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Dear reader, If I know nothing else, it’s that you shouldn’t bury the lead, so here goes nothing: this is my last issue with Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living magazine. I don’t have the words to express the appreciation I feel for the support I’ve received from this community, and it has truly made being editor-in-chief of this magazine a singular experience. I also have a deep appreciation for all the wonderful contributors who have lent their creative talents, as well as the people within the community who have trusted the magazine to tell their stories. One of the things this magazine does best is celebrate extraordinary people in our community, and we are blessed to live in an area of so many people worth celebrating. Because of this, I am happy to end on an issue that does this so well; April is when we recognize the Women in Business Leadership award winners. I was in the enviable position of speaking with each of these women about their journey, which I found both inspiring and instructive. There is so much to learn from each other’s



experiences; I felt honored to learn from this year’s winners. This issue has something interesting to say about legacies within the profile of Molly Sandhu, the new general manager of Spokane Club, an organization with quite the history. Our past need not dictate our future, but it also shouldn’t be forgotten. In writing this profile, Riley Haun also explored Jim Kershner’s biography of Civil Rights leader Carl Maxey, who was employed by the club as a young adult. In her “Influence Me” column, Erin Peterson gives us an up-close look at one of Spokane’s most beloved citizens, Celeste Shaw. Whether you know her from her pastries, magazines, or vintage wares, chances are you’ve encountered her in one form or another. Her legacy is still being written, but I’m grateful we have someone nearby using her influencing powers for good. The issue also contains the usuals, including original poetry accompanied by art by Megan Perkins, a look at parking

space requirements with Spokane Rising, a gorgeous house story by Sarah Hauge that concentrates on a downtown loft, and so much more. I was particularly touched by Kiantha Duncan’s Soulful Living column, which talked about the relief you feel when something as minor as correctly opening your combination lock in high school can really make a difference. As sad as I am to walk away from the magazine, I do feel that clicking feeling. Just because I won’t be holding this position doesn’t mean I’m disappearing. I’m still going to be living in Spokane, and if you haven’t yet, add me on social media (@meganaweeze on Instagram, Megan Rowe on Facebook). I would love to keep in touch. Sincerely, Megan Louise

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Spokane Club’s First Person of Color General Manager Plans to Write a New Chapter


by Riley Haun icture an exclusive, members-only social club, and you’ll probably envision the exact opposite of modern and relevant—a stodgy old boys’ group with antiquated membership rules that’s remained about the same in every way since its founding roughly a millennium ago.

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FIRST LOOK/molly sandhu

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It’s easy to believe the Spokane Club, housed in a stately mansion at the corner of Monroe many sought employment at the Club in and Riverside, could be one of those institutions that resisted the pull of social change and hopes of gaining access to the rich network progress through the years despite its location in the very heart of the city. of powerful men who regularly dined and The Kirtland Cutter-designed Georgian Revival building that’s been the club’s drank there. headquarters for over a century certainly looks like it’s not of this era, but Molly Sandhu, the “Even though we were humiliated in pay club’s newest general manager, wants Spokane to know the club is striking a balance between and by the snapping of the finger and the legacy and modernity. The Spokane Club, with its members-only command, ‘Boy!’ access to fine dining, state-of-the-art recreation, and exclusive I also had a lot social events, prides itself on being a cut above the rest, but Molly of respect for the On a personal level, Molly thinks wants to show that the Spokane Club is far more than just exclusive members,” Kershner that as a young person of color, while still paying homage to the respected position it’s long quotes Maxey. “The freshly settled in Spokane with his occupied within Spokane. stories they told “I’ve often thought that the club’s founders are certainly turning were fascinating. wife and baby daughter, being the in their graves, for more than one reason, if they know that I’m You could see they face of the institution will show the were the sources of running the place,” Molly says. “I just see myself as very apt when the Club is trying to show it’s a modern, progressive thinking community that the Club is putting power, that they had organization, rather than trying to stick to the parts of its legacy an effect on lives.” its money where its mouth is. which in today’s time are not looked well upon.” Today’s most A recent immigrant from India by way of Australia, Molly is influential the Club’s first general manager to be a person of color. It’s a far Spokanites still cry from the Club of generations past, which explicitly barred non-white members until the come to dine, exercise, and socialize at the 1970s and only relented upon threat of legal action. Even until the 90s, it was rare to see Spokane Club, Molly says, but it’s not the people of color at the Club except behind the bar and waiting tables, according to historian out-of-touch retreat for the wealthy it once Jim Kershner’s biography of pioneering Spokane civil rights lawyer Carl Maxey, who himself was. Since taking on the mantle as general worked as a Club waiter as a teenager in the early 1940s. manager in January, he’s seen the payoff of While the full benefits of membership were far out of reach for non-white Spokanites, a decade of Club efforts to expand its reach 16


to communities it once shut out. One of the biggest challenges in changing how the city thinks about the Spokane Club, Molly thinks, is simply showing that you don’t have to be the multimillionaire scion of an old mining family to join. Yes, a membership is more expensive than joining the average chain gym, but Molly thinks the opportunity to meet neighbors and establish family legacies at the Club is worth its weight in gold. Beyond the in-house restaurant and bar and the gym, pool and tennis facilities, the Club offers social events, sports leagues, and activities for kids and teens, and Molly has noticed an uptick in young professionals looking to join the club for networking and social opportunities as the city emerges from two years of COVID-induced social isolation. Building off that growth, Molly wants to photo courtesy Spokane Club

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find in-roads with communities that aren’t currently wellrepresented in the Club’s membership. That’s where his background—unique among the Club’s previous leaders— will come in handy, Molly thinks. He already has a social media strategy in mind to get the fresh face of the Spokane Club in the minds of city residents, to make the Club feel more approachable and friendly rather than elitist or stuffy. As Spokane attracts new implants and the city grows more diverse, Molly hopes bringing new blood into the Club will make its membership more inclusive and vibrant than ever. And, on a personal level, Molly thinks that as a young person of color, freshly settled in Spokane with his wife and baby daughter, being the face of the institution will show the community that the Club is putting its money where its mouth is. “What I want to achieve is to bring the club to a place which matches its legacy,” Molly says. “We want to go back to the way Spokane Club was from the beginning, the best of the best. You want the best place to play tennis, best conditioning room, best food and beverage, best cocktails, everything should be best. But these days, everyone is welcome to try the best.”

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FIRST LOOK/lilacs & lemons {bad}


{good out of bad}


created by VINCE BOZZI

LILACS to the thriving food scene. That was a tough couple of years, but it is amazing to see so many great businesses survive. Many of us barely scraped by or were/are still hanging on by a thread. Our community has shown us so much support for local independent businesses and I am so proud. It was not that long ago that all we had was chain and corporate restaurants; now you can find independent restaurants in almost every neighborhood showing off what makes the Inland Northwest special. LILACS to relaxing Covid regulations. Again, that was a tough year, especially for caterers, restaurants, event managers, and venues, and I’m glad we can go see concerts again, eat inside, go to weddings, and everything else we do together. It was looking bleak for a while, but I am hopeful we are seeing the light at the end of the Covid tunnel and moving toward something that resembles our new normal and am so thankful for it. LILACS to city developments. I have lived in the Inland Northwest for 92.8% of my life, and to see our city develop with the new things popping up everywhere is exciting. The Podium downtown, re-designed Riverfront Park, a new stadium, great arts scene, great food scene, being able to see bands that are relevant (maybe I’m getting older though)—the developing culture is moving in a great direction and this is a happening place to be. Glad to be here at this time and place, and excited to see what happens next.

by ADAM HEGSTED I am honored to fill in here for our friend and visionary, Vince Bozzi. I love the idea of continuing his column and seeing different points of view. It’s not always easy to put your feelings/thoughts out there for the world and I appreciate those who do.

LEMONS to the supply chain! From lumber to toilet paper (thanks, Covid) to chicken wings. Things have been so inconsistent to purchase, and you never know what’s next. Every order that comes in, we wait to see where there has been a shortfall or if they could find a driver to deliver our products. This has been a frustrating issue for months and don’t think it’s getting resolved right away.

Adam Hegsted grew up and has lived in the Inland Northwest most of his life. He’s worked in the hospitality industry for twentysix years and is the owner of Eat Good Group—which consists of twelve different hospitality companies—and the co-founder of Share Farm.



LEMONS to gas prices continuing to rise. While this happens constantly throughout people’s lifetimes, it’s still a pain in the wallet every time. It also isn’t secluded to our gas tanks either; rising gas prices means higher product prices to get items here. It also means people will be driving and traveling less. That business is really needed right now after coming out of hospitality covi-pocalypse. LEMONS to inflation rates. The world stopped buying things and working during Covid; then, as we have started getting back to our lives, we wanted our stuff again. The demand for products and services is extremely high and people are paying more and more to get them. Contractors of all sorts can add on 25-400% just because the demand for services is so high. While products continue to be shorted and until production levels/supplies get caught up, we’re stuck with this. LEMONADE to higher prices equaling better pay. While no one wants to pay higher prices for anything….ever, while our cost to do business and minimum wage have gone up quicker than any of us have wanted, there are some benefits. Traditionally, hospitality workers have not been paid a living wage, been offered benefits, and have been under the living wage bar for way too long. Hospitality wages have barely gone up in twenty years with only maybe a ten to fifteen percent increase while other jobs have gone up by three percent yearly for a combined total of thirty to forty percent. Our people deserve to earn a career and get paid for the job they are doing.



FIRST LOOK/influence me

influenceme by ERIN PETERSON

Erin Peterson is an award-winning local influencer, podcaster, and digital strategy educator. If you want to learn more about the people making an impact right here in our community every day, give her a follow on Instagram at @spokane.guild or Spokane Guild on Facebook.

Celeste Shaw

There is something truly special about a person capable of seeing the best in others and bringing it out in full. Whether by encouraging them to pursue a dream, reminding them of their worth, or even making them feel honored and appreciated, Celeste Shaw is known for her profound kindness, unabashed honesty, and championing of the arts, small business, and Spokane as a whole. On Sunday mornings, you may see the entire Gonzaga basketball team enjoying brunch at her restaurant with their doting “team mom” giving out hugs and advice that warms the spirit—even for the casual bystander. She effortlessly floats from table to table, and is often spotted behind the counter taking orders, delivering plates, or cleaning up alongside her employees. Leadership means more to Celeste than giving orders. It’s giving of herself to uplift those around her. One of her favorite sayings is, “food is love,” and there isn’t a better description for what Celeste represents. Her devoted following on Instagram of over fifty-eight thousand individuals have a tender admiration for the wise words, beautiful images, and encouraging anecdotes she shares. She’s influential in every sense of the word. Her savvy use of social media has built more than just a following; it’s crafted a true community. From artists to vintage curators to professional chefs—her audience is as diverse as the people who walk through the doors at her Spokane businesses and read her printed work. One of her many projects is curating content as an editor for Where Women Create and Where Women Cook magazines, which are gorgeous, national publications that boast a following of over one hundred thousand total. Filled cover-to-cover with stories about women who’ve made an impact in the creative world, the features surface powerful anecdotes through the exploration of the women’s work—well worth a subscription. Most notably, they don’t contain advertisements. It’s just beautifully curated content that is designed to uplift 22


and inspire with its signature incandescently dazzling imagery. Beyond social media and print, she has crafted a devoted clientele at Chaps Diner and Bakery, where she lovingly recreated the childhood home she remembers before she was tragically orphaned—a place where friends and families can make memories over an expertly prepared meal that feels like it was home cooked by a doting mother. After finding a 1912 farmhouse in Spokane that mimics the house where she grew up, she worked for four years to make it moveable, and then an additional two to prepare it for the public. “It has transcended through time to become a home away from home for so many families,” she says. She is constantly in pursuit of improving the places and lives of those around her, and for that reason, the people she impacts provide her steadfast support—even in moments she least expects it. During the pandemic, her businesses were hit hard. When there seemed to be no end in sight,

she was afraid she would have to close her beloved restaurant. I spoke with her many times about the pain and fear that she felt in having to keep the doors closed, and her steadfast commitment she had as a nurse to keep the community safe. “No one will ever outwork me. I will work as hard as I can until I can’t. I heard the BeeGees song, ‘Stayin’ Alive’ the other day, and I thought, that’s my THEME SONG! You know as a nurse, we do CPR to the beat of that, and it’s kind of the same thing. We’re doing CPR on our businesses and ourselves and hanging in there,” she says. She battled with how to balance the devotion she had to both and came up with the idea of making their famous recipe for baked blueberry oatmeal (from her beloved grandmother) and selling it to meet the basic cost of operation while the restaurant was closed. She didn’t think anyone would come out, especially when so many other businesses were struggling. Not only did people show up, but they sold over 1,100 portions that day and had to buy out all of the oatmeal they could get their hands on in Spokane, sending staff members into town on the back of motorcycles to meet the demand. Cars lined up for miles along the road and on to the highway and lasted for hours upon hours. She stole away for a few minutes at a time to sob in deep gratitude and awe of what was happening—it seemed as if all of Spokane showed up to let her know how loved and admired she was. The moment that it hit her the hardest was when her son, Jordan, beamed with pride and said to someone in line, “That’s my mom.” Celeste says, “You know, it’s your ultimate wish,

that your children would see something in you that’s making a difference.” Now, Jordan is working at the restaurant with the intention of carrying her legacy of community care forward. She also owns the locally beloved Lucky Vintage and her latest addition— Vinegar—also in the historic Vinegar Flats neighborhood. This corner of Spokane is tucked away alongside Latah Creek, and although it’s close to downtown, is not one of the more prominent districts. It was established as a farming community with a vinegar processing business due to the importance of its use in preserving foods in the late 1800s and was given its name due to the strong aroma that emanated from The Keller-Lorenz Vinegar Works. After closing in the late 50s, this charming but neglected area continued its decline. But the vintage lover in Celeste saw a diamond in the rough. This formerly forgotten and derelict neighborhood was given an injection of vibrancy thanks to the addition of these treasured destinations. Located at 1930 S. Inland Empire Way, Vinegar is close to Blue Moon Plants. It features the distinctive, sophisticated home decor that Lucky Vintage is also known for. A touch of rustic, a dash of European flair, and with the heart of sophistication—she helps homes throughout the region and beyond feel even more welcoming. She isn’t done dreaming yet, and Celeste hopes to someday add in a community garden that could serve as a place to gather for her neighbors as well as a teaching opportunity for the children nearby. And, like everything she does, it centers around improving the lives of others. That’s the profound beauty of how she uses the power of influence, both online and in real life. To see what projects Celeste takes on next, don’t forget to follow her on Instagram at @chapsgirl, see the delicious food at @chapsspokane, or get inspiration for home decor at @luckyvintage and @vinegargoods.



