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SPOTLIGHT YWCA Spokane’s An Evening in Tuscany

Over 300 guests joined YWCA Spokane for “An Evening in Tuscany” at Barrister Winery on Friday, July 13. The annual summer benefit supports programs for women and children at YWCA Spokane’s domestic violence safe shelter. The record-setting crowd enjoyed a scratch-made Italian dinner and desserts, served with local wine. Along with a silent and live auction, evening entertainment included music by Kevin Jones and Band (Mary Chavez, Tim Harper, Brett Malone, Dalyn Harper, Michael Lenke and Pat Coast), a custom poetry performance by Ross Carper and live art created by Shana Smith. Over $70,000, a record-breaking amount, was raised at the event. “The passion, enthusiasm, and heart of our donors made it a stunning success, we are so grateful!” YWCA leaders said. YWCA Spokane, celebrating 115 years of service in Spokane this year, helps local women and children overcome social, economic, and personal barriers in order to accomplish their goals and achieve healthier and more fulfilling lives. Areas of focus include supporting victims of domestic abuse, building economic empowerment, promoting early childhood education, and confronting racial and social justice issues negatively impacting our community.

Photos courtesy of James & Kathy Mangis Photography.

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Oct. 27

Ghost Ball Elevations – A Children’s Therapy Resource Foundation,

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Volume 2, Issue 6

Publisher William Stacey Cowles

Director of Marketing & Business Development Kathleen Coleman Director of Sales Daniel Fritts Managing Editor Theresa Tanner

Art Director/Designer Anne Potter Contributors Sarah Bain Joe Butler Staci Lehman Cheryl-Anne Millsap Dan Webster Tricia Jo Webster The Spokesman-Review Editorial Team Adriana Janovich Advertising Bill Davidson

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Loving That Northwest Life One year ago, we made some big changes to Platinum, bringing you 52 glossy pages exploring local style, décor, leisure activities, travel and gourmet food eight times a year. With each issue, we continue to celebrate the abundance of opportunities for fun and exploration in the Northwest, whether you’re renovating your home or building community with like-minded sports fans at local bars. We’ve enjoyed collaborating with local businesses throughout the year, learning about remarkable industries that have received national recognition for their work. We try to keep up with a local arts and culture scene that will keep you busy every night of the week. Local chefs bring scrumptious cuisine from around the world to our region, fusing it with both Northwest sensibilities and ingredients.

And, as ever, the beautiful local landscape inspires adventurers year-round, from the slopes of Mt. Spokane to the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene. We love it all, and we love sharing and celebrating it with you even more. Spokane and Coeur d’Alene continue to grow and change – with new industries, new residential and commercial developments and innovative products created right here by lifelong residents – and Platinum will grow and change with the interests and additions in our community. Thank you for reading and enjoying life in the Northwest with us.

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managing editor Supplement to The Spokesman-Review September/October 2018






6 Helping hair grow

32 Explore Key West, Fla.

10 Soft sweaters for

34 Golf and history in Scotland

chilly nights

38 Yakima Valley

12 A boxing workout is

wine weekend

for anyone

S PA C E 16 Opening new doors on cabinets

18 Upholstery upgrades



42 Favorite local cafes and drive-thrus

beloved furniture

45 Sports bars for every season

20 Musically-inspired décor

47 Making your


own marshmallows



24 Break a leg with local theater


28 What we’re reading and seeing

30 Technology aids



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The scariest, or most fun, night of the year is coming up. Whether you’re entertaining a familyfriendly crowd at home, trick-or-treating through the neighborhood or looking for a new annual tradition, you’ll find fun this Halloween season.

Scarywood Haunted Nights North Idaho’s favorite amusement park gets a spooky makeover every year for seekers of thrills and chills. A new haunt, Pharaoh’s Curse, debuts this fall, along with four haunted attractions, seven scare zones and night rides. Sept. 28-Oct. 27,

Fog and Smoke Dry ice can bring a spooky atmosphere to your party, either dropped in a jacko-lantern on the porch or in decorative jars inside. Remember to always following safety instructions when using this super cold chemical compound!

Capes and Costumes Comic book characters have had a busy year at the box office, so you’re definitely going to see plenty of Avengers and members of the Justice League on Halloween night. Or maybe you’ll draw inspiration from the colorful Netflix series “GLOW” with overthe-top ’80s hair and makeup. Are you the hero or the heel?

Spooky Snacks Candy is the star of the night, but these cute critters taste great and are easy to make. Try Ghost Bananas with chocolate or Mummy Pizzas with olives and cheese.

Spokane Symphony Special: Haunted Hallows Enjoy a night of magic and music as the Spokane Symphony brings the music of “Harry Potter” to life. Wear your wizard costume and take part in pre-concert activities. Oct. 27, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m., September/October 2018





Longing for Long Locks By Staci Lehman

Men aren’t alone when it comes to bad hair days caused by aging. While men tend to go bald, many women discover that their hair appears to quit growing as they age. While in most cases it hasn’t stopped growing altogether, there are some factors and conditions that can slow the growth of hair. “There are actually three factors for this,” said Traci Coy, a stylist at Cartel salon in Spokane Valley. “The main one is that hair has a life span on the head that ranges from two to six years. So some people’s (hair) will only grow for two years, then fall out.” She uses country singer Crystal Gayle, known for her extra long locks, as an example. “Her hair probably grows and stays on her head for six years.” Genetics also plays a major role in how long your hair will grow. The third factor is breakage. Hair still grows but dead ends break off, keeping hair the same length over time. “One of the biggest reasons (for slowed hair growth) that I encounter is hair damage,” said Kayela Shipley, a student at the International Beauty Education Center in Airway Heights. “If the hair shaft splits and one doesn’t get the damage cut off, the split will continue up the shaft and ultimately break the hair. So your hair will grow, then break, and on and on until you trim off the damage.” While several stylists contacted for this article said they didn’t know why hair appears to stop growing, the International Beauty Education Center teaches students the science behind it. As a soon-to-be graduate who now cuts and styles hair full time, Shipley has found that the problem of stalled hair growth is quite common. “It happens to everyone for the most part,” she said. “But I have noticed that the older someone is, the more brittle their hair is.” That’s because hair becomes weaker the older we get, often from years of heat styling and coloring. Production of oil by the scalp also slows down after about age 45, so hair is drier and more susceptible to damage and breaking. Diet and vitamin deficiencies can also contribute to hair issues. “Medication and diet are both large contributors to hair growth. Or lack thereof. A poor diet or certain medications will affect how your hair grows,” said Shipley.

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Some of those medications include acne drugs containing retinoids, antibiotics and antifungals, antidepressants, birth control pills, anti-blood clotting drugs, cholesterollowering medicines, epilepsy treatments, high blood pressure medications and more. Coy, from Cartel salon, has her own horror story about this. “A couple years ago I was on prednisone and my doctor took me off it all at once, not weaning me off,” she said.

“Hair is made out of keratin, a protein that also makes up your nails and skin,” said Shipley, who uses a keratin shampoo and conditioner by Matrix on her clients. “So anything that can put the protein back into your hair is great.”

“About a month after I lost about a third of my hair.”

She also says regular haircuts are key.

Other health issues can also contribute, such as allergies, dermatitis and hormonal disorders, as well as an over- or under-active thyroid.

“Most people think it’s counterintuitive to trim your hair regularly if you’re trying to grow it out; however, it’s what ensures healthy growth. I recommend getting a trim every two months or whenever you or your hairdresser start to notice split ends again.”

“If I see a client who’s all of a sudden losing a lot of hair I will tell them to go see their doctor and get blood tests,” she said. “Our hair is the first thing to go if something is wrong inside the body ... the body is protecting the internal organs by putting less energy into growing hair.”


If a medical condition isn’t the cause, there are some ways to address hair loss or kick-start hair growth. Start with adding back what your body may be missing.


Changing your hair routine by decreasing the use of chemicals and heat cuts down on damage.

