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applied hair product. EDITORIAL t’s not very often that the Inland Northwest captures the national spotlight. Unlike PortINLAND PUBLICATIONS GENERAL MANAGER Each year as we scour the Inland Northwest to find the places, people and things Jacob H. Fries land, national magazines aren’t tripping over themselves to proclaim Spokane the top food EDITOR you’ll read about in The Annual Manual Manual, we expect to see some change. Shops open EDITORIAL city in America, and we don’t have our own television series running on the Independent Luke Baumgarten, Kevin Blocker, Mike Bookey, Jordy Byrd, Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer, MANAGING EDITOR and close. Chefs restaurant-hop, and new trends emerge. (It’s about time froyo and Film Channel. While Spokane doesn’t get that kind of national play, there are people and Kristen Harrington, Lisa Fairbanks Rossi, Leah Sottile, Joe O’Sullivan, Howie Stalwick, cupcakes took us by storm!) Chris Stein, Daniel Walters companies here that are experiencing success on a national and global level. ANNUAL REPORT EDITOR CONTRIBUTORS But as I walked down First Avenue in downtown Spokane to check out the brandIn this year’s Annual Manual Manual, our “What We Export” series highlights the crafters, artists, Olga Churkin, Joe Konek, ShannenCONTRIBUTORS Kuest, new, and hip-as-hell coffee shop Luxe, it occurred to me that a radical metamorphosis Kara Stermer, Annie Szotkowski, chefs and shops that have found a following well beyond Maryssa Thompson hasA Noccurred — one that’s perhaps on par with that pubescent teenager’s transformaINTERNS NUAL the Inland Northwest. People like Beate Christoph, who, tion. When we turned out The Inlander’s first Annual Manual seven years ago, West First ADVERTISING from a commercial kitchen in her basement, is hand-makTami Linane-Booey EDITORIAL INTERNS restaurants Avenue was a wasteland. There was no Montvale Hotel. No upscale restaurants, no 23 and bars ing marzipan that’s sold across the country. She was even ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER OUTDOOR bars like Rain and Stir or big-city boutiques like Tangerine. The adjacent Fox Theater Adventures Kristina Elverum featured in national retailer Norm Thompson’s catalog. DIRECTOR OF MARKETING ADVERTISING Boutiques 1 9 was shuttered and at one point slated for demolition. Back up a few years before that, People like Paul Fish, who bought a sewing machine and unforgettable Bruce Deming, Jann Harris, ADVERTISING SALES MANAGER television stations setup live shots for stories dealing with gangs MEALS and this is where local Kristin Wagner, set out to make a better backpack and, 25 years later, Carolyn Padgham-Walker and prostitution. SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES MARKETING & PUBLICATIONS MANAGER has grown his company, Mountain Gear, into one of the Seven years ago, if you heard someone talking about the U DisJamie Albertini, Jean Russell, Heather Villa, nation’s premiere climbing and backpacking retailers. ToEmily Walden, Michael Daubel SENIOR ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES trict, you would have likely assumed they were talking day he’s selling everything from backpacks to ski poles in Alanna Spencer, Rebecca Rison about Seattle, not a bustling riverfront development ADVERTISING ASSISTANTS ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES the U.S., Canada, Russia, China, Korea, Japan, Australia SHOPPING RECREATION FAMILY ARTS FOOD NIGHTLIFE soon to host a medical school that’s within walkKevin Kunz and England. ASSOCIATE ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE ing distance of a new public market. And if ADVERTISING COORDINATOR This year’s cover artist, Cori Dantini, is a prime example of how Inland Northwest craftOPERATIONS discerning vintage clothing stores are baromers and artists are being discovered nationally, thanks to online markets like Etsy. The PullDee Ann Cook ADVERTISING ASSISTANT BUSINESS MANAGER eters of a city on the rise (which I personally man-based graphic artist started selling prints of her work online for $20 a piece. Now she’s Gail Golden think they are), take comfort in knowing a designing Kleenex boxes and has a 2013 calendar coming out, a fabric line and a series of CREDIT MANAGER PRODUCTION new crop (Artemis, Sequel, Carousel, Fringe & Angela Rendall PRODUCTION MANAGER greeting cards, all being sold nationally. OPERATIONS ASSISTANT Fray) have sprouted in and around the city. From polo ponies to salsa, and from lip balm to awardTrevor Rendall GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Spokane has done a lot of growing up. Turn DISTRIBUTION MANAGER winning books, the Inland Northwest is leaving its mark these pages and see for yourself. PRODUCTION OPERATIONS on a national level. Now cue the episodes of Spokelandia.






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The cover of this year’s Annual Manual, and the beginning of every section, features work by Cory, a Pullman artist. She’s not the only local artist to make free use of Etsy to sell her work, but she’s certainly one of the most successful, selling over 4,000 prints, many of them quirky images of women and birds. As we detail in our profile on page 53, her work has won her contracts on everything from greeting cards to Kleenex boxes.

When Young goes on a photo shoot, his notepad is as important as his camera. He fires off questions quickly before clicking away, both to find the perfect angle and to help his subject feel at ease. Along with his commercial work, he’s long been The Inlander’s staff photographer. This year, he and his family began gardening, planting corn, tomatoes and herbs. Some of those plants, he says, even survived.






As a Coeur d’Alene native who’s written for both The Inlander and the Portland-based Willamette Week, Heidi penned more than a dozen pieces for this publication. Tackling everything from wind-power to import-exports, she strives to give complicated stories human faces. Heidi can often be spotted eating vegetarian lunches around downtown Spokane while not wearing any shoes.

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At the Crossroads One thing’s for sure: You can’t call Spokane a one-industry town anymore BY CHRIS STEIN



pokane is at a crossroads. It’s at a crossroads logistically, because there are multiple highways, railroads and flight paths that crisscross the Lilac City. It’s at a crossroads like any American city is, as the country deals with a recession and a switch from a primarily manufacturing economy to a more broad-based creative economy. And it’s at a crossroads as it decides what its identity will be compared to attention-hogging, rain-soaked Western Washington. One way to predict what that identity will be — should one ever be decided upon — is to look at what the city exports. Its industries are well known. But what does it send around the state and overseas bearing its name? Here are a few examples: The cure for some of humanity’s deadliest diseases may come from a campus in the wheat fields. WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY in Pullman is poised

to open a brand-new, privately funded building for its school of global animal health. Named after Paul G. Allen, the co-founder of Microsoft, the research to be done in the 62,000-square-foot building is geared toward understanding how pathogens transmitted from animals can ravage humans, says Guy Palmer, director of the school. “About 60 to 70 percent of human infections are emergent [from] animals,” Palmer says. He points to rabies. Vaccinating humans against that isn’t practical, but vaccinating dogs is. “Things like E. Coli, salmonella, spread through water and food, we can control those better through the animal population, we [can] prevent human transmission,” he says. The school will also dabble in more obscure fare, like the plague and niphavirus, a virus that recently starred in its own movie: the 2011

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“You have a good workforce to select from in Spokane. You have longevity because people are not as transient in Spokane.” film Contagion” When the building is complete, WSU will be the only university in the nation with a school of this type. “Our overall mission is to improve public health and improve human opportunity on a global basis,” Palmer says. “In doing that we also want to elevate the stature of WSU in this area. We want WSU to be recognized in this type of research and outreach.”



pokane’s hotel industry hugs the river, emanating from its shore into greater downtown and then across the city. And on the nicest part of its shores lie two outposts of RED LION HOTEL, which, incidentally, is based in Spokane. In 2001, when the chain was bought by another Spokane-based hotel business, Red Lion and its employees moved their corporate headquarters to the riverbanks, says Harry Sladich, executive vice president of sales and marketing for the hotels. “You have a good workforce to select from in Spokane,” Sladich says. “You have longevity because people are not as transient in Spokane.” The irony is that Red Lion’s business is dependent on transients. A product of the automobile age, Red Lion followed in the footsteps of chains like Holiday Inn, where people were looking for a place to stay that was consistent no matter where they went, says Sladich. Now, Red Lion has 9,010 rooms in 48 hotels spread over nine western states and British Columbia. These days, Sladich says the chain has to compete against the ...continued on next page ANNUAL MANUAL 2012-2013 THE INLANDER |

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“We fix things that can’t be fixed,” says Absolute Aviation’s Todd Slater. non-stop march of technology when it comes to keeping their services consistent. “Back in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s or 1980s, you would arrive [and] you would discover at that time whether the room was clean and the people friendly,” Sladich says. Now, all that information can be found by simply going to TripAdvisor. “Heads in beds,” Sladich says “That’s what drives our business, heads in beds.” And with some Red Lion hotels now carrying spirits from Dry Fly Distillery and wine from Arbor Crest Wine Cellars, getting that head into bed may be a little easier.



irplanes are a jumble of parts — expensive parts. That’s why carriers are always looking to cut costs, which is where ABSOLUTE AVIATION comes in. “We fix things that can’t be fixed,” says Todd Slater, director of business development for the company. In aviation, Slater says, every component needs a manual. But those manuals don’t cover every aspect of a component: a power supply, for instance, may simply be left out. Absolute basically corners the market on all these allegedly unfixable components, Slater says, by coming up with manuals for them, getting them approved by federal regulators and then doing what they weren’t supposed to do in the first place: fix them. And the cost savings can be phenomenal. “That power supply, we do five or six different models, range from $8,000 to $15,000 for a new one,” Slater says. “[We] repair at 30 to 50 percent of what they cost. That’s a lot of money to save.” Besides power supplies, Slater says Absolute works on all kinds of aviation components, like strobes. Most are small, and all the work is done on small workbenches in their shop next to the airport. “There’s been a big push to add more capabilities, so to speak, in the Spokane area because if Seattle ever had a big natural disaster,


Seattle wouldn’t be able to support [the aviation industry],” Slater says. Which brings us to the next topic…


ollow the money from a branch of the STERLING SAVINGS BANK in, say California, and you’ll end up in downtown Spokane. Same with a branch of WASHINGTON TRUST BANK in Oregon or Idaho. Two billion-dollar players in the regional banking market call the Lilac City home. And though their headquarters are only a few blocks apart, the banks have very different stories. Since opening in 1983, Sterling has spread across the Pacific Northwest and as far south as the San Francisco Bay Area, says Ezra Eckhardt, president and chief operating officer of the bank. Sterling struggled after the 2008 financial crisis, but was able to raise enough funds to stay in business. “I know for a fact there’s quite a few people that bet against us,” Eckhardt says. “I personally was very confident, mostly in the skills and abilities of my team and… in the inherent value in my organization.” Back on sound footing, Sterling has been opening new branches in communities large and small, including one in the farming community of Lacrosse. Meanwhile, Washington Trust Bank — the 110-year-old, privately owned granddaddy of the pair — has grown beyond all expectations, says Pete Stanton, chairman and CEO of the bank. “I never thought I’d see a billion assets in my lifetime,” says Stanton, who assumed his position with the bank in 1982 when the bank had about $350 million. The bank now has $4.2 billion in its coffers. Stanton credits their success to the company’s focus not on aggressive mergers, but on pleasing its patrons. “Our focus is more on the customer and [on] really controlling our growth in the markets we know,” Stanton says. “Our growth strategy, again, is one customer, one employee at a time.” n

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BY THE NUMBERS 18 YEARS Approximate difference in life expectancy between the Southgate neighborhood, where the average is 84.03 years, and Riverside, where the average is 66.17 years. 374.7 CASES PER 100,000 Rate of death by major cardiovascular disease in the Riverside neighborhood. The state average is 249.2; the city’s is 255.8. 29.3 PER 100,000 Rate of HIV infection among blacks in Spokane County. Among whites, the rate is 3.9 per 100,000. 52.1 PERCENT Rate of poverty among American Indians and Alaska Natives in Spokane County. Among Asians and Pacific Islanders, the poverty rate is 20.5 percent.

Alisha Main feeds her son, Max, on the porch in West Central.


The Unequal City How schooling, skin color, income and neighborhood affect your health.



etween Spokane’s Riverside and Southgate neighborhoods are four miles of city streets, a freeway and an 18-year difference in how long the residents of each neighborhood will live. This is one of the conclusions of a recent report from the Spokane Regional Health District that quantifies how race, neighborhood, income and education level affect Spokane County residents’ health. “I think one of the bottom-line issues also for the report is an individual’s social position as it relates to all these factors. … Their social position has a lot to do with, ultimately, their health,” says Joel McCullough, public health director for the district. By analyzing birth and death certificates and the Washington State Population Survey, among other sources, the district was able to quantify how a person’s health is affected not just by their access to health care, but by the lives they lead. The Riverside neighborhood leads the county in deaths related to liver disease, heart disease, suicide and unintentional injuries like falling.

“We know [the cause] of cardiovascular disease — it’s unhealthy eating, lack of exercise,” says Adrian Dominguez, an epidemiologist for the health district and the author of the report. “Riverside probably has one of the densest areas of fast-food restaurants.” Dominguez points out that women in the West Central neighborhood are 17 times more likely to smoke while pregnant than women in the Manito neighborhood. “Why is it OK for women to smoke in West Central … whereas if you go to Manito or an affluent area, maternal smoking is not present?” he asks. Dominguez hopes the report acts as a stepping-stone to push governments to address the factors that lead to the inequities — from students dropping out of school to streets that lack sidewalks. “Ultimately, we all die,” Dominguez says. “But the pathway that we all take, it either could be the healthy way, or it could be we’re constantly sick [and] constantly taking medication.”

37 PERCENT Obesity rate among people in Spokane County who make less than the federal poverty level. 15.1 PERCENT Rate of diabetes among adults 25-years-old or older in the county who make less than the federal poverty limit. That’s double the rate for people who make 400 percent above the poverty threshold. 48.5 PERCENT Proportion of adults 25-years-old or older under the federal poverty level in the county who have skipped meals or cut their diet because they can’t afford to eat. 15 PER 1,000 Mortality rate among infants born in Spokane County to mothers who didn’t graduate high school. 28.9 PERCENT Rate of binge drinking among 25-years-old or older who didn’t graduate high school. Among college graduates, the rate is 17.9 percent. SOURCE: SPOKANE REGIONAL HEALTH DISTRICT


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n college, there were plenty of places to meet people with similar interests. Online, it just takes a simple Google search and you’ll find a forum of people who love still-life art, vegan baking or BMX biking just as much as you do. But real interactions in the real world can be harder to find. Here are some places to find your tribe. You can’t get enough of your Vespa. You’re always showing up places on that thing and people are saying, “There’s [your name] on that scooter again” and then sighing. THE MINIONS SCOOTER CLUB ( is full of Spokanites just like you. They host group rides all summer and a few times during winter months, but you’ll have to ride with them a few times before they consider letting you join. No, that’s not you. You only like bikes that pedal. And preferably have lots of gears. The FAT TIRE TRAIL RIDERS CLUB (fttrc. org) organizes trail rides and helps maintain the trails they like best, from cleanup to creating new paths. Their website will give you a schedule of their meetings, where and when to find them on the trail, and suggestions on where to ride in the area. Like bikers, disc golfers take their favorite activity seriously and the SPOKANE DISC GOLF ASSOCIATION ( is proof.

The group hosts competitions all year and helps disc golf enthusiasts find each other. Their website has a list of courses, information on how to join and a lively discussion board. If fencing has become too easy, try Japanese Kendo with the SPOKANE KENDO CLUB ( Focused on personal development and discipline, this swordplay group is open to members of any skill level and offers an eight-week beginning class for all ages. Don’t worry: Newbies practice with wooden or bamboo swords. For those seeking something that requires less pedaling, throwing or stabbing, the SPOKANE COMICSMITH’S GUILD ( is a group of artists and writers in the area who are passionate about comics. Along with monthly meetings, the guild organizes things like “Drink and Draw” events at local pubs and gets really excited about ComiCon each spring. Not what you were thinking? Check out the WESTERNERS SPOKANE CORRAL ( to put your knowledge of Pacific Northwest history to work. The group of history buffs meets monthly (except July and August) to work on preservation of historic artifacts. They’ve added recordings, publications and photos to the MAC’s collection. — HEIDI GROOVER

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BY THE NUMBERS 108: all-time high (Aug. 4, 1961 and July 26, 1928) -30: all-time low, Jan. 16, 1888 (in 1900s: -25 on Dec. 30, 1968) 97.7: inches of snowfall during Spokane’s snowiest winter, 2008-09 45: number of days during winter of 197879 that Spokane saw snow depths of 10 inches or more 2.2: inches of rain on Spokane’s rainiest day, June 7, 1888 (in 1900s: 2.19 inches May 21, 2004) 12.7: inches of snow on Spokane’s snowiest day, Jan. 21, 1954 63: temperature on Spokane’s warmest winter day, Feb. 20, 1995 The January 1950 blizzard.

Storm Stories Spokane doesn’t get off easy when the dead of winter or summer hits


ver the past century, there have been record-setting floods, forest fires and even tornadoes in Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Here are some of the chart toppers.

1910 FOREST FIRES AUG. 20-SEPT. 9, 1910

Three million acres of timber burned across the region, claiming 85 lives. Read Tim Egan’s The Big Burn for details.



JAN. 13, 1950

Seattle’s coldest winter on record also brought huge snowfall and plummeting temperatures to Eastern Washington and North Idaho. Temperatures reached minus teens and 20s, and “several dozen” people died, according to National Weather Service records.


A heat wave gripped the region, with 11 consecutive days of Spokane reaching 90 degrees or hotter and Lewiston, Idaho, hitting 100-plus during the same stretch.


During the state’s worst tornado outbreak, most of the storms hit Western Washington, but one landed just west of Spokane. Along with $50 million in damage, the flurry of storms brought severe wind and hail throughout the region, killing six and injuring 300.


In October 1991, strong winds and dry conditions led to wildfires across the Spokane area that killed two people and damaged or destroyed about 100 homes.


NOVEMBER 19, 1996

A massive ice storm gripped Spokane and North Idaho, coating everything in the area with up to a half-inch of ice and cutting power to more than 100,000 homes and businesses — some for up to two weeks. Four people died, and the region suffered about $22 million in damage. — HEIDI GROOVER

33: temperature on Spokane’s coldest summer day, June 1, 1984 AUGUST: Driest month on average NOVEMBER: Wettest month on average 77 MPH: speed on Spokane’s biggest wind gust (since 1984), June 21, 2005 153: average growing season days in Spokane MAY 2: average date for last frost in Spokane OCT. 3: average date for first frost in Spokane 48.8: Spokane’s average annual snowfall (in inches) 66.3: Spokane’s average summer temperature 79.7: Spokane’s average summer high 29: Spokane’s average winter temperature 23: Spokane’s average winter low SOURCE: NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

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A wind farm near the Dalles. CARL DAVID LEETH PHOTO

G r o w i n g Fa s t Spokane’s economy sees newcomers in employment



pokane may be home to big manufacturers, an Air Force base and a growing higher education sector, but the real economic growth is happening in areas you may not expect. The area has long anticipated a lift in the AEROSPACE industry, and it’s finally happening. In 1990, Boeing built an aircraft parts plant on the West Plains, and soon other manufacturers, avionics equipment companies, airplane painters and jet refurbishment firms were searching out Spokane. Today, the aerospace industry in Washington accounts for about 75,000 jobs, according to a recent economic report from Greater Spokane Inc., the city’s chamber of commerce. To continue meeting the industry’s needs, the state is doling out money to schools developing aerospace programs. Spokane Community College is working on an aerospace technology training center. With some money from the Legislature already in hand, SCC is now looking for grants and other funding to finish the project. Along with traditional aerospace technology, the region is home to a growing interest in BIOFUELS for airplanes. Washington State University is leading some of that research. WSU and the University of Washington each received a five-year, $40 million grant last fall for biofuel research. Biomass sources can absorb carbon dioxide while they’re growing and are more efficient in use than fossil-based fuels, making them a hot research topic. The grant will fund the WSU-led Northwest Advance Renewables Alliance, a group of scientists from universities, government labs and the private sector. Among its work, NARA focuses on converting closed timber mills to biofuel development plants and finding ways to make environmentally sustainable fuels economically sustainable too. Professors at WSU are looking to develop biofuel from woody biomass, algae and oilseeds. Ultimately, along with a greener way to power jets, researchers

think they can have serious economic impact. “If we are successful, the potential to begin to replace the natural resources jobs lost in the region over the past several years is very high,” says professor Norman G. Lewis, who directs WSU’s Institute for Biological Chemistry. In other efforts to help offset all the jet fuel Spokane’s growing economy is using, CLEAN ENERGY for homes and businesses is growing. Hydropower and wind farms are commonplace in Washington, but the new challenge has been finding a way to store that notoriously unpredictable green energy. Liberty Lake-based Demand Energy Networks set out to figure out how to store energy from clean sources and found a global demand. On a 2010 trade trip to China with Gov. Chris Gregoire, the company’s CEO, Dave Curry, found plenty of interest in storage and electriccar-charging technology. Soon, technology developed by Demand Energy Network was installed in a Beijing suburb, and the firm’s employment grew from three to 12. The company told GSI it expects to employ at least 100 people within the next year. With a growing focus on science and science education, Spokane is becoming a haven for TECHNOLOGY startups. The industry has added more than 500 jobs since the start of 2011, according to GSI’s annual report, and is expected to continue growing. From software design to multimedia advertising, the area is now home to digital media companies, software builders and even an Apple store. The work those companies produce may be leaving Spokane, but their people tell GSI they’re happy to stay. “It’s gratifying for our work to bring money into Spokane from all around the country,” says Nick Murto, one of the co-founders of the web-based advertising company Seven2. — HEIDI GROOVER

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hether it’s Internet support or military-grade technology, Spokane is home to a whole new group of companies you’ve probably never heard of. Here are a few of them. SEVEN2 and its sister company, 14FOUR, are slowly gaining name recognition, but most Spokanites still don’t know just what they do or for whom. Seven2 works with clients, and 14Four focuses on advertising agencies, but both create web-based promotion — advertising, web design and smartphone apps. Their clients include AT&T, Netflix, Microsoft, Toyota and MTV. Staffers also talk to school classrooms in an effort to get kids excited about the field. When software sucks, it’s probably due to a lack of communication between the developers who built it and the users who depend on it. At least that’s how the founders of CRITICAL LOGIC see it. The company moved to Spokane Valley from California in 2006 to cut expenses. They collaborate with big organizations, like the U.S. Postal Service, to help them test and fix software they’re developing before it reaches its users. Another behind-the-scenes tech development gaining a foothold in the region is the design and manufacturing of devices used in industrial and military operations. Post Falls’ LCF ENTERPRISES engineers and builds RF amplifiers (they’re used to convert low-power radio frequencies to higher-power signals) for, among other things, the U.S. military. The Department of Defense uses the amps for soldier-to-command-center communication systems and on military aircraft. — HEIDI GROOVER

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Its Business and Public Policy schools, along with its Health and Sciences offerings.





Its Jesuit tradition and emphasis on educating the whole person — mind, body and spirit — features one of only three law schools in the state of Washington.



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The Inland Northwest’s colleges and universities play a critical part in the area’s growth and development. Here’s an overview of the major players in Eastern Washington.


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Offering more than 100 technical and professional specialties, along with 40 pre-majors for students progressing to four-year colleges.

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$385-$550 per credit



Providing online courses for non-traditional students. No courses are provided at the Eastern Washington campus, but students may study together there or utilize computer labs.




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Consistently ranking among U.S. News and World Report’s top state research universities.




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Part of Spokane’s emerging “University District,” WSU Spokane specializes in health sciences, education, social and policy sciences and technology.

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Shelley Redinger comes to Spokane from Virginia.

Yo u r P e r s o n a l S u p e r i n t e n d e n t Spokane Public Schools’ new superintendent aims to bring a personal touch to the state’s second largest district



he last superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, Nancy Stowell, battled devastating budget cuts and layoffs and fought to tamp down the sky-high dropout rates and weather the challenges of No Child Left Behind’s accountability standards. Now, just as the dropout rates are improving, the toughest aspects of No Child Left Behind are being phased out, and Spokane avoided issuing layoff slips for the first time in years, Stowell is retiring. That gives her successor, former Spotsylvania County, Va., superintendent SHELLEY REDINGER a lot of opportunity: Solidify the improvements the school made in the past few years, and bring in new ones. An administrator in four different states in the past 14 years, Redinger’s knowledge and experience centers around making teachers better and improving early-childhood learning. But Redinger knows there’s a lot more to leadership than data directing. When discussing her philosophy, she stresses the personal aspect of her job. Problems get fixed and progress gets made, she says, when she meets them in person. “I prefer face to face,” Redinger says. “Very rarely have I solved issues on the phone. Email has made things much worse.” And that means specifically coming to them. She meets with teachers in the classroom, meets with high school students at the lunch table. It’s in their native habitats where they open up to her and explain their frustrations — and the deeper frustrations underlying those frustrations. She only found out about student concerns over specific AP offerings, she says, by talking to students at lunch. In a city with a small but very vocal group of parents regularly

critiquing the district — accusing it of wasting money and teaching ineffectively — Redinger says she wants to have a parents advisory group. She’ll set the agenda — whether it’s about the budget, curriculum or operating procedures — and then they’ll dive in. “I would hope that in a year the community knows me, they really know who I am and what I’m about,” Redinger says. In fact, that’s the way, she says, she’ll measure her success. Think of it as the Cheers test. She wants everyone to know her name. Part of that means just showing up and being seen. Already, district spokeswoman Terren Roloff says, she’s been impressed with the way that Redinger has been attending sporting events and theater shows. Understandably, coaches and arts instructors can get worried that budget pressures will end with their programs getting the axe. Her presence is a way to say, no, I support you. “My husband and son, they love sports,” Redinger says. “They really enjoy going with me.” In either a show of confidence or a reflection of the high salaries nationwide for superintendents, the money-strapped district actually increased the superintendent salary by $17,000. It was a bump for Redinger too — she’s being paid $54,000 more in salary and benefits at the Spokane district than at Spotsylvania. (To put that in context, her pay increase alone is more than the average household income in Spokane.) But unlike in Spotsylvania, she says she plans to stick around Spokane much longer. She moved to Spokane partly to be near her mother in her final years. “I need to stay in a place, to really show the amazing thing we can do,” she says. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Spokane-Area Private





While many of these private schools have preschools and other programs, this grid focuses on K-12. The information below was provided by the schools.








All Saints Catholic School









Assumption Parish School









Cataldo Catholic School









Christian Heritage School





$3,800 - $3,900




Cornerstone Christian Academy





$3,500 - $3,700




Countryside School

Seventh-Day Adventist








Gonzaga Preparatory School









Northwest Christian Schools





$6,350 - $6,650




Oaks Classical Christian Academy





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Palisades Christian Academy





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Pioneer School

Gifted Education








Southside Christian School









Spokane Christian Academy









St. Aloysius Gonzaga School









St. Charles Parish and School





$4,090 - $4,890




St. George’s School





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St. Mary’s Catholic School









St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran









St. Michael’s Academy





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St. Patrick’s Catholic School









St. Thomas More School





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Trinity Catholic School









Valley Christian School





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Westgate Christian School





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Christian Center School





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Classical Christian Academy





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Coeur d’Alene Christian School





$2,000 - $2,800




Holy Family Catholic School





$2,950 - $4,410




Lake City Junior Academy

Seventh-Day Adventist




$3,500 - $4,800




Lutheran Academy of the Master









North Idaho Christian School





$2,900 - $3,450




Silver Valley Christian Academy









Coeur d’Alene Charter Academy

College Preparatory








Moscow Charter School









Sandpoint Charter School

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North Idaho Charter Schools

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Crash Course


The 50 things I learned in my first 84 days as a Spokanite 1. If you drive a U-Haul up the South Hill in a snowstorm after a 12-hour odyssey from your former home in Oregon, an old man will stand on the side of the road and nod disapprovingly as you spin your rented tires. 2. A pizza box? You can’t recycle a pizza box. 3. Basketball is Spokane’s official religion. 4. I have gladly joined this hoops congregation. 5. Strangers say hello to each other on the sidewalk. 6. People correctly call it “pop” here. 7. Jeans with the sparkly butts are popular right now. 8. These jeans apparently come with the purchase of an oversized SUV. 9. I’ve taken to calling people who wear said jeans “Sparkle Butts.” 10. The phrase “Sparkle Butt” has yet to catch on. 11. Not shoveling your sidewalk is the Spokane winter equivalent of parking a car on your lawn. 12. Arena football is a sport. 13. This sport is shockingly entertaining. 14. And easy to make puns about. 15. Empty beer cans are not worth 5 cents here, making drinking less rewarding. 16. People aren’t as used to the rain as you’d think they’d be and, even as a Seattle native, neither am I. 17. Don’t even think of recycling that booklet of worthless coupons, either. 18. The Insane Clown Posse has made impressive inroads in this market. 19. There sure are a lot of Chinese restaurants on Division. 20. And tanning salons. 21. And places that sell discounted energy drinks. 22. If you find yourself at a Gonzaga game wearing the opposing team’s apparel, Zag fans will be suspiciously kind to you. 23. This is probably because they know you’re going to lose. 24. If you think you can recycle tin foil, you are wrong again. 25. People actually wear bicycle helmets here. 26. People ride bikes here, too.

27. Spokane is either overwhelming Irish or overly eager to get drunk on St. Patrick’s Day. 28. The escalators at River Park Square are slightly terrifying when used in the company of hundreds of Hunger Games fans. 29. Don’t try to recycle that jar, either. 30. Country music is everywhere. 31. Getting in your first car accident at age 29 is a bummer. 32. It’s even more of a bummer when the other car drives away. 33. Passersby, however, are surprisingly ready to volunteer as witnesses and offer sympathy for damaged fenders. 34. Sixty-two degrees is the temperature at which shorts become acceptable apparel. 35. Seventy is probably a more acceptable threshold. 36. I’m not planning on running Bloomsday. 37. People ask about your Bloomsday plans a lot. 38. The Wonder Years could have been set here. 39. The closer one gets to the Idaho state line on I-90, the more acceptable it is to drive 85 mph while talking on a cellphone. 40. Some people add a dog in their lap to the equation. Because, ya know, hey, it’s almost Idaho. 41. Don’t make jokes about Nickelback at bars in north Spokane. 42. There are people here who take Nickelback seriously. 43. The parking availability downtown is not that bad, so please stop complaining. 44. If you are downtown and cannot readily see a drinking establishment, you’re probably not downtown. 45. The word “bagel” is, by and large, correctly pronounced here. 46. I have grown fond of the local beer offerings, because I’m generally fond of beer. 47. You can’t recycle that yogurt lid. 48. Contrary to what you may have heard, the Spokane Valley was not created by the flow of I-90 over the years. 49. Kids play in their front yards here, a sign that our future is not totally screwed. 50. Spokanites enjoy lists. Or at least I hope so. – MIKE BOOKEY

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Street Smarts

Getting from Point A to Point B in the Inland Northwest can be a challenge. At least we can help you understand why WHAT IS WITH ALL THESE UNPAVED ROADS?

Spokane has 61 lane miles (a lane mile is one lane, one mile long) of unpaved streets in the city limits. While that’s a small amount compared to the 2,017 miles of paved roads in the city, some blame those streets for poor air quality during dry summers. As part of a 10-year street bond program passed in 2004, the city has been paving some of them, but most of the work has to be funded by special taxing districts in the neighborhoods where the unpaved streets are.


Usually potholes are just an annoyance, but sometimes in Spokane they can be big enough to damage your car. Those, the city has to fill within 48 hours. The others, eh. Go ahead and report them to the city’s pothole hotline at 625-7733. But with bridges, signs, signals and streetlights to maintain with a shrinking budget, the department admits it could take a while to get to the less crucial holes. Still, the city says it filled 3,293 potholes in 2010 and 3,976 in 2011.



It turns out, some studies show that people — both pedestrians and drivers — act the same whether a crosswalk is marked or not. (In fact, if it is painted, pedestrians may be more willing to assume traffic will stop while drivers won’t see the lines marking the crosswalk at all.) Washington law says any intersection not blocked to pedestrians is a crosswalk, even if lines don’t mark it. Drivers are supposed to react accordingly, but the city argues crosswalk lines won’t make them do so. So you won’t find Spokane’s Traffic Operations Division installing or maintaining crosswalks all over the city — just in school areas and at intersections with traffic lights.


If you’re anywhere near N. Freya or Market Streets, then yes. The North Spokane Corridor is a $2 billion project that promises to improve freight and commuter movement through the city running north

and south, connecting I-90 to US 395 north of the Wandermere area. The idea for a freeway through the city has been around since the mid 1940s, but it took engineers and designers until the late ’90s to come up with a version they could get approved and funded. While some residents are upset by the financial, environmental and social impacts the project could have, it’s still moving forward gradually. Crews have been working on segments of the freeway since 2001, and most of its northbound half is currently supporting traffic in both directions. As for when the artery will pulse, no one is quite sure. Since the transportation department is still looking for the rest of the project funding from the state, and since that funding is notoriously unpredictable, the department is shying away from stating an end date for the project.


Newbie or native, you may not be sure what, exactly, you have to do when you wake up to a snowstorm. It turns out the city has a specific set of responsibilities Spokanites have to fulfill before they’ll plow the streets during their designated Nov. 15 - March 15 snow season. You’re required to move your car off any main streets or bus routes within six hours. In residential areas, move your car to one side of the street depending on the year (in odd seasons, like 2011-2012, park your car on the odd side of the street; during even years park on the even side). You’ll also face a ticket if you don’t clear your sidewalks within 24 hours. If things escalate into what the city calls a “Stage 2 Snow Emergency” — six inches are on the ground and more is expected — you’ll also have to clear the snow off vehicles parked along the street and from around curbs, hydrants, storm drains and mailboxes too. The city will do its part by plowing streets, bus routes and sidewalks around city property. They plow by neighborhood, and the area to be cleared first rotates each time plows hit the streets. To find out which area you’re in and when it’ll be plowed, check, call the city’s 24-hour snow hotline at 456-2666 and follow the city on Twitter @SpokaneCity. — HEIDI GROOVER

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STA routes can all be found online. JEFF FERGUSON PHOTO

etting started in public transportation can feel like the first day of school: You’re not sure where you’re going, how to get there, or just what you’re supposed to be doing. We’re here to help. The SPOKANE TRANSIT AUTHORITY (STA) may not be as sophisticated as those in some of the country’s bigger cities, but it can get you around Spokane proper. Purchase fares two hours, one day or one month at a time online (, at the Plaza (701 W. Riverside) or on the bus. (A two-hour pass is $1.50 and you’ll need exact change.) The best way to find your route is by using the route planner on STA’s homepage ( or by selecting the “public transit” option on Google Maps ( on your computer or smartphone. Most of the buses come every half-hour, but some of the routes from farther out can be as infrequent as every 90 minutes. So be sure to check the route you need online. If you want to avoid downtown parking or start reducing your carbon footprint, but you live outside one of the main bus routes, try one of the city’s 13 Park and Ride lots. Whether you’re in Airway Heights or Liberty Lake, you’ll find a lot where a bus will get you into the city. On a bike? Each STA bus has a bike rack on the front that holds two bikes. If it’s full, you’ll have to take the next bus, but that’s rare. All city routes are wheelchair-accessible, and STA’s paratransit service is available for those with disabilities that prevent them from taking a normal route. — HEIDI GROOVER

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Diane Silverson runs Lady Diana Hats; (facing page) furniture at Deja Neu. YOUNG KWAK PHOTOS

Near and Far Local entrepreneurs are finding markets around the world BY HEIDI GROOVER



iane Silverson’s basement is an explosion of color. Bins, racks and stacks of fabric, feathers, artificial flowers and ribbons line the walls from floor to ceiling. Surrounded by it all, she spends her days designing and building extravagant hats, an old tradition at the Kentucky Derby. But she’s not in Louisville. She’s not even close. In fact, she’s 2,075 miles — 32 hours by car — from the heart of American horse racing. From her home just south of Post Falls, Silverson runs LADY DIANA HATS ( and makes nearly 300 hats a year — 200 for the Derby alone — that she sells to customers all over the world. She started on eBay and now sells from her own website, which her husband runs. She doesn’t have to supplement her income with another job, and says she makes more than her husband did as

an engineer before he retired. “I never dreamed in a million years I could do something like this,” she says. “It’s an incredible business.” Silverson didn’t grow up around the Derby. She didn’t even know how to make these types of hats before she started the business. It’s an unnatural concept, really — making a product you’ve never made before in a town where almost no one has a need for it. But Silverson says she saw it as a natural transition because she’s loved to sew since she was a child and because she loves the challenge of mixing and matching colors. “My husband says all the time — and I go, ‘Oh, brother’ — he says, ‘You know, you’re selling artwork in a way,’” she says. “And I guess that’s true. I have to come up with designs, and sometimes I go crazy, but there’s something for everyone.”

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ALPHA DOGS LLC Dog Daycare • Grooming & Training 130 S. Sherman • Spokane, WA 509-624-1166 •

• Voted Spokane’s Best Salon 12 consecutive Years In the Inlander Readers Poll • Recognized 4 times as a Top 200 Salon in America by Salon Today • Spokane’s Only Intercoiffure Salon: Internationally Renown


• Spokane’s Best Stylist: Sonna Brado Inlander Readers Poll • Recognized by Salon Today Magazine as having a Stellar Education Program • Internationally Published Artistic Work • National Art Director for KMS Haircare: Sonna Brado • TIGI Educator: Corinne Clayton Hair by: Jaazz Photo by: Mark Brado

108 N. Washington St. Ste. B | Spokane, WA 99201 | 509.838.4995 | /jaazzsalons

Jewelry Galore

309 W. 2nd • 509.838.4590

Designer Dress Boutique

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he’s not the only one who’s serving a global niche market from her small local shop. All over the Eastern Washington and North Idaho, entrepreneurs are selling their products to plenty of customers who’ve never stepped foot in our region. CRUZ ALBISU (Cruz Custom Boots, 209 W. Main Ave.), a Spokane bootmaker, says some of his best customers are in Japan, where his handmade boots sell for $1,000. Palouse farmer MARYJANE BUTTERS ( has become a national sensation for her magazine and books about organic farming, and the products she sells along with them. MILLIANNA JEWELRY (, the project of Spokane native Arianna Brooke and her fellow designer Sharmilla Persaud, has caught the eye of celebrities across the country and is now carried by Bloomingdale’s flagship store in New York City. Country singer Miranda Lambert wore earrings and a wrist cuff from Millianna at this year’s Country Music Awards, and the line was featured in Oprah’s O Magazine this spring. Spokane-based ZAK DESIGNS ( started out selling puka shell necklaces in Hawaii, but has since made its name designing and selling children’s dinnerwares with Disney characters on them and selling them all over the world. It wasn’t an easy climb to get where he is today, says President and CEO Irv Zakheim. “I recognized right off that it wasn’t enough to just have any characters,” he says. “They wanted the most popular characters in the country, and that meant that I had to have the persistence to go after the biggest names in the industry and not stop banging on their doors until I had convinced them that the idea of putting their characters on our children’s dinnerware was a good one.” But it worked. Zak Designs now has offices in Spokane and New York City, plus the U.K., Canada, Mexico, Switzerland, France, China, Taiwan and Australia — and Zakheim credits much of the growth to support he’s found in Spokane. “I can’t imagine running a business anywhere else,” he says. ...continued on next page


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The wares at Pink. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO




erena Thompson didn’t have electricity or running water as a child. She grew up first in what she describes as a traveling “hippie gypsy wagon,” and then in a tiny cabin in the woods. She spent her days wandering around the forest or learning to make everything from food to clothes from scratch. That’s fueled her love for all things country and vintage, from old-timey recipes to home decor upcycled from old crates or furniture. Today, it’s at the heart of her thriving business, THE FARM CHICKS (, which she runs from her home northeast of Spokane in Green Bluff. She’s at the forefront of the chic, pseudo-antique, country-inspired style that’s rocketed to popularity over the past decade. She’s taken her name national with contributions to HGTV’s website and Country Living Magazine; with her products in the shops of the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain; with her blog, the products she designs and a massive antiques show she organizes every year at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center. Thompson says her childhood and her struggle to build a business in this area have made her stronger. “I think I kind of work well when things are a little harder,” she says. “If I’m challenged, I seem to do better. Spokane is a hard place to get things because there are not as many sources here. It makes you have to be more resourceful.” She’s written two books and is currently working on a chapter she’s contributing to a new book called Signature Weddings and continuing to design products. Her blog focuses on country style, with photos and tips from her own life. Her products, mostly home furnishings, are a mix between sugary sweet and country rustic. Thompson’s latest project, a website called My Favorite Find, is

a hub for vintage shops and sales, and a social-network-esque way to share cool vintage finds. “What’s been really amazing about this whole experience is that I hear from people that they think of Spokane as the place where vintage things are happening,” Thompson says. “It makes me so happy for people to think of it like that.”


owntown, the showroom PINK ( is home to two more local craftspeople who are thriving in the national marketplace. Lana Neuman and Erica Parish of DEJA NEU ( sell home furnishings made from beautiful salvaged goods, from centuryold dental lights to the floor of an old bowling alley. Though they met each other in Tacoma and sold first in Seattle, the two now live and sell in Spokane. They’ve sold pieces to the set designers on the Twilight movies, and designed furniture for new Starbucks locations in Seattle. They’ve had orders to design racks and shelving for Ralph Lauren, Nordstrom and Eddie Bauer stores. Everyone wants something different, Parish says, and that’s OK. “You learn from people,” she says. “It makes you better every time you work with somebody different.” Most of Deja Neu’s business starts at the massive online art and antique marketplace, but a growing number of people are finding them at Pink. Parish says Spokanites, like people around the country, are looking for pieces created with passion and a sharp eye for the little things. “Spokane is really ready for something new,” Parish says. “Anybody can do salvage and anybody can find something and attempt to make a piece of furniture out of it. It’s the attention to detail.” n

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These listings may not be comprehensive; if we missed something, please email us at and we’ll check it out for the next edition. All locations are in Spokane and use area code 509 unless otherwise noted.

Boutiques (new) • Boutiques (vintage) • Make Up • Weddings • Sports Apparel • Babies & Kids • Gifts & Home Decor • Toys & Games • Books • Pets 2012 Best of the Inland Northwest first-place winner, or Best of North Idaho Winner, as chosen by readers of The Inlander

Boutiques (new) ANDERSON & EMAMI Where the wellheeled executive shops for impeccably fitted power suits and elegant casual wear by the likes of Tommy Bahama and Cutter and Buck. Expect exceptional customer service, with a keen eye for the perfect fit. River Park Square, 814 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 838-1652 • andersonemami. com BECKY’S PENDLETON Becky’s sells dignified casual clothing for boomers, crafted by Pendelton. Splurge on one of the timeless wool blankets and you’ll have a family heirloom to pass on for generations. 421 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-7002

BELLA JEZZA: A BOUTIQUE After a day of mountain biking, the Sandpoint woman throws on a maxi dress from Bella Jezza and heads to MickDuff s for a pint. Don’t miss the outdoor changing room overlooking the river. 324 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-1116

dresses and clutches with a price point almost anyone can afford. Each item is hand selected by owner, Roxanne Grimm, and reflects her fresh and comfortable style. 303 W. 2nd, Spokane • 747-5077 COCO Located across the street from Trader Joe’s, Coco sells affordable, stylish separates, clutches, scarves and jewelry. Pick up some Two-Buck Chuck and a new flouncy dress and you’ve got date night covered. 2933 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 921-5592 • COLCA ANDEAN FASHIONS Don’t plan another outing to Green Bluff without a stop at Colca. Located on a picturesque alpaca farm, Colca carries an exotic selection of soft, plush alpaca clothing and accessories like coats, hats, scarves and gloves. 16219 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd., Mead, Wash. • 238-6138 COLDWATER CREEK What started as a small catalog company run out of a Sandpoint apartment in the 1980s is now dressing baby boomers all over the world in embellished tunics and no-iron travel wear. P.S. Don’t miss the Coldwater Creek wine bar upstairs. 311 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-2265 •

CABIN FEVER LTD. Western style never looked so sophisticated or effortless. Picture a long linen skirt paired with a simple tencel tank and a low-slung leather belt and some of the best jewelry you’ll find anywhere. 113 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-7179

CUES Expect splurge-worthy separates, an expansive denim bar featuring the likes of Hudson, Joe’s, Rich and Skinny and Current/Elliot, along with unparalleled styling at this premiere upscale boutique across from River Park Square. 707 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 838-5837 •

CALAMITY JANE’S BOUTIQUE The newest stylish boutique in Spokane’s SODO district doles out casual separates,

FINAN McDONALD Where the Northwest man or woman shops for Keens and Chacos, North Face pullovers and casual

wear by the likes of Royal Robbins and Tommy Bahama. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4349 / 208-2633622 • 301 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-3622 • FINDERS KEEPERS I JEWELRY GALORE Finders Keepers owner Deena Caruso loves vintage jewelry, and Inlander readers seem to love her selection of heirloom rings, handcrafted headbands, and sparkly earrings. In fact, readers love it enough to vote Finders Keepers a Best Of winner for 10 years in a row. While Caruso is always on the hunt for stunning vintage finds, much of the store’s inventory (more than 6,000 types of earrings!) is madeup of new pieces. 309 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 838-4590 • FINDERS KEEPERS II DESIGNER DRESS BOUTIQUE Look around Epicurean Delight or the Pumpkin Ball and you’ll likely see a parade of glittering dresses from Finders Keepers. The Main Avenue store has racks of evening gowns and dresses encrusted with sequins and intricate beading by top-shelf designers like Terani Couture, MacDuggal and Sue Wong. Not headed to a ball but for beers? Owner Denna Caruso also carries trendy casual pieces with lower price points, like YA clothing. 18 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-1251 • FRINGE SALON & BOUTIQUE Cute, trendy boutique + prime South Hill location = brilliant business plan. Fringe has all the flirty tops, casual dresses and cocktail rings a soccer mom or high school student could want, without the hassle of leaving the Hill. 2622 E 29th Ave, Spokane • 3158138 • GENTLEMEN’S CORNER The Gentlemen’s Corner sells high-quality western themed clothing, but even the urban cowboy or hipster can find something here. Elegant cowboy hats sit alongside linen fedoras and ivy caps. Sleek and sumptuous leather jackets with more urban styling details are just a rounder away from the morethan-a-little-bit country suede vests. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-0200


GLAMORITA What began as a passion project in Ronnie Ryan’s basement has given way to Glamorita, a boutique in the ever-artistic Garland District. Ryan sells her unique designs here, along with a handful of other designers. Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Collaborate with Ryan for a one-of-a-kind design. 901 W. Garland, Spokane • 2164300 •

Western style gets sophisticated at Cabin Fever.

JAKE’S DRY DOCK Life is always good at Jake’s Dry Doc, and Jake’s has the trademark Life is Good T-shirts, coffee


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mugs, beach towels and pet accessories to prove it. 6424 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-772-3874 •

anywhere (most of it made by regional artists) and fun separates and dresses to pair it with. 117 S. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-6967

Jema Lane Finally. A boutique alternative to the cavernous Spokane Valley Mall. No flourescent lights and rows of generic rounders here. Shopping at Jema Lane is like dropping in on a friend and picking out your favorite items from her closet. 613 S. Pines, Spokane Valley • 321-2330 •

One More Thing One More Thing has stood the test of time on Coeur d’Alene’s capricious Sherman Ave. While other boutiques come and go, One More Thing has a steady stream of customers who love its casual style and spot-on styling. 205 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-1881

Jigsaw Drive carefully when you pass this Main Avenue store. We’re guilty of rubber necking so we can drink in the flawlessly styled looks prominently displayed in the front windows, and we’re guessing we’re not alone. The brands are upscale, the prices can be lofty, but the end result is worth it. 601 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 835-3517 •

Painted Pony Expect high-end western wear that spans from the traditional to a blend of country with some rock and roll mixed in. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4959 •

Lolo Boutique Lolo is occasionally described as Spokane’s local answer to Anthropology, but it’s so much better than that, with feminine dresses, unstructured separates and a dependable assortment of stunning purses and jewelry. Treasures for the home and garden, like recycled glass vases and dishware and candles make great gifts. 319 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 747-2867 • Louie Permelia Pulled-together tourists and savvy Coeur d’Alene residents appreciate Louie Permelia’s sophisticated, artistic approach to layering and accessorizing. Pick up a statement necklace or splurge for a whole outfit that looks effortless and polished at the same time. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Ste. 149, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-0886 • Lucky Monkey Trading Co. Coeur d’Alene’s Lucky Monkey is where the urban bohemian shops for gorgeous earrings made from wood and bone, stunning silver cuffs and beautiful summer dresses handmade with block-printed cotton. From Thai silver earrings to Baltic amber bracelets, the goods here span the globe and most are fair-trade. 412 E. Sherman Ave., Ste. 101, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-9096 • Marmalade Fresh Clothing A day spent boutiquing in the Lake City isn’t complete without a short detour off Sherman to Marmalade. Marmalade has some of the best jewelry you’ll find

Pistole Lifestyle & Skate Pistole has a whole wall of skateboards and cruisers, but even non-skaters will appreciate the sweet kicks by the likes of Nike, Vans and Converse. And since this is Pistole Lifestyle and skate, you’ll also find lids, tees, jackets and pants for dudes. 523 W. Sprague, Spokane • 473-9430 The Silver Element Argentum Aurum is evolving. Its intricately carved silver jewelry is beloved for its use of natural elements and symbolism, which makes each piece feel unique and personal. But artist and master metalsmith Debra Brehren wants to make pieces that are even more personal — talismans of sorts. And with that new vision, Argentum Aurum has become the Silver Element. Expect more emotion and edge from her new collection. 524 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 455-6158 • Smitten Clothing Boutique If a reality show featuring young, hot 20-somethings tearing up the town were shot in the Inland Northwest, the wardrobe would come from Smitten. This self-proclaimed “rock chic” boutique aims for a brash and hot aesthetic. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-7467 • facebook. com/SmittenClothingCDA Snow River Uggs and More Unparalleled Uggs inventory here — boots, mules, slippers, baby boots and even luxurious flip flops ($30!) padded with their trademark shearling. If you can’t make the trek to Sandpoint, they ship nationwide. 117 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-4472 •


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Katze Boutique Recently relocated to a new, brighter storefront on Riverside, Katze sells “wearable art clothing with a European flair.” Expect flowing frocks made from luxurious natural fibers like silk and hemp. The natural stone jewelry merits a visit alone. 720 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 838-5724 •

Pedro’s at the Panida Theatre Think of Pedro’s as your destination for a small scale treasure hunt. This tiny Sandpoint shop is stuffed with beautiful scarves, tunics, jewelry and novelty items. There is much to see in this small space, but you need to take your time and paw through the displays. 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-6200 •


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Spokane’s ONLY baby gear exclusive resale store. With wall to wall high chairs, strollers, car seats and more!!!