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spokanerising by ANTHONY GILL

REFORM PARKING LAWS to reduce housing costs, improve livability

As a planning and development nerd, I occasionally dig into the City of Spokane’s online permitting database for clues on what local developers are planning. Contrary to what you might think, the fully new projects don’t appear very often—most of the permit applications are simple interior renovations of existing properties. When a truly new project shows up in the permitting queue, the features included can provide a fascinating view at the intersection of market demand, requirements to obtain demand, development regulations, and simple ideology. Lately, several new housing development projects have popped onto the permitting database in areas of the city with great transit access—East Central, Garland, and North Monroe. Each of them includes a few dozen housing units and are exactly the type of small-scale urbanism that makes our urban neighborhoods more walkable, vibrant, and economically viable for small businesses. But there’s a problem: they are all required to include at least one parking space per housing unit. This parking takes up valuable space. At each of these proposed developments, the parking stalls take up half of the property—meaning that if parking weren’t included at all, the number of desperately-needed housing units built could be doubled. If we had more housing supply, housing costs wouldn’t be rising as quickly. This parking is expensive. A surface-level parking space can cost about $15,000 per stall, and an underground space can cost as much as $80,000. These costs necessarily increase 24


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.

housing costs and make renting or purchasing a home more expensive. “But people need a place to park,” you might respond. And indeed, many people still need to drive right now, given existing conditions. Our transit system is fantastic, particularly for a city our size, but can’t meet the need for all trips. We don’t have a complete safe bike lane network. And most of our neighborhoods don’t yet provide an adequate level of services for it to be practical to walk or roll. But here’s the thing: if parking is required of developers, they won’t take the necessary risk to prove the market for a more urban living experience and build more units. They’ll be required to pass the cost of parking to buyers and renters. And even worse, the necessary level of density to support more frequent transit service and more walkable neighborhood services won’t develop. So, let’s try something new. Let’s abolish parking requirements for housing, starting in areas near frequent transit and walkable urban districts like Garland, South Perry, and North Monroe. That doesn’t mean all projects would be constructed without parking—it would just give developers a choice. Let’s enact a permit-parking program for on-street parking in these areas, allowing residents to receive a relatively inexpensive permit to park freely on the street. This would also allow the city to improve on-street parking enforcement in residential areas. Let’s allow developers to build more housing units on a property if they pledge to provide transit passes to all their residents instead of parking. And in areas where parking requirements will remain, let’s give developers a choice of providing parking or transit passes. Eliminating parking requirements might make some people uncomfortable. But if we want to transition into a more walkable, livable, and most importantly, affordable city, it’s a step we should take at the earliest opportunity.






Marvelous Moscow, Idaho


by Adriana Janovich

wo seats became available at the end of the bar in the bustling restaurant, and my husband and I gladly took them. It was our first time for dinner at Lodgepole, where the feel was rustic yet refined, the red brick and wood beams were exposed, and we were greeted with the question, “Do you have a reservation?” We hadn’t realized we might need one on a weeknight in Moscow, Idaho. And we were lucky, getting the last two spots without too much of a wait. After a day of exploring this vibrant and charming college town nestled into the rolling hills of the Palouse just over the Washington-Idaho border, we were looking forward to trying one of the region’s best restaurants for casual but elegant dining. And, just like the rest of what we experienced that day, dinner did not disappoint. After splitting a house specialty—the pillowy, scratch-made, seasonal gnocchi—it was a short walk back to our second-floor room at the Monarch Motel, a modern boutique motel, recently renovated and conveniently located in the heart of downtown.

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We didn’t know it that night, but within six months we ended up moving to the area, just over an hour-and-a-half’s drive from Spokane. And just over three years later, Lodgepole’s gnocchi remains one of our favorite local dishes. Of course, now we know to make reservations. We also warn people who visit that they just might end up moving to the Palouse—like we did. Here are ten things to do in Moscow this spring—or almost anytime.









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October is the best time to visit. In midMarch, Elizabeth Chilton, provost and executive vice president of Washington State University and chancellor of WSU Pullman, posted on AllTrails.com that the route was “a little icy and muddy but quiet and lovely.” The nearby East Moscow Mountain, another popular spot for hiking and mountain biking, offers sweeping views of the Palouse. For less of a trek but lovely scenery, including cedars and meadowlands, Idler’s Rest Nature Preserve offers short, approachable, interpretative walks.

1. Make a reservation at Lodgepole. This upscale yet cozy Main Street eatery, popular with visitors and locals alike, spotlights regional and local ingredients in its contemporary, well-plated cuisine. Large windows overlooking a spacious patio let plenty of natural light into the dining room, anchored in back by an open kitchen. Try the seasonally inspired five-course dinner or mains such as pan-roasted chicken or slow-roasted duck. Start with crisp, refreshing Hama Hama oysters, and save room for one of the mouthwatering, rotating desserts, like a chocolate tart with toasted marshmallow, hazelnut, huckleberry, and sea salt. 2. Stop and smell the flowers. Spring-flowering trees and shrubs—crabapple, mock orange, magnolia, cherry, lilac, and more—show off their beautiful blooms at the University of Idaho Arboretum and Botanical Garden, which is divided into four geographical areas: Asia, Europe, Eastern North America, and Western North America. The north parking lot is closest to the spectacular spring-flowering trees. But we often like to park at the south entrance—you’ll see a big red barn—because it’s near the display gardens, full of daylilies, irises, heathers, and ornamental willows. Look, also, for a butterfly garden and xeriscape demonstration garden featuring low water-use landscaping. 3. Take a hike. The Headwaters Trail near Moscow Mountain is popular with mountain bikers, trail-runners, and hikers. The five-mile loop is open year-round, but April through 28


4. Shop ’til you drop. The top-rated Moscow Farmers Market doesn’t open until May, but it’s the place to be in Moscow on Saturday mornings through October. Founded in 1976, it’s the region’s oldest farmers market. It’s also one of the Inland Northwest’s largest—bustling with shoppers, vendors, and live music from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Not only does it offer prime people-watching, but there’s plenty to buy—from seasonal produce such as fresh berries and cherries, sweet peppers, squash and tomatoes to locally grown and raised meats, farm-fresh eggs, plant starts, freshly cut flowers, honey, arts and crafts, and street food. Don’t miss the marinated labneh from Brush Creek Creamery, a market regular, from Deary, Idaho. (If you have the time, make the twenty-four-mile drive east to the Pie Safe Bakery and Kitchen, which shares a building with the creamery. Visitors can watch cheese-making, enjoy pizza or a panini, and take a pie or other pastries to go.) Many Moscow businesses are open during and after the farmers market, so save time for browsing in the pedestrian-friendly downtown core, lined with restaurants, coffee shops, galleries, and boutiques. A few favorites are: BookPeople of Moscow, a charming independent book store; Ampersand Oil and Vinegar Tap

5. Enjoy pizza on the patio. Strings of lights and myriad potted plants add a sense of whimsy to the expansive front patio at downtown Moscow’s Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana, where pies comes with a pizza cutter so you can slice them anyway you want. Consider the Salsiccia—one of my favorites—with pork-fennel sausage, local and seasonal greens, house mozzarella, fennel pollen, tomato sauce, and smoked chili oil.

House, a kitchen and gift shop selling premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars; and the University of Idaho Pritchard Art Gallery and Store, which features rotating contemporary art exhibits and the chance to buy works from local and regional artists.

6. Sit and sip. Colter’s Creek Winery Moscow Tasting Room, with an enclosed but bright and sunny back courtyard with outdoor seating, offers a variety of varietals by the glass or bottle. If you have more time, make the scenic twenty-seven-mile drive to Juliaetta, where the winery has a tasting room with a restaurant featuring small plates, handhelds, housemade ice cream, and mud pie. APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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7. Grab a pint. Hunga Dunga Brewing, located in a renovated Quonset hut, offers a small, upscale menu and interesting beers. Look for Cold Brew Coffee Stout, Citrus Wheat, Sinflower Black Rye IPA, Hopnipotent Hazy IPA and more. Dishes— mushroom tartine, cauliflower dip, smoked pork with polenta and apple mostarda—are elevated. Another option: stock up on bottles and cans at the Pour Company, a tap room and craft beer shoppe that offers a rotating selection of some 200-plus specialty brews. There’s no food menu, but outside eats are welcome.

8. Explore history, culture, and science. Delve into the Appaloosa breed of horses at the Appaloosa Museum and Heritage Center, where exhibits discuss the history of the spotted horse, the breed’s relationship to the Nez Perce people and more. Step back in time at the McConnell Mansion, constructed in the Queen



Anne and Eastlake architectural styles and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Former Idaho governor William J. McConnell built the house in 1886. The Palouse Discovery Science Center offers children science-based interactive activities with traveling exhibits, a nature loop, art studio, and more.





9. Satisfy your sweet tooth. Salted Caramel Brown Butter Cookie is the most popular flavor at Panhandle Cone and Coffee, a modern scoop shop that opened on Main Street in 2019. Look for other creative—often seasonal—combinations such as sweet basil and pine nut praline, toasted coconut and marionberry swirl, buttermilk huckleberry, bourbon and honeycomb, sour cream lime pie, Bailey’s and Nutella, and strawberries and mascarpone. 10. Don’t forget a nightcap. Nectar Restaurant and Wine Bar is the place to go in Moscow for craft cocktails—like the Bonhomie with gin, green Chartreuse, sugar, lime and mint, or the Devil’s Folly with rye, mescal, Averna, Aperol and Saint Germain. There’s a full bar, impressive wine list and upscale eats. The baconwrapped meatloaf is a mainstay. Look, also, for the three-cheese mac-andcheese (parmesan, Gruyère, and Cougar Gold, WSU’s signature canned sharp white cheddar) and house burger with caramelized onions and butter leaf lettuce. Add Cougar Gold for a dollar.



Venues bozzi

perfect for you

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


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

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

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

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



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lilac lit by REBECCA GONSHAK

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.

April is National Poetry Month. As a prose

writer with a mind dulled by reality TV and Facebook, poetry is something I feel but don’t understand, like serotonin flooding my gut or the sight of a blood red full moon. These books of poetry channel concepts as large as fascism and the end of the world, using a medium as humble as a few black words arranged on a mostly empty white page. In the white space, we feel things we cannot fully understand.

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky Question What is a child? A quiet between two bombardments. -Ilya Kaminsky Ilya Kaminsky was born in Odessa, in what is now Ukraine, and came to the US as a Jewish refugee in 1993. When he was four, he became hard of hearing after getting the mumps. Deaf Republic is a minimalist epic in the shape of a poetry collection, telling the story of an unnamed village occupied by a foreign power, where citizens resist by declaring themselves deaf and refusing to acknowledge the soldiers’ orders. Act One follows Sonya and Alphonso, a young married couple expecting a child. War poems are interspersed with love poems. The description of a young boy shot in the street shares proximity with scenes of a tender young couple making love in peacetime. One love poem starts: You step out of the shower, and the entire nation calms— a drop of lemon egg shampoo, you smell like bees, These poems remind me that peace isn’t an abstract ideal. It’s not simply the opposite of war. Peace gives you the chance to live the quiet, beautiful moments of life without fear. To smell your beloved’s hair. To raise a child. To make a home where you feel safe. Act Two follows Momma Galya, the owner of the town puppet theater, who organizes a covert insurgency against the soldiers. Deafness and silence become modes of resistance against fascism. The book begins and ends with poems a typical American reader will relate to, about knowing that a war is happening somewhere else, while living far away and safe. Kaminsky’s poem “We Lived Happily During the War” always



appears on my social media timeline after an atrocity. It begins: We Lived Happily During the War And when they bombed other people’s houses, we protested but not enough, we opposed them but not enough… I think of that poem often. It’s one of the rare poems you remember because you know it’s true. Deaf Republic doesn’t tell you what to do, how to live, how to resist. It simply tells you what some people have done, courage that some people have shown, lives that some people have lived. It has the power to change you, but the change will happen gradually. It will begin with silence.

The Sunflower Cast a Spell to Save Us from the Void by Jackie Wang About a year ago, I took a creative writing workshop where the teacher encouraged us to access our “night mind”: the thoughts and emotions we have while lying in bed at night or when we’re walking home from a bar at two in the morning. What thoughts creep in? For me, it’s fear of death and disaster, memories of past embarrassment, fantasies about people I haven’t seen since college, longing for a god I don’t believe in. In an interview with the LA Review of Books, Jackie Wang is described as a “student of the dream state.” Part of a long tradition of dream-writing that spans from Carl Jung to Kathy Acker, Jackie Wang maps the surreal landscape of her subconscious like an existential Magellan. In “An Inventory of Oneirogenic Herbs and Substances,” she lists the substances that have helped her on her unconscious expedition:

Silene Capensis (African Dream Herb) Calea Zacatechichi (Oaxacan Dream Herb) Mugwort Entada Rheedii Magnesium Syrian Rue 5-HTP Vitamin B6 Melatonin Galantamine + Choline Many of her dreams involve wandering through apocalyptic landscapes, the aftermath of bombings or fascist takeovers or climate catastrophe. And yet the poems are full of shocks of joy. “Ah, but I’m alive!” the dreamer exclaims in a poem about

death. The book is bursting with the humor of dream logic. In one poem, she is running with her friend, the writer Chris Kraus, from a woman who is trying to kill her. “Chris Kraus and I escape on bicycles,” Wang writes. During their escape, they stop to get pizza. The dreamer thinks, “What a good idea, ordering pizza. No prep. Chris is an efficient woman.” They flee to a hotel, where the dreamer is given another pizza. She finds out that the woman who wants to kill her is the girlfriend of her former housemate David. The moral, she decides, is that you can’t trust anyone.



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

To My Friends From Bigfoot

next door, have not been stitched up by you in a long time.

by Tiana Hennings To my friends: There are always people, like us, running to other sides of countries, to do what we daydream in closed eyelids. I left. I know you did too. I needed the feeling of risk and new to boil in my body like a cauldron; I thought leaving the cold could warm me up in ingredients I hadn’t tasted before. It helps. Lately, my position in this world has been hidden in trees, where the pacific northwest morphs me into days with wet fur, a hermit of choice (maybe). A creature that you only catch if you think stomping around is fun:

But although you are not here, I know you are here. I’ve swiped the fish the way you would, without as much nervousness about it. I know you’re wondering why I only show up briefly, where you can’t help but take pictures if you see a blurry glimpse of me. But I keep your photos in my overlarged head of mine. I’ve used the threads in the way you taught me to stitch myself back together in the cave. My growls are pitches you’ve always liked, ones that form words you think are important. I’ve glanced into puddles, in the dark, and saw your teeth shine through. I have made judgements on what to do in rain that have your thoughts as suggestions.

like Bigfoot, I’m trying to get my footing here. I maneuver things and feet so big, my dangly self falls more than it should, but I’m getting by. Like Bigfoot, my mane, my Pantene-infused fur, drenched in product and the sweat of the animal kingdom, flows in the wind. I’ve had time to take care of myself. But sometimes when I stare into the waters, in between my feature on 3am conspiracy theory shows and bush borrowing, I think of you, my friends who aren’t here. When my hands, a large square footage, easy targets for the bites from the coyote

I build bonfires and the flames open like days you said there was opportunity sparking us. You’ve been here this whole time, in the crevices of my being. I couldn’t have made it across the hills without you. I would’ve been caught by the abrasive cameraman if it weren’t for you. To my friends: you’ve always been here. I know poets always talk about the moon, and so this is probably repetitive, but luckily I’m Bigfoot saying this instead: I’ve looked up at the moon on quiet nights, when I’ve felt I was only Sasquatch in the trees, when the city, in the beyond, only had crickets to offer and known you’re right there underneath it with me.