“You want to look for products that are either free of or low in alcohol,” said Shipley. “As alcohol is drying. In addition, anything with oils – whether it be coconut, jojoba, argan – will generally hydrate and smooth the hair shaft.” Hair masks between trims can also help, such as using unrefined organic coconut oil left in the hair overnight. Coy also recommends vitamins, such as a supplement like Biotin, which has only become popular in recent years. “People talk about the hair, skin and nails vitamin. That’s Biotin with a few other things added,” she said. “It doesn’t help the health of your hair but makes it grow faster.” She warns against using treatments like Rogaine though. “I took a class on this,” she said. “It has a crazy amount of side effects.” Coy says this could be because Rogaine and other products containing minoxidil as a main ingredient were derived from a heart medication after researchers noticed hair growth was a side effect of its use.


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She recommends Nioxin as a safer alternative, which thickens hair and enhances growth through the inhibition of the hormone dihydrotestosterone, which is believed to be the main cause of male pattern baldness. “Nioxin works really well – especially for women,” she said. “Basically the shampoo clears out buildup in the follicles, allowing hair to grow better.” Coy also recommends natural treatments such as scalp stimulation, although she admits it needs to be consistent. “Stimulation of any kind always helps because it increases blood flow,” she said. “Have your spouse, significant other, or a friend give you a scalp massage.” Shipley also has a favorite, cheap home treatment for hair issues. “I know I talk about coconut oil a lot, but it’s my hair holy grail!” she said. “It’s cheap, natural, smells good and works wonders!” P September/October 2018


Feel That Chill?

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Featuring a soft, chunky knit, this hooded sweater with bell sleeves and a hi/ low hem is perfect when you want to stay warm on a chilly morning but want something a little more polished than a hoodie.

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After a sultry summer, the cool morning air of a September morning is a relief. And while you might be able to eke out a few more weeks of sundresses and sandals, the days of warm sweaters and wool socks are just around the corner. If you’re ready for the weather to cool things down – and heat up your fall fashion – let a sweater envelope you up in comfort and keep you cozy in Northwest style.

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Belford Men Wool Sweater

Named after President Warren Harding, this lambswool cardigan features Donegal yarns adding hints of texture and color, as well as side-entry pockets and leather buttons.

Made of 100 percent extra fine Merino wool, this fitted sweater with posh touches like a front two-button closure, ribbed trim and suede patches adds refinement to your Casual Friday attire.

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Wait until you get your hands on this open front sweater. A shaggy knit with lots of fun texture, we love the color blocking on this pre-winter garment. T-Blue II Boutique, 2027 Main St. in Riverstone Village, Coeur d’Alene

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With a sandwashed design, this light cotton sweater is perfect for the outdoorsman who needs an extra layer during a leisurely autumn boat ride. Finan McDonald at the Lake, 210 Sherman Ave., #147, Coeur d’Alene

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PACKING PUNCHES: Fitness Through Boxing



By Staci Lehman

A lot of fitness crazes have come and gone over the years. If you want to get back to the basics – and a leaner, healthier body – you may want to try boxing. “Boxing is old school,” said Nicole Branstetter, a trainer at Spokane Boxing in downtown Spokane and a USA Boxing Women’s Ambassador. “It’s been around forever … the level of intensity is incredible, but you can build up to that.” Rick Welliver, owner at Spokane Boxing, agrees. He is also a trainer and former professional boxer. Welliver says boxing is something anybody can do, despite its reputation as a rough sport. “It’s for everybody,” said Welliver. “It’s for all shapes; for everyone.”

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And he does mean everybody. Welliver’s clients range in age from 5 to almost 80 years old, and are divided almost equally as far as gender. Branstetter says its appeal spans demographics because of its nature. “It’s a full-body workout that is a lot different than any other workout you will ever do,” said Branstetter. But she says the sport attracts people for reasons that are pretty much the opposite of the fighting that many associate with boxing. “It depends on who you are and where you are in life,” she said. “But some people are just looking to fit in and find a group. It’s a unique community. About 90 percent of the people just go for the community and work out.” Welliver says the gym has actual boxers who train there, but others come specifically for the exercise and aren’t interested in the physical contact that comes with sparring with someone else. “It can be non-contact,” he said. “You don’t have to get in the ring. People eventually do, but I put them in there with someone who is good, a professional.” If someone were hurt, it would be bad for business, he adds. Benefits of boxing as a fitness program include the highimpact cardio workout that burns up to 700 calories per hour. For children, Welliver says it can be a fun sport that builds discipline while burning energy and calories. “Obviously childhood obesity is a huge thing in our society,” said Welliver.

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He also mentions bullying and the self-defense aspect of boxing, along with the mental health benefits. “Feeling better mentally and physically at the end of the day,” is the goal, according to Welliver. “I’ve had people say this is their therapy.” In the case of Ella Cunningham, a young woman who comes to Spokane Boxing three to four times a week, boxing literally is her therapy. “I had a stroke,” she said. “I want to be healthy, not really to fight … I like the workout, but it’s really hard for me.” Welliver says the coordination required of using both hands to throw punches, while moving the feet, can help people like Cunningham recover from strokes and other health issues. It can also help Parkinson’s patients to maintain the use of



their limbs and reduce symptoms from the disease that can cause slow movement, stiffness of the body, and tremors. Welliver is working toward becoming certified to work with Parkinson’s patients. He also coaches people recovering from alcoholism and drug addiction. In the meantime, as part of her job as a USA Boxing Ambassador, Branstetter is working to attract more women to the sport. “About 10 percent of U.S. boxers are women,” she said. “There needs to be more women in boxing.” Branstetter, 5 feet 2 inches tall and self-described as “pretty girly-looking,” says boxing is something all women can do, regardless of size, shape or appearance. “This is something women can do and do well,” she said.

SOLAR NOW. PAY LATER. Welliver says he’s working on that with his clientele. Approximately 40 women recently attended a Wednesday night ladies conditioning class at Spokane Boxing. “We have professional women, we have young girls in their teens,” he said. Branstetter points out, though, that you rarely hear parents talk about dropping their daughters off for boxing practice – it’s usually dance or gymnastics. “I got kicked out of dance class at age 5,” she said. “Then I saw the movie ‘Mulan’ and asked to take karate.” She eventually branched out into boxing and is hoping other young women will follow her lead.


The hardest part of the workout for most people, according to Welliver? It’s walking through the door of the gym. “You gotta show up,” he said. Once you do, Welliver promises an enjoyable workout that most people love. His favorite part is the side effect of increased self-confidence, especially for people like Cunningham who are overcoming a health setback or recovering from issues like drug addiction or homelessness. “At the end of the day, boxing is something that not only builds character, but rebuilds character,” he said. P

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Falling Leaves, Kitchen Breeze By Joe Butler

As summer wraps up, many of us are starting to ask “What’s next?” We’re not necessarily talking about getting back to school schedules or planning a tropical vacation to escape the Northwest winter, although these are all fine ideas. Our springtime spare time and our home project budget may have been spent out in the garden, and many of us prefer to spend our summers outside of the home traveling or out on the water. Now that fall is here, it’s a perfect time to focus on indoor renovation projects. Some cabinetry contractors and other construction pros who may have been super busy in the summer are likely starting the process of securing their inside work for the winter, but may still have room for a few ‘in between’ jobs in their fall schedule. If the work is started now, everything should be done by the time winter moves in. How fun could that be to unveil your snazzy new cabinets and improved kitchen at your family’s traditional Thanksgiving gathering or a holiday party? For those planning to upgrade your kitchens, start with these strategies. Making Choices Today’s cabinets are quite as far as you can get from “everyone gets the same/one size fits all” modular trends of the past. Modern manufacturers now make sure to offer everyone all sorts of options in terms of colors, textures styles and accent pieces, so you can truly customize your space. Having a good idea of what exactly you want will help immensely when you go shopping or meet with contractors.



Getting Help Installing cabinets can be trickier than many people think. This isn’t just all the dust and having to relocate your dishes, glassware and big appliances while taking your kitchen offline, but planning for the future. Some cabinet makers, such as the Liberty Lake-based Huntwood, offer the services of trained kitchen designers to help you visualize what you want from a better kitchen, not just cabinets. They also calculate factors like traffic flow, lifestyle and the makeup of your household to determine the best layout for your kitchen. Resale Value Even if you are looking forward to enjoying the look and extra space that your new cabinets provide for the next few years, it never hurts to think about life down the line. When you do decide to sell, you can calculate how much value a trendy new kitchen will add to your home, or what unique features could potentially get a future buyer excited, more so than other kitchens they may be viewing. Nothing dampens a house tour more than dated cupboards.

