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THE SCENE Becoming Santa Lilac Lit Art & Words Soulful Living Datebook Faces


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Dear Reader, Frenchie has teasingly asked why he hasn’t been mentioned in my letter in a while. “I think people want to know what I’m up to,” he said. I don’t remember if this was before or after Aunt Lindsey mentioning her absence as well. This conversation took place when dear friends were gathered in my living room eating baked potatoes. This was at the second annual Potatoesgiving, a holiday my friend Katharine and I dreamed up as an even lower key friendsgiving (what’s easier than baked potatoes?) because of our love of the cheap-yet-delicious baked potatoes at the now-shuttered Shop Around the Corner. There was supposed to be a Potatoesgiving last year, but, well—you know. We felt we could safely gather this year because everyone in our crew is vaccinated, something worth being thankful for alone. We used leftover plates from my New Year’s Eve party that rang in the infamous 2020. Looking around the room, it occurred to me that my friends and I haven’t been able to gather in my home like this in such a long time. I felt grateful and a bit emotional. Just the day before, we had celebrated Frenchie’s birthday by renting out Pattison’s North. The very concept of renting out an entire roller rink felt very over the top to me—which is fitting because Frenchie is over the top in the best ways. He had hinted to me leading up to his birthday he might want this but hadn’t skated in years. But he’s the type of person who will just put on rollerblades and just go for it—joie de vivre. For my friends and me, roller skating has very much been a part of our lives as of late. The pandemic propelled us to purchase our own skates so we could get outside with each other while staying safe. They were both at the party and being in Pattison’s again felt wonderful. Even Aunt Lindsey attended despite previously refusing to skate due to some unpleasant childhood experiences. She joked that she was skating through the trauma—but she ended up enjoying it.



Beyond being very on-brand for Lindsey, “Skating through the trauma” struck me as an interesting turn of phrase. In recent years, this time of year has been difficult for me. November 13 is my mom’s birthday, and this is the third year she hasn’t gotten any older. I haven’t landed on how to spend that day. But having Frenchie’s birthday only a little over a week later brought some levity to the month, especially because we got to celebrate it skating in a nearly empty roller rink with his friends; it made me happy to see him happy because he’s so good at it. For many of us, there are so many complicated feelings yolked to this time of year. Holidays can poke at complex family dynamics, amplify the loss of a loved one, or feel isolating for someone who doesn’t observe these traditions. Any combination of the above, and so much more. This issue is full of holiday cheer—a gift guide, holiday décor, seasonal treats. All these features contain wonderful ways to celebrate the holidays in our city, and I absolutely encourage them. We also have content more centered on the spirit of Christmas—Kiantha Duncan’s Soulful Living column about having a Soulful Christmas. A couple who have played Mr. and Mrs. Claus for years to benefit local nonprofits. While not directly related to Christmas, there is also a heartwarming story about a Spokane Valley native who works for the Ted Lasso show. I hope it reminds you: there’s room to have complicated feelings about the holidays and still find pockets of joy. You can put on rollerblades and find your happy place, even if you haven’t in years. This holiday, I’m lucky to have someone who reminds me of that, and I hope you do, too. Sincerely, Megan Louise


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by Adriana Janovich obbie Stevenson got the invite the day before the big event. “’You still got that bow tie from the wedding, right?’” the editor asked. Stevenson was married in Las Vegas less than a month before the 2021 Emmy Awards. The show he works on had received twenty nominations. But he wasn’t sure he would get to attend the ceremony. He had the bow tie from his wedding, but he didn’t realize he should wear a suit jacket. “I thought about it,” Robbie says. “But I went without one, and I was the only person there without a suit jacket.” In photos of him and his colleagues from that night, he says, “I look like a waiter standing next to them.” Looking back, the memory almost feels like a scene from Ted Lasso, and that sentiment isn’t lost on Stevenson, who—like the show’s main character—is passionate, optimistic, and hardworking. But his role is behind-the-scenes.

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During such a tough time in the world, I couldn’t be more grateful to work on a show that’s all about kindness and redemption and just being a good person.



Robbie serves as a post-production coordinator on the award-winning, feel-good, fish-out-of-water comedy starring co-creator Jason Sudeikis. Like the title character, an American college football coach who finds himself in England coaching what’s known as football over there—read: soccer— Robbie got into TV through unconventional means. His experience in the hospitality industry prepared him for a new career in Hollywood, working on the heartwarming, off-beat, unexpected hit that débuted on Apple TV+ in 2020. Robbie, who grew up in Spokane Valley, has been working on Ted Lasso since its first season. “During such a tough time in the world, I couldn’t be more grateful to work on a show that’s all about kindness and redemption and just being a good person,” says Robbie, who has largely been working on the show from home in Playa Del Rey since the start of the persisting COVID-19 pandemic. He moved to California just over four years ago to pursue a new career. His then-girlfriend, now wife, Alivea, and her two children, Fox, four, and Dahlia, six, joined him just before the pandemic hit. Stevenson was already working on postproduction for season one of Ted Lasso at Warner Brothers. “Our last day in the office, Jason told us all not to panic,” Robbie recalls. “It was a very Ted Lasso thing for him to say on the way out.” These days, it isn’t unusual for four-year-old Fox “to run up and tell me he’s hungry in front of Jason Sudeikis on a Zoom call.” Robbie admits being a bit surprised at first, both by the depth of the characters and success of the show. “Before I read the pilot script, I thought I was jumping into a very ‘SNL’ thirty-minute comedy show. But this isn’t that. Characters are three-dimensional. They deal with mental health issues and how we can overcome a lot of trauma. I really admire the writers for that. And everyone who works on Ted Lasso is somehow one of the kindest people you will ever meet.” The show has been hailed as an antidote for our collective pandemic malaise. It’s full of laughs and life lessons, tireless optimism and charm. And it won seven Emmy Awards this year, including Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series. Attending the ceremony “was surreal,” Robbie says. “I had never been to anything of that caliber before.” He transitioned to TV after five years in the hospitality industry, coordinating large-scale events at resorts from Harrison, Idaho, to Big Sky, Montana, and beyond. “A lot of the work flow is actually somewhat similar to television,” he says. “You’re always tracking, budgeting, scheduling and planning ahead. You’re dealing with different vendors and the backdrop is different, but you’re still creating entertainment.”

But, working on a show, “You get to hear about people watching it. You get to hear what it means to them. You don’t really get that when you’re doing big events. You’re running the event; you’re not there to enjoy it. In television, you get to be part of the party. You get to see how the final product turns out and experience it with everyone else.” Robbie grew up in Spokane Valley, graduating from University High School in 2009. After two years at Spokane Falls Community College and a couple of random jobs to save up money, he moved to the U.S. Virgin Islands. He planned to stay one season on St. John and ended up staying two years. The experience propelled him into banquet management, overseeing bartenders, servers and other staff as well as the logistics of setting up and breaking down events that sometimes saw as many as 500 guests. He spent the next five seasons bouncing back and forth between Gozzer Ranch Golf and Lake Club and Yellowstone Club. Throughout his hospitality career, however, he dreamed of working in Hollywood. “I’ve always been obsessed with movies and television,” he says. “Growing up, I would spend every weekend at the movie theater or dragging my parents to Blockbuster for hours until we found the perfect movie. I would quiz my family on the actors, directors, writers, genres, quotes, shooting locations and music from each one.” Hollywood seemed out of reach until a Spokane connection helped him land his first gig. Mandi Price, a friend of his older sister, moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a producer, and Robbie stayed in touch. Price was a mentor, encouraging and helping him to break into the business. “She showed me everything and taught me so much about the world of post-production,” Robbie says, adding, “I put a lot of pressure on myself. For every job I’ve gotten, there have been hundreds of people who have also turned in their résumés.” His first TV job was as a post-production coordinator for seven months on the Deadly Class pilot for Sony Pictures Entertainment. It led to a similar role on season two of Future Man, also working with Price for Sony. “That was a fun project because I go to the set every day in Santa Clarita,” Robbie says. Next was season two of Jack Ryan for Amazon. “That was a massive change of pace for me,” Robbie says, noting his responsibilities vary show to show. “Sometimes, I work on credits. Other times, I get lunch for twenty-seven people”—or coffee. He made a Starbucks run for screenwriter Carlton Cuse, other writers in the Jack Ryan writers’ room and actor John Krasinksi. “He’s very nice, by the way,” says Robbie, who was

You’re always tracking, budgeting, scheduling and planning ahead. You’re dealing with different vendors and the backdrop is different, but you’re still creating entertainment.



FIRST LOOK/robbie stevenson

hired for Ted Lasso in summer 2019. before or right after Christmas. He and his wife have a lot of family “I was a little worried about having one of the stars of Horrible in the area, so visits are jam-packed with juggling relatives from Bosses as an actual boss,” Robbie says of Sudeikis. Coeur d’Alene and Rathdrum to Spokane Valley. “But I am delighted to share that he’s one of the Someday, he would like to mentor others who I’ve always been obsessed kindest, most welcoming people on the planet.” with movies and television. dream of working in La La Land. “That’s what And, he says, “It’s so exciting to be involved Mandi did for me, and I’d be so happy to do it for I would quiz my family with this level of story-telling.” Stevenson once other people,” he says. on the actors, directors, suggested a song—“Bring It on Home to Me” Meantime, filming for season three of Ted Lasso writers, genres, quotes, by Sam Cooke—that ended up getting used in is slated to start in January. Stevenson is also shooting locations and season one, episode five. looking forward to his first producer credit on an music from each one. But, normally, he says, “I manage our schedules upcoming feature-length thriller. and calendars, and work within our production And, if he gets another chance to attend the budgets and our coding. We build trackers for everything you can Emmy Awards, he promises, “If there’s a next time, I’ll wear think of. We also work closely with the legal, casting, clearance, a jacket.” and sound departments.” Automated dialogue replacement is a big part of Stevenson’s role. He facilitates and attends recording sessions along with the sound supervisor and talent. “It really is an army of people working tirelessly to bring a production together,” he says. “When I started, I knew there was a writer and a director. But I wondered why the credits were so long. Now, I create the credits for most of the shows I work on and know many of these people personally.” Robbie returns to the Inland Northwest about three times a year, usually for birthdays and holidays, arriving right 20




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lilacslemons created by Vince Bozzi

by Thomas Tedder

It is an honor and privilege to fill in for Vince. He was vibrant, full of life, and he is missed. LILACS to our local real estate markets for their national recognition. Spokane Valley has been identified as a boomtown and one of the hottest real estate markets in the country by SmartAsset and Realtor.com. Coeur d’Alene has been listed as the top housing market in the nation by the Wall Street Journal, while they listed Spokane fifth. We live in a truly special place and others are noticing. LEMONS to NIMBYs who are driving up the cost of housing. NIMBY is an acronym for “Not in my backyard.” They want progress and development until they have their home and then try to block anyone else from developing their own property. Many of them believe they can prevent growth and rising home prices by limiting new construction. The secret is out, and people are coming here regardless of supply shortages. High prices may limit transplants moving from less expensive areas, but those from Seattle, Los Angeles, etc., will continue to come and buy houses at even higher prices than we see today. Without a steady supply to greet these newcomers, they’ll only absorb existing inventory from locals and push prices ever higher. LILACS to our citizens who go to work, school, and church during this incessant pandemic with a smile and optimism for the future and who know this terrible experience will one day become a distant memory. In the 1300s, the Black Death lasted five years and wiped out thirty to fifty percent of the population in Europe alone. In the fifth century, a five-year pandemic killed up to a third of the Greek population. During World War I, more soldiers succumbed to The Spanish Flu than those who perished in battle. That virus thrived for two years over 22


three waves and became the ancestor for what we now know as the seasonal flu. We’ve lived with COVID 19 for two years now and that seems an eternity when you’re living through the horror of it. This too shall pass. LILACS to our police, who, in the middle of today’s political environment, put their uniform on every day and protect each of us. It is often a thankless job and, unfortunately today, it is also a profession many of our citizens abhor. When my truck was stolen by a drug addict last month, it was a Spokane Police officer who risked his own safety to get it back, not a “social worker” or “community counselor.” LEMONS to the drugs and crime that are increasing in our community. I’ve owned multiple properties that homeless people have broken into many times during renovation, always leaving trash and dirty used needles in their wake. Our community deserves better, and we deserve to expect better. LILACS to vaccines and modern medicine. LEMONS to vaccine mandates. Mandates, especially without consideration of natural immunity, is a shortsighted payout to the pharmaceutical industry. Other countries are recognizing natural immunity and so should we.

