.  The ability to dim lighting is a desired feature in other rooms and can be in the bathroom as well. Bright task lighting that’s optimal in the morning can be softened in the evening, says Wilson, a nice touch if relaxing in the bath is a favorite ritual to help wind down the day.

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COVID-19 and Broken-Heart Syndrome by MultiCare Pulse Heart Institute


tress. It’s a feeling that all of us have dealt with before and that feeling has only intensified throughout the pandemic. For some, it’s the stress of layoffs, while for others, it’s the stress of virtual learning from home. All of us have faced challenges in one form or another that sometimes seem insurmountable. The physical toll that stress can take

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on our bodies connects to a wide range of health issues. In the short term, it can worsen hypertension for diabetic patients. Additionally, our sleep can be disrupted under distress. It’s important to shut off our minds and the stresses of the day to fall under a deep sleep, ready to tackle the next day. We have also heard from patients that have fallen into the trap of coping with stress with unhealthy eating habits. Many patients have abandoned the healthy habits of portion control and healthy choices. A recent study published in the Journal of American Medical Association attempted to measure the effect of COVID-19-related stress on our health by looking at the prevalence of stress cardiomyopathy. While cardiomyopathy is a mouthful, it’s also known as “broken-heart syndrome.” It is a cardiac disorder characterized by a sudden onset of chest pain and heart dysfunction Step Three: Take time to take care of your body. Part of your regimented schedule should that mimics a heart attack. include some form of exercise. Our bodies were built to move, even if it’s just a light walk The study concluded that stress-produced around the neighborhood! Any form of exercise is an excellent opportunity to help clear our broken-heart syndrome occurred more than minds and enjoy the beauty that surrounds the Inland Northwest. four times as often during the peak of the COVID-pandemic. Step Four: Take time to get some good sleep. One of the keys to good sleeping habits is While we often can’t dictate the levels consistency. Go to bed and wake up at the same time daily—yes, even on the weekends. Not of stress life brings our way, we can control only will this help you stick to a regular routine, but you’ll allow your body to get the rest how we handle our levels of stress. that it needs. Get comfy! Make sure your bedroom lights are off, the room is at a comfortable We need to give ourselves the gift of time. temperature and that you are distraction-free from your phone or other electronic devices. Time to reflect, time to process, time to do Step Five: Take time to find alternatives to alcohol and tobacco. Excessive We need to give things we enjoy. use of either of these can lead to complicated issues. ourselves the gift of

time. Time to reflect,

Step one: Take Step Six: Take time to take care of your health care needs. According to a time to process, time time to process your recent study by the Center for Disease Control, an estimated 40.9 percent to do things we enjoy. of U.S. adults have avoided medical care during the pandemic because of thoughts and feelings with deep breaths. concerns about COVID-19, including twelve percent who avoided urgent For some, doing light or emergency care and 31.5 percent who avoided routine care. stretching and introspective mediation can In our neck of the woods, we saw a similar drop-off not only in emergency care but also in also be helpful. routine care. Throughout the pandemic, all MultiCare facilities have followed strict protocols to keep our patients and our staff safe. In addition to requiring masks at all facilities, we also Step two: Take time to develop a regular have socially distanced waiting rooms with regular sanitization throughout the day in both routine to keep a semblance of normalcy our waiting rooms and our exam rooms. in these abnormal times. Dedicate a time Avoiding routine and emergent care can increase morbidity and mortality associated with during the day to get outside, a time to take both chronic and acute health conditions. The time you take to take care of yourself and treat care of some chores inside or some time to these concerns is invaluable. yourself. Develop a routine and stick to it! Give yourself time, make the most of it and most importantly, stress less!

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stayactive by Ann Foreyt

Ann Foreyt (they/them) is a project manager by profession and a runner and CrossFit/HIIT enthusiast by passion. They also practice and teach aerial silks. Their goal is to make fitness accessible and enjoyable for all bodies and ability levels.

Get creative with your in-home gym

To easily figure out weights, I recommend stepping onto your bathroom scale and recording that number. Then step back on holding your bag or suitcase. Start adding books, or whatever you’re using as weights. The difference between your (encumbered) number and your original number is the amount of weight you’ll be lifting. For smaller weights for use with higherrep, lower-weight movements, like tricep presses and flys, let’s head to your pantry. Soup cans (and their ilk) are excellent: easy to hold, standardized in weight, and durable enough to drop without breaking. While working out with wine bottles or other glassware may sound fun, if there’s any chance you’ll lose your grip, I recommend against using your favorite Chardonnay! 