Think Colors Trend watchers always come up with annual lists of “hot” colors that can be sprinkled throughout one’s entire home and reflect current color palettes. (Blue and gold are still great for 2018!) However, because kitchens are an investment for future home sales, most décor professionals advise with recommend white, or at least go with neutral tones like gray. You can still bring in color with countertop appliances and linens, and avoid a bland, sterile setting with accent pieces or darker counters. Even big appliances like dishwashers or refrigerators are now becoming available in bright new colors besides standard white, black or metallic/ stainless steel if you want your kitchen to stand out. Think Storage There’s the kind of traditional and functional cabinets that consist of a few shelves and a door to cover them. Then there are the cabinets with innovative features such as shelves that extend in different directions or clever dividers for smaller items. For instance, narrow spice jars can be placed in a skinny extendable drawer. Besides looking cool and innovative, they use less space than a full cupboard and are easy to access. P

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Fabric Refresh

S By Cheryl-Anne Millsap

Something happens just after Labor Day. The days are still warm but we begin to think about closing the lake cabin or storing the RV. We start putting away the outdoor furniture. We buy jeweltoned mums for the front porch and then, after sweeping the patio one last time, we turn our focus back indoors. Back to the rooms where we will spend so many months during fall and winter.

knows a thing or two about the ins and outs of chairs and sofas and what’s worth saving.

That’s when we notice the furniture is definitely showing the wear and tear of busy family life. The sofa is fading. The overstuffed chairs have grubby arms. The recliner looks its age. It’s time to make a few changes.

“I’ll turn it over looking for good coiled springs instead of flimsy s-shaped springs across the bottom,” he said. “I need to see if the frame and the construction make it worth recovering.”

Before heading to the furniture store, it might be a good idea to look at the investment you originally made when you purchased that sofa and those chairs, and consider a redo instead of replacement. If the bones are good, a new fabric can make your old pieces look like new. Still, while new upholstery or a fresh slipcover might be all it takes to help you fall in love with your furniture again, how do you know if your furniture is worth the effort and expense? Here’s what the experts say. David Jacobs, president of Jacobs Custom Living, has spent a lifetime in the upholstery and furniture retail business. He 18


“When someone brings in a chair I grab hold of the arm to see if it moves,” he said. “If it has loose cushions I’ll take off the bottom cushion and press on the seat, testing the springs.” That’s where he starts.

Cherie Killilea, a Spokane designer and an early Etsy champion, crafts bespoke slipcovers for clients. Her own experience taught her that sometimes upholstery isn’t an option. “I learned upholstery first, collecting old pieces and refurbishing them to fill my home,” she said. “After tearing down a darling antique chair only to discover the wooden frame was so riddled with tack holes that I had nothing to staple into, I switched to slipcovering.” Killilea has developed a loyal following, some of whom return to her year after year requesting new covers for old furniture. Her favorite? “I love the challenge of a wingback chair.”


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Like Jacobs, Killilea looks at structural stability and condition before taking on a project, especially if the piece is quite old or has been purchased second hand. “Make sure it is sturdy, comfortable and free from mold and pests,” she said. Killilea also suggests choosing fabric for slipcovers with care. “The more you use the piece, the sturdier the fabric should be,” she warned. “I like washable cottons, heavy linen and canvas. Many of the new fabrics come with stain-repellent finishes on them which make them dry clean only.” Both Jacobs and Killilea know that when it comes to recovering old furniture, sometimes practicality takes second place to sentiment. Some pieces are worth the extra work to replace old springs or tighten joints. “I always say you can’t go to the store and replace Grandma’s old chair,” Jacobs said. “When it comes to recovering family pieces, condition matters, but sentimental attachment is important too.” For more information about furniture upholstery or slipcovers, visit Jacobs Custom Living at and Studio Cherie at P

Tips For Recovering or Slipcovering Furniture Check for loose arms or legs and for sagging springs. These problems can sometimes be fixed but will up the cost. Choose appropriate fabrics. Durable, washable fabrics are best for slipcovers. Upholstery fabrics should have some stain resistance. If purchasing second hand with the intention to recover, check for mold as well as animal stains and damage before buying.

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By Theresa Tanner

Ask almost anyone about their hobbies or interests, and music will likely figure in to the response. Whether a person is an amateur musician, an avid concert-goer or simply likes to hum along to tunes with the radio, music has a way of defining one’s personality. Are you a rocker or a disco diva? Do you prefer classical or country? If an appreciation of music stands out as one of your primary interests, incorporating music into your home design is an obvious choice. You may already have beautiful instruments. You might enjoy searching antique stores for unique items that you can’t play but love to see. Get creative and make your home sing with music.

Hanging Out

One of the simplest and most elegant ways to display stringed instruments is just hang them directly on the walls. Basic studio hangers are easy to find at music stores like Hoffman Music, Guitar Center and Mark’s Guitar Shop. If you have an assortment of instruments, create a wall of music that will be the perfect focal point in a room for entertaining. When you want to impress your guests with your abilities, simply pluck your guitar off the wall to begin the show.



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A piano that’s been neglected and fallen into disrepair can be a tragic sight for a musician. But if restoration isn’t a possibility, there are creative ways to give the instrument a second life. Ambitious gardeners have turned pianos into planters or even water fountains, adding a romance and whimsy to an overgrown landscape.

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Another option is to give a piano a clean slate with a fresh coat of paint, so you can fully incorporate the piece into your color story.

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If you have metallic accents incorporated into your interior design, a polished brass instrument is an excellent accessory. Instead of a statue in a corner or a trinket on an end table, why not a saxophone on a stand? Of course, if you have little hands that are constantly grasping at anything shiny, you might want to display a golden trumpet on a tall shelf.

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Choosing to display instruments in the open does mean that there is an increased risk of damage. Use your judgment when displaying expensive instruments and keep the following in mind: Avoid direct sunlight. Think about where the sun travels throughout the day, and consider displaying instruments in places where they will not be exposed to too much light. Control temperature and humidity. Heat and moisture can cause cracks in wood and brass instruments. Consider using a humidity and temperature monitor. Clean and dust. As with everything in your home, an open instrument is exposed to dirt, water and everything else. Give your instruments a weekly polish with a dry cloth or feather duster.

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l There’s no ‘one size fits all’ approach when it comes to community theater. Some people are interested in big splashy musicals where everything – the size of the cast, the sets, the costumes, the lights – is a little, or at lot, over the top. Others are drawn to intimate character studies with a cast of only two. A stark, stripped-down staged reading might be right for someone else. Luckily for us in the Spokane area, a number of community theaters allow creative types to find a organization that suits their talents and interests … and also allow local audiences to reap the benefits of a thriving and diverse theater scene. This month, four local theaters are presenting four vastly different plays to kick off their respective 20182019 performance seasons. To usher in its 72nd season, Spokane Civic Theatre, one of the oldest community theaters in the country, presents “Mary Poppins” (Sept. 14-Oct. 14). The family-friendly Disney musical features a cast of 27 and is directed by longtime Civic performer and director Troy Nickerson. “Community theater is about teaching,” Nickerson said during a rehearsal in July. “We have people who have tapped for seven years and people who have never tapped a day in their life, but you won’t be able to tell the difference on opening night.” Meeting and working with people from all walks of life is one of Jerrod Galles’ favorite parts of working on a show. “We all have different jobs and stories, but this is our one similarity,” said Galles, who plays Bert. “You find your community.” Civic is staging 10 productions for its 2018-2019 season, including two other musicals adapted from popular movies: “Elf The Musical” (Nov. 23-Dec. 23) and “Young Frankenstein” (May 17-June 16, 2019).