Thomas Tedder is a local businessman and real estate investor. He founded Tedder Industries which has sold millions of products. He owns dozens of properties and he and his business partners are developing land to build hundreds of homes in the area.

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Walking into Karli Ingersoll’s new art studio/ band practice space/makeshift classroom east of downtown Spokane is what some might call an out-ofelement experience. Because your body is still very much present, but your imagination is perpendicular, hurried along by a juxtaposition of essentials. One, it’s warm. Much warmer than the dead and dreary November cold. If it weren’t for the large panes of tinted glass, you’d almost forget the season. And two—unlike Spokane this time of year—it has color. Lots and lots of color. It has so much, it’s spilling out of everything. There’s vibrant paint on tables. There’s some on walls, arranged in shapes and sizes. You and I might call it a mural, but to Karli, it’s an afternoon on canvas. A project. A budding venture. An infuriating and exciting process of trial

and error as foreign to a graphic designer used to precise computerized tools as an accountant tallying on an abacus. “It feels like an escape from reality,” Karli says of her nascent talent. “You’re entering this new zone. And I find myself gravitating towards it.” After almost two years of pandemic tailspin, who could question such an escape? Since 2013, Karli and her husband Caleb have been front and center of Spokane’s live music scene when they first opened the Bartlett in the Richmond Building on the east end of downtown Spokane. In 2019, it closed soon after the couple opened Lucky You Lounge on the eastern edge of Browne’s Addition. Business at Lucky You was good until it wasn’t everywhere. Since March 2020, the couple have struggled to keep the music venue/bar/restaurant afloat, at several times throughout the pandemic thinking the final nail had been hammered home. Somehow, things always seemed to work out. “There were definitely five or six times where we were like, ‘There’s no money, and we have to pay rent still,’” Karli says. “But in that moment, there was a grant we could apply to. Something. And we’re definitely in a pretty good spot right now, which is so weird.” Good, with a caveat. No Spokane business owner has breathed easy for a year and a half. Hence the painting, a hobby Karli started in 2019 and has been building towards her entire adult life. A new craft to master and share. Maybe one day she can do it full time. For about three or four years, the business owner/graphic designer has been selling her digital prints online and in pop up stores across Spokane, most notably at From Here in Riverpark Square. Karli’s graphic design style is best described as warm. It evokes good feelings and happiness, likely to bring a smile as big as Karli’s. And as you probably guessed, it has loads of color. “Honestly, pre-teen girls really love my digital art,” she jokes. “I’m pretty sure my prints are hung in a lot of bedrooms.” It’s not just joy from color or shapes, either. Much of it includes inspirational messages. Like one that reads “maybe you can love yourself.” It features a woman

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lounging. She’s got a large flower tattoo on her leg. Or maybe it’s a piece of nature. On her greeting cards and shirts, more affirmations, as if her work were prescribed to you directly to battle depression. “You are a wildflower,” says one. Another, “You should be so proud” or “you look beautiful today.” As you might have guessed, each one is relaxing, with bright colors and accessible shapes. It’s no wonder her painting arouses the same types of feeling. The kind you get when you’re invited into her world. An art studio, wrapped in art. With a drum set and four-year-old labradoodle named Ana. “I just enjoy the process of drawing it all out,” Karli says, staring at the large mural behind me, which is the size of the wall. It is the wall. I’ve asked how one goes about preparing for such a project. How do you measure and plan without a computer and a delete key? Karli says the first step is to ditch the tools. And then step two is doing. “It’s like when you use Google Maps,” she says. “You stop thinking directionally. I think murals are the same.” Maybe that’s why everything about her seems so effortless. The

woman has owned two businesses whose sole model is people in person, dancing and spreading not only joy, but all the microscopic droplets that come with them. And kept one afloat during a time when people weren’t willing to share anything. She’s a musician, too, hence the drums (though she plays guitar). She also sings. It wouldn’t surprise you, then, that her studio is filled with music. Right now, it’s playing from tiny speakers on a computer. But as the days become longer, when it’s warmer and the second winter of COVID has made way for our third spring and summer, it’ll overflow, cascading from real instruments. She might even host small shows. And when she’s not doing that, art classes. She has the tables and the materials. She just needs people. People who are wildflowers, beautiful and proud. “This has been a hard time for me,” Karli says. “Painting has become this outlet for me. To release pain and things I’m struggling with. I’m trying to let go of what I want to make and just create more freely.”

Karli’s graphic design style is best described as warm. It evokes good feelings and happiness, likely to bring a smile as big as Karli’s. And as you probably guessed, it has loads of color.





FIRST LOOK/spokane rising

spokanerising by Anthony Gill

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

Use Recovery Funds to Boost Equity and Resilience Say you’re a mayor or a member of a city council.

Now say you unexpectedly receive news that your municipality will be receiving tens of millions of dollars in federal funds. How would you react? How would you strategically invest those funds? What programs would you fund? What community priorities would you meet? That’s exactly what happened earlier this year, when President Biden signed the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), a $1.9 trillion investment in pandemic recovery. The City of Spokane received $81 million. Spokane County received $101 million. Now, there are some limitations on these funds. Treasury Department guidance makes clear that they can’t be used to launch entirely new programs with no nexus to recovery and resilience. But they can be used to support public health, address negative economic impacts, and replace public sector revenue, among other things. This leaves a wide range of opportunities open for Spokane to strategically invest in equity and resilience. Could we do more to address our housing crisis? Perhaps the city and the county could invest in a land bank, using funds to purchase, protect, and preserve affordable housing. Maybe it could develop a wider systems approach to homelessness, including a new lowbarrier shelter but also additional transitional and supportive options for women, families, the LGBTQ+ community, and survivors of domestic violence. Could we invest in our neighborhood business districts? Many restaurants and retailers in Garland, North Monroe, and South Perry were hit hard by pandemic-related closures. Maybe the city could provide support to organizations seeking to expand outdoor dining, bring back events, and market the neighborhoods for the future. These organizations lost revenue from sponsorships and dues; losing the organizations themselves would be a major loss to community identity. And as we recover, let’s remember that business organizations in places like Hillyard and West Central may need more help just to build their capacity to serve the community. Could we invest in childcare and social services? Investing in early childhood education and care allows more parents to re-enter the workforce, boosting local businesses and 28


families. The city and county could fund more childcare slots, seed investments in new facilities and training for staff, and work to improve the land use regulations applicable to childcare facilities. Finally, could we explore investments in green infrastructure and transportation? During the first wave of pandemic shutdowns, many cities across the country closed local streets to cars and opened them to pedestrians and bicyclists, giving more space for social distancing. Many of these cities are now making these “open streets” permanent. Spokane didn’t make these changes last year, but it still can! At the same time, it could explore investments in stormwater infrastructure and the urban tree canopy, which improve quality of life but are in poor condition in some areas of our city—particularly in Northeast Spokane. Both the city and the county intend to start making funding decisions soon. Community members should get involved, propose their ideas, and hold elected officials accountable to ensuring ARPA projects improve equity and resilience.

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aul and Mary Charbonneau want to let you in on But Paul and Mary have never accepted a dime for all the time, a little secret. Santa Claus is real, for one, and he’s energy, and expense that goes into becoming the Kringles. When a Spokane native, a devoted Zags fan, and an avid groups request an appearance from the couple, Mary quotes them bicyclist. Sometimes, if you believe hard enough and a rate, but the check is made payable to one of 11 local nonprofits. truly hold the spirit of Christmas in your heart, you For nonprofit events or when someone is truly in need of a dose of might catch a glimpse of Santa and his bride downtown Christmas spirit, like when Santa and Mrs. C pay visits to homeless in their all-season sleigh—a Honda sedan. shelters, families with terminally ill members, or their annual Paul is a lean guy with trim salt-and-pepper facial weeklong visit to Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, the jolly couple hair, but he’s been donning a red velvet suit and billowing white appear free of charge. beard practically since Christmas began—or at least since 1970, “We like to look at it as our Christmas gift to the community,” when he first stepped into Santa’s boots as the Bon Marche Mary says. “Because we can do so much and help so many people department store’s resident wish-granter. He was only in his just by dressing up and being joyful and positive and encouraging twenties, but his jolly laugh and twinkling eyes made him a natural loving kindness. When you share that with someone else and it fit for the role of Spokane’s own Saint Nick. Paul pursued a career resonates with them, they pay it forward and they share it with with the city’s water department, and when someone else and it just creates this wave he married Mary in 1999, they devoted much throughout the community.” of their free time to serving their community Between all the fundraisers and parties Santa Paul’s triumphant however they could. and Mrs. C attend each holiday season—even return to Santa’s Then, about fifteen years or so ago, Paul through 2020’s COVID-19 Christmas, when realized there was something missing from they appeared via Zoom from a festively world was a smash the local Santa game. Mary organized a room in their home—Paul and Mary hit, and before long, decorated Christmastime fundraiser for Washington Basset have brought joy to thousands of kids and adults Hound Rescue where pets could have their Mary was inundated across Spokane. Kids are always thrilled to meet pictures taken with Santa at a local Petco, and Santa, of course, but in Paul’s experience, even with requests from something about the knockoff Kris Kringles in the parents are a little starstruck with Christmas the photos Mary brought home didn’t sit right glee. other nonprofits with Paul. Of course, the crowds of gleeful kids, parents asking Paul to step in and sometimes animals would be a lot for the “They have teenagers in a bad fake beard and a cheap suit pretending to be Santa,” Paul says. “I for their fundraisers. couple to handle alone. So, over the years, thought, ‘Kids are seeing this, and they deserve a they’ve assembled their own seasonal taskforce better Santa than that.’ So, I volunteered.” of elves—their “Helpers”, as they’re known— Paul’s triumphant return to Santa’s world was a smash hit, who do everything from handing out candy canes to crowd and before long, Mary was inundated with requests from other control and recon missions, finding out which kids have done their nonprofits asking Paul to step in for their fundraisers. Company schoolwork diligently and the names of puppies at home so Santa parties and charity events all wanted the only real Santa Claus for can personalize each experience. their holiday gatherings, and the word spread—Santa is real, and Heading up the teams of elves is Jill Startin, who’s volunteered he’s been right here all along. as Santa’s lead elf for eleven straight years. When she started Now, Paul and Mary transform into Santa and Mrs. Claus every taking her dogs to the annual pet photo op with Santa—now December for a nonstop whirl of parties, auctions, fundraisers, and expanded out of the Petco and into the events center at the county cherished family Christmases. It’s a lot of work suiting up to carry fairgrounds—Jill was instantly hooked on the warm, nostalgic holiday joy far and wide across the city, and the duo doesn’t ask for atmosphere in the room. much in return. But for Paul and Mary, it’s the least they could do From there, it was a “natural progression” to volunteering her to give Spokane the best gift they can. time as an elf, in full costume and always with a grin from ear to Without the benefit of full-time residence at the North Pole and ear, each holiday season, Jill says. a small army of elves, it’s a big job for Paul and Mary to devote their “I get to help keep that magic alive, just by whispering something holiday season to appearing as Mr. and Mrs. Claus across town. special about each kid in Santa’s ear or by encouraging scared kids The heavy red velvet suits need dry cleaning regularly and special to talk with him,” Jill says. “For those kids or those parents, each allergy-safe candy canes must be procured, not to mention gassing year I can help keep that magic and belief alive is a little win in my up the sleigh. Santa must wriggle into a custom cooling vest lined book.” with ice packs to keep him from overheating inside his suit, and But in Jill’s eyes, the real magic workers have always been Paul Mary takes a full month off from her job at an investment firm to and Mary. They don’t just put on costumes for the photos, they immerse herself in Santa logistics each year. truly become Santa and Mrs. Claus in body and soul, Jill says.