Tiana Hennings is an education professional, poet, and podcaster. She is the co-host for Next Door Villain, a podcast where hosts aim to understand and relate to fictional villains in TV shows and movies. Her work has been published in The Racket Journal and OyeDrum Magazine. She enjoys pop culture, global learning, and being around cats. 38




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Soulful LIVING To Align is Divine

MIDDLE SCHOOL, albeit it very long ago, sticks out in my mind as a particularly tough time. I distinctly remember the awkwardness of walking through the hallways, not quite fitting in with the cool kids, and honestly not really wanting to. As a preteen there was nothing more uncomfortable than the development of acne and an everchanging body. Wherever I was, I remember wishing I wasn’t there. I wanted to hide and fold into myself to bypass those awful wonder years. Looking back, there was constant change in my world. The feeling of being lost was one that I recognized all too well. Similar to then, many of us are searching to find our way now in an ever-changing world. A world in which we are faced with the uncertainties of a looming war, a pandemic, and a new world culture blooming right in front of our eyes. Most days we do our best to find our way. Some days we get it right and on other days we fail miserably. There were not a lot of great moments for me during that time; however, there was one simple reoccurring moment that sticks out for me. A moment in which everything in the world seemed to be in alignment. That moment for me wasn’t in the form of some ground-shaking epiphany. In fact, it came in the form of a barely audible click. Yes, a click. My groundbreaking moment of relief would happen as I fiddled with the old combination lock on my slim middle school locker. I was never able to open my combination lock on the first or second try. However, when I did hear that barely audible click, it was like a signal letting me know the universe had aligned for that one moment just in time for me to get what I needed and get to class on time. That moment was less about the combination lock and more about the feeling of something going right, something aligning in my ever-changing world. All of us are desperately searching for those moments every day—the moments when we know everything will be OK and that we won’t fall apart, no matter how much we are carrying. Divine alignment is a fundamental step in our quest for a soulful existence. Finding moments in our day to celebrate even the small



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wins, the barely audible clicks that give us moments of reprieve to relax and know that all can be well. While we are traveling these awkward moments in time, always look for opportunities to align with the deepest parts of your soul. That is the key to Soulful Living. Soul to Soul, — Kiantha

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.

Vida CONMOVEDORA LA ESCUELA secundaria, aunque fue hace mucho tiempo, sobresale en mi mente como un momento particularmente difícil. Recuerdo claramente la incomodidad de caminar por los pasillos sin encajar con los chicos geniales y, sinceramente, sin querer hacerlo. Como preadolescente, no había nada más incómodo que el desarrollo de acné y un cuerpo en constante cambio. Donde quiera que estuviera, recuerdo desear no estar allí. Quería esconderme y aferrarme a mí mismo para pasar por alto esos terribles años maravillosos. Mirando hacia atrás, había un cambio constante en mi mundo. La sensación de estar perdido fue algo que reconocí muy bien. Similar a entonces, muchos de nosotros estamos buscando encontrar nuestro camino ahora en un mundo en constante cambio. Un mundo en el que nos enfrentamos a las incertidumbres de una guerra inminente, una pandemia y una nueva cultura mundial que florece ante nuestros ojos. La mayoría de los días hacemos nuestro mejor esfuerzo para encontrar nuestro camino y algunos días lo hacemos bien y otros fallamos miserablemente. No hubo muchos grandes momentos para mí durante ese tiempo, sin embargo, hubo un simple momento recurrente que me llamó la atención. Un momento en el que todo en el mundo parecía estar alineado. Ese momento para mí no fue en forma de una epifanía que sacudió el suelo, de hecho, llegó en forma de un clic apenas audible. Sí, un clic. Mi innovador momento de alivio ocurriría

mientras jugueteaba con la vieja cerradura de combinación en mi delgado casillero de la escuela secundaria. Nunca pude abrir mi candado de combinación en el primer o segundo intento, sin embargo, cuando escuché ese clic apenas audible, fue como una señal que me hizo saber que el universo se había alineado para ese momento justo a tiempo para que yo obtuviera lo que quería. Necesitaba y llegar a clase a tiempo. Ese momento fue menos sobre la combinación de la cerradura y más sobre la sensación de que algo iba bien, algo que se alineaba en mi mundo en constante cambio. Todos nosotros buscamos desesperadamente esos momentos todos los días, el momento en que sabemos que todo estará bien y que no nos estamos desmoronando sin importar cuánto estemos cargando. La alineación divina es un paso fundamental en nuestra búsqueda de una existencia con alma. Encontrar momentos en nuestro día para celebrar incluso las pequeñas victorias, los clics apenas audibles que nos brindan momentos de alivio para relajarnos y saber que todo puede estar bien. Mientras nosotros viajamos en estos momentos de tiempo incómodos; siempre busque las oportunidades de alinearse con las partes más profundas de su alma; como si esa fuera la llave que te permitiera vivir al máximo de lo que te permite tu alma. Alma a Alma, — Kiantha








THROUGH AUGUST 2022: Awakenings: Traditional Canoes and Call the Salmon Home 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. THROUGH MAY 2022: Golden Harvest: Flour Sacks From the Permanent Collection The MAC’s collection of cloth flour sacks offers a unique window into the early development of Eastern Washington’s wheat industry, which today contributes billions of dollars to the state’s economy. The sacks are also a tangible reminder of the mills that played a critical role in Spokane’s early growth. These graphically striking cloth sacks date primarily from the first half of the 20th century and most are in pristine condition. Several vintage objects made from recycled flour sacks, including a rare dress from the 1880s, will also be on display, as well as art and images from the MAC’s permanent collection. Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. First Ave. northwestmuseum.org.




APRIL 1: First Friday First Friday is designed to showcase the downtown art and retail scene. Downtown retailers and restaurants feature artists, musicians, specialty food and beverage as a special promotion on the first Friday of each month.


APRIL 12-13: Shen Yun Performing Arts Shen Yun invites you to travel back to the magical world of ancient China. Experience a lost culture through the incredible art of classical Chinese dance, and see legends come to life. Shen Yun makes this possible by pushing the boundaries of the performing arts, with a unique blend of stunning costuming, high-tech backdrops, and an orchestra like no other. Be prepared for a theatrical experience that will take your breath away. First Interstate Center for the Arts. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. firstinterstatecenter.org. APRIL 22: An Evening of Queer Poetry featuring Chen Chen As part of Get Lit!, the annual literary festival hosted by Eastern Washington University’s Creative Writing MFA program, three highly talented poets—Chen Chen, Tobias Wray, and Rajiv Mohabir—will read from their collections and discuss the state of queer poetry today, showing how they fit within this ever-growing poetic landscape. These three poets all write with themes of masculinity, family, identity, and queerness using their distinct personal experiences to craft poignant poems that leave a lasting

MAY 1:

Lilac Bloomsday Run 2022 Bloomsday will return to the streets of Spokane in 2022 for the traditional in-person race. Finishers of the in-person race will earn the super-secret Bloomsday 2022 finisher shirt! For those who prefer remote participation, registrants can choose the Virtual Bloomsday option instead of the in-person race. Virtual Bloomsday participants will complete their own 7.46-mile trek on any course they choose from any location around the world. Finishers of the virtual race will receive their Virtual Bloomsday finisher shirt (also super-secret!) by mail. bloomsdayrun.org.



impact on their readers. You will not want to miss this evening of poetry! Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. 2316 W. 1st Ave. getlitfestival2022.sched.com. APRIL 23: An Evening with Brandon Hobson and Lesley Nneka Arimah Lit!, the annual literary festival hosted by Eastern Washington University’s Creative Writing MFA program, presents the highlyacclaimed fiction writers Lesley Nneka Arimah and Brandon Hobson. Arimah’s stories have been honored with a National Magazine Award, a Commonwealth Short Story Prize and an O. Henry Award. Her debut collection What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky won multiple awards and earned her a spot on the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35. Hobson is the author of The Removed, as well as the novel Where the Dead Sit Talking, which was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, winner of the Reading the West Award, and longlisted for the Dublin International Literary Award. The authors will be reading their work and engaging in conversation with Spokane writer Alexis M. Smith. Bing Crosby Theater. 901 W. Sprague Ave. getlitfestival2022.sched.com. May 7-8: Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert brings the force to Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Watch the first-ever Star Wars film with John Williams’ Academy Award-winning score played live by the Spokane Symphony. This is Star Wars as you’ve never seen (or heard) it! Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org.


APRIL 9: Maria Schneider with Whitworth Jazz Ensemble Seven-time Grammy-winning composer, conductor, and band leader Maria Schneider performs with the award-winning Whitworth University Jazz Ensemble directed by Dan Keberle. They’ll perform Schneider’s latest music for jazz ensemble, conducted by Ms. Schneider. Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. 1001 W. Sprague Ave. foxtheaterspokane.org. APRIL 29: MultiCare Heart Strings Concert MultiCare Inland Northwest Foundation’s annual benefit concert, Heart Strings, will return on April 29 at 8pm at the Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox. Musicians performing at the live, in-person event will include Joe Nichols, Cam, Andy Griggs, and Frank Ray. The concert, which will be hosted by Grammy award-winner Bryan White, will raise funds to support MultiCare Deaconess Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In 2021, 336 babies were admitted to the unit. Tickets start at $30 and can be purchased by visiting multicareheartstrings.org.


APRIL 3: Hauser Lake 5K/10K Icebreaker Run 2022 Always a favorite, this annual 5k/10k Run around beautiful Hauser Lake welcomes walkers and dogs as well, as long as you start at the back of the pack. Same day registration begins at 8:00 a.m., race starts at 10 a.m. sharp. This fast course is one of

the most gorgeous you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing and benefits Double J Dog Ranch, a 501c3 sanctuary and rescue for dogs with special needs. The 10k course is a Bloomsday Second Seed Qualifier and USA Track & Field Certified. Medal ceremony at 11:30 a.m. in the park and there are finisher medals for everyone. facebook.com/ hauserlake10kicebreakerrun. APRIL 10: The Split Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k 2022 On its tenth anniversary, the race will return to Riverfront Park due to a construction project in Kendall Yards. Race is hosted by Negative Split. Running a “negative split” means to run the second half of a race faster than the first half. At Negative Split, they believe in finishing your race strong. nsplit.com.

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16th Annual Kitchen Spring Tea Fundraiser Women & Children’s Free Restaurant & Community Kitchen is holding its 16th annual Spring Tea Fundraiser. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be virtual as a safety precaution. Prepare for a fun day of bidding on an assortment of valuable packages. If you would like to be included in event communication, contact Bonni K. Cockburn, Director of Philanthropy & Finance, at philanthropy@wcfrspokane or (509) 324-1995, ext. 303 to join the mailing list. wcfrspokane.org.

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by Megan Rowe



y far, the most difficult aspect of this issue was condensing the conversations with these eleven women into something that could fit within the pages of this magazine. When we see a woman who is in a position of power, she can serve as an excellent role model, but the path of how she got to where she is often remains a mystery. We don’t see the hard work, the multiple jobs, the self-doubt, and paths that turned out to be dead ends. But even dead ends are formative when you allow them to become learning experiences. I found it important to understand all the twists and turns it took for these women to get to the point in their careers where they received this award— because these paths weren’t always smooth sailing, and many of these women didn’t have a model for what they were trying to do. Of course, no two women’s paths are the same, but, in some

ways, that’s the point. There is no one path to success, just as there is no one definition of success. This becomes all too apparent when each woman answers the question about what her greatest success has been. Success ought to be as individual as the journey itself. Of course, many started their career with a very traditional idea of success—a high paying job in a high position of power—and while many of them have achieved that, they have since found greater importance in other aspects of their work: who they’ve helped, what they’ve done for their community, who they’ve mentored and watched grow. Within these pages, the women also share advice, lessons learned, and so much hope for the next generation. I hope you’re able to glean hard-earned wisdom from their words and join me in congratulating the 2022 Women in Business Leadership Award winners. APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


Angela Barnes

President/Co-Founder for Kvinna Breast Care + Imaging Work Experience Angela spent the early part of her career working in art and design as well as women’s ministry, doing leadership training and mentoring. “About as far from the medical profession as you could legitimately get.” Angela created Kvinna because her best friend, Natalie, found a lump in her breast shortly after receiving a mammogram. The lump ended up being cancer, missed because Natalie has dense breast tissue which makes it difficult for a mammogram to pick up potential irregularities. This sent Angela into a frenzy to find equipment that would detect with dense breast tissue, and she found SonoCiné Automated Whole Breast Ultrasound imaging system, which uses ultrasound technology to detect cancer. At the time, she had to journey to Southern California, the closest spot to have the machine. She believed that women in this area should have access to this technology, and with that, she decided to open Kvinna. What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “I went to business school, and so I always had a dream of owning my own business, and have dabbled in business in different capacities and my husband and I own a couple other businesses. So, I think I would have thought for sure I was going to own a business of some sort, but I think I would have thought it would be in the design or products field—I think I would have thought I would have developed a product or like fashion or design. So, I think the part that would be surprising to my younger self is that I ended up in some level in a medical capacity.” “I think my younger self would be proud of me, because this was outside of my comfort zone—I was stepping into a space where I was drinking from a firehose, to be honest. I didn’t know what an ICD-10 code was, and I’ve had to surround myself and humble myself and just say, ‘I’m the person putting all the pieces together, I have a vision of bringing this product and service into the market.”



What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? “I think we’ve been extremely successful at creating a very different kind of experience for women to take care of themselves. I wanted it to feel so different than walking into a sterile, cold, scary environment. I would say seventy-five percent of women come in tense and nervous. So, I feel very proud that we’ve taken something that for a lot of people feels very scary and we’ve created the kind of team that see the women. They’re not just a name, they take the time to chat with them. If they notice they’re nervous, they love on them and defuse those nerves to the best of their ability and educate them. So, I feel like that is one thing I’m super proud of is that we’ve actually been able to accomplish that.” “The biggest challenge has just been like anything—you don’t know what you don’t know until you’re doing it…. I kicked up a little bit of a hornet’s nest in our medical community because I was a little naive; I didn’t know that there were rules I supposed to be playing by. I was forcing a standard of care change in our community that had been ignored for a long time, and the medical community is extremely territorial.” Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “My husband is like my biggest go to person. He’s just a brilliant, wise person. And he’s been in business for many, many, many years.” “I’m really surrounded by some pretty amazing women in business in our town. A lot of my friends are entrepreneurs. I can pick up the phone and call at least five different people, and they’re all just so gifted in their area.” What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? “For any woman who wants to make a difference and to care for someone, I don’t know of another industry that’s better for that. I think especially we’ve seen that with COVID and how important the medical community is to really make someone feel valued and cared for and not just a number.”