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Rehearsal for “A Chorus Line.” Photo courtesy of Lake City Playhouse

Cast of “Mary Poppins” rehearses at Spokane Civic Theatre. Photo by Dan Cooley

Across the state line in Coeur d’Alene, Lake City Playhouse, established in 1961, is staging a different kind of musical, but one that will interest anyone who wants to go ‘behind the scenes’ in the theater world.

interview. “We have a very talented community, and we wanted more options.”

One of the longest running Broadway musicals, “A Chorus Line,” directed by Lake City Playhouse board president Brooke Wood, opened at Lake City Playhouse on Sept. 7 (closing Sept. 23). “‘A Chorus Line’ hasn’t been done in the area for a very long time,” Wood said in a phone interview. “It has some teeth in terms of content. It’s a groundbreaking show that touches on stuff that’s still relevant to society.” When planning out a season, the artistic board at Lake City Playhouse picks plays that they believe will be best for the community. They consider what plays have been well-received in the past while looking for new shows that will make the audience think and provide plenty of familyfriendly options. Families will especially enjoy this season’s productions of “Cheaper By The Dozen” (Oct. 19-Nov. 4) and “Annie” (Nov. 23-Dec. 9). If you’re not necessarily interested in musical numbers and huge kicklines, never fear – non-musical theater is also on the docket in September. Ignite! Community Theatre, founded in 2004 by a group of local actors who were active at both Civic and the nowdefunct Interplayers, opens its season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy “Harvey” (Sept. 7-23). Ignite! began because “there were always more people available to do shows,” according to founding member and current artistic director Scott Finlayson in a phone



Alongside a five-show Footlight season of fully staged productions, Ignite! also features Booklight performances of staged readings without the commitment and cost of costumes, sets and lengthy rehearsals. “We have audience members who only come to staged readings,” said Finlayson. “And for performers who might be weary of memorizing scripts and a full rehearsal process, it gives them a chance to get their feet wet on stage.” If you’re looking for something a little more thoughtprovoking, Stage Left Theater, open since 2013, presents “1984” through Sept. 23. “It’s still relevant in today’s political climate,” said interim managing director Rebecca Craven in a phone interview. “It’s going to start a conversation.” And that’s a big part of Stage Left’s mission: to engage its audiences in the discussion and analysis on issues of topical value as a force for political, intellectual and social stimulation. Another politically focused drama, “Daisy” opens Nov. 16. Not everything at Stage Left is quite so serious; one of Stage Left’s “extra shows” this year is the premiere of resident playwright Molly Allen’s “Closing It Up” (Oct. 1121), which Craven calls “a hilarious show” as adult siblings come together in the wake of a parent’s passing. Stage Left also hosts five Playwright Festival events throughout the year with unique and entertaining structures,

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including 1-minute plays, plays produced in 24 hours, and plays written by firstgrade students. Officials from each local theater emphasize that there is plenty of excitement in seeing so many opportunities for performers throughout the Northwest. “There are so many options for theater in Spokane, which is great, so you get a mixture of people everywhere,” said Craven, who herself is performing in “Mary Poppins” at Civic while managing Stage Left. “Someone may be on the board at one place, but they’ll still audition for our shows.” And although you’ll see many familiar faces on the various stages in the area, it’s not unusual to see someone in their very first show. “We get the whole gamut of people at auditions: from people who have done this for decades to people who are auditioning for their first play ever,” said Finlayson. “We love that: that’s what makes it community theater.” P



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Picking Up Pop Culture By Sarah Bain

When the leaves begin to turn, one of the things I think of is how the entertainment landscape heats up just as the weather starts to cool down. It’s hard to choose between a great television show, a movie at the theater, a book released just before the holiday season or some great live shows around town. So check your mood and pick from a plethora of fall choices whether you decide to stay in or go out. TELEVISION Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix special “Nanette” was released in June, and maybe all your friends have already told you to watch, but it really deserves all the buzz it’s been receiving. Purportedly a comedy special, “Nanette” takes the viewer on a journey not just filled with laughs and well-wrought one-liners, but also of self-reflection, insight, and art history. You may laugh. You may cry. You may find yourself angry and frustrated and unable to put your emotions into words. It is the most talked-about comedy in recent memory for that very reason. If you’re already a zombie fan, or you know anything about locally produced television, then maybe you’re already a fan of “Z-Nation.” The post-apocalyptic series has been filmed in and around Spokane since 2014. Now in its fifth season, “Z-Nation” returns to SyFy later this year (rumored in September, but that has not been confirmed as of writing). If you haven’t jumped on the “Z-Nation” bandwagon, I’ve got good news: seasons 1-4 are currently available on Netflix, so catch up now. 28


Speaking of locally produced TV, Fox 28 has a new program called “Spokane Talks.” From Spokane Talks Media, which distributes local podcasts, including “Startup Spokane” and “Library Out Loud,” comes a new television program of “News, Views and Conversation” every Sunday evening at 6 p.m. on KAYU Fox 28. Looks like it will be worth checking out. BOOKS Before he penned and starred in the Broadway sensation, “Hamilton,” Lin-Manuel Miranda inspired Twitter followers at the beginning and end of each day with brief words of encouragement, original sayings, aphorisms and poetry for his audience of nearly two-and-a-half million people. “Gmorning, Gnight!: Little Pep Talks for Me & You” (Oct. 23) gathers the encouraging words of Miranda along with adorable illustrations by Jonny Sun into this highly anticipated book that’s sure to be a best-selling balm to those in need. For those who saw “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” this summer, the excellent documentary about Mr. Rogers and his neighborhood, you may have left the theater wanting more. “The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers” by Maxwell King (Sept. 4) is the first full-length biography of Fred Rogers, and it draws on original interviews, oral histories and archival documents to tell even more of the story of the enduring national children’s television host. Many people may know of Hank Green as John Green’s lessfamous brother, but if the scuttlebutt regarding Hank’s first book, “An Absolutely Remarkable Thing” (Sept. 25) is any

indication, that moniker may soon be reversed. The much anticipated novel tells a “sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she’s part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined.” Additionally, Hank lives in Missoula, so much of his work has a semi-local feel, and we frankly can’t wait to see what this novel has in store for us. Weeks before his death in late 2016, Leonard Cohen said that he was ready for the end to come, but he wanted enough time to put together his last book, which he did in the form of “The Flame” (Oct. 2). The book is an outpouring of everything Cohen, containing new poems about war, desire, regret and hummingbirds, as well as lyrics from his last three albums. “The Flame” also includes excerpts from Cohen’s notebooks. Cohen’s longtime manager and friend, Robert Kory, says the book “reveals to all the intensity of his inner fire.” MOVIES Yes, you’ve probably seen one or two versions of “A Star is Born” (Oct. 5). The classic Hollywood tale is back on the big screen, helmed by first-time director Bradley Cooper. Lady Gaga plays the aspiring singer-songwriter who is mentored and wooed by Cooper, a country singer whose star is fading as his protégé rises to fame. Hollywood golden boy Timothée Chalamet is looking down the barrel of his second Oscar nomination by playing Nic Sheff in “Beautiful Boy” (Oct. 12). Based on memoirs by both Nic and his father David (played by Steve Carell), the film explores a family coping with the struggles of addiction. “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle teams up again with Ryan Gosling for “First Man” (Oct. 12), a biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong and his ascent to be the first man to walk on the moon. Cast also includes Claire Foy, Corey Stoll, Kyle Chandler and Jason Clarke. ON STAGE West Coast Entertainment’s 2018-2019 STCU Best of Broadway season begins with “Finding Neverland,” Nov.1518 at INB Performing Arts Center. Its first big show after this summer’s remodel, “Finding Neverland” tells the story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spokane native Julia Sweeney brings her first-ever stand-up show, “Julia Sweeney: Older and Wider” to Martin Woldson Theater at The Fox on Sept. 28. “I’d always considered myself a comedic monologist,” said Sweeney, “but it occurred to me that I was so close to doing stand-up that I should just take that step ... My show is observational and strewn with funny stories.” Sweeney was a “Saturday Night Live” cast member from 1990 to 1994, best known for her creation and performance of the androgynous character Pat. P

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Organizational tech helps reduce info overload By Joe Butler


How do you think your officemates would react if, instead of a briefcase, you walked into work sporting a Trapper Keeper? Depending on their age, they might be impressed or confused.