Though of course they’re loving, gregarious and warm-hearted people in their everyday lives, Jill can’t imagine a better representation of everything that makes the Christmas spirit than Spokane’s own Santa and Mrs. C once they step into their suits. “It’s like in the movie Elf, where he tells the terrible mall Santa he sits on a throne of lies,” Jill says, laughing. “Once you’ve seen the real Santa in action, it’s kind of hard to suspend disbelief on anyone else.” And for Paul and Mary, it’s second nature to take on their holiday personas. Coming from a large Spokane family where huge, multiday Christmas celebrations surrounded by relatives were a cherished tradition, Paul takes the holiday season very seriously. The couple’s home is emblazoned with favorite Santa photo ops from over the years, including plenty of Christmas cards from friends featuring their own costumed faces. Starting almost immediately after Halloween, they start setting up their collection of Christmas trees, now numbering around twenty-five, festooned with ornaments received as thank-you gifts. It’s all those little things that remind Paul and Mary why they choose to spend their holiday season giving the best gift they can to Spokane. There are so many stories Mary can tell of memories Santa helped to make— families wanting one last Christmas gathering with a dying loved one, children at Sacred Heart’s oncology ward who looked forward to Saint Nick’s visit for three years running. But Paul insists that really, he’s the one getting the best gift. “I’m just the delivery guy, in the end,” Paul says. “We do our best to spread the joy and love of the Christmas season to the folks who need it, but it isn’t me; it’s something bigger. I get the fun part.”



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lilac lit by Rebecca Gonshak

As a former bookseller, I think of December not as

a time when families come together to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa, united by the spirit of giving. Rather, I think of it as a time when people are willing to spend a little extra money on books. Splurge on the handsomely jacketed hardcover instead of checking the book out from the library or waiting for the paperback. These two books, both released this year, are worth buying and reading right now—from an independent bookstore, if at all possible. They are good enough that you’ll want to read them more than once or lend them to a friend because you need someone you can talk to about them. And they make great gifts for anyone who appreciates gorgeous sentences and deep thinking.



Rebecca Gonshak is a Spokane-based fiction writer, essayist, and playwright. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Eastern Washington University. Her work has been published in Prairie Schooner, The Account: A Journal of Poetry, Prose, and Thought, The Swamp, and Alien Magazine. Her one-minute play, First Trip, was performed during Stage Left’s Fast and Furious Festival 2020. Her flash fiction piece “Hypnosis” was selected for the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions 2021.

Afterparties by Anthony Veasna So This brilliant short story collection arrived with a shadow over it. Before the book was released, Veasna So passed away from an accidental overdose at age twenty-eight, just as he was on the verge of becoming a literary star. It’s painful to think of all the life Veasna So won’t get to live and all the work he would’ve created that we’ll never read. But Veasna So did something many of us aspire to do but few of us can: he left the world with a great book. The stories in this collection, which focus on the lives of young Cambodian Americans living in California, are funny, irreverent, and nuanced. The protagonists are the children of the generation who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide, and they live in the shadow of their parents’ trauma, which they can neither fully understand nor completely avoid. One story focuses on two sisters who spend their nights at their mother’s

Her talent as a dancer got her recruited into the St. Louis Chorus vaudeville troupe, with whom she traveled to New York, just as the Harlem Renaissance was getting started. At age nineteen, she went to Paris to be part of La Revue Nègre (the “Negro Revue”), a cast of Black musicians and dancers responding to Paris’s obsession with Black American culture. Baker was a great dancer and singer, who, among her many contributions to the world, introduced Europe to the Charleston. She’s most famous for the “banana skirt” number, gyrating her hips and crossing her eyes comically, with gemencrusted fruit hanging skimpily below her waist. Watching YouTube videos of her performances, her magnetism reaches me across the decades. When she banters in French with the audience, I can’t understand a word, but I can tell she is hilarious. During World War II, she was a spy for the French Resistance, using her charm and their underestimation of her intelligence to get Nazi generals to spill their secrets. Abdurraqib writes about Black artists like Josephine Baker, Aretha Franklin, the Wu-Tang Clan, Whitney Houston, and other lesser known but equally brilliant performers, with the reverence they deserve. What is unique about Abdurraqib as a cultural critic is that he weaves his whole life into his analysis of art—his grief, his past loves, the times when he lost a fight, the way he felt looking at the moon. Your heart fills up with two stories: his, and the story of the artist he’s writing about. The result is a profound awareness of my humanity, and an immense sense of gratitude that people like Josephine Baker have graced this earth.

donut shop, fixating on a man they believe to be Cambodian, who comes to the shop every few nights and buys an apple fritter but doesn’t eat it. They project a whole imagined life on him but find out the truth is more typical and sordid. In another story, a young man stays for a week at a Buddhist temple so that his father’s soul can have a peaceful afterlife, but the monks dislike him and seem to only want him to do their chores. All except for one monk he smokes weed with in the temple garden, next to an oddly muscular statue of the Buddha. The voice behind these stories is original, wild, clever, and honest—you’ll want to return to it from time to time to live in Veasna So’s brilliant mind for a little bit longer.

A Little Devil in America: Notes in Praise of Black Performance by Hanif Abdurraqib Consider the life of Josephine Baker. A Black woman born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1906, she became part of her mother’s vaudeville act when she was just a year old. As a teenager, she had to sleep on the streets, eating out of garbage cans and dancing on street corners to make a little money. DECEMBER 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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By Kurt Olson

Her Favorite Color The rugosa open late in September, garlic burnt to char less one, the pines a few miles outside Aberdeen when the temperature cools and she can finally roll down her windows, the mad cat’s gray fur in a sunbeam just past morning sometime near fall, my eyes unclouded: What I mean to say is I could collect a language for every time she’s told me with a catch of breath and she would still hold its name. Kurt Olson sells books in downtown Spokane and ferments cabbage and chili peppers. He lives with his wife, Aleah, and their absurd number of cats.



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soulful living Have Yourself a Soulful Christmas



by Kiantha Duncan, Soulful Leadership Architect Kiantha Duncan is a lover of conversations, dinner parties, and mankind. As the woman behind “Conversations with Kiantha,” her passion is derived from helping others actualize their potential through conversations and the art of storytelling. She understands how one’s story can be a place for healing, finding common ground, and actualizing one’s full potential.

The holiday season is hypnotizing in all the best ways. Stories of love, hope, and

happiness abound. Families come together over extravagant meals made with tried-andtrue family recipes using an abundance of sugar and spice and everything nice. Cranberries, nutmeg, hot cocoa with marshmallows, and cider jog our senses and call forth memories of holidays past as we are lulled into the warmth that is joy, peace, and good tidings. Department store windows decked in red and green, velvet ribbon and strings of shining lights twinkling coupled with the smell of peppermint gets me every time. The sound of Christmas music speaks to children and those of us who are young at heart. The Christmas season is illustrated with colorful gingerbread houses decked out with gumdrops and candy canes, twinkling lights and the sounds of our favorite Christmas songs. Popular standards like “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” is one that we all know and love. “We wish you a merry Christmas We wish you a merry Christmas We wish you a merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Good tidings we bring to you and your kin, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!” The image of smiling carolers standing hand-in-hand with hearts of joy and abundance as they sweetly sing is the picture-perfect snapshot of a merry Christmas experienced by many, however; in truth while that is a widely shared experience, there are many for whom this reality is nothing more than a jingle.

“Someday at Christmas man will not fail; hate will be gone, and love will prevail” — Stevie Wonder Merry Soulful Christmas —Kiantha


In 1967 “Someday at Christmas” by Stevie Wonder became a modern holiday classic in communities of color worldwide. Stevie Wonder sang of a Christmas holiday very different than those filled with presents and joy; instead, he sang a soulful tale of what we could be if we committed to working together for the good of all men: “Someday at Christmas men won’t be boys Playing with bombs like kids play with toys One warm December our hearts will see A world where men are free. Someday at Christmas there’ll be no wars When we have learned what Christmas is for When we have found what life’s really worth There’ll be peace on earth. Someday all our dreams will come to be Someday in a world where men are free maybe not in time for you and me But someday at Christmastime Someday at Christmas we’ll see a land With no hungry children, no empty hand One happy morning people will share a world where people care, someday at Christmas time.” The joy that the season brings is not felt by everyone. There are people in our city, region, and country who have yet to actualize good tidings for them and their kin. There are people who aren’t able to roast chestnuts on open fires as they are both food and housing insecure. I invite you to join me this year in observing a Soulful Christmas, one in which we discuss with our families ways to positively impact those in our city, state and world who are less resourced. As we look forward together towards the new year, let us be intentional about the opportunities that 2022 presents us all to do, be, and live better together.

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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. northwestmuseum.org. Through February 2022: Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection

A celebration of the artistry and craftsmanship of the Tiffany artworks from Chicago’s distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Collection, highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition. Exhibition organized by the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and toured by International Art & Artists, Washington, D.C. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org.

Through February 2022: Continuous Lines: Selections from the Joe Feddersen Collection

Joe Feddersen (Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation) is an artist working 42


in print making, glass, and traditional materials, whose work is featured in the MAC’s permanent collection. Based in Omak, he spent a career teaching at Evergreen College in Olympia and exhibiting nationally. This exhibition features work from Feddersen’s personal collection of contemporary American Indian art, reflecting his friendships and artistic interests over the past few decades. From Jaune Quick-to-See Smith to Rick Bartow, this exhibition features a wide variety of work including sculpture, painting, photography, and prints. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org. Through August 2022: Awakenings

The MAC, in collaboration with the United Tribes of the Upper Columbia (UCUT) tells the story of the annual Columbia River Canoe Journey—from the purchase of old growth cedar logs and carving the dugouts to the annual launch and landing at Kettle Falls—through contemporary and historic canoes supported by the words of those who have experienced it. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org. December 4, January 7: First Friday

First Friday is designed to showcase the downtown art and retail scene. Downtown retailers and restaurants feature artists, musicians, and 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. downtownspokane.org/first-Friday.

COMMUNITY Saturdays through December 18th: Winter Wonderland Market

The Wonder Building will be hosting the first inaugural Winter Wonderland Market. This festive event takes place every Saturday through December 18th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees will be able to connect with a cast of local artisans, bakers, craftspersons, and more, while enjoying live entertainment, festive decor, and activities perfect for the whole family. In addition, there will be free hot cocoa and zeppole (Italian mini doughnuts) for kids from Bosco Pasta & Panini, games to play (ping pong, connect four, foosball and more!), and seasonal movies streamed on the three South Hall big screens. Ten percent of all food and beverage sales from Bosco Pasta & Panini will benefit local charity The Wishing Star Foundation. The Wonder Building. 835 N. Post St., wonderspokane. com. Through December: Holiday Memories at Green Bluff

Create your own family tradition with a trip to Green Bluff to cut your own Christmas tree and take pictures with Santa. Select gifts of fresh fruits, unique food items, candy, and wine. There is fun for all during Holiday Memories time on the Bluff. Green Bluff. greenbluffgrowers.com.

Through January 2: The Coeur d’Alene Resort Holiday Light Show

Over a million lights. A priceless memory.

A family tradition. Gather your loved ones close to celebrate the spirit of the season on your visit to see Santa at the North Pole. The fleet of merry cruise boats depart every evening through the holiday season to view the magical holiday lights across Lake Coeur d’Alene. Coeur d’Alene Resort. 115 S. 2nd St., Coeur d’Alene. cdaresort.com/ play/events/holiday-light-show.


December 17: Jo Koy: Just Kidding World Tour

Jo Koy has come a long way from his modest beginnings performing at a Las Vegas coffee house. As one of today’s premiere stand-up comedians, Koy sells out theaters and arenas around the world. He has been breaking ticket sale records with his infectious and explosive onstage energy. Koy pulls inspiration from his family, specifically his son, with material that has universal appeal. The comedian has had four highly rated and successful stand-up specials on Comedy Central and Netflix. First Interstate Center for the Arts. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. firstinterstatecenter.org. January 22: PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour: Spokane Classic

The top bull riders and rankest bucking bulls of the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour (PWVT) are headed back to Washington and ready to buck at the Spokane Arena. On Saturday evening, all forty competing riders will attempt one bull each in Round 1. Following the opening round, the top ten will then advance to the championship round where they will attempt one final bull, all in an effort to be crowned the event champion. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.