Jennifer Thomas

Public Relations & Government Affairs Director for Spokane Home Builders Association Work Experience Jennifer’s dad was in the Air Force, and because of this, her family moved to Spokane when she was thirteen. She remembers selling Girl Scout cookies to go to summer camp. “It wasn’t about selling cookies, but it was about giving people something that brought them joy.” When she was in high school, her parents divorced. She graduated from high school wanting to be a doctor, but her mom needed help, so she got a job at Spokane County Title. She then attended Grand Canyon University, where she met photo by Ari Nordhagen a student who was from Uganda. She decided to take a three-week trip there between her second and third year at school. When she returned, she started working on a fundraiser for a nonprofit which sparked her love of helping nonprofits. One of the families who was in Uganda with her said they were moving there full-time to start a computer college and asked if she wanted to join—she said yes. She was able to set up a library, work at an orphanage, lead medical teams, and teach keyboarding and leadership classes. After she returned to the US, she married and worked in mortgage. They moved to Spokane where her family was and opened a branch office. The market crashed and they lost both the brokerage and their home. After that, she went to work in a call center. Shortly after starting the job, her marriage ended. She went back to school and started waitressing at Bangkok Thai and was able to buy her house. She then got a job helping to fundraise for Bill Bryant’s campaign for governor and from there began working for Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She then went to work for a design firm as a project manager. One of the clients was The Jonah Project, and when she left the design firm, she approached the Jonah Project about doing development work. While doing work for them, she decided to start her own consulting company and ran for school board. Though she did not win, she was happy that she saw a problem and wanted to fix it and did something about it. She then started doing consulting work with Quinn Agency. Spokane

Home Builders Association was one of her clients, and they had an opening. She already knew that she liked the organization from working with them, and she went for the position in membership. What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “I always wanted to do something that had an impact… I thought doctor because I wanted to help people who were sick…I had a friend in high school who had cancer, so she was part of that.” “I think younger me would be like, ‘Oh, we decided to do what again?’ I would also be proud. I think younger me would be having a real conversation about ‘How did you get there?’ and ‘Why did you do that?’ and want to debate it a little bit but wouldn’t be disappointed in where I am now.” What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? “My kids are the hardest thing I will ever do, I’m sure of it. And I’ve done a lot of things; I love impossible situations and trying to solve them. My kids are my creme de la crème. I will feel like a success if they get to use my life as a steppingstone and go further than I do.” Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “My sister reminds me to be the best version of myself. I learned how to serve the community by watching my mom; she gave her life away loving people. Shortly after she was diagnosed with cancer, I gave her a plaque that said, ‘All that I am or ever hope to be I owe to my mom.’” What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? “Not from a place of selfish motive or ‘look out for yourself because no one else is going to’—not that—but it’s OK to hold space for you. It’s OK to shine, don’t let your wings be clipped.” APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


Jennyfer Mesa

Executive Director/Founder of Latinos en Spokane Work Experience Jennyfer started work at 11, nannying, selling roses outside bars in Florida, and cleaning homes. “I know to many it’s viewed like, ‘Oh, you poor thing, you had to work.’ I wanted to help get my family get to the next level and I took a lot of pride in [it].” She left the US without finishing high school and went to visit her dad in Mexico. She was hired by HSBC International within elite banking, as an assistant to an executive director. Through that job, she realized she didn’t like banking and photo by Melissa Stipek wanted to work in sustainability and shifted to becoming a commodities broker. When she returned to the US, she got her GED and undergraduate degree, studying urban planning. “I was able to look at the larger picture of how we can work combined with our environment, our build environments, and also our community. There are these different layers that really have to work in sync in order to have a thriving community.” What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “When I was younger, I didn’t have the ability to see past what I hadn’t seen within my family. I thought I would be a business owner because college just wasn’t accessible or attainable to me or my brother just in the examples that I had in my life.” “I know my inner child is proud of me right now. But the younger version, I don’t think we ever imagined that we would be doing such impactful work. I’m not a CEO, but I do feel like I am doing a lot of impactful work in the community, for my community.” What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? In my work right now in community development, cultural development, and Latino activism, it has really been to create visibility of our community here and create cultural landscapes here in Spokane. That was always my dream. I see this city that is not representative of our community, but also of other communities, and how can we have more cultural landscape? We 50


really want to spice it up, because there’s a lot of benefit to bringing in different foods, different perspectives, highlighting different cultures. I think we’re just getting started.” “I think the biggest challenge is the trust building that we need to do in our community. And that is trust building within ourselves, and with other groups and other organizations and within our own cities to really recognize that we are a large population here, and we have been underserved. And right now, we need to support each other, especially right now with the pandemic. Within the last two years, a lot of us don’t have access to health insurance. We’re the ones that are living in group living, and we just have a lot of high numbers, and that’s within our community. So, the challenge is getting city officials, our local politicians, and community organizations that serve a community to really look at what our community is going through.” Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “I look up to my mom because she’s instilled in me this really strong work ethic to continue working forward no matter what obstacles we faced. She’s just always taught me how to be grateful for what we have, and to always look back at others, our families that aren’t where we are.” “I look to other women for leadership. I have my team of friends that I constantly check in with, like, ‘Hey, girl, how am I doing here?’ I think my secret sauce has just been always surrounding myself with strong women.” What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? Believe in yourself, because I think as women of color, as women immigrants, we’re constantly told that we’re not prepared. We’re not professional. We don’t have the exact background. And I just want to say to anybody who’s coming into this field of work, whether it’s business, whether it’s nonprofit management, is just don’t believe the hype and believe in yourself.”

Yvonne A.K. Johnson

Executive Artistic Director at Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center

Work Experience Yvonne grew up in the Midwest and started theater in grade school. In high school, she was able to direct in her high school’s black box theater. She attended Carthage College where she majored in speech communications and theater. She was able to study abroad in London for a winter session. After graduation, she directed community theater in Milwaukee while also writing for a newspaper. For a time, she was an aquatics director while maintaining her position with community theater. Then, she attended graduate school at the University of Essex and received a Master’s in Contemporary Theatre Practice and worked with Cassiopeia Theatre Company. She returned to Milwaukee and was hired to work for Milwaukee Irish Art. She then attended Minnesota State University to get her MFA in directing. From there, she took the role as company director and producer for Climb Theater in Minnesota while also developing her own shows. Yvonne then became artistic director for the Spokane Civic Theatre and held that position until 2013 when she was unexpectedly fired. Yvonne says it wouldn’t have happened if she were a man. “For years, I struggled with that, why did they treat me this way? But I know why, and because of that, it’s given me the strength to go forward and answer the call to come back.” After living in New York running a theatrical management company, she received photo by Ari Nordhagen requests from community members and returned to Spokane Valley to start the Spokane Valley Summer Theatre, a project which has now morphed into the Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center. “I am very blessed and fortunate to have the best team imaginable and to see them continue to grow. Besides our team, you have the whole village. It takes a village to support the arts. I’m hoping that those who have the capacity to give will give generously to help us reach our goal.” What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “I thought I would be an attorney. I didn’t even know there were positions like this artistic director, executive director of a theater. I’m from Milwaukee; there’s only so much that you knew in the

70s and 80s. I love political science and I love the law. I do believe that truth always prevails in the end, and certainly through my own triumphs and tribulations, that was the case.” “Younger Yvonne would say you should have just gone for it right away and not hesitated. But you have to take each of those individual steps and climb that ladder in order to get to the next stage of your career, and I have no regrets.” What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? “My greatest success and joy is in the work that I’ve done in mentoring hundreds and thousands of youth and adults to help them to pursue their dreams. I hope, if people think about my legacy when I’m no longer here, I’d want them to think look at all the children, the young adults, and she helped to guide all of them.” “The greatest challenge that I’ve had has been being an arts leader and executive artistic director as a woman—being in leadership as a woman and constantly breaking the next glass ceiling.” Who do you look to for advice or guidance? Yvonne’s mom went to seminary school right as it was opening to women. She was in a position where she was a co-pastor in a church, and even though she was more qualified with more experience and education, they gave the senior pastor position to the male. The church ended up dividing and the parishioners who went with her mom started renting space for services until they started a capital campaign to build their church. “My mother is such an inspiration. Nothing was handed to her. It was a climb every single step.” What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? “My hope for them is that by those of us who have gone before them, that hopefully the path perhaps is a little easier for them, but they will need to continue to work ten times as hard and ten times as fast.”



Susan Joseph Nielsen Small Business Program Manager, Eastern Washington for Washington State Department of Commerce Work Experience Her first job out of graduating from WSU’s Edward R. Murrow College of Communications was an internship with CNN’s Washington D.C. bureau. From there, she was offered a job in Chicago at the WBBM CBS news station but turned it down because her then-boyfriend now-husband was in Spokane, and they didn’t want a photo by Ari Nordhagen long-distance relationship. She got a job with KREM working in their feature news department. She then took a job as an advertising executive and worked with a couple different agencies, including LG Corporation. From there, she went to work for Educational Service District 101 as publications and marketing coordinator. Following that position, she went to work for Goodale & Barbieri Company as their advertising, marketing, and media buyer. She then took a contract position in corporate communications with Avista, and almost immediately had to deal with a firestorm. She was the person who managed the name change from Washington Water Power to Avista, right before leaving to become a consultant in branding, naming and reputation management. In 2006, she took a position with Rockwood Clinics as a public relations and marketing administrator, where she also helped them change their name. From there, she took the position of Vice President of Communications and Marketing with the Girl Scouts. She then took a job to create a regional College Success Foundation. After five years in that role, she took her current position with the Department of Commerce.



What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “I actually imagined myself staying in television news for my career. And I think I would be a very different person if I had done that, because it would have required me to move all over the United States.” “I would not have imagined myself having a job that was as diverse as so many of my jobs have been, because I couldn’t see myself outside of television news, which is pretty singularly focused.” What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? “I’m going to have to go back to the merger work and the name change work [with Avista], just because it was such big work. And I was really proud of how it all came together.” Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “People who are smarter than me and who have perspective. I’m a person of faith, so the first thing I do is pray for clear thought. My husband’s a great partner and so I seek input from him, and my dad, and my mother-in-law. I used to tap into my mom’s knowledge a lot because she was so creative. My mother was incredibly creative.” What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? “If you get a job offer, go to work, but volunteer. This is the time you have the most capacity in your career is when you’re young in your career. When you volunteer, you come in contact with other businesspeople who you would never meet otherwise. You learn about something that’s important to your community and hopefully important to you, and it gives you a perspective that has likely nothing to do with your job.”

Jaunessa Walsh

Co-founder/Co-owner of Farmgirlfit; Adjunct professor at Gonzaga University

Work Experience Jaunessa graduated from Gonzaga University with a degree in accounting and immediately went into GU’s MBA program. She then started in the education field, working in the HR office for Community Colleges of Spokane. She was mentored by the woman who was the CFO at the time, and got her a connection for a job with a state organization called Education Service District 101. The agency provides business management services for school districts. Fitness and exercise had always been a hobby she enjoyed. She played intramural sports throughout college and was looking for an exercise that was team oriented. Jaunessa had a friend from Gonzaga who had majored in exercise science, and they started doing Crossfit with their husbands. They loved the team aspects of it, and serious weightlifting was a new and fun challenge. They realized there really wasn’t anything like Crossfit that specifically catered to women, and that was the spark that started Farmgirlfit. What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “I saw myself being what I envisioned a successful businesswoman to be. I thought maybe doctor, and then I remember in high school taking biology and we had to dissect an earthworm and I was like, ‘That’s probably not the path for me.’” “I’ve always valued hard work. I wanted to be somebody that other people looked up to and respected, to be well regarded. I think that younger me would be proud of where I am right now. It maybe is a different career path. I wear leggings instead of pencil skirts and high heels or whatever we thought a businesswoman should wear thirty years ago. But I think that by and large, I’m the person I hoped I would be, and probably even more so.”

What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? “I’m constantly in awe of the community that is Farmgirlfit. I’m hesitant to call that my greatest success because I don’t think that I necessarily drove that or that it was something I created, but I certainly had a role in it. It’s the one aspect of the community just generally that I’m constantly surprised at how inspiring it is, how passionate people are; the care that they have for others is inspirational and encouraging and generally positive, but not fake or forced.” “I enjoy working hard. I want to be successful, kind of in the way that society defines success: Is this business profitable? How long has it been in business? How many locations do you have? Things like that. For me, it’s hard to kind of reevaluate what success looks like and that those markers aren’t necessarily the keys to success or indicative of success.”

photo by Ari Nordhagen

Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “I’ve had a lot of professional women in my life that I’ve looked up to who have balanced work and family who I really admire. I’m not very good about seeking mentors, and I think being in an entrepreneurial role, that’s been really difficult. COVID opened up new opportunities to seek mentors or to form relationships with other business owners, because everybody was getting hit so bad that it was like, ‘How can we help each other?’”

What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? “I think the fitness industry is primed for growth. I think that there’s a lot of opportunity here for women specifically.… Be true to who you are and your ‘why’: why are you getting into this business? What is your deep-rooted passion for it? Be true to that.” APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


Jessica Winfrey-Atkinson CEO for Sweet Frostings Blissful Bakeshop Work Experience Jess was exposed to the baking world at a young age because her mom, Sally Winfrey, was a bakery merchandiser. When in high school, she traveled regionally with her mom in summer, training bakers for ADM. Around that time, her mom’s friend Judy Rozier Beebe was considering starting a cupcake business and asked for help. Sally agreed to help, and Jess helped sell the cupcakes at the launch of the brand at the Funky Junk show. They sold out of the three hundred cupcakes they brought and went back the photo by Ari Nordhagen next day to sell more. It became obvious that they could make this work, and so Sally invested in the business. While Jess worked for Sweet Frostings throughout high school, she did go off on her own and work for local restaurants for a time. It came up that Judy would need an assistant, and Jess naturally stepped into the role. She helped with ordering, marketing, and office work, but didn’t have an official title. After a couple years, Jess moved into management, and when Judy stepped away from the business, Jess officially stepped into the leadership position. What did you want to when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “I had probably two visions of what I would do as an adult, and that was being a famous actress or running business or businesses plural. And my goal when I was fifteen was to own a business by the time I was twenty-one. I did help manage this business by the time I was twenty-one, so I feel like I met my goal.” What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? “Marrying my husband in 2020 was one of the biggest things for me. He’s my biggest supporter, my very best friend. There’s no 54


one like him and I love him very much and he helps me with everything. He runs a business too, so he gets it.” “My biggest success with Sweet Frostings would be not only surviving the pandemic, but absolutely thriving through and outside of it. I say that we got there through sheer willpower of working hard and not letting anybody tell us we can’t do it. Essentially, we stayed open.” “We came out with a stronger team, a better idea of how and where we want to go as a company, and better culture, values as a team. That was probably my biggest challenge and achievement, because that was a learning experience in so many aspects.” Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “My business coach is who I seek guidance from, but my mom is who I look up to. She didn’t come from any sort of wealth. It’s not like, ‘We just had money lying around and we just decided to open up a cupcake shop. She cashed in her retirement to start a business that she had no idea was going to fail or succeed. And she had thirty years of experience seeing other people fail. She taught me how working hard is the only way you get your dreams or you get what you want.” What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? “The food industry in general has gone through so much and is constantly changing, and I think is a very good outlet for people who are creative. I would say if you’re creative, if you like to work hard, and you have a passion for food, I think the food industry is a great spot for you. If you’re an artist who loves creating, molding, one of the sweetest mediums is cake.”

Sarah Carlson

Founder/Private Wealth Advisor at Fulcrum Financial Group Work Experience Sarah initially attended Yale University pre-med but took a class by Robert Shiller—a well-known economist—and switched her emphasis. She’s a rower, and out of college she moved to Seattle to row for the national team. Starting out as an analyst in the financial field, she was the only woman on the squad who also worked full-time. She realized she didn’t want to be an analyst, so she joined MassMutual and went through their training program and distribution system with them. She was a career agent with them photo by Ari Nordhagen for a period of time. While on one of their trips, she was the victim of a hit-and-run where she nearly lost her life. She didn’t receive the support she needed from the organization, and knew she had to make a change. This led her to starting Fulcrum Financial Group twenty-four years ago. What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “I wanted to be an obstetrician/gynecologist. As a young girl, I just thought women and other girls would need help being comfortable, and I adored babies. I just wanted to deliver babies—I thought for sure I was going to do that.” “I had always been a straight-A student, and freshman year at Yale, there was a biology class that I worked so hard to get a C. There were so many incredibly talented, brilliant people there, and I realized I wasn’t the big fish in the pond anymore. I was really humbled. At that point, I realized that I could work really hard, or I could go more toward my natural abilities.” What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? My biggest success has been my children. I have four children, two sets of twins—three boys and a girl. They’re young adults,

two still in college, two just graduated. My ex-husband and I had seven years of infertility and navigating that and being successful at having them—they are my biggest joy.” “[My biggest challenge] was my divorce to my ex-husband. It made me sad, but we were no longer helping each other on our paths, so we had to break up. I think the way we broke up was harmful to our kids and that would be my biggest regret.” Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “I remember I had a volleyball coach who when I was a little girl she looked at me, she said, ‘Sarah, you have what it takes; if you want, you can become President of the United States.’ I feel really blessed that I’ve had coaches who have seen the best in me.” “My mother has always been a safe place for me to fall and just to help navigate.” “In the industry, I continue to develop relationships with women who can coach and offer advice in the independent system. I love going to conferences because it can get isolating here in Spokane because there aren’t many women my age who have built a business, and the higher up you go in an organization, the more isolating it is. What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? I think it’s important in my field and in other fields that women realize it’s a marathon, not a sprint. You show up, day in and day out. It’s the little steps that can help you navigate, and life is always going to happen. I do believe you can be a doting mother and run a big company—you can have life on your terms—it does mean you have to take steps to navigate that and understand when to assert your power and when to maybe not. I think it’s important that women persevere and go for it; you’ve got to lean in, right?