Although it may have been cool in the 80s and 90s, lugging around your Trapper at work might not send the right message for today’s corporate go-getter. There are grown-up versions, of course: leather portfolios, which have a similar function but lack any sort of personality.

Dragon (, $50-1,500) Since v.1 was released in 1997, Dragon Naturally Speaking has become one of the best-regarded brands in terms of allowing people to speak instead of write. The voice recognition software continues to regularly evolve with more features, functions and general user-friendliness. Version 15 was released earlier this year and goes far beyond basic dictation – users can now give their computer, mobile device or other synchronized hardware all sorts of commands. There are versions available in multiple languages as well as specialized industries with their own vocabulary/jargon such as law or medicine. The program estimates that it’s three times as fast to say what you need to say vs. writing or typing it out. There are free talk-to-text alternatives available through GoogleDrive or MS Office, but Dragon Naturally Speaking is still considered the gold standard.

But what about managing your digital chaos? In cyberspace, it’s even more vital to properly store and quickly access the right documents. Even our smartphones and tablets have some limitations at trying to manage all our data adequately. Luckily, there are a variety of tools out there to help improve

LiveScribe (, starting at $180) On the other hand, sometimes writing stuff down can still be useful. LiveScribe allows you to jot down notes with either a Bluetooth-enabled pen that sends your words right to the data cloud or a ‘smart’ notebook that also uploads your

Since 1978, generations of students have used (and likely abused) Mead’s superb organizational tool to keep their important papers, folders and other necessities all in one easy-to-access pouch. More than 75 million have been sold worldwide – and there is actually a thriving re-sale market online, with prime prices being asked for old-school designs. You might even find a few new ones lingering in this year’s back-to-school sale bins this time of year.


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Nest (, starting at $250) Want happy employees? Make sure they’re cool, but not cold. If your workplace’s temperature gets too warm, it can cause everything from increased aggression to drowsiness. If it gets too chilly, productivity can also drop while complaints of “c’mon, we’re freezing here” will start to spike. ‘Smart’ thermostats from Nest can be placed at different points in a building or home, and then easily adjusted online by authorized users with an app. Nest also offers “Learning” Thermostats starting at $250, which adjust throughout the day based on historical ranges at your location combined with seasonal data for your geographic area. They also can lower themselves when there’s less activity like evenings or weekends. This hardware can save you money as well as keep track of energy costs, which both can be helpful for your current budget as well as future projections. Planday (, $2-4 per month per user) Scheduling is the worst, whether you’re using Excel, Outlook or old-school paper and pencil to outline everyone’s hours. But this scalable software attempts to make the planning process a little easier by providing color-coded templates to help you keep track of shifts, employees and constant variables like vacations, sick days or other timeoff requests. Different security layers can allow employers/managers to see payroll costs and other confidential data, while employees can clock in from their phones, see their accrued hours and also indicate future availability. It’s entirely mobilebased so doesn’t need software updates, and can be accessed from anywhere. P



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KEY WEST By Cheryl-Anne Millsap



If you want one more getaway before summer fades away completely in the Northwest, a trip to Key West, Fla., might be calling. The 7-square-mile sand and coral island at the southernmost tip of the continental United States is a small town with a big legend. With its signature rows of pretty pastel-tinted houses, a vibrant night life and eateries touting the freshest seafood, you’re at no loss for activities to occupy time in Key West. Whether you’re chasing a Jimmy Buffet vibe or retracing literary footsteps of the town’s most famous resident, it’s easy to find plenty of diversions for a week or two in the sun, or even just an hour to two, if you’ve come ashore from a cruise ship; several cruise companies make port at this picturesque tropical location. Key West is much more than beautiful sandy beaches and a 24-hour cocktail crawl. It’s also the home to a wide array of significant cultural and political history. The Truman Little White House (trumanlittlewhitehouse. com) was originally constructed in 1890 as housing for naval officers and later used as command headquarters during World War I and World War II. President Harry S. Truman stayed there during a long overdue vacation in 1946 and would visit 11 times during his presidency. The site is still used for government functions, but can be toured daily and even booked for weddings.

sunset celebration at Mallory Square. Musicians, miscellaneous performers, and – naturally – mobile cocktail vendors all do their best to catch your eye, but the real star of the show is a wide dramatic sunset that will take your breath away – and doesn’t cost a dime. P

Sip and Savor Known for its non-stop party life and vacay vibes, Key West has no shortage of places to indulge in good food and libations. Toss one back like Papa at the infamous Sloppy Joe’s Bar and get your fresh and fast seafood fix at D.J.’s Clam Shack, which was featured on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.” For a special night out take the ferry to Sunset Key’s Latitude, named one of Open Table’s 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America in 2017. And, of course, you can’t go home without enjoying at least one slice of authentic Key Lime pie. The iconic dessert – the official state dessert of Florida – is on the menu at most establishments. And why not have another? Go on. It’s vacation … the calories don’t count.

If you’re a Hemingway fan, a visit to Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum (hemingwayhome. com) in the heart of the historic Old Town district is a must-see destination. As a museum that covers much more than the 10 prolific years Papa Hemingway spent in Key West, writing and visiting the nearby bar Sloppy Joe’s, the museum brings the Nobel Prize-winning author’s legend and career to light. A highlight for animal lovers: the descendants of Hemingway’s famous polydactyl (six-toed) cats still roam the property and seem to pose willingly throughout the house and around the grounds. The Mel Fisher Museum ( is a fascinating look at the treasure recovered from shipwrecks along the Keys. With recovered artifacts from the colonial ships, a visit to this archeological museum is like swimming back in time. If that’s inspiring, you might also enjoy shipwreck snorkeling or a day trip to explore the Dry Tortugas, a small group of islands in the Gulf of Mexico about 67 miles west of Key West. Don’t forget to close each memorable day in Key West by joining the rowdy crowd for the daily

September/October 2018


Our Scottish By Dan Webster

Tiger Woods was standing right there. Right. There. And as the day passed, other famous golfers passed by. Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Jason Day and Justin Thomas – so many professional golfers, all competing in The Open, the 147th British golf championship held on July 19-22 in Carnoustie, Scotland. It was The Open and our shared love of golf that brought me, my wife, her sister and her husband to Scotland in the first place. But being multi-taskers, we tried to see as much of other parts of Scotland as we could fit into our five-day schedule before hitting the links. My wife and I flew into London, non-stop from Salt Lake City. A near-five-hour train trip took us to Edinburgh, where we arrived just in time to catch the closing minutes of the World Cup final (Vive la France!) in the lobby of the Radisson Blu. The next morning, still dazed from jetlag, we began our twoday exploration of the city, an exercise which – in recent years in cities from Auckland to Barcelona – has involved a near34


Tiger Woods and his caddy mull a shot at The Open. Photo by Mary Pat Treuthart

obligatory Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour. If nothing else, the Ho-Ho buses provide a good first overview of what a city has to offer. After receiving a feel for Edinburgh’s center, we made a list of what we considered to be must-see sites. One of the first was obvious. The Radisson Blu sits about midway on what is known as the Royal Mile. So it was just a short walk to what is the city’s, and maybe Scotland’s, top attractions: Edinburgh Castle. The Crown Jewels were impressive, the Prisons of War unsettling and the overlook of the city was striking. Trekking to the other end of the Royal Mile, we toured Holyrood Palace, the official residence of the British royal family when they’re in Edinburgh – and the one-time home of Mary, Queen of Scots. I couldn’t wait to tell my brother, a total Anglophile, that I had stood in the room where Mary’s private secretary, David Rizzio, was murdered. We jumped back on the bus (we’d purchased 48-hour tickets) and rode it to the Scottish National Gallery, where we were able to enjoy a special exhibit of Rembrandt paintings, etchings and drawings, amid the permanent collection that includes works by Degas, Monet, da Vinci, van Gogh and more.