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communities and the powerful wildlife that surround them. Join this committed carnivore ecologist for a fascinating look inside the secret lives of bears and a report from the front lines of the mission to help humans and carnivores coexist peacefully. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org. January 24: The Harlem Globetrotters: Spread Game Tour

The Spread Game Tour is a basketball event like no other. Ankle-breaking moves, jaw-dropping swag, and rim-rattling dunks are only some of the thrills you can expect from this fully modernized show. Part streetball from the players who defined it, part interactive family entertainment, the new tour will show off the best of the Globetrotters in a dazzling exhibition of talent and game. The Spread Game Tour introduces new premium fan experiences with unprecedented access and interaction, including celebrity court passes, meet and greets with players, and the #SQUADZONE, where fans can feel like part of the show. Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com. January 26: Fox Presents: National Geographic Live: The Secret Life of Bears

Rae Wynn-Grant is dedicated to wildlife ecology research, but it wasn’t until life brought her to Kenya at age twenty that she had ever taken a hike, pitched a tent to camp, or seen a wild animal. While there, she studied East African lions—top carnivores that live in close quarters with local communities—and observed that problematic interactions between the two groups threatened conservation efforts. Now, Dr. Wynn-Grant is finding similar patterns for North American black and grizzly bears. As a scientist with the National Geographic Society’s Last Wild Places Initiative, Dr. Wynn-Grant works to protect and restore iconic wildlife populations— grizzly bears, bison, pronghorn, cougars, and more. But there’s an obstacle: roads, fences, and cattle ranches crisscross the habitat of these wide-ranging animals. Dr. Wynn-Grant studies the movements and behaviors of the bears to find ways to improve the relationship between local 44



Through December 19: Babes in Toyland

This musical is wrapped in gold paper with spangles all over it and attached with a card saying Merry Christmas! Wicked Uncle Barnaby runs the toy shop with his comic-ruffian assistants, Roderigo and Gonzorgo, and he turns children into dolls and sells them for gold. The lovable Jane and Alan are his next victims. Enjoy the wonderful characters of Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary; Tom-Tom, the Piper’s Son; Jack and Jill; Little Miss Muffet in this Christmas classic. 2727 N. Madelia St. spokanechildrenstheatre.org. December 3-5: An Iliad

Stage Left comes full circle, bringing An Iliad live to the stage. Directed by Susan Hardie and starring Robert Tombari, their first streamed production back in January makes its in-person debut. This is a fundraiser show to help with production costs in 2022. Come meet the staff, crew, and Board of Directors as we prepare for the most explosive season yet! Limited to sixty tickets. 108 W. Third Ave. stagelefttheater. org. December 28-January 2: Anastasia

From the Tony Award®-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime, Anastasia transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past. Pursued by a ruthless Soviet officer determined

to silence her, Anya enlists the aid of a dashing conman and a lovable ex-aristocrat. Together, they embark on an epic adventure to help her find home, love, and family. First Interstate Center for the Arts. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. firstinterstatecenter.org. January 11-16: Fiddler on the Roof

Rich with musical hits you know and love, including “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “To Life (L’Chaim!).” Fiddler on the Roof is the heartwarming story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives, and life, love, and laughter. First Interstate Center for the Arts. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. firstinterstatecenter.org.


December 2-5: Spokane Symphony Special: The Nutcracker with State Street Ballet

The Spokane Symphony welcomes back State Street Ballet of Santa Barbara for their tenth year of exquisite dancing with us to Tchaikovsky’s memorable score. More than seventy local young dancers complete the cast. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane. org. December 9: Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners

Throughout his more than two-decade career, whether topping the charts as front man of hard rock band Staind, or as number one artist on the country charts as a solo artist, Aaron Lewis has always been painfully honest in his music. “That’s all I’ve ever done,” says Aaron. “My songs have always been me wearing my heart, emotions, misfortunes, and sins on my sleeve. I don’t feel like it would be genuine or worthy if it wasn’t.” Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org.



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December 11: Northwest Bachfest Presents: Virtuosity on Display

BachFest’s opening concert in December represents a time in the nineteenth and early twentieth century when it became popular to hear musical masterpieces with piano accompaniment. Complete orchestras were not available in smaller communities, but pianos in homes were becoming increasingly present, and parlor concerts became popular. The December concerts bring musical masterpieces, including Johannes Brahms’s final piece for orchestra, to the intimacy of Barrister Winery. Barrister Winery. 1213 W. Railroad Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org.

December 18-19: Spokane Symphony Pops 1: Holiday Pops with the Sweeplings

Holiday Pops is a beloved family favorite with Christmas music, carol singing and a visit from Santa. This year’s very special guests are Spokane’s talented Cami Bradley, finalist from “America’s Got Talent,” and her musical partner, Whitney Dean. Together, they’re the nationally acclaimed pop-folk duo, The Sweeplings. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org. December 31: New Year’s Eve: Beethoven’s Ninth

Spokane Symphony Music Director James Lowe conducts his first New Year’s Eve concert of Beethoven’s Ninth—one of Spokane’s great traditions. Join the Spokane Symphony for the exhilarating and inspiring work dedicated to freedom, joy, and brotherhood. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org.



January 15-16: Spokane Symphony Masterworks 4: Eckart Returns

Conductor Laureate Eckart Preu (2004–19) returns to conduct Wagner and Bruckner. Anton Bruckner, deeply religious and shy, plucked up the courage to visit the great Richard Wagner whom he had met after the premiere of Tristan und Isolde. Showing him two of his symphonies, Bruckner asked Wagner which he preferred. Wagner chose the Third, although they drank so much beer that evening Bruckner forgot and had to sheepishly write the master to confirm his choice. He dedicated the symphony to Wagner, and it’s now regarded as Bruckner’s first great symphonic masterwork. Wagner’s own Tristan und Isolde is a seminal work that pushed music into previously unexplored areas of emotional force. Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org. January 29: Spokane Symphony Pops 2: Pink Martini

The eclectic, self-proclaimed “little orchestra” from Portland returns for a dazzling tour through the swinging sounds of the twentieth century with the Spokane Symphony. Pink Martini is part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe and all fun! Martin Woldson Theatre at the Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org.

FITNESS December 11: Santa’s Sack Stuffer Swag Run

Negative Split’s incredibly popular swag run is back as Santa’s Sack Stuffer! Don’t

miss this fun-filled Christmas themed run! When the gun goes off you will have fortyfive minutes to run to as many elf stations as you can, collecting raffle tickets. The more raffle tickets you collect, the more swag you can stuff in your Santa Sack at the end of the race. Watch out for the Grinch! If you don’t make it back within forty-five minutes, the Grinch will be stealing raffle tickets! Everyone will get a sack to stuff and the first 400 will get an ornament medal. Plante’s Ferry. 12308 E. Upriver Dr. runsignup.com/Race/Info/WA/ SpokaneValley/RunFortheClaus2020.

SPORTS December 3: Spokane Chiefs vs Prince George Cougars

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

December 4: Spokane Chiefs vs Seattle Thunderbirds: Teddy Bear Toss

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

December 11: Numerica Hooptown USA Holiday Series: WSU vs South Dakota State

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

December 17: Spokane Chiefs vs Portland Winterhawks

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

December 18: Spokane Chiefs vs Portland Winterhawks

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com. December 22: Numerica Hooptown USA Holiday Series: WSU vs Boise State

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com. December 30: Spokane Chiefs vs Seattle Thunderbirds

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com. January 1: Spokane Chiefs vs Tri-City Americans

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

January 7: Spokane Chiefs vs Everett Silvertips

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

January 14: Spokane Chiefs vs Everett Silvertips

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

January 15: Spokane Chiefs vs Kamloops Blazers

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

January 28: Spokane Chiefs vs Seattle Thunderbirds

Spokane Arena. 720 W. Mallon Ave. spokanearena.com.

January 29: Spokane Chiefs vs Tri-City Americans

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t’s that time of year again, and though approaching holidays can fill us with warmth and thoughts of quality time spent with our loved ones, they also come with unique stressors. There are so many special people in our lives that the idea of getting a gift that is unique to them can be daunting. On top of that, doing our holiday shopping locally has never been more important—we all need to do our part to spend our dollars at home to make our community stronger. The good news is that our holiday gift guide has so many incredible items to find something for everyone on the list—from jaw-dropping jewelry to Spokane Symphony tickets to beautiful furniture. Our list also ranges greatly in prices, so it’s sure to fit a modest budget, but also contain ideas for extravagant gifts. If you don’t see the exact thing you want, we hope it will inspire you to look closely at the shops in our area and support our local businesses. From all of us at Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine, we wish you a holiday season that is merry and bright!

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Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph Breitling is all about casual, conscious luxury with purpose and a touch of fun. An alltime favorite among pilots and aeronautical enthusiasts since 1952, this Swiss made luxury timepiece combines technical mastery and original design with an in-house crafted mechanical movement. A true emblem of reliability and performance, this legendary stainless steel and 18k red gold model stands out with its steel case, black dial with red seconds hand, silver chronograph counters, and applied hour markers. Jewelry Design Center, 821 N. Division St. jewelrydesigncenter.com.


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Our 2021 “Silver Lining” snowflake is cast in solid sterling silver and is hand applied with icy colored transparent enamel, making each one unique (colors will vary). 100% designed and handcrafted in our Spokane workshop—this collectible piece makes a great gift to hang as an ornament or wear as a necklace! Jewelry Design Center, 821 N. Division St. jewelrydesigncenter.com.



9 Vintage Inspired Tanzanite Ring

Stand out from the crowd with this incredible statement ring! Featuring a 9.66ct crystal clear emerald cut violet-blue tanzanite set in 18k white gold and accented with custom cut diamonds. Tanzanite is one of the birthstones for December, as well as the stone for 24th wedding anniversaries—this would make a memorable gift! Jewelry Design Center, 821 N. Division St. jewelrydesigncenter.com.



Bread Dipping Trio

The perfect gift for your foodie friends or favorite hostess. The Bread Dipping Trio features our favorite pairings of oil and vinegar with a spice to add that takes bread dipping to the next level—ready to give in a drawstring bag. Elz Tastes & Tea Market, 328 N. Sullivan Rd., Ste. 2, Spokane Valley, (509) 315-4036. tastesandtea.com.


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Spa Ssakwaqn’s private label pure eucalyptus oils transform your home shower into a steam room experience. Just a few sprays into a hot shower creates a relaxing aromatherapy experience to clear your mind and create your own at-home refreshing spa environment. Spa Ssakwaqn, 37914 S. Nukwalqw, Worley, ID. (800) 523-2464, cdacasino.com.

Astral Plains 3DR- Accent Cabinet

The dramatic wood starburst pattern on the door fronts is masterfully cut and hand-placed to create an organic and textured look. This piece is balanced out with a grey surround and metal base. Due to the natural variations in the wood grain patterns, each piece is truly unique. Complete Suite Furniture. 1219 N. Division St., (509) 326-5390, completesuitefurniture.com.




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When it comes to gifts, studies show that people get more happiness from experiences than things, so give the gift of a wonderful musical event this holiday season. Spokane Symphony. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. spokanesymphony.org or foxtheaterspokane. org. Holiday Pops with Cami Bradley and The Sweeplings, Dec. 18 at 8 pm & Dec. 19 at 2 pm — Tickets start at $43 New Year’s Eve with Beethoven’s Ninth, Dec. 31 at 7:30 pm — Tickets start at $18 Spokane Symphony Masterworks 4: Eckart Returns, Jan. 15 at 8 pm & Jan. 16 at 3 pm — Tickets start at $19

Magazine subscriptions

When you gift a subscription to Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living or Nostalgia Magazine, you gift the best our community has to offer—past, present, and future—along with how to get out, contribute, and engage with those people and places making Spokane and Coeur d’Alene an extraordinary region. Bozzi Media, (509) 533-5350. Bozzimedia.com october 2021/issue 191


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Head-to-Toe Candle Massage

Warm up your holidays with a Head-to-Toe Candle Massage at La Rive Spa inside Northern Quest Resort & Casino, featuring the Yon-Ka Paris skincare line. As the massage oil candle melts, a warm blend of shea butter, organic virgin sesame oil, mango butter, and aromatic plant oils are slowly poured over your entire body and used to nourish your skin and relax those tense muscles. La Rive Spa. 100 N. Hayford Rd. #102, Airway Heights. northernquest.com.