Gynii Gilliam

President at Jobs Plus, Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation Work Experience Gynii attended UCLA to study international politics. During her junior year, she interned with a consulting firm that does economic development and they offered her a job because she graduated early. She continued to work for them through graduate school at University of Michigan. When she came back to Idaho, she worked for a different consulting firm doing transportation, but also in economic development. She stepped out of the field because her children were young and the job demanded a lot of traveling. She opened her flower and gift shop in Challis, Idaho. She sold her shop and was doing substitute teaching in calculus and physics. The state started a part-time job in rural economic development, and one of her friends suggested she apply. She received the job and was doing economic development for Custer County and Lemhi County. Bannock County had a vacancy in Pocatello, and they recruited her to go down there. From there, she was recruited to go to the state. It was a bit too administrative for her, so when the position came up at Jobs Plus, Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation, she applied. What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “When I was younger, I thought I would do the same thing except in foreign countries, because I went into international politics because I thought I could offer US aid, or State Department, or something, so that I would be helping emerging nations. I just ended up doing it in the US. So I think my younger self would be pleased with how things turned out. And I do have a plan. I wanted to do the Peace Corps thing right out of college, except I had a job, so I couldn’t really do that. But I’m going to do a volunteer economic development stuff—I’ve looked around, there’s a whole bunch of different things—when I retire. I’m just going to do it backwards.” What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? “Personally, my boys, because they’ve grown up to be 56


contributing members of society, so that’s always one of the things that you hope to manage to do. Professionally, I think it’s the impact of the positions that I’ve been in, and the number of jobs that have been created in Idaho through the various partnerships— that’s a big part of economic development. I just feel like I’ve contributed to society.” “The whole challenge of being a working mom, I think it’s still very prevalent even today. You would think that we would be well past that, but we’re not. I think it’s still a bigger challenge for working moms than working dads.” “Everything is so divisive right now; even things that shouldn’t have a political pinch have a political tinge to it, so it makes it harder for economic development. Both our regions are growing at a very rapid rate. There are people who think we should just close the gate. First, there’s no gate to close. And legally, you can’t close a gate. People will come, you can’t control people wanting to come to our area. The best that we can do is to help manage that growth.” Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “Mom and Dad, of course. My boys taught me a lot in terms of because they’re with you day to day and it’s a different perspective. So as a mom, I learned a lot.” “I look up to all my girlfriends, they give me inspiration. They propped me up when I needed to be propped up. They listen to you when you need to whine and complain about some things because of frustration. My sisters and girlfriends, I really value what they bring to my life.” What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? “Find mentors, whether it’s someone in the field, or someone that can just help you with leadership, making decisions, someone that makes sure that you’re staying on the true path. And speaking of truth, be true to yourself. Don’t lose your moral compass. Sometimes it feels easy for those things to happen, because you’re trying to make compromises to make things happen. But don’t lose that.”

Founding Partners at Sister Sky; Sister Sky, Inc.; Holistic Native; Native Business Center

Monica Simeon and Marina TurningRobe

Work Experience After college, both sisters started their professional career in the Indian gaming. In the early 90s, they started a hobby making soaps and candles while still working their day jobs, taking their products to weekend craft shows, learning about how people perceived their product. Then they rented a kiosk at what used to be the Franklin Park Commons. They knew that the tribes were in a second phase—they had built the casinos and were now able to add hotels to that anchor business—and they decided to offer their brand in sample sizes to the industry nationwide. They went to tradeshows around the country that were specific to Indian gaming and met tribal leaders throughout the country. Many of the leaders ended up asking the sisters to come speak about starting a business. They did this a few times, but it didn’t feel responsible to the sisters because they were coming in, giving them a pep talk, and leaving. They became certified in a curriculum called Indianpreneurship; the curriculum had leave-behind resources. They received their 8(a) certification and started their federal contracts division, but also opened their two nonprofits, Holistic Native and Native Business Center while still maintaining their products division. Everything was tied together in their mission of health, wellness, and education resources. What did you want to do when you were younger and what would the younger version of you think of you now? “My younger version of myself thought I would be in advertising somewhere in New York City. Marina My younger self would say, ‘Well, you didn’t get anywhere near that. But you got so much more.’ I think that I think honestly my younger self had a lot of dreams, but was pretty timid and saw stuff and kind of hoped that it would happen, but didn’t manifest that.” -Monica “I didn’t have any belief in myself when I was younger. I think when we were young adults, we kind of got we looked around especially when we were maybe traveling with our business in the beginning and we would see other Native Americans that were kind, were successful, or role modeling. And even then it was still like, ‘Can we? Can’t we?’ We’ve got this little business. And finally, one day, I got pissed off and I said, ‘You know what? I can do this.’” -Marina What has been your greatest success? Greatest challenge? “My greatest success is bringing up the next generation. I’m fortunate now to have seen to have worked with my niece, who is

like my daughter, and my son bringing them into into the business and into entrepreneurship and into the vision of doing good work. I feel so blessed to be witnessing that, and to see where it goes. To be mentoring in that capacity is very cool.” -Monica “My biggest challenge is still how transactional some organizations, agencies, or programs can be Monica with tribal communities. We know how important it is to build relationship in our communities. We know the history of abuses and the mistrust that exists there and historical trauma. Yet still, it astounds me that folks still take their lens of going in and doing something and then lifting out. It just can’t be that way.” -Monica “My biggest win has been keeping focus. There have been times where my focus has strayed, and I may get discouraged or really pissed off, but somehow, my focus would come back.”-Marina “One of my biggest challenges is learning how to navigate conflict. I think I’ve learned as our business has grown how to manage that a bit better… I keep on working at that and learning how best to manage various types of conflict.” -Marina Who do you look to for advice or guidance? “In the very beginning stages of our products division, we would travel to conferences, convenings, and conventions. So, we would hear things that were on agendas or breakout sessions. Then we brought it back and talked about it, and did more research. So, it’s really like absorbing what’s coming at you.”-Marina “I think it was a process of empowerment. The more information we got, the more empowered we became to make better decisions.” -Monica What advice would you give to young women trying to go into your field? “I’m a big believer in collaboration. Although it takes patience and effort, there’s a true efficiency when you can collaborate because you’re not duplicating resources, your learning curve isn’t as steep, you aren’t going to be burning through as many resources and ultimately, if you can successfully collaborate, you will have a better product or service.” -Monica “Search your heart about wherever you’re going to go, or whatever you’re going to do. That’s the little trail that you’re cutting to go to that place, and you want to be honest because what you’re going to be doing is serving, whether you like it or not. That’s what we do: we serve. Working is serving, and where your heart is telling you to go, that’s a little trail you’re cutting for yourself. And that’s where you’re going to go serve.” -Marina APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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Obstetrics & Gynecology A listing of organizations for all reproductive health needs. Pelvic exams, pre and postnatal care, and all other medical resources to set you up with the right physician to address your health needs. Associates for Women’s Health 212 E. Central Ave., #340 (509) 484-1236 Childbirth and Parenting Assistance 12 E. 5th Ave. (509) 455-4986 catholiccharitiesspokane.org Coeur OBGYN 980 W Ironwood Dr #201, CDA (208) 765-4888 coeurobgyn.com Kootenai Clinic OBGYN—Post Falls 1300 E. Mullan Ave., #500 (208) 625-5635 kh.org MultiCare Rockwood Clinic Women’s Center 910 W. 5th Ave., #300 (509) 755-5205 multicare.org MultiCare’s Family Birth Centers provide expecting parents a safe, welcoming environment and compassionate, supportive staff. NATIVE Project 1803 W. Maxwell Ave. nativeproject.org North Spokane Women’s Health 235 E. Rowan Ave., #102 (509) 489-2101 nswomenshealth.com Northwest OB-GYN 105 W. 8th Ave., Ste. 6020 (509) 455-5050 nw-woman.com OB/GYN Associates of Spokane 601 W. 5th Ave., #301 (509) 455-8866 obgynspokane.com Obstetrix Medical Group of Washington at Spokane 910 W. 5th Ave., #380 (509) 570-5470 mednax.com



Spokane Birth & Women’s Health 2429 E. North Altamont Blvd. (509) 999-2755 spokanebirth.com Spokane Obstetrics & Gynecology 105 W. 8th Ave., #6060 (509) 838-4211 spokaneobgyn.com Valley Obstetrics & Gynecology 1415 N. Houk Rd. (509) 924-1990 valobgyn.com Valley OBGYN (Liberty Lake office) 1334 N. Whitman Ln. (509) 924-1990 valobgyn.com Women’s Health Connection - Valley 16201 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 465-8885 whconnection.com

Women's Fashion Retailers specializing in women's fashions. Anthropologie 885 W. Main Ave. (509) 747-5557 anthropologie.com Athleta 808 W. Main Ave., Spc. 235 (509) 456-4078 athleta.gap.com Audrey's Boutique 3131 N. Division St. (509) 324-8612 Boardwalk Boutique 210 E. Sherman Ave., #111, Coeur d’Alene (208) 667-4665 facebook.com/boardwalkbtq

Boutique Bleu 1184 W. Summit Pkwy. (509) 473-9341 boutiquebleuonline.com

Domestic Violence Support Resources for women impacted by domestic and sexual violence.

Safe Passage 850 N. 4th St., CDA (208) 664-9303 safepassageid.org Sexual Assault & Family Trauma 210 W. Sprague Ave., #100 (509) 747-8224 lcsnw.org Spokane County Regional Domestic Violence Consortium (509) 477-3787 Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery 2230 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 535-3155 vanessabehan.org Victims Response Team Crisis Line (509) 624-7273 Women’s Healing and Empowerment Network Echo Boutique 1033 W. 1st Ave. (509) 747-0890 echoboutiquespokane.com YWCA Spokane/Spokane Family Justice Center 930 N. Monroe St. (509) 326-1190 ywcaspokane.org

Bridal Collections Amanda Dewey 3131 N. Division St. Ste. 101 (509) 838-1210 thebridalcollections.com It truly is more than just shopping... It is your memory in the making! Catherines 6202 N. Division St. (509) 481-9763 catherines.com Chico's 808 W. Main Ave., Ste. 101 (509) 624-0656 chicos.com Cues Clothing 108 N. Washington St., #104 (509) 838-5837 cuesclothing.com Echo Boutique 1033 W. 1st Ave. (509) 747-0890 echoboutiquespokane.com Finders Keepers 18 W. Main Ave. (509) 624-1251 finderskeepersboutiques.com francesca’s 808 W. Main Ave. (509) 624-1599 francescas.com

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Free People 865 W. Main Ave. (509) 747-0559 freepeople.com

Honest in Ivory 1003 E. Trent Ave., #105 (509) 309-3239 honestinivory.com Jema Lane Boutique 323 S. Pines Rd. (509) 321-2330 jemalane.com J.Jill 808 W. Main Ave. (509) 455-6592 jjill.com Kandy’s Boutique 421 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene (208) 665-8100 kandysboutique.com Lane Bryant 4727 N. Division St. (509) 481-9768 lanebryant.com Lolo Boutique 319 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 747-2867 lolospokane.com lululemon 707 W. Main Ave. a6 (509) 747-0276 shop.lululemon.com Maurices 4750 N. Division St., #2120 (509) 483-7233 maurices.com


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Motherhood Maternity 14700 E. Indiana Ave. (208) 273-1326 stores.motherhood.com Nina Cherie Couture 827 W. 1st Ave. #109 (509) 240-1782 ninacherie.com Off-Road Vixens Clothing Company 111 N. Vista Rd., Bldg. 7, Ste. BC (509) 368-9132 offroadvixens.com Orchid Boutique and Skin Care 4102 S. Bowdish Rd. #C (509) 922-4204

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Reece Boutique 12501 N. Division St., Ste. 3 (509) 790-4353 spokanewomensboutique.com

Point of Origin Acupuncture & Women’s Health 13607 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 928-2777 spokaneacupuncture.com

Rumour Boutique 5648 N. Government Way, Dalton Gardens, ID (208) 755-9890 shoprumour.com

Providence Sacred Heart Maternity Clinic—Spokane 101 W. 8th Ave. (509) 474-3170

Swank Boutique 4727 N. Division St., Ste. 100 D (509) 468-1839 swankboutique.net

Sacred Heart Women’s Health 101 W. 8th Ave., #1200 (509) 474-2400 washington.providence.org

Title Nine 928 S. Perry St. (509) 535-4839 titlenine.com

WIC—Women/Infants/Children 500 S. Stone St., Ste. 152 (509) 323-2830 fns.usda.gov

Torrid 4750 N. Division St., Spc. 1168 (509) 489-4073 torrid.com

Women’s Health Connection Clinic Valley 16201 E. Indiana Ave. (509) 465-8885

Veda Lux 1106 S. Perry St. (509) 475-1674 vedalux.com Willow Market and Boutique 400 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene (208) 292-4348

Associations and Clubs A listing of organizations and clubs which cater exclusively to women.