You can’t see all a city’s attractions in just a couple of days, but we got a good taste of Edinburgh. And, pun fully intended, that included our meals, such as the one we had at the vegetarian restaurant David Bann. And the distinctly Scottish fare (including a few local whiskey chasers) we were served at the Whiski Bar and Restaurant on High Street. At the end of our second full day, we boarded the train to St. Andrews. We’d planned on staying at the exclusive Rufflets Hotel, a couple of miles outside the village proper. But the online booking service we’d used failed us, and the hotel had no availability. Showing true Scottish hospitality, however, the Rufflets management both served us tea and arranged rooms for us at a seaside hotel: the Hotel du Vin & Bistro. Being in St. Andrews itself allowed us easy access to all the sights. Home of Scotland’s first university, the village of some 17,000 residents also boasts one of the world’s most famous golf shrines: The Old Course. My brother-inlaw and I nearly swooned as we stood on the first tee and adjacent 18th green. All four of us both bought souvenirs in the course’s gift shop and toured the nearby British Golf Museum.

Dugald Stewart Monument on Calton Hill with Edinburgh Castle in distance.

We also visited both the village’s historic castle and its cathedral – both of which are ruins – and took a long walk along the seacoast. And we would have done more, maybe visit the city aquarium, the university museum or even play a round of golf ourselves, but we were there for only the day. We had to get to Dundee, which – courtesy of the Hampton Hotel – would be our home base while attending The 2018 Open. The train took us across the bridge that passes over the Firth of Tay, the estuary that provides Dundee access to the North Sea. Scotland’s fourth-largest city, Dundee has a number of charms – art galleries and museums – but we spent most of our two days there hiking to the city’s ultramodern train station so that we could make the 15-minute trip north to Carnoustie. We did, however, enjoy two late-evening meals in Dundee – tapas one night at the Spanish-themed Gallery 48 and sandwiches and salads the next at Avery & Co., where our 20-something servers were ecstatic about the no-rain summers they were experiencing for maybe the first time in their lives.

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As for the championship, it was held at the worldfamous Carnoustie Golf Links. My wife had arranged packages for the four of us that allowed us to attend the first two days of the 2018 Open and gave us access to a hospitality room and reserved seats in the grandstands bordering the 18th green. So the first day, after getting off the train, we roamed around to get a feel both for the course and the tournament. Each hole was clearly marked, and most had a big-screen scoreboard displaying who was hitting approach shots and who was putting. We ended up sitting at one hole, in the shade – remember, this had been a hot, no-rain summer – as the pros played through. This was where we saw the likes of Spieth, McIlroy, Day, Matt Kuchar, eventual winner Francesco Molinari and several more. Even so, we – along with pretty much everyone else – kept looking for Tiger. And finally we saw him. Surrounded by spectators, mobbed by members of the media, he strode down the fairway, hitting shots that had him near the lead both days we were there (he finished tied for 6th). Yeah, I’ll say it: The moment was pure magic. Attending The Open was one of those times in which the virtual world of television melds with the more personal experience that comes with being actually present at something. Each one evokes its own distinctive flood of feelings. We certainly felt something special. And that mood persisted, even when the rain did come – causing us to watch much of the second day’s action first at our hotel and then in the hospitality room. The sun eventually reemerged late in the afternoon, allowing us to sit in the grandstands and watch a number of players take their final putts of the day. We felt a enduring glow of satisfaction as we joined the crowds on the train south, and even later as we departed the U.K. and flew home. For at least one of us, that feeling persists still.


St. Andrews Cathedral

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Enjoy Wine Weekends in Prosser By Theresa Tanner

As a child, I thought everyone knew where Prosser was. I knew it was a small Eastern Washington town, especially when compared to my home in Spokane. But I didn’t realize how off the radar this agricultural community on the Yakima River was until I entered my teenage years. My reason for thinking that Prosser was a well-known destination is forgivable. It’s where my mother grew up, and where many relatives still lived, so trips down Highway 395 were frequent in my family. I was a kid, what did I know? And, from a kid’s perspective, it seems like there were always so many exciting things happening in Prosser! There was a parade and fireworks on the Fourth of July. It’s where we stayed up until midnight on New Year’s Eve and counted down to the start of another year.



Sometimes there were a bunch of hot air balloons along the river. Wouldn’t you think this place was absolutely magical at age 6? But the main attraction in Prosser was my grandparents. Not only did they have a pool, but they had a great old house with push-button light switches and crystal doorknobs, which felt historic and mysterious to an imaginative kid who read books like “The Secret Garden” and “Anne of Green Gables.” During weeklong visits throughout summers, my grandparents would also take me and my sister camping and fishing in their truck camper, and plan excursions to museums and other regional attractions. We played with dozens of cousins all day, pausing only for meals and a daily trip across the street to the “candy store”

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(gas station). We’d exhaust ourselves with swimming, but keep ourselves awake after dark for the annual evening tradition of marshmallows and hot dogs roasted over the backyard fire pit. You can understand why I thought Prosser was one of the greatest places in the world. With the passing of both my grandparents, and with my aunts and uncles moving away when their kids graduated from high school to settle in other cities, I haven’t had many reasons to visit Prosser these days, which, unfortunately, is right when Prosser itself has been growing and becoming a travel destination. According to Tour Prosser, this little town is now home to more than 30 wineries. Known September/October 2018


as the birthplace of Washington Wine, Prosser’s climate is nearly ideal for wine grapes with plenty of annual sunshine, warm days and cool nights. And people are now coming in droves to get some of the state’s best wine, right at the source. For our first wedding anniversary in October 2016, I took my husband Cole on a weekend wine getaway. He’d never spent much time in Prosser, and with some of my last local relatives’ house on the market, our family accommodations would soon expire. Like many visitors to Prosser, we enjoyed tastings at several wineries in what’s known as Vintner’s Village. With 12 tasting rooms within walking distance, you can spend long afternoons enjoying a variety of wines before enjoying a meal at Wine O’Clock Wine Bar & Bistro. One of our favorites of tastes of the day was Airfield Estates 2016 Bombshell Red, a full-bodied blend of Merlot, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache grapes. The winery name, and label artwork, pays homage to the Sunnyside estate’s history in leasing land for a flight school attended by hundreds of Army Air Corps pilots during World War II. But the real mission of our trip went beyond simply tasting grapes. We were here to pick grapes. My husband had been experimenting with making homemade wine for several years, and we decided to mark our first year of marriage with a batch using freshly picked grapes. Visiting several wineries provided us with the chance to



tour the facilities, and pick up some wine-making tricks for our venture. After a hearty farmer’s breakfast at The Roza Grill, we contacted a local grape grower who had advertised a surplus crop online. We picked up two giant Rubbermaid containers and met him on his vineyard in nearby Benton City. In early October, the vines were largely picked through, but we managed to harvest 200 pounds of Malbec grapes in a morning. We returned to Spokane that afternoon and after a great deal of sanitizing, Cole hoisted me into a giant barrel for some old-fashioned “I Love Lucy”-style grape stomping. The resulting wine, named after our beloved St. Bernard Gaia, won two ribbons at the Spokane Interstate Fair the following year. My reasons to go back to Prosser have changed since I was a kid, although I’ll always want to visit old haunts like The Burger Ranch or El Caporal Mexican restaurant, which used to be the location of my grandfather’s pharmacy. But I’m glad to have a new reason to go back every year or so, ready to try more experiments in homemade wine. And I’m especially glad to know that so many other people, both Washingtonians and beyond, are finding their own reasons to visit. Starting with the excellent wine, and discovering much more. P

September/October 2018



COFFEE by the Cup

By Sarah Bain

Coffee. The word can evoke an assortment of emotions – desire, need, excitement, even fear (if you discover you’ve run out). Most of the time, stopping for coffee can be a great excuse to get together with friends to catch up on the latest news in each other’s lives or, if you’re in a hurry, it’s simply a terrific pick-me-up on the way to the next kid’s soccer game. With so many coffee options for great coffee in the Inland Northwest, why not move out of your comfort zone a bit, and try new coffee houses that you don’t normally visit, or that you’ve been meaning to try? Some shops on this list just opened in the last year or two so you may not have even heard of them. The Inland Northwest has a plethora of choices when it comes to coffee so check out our latest recommendations for some of the best cups around town.