Maryhill Winery’s Proprietor’s Reserve Vintage Port

A perfect selection for the holiday season, Maryhill Winery’s Proprietor’s Reserve Vintage Port comprised of grapes coming from Gunkel Vineyards (estate). This wine is a blend of Tinta Cao, Tempranillo, Saousa, and Touriga Nacional. Lovely and warm with aromas of holiday spice, hazelnuts, and cranberry complimented by cocoa, cinnamon, and blackberry on the palate in this slightly sweet fortified red wine. Maryhill Winery Tasting Room & Bistro. 1303 W. Summit Parkway, Ste. 100, (509) 443-3832. maryhillwinery.com.

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Give your favorite sports fan a gift they are sure to remember. Order a plush rug with your favorite team logo or custom logo. Kershaw’s Inc., 119 S. Howard St., kershaws-spokane.com.

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A sixteen-piece Glenn Miller style Big Band plus sixteen of the region’s top performers take part in a holiday cabaret, headlining musical favorites from yesteryear! Featuring the songs of Bing Crosby, Judy Garland, Frank Sinatra, Rosemary Clooney, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and more, and emceed by the fabulous comedic duo of Doug Dawson and Marnie Rorholm. December 17-19. Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, svsummertheatre. com/tickets. Adults $39, Senior/Military $37, Students (with ID) $22

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2022 Spokane Valley Summer Theatre Blockbuster Season Tickets

Professional local performers bring three films to life in the 2022 summer season. Season subscription includes all three productions: Bridges of Madison County: The Musical (June 17-26), Disney’s Newsies (July 8-24), and Sister Act! (August, 5-21). Adult season Pass $112, Senior/Military Season Pass $105, Student Season Pass $68

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The Georgia handbag, by Brighton, is embellished minimally with understated Celtic inspired hardware and zig zag hand lacing details. We love this sleek hobo bag’s two compartments—simple and so organized. Available in several colors. Boardwalk Boutique. 210 E. Sherman Ave. #111, Coeur d’Alene, facebook.com/boardwalkbtq.


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Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you have to lose that sun-kissed glow. Designer Skin has your skin covered with its Triple Threat and LVX product lines. Triple Threat will help you reach your tanning goals, whether you’re using UV, Sunless, or Red Light treatments, and with its mango scent, it will have you smelling like summer. LVX is a complex multi-level bronzer that includes instant bronzers, tanning boosters, and delayed bronzing ingredients, with a citrus scent. Sunny Buns, three locations. sunnybuns.com.


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Living life outside the box. At Riverview Retirement Community our lives are no is how we are choosing to live.

Residents were treated to an outdoor concert by the familiar face of CEO-Mike Drew. Just one of the many ways we are choosing to live life outside the box. W W W. R I V E RV I E W R E T I R E M E N T.O RG


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hile some of us fear the idea of slowing down and losing purpose, many of us pine for the day we can retire. Perhaps despite looking forward to the day you no longer have a 9-5, you don’t have a clear picture of what that time will look like. So when should you start planning where you want to live during retirement? Before it becomes a necessity—that will help you avoid a lot of unnecessary stress and upheaval, says Jacki Schmick, Orchard Crest Retirement marketing director.

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“The longer someone waits, the harder SECURING A SPOT it is for them to settle into a place, to get to Getting in early is not just about avoiding love a place,” Jacki says. “If they come into a the stress of moving during an emergency. place when they’re healthy and still vibrant In the case of retirement communities, the and active and can participate and get to adage “the early bird catches the worm” know the community, then they’re going is apt. The earlier you tour communities, to know the community as their needs the sooner you can get your name on the increase and they’ll be able to feel more of a waitlist, and the more likely you receive flow instead of ‘Oh, God, it’s an emergency the residence you desire. For example, and I have to do something right now.’” the waitlist for Rockwood Retirement is Many retirement communities say new over 450 households, says Eowyn Sallis, residents wait until an emergency to secure marketing director. their housing—whether it be a turn in “That’s not something health, the death people should be scared It’s a night and day of a loved one, or of,” Eowyn says. “They difference from the otherwise. Though shouldn’t think, ‘Oh, people who have planned gosh, well, their waitlist there’s no hard and fast rule to beginning is that long, I’m never to the ones who are your retirement coming in on an emergent going to get in,’ because plans, making the that’s not the truth. situation. You’re trying to leap to a retirement The truth is that people do everything fast and community when it’s come, and they fall in then when you’re doing become a necessity love with Rockwood, everything fast, you don’t does complicate the and they know they want tend to remember, ‘Wait, process. to be here someday, and what did I want in my “It’s so much stress they get on the list, and retirement? What was my for the family and the their timeframe may be plan before this?’ residents,” says Heidi very different from the Ulland, Riverview next person that gets on Retirement director of sales and marketing. the waitlist.” “It’s a night and day difference from the Currently, holding your place in line at people who have planned to the ones who Rockwood is a deposit of one thousand are coming in on an emergent situation. dollars, which is fully refundable. Securing You’re trying to do everything fast and then that spot means Rockwood will email you when you’re doing everything fast, you as a house or apartment comes available— don’t tend to remember, ‘Wait, what did I complete with floor plan and pricing—and want in my retirement? What was my plan you can visit if you’re interested. before this?’” 60


GOODBYE TO YARDWORK The daily grind of yardwork and maintaining your home can become blah for the best of us, and keeping up with those tasks only becomes harder and harder the older we get. A huge advantage of moving into a retirement community is no longer having to deal with those daily activities, which at best can be mundane, but at worst could cause a health emergency such as a fall. “It’s not all bingo—we do weekly wine and cheese parties,” Jacki of Orchard Crest says. “We do hall socials—which is like a neighborhood block party. We do outings—we go out a lot. Even taking people out grocery shopping once a week gets them out of the community. They’re able to enjoy life without having to deal with the mundane day to day. ‘I don’t want to mow my law. I don’t want to clean the bathroom.’ Those are things we’ll take care of for them. If they come in while they’re still active and can participate in those things, they’re going to develop friendships, they’re going to be happier and more vibrant.” So how do residents fill their time? Most communities these days come with some incredible amenities. In fact, Eowyn describes Rockwood as a cruise ship that never sets sail—exercise classes, multiple restaurants, a spa, walking trails, and dog parks. “Once people come and see the community, they realize, ‘Oh, I can get up and go to breakfast and meet my friends and go to a yoga class, and then I can go back to my apartment and read my book, and then I can go to a really interesting lecture in the afternoon.’ They realize that it’s going to probably be a very exciting lifestyle instead of being at home by themselves and doing yard work and chores. We strive to make it so that when they live here, they just absolutely love it. So that’s our goal.” Heidi says that the amenities should be one of many factors that help people decide which community fits them best. Making this determination early on will give you something to look forward to when it is time to move in. For example, many people are attracted to Riverview because of their aquatic center. “I think it’s all of the above—it’s the financial, it’s what do I like to do, are they



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DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS In the case of hospice care, planning looks a little different. Because this level of care is meant for those who have a prognosis of six months left to live or less, the focus is on making the resident as careful as possible while allowing them as much quality time with family as possible. Even though this is the last journey for people, it’s still important to plan before it’s needed. For end-of-life planning, the most important aspect is having a conversation with your family about your wishes, so that when the time comes, they do not have to doubt or question what you wanted, says Dr. Brian Seppi, Hospice of Spokane medical director.

“I think there’s things that people should think about in terms of health care planning and advanced care planning as they’re approaching or going into retirement, and one of the big ones is what kind of care that they would want and who’s going to make those decisions for them for the care that they want if they are unable to make their own decisions,” Brian says. But these types of conversations are difficult to have. The good news is that there are resources. Brian suggests gathering information from the organization Honoring Choices Pacific Northwest, which provides great tips for that discussion. “The thing that I stress most with people is to have the conversation,” Brian says. “There’s a program called ‘death over dinner’, which is a guided conversation that people can have with their loved ones. You have it over dinner, so that you can be in a relaxed atmosphere and then it helps guide them through the conversation that they might have with their family.” Having the conversation is difficult, but ultimately will be easier on everyone in the long run. “There’s always a little bit of doubt in their mind when the conversation never happened because they think they know the person well, but they never really sat down and had that discussion,” Brian says. “There’s always that little doubt in their mind, ‘Am I doing what my loved one would have wanted in a situation?’ Whereas if you’ve had that conversation with them beforehand, it’s much easier for them to make those decisions because you’re just acting as the voice of the person that can’t tell us.”



going to keep me if I lose my funds, do I have to leave my apartment if I need extra help?” Heidi says. “All of those things are really important to look at.” Each community has something different to offer, so finding a place that fits your hobbies is important. Celebrating its twentieth year serving seniors in Spokane Valley, Broadway Court Estates understands the importance of socializing for their residents. They host special nights like "Paint, Pumpkins, Pasta and Pinot", Margarita Mondays, and recently had a Halloween costume content and celebrated Oktoberfest. They even participate in community fundraisers like Tom's Turkey Drive. Its location also provides its residents with breathtaking views of Mount Spokane, Browns Mountain, and Mica Peak and the residents can tend to the community garden. LESS GREEN THAN IT MIGHT SEEM Though you might assume there is going to be some sticker shock associated with exploring these communities, it’s possible you’ll be surprised— especially when you take into account what you’re getting. “Sometimes people are quite surprised at how affordable it actually is compared to living in a house because things are included here that you pay more and more for these days out in the real world,” Eowyn says. Jacki with Orchard Crest agrees, “People think they can’t afford to go to retirement communities, but when you consider everything's taken care of here—all of your utilities except telephone and internet, one meal a day, housekeeping,” she says. “We’re the ones who are going to be taking care of your lawn and shoveling your snow. If an appliance breaks down, you don’t have to replace it—that’s on us. If they figure it out that way, the cost is not that astronomical.”

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JOIN THE COMMUNITY Many seniors can become isolated when they’re homebound, so of course socialization is a huge benefit of retirement communities. This is a perfect example of why making a plan earlier is better. “You have more time to build the friendships, and more time to get familiar with your surroundings,” Jacki says. “We’re seeing more and more people are waiting; they’re staying in their homes longer and longer. They can’t take care of their homes anymore, and they get here and they have been isolated for so long that they don’t have it in them to socialize anymore.” Heidi says that she’s seen people join the Riverview Retirement community earlier because of COVID. “A lot of folks are moving in now because they don’t want to be stuck at home alone in isolation, so they’re trying to be proactive,” Heidi says. While you’re touring, do some socializing yourself: talk to the residents to get a better idea of how they like the retirement community. “Ask to have lunch with a resident or if you see people in elevator, ask them, ‘Do you like living here?’” Eowyn says. “That’s the tried-and-true method is to hear about life community from the people who live there.” Even if you decide that now is not the time to make your move—or even get on a waitlist, gathering information will still empower you because your options will no longer be unknown.

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Golden years When Should You Start Planning? Probably Sooner Than You Think



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Planning for your retirement shouldn’t be an afterthought, especially when it comes to finances. Catherine Dixon, who is a financial advisor with Edward Jones, says it’s not just about saving enough money to cover your expenses, but also about being thoughtful and intentional in your planning. “You don’t just take all the cash you have and throw it in the closet and hope it lasts,” Catherine says. One of the key functions Catherine provides to her clients is this crucial guidance and planning so that her clients’ later years aren’t an afterthought. “I start working with people at a really young age, some people in their early adulthood,” Catherine says. “We never hear someone says, ‘Gosh, I’m sorry I saved so much money and I’m ready for retirement.’” In the beginning stages, working with her clients on retirement financial planning boils down to pinpointing their goal. The problem is, she says, many people aren’t sure what they want for their retirement living right out of the gate, including when.