Gym equipment like bosu balls or balance boards are great for improving ankle mobility, overall stability, and balance. At home, a pillow, or even your bed can The world may be opening back up, but there will always be those days when you want work as a comparable tool to help with to get a workout in but just can’t make it to the gym. Luckily, with a little creativity and balance. use of some household objects, those at-home workouts no longer Grab a pillow, need to be boring (or weight-free)! Whether you want to work with or stand on your Laundry detergent bottles, weights, work on mobility and stability, or just get some cardio bed, and stand milk jugs, and kitty litter in, the suggestions below are intended to help you design some on it to do squats jugs are all great options. challenging and fun options to get you through those busy days (either weighted or Once you empty a bottle or unweighted). Feel when hitting the fitness center just isn’t in the cards. jug, you can re-add water, the difference in sand, or other substance Weights: how you have to While they may not be as perfectly balanced as kettlebells or stabilize yourself: to add a specified amount dumbbells, you probably already have myriad things around your Notice all those little of weight to the container. house that can be used as weights, for everything from bent-over micro-movements This weight can even be rows and shoulder presses to “kettlebell” swings and weighted squats. in your feet and adjustable based on the Laundry detergent bottles, milk jugs, and kitty litter jugs are all legs that you don’t exercise you’re doing that great options. Once you empty a bottle or jug, you can re-add water, feel when you’re day—just pour out or add sand, or other substance to add a specified amount of weight to the squatting on the container. This weight can even be adjustable based on the exercise floor? Next, practice sand or water until you you’re doing that day—just pour out or add sand or water until you reach your desired load. As your balance by reach your desired load. As a quick tip, one gallon of water is 8.3 lbs.  standing on a single a quick tip, one gallon of If you’re looking for more of a two-handed option, a backpack, leg, first on the water is 8.3 lbs.  duffel bag, or small suitcase loaded with books can be a great ground, then on alternative to a barbell for deadlifts, floor presses, or cleans. While your pillow. Hold you may not be able to finely calibrate weight the way you can with sand in a jug, you each balance for 30-60 seconds. It sounds should still be able to come close to your desired load. easy… until it’s not!  98 / SEPTEMBER 2021

Additionally, by placing your feet on a pillow, you can increase the difficulty of glute bridges, adding a stability element. For all stability and balance work, always remember to stay safe: try all moves on solid ground first, stand close to a wall or table that you can grab onto for extra support, and be aware of your surroundings.  For slider work, you can use a paper plate or hand towels. Just place one small towel or plate under each foot, come into your plank position, and add some extra core and stability work to your mountain climbers, knee tucks, glute bridges, or plank jacks. You can also move your “sliders” under your hands and, continuing to hold a plank, draw circles with each hand, both clockwise and counterclockwise. 


One of the most effective, contained cardio options you can add to a workout is stairs. Even a few up-and-down sets can be surprisingly heart rate raising, especially if you aim for speed. Yes, I am giving you permission to run in your house.  If you don’t have a set of stairs in or around your home, Spokane has a variety of great public options! A few of my favorites include the Perry Street stairs, the risers/stairs overlooking the river behind the First Interstate Center for the Arts, Huntington Park, and the stairway that connects Peaceful Valley to Riverside Ave.  An under-appreciated form of cardio is walking with a purpose. You may be surprised at how well your feet can take you from one place to another. Spend some time on Google Maps (or equivalent) -- how far away is the grocery store, really? Is there a coffeeshop you could walk to and back instead of driving some Sunday morning? Can you walk to a restaurant or bar to meet up with a friend and have them drive you home after? Transforming the idea of walking from “I’m doing this for exercise” or “I’m doing this for the sake of doing it” to “I’m doing this because it’s really cool that I’m literally taking myself from one place to another by the power of my own body” can be powerful.  One more note: if you have small children, get them involved! Sit-ups with a baby, piggyback rides with a toddler, backyard races with older children. With some creativity, you can enjoy some bonding time and get a heck of a good workout in! While it’s convenient to have a fully equipped gym, these ideas should help you add some creativity and spice into your at-home workouts, as well. 


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s fall starts rolling in again, it means the beginning of the school year, and for most of us that means back to normal dinner schedules—but it also means the end of summer and the end of the farmer’s market season. Literally soak up the last tastes of summer with a classic Panzanella salad. Hearty bread soaks up the juicy heirloom tomatoes, and the tang of sourdough perfectly balances with the sweet acidity of the tomato vinaigrette. Toasted, it soaks up the tomato juice vinaigrette perfectly, then finishes it off with some fruity olive oil, fresh basil, crisp pancetta, and creamy burrata. The best part is you can have this ready for dinner in thirty minutes.