Vessel One of my favorite places to sit and relax with a coffee and a friend is Vessel on North Monroe (2823 N. Monroe St.). Both a coffee roaster and coffee shop, Vessel is “on a mission to create a way to engage our community, and share the gift of extraordinary coffee.” Though it hasn’t been as accessible during the North Monroe Street construction, Vessel is absolutely worth seeking out to spend some time and experience some coffee. And did you realize there are 12 vintage shops on the same street? Grab a coffee, and get to antiquing!



Indaba Another of my favorites, in part because of the atmosphere and in part because of their newest location on Nettleton (419 N. Nettleton St.) in Kendall Yards, which includes shared space with mini-doughnut shop Hello Sugar, each Indaba location is unique, yet somehow feels like home in its own way. When we have out-of-town visitors, one of the first places we take them is Indaba, so it feels to me like they’ve succeeded in their plans. Indaba roasts its own coffee, and shares its delicious roasts in downtown Spokane, in Kendall Yards and in the West Central community.

Atticus Coffee & Gifts If you’re of a literary mind, I encourage you to visit Atticus Coffee & Gifts (222 N. Howard St.). The hardest decision, of course, is whether to stop first to look at the eclectic array of home décor and unusual gifts, or to make your way to the back as quickly as possible for an outrageously good espresso. Atticus also offers sandwiches and an assortment of baked goods. Once you have your coffee in hand, we bet you won’t make it back through the gift shop without a treasure to share.

The Shop Whenever I’m in the Perry district, I try to make an excuse to visit The Shop (924 S. Perry St.). The excuse doesn’t have to be anything more than, “Oh, I forgot to make coffee this morning.” I have always loved the unique atmosphere – the conversion of an old automotive shop into a coffee shop. Furthermore, there are many reasons to visit The Shop even if you aren’t just passing through, such as live music and summer outdoor movies.

Boots Bakery & Lounge I don’t have a lot of dietary restrictions myself, but I do have a number of vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free friends and relatives. When we go out together, we will often go to Boots Bakery & Lounge (24 W. Main Ave.). It has a wide assortment of delicious vegan and gluten-free items on the menu, including the should-be-famous pumpkin waffles. In addition to baked goods and delicious coffee, Boots also boasts a full bar if the mood should strike for a cocktail instead.

Spaceman Coffee Nobody I talked to for this story had anything less than gushing to say about Spaceman Coffee (228A W. Sprague Ave.). Spaceman Coffee is the kind of hole-in-the-wall coffee shop for people who love hole-in-the-wall coffee shops. The staff focuses on making each visitor feel like the most important person to ever walk through the door. As Spaceman puts it, they are “a specialty coffee experience for Earthlings.” If you are an Earthling, you should give Spaceman try. September/October 2018


Jacob’s Java Established in 1992, Spokane’s first drive-thru espresso stand, Jacob’s Java is still one of Spokane’s best, with hand-crafted coffee drinks, unusual specialties like the Eagle Ridge Sunset (Lotus energy drink flavored with raspberry, strawberry, coconut and orange juice), and delicious baked goods (try the steamed bagel!). There are six locations around town, including their first at 6th and Washington and their latest at 2301 on N. Monroe St. Jacob’s Java also roasts its own coffee that you can purchase by the pound right at the drive-thru, which is a handy convenience for anybody who left it off the shopping list only to remember while driving away from the grocery store.

Blvd. Coffee Company Spokane has many drive-thru offerings, and one of my morning favorites is The Blvd Coffee Company (1127 W. Northwest Blvd.), not only because it’s extremely close to where I used to drop my kids off at school, but also because it’s a classic coffee drive-thru with a huge selection of items and extremely friendly service. Though you might see quite a lineup of cars in the morning, the baristas get you through in a hurry. And, if you aren’t in the mood for coffee but want something refreshing, there are lots of alternatives to choose from, like flavored Zipfizz energy drinks.


Calypsos Coffee & Creamery A locally-owned family business, Calypsos Coffee & Creamery (116 E. Lakeside Ave.) can be found in downtown Coeur d’Alene across from Independence Point and The Coeur d’Alene Resort. In addition to coffee, Calypsos offers pastries, soups, salads, sandwiches and terrific breakfasts. Coffee beans are roasted right in the shop, and it also serves ice cream.

Terre Coffee & Bakery Terre has two sit-down locations, a flagship location in Post Falls (621 N. Spokane St.) and one in Coeur d’Alene (1527 Northwest Blvd.), plus a drive-thru stand at 801 W. Seltice Way in Post Falls. Terre Coffee & Bakery offers a clean and cozy atmosphere, high-quality coffee drinks and a wide array of fresh baked goods: bagels, scones, muffins, and more. The owners say that “One of the company’s seven core values is ‘Positive and Healthy.’” That means they look for high quality ingredients to keep products delicious and preservative free, both in the bakery and behind the coffee bar, sourcing locally whenever possible.

Evans Brothers Coffee Believe it or not (and we think you’ll probably believe it), one of the brightest shining stars of the local coffee scene is actually headquartered in Sandpoint. Evans Brothers Coffee (524 Church St.) also has a location in Coeur d’Alene (504 E. Sherman), and focuses on making the finest handcrafted drink for every single visitor. The company’s aim is to “showcase our exceptional coffees and espresso. Our baristas are passionate about their craft, and they take great pride in preparing quality drinks. Latte art is standard, and all drinks are handcrafted, weighed and timed.” Coffee geeks everywhere: rejoice. 44



By Tricia Jo Webster

Pull on your lucky jersey, put on your game face, pull your hair back and get ready to rally! We’ve compiled a roster of favorite area dens of first-downs, dunks and drafts to help make sure you’re ready for game day.


With more than 50 televisions, including a 14’ HD projection screen and a 70” 3-D Plasma set, 15 satellite receivers that host subscriptions to NFL Ticket, MLB Extra Innings, NBA League Pass, ESPN Gameplan, FOX Soccer Channel, the Big Ten Network and regional FOX Sports Networks, and access to the real-time audio-steam app, Audio Fetch, you’ll never miss a game at the Swinging Doors – no matter how obscure! This family-friendly north side sports staple features college games on Saturdays and every NFL game on Sundays, plus plenty of distractions to keep the non-sports fans in your party occupied while you follow every play on the big screens – four Golden Tee games, video bowling, bumper shuffleboard, a pool table and a full bar featuring 27 beers on tap plus an impressive menu of delicious food. At the Swinging Doors, everyone’s a winner. 1018 W. Francis, North Spokane Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.

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Why have one sports bar when you can have three? Capone’s Pub & Grill has been a North Idaho go-to since the Capone family first opened the doors of their Coeur d’Alene location in 1991. Since then, they’ve added two additional locations, in Hayden and Post Falls – and have made a name for themselves as a place that welcomes fans of all kinds – including the kiddos (because it’s never too early to become a rabid fan)! Each of the three locations boasts about 20 TVs, including big screens, and they cater to all your NFL, NHL and NBA needs. Known for big sporting events, including local and national teams, Capone’s highlights football-related food specials during NFL games, and also offers mouthwatering wingand pizza-of-the-month specials. Sunday Funday during football season means $4 Bloody Marys and $5 doubles, with breakfast served from 9:30 a.m.-noon. From pizza to potato skins, everything is fresh and made-to-order … and that’s one way to know what victory tastes like. 715 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene 315 N. Ross Point Rd., Post Falls 9520 N. Government Way. Hayden Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-close


Whether you’re a Washington, Idaho or Montana fan, you’ll find your game, and fellow fanatics, at this Liberty Lake hub of hoopla. Four of the bar’s 24 55-inch screens are dedicated to streaming all televised Montana Grizzlies, Eastern Eagles and Idaho Vandals games, so you’re sure to have a front-row seat; but on days when the Zags and the Cougs face off, in any sport, standing-room only is the name of the game. Luckily, there’s a 230-inch super projector perched above the well-stocked bar that offers prime viewing for everyone, so you won’t miss a single free throw, foul or first down. Seahawks supporters flock here, too, and every 12th Man is a fan of the chef’s game day specials that include discounts on appetizers, beers and signature burgers – and $4.50 Blood Marys all weekend long. Oh, and if you’re just along for the ride, no worries! Slip into the dining room, separated from the bar with floor-to-ceiling sound-buffering glass, and focus on the two televisions dedicated to TAPTv Trivia. At this place, everyone can be a legend. 1803 N. Harvard Road, Liberty Lake Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.