“Once you establish the goal and timeframe, we also look at risk tolerance,” Catherine says. “That’s the emotional side of investing—it’s not data-driven, it’s that heart feeling. I try to understand where people land in the risk tolerance spectrum, and then invest accordingly.” She wants her clients to be able to take advantage of the market, but not to the point where they’re awake at night worrying about it. As her clients get closer to their goal, she often transitions to lower risk options. Catherine says that someone’s personal experience can play a role in their planning. “Often it’s based on experience they had with a family member or a friend of the family, someone who needed assisted care or maybe someone who didn’t plan properly,” Catherine says. “We have a whole process that we go through that really helps to illustrate all of the different moving parts involved. We can get down to a granular level with people when they’re ready or talk at a high level to start.” This type of planning can become overwhelming, but Catherine says that a huge part of her role is to walk them through the process and break things down to manageable pieces. When the time comes, they’ll be ready.

DID YOU KNOW? According to the US Department of Labor, research indicates that financial insecurity during retirement is more prevalent in certain groups— women, as well as Black or Latinx workers. Many factors may play into this gap. For example, in the case of Latinx workers, only around half have employers who provide a retirement plan, versus seventy-five percent in the case of white people.




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by Kim Mehaffey he holiday season is approaching quickly, and I have done all my shopping, which is the first time that I have ever been so organized. Usually, I am running around at the last minute trying to find that perfect gift. Now, I can concentrate on the actual celebrations and traditions that we will continue and the new ones we will create. I felt the urgency to get all my shopping and decorating done early since there is such a shortage of product due to the supply chain issues. One idea is to think “vintage.” I have a beautiful pair of antique snowshoes that I will use to flank my fireplace. You could also use paper snowflakes or frame your child’s art for a holiday masterpiece.

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I decided on a simple and sophisticated palette this year for my holiday decor. I added a warm fuzzy ruched grey throw that just invites you to wrap up and sip something hot. With the throw, I added a beautifully embroidered pillow with trees in a gray and white palette. I love to bring a little nature into all my decorating, so I recycled my deer sheds and added a rustic bowl of mandarin oranges. My son and my granddaughter think they’re candy. I planted a group of white orchids with bright green moss in a chunky white pottery piece that I have had for years. The orchids will last for a while and they look beautiful. I have a rough edge wooden bowl full of shelled nuts with the nut crackers set out. It reminds me of my grandparents’ house at the holidays. I have set out my reindeer bowls and filled them with Frango chocolates… another nod to tradition. Last year, I found a beautiful wool tartan blanket and an emerald green velvet pillow in a small shop in Kalispell, and this year I added a luxurious fur pillow from Anthropologie for my side chair. Lastly, I added a Frasier Fur oil diffuser, a very traditional scent. It adds the scent without the danger of drying greenery—I have mentioned that my hubby was a firefighter. Now, I am ready for our youngest son and his beautiful fiancé to come home and join our family for an early holiday celebration. It doesn’t matter how or when you celebrate; just remember to enjoy your family and friends. Cheers! Written, styled, and photographed by Kim Mehaffey, @k.mehaffey

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The home already had a lot going for it—great square footage on a nice lot in an ideal location. But its interior was broken up into a variety of lessthan-functional spaces, and the décor included everything from bright green accents to pastels to bold florals. This left huge potential for a renovation that would make the home not only more functional but much better suited to a modern-day lifestyle. The homeowner (who opted to remain anonymous) hired Shaleesa Mize of Pacific Design Co. for this project. “I told Shaleesa I like midcentury kinds of features—modern, clean, and well-designed, not precious,” he says. He was drawn to using cedar throughout to add warmth, and wanted to take advantage of the home’s level lot to have an easy indoor-outdoor flow from the main living space to the backyard. It was a priority to implement a design plan that would

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take its cues from the home’s original lines. Significant changes to the main living spaces dramatically increased the functionality. Initially, the kitchen, dining room, and living room were all walled off as separate spaces. “We adjusted quite a few areas on the floor plan, with the biggest change being the main living spaces,” Shaleesa explains. “Not only did we remove walls to create an open concept, but we also raised the ceiling, adding a vault and a large beam across the peak. This change made an incredible difference, but it was also probably one of the biggest challenges of the job!”





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The ceiling’s cedar planking and the addition of skylights add warmth and natural light, as do the new windows and accordion door on the east wall of the home. The flooring is a porcelain square tile that has a concrete look, tying it visually to the concrete patio and emphasizing the indoor/outdoor connection. In the living room, leather and upholstered furniture is oriented toward the fireplace. Placing the firebox asymmetrically within the surround ultimately creates a smart balance between the angle of the ceiling and the floating walnut bench and shelves that flank the fireplace. “I’m absolutely in love with the living room fireplace,” Shaleesa says. “We initially considered a finish like tile or stone, but after a lot of back and forth, we ultimately pared it down to a simple plaster look. The



result is a soft, organic aesthetic, and combining it with the walnut shelves finished it off beautifully. We carried the plaster in the kitchen for the range hood and it looks very nice there as well.” An area rug, throws, and a round coffee table also contributing subtle texture and warmth to the room. The formerly galley-style kitchen was once disproportionally small for the home, but today the kitchen is a luxurious space for cooking and entertaining, with charcoal floor-to-ceiling cabinetry that plays nicely against the walnut on the island. Stacked limestone backsplash tile adds softness, and white orb lighting contributes sculptural playfulness. Windows flank the custom plaster hood, and a row of brightly hued stools make provide seating at the counter. “The kitchen has really been the gathering spot,” the homeowner says.



The dining room is just steps away, with a gallery wall that adds color and personality. A black and bronze midcentury light fixture complements the warm wood and clean lines of the dining table and chairs. Another transformed space is the family room, which previously had built-in mahogany cabinetry and lots of orange-y hues. That space is now a cozy retreat for relaxing, with a palette that mixes black stacked brick, walnut shelving and cabinetry, and comfortable seating to curl up with a good book. The black here is not the most traditional choice, but it’s one that paid off. “I was thrilled when the clients were willing to take the leap into a several other moody focal points!” Shaleesa says. “Time and time again, I’ve learned that stepping outside of your comfort zone brings the best results. They always end up to be my favorite spaces.” White

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Rhinoplasties and Explantations Can Give Patients a New Lease on Life

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he work of cosmetic surgery can be extremely meaningful for both patient and doctor, as many of these procedures can be life-altering for the patient. Dr. Jordan Sands has often had this experience when performing rhinoplasties.



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“I think some of the most formative experiences people have rewarding for her,” says Ann Gannon, practice manager. “Then growing up is some of the comments their peers have about them,” when she hears that her patients have had such great success in the Dr. Sands says. “This can be especially impactful eradication of their symptoms—she is over the for girls who have large bumps on their nose or moon. It’s not 100 percent, but it is significant.” Oftentimes, they their tip is over-projected.” The symptoms women have experienced run a come in with their wide gamut and can include anything from chronic Dr. Sands says many times kids can be especially cruel in middle school—using names like fatigue to rashes to photosensitivity. parents and they “toucan” or “witch”—and it can damage people’s “Some of our patients have gone to many other don’t even speak physicians, interpersonal skills because you think everyone is trying to find the answers to why for themselves— judging you based on your appearance. they’re having the symptoms, and all the tests “I’ve had dozens and dozens of patients in their dad or mom come back negative,” Ann says. their late teens, or 20s, that have always been Performing this procedure can be life-changing has to provide the self-conscious about their nose,” Dr. Sands says. for Dr. Morimoto’s patients. history of what “Oftentimes, they come in with their parents and “It’s been extremely emotional for patients they want, why they don’t even speak for themselves—their dad or to finally find someone who is willing to listen mom has to provide the history of what they want, they’re doing this. to them,” Ann says. “It’s super rewarding for Dr. why they’re doing this.” Morimoto to hear that something she’s done for a After the procedure is a totally different story. patient has improved their life.” “It’s literally a different person,” Dr. Sands says. “They talk, they speak for themselves, they have so much more confidence—even their parents notice it.” Additionally, rhinoplasties can be functional procedures as well—sometimes the surgery is performed because the patient has difficulty breathing. For Dr. Kai Morimoto, one of the most fulfilling procedures she’s been able to perform for her patients is explantation—breast implant removal. People far and wide have come to Dr. Morimoto because their bodies have had negative reactions to their implants. Many find her through Facebook groups “Breast Implant Illness and Healing by Nicole” and “Northwest Breast Implant Illness and Healing Support.” Because breast implant illness is not recognized, many of these patients have dealt with other doctors telling them that they’re wrong. “Dr. Morimoto said that just seeing the relief in a patient’s eyes when she validates the existence of breast implant illness is so



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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.

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The Importance

Rest of



In this column, we’ve talked at length about motivating yourself and moving even on days you might not feel like doing much. But this month, we’re going to talk about rest days. Intentionally choosing to take off days from your regular exercise routine is an essential component of working out. Allowing recovery will benefit your body and workouts more than pushing through soreness or exhaustion.

sweating at all. Other times, a “rest day” might look more active. Taking a long walk with a friend on the Centennial Trail. Going to a restorative yoga class. Even practicing meditation or other mindfulness practices. If your normal routine is intensive, a rest day might still look like “work”, just lower impact or more movement focused. For myself, I cherish the days when I can play a podcast, pick a restaurant or brewery to walk to, meander there, and meet up with a friend or my husband for a drink or lunch. Why should you rest? Allowing your body I’m still moving, but in a very different way When you exercise, you’re causing than I normally do. to adequately micro-tears in your muscles, but when Particularly if your usual workouts are recover from the you rest, those cells can heal themselves, strength or cardio-based, a great option resulting in stronger tissue afterward. If work you’ve done for an active rest day is yoga. Focusing on you do not allow your muscles to heal, it mobility is a superb complement for other will benefit your will take longer for you to see or feel the types of movement and can help both body and workouts flush out your muscles as well as help to results of your hard work. Additionally, muscle soreness can be caused by the more than pushing ensure you’re using your body to its fullest buildup of lactic acid in your muscles. By potential. If you find yourself wanting through soreness or to focus more on a mindfulness practice resting, you allow your body to flush that exhaustion. excess, resulting in less soreness. Not to but can’t seem to find the time, replacing mention your muscles store carbohydrates the time you’d be working out with some as glycogen, which is used as fuel when you mindfulness or meditation might be helpful. exercise. By allowing time for restoration, you’ll have On the opposite end of the spectrum, choosing to do more power for future workouts. another or new type of equally strenuous workout than Your body isn’t a machine. To perform at its peak, it what you usually do is not what a rest day entails. While it requires restoration and healing. You’re far more prone to may be something new, if it’s not restorative to your body, injury when you’re tired or burnt out. Rest days can help it’s still work, not rest. prevent those sprains, torn muscles, and injuries from both mental and physical fatigue. When should you rest? Psychologically, rest is essential in preventing burnout As I said above, bodies are not machines intended to or frustration with your routine. Doing the same function the same way day in and day out. If you’ve had thing every day—or having a demanding rotation of a string of moderate-to-strenuous (for you) workouts, activities—can be taxing on both your body as well especially if you feel yourself fatiguing more quickly or as your mind. By giving yourself rest days, you can being less physically able to complete your workout at your intentionally choose something lighter, more stretchingintended intensity, it might be time for a rest day. focused, or just catch up on your feel-good TV, which Many training programs mandate a certain cadence for can help keep your workout routine feeling fresh or rest days, so if you’re following a training program, follow engaging. what’s recommended. However, if you’re just working out on your own, I recommend listening to your body. Note How should you rest? that I said your body, not your ego or your preconceived First, a “rest day” may mean different things at notions of what you should be doing today. Your body will tell different times. you when it’s tired and needs an off day. Respect that. Some weeks, it may mean simply that: resting, It may take some practice to discern what’s an “I don’t especially after a strenuous week of workouts. Take a nap wanna, but I can” feeling (discussed in previous columns) or curl up with a good book instead of going to the gym. versus an “I can’t and/or shouldn’t” feeling, but I trust you. On those days, respect your body’s needs (even though And there are some days when the couch—or the yoga you might feel like you should be doing something studio! Or the perfect weather for a walk!—just calls to more active). There are few things as pleasant as getting you. Embrace that—there will be other days for pushing through a series of tough workouts, acknowledging how yourself to the max. much work you’ve put in, and rewarding yourself with Your body works hard for you. Give it the rest it a day of loafing on the couch without thinking about deserves. DECEMBER 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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Farmer Finn’s Favorite Aged Eggnog Fresh eggnog is great, but aged eggnog is much more complex and smooth. All of the spices have infused evenly, and the vanilla, caramel, and sweet flavors of the bourbon are more forward and rounder in flavor.