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Boutiques (new)

Boutiques (vintage)

SPARROW Trendy northside women must have sighed in relief when Sparrow set up shop. No more driving downtown for cute first-date dress or a new pair of earrings to give life to a tried-and-true outfit. The up-to-the-minute fashions have attracted a diverse clientele that spans from high school students to empty nesters. 915 E. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane • 467-8498

ARTEMIS Dear Artemis, oh how we love your take on vintage clothing, upcycled furniture and artisan-made prints and jewelry. And it’s not just because you ply us with free cupcakes on Saturdays. Keep combing those estate sales, and we’ll keep popping in to see what’s new. 3109 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 995-8860 •

SWANK BOUTIQUE “Swank owner Jody Jones didn’t choose the name of her store at random from the dictionary, but she believes all the definitions for “swank” describe it to a (high-fashion) T: “Dashing smartness (n), stylish or elegant (adj.), to swagger (v).” The style is downtown edgy, the prices are reasonable and the clientele spans ages 14-60. No wonder Inlander readers voted it the Best Boutique in the annual reader’s poll. 4727 N. Division, Suite 100D, Spokane • 468-1839 •

BACHELOR PAD All swagger and fun loving, Bachelor Pad is Spokane’s only men’s fine design consigment shop. You’ll find a little bit of everything here, from skinny 1940s neckties and fedoras to modern-day shitkickers, not to mention LP’s, toys and remarkably maintained vintage audio components. 2611 N. Monroe, Spokane • 230-9264 • facebook. com/thebachelorpadspokane

TANGERINE Tangerine is a fresh and friendly little boutique with a talent for stocking playful purses, hats and jewelry, not to mention beautiful, unique clothing lines. 1019 W. First Ave., Spokane • 4132169 • TIFFANY BLUE Inlander readers voted Tiffany Blue their favorite North Idaho boutique and we applaud their taste. High ceilings, an abundance of natural light and beautiful clothes make shopping here a delight. Not to mention the best selection of designer jeans you’ll find in North Idaho. 404 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-2583 • VELVET HANGER Shopping at Velvet Hanger is what all boutique shopping should be like; complete with attentive service that’s not pushy, unique inventory that you won’t see everyone else wearing and artisan-crafted earrings, necklaces and hair clips and headbands. 413 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208664-6461 • VIVO Yeah, there’s been a recession — but that hasn’t stopped Vivo from adding location after location in the Inland Northwest. Apparently the combination of up-to-the-minute trendy with super reasonable prices is a winning combination. 311 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-277-9047 • River Park Square, Spokane • 850-3879 • Spokane Valley Mall • 315-2296 • NorthTown Mall • 795-5405 • ZANY ZEBRA The Zany Zebra has a wicked sense of humor, with a delightful tacky twist. This is where you come to buy wiener dog salt shakers, pig catapults, and Hello Kitty toasters, along with a playful, yet tasteful assortment of clothing. 317 N. First Ave., Sandpoint • 208-263-2178 •

CAROUSEL Carousel’s owner Jenny Stabile does the treasure hunting for you, so you don’t have to scour the racks here to find quality vintage clothing that translates to today’s styles. This shop is stocked with items discerning vintage shoppers will adore. 110 S. Cedar St., Spokane • 8382877 • ECHO BOUTIQUE The window displays are always on trend and the exposed brick walls and stylish separates suggest a hipster boutique. But Echo is one of downtown’s newest consignment shops. You will find some vintage items here, but the inventory tends to be more current. You’ll even find tops and shoes that have never been worn, with the tags still on them. 176 S. Howard, Spokane • 747-0890 • FINDERS KEEPERS I JEWELRY GALORE Finders Keepers Second Avenue shop (located between Lolo and Calamity Jane) carries only jewelry. The selection here is unbeatable, from exquisite estate jewelry to Deena’s beloved handcrafted headbands made with vintage broaches and stones. 309 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 838-4590 • FRINGE & FRAY Fringe & Fray isn’t an oddball assortment of clothing trends from decades past. Instead it’s more like a curated collection of mid-’60s dresses and ’70s blouses. But don’t buy just one piece here. Where Fringe & Fray really excels is in its styling of complete looks. Check out their seasonal “Look Books” online if you need proof. 1325 W. First Ave., Suite 102, Spokane • 720-7116 • LOLLIPOP LEMONDROP This stylish north side consignment shop is stocked with gently used designer denim, separates and maternity clothes. Lollipop also carries brand new, artisan crafted accessories for chic moms and styln’ babies. 410 E. Holland Rd., Spokane • 4686770 •

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Etsy is an online marketplace where most of the sellers are working out of their living rooms or basements, but the customers span the globe. From quirky art and housewares to handmade jewelry and clothing, more than 800,000 unique shops are ready to sell you something vintage or handmade that you’ll probably never see anywhere else. The site’s momentum seems unstoppable, and craftspeople in the Inland Northwest are joining the movement. We talked to a few of the most successful local Etsy stars.


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ure, Cherie Killilea likes to sew things she already knows well. But she’d rather be dreaming up something new. In her fourth year on Etsy, the 48-year-old designer and seamstress has built a following that’s helped grow her online shop and open even bigger doors. Her shop, Studio Cherie, offers sewing tutorials and some finished products but is primarily a hub for patterns to make clutches, duffel bags, luggage tags and Kindle Fire cases, among other things. She sells them as PDFs. “Etsy was a way for me to make new designs,” Killilea says. “I didn’t want to get stuck on one item. I wanted to make lot of things.” Plus, she offers one-on-one help for people working with her patterns and will custom-make anything she sells in pattern form. After a bride-to-be asked Killilea to sew her a set of six matching duffel bags for her and her bridesmaids on her destination wedding, Killilea posted a photo of the finished bags on her Flickr page. A sewing blog borrowed the photo, which was then discovered by pattern giant Simplicity. The company wanted to use Killilea’s work to offer a package of destination-wedding-themed patterns. Today, most of Killilea’s sales come from patterns she’s leased to Simplicity, which produces catalogs and sells nationally in craft stores and online. “Simplicity picking it up was amazing,” she says. “When I got off the phone I was crying. It’s like what I dreamed of when I was a little girl watching my mom sew with Simplicity patterns.”

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hen Cori Dantini saw a painting on a dictionary page scroll across Etsy’s live feed back in 2007 (a feature of the website that’s gone by the wayside in redesigns since), she knew she’d found it. She already collected interesting paper and had a successful career as a graphic designer. It was time to merge those interests. Her playful but beautiful prints walk “a fine line between fine art and illustration,” she says, and are often printed on old paper, from invoices to pages out of textbooks (in addition to several pages of this magazine). In her first arts-and-crafts show featuring the prints, she sold every piece she brought — and she hasn’t slowed down since. “I hear at shows that people have never seen anything like what I do,” Dantini, 44, says. “My success is based on the fact that I’m doing something nobody else is doing.” The Pullman-based artist has found not only a strong presence on Etsy — more than 4,000 sales since she started — but has also signed contracts to design a Kleenex box, a 2013 calendar, a stationary set, a gift line, a fabric line and a series of greeting cards. “I would not have had the career I have today, which is really sort of outstanding, if not for Etsy. I’d be a waitress,” Dantini says. “I am the epitome of what can happen.”


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achel O’Brien will admit it. She’s obsessed — obsessed with its smell, its taste and the sunny disposition it seems to give people. “It” is citrus — oranges, lemons, limes — and it’s an essential part of O’Brien’s popular line of lip balms, soaps and perfume oils. The 33-year-old sells enough products on Etsy and in local boutiques that she was recently able to quit her day job as a hospital administrative assistant. (She also has a second Etsy shop, Sage Leaf Jewelry.) “I went to what I love,” she says. What O’Brien loves is creating scents and flavors that reflect food and drinks she enjoys and that she’s sure others will love, too. “Maybe I’m out having a strawberry-lime margarita and I think, ‘Why isn’t this a lip balm?’” she says. But in a constantly growing market place, overflowing with other people who sell soap and lip balm, it can be hard to stand out. So O’Brien is always updating her shop with new products or new write-ups and photos for the things she’s already posted. “There are thousands of people who do what I do, so I try to stand out with my packaging and flavors,” she says. “People focus in on a look. Mine are pretty bright and colorful, so I think it’s eye-catching. And the scents and fragrances I use are a little different from the typical earthy ones that you find more often.”

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ome people turn to Etsy to make a little extra cash or find a market for crafts they like to make in their spare time. Dee Deats turned to it for therapy after she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2010. Deats, 35, the top seller on the Inland Northwest Team, makes stickers moms can wear on their own shirt for photographs while pregnant or stick on their babies’ onesies for photo ops as they grow up. The stickers note stages of pregnancy (like “9 weeks”), ages (like “2 months”), or big events (like “FIRST WORD”). She’s made almost 20,000 sales since she opened her shop. The benefit is that not only can the stickers be used for photos, but they can be kept in a scrapbook afterward — harder to do with a T-shirt or a little scrap of paper, Deats says. “And they’re very affordable,” she adds. “Moms can make memories for their children for under $10.” Deats was studying nursing at a college in California when she was diagnosed. She soon moved to Coeur d’Alene and hasn’t been able to return to school since, because of cancer treatments. Her husband is disabled and doesn’t work, so the family has relied on her Etsy business, she says. “It’s been a blessing for us to create something and see how much happiness comes from moms,” she says. “And it’s helped me heal and deal with the cancer that I’ve had in my body.”


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Boutiques (vintage) NEAT OLD STUFF Neat Old Stuff is the speak-easy of vintage shopping. To enter, you look for the brightly painted door on the side of a non-descript building. Press the doorbell. Once inside browse the feminine interior that’s very Marie Antoinette — ornate vanities, sassy negligees, shabby chic candle holders, vintage mirrors and romantic antiques. 222 S. Bernard, Spokane • 536-6390 • THE RECLOTHERY When people want to purge their closets of J.Crew, Classiques and Kenneth Cole shoes, sweaters and dresses, they consign them at the Reclothery. This isn’t a hipster vintage boutique, but rather a trove of gently worn (and sometimes new) items, with an emphasis on women’s professional wear. 613 S. Washington St., Spokane • 624-9741 •

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n just a few hours, for a handful of money, you can find exactly what you’re looking for, or fall in love with something you never thought you’d need. And get this: Antiquing on Monroe Street can be a couple’s thing! While you’re combing through Anita Trinkle’s shabby chic handmade creations at EYE CANDY (3017 N. Monroe), your spouse or boyfriend can mosey into CRUZ’N BACK IN TIME (also 3017 N. Monroe) to get nostalgic about childhood games, toys and comic books. Then send him to BACHELOR PAD (2611 N. Monroe) to check out hip shirts, LPs and remarkably maintained vintage audio components while you go to PAINT IN MY HAIR (2810 N. Monroe). Paint’s owner Jessica Jochim, a mom to four children under 6, rents creative space to other young mom-artists. Learn the possibilities for one-step chalk paint, or find a charming upcycled windowpane coat rack. TOSSED AND FOUND (2607 N. Monroe) offers diversity and low-price points on everything from rhinestone jewels and vintage jumpsuits to industrial and mid-century “repurposed” furniture. You have to see this place to believe it. If you find something you love at THE VINTAGE RABBIT ANTIQUE MALL (2317 N. Monroe), buy it. While a few of the 30 some vendors are overly proud of their pieces, most are priced to sell. At the other end of Monroe, connect with your inner child at TIME BOMB COLLECTIBLES (711 N. Monroe): vintage Schwinn bikes, classic show posters and music. Across the street, ANTIQUE GALLERY (620 N. Monroe) features dozens of paintings, an assortment of furniture and impression glass. If you’re looking for high-end Asian vases, exquisite hutches or high-quality stones like emeralds and opals, step into JEWELS, ETC. (618 N. Monroe). If you’re lucky, the owner may show you a secret stash of high-end treasures. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

SEQUEL Sequel buys its up-to-the-minute designer denim and other pre-loved clothing outright — so they’re picky about what they’ll accept. For shoppers, that means you’ll find jeans, dresses and purses in perfect condition, sometimes with the original tags still on them. An expansive selection of denim regularly features high-end brands like Hudson, Rich and Skinny and Joe’s. 421 W. Riverside, Spokane • 838-1111 • facebook. com/sequelresale TOSSED AND FOUND Tossed and Found offers diversity and low-price points on everything from rhinestone jewels and vintage jumpsuits to industrial and mid-century “repurposed” furniture. You have to see this place to believe it. 2607 N. Monroe, Spokane • 325-2607 • facebook. com/tossedandfoundspokane VEDA LUX Before Title 9 “discovered” the happening South Perry neighborhood, Veda Lux was there, selling vintage women’s wear and handmade jewelry and hair clips from sweet little cottage painted the palest of yellows. While the exterior is precious, the fashion is decidedly not. This is pin-up girl vintage any modern roller derby girl would be proud to wear. 1106 S. Perry St., Spokane • 475-1674 •

Make Up THE MAKE-UP STUDIO When a movie or television network is shooting in Spokane, the Make Up Studio’s Julie Farley is the person they call. She’s a master at bringing out the best in brides and a favorite of professional photographers. Book an appointment for a special event, or sign up for one of her make-up lessons or facials. 216 N. Bernard Ave., Spokane • 455-7430 •

MODERN APOTHECARY URBAN MAKE-UP, MASSAGE AND BLENDING BAR So what’s a blending bar, you ask? Think back to Spokane’s beloved Lotions and Potions store where you could create your own custom scents. Modern Apothecary’s blending bar is a glamorous step up, that uses only organic products and essential oils to create yummy smelling shampoos, lotions, even shaving cream. They also sell Zuzu Luxe makeup, which is an all natural, organic and vegan line. Need help? Make-up artist Alicia Smith is skilled and experienced. 9 S. Howard St., Spokane • 999-6778 •

Weddings A FINER MOMENT A Finer Moment boasts that they have the largest selection of wedding, prom and special occasion dresses, with an inventory of more than 1,000 dresses, and we believe them. This place is packed with taffeta, satin, silk, lace, sequins in every color, cut and style. 3515 N. Division, Spokane • 323-9155 • AFFORDABLE ELEGANCE Affordable Elegance is a wedding center in and of itself — selling wedding gowns, bridesmaid dresses, along with renting tuxedos and packages that cover everything from soup to nuts. This is probably the only place you’ll also find dresses with camo (made in the USA, of course) sewn into bridal gowns. 296 W. Sunset Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-6648847 • ALL THINGS IRISH Want a wee bit o’Irish in your wedding? All Things Irish is your place for beautiful gold Celtic knot Claddagh rings, pewter Champagne flutes and cake servers and, of course, kilt rentals. 315 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-0131 • APPLE BRIDES Full of lush photography and countless ideas and resources (local!), Apple Brides is the Inland Northwest’s goto wedding blog. AUDREY’S BOUTIQUE Audrey’s is where many mothers of the bride and moms of the groom come to get glitzed up for the big day. They carry a wide variety of styles, along with all the foundations (Spankx, stockings, etc.) and accessories you need for a complete look. A full-range of products are even available for the post-mastectomy woman. 3131 N. Division, Spokane • 324-8612 BRIDAL COLLECTIONS Bridal Collections carries many of the dresses you’ll find leafing through bridal magazines, like Alfred Angelo, Pronovias and Casablanca, with most sizes in stock. Located in a bridal center with a jewler, photographer, MOB boutique and a bakery, you can get a lot done here. 3131 N. Division, Spokane • 838-1210 •

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We all know kids love those toys and games that suck you in for no apparent reason — the easy, mindless ones. But some kids want a challenge. For puzzles, brain benders, books, building kits and musical instruments, head to Whiz Kids. With the motto “smart toys for smart kids,” it’s the perfect place to find a gift someone’s parents will actually be glad you got them. 808 W. Main Ave. 456-8697

Uncles Games & Puzzles Etc.

Spokane’s largest selection of puzzles, board games, dominoes, chess, playing cards and party games shares the historic Liberty Building with Auntie’s Bookstore. Stop by to find a staff who loves games as much as you do, look for the right gift or to test out new games, puzzles and brain teasers. 404 W. Main Ave. 456-4607 Also at Spokane Valley Mall 891-7620

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It may not have a lot of charm inside, but this half-outdoor-store, half-toy-outlet is an awesome place to get lost. Like a big, indoor garage sale, the store has dusty, sun-faded boxes of old trinkets you can’t find anywhere else, merchandise from the 1974 World’s Fair and a toy selection that varies from model rockets to LEGOs. 1730 N. Division 328-3100 12614 E. Sprague Ave. 924-3006


In its new location in the Coeur d’Alene Plaza Shops, Figpickels is somehow bigger, better and even more whimsical than before. They’ve expanded their selection, added the most magical kids’ book section imaginable and will offer more demonstrations they didn’t have room for in their previous spot. With old-style toys and brand-new funky games and magic tricks, the store is the most fun you’ll have on Sherman, no matter your age. 210 Sherman Ave., CdA 208-667-2800

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CELESTIAL SELECTIONS Celestial Selections carries 13 different lines of wedding gowns, including many that you’ll find in popular wedding mags. But what sets apart this bridal shop is its commitment to stocking modest gowns that aim for elegant and pretty, as opposed to sexy. 306 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 927-4191 • FINDERS KEEPERS Finders Keepers’ carries those beautiful, vintage inspired, hand-beaded Sue Wong dresses at the Main Ave. store. But at the Jewelry Galore shop, the main draw for brides is the wedding jewelry and accessories. Owner Deena Caruso’s ornate headbands have been featured in a handful of national bridal magazines, like InStyle Bride. Finders Keepers can also custom design or reproduce any kind of jewelry you want, for custom attendant gifts or personalized headpieces. 18 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-1251 • 309 W. Second Ave. • 838-4590 • LARSON’S DEPARTMENT STORE Larsons Department Store is the easy answer for grooms and their attendants in the Sandpoint area. No need to drive to Coeur d’Alene or Spokane to rent your tuxes or cummerbunds. 327 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-2414 • larsonsdeptstore. com MARCELLA’S BRIDAL Buying a wedding dress is a once-in-a-lifetime purchase (hopefully), so book an appointment and let a professional wedding consultant work with you, and you alone. This familyowned bridal shop carries a wide variety of designers, and even many designers’ “confined lines” that aren’t advertised or sold online, and only carried in specialty boutiques. Marcella’s is also the only bridal salon in Spokane that custom designs and makes wedding dresses. 304 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane • 466-5281 • MOSSUTO’S Mossuto’s is a familyowned business that has been dressing Inland Northwest brides since 1958. Experienced customer service is Mossuto’s hallmark. We recommend making an appointment for even more personalized service selecting a wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, even shoes, veils and underpinnings. 1405 N. Argonne, Spokane Valley • 535-6423 • MR. TUX Spokane’s first Mr. Tux shop opened its doors way back in 1974. Since then, this locally owned business has grown to serve Inland Northwest grooms with five locations. 904 W. First, Spokane • 747-5207 • 4407 N. Division, Spokane • 483-7654 • 13216 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 927-8786 • 503 W. Appleway, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-8279 •

RIANNE’S BRIDAL Located in Hayden Creek Plaza, Rianne’s is an elegant, upscale boutique wedding salon. Book an appointment, and the staff at Rianne’s will pamper you (Champagne, anyone?) while you browse and try on Rianne’s own line of custom creations. Still can’t find what you want? Then work with Rianne and create your own gown. 8206 N. Govt. Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-635-5170 • STORYBOOK BRIDAL BOUTIQUE This is the shop for brides who covet back issues of Martha Stewart’s Weddings magazine. Storybook carries elegant dresses made from sumptuous fabrics. The bridesmaids dresses here are particularly tasteful, and Storybook’s expanded new location on Northwest Boulevard means there’s even more to choose from. 1520 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-7656900 •


TUX CENTER The Tux Center is located in a bridal center, along with Bridal Collections, Pounders Jewelers, Audrey’s Boutique, along with a wedding photographer and cake bakery. This is one-stop wedding shopping. 3131 N. Division, Spokane • 3260197 •

Sports Apparel ESCAPE OUTDOORS Where active Northwesterners shop for their next adventure mountain climbing, wake boarding or skiing. Escape Outdoors has all the top-end outdoorsy brands like Helly Hansen, North Face, Chaco and Kavu. Riverstone, 2028 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-6602; River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 8383636 • FORE! WOMEN It’s always golf season at Fore! Women. So when you’re planning a trip to the desert in March, this is where you can find the skirts, shirts and shoes (and these aren’t your dad’s shoes, baby) you want. 5005 N. Division, Spokane • 624-5204 • KIMMEL ATHLETIC SUPPLY CO. Kimmel’s is a a family-owned Inland Northwest institution that’s been outfitting teams and varsity athletes for decades. They sell more letterman’s jackets than anyone else in the region, and this is also a local option for team uniforms. 202 E. Mission Ave., Spokane • 326-7710 • 405 W. Neider, Suite 106, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-277-1020 • LET IT RIDE Adrenaline junkies will find their wakeboards, skateboards and snowboards here, and all the apparel they need to look good riding them. This family-owned shop sells active apparel with street cred, like board shorts and hats by DC and Oakely and bikinis and hoodies by ROXY. 426 E. Hastings Rd., Spokane • 315-4618 •

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Carabiners are an accessory at Mountain Goat.

Sports Apparel MOUNTAIN GEAR Mountain Gear has a national following, thanks to its groundbreaking (at the time) catalogs and online store. But why shop online for climbing, mountaineering, backpacking or skiing equipment, when you can interact with their friendly and experienced staff ? In addition to selling new merchandise, Mountain Gear rents and repairs gear and offers classes and clinics. 2002 N. Division, Spokane • 325-9000 • MOUNTAIN GOAT OUTFITTERS This is a

climber’s climbing store, where adrenaline junkies come to swap stories of their latest wall climb and stock up on quickdraws and carabiners. While the Goat specializes in climbing and mountaineering equipment, they also carry active apparel, skateboards, paddle equipment and ski gear. 12 W. Sprague, Spokane • 325-9806 • OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE Outdoor Experience isn’t just a shop, it’s the center of an active community that skis, paddles or pedals in the pristine wilderness that surrounds Sandpoint. You can buy your

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SPOKANE ATHLETIC SUPPLY Family owned since 1939, Spokane Athletic is where teams like Spokane Shadow buy their uniforms. A premier Nike dealer, SAS outfits teams from little league all the way up to the NCAA. 307 E. Sprague, Spokane • 747-1071 • SPORT TOWN Sport Town claims the largest array of college gear in town. You’ll find tons of college T-shirts, jerseys and hoodies to keychains and shotglasses for local teams (go Zags!) and even far-flung universities like Texas. A large selection of sports apparel, with an emphasis on

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onnie Ryno remembers a mother and daughter who came into her Spokane boutique a few months ago. The young girl was anxious to buy a skirt Ryno had made out of old neckties. Her mom was skeptical. She told her daughter they would go find some ties at a thrift store and make a skirt themselves. A few weeks later, the mother returned to Ryno’s shop. “She told me, ‘We spent more on just the ties than we would have here, and the one I made turned out awful,’” Ryno remembers. “People don’t realize it’s not as easy at it looks. I’ve made hundreds of these, and I’ve kind of perfected it.” From jewelry built out of the pieces of a broken clock to purses made from old cassette tapes, a growing number of Spokane designers and craftspeople like Ryno are using their expertise to create one-of-a-kind pieces. More than just vintage finds with a new price tag, they’re creating something new from something discarded, or “up-cycling.” Ryno’s store, GLAMARITA (901 W. Garland Ave.), features goods from 25 local designers, and almost all of them upcycle, she says. John Hahn, co-owner of REVIVAL LIGHTING (14 W. Main Ave.), says repurposing is about saving part of America’s heritage. Hahn, who often converts old desk lamps into floor lamps, or vice-versa, has also undertaken bigger repurposing projects. When he came across an 1800s piano in disrepair, he turned the legs into the

frame of a kind of settee called an opium bed, which is now for sale in the store. “It’s a piece of our history we’re trying to save,” Hahn says. “It’s all so beautifully done. To throw it away would be so sinful.” Stephanie Reha, owner of the downtown vintage clothing and furniture boutique SEQUEL (421 W. Riverside Ave.), says sometimes even just a fresh coat of paint can make something feel brand-new. Currently, her shop mostly focuses on old items that have been freshened up, but she’s hoping to expand into up-cycling. She says she’ll start by converting some old tractor wheels she found recently into coffee tables and mirrors. Other stores in Spokane that sell repurposed clothing, jewelry or home furnishings are FINDERS KEEPERS, HURD MERCANTILE, ARTEMIS and PINK. Across the state line, WIGGETT’S ANTIQUE MARKETPLACE and PARIS FLEA MARKET in Coeur d’Alene feature a handful of up-cycled treasures among their antiques. Ryno says she likes knowing that whoever buys one of her pieces (like one of those skirts made of ties) is getting a piece no one else will have — something that can’t be said for department-store finds. “It’s rewarding,” she says, “because I know it can never be made again.” — HEIDI GROOVER

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Sports Apparel TENNIS OF SPOKANE A great little tennis shop, run by actual tennis players. You’ll find racquets and shoes, along with tennis-specific accessories like grip enhancers and overgrips. And of course you can demo. A limited amount of tennis apparel is also for sale. 428 E. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 624-8876 TRI-STATE OUTFITTERS No shirts and ties here. All the apparel at Tri-State is designed to move, breathe and wick. Active Northwesterners will love the selection of popular brands like Mountain Hardware, North Face and Life is Good. The Coeur d’Alene store has any kind of active footwear (water sandals, hiking boots, etc.) you could want. 1104 Pullman Rd., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-4555 • 6275 Sunshine St., Coeur d’Alene, • 208-7720613 • WINTERSPORT SKI BIKE AND BOARD If you can ride it, chances are Wintersport sells it. Locally owned for more than 35 years, their inventory spans from wakeboards and skateboards to snowboards, skis and bikes. 3220 N. Division, Spokane • 328-2030 •

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fter just one trip to Tuscany, Michael and Amie Whittle were mesmerized by the Majolica. If you’re not yet a collector of the tin-glazed, vibrantly hued earthenware pottery from Italy, drop by the couple’s South Hill shop, BRAMASOLE (3103 S. Grand Blvd.). Its quaint yellow walls (Bramasole means “yearning for the sun”) are accented by stunning hand-made platters and dish sets. It takes two months for Italian artists to design and ship the custom-made pieces. Earn karmic dividends each time you shop at KIZURI in downtown Spokane (35 W. Main). When you purchase Haiti Metal Works, La Chombra cookware from Colombia, or the elegantly versatile Ugandan Sseko sandals, you assist female artists in creating sustainable incomes. Nearly every product has an inspiring backstory. If you only say “Erin Go Bragh” each March 17, then ALL THINGS IRISH (315 Sherman Ave.) in Coeur d’Alene may not be your cup of Bewley’s Tea. But if you are an Irish bride, or treasure the wisdom of Gaelic prose and Celtic art and décor, this charming shop will warm the cockles of your heart. One of the longest-standing world import shops in the city, WONDERS OF THE WORLD (Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon), is one serious purveyor of rocks, fossils, minerals, beads and gemstones. Owner Pam Barclay travels the world to bring back stunning amazonite, fossilized shark’s teeth, Native American pottery and more. Keep kids occupied with Wonders’ innovative toys, choose a bold necklace or sign up for a class to make your own. Whether you’re preparing pho, sushi, phad Thai or tempeh, chances are you’ll find each fresh or packaged ingredient inside the ASIAN WORLD FOOD MARKET (3314 N. Division St.). Products are imported from seven different countries. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

Babies & Kids LOLLIPOP LEMONDROP Lollipop Lemondrop consigns and sells pre-loved brand name children’s wear, but if you didn’t know better, you’d think everything in this darling boutique is brand new. Many of the charming accessories like beanies, headbands and burp clothes are new, and handcrafted by Spokane moms and make perfect baby shower gifts. 410 E. Holland Rd., Spokane • 468-6770 • MOMMY & ME Mommy & Me is a new option for eco-conscious and budgetsmart South Hill moms. The shabby chic and cottage furniture is all upcycled. The clothing is all gently used — but in pristine condition. 1314 S. Grand Ave., Spokane • 209-9448 • OTHER MOTHERS Other Mothers was green way before it was trendy. Exchange your old gently used childrens’ and maternity clothing, baby furniture and toys, and pick out something else for your growing family. The exchange credit program is the best deal, but if you are simply looking for a pack and play, their prices are very reasonable. 10208 N. Division St., Suite 101, Spokane • 465-9499 • 2727 S. Mt. Vernon, Spokane • 443-5349

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just off of Divsion in downtown Spokane. Inside you’ll find a luxurious inventory of furniture, much of it hand-finished and made from reclaimed materials, pillows, dishware and cake plates any francophile would covet. 114 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 363-1900 • ALL THINGS IRISH If you only say “Erin Go Bragh” on St. Patrick’s Day, then All Things Irish may not be your cup of Bewley’s Tea. But if you are an Irish bride, or treasure the wisdom of Gaelic prose and Celtic art and décor, this charming shop will warm the cockles of your heart. Owner Ilene Moss travels to the old country every year to hand select authentic tweed sport coats and wool caps, Claddagh rings and sparkling Galway crystal. 315 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-0131 • ANEMONE HANDMADE PAPER FLOWERS “aNeMonE’s gorgeous handmade paper flowers have been the boutonnières and bouquets of bridal parties nationwide. The artful flowers also make stunning hair accessories. Exquisite dogwood branches would be a beautiful addition to any home. 309 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 838-7037 • ATTICUS COFFEE AND GIFTS Like its sister shop, Boo Radleys, Atticus is known for its quirky and clever assortment of gifts, from gurgle pots and cream dispensers shaped like elephants to decorative dishes, coffee cups and and tote bags. And they’ve got a spot for all things French, too. 222 N. Howard St., Spokane • 747-0336 • www. BLOEM The quintessential gift store, Bloem carries handcrafted gourmet chocolates, elegant topiaries and lxurious stationary and cards by Papryus. There’s nothing here you absolutely need, but everything a woman wants. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Suite 241, Spokane • 456-8466 • chocolates-flowers. com BOO RADLEY’S If you want your favorite friends and family members to know you are uber-hip and they are intriguing and irreverent, buy them gifts from Boo Radley’s. Honored with Hall of Fame”status in The Inlander’s Best Of reader’s poll, this reliably smart, quirky gift emporium consistently delights shoppers because it offers the cutting-edge books, magazines, tees, and vintage-inspired action figures no one else carries. The current must-have? Mustaches. 232 N. Howard St., Spokane • 456-7479 • CABIN FEVER LTD. Cabin Fever is a tourist attraction in its own right, with its unique brand of refined western style. Even if you don’t buy a darn thing here, the window shopping is great. 113 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-7179

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Gifts & Home Décor CONCEPT :: HOME Expect clean lines, contemporary style and Spokane’s best modern furnishings at Heather Hanley’s downtown furniture boutique, Concept: Home. Fans of HGTV superstar Candice Olsen will appreciate her line of modern furniture. Design challenged? Let Hanley or her team of gifted designers guide you. 401 W. First Ave., Spokane • 413-1185 • DAISY J’S TRADING COMPANY Daisy J’s does cottage chic just right: luxurious French linens, glittering mercury glass and rustic dishes artfully displayed on old farm tables. Fortunately, their new Riverstone location almost doubled the store’s square footage, making room for more otherworldly eye candy. Riverstone, 2018 Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-3300


THE DAVENPORT HOTEL SIGNATURE COLLECTION A grand hotel of the gilded age, The Davenport is a bastion of luxury. Its tasteful gift shop allows guests to bring some of that elegance home, whether it’s one of those glorious signature robes, silky bedding or even a beautiful piece of jewelry. This isn’t your traditional hotel gift

shop. But then again, this isn’t your runof-the-mill hotel. 10 S. Post St., Spokane • 789-7222 • ECLECTIC GIFTS Can’t figure out what to get that high school graduate or work colleague? Let Eclectic Gifts design a custom gift basket for you. That’s their specialty. If you want to do it on your own, stop in and browse their selection of wine, gourmet yummies, candles, dishware and more. 305 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 7559999 • ENNIS FINE FURNITURE Ennis stocks heirloom quality furniture by the likes of Stickley, Ralph Lauren, and Thomasville. One of the oldest furniture stores in Spokane, it’s furnished many of the city’s most gracious homes. Complimentary design services are available. 8313 N. Division St., Spokane • 467-6707 • HALPIN’S Halpin’s is the drug store of yesteryear, with everything from grandfather clocks to cards and collectibles and toys, along with a full pharmacy. Many local families make the trip to Halpin’s every year to pick out new

JUDY’S ENCHANTED GARDEN Judy’s always has a spectacular assortment of plants, and in the fall and winter, pumpkins and Christmas trees. Their garden art, pottery and tools make great gifts for friends with green thumbs. 2628 Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 325-1081 KIZURI One of our favorite places to gift shop, everything at Kizuri is fair trade, earth friendly or locally produced. Summer brings those sexy, strappy Seeko sandals and in the winter, look for exotic Christmas ornaments. All year round you’ll find beautiful handwoven baskets, homemade soaps, furniture crafted from tropical salvage wood and inventive toys. 35 W. Main St., Spokane • 464-7677 • LAKESHORE DÉCOR Interior Designer Melissa Cheney describes her personal style as a blend of cottage and European. It’s comfortable, casual and not too feminine. And that style is refelcted all throughout her charming shop, Lakeshore Décor, where you’ll find modern takes on toille, elegant armchairs and striking accessories. 1844 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-762-5069 • MADISON COUNTRY Madison Country is a destination. Located outside of downtown, and separated from any other boutiques or shops, you don’t just

happen across their charming showroom. Instead, you make a point to come here for their slipcovered armchairs, vintage inspired farm tables and tasteful floral arrangements. Put plainly, Madison country does cottage chic and French country just right. Make a point to stop in at Christmas to see their 40+ themed trees. 2928 N. Madelia St., Spokane • 3401952 • MADISON HOME FINE FURNISHINGS AND INTERIOR ACCENTS The exterior of Madison Home’s North Division store is non-descript. But remember what mom said: Don’t judge a book by the cover. The interior is vibrant with uber-chic furniture and flawlessly staged vignettes. Madison’s pieces are classy and elegant, but also exhibit a noticeable edge, and zero stuffiness. 2826 N. Ruby, Spokane • 325-1815 • MARY JANE’S FARM Mary Jane is the Northwest’s answer to Martha Stewart, with a bit more farm girl flair. The popular author and lifestyle guru has stocked her Coeur d’Alene store with vintage-inspired chenile bedspreads, mason jar candles and retro aprons. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Suite 127, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-6677467 • 425 S. Jackson, Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-2333 • MEL’S Mel’s started as a humble fruit stand back in 1970 and has grown to become a Spokane institution synonymous with impeccable style. A combination nursery, espresso bar, gift shop, and furniture store, Mel’s is set to outfit your whole home. 8800 N. Division, Spokane • 467-5132 • MIX IT UP If it’s retail therapy you need, we can think of no better place than Coeur d’Alene’s Mix it Up. This cheery shop is splashed with color and whimsical accents, like gurgle pot pitchers that make funny gurgling sounds when you pour them. And when we say whimsical, we don’t mean tacky. You’ll actually want their fair-trade pitchers, picture frames, dishware and handblocked Indian linens in your home. 513 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-8603 •

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PACK RIVER POTIONS Pack River’s expansive lotion bar is a tourist destination all its own. Sure you can buy their stuff online, but then you wouldn’t be able to try out the City Beach lotion (a delicious combination of coconut and lemon grass). And the Fresh Bread candle smells so authentic, it’s not fair. 300 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint • 208-255-4493 • PAPILLION PAPER EMPORIUM Papillon is the brainchild of the Figpickels people. They do toys right at Figpickels and they do the same for grown up gifts at Papillon. Located in the Plaza Shops, Papillion has sumptuous stationery and elegant pens. The gift selections spans from hostess gifts, like a fun “Rate that Wine” tablet designed for wine tastings to themed cupcake kits intended for a little princess. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Suite 156, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-0736 PINK It may not occur to you to make a dining room table out of a chunk of bowling alley lane, but it can be done, beautifully. Chaps and Cake owner Celeste Shaw is one of the creative visionaries behind PINK, a “Salvage Gallery,” antique and gift store inside the historic Luminária building in downtown Spokane. 154 S. Madison Ave., Spokane • 474-1235 •

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Gifts & Home Décor NEAT OLD STUFF The gateway to Neat Old Stuff (also a unique upholstery service) is marked by a brightly painted door on the side of a tarnished building, with a doorbell you have to ring to get inside. The interior is very Marie Antoinette — ornate vanities, shabby chic candle holders, vintage mirrors and romantic antiques. 222 S. Bernard, Spokane • 5366390 •

NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE STORE Get some shopping in after checking out the exhibits at the MAC. The gift shop has a large selection of books focusing on Inland Northwest history and various topics related to the exhibits in the museum at the time. You’ll also find beautiful prints, jewelry, and handmade items. 2316 W. First, Spokane • 363-5356 •

203 N. Washington St., Spokane • 3276920 • THE POTTERY SHED AND CABIN FEVER ANTIQUES If you live in Cheney, it’s likely you’re a fan of The Pottery Shed and Cabin Fever Antiques. If not — the short drive from Spokane is worth it. This rustic space, formerly an airplane hangar, carries mostly vintage, antique and consignment pieces, along with a few dealer items. They also have a flea market in the parking lot once a month. 208 W. 1st, Cheney, Wash. • 559-5050 • RESKUED Reskued is the Tin Roof and Concept :: Home’s clearance center. Prices here are discounted deep enough to make you giddy. Picture gorgeous distressed leather couches originally $1890 for $840 and accessories more than 75 percent off. Reskued is open two days a week and one weekend a month. 1702 E. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 209-3954 • RONAN’S DOOR A delightfu addition to the cluster of boutiques on Second Avenue, Ronan’s Door carries cottage and shabby chic furniture (much upcycled), charming dishware, candles, mirrors other accent pieces. Connossieurs of home design mags will appreciate the luxurious Bella Notte linens that typically grace the pages of those publications. 301 W. 2nd, Spokane • 747-2813 •

POSSIBILITIES There’s an art to being a good gift-giver. Selecting the right present takes thoughtfulness, sometimes careful observation, not to mention time and travel. When the time and travel get in the way, turn to the professionals at Possibilities. They’ll help you create custom gift baskets anyone would be happy to receive. 211 1/2 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-665-9166 •

RUNGE FURNITURE Runge has been the go-to furniture store in North Idaho since 1946. The inventory is big — from appliances to sectional sofas and game tables. The price points are equally varied, so there’s something here for every budget. 303 E. Spokane Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-2131 •

POTTERY PLACE PLUS A gorgeous array of hand-blown orbs hang in Pottery Place’s window. But don’t just window shop. Inside this true artists co-op you’ll find a large selection of pottery, functional stone wear, hand crafted ceramics, raku fired pots, along with original photography, and handcrafted jewelry.

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Crème de la Crème The best kitchen shops can inspire even the most reluctant cooks BY TAMARA McGREGOR



Inspiration comes in all forms. At URM’s Cash and Carry, the ridiculously low prices make us giddy. Host a Super Bowl party? No problem. Cash and Carry has all your grocery items like meat, produce and dry goods, along with all the professional cookware you need to prepare your signature ribs. This is where the pros shop for durable, yet affordable stainless steel mixing bowls, cookie sheets and beer pints. The entire aisle of Torani syrups will leave coffee lovers twitterpated. 902 E. Springfield Ave. 489-4555 16808 E. Sprague Ave., 777-4876


Williams-Sonoma has nothing on Spokane’s Kitchen Engine. Located in the historic Flour Mill, this charming shop carries top-tier cutlery and cookware by the likes of Le Crueset, Swiss Diamond and Wusthof. An over-the-top salt bar, impressive selections of teas, coffee and spices and luscious tablewear round out the selection. A bursting schedule of cooking classes and demonstrations feature some of the area’s best chefs. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave. 328-3335


It’s all about presentation at Coeur d’Alene’s Dinner Party. This small shop is beautifully staged with elegantly dressed tables. Each themed table is layered with linens, chargers, truly unique dishware and gorgeous centerpieces. With an impressive wine selection to boot, you’ll be inspired to throw a dinner party ASAP. 3520 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene 208-765-5653


Gourmet Way is North Idaho’s top-shelf kitchenware store. The shop carries every culinary gadget known to man, a vast assortment of specialty rubs, sauces and spices, luxurious table linens and a killer wine and beer selection. A robust schedule of hands-on classes will appeal to novices and food snobs alike. 8222 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene 208-762-1333

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Gifts & Home Décor SPOKANE PUBLIC MARKET Seattle has Pike Place and Portland has its beloved Saturday Market. Now Spokane’s stock has gone up with the addition of its own Public Market. Open Thurs.-Sat., the market features regional food and farm producers along with artisans and local merchants selling everything from natural cosmetics to handmade soaps and sachets to miniature container gardens, paintings and jewelry. 24 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 624-1154 • STUDIO 107 It’s tough to put Studio 107 in a category. It’s part art gallery, part wine bar, with some fine jewelry thrown in. Definitions aside, it’s a pretty place, with its slate floors and exposed brick walls and lots of pretties to ogle. 503 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-1201 • SUN PEOPLE DRY GOODS Sun People took down the shiny new Apple Store to win The Inlander’s coveted Best New Business award in 2011. That’s says a lot. There is a market in Spokane for sustainable living products like rain barrels, non-toxic crib mattresses, soy candles and chicken coops. A bevy of workshops are always on tap, too. 32 W. Second, Ste. 200, Spokane • 368-9378 •

THE TIN ROOF You will go into Tin Roof for a throw pillow or a lamp and leave inspired to redecorate your family room. Why Tin Roof succeeds at being Inlander shoppers’ top choice for both furniture and home decor may be owner Heather Hanley’s eye for transitional style. Want to add some shabby-chic accessories to your classic furniture? Do it! The innovative, encouraging staff of designers will show you how to make all your genres meld, one piece at a time. 1727 E. Sprague, Spokane • 535-1111 • UNIQUELY CHIC BOUTIQUE This quaint red cottage couldn’t be any more adorable, with it’s sculpted topiaries and black and white awning. Inside, you’ll find an equally tasteful assortment of cottage decor and cowgirl chic home furnishings and gifts. Stop here for great hostess gifts, shower gifts... and of course, a little something for you. 1803 W. Jackson Ave., Spokane • 326-2742 WOJO WORKS MODERN ACCOUTREMENTS If one of the highlights of watching Mad Men is catching glimpses of Roger Sterling’s office and Don Draper’s posh apartment, get yourself to Wojo Works. This haven of mid-century modern armchairs, clocks and lamps is one of the most interesting and vibrant additions to Spokane’s retail scene in the past several years. Expect clean lines, a modern bent

and playful cards, books and accessories. 824 W. Sprague Ave. • 340-2800 • www. WONDERS OF THE WORLD Wonders of the World is hard to define. It’s collection of meteorites, fossils and artifacts make it part museum. The expansive selection of rings, earrings and bracelets make it part jeweler. And the entertaining toy selection could define this store as a magical emporium. Stop in, browse, and know that any gifts you buy will be truly original and likely from some exotic far-flung locale. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 328-6890 • ZERO POINT CRYSTALS, GEMS AND MORE While the vast selection of jewelry has the potential to be overwhelming, Zero Point offers a Zen-like shopping experience. Natural sunlight streams in, illuminating shelves of crystals and gems that span from heart shaped rose quartz to lepidolite. Don’t miss the enormous amethyst ($9,880). 226 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-2522 •

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better and even more whimsical than before. They’ve expanded their selection, added a kids’ book section called the “Garden of R’Eden” and will offer more demonstrations they didn’t have room for in their previous spot. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-2800 • MERLYN’S For the biggest cross-section of pan-nerdia, there’s really no place like Merlyn’s. In addition to having comics stacked everywhere and the full panoply of fantasy gaming like Warhammer, D&D and just about every other dice- or card-based RPG platform, they back it up with in-store gaming. They even host the local Comicsmith’s guild. 19 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-0957 • SHENANIGAN’S TOY EMPORIUM & SWEET SHOP Shenanigan’s is located in Figpickels former space (they moved down the street) on Coeur d’Alene’s popular drag, Sherman Ave. Reminiscent of a penny candy store, big wooden buckets display pounds of taffy, Tootsie Rolls and Smarties. The toy selection leans toward the educational and vintage inspired. 312 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-0955 •

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UNCLES GAMES, PUZZLES AND MORE From family fun (Apples to Apples) to European blockbusters (Settlers of Catan) to every little dithering puzzly thing you’ve ever tried and failed to take apart/ put back together, Uncle’s is the area’s best stop for the gaming enthusiast. The Liberty Building, 404 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 456-4607 • Spokane Valley Mall • 891-7620

2ND LOOK BOOKS Second Look Books claims the largest used book inventory in the Inland Northwest. An updated computer system makes it easier to search for what you want, even from home. Inside the store, cozy chairs beckon browsers and while they don’t offer lattes in the store — you can now crack open your new purchase next door at Forza Coffee Company. 2829 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 535-6464 •

THE WHITE ELEPHANT It may not have a lot of charm inside, but this half-outdoorstore, half-toy-outlet is an awesome place to get lost. Like a big, indoor garage sale, the store has dusty, sun-faded boxes of old trinkets you can’t find anywhere else, merchandise from the 1974 World’s Fair and a toy selection that varies from model rockets to LEGOs. 1730 N. Division, Spokane • 328-3100 • 12614 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 924-3006 • WHIZ KIDS We all know kids love those toys and games that suck you in for no apparent reason — the easy, mindless ones. But some kids want a challenge. For puzzles, brain benders, books, building kids and musical instruments, head to Whiz Kids. With the motto “smart toys for smart kids,” it’s the perfect place to find a gift someone’s parents will actually be glad you got them. River Park Square, 808 W. Main, #251, Spokane •456-8697 •

AUNTIE’S AT THE SQUARE Auntie’s at the Square is a satellite shop of Spokane’s beloved independent bookstore. Here you can expect an excellent selection, along with a staff that’s well-read and eager to talk books. If Auntie’s at the Square doesn’t have the title you want, they can have it sent over from the main store in two shakes. River Park Square, Skywalk Level, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 456-4775 • auntiesbooks. com AUNTIE’S BOOKSTORE This year marked the 18th time that Auntie’s Bookstore has been chosen as the best bookstore in the area by Inlander readers. But really, is anyone surprised? Whether you’re a reading buff or not, chances are you’ve probably spent your fair share of time in Auntie’s. The independently owned store is packed to the gills with countless sections — fiction, non-fiction, mystery, music, history and more — as well as with stationery,

calendars and other gifts for the book lovers in your life. 402 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 838-0206 • THE BOOK PARLOR This nonprofit Lutheran bookstore in West Central Spokane is part book store, part community living room. Neighbors connect with each other over new and used books, fair trade coffee, and chocolates. 1425 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 328-6527 • BOOKTRADERS This eclectic Garland shop boasts one of the largest collections in Spokane, and we’d argue some of the best prices. Romance readers will appreciate their enormous selection and an expanded non-fiction/war section will appeal to history buffs. Many paperback books sell for under a buck with trade. 907 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 326-7653 BROWSERS UNCOMMON BOOKS Browsers is a book lovers book store. The staff is well-read and the selection is eclectic and exciting. You’ll find beautifully bound 19th century books in mint condition and local to regional books that cover topics like Washington ghost towns and gold panning. 2415 N. Government Way, Suite #2, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-3964 • COMIC BOOK SHOP Where other similar stores seek diversity of geekdom, the Comic Book Shop settles for having a lexiconical selection of comics. They stock over 350 monthly titles and have

over 150,000 back issues. They also offer D&D and Magic cards, because how can you not? But comics are 90 percent of their business, it’s like the Library of Nerd Congress. 3207 N. Division, Spokane • 326-7018 • NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division, 1st Floor, Spokane • 487-4175 • THE CORNER DOOR FOUNTAIN AND BOOKS The Corner Door is an eclectic nook located in historic Millwood, deliciously close to the original Rocket Bakery. Located in a former drugstore, it offers many new and used titles, focusing on local and independent publishers as well as an authentic soda shop featuring soups, sandwiches and shakes. 3301 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley • 921-9253 • KAUFER CO. Kaufer’s was founded as a Catholic bookstore way back in 1904. Since then it has opened up to other Christian denominations offering a slew of Bibles, Christian books, videos, rosaries and gifts perfect for religious celebrations like baptisms and first communions. 907 W. Boone Ave., Spokane • 326-7070 • MERLYN’S An oasis for Spokane’s comic book crowd, Merlyn’s carries everything from the latest graphic novels to card games and collectibles. In recognition of tough economic times, and to encourage buying locally, Merlyn’s now offers a 10 percent discount on everything in the store. Be sure to check out their huge selection of half price comics! 19 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-0957 • NORTHWEST MAP AND TRAVEL NW Map and Travel specializes in local maps of all kinds (road, topographical, aeronautical, nautical, bike maps, and more). They offer a great selection of outdoor guide and travel books as well. They can also make custom maps for that road trip you’ve been planning. 10525 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 455-6981 • PILOT BOOK STORE Don’t be fooled. The predominant signs attached to Pilot Bookstore’s bright yellow exterior indicate it’s a laundrymat. Trust us, this weathered time capsule — blissfully indifferent to the outside world — is indeed a bookstore. Browse the eclectic selection, but if you’re looking for something specific, ask for help. Owners Tom or Terry will help you find what you want, and leave you in stitches. 3108 E. Olympic Ave., Spokane • 487-1548


READ IT AGAIN For those who have never been able to get past that musty smell of a used bookstore, try T.J.’s. Though they sell used books, T.J.’s is very clean and well-organized, making it much easier to find a specific title. 131 E. Second St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-874-2545 •

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TINMAN TOO Tinman, Too! is everything you can hope for in an independent children’s book store. In addition to providing a thoughtful selection of children’s books, they also offer classes and workshops to give kids hands-on experience combining literature and art. 809 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 325-3001 •

Pets DIVA DOG PET BOUTIQUE We love you, golden retrievers, boxers and labradors, but Diva Dog Boutique is not your milieu. Get your human to this specialty shop, though! With the region’s most exclusive selection of tiny fashion-forward apparel, designer bedding, collars and leashes, it’s no wonder Inlander readers are suckers for Diva Dog’s sumptuous styles. 911 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 995-2110 • DUNCAN’S PET SHOP “Your classic mom and pop store, Duncan’s has been in Coeur d’Alene for 20 years. In its small space, the store houses fish, birds, aquariums, rodents and a few puppies and kittens from time to time, plus all the food, supplies and medicines. Customers say they value the small staff and oldfashioned get-to-know-you service. 1302 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-0618

PET VITTLES AND WILD BIRD WEST Two stores in one serve both animal lovers and wild-bird watchers. Go to Pet Vittles for high quality dog and cat food that is natural and, in most cases, made from the type of ingredients you’d find in your own kitchen. Wild Bird West also carries bird food, but you’ll also find beautiful bird baths, bird feeders, and even treats for the squirrels (squirrel trail mix!) in your yard. 919 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley • 9270675 •, PINK POODLE Land of the lap dog and purse pup, the Pink Poodle specializes in small breed pups, like chihuahuas, yorkies and pomeranians. In addition to pure breeds, you’ll also find everything these dogs need and all the accessories their people want, like dainty collars, sweaters and leads. 3209 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 324-0750 • tinytoybreedpuppies.weebly. com POST FALLS PAMPURRED PET BOUTIQUE Post Falls Pampurred Pet Boutique takes a holistic approach to pet care with a wide variety of grain-free foods. This is a place for smaller dogs and cats, peddling snazzy accoutrements like apparel jewelry, a bakery with Doggie Bon Bons and a four-star boarding facility. 920 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-3190 • PRAIRIE DOG PET MERCANTILE Prairie Dog carries “stuff pets and their people dream about,” which can be anything from sample goodies at the “Whine Bar” to doggie hiking boots by Ruff Wear. Loyal customers are rewarded with bonuses, like free bully sticks (the best dog chew treat ever) and bags of dog food. 2917 E. Palouse Hwy., Spokane • 443-9663 •

NATURE’S PET MARKET This store offers the area’s largest selection of natural pet products. Their inventory has a lot for dogs and cats (and they offer puppy training classes), but they also sell natural food and treats for birds and small pets. Check Nature’s Pet Market’s Facebook page for daily specials and sales, from a free collar with any purchase to organic pet vitamins. 12208 N. Divison, Spokane • 464-3400 •

URBAN CANINE If it’s just your dog you’re looking to pamper, head to the Urban Canine for top-shelf selection. The store offers natural and organic dog food and treats, plus beds, bowls, toys, collars and leashes. The Urban Canine also has a dog spa and a staff of friendly, knowledgable dog experts. South Hill customers, look for a new location in the Lincoln Heights mall sometime in the fall. 1220 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 744-9663 • 9222 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 465-9663 •

NORTHWEST SEED AND PET Back in the ‘50s, this store had an elephant, a lion, chimpanzees, baboons, ocelots and a puma on display. Today, the store’s two locations — one on E. Sprague and one on N. Division — are home to puppies and pet supplies, plus seeds and plants for gardening. Check out the bird, cat, dog, fish and reptile guides on their website if you’ve got a new pet. 2422 E. Sprague, Spokane • 534-0694 • 7302 N. Division, Spokane • 484-7387 •

THE YUPPY PUPPY The Yuppy Puppy caters to the discerning pet owner, with holistic pet food by the likes of the Honest Kitchen, Solid Gold and Stella & Chewy’s. And of course they carry all the smart gear owners need to show off their dogs, like leashes, purse-style carriers and collars. This pet boutique also has washing/grooming stations, so you can pamper your dog without making a mess at home. 9423 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 467-8221 • 

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TINMAN GALLERY Tinman is a dynamic gallery known for showing some of the best regional painters. What you may not know is that Tinman also offers a discriminating selection of books, including what they claim is the largest selection of art-focused books in Spokane. You can also locate exceptional children’s books as well. 811 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 325-1500 •


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Frank Mortimer trains competitive polo horses; (facing page) Mountain Gear CEO/President Paul Fish YOUNG KWAK PHOTOs

Playing and Producing Ball players, horses, sports gear: What Spokane makes, the world takes BY JOE O’SULLIVAN



ear Nature, Near Perfect” isn’t just a marketing slogan. It’s a motive that helps the region’s athletes and outdoor companies to take their talents all over the country. The Inland Northwest’s reputation precedes us in sports: golf, polo and basketball players. But we also take athletic gear — from backpacks to baseball bats — and make them better than how we found them. FRANK MORTIMER, 74, doesn’t like the perception of polo as a sport of the wealthy. And Mortimer, manager of the Spokane Polo Club, should know: He’s the guy who trains and sells horses to polo players across the country. “Everybody talks about how expensive polo is, but … most of the people here are workers,” he says, referring to the Spokane Polo Club. And not just workers, but students from Washington State University, who Mortimer says have been regulars for years. In fact, as he

gives a tour of the grounds one summer day, two WSU students are out working in the training pens. While high-end polo horses for professional players can fetch $100,000, Mortimer sells his for between $1,500 and $20,000. He must train the horses to be at ease around the polo mallet. And expanding the animals’ notion of movement is a challenge. “The hard part is they’ve never done anything but run straight,” he says. “You’ve got to teach them to get to the ball, stop, turn around, to do everything both ways.” Half the year Mortimer ships his horses down to Florida so he can train them down there while announcing polo games at Gulfstream Park near Miami. Mortimer can match his horses to a player by watching the latter’s style on the field. “You can tell which guy can ride which horse,” he says. When he

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eyeballs a potential sale, Mortimer will approach the player. Players will want have some test rides and may even try out a horse in a practice match. Whether a prospect turns into a buyer isn’t something that Mortimer can control. So he does his best and hopes his training work comes through. “If you’ve got a really good horse,” Mortimer says, “someone will buy it.”


hen PAUL FISH moved his small company, Mountain Gear, to Spokane, it didn’t stay small for long. The company, which has a storefront on Division Street, now supplies about 12,000 products to professional climbers, Fish says. “We serve people who are real users of the equipment,” he says, “Most of the people who climbed Everest are our customers.” Mountain Gear began when Fish designed a backpack with an internal frame and better suspension and balance from what people were selling back then. Now the company sells everything from hiking socks to ski poles, paddle boards and trail bikes. Will he look to expand? Not necessarily, says Fish, who prefers to offer high quality to a more rugged set of knowledgeable customers. “We could do other things,” he says, “but we care about doing what we do well.”



verybody knows GONAZAGA BASKETBALL’s most famous export, John Stockton. But the 10-time All Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist isn’t the only alum turned pro. Before Stockton, there was Frank Burgess, who became Gonzaga’s all-time highest scorer. After college, Burgess, who died in 2010, played two seasons in Hawaii for the American Basketball League. Afterward, he returned to GU for a law degree and in 1994 was appointed to a federal judgeship by President Bill Clinton. More recently, former Zags moving to the NBA have included Richie Frahm, Dan Dickau, Adam Morrison, Ronny Turiaf, Austin Daye and Jeremy Pargo. Over the summer, the Los Angeles Lakers used the very last pick in the draft to choose Gonzaga center Robert Sacre. Gonzaga is also propelling women players into the WNBA. Threetime West Coast Conference Player of the Year Courtney Vandersloot ...continued on next page ANNUAL MANUAL 2012-2013 THE INLANDER |

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Shooting champ Amanda Furrer: “I never make my goals based on my scores.”