Every Woman Can 827 W. 1st Ave. (509) 315-5940 everywomancan.org

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League of Women Voters (509) 326-8026 lwvspokane.org

General Health

Health Care For Women 980 W. Ironwood Dr., Coeur d’Alene (208) 765-1455 hcfwcda.com Northwest Women’s Care 1551 E. Mullan Ave., Ste., 200-A, Post Falls (208) 262-2482 northwestspecialtyhospital.com Planned Parenthood—Spokane Health Center 123 E. Indiana Ave., Bldg. A (509) 207-3017 plannedparenthood.org Planned Parenthood—Spokane Valley Health Center 12104 E. Main Ave. (509) 207-3017 plannedparenthood.org



Lean In Circles leanin.org Rosh Chodesh Society - Chabad of Spokane 4116 E. 37th Ave. (509) 443-0770 jewishspokane.com Woman’s Club of Spokane 1428 W. 9th Ave. (509) 838-5667 womansclubspokane.org Women Helping Women Fund 1325 W. 1st Ave., #318 (509) 328-8285 whwfspokane.org Women’s Hearth 920 W. 2nd Ave. (509) 455-4249 help4women.org

Counselors and Therapists Therapists, marital counselors, and other mental health professionals who provide services specifically for women. Alice Lavelle 521 N. Argonne Rd. (509) 926-6176 alicelavellemft.vpweb.com Avalon Counseling - Coeur d’Alene Counseling 1250 W. Ironwood Dr., #303, CDA (208) 618-3007 graymattercounseling.com Derive Family Therapy 122 N. Raymond Rd., #3b (509) 730-5193 Diane Thompson Counseling 1411 W. Garland Ave. (509) 939-4114 dianethompsoncounseling.com Erin Kelly 400 S. Jefferson St. (509) 774-5412 purplelotuscounseling.com Jennie Keane, MBA, M. Ed. LPC 1717 Lincoln Way, CDA (208) 699-5536 wellnesstherapycda.com Jessica Kaluza, Counselor 207 W. Nora Ave. (509) 688-4844 renewedstories.com Jodi Shipley 316 W. Boone Ave., Ste. 656 (509) 242-7200 corspokane.com Journey Counseling/Ashlie Unruh 2426 Merritt Creek Loop, Unit B, CDA (208) 495-3356 journeycounselingcda.com Kelsey Clark, Marriage & Family Therapist 400 S. Jefferson St., Ste. 200 (509) 768-6852 charmedcounseling.com Keneesha Jo Lloyd 407 E. 2nd Ave., Ste. 250 (509) 402-1699 Return to Roots Therapy 1325 W. 1st Ave., #226 (619) 693-7576 returntorootstherapy.com

Sarah Kaiser, Clinical Social Work/ Therapist 316 W. Boone Ave., Ste., 656 (509) 309-0449 corspokane.com Tiffanie O’Rourke 10103 N. Division St., Ste. #109 (509) 467-1156 tiffanieorourke.com Trishanna Jones, Counselor 505 W. Riverside Ave., Ste. 524 (509) 252-5031 atlascounselingpnw.com

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Career Resources A listing of professional and career growth resources. Anabias Professional Coaching (509) 499-3156 anabiasprofessionalcoaching.com Après Group apresgroup.com

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Career Contessa careercontessa.com Career Transitions Spokane Community College 1810 N. Greene St. (509) 279-6065 scc.spokane.edu Christ Kitchen2410 N. Monroe St. (509) 325-4343 christkitchen.org Hire Tech Ladies hiretechladies.com InHerSight hiretechladies.com National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO-NW) nawbonw.org The Women’s Business Center 500 S. Stone St. (509) 456-SNAP snapwa.org U.S. Department of Labor Women’s Bureau (800) 827-5335 dol.gov Women to Work 930 N. Monroe St. (509) 789-9299 ywcaspokane.org



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

Breast Cancer Support and Resources A listing of resources, alliances, and organizations geared toward supporting women currently, or who did at one time, battle breast cancer. American Cancer Society Spokane Office and Tender Loving Care 1212 N. Washington St., Ste. 325 (509) 455-3440 tlcdirect.org Cancer Care Northwest 601 S. Sherman St. (509) 228-1000 cancercarenorthwest.com Cancer Care Northwest understands that cancer is complex. Their integrated treatment approach incorporates medical, surgical and radiation oncology services. Cancer Care Northwest—Spokane Valley 1204 N. Vercler Rd. (509) 228-1000 cancercarenorthwest.com



Dr. Kaiulani Morimoto, MD 12615 E. Mission Ave., #105 (509) 315-4415 kmplasticsurgery.com Dr. Kaiulani Morimoto, MD, F.A.C.S. is a board-certified plastic surgeon who offers Enbloc Capsulectomy for Breast Implant Illness, breast lifts, tummy tucks and body contouring, blepharoplasty and browlifts, breast augmentation and reduction, testosterone pellet therapy, Botox injections and dermal fillers. Kootenai Clinic Cancer Services - Coeur d’Alene 700 W. Ironwood Dr., #130, Coeur d’Alene (208) 625-4700 kh.org Providence - Breast Cancer Support Group (509) 474-5490 washington.providence.org Rockwood Breast Health Center 12410 E. Sinto Ave., Ste. 105 (509) 755-5801 Spokane Center for Facial Plastic Surgery 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 324-2980 sandplasticsurgery.com Spokane Breast Center 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 455-9550 Spokane Plastic Surgeons 12 E. Rowan Ave., #2 (509) 484-1212 spokaneplasticsurgeons.com

CrossFit - Spokane Valley 12403 E. 1st Ave. (509) 954-2933 crossfitspokanevalley.com Dynamic Weight Loss 2901 N. Argonne Rd., #5 (509) 891-8446 dynamicweightloss101.com Farmgirlfit 128 S. Sherman St. (509) 747-2330 farmgirlfit.com MultiCare Rockwood Surgical Group and Weight Loss Surgery Center 910 W. 5th Ave., #800 (509) 755-5120 multicare.org MultiCare Center for Weight Loss & Wellness understands there’s a lot more to losing weight, than, losing weight, and they understand that achieving—and maintaining—a healthy weight means different things to different people and the path that you take to get there is as unique as you. Pure Barre 13910 E. Indiana Ave., Ste. E (509) 315-4920 purebarre.com Spokane Fitness Center North Gym Women’s Center 110 W. Price Ave. (509) 467-3488 spokanefitnesscenter.com

Summit Cancer Centers 13424 E. Mission Ave. (855) 786-6482 summitcancercenters.com

Spokane Fitness Center Valley Gym Women’s Center 14210 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 443-4896 spokanefitnesscenter.com

The Essential Woman Boutique 507 S. Sherman St. (509) 363-0100 essentialwomanboutique.com

Spokane Weight Loss 601 W. 1st Ave., #1400 (509) 795-5994 spokaneweightloss.info

Fitness and Weight Management A listing of resources geared toward fitness, healthy living, and weight management for women. Alpha Female Fitness 10623 E. Sprague Ave. (509) 714-3430 alphafemalefit.com Coil - Yoga, Bellydance, & Aerial 304 W. Pacific Ave. #280 (208) 557-3211 | coilspokane.com

Cosmetic Surgery Cosmetic surgeons in the Spokane area who specialize in aesthetic enhancement of all types. Advanced Aesthetics: Dr. Kevin Johnson 522 W. Riverside Ave., #202 (509) 209-2171 advancedaestheticsmd.com Advanced Dermatology & Skin Surgery 1807 N. Hutchinson Rd. (509) 456-7414 advancederm.net

Aspen Oral and Facial Surgery 801 W. 5th Ave., Ste. 212 (509) 838-5447 Beyond Beauty Med Spa 115 S. 2nd St., Coeur d’Alene (208) 660-2307 beyondbeautymed.com Clinic 5C 510 S. Cowley St. (509) 252-1299 clinic5c.com Coeur d’Alene Plastic Surgery 1875 N. Lakewood Dr., #103, CDA (208) 758-0486 cdaplasticsurgery.com Dr. Benjamin Mandel 980 W. Ironwood Dr., #01 CDA (208) 625-4333 kh.org Dr. Kaiulani Morimoto, MD 12615 E. Mission Ave., #105 (509) 315-4415 kmplasticsurgery.com Dr. Robert L Cooper 530 S. Cowley St. (509) 838-1010 kh.org Owsley Plastic Surgery and Laser Center 1859 N. Lakewood Dr., #301, CDA 1551 E. Mulland Ave., #100 (208) 664-0165 owsleyplasticsurgery.com Plastic Surgery Northwest 530 S. Cowley St. (509) 838-1011 plasticsurgerynorthwest.com Shape Cosmetic Surgery & Med Spa 5915 S. Regal St., Ste. 110 (509) 458-7546 shapespokane.com Spokane Center for Facial Plastic Surgery 217 W. Cataldo Ave. (509) 324-2980 sandplasticsurgery.com Jordan P. Sand, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a double board-certified, award-winning facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, hair restoration, facial rejuvenation, skin resurfacing, and minimally invasive cosmetic treatments. Spokane Plastic Surgeons 12 E. Rowan Ave., #2 (509) 484-1212 spokaneplasticsurgeons.com Stiller Aesthetics 805 W. 5th Ave., #619 (509) 747-5773 | stilleraesthetics.com

Werschler Aesthetics 324 S. Sherman St., B (509) 344-3223 werschleraesthetics.com

Women owned/run businesses A handful of the excellent businesses in our region that are either owned or run by women. California Closets Chantale Morgenstern 627 N. Baugh Way, Post Falls (208) 981-0083 californiaclosets.com My design staff are experts in all field of home storage and storage design. Beautiful closets or a garage with everything in its place, our team stands behind our quality service, product, and lifetime guarantee. Connie Sells Spokane, LLC Connie Smith Licensed Real Estate Broker @ Kelly Right Real Estate (509) 953-3839 conniesellsspokane.com Connie’s diligence, professionalism and follow through help clients reach their real estate goals. Mom’s Custom Tattoo & Body Piercing Beth Swilling 1226 W. Summit Pkwy. (509) 426-4465 momstattoo.com momsjewelry.com Established in 2007, Mom’s has been located in Kendall Yards since 2014. We offer custom tattooing, professional piercing, and the largest inventory of implant grade jewelry in the Inland Pacific Northwest. Nook Interiors Bridgit Wilson 1633 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 315-4975 nookinteriors.com Nook Interiors is a boutique residential design firm with a commitment to listening to our clients, designing thoughtful interiors, and creating detailed drawings. Odara Medical Spa Jaime Crocker 1105 N. Lincoln St. 509-443-4622 odaramedicalspa.com

Rose & Blossom Terri O’Connor 219 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley (509) 921-7673 2010 N. Ruby St. (509) 326-7673 roseandblossom.com Sarah Hamilton Face Sarah Hamilton 1334 N. Whitman Ln. Ste. #210, Liberty Lake (509) 210-0228 sarahhamiltonface.com Sierra Pacific Mortgage Denelle Geibel, NMLS #51209 Mortgage Loan Originator (509) 232-7725 Denelle.Geibel@spmc.com spmspokane.com I love what I do and am very passionate about serving those that have put their trust in me. Simply Northwest Denielle Waltermire-Stuhlmiller 11806 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley (509) 927-8206 | simplynorthwest.com Sunny Buns Tanning Salon and Spa Deena Treperinas 2821 E. 27th Ave. (509) 533-6300 634 W. Garland Ave. (509) 290-5029 1401 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley (509) 921-1944 sunnybuns.com We offer a full-service tanning salon, day spa, and boutique. Our services include hair, nails, pedicures, facials, waxing, lash extensions, brow microblading, four levels of tanning beds, versapro sunless tanning, and personalized airbrush bronzing! Windermere Real Estate Manito LLC Jill Klinke 2829 S. Grand Blvd. (509) 747-1051 “Integrity”—my favorite word in the dictionary. If everyone would live with integrity in their lives, the world would be a brighter place! Life can be a challenge, whether you make good choices or not. Making good choices just makes those challenges more manageable. As Dr. Laura Schluzenger used to end her show with every day, “Now go do the right thing”!

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ome renovations can be daunting, but with the difficulty of finding a location for a new home, redoing an existing property becomes an attractive option. This was the case with the homeowners who had Bridgit Wilson of Nook Interiors renovate a Newman Lake property. “There isn’t any land left,” Bridgit says of Newman Lake residences. “So, unless you want to tear down and start from scratch, it makes more sense to just renovate the house.”

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In fact, Bridgit had worked with the owners on past renovations and had even helped them hunt down this property. For this project, she worked with builder PineCrest Construction and architect Otmar Trattler. Pre-renovation, the house had the undeniable draw of location and incredible views, but the way it was set up didn’t take advantage of that. “I’d forgotten how bad it was,” Bridgit says, looking through the photos. “One of the big problems was there was this raised living room, so we had to eliminate that, and the entry was shallow and unwelcoming. Another issue with the space was its outdated railings.” 66


The one item everyone wanted to keep was the round window, and so they worked around that. Another challenge was making the most of the view, and Bridgit and her team found some creative solutions. The kitchen felt boxed in because of its upper cabinetry. They decided to eliminate all upper cabinetry and make the kitchen fridge take the form of drawers, with a full fridge and freezer in the pantry.

It’s a nontraditional setup for a kitchen, but it really works for a home with views.

“It’s a nontraditional setup for a kitchen, but it really works for a home with views,” Bridgit says. While aging-in-place wasn’t a design goal for the owners of the home, eliminating upper cabinets is an effective feature to that end, as well. Renovation can have a lot to do with making sense of a space that hasn’t found its purpose. Nancy Humphries, an interior APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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designer for California Closets was working with a client who had a random space that had become a catch-all. Nancy was able to transform the space into something that is both attractive and functional. “Our professionals take your ideas and find solutions for your needs and our top-notch install staff ensures it all comes to fruition,” says Chantale Morgenstern, California Closets co-owner. “From inquiring about a consultation, to sale, to a supportive office staff before install answering questions, to the final product; California Closets delivers stylish solutions to improve your day-to-day life and home.” Lindsay Matheson, a project coordinator for Great Floors, says she often encounters clients who say they aren’t sure what their aesthetic is. “That’s where you start talking to them and then just based on just conversation and pointing out different ideas, you help them realize that they do know what they like— they just haven’t discovered it yet,” Lindsay says.



Building a relationship with the client is important. “I think that it’s important in our line of business to understand that it’s not just a project,” Lindsay says. “This is someone’s home, and that’s a sacred thing. It really is to me, because everything happens in the home, all the trials and tribulations of life.” In the case of this recent shower remodel, Lindsay says the best part was knowing that the clients were so happy with how it turned out. Lindsay worked with builder Creekside Construction to transform a shower which had looked outdated and dark—giving the feeling of a tightly enclosed space—into a space that felt open and spa-like. “By using larger, lighter tiles it gives the illusion of a shower being bigger than it is,” Lindsay says. “I also wanted to achieve a look of a taller ceiling, so I recommended laying the tiles vertical as opposed to horizontal. This worked well with the river-like pattern on the tiles and helped to achieve that spalike overall feel.” “Adding the hexagon ‘waterfall’ accent on the back wall added some design without being overpowering,” she adds.

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Empty Nesters Renovate Loft for Walkable Lifestyle by Sarah Hauge photography by Kayleen Gill


fter their kids had left the nest, Michelle and Ken Sidles were ready to act on the impulse they’d had for decades: to downsize, leave the suburbs, and move downtown. “We’ve always wanted to live in a walkable place,” says Michelle, but “it’s very difficult to find that when you’re raising kids.” Moving away from Liberty Lake, they purchased a loft in a former warehouse space on the west end of downtown that’s about 1,000 square feet—less than a third of their previous home’s size. It was an ideal location, though the loft itself was in need of significant updates, having been a rental about ten years. APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


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“It was in pretty rough shape,” says Michelle. In the past the couple had tackled home improvements and renovations over time, doing much of the work themselves. With this loft, they took a different approach. Their goal? “To do it well and do it fast,” says Michelle. They called in a pro, hiring Emily Mejia of Emily Anne Interior Design. Jon Tettleton of Old Hat Workshop came on as the contractor and did the home’s cabinetry.

We made a kind of crazy choice to put our bedroom in the middle of our living space. We had an exceptionally big living space out there. By moving the bed out there we actually created two living spaces where we can both hang out separately.