Hearty bread soaks up the juicy heirloom tomatoes, and the tang of sourdough perfectly balances with the sweet acidity of the tomato vinaigrette.






• 1 loaf rustic sourdough, sliced into one-inch cubes • 3 large heirloom tomatoes • ½ Walla Walla Onion (or sweet onion), sliced thin • ¼ cup red wine vinegar • 1 bunch basil, chiffonade, and whole for garnish • ½ cup extra virgin olive oil • Burrata • ½ cup pancetta, fried to a crisp

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1. Dice tomatoes into large pieces. Place in a colander and salt; the point is to draw out a lot of the moisture in the juices of the tomatoes to make a vinaigrette. 2. While the tomatoes are draining, dice up the loaf of bread and placing an oven at 425° until slightly dry and lightly browned, about fifteen minutes. 3. While the bread is toasting, take the cubed pancetta and brown it until crisp and the fat has rendered. Put it aside and keep the fat.  4. Soak the onions in water for at least five minutes to get some of the snap out of the onion, but still leaving the sweetness. 5. Take the tomato juices in a bowl. Taste for tartness—if too tart, add a little bit

of sugar (and if it is not tart enough, you may need to add a little bit more vinegar). Add vinegar, salt, and pepper, then emulsify the dressing by slowly drizzling in the olive oil while whisking vigorously. Alternatively, you can use a blender or a hand mixer. 6. In a large bowl (larger than you think), place the drained onions, tomato, bread, and basil and toss together while mixing in the dressing a little bit at a time until the bread is evenly coated and starting to soak. Let sit for ten minutes to fully saturate. To finish, place salad in a large serving bowl top with ripped burrata to expose the creamy center. Drizzle the whole thing with extra virgin olive oil and garnish with the pancetta and some more fresh basil.

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by Kate Vanskike,

Family Ties

Coffee connections around the globe

A company whose name includes “brothers” is obviously about family. But for Rick and Randy of Evans Brothers Coffee—Sandpoint’s most popular coffee joint—that bond extends beyond themselves and all the way to the fields of El Salvador and Colombia. When the two “military brats” discussed building a coffee company together, they knew they wanted to do things differently than other small roasters. Rather than relying entirely on partnerships with coffee buyers, Rick and Randy sought to know the families running the farms from which they buy their favorite beans. “From the beginning, we were traveling to countries of origin more than most,” says Rick. “We really wanted to know the story of the coffee—the farms, the producers—because they’re doing ninety percent of the work.” They’ve enjoyed their longest direct-trade relationship (about ten years) with the Menendez family in El Salvador, which has seven small farms. Rick and Randy spend time with the family, learning every step of their process, and cupping samples from forty to fifty lots of beans that represent variations in shade, elevation, soil, varietal, processing, and other factors. “We’ve always wanted to have full transparency with our coffee,” says Randy. “It’s important for us to know the producers and for them to know the roasters, to have continued dialogue—it keeps the motivation and the passion going.” For the last seven years, they’ve also bought coffee from Maria Escobar in Colombia, where 104 / SEPTEMBER 2021

the brothers discovered her coffee after it placed in the top fifteen in Colombia’s Best Cup auction. They participated as judges and buyers, along with fifteen to twenty other coffee buyers from around the world, sampling hundreds of quality submissions from farmers in Colombia. Over a five-day period, the judges tasted and graded Colombia’s best lots of coffee, narrowing down the field to the top fifteen highest scoring, which were then put on live auction—an event that turns into a community-wide celebration. Here, coffee buyers like Rick and Randy are willing to pay more, knowing that the extra proceeds directly benefit the producers so they can reinvest in their farms. For the brothers, it’s an investment to ensure quality. “The families are so overjoyed—it’s life changing for them,” shares Rick. “We have meals at their home. It’s such a sweet experience and really just an invaluable part of our business. We feel honored to share those moments with our producers.” Even the coffees that don’t make it to top 15 sold at the live auction still yield a greater profit to the producers than they’d otherwise see. Plus, the farmers receive input from agronomists on how to improve their outcomes. For Maria, a relationship with the Evans brothers is like free insurance. They purchase her entire crop of approximately thirty sixty-kilo bags every year at a price premium, whether her beans make it back to the top fifteen in the annual auction. For them, it’s about long term relationships and commitments to the producers they work with. The brothers have also traveled to Guatemala, Costa Rica, Brazil, and Ethiopia to source coffee, and they’ve treated a number of their most interested baristas to the experience as well. For Randy, who does most of the traveling now, Ethiopia (the origin of coffee) is a favorite destination. Bringing it Home Once those selected beans arrive in the Panhandle, it’s up to Randy and his roasting