“PLAYING AND PRODUCING,” CONTINUED... was drafted in 2011 and now starts for the Chicago Sky, where she holds the record for most assists in a season with 124. Vandersloot was the first NCAA Division I player to rack up over 2,000 points and 1,000 assists. And in the summer of 2012, the New York Liberty signed Katelan Redmon, who as a Bulldog averaged nearly 14 points per game.



MANDA FURRER, a 2009 graduate of Mead High School, got into rifle shooting at 11 because she wanted to be like her older sister. But she was too young at first for the shooting club. “I ended up shooting up the garage,” Furrer says. “It was so bad, [my dad] still has the pellet dents in the garage to show for it.” But the marksmanship has improved. Furrer made the 2012 Olympic games in London. There, shouldering a German-made rifle she’s used for years, Furrer competed in the women’s 50-meter three position in which 20 shots are fired in each of three positions — laying down, kneeling and standing — at a ringed bull’s-eye about 164 feet away. At the international level, a competitive shooter must make at least 50 bull’s-eyes out of the 60 shots, she says. But she wasn’t striving for a medal or a particular score. “I never make my goals based on my scores,” Furrer says. “I just want to go in knowing that I’m prepared. “Leave the range happy,” she adds. “No regrets.”


he challenge for JOE SAMPLE was in finding a better way to make a century-old product. Sample, the general manager of

Spokane Valley’s Brett Bros. Bats, worked alongside the Bretts to do just that. “The idea was to build a wood bat that was more durable than a regular one-piece bat,” he says. “Wood bats have a tendency to break, and our bats are extremely durable.”

“The idea was to build a wood bat that was more durable. ... Wood bats have a tendency to break, and our bats are extremely durable.” So the company came up with an idea for composite woods bats. “We use ash, maple, birch and bamboo in the process,” Sample says. Working with the Brett brothers brought a bit of experience. All four have played professional ball: Bobby and John in the minor leagues, and Ken and George (Hall of Famer who played for the Kansas City Royals) in the majors. Bobby is currently a managing partner of the Spokane Chiefs’ minor league team. Composite wood bats aren’t legal in the Major Leagues, but the company’s are used by players from Little League, to high school and college levels to men’s senior leagues. In fact, there’s no problem finding a home for the 40,000 bats per year that the company makes. Says Sample: “We sell in all 50 states and Canada.” n

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These listings may not be comprehensive; if we missed something, please email us at and we’ll check it out for the next edition. All locations are in Spokane and use area code 509 unless otherwise noted.

Cruises • Cycling & Mt. Biking • Horseback Riding • Ice & Roller Rinks • Kayaking, Canoeing & Rowing • Motor Sports • Pools • Rock Climbing • Running & Walking • Triathlon Clubs • Skate Parks • Skiing & ’Boarding • Tennis • Tubing • Water Parks • Whitewater Rafting 2012 Best of the Inland Northwest first-place winner, or Best of North Idaho Winner, as chosen by readers of The Inlander

Cruises LAKE COEUR D’ALENE CRUISES Daily cruises, dinner cruises, brunch cruises, pirate cruises (kid-friendly and adult versions). The Resort offers pretty much any way to get around Lake Coeur d’Alene with a group. They also offer a six-hour cruise spanning the length of the St. Joe River that includes educational information about the town’s logging history. Check with the resort for special holiday cruise offerings. The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-2300 • LAKE PEND OREILLE CRUISES Lake Pend Oreille Cruises offers organized trips, private charters and jet boat rentals

as ways to spend a few hours or an entire day on the lake. One cruise you’ll have to register for early, but you don’t want to miss is 4th of July cruise with an on-deck bar. Departure Locations Vary, Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-5253 • RIVER QUEEN CRUISES The best way to venture down the Spokane River is aboard the Red Lion River Queen. Fall foliage weekend cruises and sunset dinner cruises are popular, and the Queen is also available for private cruises. Overnight packages with a cruise and a night’s stay start at $160. Red Lion Templin’s Hotel, 414 E. First Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-7771416 •

Cycling & Mt. Biking BADDLANDS CYCLING CLUB This group, started mostly by a group of EWU collegiate racers and members of the Arrivee Cycling Club, hosts some of the region’s biggest cycling events. From the Frozen Flatlands Omnium race every April to different road races every Saturday, the group’s online events calendar is chock-full. Its Twilight Race Series is held at different venues in and around the Spokane area and includes circuit races, time trials and road races. 418 E. Pacific Ave., Suite 101, Spokane • 456-0432 • BELLES AND BASKETS Belles and Baskets organizers are hoping you’ll come ride with them no matter how long it’s been since you’ve been on a bike. The casual group meets at a coffee shop or restaurant then rides around down or the Centennial Trail, usually about eight to 15 miles. Their Facebook page is a great way to meet other riders or find out about cycling events in the area. Spokane • BEN BURR TRAIL As it winds through east-central Spokane toward the Centennial Trail, this one-mile trail is secluded enough to enjoy all the interesting historic homes along the route. Spokane • 625-6200 • CANFIELD MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM The proximity of these 30 miles of single-track and double-track trails to downtown Coeur d’Alene means you’ll probably make a day of it. Winding through beautiful national forest land, there’s a part of this trail for just about every skill level. Find maps of the trail on the local forest service website or at their office in Coeur d’Alene. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-2318 • CENTENNIAL TRAIL The Centennial Trail is the place for biking, walking, rollerblading or geocaching from Eastern Washington to North Idaho. The 37-mile paved pathway winds through Spokane along the river and then along I-90 into Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene. It also offers access points for kayaking, canoeing and fishing. Check the Centennial Trail website for maps showing points of entry. 624-7188 / 208292-1634 • or


COLUMBIA PLATEAU TRAIL Trace the original 1908 path of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railroad along 130 miles of railbeds. The best access point is just outside Cheney at the Fish Lake trailhead and it’s open to hikers, cyclists, horseback riders, inline skaters and birdwatchers. Storytelling kiosks, picnic tables and plenty of restrooms make it great for a family walk, bike or skate. 360-9028844 •

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FAT TIRE TRAIL RIDERS CLUB Not only do they love to ride, but this group also loves to keep its favorite trails in top condition. They organize regular trail clean-ups and maintanance days. Plus, they have a “no rider left behind” policy, so you’re welcome even if you’re still a beginner. 6707 E Upriver Dr, Spokane • FISH LAKE TRAIL It may be slightly uphill all the way from Spokane to Fish Lake, but this 23-mile route is easy to access from downtown Spokane and will give you plenty of chances to see wildlife, especially waterfowl. The five-mile paved stretch is great for all skill levels, while the “roller coaster” off shoot will challenge the experienced rider with a sharp downhill grade followed immediately by a steep uphill section. fishlake.htm FRIENDS OF THE COEUR D’ALENE TRAILS This nonprofit hopes to keep people thinking about trails in Coeur d’Alene, from helping to keep them maintained to knowing when map updates are needed. The group’s website offers a list of trails in Idaho, upcoming bike events, information about group meetings and maps of the area. Wallace, Idaho • 208-691-9169 • FRIENDS OF THE SPOKANE CENTENNIAL TRAIL As the 37-mile Centennial Trail celebrates its 20th birthday this year, check this group’s website for the trail’s history and a calendar of upcoming events. If you’re about to hit the Centennial Trail for the first time, look to the site for detailed maps, access points, rules and information about lodging along the way. 28 W. Indiana Ave. #F, Spokane • 624-7188 • THE F---ING BIKE CLUB The Spokane branch of the national group, The F--ing (rhymes with trucking) Bike Club, started in 2007. The group hosts rides centered around drinking and biking — safely, of course. Its flagship ride, the Full Moon Fiasco, starts at a bar and then heads to a secret destination under the full moon. Spokane • HIGH DRIVE This trail is perched on the edge of Spokane’s South Hill, so it offers great views of Hangman Valley along the way. It’s not easy, though. The five-mile, unpaved, mostly single-track loop is recommended for experienced riders looking to test their downhill skills. Spokane • 363-5455 • LIBERTY LAKE BIKING TRAILS A great spot for mixed skill-level groups, these trails start at the lake’s southern end and then wind around the whole lake. There are 4.7 miles of paved trail and 1.5 miles of gravel road for an easier ride, plus 1.3 miles of singe-track riding with more rugged conditions to navigate. 3707 S. Zephyr Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash. • 4774730 •


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MINNEHAHA ROCKS/BEACON HILL It’s a brutally steep climb, but the view is worth it. Parts of this 18-mile loop are easy for intermediate riders, but much of it is recommended only for experts. There are two miles of paved trail on this loop, but most of it is gravel. Inclines and downhill stretches will take you up Beacon Hill to spots with views overlooking the whole city. 5625 E. Upriver Dr., Spokane • 4774730 • MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK You’ll find plenty to see in Washington’s largest state park, which is home to snowmobiling and skiing all winter and primarily singletrack biking during the summer. It’s also popular with hikers and horseback riders. 26107 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. • 238-4258 •

men-only, family, self-guided, historical, wine, railroad, bird-watching, camping, custom and 45-plus tours. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 877-808-0913 • silverbiketours. com SILVER MOUNTAIN Take your bike on the world’s longest gondola ride to the top of the mountain, head downhill on a “roller coaster” descent and then head right back up again. The mountain hosts races and events throughout the summer, and offers bike and gear rental onsite. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • 866-344-2675 • SPOKANE BICYCLE CLUB This club is open to riders of various skill levels, and takes regular group rides from 14 to 60

miles long and from casual and slow to fast-paced. Membership is $20 a year and $25 for families, and includes help with roadside bike repairs if you break down, food at stops along the way during group rides, a bi-monthly newsletter and regular updates about local cycling events and routes. Spokane • spokanebicycleclub. org/ SPOKANE PARKS AND RECREATION Spokane Parks and Rec doesn’t just run kids’ soccer programs and city parks. Parks staff also plan and lead several bike rides throughout the year, like wine tours through Walla Walla and the Yakima Valley. You’ll get some meals, lodging, a tour guide and a support vehicle along the way. Check the website for what’s coming

up, prices and registration details. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Fifth Floor, Spokane • 625-6200 • TRAIL OF THE COEUR D’ALENES This 73-mile North Idaho trail — the world’s longest continually paved trail — is a window into the Silver Valley’s mining history. It follows an old rail line and its asphalt and gravel edges are part of a modern-day environmental cleanup of the area. On the trail, you’ll find stunning views and pass by a rail museum, the historic Crane House, and state parks, including the Cataldo Mission. Wallace, Idaho • 208-682-3814 • friendsofcdatrails. org

RIVERSIDE STATE PARK Riverside State Park is home to dozens of miles of multiuse trails from the paved Centennial Trail to challenging single-track stretches through rocky and forested areas. The suspension bridge crossing the Spokane River at the Bowl and Pitcher is the park’s best site. 9711 W. Charles Rd., Nine Mile Falls, Wash. • 465-5064 • ROW ADVENTURE CENTER ROW Adventure Center offers a whole shebang of guided bike tours, from pedal paddle adventures in and around the beautiful Lake Pend Oreille to the only guided tours of the Route of the Hiawatha. 202 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene , Idaho • 208-770-2517 • 17 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 866-836-9340

ROUTE OF THE HIAWATHA Called the “crown jewel” of the recent rail-to-trail restoration trend, the Route of the Hiawatha is undeniably breathtaking as it winds through 10 tunnels and over seven high trestles. The trail has a rough history as a pathway for freight and people from the West to the Midwest, and after the last train passed through in 1980, it was abandoned. Today, it’s open to bikes and foot traffic from late May to early October. I-90 Taft Exit (5 miles east of Lookout Pass), Wallace, Idaho • 208-744-1301 •

SILVER BIKE TOURS Specializes in Inland Northwest bicycling and organizes rides on the Centennial Trail, the Hiawatha Trail and the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes in Idaho’s Panhandle. Features women-only,


SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT It’s easy to forget about the region’s ski hills during summer, but Schweitzer’s offerings for mountain bikers are good enough to keep you coming back. The mountain’s variety includes 1,700 vertical feet of trails on its Great Escape Quad and easier trails that lead to picnic points overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-9555 •

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Learning to Fly Buying. Tying. Casting. Where to find everything you need to learn to fly fish BY HEIDI GROOVER


Silver Bow is the place for beginners. The shop hosts workshops for all skill levels, but its beginners classes are some of the most comprehensive around. Spend a Saturday in a group class for the basics of fly fishing or tying, try a free one-on-one casting lesson, or sign up for private lessons to get even more specialized instruction. 13210 E. Indiana Ave. 924-9998 $30 includes instructional book, must be paid in advance


If you learn best from immersion, this fly fishing school is for you. Taught by Orvis instructors, the school covers casting, tying, choosing gear, proper fly selection, safety, and even some insect science and ways to read water and currents. Instruction, a fishing license, and access to Orvis gear are all included. 2171 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene 208-667-2707 $470 tuition for two-day school


So maybe you recognize some of these terms: upright wings, down wings, spent wings, emerger wings, married wings. But you can’t seem to get the exact fly tying techniques down. The professionals at Swede’s Fly Shop can help. No matter your skill level, one of their Saturday classes will give you the specifics you need to improve your flies. 1611 N. Ash St. 323-0500 $10/hour



To get the most hands-on fly fishing experience in the area, try a trip with ROW adventures, based in Coeur d’Alene. The guided-adventure company offers day trips and weeklong outings with overnight camping and meals included. ROW guides are experienced enough in fly fishing to help the very experienced or to teach beginners. Check online for all of the trip options. 202 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene 208-765-0841

Buck Somes on the Spokane River.


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t its best, college basketball can unite and inspire a community. But it’s the courage of an 11-year-old boy that’s inspired the Gonzaga players, coaches and community to work even harder to help find a cure for cancer. Brandon Bird-Chastain passed away in March and won’t be able to cheer on his beloved Bulldogs this year, but his fighting spirit and courage will remain with our team forever. Because of him, and so many others we’ve met, we will continue to do whatever it takes to raise awareness and critical funds for cancer research and treatment.


Since its inception in 2002, Coaches vs. Cancer Spokane has raised $5.4 million in the fight against cancer, thanks to tremendous community support, generous sponsors and dedicated college basketball coaches from all over the country. These donations have funded cancer research and supported local organizations engaged in cancer prevention, treatment and support. $845,000 Camp Goodtimes-East $76,000 Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, Oncology Unit $60,000 Ronald McDonald House Charities of Spokane $42,000 Sacred Heart Women’s Health Center Mammography Coach $40,000 Hospice of Spokane

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Fa t Ti r e Fu n A mountain biker’s best chances to get out and ride BY HEIDI GROOVER


This summer bike ride and trail run series is hosted in part by local promotion company 2G1D Events. Each Wednesday from mid-May through June brings a different course and invites all ages and abilities. The rides are sponsored by local bike shops, which also donate prizes to be given away at the end of their race. Cost: $20 per bike race More info: “Wednesday Mountain Bike Rides” on Facebook or


This series of mountain bike races crisscrosses Eastern Washington and North Idaho, including events in Spokane and Kellogg, Sandpoint and Moscow. The series’ first race, the Double Down Hoe Down on Beacon Hill, happens every March and attracts downhill junkies from Seattle and Portland. There’s a big emphasis on safety, so you won’t get into the race without a license and a full-faced helmet. Check out the website to register or watch helmet cam videos of the courses. Cost: $25 a day (day licenses are $5) More info:


This bike festival takes over Idaho’s Silver Valley (mostly Kellogg and Wallace) for a weekend every July. There are vendors and tons of mountain bike events, like downhill races, hill climbs, criteriums and time trials, all offering cash prizes. The less competitive can check out the family bike triathlon and other casual rides throughout the weekend. The whole thing is a fundraiser for Friends of the Coeur d’Alene Trails, which aims to preserve bike trails throughout the panhandle. Cost: $20 per event More info: or

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This 24-hour relay mountain bike race is held every Memorial Day weekend at Riverside State Park. The race runs from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, but the event is bigger than that. There’s camping all weekend, a midnight pizza feed Saturday night and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning. Plus, there’s a free kids race and a pasta lunch Sunday afternoon. There’s a taco truck and an espresso stand on site, and individuals or teams of all skill levels are welcome. Cost: $265 solo, $380 twoperson, $495 four-person, $615 five-person, plus special pricing for teen groups and corporate, police, fire and military teams. More info:


Racers at the Wednesday Night Mountain Bike Series at Riverside State Park.

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Bull Hill Guest Ranch winery nearby, you might never leave. 3738 Bull Hill Rd., Kettle Falls, Wash. • 877285-5445 • BUSY BEE RANCH AND EQUESTRIAN CENTER This ranch focuses on hosting events and educational programs, like Spokane Falls Community College horsemanship classes and the Rambo Riders 4-H Club. And with three horsemanship experts on site, they offer a range of lessons and an intensive summer course for teens. 14910 W. Craig Rd., Spokane • 244-5049 •

Cycling & Mt. Biking WOW WOMEN’S CYCLING The goal of this all-women, all-skill-levels, all-ages group is to create a network so women can meet others with whom to ride. A $10 annual membership fee lets you in on their group rides and monthly meetings. Check the group’s Facebook for upcoming rides. Spokane •

Horseback Riding ACS PONIES AND PETTING FARM This farm has a focus on the healing potential of interactions with animals, and will

even bring the animals to you for events or therapy. On the farm, they have llamas, sheep, goats, ducks, chickens, turkeys, rabbits, ponies and horses to pet and feed. They also offer pony rides, horseback riding lessons and, once you’ve got the hang of it, group trail rides. Call for directions and reservations • 465-0602 • 16607 E. Scribner Rd. (trail rides), Spokane BULL HILL GUEST RANCH Hidden among the foothills of the Rocky Mountains near the Canadian border, this 50,000-acre guest ranch has plenty of fishing, boating, swimming and trail riding opportunities. And with a private lake and guests-only saloon on site, plus a ski resort and a

DOUBLE EAGLE STABLES Located just north of Spokane, Double Eagle stables offers lessons in both Western and English riding, including western pleasure, hunters, jumpers, equitation, and dressage. All skill levels are welcome, from never-been-on-a-horse to top-level competitors. 1111 W. Ballard Rd. , Spokane • 466-8895 • K-DIAMOND-K GUEST RANCH One of the region’s most authentic ranches, you can help herd cattle or watch branding or castration here. Miles of trails, patient instructors and more than 30 horses make the perfect atmosphere for even the most novice rider. 15661 Hwy. 21 South, Republic, Wash. • 775-3511 • THE RANCH ON 195 Located just minutes from downtown Spokane, The Ranch

on 195 offers riding lessons for all skill levels. BYOH or borrow one of the Ranch’s mellow lesson horses. Training sessions are $40 an hour. Barrel racers welcome. 10508 S. Hatch Rd., Spokane • 939-4175 • RED HORSE MOUNTAIN RANCH While you’ll get plenty of horseback riding and mountain views, this ranch also offers hot tubs, adults-only candlelit dinners and geocaching for kids. On horseback, choose from an all-levels family ride, scenic trail rides, all-day rides and advanced rides. 11077 E. Blue Lake Rd., Harrison, Idaho • 208-689-9110 • RELATIONAL RIDING ACADEMY This riding philosophy focuses on the mind, body and spirit of the horse and rider in an effort to increase awareness and communication between them. The training program is for dressage, rather than Western-style riding and is available in clinics and DVD lessons. Check out the website for more details. 11724 N. Forker Rd., Spokane • 290-4301 • TALISMAN TRAINING CENTER Located at Spokane Equestrian Center, Talisman provides lessons for children and adult amateur riders. Instruction spans from dressage and western pleasure to English, side saddle and hunter. 2205 W. Gibbs Rd. , Spokane, • 701-4469 •

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Stand-Up Surfing So you want to learn to paddle board? BY HEIDI GROOVER


If you’re looking to learn stand-up paddle boarding, take a trip across the state line. Since the activity is best done on a lake, not a river, North Idaho is the spot. Coeur d’Alene Paddle Board Company rents boards and offers lessons on the lake. Twenty dollars an hour will get you a board, and another $25 will get you an hour’s worth of instruction. 512 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene 208-292-4156


Enjoy an evening on the lake with other novice paddle boarders. Kayak Coeur d’Alene offers lessons on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:50 to 8:30 pm for $50 per person, including gear rental. Rentals are only $40 for a half-day and $65 for a full day (for multi-day rentals, any day after the first one is $40). 307 E. Locust Ave., Coeur d’Alene 208-676-1533



Since most stand-up paddle boarding in our area happens on Lake Coeur d’Alene, it can be hard to find a place to get outfitted in Spokane. But $40 will get you a board, life jacket and paddle for the day from Mountain Gear in the Valley. 6021 E. Mansfield Ave. 326-8180


Coeur d’Alene’s premier outdoor guide company will also help you learn to walk on water. For $70 a person, you’ll get two hours of instruction and board rental. Once you’ve got the hang of it, rentals are $17 for one hour, $30 for two hours, $38 for a half-day (up to four hours), and $60 for a full day. Lessons are available at 9 am on summer days, by appointment only. The store also has a small inventory of boards for sale. 202 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene 208-770-2517

A group of paddlers led by Coeur d’Alene Paddle Board Company.


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WESTERN PLEASURE GUEST RANCH Nestled in the Selkirk and Cabinet mountains of Idaho’s panhandle, this ranch offers lessons and trail rides tailored to your comfort level. You can learn the ropes in the arena, take a two-hour morning ride or spend all day riding with a break for lunch overlooking Lake Pend Oreille. Two-hour guided rides for nonguests are $55 a person. 1413 Upper Gold Creek Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2639066 •

Kayaking, Canoeing & Rowing COEUR D’ALENE CANOE AND KAYAK CLUB This club was started in 2005 to build a “community of paddlers” in the Coeur d’Alene area. Check out their scenic trips, Thursday night paddles and overnight trips. They also offer clinics and classes for safety and skill. Membership for one calendar year is $25 a person, or $40 for a family. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho •

Ice & Roller Rinks EAGLES ICE-A-RENA This local ice rink is home to hockey, figure skating, classes and rentals. Teachers offer lessons from pre-school age, and beginning hockey lessons with a promise of “no hitting and no unsportsman-like behavior.” 6321 N. Addison St., Spokane • 489-9303 • PALOUSE ICE RINK Figure skating and hockey lessons in the winter; roller derby practice and bouts in the spring and summer. The rink is also in the planning stages of a big remodel, so look for updates on its website. 1021 Harold St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-7188 •

Eagles Ice-A-Rena ERIC TRA PHOTO PATTISON’S NORTH FAMILY SKATING CENTER One of the few real mom-andpop establishments left, this rink has been run by the same family since 1951, passed down through three generations of the Pattison family. It’s the place for open skating, school skate nights and private parties. Beginners skate classes are every Wednesday evening. 11309 N. Mayfair Rd., Spokane • 466-2832 • RIVERFRONT PARK ICE PALACE The Ice Palace is open October through February and is home to spontaneous family

skating outings and organized school trips. Bring your own skates or rent some there. Check the park’s website for the latest information on its learn-to-skate lessons. 507 N. Howard St., Spokane • 625-6608 • ROLLER VALLEY SKATE CENTER Pure ’70s on the inside, this rink hosts the expected family events. But it’s also ocassionally home to roughneck roller derby bouts for the Spokannibals and the Lilac City Rollergirls. On summer Saturday nights without scheduled derby events, parents

FLOW ADVENTURES Float the Spokane River, kayak the Salmon River, snowshoe Mt. Spokane or learn to do any of the above with Flow Adventures. If that’s still not enough, call them for help planning a customized adventure with their guides. Spokane • 866-808-4940 • FULL SPECTRUM KAYAK TOURS This Sandpoint-based company offers halfday, full-day and multi-day kayaking trips, and sells new and used gear through its website. Call early about the group’s signature Full Moon Paddles because they’ll fill up fast. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208290-6017 •

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ere at The Inlander, we thought vacations to dude ranches only happened on family sitcoms. Not so. If you’re willing to make the trip, you can find yourself a horseback-riding, cattle-herding, campfire-song-singing adventure within a few hours of Spokane. And with mottos like, “A slower pace, a beautiful place” and “Come stay with us on top of the world,” how could you not want to get out of the city? Albeit kitschy, vacation ranch life offers an easy way to soak up the region’s natural beauty with wildlife viewing, hiking and horseback riding. Plus, during the winter months, there’s snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Despite your skill level, most ranches will teach you the ins and outs of horseback riding. Janice Schoonover, owner of WESTERN PLEASURE GUEST RANCH (1413 Upper Gold Creek) in Sandpoint, Idaho, says it’s important to take first-time riders around in an arena before hitting the trail. “We have a good orientation training program so they’re not just thrown on a horse and, ‘OK let’s go!’” she says. Cabins usually rent by the night, but most of the ranches have a two-to-five-day minimum, especially during the summer months. Or you can rent the whole place for a wedding, reunion or company

retreat. Some are more barebones than others, but you can expect log cabins, quilts, mini-fridges and, most of the time, laundry facilities. For more resort and less ranch, look for a place like Harrison, Idaho’s RED HORSE MOUNTAIN RANCH (11077 E. Blue Lake Rd.). Red Horse has most of the expected activities but also offers a seven-course, adults-only candlelit dinner, an archery course, a kids’ pottery barn, a zip line and geocaching. If you’re looking to get your hands dirty, though, Kathy McKay, owner of K-DIAMOND-K GUEST RANCH (15661 Hwy. 21 S.) in Republic, Wash., says her ranch gives guests an authentic experience. The working ranch specializes in horseback riding, fishing and cattle herding. If that’s not enough, you can help with branding or watch the ranch veterinarian treat livestock. “We get families in here with children and they say it was better than Disneyland,” McKay says. “No lines, clean air, a Western way of life and country hospitality.” Other ranches within a few hours of Spokane are CANAAN RANCH BED & BARN GET-AWAY (474 Cape LaBelle Rd.) in Tonasket, Wash., EDEN VALLEY GUEST RANCH (31 Eden Valley Ln.) in Oroville, Wash., or DIAMOND T RANCH (5361 River Rd.) in Clark Fork, Idaho. — HEIDI GROOVER

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for seasonal clinic and class information. 12 W. Sprague, Spokane • 325-9806 • NRS KAYAK OUTFITTING One of our largest outfitters, NRS offers just about everything you could need for activities that involve rowing. They’ve got tons of gear, and online they offer advice on boating with kids or pets, what to bring and video tutorials of essential kayaking skills. 2009 S. Main St., Moscow • 877-6774327 • REI You can rent paddling gear here or check out one of their summer kayaking basics workshops, put on in-part by the Spokane Mountaineers. They’ll give you everything you need to know to buy the best kayak for your skill level. 1125 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-9900 •

The gear gang at Mountain Gear STEPHEN SCHLANGE PHOTO

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MOUNTAIN GEAR This outdoor superstore offers courses on how to paddle a large touring boat, how to self-rescue and how to rescue in tandem all summer. Call for dates and times. 2002 N. Division, Spokane • 325-9000 •

KAYAK COEUR D’ALENE Kayak Coeur d’Alene offers basic paddle strokes classes and safety courses to get you started in a kayak, or they’ll also teach you stand-up paddle boarding on the lake. Kayak and paddle board rentals run $40 for a half day and $65 for a full day. 307 E. Locust Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-1533 •

MOUNTAIN GOAT OUTFITTERS Mountain Goat specializes in climbing, but also offers plenty of kayaking gear for rent or sale, and they recently added stand-up paddle boarding gear and classes. Call

ROW ADVENTURE CENTER Ranked one of National Geographic’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth,” this company offers kayaking, yachting, river barging, fly fishing and more. ROW’s signature trips are on the Salmon River, but the company also offers adventures in Montana, Oregon and Alaska, not to mention Ecuador, Mexico and Argentina. Still not satisfied? Call them to build your own itinerary. 202 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-770-2517 • 17 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 866-836-9340 •

SPOKANE CANOE AND KAYAK CLUB This community of those “enthusiastic about human-powered watercraft” offers a network of people of all interests and abilities, from open canoes and whitewater canoes to kayaks to rafts and “sit-on-tops.” $25 per household gets you into monthly meetings, clinics and group trips. Spokane • SPOKANE PARKS AND RECREATION Between April and October, take your pick from more than 200 kayak trips led by the Outdoor Program. Along with regular trips, they offer outings complete with dinner or wine tasting. Register online. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Fifth Floor, Spokane • 625-6200 • SPOKANE RIVER FORUM On the Spokane River Forum’s website, open the “Meet Me At the River” tab to learn about the advocacy group’s guided tours. From the moonlit wine and cheese trip to an adventure through Class III rapids near the Bowl and Pitcher, you’re sure to find a trip you want to take. 2206 S. Sherman St., Spokane • 535-7084 • SPOKANE RIVER ROWING ASSOCIATION This non-profit offers classes and workshops for beginners and master rowers. Sign up for email updates for news about upcoming events and practice times to sharpen your skills. Spokane •

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Motor Sports AIRWAY MOTOCROSS PARK Just outside Spokane in Airway Heights, you’ll find this park full of racers during open practice and plenty of regional races, like the Outdoor Series, Supercross Series, the Spring Mud Fling and the Halloween Scarescrambles. 12402 W. Sprague, Spokane • 218-2014 • FASTKART INDOOR SPEEDWAY An indoor track with plenty of tight curves plus arcade games and a snack bar make this a popular spot for birthday parties and group events. 1224 E. Front Ave., Spokane • 568-1065 •

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he SPOKANE CHIEFS have drawn more than a million spectators since the Western Hockey League franchise moved from Kelowna, British Columbia, in 1985, but many people are confused about certain aspects of the major junior team’s operation. For starters, there’s that “major junior” tag. “Junior” is a sports term often attached to little kids’ teams in other sports, but junior hockey is the division for players 20 years old and younger (as of Dec. 31 of the season). Major junior is the top level. Hockey neophytes are often surprised to learn the Chiefs are not pro players, although National Hockey League teams draft and sign many WHL players. A few players sign contracts with NHL clubs while still playing in the WHL, which is one reason why the NCAA bans major junior players (who are welcome to play up to five years at Canadian universities). WHL players, nearly all of whom live with local families during the season, receive a few hundred dollars a month for room, board and other expenses. The vast majority of WHL players are Canadian, with a handful of Americans and Europeans added to the mix. Players cannot play full-time in the WHL until they turn 16. Many players attend local high schools; some take college classes. With a few limitations, WHL teams, including the Spokane Chiefs, pay for one year of college for each season a player spends in the league. Spokane is one of five Pacific Northwest franchises in the WHL. The other 17 teams are spread across Canada from Victoria, B.C., to Brandon, Manitoba. Teams play 72 games — 36 at home, 36 away — during the regular season. The principal owner of the Chiefs (and the Spokane Indians minor league baseball team) is Bobby Brett. Younger brother George, a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame, is a minority shareholder in both teams. — HOWIE STALWICK

HILLYARD POOL Another of the city’s remodeled pools, Hillyard had a remodeled bath house, a water play structure, open and enclosed flume slides and plenty of other surprises, like a vortex area, waterslide, bubbler and geysers. 2600 E. Columbia Ave., Spokane • 6256960 • KROC CENTER Coeur d’Alene’s best gathering place for swimming and just about everything else, the Kroc Center has a massive 10-lane competition pool, a leisure pool, water slides, spray features and a lazy river. The center offers swimming lessons and lifeguard training. 1765 W. Golf Course Rd., Coeur d’Alene , Idaho • 208-667-1865 •

LIBERTY LAKE ORV PARK The 16 miles of trails in this 350-acre park offer terrain for beginners and experts on only ATVs and motorcycles. The park offers scenic trail rides, mud bogs and hill climbs. Check out a full map online. 3707 S. Zephyr Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash. • 477-4730 •

LIBERTY POOL Along with all the diving boards, slides and play features most of Spokane’s pools have, this one is home to a multipurpose room for groups or parties and everything you’ll need for water volleyball or basketball. 1300 E. Fifth Ave., Spokane • 625-6960 •

RIVERSIDE STATE PARK ORV PARK Another haven for motorcycle or ATV riders, this offroad vehicle area was set aside in the 1980s and has been popular with local riders since. It’s a total of 600 acres and features hill climbs, sand areas and wooded trails. Park Headquarters, 9711 W. Charles Rd., Nine Mile Falls, Wash. • 465-5064 •

NORTHSIDE AQUATIC FACILITY This outdoor water facility has pools and slides, but also features a heated pool and space for picnicing, making it ideal for parties or private rentals. It’s open all week from 10:30 am-5:30 pm and admission fees are $2 for ages 3-5, $4 for 6-adult and free for 2 and younger. 18120 N. Hatch Rd., Colbert, Wash. • 468-5107 •

SPOKANE COUNTY RACEWAY Spokane County Raceway features plenty of kinds of races, from drag racing to a road course. The Friday night high school drag races are just what they sound like, and are just $5 general admission. 750 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 2443333 • STATELINE SPEEDWAY There are plenty of events here, from professional racing to hot-rod shows, but “Wednesday Night Fever” is a highlight. The track offers reduced admission prices and you’ll see 16 races in total. 1349 N. Beck Rd., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-773-5019 •

Pools A.M. CANNON POOL A big remodel a few years ago brought this pool back to life. It’s now home to a six-lane lap pool, two 14-feet-high water slides, a 102-foot-long open body flume slide, an 84-foot-long enclosed body flume slide, a children’s play pool, geysers, bubblers and more. 1900 W. Mission, Spokane, • 625-6960 • COMSTOCK POOL Comstock is home to zero-depth entry, a diving board and a huge, spiraled water slide. Check with Spokane Parks for swimming lessons at the pool. 600 W. 29th Ave., Spokane, • 625-6960 •

PARK ROAD POOL Park Road Pool has open swim hours for escaping the heat from 1-4:30 pm and 5-8 pm every day; except Wednesdays when the pool hosts swim meets. Open swims are $1, and lowincome swim passes are available. 906 N. Park Rd., Spokane Valley, • 926-1840 • SHADLE POOL Another big renovation for the city’s aquatics department, the Shadle pool has a six-lane 25-yard lap pool, two waterslides and tons of water toys. Plus, a large shallow section is great for young kids or just relaxing. 2005 W. Wellesley, Spokane • 625-6960 • SOUTHSIDE AQUATIC CENTER With no lap swimming, but plenty of play structures, water cannons, playgrounds and picnic areas, this is the perfect pool for a big group. There are also plenty of lounge chairs to watch the kids play, along with some grassy areas to lay a blanket. Open daily from 10:30 am-5:30 pm. Entrance is $2 for ages 3-5; $4 for 6-adult; free for 2 and younger. 3724 E. 61st Ave., Spokane • 448-5090 • SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SWIMMING POOL Non-students can swim during open hours from 8 am-4:30 pm, Monday through Friday; the cost is $40 a quarter (plus a $20 quarterly parking fee if you drive there). 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 5 • 533-7211 •

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VALLEY MISSION POOL This pool is in Spokane Valley’s Mission Park and is open seven days a week. It features open evening swim sessions, adult lap swims, swim lessons and swim team practices. 11405 E. Mission, Spokane Valley • 9227091 • WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY AQUATIC CENTER With the pool temperature at a steady 80-82 degrees during the varsity swim season, the Whitworth University Aquatic Center is the perfect water workout facility. It contains both a recreation and lap pool, and center staff offer swim lessons for all ages. 300 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane • 777-4458 • WITTER POOL Witter Pool is set up for competition. It’s home to two, one-meter diving boards, a competition layout with eight 50-meter lanes and eight 25-meter lanes, 30-meter water polo course, waterslide, small pool and more. The pool’s staff also oversee water polo, synchronized swimming and high school diving competitions. 1300 E. Mission Ave., Spokane • 625-6960 • YMCA OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST Spokane’s three YMCAs — in the Valley, downtown and on the Northside — all have big indoor lap pools, therapy pools, recreational pools, wading pools and play structures. They also all feature childcare and plenty of camps and classes. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley • 777-9622 • 10727 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane •

Rock Climbing BACKPACKING CLUB This volunteer co-op is built on the idea that you benefit from being guided on hikes and then you help others by leading them on your favorite day hikes or overnight trips. The group also offers clinics for beginning backpackers. Singles, couples or families can join for $20 a year per mailing address. Spokane • 467-8099 • CASTLE ROCKS The climbing at Castle Rock offers plenty of bouldering and higher climbs, and at the base of the 10,339-foot Cache Peak the view couldn’t be better. The area was originally a homestead and you can still see remnants of the ranch. A $5 vehicle fee gets you into the park for a day. Almo, Idaho • 208824-5901 • parks/castlerocks.aspx

MCLELLAN ROCKS These granite formations weave through the wooded Riverside State Park. There’s plenty of close-to-the-ground bouldering and climbs ranging from 15 to 60 feet with names like “Rock Candy” and “The Last Wall.” You’ll need the state’s new Discover Pass to park — $10 a day or $30 a year. Riverside State Park, Spokane MOUNTAIN GEAR This massive gear store was started in part by a small, dedicated group of climbers, so it’s natural that sharing the sport with others is at its core. Mountain Gear has an indoor climbing wall and offers year-round beginners classes. Call the store for updated times and pricing. 2002 N. Division, Spokane, • 325-9000 • MOUNTAIN GOAT OUTFITTERS Not only does this store sell plenty of new (and some used) climbing gear; they’ve also got climbing DVDs and books to get inspired, perfect your form or find the best local spots. The website is also a great resource if you’re new to climbing and looking for help sizing and buying the best climbing shoes. 12 W. Sprague, Spokane • 325-9806 • REI Spokane’s REI has an indoor climbing wall and plenty of special clinics for beginners and experienced climbers. Its free women’s climb night invites all skill levels and offers free use of shoes and harnesses. The store also rents equipment. 1125 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-9900 •



ROCKS OF SHARON A popular spot for experienced climbers, the Rocks of Sharon take two full ropes to scale (most normal climbs just takes one). Backed up to 875 acres of conservation area, it’s hard to find parking in the area, but it’ll be worth your trip. Dishman Hills, Spokane Valley SPOKANE MOUNTAINEERS Rarely do you associate librarians with the rugged outdoors. This group was started in 1915 by a group of librarians who loved to hike and has since grown into a group of outdoor enthusiasts who hike, bike, climb, camp and swim. The group offers schools and clinics on rock climbing, ice climbing, backpacking, mountain biking and avalance awareness. Check the website for an updated calendar. Spokane • 8384974 • SPOKANE VALLEY YMCA Certified staff are on site at the Valley Y to help you learn to climb on their indoor wall, and it’s open to kids age 4 and older. The wall is open and staffed from 4-7:30 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 2-7:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Belay certification is offered on the first Saturday of every month. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley • 777-9622 •

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TERRACE VIEW POOL The highlight of this pool is its lazy river feature, but it’s also home to swim teams, swim lessons and open swims. Like the other valley pools, it’s $1 per swim and $20 for a summer swim pass. 13525 E. 24th Ave., Spokane Valley • 924-4707 •


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The New Race

Mud, foam and wilderness: a whole new breed of footrace in the Northwest



hen running alone wasn’t enough, athletes around the world started competing in races, marathons and triathlons. Then, when that got old, they added climbing walls, slip ‘n’ slides, mud and foam to make things more interesting. Spokane is finally catching on. The DIRTY DASH (, held in June at the Riverside State Park Equestrian Area, is a 4.5-mile obstacle course of walls to climb over or crawl under, mud hills, pipes to climb through, slip ‘n’ slides, cargo nets, balance beams, mud pits and a beer-chugging contest. Individuals or teams can compete in the race, which is held in cities across the region including Salt Lake City, Seattle, Boise, Missoula and Spokane. On the same day and place, check out the Piglet Plunge, a mudslinging race for kids. Among the things you’ll need to complete the race, organizers say: “endurance to trudge up mountains of sludge, courage to overcome uncompromising obstacles, a complete lack of shame to wallow in pits of mud.” And because just lots of mud wasn’t enough, someone added foam. The 5K FOAM FEST (, held in July, has the essentials of any absurd race — walls to climb, tubes to maneuver

through, mud pits to wallow in — but they’ve added a human car wash. Minus the scalding and bruising you’d undoubtedly suffer in an actual car wash, the “Body Washer” is a pit of foam and constant streams of water to flounder through. “A lot of times, the foam will build up to the point it might be taller than you, so make sure you get ready to hold your breath, and shield your eyes if this is the case!” the race website warns. Still not enough? For a more serious and extreme challenge, check out EXPEDITION IDAHO ( in August. The nearly weeklong team race covers about 400 miles of North Idaho’s wilderness. It requires racers to navigate using maps and compasses, and then mountain bike, raft, paddle, climb, hike and run across the Idaho panhandle. Plus there’s a mystery “Survival Quest” phase. And, oh yeah, teams have to complete the course in just six-and-a-half days. More than just getting there first, Expedition is about solving problems and pushing the limits in some of Idaho’s most intense wilderness. Each race website has plenty of specifics about dates, registration, what to wear, what to bring and how to train. — HEIDI GROOVER

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Rock Climbing SHIELDS PARK-MINNEHAHA ROCKS Whether it’s a half-hour after you get off work or a half-hour after you woke up late on a lazy Saturday, you want to be climbing, like, now. This is your nearest and quickest climb. It doesn’t have the diversity of climbs that many other areas do, but it’s accessible from the Centennial Trail and the adjacent park means nearby restrooms. 5625 E. Upriver Dr., Spokane • 477-4730 • UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO OUTDOOR PROGRAM An awesome sight even from outside, this center houses a 55-foot pillar, 24-foot instructional wall, bouldering wall and cave. Students climb for free, and $7 gets a non-student shoe, harness and belay device rental for the day. (If it’s your first time, $7 gets you the basics clinic necessary to start climbing too.) 1000 Paradise Creek St., Moscow • 208-8856810 •

Running & Walking FLYING IRISH RUNNING CLUB Thanks to sponsorship from the Red Lion Pub, this group is free to any runner who wants to join. After six races, you’ll get a club shirt, which will entitle you to half-priced beers and burgers after races. Meet them for the start of races at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at the Red Lion. Spokane • LILAC BLOOMSDAY ASSOCIATION There’s no escaping it. Spokane will fill up with runners and what feels like everyone they know on the first Sunday of every May (that’s the 5th in 2013). About 50,000 participants attempt this 12K (about 7.5 miles) course on foot, in wheelchairs and with strollers each year, and live music along the course keeps them going. Everything you need to register is online. 1610 W. Riverside Ave. • 838-1579 •

PALOUSE ROAD RUNNERS CLUB This club promotes and hosts competitive, organized races. Look for its Snake River Half Marathon in March, the WSU 100K in April and Moscow Mountain Madness in September. If you’re planning for a race and looking for a training partner, check out the group’s website for a list of people looking for the same. Pullman, Wash. •

Triathlon Clubs LAKE CITY TRI CLUB This group of Idaho runners wants you to do a triathlon. Join them for training activities, group runs, yoga classes and other events. Membership is $50 a year. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • TEAM BLAZE TRIATHLON CLUB Why join the 120+ members of Team Blaze? Maybe you’re training for your first triathlon or hoping to PR at this year’s Ironman. Team Blaze offers training tips, workout groups and forums for triathletes of all ages and abilities. Paid coaches and discounted tri gear are another value resource for team members. 1415 E. River Ridge Blvd., Spokane • 435-1030 • teamblazespokane. com TRI FUSION TRIATHLON CLUB Tri Fusion calls itself Spokane’s “premiere triathlon club” but also says it welcomes

new members of all ages and abilities. Members participate in group runs and rides, clinics and share training tips via the group’s online forum. Spokane •

Skate Parks COEUR D’ALENE SKATE PARK Some locals call it “the oldest and the worst” skatepark around. We call it vintage charm. This simple park is unsupervised and has one half-pipe, a big pyramid and a flat freestyle area. 480 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho DWIGHT MERKEL SPORTS COMPLEX You may come to this 80-acre complex to skate, but it’s also a destination for BMX racing, hiking, ultimate frisbee and playing soccer, softball and baseball. Check the website for updated open hours for each section of the complex. 5701 N. Assembly Ave., Spokane • 625-6200 • spokaneparks. org HILLYARD SKATE PARK This is the park of choice for skaters in Spokane. Located in Harmon Park, it’s got a toboggan-like snake run and huge, 10-feet-deep center bowls, plus lots of variety in ledges, boxes and rails. Helmets are required. Harmon Park, 6100 N. Market St., Spokane • 6256200 •