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“Everything good about that place is because of Emily and Jon,” says Michelle. Emily helped them hone their vision for how to make the space work for their day-to-day lives, which included a significant swap in the layout. The designated bedroom area was in the back of the home, and the couple wanted to rethink that. “We made a kind of crazy choice to put our bedroom in the middle of our living space,” says Michelle. Not only did doing so take better advantage of the home’s natural light (“You can lay on the bed with a book, in the sun like a cat,” says Michelle), it allowed them to make better use of overall layout. Originally, she explains, “we had an exceptionally big living 74


space out there,” says Michelle. “By moving the bed out there we actually created two living spaces where we can both hang out separately.” The bedroom is separated from the main living space by glass walls and drapes that can be drawn if they have visitors. Most of the time, it’s just Michelle and Ken, so the

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and goes, ‘Oh my god, it is so cozy,’” Michelle says. This maneuver also freed up what would have been the primary bedroom to become a multitasking powerhouse. It serves as Michelle’s office, it houses all of the couple’s clothing in its built-ins (prior to renovating, the loft didn’t have a single closet), it’s their TV room, and it functions as a guest space, thanks to a pull-out couch. “It’s our office, it’s our dressing room, clothing storage, guest room, media room/library…and I do yoga in there,” Michelle explains. When it came to the home’s aesthetics, Emily wanted to make the most of the historic building’s character and charm. “The building



and architecture itself created something really visually interesting,” Emily says. They looked for materials that would add to the original elements, leaning in to what was there when they started: concrete floors, exposed brick, ductwork, black metal windows, and massive beams. “We wanted to basically keep the space as true to what it was as we could,” says Michelle. “We love all of the texture.” A renovated space they especially enjoy is the kitchen. They brought in marble for the backsplash and countertops, which creates a nice interplay with the exposed brick. “The use of marble was

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I just want to make it so clear that I think more people should leave the suburbs. I spent so much time driving, hauling stuff around in my car, getting gas…I’m just a big advocate of living in an urban environment, and I think Spokane should convert more of downtown to be livable.

really another softening idea,” says Emily. Throughout the home “we added a little femininity to the hard lines of the industrial space with the marble and the sage greens…. That was really inspired by Michelle and what she was drawn to.” For cabinetry and shelving in the kitchen they used white oak, “really trying to pick through to find the right grain,” Emily says. Instead of upper cabinetry, they have open shelving, an appliance garage, and deep lower drawers. There is still plenty of storage. “For them it was all about simplicity and downsizing,” explains Emily. “They were more about ‘less is more.’” This approach resulted in a space that’s the right size for the way Ken and Michelle live. “We basically eliminated 78


all upper cabinets. I was kind of nervous, having always had cabinets,” says Michelle, but they’re not lacking for space at all. In fact, she says, “I have empty space in my drawers. It’s all so functional.” She admits that some nerves also pinched with the countertop material. The first time she stained the marble countertops,

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“it was like, weeks of madness” coming to terms with the “flaw.” Now, though, “I’m embracing the scratches and the staining,” Michelle says. “I don’t want the place to feel pristine and perfect—it’s a 100-year-old loft.” When it came to furniture and accessories, Emily worked with them on all

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selections, pulling together textural pieces, functional and inviting furniture, and a variety of soft lighting, much of it sourced from Worley’s Lighting. “We did all of the furniture and even the accessories,” she says. “We don’t always get that opportunity, usually not…. It was just a really fun project.” “They were so wonderful and kind and amazing people, and super fun to work through the whole process with,” says Emily of the homeowners. The risks—whether it’s the use of a bold wallpaper, trying a new countertop material, flipping how spaces are positioned, or even moving downtown—are all paying off. Though there are new challenges to figure



out like where to park, and how to haul groceries home when you’ve walked to the store, there are major advantages, like huge gas savings and access to restaurants and bars steps away from home. Recently, Michelle spontaneously purchased tickets to see a string quartet at the Bing—a simple and easy decision since she lives so nearby. Downtown life offers richness and opportunity that are difficult to find elsewhere. They



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love the home’s many distinct textures and original elements and appreciate the building’s long history and its location adjacent an elevated section of train tracks. Heavy-duty windows cut the noise, but the train traffic is welcome. “You feel the vibrations when the trains go by,” says Michelle. “I kind of love it. Spokane was put on the map because of the railroads. It makes you feel connected to history, being there.” Downsizing has given them the more functional, more purposeful space they envisioned.



Before, “we had a 3,500 square foot house that we used a corner of. Now we just don’t have the illusion that we have more,” Michelle explains. “I just want to make it so clear that I think more people should leave the

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Not All Breasts are the Same Early Cancer Detection for Women with Dense Breasts May Be Much More Effective with Advanced Supplemental Screening

by Ed Renouard Director of Marketing, Inland Imaging


aving dense breasts is normal — it simply means your breasts contain more fibroglandular tissue than fat. But when it comes to the early detection of breast cancer, women with dense breasts sometimes require supplemental screening in addition to an annual mammogram.

What Are Dense Breasts? Breast density is a description of how your breast appears on a mammogram and is determined by the radiologist reading your exam. When evaluating mammography images, fibrous and glandular tissue appears white and fatty tissue looks black. A dense breast contains mostly white fibro-glandular tissue—which can make it much more difficult to detect possible cancers. There are four categories of breast density on a mammogram: • Almost entirely fatty • Scattered areas of fibroglandular density • Heterogeneously (varyingly) dense • Extremely dense Women with mammograms that are heterogeneously dense or extremely dense are considered to have “dense breasts”. Breast density may decrease with age, but for most women there is little change over time. Dense breast tissue along with a number of other factors may place a woman at increased breast cancer risk. Those factors include family history, previous medical history and treatment, environmental and lifestyle factors, and genetics.


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Inland Imaging’s breast imaging radiologists encourage patients to discuss all potential risk factors with their primary care providers and to be sure to get an annual screening mammogram each year after age forty. Automated Breast Ultrasound Offers Answers To address this issue, Inland Imaging recently added Automated Breast Ultrasound—sometimes referred to as ABUS—to its comprehensive range of breast imaging technologies. A highly effective supplemental breast imaging option for the more than forty percent of American women with dense breast tissue, ABUS screening can significantly increase the detection of early stage breast cancers, which can sometimes be obscured by dense breast tissue. “We’re excited to add the Automated Breast Ultrasound system to our breast cancer screening program,” says Marian Wilkonski, Breast Imaging Manager at Inland Imaging. “By



offering ABUS in addition to mammography for our patients with dense breast tissue, we anticipate improving detection for small cancers that cannot be seen on a mammogram alone in these women.” “We believe ABUS will become an integral part of our practice for the detection of breast cancer,” says Dr. Amy Henkel, a breast-imaging radiologist with Inland Imaging. “The difficulty radiologists experience when reading mammograms is that both dense tissue and cancer appear white on a mammogram. With ABUS, suspicious masses appear black against the white dense tissue. What that means for our patients with denser breasts is a much more sensitive and accurate scan that can help us detect things other types of exams might have missed.” In early 2019, Congress passed a law that mandates that the FDA update mammography reporting so that women can be notified if their breasts are dense. Inland Imaging

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offers supplemental imaging like ABUS to help find cancers that may be hiding in that dense breast tissue. “Mammography remains the gold standard for the detection of breast cancer; however, it doesn’t work equally well in all women, particularly those with dense breast tissue,” adds Inland’s Dr. Paige Flett. “ABUS, when added to mammography, has been shown to find more invasive cancers than mammography alone, most often at an early stage before it has spread outside of the breast. That can mean more effective treatment options and better outcomes for many of those women.”



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by Samantha Clark Assistant Vice President, Strategy & Business Development MultiCare Behavioral Health Network

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES to Expand with New Hillyard Clinic Spring is here, and with it comes a refreshing promise of growth and revitalization and a

welcome feeling of hope. For many of us, that feeling could not come at a more needed time. Over the last two years we’ve faced the ongoing and unpredictable challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, and our community’s collective mental health has suffered. We’ve all been feeling the effects of the changes we’ve been dealing with, from distance learning and virtual work to capacity restrictions and social distancing. We’ve seen the impact of anxiety, depression, grief, isolation, and more on our families, our loved ones—our children especially. Many of us have felt isolated and depleted, with inadequate resources to make it through the hardship of our experience. Consequently, we’ve seen the need for mental health resources in our region skyrocket. But without a corresponding growth in service availability, wait times for mental health care have grown significantly, with some in need waiting months. In addition to the long wait times, accessing mental health services can be challenging for families who also need to coordinate work schedules, school, daycare, grocery shopping, and other appointments. While telehealth has eased this logistical challenge for some, there are many people for whom this is not an option. Happily, in addition to longer days and warmer weather, the spring season is bringing exciting news regarding expanded access to mental health resources for the people of the Inland Northwest region, thanks to a partnership between MultiCare Health System and the Northeast Community Center. Several years of strong collaboration and dedication between the two organizations has resulted in plans to open a new, dedicated behavioral health clinic on the Northeast Community Center-Hillyard Community campus in the former Hillyard Library building. The new clinic will be centrally located near existing social, health, and education organizations such as SNAP, Head Start, Unify Health, Women, Infants & Children (WIC),



In addition to longer days and warmer weather, the spring season is bringing exciting news regarding expanded access to mental health resources for the people of the Inland Northwest region, thanks to a partnership between MultiCare Health System and the Northeast Community Center.

Spokane Public Schools, and the new Hillyard Public Library. Centralizing these integral resources will help eliminate transportation, cost, and time barriers many in need experience when trying to access behavioral health and other necessary services. By being a part of the Northeast Community Center campus, MultiCare and its neighborhood community organizations are fostering collaboration and seamless care coordination between service organizations and helping address the unmet mental health needs of Hillyard residents and the surrounding region. This new clinic will serve children, adolescents, adults, and older adults, and provide both in-person and virtual mental health therapy. Medication management, substance use services, group therapy, and other important services will also be provided. Once fully staffed, it’s estimated that this clinic will provide over 34,000 mental health visits each year—a tremendous amount of hope and promise for healing and recovery for our community. MultiCare and the Northeast Community Center could not be more excited about this new behavioral health clinic, which, with its accessible, integrated model of care could become a new best practice care model nationwide. We currently anticipate opening the clinic in spring 2023. If you are interested in learning more about this project, and how you can help bring these critical health services to our community, please visit us at give. multicare.org. Once you click on the donate now button, you can click on “Greatest Need for Inland Northwest” to help benefit our community.

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Rare Wellness Treats Whole Person by Megan Rowe

From hot yoga to platelet-rich plasma (PRP) facials to nutrition

counseling, the newly opened Rare Wellness is establishing itself as a space for head-to-toe wellness with premium service. “This is a five-star experience; we really want people to feel that every aspect of their being is cared for,” says Caroline Karschney, business manager. “We’re one-on-one, and we want people who are coming to our clinic to have individually tailored treatment and attention.” “We’re really honing in on the word ‘agentic,’” Caroline adds. “We’re empowering people to gain agency over their own health and well-being. We give them the tools and resources so they can take hold of their wellness and well-being, by supporting health, fitness, relaxation, and aesthetics” Rare Wellness health offerings will include concierge functional medicine, which is a systematic approach to healing that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause(s) of disease rather than simply treating the symptoms. Nutritional counseling is also provided to assist people in meeting their health goals; Massage therapy is offered to help restore well-being. On the aesthetics side, Rare Wellness offers hydrafacials, dermaplaning, and microneedling, to name a few. “Having our own lab gives us the opportunity to do high quality facials like PRP


that most don’t,” Caroline says. “Our trained RNs will also provide cosmetic injectables such as Botox and fillers.” Rare Wellness leads with a mind-body emphasis, and its small group fitness classes, personal training, functional medicine, nutrition counseling, and massage therapy will have clients feeling better from inside-out with personalized attention. The fitness schedule will feature a wide range of micro-yoga clinics (small class sizes to allow for hands on attention and instruction)—Tai Chi instruction, and so much more. “Our goal is to incorporate a full, well-rounded wellness experience,” Caroline says. The yoga studio will feature a mural from a local artist and is emblematic of the company’s commitment to incorporating local whenever possible. “We’re in the position where, yes, we could choose competition, but what’s the point of having competition when you can have collaboration?” Since Rare Wellness is privately owned, the clinic has flexibility in its partnerships. Caroline says they hope to partner with different fitness studios and wellness spaces. “That’s something that’s always in the back of my mind. How can we make this more local? How can we make this more authentic to Spokane?”

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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.

Road to Recovery Returning to Activity After Injury

We’ve all done it: you were on a good streak of running, getting to the gym, or playing

well in your intramural rec league when you got hurt (either during exercise or just because the world is a fickle and dangerous place). It sucks! This month let’s talk about how to return to your preferred exercise modality safely and happily after an injury. Personally, I’ve spent the past eight months coming back from a shoulder injury, so this topic has been on my mind. NOTE: I am not a medical professional, but I do have many years and many injuriesworth of experience, then guiding myself or being guided by a medical team back into exercise. All these thoughts and tips should be taken as layman’s advice. Which is why my #1 tip is: Consult with your doctor/physical therapist/treatment team If your injury was severe enough to require medical attention or physical therapy, your treatment team should be your first stop in figuring out when and how you can safely return to exercise. While it can feel like your doctor or PT is holding you back with their length of time to return, they’re doing it for a reason. I have personal experience in making



the mistake of thinking “eh, my doc is just being overly cautious—I can just go back out and do the thing. It’ll be fine!” Dear reader: it was not fine. Be clear about your goals, as well. Maybe you broke an ankle playing soccer, but now that the season’s over, you want to start getting into weightlifting. That conversation is going to be very different than if you wanted to immediately return to the pitch. Additionally, I’m going to make a plug for talking to your doctor about any persistent pain/injuries you have that you’ve been rehabbing by yourself. These persistent or recurring

issues may be an indication that there is a larger problem that requires outside attention. And at least a professional can give you some tips on the most beneficial ways to rehab yourself. OK, so once you’ve been cleared to do the thing, what next?

Getting yourself back in a movement routine is huge! On the flip side, be kind to yourself when the disappointment hits. It’s frustrating not to have the strength you had before your injury. It’s annoying to have to recalibrate your “working weight” (the dumbbell/kettlebell/barbell weight Pay attention to pain you feel comfortable using for a whole Pain is, in workout). It’s some ways, hard to admit Your first few workouts your friend. that what It’s very clear used to be a probably won’t feel as and loud when continuous run easy or as satisfying as it wants to tell now must be a you something. series of runyou’re used to. Even if Listen to it. Even walk intervals. your brain is more than if you’ve been Acknowledge cleared by your ready to jump back in with those feelings. treatment team, both feet, your body may Embrace continue to pay attention to your modifications not be. IT’S OK! body. Working and formout can often be focused work uncomfortable (especially if you’ve lost Even if you’re not lifting as heavy, some strength or stamina), but if you’re running as fast, or being as efficient as in pain or if you’re still debilitatingly you had been, you can still make good sore multiple days after a workout, strides in your movement journey by that may be a good indication that you taking this time to be a stickler with your should scale down or have a follow-up form (especially if your original injury conversation with your doctor. was caused by incorrect form!). Light This is also a good opportunity lifts done slowly and with attention for modifications (discussed below). to form will benefit you far more than Are there ways you can continue to trying to jump straight back up to your ramp your intensity back up while still pre-injury weight. protecting a twingeing shoulder or knee? Additionally, embrace modifications! We’ve talked previously in this Check your ego column about the importance of This is a tough one. If you’ve been out modifying movements and workouts of the game for more than a week or two, to accommodate where your body is be prepared to have lost some gains. Your at. Coming back from an injury is a first few workouts probably won’t feel great time to start experimenting with as easy or as satisfying as you’re used to. modifications that can still help improve Even if your brain is more than ready to strength, while allowing you to work jump back in with both feet, your body back up to the “full” movement. may not be. It’s OK! First, celebrate the small wins: maybe you didn’t run, but you went on a satisfying walk. Maybe you didn’t do a HIIT class, but you went to yoga.