team to develop the roast profiles that The brothers were settling into their new hometown as the 2008 economic crash showcase the highlights naturally present. unfolded, providing ample fodder for conversations about what to do with their lives. “Roasting is a craft, for sure,” he says. “We were riding Chair 6 at Schweitzer and I asked Randy what he wanted to do with his “There’s a lot of chemistry going on and life, and he said, ‘I just want to work in coffee, and I want to do it here,’” says Rick. much to understand about time and And so Evans Brothers Coffee was born, with Rick handling business development, temperature, and how that relates to wholesale relationships, sales and marketing, and Randy as green coffee buyer and roaster. developing flavors in the coffee bean. I’ve “We found our groove,” says Rick. “It was harder than I thought it would be. We learned been doing it for twenty years and I’m still things about each other that we didn’t know. Being business partners was very different always learning.” than being best friends, going to concerts and skiing together. It’s nice to have come There’s chemistry through, and to be in a place where we each respect what the other one between the flagship Evans brings to the table.” Brothers Coffee shop and its Randy shares the sentiment. “I’ve grown to respect my brother even Sandpoint community, too, as more through this business. I truly couldn’t do it without him.” Sandpoint – residents consistently name 524 Church St. “EB” a favorite destination for Founders’ Faves both coffee and environment. Rick and Randy both favor the fruity, bright, floral flavors of Ethiopian The old grainery on Church coffees. Randy’s current choice is Dame Dabaye and Rick’s is Kayon Coeur d’Alene – Street has a rustic presence Mountain. 504 E. Sherman Ave. and a funky vibe where If those delicate tea-like qualities of an African roast aren’t your style, young artists display their and you prefer deeper flavors and richer bodies, you’re still in luck. Spokane – work and old men play chess. “That’s the beautiful thing about coffee,” Randy says. “With more than 835 N. Post St. Now over a decade old, the seven hundred flavor compounds identified in coffee, there’s something original Evans Brothers shop for everyone.” is a staple in Sandpoint. In 2017, the brothers expanded to Coeur Author’s Advice d’Alene, ultimately partnering with Bean & Don’t be afraid to ask the barista which beans are in the grinder for making your Pie on the buildout of an in-house bakery, espresso-based drinks. At Evans Brothers, there are usually two options—one house which matches quality hand-pies and other blend and one seasonal single origin option. I enjoy “testing” the flavors with a traditional baked goods to the coffee. More polished macchiato (not to be confused with the contemporary macchiatos full of milk and sugar), and urban than the northern sister, the CdA and found that my palate preferred the Kayon Mountain Ethiopian over the house blend. location also features live music and is a You never know unless you ask! popular spot for people to work away from Also, try something new. I followed my stout espressos with a vanilla-mint cold brew— home. delish! The third location is in Spokane, inside the newly remodeled Wonder Building on the north side of the river. Life is just now hopping in the rebranded Wonder Market, which faced plenty of fits and starts during the COVID-19 pandemic. With other new restaurants and a family-friendly game center in the building, Evans Brothers Coffee in Spokane is finally gaining some traction.


Getting Here They were brothers first and best friends next. What would life as business partners be like? Rick, the elder sibling, had been in resort real estate and marketing for luxury properties in Maui, while Randy got his start in specialty coffee, before each headed separate directions to continue honing their career skills. Eventually, both began thinking about wanting to raise their kids together, and looking for an ideal location, which they found in Sandpoint with its skiing, lake, and small community. SEPTEMBER 2021 /



Weekend in

Wine Country story and photos by Adriana Janovich

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sablefish—cooked sous vide, then finished in the oven—sits atop a pillow of polenta-stuffed cabbage bathed in wild garlic cream sauce. A dry, medium-bodied 2019 Washington Chardonnay complements the richness of the dish with subtle notes of oak and stone fruit. I don’t want this course to end. But I’m only halfway through an exquisite dinner at the recently launched Kitchen at Abeja. It started with a cloudlike gougère garnished with caviar, followed by a refreshing and tangy heirloom tomato salad topped with a dollop of marinated labneh. The third course is another standout: house-cured king salmon with apple, fennel and roe. I’m savoring one last meal in wine country, capping a quick trip with longtime girlfriends. The six of us—all vaccinated, but still cautious because of the persisting COVID-19 pandemic—recently reunited after more than a year of weekly video calls. Walla Walla provided a worldclass backdrop for a memorable, wine-filled weekend. With dozens of restaurants and more than 120 wineries in the region, it is—of course— impossible to visit them all in one visit.