WILD WALLS CLIMBING GYM This gym, housed in the old armory downtown, has more than 6,000-square feet of climbing terrain and promises inviting climbs for beginners and challenging routes for experts. Wild Walls offers special rates for families or couples, has a few climbing clubs and even offers yoga classes. 202 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 455-9596 •

WSU OUTDOOR RECREATION PROGRAM The climbing gym at WSU has a vertical wall and a bouldering cave to cater to climbers of different skill levels. Students help design the climbing routes once a year, and can climb at the gym for free with their student ID. Non-students or members can climb for $3 a day, $50 a semester or $120 a year. Hollingbery Field House, 1277 N.E. Colorado St., Pullman, Wash. • 335-8732 •

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POST FALLS MILLENIUM SKATE PARK This all-concrete park is good for beginning skaters. It features two half-bowls, a foursided pyramid, three ledges and a six-stair rail. 300 N. Greensferry Rd, Post Falls, Idaho • 888-925-9961 • RIGGZ The first of its kind in Spokane, Riggz is skating under a ceiling. Inside this warehouse, you’ll find a 12-foot ramp running straight up to the wall all the way to the ceiling, two half-pipes, multiple roll-ins, a stair set with railing, plus grafitti-esque art and a 20-foot projector that plays videos on the walls. Riggz is monitored full-time and open Sun-Thurs from 3-9 pm; Fri-Sat from 3-11 pm. Check out competitions and events every first Sunday from 1-5 pm. 2943 N. Lee St. • 2180843 • SPOKANE VALLEY YMCA Another supervised park, participants here must have a current waiver on file. This outdoor park requires helmets, and, with all the amenities of the Y, it attracts a variety of skill levels. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley, • 777-9622 • UTF DOWNTOWN SPOKANE This barebones, almost-sketchy-looking park under the freeway (get it?) has the strongest presence of skate culture, even if it has the fewest bowls and ramps. Fourth Ave. and McLellan, Spokane • 6256200 •

Skiing & ’Boarding 49 DEGREES NORTH MOUNTAIN RESORT Just because you’ve heard 49 Degrees North has some of the longest runs in the region, don’t discount it as a family spot. There’s an isolated area for beginners and friendly ski instructors, plus plenty of beginner packages. Check out the threeday “EZ” learning programs and one-day lessons designed to get you up and going on skis or a board. 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah, Wash. • 935-6649 • LOOKOUT PASS SKI & RECREATION AREA Just an hour east of Coeur d’Alene and directly off I-90, this mountain resort usually gets the most snow and opens earliest. Lookout has equipment rentals and lessons for all skill levels and trains kids from 5 to 18 in downhill racing. And don’t forget about Lookout’s “famous free ski school.” It is actually free, but you need to sign up early to claim your spot. Montana’s Exit 0 on I-90, Mullan, Idaho • 208-744-1301 • MOUNT SPOKANE SKI & SNOWBOARD PARK Mount Spokane has the equipment rentals, runs and lodge services you’d expect. But they also have the area’s largest ski school and 40 nights of night skiing — the most of any local resort. The mountain also now offers bus service from Spokane and back for just $15 roundtrip. Check the website

Indoor skating at Riggz ERIC TRA PHOTO

for pickup locations and times. 29500 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead • 238-2220 • RED MOUNTAIN RESORT Take an international adventure next time you want to ski. Just less than three hours from Spokane, and barely over the

Canadian border, this resort with two peaks, a terrain park and 88 runs on 1,685 acres of skiing terrain. Their lessons cover everything from beginner skiing to backcountry exploring and avalanche preparation. 4300 Red Mountain Rd., Rossland, B.C. • 800-663-0105 • redresort. com


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Skiing & ’Boarding SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT With 2,900 acres, 92 trails, three terrain parks and 300 inches of snow a year, Schweitzer is one of the region’s biggest and most well-known mountain resorts. Along with skiing and boarding, the mountain’s “Hermit’s Hollow” is a tubing hill where you’ll be pulled to the top and free to slide down two lanes (one session is an hourand-a-half). If you take a break from the slopes, don’t miss the mountain village’s shopping, dining or beer and wine tasting. 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint • 208-263-9555 • SILVER MOUNTAIN RESORT Learn to ski and surf in the same day. Silver Mountain has plenty of ski runs, lessons and a terrain park, but it’s also home to the indoor Silver Rapids Waterpark (open only to guests at the lodge or groups of 15 or more). The park has a continuous surf wave where you can take surfing lessons before the park opens at 8:45 am. Back out in the cold, ski, snowboard, snow tube or just take the gondola to the top of the mountain for the view. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg • 866-344-2675 •

Zachariah, 5, playing at Boulder Beach. MIKE McCALL PHOTO

Beating the Heat



ake Coeur d’Alene may be the most obvious place to dip your toes when Spokane’s heat waves hit, but that’s also going to mean suffering little to no parking and crowds of tourists. Here are a few other places to splash. Don’t forget lifejackets. FARRAGUT STATE PARK, 30 miles north of Coeur d’Alene on the shores of Lake Pend Oreille, offers several secluded swimming holes. The most popular and accessible is Beaver Bay Beach, a horseshoe-shaped sand beach that’s one of the few places in the park where the water warms up early in the season. While you’re at Farragut, try Buttonhook Bay. It’s shadier than Beaver Bay, so it may be a little cold, but its super-secluded location makes it more fun. For river swimming, try MINNEHAHA near Upriver Drive northeast of downtown Spokane. Surrounded by great rock climbing and mountain bike trails, the Boulder Beach area is a good getaway spot. The beach typically has an awesome rope swing. (Search “boulder beach spokane rope swing” on YouTube for an idea of what you’re in for.) North of downtown near the Wandermere Golf Course sits the tiny PINE RIVER PARK. It’s an easy destination for a quick swim, and with BBQs, picnic shelters and a playground, it’s a great place for a group. Plus, there’s fishing access on the Little Spokane River. Some areas of RIVERSIDE STATE PARK are open for swimming too. Try the Nine Mile Recreation Area, a sort of park within a park. It’s only open May 15 to Sept. 15, but is also home to a campground, fishing docks and a boat ramp, so it’s easy to make a day of it. — HEIDI GROOVER

SKI BLUEWOOD Its fans say Bluewood has the best tree skiing in the area. And with two triple-chair chairlifts and a platterpull, you’ll have plenty of ways to see for yourself. Of its 24 runs, there are about as many marked “beginner” and “intermediate” and “expert,” making it a great mountain for groups of mixed skill. Instructors offer plenty of private and group lessons from one day to six weeks. 2000 N. Touchet Rd. , Dayton, Wash. • 382-4725 • SKI THE NW ROCKIES Ski the Northwest Rockies represents four area ski resorts: 49 Degrees North, Lookout Pass, Mount Spokane, and Silver Mountain Resort. Its mission is to help get the word out about skiing and boarding opportunities at those mountains, so its website is a hub of information about the resorts, plus deals, lessons and rentals at each. The site is also the best place to compare weather conditions for each of the mountains in one place. Spokane • 621-0119 • WHITEWATER SKI RESORT This resort is another one that’s worth dusting off your passport for. Whitewater is famous for its powder and has 69 runs, plus open bowls, glades, chutes, tree skiing and a rail park. Just 20 minutes away, the ultra-relaxed town of Nelson will charm you with its old architecture, cozy shops and local brewery. Whitewater Ski Hill Rd., Nelson, B.C. • 800-666-9420 •

Tennis COEUR D’ALENE TENNIS ASSOCIATION This group is all about preserving tennis

opportunities in Coeur d’Alene. Their work includes youth and adult clinics, leagues and tournaments. CTA’s website also features a list of instructors and leagues in the area. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • cdatennis. org NORTH PARK RACQUET CLUB With five indoor tennis courts and five full indoor racquetball courts, North Park has plenty to offer. Their tennis lessons start at age 4 and continue through adult classes, and the park hosts ladies’ and men’s leagues and club socials. 8121 N. Division, Spokane • 467-5124 • PALOUSE HILLS TENNIS ASSOCIATION Kids from 6 to 18 years old can attend Palouse Hills’ tennis camps or weekly clinics during the summer from its sister organization, Moscow Youth Tennis. Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-3831 PEAK HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER Peak Health and Wellness Center boasts two indoor and one outdoor tennis courts, plus a tennis director who’s been coaching for more than 25 years. Tournaments, leagues and lessons call the gym home, but you’ll have to call for details on times and pricing. 940 Ironwood Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2582 • SANDPOINT TENNIS ASSOCIATION Call to find out more about the singles league and mixed doublts the STA organizes in the Sandpoint area. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-290-7448 SPOKANE ATHLETIC CLUB With its six indoor courts and four courts outside, the SAC’s Valley location offers everything from senior leagues to Quickstart Tennis lessons for kids — softer balls and smaller courts make it easier to learn. Many camps and clinics are available to non-members. 5900 E. Fourth Ave. , Spokane Valley • 535-3554 • SPOKANE RACQUET CLUB With four indoor courts, three outdoor courts and the city’s only clay courts, Spokane Racquet Club draws a lot of local tennis fanatics and some less experienced players, who come to take instruction from the club’s six on-site experts. Weeklong summer tennis camps are offered June through August and many are available to non-members. 1903 S. Dearborn Rd., Spokane • 535-1239 • TENNIS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SPOKANE (TAGS) Join this group to find out about and join local round robin leagues or the two tournaments TAGS organizes each year. Entrance fees are $9 for singles and $18 for doubles; a one-year family membership is $25. Applications and more details are online. 5804 S. Custer Rd., Spokane • 448-1469 •

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Boulder Beach at Silverwood PANGAEA RIVER RAFTING Not only can you choose from the Spokane, Clark Fork and Blackfoot rivers, but you can also do a lot more than just raft. The guides at this company also offer wine tasting raft trips, geocaching along the river and bird watching. Plus, if you’re intimidated by the whole raging rapids in an inflatable tube thing, they offer easy scenic rafting trips. 11111 Mullan Rd. E., Superior, Mont. • 877239-2392 •

continuous wave for surfing or body boarding. Plus, hot tubs. All that might be worth the stay, even for locals. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • 866-344-2675 • SPLASH DOWN WATER PARK The designers of this park didn’t want to stop at just slides and pools, so Splash Down also offers water balloon battles, special water guns and live country music every Thursday from 4-8 pm. Admission is $17, $14 for kids shorter than 48 inches and free for kids 3 and younger or seniors 65 and older with ID. 11127 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley, • 924-3079 •


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BEAR CREEK LODGE This lodge on Mount Spokane provides all the equipment and space necessary for snow tubing. $10 gets you an hour-and-a-half session on the 800-foot run. The lodge offers food and drinks. 24817 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead • 238-9114 •

BOULDER BEACH AT SILVERWOOD THEME PARK If you can wait out the lengthy line and if you can stand the heat, you’ll have the chance to hit 55 miles per hour in nothing but your swim suit at Boulder Beach’s Velocity Peak (an all but straight drop). The pools, slides and lazy river here draw guests from around the region. And when you join them, you’ll be right next to plenty of roller coasters when you want to dry off. A one-day pass to both Silverwood and Boulder Beach is $43 at the front gate (save money by buying your tickets online). 27843 N. Hwy. 95, Athol, Idaho • 208-683-3400 •

ADVENTURES WITH WESTERN WATERS Float through the Alberton Gorge on the Clark Fork River beginning in Superior, Mont. The company prides itself on being eco-friendly by offering locally grown lunches to all participants, operating a bio-diesel bus to take you from the meeting place to the launch site and using solar panels on its headquarters. Check the website for trip costs and dates. Superior, Mont. • 406-822-8282 •

CHILDREN’S CHOICE TUBING HILL AT MOUNT SPOKANE The mountain’s new multi-lane tubing hill features a rope tow to haul you back to the top of the hill as many times as you can handle sliding down it. One-and-a-half-hour sessions are $10. 29500 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. • 238-2220 • HERMIT’S HOLLOW TUBING CENTER Another two lanes of tubing fun are in Hermit’s Hollow at Schweitzer Mountain Resort. It’s $15 for an hour and a half, but there are only so many people allowed on the hill at once and reservations fill up fast, so call early. 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208263-9555 • SILVER MOUNTAIN With more lanes than any other tubing hill in the area (four), Silver’s Prospector Adventure Zone keeps the lanes separated to prevent collisions. A season pass for just tubing will set you back $49 ($39 if you buy before the end of April). 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg • 866344-2675 •

RAPTOR REEF AT TRIPLE PLAY FAMILY FUN PARK To take a dip any month of the year, try North Idaho’s Raptor Reef Water Park inside Triple Play. The 25,000-sqarefoot facility has a wave pool, a two-story play structure, three tall slides and a jacuzzi. A $30 Triple Play day pass plus $10 for the water park will let you try your hand at bowling, laser tag or miniature golf after your swim. 175 W. Orchard Ave., Hayden, Idaho • 877-770-7529 • SILVER RAPIDS You have to be staying at Silver Mountain’s Morning Star Lodge to splash here, but if you are you’ll have access to slides, play structures, water basketball, a lazy river and the FlowRider

ROW ADVENTURE CENTER This locally based outfitter will take you on local, regional or international adventures and has rafting trips designed for families and experts. The trips happen May-October, are led by experts and give you the chance to push your skills for up to a week. 202 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 800-451-6034 • • 17 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 866-836-9340

NORTHWEST VOYAGEURS This company offers plenty of options, from whitewater rafting the Snake River through Hells Canyon to horseback riding near its lodge in Pollock, Idaho. They won’t just take you out for the day, though. You can sign up for overnight or five-day rafting trips, or they’ll customize a multi-sport trip for you. 121 Old Pollock Rd., Pollock, Idaho • 800-727-9977 •

SALMON RIVER EXPERIENCE This company that started with four used rafts and 16 life jackets can now take 300 people rafting or kayaking every summer day. Along with one- and two-day trips, this outfitter offers threeto-five-day wilderness adventures that wind through Hells Canyon and three states. Check online for trip dates and prices. Moscow, Idaho • 800-892-9223 •

NORTHWEST WHITEWATER ASSOCIATION This club promotes safety training and group floats. Its $25 membership fee gets you in on group trips and knowledge sharing — think: advice on buying a raft, help rigging your boat or flip clinics. Its website and newsletter are also full of safety tips for rafting. Spokane •

SPOKANE PARKS AND RECREATION The city pairs with local private guide companies to offer one-day trips on the Spokane, Clark Fork, Salmon, Moyie and St. Joe rivers and multi-day trips on the Lower Salmon River. You can also take whitewater kayaking lessons through the city and FLOW Adventures. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Fifth Floor, Spokane • 625-6200 • WILEY E. WATERS Another company offering day and overnight trips on the Spokane and Clark Fork rivers, this one also offers free camping facilities, kayaking school and “wine and dine” floats that includes appetizers and local wines. 3024 S. Steinpreis Rd., Post Falls, Idaho • 888-502-1900 • n


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If you’re reading about Ironman here, you’re probably not a participant. But that doesn’t mean you should write it off as nothing but a bad traffic day. Sip a latte as you watch the epic, dawn start when hundreds of triathletes plunge into Lake Coeur d’Alene for a 2.4 mile swim. (They’ll follow that with 112 miles on bike and a 26.2-mile run.) Or go to to find a volunteer spot and see the action up close. June 23, 2013


Start practicing now, whether it’s to play three-on-three basketball in the streets of Spokane or to day-drink while you watch everyone else play. Hoopfest will shut down almost all of downtown Spokane. It will fill the streets with more than 20,000 sweaty athletes scrambling to the top of the tournament. Most of them will have absurd team names. You might as well be a part of it. June 29-30, 2013


The course for one of Spokane’s newest marathons winds along the Spokane River from Post Falls, Idaho, on the Centennial Trail and into Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane. The 26-mile race also features a half marathon that starts in the Valley and relay-exchange points for teams of one man and one woman (the “Duet-thlon Relay”), families and corporate groups. May 18, 2013

Recreation Calendar In a trend started by a similar event in Bogota, Columbia, Spokane has joined Chicago, Portland and other cities across the country with these car-less afternoons. They’re pretty much free-foralls, but you’re likely to find free yoga, Zumba, fencing, dancing and hacky sack along the course. And of course nothing but bikes and pedestrians. The group announces dates and locations in early spring for the following summer on June 2013


Mount Spokane boasts the most nights of night skiing in the area — 40 of them — and since it’s fewer than 30 miles from downtown, you can get a full day of work in and still hit the slopes after quitting time. Night skiing is available from 4-9:30 pm Wednesday through Saturday with special rates if that’s the only time you’re on the mountain. Check for details. Starts in December


You love the river. You use and abuse the river. So, do your part and help clean it up! Every fall, advocacy group Friends of the Falls organizes a cleanup of trash along the Spokane River shoreline. There’s even a “Most Interesting Trash” competition pitting the best finds of the day against each other. Register at Sept. 29, 2012

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The Spokane Academy of Dance; (facing page) Michael Gurian, who has written 29 books.


The Northwest’s Best The Spokane area is becoming home to some of the country’s leading coaches, teachers and kids BY HEIDI GROOVER



risten Potts probably doesn’t want your child to enroll at her ballet studio. “It’s not aimed for the masses,” she says without hesitation. “I’m just interested in providing a program of this type of quality that’s what a certain type of student is looking for.” That’s because Potts serves a sliver of Spokane’s kids — a small but fiercely dedicated group of serious young dancers. The curriculum at SPOKANE ACADEMY OF DANCE (14214 E. Sprague Ave.), where Potts is owner and artistic director, is rigorous and exhausting. It lasts 11 months out of the year, and sometimes students dance five days a week. “It’s geared up to train professional dancers,” she says. “Locally, it’s a peak experience because it’s the same kind of training you’d receive if you were in a major metropolitan area like New York City.”

That means the kids who take on the challenge have a good chance at making it big. Recently, she’s had dancers make it to the Oregon Ballet Theater and the Boise Ballet to dance professionally. In her more than 25 years of teaching, first in California and now in Spokane, she’s trained dancers who went on to the Pacific Northwest Ballet, the North Carolina Dance Theater, the American Repertory Ballet and the New York City Ballet, among others. Potts says a supportive community has been crucial for her success in turning out world-class dancers. With school and family vacations to juggle on top of extracurricular activities, lots of parents will opt for seasonal sports before they’ll tackle enrolling their kids in an almost year-round ballet program. But the uptick in enrollment she’s seen means Spokane is coming around to programs that are dedicated to

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“The thing that probably makes us stand apart from other companies is our focus.”


excellence, Potts says. “It is hard in this area because people aren’t really used to doing that,” she says. “It can be kind of a big adjustment, but when they do it they see tremendous benefits.” Away from the ballet bar, plenty of other Spokane-area programs, teachers, coaches, writers and kids are applying the same sort of dedication Potts and her dancers do, and they’re seeing success. Widely published children’s author KELLY MILNER HALLS (, whose book Saving the Baghdad Zoo got her international press, calls Spokane home. The globally known PEOPLE TO PEOPLE AMBASSADOR PROGRAM (peopletopeople. com), which was started by Dwight D. Eisenhower and now takes thousands of students, teachers and professionals on global trips each year, is based here. And SKYHAWKS SPORTS — a hugely popular national network of sports camps for kids 4-12 — traces its roots to Spokane ( The company started in 1979 with one summer camp in Spokane. Today, Skyhawks offers 15 types of camps from Seattle to Rhode Island, and is working on plans to expand internationally, Skyhawks President Chris Stiles says. “The thing that probably makes us stand apart from other companies is our focus. We want to teach life skills and have a positive environment where these kids learn sports and make friends and learn life lessons,” Stiles says. “We train our staff to be like the Disney of the sports camp world. We want super positive role models out there.” JON KNIGHT, head cross country coach at North Central High School, isn’t sure what’s behind his school’s continual success. The team has won state titles six years in a row, Northwest regionals five years in a row and was national champion in 2008. Last year, the team led the nation in the 4x mile relay. Knight says the popularity of running in the area and big events like Bloomsday make people push harder to be the best. “There’s an awful lot of really good coaches in our area,” Knight says. “So you have to work really hard to be successful.” Former Gonzaga professor and longtime Spokane resident MICHAEL GURIAN ( has written or co-written 29 books. One of the most notable, Boys and Girls Learn Differently!, ...continued on next page ANNUAL MANUAL 2012-2013 THE INLANDER |

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Kids Helping Kids Fix Broken Hearts co-founders and siblings Sarah, Thomas and Emily.



“THE NORTHWEST’S BEST,” CONTINUED... explains differences in how boys and girls learn, and what teachers can do to address those differences. That book has been his organization’s ticket to making a global splash. Based on his research, the Gurian Institute has developed a training program for teachers and parents to understand these differences and teach accordingly. It doesn’t evangelize to schools, but consults them when they come to him for help, and Gurian has found that most of them aren’t from the Spokane area. The program has been used in more than 2,500 schools and districts, and is currently in use by schools across the U.S. and Canada and in Australia, Singapore and Qatar. Gurian been featured in national media and continues to expand the institute to get his curriculum in more schools. “It’s really humbling,” he says. “When I started this about 25 years ago, I would never have known this would happen, that it would spread so much.” Essentially, his books and lessons teach that boys learn more spatially than girls. They respond more to fast, active lessons with movement and pictures, and less to sitting quietly and listening — behaviors girls generally succeed at while boys are seen as being unruly. The program encourages teachers and parents to acknowledge these differences and to resist treating boys as just “defective girls” when they don’t succeed in the traditional sit-down-and-listen classroom environment. Gurian says he’s a small part of what is a fledgling but growing global movement to raise and teach kids based on what neuroscience can tell us about how they learn. “It’s education. It’s parenting. It’s personal improvement,” he says. “This kind of movement has allowed me to provide this one piece.”


fter visiting a rural Mexican town in 2008, five Coeur d’Alene siblings learned that there were children their age who couldn’t afford life-saving heart surgery. So they created a nonprofit, KIDS HELPING KIDS FIX BROKEN HEARTS (, to try to help.

Sarah and Emily Kladar, with a little help from their younger siblings Thomas, Will and Ellie, make dish towels with a logo Emily designed printed on the front and sell them for $5 each. The money helps pay for the travel, food and lodging expenses — plus any medical costs not covered by insurance — of families whose children need heart surgery. They’ve raised about $70,000 and helped families in that Mexican village and across the U.S., including in their hometown of Coeur d’Alene. “I just love doing it because it’s such a way to connect with other people,” Emily Kladar says. “It really gives you a reality check that there are places that have problems and you can do something to try to help.” This year, Emily got another boost, when she was selected as one of the 10 best young volunteers in the nation as part of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. From around the country, volunteers are nominated by their schools, then narrowed down to 102 before just 10 finalists are selected. She was the youngest of the 10. “We didn’t feel like we were up to the other kids. We felt like underdogs,” she says of her fellow sixth-graders who were up against seventh and eighth grade students for the five middle-school awards. Her state-level nomination included $1,000, and the national award won her another $5,000, plus a $5,000 grant to the nonprofit of her choice. Emily says she and her siblings, including the ones who were too young to help when they started in 2008, plan to keep trying to expand the nonprofit. “I really love doing what I do for other people,” she says. “I really want to keep doing it when I get older.” And she has some advice for people who may have lost hope that they can make a big difference from a small city like Spokane. “Just try to find local problems and you can start small,” she says. “You’ll eventually get somewhere. It’s not just going to flop on the ground in front of you unless you put effort and heart into it.” 

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These listings may not be comprehensive; if we missed something, please email us at and we’ll check it out for the next edition. All locations are in Spokane and use area code 509 unless otherwise noted.

Arts & Crafts • Baseball • Basketball • Dance • Entertainment • Fitness & Athletics • Football • Gymnastics • Ice Skating & Hockey • Museums • Music • Skiing & ’Boarding • Soccer • Theater • Volleyball 2012 Best of the Inland Northwest first-place winner, or Best of North Idaho Winner, as chosen by readers of The Inlander

Arts & Crafts A GRAND YARN Sure, you may expect this boutique knitting shop’s luxurious selection of yarn, but don’t miss their extensive schedule of classes for all levels of knitters. Drop-in knitting classes on Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar [Young Kwak photo] Monday and Friday evenings are a great way to get some help from the store’s pros. 1220 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 4558213 • ART ON THE EDGE Art on the Edge, run by St. Vincent de Paul, offers eight weeks of summer camps and workshops, offers workshops and classes all summer. Topics range from theater and soap making to Chia Pets and gnomes. 1414 N. First St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-0917 • ARTS ALLIANCE The classes at this hub of visual and performance arts range from Drawing and Painting for kids ages 8-10 to mosaics and stained glass for adults. Scholarships are available. Sandpoint Center for the Arts, 518 Oak St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-265-2787 •

• 230-1880 • Hobby Lobby, 3902 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 230-1880 • MOSCOW WILD AT ART Moscow Wild at Art is now a mobile pottery-painting studio. You can take home a pottery box to go or have your supplies delivered to you. The studio also offers classes like “Preschool Paint and Play” and an after-school art program. 533 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-596-1837 • NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE (MAC) The MAC is the region’s biggest and best museum, but it’s still plenty family-friendly. Children are welcome in all galleries, and the family activity room offers hands-on activities. Teens can sign up for the Teen Interpreter Program, which trains them to give tours of the MAC. 2316 W. First Ave • 456-3931 •

POLKA DOT POTTERY Polka Dot Pottery offers all the usual fun of a paint-yourown-pottery studio, plus adult workshops and family nights. Pizza and Paint events offer dinner while you create with your kids, or create a custom birthday event. 2716 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 3275437 • 118 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 924-2292 • River Park Square, 710 W. Main Ave. • 624-2264 • PURPLE HAYES / INHAUS Look for the bright lavendar house in Moscow and stop in to paint plates, bowls, cups, vases, picture frames or timely holiday pieces. Book a two-hour party at your house for $25 plus the price of the pottery pieces, or at Purple Hayes for just the price of the pottery. 207 N. Hayes St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-8579 • TIN MAN TOO This charming Garland district shop always has an enticing array of workshops for children. Come to make free-form clay vessels or illustrate your own version of The Very Hungry Catepillar. Then stay and browse through this shop’s fabulous selection of children’s literature, games and puzzles. 809 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 325-3001 •

Baseball & Softball COEUR D’ALENE LITTLE LEAGUE Coeur d’Alene Little League runs baseball programs for boys and girls 5-16. Younger players get started with T-ball. Tryouts are required starting at age 9. All players will be placed on a team, but tryouts will determine in which division. Drafts take place in March. Opening day for play is in April. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • COEUR D’ALENE RECREATION DEPARTMENT Coeur d’Alene’s Parks and Rec Department coordinates baseball and slow-pitch softball leagues for kids ages 5-12. Registration opens in May, with a five-week season that starts in July.

The youngest kids start with T-ball and progress to machine pitch and then player pitch. 710 E. Mullan Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-2250 • COUGAR BASEBALL ACADEMY At the Cougar Baseball Academy, kids ages 8-18 spend time learning from WSU’s coaching staff. The academy hosts camps and clinics year-round. Its elite pitching, catching and infield camps are especially popular. WSU, Bohler Gym, Pullman, Wash. • 509-335-8014 • LIL SLUGGERS Lil Sluggers introduces kids age 2-5 to baseball. Structured play and games introduce boys and girls to hitting, catching, and base running. Check the website for locations. Spokane • 534-5437 • PULLMAN YOUTH BASEBALL Pullman Youth Baseball is affiliated with Babe Ruth, not Pullman Parks and Rec. It offers three divisions of play for girls and boys — minors (ages 8-10), majors (11-12) and Babe Ruth (13-15). Practices start in early April. Pullman, Wash. • http://pyba. SANDPOINT LITTLE LEAGUE Sandpoint Little League offers baseball and softball for kids ages 5 and older. Tryouts for minors, majors, juniors and seniors are held in March. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208255-7441 • SKYHAWKS Skyhawks provides a slew of baseball camps and clinics for kids. Programs start as early as age 4. Mead, Wash. • 1-800-804-3509 • SPOKANE GIRLS FAST PITCH ASSOCIATION SGFPA organizes competitive play for girls (18 and younger). This league is dedicated to preparing young women to play at the local, regional and even national levels. Spokane •


CORBIN ART CENTER The Corbin Center has been around for more than 50 years, and its class and camp offerings have been growing along the way. Kids can enjoy everything from sewing to insect science. Classes range from $30 to $120 and can last up to a week. 507 W. Seventh, Spokane • 625-6677 • INLAND NORTHWEST DRAWING SCHOOL With a decade-long track record, the Inland Northwest Drawing School prides itself on being non-competitive and non-judgmental. Students explore various media, subject matter and elements like line, shape, color and texture. Spokane Art Supply, 1303 N. Monroe St., Spokane

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SPOKANE REGION LITTLE LEAGUE (DIST. 13) The Spokane Region Little League District 13 organizes baseball and softball divisions for kids ages 5 and older. The District 13 website is the central site for Spokane South, Spokane North, West Plains, Mead, East Side, Riverside, Deer Park, Lake Spokane, Wheatland and Central Valley teams. Teams are organized by divisions, starting with T-ball, and the league also puts on camps and clinics. 951-7990 • SPOKANE VALLEY BASEBALL LEAGUE SVB organizes summer baseball season (for boys and girls ages 4-13) in June and July. No try-outs are required. Registration opens in March. 101 N. Bowdish Rd., Spokane Valley • 922-0420 • SPOKANE VALLEY GIRLS SOFTBALL ASSOCIATION This league has been organizing softball teams for girls (ages 6-18) for more than 40 years. Registration begins in April, and the playing season is June and July. 12505 E. Sprague, Suite 1, Spokane Valley • 922-3979 • SPOKANE YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION (SYSA) SYSA offers a variety of baseball and softball programs for kids. Summer baseball starts at age 5 with T-ball. Kids ages 7-8 play coach-pitch. Divisions span up to age 20. SYSA also offers fall baseball for kids ages 9-18. Speed and agility classes are also available throughout the year. 800 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201, Spokane • 536-1800 • WAREHOUSE BASEBALL ACADEMY The Warehouse is Spokane’s premier indoor baseball facility, offering batting cages and vaulted ceilings for infield and outfield practice. They also have a conditioning room designed specifically for baseball and softball conditioning. Camps and skills clinics are offered quarterly, and private lessons are available throughout the year. 800 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 484-2670 • YMCA OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST The Y offers spring and summer baseball leagues for boys and girls ages 4-10. The Y Winners program starts 4-year-olds with T-ball. Children ages 6-8 play coach-pitch. Summer baseball is open to kids K-4. Games are held June-July. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane • 777-9622 • 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 777-9622 • 10727 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 777-9622 • ymcaspokane. org

Basketball AAU SPOKANE AAU Basketball provides the Inland Northwests’s premiere competitive league basketball for boys and girls grades 4-8. Boys and girls play in separate divisions. Teams are formed by coaches. However, players needing assistance finding a team can contact AAU and be placed on an interested players list. 601 W. Riverside Ave., Suite 206, Spokane • 624-2414 • COEUR D’ALENE RECREATION DEPARTMENT The Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department coordinates basketball leagues for girls and boys (grades 3-11). Teams are put together based on grade and area. Registration fees are exceptionally reasonable, usually less than $30. 710 E. Mullan Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-2250 •

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MOSCOW PARKS AND RECREATION Moscow’s P&R organizes recreational basketball leagues for kids grades 1-8. Eggen Youth Center, 1515 E. D St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7085 • NBC CAMPS NBC Camps provide yearround training for kids ages 9-18 via camps and clinics. Attend as an individual player, or register for a team or family camp. 800-406-3926 • SANDPOINT PARKS AND RECREATION Sandpoint’s Parks and Rec organizes play for kids grades 3-8. Registration is held in early January and play is scheduled for February and March. 1123 Lake St. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-3613 • THE WAREHOUSE The Warehouse features five full basketball courts, which are available for rental for clinics or practices. 800 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 484-2670 • YMCA OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST The Y’s recreational basketball program begins with the Y Winners program for kids ages 4-5 and goes on to serve boys and girls up to eighth grade. The Y also organizes a competitive basketball league for boys and girls grades 3-12. You form your team, provide uniforms, and the Y will get you 12 games (November-January).

Dance A TIME TO DANCE Joanne Jaynes teaches classical Russian technique, a result of her Kierov training under Leonard J. Fowler. While the emphasis is on ballet, choreography incorporates other styles. Classes for those ages 3 to adult culminate with an annual recital. A new group, Belle, is available to perform at area events, and has a special commitment to Christan faith. 3815 N. Post St., Spokane • 327-9204



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SPOKANE PONY Spokane Pony organizes baseball leagues for kids ages 5-14. Young players start with T-ball, graduate to coach-pitch and then play full baseball (including steals and leadoff s) starting at age 11. Season runs from April through mid-June. 800 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201, Spokane • 321-1999 •

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Bloomsday’s Marmot March JEFF FERGUSON PHOTO

Raising Runners Everything you could need to get your kids running



t may be the legend of Gerald Lundgren, the self-proclaimed “wimp” from Rogers High School, who set the fastest 2-mile record in the nation in 1964 and held it for 40 years. Maybe it’s because we have the opportunity to train uphill through ice, sleet and blizzards. Or, perhaps those 50,000 fellow citizens and tourists funneling through our downtown streets every Bloomsday taunt us into action. No one can point to exactly why Spokane raises kick-ass runners. But we do. “People I meet from out-of-town say, ‘Wow! You guys have a lot of runners,’” says hometown girl Colleen Niedermeyer. “But when you grow up in Spokane, you just get used to seeing people running.” As a kid, Niedermeyer walked or ran Bloomsday with her family and ran track in high school. She and she and her husband have competed in half marathons as adults. Naturally, she fosters the love of her favorite sport in her three children, who participate in their private schools’ cross-country, and SYSA’s recreational and competitive MERCURY programs. There are an enormous number of paid options for active families. Yet there was a time, prior to 2004, when all kids had access to afterschool sports programs. “Ferris and North Central are, during any given year, in the national top 20 for running,” observes local runner and founder of ACTIVE FOR YOUTH (, Mike Bresson. “Once the elementary cross-country program was cut, we saw the numbers go down.”

Boosting the potential talent pool for high school track teams wasn’t the impetus for his starting Active for Youth, however. It was the alarming obesity rate in children. More than one in 10 children in Spokane are obese, and in areas of extreme poverty, that rate climbs to one in three. “Our mission isn’t to foster the elite athletes,” says Bresson. “We want the average kid to be able to compete; to discover that running is fun and healthy. We want them to learn about their bodies.” Active for Youth helps sponsor FIT FOR BLOOMSDAY, which serves about 3,000 students, and feeds both the Bloomsday Race and the MARMOT MARCH, for runners aged second grade and younger. In the fall, all the work by A4Y culminates in the ALL-CITY TRACK MEET, at which hundreds of kids compete with students from other neighborhood schools. At Halloween, their MONSTER DASH takes place at Manito Park — in full costume. Both the JINGLE BELL RUN (spokanejinglebellrun.kintera. org) to fight Arthritis and the Komen Eastern Washington RACE FOR THE CURE ( are exceedingly family-friendly 5K charity races. THE DIRTY DASH (thedirtydash. com) has a kid’s run, THE PIGLET PLUNGE, which is a one mile version of the muddy sprint, splash and slosh fest. Each summer, The BIGFOOT ALL-COMERS TRACK AND FIELD MEETS ( invite runners of all ages and abilities to compete at Spokane Falls Community College, for the cost of one SpongeBob SquarePants popsicle. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

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BALLET ARTS ACADEMY This premier ballet studio has some of the best regional faculty and regular guest teachers from Broadway shows and the New York City Ballet. The school offers classes throughout the academic year and intensive camps for all ages during the summer. 109 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 838-5705 • CLUB CORAZON This privately owned, 1,800-square foot Tango salon is the brainchild of Spokane resident Eve Foster. Connected to her personal residence, Foster built the salon with the goal of providing an elegant venue to promote Argentine Tango. Installed is a professionally sprung dance floor. Sleeping accomodations and other amenities are also available for visiting teachers and students. See the website for more detailed information. 2117 E. 37th Ave., Spokane • 688-4587 • spokanetango. com/Club_Corazon.html COMPANY BALLET SCHOOL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER Dedication and perserverance are at the heart of the classic ballet training offered at Company Ballet School. Kids can enroll in ballet classes at all levels or in recently added modern dance classes. 3201 N. Argonne Rd., Millwood, Wash. • 869-5573 • DANCE ARTS ACADEMY The talent and strength of the teaching staff at Dance Arts Academy is superb. Owner/ Director Kathryn Fleisher is known for her inventive jazz, lyrical and contemporary choreography. The Ballet Director is a former soloist with the Augsburg Ballet Company in Germany and hip-hop classes are led by the highly trained and skilled Nicolas Santonocito. Classes in tap and jazz are also available at this new northside studio. 88 E. Francis Ave., Spokane • 443-4678 • THE DANCE CENTER OF SPOKANE You can expect the best from the ballet program at the South Hill’s Dance Center of Spokane: all of the teachers are either registered teachers at the Royal Academy of Dance or were professional dancers. The center also offers tumbling, hip hop, jazz and tap. 1407 E. 57th Ave., Spokane • 448-2464 • THE DANCE EMPORIUM This huge academy offers ballet, hip hop, jazz, and Zumba for all ages and levels. It also runs the Defense Arts Academy, which offers Taekwondo instruction. 7410 N. Division, Spokane • 489-2524 • EXPRESSIONS SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS Expressions is a state-of-the-art facility (complete with newer floating floors to prevent injuries) offering 100 dance classes a week. This is a great

choice for potential triple threats — since Expressions also offers music, voice and acting classes. Their competitive dance team, Emotions in Motion, competes in local and regional competitions. 2825 N. Hwy 41, Post Falls, Idaho • 208-457-9022 • FESTIVAL DANCE & PERFORMING ARTS Classes and workshops in ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, tango and Celtic dance are offered on and around the University of Idaho at Festival Dance & Performing Arts. Its website is a great resource for new dancers and their parents. University of Idaho, 1060 Rayburn Ave., #203, Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-3267 • HARAN DANCERS Haran Dancers have traveled the world to compete in the Irish Dance World Championships. The highestlevel dancers perform in the school’s touring troupe, but classes are available in Kettle Falls and on Spokane’s South Hill for children and adults of all levels. Both schools work closely with Celtic band An Dochas. Kettle Falls, Wash. Spokane • 994-2292 • HYPER-FORMANCE JAZZ DANCE CLUB HYPER-Formance is an inclusive dance club that’s dedicated to promoting dance and drama. Anyone who wants to perform with this group is welcome, regardless of age, gender, financial status or physical or mental disability. There are no auditions, just placements. Check their website for class locations or upcoming performances. Spokane • INLAND NORTHWEST BALLET Inland Northwest Ballet develops dancers with solid technique. They also pride themselves on developing their students’ self-esteem, discipline, musicality and ability to work well with others. The school has an emphasis on classical ballet. However, classes in hip-hop, jazz and tap are also available. 401 W. Hastings Rd., Spokane • 467-0765 • ISABELLE’S DANCE TIME With more than 1,200 square feet of dancing space, state-of-the-art floors and a big viewing area for parents, Dance Time is home to many local dancers. Owner/Director Isabelle Cook has 30 years of dance experience and offers a broad range of classes. Check the website for schedules, tuition and a free class coupon. 4120 S. Sullivan Rd., Veradale, Wash. • 927-0972 • JULIE’S COMPETITIVE EDGE DANCE ACADEMY Julie’s Competitive Dance is a well-rounded dance studio with classes in ballet, tap, hip-hop, lyrical, cheer, even Zumba. As you’d expect from the name, Julie’s also boasts a competitive dance team that competes at the highest levels. 47 E. Queen Ave. • 483-4145 •

The Spokane Club offers Quickstart lessons for kids 10 and under.


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ennis can be a painfully fast and scary sport to learn, especially if you’re younger than 10 years old. But Quickstart Tennis — a national trend that’s catching on in Spokane — was created to help. With shorter courts, nets and rackets and softer balls, it’s tennis on a junior scale. “It’s a great way to get kids playing,” says Jeff Urie, director of tennis at the Spokane Club. “Once you’re exposed to tennis — those first couple opportunities you have — you either love it or hate it. If you have a negative experience, you’re turned off, but if you go out there and it’s lots of fun and you have some success connecting with the ball, you’re more likely to stick with it.” The SPOKANE CLUB (1002 W. Riverside) offers year-round Quickstart lessons for children 10 and younger. (It’s open to non-members.) Classes are Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 6 pm and are $15 each. Call 535-3554 to sign up. With the new system, students are divided based on their size and skill level. The balls bounce at slower speeds and, since they’re only a little harder than a Nerf ball, don’t hurt if they hit you. “It’s way less intimidating,” Urie says. Plus, a standard-size court can fit six smaller courts, so more kids are participating at the same time instead of waiting for their turn. SPOKANE PARKS AND REC ( also offers Quickstart classes at Lincoln and Lidgerwood Elementarys with classes divided by age. — HEIDI GROOVER


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Digging Deeper Why the whole family will want to play in the dirt BY HEIDI GROOVER


The quartz and crystals at the Rock Ranch may have been planted there, but that doesn’t make it any less fun for the kids who get to dig up, dust off and take home the treasures they find. Staff will provide the tools you’ll need and teach visitors about what they uncover. Surrounded by forest and wildlife, Rock Ranch is easy to get to but feels far enough away to warrant the family adventure. 4216 S. Saltese Lake Rd. Greenacres, Wash. 270-9076


For a close-up look at the region’s geology, go underground with Wallace, Idaho’s Sierra Silver Mine Tour. As its name suggests, silver was the most profitable metal for this valley, but on a tour led by an experienced miner, you’ll learn historical and modern-day techniques for mining silver, gold, lead, zinc and copper. Pictures and narratives paint the story of a miner’s life, past and present. Plus, you get to wear a hard hat. 420 Fifth St., Wallace, Idaho 208-752-5151


Not far from Wallace, venture deep underground for a different type of precious metal. Kellogg was the historical hub of gold mining in the Silver Valley. On this mine tour, you’ll get plenty of historic anecdotes along with an opportunity to try your hand at panning for gold. Since there’s still some gold in the mine, tour guides also offer demonstrations of hand steeling (using a stake to drill into hard rock by hand). 51931 Silver Valley Rd., Kellogg, Idaho 208-783-4653


If you’re looking for a real, who-knows-whatyou’ll-find fossil dig, check out Stonerose. Though you probably won’t earn international media coverage for what you find, like the center did back in 2002, you’re almost guaranteed to find something. And you can keep up to three fossils a day. The center is open to families or class field trips, and offers classes in fossil identification. 15 N. Kean St., Republic, Wash. 775-2295



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Dance The Kelley Irish Dancers Since 2001, the Kelly Irish Dancers have performed traditional Irish step dancing to the delight of audiences all over the region. Classes are available for all ages (even adults) and performance experience is available for all, as well. Classes are held at the Valley Prairie Grange.  8216 E. Big Meadows Rd., Chattaroy, Wash. • 220-3479 • Northwest Hula The region’s largest professional hula dance company, Northwest Hula offers weekly hula and Tahitian dance classes for kids ages 4 and older. You can also book a show from the company’s professional dancers. Sinto Center, 1124 W. Sinto Ave., Spokane • 7685293 • Sandra Olgard’s Studio of DANCE  This studio focuses mostly on classical ballet (the instructor is a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance), but also offers some modern classes. Former students have gone on to places like the Pittsburgh Ballet Company and the Broadway show Cats. 304 W. Seventh Ave., Spokane • 838-7464 • Spokane Academy of DANCE Spokane Academy of Dance serves a fiercely dedicated group of serious young dancers. The curriculum is rigorous. “It’s geared up to train professional dancers,” says owner Kristen Potts. “Locally, it’s a peak experience because it’s the same kind of training you’d receive if you were in a major metropolitan area like New York City.” That means the kids who take on the challenge have a good chance at making it big. Recently, she’s had dancers make it to the Oregon Ballet Theater and the Boise Ballet to dance professionally.” 14214 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 922-3023 • Spokane Elite Dance  Studio Spokane Elite is a newer dance studio located in the Spokane Valley. Owner/Director Maggie Kazemba is also the director of the Spokane Shock dance team and choreographer for the dance teams

at West Valley and Mt. Spokane high schools. Spokane Elite offers ballet, along with classes in hip-hop, cheer dance, tap, Zumba and heart + soul (a fun combination of dance aerobics and pilates). Classes are available for kids ages 4 and up, with a healthy slate of dance classes for adults, too.  10623 E. Sprague, Ste. C, Spokane Valley • 891-5678 • Spokane Youth Ballet Spokane Youth Ballet is a non-profit, pre-professional company that attracts some of the area’s strongest dancers. SYB typically performs full length, fully staged ballets to sold out audiences. Spokane • 922-3023 • http:// Spokane’s School of DANCE  Spokane’s School of Dance offers Scottish Highland Dance classes for kids ages 4 and older. Kids get to celebrate what they’ve learned at events like the St. Patrick’s Day parade, the Fall Folk Festival and high teas at local hotels. 5521 N. Wall St. • 879-3352 •

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Entertainment Bumpers Fun Center With arcade games, a rock-climbing wall, miniature golf and bumper cars, Bumpers is the perfect mall distraction for kids. They also offer party packages with all that fun plus pizza and pop.  NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division , Spokane • 489-4000 •

Five Mile Pizza Parlor This north-side institution has been locally owned and operated for more than 25 years. Kids love the ball crawl, arcade games and air hockey, while parents can take in the salad bar, pizza, beer and TVs.  6409 N. Maple St., Spokane • 328-4764 •

Cat Tales Zoological Park Cat Tales is the only place in the Inland Northwest where you can see lions, tigers and bears … and more. This north-side animal park also has leopards, pumas, jaguars and reptiles. It’s also a zoological training center (the only school of its kind in North America).  17020 N. Newport Hwy., Mead, Wash. • 238-4126 •

Jump and Bounce With heat, air conditioning, a few fake palm trees and plenty of places to jump around, what more could kids want? This inflatable playground has a three-story climbing structure, jumping castles, islands and slides. The open-jump schedule changes weekly, so call ahead. 15310 E. Marietta Ave., Suite 1, Spokane Valley • 892-6655 •

Fastkart Indoor Speedway You can race wheel-to-wheel with your friends or kids here, and celebrate afterward with an arcade and snack bar or a private party. Races are availabe with 40, 60 or 100 laps and multiple track configurations.