Find cross-training opportunities Recovering from an exercise-related injury is a great opportunity to start experimenting with some cross-training opportunities. Maybe you can’t get fully back into your half-marathon training quite yet; spending a few weeks focusing on yoga might be helpful in increasing your mobility and strength; hiking can give you the same “get out and move” vibes while being lower impact on a bum joint. Swimming, walking, yoga, dance, etc. can be great lower-impact options to keep you active while your body continues to return to full capacity. Is there a class in some other discipline you’ve always wanted to try? Now might be the time to do it! Is there a hobby you’ve always wanted to experiment with? Take the time to warm up and cool down While it often feels like taking the time to warm up and cool down is wasted, or like you can do without it, coming back from an injury is a great opportunity to start retraining those beliefs and taking the time to fully warm up and actively cool down. Most importantly, active recovery and warming up will reduce the inevitable soreness you feel after a workout, but this practice will also help you minimize the chance of further injuries caused by tight or cold muscles. If you’re currently struggling with coming back after an injury, I feel you. I’m there with you. Let’s do this together. If you’re currently injury-free, I hope you never need this column in the future! But if you do, I hope these thoughts will be helpful.



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Spicy Chicken Wontons


ince moving to Spokane five years ago, the food scene has exploded, becoming much more than the meatand-potato town I’d visited. But we’re still missing a dumpling house. I get why; they’re time-consuming to make—I always ask family and friends to help fold them. I can only imagine how hard it would be to make enough every day to feed Spokane. Until Spokane gets a dumpling house, we’re going to have to make our own. These dumplings are a fantastic mix of savory chicken filling with chili oil that looks like pure fire but is balanced with a warm heat from Korean chilis, anise, and cinnamon. Double the recipe and freeze what you don’t cook for an easy weeknight meal, or have a dumpling party where everyone eats what they fold.




Yield: 40 wontons

Ingredients Wontons: • 9 oz ground chicken • ¼ cup green onion, finely sliced • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced • 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper • ¼ cup chicken stock • 2 teaspoon cornstarch, plus extra for dusting • 1 egg • 1 teaspoon sea salt • 40 square wonton wrappers • Sesame seeds (optional) Spicy Red Sauce: • 4 tablespoons homemade chili oil (plus 2 teaspoons of chili powder from the oil) • 4 tablespoons light soy sauce • 2 tablespoons white vinegar • 1 clove of garlic, finely grated • 2 tablespoons green onion, finely sliced • 1 tablespoon cilantro, stems, and leaves finely chopped • 1-2 tablespoons of the wonton cooking water Homemade Chili Oil: • 1 cup neutral-tasting oil (e.g. peanut, rice bran, vegetable, or canola) • 4 whole star anise • 1 cinnamon stick • 2 bay leaves • 3 tablespoons Sichuan peppercorns • 8 cardamom pods • ½ cup Asian chili powder • 2 teaspoons of sea salt



Instructions 1. To make the spicy red sauce, combine the ingredients (except the wonton water) in a bowl and set them aside. 2. For the wonton filling, place the chicken, spring onion, ginger, pepper, chicken stock, cornstarch, egg, and salt in a large bowl. Mix vigorously until smooth and sticky. 3. Hold a wonton wrapper in the palm of your hand so that one corner is facing you. Place about half a teaspoon of the filling into the bottom corner of the wonton wrapper. 4. Fold the bottom corner of the wrapper over the filling and continue rolling up the wrapper until you nearly reach the opposite corner (leave a little of the point of the opposite corner overhanging). 5. Lock the filling inside the wrapper by pushing both open ends of the wrapper together. Brush ends with a little water and then bring the ends together and press firmly to secure. 6. Place onto a tray dusted with cornstarch. 7. If you’re not going to cook these within a couple of hours, cover them with cling film and store them in the freezer. The moisture from the filling can turn the wonton wrappers sticky if left in the fridge for too long. Wontons can be cooked from frozen. 8. Bring a large pot of boiling water to the boil. Cook the wontons in batches in boiling water for four to five minutes, or until cooked through. Drain with a slotted spoon and transfer to serving bowls. Generously spoon over the spicy red sauce and sprinkle with sesame seeds, if using. Instructions to make Homemade Chili Oil 1. Place the oil in a saucepan over low heat. 2. In a separate small frying pan, toast the star anise, cinnamon stick, bay leaves, Sichuan peppercorns, and cardamom pods over medium-high heat until just starting to smoke. 3. Add the spices to the warm oil. Turn the heat under the oil to medium and wait for the spices to gently sizzle. Cook at a gentle sizzle for four to five minutes. 4. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for five minutes. 5. Place the chili powder and salt in a heat-proof jar or bowl. Strain the oil over the chili salt mixture. Add bay leaves, cinnamon stick, and star anise back into the oil mixture and gently stir. Allow cooling before storing in an airtight jar. within a year APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com




feature and photos by ARI NORDHAGEN

Spring has sprung! The flower buds are starting to peek, and the grass is finally greening up again, which makes me crave fresh, colorful things to eat. When I moved here about seven years ago, one of my very first foodie quests was seeking out the most delicious salads in the area. I have tasted quite a few amazing salads all over the Inland Northwest, but these three restaurants consistently serve up some of the most flavorful greens in town.

Steak Salad Romaine and arcadian mix, watermelon radishes, cashews, cherry tomatoes, crispy onions, cucumbers, feta, and a pale ale balsamic vinaigrette.



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Gorgeous Greens 1898 Public House at Kalispel Golf & Country Club Nestled in the Kalispel Golf & Country Club off Waikiki Road in north Spokane, 1898 Public House boasts a popular salad menu meticulously curated by executive chef Blake Kaba and her culinary team, with deliciously complex dressings. Once the weather starts warming up, diners can also enjoy their salads on the patio overlooking the golf course. Among the favorites are: The Wedge Salad Iceberg lettuce, peppered bacon, toasted hazelnuts, pepitas, green onions, red onions, sweet grape tomatoes, bleu cheese crumbles, and a pale ale Roquefort dressing.

Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad Crispy pancetta, candied pine nuts, white cheddar, and a lemon-shallot vinaigrette.




Davenport Signature Romaine, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, bacon, beets, Parmesan cheese, and a creamy garlic vinaigrette.



Davenport Crab Louie Crisp butter lettuce topped with fresh Dungeness crab leg meat, hard boiled eggs, tomatoes, and their famous Louis dressing.

Palm Court Grill at the Historic Davenport Hotel There are varying accounts detailing the origin of the Crab Louie salad. One is that Chef Edward Mathieu, the Davenport’s longest serving executive chef, crafted the dressing in the early 1900s at the request of the hotel’s founder, Louis Davenport, featuring Dungeness crab from the Pacific Northwest. Whether or not the Davenport is the actual birthplace of the Crab Louie salad, it has been a mainstay on the historic Spokane hotel’s menus for over a century and is still the most ordered item at the Palm Court Grill. These days, executive chef Brad Case and his team put their own special twist on the classics, while also coming up with salad creations that are unique to the Davenport. Here are three customer favorites:

Fresh Berry Field greens, seasonal berries, dried cranberries, mandarin oranges, bleu cheese, toasted almonds, and a poppy seed vinaigrette.



LOCAL CUISINE/salad Shrimp Cobb Mixed greens, poached prawns, avocado, bacon, hardboiled egg, tomatoes, cucumber, chives, and a gorgonzola vinaigrette.

Hay J’s Bistro in Liberty Lake When you first visit Hay J’s Bistro in Liberty Lake, its unassuming location next to a gas station close to a freeway exit will make you scratch your head and wonder if it really is a spot for a fancy date night. Just step inside the door and you will find some of the most exquisite cuisine in the area—prepared by executive chef Sean Biltoft and his team—with an incredible selection of salads that get as much praise as their main courses and desserts. Three of the favorites are:



Pt. Reyes & Bleu Mixed greens, bacon, tomatoes, pistachios, green onion, and a smoked bleu cheese dressing.

Ladieu Wild greens, candied pecans, red grapes, red onion, goat cheese, and a huckleberry vinaigrette.

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written and photographed by Kate Vanskike, wordsncoffee.com Shown here are coffee bushes growing in rows at a farm near Coban, Guatemala. They will grow to become like small trees.

Farmers in the Dominican Republic care for coffee seedlings in containers under a tarp for shade before transplanting those into spaces between other trees and plants, to provide optimum growth in natural shade. Shade-grown coffee is environmentally friendly and helps to protect species of birds and other tropical life that would be adversely impacted by removing trees.

A traditional cup of coffee in the Dominican Republic is a small, stout serving with natural “raw” sugar, which is also grown in-country and is a staple to the local economy.



You can touch base with Kate via Instagram (@wordsncoffee) or www.wordsncoffee.com.

Finding the Origin On a 2010 trip to Hawaii’s Big Island with my brother (not a coffee drinker) and our six- and nine-year-old kids (also not coffee drinkers), I managed a stop at a Greenwell Farms, a coffee plantation near Kona. This was my first experience seeing coffee cherries on the branch, watching the bean-washing process, and learning that the peaberries—a rare bean type created by the genetic abnormality when the coffee bean isn’t split within the coffee cherry and instead forms a single, rounder bean—make some of the finer coffees one can drink. This trip ignited an interest in the processes behind creating my favorite beverage. In 2014, during a humanitarian aid excursion in Guatemala, the trip’s organizers had the good sense to include a coffee plantation tour in our itinerary. After all, we were near Coban, one of Central America’s coffee production centers. At Coffee Tours Chicoj, a walk through the field was educational, a zipline course over the plantation was entertaining, and the frozen coffee popsicle was a divine encounter on a sweltering day.

But it wasn’t until a 2016 trip to the Dominican Republic with a nonprofit called “Plant With Purpose” that I understood the value of getting to know the coffee growers who lived in dire poverty and hand-planted coffee on the mountainsides.

Coffee Lessons, On Location Around the Globe One elderly farm owner marched up the steep incline of her property to show us the way her coffee plants were nestled among banana trees, avocados, and cacao so they could benefit from shade. That was the first I’d learned of shade-grown coffee and the environmental perk it fosters, even though it means less profit for the farmer than if she razed the hillside of its trees and crammed together perfect lines of coffee bushes. The Kona trip, while my first foray, was just a tourist stop on our way around the island to show my daughter turtles, black sand, and volcano activity. But the second two—those changed the way I buy coffee. Being in the highlands of Guatemala with people who have no running water and seeing their gratitude for the simple acts that would help the basic health of their community—that sticks with me when I’m choosing my coffee. Visiting communities in the Dominican Republic where farmers support one another by creating their own savings and loans programs from their meager earnings so one family can buy a refrigerator, and another can send a daughter to school—that makes an impact on where I buy my coffee. I am privileged. That isn’t lost on me. Which is why it’s that much more important to me to remember the suntanned faces and calloused hands that worked the field for my cup of joe. And it’s why I choose to buy from coffee roasters who source the beans from fair-trade suppliers, and gladly pay more for it. Next time you’re ordering your mocha or latte, consider asking the baristas where the shop gets its beans. Their answer—whether it’s “from our downtown warehouse” (which I’ve heard before) or from a specific nation in the coffee belt—will be a good indicator of whether the business places a high value on supporting the people who provide our beloved brew. APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


Beets of the Inland Northwest by Michelle Youngblom LINC Foods | The Local Inland Northwest Cooperative | lincfoods.com

Ingredients: • 1 large or 3 small beets from Ronnigers Organics • 1 shallot from Hedlin Farms • Olive oil • 1 teaspoon salt • Black Pepper • ½ lemon, juiced • ½ cup parsley from Big Sage Organics • ½ cup marinated feta from Brush Creek Creamery

In the Inland Northwest, beets are

one of the vegetables you can find locally at almost any time of the year. Beets are highly cold tolerant which allows farmers to begin planting them in the spring for ongoing harvests through summer and into late fall. With the proper infrastructure and expertise, farms like Ronnigers Organics, located in the northern panhandle of Idaho, can store beets through the winter. Simon and Marqui, who specialize in growing root crops at Ronnigers, make sure their beets are kept at the appropriate temperature and humidity levels after harvest, keeping them crunchy and sweet into the spring. Simon and Marqui grow an array of beet varieties including chioggia beets—which have bright pink and white stripes, golden beets, and the classic red beet. Red beets tend to be the earthiest tasting while chioggia beets are extra sweet and golden beets are milder in flavor. All colors and sizes of beets can be eaten in much the same way and mixing them can make a dish especially colorful and bright. To balance the sweet and earthy beet flavor throughout the seasons, look for compliments that add acidity, saltiness, and crunchiness; such as some blue cheese, walnuts, dijon mustard, citrus, or balsamic vinegar. Roast the beets to bring out their sweetness, or grate them raw into a salad for a fresh and savory crunch. This Spring Beet Salad unites acidic lemon juice, salty feta, crunchy shallots, and savory parsley with a base of roasted beets to create something fresh and delectable.

Spring Beet Salad

Serving Size: 2-3 as main or 4-6 as side Process: 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 2. Slice the beet into thin, one-inch wedges. 3. Place on a baking sheet with a drizzle of olive oil and toss so the beet is covered. 4. Bake for roughly thirty minutes until soft. Let cool. 5. Meanwhile, slice the shallot thinly. Sauté with olive oil on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until browned and crunchy. 6. Toss the beets and shallots with lemon juice, salt, and pepper.



Remove the stems from the parsley. Add parsley leaves and marinated feta to the beet mixture and toss. Enjoy with quinoa or a slice of fresh bread. Feast with the seasons!

Ingredients available at lincfoods.com. APRIL 2022 / BOZZIMEDIA.com


LOCAL CUISINE/dining guide

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.

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. 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

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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.

Maryhill Winery. The winery draws more than 75,000 guests annually, while the region offers warm summer days, year-round appeal and excellent winemaking and continues to gain recognition as an emerging wine destination. Each location offers beautiful scenery, frequent live music and special

events, food menus featuring small plates and charcuterie, and an expansive selection of awardwinning wines. 9774 Highway 14, Goldendale, (509) 773-1976, Sunday-Friday 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 1303 W. Summit Pkwy., Ste. 100, (509) 443-3832, Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., ​Sunday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 801 Waterfront Way, Ste. 105, Vancouver​, (360) 450-6211, Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., FridaySaturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-8 p.m., 14810 NE 145th St. #A, Woodinville, (425) 481-7925, Monday-Thursday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., Friday-Saturday 12 p.m.-9 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m.-7 p.m., maryhillwinery. com.

Masselow’s Steakhouse. With nine primegrade steaks and the best seafood oceans and rivers have to offer, Masselow’s Steakhouse continually provides the “wow” factor. With an outstanding array of mouth-watering cuisine, an extensive wine selection, and true Kalispel hospitality, Chef Tanya Broesder and her team create a special experience you won’t soon forget. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, (509) 481-6020, Wednesday-Sunday 5 p.m.-10 p.m., masselows.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. Three Peaks Kitchen + Bar. Named after the three prominent peaks outlining the Spokane Tribe’s homeland, Three Peaks is the Spokane Tribe Casino’s premier dining destination. This upscale casual eatery features weekend brunch, as well as lunch and dinner specials all week long. Discover your new favorite Happy Hour from 3-7 p.m. every day with amazing patio seating, local and regional wines, as well as $2 drafts with 20 taps to choose from. Visit spokanetribecasino.com for menus, details and to make a reservation. 14300 W. SR-2 Hwy., Airway Heights, (509) 818-1547, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m., 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, Tuesday-Saturday 12 p.m.-8 p.m., ttsbrewerybbq.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.

The New 63 Social House & Eatery


520 W. Main Ave. The New 63 Social House & Eatery’s menu focuses on a fusion of Asian-inspired dishes & American comfort food like rice bowls, noodle bowls, pizza, with a wide variety of appetizers, as well as local draft options and an excellent craft cocktail selection. TRY THIS: Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl



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