LOCAL CUISINE/recipe Fresh eggnog is great, but aged eggnog is much more complex and smooth. All of the spices have infused evenly, and the vanilla, caramel, and sweet flavors of the bourbon are more forward and rounder in flavor. The first year, we did a double batch so we could have one batch that year and one batch to age for the next year. After the year of aging, it was strong and good—but truth be told, I favored the fresh nog that year. What we didn’t think of was cutting the aged eggnog with the fresh nog—that would have evened it out. Would I age it again for a year? Maybe, but if you don’t have the fridge space, I find the peak age for this is between three and five weeks. You have just enough time to make eggnog around the beginning of December that will be at its peak right before Christmas and will last until New Year, making it the best holiday drink. Now if you’re thinking, “If your husband and mother-in-law made this recipe, who is Farmer Finn?” Well, Finn is our dog and since we locally source our eggs and use raw milk and cream, it’s as farmstead as it can be.


magine coming home after a day of skiing on Mt. Spokane to something cooking in the crockpot—you can tell from smell alone it will warm you to the soul. But first, a quick break in front of the fireplace surrounded with your holiday decorations all over the house, a glass of cold eggnog in your hand, and your serial killer documentary on. Does that not sound like the perfect winter day? Ok, maybe that last bit about murders might just be my thing, but eggnog definitely goes hand in hand with a cozy winter day. But have you ever made your own eggnog? Growing up, eggnog came out of a carton, no questions asked. I had no idea what it took to make eggnog. Once my husband and I got to the point of spending Christmas together, we started making our own traditions for our family. One thing we started doing was making more of our holiday favorite foods from scratch. What else does a couple who met in culinary school do? Once we had our twins, our families were together around the holidays a lot more, with his parents staying with us for most of winter break. That time spent together is the reason why this eggnog recipe exists. Colby and his Mom have spent years tweaking this or that, researching recipe after recipe, and taking elements of this recipe from maybe a celebrity chef, or blog written by someone from England—since that’s a possible birthplace of the drink—or even an old handwritten notecard found in a recipe box my motherin-law picked up at Goodwill. It wasn’t until they started aging it that it changed everything we thought we knew about eggnog.



Is Aged Eggnog safe to drink after three weeks? Or a year? Yes, it is very safe to drink yearold eggnog. In fact, it’s safer to drink than fresh eggnog. There was even a study by Dr. Vincent Fischetti and his colleagues at the Rockefeller Insitute for Medical Research where he purposely infected a recipe of aged eggnog made famous by Dr. Rebecca Lancefeild, a prominent microbiologist, with salmonella. After three weeks of aging, there was no trace of salmonella in the tainted eggnog. But since this recipe is cooked, it is good to drink right away. You also can skip the tempering and just add the alcohol to the raw egg yolks after you whip them with the sugar, but before you add the milk and egg whites if you plan on aging the whole recipe.

Instructions Yield: about 4 quarts

1. In a large saucepot on medium heat, warm the milk, cream, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt to 165 degrees, making sure not to let it come to a boil. 2. In a medium-sized bowl or a stand mixer, add the egg yolks and sugar and whip it until it doubles in size, is light in color, and falls off the whisk in a solid “ribbon”. 3. To properly temper the eggs, add a ladle full of the warmed milk into the whipped egg yolk slowly while at the same time whisking constantly and quickly. This way you raise the temperature of the eggs gradually without the eggs cooking and turning into scrambled eggs. Repeat that two more times before slowly adding the egg mixture into the saucepot with the remaining milk while whisking. Bring the eggnog base to 165 degrees.

Farmer Finn’s Favorite Aged Eggnog

Ingredients 4 cups whole milk, the best you can get 4 cups heavy cream, the best you can get 5 whole cloves 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or to taste) 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (or to taste) 1 teaspoon salt 12 farm fresh eggs, separated 2 cups sugar 2 1/2 cups bourbon 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


Since the eggs were tempered you can drink this right away but it gets better with age. You can also keep the bourbon out of the recipe for a family-friendly version; if you’d like, you can spike per glass with bourbon. If bourbon isn’t your favorite, try a spiced rum, or mix the alcohols: try whiskey or bourbon (1 ½ cups), cognac (½ cup), dark rum (⅓ cup). Great spirits to try in this eggnog are Buffalo Trace, Myers dark rum, Sailor Jerry’s, Benchmark, even Fireball (but adjust the cinnamon in the recipe to balance the cinnamon in the Fireball). Since this makes around four quarts, you can divide it into four quart bottles for great holiday gifts, or a fun gift for the host of a holiday party, with a little extra for yourself, of course.

4. Strain the eggnog base into a large mixing bowl, discarding the cloves and ensuring that if there was an egg that was cooked, it will not be in the base. Place in the fridge and cool completely. 5. Once the eggnog base is cooled completely, add the bourbon and vanilla extract. 6. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks. 7. Fold the whipped egg whites into the eggnog base a third at a time until all the whites are incorporated and the eggnog is smooth and silky. 8. Pour the finished eggnog into sterile glass containers and age for a minimum of three weeks, or up to a year. 9. The older the eggnog, the more concentrated the flavor becomes, so you may want to cut it with fresh milk and garnish with either ground cinnamon, a cinnamon stick, fresh ground nutmeg, whipped cream, or any combination. DECEMBER 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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Fresh from his team victory in Peacock TV’s baking competition, “Snoop and Martha’s Very Tasty Halloween,” Chef Ricky Webster wasted no time getting back to work at his Browne’s Addition bakery and cheese shop, Rind and Wheat, to plan his seasonal offerings for the upcoming holidays. This month, he plans to sell gingerbread house and cookie decorating kits, Christmas cookie boxes, as well as his own take on a Buche de Noel, on top of his regular line-up of breads, cheeses, and pastries. Just one bite of his specialty gingerbread cookie will help you understand why he’s got multiple baking awards from different baking shows under his belt. Since Chef Ricky was gracious enough to give us a sneak peek of his holiday cookies with the gorgeous cookie wreath he created, my friend Lindsay and I decided to go around town and find out what other treats are available this holiday season. DECEMBER 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com



If you are shopping for kitchen and tableware in the Coeur d’Alene area, you can swing by their little cafe for a coffee break. There, you can also find some of the best French pastries in the Inland Northwest. Everything is made in-house, in small batches, but you might be surprised to find incredible macarons, fruit tarts, and petit-fours some days, and if you’re lucky, you can even find French tea cakes with candied fruits and rum-soaked raisins—a fluffier, more buttery counterpart to the holiday fruit cake.


If pies are more your style, you can hop over to Coeur d’Alene and find a variety of hand pies and mini pies at Bean & Pie’s bakeshop, in their shared space with Evans Brothers Coffee, on Sherman and 5th. You can also pre-order their seasonal pies for your holiday celebrations. For this year’s holiday lineup, you can choose between Peppermint White Chocolate, Cran-Raspberry, and Berry Crumb. You can also check out their social media to find out where and when you can pick up pies closer to Spokane.




Ever heard of hot cocoa bombs? Last year, a video went viral on social media that showed a circular sphere made of chocolate filled with hot cocoa powder and marshmallows, “exploding” into a mug while hot milk was poured over it. Rob Heegel, an avid cottage baker who makes sugar cookies and other treats to sell at local shops like Garland Mercantile, saw the opportunity to add something unique to his repertoire, and he set out to make his own version of hot cocoa bombs. He now sells them in packs of four, with flavors ranging from smores, peppermint cocoa, to spiced apple cider. They make great stocking stuffers for children and adults alike.


One of the most heartwarming holiday stories I’ve heard this year is the inspiration for Chef Abou Kourouma’s special treat: Senegalese Thiakry (pronounced cha-kry). Abou came to Spokane as a refugee and took up residency as one of the regulars at Feast World Kitchen, cooking up his country’s French-inspired cuisine. Senegal, in West Africa, is ninety-four percent Muslim, and Abou says that every year on December 25th, the Muslims and Christians get together to share a celebratory meal, where everyone brings food and treats that they make from home. Thiakry, a popular dessert that Senegalese make for big celebrations, is a sweet millet couscous dish made with sweetened condensed milk, yogurt/sour cream, filled with raisins, sweet coconut, cinnamon, and topped with fresh fruit. This month, you can order thiakry from Chef Abou at Feast. DECEMBER 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com



If you love fudge as much as I do, you can be sure to find several places in town that sell delicious fudge. A new (to me) spot is Heavenly Special Teas, at the corner of Division and Indiana. This sweet little tea shop has a cafe in front and a high tearoom in the back. You can buy fudge and other sweet treats made in-house, and in small batches, to either pair with their special tea offerings or to take home to your friends and family. Baker Meegan Ware creates the fudge from a family recipe passed down to her by her late mom, and for the holidays, you can purchase the fudge in gift boxes along with their pies, cookies, scones, and other sweet treats.


Most people spell baklava with a ‘b’, but Feast World Kitchen regular and Skewers Food Truck Owner Mirak Kazanjian can tell you that this festive holiday treat from the Middle East was most likely originated by the ruling class of Armenia, his home country, thousands of years ago, and they called it paklava with a “p”— the second letter of the Armenian alphabet. The Greeks adopted the sweet and replaced the ‘p’ with the second letter of their alphabet, thus the current spelling. Many Mediterranean countries will have their own versions of baklava, with their own versions of its origin story, but it is safe to say that baklava is a big part of a lot of people’s holiday tables. Mirak’s paklava is some of the best I’ve ever had, and you can order them for the holidays at skewerstruck.com.




When you walk the halls of the Davenport Hotel during the first half of December, you will be transported to an enchanting display of gorgeously decorated Christmas trees—part of their annual fundraiser for Spokane Symphony Associates. A holiday visit to the historic hotel won’t be complete without popping by their Home Store to get boxes of their soft peanut brittle, which has been a staple holiday treat for many years, and has always been made in-house, by hand, and pulled the traditional way—on marble slabs. You can even order their famous Peanut Brittle Martini at the Palm Court Grill bar.


What better to pair with hot cocoa on Christmas morning than a warm, soft, decadent cinnamon roll? It’s been a tradition for my family to eat cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, but that usually meant that I had to stay up late at night making the dough and then get up early to bake it. Fortunately, I can just go to Old European on Division and find cinnamon rolls already baked and ready to order in bulk for warming up at home. This Spokane institution is known for their giant rolls (so big, two people can share one) that come with all the fixings—sugar or caramel glaze and pecans.




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JAVA JUNKIE You’ve made your list and checked it twice, and are still wondering what to give an aunt, coworker, or neighbor. Grabbing a Starbucks gift card from the grocery check-out line may be more convenient, but you did that last year, and you want something with a personal touch for the coffee lovers in your life. Here are some ideas:



For the latteobsessed

A battery-operated frother. Trying to make a little latte art at home is fun, and a small frother will fit nicely in a stocking. $10-15.

For the at-home espresso tinkerer

Bialetti Moka Pot. This traditional Italian stove-top espresso maker is easy to use and produces more quantity than a standard espresso shot machine. $30-40

For the coffee smeller

Oxo burr coffee grinder. Opening a bag of coffee and taking deep breaths to inhale the aroma is a sure sign that this person wants freshly ground beans every day. A good grinder is essential. $60 and up.