Open for breakfast at 7 a.m., seven days a week, means you can catch every early game at this South Hill restaurant – with a side of pancakes – no matter the season! A steady flow of regulars mingle with sports fans young and old amidst festive game-day decorations, and, with 17 televisions (three of them are 65-inches-plus) there’s not a bad seat in the house! Fan specials include Blue Moon



Mondays ($3 for pints and $4 for 22-ounce pours, plus appetizer deals), $2 Miller Lite and Miller High Life bottles on Thursdays, $5 24-ounce Coors Lights on football Saturdays and all-day happy hour on Sundays ($3 red Coors Lights, $6 signature Bloody Marys and chicken fried steak specials after 4 p.m.). Two pool tables, Golden Tee, pinball and PacMan offer plenty of distraction between plays. 5517 N. Regal St., Spokane Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-2 a.m.


Widely recognized as Spokane’s original microbeer bar, the Viking is a sporting enthusiast’s Valhalla. Familyfriendly means generations of sports fans can take in the seven big screens and a 110-inch projector screen that stand watch over 24 rotating taps featuring an impressive lineup of local craft beer and a great spirits selection. During hockey season, Spokane Chiefs fans fill the place before the puck drops at the nearby Spokane Arena, and the NFL Sunday Ticket package brings football fans into the fold week after week. In true Viking form, things here are big and bold – from the Thor Brisket sandwich to the weekend breakfast (Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.), this is the place for guilty pleasures. Domestic pitcher and shot specials keep the fun flowing, and if you’re still in the mood for competition after action on the screens has ceased, try your hand at the full-length shuffleboard, two pool tables, giant Jenga, corn hole or Yardzee (giant Yahtzee). Let the games begin. 1221 N. Stevens, Spokane Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-midnight (during football season) Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.


You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy a visit to EPIC at Northern Quest Resort & Casino. The upscale menu features elevated pub fare, like the Kobe Meatloaf and “Surf & Turf” beef and shrimp burger. Early risers will enjoy the shredded chicken Chilaquiles or Sunrise Sliders for breakfast. Or enjoy the best of both worlds with the Weekend Brunch menu. And if you are in it for the sports, you might feel like you’re sitting courtside as you watch on a 30-foot HDTV screen. The Northern Quest EPIC webpage lists the weekly Big Screen schedule, so you won’t miss out on any of the fun, whether you’re a football, baseball or basketball fan. 100 N. Hayford Road, Airway Heights Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-midnight Friday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-2 a.m. (Kitchen closes one hour early)

with Homemade Marshmallows Story and photos by Adriana Janovich Previously printed in The Spokesman-Review

Making marshmallows is a little messy.

Waiting is the hardest part.

Somehow, I ended up with a dusting of powdered sugar on my dress and toes – not to mention my kitchen countertops and floor.

Once the mixture is set and you have one oversized, rectangle marshmallow, use a pizza cutter or large knife – non-serrated works best – to cut rustic squares. They won’t be perfectly uniform like the factory kind. And that’s perfectly fine.

The good news is it isn’t difficult if you have a little patience – and a stand mixer. My advice: don’t bother with beaters. I used my year-old handheld mixer for my first two batches: double chocolate and Mexican chocolate with cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne. They tasted great. But the beaters died during the mixing of the second batch. And, despite whipping the batter twice as long as the directions required, neither of those first two batches puffed up like it was supposed to – and similarly never set. So I inadvertently ended up with something that sort of resembled chocolate marshmallow fluff instead of actual marshmallows. That changed when I switched to a stand mixer for my next four batches. With the mixer, it didn’t take too long for each batch to puff up perfectly. What takes awhile is melting the sugar, taking care not to burn the syrupy mixture on the stovetop while it slowly climbs to 240 degrees. (Use a candy thermometer to make sure the concoction reaches the right temperature.) It also takes time for the mixture to set – at least three or four hours, or overnight.

They don’t all have to be square. Use biscuit or cookie cutters to punch out circles, stars, hearts or holiday-themed silhouettes. Or, pipe the mixture before it sets into molds to make seashell, egg or animal shapes. You can even impale them on sticks and dip them in chocolate or caramel to make marshmallow pops. Homemade marshmallows are fresher – and somehow sweeter, fluffier and more delicate – than the mass-produced variety. And once you’ve mastered melting and whipping the sugar – it’s not difficult, only time consuming – the candy offers a kind of blank slate for whatever creative flavor combinations you can dream up. Why make plain old vanilla when you can make more flavorful vanilla bean? Or, vanilla chai, vanilla lavender or lavender honey? Add chocolate chips, bacon bits or cookie crumbles. Swirl in peanut butter. Dunk, drizzle, sprinkle. Mocha. Espresso. Amaretto. Bourbon. What about the timeSeptember/October 2018


Beat gelatin mixture on low for about 30 seconds, then pour in still-hot sugar-corn syrup mixture in a slow, steady stream. Increase mixer speed to high and beat until thick, ribbony and doubled in volume, 12 to 15 minutes. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth top with greased rubber spatula. Let rest, uncovered, in a cool, dry place, about 4 hours or overnight. Sprinkle remaining powdered sugar mixture over top. Invert marshmallow onto a dry surface and discard parchment. Brush excess powdered sugar from the top of the marshmallow onto work surface. Dust a knife or pizza cutter in powdered sugar from the work surface, then cut the marshmallow into squares, or use biscuit and cookie cutters to punch out shapes. Roll edges in the excess powdered sugar mixture on the work surface. Store in airtight container for up to 2 to 3 weeks. Yield: approximately two dozen 1 3/4-inch marshmallows

Chocolate or Mexican Chocolate Marshmallows

honored pairings of mint chocolate chip or peanut butter and jelly – in a marshmallow? The recipe below makes an oversize batch that easily can be halved for a smaller yield. Homemade Marshmallows Adapted from the Country Living and Alton Brown via Food Network Marshmallow base

1/2 cup powdered sugar 1/2 cup corn starch Vegetable oil, for pan 6 packages unflavored gelatin (1.5 ounces) 2 cups cold water, divided 3 cups granulated sugar 1 1/2 cups light corn syrup

In a small bowl, sift together powdered sugar and corn starch; set aside. Brush the bottom and sides of a large baking dish with vegetable oil. Cut a sheet of parchment to fit into the pan so it covers the bottom and two sides. Brush parchment with oil, then coat with half of the powdered sugar mixture and set aside. Fill the bowl of stand mixer with 1 cup cold water and sprinkle with gelatin; set aside. In a medium or large saucepan fitted with a candy thermometer, combine granulated sugar, corn syrup and 1 cup water; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook until mixture reaches 240 degrees. Remove from heat and set aside. 48


1/2 cup plus 3/4 cup cocoa powder 6 tablespoons hot water For Mexican Chocolate, also add: 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon cayenne Pinch nutmeg 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Before beginning steps above, mix together 3/4 cup cocoa powder and hot water – and additional spices, if making Mexican Chocolate – in a small bowl until a smooth paste forms, then set aside. Sift remaining 1/2 cup cocoa powder with powdered sugar and cornstarch, then set aside. Beat cocoa paste into gelatin mixture before adding sugar mixture. Espresso Marshmallows 3/4 cup instant espresso 2 cups boiling water

Before beginning steps above, dissolve instant espresso in boiling water in a small bowl. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Substitute reserved espresso in both instances where water is called for. Note: Use a large saucepan or pot for this mixture, which bubbled up much more than all of the others during the sugarmelting process. It also puffed up more during the whipping. Almond or Peppermint Marshmallows

2 teaspoons almond or peppermint extract 8 to 10 drops red food coloring (for peppermint marshmallows)

Follow directions above, but after mixture becomes thick and ribbony, add peppermint or almond extract and beat for another 30 seconds. For peppermint marshmallows, before letting mixture rest and set, drop food coloring randomly onto top, then pull a table knife through food coloring to create a swirl pattern.

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