Jump-N-Party With four huge inflatables for kids 10 and under, plus one for toddlers, Jump-N-Party has lots to offer. It’s a popular spot for parents’ groups, field trips and birthday parties. 1605 E. Lyons Ave. • 482-3000 •

Laser Quest Just like you always dreamed, this is laser tag with plenty of mazes, fog and black lights sure to bring out your competitive spirit.  202 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 624-7700 • Pattison’s North Family Roller Skating Center This locally owned institution offers plenty of special events, including retro nights, school skate nights, all-night skates and an end-of-the-year “school’s out” skate. Admission starts at $5 ($7 on some nights) and skate rentals are $1. 11309 N. Mayfair Rd., Spokane • 466-2832 • Riverfront Park Tourist or local, it’s likely your summer includes at least one of the following: a splash in Riverfront Park’s Rotary Fountain, a slide down the big Red Wagon, a stomach-turning ride on the Sizzler followed by some rainbowflavored shaved ice. If it’s winter, we’re talking a spin on the ice at the pavillion and taking in a show at the IMAX.  507 N. Howard St., Spokane • 625-6601 •

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Entertainment SAVAGELAND PIZZA Savageland is a kids favorite. Yes, they love the pizza. But the big attraction are the tubes and tunnels, arcade games and, weather permitting, mini-golf and trick-shot basketball. Many a year-end team celebration has been held at Savageland, which recently added a few small gluten-free pizzas to its menu. 700 S. Dishman Rd., Spokane Valley • 9243876 • SILVER RAPIDS WATER PARK The highlight of this massive indoor water park is the FlowRider wave for surfing and body boarding, where 60,000 gallons of water pump through each minute, creating a continuouls wave and an illusion that you’re on the coast somewhere. There’s also a lazy river and cabanas for rent. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg • 866-344-2675 •

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ure, teens want to play videogames, check Facebook, and hang out at the mall. But, deep down, they also want to change the world someday. Right? Well, you can hope so. And if that’s not enough, here are few ways to give them a nudge. The RONALD McDONALD HOUSE TEEN BOARD focuses on supporting Spokane’s Ronald McDonald House. Teens apply and keep track of their volunteer hours. They make meals for the families staying at the house, develop fundraisers and friend-raisers, and help at some of Ronald McDonald House’s biggest fundraising events, like the RMHC Charity Classic basketball game and the annual Cobra Polo Classic. Teens looking for classroom-based leadership experience can apply to the MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. FAMILY OUTREACH CENTER. The center’s Teen Leadership program invites teens to be mentors for younger children and assistants to teachers from June to August at the center’s various classes and camps. Work ethic, career preparation, community service and cultural diversity underpin this program, which rewards teen leaders with a $200 gift certificate for back-to-school clothes. For the politically minded, the CHASE YOUTH COMMISSION partners with the City of Spokane and Spokane County to fill youth seats on city and county boards and commissions. From City Council to groups like the Bicycle Advisory Board and the Human Rights Commission, teen members attend meetings and make suggestions. Not only does it give teens a glimpse into the workings of local government and current issues in their community, but it lets the city know what young people care about. — HEIDI GROOVER

SILVERWOOD THEME PARK AND BOULDER BEACH WATER PARK When Silverwood first came to town there were a few rides and ponies. Today, there are four massive roller coasters, tons of other thrills (and attractions for younger kids too) and a giant attached water park; Boulder Beach. Fourth of July and Halloween are favorite holidays for special events. 27843 N. Hwy. 95, Athol • 208683-3400 • SKATE PLAZA FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT CENTER Skate Plaza offers plenty of clean family fun, plus lessons, speed skating, inline racing and roller derby practice and bouts. The sprawling arcade and indoor picnic tables make it a favorite for North Idaho birthday parties and team events. 5685 N. Pioneer Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-772-9507 • SKY HIGH SPORTS Sky High Sports has quicky become the place to go for kids. And not just little kids. The wall-to-wall trampolines also appeal to high school and college-age kids. Bounce off the walls, into the foam pit or play a highflying game of dodgeball. You’ll leave here sweaty and ready to come back again. 1322 E. Front St., Spokane • 321-5867 • SPLASH DOWN Splash Down towers on the edge of I-90, just begging you to take a dip. Tons of slides, a six-story freefall “Fastball” and the small-children-friendly Petey’s Lil’ Puffer Lagoon make it easy to spend the whole day cooling off here. Splashdown is open Memorial Day to Labor Day. 11127 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley • 924-3079 • splashdownwaterpark. net SPOKANE FOLKLORE SOCIETY The Spokane Folklore website will give you everything you need to book a bubble artist or magic show for your kid’s next birthday party. The group’s big event is its Fall Folk Festival at Spokane Community

College in November, which boasts folk music, dancing, crafts and more. Spokane • 747-2640 • TRIPLE PLAY FAMILY FUN PARK AND RAPTOR REEF INDOOR WATER PARK We have yet to hear a kid complain about Triple Play lacking something. There’s indoor and outdoor miniature golf, bumper boats, go-karts, bowling, a rock-climbing wall, laser tag, an arcade, a three-level soft play gym for the little ones, and an indoor multi-slide dinosaurthemed water park. There are tons of features that make this a great party spot, and the attached Holiday Inn Express makes it perfect for a mini-vacation. 175 W. Orchard St., Hayden, Idaho • 1-877-7707529 • VIRTUAL ASSAULT PAINTBALL GAMES More than just adrenaline, Virtual Assault promises leadership development and increased self-confidence as side effects of its outdoor or indoor paintball games. You can expect classic games like “Capture the Flag,” “Protect the President” and “Zombies.” Reservations required; must be 10 or older. 4103 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley • 535-6620 • WONDERLAND FAMILY FUN CENTER They’re not kidding when they call this a “wonderland.” The castle-like building houses miniature golf, batting cages, bumper boats, go-karts, laser tag, arcade games and pizza. Wonderland is open seven days a week, year-round. 10515 N. Division , Spokane • 468-4386 •

Fitness & Athletics KID SPORTS Kids will have plenty of fun here while also developing their motor skills, fitness and self-confidence. A series of “tot” classes — SoccerTots, HoopsterTots, CheerTots and others — focuses on getting youngsters started in sports, and soccer and dodgeball tournaments attract older kids. 416 N. Madelia St., Spokane • 534-5437 • RADHA YOGA YOUTH OUTREACH This youth yoga program is a project of the Radha Yoga Center, located in Browne’s Addition. It uses proceeds from one of its young adult Hatha classes to offer yoga to local at-risk youth. 406 S. Coeur d’Alene St., #T, Spokane • 838-3575 • SKYHAWKS Skyhawks runs hundreds of camps in all major sports (soccer, baseball, flag football, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, golf, volleyball, cheerleading, track and field) throughout the area all summer. Camps (for kids ages 3-11) emphasize respect and sportsmanship. Multiple locations. Check website for location nearest you. Mead, Wash. • 800-8043509 •

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SPOKANE YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION (SYSA) SYSA organizes leagues for baseball, basketball, cross-country, track and field, flag and tackle football, lacrosse, soccer (indoor, outdoor rec and competitive), softball and volleyball for athletes from preschool to high school. 800 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201, Spokane • 536-1800 • WILD WALLS CLIMBING GYM AND PRO SHOP This engaging indoor climbing gym offers plenty of courses in bouldering and vertical climbing. Kids ages 4-10 can join the Spider Monkey Climbing Club to get their bearings and then graduate to the youth climbing club for kids 10-16. 202 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 455-9596 • YMCA OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST The Inland Northwest Y comprises three massive, state-of-the-art facilities. All three locations feature indoor aquatic centers designed with family-friendly amenities like family changing rooms, zero-depth entry for small children, slides and splash buckets. The Y downtown has a family activity center and a teen center, and Mirabeau Point features a climbing wall, outdoor basketball courts and a skate park. They all offer plenty of classes and camps. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley • 777-9622 • 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane, 10727 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane

Football COEUR D’ALENE RECREATION The Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department offers flag football in the fall for grades 2-3. Tackle football is also available for kids grades 3-8. The city also hosts a Punt, Pass and Kick competition in the fall. 710 E. Mullan Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-2250 • INLAND NORTHWEST POP WARNER Pop Warner coordinates tackle football for kids ages 5-14. Specific age and weight requirements are required to ensure safety. Local chapter serves Spokane and Spokane Valley. There are no tryouts or

cuts. 157 S. Howard St., Suite 523, Spokane • 388-2830 • MOSCOW PARKS AND RECREATION FLAG FOOTBALL Children grades 1-6 are eligible to play flag football in this fun, eight-game session offered in the fall. Registration opens in August. Eggen Youth Center, 1515 E. D St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7085 • POST FALLS JUNIOR TACKLE & CHEER Post Falls Junior Tackle and Cheer welcomes kids in grades 5-8 and focuses on sportsmanship. The 10-week season begins in August. Post Falls, Idaho • SKYHAWKS Skyhawks offers flag football during the summer months for kids ages 5-14 at various locations in the Spokane/ Coeur d’Alene area. Spokane • 800-8043509 • SPOKANE YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION (SYSA) SYSA offers flag football in the fall for grades 1-6. Tackle football is available for 7th and 8th graders and starts in September. 800 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201, Spokane • 536-1800 • YMCA OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST The Y’s flag football runs September through October and is for boys and girls grades 1-6. Teams are organized by grade and school. Tackle football is for boys and girls grades 3-6. Their Grid Kids Football Camps during the summer is coached by Spokane Shock players, and arena football is open to grades 5-8.

Gymnastics DYNAMIC GYMNASTICS ACADEMY Dynamic Gymnastics offers classes in recreational and competitive gymnastics, tumbling, cheerleading, and rhythmic gymnastics. Their main gym features the normal Olympic equipment, and their pre-school gym features ageappropriate bars, beams and a tunnel structure with a three-story slide. 7410 N. Division, Spokane • 489-5867 •

FLIP FACTORY GYMNASTICS This gym is probably best known for its competitive team, but it also offers cheerleading programs and recreational gymnastics classes for everyone from preschool kids to adults. 237 W. Hayden Ave., Hayden, Idaho • 208-772-0179 •

seven years of experience as a gymnast and 24 as a coach, and focuses on positive reinforcement. 233 E. Lyons Ave., Spokane • 326-1152 •

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INLAND EMPIRE GYMNASTICS ASSOCIATION Inland Empire Gymnastics Academy is home to introductory gymnastics classes and cheerleading classes focusing on jumps and flips. Or check out their camps or birthday party packages. 6360 Sunshine St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-772-9443 •

EAGLES ICE ARENA Eagles is a great place for kids to start learning the skills of skating and hockey. Then, once they’re comfortable with the basics, they can join a team at the same arena where they learned to skate. Team practice and game schedules are posted on the rink’s website. 6321 N. Addison St., Spokane • 489-9303, Public Skating Info: 489-9295 •

MOUNTAIN VIEW GYMNASTICS This studio’s offerings start right at the beginning with “Mommy and Me” classes. They also run a competitive team and have ballet, basic tumbling and cheer classes and camps. 1100 S. Garfield St., #B, Airway Heights, Wash. • 244-7061 •

RIVERFRONT PARK ICE PALACE Open every October through March, this rink has public skate sessions and skate rentals, as well as lessons for all ages and skill levels (also offer introductory hockey classes). Riverfront Park, 507 N. Howard St., Spokane • 625-6601 •

NORTHWEST GYMNASTICS ACADEMY Northwest Gymnastics offers plenty of casual recreational classes, but focuses on training competitive teams through high school ages and divided by skill level. Call them (the website’s not always upto-date) about occasional free open gym nights. 11712 E. Montgomery Ave., Spokane Valley • 924-3341 •


SPOKANE GYMNASTICS This 7,000square-foot facility was recently updated with a new spring floor and all new equipment (bars, vaults, etc.). Classes are available for toddlers to advanced tumblers and competitive team gymnastics. You’ll even find Parkour instruction. The foam pit, bouncy castle and zip line continue to make this a popular destination for birthday parties. 5615 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 5339646 • SPOKANE JUNIOR GYMNASTICS ACADEMY Classes at the Spokane Jr Gymnast Academy span from pee-wee and mommy/daddy-and-me classes to competitive teams. Owner Amy Barry has

CARR’S ONE OF A KIND IN THE WORLD MUSEUM Here you’ll find a jumble of historic, eclectic and downright weird (in the best way) items. Mr. Carr’s museum is packed with cars that used to belong to celebrities like Elvis, and unlike uptight, stuffy museums, you’re free to touch and even sit in these historic automobiles. Open Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4 pm. 5225 N. Freya St., Spokane • 489-8859 JAPANESE CULTURAL CENTER Promoting global peace and friendship is no small task, but the Japanese Cultural Center at the Mukogawa Fort Wright Institute is trying to do it anyway. Artifacts from Spokane’s sister city, Nishinomiya, Japan, are on display in the center’s free museum, along with Japanese toys, which kids are welcome to play with. Check out the interactive events during Japan Week. 4000 W. Randolph Rd., Spokane • 3282971 •


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Museums MOBIUS KIDS Some of our favorite exhibits at this kids’ museum are a miniature city that promotes bike and pedestrian safety, the enchanted forest through which kids can crawl and climb and the “Out of Hand Art Studio” to nurture young artists. The museum also hosts some camps and classes, and is available for private parties. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Lower Level, Spokane • 624-5437 • MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER This brand new center has plenty of exhibits to make learning fun for kids. From biology to flight engineering to human anatomy, you can jump, build and whisper your way to learning. The partner organization of Mobius Kids, this center is aimed at teens (adults will have plenty of fun too). 811 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 443-5669 • PALOUSE DISCOVERY SCIENCE CENTER The Palouse’s own hot spot of making science fun, this center is all about hands-on learning, with exhibits, field trips and nature walks that get everyone involved. Summer camps include “Kitchen Chemistry,” “Jr. Detective” and “Robocamp.” The website is overflowing with age-specific programs and exhibit details. 950 NE Nelson Ct., Pullman, Wash. • 332-6869 • NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE The Campbell House and the summer art camps are among kids’ favorite things about the MAC, the region’s largest and most authoritative

museum. The Mother’s Day tour of the historic homes is a great way to get the family out together and treat yourself, too. 2316 W. First Ave., Spokane • 456-3931 • SPOKANE FALLS PLANETARIUM Spokane Falls’ new planetarium is located in its shiny new science building. The 50-seat planetarium features an HD digital projector able to render reproductions of the night sky as well as project movies across the entire interior dome. The SFCC astronomy department offers four planetarium shows per week to K-12 groups and a weekly Friday night show to the general public during the school year. There are four shows that rotate throughout the month, and all will feature an introduction to observing the night sky. SFCC, 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane • 533-3569 • resources/planetarium

piano, flute, fiddle and other instruments. 1123 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-4957 • COEUR D’ALENE YOUTH ORCHESTRA The Coeur d’Alene Youth Orchestra has two orchestras, giving students from age 11 to college the chance to play. The Junior Orchestra, for ages 11-15, focuses on building orchestra skills. The Youth Orchestra, for high school and college students, is made of students with a few years of private study experience and goals to distinguish themselves as musicians. Coeur d’Alene • HOFFMAN MUSIC Hoffman Music — overflowing with instruments for purchase and rent — doesn’t provide lessons, but has a comprehensive list of local teachers for you to peruse. 1430 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 800-769-3949 • 440 W. Sharp Ave., Spokane •

SPOKANE VALLEY HERITAGE MUSEUM The Spokane Valley Heritage Museum works to preserve local history by taking care of artifacts, old photos, and archives depicting and interpreting the history of the Valley. Look for the Eastern Washington Farm Heritage Show each spring. 12114 E. Sprague , Spokane Valley • 922-4570 •

HOLY NAMES MUSIC CENTER Age is no pre-requisite at this center on the Mukogawa-Fort Wright campus. Students of any age can take private or group lessons, and parents can enroll in the Music Together program for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Some scholarships are available. 3910 W. Custer Dr., Spokane • 326-9516 •


KELLY BOGAN MUSIC STUDIO Three teachers at this studio, including owner Kelly Bogan, offer guitar, piano, banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass and drums lessons. Parents waiting for aspiring rock stars will appreciate the Rocket Bakery next door. 1301 W. 14th Ave., Spokane • 744-9861 •

BURT’S MUSIC & SOUND Whether you want to buy, rent or get your instrument fixed, Burt’s can do the job. North Idaho’s favorite music store, Burt’s also has instructors on staff who teach banjo,

KINDERCHOR Originally known as the South Hill Children’s Chorus, Kinderchor reorganized in 2007 to expand its offerings and reach children in other parts of the city who are interested in a choral experience. Kinderchor has three choirs and serves second graders all the way up to seniors. Tuition is never an issue — but singers are only accepted after an audition and a personal interview. Rehearsal locations vary Spokane • 714-0555 • KINDERMUSIK WITH MUNCHKINS TO MOZART Kindermusik is a parent-involved program that, while it teaches music, is “not about making little Mozarts,” according to its website. Instead, it’s designed to develop cognitive, physical and emotional skills for kids from newborns to age 7. 1309 W. 14th Ave., Spokane • 456-3559 • KPBX KIDS CONCERTS KPBX’s eight free kids concerts offer a range of music mixed with information about the culture and history of that music. Check them out throughout the year at rotating locations. Locations vary • 328-5729 • LEARN TO BURN SCHOOL OF MUSIC You’ll find the knowledge you need for whatever your chosen genre at Learn To Burn. Along with everything from electric lead guitar to rhythm guitar, bass and snare drum, this school also offers voice lessons for singing and screaming. 11 E. Rockwell Ave., Spokane • 328-0130 • learn2burnmusic. com MARK’S GUITAR SHOP Mark’s prides itself on being a boutique-like shop, not a music store. You’ll find plenty of beautiful Fenders, Fulltones and others (the inventory changes all the time) and they’ll service your guitar. 918 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 325-8353 • marksguitarshop. com MUSIC CITY This massive shop offers instruments, instruction books, lessons and a recital hall with a fireplace, dropdown video screen, a grand piano and seating for 100 people. It’s also a hot spot for used pianos and organs. 1322 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 838-8312 •


NORTHWEST ACADEMY OF MUSIC Northwest Academy of Music hosts private lessons, group music courses and school-year semester courses for kids from age 3 to middle school. The Toddler Tunes sampler, for ages 1-1/2 to 3, is aimed at getting kids into music as early as possible. The academy also rents and repairs instruments. 4055 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-6676200 •

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We t a n d W i l d Our guide to water parks for the thrill seeker in you by LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

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Silver Rapids Indoor Waterpark

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Sure, Silverwood has Coaster Alley. But adrenaline junkies can also feed their need for speed at Boulder Beach, where a trip down Velocity Peak will have you rocketing at speeds up to 55 mph — in nothing but your bathing suit. Ricochet Rapids and Avalanche Mountain are sure to please daredevils, while the two ginormous wave pools, the lazy river and Polliwog Park keep less adventurous guests entertained. Cost: $42.99 ($21.99 for children 7 and under) If You Go: Find discounts online at and Costco 26225 N. Highway 95, Athol, Idaho 208-683-3400

The multi-patterned wave pool sets this indoor waterpark apart from the rest. Raptor Reef also offers 1,000 feet of slides and an extensive toddler play area, complete with water cannons, a play structure, small slides and a 300-gallon dumping bucket. Cost: $13 to $19 over 42”, $9 to $13 under 42”. (children under 2 are free) If You Go: Look for play and stay deals at the Holiday Inn Express located next door to the waterpark. 175 W. Orchard Ave., Hayden Lake, Idaho 208-762-7529

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Famous for its nauseatingly fast — and pitch black, like the inside of a mine — tube rides and the FlowRider continuous surf wave, Silver Rapids is also Idaho’s largest indoor waterpark. Cost: No general admission here. Only Morning Lodge guests and their friends allowed. Lodge guests get in for free, but can purchase $27 tickets for a limited number of friends or family. If You Go: Splurge and rent a cabana for your family’s home base 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho 208-784-1930

The longest outdoor slides in Spokane are at Splashdown in Mission Park. The Fastball Freefall alone sends riders down six stories in just seconds. Beyond the slides, Splashdown also has water balloon launchers and water guns to keep guests cool. Cost: $16.99 for children 48”+, $12.99 under 48”. Seniors get in free. (Which means grandma and grandpa can take the kids instead of you!) If You Go: You are allowed to bring your own food and drink, or pre-paid wristbands give kids access to the snack bar. 1127 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley 924-3079

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The breastfeeding support group at Mothers Haven in Coeur d’Alene.


A Mommy Refuge A wide variety of groups provide necessary support for local moms



oorly executed magazine covers (Time’s “Are You Mom Enough?”) and political gaffes (“Anne Romney’s never worked a day in her life”) seem like attempts to pit mothers against each other. But in truth, today’s moms are too smart to buy in to naive stereotypes. “Women are researching different ways to birth, feed and clothe their babies,” says Tine Reese, founder of BLOOM SPOKANE ( “Mothers know how to make their own powerful choices.” That includes seeking out groups with whom to share successes and failures. Part of Bloom’s goal is to keep a directory of such resources. PEPS (Program for Early Parenting Support) through Community Colleges of Spokane, offers education, support and friendship for moms of newborns through 10 months. As they get older, children and parents can graduate to PARENT COOPERATIVE (CCS Parent Education Office, 279-6020). “PEPS was the first thing I belonged to,” says Zibby Merritt, a labor and delivery nurse. “I met 70 percent of the people who are in my life now.” Catholic Charities’ CAPA (Childbirth and Parenting Assistance Programs, 12 E. Fifth Ave., 358-4250) nurtures single or low-income moms during pregnancy and throughout the first years of new motherhood, by pairing them with birth savvy mentors. CAPA offers support groups for dads, too!

MOMMY AND ME ( has so many members, it can offer daily meetings and bi-weekly moms-night-out events. SPOKANE MINDFUL MAMAS (2900 S. Bernard St., “is on the ‘crunchy side,’” laughs Reese. “That’s why I am so drawn to it.” Open to both mothers and babiesup-to-five year-olds, members meet Thursdays from 10:30-12 at Unity Church of Truth. Need time without baby around? MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers, Berean Bible Church, 10910 E. Boone Ave., and First Presbyterian, 318 S. Cedar St., meetings provides volunteers who care for your infant while you craft, snack and take in a guest speaker. MOPS has a Christian overtone and caters to all moms. Not just for stunning baby and maternity gear, MOTHERS HAVEN (2112 N. Government Way, 208-676-1300) in Coeur d’Alene hooks you up with breastfeeding classes, infant massage and mom support groups. You’ll need child care and a physical goal to participate in GALS GET GOING ( Once a coach for Moms in Motion, GGG founder Kristen DeHart supports women in their fitness and social goals. STROLLER STRIDES (, a mom and baby walk/run group meets Wednesdays at City Park in Coeur d’Alene. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

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SPOKANE AREA CHILDREN’S CHORUS The SACC’s five youth choirs have a reputation for musical excellence at all levels, and for the ability to teach kids discipline and self-esteem. They perform throughout the year at concerts and community events, like the annual tree lighting at River Park Square. 411 S. Washington St., Spokane • 624-7992 • SPOKANE YOUTH SYMPHONY SYSO is a teaching orchestra for kids ages 10 through college age. Under new direction by Dr. Julián Gómez-Giraldo, SYSO has four separate orchestras providing children with high-caliber orchestral and performance experience. Auditions are typically held in June. Check their website or Facebook page for performance dates and locations. (Rehearsals are at the Spokane Masonic Center.) Spokane • 4484446 • VIOLIN WORKS This is where you go when your aspiring violinist accidentally steps on her instrument. Violin Works specializes in repairs and restoration. They also keep an extensive and up-to-date list of local instructors posted on their website. 818 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 327-3079 •

Skiing & ’Boarding 49 DEGREES NORTH ALPINE SKI TEAM (FAST) Kids as young as 5 can get started in racing with the FAST alpine racing team at 49 Degrees North. Plenty of programs and training camps give kids the chance to hone their skills and compete. Chewelah, Wash. • 935-6649, ext. 633 • 49 DEGREES NORTH FREERIDE TEAM This two-month camp for freeriders (snowboarders and skiers) includes ridercross, park/pipe, giant slalom and freeriding. Boarders and skiers must be at least 7 years old and able to handle the chairlift and some beginner moves in the terrain park. Chewelah, Wash. • 9356649, ext. 631 • LOOKOUT PASS SKI TEAM Lookout Pass’s Ski Team aims to develop accomplished life-long skiiers. In addition to basic skill development, training focuses on race specific technique and tactics. A new freeride team is now being offered for kids ages 8-18 interested in competing in slope-style events. Lookout also offers an amazinging free Saturday ski school each winter for kids ages 6-17. Wallace, Idaho • 208-744-1301, ext. 12 • SCHWEITZER ALPINE RACING SCHOOL (SARS) SARS’s youngest skiers (ages 6-12) build basic skills, develop confidence and get a taste of competitive racing. The SARS freeride program includes snowboarding and skiing for athletes (ages 7 and older) interested in slope-

style, big air and ridercross. The juniors program is for athletes hoping to race at the Pacific Northwest Ski Association level and beyond. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2631081 • SILVER MOUNTAIN ALPINE RACE TEAM (SMART) Silver Mountain Alpine Race Team (SMART) builds skills for children ages 5-18 with different levels of experience. More competitive students may choose to ski in races all over the area, while others may participate in just the Silver Cup — the mountain’s own race - which takes place every March. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • 208-783-1111, ext. 8306 • SKI THE NORTHWEST ROCKIES This nonprofit represents all of our local resorts and their programs and tries to get people to hit the hills. Its latest effort, the 5th Grade Passport, offers access to any local ski resort for 5th graders. It costs $20 to get the passport; after that, it’s free. Spokane • 621-0119 • SPOKANE NORDIC SKI EDUCATION FOUNDATION This program covers the essentials of crosscountry skiing for kids ages 5-15. Lessons are held on Saturdays at Mount Spokane’s Nordic Center Jan.Feb. and conclude with hot chocolate. Kids ages 13-18 can enroll in the junior racing program to compete. SPOKANE SKI RACING ASSOCIATION (SSRA) The Spokane Ski Racing Association is focused on young racers who want to stick with the sport for life. From first-time ski racers ages 5-10 to competitive juniors involved in PNSA racing, the group has plenty of programs and an impressive coaching staff. Mead, Wash. • 979-7499 •

Soccer COEUR D’ALENE RECREATION DEPARTMENT The Coeur d’Alene Parks and Rec Department organizes recreational play for kids (grades K-7). Spring and fall sessions are offered. Grades K-1 play mini-soccer, 3-on-3, with no goalie. Kids grades 2-7 play 7-on-7. 710 E. Mullan Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-2250 • COEUR D’ALENE SOCCER CLUB The Coeur d’Alene Soccer Club, home of the Sting, puts together competitive teams U-10 to U-18 for boys and girls. CSC offers summer and spring camps to develop basic skills, along with programs for advanced players to develop their tactical and technical skills. Team tryouts are held in late May-early June Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-5518 • INLAND EMPIRE YOUTH SOCCER ASSOCIATION Affiliated with Washington Youth Soccer, IEYSA organizes a recreational soccer league for U-5 to U-14

boys and girls, on top of managing select and premier clubs involving more than a thousand players, including the Shadow United, Breakers, Sabers, United FC, Storm FC, Riverside Royals, Deer Park United, and Newport Avalanche. 1717 W. Garland St. B, Spokane • 474-0057 • NBC CAMPS NBC camps provide yearround soccer training for kids ages 9-18. Check their website for camp and clinic locations and dates. 800-406-3926 • PULLMAN SOCCER CLUB PSC puts together select and premiere (sometimes) soccer teams for kids ages 9-19. During the summer, they also offer camps and weekly scrimmages. Check the website for tryout dates. Pullman, Wash. • 509-5925852 • SANDPOINT SOCCER ASSOCIATION The SSA organizes recreational play for kids ages 4-17 and competitive club teams for kids 9 and older. Plus, Kick Start Soccer is available for ages 2-4. The group has a variety of programs to develop kids’ abilities, including a winter indoor soccer session focused on skill development. Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-9116 • SEELY SOCCER ACADEMY Seely Soccer Academy trains soccer players yearround. Their goal is to develop players beyond their team training. Coaches have extensive soccer backgrounds. Training is available for kids ages 8 and older., Spokane • SKYHAWKS Skyhawks offers camps and clinics for children age 4 and older all over the Inland Northwest. 800-804-3509 • SKYHAWKS FIELD This field is used by the Spokane Youth Sports Association for its indoor soccer programs, which are offered for boys and girls of all ages. 730 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 536-1800 • SOCCER TOTS Soccer Tots is a developmental program designed to introduce children to soccer through high-energy games and activities (for kids 6 and younger). Kid Sports hosts classes at its location and satellite classes at area gyms. Spokane • 534-5437 • SPOKANE JUNIOR SOCCER SJS organizes affordable rec teams for kids U-5 up to U-12. Registration covers fall (SeptemberOctober) and spring (April-May) sessions. Games are scheduled on Saturdays at local elementary and middle schools or at Hart Field on the South Hill. Young players start on smaller fields, playing 4-on-4 with no goalkeeper. SJS also offers summer camps and free coaching clinics for its volunteer coaches. 9116 E. Sprague #138 • 747-5017 •

Spokane Shadow

SPOKANE SOCCER ACADEMY The Spokane Soccer Academy offers highcaliber soccer training for kids 4-18. Skill camps and clinics help younger players develop basic skills. Older, more experienced players will benefit from targeted clinics aimed at individual skill development. Sessions are available year-round. 12128 N. Division, Spokane • 879-7999 • SPOKANE SOCCER CENTER Spokane Soccer Center organizes year-round recreational indoor soccer leagues (pre-K to adult seniors). Each four-week session features seven games and a weekly practice time. A pro shop is located on site. 7320 E. Nora Ave., Spokane • 9247529 • SPOKANE SOCCER CLUB SHADOW Spokane’s soccer landscape continues to change. The latest shift is the merger of Shadow and Spokane Soccer Club Elite. The intent was to strenghten the competitive soccer opportunities for kids in Spokane. The newly combined club now boasts over 1,000 players, 36 premier teams, 19 select teams, and more than 300 kids in their U-10 developmental program. Tryouts are typcially held in May and June. 12015 E. Main, Spokane Valley • 850-7787 • SPOKANE VALLEY JUNIOR SOCCER ASSOCIATION SVJSA organizes recreational soccer teams for kids 5-14. SVJSA features modified soccer, with smaller teams on the field to give younger players more opportunities to touch the ball. Most games are held at the Plante’s Ferry Soccer Complex, and the association also organizes three competitive teams. 12320 E. Upriver Dr., Spokane Valley • 9227910 •


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Soccer SPOKANE YOUTH SPORTS ASSOCIATION (SYSA) SYSA organizes recreational league soccer for children 4-14. Teams are organized by geographic proximity and are coached by volunteers. SYSA’s seasons are fall (September-October) and spring (April-May), along with a summer rec league that plays in June and July. SYSA runs four competitive teams. Find details online. 800 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 536-1800 • VALLEY YOUTH SOCCER LEAGUE VYSL is the Valley’s largest rec soccer league, organizing recreational play for kids 4-18. The regular seasons are fall (SeptemberOctober) and spring (April-May). VYSL features modified soccer — the youngest players start playing 3-on-3 with no goalie. Most registration fees are less than $50. 9116 E. Sprague #138, Spokane Valley • 924-7661 • WASHINGTON EAST (WE) SOCCER CLUB Washington East is the newest addition to Spokane’s competitive soccer landscape. Organizer and soccer guru Tim Seely is fielding competitive teams for boys and girls U-10 and up. Club practices are held twice a week at the polo fields in Airway Heights. All teams are assigned professional soccer coaches and will compete at the level most appropriate to the team. Tryouts are held mid-May. Spokane • 209-7324 •

Olivia, 9, and Jonas, 7, play with magents at Mobius Science Center.


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owntown, tucked between P.F. Chang’s and the corner of Lincoln and Main, is your chance to launch a rocket. The rocket may be made of a two-liter bottle and its fuel of water and air, but we’re betting you still get an adrenaline rush. Inside the new MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER (811 W. Main Ave.), kids and adults can learn physics from a water rocket launching station, aerodynamics from a paper airplane competition and structural engineering from a bridge-building lab station. Plus, there are plenty of exhibits to get your heart racing for the medical sciences — try the stethoscope station that amplifies your heartbeat and visualizes it with moving beads, or the fast-action camera that snaps photos of you as you jump up and down to illustrate anatomy and compare you to NBA stars and insects. The new 28,000-square-foot center started offering camps in April 2012 and opened in full capacity in August. Mobius Spokane, which also operates Mobius Kids for children younger than 8, aims to prepare more students for the science-heavy 21st century workforce. With 65 exhibits, a cafe, store and reception area plus in-school demonstrations and camps on everything from medicine to LEGO robotics, the center has lofty goals. It’s expecting 150,000 visitors in its first year. “The scale, variety and innovation of our exhibits will be worldclass, and all of them are accessible and fun for all ages,” CEO Chris Majer said before the center’s grand opening. — HEIDI GROOVER

WOMEN’S SOCCER ACADEMY Katie Carpenter’s Women’s Soccer Academy offers high-level soccer training for players from 6 years old to college-level. The academy offers camps and clinics. Teams can also schedule individual team clinics to address specific tactical or technical skills. Colbert, Wash. • 714-7769 YMCA OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST The YMCA offers indoor recreational soccer leagues for kids grades K-6. Teams are organized by school and grade.

Theater BLUE DOOR THEATRE Kids ages 9-18 can take improv classes at The Blue Door that are not only fun, but focus on theater skills like storytelling, mime, environment creation and character development. Family-friendly shows at the theatre are Fridays at 8 pm. 815 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 747-7045 • bluedoortheatre. com CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER This local favorite teaches kids the essentials of theater with a godly focus. The theater offers after-school classes in drama, music, dance, technical specialties and musical theater. Their weeklong summer camps focus on the same skills and

have Broadway-style themes. 6205 E. Mansfield Ave., Ste. A, Spokane Valley • 487-6540 • 923 Sherman Ave., Ste. 202, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-8600 • LAKE CITY PLAYHOUSE Lake City Playhouse has a long history of providing educational theater opportunities for kids in North Idaho. This community theater offers performances along with children’s workshops (ages 7-18). 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-1323 • SPOKANE CHILDREN’S THEATER This award-winning children’s theatre is the city’s oldest theater organization. In recent years, it’s added a scholarship program to help children attend performance-related summer camps. Check the website for the 2012-2013 season lineup. 2727 N. Madelia St. #5, Spokane • 328-4886 325-SEAT for Tickets • SPOKANE CIVIC THEATRE ACADEMY The Civic Theater Academy now offers a robust assortment of classes year-round for children ages 4 and older. Most classes culminate with an actual performance. 1020 N. Howard St., Spokane • 325-2507 • THEATER ARTS FOR CHILDREN Theater Arts is an inclusive group that wants to give every child the opportunity to experience live theater as an actor or stagehand. Located in the Spokane Valley, TAC welcomes newcomers and prides itself on low-stress auditions. 2114 N. Pines Rd., Suite 3S, Spokane Valley • 9956718 •

Volleyball EVERGREEN REGION VOLLEYBALL Evergreen Region Volleyball organizes almost all competitive volleyball from Washington to Montana. Check out their website for a comprehensive list of all of the area’s club volleyball teams for girls and boys ages 12-18. Wash. • 290-5552 • NBC CAMPS NBC boasts the largest overnight volleyball camp program in the world. Attend as an individual or book a camp for your entire team. NBC serves players ages 9-18. 800-406-3926 • SKYHAWKS VOLLEYBALL ACADEMY The Skyhawks’ volleyball program is offered during the summer (for ages 7-14) at schools and parks in the Spokane area. 800-804-3509 • YMCA OF THE INLAND NORTHWEST The YMCA offers a volleyball program for boys and girls in fifth and sixth grades. Teams are organized by age and school. Games take place Sept-Oct. n

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Now in its third year of scaring the daylight out of visitors, Silverwood Theme Park sets the bar for creepy during the entire month of October. Walking tours through Blood Bayou and Terror Canyon Trail are stockpiled with ghouls and specters, while the Zombiewood Express takes you via train to experience the undead first hand. Tickets $19-29. Buy online in advance for the best deal. Visit October 2012


Forget spending Black Friday in a bigbox store. Kick-start the holidays in Coeur d’Alene with the annual parade and lighting ceremony. The parade is small-town charming but the light display, including a Christmas tree bigger than you’d find at Rockefeller Center, is world class, with some 1.5 million twinklers and more than 250 displays. Visit coeurd’ Nov. 23, 2012


When winter starts to give way to spring, it’s time to head to Riverfront Park for a bird’s eye view of the thundering falls. Once aboard the renovated lilac colored gondolas, views of the art deco City Hall will quickly give way to an unparalleled perch above the Spokane Falls. Tickets are $7.50 for adults; $4 for children 12 and under. Visit March-June 2013 (for best viewing)

Family Calendar Sitting in the HD digital state-of-the-art EOS Planetarium isn’t exactly the same as gazing up at the night’s sky away from the city, but it’s damn close. And in some ways, for those curious about celestial happenings, it might be better. The SFCC astronomy department hosts weekly shows for the general public. $6 general admission; $3 all students. Tickets at 5333569. Weekly


For many families, fall isn’t complete without an outing to Greenbluff to pick apples, eat brats and watch pumpkins being launched out of large cannons. The Strawberry Celebration is more scaled down, but certainly a worthwhile summer tradition. Once you taste a strawberry that’s been allowed to ripen on its own and is slightly warmed by the sun, you’ll commit to making the trip every year. Check the website for exact dates: Late June 2013


Who says camp is just for kids? Families are welcome at Camp Reed one weekend each year for family camp. Families are assigned their own cabins, and then it’s time to macramé, canoe and make s’mores by the campfire. August 2013




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Campbell House Visitor Center


Explore the Carriage House and touch screens that examine the Campbell family’s ever changing transportation needs. Includes an unprecedented array of MAC collection artifacts, photos and documents.

Lasting Heritage This exhibition, from the MAC’s Native American permanent collection, explores the Great Basin and Plateau regions. Carefully selected and significant items unique to the people of these two regions demonstrate their distinct cultures. This long term exhibit fills two galleries and features hundreds of historic cultural objects and photographs plus modern works by contemporary American Indian artists that also draw from that history.

David Douglas:

A Naturalist at Work Sept. 22 – Aug. 24, 2013 During his meteoric career and before an untimely demise, Scottish naturalist David Douglas, traveled the Columbia River and interior Northwest (1825-1833), identifying and collecting over two hundred species of plants, animals, and birds previously unknown to science. Through Douglas’s firsthand accounts of his experiences among regional tribes and Hudson’s Bay Company fur traders, this exhibit explores landscape and society of early 19th century Columbia country, and places Douglas in context of international scientific exploration.

Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors: Photographs by Gertrude Käsebier

Nov. 17 – Feb. 9, 2013 Exclusive showing of over 40 art portraits by Gertrude Käsebier, America’s leading pioneer of art portrait photography. It features Sioux members of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West troupe. The MAC, a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, was chosen to host this exhibit of fragile original platinum and gum-bichromate photographs before they are retired to Smithsonian storage vaults. A complementary exhibit showcases selections from the MAC’s Richard Lewis Collection of portrait photography, taken among the Plateau tribes during the 1920s and 1930s.

Spokane Modern Architecture (1948-1973)

Opening March 2, 2013 The 1950s and 60s saw a burst of creativity in Spokane rivaling anything in the northwest, including Seattle. For the better part of a decade, a handful of Modern architects pushed Spokane’s architectural envelope. They continue to wield enormous influence even today. This exhibition will acknowledge Spokane’s Modernist legacy in architecture and give an appreciation for the region’s dynamic range of style. Videos and furnishings complement architectural models, photos, drawings, and publications in the gallery, while lively programs highlight the culture of the era.

The Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture, operated by the Eastern Washington State Historical Society, is one of the Inland Northwest’s oldest cultural organizations. Its mission is to actively engage people in the appreciation of arts and culture through collections stewardship, art, history, and American Indian culture exhibits and programs that educate and entertain. Hours: Wed-Sat,10am-5pm • (509) 456-3931 2316 W First Avenue, Spokane, WA 99201 • Free Parking

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Shann Ray, left, and Greg Spatz both won Literature Fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts


F r e e Tr a d e Spokane exports art, and America pays with awards (and also money) BY LUKE BAUMGARTEN



he way exports work is this: You send something out into the world, and the world repays you somehow. In commerce, this payment is money or some other sort of trade. In the arts, it’s recognition that the work you are doing is exceptional. (There’s sometimes some money involved, too.) It’s an imperfect but illustrative measure of the strength of our local thought economy, then, to look at what our local exporters have been getting back from people. Let’s take literature. In June, SHANN RAY, a professor at Gonzaga, and GREG SPATZ, a professor at EWU, were awarded Literature Fellowships by the National Endowment of the Arts. The NEA handed out 37 of

these awards and gave two of them to Spokane authors. That’s more than Seattle writers got. Or Portland writers. When he heard, Spatz says he went out and bought “the most expensive bottle of wine I could find.” Ray and his wife bought a candle. Ray says they only buy candles on really big writing occasions. “We now have two candles,” he says, with a smirk. They could have a room full of candles, if their standards weren’t so high. And Spatz could have drunk more expensive champagne. Spatz is a Washington State Book Award-winner whose short stories have appeared widely, most notably in The New Yorker. Ray’s collection of short stories was selected “Best Book of 2011” by Kirkus Reviews and was one of three books Esquire implored all men to read.

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When Muammar Gaddafi was in his last days of rule in Libya, the vaunted web periodical Slate reached out to eight fiction writers to imagine what the tyrant’s last days might be like. Out of all the writers in America, one of them was Ray. In May 2012, when Moscovite and UI professor KIM BARNES — already the winner of two separate PEN awards and a nominee for a Pulitzer — released In the Kingdom of Men, it drew starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Booklist, enroute to gracing books-to-read articles as far afield as Britain. A month later, JESS WALTER’s new novel, Beautiful Ruins, reached No. 27 on the New York Times Bestseller List. The lifelong Spokie was fetted in the book press, given insanely positive reviews from L.A. to Boston and courted by a couple of Hollywood producers. (He has a screenwriting agent as well as a book agent, more on that later.) When the 2012 editions hit bookstores, Walter will have stories in both Best American Short Fiction and Best American Non-Required Reading. But that’s not even the biggest news for a local writer. When the committee that hands out the Pulitzer Prize — arguably America’s most famous literary award — couldn’t pick between three finalists, and thus didn’t offer a fiction award for 2012, it sparked a controversy that bled out of the lit world and into national headlines. One of the books that couldn’t be decided on, Train Dreams, was written by DENIS JOHNSON, who spends most of his year living like a hermit in the woods of North Idaho. Don’t feel too bad for him, though. Johnson has already

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won a National Book Award — arguably America’s most prestigious — for 2007’s Tree of Smoke. That book was also a finalist for the Pulitzer. With the exception of Walter and Johnson, who are blessed enough to be able to chug along on the steam of their writing, most local authors are propelled along by our area’s two great Masters-ofFine-Arts-in-Creative-Writing-granting Universities. Eastern Washington University — where Spatz is chair, Walter and Ray graduated — is the first. The second is University of Idaho, where Barnes and her husband ROBERT WRIGLEY — a multiple Pushcart Prize winning poet with a book coming out in 2013 — are on staff with DANIEL OROZCO, one of America’s most talked-about short story writers. These institutions are probably the biggest exporters in our literary scene, helping introduce the world to young poets like Ciara Shuttleworth, who landed a poem in the New Yorker that she had written in Wrigley’s class. Every year these programs graduate a handful of MFAs, injecting them into America’s literary bloodstream, to travel where they will, bringing heat to our bodies and oxygen to our minds.



ffering a rundown of the local visual artists who have made a name for themselves regionally and nationally, Steve Gibbs of the Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene has no problem with where to start: “GEORGE CARLSON is recognized as one of the top visual artists in the country,” Gibbs says. “He has had numerous major museum shows throughout the U.S. and internationally. [Carlson] is the only artist to win the Prix de West in two mediums.” BETH CAVENER STICHNER, working in clay, “continues to rock the art world,” Gibbs says, showing at museums no less prestigious than the Smithsonian. Gibbs says the institutions often buy her work as well, for their permanent collections. The painter KYLE PALIOTTO is “making his way into a broader scene with his oil paintings,” according to Gibbs. Meanwhile, Spokane’s Ben Joyce, the painter of abstract topographies, has had 25 of his surrealistic bird’s-eye-view compositions commissioned by ...continued on next page ANNUAL MANUAL 2012-2013 THE INLANDER |

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Spokane’s Cheyenne Jackson has appeared on 30 Rock and Glee.



Google Earth, where they hang in the lobby. Colfax’s TIM ELY, the subject of an Inlander cover story in late 2010, is a renowned book artist collected worldwide, not least by the Library of Congress and the Lilly Library at the University of Indiana, two of the most important rare book collections in America. And, of course, there’s Harold Balazs, the godfather of art in Spokane. “Harold has spread work out over the Pacific Northwest for over 60 years,” Gibbs says, “including a staggering number of large public art pieces.” Many of those public pieces weren’t exported at all, they breathe life into the nooks and the vistas of Spokane. In classical music, Tina Morrison, President of the Local branch of the American Federation of Musicians, cites composers William Berry, Robert Spittal and Tom Molter among a longer list of locals who have “written compositions [and] arrangements that have been performed ... all over the country.” ERIC SAHLIN, of Valleyford, is a sought-after luthier — a guitar craftsman. Michael Milham, the classical guitarist, says “Sahlin is one of the most highly regarded American guitar builders ever. His guitars (in addition to being played by a number of pros locally) have been sold all over the world.” Our most famous human export in classical music is probably the renowned baritone, THOMAS HAMPSON, who grew up in Spokane before absconding to study under (the) Leonard Bernstein and making impressions at the Metropolitan in New York and opera houses all over the world.


he film industry is one where talented folks must — almost always — export themselves. The usual stops are in Los Angeles or New York, where the majority of film administration takes place, even if most films are now shot in Albuquerque or North Carolina or Vancouver, BC. Newport’s CHEYENNE JACKSON moved to New York, found fame on Broadway and worked that into a starring role in United 93

and stints on 30 Rock and Glee. Clarkston native BRYAN FULLER moved to L.A. and became a force in television in the late ’90s, creating the critically acclaimed, wonderfully written series Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies — both of which died too soon. He is currently at the helm of Hannibal, which will bring the serial killer Hannibal Lecter to TV screens in 2013. In an odd bit of coincidence, Fuller created the concept for and wrote the screenplay for Mockingbird Lane, a TV movie reboot of The Munsters. Cheyenne Jackson is set to play a character named Steve. Less traditional, but no less not-in-Spokane, Liberty Lake native NEIL LABUTE is the playwright and filmmaker of such difficult, critically lauded films as In the Company of Men and Possession. When films do come calling to Spokane, they land at North by Northwest, which has become a large and diverse media company on the backs of productions like End Game and the Samuel L Jackson, 50 Cent war-comes-home thriller Home of the Brave. Finally, it’s beginning to look like a movie about Spokane (or a place very similar to it), based on a book about Spokane (or a place very similar to it), written by a Spokane author will become a film with some big names attached. Jess Walter’s 2009 novel Financial Lives of the Poets has made it through enough rounds of Hollywood wrangling and fisticuffs to survive a name change (to Bailout) and to get a semi-official announcement at Cannes this year. Michael Winterbottom (24-Hour Party People, The Trip) is attached to direct, and Jack Black (who needs no introduction) will star. Barring some sort of calamity, in other words, it will be a big, fat Hollywood deal. “You can never tell [in the film industry],” Walter told us in June, nodding his head in a slow, cautious affirmative, “and everything just takes so long there, but yeah ... Jack Black ... Michael Winterbottom...” Walter paused here, and smiled. “And they’re using my script — the script I wrote,” he said, as though that, for him, were the icing on the cake. n

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These listings may not be comprehensive; if we missed something, please email us at and we’ll check it out for the next edition. All locations are in Spokane and use area code 509 unless otherwise noted.

Arts Groups • Books & Writing • Galleries • Multi-Use Venues • Museums • Music & Dance • Theater • Universities 2012 Best of the Inland Northwest first-place winner, or Best of North Idaho Winner, as chosen by readers of The Inlander

Arts Groups CITIZENS’ COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS The council’s signature project — Art on the Green, the weekend-long art and food fest in downtown Coeur d’Alene — is wildly popular for artists, shoppers and tourists in the region. Plus, the all-volunteer organization runs workshops for kids and helps run North Idaho College’s Corner Gallery. Coeur d’Alene Idaho • 208-667-9346 •

COEUR D’ALENE ARTS AND CULTURE ALLIANCE The brains behind pretty much any art or music event in Coeur d’Alene, this group hopes to keep the arts alive in North Idaho by helping creative types network. The group’s website lists names and contact information for painters, musicians, non-profits or others, and its events get the public and the art community talking. 105 N. First St., Suite 100, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-292-1629 •

CONNOISSEUR CONCERTS ASSOCIATION Connoisseur Concerts’ annual Northwest Bach Festival in late February/early March is the city’s classiest music event, and draws crowds from around the region. When summer comes around, don’t miss their Mozart in the Park concerts. 315 W. Mission Ave. Suite 18, Spokane. • 326-4942 • FIRST NIGHT SPOKANE Celebrate 2013 at Spokane’s annual larger-than-life downtown New Year’s party, First Night Spokane. Ice carving, magic shows, Irish dancing, African drumming and, oh yeah, fireworks — all for $12. First Night also hosts an annual 48-hour film competition and monthly First Friday events. Spokane, Wash. • 456-0580 • MOSCOW ARTS COMMISSION Moscow’s main art advocates, the Arts Commission works to get artists’ work in front of the public, sponsoring the Moscow Artwalk, the Third Street Gallery and the Young People’s Art Festival, among other public projects. Plus, the group runs one of the oldest farmers markets in Idaho. 206 E. Third St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7036 • PEND OREILLE ARTS COUNCIL What started as a small group of artsy folk during the ‘70s is now one of North Idaho’s most robust promoters of the arts. The group sponsors concerts, exhibits and art education in local schools. Don’t miss its spring student art show or the popular two-day arts and crafts fair it hosts every August. 120 Lake St., Suite 215, Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-6139 • SPOKANE ARTS COMMISSION The arts commission is behind plenty of public art projects, including outdoor murals and pieces at City Hall, the Convention Center and the airport. The commission also runs the Spokane Sculpture Walk, a self-guided walking tour of downtown art (maps are online and at City Hall). 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 625-6050 • THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT There’s nothing much more “Idaho” than sipping beer or wine and eating picnic food on blankets under the stars. Unless, of course, you add folksy music and a few cowboy hats. The Festival at Sandpoint is a 10-day summer concert series that hosts great music, unique food and plenty of dancing. From Josh Ritter to the Spokane Youth Orchestra, the festival is a highlight of summer in the Inland Northwest. 120 E. Lake St., Suite 207, Sandpoint, Idaho • 888-265-4554 •

Books & Writing


AUNTIE’S BOOKSTORE Auntie’s is the largest independently owned bookstore in town. And with regular author readings, live music,

children’s reading activities, play previews and book discussion groups, there’s always something to do. Plus, in 2010, they opened a second location on the second level of River Park Square. 402 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 838-0206 • River Park Square • 456-4775 GET LIT! LITERARY FESTIVAL What started as a day-long reading marathon is now the city’s biggest literary event, featuring more than 40 local and national authors, including fiction and non-fiction writers and poets, every April. Beyond the author readings, panel discussions and book signings around Spokane and Cheney, Get Lit! offers poetry slams, writing contests and stories combined with radio, film, music and theater. The 2012 festival featured Jess Walter and Susan Orlean. Eastern Washington University, JFK Library, 816 F Street, Cheney • 359-6977 • IDAHO WRITERS LEAGUE: COEUR D’ALENE CHAPTER As members of this group, aspiring authors can meet to share their work, do group critiques and hear guest speakers. Plus, they share advice about how to get published. The statewide organization has chapters across Idaho, and the Coeur d’Alene group meets twice a week. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • INLAND NORTHWEST CENTER FOR WRITERS At the core of EWU’s new creative writing masters program is the idea of writers teaching writers — from the visiting authors teaching grad students to the grad students teaching at elemenary schools and youth centers. Graduates of the program have gone on to publish books with Yale University, Sierra Club Books and Simon and Schuster. 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Suite 425, Spokane, Wash. • 359-4956 • LOST HORSE PRESS For nearly 15 years, this Sandpoint, Idaho nonprofit publisher has focused on helping little-known authors, especially poets, get noticed. Along with editing and publishing books, Lost Horse also works with poet Marvin Bell to put out “New Poets,” a book of three unpublished poets’ work. 105 Lost Horse Ln., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2554410 • SPOKANE COUNTY LIBRARY DISTRICT Sure, our public libraries have shelves and shelves of books, magazines and DVDs. But they also offer classes on health, personal finance and childcare. Pair those with story times for kids, homework help for teenagers and free tax help from AARP. What more could you need? 4322 N. Argonne Rd. Spokane, Wash. • 8938260 • for locations, visit SPOKANE IS READING If you can get a whole city excited about the same book, maybe you even get people who don’t read much to turn the pages. At least

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Spokane Public Libraries Spokane’s libraries fancy themselves places for the whole family, so they offer classes for young children, teenagers, adults and seniors. Plus, they’ve got a huge selection of CDs, DVDs, magazines, newspapers and, oh yeah, books. 906 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 444-5300 • for locations, visit Tinman Gallery Though primarily an art gallery, Tinman also has a broad selection of contemporary literature and art books. From vintage art instruction volumes to artists’ monographs, Tinman aims to connect literature and art. 811 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 325-1500 •

Galleries Angel Gallery of Fine Arts & Antiques With art from nearly every medium, Coeur d’Alene’s Angel Gallery stands out in North Idaho. The work featured in the gallery is hard to find anywhere else, and the wine and hors d’oeuvres served during monthly downtown art walks are worth the trip.  423 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-7232 Art Spirit Gallery From the wood floors and high ceilings of the main floor to the rubble stone basement, this beautiful gallery is home to some of the Inland Northwest’s finest art. And with oil paintings, sculpture and photography, the space always has something new to offer at its monthly opening receptions. 415 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-6006 • Art Works Gallery A gallery that works a lot like a food co-op, Art Works is home to a group of artists’ stained glass, paintings, photography, jewelry and ceramics. Visitors looking at the art can also ask the artists, who all work shifts in the store, about their creative process. 214 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2632642 • Avenue West Gallery Another cooperative gallery, Avenue West invites Spokanites to come check out great artwork and meet the people who made it. From watercolor to jewelry, the gallery has an eclectic mix of work and actively participates in monthly First Fridays and First Night Spokane.  122 S. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 838-4999 •

Bank Left Gallery This gallery, located in the Old Bank Building in downtown Palouse, is the perfect mix of fine art and whimsy. With a built-in French-style bistro tea room, enjoy lunch or dessert with your art. 100 S. Bridge St., Palouse, Wash. • 878-8425 • Brick Wall Photographic Gallery Home to a new photographer each month, the Brick Wall Gallery is perched on the skywalk just east of Macy’s in the Bennett Block. The photographers will sell you works featured in the gallery or shoot on assignment.  530 W. Main Ave., Skywalk Level, Spokane, Wash. • 928-7721 • Chase Gallery  If city council meetings aren’t enough to get you to City Hall, at least go to check out the Chase Gallery on the building’s lower level. Staffers review work quarterly to choose the six exhibits the space hosts each year. Fall 2012 will bring one exhibit about house pets and another about Spokane’s historic places to the gallery.  808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 625-6050 • spokanearts. org/chase.aspx Clearstory Gallery Clear Story Gallery is unique in its vision of art and how it decides which pieces to showcase. Not only must the art be beautiful or engaging, but it also has to be spiritual. The goal of the gallery, after all, is to connect people to God through art. A recent exhibit, which focused on consumption, included paintings of food that were somehow both enticing and a little disgusting too.  1202 N. Government Way, Spokane, Wash. • 327-4422 • Denise Oliver Gallery From chainsaw art to fine acrylic paintings, this gallery features 50 artists’ work. 200 S. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Harrison, Idaho • 208-6899076 • Devin You’re no novice to fine art. You’re looking to build your collection, be it sculptures, paintings or glasswork. Devin Galleries is your place. With 7,000 square feet of work by more than 20 artists, Devin is one of Coeur d’Alene’s prime galleries. It’s especially hopping during artwalks on the second Friday of every month.  507 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2898 • devingalleries. com Entrée Gallery Entrée Gallery, located on national forest land, is only open during the summer season, but its collection is available online all year. Most of the pieces reflect the natural beauty of the gallery’s surroundings, and home décor experts are on hand to help customers find just the right piece for them.  1755 Reeder Bay Rd., Nordman, Idaho • 208-443-2001 •

Save the DateS Date S ! Fall

Antique & ollectors C Sale

Custer’s 37th Annual

October 5-6-7, 2012

Spokane Fair & Expo Center Custer’s 36th Annual

November 16-17-18, 2012 Spokane Fair & Expo Center Spokane’s 35th Annual

Feb. 28 & March 1-2-3, 2013 Spokane Fair & Expo Center


Arts& Crafts Show

Custer’s 36th Annual

March 8-9-10, 2013

Spokane Fair & Expo Center Custer’s 38th Annual


Antique April 26-27-28, 2013 & ollectors Spokane Fair & Expo Center C Sale


that’s the theory behind Spokane Is Reading. The group selects a book each year, encourages citizens across Spokane to read it and then hosts the author. Last year’s book was Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. This year, it’s Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Meet the author for a discussion on Oct. 12.  Spokane, Wash. • 444-5307 •

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Galleries EWU GALLERY OF ART From graphic design to ceramics, EWU’s gallery features the work of BFA students at the university. A place to connect with some of the best up-and-coming artists and learn about their work, the gallery often hosts artist talks and student critiques. Art Department,140 Art Building, Cheney, Wash. • 359-2494 • Programs/Art/Gallery.xml GROOVE STUDIO The eclectic essence of Groove Studio is represented by the art on its walls. Not far from a conventionally beautiful landscape painting hangs a group of bright Picasso-like abstract paintings of faces. This unpredictable collection of art comes completely from regional artists and is housed in this rennovated high-ceiling space. 7169 Main St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho • 208-267-8020 • HALLANS GALLERY Ross Hall’s stunning collection of black and white photographs captures Inland Northwest wildlife from 1906 through the present. Much of that 60,000-piece collection, and some work by Hall’s late wife Hazel, is now in the Hallans Gallery, owned and operated by his son, Dann. 323 N. First St., Sandpoint • 208-263-4704 •

Jersey Boys hits Spokane this fall.