Check-in is 3 p.m. at the Haven, a two-story historical home with keyless entry in the neighborhood of Whitman College. All rooms, including a charming sleeping porch, are well-appointed, and there’s ample space for six, including a formal dining table and living room, backyard hot tub and picnic table, and expansive porch with a bench swing. The updated, bright kitchen comes stocked with plenty of wine glasses. I have the shortest drive, a benefit of living in the Inland Northwest. So I pour six glasses of a red I brought from home, and they’re ready and waiting for the arrival of the rest of us, all making the trip from the West Side. After a flurry of hellos, we toast our friendship and weekend to come. Within the hour, our driver arrives and we are off to our first winery. The sprawling estate of Tranche Cellars, nestled just east of town in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, features live music, wine by the glass or bottle, and, often, food trucks on Friday nights from April through October.

It’s popular with locals and visitors alike, and the grounds are peppered with lawn chairs, games of corn hole, and groups of families and friends. We choose a spot on the grass halfway between the vendors and outdoor stage and spread out across three picnic blankets. It’s a short walk to the tasting room, and we make several trips, sharing bottles of the 2015 Pape Blanc, with hints of stone fruit and honeysuckle, and the brighter, more intense 2015 Chardonnay. Dinner is tacos, quesadillas, and burritos from the Tacos La Monarca food truck. Music is over by 8 p.m., and we head back to the Haven to get in some hot tub time before the backyard outdoor quiet hours kick in at 10 p.m. We agree: our Walla Walla wine weekend is off to a great start.

It’s a leisurely morning, sharing coffee, conversation, and a variety of buttery pastries—Danishes with fresh berries, and pistachio, citrus and almond croissants—from Walla Walla Bread Company. Our driver for today’s custom five-hour wine-tasting tour arrives early with bottles of water. Not only does he keep us hydrated, but he keeps us on schedule so we don’t miss our reservations. First stop is Woodward Canyon, 13 miles west of Walla Walla in Lowden. Established in 1981, it’s the second-oldest winery in the valley. (Only Leonetti Cellar, founded in 1977, is older.) As we make our way through our first flight of the day, our driver heads back into town to pick up lunch. Graze specializes in soups, salads, panini and cold sandwiches, such as banh mi, steak with chimichurri, and grilled chicken with bacon, tomato, basil mayo, lettuce and provolone. After we eat, we load our wine purchases into the van and walk to the next stop. It’s next door. L’Ecole No. 41, founded in 1983, is the valley’s third-oldest winery. It’s located in the historic Frenchtown schoolhouse, where a table is waiting for us on the patio. It’s a ten-minute drive to Reininger Winery, just west of Walla Walla on Old Highway 12. I’m familiar with some of their offerings; Reininger owns and operates Helix Tasting Room in downtown Spokane. But this marks my first visit to the winery. We take a large, low, corner table and opt for the classic tasting. We have to hurry, though, to make our final booking of the day. Our tour ends in the Chihuly Tasting Room at Long Shadows Winery, where we sit under a purple-and-gold sculpture by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly. The portfolio tasting starts with 2019 Poet’s Leap, a lively Riesling with citrus aromas, and ends with the 2017 Sequel, a full-bodied Syrah with hints of blueberry, blackberry, black pepper and cassis. It’s over too quickly—this tasting and the entire tour. We’re dropped off downtown, where we walk along the bustling Main Street, browse the racks at Walla Walla Clothing Co. and linger over jewelry, home décor, novelties and gifts at 35th+Butter. There’s live music at the Plaza on First, part of a Summer Concert Series which runs from mid July to mid September. We stop and listen for a bit before deciding to sneak in one more winery, sharing a bottle of rosé on the sidewalk patio at Marc Ryan Winery before dinner. SEPTEMBER 2021 /


We have a reservation on the sidewalk patio at Hattaway’s on Alder, where we share appetizers: pimento cheese on crostini, duck pate and roasted bone marrow with grilled bread, flash-fried corn with gremolata, fresh potato chips with caramelized onion sour cream, and knife-cut fries. I opt for the pan-seared sockeye salmon with sweet corn purée and blistered cherry tomatoes. Other mains: pan-seared halibut cheeks with grits, Manchego cream and tomato confit; heirloom tomato salad with bleu cheese and smoked eggplant vinaigrette, and celery Parmesan salad with hazelnuts, poached figs and lemon vinaigrette.