For the outdoor adventurer

GSI Outdoors is a home-grown Spokane manufacturer of a full line of coffee products for the hiker/backpacker/ camper in your life. The Javapress (French press for the outdoors), and the pourover system are both lightweight and easy to use. GSI products are available at a number of regional outfitters. $25-50 Want a stocking stuffer instead? Many local coffee roasters now sell singleserve instant coffee for an easy way to enjoy a favorite blend on the go.

For the mail carrier, dog groomer, babysitter, and teacher

Gift cards are great—especially when they support a local business that’s fueling our community. Consider one of these regional shops: • Sandpoint/Coeur d’Alene: Evans Bros. Coffee • Cheney: West Plains Coffee Roasters • Spokane Valley & Northside: Ladder Coffee & Toast • Downtown: 1st Avenue Coffee • Kendall Yards: Indaba Coffee • Logan Neighborhood: Arctos Coffee

If you’re able to pick up your purchases in person rather than buying online and worrying about shipping delays, you can find all of the above gifts at stores in Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. May your holiday celebrations bring you joy, and may your coffee cupboard overflow with possibilities.



LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide

diningguide 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. 1898publichouse.com. Chinook crafted by Chef Adam Hegsted. Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel’s signature “upper casual” restaurant had its grand reopening on November 11, with a reimagining of its menu and cocktail offerings thanks to Chef Adam Hegsted. The restaurant still features items diners have grown to love—such as a delicious steak dinner—but has added new items at a lower price point. There is something for everyone to love at Chinook. 37914 S. Nukwalqw St., Worley, ID. (800) 523-2464, MondaySunday 7 a.m.-3 a.m. cdacasino.com.

Downriver Grill. Located in the Audubon Park neighborhood, Downriver is a casual fine dining restaurant focusing on fresh, local, and seasonal modern American cuisine. Both the menu and space are designed to be a welcoming addition for the local neighborhood—a place where you could get a gourmet burger or salad, a fresh pasta, fresh seafood, or a grilled steak any time of the day. 3315 W. Northwest Blvd., (509) 323-1600, Tuesday-Friday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., downrivergrill.com. EPIC Sports Bar. From the nachos and buffalo wings to prime rib dip and epic burgers, EPIC is serving up a full menu of upscale pub fare, craft beers, and cocktails inside Northern Quest. With its thirtyfoot LED HDTV, you can enjoy sports for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, (509) 481-2122, Sunday-Thursday



7 a.m.-12 a.m., Friday-Saturday 7 a.m.-2 a.m., northernquest.com.

Frank’s Diner. Frank’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu, available all day, has all the classics. Among our favorites are the open-face turkey, roast beef and mushroom sandwiches, chicken pot pie, Joe’s Special (the venerable scramble of eggs, ground beef, spinach, onions, and parmesan), and, of course, the don’t-miss-at-breakfast hash browns and silver dollar pancakes. 1516 W. 2nd Ave., (509) 747-8798, 10929 N. Newport Hwy., (509) 465-2464, daily 6 a.m.-8 p.m., franksdiners.com. Gander and Ryegrass. 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 W. Main Ave., (509) 315-4613, daily 12 p.m.–9 p.m., ganderandryegrass.com.

High Tide Lobster Bar. Chef Chad White is all about bringing the flavor, but this time he’s bringing some of that East coast flavor to the West Coast with New England Style Lobster Rolls. Also try clam chowder by the pint or quart. 835 N. Post St., (509) 381-5954, Wednesday-Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., hightidelobsterbar.com.

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., indabacoffee.com.

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

No-Li Brewhouse. Family owned and fully independent, the No-Li team comes to work every day to make great beer in the artisan, hands-on tradition. Beer that does justice to the natural resources around

us. Beer that wins awards and gathers folks together in conversation and celebration. 1003 E. Trent Ave. #170, (509) 242-2739, Sunday-Thursday 12 p.m.-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., nolibrewhouse.com.

Park Lodge. 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., parklodgerestaurant.com. 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., ranchoviejomexican.net. 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°, our wood-fired oven allows us to create each pizza with the utmost care. We source the highest quality ingredients to bring our own twist on Neapolitan influenced cuisine. Wood-fired pizza, craft beer, local wine, hand-crafted cocktails. Republic Pi was truly built for the people. 611 E. 30th Ave., (509) 863-9196, daily 11 a.m.-10 p.m., republicpi.com.

South Hill Grill. South Hill Grill is a laidback 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. DECEMBER 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com



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LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide 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., theflyinggoat.com.

The Onion Taphouse & Grill. It all started in 1978 when they introduced the first gourmet burger in Spokane. Their first menu had more than 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) 4826100, restaurantji.com/wa/spokane/the-onionbar-and-grill-downtown-spokane-/.

Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar. Named after the three prominent peaks outlining the Spokane Tribe’s homeland, Three Peaks is the Spokane Tribe Casino’s premier dining destination. This upscale casual eatery features weekend brunch, as well as lunch and dinner specials all week long. Discover your new favorite Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. every day with amazing patio seating, local and regional wines, as well as $2 drafts with 20 taps to choose from. Visit spokanetribecasino. com for menus, details and to make a reservation. 14300 W. SR-2 Hwy., Airway Heights, (509) 8181547, 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., spokanetribecasino.com/dining. TT’s Brewery & Barbecue. TT’s Brewery & Barbecue is proud to offer the highest quality barbecue and beers brewed onsite. From their family to yours, they put lots of love and careful attention in each item. 4110 S. Bowdish Rd., Spokane Valley, (509) 919-4798, TuesdaySaturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., ttsbrewerybbq.com. 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., vaquerosmexicansv.com.

Zona Blanca. Zona Blanca brings the flavors of coastal Mexico to Spokane. Flavor comes first, and ceviche, entrees, tacos, tostadas, and more await you. 157 S. Howard St., (509) 241-3385, Tuesday-Thursday 4 p.m.-9 p.m., Friday-Saturday 4 p.m.-10 p.m., limefishsalt.com.



CLARKSVILLE/jeff owens

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.

Land of Gratuitous Consumption During the dark early days of Covid, Jeff Owens saw that his Spokane auction business was going, going, gone. Pretty hard to hold auctions, after all, when the bidding public is told to become hermits and stay the hell away from each other. So, Owens hatched a plan. He retired his gavel. Owens and his employees then set about pricing the thousands of random items large and small that would have normally gone on the block. Blessed with an “essential business” designation from the state, he reopened the 17th and Ray store as Owens Consignment Gallery. “The largest consignment store in Spokane,” said Owens, adding that he has “three twentyfoot trucks” rolling in each week with fresh inventory. The day I interviewed him, Owens said he was expecting 400 pieces of Roseville pottery. My sainted mother really loved that stuff. 112


Owens took me to a section of his 14,000-square-foot enterprise to show how he was preparing for the Christmas crush. Oh, come, get a faceful! Arranged before me were hundreds upon hundreds of those elaborate blown-glass ornaments. And nativity sets. Enough to populate a manger subdivision in Bethlehem. Don’t let the clutter put you off. This is no flea market. Think of Owens Consignment as eBay meets Antiques Roadshow meets a swell way to kill an afternoon. Most items are in fine shape, having once been a part of someone’s prized collection. It’s the American Cycle of Life: We live. We accumulate an Everest of stuff. We die. Our heirs call Owens. -The range of ever-changing merchandise can flummox the mind. I’m talking about… Western and Native American art. Furniture. Model ships and airplanes. Keywind wall clocks. China. Tableware. Tools. Advertising. Vases and glassware. I’ve always been a fan of the weird or unexpected. Owens Consignment doesn’t disappoint, as in… Conga drums. Art carved penile bone of a walrus. Fossilized mammoth tusks. Antique diabetes testing kit. Light-up sign promoting Daryl Hannah in “Attack of the 50 Ft. Woman.” (There’s an automatic conversation starter.) “We’ve got everything from screwdrivers to five-carat diamond rings,” said Owens, adding, but “this isn’t a museum. I need to sell stuff.” Did someone say taxidermy? There are enough stuffed critters to make Norman Bates’s momma feel at home. Such as… Mounted moose head. Shiny blue sailfish. Terrifying African wildcat. Be warned. Don’t even think about trying to buy Leo, a stuffed African lion who greets customers in regal repose. According to Owens, Washington has some law against reselling deceased African lions.

Clark’s humor and general-interest commentaries have won scores of local, state and regional honors along with three awards from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists. He can be reached at dougclarksville@gmail.com. But “everybody’s welcome to get their picture taken with him,” he offered. That’s something, I suppose. -This place is a spiderweb. I can’t wander in without being caught up and overcome with the thrill of gratuitous consumption. Take what happened during a recent visit: There I am, innocently eyeballing the stacks and display cases, until I spy this cream-colored western hat that seems vaguely familiar. At this point I’m not too excited. I mean, what are the odds of finding some lone hat that actually fits? As many haters will attest, Clarksville has a plus-sized head, both literally and figuratively. But I check it out anyway because the hat is obviously unworn. No sweat stains. No bullet holes. No funky odors. Why, there’s even a card from the Walla Walla store that sold it. Genuine John B. Stetson “Open Road,” it says. Retails for $200. Then it dawns on me. This is the same trademark lid that President Lyndon Baines Johnson wore back in the Sixties. LBJ was a warmongering coprolite who stole his way into the U.S. Senate via voter fraud. Guy made my skin crawl, but I’ll give him this. Dude knew his hats. So, I put it on. And Gabriel blow your bugle, IT FIT!! Sixty bucks lighter, I exit the Gallery sporting a new chapeau that I don’t need. “That’s an interesting look,” observes my lovely wife Sherry when I walk through the door. I try to convince her the hat’s actually a blessing because it sidetracked me. See, I had my eye on this $600 coin-operated “Weigh Your Fate” machine. Drop in a penny. Stand on the platform. The antique not only reveals your tonnage, but tells your fortune, too. How great is that? Based on her reaction, had I bought the thing my fortune would have been: “You’ll be having your head examined soon.” Don’t judge me. I’m hardly the only fan of this place. Owens Consignment averages 100 customers a day, a fair number of them regulars. Meet one of the diehards, John Chambers. “They have things I don’t have,” he explained. “And I don’t really

know what I need until I see it.” Case in point is a ten-pound, bronze 1950 shooting trophy that, well, spoke to John one day. “It was just cool,” he said, adding that he couldn’t help himself. -Only Spokane old-timers will recall that the Owens building was once home to the Ranch Market. The corner grocery store was a short hike from the modest brick house where I grew up. Little Clarksville would walk there often to buy a maple bar and stare at the cute girl who worked the bakery counter. Can’t go near 17th and Ray without thinking about that and the life-altering incident I had there when I was eight. It was all about a colorful peanut butter display that grabbed my fancy. Buy a jar, read the signage, and take home a free cardboard periscope. That offer struck me as the Deal of the Century. Trouble was, I was tapped out of even maple bar money. And so I masterminded the following scheme. 1. Wait until no one’s looking. 2. Stuff periscope down pants. 3. Head for the hills. Sadly, it never dawned on me how the lengthy periscopic dimensions might interfere with a smooth getaway. I only managed to waddle a step or two before I sensed the looming presence of an adult. Even worse, it was the store manager. Busted. Looking back, I’m stricken with remorse that this man lacked the imagination to utter what could’ve been a rejoinder for the ages. “That a periscope in your britches, boy? Or are you just happy to be shopping at Ranch Market?” He instead hauled me humorlessly into his storeroom office where I removed the pilfered periscope. I’d have forfeited my soul for the guy to dial the cops. Or the FBI. But he did the unthinkable. He called my Old Man who, rest his soul, was more than happy to come retrieve the son who had defiled the family name. Remember that this wasn’t a softie time of travel neck pillows and aromatherapy, like today. This happened in the rough, tough 1950s, when parents believed in Gen. Eisenhower and corporal punishment. So, let’s just say that I learned my lesson. And that Jeff Owens has no need to ever check my trousers for signs of subterfuge. DECEMBER 2021 / BOZZIMEDIA.com














































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