Oh, What A Night



t’s part big Broadway production, part blue-collar success story and part behind-the-scenes, making-of tale. JERSEY BOYS has been the darling of national theater critics since its start in 2006 and is now the 20th-longest-running Broadway show of all time. This fall, it hits Spokane. The show tells the story of ’60s pop group Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ rise to stardom. The play details the struggles these four sons of Italian immigrants endured on the way. “It doesn’t shy away from narrative grit — mobsters, hookers, other examples of the Jersey flora and fauna,” writes Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones. “After all, nobody wants to hear the sweetsmelling story of a band from the suburbs. It weaves an overly familiar struggle-boom-bust-maturity narrative into a story that somehow taps into the universals of every flawed, ordinary life.” The show, full of the band’s classic hits, like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Rag Doll,” “Oh What A Night” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You,” has been called a jukebox musical or “doo-wop jukebox musical” for showcasing so many of the band’s songs and incorporating them into the plot. The play has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier awards and is lauded as a refreshingly straight and entertaining biography, especially after more nuanced releases like Lennon and the Abba-based Mamma Mia! Jersey Boys will show at the INB Performing Arts Center Oct. 17Nov. 3. Buy tickets through the INB Performing Arts Center or online at — HEIDI GROOVER

HEART OF SPOKANE A wide variety of artists’ and artisans’ work is on display and definitely for sale at Heart of Spokane. This lovely marketplace for local artists displays a wide variety of mediums, from traditional watercolors and acrylic paintings to jewelry, greeting cards and multi-media sculptures. 2907 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-4799 • LIED CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY The Lied Center features ceramics, sculpture, drawing, mixed media and printmaking exhibits throughout the year. Along with art, the building features teaching studios and a graphic-design computer lab. 300 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 7773258 •

PACIFIC FLYWAY GALLERY Pacific Flyway offers oil paintings, water colors, pastels and mixed-media pieces, but it stands out because of its custom framing offerings. However big or small your order, the gallery’s “Holly’s Framing” says it can do the job. The gallery also offers handmade jewelry and has receptions on First Fridays. 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 747-0812 • PAINTER’S CHAIR FINE ART GALLERY For those of you looking to redecorate your home or office, or to bulk up your contemporary art collection, check out Painter’s Chair. Owners Stephen and Cathy Shortridge offer private art consultations and presentations, and the gallery features more than 30 artists. 223 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-3606 • PEND OREILLE ARTS COUNCIL As part of its effort to promote art in the region, the Pend Oreille Arts Council hosts a student art show each spring where local high schoolers sell their art to raise money for their schools’ art departments. 120 Lake St., Suite 215, Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2636139 • POTTERY PLACE PLUS What started as a group of potters trying to break into the market, Pottery Place Plus is now one of the city’s best spots for pottery, glasswork, jewelry, metal work, candles and photography. The shop uses the first Friday of every month to introduce a new featured guest artist. 203 N. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 327-6920 • PRICHARD ART GALLERY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO Some 17,000 people go through the University of Idaho’s Prichard Art Gallery each year to look at works of sculpture, painting, ceramics, photography and digital art. Prichard offers about 10 exhibitions a year at the gallery and hosts lectures, panel discussions and guided tours for students and the public. 414 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-885-3586 • uiweb.uidaho. edu/galleries

NORTHWEST ARTISTS CO-OP This group of more than 20 artists makes its home in Coeur d’Alene, promoting work from painters, potters and jewelry makers across North Idaho. 509 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-1464 •

SARANAC ART PROJECTS In exchange for monthly dues, this gallery lets new local artists display their work and network with other creative types. From board games to photography, Saranac is a grab bag of local artists. 25 W. Main Ave. Suite 110, Spokane, Wash. • saranacartprojects@ •

OUTSKIRTS GALLERY Situated next to the historic Hope post office, this gallery offers more than just the paintings, ceramics and metal work in its main area. There’s also early-morning espresso and pastries and weekend wine and beer, plus a grocery that sells local organic foods. 620 Wellington Pl., Hope, Idaho • 208264-5696 •

SECOND SPACE GALLERY One of Spokane’s newest galleries, Second Space is regularly home to new art exhibits and local music. Abstract digital art and landscape pieces have been among recent Second Space exhibits. 610 W. Second Ave. Spokane, Wash. • 847-3501 •

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Celebrate 125 years with us The 2012-13 academic year marks the 125th anniversary of Gonzaga University and the School of Law Centennial. Gonzaga and Spokane have grown up together and it is a privilege to welcome the community to celebrate this milestone with us.

engineers, scientists, attorneys and community members have earned degrees at Gonzaga. And the people of Spokane have been among Gonzaga’s greatest and longeststanding supporters.



1881 was a pivotal year for both Gonzaga and Spokane. Father Joseph Cataldo, S.J., founded Gonzaga College that year with $936 in silver dollars. Although small in stature and in chronic poor health, he possessed that fighting Bulldog spirit Gonzaga is known for dedicating his life to missionary work and growing the University. That same year, Spokan Falls (what we now know just as “Spokane”) was incorporated as a city – of about 1,000 residents.

Today, Gonzaga University is a nationally known, private, fouryear university encompassing more than 130 picturesque acres in the heart of Spokane. Gonzaga students annually provide up to 100,000 hours of community service and the University is Spokane’s fifth largest non-governmental employer.

Generations of civic leaders, educators, business owners,

Gonzaga and Spokane continue to grow in positive ways. Our commitment began – and continues – right here, in the community we have always been a part of. We look forward to what the next 125 years holds for us all.





Fr. Cataldo founds Gonzaga University

GU’s first basketball team

The Bulldog becomes the official mascot

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Anniversary Activities & Events Presidential Speaker Series Thomas L. Friedman September 4, 2012 Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and author Thomas L. Friedman. Administration building, 1900

Jane Goodall, April 9, 2013 Famed primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. Anniversary Celebration Week September 12 – 20, 2012 Mass of the Holy Spirit, Pilgrimage, Historic First Day and School of Law Centennial Speaker, acclaimed author Scott Turow.

Engineering Club, 1960

Who knew?

40 percent of Gonzaga’s students participate in some type of studyabroad program.

Zagapalooza All-Class Reunion & Fall Family Weekend October 19 – 21, 2012 Come back to campus to re-live the Gonzaga Experience with family and friends, both old and new. National Gonzaga Day TBA, Fall/Winter 2012/13 The entire Spokane Community is invited downtown (location TBA) to cheer on the men’s basketball team and celebrate Gonzaga. Zags nationwide will be gathering to show their pride too!

Legendary rock band Led Zeppelin played one of their first-ever U.S. shows at Gonzaga in 1968….as an opening act!

More than 24 different types of faiths (including Buddhism) are represented on Gonzaga’s campus.




Gonzaga-in-Florence program begins

Thayne M. McCulloh, D.Phil. becomes the first lay president

Gonzaga celebrates it’s 125th anniversary

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Galleries SFCC FINE ARTS GALLERY The hub for visiting artists and arts-related lectures at SFCC, this gallery displays work from international and national artists as well as students throughout the year. The gallery’s Visiting Artist Lecture Series has brought a diverse range of artists to campus, including a recent visit from Brooklyn street artist Swoon, who is known for creating large-scale vessels from trash. 3410 W. Fort Wright Dr., Bldg. 6, Spokane, Wash. • 533-3710 • STUDIO 66 Studio 66 calls itself Spokane’s “first modern art gallery fit for the 21st century” and looks for artists who identify their work as having a modern bent. The exposed brick and warm lighting of the gallery make it an inviting space and a must-see during any month’s First Friday art walk. 104 S. Division, Spokane, Wash. • 217-1621 • Studio66ArtGallery

The multimedia Video Games Live show

In the Spotlight



ou’ll hear jazz guitar, an a cappella chorus and Beethoven’s Ninth. But you can also take in a Kung Fu demonstration from the Shaolin Warriors or Video Games Live, a high-energy multimedia show featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. This is the Spokane Symphony’s SPOTLIGHT SERIES, which aims to bring a wide variety of world-class shows to Spokane and attract different types of symphony-goers. The 2012-2013 Spotlight Series starts with globally recognized jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, whose cultish following and 18 Grammy Awards have helped make him a top ticket seller for the series, says Annie Matlow, the symphony’s marketing director. (Metheny plays Sept. 12.) Other performances in the series include the all-male a cappella chorus Chanticleer on Sept. 28; a production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men by the Acting Company on Nov. 12; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony on New Year’s Eve and tap legend Savion Glover’s SoLe Sanctuary on March 2, 2013. “We really do have a very diverse selection,” Matlow says. “And we recognize that because it’s so diverse, it doesn’t hit everybody.” For that reason, you can save some money by buying three, four or five events at once, but you don’t have to buy all eight. Single tickets range from $25-$37. If you package them in three or four they’re $25-34, and if you buy five or more events, each is just $23-$32. And the Spotlight Series is just one of many new efforts from the Spokane Symphony to get you to the theater, so keep up with them online, and look for recently added happy hours at the Fox. — HEIDI GROOVER

THIRD STREET GALLERY Upstairs in Moscow’s historic City Hall, the Third Street Gallery is home to rotating displays of work from regional artists. A recent exhibit was made entirely of travel photography by photographers from around North Idaho and Eastern Washington. City Hall, 206 E. Third St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7036 • TINMAN GALLERY Part bookstore, part art gallery, Tinman is a unique home for the arts in Spokane. The pieces showcased — mostly paintings — rotate each month and have included those by prize-winning Native American artists from the Spokane, Colville, Blackfeet and Arapho nations. 811 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 3251500 • TRACKSIDE STUDIO This cozy gallery is home to clay work from two local artists, Chris Kelsey and Mark Moore. Both Kelsey’s and Moore’s work ranges from artistic display pieces to useful pottery. 115 S. Adams St., Spokane, Wash. • 863-9904 •

Multi-Use Venues BEASLEY COLISEUM From ballet to basketball, the audiorium is home to some of biggest events in Pullman. The university hosts lectures, concerts and graduation in the coliseum, which is named after WSU’s former vice president, Wallis Beasley. 1500 N. Fairway Lane, Pullman • 335-3525 • BING CROSBY THEATER One of only a handful of “movie palaces” still in existence, the Bing Crosby Theater is rich in detail and old extravagance. The theater hosts concerts, plays and speaking events, including authors for the city’s Get Lit!

book festival. 901 W. Sprague, Spokane, Wash. • 227-7638 • COEUR D’ALENE CASINO RESORT AND HOTEL The Coeur d’Alene Casino just keeps growing. With its seventh major expansion recently completed, the casino offers 100 square feet of gaming, six restaurants, lodging, a day spa and a golf course. 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 • CORBIN ART CENTER The heart of community art education since the 1950s, this historic house hosts workshops for children and adults alike. Art history, drawing, fiction writing, portrait photography and sewing basics are just a few of its most recent offerings. 507 W. Seventh Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 625-6677 • CREATE Gourd-birdhouse making, tango, basket weaving — CREATE is not for the unimaginative. The center offers unique classes for kids and volunteer opportunities for adults. 900 W. Fourth Ave., Newport, Wash. • 447-9277 • CUTTER THEATRE Named after the regionally famous architect Kirtland Cutter, this theater was once a school auditorium. Today, it’s listed on state and historic registries and hosts plays, concerts, rummage sales and book signings. 302 Park St., Metaline Falls, Wash. • 446-4108 • DAVENPORT HOTEL Most people may associate the Davenport with weddings, fundraisers or conventions, but it’s home to expert florists and one of the city’s most extravagant brunch offerings (we’re talking chocolate fountain extravagance). The hotel also boasts that it is “historically green,” practicing energy efficiency and recycling. 10 S. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 455-8888 • GREYHOUND PARK & EVENT CENTER You won’t find any live races at the track, but you can wager on horse and dog races going on all over the country through instant simulcast. Test your bingo skills at the park three times a week or attend a convention, flea market, concert or home and garden show on almost any weekend. 5100 Riverbend Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 800-828-4880 • INB PERFORMING ARTS CENTER The INB is Spokane’s center for Broadway shows. The 2012-2013 season includes Jersey Boys, Rain, Rock of Ages, War Horse, West Side Story, Lord of the Dance and Flash Dance. But the venue has also hosted Jerry Seinfeld and its fair share of conventions. Check its website for the newest event annoucements. 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 279-7000 •

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Joslyn Cain: “My purpose ... is to stir our emotions.” YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

ost of the photos Joslyn Cain takes are dark and moody — abandoned houses, empty stairwells, gray skies. But she wants them to make you think. More than just a dreary scene, she wants to transform the image so “the dilapidated and sad qualities become something more bewitching, eerie yet appealing,” she says. Cain’s work is photo manipulation known as “artography.” She says she came to the work as a way to combine her love of photography, painting and drawing — though the drawing aspect comes from photo-editing tools on a computer. “My purpose, while possibly inadvertent at times, is to stir our emotions, to encourage us to ponder the norm in a diverging way,” she says. Cain did most of her artsy local networking as the drummer of all-girl punk rock band, Clabberhag, in her teens and early 20s. Today, those connections are still getting her work displayed in local shops, at events like Terrain and as part of a recent exhibit at the MAC. “It seems as though things have happened pretty naturally,” she says of her luck in Spokane’s young art scene. “I’ve been given some very cool and unique opportunities, which I’m so grateful for.” — HEIDI GROOVER

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THE KENWORTHY PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE This theater built in 1908 is a movie house, a concert hall and a community gathering place. From its historic decorations and lighting to its central location — close to all the eating, drinking and shopping in Moscow — the Kenworthy is a true landmark in town. During summer months, children’s admission to matinee showings is just $3. 508 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-8824127 • KOOTENAI COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS A cowboy ball, a gun show, a Boy-Scoutssponsored pancake breakfast. No matter what quintessential Idaho event you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it at the Kootenai County Fairgrounds. That’s all before the main event: The North Idaho Fair and Rodeo, which fills the fairgrounds every August. And if you still can’t get enough, you can rent out the fairgrounds for a party, wedding or convention. 4056 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene Idaho • 208-765-4969 • MARTIN WOLDSON THEATER AT THE FOX The theater opened in 1931, was the first air-conditioned building in town and was called the “last word in beauty” by local media. Then, in 2000, it was almost demolished. Today, it’s thriving again as the home of the Spokane Symphony and will feature a diverse calendar of performances in the coming year, including Kung Fu masters the Shaolin Warriors and high-tech concert “Video Games Live.” 1001 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-5992 • NORTHERN QUEST RESORT AND CASINO Northern Quest has long been known for bringing big names (think Jay Leno, B.B. King, Cheech and Chong) to its pavillion, but recently it’s expanded that reputation into an outdoor summer concert series. The 2012 series featured Heart, Sugarland, Earth, Wind and Fire, Kelly Clarkson, Journey, Pat Benatar, Loverboy and others and those kinds of big acts are likely to top next summer’s lineup too. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • PANIDA The Panida’s name comes from a combination of “panhandle” and “Idaho,” but it also symbolizes the theater’s deep connection to its community. In its 85th year of existence, the building is the darling of the Idaho Historic Preservation Council and continues to bring popular local and national talent to Sandpoint. 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint• 208-2639191 • SCHULER PERFORMING ARTS CENTER AT NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE Located on the campus of North Idaho College, this audiorium plays home to graduation

ceremonies, the beautiful classical music of the Coeur d’Alene Symphony and Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater’s many productions. 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-3424 • http://nic. edu/websites/index.asp?dpt=52

Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox

SPOKANE COUNTY FAIR & EXPO CENTER The 140,000-square-foot Spokane fairgrounds hosts horse shows, rabbit shows, antique shows and boat shows throughout the year. Then, each fall brings the Spokane County Interstate Fair and almost 200,000 people into the venue. 404 N. Havana St. Suite 1, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 477-1766 • SPOKANE MASONIC CENTER With an auditorium, a ballroom and several other small halls, this 100-year-old building is a popular pick for weddings, galas and events for some of the city’s most visible non-profits, including First Night Spokane, the Paradise Alliance and Spokane Children’s Theatre. 1108 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-2728 • SPOKANE VETERANS MEMORIAL ARENA Sure, there’s KISS, Cirque du Soleil and the Spokane Chiefs to see at the Spokane Arena. But there’s also the Limerick Pub (themed around Spokane’s sister city, Limerick, Ireland) for Guinness, Jameson and pub food. The arena also has three meeting rooms available for rent. 720 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 279-7000 •

Museums APPALOOSA MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTER This non-profit organization is dedicated to exploring and preserving the history of the Appaloosa horse and its relationship to people living in the region. Its museum has a hands-on area for kids, a library and a gift shop and organizes events like trail rides for its members. 2720 W. Pullman Rd., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-5578 • JAPANESE CULTURAL CENTER With the goal of promoting global friendship and peace, the Japanese Cultural Center is a museum and resource center for educating the community on all things Japanese. Cooking classes, family festivals and books and newspapers in Japanese are all part of the center’s offerings. 4000 W. Randolph Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 3282971 • JUNDT ART MUSEUM AT GONZAGA UNIVERSITY As well as being a space to display some of the region’s best paintings, ceramics, photographs, sculptures and glasswork, the Jundt is Gonzaga’s art research center. Students can access works that are not on display and read stacks of written materials about the artists. The museum also features an electronic catalog of all of its holdings and

historical information about each piece. 502 E. Boone Ave. Spokane Wash. • 3136611 • MOBIUS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Kids can wander through an enchanted forest, make a virtual visit to the capital of the Philippines or check out live insects at Mobius Kids. Whether it’s a single family or a whole classroom, the museum has exhibits, classes and camps to keep everyone excited about science. Plus, adults can rent the space after-hours for a reception or party. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Lower Level, Spokane, Wash. • 624-5437 • MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER This brand new center has plenty of exhibits to make learning fun for kids. From biology to flight engineering to human anatomy, you can jump, build and whisper your way to learning. The partner organization of Mobius Kids, this center is aimed at teens (adults will have plenty of fun too). 811 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 443-5669 • MUSEUM OF NORTH IDAHO What started as a way to document the logging and

lumbering industries in five North Idaho counties has since narrowed to an expert resource on everything related to the Coeur d’Alene area. Tucked next to the lush City Park downtown, this museum may seem small, but it’s packed with history. Don’t miss this year’s feature exhibit, “Collecting,” for a behind-thescenes look at how individuals and museums collect items to create exhibits. The museum also looks after the Fort Sherman Chapel, built by the Army in 1880 and now a popular wedding spot. 115 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-3448 • NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE Spokane’s most renowned museum, the MAC features exhibits that focus on the culture and history of the region. It’s also home to the city’s most comprehensive set of archived photos and documents. The MAC also runs the Campbell House, one of the city’s most famous historic homes, which is still fully furnished and open for tours to see just what the turn of the 20th century looked like. And watch for ArtFest, every spring. 2316 W. First Ave. Spokane, Wash. • 456-3931 •


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atie Creyts is on the move. Constantly, it seems. She started her career as an artist on the East Coast, where she worked for a decade. Then she finished her masters at Illinois State University and taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Four years ago, she followed her love of the northwest landscape to a teaching job at Whitworth (and that let her spend this spring teaching in Costa Rica). The move to teaching can be hitor-miss in the art world, but Creyts says she loves “seeing the creativity come out of [students] in such a variety of expressive ways.” Still, she’s focused on finding her own studio time and showing her work. In the last year, she’s had three major exhibits, including one at the MAC, and she’s a member of Saranac Art Projects, an artists’ co-op in town. Creyts creates primarily with glass — she loves it for “its metaphoric potential and its innate magical beauty” — but also uses fabrics and textiles for varied texture. While many of her pieces are painstakingly detailed and complex, even the simplest ones explore complex themes of gender expectations within our culture, from folk tale lessons to the question of what defines beauty. Even after a steady year of shows and teaching, Creyts admits it’s easy to worry about economic and social support for the arts in Spokane. “The future makes me a little nervous,” she says, “but I feel the arts always seem to find a way to be a voice for people.” — HEIDI GROOVER

Katie Creyts likes the “metaphoric potential” of glass. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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here’s a file cabinet where his head should be. A headless body in a suit slouches as if the weight of the cabinet — a real, three-dimensional metal file cabinet affixed to a painting — is crushing it, necktie, dress shoes and all. The piece is called “Budget(crunch).” This stunning mix of traditional art with a commentary on the modern world is what sets Austin Stiegemeier apart. Most of his pieces include found elements, and many of them also incorporate Sharpie drawings — elements Stiegemeier says draw a broader audience to his work than most pieces you’d find in a gallery or museum. “I like the play of high and low culture,” he says. “It’s an interesting thing to me in art because the two cultures really influence each other.” Stiegemeier is a Rathdrum native. He studied at North Idaho College and Western Washington University, and is now finishing his Master’s in Fine Art at Washington State University in Pullman. When he graduates next year, he plans to move abroad, likely to Stockholm, where he has some family connections. “I’ve seen the changes my art went through due to a change in surroundings,” he says. “It kind of forces you to adapt and can be interesting.” — HEIDI GROOVER

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Museums SPOKANE VALLEY HERITAGE MUSEUM The center is one of the few places dedicated to “preserving the Spokane Valley’s history and heritage.” It aims to gather any artifacts that help tell the story of the Valley and to help create a central community identity. Aviation, irrigation and a vintage Texaco gas station have all been subjects of exhibits at the museum. 12114 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 922-4570 • WSU MUSEUM OF ART The exhibits this museum brings in are exceptional, including recent installments of photography by Andy Warhol and the Safeco collection, but the real gems come during MFA thesis season. Graduate students showcase art they’ve been working on for two or more years, which varies widely in medium and subject matter. Look for it each spring. Wilson Road and Stadium Way, Pullman, Wash. • 335-1910 •

Music & Dance

Getting inspired at Tipsy Muse.




Drunk on Art

ine is delicious, sophisticated and, according to all the articles we keep reading, good for your health. It can also help you loosen up and take a leap you may have been too nervous to take in the past: fine art painting. Two local groups offer the chance to try mixing your love of art and alcohol. TIPSY MUSE ( hosts painting parties at local wineries and tasting rooms, or in your house or business (think bridal showers or corporate team building). Each event features one painting and an artist who leads the group through recreating it. Donning aprons and a warm glow (from the wine, they’ll admit), guests try their hand at the piece. “People start to relax,” Tipsy Muse owner Lindsey Reinders says. “Because of how laid back the environment is, the stress and concern over how their painting turns out goes away. They get more confident and the painting becomes their own.” Most sessions are $40 and include painting supplies and a few wine samples. Other events are $55 and include a tasting, a glass and appetizers. VAN GOGH AND MERLOT ( hosts similar events with the simple mission of letting you “learn to paint while you enjoy a drink.” Van Gogh and Merlot has a set schedule of events: they’re at the Pasadena Ridge Golf Course Apartment Community in Spokane Valley from 2 to 5 pm every second Sunday, and at the Luxe Coffee House downtown from 6:30-9:30 pm on the first and third Fridays of every month. Unique to their operation, Van Gogh and Merlot offers some adult sessions, including painting live scenes or live models, some nude. The classes range from $30 to $50 (some include drinks, some don’t). — HEIDI GROOVER

ALLEGRO BAROQUE & BEYOND Allegro prides itself on authentic performances of period music. Among the group’s greatest hits are the Music in Historic Homes series, in which musicians perform in old houses around the city, and the Royal Fireworks Festival, which brings about 30,000 people to Riverfront Park each summer. 315 W. Mission Ave. Suite 18, Spokane • 455-6865 • BALLET ARTS ACADEMY OF SPOKANE Spokane’s oldest, pre-professional ballet company, Ballet Arts Academy is best known for its ever-popular Ballet and Bubbly produces high quality dancers that go on to some of the nation’s best dance companies. 109 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 838-5705 •

HOLY NAMES MUSIC CENTER Holy Names is a not-for-profit community music school that offers scholarships and classes for people ranging from babies and toddlers to adults. The center has an in-house digital recording studio where students, especially those taking the center’s songwriting or composition classes, can record with live and synthesized instruments. 3910 W. Custer Dr., Spokane, Wash. • 326-9516 • INLAND EMPIRE BLUES SOCIETY The Inland Empire Blues Society started as a group of locals trying to get more blues shows to come to town. Now it’s a group that represents parts of Washington, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and B.C. Sundays at Bluz at the Bend and Daley’s Cheap Shots, Mondays at Eichardt’s and Wednesdays at the Iron Horse are a few IEBS-sponsored events. The group offers contacts for local blues bands and CD reviews on its website. Spokane, Wash. • 534-8185 - msg box 2 • INLAND NORTHWEST DANCE ASSOCIATION The INDA is a roaming troupe, performing at Art on the Green each summer and hosting Spokane’s Fall Dance Workshop and DanceFest. It also hosts dance companies from around the globe and sponsors advanced glasses in Gonzaga’s dance studio. Veradale • 9270972 • KINDERCHOR SPOKANE Kinderchor of Spokane provides an opportunity for children grades 2-12 to experience a quality choral experience. Three separate choirs allow children to progress from beginning singers to experienced performers. Tuition is never an issue since Kinderchor is committed to proving access to all kids. Singers are accepted to Kinderchor based upon an audition and an interview. 714-0555 •

COEUR D’ALENE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Along with encouraging an appreciation for classical music, the Coeur d’Alene Symphony Orchestra focuses on getting young musicians interested in the classics, so they’ve established a National Young Artists Competition and started offering shows for free or reduced admission to youth 18 and younger. 1042 W. Mill Ave., Bldg. B, Suite 300, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-3833 •

NORTHWEST SACRED MUSIC CHORALE This chorale was started in response to a lack of opportunities for those interested in traditional choral music in Coeur d’Alene by giving local singers an opportunity to participate in local productions. The group performs at the Kroc Center and its song choices are usually themed around the time of year, like Christmas or the wedding anniversary of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. 1902 E. Pennsylvania Ave. Coeur d’Alene Idaho • 208-755-6376 •

FESTIVAL DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION Ballet, Irish or Indian dance aren’t necessarily natural associations with North Idaho, but Festival Dance and Performing Arts is trying to change that. The group helped facilitate the founding of the now-national American Festival Ballet Company and regularly hosts performances ranging from ballroom to flamenco. University of Idaho, 1060 Rayburn, Suite 203, Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-3267 •

OPERA COEUR D’ALENE Opera CDA is North Idaho’s most notable group for performance of and education about opera. Its annual performance tours in local elementary schools and a class offered at NIC give everyone the chance to learn about the form. Opera CDA also performs at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Art on the Green and other iconic North Idaho locations. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-964-4469 •

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drian Kitimbo dreams of ending strife in his native Uganda. His quest for answers began at Whitworth University. After hearing about

Whitworth from a friend, Kitimbo visited campus and was impressed with the content and structure of the international studies program. After that visit, he knew it was where he belonged. Following his graduation in 2012, Adrian was accepted at the prestigious University of Oxford, where his graduate work will focus on international development and conflicts. Eventually, he hopes to work in Uganda as an expert on development.

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Spokane Opera’s Hot August Nights

to perform in Canada, Costa Rica and Scotland. 411 S. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 624-7992 •

website for updated show information or if you’d like to book the band. Spokane • 435-1007 •

SPOKANE BALLET ENSEMBLE Spokane Ballet Ensemble provides pre-professional training in classical ballet. The ensemble regularly performs at area elementary schools and has had the opportunity to perform in London, Paris, Morocco and other far-flung locales. A number of SBE alum have gone on to dance with professional dance companies such as Pacific Northwest Ballet and Nevada Ballet Theater. 1407 E. 57th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 448-2464 •

SPOKANE OPERA Along with the traditional opera shows you’d expect, the Spokane Opera offers dinner theater and its Hot August Nights free performance under the stars. And if you’re new to the form, Spokane Opera’s website offers an “etiquette” page with information about what to wear, when to arrive and even how to follow the plot of a show. Spokane, Wash. • 533-1150 •

SPOKANE FOLKLORE SOCIETY By hosting concerts, dances, summer camps and the annual Fall Folk Festival, the Spokane Folklore Society hopes to help the region recognize and appreciate its cultural heritage and folk traditions. Its website also serves as a resource for anyone looking for folklore performers or teachers in the area. Spokane, Wash. • 747-2640 •

Music and Dance SPOKANE AREA CHILDREN’S CHORUS Made up of five different choirs, the SACC serves young singers from ages 7

to 18. The group performs at community events throughout the year and holds auditions for new members in May, October, January and late August or early September. Some members have traveled

SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA The orchestra boasts that it is the nation’s oldest professional, communitysupported 17-piece big band. With a reputation like that, it’s no surprise the group continues brings in big jazz names like Kristin Korb. Check the orchestra’s

SPOKANE STRING QUARTET For more than 30 years, the Spokane String Quartet has been the area’s only chamber ensemble to present a regular concert series. Its performances are usually at the Bing or the Fox and many feature guest artists from around the region. Check the website for the new season’s lineup. Spokane, Wash. • 998-2261 • SPOKANE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA Some 150,000 people come to hear this 70-piece professional orchestra each season. A few of the performance series in the 2012-2013 season are “Classics,” “Superpops,” “Symphony with a Splash” and The Nutcracker. Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague, Spokane, Wash. • 624-1200 •

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Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre’s Hello, Dolly!

SPOKANE YOUTH BALLET Spokane Youth Ballet is a nonprofit, pre-professional ballet company that focuses on teaching dancers self-discipline, focus, persistence and confidence. Look for the group’s big annual performance, typically a fully produced ballet, each summer and check its website for enrollment information. 14214 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 922-3023 •


Theater BLUE DOOR THEATRE The Blue Door Theatre is Spokane’s center for improv, both classes for all ages and shows. Most shows run a little over an hour, and the topics vary — some are suitable for kids, some aren’t. If you’re looking for a familyfriendly show, go on a Friday night. 815 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 747-7045 • CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER NORTH IDAHO This North Idaho chapter focuses on training students to perform theater with a Christian worldview. Along with the classes, camps and shows Spokane’s branch offers, CYT - North Idaho also uses its website as a resource for helping schools book field trips to theaters, like how to reserve seats, request a docent and how much the school should pay. 923 Sherman Ave., Suite 202, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-8600 •

CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER SPOKANE A branch of a San-Diego-based national theater, CYT Spokane offers classes and camps for kids focused on drama, music, dance and musical theater. The theater also puts on family-friendly shows throughout the season. 6205 E. Mansfield Ave., Suite A, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 4876540 •

COEUR D’ALENE SUMMER THEATRE Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is Idaho’s oldest performing arts organization and one of the few groups to bring Broadway musicals to the panhandle. 2012 brought Hello, Dolly!, Ring of Fire, Monty Python’s Spamalot and Ragtime: The Musical, and 2013 is sure to bring the same level of entertainment. 808 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-7780 •

GONZAGA UNIVERSITY THEATER DEPARTMENT Student dancers, actors and designers find their home in Gonzaga’s theater department. Their performances include Broadway productions, studentdirected one-act plays and holiday classics like A Christmas Carol. 502 E. Boone Ave. Spokane, Wash. • 800-986-9585, ext. 6657 •


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Center downtown. Spokane, Wash. • 7950004 • INTERPLAYERS One of Spokane’s edgier theaters — and its only professional theater — Interplayers looks to provide “challenging, diverse and inspiring productions.” But the best part of many Interplayers shows happens after the final curtain. Some shows include an afterperformance discussion with the director and cast about what it was like to make the show. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 455-7529 • LAKE CITY PLAYHOUSE The 2012-2013 season at Coeur d’Alene’s biggest little theater will bring Oklahoma!, Little Drummer Boy, Over the River and Through the Woods, Sweeney Todd, K2, The Miss Firecracker Contest and Into the Woods. 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene Idaho • 208-667-1323 •

The cast of Lake City Playhouse’s 2012 production of Rent. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO


SPOKANE CIVIC THEATER The 2012-2013 “Season to inspire” brings plenty of great shows to Spokane Civic Theater, including The Producers, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Escanaba in Love, Next to Normal, The Drowsy Chaperone, On Golden Pond, Treasure Island, The Dixie Swim Club and Grease. If watching isn’t enough for you, though, try renting any of the theater’s myriad costumes for rent. 1020 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 325-2507 • UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO THEATER ARTS The 2012-2013 season at UI will include Anton in Show Business, Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, Three Strikes to First and Twelfth Night. The department also runs student-performed White Tie Improv and New Play Wednesdays, which showcase plays still in their infancy. 1028 W. Sixth St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-885-6465 • class.


IGNITE! COMMUNITY THEATRE It was developed to provide more options for local actors, directors and audiences. The 2012-2013 season brings the likes of fully-

staged productions of The Lying Kind, A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody, Beware the Man Eating Chicken, Love, Sex and the IRS, Hole in the Sky, Seeds of Change, along with a short play festival and several readers’ theatre productions. Most performances are in the beautiful Masonic

SIXTH STREET MELODRAMA When it started, the storylines presented at Wallace’s Sixth Street Melodrama stuck mostly to the town’s history. Today it’s home to comedies, dramas and musicals. The 2012-2013 season brings I’ll be Home for Christmas and Lucky Enough among others. Check the website for additional shows. 212 Sixth St., Wallace, Idaho • 208752-8871 •

SPOKANE CHILDREN’S THEATRE While Spokane Children’s Theater produces award-winning shows — last year brought Disney’s Aladdin and Narnia among others — it’s also known for its weekly kids drama workshop, Young Actor’s Studio. 2727 N. Madelia St., Suite 5, Spokane, Wash. • 3284886 •

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Universities EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY EWU’s Cheney campus offers resources for artists and fans alike. A student film festival, literary magazine, the Inland Northwest Center for Writers, which sponsors the Get Lit! literary festival, jazz camps, a fine art gallery and plenty of theater are just some of EWU’s offerings. Check each department’s website for upcoming events. Admissions, 101 Sutton Hall Cheney, Wash. • 359-6200 • GONZAGA UNIVERSITY It’s well known Gonzaga is the place in town to go for a high-energy basketball game, but the campus’ Jundt Art Museum and music program also offer some finer forms of entertainment. This year the Presidential Speaker Series brings Thomas Friedman and Dr. Jane Goodall. 502 E. Boone Ave. Spokane Wash. • 800-986-9585 • NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE Along with Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and the many events that fill Boswell Hall, the Corner Gallery and the NIC annual jazz concert are some of the campus’ highlights. Don’t miss productions by students in NIC’s theater department or the student art show each spring. 1000 W. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-769-3300 • SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE Most of the rooms in SCC’s Lair Building are plain conference rooms, but they have names like the “Sasquatch Room” and “Bigfoot Room.” You can rent them out for your own event or check SCC’s website for upcoming festivals and performances in the Lair. 1810 N. Greene St., Spokane, Wash. • 533-7000 • SPOKANE FALLS COMMUNITY COLLEGE Last year brought Dracula, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Narnia: the Musical to the Falls, plus orchestra, choir and jazz concerts throughout the year. Whether you’re a student looking for an entry into the arts or a Spokanite looking for a

good show, check out SFCC. 3410 W. Fort George Wright Dr., Spokane, Wash. • 5333500 • UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO Arts at the University of Idaho are best known for the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival in February and Idaho Repertory Theater’s summer productions. But with an art school that includes an architecture program, the school also offers a less conventional array of arts events, like a graphics workshop where participants draw a building on campus from its initial design stages through construction. 709 Deakin Ave., Moscow • 208-885-6111 • WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY Nearly every week brings some sort of performing arts event to WSU’s Beasley Coliseum, from artist lectures to jazz shows. The school’s art museum also offers plenty to see. Our favorite is the ever-changing Curator’s Choice exhibit. 1036 Wilson Rd., Pullman, Wash. • 3353564 • WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY, RIVERPOINT CAMPUS Washington State University and Eastern Washington University share this campus, where both schools bring in lectures and workshops. But the real highlights are exhibits from WSU’s Art in Public Places Program, seven of which are scattered across this campus’ open spaces. 412 E. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 358-7978 • WHITWORTH Whitworth’s theatre department presents its Festival of Short Plays, Broadway Unbound, solo theatre and a dance concert every year, plus a musical every other year. The art department’s Bryan Oliver Gallery features rotating exhibits, and its Loop Press invites artists to come learn printmaking techniques and create works on the spot. 300 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane • 777-1000 • n


Jane Goodall comes to Gonzaga on April 19, 2013.

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The legendary musical hits Spokane’s INB Performing Arts Center. To the traditional story of ethnic conflict, the search for cultural identity and love, producers have added a bold new design and feel. (Don’t worry, the characters, story and unforgettable Bernstein and Sondheim score remain.) Even five decades after its premiere, people are still calling this the greatest love story of all time. March 21-24, 2013


You’ll be dizzy from all the great local art and music around downtown Spokane. Or maybe from all the wine tastings. First Friday continues to grow to more studios, galleries, restaurants, bars and tasting rooms. Most events heat up between 5 and 8 pm, and you’ll find participating venues downtown, on the west and east ends of town, on the north bank and in the university district. Monthly


A hot spot for North Idaho artists, this festival features work in tons of media, plus live music, dancing and local food. Sprawled across the shady, lakeside campus of North Idaho College, the fair also has hands-on art projects for kids and shuttle service around downtown Coeur d’Alene. Our favorite feature is the rummage-sale-esque clothesline, where local arts sell any of their 2-D work for $75 or less. Aug. 2-4, 2013

Arts Calendar The Spokane Symphony brings you this weekend featuring all five Beethoven concertos played over the course of three concerts and paired with double concertos by Bach, Mozart and Mendelssohn. Local conductor Eckart Preu will lead the concert. Since it’s part of the Spokane Symphony’s Classics Series, you’ll have to buy a four-, five- or 10-concert series tickets to attend. May 10-12, 2013


This annual exhibit, which is part of the Visual Arts Tour, was a response to the gap between Spokane’s established art scene and its rising stars. Part art show, part networking function, part rock concert, Terrain is focused on local emerging talent in various mediums. From visual art and sculpture to photography, graffiti and installation pieces like mini suspended aquaria with live gold fish, it’s sure to surprise. October 5, 2012


This festival of written word has a new theme each year but never fails to bring well-known authors to town and get everyone excited about reading. Sponsored by Eastern Washington University, Get Lit! programs include readings, interviews, workshops, panel discussions, poetry slams and writing contests in the Spokane area. It’s also the base for ongoing efforts like Writers-in-Residence and Poetry Out Loud, two local programs to engage students with story telling. April 8-14, 2013




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Marzipan owner Beate Christoph and her sweet concoctions; (facing page) Taco Chic Salsa


From Lentils to Lollipops Local food purveyors and chefs take the national spotlight BY KIRSTEN HARRINGTON



hosts, chickens and snowmen routinely come to life in Beate Christoph’s South Hill basement. It might sound like a haunted house, but these life-like creatures are actually made out of marzipan. Christoph hand-crafts each sweet almond candy and then air brushes them with paint to make plump, red tomatoes, dimpled oranges and golden bananas. The commercial kitchen in Christoph’s basement is home to MARZIPAN CONFECTIONS ( “These are some of the things we have for summer,” she says, showing off a shelf of watermelon slices, cherries, and Fourth of July Flags which are available from her website and select Spokane stores.

“This is what I did for the Norm Thompson catalog,” says Christoph, pointing to a tray nestled with eggplants, carrots, peas in a pod and other miniature marzipan confections. Her products are distributed in specialty food stores up and down the East Coast, and throughout Washington, Oregon and California. “This year has been really good. I think the economy is improving.” Christoph’s marzipan has captured the hearts of candy-lovers across the U.S. “It’s a nostalgic confection of the past. It’s very traditional in a lot of cultures,” says Christoph, who was born in Germany, where marzipan reigns supreme during the holidays. “It reminds people of their childhood,” she says.

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“We are kind of an unknown town. ... We have no other options than to look nationally to find customers.” In spite of the challenges of shipping her products across the country and keeping them fresh, Christoph loves doing business in Spokane. “It’s great because there is no one on the West Coast doing what I do.”



t’s not just sweets that are experiencing success. Rathdrum’s Juanita Carmack was a stay-at-home mom before she re-invented herself as the founder of TACO CHIC SALSA ( “I was making my salsa for 33 years before I started my business,” says Carmack, who blends her salsa using her great-grandmother’s 100-yearold recipe and a few secret ingredients. Friends had encouraged her for years to market her salsa, but Carmack wasn’t convinced it would sell. “I never buy it in the store, so I didn’t know if people would like it,” she says. On her first day of selling salsa, Carmack sold out in hours. In fact, Taco Chic Salsa was such a hit that Country Living magazine voted Carmack Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2008. “I had to speak in front of 500 ladies. I felt just like I was in a movie.” The following year, Carmack did have her chance to be a star of the screen when NBC’s Today Show filmed a segment in her kitchen, and again later when she appeared in a Subway commercial. “Salsa surpassed ketchup 10 or 11 years ago as the most popular condiment in America,” she says. Statistically, there’s a jar in every household, and Taco Chic Salsa appears in 80 grocery stores throughout Washington, Idaho and Montana. Internet sales send the spicy sauce all over the U.S. ...continued on next page

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“FROM LENTILS TO LOLLIPOPS,” CONTINUED... Sandpoint’s LITEHOUSE FOODS ( staked its claim to fame 50 years ago with fresh, refrigerated bleu cheese salad dressing. Now the employee-owned company ships dozens of dips and dressings all over the U.S. and is one of the largest producers of artisan bleu cheese in the county. The rolling hills of the Palouse is home to the NATIONAL LENTIL FESTIVAL (, a celebration that draws 29,000 visitors annually to sample delicacies from the Lentil Lane food court and scoop up a bowl of lentil chili from the festival’s 650-gallon chili bowl. Two decades ago, the Palouse supplied 80 percent of the lentils consumed in the U.S. That figure has dropped to 25 percent as other growers have entered the market. “As much as we would like people to eat more (lentils) here, most of the lentils are shipped overseas,” says Vicki Leeper, event coordinator. India is the biggest consumer of Palouse lentils, although stateside consumption is rising as people discover that lentils make a tasty, healthy meal in tough economic times. The region’s wine scene is growing in size and recognition. Several of the Inland Northwest’s 27 wineries won awards at the 2012 Seattle Wine Awards. LATAH CREEK WINERY (13030 E. Indiana Ave.) turns 30 this year, and celebrated by taking home two double-gold awards at the recent competition. Multiple area chefs showed their skills in the Big Apple this year. Whitworth’s Executive Chef KARL ELLIOT wowed the judges at the James Beard House in New York with his recipe for blackened Pacific cod loin verde with tomato watercress salad. “It was quite intimidating,” says Elliot, who edged out six fellow Sodexo chefs to win for best sustainable seafood dish. In June, ADAM HEGSTED of the Coeur d’Alene Casino and Resort (37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho) took the team from

his roving supper club the Wandering Table ( on the road, preparing applewood-grilled quail with rhubarb barbecue sauce and Idaho potato gnocchi with nettle pesto at the James Beard House. Team members included his brother Ryan Stoy (Executive Chef at Downriver Grill), friends from culinary school and Deborah Di Bernardo who owns ROAST HOUSE COFFEE (423 E. Cleveland Ave.) in Spokane. Di Bernardo has been providing her sustainable, artisan coffee for Hegsted’s Wandering Table dinners since 2010. Spokane’s CYRUS O’LEARY’S ( has been known for its mouthwatering kahlua cream and strawberry rhubarb pies for over three decades. Relying on fresh ingredients like Pacific Northwest fruit and Guittard chocolate, Cyrus O’Leary’s pies have been blue-ribbon winners every year at the National Pie Championship in Florida. SAVOR SWEETS ( is another local candy company enjoying success outside of Spokane. “Most of our online sales are on the East Coast,” says owner Andrea Parrish-Geyer. Sales of salted caramel, pomegranate-lemon and other gourmet lollipops have been strong in Colorado, too. A distributor in Kansas recently placed an order for 10,000 bite-sized Frangelico-flavored drops that have ended up all over the country. “We are kind of an unknown town,” says Parrish-Geyer. “We have no other options than to look nationally to find customers.” Parrish-Geyer recently sent a batch of espresso-flavored lollipops made with Roast House coffee to the James Beard House dinner with Di Bernardo. “That wouldn’t have been possible without relationships,” Parrish-Geyer says. “I think Spokane is uniquely suited to large contracts for small food producers because we have such a vibrant, interactive community that is willing to help.” n

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These listings may not be comprehensive; if we missed something, please email us at and we’ll check it out for the next edition. All locations are in Spokane and use area code 509 unless otherwise noted.