We sleep in, then share another round of pastries as we pack and tidy the AirBnb. The gals get on the road early. But I have a shorter drive and get to linger longer. I book another tasting and dinner at Abeja Winery, located on a thirty-eight-acre historical farmstead seven miles east of town. As soon as I park, I’m greeted with a glass of chilled Chardonnay. “We want every experience to be curated and personalized,” winery hospitality manager Will Wenholz explains as we walk toward the fully renovated barn that doubles as the tasting room and dining room. Wenholz leads me through a tasting, including another Chardonnay and the light and fruitforward 2019 Beekeeper’s Blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. It ends with a rich and age-able 2018 Merlot with notes of fig, black tea, baking spices and cassis, followed by the also age-able 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon with hints of huckleberry and walnut. Before dinner, I walk the grounds of the winery and Inn at Abeja, admiring the vineyards, pollinator garden, view of Titus Creek from the Carriage House patio, and five-bedroom, turn-of-the-20th-century farmhouse. I already wish I could stay another night. Or two. Soon, I’m halfway through dinner, which ends with herb-crusted lamb with courgette and

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potato crème, blackberry and Cabernet sorbet, and babà with huckleberries and lemon crème. I just wish my girlfriends could experience it with me. Dinner, created by executive chef Elodie Li to highlight locally sourced ingredients, is by reservation only for parties of up to six people. We would have just made the cut. Wine pairing is optional. And the five- or seven-course prix fixe menu changes weekly. “My advice: do the seven courses,” says Tom Uberuaga, food and beverage director at the Kitchen at Abeja. “Maybe don’t end your weekend here but start it here. You won’t want to leave.”

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LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide

diningguide 180 Bar & Bistro. Features unique gourmet sandwiches, fresh salads, and homemade soups for lunch, 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. In the evening and on weekends, allow 180 Bar & Bistro to host and cater your private event. 180 N. Howard St., (509) 824-1180, Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m. 1898 Public House. With a nod of respect to the year Kalispel Golf and Country Club was established, 1898 Public House combines a storied history with modern flair. The culinary team takes pride in preparing classic foods with a fresh twist, while using the finest ingredients. From hand-pressed gourmet burgers and house-cured bacon, to housemade rolls and charcuterie, dining at 1898 will be an exciting culinary tour for your palate. 2010 W. Waikiki Rd., (509) 466-2121, 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. 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 7 a.m.-3 a.m.

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-miss-at-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.,  Featured Dish: Fried Green Tomatoes Classic white cornmeal fried green tomatoes topped with Creole hollandaise. Gander and Ryegrass. An 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

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W. Main Ave., (509) 315-4613, daily 12 p.m.–9 p.m.,

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.,

Indaba Coffee. With a slogan like “Love People, Love Coffee,” Indaba stands out from the pack with its award-winning coffee, welcoming atmosphere, and community-oriented mission. If you want your coffee to come to you, Indaba offers subscriptions to its incredible roasts. 1425 W. Broadway Ave., (509) 4433566, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m. 1315 W. Summit Pkwy., (509) 328-4786, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.3 p.m., 419 N. Nettleton St., (509) 868-0421, MondayFriday 7 a.m.-6 p.m., 210 N. Howard St., (509) 4132569, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 518 W. Riverside Ave., (509) 822-7182, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.- 6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m.3 p.m.,

Maryhill Winery. The winery draws more than 75,000 guests annually, while the region offers warm summer days, year-round appeal and excellent winemaking and continues to gain recognition as an emerging wine destination. Each location offers beautiful scenery, frequent live music and special events, food menus featuring small plates and charcuterie, and an expansive selection of awardwinning wines. 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, (509) 773-1976, Sunday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 1303 W. Summit Pkwy., Ste. 100, (509) 443-3832, Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., ​Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 801 Waterfront Way, Ste. 105, Vancouver​, (360) 450-6211, Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., FridaySaturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 14810 NE 145th St. #A, Woodinville, (425) 481-7925, Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m., maryhillwinery. com.

Masselow’s Steakhouse. With nine primegrade steaks and the best seafood oceans and rivers have to offer, Masselow’s Steakhouse continually provides the “wow” factor. With an outstanding array of 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