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Restaurants 315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS TAPAS Located in the historic Greenbriar Inn, 315 Martinis and Tapas is a decidedly elegant answer to happy hour. Open at 3:15 pm Tues.-Sunday, enjoy small plates and drink discounts until 6 pm, or settle in next to the cozy fireplace and stay for a full dinner. 315 Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-9660 • • $$

AGAVE LATIN BISTRO LATIN Perched across the street from the luxurious Davenport, Agave is equally swanky with high ceilings, glowing fish tanks and candles. They serve up some of the finest Latin fare around, including a late-night tapas menu. 830 W. Sprague, Spokane • 473-9180 • • $$ ALOHA ISLAND GRILL HAWAIIAN Spokane might be one of the last places you’d expect to feel like you’re in a tropical

Atilano’s serves both Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

paradise. Thanks to the wonderful people of Aloha Island Grill, our neck of the woods gets transformed into a beach with their Hawaiian cuisine like Moco Loco. And only available at the location on Francis, Aloha offers a spin on breakfast and coffee with a new exotic menu. 1724 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 327-4270 • 1220 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 413-2029 • • $ ALPINE BISTRO AND BAKERY SANDWICHES Located near the courthouse, Alpine Bistro takes eaters away from the chaotic and busy Monroe Street to the food paradise of Europe. Inside, you can enjoy the light jazz filling the air and nibble on some artisan loaf, homemade cookies, or quiches. 810 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 327-7040 • • $ ALPINE DELICATESSEN GERMAN When it comes to satisfying your craving for German food, look no further than Third Ave., home of Alpine Delicatessen. Here at this one-stop-shop, you can find the best wurst platter specials with a side of steaming red cabbage and your favorite German groceries such as chocolates, spices, magazines, and books. 417 E. Third Ave., Spokane • 455-5148 • $ AMBROSIA BISTRO ECLECTIC Nothing beats good wine and tremendous food. Ambrosia Bistro found the perfect mix of casual luxury that makes every experience at this eatery extraordinary. Folks come in to have some wine during dinner dates or to try some delicious soups like Tomato Basil and Potato Leek with their family. 9211 E. Montgomery, Spokane Valley • 9283222 • • $$ ANGELO’S RISTORANTE ITALIAN The dim interior at Angelo’s is decked in nostalgic Italiana and religious iconography. The menu features an impressive list of entrees: chicken (organic) and veal four ways, seafood, steaks and pasta dishes. Starters include calamari saltate, antipasto misto and grilled eggplant parcels in a sun-dried tomato vinaigrette. Save room for tiramisu at this always-popular Coeur d’Alene eatery. 846 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-2850 • • $$$


ANTHONY’S AT SPOKANE FALLS SEAFOOD It’s hard not to love fish so fresh it should still be swimming, stunning views and that addictive sourdough bread. Order up some clam chowder in a toasted sourdough bread bowl or a Cobb salad with fresh mango for a casual meal, or splurge and go for the dungeness crab fettucine. Wild salmon cakes and seafood mac ‘n’ cheese reel us in, too. With four-course meals and lobster specials for around 20 bucks, it’s no wonder Anthony’s is a favorite. 510 N. Lincoln St., Spokane • 328-9009 • • $$$

ARACELIA’S RESTAURANT MEXICAN Grandma Aracelia and her sons and grandkids have updated the interior and added more American dishes (like burgers and steaks in the lounge), but they still serve up home-style Mexican specialties. You’ll feel like family in this comfortable, casual atmosphere. 7905 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 924-4304 • $ ARLO’S RISTORANTE ITALIAN When it comes to eating Italian in Sandpoint, Arlo’s has got you covered. The restaurant recently added flatbread pizzas to its offerings, as well as solidified a spot on the menu for its extremely popular mussels dish — an item that sold out every time it was on special. Kick back with a great meal and a glass of wine and Arlo’s will cover your cab ride home — another great offering the restaurant has recently added. 330 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-4186 • • $$ ATILANO’S MEXICAN Atilano’s has gone through a couple of changes since its January 2009 opening, but they still serve damn-good California-style burritos for damn-cheap prices. Their recently updated menu, which includes the Washington burrito (stuffed with grilled chicken, potatoes, cheese, guacamole and sour cream) is a nice complement to their original California burrito (steak, potatoes, cheese and salsa). And they’re open until 3 am on Fridays and Saturdays, making them close to heaven at the end of a long night on the town. 725 W. Third Ave., Spokane • 838-7677; 12210 N. Division, Spokane • 466-2847; 918 E. Appleway, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-7677 • $ ATTICUS COFFEE HOUSE Right beside the iconic Boo Radley’s is the appropriately named Atticus. This heavenly scented wonder brews delicious coffee drinks that tingle every taste bud and makes sandwiches inspired by the flavors of France all wrapped up in a setting that would satisfy any To Kill a Mockingbird fan. 222 N. Howard St., Spokane • 747-0336 • AtticusCoffee • $ THE AVENUE PIZZERIA PIZZA Sit out on the patio in Browne’s Addition in the evening sun. Leaf through the Transformers comic book the menus come in. And then order a pizza — yeah, sandwiches make the menu, but this place is about pizza, with a name like the Gladiator (meat, mushrooms, sausage, pepperoni) or the MAC (white and red sauce, chicken, artichoke, bacon). Or go with our favorite: the gourmet barbecue chicken. 2001 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 624-0236 • • $$

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Azteca Mexican Restaurant Mexican Featuring family-style Mexican food in a vibrant, colorful setting, Azteca is beloved by Inlander readers, consistently winning first place in the annual Best Of poll. They have an expansive dinner menu that includes everything from fajitas to seafood, as well as a kids menu to keep the little ones happy. 9738 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 465-9101; 245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 456-0350; 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 228-9661; 2462 N. Old Mill Loop, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-0200 • • $$ Baek Chun Sushiyama Asian A sushi chef can have his fish sent from Seattle or Sydney or wherever. He can have it overnighted to his doorstep. But that’s not good enough for Charlie Yamamoto. To make sure he’s offering the freshest fish, he drives to Seattle every week to personally examine every fish he buys. So you know the sushi is fabulously fresh, and the bulgoki, yakisoba, udon, bibimbop and donburi are good, too. 13032 W. 14th St., Airway Heights • 244-3545; 1321 W. Third Ave., Spokane • 624-5553 • $ Bakery by the Lake Bakery A bakery filled with the wonderful aromas of homemade goods and a beautiful view of Lake Coeur d’Alene is the subject of many people’s dreams. This ideal utopia of tasty goodies is real. Take a stroll to the Parkside building and enjoy a drink of Caffé Umbria Fine Italian Coffee or beer or wine and your choice of baked goods, sandwiches, soups, and flatbread pizzas. 601 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-415-0681 • • $ Bangkok Thai Thai Bangkok Thai serves authentic, gourmet Thai food in an atmosphere to match. With curry, duck, chicken, veggies and seafood all on the menu, Bangkok Thai has anything you could want from a Thai restaurant. The pineapple chicken, served in a half pineapple shell with breaded chicken and sautéed pineapple chunks, onion, cashew nuts, and bell peppers, has no competition in Spokane. A little bit pricey, but totally worth it. 1325 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 838-8424; 1003 E. Trent, Spokane, Wash. • 325-8370 • • $$ Bardenay Restaurant and Distillery American As the nation’s first restaurant distillery, Bardenay’s innovative history and

talent in the kitchen has provided an experience unique to Idaho. Although famous for their spirits, cocktails, wines, and brews that are made in the building, the food — especially the Wild Turkey Bourbon pork loin chops — is just as spectacular.  1710 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-1540 • bardenay. com • $$ Barlows Family Restaurant American The mammoth portions at this American family restaurant are a bargain: Light eaters can get two meals from one dish. Bonus points for the drive-through, where you can grab coffee or phonedin food orders. 1440 N. Meadowwood Ln., Liberty Lake, Wash. • 924-1446 • • $


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Beignets French The brand new (as of summer) joint on the pedestrian mall next to Madeleine’s and across from Jimmy John’s in downtown Spokane specializes in crepes, craft cocktails, Croatian delicacies (not a typo) and, of course, the eponymous beignet. The space is sleek and modern, features a nice view from the patio fronting Wall St. and a projection wall featuring the patio views of several cities around Europe.  121 Wall St. , Spokane • 315-5653 • beignetsspokane. com • $

Bennidito’s Pizza Pizza Each of the 24 pizzas on the menu features thick, hand-tossed crust that’s soft and “bready” around the rim with a thin and crisp center, making it a “best of both worlds” type of pie. Choices go way beyond just plain cheese pizza — like the Maui Wowie, the Saxon, Boogie Fever, or numerous “primo” options to enjoy. They also serve hot sandwiches, salads and a bevy of microbrews and wine. 1426 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 455-7411; 9025 N. Indian Trail Rd., Spokane • 466-2790 • • $$


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Beachouse Ribs & Crab Shack Steak / seafood This is the other Coeur d’Alene Resort lakefront restaurant, a little out-of-the-way and with a priceless view year-round. Summer means a tub of steamers and a cold beer on the patio, while colder-weather comfort foods include tangy huckleberry ribs, perfect with a glass of red wine. 3204 Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-6464 • nightlife/beachhouse • $$

Ben’s Yogurt & Deli Yogurt & Ice Cream If you like your froyo with a meal, Ben’s is the place for you. In addition to six rotating flavors of frozen yogurt and some indulgent toppings, Ben’s also features sandwiches, soups and salads. They also offer 20 percent off during their happy hour, on weekdays from 4:30-6:30 pm.  1014 N. Pines Rd. , Spokane Valley • 4740102; 9119 E. Broadway , Spokane Valley • 893-8050 • • $

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Origin: Cougar Crest Estate, Walla Walla Cost per bottle: $15 Flavor highlights: Lemon, pie crust, cinnamon, subtle fruit undertones What the expert says: “While it may hold a few characteristics cherished by Chardonnay lovers, it’s very, very different.”


Origin: Columbia Valley Cost per bottle: $14 Flavor highlights: Honey, lime, brandied pear What the expert says: “The finish has a rich texture and lingers seemingly forever. A great wine for a group of oenophiles.”


Origin: Columbia Valley Cost per bottle: $12 Flavor highlights: Green apple, kiwifruit, baking spice What the expert says: “The finish lingers with a touch of lime zest.”


Origin: Klipsun Vinyard, Red Mountain Cost per bottle: $20 Flavor highlights: Pear, green apple, spiced honey What the expert says: “With small production and an emphasis on quality, if you can snag a bottle for your cellar, you’d best do it.”

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Beverly’s Fine Dining They’re rated the number-one fine dining restaurant in Coeur D’Alene on Urbanspoon, and it’s no wonder. Beverly’s has it all: cosmopolitan feel, classy menu and a lake view to write home about. By day, they host an upscale casual lunch, but the evening is all about the romance. Check out their most expensive item: the beef tenderloin ($60), which is flown in from Chicago and weighs in at nearly a pound. 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 800-688-4142 • • $$$ Beyond Belt Sushi and Roll Sushi With a new name, new owners, new atmosphere and a revamped menu, what used to be Sushi Track Teriyaki now offers sushi as well as a variety of stir-fries, like orange chicken and tempura, along with their popular conveyor belt sushi.  7458 N. Division, Spokane • 483-4000 • sites. • $ Birdy’s Sports Bar Pub Grub Sports, drinks, and food – this is the formula Dan Birdwell based his creation on. His beloved northside sports bar and family restaurant has gathered a loyal fan base of locals whether it be for their many plasma televisions for premium game viewing, 15 choices of tap beer and full bar, or tasty bar cuisine such as hot wings and burgers. 12908 N. Hwy 395, Spokane • 863-9572 • • $$ Bistro On Spruce Bistro The atmosphere is inviting, and goodies like the pulled-pork Cuban sandwich, Mediterranean salad, and grilled portabella with cambozola cheese are compelling at lunch. The Ahi-Cado, a large plate of sesame seed-seared ahi tuna with ripe avocado, wasabi aioli, and pickled ginger, is satisfying and beautifully presented. 1710 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-1774 • • $$ Black Cypress Bistro The Black Cypress is dream-like, filled with mirrors and Edison lights, funky recycled metal fixtures against 100-year-old exposed brick. Burlap is draped in waves across the ceiling. The menu tightropes between old world and new, reflecting the agricultural bounty of the Palouse while maintaining decidedly Mediterranean roots. With Greek-style meat sauce and mizithra cheese, the Kima is divinely aromatic. The Pasta pomodoro is light with fresh tomatoes and basil, olive oil and Parmesan.  215 E. Main St., Pullman, Wash. • 334-5800 • • $$ Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream If you think frozen yogurt goes out of style in the winter, think again. Blu Berry offers warm fruit toppings like apple and strawberry rhubarb when it gets chilly. It’s kind of like

pie and ice cream but with a fraction of the fat and calories. 3007 E. 57th, Spokane • 443-6588 • 4727 N. Division, Spokane • 487-4410 • • $ The Boathouse Seafood Who wants to cook after a day of leisure on the lake? That’s where the Boathouse comes in, with its birds’ eye view of the Hayden Marina. The interior was recently renovated, but the best seat in the house is on the deck with a beer in your hand.  3799 E. Hayden Lake Rd., Hayden Lake, Idaho • 208-772-5057 • • $$ Bonsai Bistro Pan-Asian With its elegant koi pond and impeccable service, this pan-Asian eatery offers a delightful blend of Chinese, Japanese and Thai foods. The TW roll (fresh water eel, avocado and cucumber) and Rainbow roll (California roll topped with chef’s choice of seafood) are two excellent sushi choices. Other treats include the Drunken Spyders, tempurafried soft-shell crab and yellow curry. 101 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4321 • • $$ Boots Bakery and Lounge Bakery High ceilings, exposed brick walls and artsy murals make this one of the prettiest spots in downtown. But it’s the creative and artfully executed vegan and vegetarian bistro fare that’s creating such a buzz. And yes, the vegan carrot cake is that good.  24 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 703-7223 • • $ The Breakfast Club Diner This place hasn’t changed in years: vinyl booths, dark wood tables, waitresses who call you “Hon,” and a line out the door, especially on weekends. All the usual breakfast and lunch suspects are here. Don’t miss the huckleberry zucchini bread. For a decadent treat, get a milkshake to go after you’re done. 501 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-6481 • $





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Brews Brothers Coffee House This coffee house is located right next to the bustling downtown transit plaza, yet it somehow manages to feel like a cozy refuge from all of downtown’s craziness. Comfy chairs, Wi-Fi, and, of course, coffee and delicious pastries make this an ideal place to drop into either while waiting for the bus or just passing by. 734 W. Sprague, Spokane • 456-5858 • $ Brooklyn Deli & Lounge Sandwiches This cozy, East Coast-style joint is nestled between train tracks and a bedrock foundation, just below street level. By day the popular (extremely busy) deli serves giant pickles, fresh salads, and artisan soups and sandwiches. By night, the lounge offers a small selection of craft beers on tap, and a full yet simple bar. Order from the deli menu until 8 pm. 122 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 835-4177 • • $

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Local Lactose Sampling some of the region’s best artisan cheeses BY HEIDI GROOVER




A rich, white cheddar, this cheese has been a staple of the region since the 1940s. WSU uses its dairy cow herd and creamery to produce the cheese and offer hands-on research and learning for students. Find it at on either WSU campus or in most local grocery stores. 1-800-457-5442


This chèvre, made near Priest River, Idaho, is a soft, smooth, spreadable goat cheese that substitutes well for cream cheese. Try it warmed with sun-dried tomatoes, olive oil and basil as an appetizer. Find it at the Sandpoint and Coeur d’Alene farmers markets, the Spokane Public Market and the Main Market Co-op. 208-597-0557


This new operation has already become a local farmers market mainstay. Its chipotle chèvre is a beautiful twist on the classic soft cheese, with the perfect balance between the heat of the spice and the mellow flavors of the cheese. The farm sells at Spokane’s five farmers markets, Main Market Co-op and Fresh Abundance. 509-238-9496


This soft, rich goat cheese comes from a farm not far from downtown at the base of Tower Mountain. Along with artisan cheeses, like their popular and perfect-for-parties goat cheese pyramid, the farm offers small-scale heritage pork. Find their goods at Main Market Co-op, the Rocket Market and Saunders Cheese Market. “Heron Pond Farms” on Facebook, 509-624-3262

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C.I. SHENANIGANS FINE DINING Enjoy Spokane River waterfront seating with wonderful happy-hour appetizers and decent-to-excellent craft brews from C.I.’s own brewery. You’ll most likely wine and dine with the Spokane Convention crowd and hear live music at this downtown favorite, as you indulge in a plate of seafood or perhaps one of their well-known steaks. 332 N. Spokane Falls Ct., Spokane • 455-6690 • • $$$ CAFÉ CARAMBOLA LATIN AMERICAN It’s easy to drive right past Cafe Carambola, tucked in a blue strip mall on Northwest Boulevard. But if you whiz by, you’ll be missing some of the freshest, most authentic Latin food available in the Inland Northwest. The menu emphasizes local produce, with an assortment of salads, soups, tortas (Mexican sandwiches), quesadillas and wraps. Is that Ellen Travolta at the next table? We have it on authority this is one of her favorite restaurants. 610 W. Hubbard St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-8784 • $$ CAFE ITALIANO ITALIAN The Karatzas family runs Greek Street restaurant and this north-side cafe, which they revamped last summer from the old Greek Street Pizza storefront. The center of the restaurant is devoted to the massive oven and kitchen area. Each table has a view of the kitchen, where you can see Vagelie Karatzas carefully crafting each pizza, pasta, appetizer and salad. And it’s open seven days a week, a boon for north Spokane diners. 3331 W. Indian Trail Rd., Spokane • 326-2559 • $$ CARUSO’S SANDWICHES When Vince and Chelle Caruso decided to create Caruso’s Sandwich Co. in 1990, they needed food data. And what was the best way to get it? By going to eat at some of America’s best sandwich joints. The result? Excellent finger food. Try the whole mozza ball sandwich, with the cheese soaked in vinegar topped with tomatoes, onions and lettuce crammed into a sourdough loaf. Or go for a classic hot pastrami sandwich on rye, slathered in sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and mustard. 2314 N. Argonne Rd, Spokane Valley • 474-0254 • 202 W. Ironwood Dr., CdA • 208-765-1001 • 113 W. Prairie Shopping Center, Hayden • 208-7624676 • • $ CASA DE ORO MEXICAN With an Alamomeets-the-rainforest aesthetic, Casa de Oro is precisely what you want in casual Mexican food: fast service, generous portions, cheap food and a never-ending procession of chips, beans and salsa. We recommend the classics: burritos, enchiladas, tacos. And muchos chips. 4111 N. Division, Spokane • 489-3630; 1611 N. Mullan Rd., Spokane Valley • 921-2122 • • $$

LA CASA LOPEZ MEXICAN This big, labyrinthine Mexican joint on Moscow’s main drag serves classic Mexican comfort food. 415 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-0536 • $ CASPER FRY PUBLIC HOUSE PUB GRUB This hip eatery in the South Perry District was opened in June 2012 by the team from Madeleine’s Patisserie. Every detail of the rugged, metal-and-wood interior was handselected or crafted by area artisans to create a vintage feel. The food and cocktail menu, meanwhile, focuses on upscale Southern comfort and pre-Prohibition class. Check out the 1,000-degree Josper oven, which uses charcoal and wood chips for smoking and grilling. The oven — one of only about 10 in the country — is the restaurant’s workhorse, turning out house-smoked meat and sausages. 928 S. Perry St., Spokane • 535-0536 • • $$ CATACOMBS PUB EUROPEAN Tucked in the cellar of the historic Montvale Hotel, Catacombs pays homage to those cozy German pubs with exposed stone walls, intricate tapestries and wood-beam ceilings. A popular subterranean space since 2002, Catacombs underwent some changes in 2012. New menu items include vegan and gluten-free stone-oven pizzas and an earlier happy hour. Catacomb’s new management added hand-rolled potato gnocchi ($14) and desserts, like the apple gram calzone drizzled in caramel sauce. The makeover, however, didn’t rid the menu of the restaurant’s traditional staples, like many of the familiar pizzas. 110 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 838-4610 • • $$ CEDARS FLOATING RESTAURANT STEAK AND SEAFOOD This isn’t lakeside dining — when you eat at Cedar’s floating restaurant, you’re dining on the water at the confluence between the Spokane River and Lake Coeur d’Alene. Seafood is the specialty here and the smoky, cedar-planked, wild-caught salmon is consistently good. The patio is the place to be. You can even arrive by boat and tie up at one of Cedars’ docks. 1 Marina Dr., Blackwell Island, Coeur d’Alene • 208664-2922 • cedarsfloatingrestaurant. com • $$$ CELEBRATIONS BAKERY Whipped cream atop a cupcake? Sure! Celebrations reimagines cupcakes with flavors, frostings and toppings that feel like a party in your mouth. Try the Banana Split, a fragrant banana cupcake filled with strawberries and topped with a swirl of whipped cream, chocolate syrup and, of course, a cherry. 713 W. Garland, Spokane • 3273471 •

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Restaurants CHAIRS CAFÉ Serving locally owned Roast House Coffee, Chairs brings together an eclectic group of people. An exceptionally friendly staff, free wi-fi and events like board-game nights and live music make this an inviting place to linger. A full menu of sandwiches, soup and salad is available and the affogato is a caffeine addicts dream dessert. 113 W. Indiana, Spokane • 340-8787 • • $ THE CHALET RESTAURANT AMERICAN The best-kept secret in Spokane (if you haven’t lived on the South Hill for decades), the Chalet boasts old-fashioned charm and a hearty breakfast selection. The pancakes cover the entire surface of your plate, and the wait staff never lets your coffee get below half full. For lunch or dinner, try the chicken-fried steak. 2918 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 747-6474 • $ CHAPS CAFÉ Some restaurants are worth the drive. Case in point: Chaps. The shabby chic eatery and bakery hidden on the outskirts of the Palouse (10 minutes from downtown) serves up hearty chorizo omelettes and chicken fried steak and eggs for breakfast, fish tacos and meatloaf for lunch, and curry chicken and grilled tilapia for dinner. And at Chaps, there’s always room for dessert (and maybe a vintage cocktail). Their in-house bakery Cake serves up a decadent selection of tiramisu, bavarian cream cake, chocolate mousse and more. 4237 S. CheneySpokane Rd., Spokane • 624-4182 • • $$

CHARLEY’S GRILL & SPIRITS AMERICAN A good place to keep in mind if you’re, say, at the County Courthouse on business, or if you’re waiting for a friend who’s dealing with a bail bonds place down the street. The Recession Busters menu boasts 10 items from $7 to $8 with a beverage, and there are lots of appetizers to go with the full-service bar. 801 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-8911 • charleys.grill.spirits • $ CHEF IN THE FOREST FINE DINING This dining tradition in Hauser, Idaho, was updated after a fire, emerging with a modernized bar and a handsome stone fireplace. Check out appetizers like oysters Rockefeller and Southern-fried crab cakes. Then dig into any number of fine steaks, the lobster, the scampi flambé, or some German sauerbraten. Reservations are recommended and the restaurant is typically only open Thursday-Sunday. 12008 N. Woodland Beach Dr., Hauser, Idaho • 208-773-3654 • chefintheforest. net • $$$ CHICKEN-N-MORE BARBECUE Tucked into a narrow space amid a string of bars on Sprague Avenue, Chicken-N-More is easy to miss. But once you’ve eaten Bob Hemphill’s fried chicken or brisket, that might change. Hemphill brought his Texas-style barbecue approach to Spokane and has created an atmosphere in the downtown eatery to match the comfort his food aims to create. While chicken is obviously the biggest draw, don’t forget about the “N-More” portion of the menu, which features, among other

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things, fried catfish. 414 1/2 W. Sprague, Spokane • 838-5071 • chicken-n-more. com • $ CHURCHILL’S STEAKHOUSE FINE DINING Don Draper would fit in beautifully at Churchills, with its luxurious, masculine décor, top-shelf cocktails and traditional (in all the best ways) takes on sides and steaks. The star of the show here is the USDA prime Midwestern beef that’s dry aged and then cooked at 1800 degrees. The sides are a la carte, and the Cougar Gold mac and cheese is worth every single calorie. 165 S. Post St., Spokane • 4749888 • • $$$ CIAO MAMBO ITALIAN Ciao Mambo is exceptionally family- friendly with high-energy servers, bread dough masquerading as Play Doh and tableclothes meant for doodling. The extensive menu contains standard appetizers like calamari and bruschetta, as well as a few creative items like Tootsie Rolls (thin egg wrappers stuffed with cheese and pesto, $8) and Nachos all’Italiana (large crispy pasta squares topped with meatballs, prosciutto, peppers and Alfredo sauce, $11). The outdoor patio catches the late afternoon sun and is perfect for an after-work drink. 818 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 315-4447 • • $$ CLINKERDAGGER FINE DINING Clinkerdagger has been overlooking the Spokane Falls since opening during Expo ’74 and now, 38 years later, you can still order the restaurant’s rock salt prime rib and pea salad. But Clinkerdagger isn’t only fixated on the past. The restaurant recently brought on chef Shawn Murphy, who has been working on incorporating seasonal and locally grown items to the menu for a rotating “Fresh Eat” item. 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 328-5965 • clinkerdagger. com • $$$ CLOVER FINE DINING Clover, which opened in May 2012, is the joint effort of owners Scott and Liz McCandless and Paul and Marta Harrington. They prepare almost everything from scratch, don’t have a deep-fat fryer, and desserts — called petite bites — are scaled down in size. From herbs grown in the on-site greenhouse to the sustainably raised Rathdrum wheat used in Clover’s bakery, ingredients are carefully sourced. And the bar... well, Paul Harrington literally wrote the book on modern cocktails. 913 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • 487-2937 • • $$$


CORONA VILLAGE MEXICAN Corona Village has mastered the art of making delicious, fast, and cheap food. Serving up awesome carne asada and gigantic chincho burritos, this joint keeps the students of EWU well-fed and wanting more. 1810 Second St., Cheney, Wash. • 559-5422 • $

THE COTTAGE CAFÉ AMERICAN With its carefully designed English-cottage charm, this Valley breakfast-and-lunch spot serves fresh-squeezed OJ, tender biscuits with rich cream gravy, raspberry jam made from scratch, and some of the best chicken-fried steak you’ll find. Want a burger and a beer for breakfast? You can get it here. Extra hungry? Spring for the King’s Omelet, made with half a dozen eggs, diced ham, green peppers and onions. Don’t worry, they also have a special menu for those with smaller appetites. 6902 E. Appleway Blvd., Spokane Valley • 928-8888 • • $ CRAZY G’S BURGERS Crazy G’s has crazy sauce. Sound good? This clean and modern local hotspot, with nostalgic posters of Spokane, serves hot dogs, Phillies and burgers with pretty much any kind of cheese served to whatever your heart desires. The burger menu options are merely suggestions, so dare to be different by adding toppings like bacon, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and, of course, crazy sauce. 821 N. Division, Suite A, Spokane • 315-8943 • • $ CRICKET’S STEAKHOUSE STEAK A great place to watch a game and the only place that specializes in oysters in downtown Coeur d’Alene, Cricket’s has a casual atmosphere that caters to tourists and locals alike. The steakhouse has a full bar and its menu includes build-your-own pizzas, steaks and salads. Outdoor seating on both sides of the building makes Cricket’s the premier people-watching spot in town. 424 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-1990 • $$ D. LISH’S HAMBURGERS BURGERS If you live north of the river, there’s no reason to ever go to McDonald’s or even Sonic. You have D.Lish’s, and that makes you one of the burger-chosen. God has smiled upon your neck of the scablands, blessing it with juicy, tangy burgers oozing cheese and stuffed with grilled onions. The tartar sauce is 25 cents extra and worth the quarter. Even if you live on the South Hill, D.Lish’s is worth the drive. 1625 N. Division, Spokane • 323-7130 • $ DADDY’S BELLY DELI SANDWICHES Daddy’s Belly Deli serves sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs inspired and named after the owner’s family, friends and customers. Everything is made from scratch — including the bread, which they bake daily. Trying to pick just one item off the menu is heartbreaking. But we recommend the epic Big Fat Daddy, which is piled unnaturally high with 14 toppings. 3818 N. Nevada, Spokane • 474-9364 • $

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DAS STEIN HAUS GERMAN Thanks to Das Stein Haus, you just have to journey to Francis to drink German taps, and eat authentic homemade German food such as schnitzels and bratwurst. Look for happy hour specials from 4-7pm daily and breakfast on the weekend. 1812 W. Francis Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 326-2214 • $$ DI LUNA’S CAFÉ The portobello mushroom melt or veggie hash here might convert you carnivores, but fear not — if it’s meat you’re into, try the locally sourced yak burger. Breakfast and lunch only, with occasional dinner concerts featuring groovy music and great food. 207 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208263-0846 • • $ DICK’S HAMBURGERS BURGERS Dick’s is an old-fashioned hamburger joint that is straight out of American Graffiti, and with prices from the 1960s, too. Hamburgers, shakes and fries are the mainstays here, but pizza and pie is also on the menu. Come on a day with good weather — there’s no indoor eating area. Of course, you can always get takeout. 10 E. Third Ave., Spokane • 747-2481 • $ DIDIER’S YOGURT & MORE FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM As Spokane’s original frozen yogurt shop, Didier’s has been doing the froyo thing for over 25 years. In addition to the frozen treats, you can also pick up a burger or other lunch items at this mom-and-pop operation. 10410 N. Division, Spokane • 466-8434 • $

something like four pounds. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second, Lobby Floor, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4000 • • $$ DOLLY’S CORNER CAFÉ CAFÉ To call Dolly’s “cozy” would be an understatement, but for more than a half-century, generations of truckers, church folk and hung-over students have been squeezing into its booths, eager for a heaping plate of eggs and hash browns. We recommend the eggs Benedict or, for lunch, the gut-busting Guy Burger, a massive number that has to be held together with a steak knife. 1825 N. Washington, Spokane • 326-0386 • $ DOMINI SANDWICHES SANDWICHES The sandwiches are huge and untainted by anything remotely green or grown from soil. Ham, corned beef, salami, liverwurst, turkey are all sold by the sandwich, the basket and even by the pound. Hot mustard, sweet mustard, horseradish, popcorn, RC Cola. Does it get any better? Service is quick, but these behemoths are built to last. They are also the foundation of a food dynasty, winning their 18th best sandwich shop award in The Inlander’s annual Best Of readers poll. 703 W. Sprague, Spokane • 747-2324 • • $ DONUT PARADE DONUTS An anachronism in the best way, the Donut Parade still offers melt-in-your-mouth maple bars, 50-cent plain donuts, and all the delectable donut variety you can get your bear claws on. Bring cash. Your credit cards are of no use in this throwback establishment. 2152 N. Hamilton, Spokane • 487-9003 • • $

DING HOW ASIAN Though it’s located in a strip mall, Ding How is a veritable tour of Asia, featuring Chinese, Korean, Thai and Japanese selections on its menu. Check out the sushi that they make right in front of you, or get some take-out that will make you reminisce about standing in your boxers over the sink during your bachelor days. 1332 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash. • 921-1901 • $$

DOWNRIVER GRILL ECLECTIC Since its inception in 2003, Downriver Grill has gained a following of foodies. The summer of 2012 brought a revamped interior and new executive chef Ryan Stoy, who put his twist on a few of the classic menu items, while keeping as-is a few dishes (like the go-to gorgonzola fries). Whether you want to go comfort food (deep-fried pound cake, $7), Asian fusion (sesame tuna, $21), Italian (puttanesca, $15), gluten-free (shrimp bisque, $5), or vegan (coriander-crusted tofu, $17), there’s something to keep you coming back. 3315 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 323-1600 • • $$

DOCKSIDE AMERICAN The Coeur d’Alene Resort underwent a dramatic facelift, Dockside included. The new look is sleek and modern, yet a bit more casual. All the booths still face out, to take advantage of the money view of the lake. The salad bar is still expansive and their ice cream sundaes are crazy. These babies must weigh in at

DOYLE’S ICE CREAM FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM A landmark in the neighborhood of West Central since 1939, Doyle’s has been serving ice cream the only way they know how to – well. This now vintage venue dishes out banana splits, sundaes, and floats to their loyal and dedicated fans. 2229 W. Boone Ave., Spokane, Wash. • $


DANGEROUS DOG HOT DOGS Hot dogs as fine dining? Dangerous Dog’s 100-percent beef dogs and artisan sausage go gourmet with toppings like fresh salsa, roasted veggies, unusual cheeses and even the unthinkable peanut butter or alfalfa sprouts. Every one of the 22 menu combinations is a real wiener! 108 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-819-0011 • $


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food isn’t special, because it certainly is. The menu includes sandwiches, burgers and salads, but if you’ve ever tasted The Elk’s marinated pork soft tacos, that will likely become your go-to menu item. Add some of their famous corn pasta to that order and you’ll be in business. “ 1931 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 363-1973 • • $ EUROPA ITALIAN A cozy place nice enough to take a date or Mom, Europa is a good option when thinking of dinner or splitting a bottle of wine and ordering one of their appetizers (from calamari to hummus and spinach-artichoke dip). If it’s pizza you’re looking for, take a look at Europa’s 13 different Tuscan-style pies. The wine list is long, varied and features something for every enophile. Come for the food but savor the rich warm tones and inviting mood of this European-styled building, with its brick walls and exposedbeam ceilings. 125 S. Wall St., Spokane • 455-4051 • • $$

Restaurants DUB’S DRIVE-IN BURGERS A slice of Americana, this rustic burger joint has all the fast-food goodies, with burgers fries, fish, ice cream and huckleberry milkshakes made with real fruit. Worth the stop if you’re just passing through — especially for 45-cent doughnuts or $1 cones. Dub’s owner might even take your order himself. 703 Highway 2, Sandpoint, Idaho • 208263-4300 • $

THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE PUB While many restaurants and bars toss the words “pub” or “public house” after their names, The Elk lives up to the spirit of the pub by serving as much as a gathering point for the Browne’s Addition neighborhood as it is an eatery. But that’s not to say the

FAMOUS ED’S PUB GRUB The walls of this family-friendly South Hill sports bar (a joint venture between Fast Eddie’s owner Dale Kleist and David’s Pizza owner Mark Starr) are covered with TVs and pictures of celebrity Eds: Eddie Murphy, Ed Sullivan, Edward Scissorhands. It gives the place a fun, quirky kind of feel. In addition to pizzas, the lunch menu contains a couple of sandwiches and salads. 2911 E. 57th Ave., Spokane • 290-5080 • • $ FATBURGER BURGERS Burger King looks like “Burger Duke” next to Fatburger,

THE FEDORA PUB & GRILLE PUB GRUB The Fedora does 1920s gangster schtick, with servers garbed in black and — naturally — fedoras, but it shies away from “cutesy,” like serving sleeps-withthe-fishes and chips. Pasta dishes like Mediterranean linguine run $11, while entrées like coconut chicken start at $13, topping out at $18.50 for a slab of baby back ribs slathered in Jack Daniels barbecue sauce. 1726 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-8888 • • $ FERGUSON’S DINER In this day and age of dizzying and disorienting change, communities still need bastions of sameness. Without it, at some point we won’t recognize who we are. That’s what makes Ferguson’s in the Garland District a keepsake. It’s not a café or restaurant – it’s a diner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in tasty, heaping portions, and there’s nothing on the menu that you’ll struggle to pronounce. Old fashioned and straightforward, Ferguson’s is a reminder of a more simpler time. 804 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 328-1950 • $ FERRANTE’S MARKETPLACE CAFÉ ITALIAN This South Hill eatery has some of the best gelato and thin-crust pizza around. Surprisingly, they also have a selection of jewelry, home decor and accessories, toys, cards and other “essentials,” such as lotions, soaps and wines for sale. That makes for fun browsing, but don’t let it distract you from their menu of traditional-style pastas, including gnocchi and fettuccine, as well as seafood and meat options. 4516 S. Regal St. • 443-6304 • • $$


EL QUE Don’t be fooled by the crosses, Catholic saint candles and sometimes creepy pictures of the Virgin Mary, because this is a tequila bar. The tiny,

brick joint in Browne’s Addition serves hand-held Mexican food, Mexican beer and unique bottles of liquor. Enjoy a tall boy Pabst Blue Ribbon or a shot of ghost-pepper tequila. It’ll put hair on your chest and the words “oh God” on your lips. 141 S. Cannon St., Spokane • 624-5412 • • $

FAI’S NOODLE HOUSE ASIAN Sitting at the long counter at this little noodle shop off the floor of the main casino room at Northern Quest is never boring. The smell of Kung Pao chicken, steaming bowls of pho, fried bananas and tapioca custard. The sight of a half-dozen women hustling in the open kitchen. And always the magical, burbling music of the gaming machines — like a huge symphony forever warming up. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • • $

whose menu choices come in sizes S-XXXL (they’ve also got a turkey, veggie or chicken patty, plus sandwiches and shakes). Fatburger has a cultish following, kind of like the original Dick’s in Spokane. They’re open 24 hours inside Northern Quest Casino — so you can drink, eat, and sleep happily ever after. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. ; 1706 W. Francis • 4812130 • • $

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Unforgettable Meals Our guide to eating your way through the Inland Northwest e sent out writers to the far corners of the region, looking for the best of the best, to create this culinary bucket list: dishes you have to try before you die. Hopefully much sooner. They just might inspire in you a will to live. THE KIERNAN (Flying Goat, 3318 W. Northwest Blvd.) A simple but thoroughly unusual pizza, the Flying Goat’s Kiernan is built on their unparalleled thin crust, with a layer of cheese and heavy cream, a sprinkling of Italian sausage, big piles of spicy arugula and then — surprise — an over-medium egg right in the bullseye. Rich and decadent, but not a gutbuster. (Joel Smith) CHICKEN ANDOUILLE BURGER (Manito Tap House, 3011 S. Grand Blvd.) There are a lot of good burgers in Spokane, and this one isn’t even a beef burger, but damn… Manito grinds their own andouille and freerange chicken, adds some spice, a house-made slaw made of cabbage, red onion, apple and an apple-reduction vinaigrette, then slathers it with Bon Ton sauce — their take on a Thousand Island aioli. Delicious. (JS) SPICY VEGETARIAN DUCK (Sala Thai, 12924 W. Sunset Hwy., Airway Heights) Served up sizzling, the vegetarian spicy duck combines it all: heat, sweet, crispy “duck,” and plenty of sauce you’ll be lapping up with your rice and grilled veggies. (Alicia Purvis-Lariviere) KUZU MAKARNA (White House Grill, 712 N. Spokane St., Post Falls; also at West Wing, 4334 S. Regal St.) This unique Mediterranean pasta dish has everything: tangy feta, pungent garlic, savory broth, buttery morsels of lamb, earthy mushrooms, tender linguine and a big hunk of crusty bread to sop up every last drop. (Carrie Scozzaro)

HOT POT (Scratch, 1007 W. First Ave.) Scratch’s Hot Pot ($25) is a superb take on cioppini, with scallops, prawns, lobster, clams, sausage, garlic, red peppers and roasted potatoes in a savory tomato broth. While it’s served in a blazing hot ceramic pot, the real heat comes from the homemade spicy sausage. (Tamara McGregor) BLACK BEAN AND SWEET POTATO CHIMICHANGA (Bardenay, 1710 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene) Who’d expect an Idaho-based distillery-pub to have a super south-ofthe-border meal? The black bean and sweet potato chimichanga with mango salsa is a two-fisted fiesta of sweet, spicy and chewy. (CS) CRAB BENEDICT (Di Luna’s, 207 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho) Local, farm-fresh eggs smothered in decadent Hollandaise couldn’t get better. Unless you swapped boring English muffins for their homemade crab cakes. (CS) CHEESE MUSSELS (Top of China Buffet, 757 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene) This dish should not work, because it’s basically a gratin topping over briny green mussels. But it does. I tell myself this is the only reason I occasionally indulge in a belly-busting buffet. (CS) MONTANA BISON RIBEYE STEAK (Masselow’s, Northern Quest Casino, Airway Heights) This slab of meat hearkens back to the original meals eaten in Spokane, and it is delectable. (Annemarie Frohnhoefer) FARMER’S BREAKFAST (Italia Trattoria, 144 S. Cannon St.) An upscale take on Mediterranean peasant food. Fried eggs and hearty chunks of sausage sit atop white beans and tomatoes braised to perfection. Think of it as Italy’s answer to huevos rancheros — or are huevos rancheros the answer to this??!?! (Luke Baumgarten) ANNUAL MANUAL 2012-2013 THE INLANDER |

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Restaurants FERRARO’S HOMEMADE ITALIAN ITALIAN Authentic Italian family recipes from owner and chef Pat Ferraro, who originally hails from Casole Bruzio, Italy, make dinner at Ferraro’s like a quick gastronomical trip to Europe. Mildly spicy broth chock-full of peas, celery, tomato, green beans, kidney beans and tiny pasta team up to make Ferraro’s delicious minestrone, and the signature dish, spicy Chicken al Diavolo with peppers and spices, will make your mouth water and your tongue tingle. 11204 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 928-2303 • $$ FIESTA MEXICANA MEXICAN An icon of family Mexican on the mid-South Hill, Fiesta Mexicana sports everything you’d expect from inland Tex-Mex, but with better-than-expected offerings of fish and vegetarian options. The place is frequently packed, but there’s rarely a wait. If you want to eat dinner amidst a hive of activity with bottomless chips and salsa, this is your joint. 1227 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 455-7117 • • $$ FIESTA MEXICANA MEXICAN Tejano music, bright orange walls and a hive of bustling servers create the perfect fiesta atmosphere. Add especiales de la casa like carne asada (skirt steak) or pollo en mole (sweet-savory chicken) for a party in your mouth. 2603 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-2400 • $ FIRE ARTISAN PIZZA PIZZA Fire is a beautiful addition to Coeur d’Alene’s bustling Sherman Ave. Sleek white surfaces mingle with modern chandeliers, reclaimed wood walls and alluring black-and-white photographs to create a space that’s uber-modern, but that also reflects the Northwest. The artisan pizzas are all cooked in a brick oven and toppings span from the simple to the gourmet. On sporadic evenings, silent movies projected on the wall add romantic ambience. 517 Sherman Ave. , Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-1743 • • $$


FISHERMAN’S MARKET SEAFOOD Tucked between a Super One and a Home Depot, Fisherman’s Market is a hidden gem for high-quality seafood in North Idaho. They offer everything from sushi to fish and shrimp tacos, but their fish and chips are your best bet: $8-10 gets you fresh fish and a pile of fries. 215 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-4800 • $ FLAMIN’ JOES WINGS You walk into this place, with its snowboards on the walls, its enameled tables inlaid with Mardi Gras beads, and you think all it’s up for is a good time. Wrong. Flamin’ Joe’s is a thinking man’s wing joint. The sheer number of flavors available — a range of traditional spice, a

bevy of barbecues, some dry rubs, ginger-flavored, wasabi for God’s sake — makes this poultry paradise. The fact that you can mix the flavors together in a number of massive wing platters just means you’re going to eat yourself stupid finding your favorite combos from Code 1 to Code Red. After all, it’s called Flamin’ Joes. 7015 N. Division, Spokane • 465-5052; 2620 E. 29th Ave. , Spokane • 241-3843; 11618 E. Sprague Ave. , Spokane Valley • 922-5052 • • $ FLEUR DE SEL EUROPEAN Located in the same building as the Highland Day Spa, with views of the neighboring golf course, Fleur de Sel caters to diners who are looking for French cuisine at an affordable price point. The restaurant changes its menus seasonally, but the best time to visit is in summer, when you can dine on their cozy, sun-drenched patio. And don’t leave too early — you’ll want to stick around and sample from Fleur de Sel’s much-lauded dessert menu. 4365 E. Inverness Dr., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-7777600 • • $$$ THE FLYING GOAT PIZZA Already a quintessential Spokane restaurant, the Goat offers some of the best artisanal pizza in town and a drool-worthy collection of beers and wines. Beat the heat with a refreshing beverage on the patio and take it all in. While there, check out the photos on the walls of this Audubon neighborhood restaurant — the interior of Joe Albi Stadium, the old fireplace from Audubon Park and the suspension bridge across the river at Bowl and Pitcher. 3318 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 327-8277 • theflyinggoat • $$

spicy rock crab and lobster omelette. The meatloaf, chicken pot pies and the club house sandwich, made with fresh-roasted turkey, are favorites for lunch and dinner. For extra decadence, try a huckleberry shake. 1516 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 747-8798 ; 10929 N. Newport Hwy., • 465-2464 • • $$ FROSTED CUPCAKES BAKERY Sweet and savory go together like pancakes and bacon, which is the Good Morning Mable cupcake at Frosted Cupcakes (424 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene). It’s a vanilla and maple cake, maple buttercream frosting and a stick of lightly candied bacon for crunchiness. And they’ve recently added gelato to their menu. Cake and ice cream, anyone? 424 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-292-4444 • FROYO EARTH FROZEN YOGURT The ultimate in self-serve, Froyo Earth offers customers 10 different yogurts and sorbets along with over 50 toppings – you and only you control your froyo destiny. They charge by the ounce, so you’ll feel tempted to go for the “light toppings.” Don’t fool yourself. The heavy ones taste better. 12519 N. Division, Spokane • 315-4910 • 325 S. Sullivan, Spokane Valley • 368-9618 • 172 S. Division, Spokane • 455-8000• • $ G.W. HUNTERS STEAK AND SEAFOOD Elmer Fudd would be right at home here — trophy mounts, rustic cabin interior — except there’s no rabbit on the menu. Instead, breakfast, served daily until 3 pm, includes the wild omelette with choice of elk, buffalo or German sausage. For

dinner, pork, beef, elk, chicken, or seafood. 615 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-9388 • gwhunterssteakhouse. com • $$ GARLAND SANDWICH SHOPPE SANDWICHES Located just off Garland Avenue, this little sandwich place should not be underestimated. Its menu is replete with sandwiches, ranging from panini to classics like the BLT and roast beef. The menu is rounded out by a rotation of soups and a salad menu. 3903 N. Madison St., Spokane • 326-2405 • • $ THE GARNET CAFÉ CAFÉ Garnet provides a reasonably priced and innovative interpretation of the hearty Western breakfast. Eggs are plentiful, accompanied by applewood-smoked bacon or sausage, an eight-ounce New York steak topped with bleu cheese (and even Spam). Pork can be panko-breaded and fried or topped with maple-apple-pecan sauce. Pesto adds color to the Green Eggs and Ham. 315 Walnut Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • $ GATTO’S PIZZA PIZZA The EWU jazz band entertains customers at Gatto’s during the school year, but the pizza is the main attraction at this Cheney favorite. A college hot spot where billiards and games can keep you entertained while waiting for pizza and beer, Gatto’s is kid-friendly, welcomes families and serves ice cream to top off dinner. There’s also a salad bar for those looking for something a little lighter than a slice or two of pizza. 1011 First St., Cheney, Wash. • 235-2800 • $

THE FLYING PIG MEAT The interior of this International District restaurant is cute and cozy, but the menu is pork-heavy — delicious homemade biscuits with sausage and gravy; breakfast burrito; English Muffin with egg, Tillamook cheddar, sausage or ham (spinach and tomato for vegetarians). There are also hearty slices of quiche ($4.25), dozens of baked goods made on-site and Craven’s coffee/espresso to pair. 1822 E. Sprague, Spokane • 863-9591 • flyingpigspokane. com • $ FORT GROUND GRILL AMERICAN It’s steak and Americana at this full bar and grill on the campus of North Idaho College. Enjoy a hearty breakfast or a juicy cheesesteak at Ft. Ground’s outdoor seating and watch college life go by. 705 W. River Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-6186 • $ FRANK’S DINER DINER Breakfast, available all day, is the big draw in these converted century-old dining cars. Try Great Nana’s Meatloaf Benedict, with grilled meatloaf, buttermilk biscuits and eggs, or chef’s recommendations, like fried green tomatoes and eggs or the

Choose ham or sausage on your English muffin and egg at the Flying Pig. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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Restaurants GINGER ASIAN BISTRO SUSHI/CHINESE Come here if you want to feel classy. Ginger Asian Bistro, located on the South Hill, provides fresh delicious sushi. Their most popular roll, they say, is the Las Vegas roll, containing shrimp tempura, asparagus and avocado and topped with fresh spicy tuna, sprinkled bread crumbs, mayo, eel sauce and finished with masago (fish eggs) and scallions. 1228 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 315-5201 • gingerspokane • $$ GO GO BURRITO MEXICAN These babies require two hands to eat. The build-yourown burrito joint is plopped amid Francis Avenue strip malls, but the food is a beacon for the hungry. Meals come with chips and salsa, and they’ve got a unique variety of sauces the likes of habanero and ranch pesto. Slap on some simple beans, rice, meat and cheese and call it a day. 1902 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 326-5758 • $

Pullman’s Black Cypress has developed a devoted following. ALICIA CARLSON PHOTO

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ating out is a social endeavor. We eat out to enjoy good company. Just because you’re going out alone, though, doesn’t mean you can’t end up amongst friends (or, at least, entertainment). Here’s a humble list of great places where you can eat at the bar. When you take a seat at the bar at CLOVER (911 E. Sharp Ave), there’s a chance you’ll be plopping down in front of James-Beard-nominated cocktail royalty. Co-owner Paul Harrington led the resurrection of the classic apertif cocktail from his post as Wired’s drinks columnist in the ’90s. Every drink on this menu comes with its own history, most of which Harrington researched himself. DAVE’S BAR AND GRILL (12124 E Sprague, Spokane Valley), the valley bar that boasts “the coldest beer in town,” also boasts an atmosphere that Spokies enjoy for its colorful cast of characters (patrons and cooks), good diner food and its early-’60s décor (not like throwback chic, more like never-been-renovated). Not the sort of bar one can get a drink at (unless it’s soft), HUDSON’S (207 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene) nonetheless creates an incredible Cheers vibe, the regulars and the short-order cooks at the century-old burger joint pitching each other so much guff even strangers feel like neighbors. It’s one of those touristy boxes to check that more than lives up to its rep. BLACK CYPRESS (215 W. Main St., Pullman) is a high-end restaurant with killer drink menu that feels like a mom-and-pop concern. Readers say they love this place — aside from the food and spirits — because the way staff gathers around it like family. It’s such a pleasant place to work, they tend to hang around after their shifts end and on their days off. — LUKE BAUMGARTEN

GORDY’S SICHUAN CAFE ASIAN Szechuan cuisine is the spicy crown jewel of Chinese food, and Gordy’s nails it every time. The interior of its South Hill location wafts garlicky aromas throughout the restaurant, and dishes are always fresh, defeating the greasy stir-fry stereotype this cuisine is often associated with. Variety of dishes arranged by spice level pleases the mild to flame-throwerhot dish gourmands, and those with food allergies can rejoice, since (almost) every dish can be transformed into a vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free meal. 501 E. 30th Ave., Spokane • 747-1170 • $$ GREAT HARVEST CAFÉ/BAKERY The inside’s not glamorous — just a seating area surrounded by what is obviously a full-fledged bakery. But therein lies Great Harvest’s charm: eating a sandwich on fresh-baked bread. Besides that, there’s an espresso bar and fresh-baked muffins, cookies, and other pastries to be enjoyed along with lunch. 2530 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 535-1146 ; 1651 E. Country Vista Drive, Liberty Lake , Wash. • 891-9336 ; 2106 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-0606 • greatharvest. com • $ GRILLE FROM IPANEMA LATIN Dining at the area’s only Brazilian-style steakhouse is an experience. It’s an experience that involves food, of course, and a lot of it, but also a little cultural exchange. The smorgasbord of self-serve cold salads and hot dishes ranges from South American rice and beans to Italian gnocchi to Russian stroganoff to a tangy tropical slaw with raisins and mango. Then there’s the

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meat: beef, pork and poultry grilled over open flame while you wait and brought to your table on special skewers until you say “no more!” 601 Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-1122 • grillefromipanema • $$ HACIENDA LAS FLORES MEXICAN Hacienda Las Flores has everything you’d expect from a family Mexican restaurant. The interior is bright and busy. The custom of passing out chips is taken seriously. Our gargantuan Hacienda Enchilada came with the works. After you’ve tackled a third of their beastly burrito, pause and ask yourself, “Will I want some flan? Or a churro? Or an apple burrito?” 510 S. Freya St., Spokane • 315-8853 • $ THE HARVESTER RESTAURANT AMERICAN The Harvester is a little slice of Americana, with high-back naugahyde booths and a long bar where you can grab a cup of coffee and catch up on the local gossip. The menu is equally untouched by time — full of popular classics like meatloaf sandwiches, burgers, fried chicken, and of course a slice of pie for dessert. 401 W. First St., Spangle • 2453552 • • $ HAY J’S BISTRO AMERICAN Squatting directly off the highway in Liberty Lake, Hay Jay’s Bistro’s blocky stripmall exterior — and book-cover first impressions — are immediately overturned the second you open the door. Inside, the bistro’s pure class, with candle flames flickering atop wine bottles at the tables, and metallic vine sculptures wrapping around wine bottles on the walls. With a wine list boasting 100 choices, and a wine-shop next door, the selection manages to live up to the hype set by the décor. The relatively pricey menu boasts steaks, tapas, burgers, pastas and risottos — but the seafood remains, overall, the most popular genre. 21706 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake, Wash. • 926-2310 • • $$$ HERBAL ESSENCE CAFÉ ECLECTIC Tucked in a historic red-brick building, Herbal Essence is in the heart of downtown Spokane making it a perfect destination for an intimate dinner, followed by a show at the INB Performing Arts Center or the Bing. The grill is busy at lunch with salads, soups and sandwiches. We’re partial to the peppered steak and brie cheese sammie. 115 N. Washington St., Spokane • 838-4600 • • $$$ THE HIGH NOONER SANDWICHES The High Nooner provides generous slabs of meat, cheese, and gourmet toppings (marinated olives, blue cheese, cranberries) placed between two slices of fresh baked sandwich bread. Eat in, order to go, or place an order to be delivered for free. Lunches come packed in a classic brown paper bag with a cookie. Just like mom used to do it. 3510 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-2221;