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.,

Park Lodge. A fine dining restaurant featuring a relaxing atmosphere and locally inspired comfort meals from its award-winning chef, uniquely prepared on a wood-fired grill. 411 N. Nettleton St., (509) 340-9347, TuesdaySaturday 5 p.m.-9 p.m., Piccolo Kitchen Bar. Under the same roof and owners of Hay J’s Bistro, Piccolo Kitchen Bar offers a welcoming, casual experience while serving topnotch brick oven artisan pizza, as well as other deliciously orchestrated plates. Come for happy hour appetizers and pies alongside a great craft beer, wine, and cocktail selection. A personable and eccentric staff will ensure a good time. 21718 E. Mission Ave., (509) 926-5900, daily 3 p.m.-9 p.m., Rancho Viejo. When you want authentic and traditional Mexican food, Rancho Viejo Spokane is the perfect choice. Stop by this family restaurant today for something for everyone! They are locally owned and operated to ensure you get quality service. 14201 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, (509) 927-8428. 3209 E. 57th Ave., (509) 448-3834. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Republic Pi. Republic Pi was founded in 2015 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°, their wood-fired oven allows them to create each pizza with the utmost care. They source the highest quality ingredients to bring their 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.,

South Hill Grill. South Hill Grill is a laidback 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. Sit at the sushi bar and enjoy what’s

fresh or take a table and explore the menu that also includes plenty of excellent hot options if raw fish still makes you nervous. Some of our favorites are the super white tuna and the house tempura. 430 W. Main, (509) 838-0630, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-8 p.m.,

The Butcher Block at Hay J’s. A neighborhood butcher shop committed to offering the finest selection in beef, pork, poultry, seafood, as well as an extensive wine and craft beer selection. Lunch at the deli is not to be missed. 21706 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake. (509) 928-4530, lunch available Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.,

The Flying Goat. The Flying Goat was created in 2010 to become a neighborhood craft beer bar and casual eatery. The team was inspired by the legacy, flavors, and aromas of Neapolitan style pizza. They honor the craft of artisan pizza making while creatively infusing local flavors and ingredients. 3318 W. Northwest Blvd., (509) 327-8277, Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,

The Onion Taphouse & Grill. It all started in 1978 when they introduced the first gourmet burger in Spokane. Their first menu had more than 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,

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 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.

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Vaqueros Mexican Restaurant & Taqueria. If you’re searching for authentic Mexican cuisine, look no further than Vaqueros. All ingredients are fresh, and the food is made from scratch daily. If that isn’t enough, they have great happy hour specials and a full bar. 16208 E. Indiana Ave., (509) 922-0770, Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.,

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CLARKSVILLE/alan's ark

clarksville by Doug Clark

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


Alan’s Ark “Cars are cars all over the world” – Paul Simon.

-If only he had fancied something more manageable (posh Swiss watches, say) we probably wouldn’t be having this conversation. Alan Anton Zier was a car guy, alas. Ah, but what a car guy! During his motorhead glory days, the Spokane man, who passed away early last year at age 86, collected a hundred-plus classic rides of many makes and models. Cadillacs and Lincolns. Pontiacs and Plymouths. Dodges and Studebakers. You name it. Pickups and wagons. Hard tops and convertibles… Brand loyalty is a big deal to the car guys I know. Not Zier. Whenever he saw something he liked, he’d buy it if he could. Then into his giant shed it would go, perhaps to be restored one day and resold. Zier built the barnlike structure (180-by-80-feet) on a patch of farmland near Elk, an unincorporated hamlet in northern Spokane County. His four kids (three sons and a daughter) nicknamed the edifice “Alan’s Ark” although there was nothing about the nondescript building that would evoke a second look. That was by design, of course. Zier wanted to keep his collection safe from the curious or—far worse—rust rustlers. It worked, too. At least it did until one winter’s day in 1993. Snows were particularly heavy that year, building layer upon heavy layer on a roof that wasn’t up to the load. Eventually, that fabled tipping point was breached, and.… Down it all crashed in a random splintered heap, crushing fenders, breaking glass and bending chrome. Zier was a devoutly religious man who once considered becoming a Lutheran minister. Which explains why his analysis on why his garage came down like the biblical walls of Jericho didn’t involve the most likely culprits: gravity and dubious carpentry.

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He instead summed up the collapse as yet another mysterious case of “God’s will.” Even so, there was no doubting how deeply affected Zier was by what had happened. “His hair turned gray overnight,” said Lajuanna, Zier’s daughter and the executor of his will. “It broke his heart and he left all that treasure underneath for nearly 30 years—until I had it excavated last month.” -Funny how things that go around sometimes really do come around. A few years prior to the sinking of Alan’s Ark, I tried my damnedest to get the scoop on Zier’s car collection although I didn’t have a location or even know his name. Enter Mitch Silver, founder and operator of Silver Collector Car Auctions. He’s been my go-to source for practically every carguy tale I’ve ever written. No soap this time. Silver’s lips were zipped tighter than a mafia don facing a Senate subcommittee hearing. “You hounded me for weeks,” he said with a laugh. Zier sold cars now and then in Silver’s auctions. He was “totally secretive about this stuff,” added Silver, who accommodated the man’s desire for privacy and anonymity. I finally gave up, moving on to other column topics to keep the deadline monster sated. And the story faded from memory until Silver called this summer to bring me up to speed on Zier and his legacy. Maybe Silver figured he owed me. Or maybe he wanted to document the strangest car auction he’s ever been a part of. Which is saying a lot. For a three-year run, Silver Auctions was “the biggest seller of old cars in the world,” he said. His company once put on 44 events a year. These days, Silver has cut the number back to a more reasonable 10. But this Zier business? This was more archeological dig than automotive auction. A call from Lajuanna, a paralegal who lives in Hawaii, had Silver crawling on his hands and knees, peering through the gray mound of busted Ark in an attempt to see

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what was inside. Weeks later, the boards had been moved with care to create another sizable pile. The vehicles inside—close to 60 of them—were arranged in rows on another section of the dusty ground. This was the scene that greeted me when I pulled onto the auction site on a recent Sunday afternoon. “All the vehicles need to be restored,” Silver explained in an Auctioneer’s Note on the poster advertising the sale. “Some have extensive or isolated body damage from a roof collapse. Some are rusty and some are pretty darn nice!” -It’s a shame I never landed that interview with Zier. He would’ve made a fascinating character study. According to Lajuanna, her dad was one of those complex, manamong-men individualists who grow scarcer in numbers every day. Played high school football. Sang in the church choir. Boxed for the U.S. Army when he served his country during the Korean War. Zier made the paper in 1966 after bagging one of the biggest white tail deer in Washington state history. But above all, she said, her father was a car guy. I can relate, sort of. I took my own deluded detour through the American Graffiti wormhole. Why not? I grew up in the Golden Age of car clubs, muscle cars, drag races and

cruising Riverside on Friday nights. Only I had to tag along with my pals because my parents wouldn’t let me have my own car. That V-8-sized void in my youth, I believe, probably accounted for what happened one night in the 1980’s while driving home after covering a meeting in Newport. There, moored on the shoulder of the highway was a barge-sized vision in green and white. A genuine relic from the Eisenhower Administration. The taped “For Sale” window sign beckoned me like a Siren’s call. Next day I went back. A signed check made me the proud owner of an exhaustbelching 1956 Buick Century. A few frustrating days later found me quizzing a mechanic as to why my yachtmobile kept pulling to the right. “Bad tires?” I asked hopefully. Wrench jockey put a greasy paw to his chin. He shook his head. “Nope,” he diagnosed. “Kingpins are shot.” To which I replied, “Uh, what’s a kingpin?” This should’ve been the moment of clarity where I realized that mechanically inept fools like me have no business getting involved with well-worn and outmoded forms of transportation. But did that stop me? Naw. I sold my ’56 Buick later to buy a ’52 Buick Super Rivera that liked to stall in the middle of intersections. Then there was the ’65 Rambler Ambassador station

wagon that needed a new motor and the ’67 Oldsmobile Vista Cruiser that got six miles of premium to the gallon, and.… Oh, the calamity! -The various stages of damage and disrepair made me think of the Zier auction as a sort of smorgasbord for the mechanically minded. Something for everyone, you know. Lajuanna served as my good-humored tour guide. She later asked me not to publish any numbers regarding how much money the family took in once the bidding was over. She added, however, that “Mitch did a super job and I was extremely pleased.” I saw a few vehicles that, with know-how and time, could be transformed into highdollar beauties. The 1964 Lincoln Continental convertible, say. Cars like these are still prized by collectors who’ll pay upwards of $70k for one in mint condition. Man, dig those crazy “suicide doors!” Likewise, the ’66 Ford T-bird convertible could be turned into a car worth $50 grand. The car with the highest potential value had to be the ’59 Cadillac Eldorado ragtop. In pristine condition, it could fetch $200,000 to $300,000 to the right buyer. My personal favorite, though, was a car that Elvis would have been proud to give to his mother: a gold ’57 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz, another convertible. This baby was Zier’s pride and joy, and I can see why. The car is in good original condition, having been stored in another location when Alan’s Ark went under. Old cars. They need octane to run, but it’s nostalgia that fuels our fascination with them. “Every road trip was an opportunity for my father,” recalled Lajuanna. “We’d go for a drive in the country and Dad would suddenly say, ‘Oh, my. Did you see that?’ “Then we’d pull over. Before you knew it, he’d be buying a 1950 Chevy, say, from some farmer. “He just loved classic cars, loved them his entire life.” SEPTEMBER 2021 /


















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