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HILL’S RESORT STEAK & SEAFOOD Housed in a rustic yet upscale lodge overlooking Luby Bay on Priest Lake, Hill’s Resort’s restaurant boasts a menu of Northwest standards, including steaks and their signature baby back pork ribs, in addition to creative seafood options you can choose from while sipping on a specialty cocktail from the bar. When you wake up in the morning, you might as well come back to Hill’s — their breakfast, available on their newly enlarged deck, is just as good as dinner. 4777 W. Lakeshore Rd., Priest Lake, Idaho • 208-443-2551 • • $$$ HILL’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE ECLECTIC While the food at Hills’ is often simple, it’s prepared with such care and fresh ingredients that we can’t stop thinking about it. Their vegetarian menu is sparse but tasty. Try the roasted-vegetable panino or the roasted-vegetable salad. The standout, though, is the mushrooms in puff pastry, with mushrooms sautéed with onions, tomatoes and vegetable demi-glace served in a puff pastry shell with mozzarella, steamed vegetables and potatoes or rice. The bar is also notable — they have surprising reserves of port and scotch. 401 W. Main, Spokane • 747-3946 • • $$ HO HO TERIYAKI CHICKEN CHINESE “Delicious. Reasonable. Fast.” That’s what the menus promise at this familyowned restaurant in the depths of Spokane’s Flour Mill. Expect the owner to enthusiastically recommend the Ho Ho Special, teriyaki chicken, brown rice, and egg rolls — the last of which is a Ho Ho specialty. No credit cards. Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 326-6344 • $ HOGAN’S HAMBURGERS DINER Some call it a throwback. Others call it old school. Whatever it is, it’s working. With a 1950’s decor and attentive service, Hogan’s is where you go for a burger, a shake and a breakfast big enough to fill you up for the whole day. Can’t put away a couple of pancakes the size of dinner plates? They let grown ups order off the kids menu here. 2977 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 5357567 • • $ HUCKLEBERRY’S 9TH STREET BISTRO DELI You must eat a Monte Cristo sandwich at Huckleberry’s before you die. I won’t tell you what’s in this warm, succulent, perfect hand food, because you may have second thoughts. Just order it and eat it. And once you do, you may never want to leave Huckleberry’s ever again. 926 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 624-1349 • • $

HUDSON’S HAMBURGERS BURGERS It’s no frills and no fries at Hudson’s, a 114-year-old establishment at the heart of downtown Coeur d’Alene. There aren’t many bar stools or special options at this working man’s restaurant (pickles, onions and cheese are your only options), but it remains an Idaho must-see. 207 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-5444 • $ HUGO’S ON THE HILL PUB GRUB Hit the bar before bowling. TVs cover every wall. Soft couches beckon. Scents seduce the olfactories. The liquor selection ain’t shabby, either. There’s a strong selection of burgers, sandwiches and appetizers, including their root beer pulled-pork quesadillas. 3934 S. Eagle Ln., Spokane • 535-2961 • • $$ HYDRA STEAKHOUSE STEAK You’d be hard-pressed to find many other eateries that have been alive and kicking in Sandpoint since 1975. One of those is the Hydra, which continues to produce reliably priced and tastily cooked steaks, including their baseball-cut top sirloin, which comes in both eight- and 16-ounce sizes. If beef isn’t your game, that’s fine. The Hydra also has a full seafood menu in addition to pasta, sandwiches and other options. 115 Lake St., Sandpoint • 208-263-7123 • $$ INDABA COFFEE COFFEE HOUSE This West Central coffeeshop has everything right down to one thing: Kendall Yards isn’t built yet. As the swank, trendy café hangs on for the next couple of years, customers should munch on one of the many sandwiches they have: turkey pesto, portabello and, yum, grilled cheese. While you’re waiting for your order, browse the shelves of Book Parlor, which shares the space. 1425 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 443-3566 • • $ ITALIA TRATTORIA ITALIAN Nestled into the heart of Browne’s Addition, Italia Trattoria is a home-cooked hit from former Luna chef Anna Vogel. With a focus on natural and sustainable ingredients, the menu features handmade pastas, braised pork shoulder and seasonal vegetables spiced and grilled to perfection. No one is doing Italian quite like this. 144 S. Cannon, Spokane • 4596000 • • $$ ITALIAN KITCHEN ITALIAN Terra cotta floor tiles, etched glass, heavy draperies, dark wood and kitschy Italiana set the mood for traditional Italian-American favorites. For lunch, the meatball sandwich is delightful. For dinner, check out gnocchi, lasagna and ravioli, plus steaks, chicken and seafood. Desserts are few but mighty, including burnt cream and classic tiramisu. And don’t forget the dark, high-ceilinged, old-wood bar next door. 113 N. Bernard St., Spokane • 363-1210 • • $$


410 E. Holland Ave., Spokane • 466-1516; 237 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 8385288; 523 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 924-5226; 1116 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 324-0467 • • $


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Restaurants IVANO’S RISTORANTE ITALIAN Roasted tomato caprese, ravioli toscano, saltimbocca, scaloppini di anatra. Or maybe just tiramisu and an espresso. You’ll feel like you’re in Italy just reading the menu. And owners Jim Lippi and daughter Jessica treat you like family. Gluten-free diners welcome. 102 S. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-0211 • • $$ JAMM’S FROZEN YOGURT FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM At Jamm’s Frozen Yogurt, “Where You Rule” TM, a wide selection of flavors are “on tap,” sure to satisfy a healthy, sweet craving and be able to choose from a selection over 55 toppings. 213 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-9990; 3500 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho ; 954 Pullman Road, Moscow, Idaho • • $ JAVA ON SHERMAN COFFEE HOUSE From 20-somethings drinking too much coffee to Ironman triathletes looking for the menu’s healthiest items, Java caters to Coeur d’Alene’s needs for caffeine, food and, most recently, beer and wine. Its specialty, the Bowl of Soul (coffee, milk, Mexican chocolate and a secret ingredient owners refuse to disclose), is an experience in

itself, but for evening fare, don’t miss the piping hot spinach artichoke dip. 324 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-0010 • javaonsherman • $ JENNY’S DINER DINER They’ve put together a menu with classic all-American simplicity at this diner that faces popular breakfast spot Frank’s. Dishes like Pigs in a Blanket, the bacon waffle and twoegg omelets with your choice of bacon, sausage or ham and a side of hash browns and a piece of toast. The French toast combo, served with an egg and two pieces of bacon or sausage, is a stand-out. 1412 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 747-3844 • $ JIMMY’S DOWN THE STREET DINER It’s not surprising that some of the biggest TV attention the Lake City has received has been for this well-known mom and pop restaurant. But even its appearance on Food Network’s “Diners, DriveIns and Dives” couldn’t quite capture Jimmy’s famous breakfast offerings: from fresh pecan rolls to homemade biscuits slathered with thick milk gravy, everything is homemade and southerninspired. Check out the lunch menu for huge burgers and sandwiches or freshly baked pies. 1613 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-3868 • • $

Brews and burgers at JJ’s Grill and Brewhouse. JOE KONEK PHOTO

JJ’S GRILL AND BREWHOUSE PUB GRUB This father-son operation opened in February 2012, and the venue’s signature pizzas have since gained a following. You won’t find oil, grease or bizarre spices that could potentially disturb your beer palate but, if spice is your thing, then try the fries with homemade pepper sauce. Wash that down with a Mac and Jack’s, Inversion IPA or a brew from the rotating retro tap that features such childhood delights as Rolling Rock, Hamm’s and PBR. The menu also includes burgers, salads, housemade soups and appropriately named sandwiches, like the Indian Trail ($10), a grilled chicken breast topped with bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, onions and tomato. 8801 N. Indian Trail Rd. , Spokane • 4674267 • $$ JOE’S PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SANDWICHES The aroma of grilling meat and onions might lure you from First Avenue to check out this side-street eatery. Burgers, egg sandwiches and, of course, cheesesteaks (beef and chicken both) served up hot and fast. Call ahead and they’ll have ‘em ready. 102 Church St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-1444 • • $ JOEL’S MEXICAN With some of the region’s best burritos, Joel’s (which started as a taco truck) serves delicious and varied San Diego-style burritos, wrapped tight in paper, and full of juice and flavor. Plus, the staff are superfriendly, they make good horchata, and they’ve got a front patio that’s perfect in the summer for watching people cruise by on their bikes. 229 Church St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-265-8991 • $ KALICO KITCHEN AMERICAN The extensive breakfast menu at this popular little diner on the down-slope of North Division has choices from egg combos to waffles to omelets, along with a few house specialties — scrambles, breakfast burritos and even eggs Benedict — thrown in for variety. Plus fresh-squeezed OJ and attentive service. What more could you want? 2931 N. Division, Spokane • 326-7144 • $ KELLY’S IRISH PUB PUB GRUB When owner Chris Coscia took over this popular Coeur d’Alene pub, he changed very little about the ambience but has revolutionized the menu. Head chef Ronikae Achord has more than doubled the menu offerings, keeping many of the foods you’d expect in an Irish pub (fish and chips, bangers and mash) but adding stuffed Irish Nachos and Steamers in white wine butter sauce, among other things. 726 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-1717 • • $ KLINK’S ON THE LAKE STEAK AND SEAFOOD On the banks of Lake Williams, 15 miles southwest of Cheney, chefs Trevor Bradley and Jerry Schrader prepare pan-fried oyster specials on Tuesdays,

serve up a breakfast buffet on Saturdays and Sundays, and offer new dishes like shrimp and grits — large white shrimp sautéed in lobster-tomato broth ($15) and artichoke heart soufflé with crab. All of the restaurant’s sauces and dressings are made in-house, and their meat and fish are never frozen. The sirloin-brisket burgers, coupled with happy hour and a sunset, make this a worthy destination, season after season. 18617 Williams Lake Rd., Cheney, Wash. • 235-2391 • • $$$ KNIGHT’S DINER DINER A breakfast staple since 1949, Knight’s is also a love letter to Hillyard’s rail-riding past. The diner — whose employees steam and hand-peel 100 pounds of Idaho Russet potatoes daily — is housed in an old dining car from the Northern Pacific Railway. With plenty of bacon and eggs to go along with your taters, what else do you need? As one Yelp! commenter put it: “the staff was . . . friendly and the experience of dinning on an old NP rail car was very cool.” 2909 N. Market St., Spokane • 4840015 • • $ KOOTENAI CAFÉ CAFÉ Diners can gaze at Fourth Street traffic or the quaint murals as they enjoy the Harrison Hash for breakfast. Or the Canfield, which is hash browns smothered with gravy. The lunch crowd may be lured by the textured, crispy bottomless fries, which are cooked in zero-trans-fat oils, making them lighter than if they had been beer-battered. The rest of the menu is full of salads, hot dogs, sandwiches, and burgers. 206 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-5668 • • $ LAGUNA CAFÉ AMERICAN The atmosphere is welcoming; the leather couches comfortable enough to stay and chat with friends way past breakfast and lunch hours. Laguna’s biggest bragging right? Fabulous patio dining, a clever use of space for its live music, and a diverse choice of affordable meals. 4304 S. Regal St., Spokane • 448-0887 • $$ LATAH BISTRO NORTHWEST Latah Bistro’s menu is in constant motion, bringing new flavors and formats to Spokane. Notable dishes on a recent spring visit included pea-mint hummus and grilled asparagus with romesco, and spaghetti topped with grilled asparagus, red peppers, breadcrumbs and a fried egg crown. 4241 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd., Spokane • 8388338 • • $$$ LEMONGRASS FRENCH-ASIAN CAFE ASIAN A little Korean kimchi, Vietnamese pho soup, a French-inspired potatowrapped prawn. This is wonderfully eclectic fusion food, heavy on flavor but light on price in a casually elegant Coeur d’Alene restaurant. 309 E. Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-9777 • • $$

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Restaurants LENNY’S ITALIAN This classic Italian restaurant in Cheney offers the best of traditional Italy. The food and wine menu display tempting options for all food lovers. Guests can’t get enough of the veal parmesan and the fettuccini is made with reduced fresh cream. A great spot for the whole family. 1204 First St., Cheney, Wash. • 235-6126 • $$ LINDAMAN’S ECLECTIC It’s tough keeping up on the next big food trend, but Lindaman’s has managed to balance new flavors with classics for 28 years, to the delight of foodie regulars, some of whom, Lindaman insists, “come in every day.” Low-key lunch favorites include Merrilee’s wildly popular romaine salad, chicken pot pie, nanaimo bars, and a gluten-free peanut butter chocolate chip oatmeal cookie. 1235 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 838-3000 • • $$ LINNIE’S THAI CUISINE THAI The menu here is classic Thai — curries, satay, rice and noodle dishes. Linnie’s has been open for 25 years, and the staff is quick to say that they are the best Thai in town. Known for their fantastic pad thai and their famous housemade peanut sauce, Linnie’s serves many dishes that can be prepared gluten-free or vegetarian. End the meal with a dish of ice cream and sticky black rice. 1301 W. Third Ave, Spokane • 8380626 • $

LITTLE GARDEN CAFÉ CAFÉ Located in a sweet little salmon-colored stucco building across from Audubon Park, this little café reminds us of an English tearoom, with its cozy wicker chairs, pastries and of course, tea (along with some pretty darn good coffee). Children are welcome here — there’s even a space for them to play. Enjoy a juicy conversation or take advantage of the free wi-fi. 2901 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 328-5500 • • $

LOVITT AMERICAN Overlooking the Colville Valley and the farms that supply the fresh strawberries for its desserts, Lovitt uses only local and seasonal foods — even in the greenest towns, that’s a hard menu to find. Its offerings change with the crop yield, but vegetarian and vegan options abound and all pair well with the view of a sunset from the homey back porch. 149 Hwy. 395 S., Colville, Wash. • 509-684-5444 • lovittrestaurant. com • $$

LOCO DOGZ HOT DOGS Here’s a place that knows how to make a dog right. How about some crushed potato chips on that? Come in for the classic San Antonio with kickin’ chili, or chow down on a Wisconsin (brautwurst, fresh grilled sauerkraut, mustard). Innovative and dependable, one taste of Loco Dogz and you’ll be one of the pack. 313 First St., Cheney, Wash. • 235-7007 • • $

LUIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT ITALIAN Craving Italian? Voted Best in the Northwest for more than 10 years by Inlander readers, Luigi’s serves traditional Italian favorites. Although it’s tempting to fill up on the hot sourdough bread and garlic butter, pace yourself. Minestrone soup is next (why have a salad when their homemade soup is this good?), followed by an entree like veal piccata or chicken cacciatori. Need some gluten-free or carb-free options? No problem. 245 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-5226 • • $$

LONGHORN BARBECUE BARBECUE The Longhorn has been a Spokane institution since they set up shop back in the ’50s, and they have been filling the stomachs of the Inland Northwest with their massive portions ever since. The secret of their beloved barbecue? All of their ribs, steaks and chicken are smoked in pits with a combination of apple, cherry, alder and birch woods. 7611 W. Sunset Hwy. #2, Airway Heights, Wash. • 838-8372; 2315 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley • 924-9600 • • $$

The Manito Tap House’s yam chips. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

LUNA FINE DINING The Herbin’ Martini and other signature drinks bring in a steady number of lounge regulars, but Luna’s reputation comes from a consistently innovative menu made with impeccably chosen fresh and local ingredients. Whether you have a filet mignon, or a Luna Salad and frites, the elegant country-chic atmosphere makes it feel like a special occasion.” 5620 S. Perry St., Spokane • 448-2383 • lunaspokane. com • $$$ LUXE COFFEE COFFEE The elegant Luxe Coffeehouse, wine and beer bar is across the street from the Martin Woldson Theater on West First. The classy 475-square-foot space is maximized by gorgeous chandeliers, antique furniture and butter-yellow walls. Coffee by Anvil roasters; pastries by the north side’s Petit Chat Bakery. Perfect date and before- or after-event venue. 1017 W. First Ave., Spokane • 624-5514 • luxecoffeehouse • $ MACKENZIE RIVER PIZZA PIZZA With a northern Rockies lodge feel, eating pizza sounds much more cozy in this Montanabased chain. Nearly two dozen pizzas are on the menu, with toppings like pine nuts and mandarin oranges. Creative toppings rest on sourdough, natural grain, and thick or thin crust. All three Inland Northwest locations are spacious and work well for large groups and date nights alike. 9225 N. Nevada St., Spokane • 413-0143;2910 E. 57th Ave., Spokane • 315-9466; 405 W. Canfield Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208772-5111 • • $$


MADELEINE’S CAFÉ & PATISSERIE CAFÉ There’s been quite a to-do about Madeleine’s Reuben sandwich. And it’s kind of annoying because now that’s all anyone orders. How about the salad trio,

people? Or the Croque Madame? Why not get there early for the cinnamon rolls or pigs in a blanket? Fine. Just eat the Reuben. It really is that good. 707 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-2253 • • $$ MAGGIE’S SOUTH HILL GRILL ECLECTIC Well-crafted food doesn’t have to be outlandishly expensive. This South Hill fave is charming and good for families and takes pride in the details. Whether that means a hint of goat cheese on salads, Cajun tartar sauce with the fish and chips, or chipotle aioli on a roasted portobello sandwich. 2808 E. 29th, Spokane • 5364745 • • $$ MAIN MARKET DELI A healthy fix to a grumbling belly awaits you at the Main Market Deli. With pasta salads, sides, meats, soups and sandwiches made from all natural ingredients, this deli food is tasty and fresh. Gluten-free and vegan diets will find a delicious array of lunches here. Take a seat and enjoy the sunshine, or get it to go! 44 W. Main, Spokane • 458-2667 • • $ MANITO TAP HOUSE AND GASTROPUB GASTROPUB You could have predicted this one based solely on how hard it is to get a seat anywhere in this place — booths, tables, a single stool tucked away at the end of the bar — but it’s official: Inlander readers voted Manito Tap House the area’s best new restaurant. The Taphouse went gastropub and hit their mark, providing high-end comfort food with good ingredients at reasonable prices. Get the yam chips for God’s sake. 3011 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 279-2671 • • $$ MAPLE STREET BISTRO CAFÉ In a mostly desolate stretch of your northbound commute, this cozy eatery offers hugs in mugs and homemade comforts. Pull up for an agave cinnamon latte (a grahamcrackery dessert in a cup) or a freshly made panino (their breakfast version features French toast!) and a creamy homemade soup. 5520 N. Maple, Spokane • 443-3129 • • $ MARRAKESH MOROCCAN Floor seating? Don’t mind if we do! Immerse yourself in the ambiance of the Morrocan culture as you feast on a five-course meal. As the aroma of exotic spices waft through the air you’ll find yourself sinking deeper into your pillow seat. Not designed for a quick dine, allow yourself some time to enjoy this sensational experience. 1227 N. Divsion, Spokane • 328-9733 • $$$

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MASSELOW’S NORTHWEST Masselow’s is the only Eastern Washington restaurant to have ever received AAA’s Four Diamond Award, an honor earned by stringent attention to detail. Every detail. The atmosphere is beautiful, without being stuffy or pretentious. The food is carefully (and locally) sourced. The service is unparalled. And the complimentary fry bread is a lovely nod to the rich Native American history in our region. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 481-6020 • • $$$ MAX AT MIRABEAU FINE DINING Max may not seem like much from the outside, but its Epicurean Delight awards can’t be wrong. Try the huckleberry baby back pork ribs for a meaty and tasty local treat. 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • 922-6252 • • $$$ MICKDUFF’S BREWERY CO. PUB GRUB Known for their handcrafted beers, this Sandpoint brewery also features a menu of 11 different burgers. With locally grown beef, Mick Duff’s has several burgers of varying sizes, but they don’t leave the veggie crowd in the cold, offering both portobello and black-bean patties. Meat-eaters, check out the gouda burger, served with onions, gouda, bacon and homemade jalapeño sauce on ciabatta bread. The hand-cut, skin-on fries are some of the best in the Inland Northwest. 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208255-4351 • • $$ MILFORD’S FISH HOUSE SEAFOOD This iconic restaurant and bar has led a luxurious life. The original tavern opened in 1911 and was turned into a cigar store, market and barbershop. Original cigar cases, an antique mahogany bar, pin-up girls and stamped-tin ceilings exude a dim, masculine atmosphere. The finedining menu features modern yet playful fish and seafood dishes. Open for dinner only. 719 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 3267251 • • $$$ THE MILK BOTTLE RESTAURANT DINER You can’t go wrong with diner-style food and 1950s nostalgia, especially at this neighborhood icon, which is back after a fire nearly took it down for good. The retro-throwback restaurant at the heart of the Garland District takes customers back to a simpler time, when the burgers were served with homemade milkshakes, the fries were cut fresh, and the wait staff was friendly. You can relive the past with a huckleberry milkshake. 802 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 325-1772 • $

MISSION BISTRO AT CASSANO’S ITALIAN The bistro space inside family-owned Cassano’s Grocery is simple, homey and authentic, as is the menu: pizza, pasta and deli sandwiches all made fresh and from scratch. Their homemade lasagna is to die for and if you would rather test out your own Italian cooking skills, you can pick up all the desired ingredients, such as imported Italian cheeses, fresh-baked Tuscan bread and a multitude of spicy and sweet deli meats. 2002 E. Mission Ave., Spokane • 747-3888 • $ MIZUNA RESTAURANT & WINE BAR NORTHWEST Mizuna has an entire vegetarian dinner menu, including vegan options, so you’re sure to find something you like. Try the white bean hummus with Greek olives, grilled shiitake mushrooms, extra-virgin olive oil and house-made fennel crackers. For the main course, go for the autumn stew. Top all that with a great wine selection and decent everything else in an excellent, dark, slightly bohemian setting. 214 N. Howard, Spokane • 747-2004 • • $$$ MOLLY’S DINER When you go to Molly’s, you know a hearty meal is coming your way. No small plates or Asian fusion here — just a straightforward menu of American classics like BBQ ribs and chicken fried eggs. 224 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 624-4413 • $ MONTEREY CAFÉ PIZZA Maybe it’s the island theme, but there’s something about Monterey that beckons us to come in, sit all day, drink beer, eat pizza and sing karaoke. It’s a breezy, friendly place that’s open for lunch, dinner and late-night snacking. Choose from the massive menu of pizzas, or opt for a sandwich, a salad or some of their tasty hot dogs. 9 N. Washington St., Spokane • 868-0284 • • $ MOON TIME PUB Moon Time might be busiest during their dollar pint nights on Thursdays, but their burgers, sandwiches, salads and pasta are fresh all week long. The sundried tomato ravioli beats any of downtown’s Italian restaurants and the Moon Unit (a brownie topped with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce) is a simple but perfect way to top off your meal. 1602 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-2331 • • $$ MOSCOW BAGEL AND DELI SANDWICHES That’s right. A bagel shop, whose motto is “Changing the World One Bagel at a Time.” Their menu features more than 100 unique bagel sandwiches. And the best part, they’re open until 3 am, when you’re bound to see some amped-up college students wandering in to refuel. Where else can you get a meal and entertainment at that price? 310 S. Main St., Moscow • 208-882-5242 • • $


MARY LOU’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM Brought to you by Ed and Kris Ritchie, owners of the Garland Milk Bottle, Mary Lou’s Homemade Ice cream is a treat any time of year. Using fresh fruit from local farms, and an old fashioned ice cream maker, Mary Lou’s is fully equipped to satisfy your sweet tooth. 821 N. Evergreen Rd., Spokane Valley • 924-1611 • 0 • $


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Restaurants THE MUSTARD SEED ASIAN I used to walk miles to the Missoula Mustard Seed just to get a bowl of Chicken Osaka. Bong Bong Chicken was my second favorite. And guess what? More than 20 years later, they still are. (Both Mustard Seed and I now call Spokane home.) Chefs continue to add new pan-Asian infusions, like black bean and lime halibut, to their established menu of favorites. Northtown Mall, 4750 N. Division, Spokane • 483-1500 • • $$ NEATO BURRITO MEXICAN Get in line at this downtown burrito spot and grab one of the best burritos in the whole damn town. Pick your tortilla (flour, spinach, or what have you), bean (black, pinto), meat (or tofu), sour cream, salsa — you get the point. Prices are low and portions monstrous. While you’re munching on your veggie-friendly burrito goodness, take in the sounds of whoever happens to be playing at the Baby Bar that night. 827 W. First Ave., Spokane • 847-1234 • $ NECTAR ECLECTIC The twinkling glow of candles on tables with fresh flowers gives Nectar an almost ethereal atmosphere. The food, however, is what truly makes this a delightful spot. The ever-changing menu features gourmet items made using local ingredients, allowing you to treat yourself without breaking the bank. 105 W. Sixth St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-8825914 • • $$ NEXT DOOR ESPRESSO SANDWICHES Just like a next door neighbor, Next Door

Espresso knows your style and your routine. Located next to the Spokesman Review and the Federal Courthouse, this little gem is a central location for a lunch out of the office. Grab an herbal tea, a fresh sandwich, or a warm cup of soup and sit down in this airy coffeehouse. 903 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 455-7175 • • $ NO-LI BREWHOUSE PUB GRUB No-Li’s beer tends to get all the attention, but the solid selection of pub grup deserves props, too. Baked brie smothered in balsamic vinegar glaze. Oh yeah. Black bean nachos. Uh huh. Located within walking distance of Gonzaga’s campus, No-Li’s patio on the banks of the Spokane River is one of the best around. 1003 E. Trent, Spokane • 242-2739 • • $ NOODLE WORKS ASIAN CUISINE ASIAN Donna Byrd’s signature sauces, from the slightly nutty-toned Tokyo teriyaki to the refreshing Shanghai lemongrass to the flavorful spicy Mandarin orange are made fresh daily and are featured in every menu item: noodle or rice bowls ($7-$7.50), wraps ($6.50-$7) salads ($5.50 - $7.50) and the children’s menu ($4). 829 E. Boone Ave. , Spokane • 315-9398 • $ NOSWORTHY’S HALL OF FAME DINER Bigger is better here: beer in a 32-ounce schooner, three-egg omelets and halfpound burgers. Like dining in your coolest friend’s man-cave, but it won’t cost a king’s ransom. Bring cash. Your credit card’s no good here. 4045 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-6161 • $

Baked goods at the Petit Chat Village Bakery run from croissants to quiche. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

OLD EUROPEAN BREAKFAST This breakfast and lunch house takes pride in their made-from-scratch goods. Whether you like your morning meal French, Scandinavian or German, Old European has you covered. Think Swedish crepes, Dutch babies and German Pancakes. The orange juice is always fresh squeezed. And while breakfast is served all day, Old European has a nice, big lunch menu. 7640 N. Division, Spokane • 467-5987; 455 S. Grand Ave. , Pullman, Wash. • 334-6381 ; 1710 E. Schneidmiller, Post Fallls, Idaho • 208-777-2017 • oldeuropean-restaurant. com • $ THE ONION BURGERS Hearty burgers and towers of onion rings promise to send your family home happy. Friendly, prompt service is a plus, and while the ’50s traditional roadside diner atmosphere might be a bit overwhelming for adults, the more things kids have to look at while they munch, the happier they (not to mention their parents) seem. 302 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 747-3852; 7522 N. Division, Spokane • 482-6100 • • $$ THE OVAL OFFICE MEDITERRANEAN Post Falls is a small but mighty mecca for foodies. Just down the street from the White House Grill, this sister restaurant’s quaint and romantic flair makes it the perfect spot for couples. The Northwestern cuisine is all-at-once rugged, with New York steaks, and fresh and inventive, with grilled swordfish and kiwi salsa. 620 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-2102 • wwhitehousegrill. com • $$ PALENQUE MEXICAN This mini-chain of Mexican restaurants has managed to bookend Spokane a location to the west in Cheney and another out in Liberty Lake. The affordably priced yet classy eatery serves up a traditional take on Mexican fare while also not skimping on creativity. If you’re out in Cheney, the newer location, opened in April of 2012 features a menu complete with your typical tacos and burritos, but also mole and innovative versions of enchiladas 1102 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash. • 928-3112 • 20 Simpson Parkway, Cheney • 235-9010 • • $


PALM COURT GRILLE FINE DINING The Davenport Hotel renovated its Palm Court Grill in September 2011, adding a bar in the middle of the space and televisions for the sporting crowd. Along with this change came the decision to drop the restaurant’s dress code, making for fine dining in a more casual, relaxed environment. The menu, however, has not suffered. In fact, the Davenport brought back some old favorites while also adding new items, like the grilled pork porterhouse, an oven-roasted chicken breast and the wild Alaskan salmon fillet. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St. , Spokane • 789-

6848 • palmcourt PARADISE CREEK BREWERY PUB GRUB Paradise Creek finally gives you an excuse to use the words “adorable” and “beer” in the same sentence. Located in an antique post office, this place has mastered the art of taking the old and adding flair, from the atmosphere down to the menu. Case in point: root beer barbeuce sauce. 235 SE Paradise St., Pullman, Wash. • 338-9463 • • $$ PERRY STREET CAFÉ CAFÉ Owners Geoffrey and Debbie White have been serving breakfast and lunch in this clean, well-lit place since 2006, but at the end of 2011, they began to re-open for dinner Thursday through Saturday. Almost everything is made from scratch, from the pot roast to the meatloaf. You can choose between beef (steak, meatloaf, pot roast), pork (baby-back ribs, pork tenderloin), chicken (fettuccine, teriyaki, mango) or seafood (fettuccine, trout) entrees. 1002 S. Perry St., Spokane • 535-4949 • • $ PETE’S PIZZA PIZZA Welcoming families and patrons since 1972, Pete’s does not disappoint. Called “The Calzone King,” by some locals, Pete’s offers food that’s great for after class (there’s one near Gonzaga) or on your way home (there’s another on Northwest Boulevard). Their secret-recipe, homemade pizza dough is blanketed in sweet, slightly spicy marinara sauce and piled with fresh ingredients. Enjoy it in traditional pizza form or wrapped up as a calzone. 821 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • 4879795; 2328 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 326-1900 • • $ PETIT CHAT VILLAGE BAKERY BAKERY After three years of success baking bread in their Whitworth-area location and selling it in grocery stores, owners Brenda and Kevin Gerhart expanded their store in 2012. The spacious 2,000-square-foot dining area has booths, long tables and benches, bistro tables and comfortable chairs perfect for readers. The menu has been expanded, too. Petit Chat’s chocolate croissants ($3.25) have a semi-sweet chocolate interior and a light and flaky exterior. Their savory croissants ($4.25) are stuffed with thick-sliced ham and generous Swiss cheese. 9910 N. Waikiki Rd., Spokane • 468-2720 • petitchatvillagebakery • $ PHO 999 VIETNAMESE The building isn’t much to look at, and the menu is simple: nearly two-dozen kinds of pho, depending on what meats are in the broth. This is not evidence of a lack of imagination. It is a sign of focus. If you want the best pho in Spokane, this is the place. Try the

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housemade lemongrass-and-jalapeno sauce in sesame oil. Wonderful. 2904 E. Sprague, Spokane • 535-7300 • $

steak and sandwich joints in North Idaho. 1658 E. Miles Ave., Hayden Lake, Idaho • 208-772-7711 • • $$

PHO VAN VIETNAMESE Affordable Vietnamese food? Yes, please! Soothing atmosphere, swanky décor, and friendly service are characteristic of this family owned restaurant. Enjoy large portions of your favorite Pho or soup. 2909 N. Division, Spokane • 326-6470 • $

PORKY G’S BARBECUE Eliminating the overhead means lower-priced lunch specials, like Porky G’s authentic, Southern-style pulled-pork sandwich and a drink for $5. All smoking is done in a closed barbecue pit, and the meats take on a special flavor thanks to the seasoned woods used in the smoking process, which takes as long as 14 hours. The restaurant features a bevy of beef, pork, chicken and sausage options, ranging from sandwiches to big ol’ racks of ribs. 1527 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-0044 • • $$

PITA PIT SANDWICHES Based out of Coeur d’Alene, this healthy fast-food chain has recently added a few new flavors to its menu, including a black-bean pita for vegetarians. The best part is, the downtown Spokane location is open until 3 am, so your craving for hummus can be filled into the wee hours of the morning. 707 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-5072; 6314 N. Ash St., Spokane • 324-6453; 818 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • 483-7482; 600 NE Colorado St., Pullman, Wash. • 332-7482; 900 N. Highway 41, Post Falls, Idaho • 773-7200; 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane • 926-7482; 116 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-8989; 320 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208664-1738; 271 W. Prairie Shopping Center, Hayden, Idaho • 208-772-7600; 317 W. Sixth St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-7482 • • $ PIZZA RITA PIZZA Long a lunch-time destination of North Central High School students, this pizza joint has now expanded to three Spokane locations, and one in Ellensburg. Clearly, the secret is in the sauce. The pepperoni, as always, may be the most popular, but the BBQ chicken pizza is clearly the superior choice. Post a video about Pizza Rita on YouTube, the pizza place promises, and receive $20 in Pizza Rita bucks for free. 502 W. Indiana,• 325-3284; 201 N. Pines • 926-2932; STA Plaza • 838-5100 • • $ THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE PUB GRUB Like its sisters — Moon Time, the Elk and the Two Seven — The Porch offers something that’s hard to find anywhere else: a casual atmosphere with a menu that pushes the limits. Try the 74th Street Gumbo and a microbrew or the Swimming Angel Thai noodle dish and a glass of wine — sure to stand out against the crowd of

POST STREET ALEHOUSE PUB GRUB Post Street’s prime downtown Spokane location, across from the Davenport Hotel, draws a mix of businessmen, concertgoers, sports fans and college kids. If you go, try the Best Ever Cheeseburger, which pairs well with the Alehouse Sauce. Feeling more adventurous? Go for the fried pickle, a sweet, deep-fried morsel that can be enjoyed with one of their 26 beers. 1 N. Post St., Spokane • 789-6900 • • $ THE Q PUB GRUB Located just across the hall from Northern Quest’s slots area, the Q is a sports bar that does everything big — big menu, big 22-inch hot dogs and a giant, 30-foot-by-10-foot HD television (among many other TVs). They’ve got an ample selection of sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and “’zones,” but if you’re there for a game and some beers, you might just consider plowing through their appetizer menu: wings, nachos, pretzels, prawns, calamari, steak bites and more. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • • $ QUEEN OF SHEBA ETHIOPIAN Queen of Sheba knows a thing or two about preparing vegetarian food that you’re not going to find anywhere else. We recommend the yeme shir kikwat, which is split red lentils cooked in berbere sauce or the shiro, crowned chick peas mildly spiced and cooked with chopped onions and tomatoes. There’s also the yatakilt alicha, with cabbage, carrots and potatoes sautéed with peppers, onion and garlic. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 328-3958 • • $$ RANCHO CHICO MEXICAN A moment after entering this colorful spot, you will invariably be greeted at the door with an “Hola, amigo!” It’s worth going just for the original margarita. Their rice is authentic and flavorful, and somehow it tastes even better to the tunes of mariachi music. You can also buy their hot salsa to take home. 2023 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 327-2723; 9205 N. Division, Spokane • 467-0022 • • $$

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PICABU NEIGHBORHOOD BISTRO ECLECTIC Picabu attributes its longstanding success to its menu’s flexibility. Rather than offering a segregated section for vegetarians or the allergy-prone, it simply tweaks its dishes to cater to customers’ needs. Try anything with fire sauce on it. Creamy, garlicky, with a spicy kick, this house-made condiment is served on everything, from prawns to pasta, or tofu, if you so desire ($8-12). Oh, and they have peanut butter pie. 901 W. 14th Ave., Spokane • 624-2464 • picabu-bistro. com • $$

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Dining Lunch & Dinner, Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am till 9:30pm Dinner, Sunday 4:00pm till 8:30pm 401 W. Main Ave. | (509) 747-3946

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Authentic French Pastry, Casual French Dining

When we opened our doors in 2007, we set out to deliver authentic French pastry, where freshness is measured in hours, not days, and diners can enjoy rustic French cuisine, in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Today, we still do all that, and more. Our days are longer, fuller, and measured not only by the freshness of our pastry, but the number of friends who walk through our door. Thank you Spokane, for five incredible years!

Pastry, Crepes & Espresso Breakfast & Lunch Served Every Day Dinner, Friday & Saturday nights 509-624-2253 | 707 W Main Ave |

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a casual, yet upscale dining option featuring items made from scratch with organic, fresh and local ingredients. lunch

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intriguing wine & spirits

1007 W. 1st Ave • Downtown Spokane, • (509) 456-5656 501 E. Sherman • Downtown Coeur d’Alene • (208) 930-4762 ANNUAL MANUAL 2012-2013 THE INLANDER |

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Restaurants THE RED DOOR NORTHWEST The Red Door is Moscow’s go-to place for imaginative Northwest cuisine, with an allegiance to the Slow Food philosophy and attention to quality. If you’re there in the summer, you might want to take advantage of the sidewalk seating; the passing conversations are never dull. Before you make the trip, stop and remember, they’re closed on Sundays and Mondays. 215 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-7830 • $$ RED LION BBQ & PUB BARBECUE First thing to note, for those who like adult beverages: They’re strong and cheap here. Then there’s the reasonably priced barbecue and the mouth-watering fry bread. Unique in that this place stays open well into the late-night hours, the Red Lion — a longtime Spokane nightlife stalwart — serves barbecue standards like tri-tip and ribs, but they also do salmon and a long list of hot sandwiches. 126 N. Division, Spokane • 835-5466 • redlionbarbeque. com • $-$$ RED TAIL GRILL PUB GRUB This Northwest themed grill located in the Couer d’Alene Casino is all about customer comfort. Formerly known as “the gathering place,” Red Tail provides a menu that’s better than the standard pub fare, with chili lime marinated carne

asada, smoked brisket sandwiches and their signature Indian tacos, made with a traditional fry bread recipe and topped with buffalo chili. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Highway 95, Worley, Idaho • 800523-2464 • • $$ REVIVE COFFEE/THE LAUNDRY ROOM CAFE This chipper coffee shop abuts a hip laundromat and is within driving distance of Whitworth University. It’s not surprising, then, to find that Revive attracts studious types seeking proper laundry facilities. 6704 N. Nevada St., Spokane • 315-8945 • • $ RINCON TAPATIO MEXICAN Rincon Tapatio is at the top of the familyowned-Mexican-restaurant ladder, especially if you’re one of those people who differentiate between a taquito and flauta. We appreciate the menu’s variety (extended categories include “eggs,” “vegetarian” and “American”), the presentation of entrees (on hubcap-sized platters), and the overhead sombrero lamps. 3207 N. Market St., Spokane • 483-2967 • $ RIVER’S EDGE BUFFET BUFFET Hands down the most luxurious buffet you’ll find in the Inland Northwest — thanks to a million dollar expansion and renovation summer of 2012. This isn’t a cafeteria-style buffet. You’ll be waited on here, with

servers bringing you drinks and offering to bring you seconds of their wood-fired artisan pizza. Four “action” stations allow guests to interact with the chefs and customize orders to their taste. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • $$ ROCK CITY GRILL ECLECTIC Rock City departs from the slightly hokey decor found in many Italian restaurants with its cool, clean atmosphere replete with large windows, sleek chairs and classic rock playing in the background. The “East meets West” pizza is by far the oddest thing on the menu, though probably also the most delicious, with half of the pie covered in peanut sauce and shrimp and the other smothered in buffalo sauce and chicken. Gluten-free crust and pasta is available on request and if you’re over 21, don’t miss Rock City’s Blue Martini Lounge. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 455-4400 • rockcitygrill. com • $$ ROCKET BAKERY CAFÉ/BAKERY This locally owned bakery and coffee shop has grown to become a Spokane institution, with six locations in the area. Unlike that behemoth coffee franchise from Seattle, each Rocket location has its own unique vibe. A relaxed atmosphere and free Wi-Fi make these coffee oases ideal places to linger. The Rocket features art by local

artists and serves Caffe Vita farm-direct coffee. The scones are a must-try. No wonder Inlander readers have voted them a favorite the Best Of readers poll for more than 15 years. 1325 W. First Ave., Spokane • 747-1834; 319 W. Hastings Rd. , Spokane • 465-1500; 903 W. Garland Ave. , Spokane • 325-8909; 1301 W. 14th Ave. , Spokane • 456-3534; Holley Mason Bldg.,157 S. Howard St., Spokane • 838-3887; 3315 N. Argonne Rd., Millwood, Wash. • 462-234 • • $ ROCKET MARKET CAFÉ/DELI The wine selection at this gas station-turnedyuppie-mecca is enough to draw the middle-class professionals from the surrounding neighborhoods, but they’ll stay for the recently expanded deli, lovely dining space and summertime live music. And, they might even fill ‘er up while they’re there. 726 E. 43rd Ave., Spokane • 343-2253 • • $ ROCKWOOD BAKERY BAKERY This bakery feels like stepping into a huge dining room with a well-equipped kitchen in somebody’s home. This makes sense, given that it’s sandwiched between houses on a quiet street across from Manito Park. The catch is that most people’s houses aren’t this crowded all the time, since Rockwood Bakery is indeed one of the most popular bakeries on the South Hill. The cuisine befits the setting, with ready-to-go sandwiches, coffee and

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treats to take to the park. Their selection of quiches is good; better is the different varieties of muffins they carry. 315 E. 18th Ave., Spokane • 747-8691 • $ ROKKO’S TERIYAKI AND BARBECUE JAPANESE Seattleites David and Inez Hall couldn’t believe the lack of dining options in Cheney while they were in town helping their daughter settle in as an Eastern student, so they opened this place, serving generous portions of Japanese comfort food cooked to order in the open kitchen and served in to-go boxes like authentic street food. 506 First St. , Cheney, Wash. • 359-8010 • facebook. com/RokkosTeriyaki • $ ROLL STORY SUSHI Located next to Froyo Earth and Starbucks, Roll Story is hoping to piggyback on the success of its minimall neighbors. Looking for dessert or have a picky kid that doesn’t like sushi? No problem. Down some sushi or a bento box and then go next door for frozen yogurt. Most menu items are under $10 — like the seaweed salad ($3), served in a smokeblue martini glass garnished with lemon.

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The result is a cool, refreshing blend of textures and flavors. 172 S. Division, Spokane • 474-0572 • $ RON’S DRIVE-IN BURGERS If you’re a fan of Zip’s fast food (and who isn’t?), Ron’s is right up your alley. Cheap, filling food, ranging from burgers to corn dogs to fish and chips to “broasted chicken” are all at your command. The “Big R” burger makes for a tasty specialty. The “Big Big R” is even bigger — thus, better. 12502 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 924-4660 • • $ ROSA’S ITALIAN MARKET & DELI ITALIAN Tina-Marie Schultz has opened a gem in Post Falls — an inconspicuous Post Falls deli and market overflowing with East Coast Italian fare. Sit down and have a meatball sandwich in the tiny dining room, or take home some eggplant parm and hard-to-find sweets, like cannoli and sfogliatelle. The family-style Friday-night dinners are, arguably, some of the best Italian you can get in the area. Everything is homemade. And everything is delicious. 120 E. Fourth Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208777-7400 • • $ RUSTLER’S ROOST DINER There’s nowhere else in North Idaho to get a breakfast like this. With huge portions, cowboy decor and the warm hospitality of a small-town diner, Rustler’s Roost is our No. 1 recommendation for anyone looking



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Cocktail culture has arrived in the Inland Northwest!


DIY Mixology Where to look for homemade infusions, liqueurs and bitters


e might not have seen it coming 10 years ago, but it was inevitable that we would begin to see local bars breaking out the Mason jars and experimenting with their own infusions, liqueurs and bitters. “Local” and “house-made” have been key words in the food world for years, and the recent renaissance of classic cocktails — the more obscure and exotic the ingredients, the better — lends itself well to the DIY approach, allowing a bar to stand out and a bartender to show off her creativity. So what can you find in the Inland Northwest? Many local bartenders have only begun to experiment, and their inventory changes frequently. But here are a couple of places to look.


(924 W. Garland Ave.) It’s hard to find a bar in Spokane that’s more dedicated to the art and science of the cocktail than this Garland-neighborhood joint. Last we checked, its bartenders had stocked their own bitters, all-spice dram, Thai chili tincture and falernum (a fruity syrup used in many tropical drinks). They’d also been infusing gin, with Earl Grey tea, lemongrass and cedar.


EL QUE (141 S. Cannon St.)

El Que pioneered the use of infusions in Spokane. On a recent visit, they were infusing Jimador tequila with cucumber, beet, grape and basil, strawberry, nutmeg, horseradish, and — their old standby — ghost pepper.

THE BLACK CYPRESS (215 E. Maple Ct., Pullman)

This upscale gem in the Palouse focuses on local. So the apples in their

apple cordial come from WSU’s orchards. The herbs in their housemade allspice bitters come from their own garden. The mint in their mojito comes from a farm that’s been in a friend’s family for 100 years. Try the Overnighter, with rosemary-infused gin, the apple cordial, lime juice and grenadine.

WILD SAGE (916 W. Second Ave.)

Manager Tom Sciortino says he uses anything “that strikes my fancy” in the bar’s infusions. Sometimes that means herbs, but usually it means fruit — pomegranate brandy, peach vodka in the summer. His standby is a quince-infused gin, which he serves with muddled cucumber and a spritz of rose water.

SAPPHIRE LOUNGE (901 W. First Ave.)

Sapphire manager Aaron Mock started experimenting with infusions in the spring of 2012 and is quickly picking up speed. Last we checked, he had on-hand some strawberry rum, cucumber gin and habanero tequila — the latter of which he serves with ruby red grapefruit juice and St. Germain.


(315 E. Wallace Ave., CdA) This progressive Coeur d’Alene cocktail bar makes its own simple syrups (lemon and rosemary, jalapeño), infusions (bacon vodka, horseradish vodka, ginger vodka) and five different kinds of bitters (five-pepper, huckleberry, aromatic, ginger-pear and lemon), though they’re working on about seven more. – JOEL SMITH

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Restaurants SAFARI ROOM ECLECTIC The little sibling of the Davenport’s Peacock Room, the Safari Room wants to mimic the gilded age splendor of the original while keeping the space uber-bright — it’s less a “room” than a wide-point in the hotel lobby — and giving it an air of Hemingway-style masculinity. The drink menu is huge, and the top-shelf selection is extensive. The food offerings span breakfast lunch and dinner, as you’d expect, and come heavy on the casual, offering a lot of hand food and other bistro-style accoutrements. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post, Spokane • 789-6800 • dining/safariroom • $$ SANDWICH GARDENS SANDWICHES When Sandwich Gardens re-opened after a decade MIA, Spokane swooned. Now that they’ve been at it awhile, the crush has stuck: The sandwiches are big, tasty and, best of all, affordable. Plus, the tables are smack dab in a great place to peoplewatch at the mall. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 838-3376 • • $

Need a quiet lunch? Done. Live music? On occasion. A place to start a raucous night of partying? Covered. Their buffalo chicken sandwich is killer, as is their beer selection. And there’s nothing wrong with staying there all night, if that’s your scene. 21 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 473-9455 • • $$

cones. Your kids will turn into sticky, sugar-high crazies, but it’s completely worth it. Also check out their selection of sandwiches (including a breakfast bagel that blows the Rocket’s out of the water) and, in summer, their excellent patio. 1001 W. 25th Ave., Spokane • 535-7171 • • $

SANTORINI’S GREEK CUISINE GREEK We guarantee Santorini’s is the only Greek place in town that will play the Glee soundtrack while you’re enjoying gyros, spanakopita and other traditional fare. This white-and-blue building in the heart of downtown has old-world charm that will take you to the Greek isles. That is, at least until Rachel Berry starts belting show tunes again. 112 N. Howard St., Spokane • 456-2349 • $$

SATELLITE DINER & LOUNGE DINER Slide in to this spot late at night, take a seat at the rambunctious bar and try one of their famous Bloody Marys. The Satellite serves up diner favorites at affordable prices at all hours, with a breakfast you have to see to believe. Not to mention, it’s open till 4am. 425 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 624-3952 • • $

SCRATCH FINE DINING Much has changed since Connie Naccarato and Jason Rex opened their flagship restaurant, Scratch, in 2008, but it’s still going strong. Between its dramatically lit brick walls lies the embodiment of contemporary Northwest cuisine: steak and seafood with a splash of Asian fusion in flavors and presentation, and more Technicolor martinis than you could every hope to guzzle in one night. 1007 W. First Ave., Spokane • 456-5656; 501 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-930-4762 • • $$$

SAPPHIRE LOUNGE FINE DINING The jewel in the Hotel Ruby crown slings drinks and bites. A glass bubble chandelier spills glass orbs from the ceiling and a mosaic of stained glass cut-outs illuminate the bar. Order a specialty flatbread or split some bread pudding. 901 W. First, Spokane • 747-1041 • • $ SARANAC PUBLIC HOUSE PUB GRUB Friday night, you’re not doing anything, but you’re on Main in Downtown Spokane. The solution? Attack the Nac! The Saranac Public House, that is. This is the type of place that does it all — and does it well.

SAVORY RESTAURANT & LOUNGE FINE DINING Take a seat on the spacious patio and try one of the 20 new micro beers on tap. There are also nightly specials you’ll want to stick around for. Try the Chicken Pot Pie and every dessert on the menu. 1314 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 315-8050 • • $$ THE SCOOP FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM The Scoop is the South Hill’s perfect hideaway for families, bike geeks, and bike-geek families. The small neighborhood parlor has technicolor walls and a kids corner and serves sinfully delicious ice cream on homemade waffle

SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE ECLECTIC This 200-seat, 9,000-square-foot space is a massive undertaking for a town the size of Coeur d’Alene, and it has an equally outsized menu of some 30 options (grilled cheese to a New York steak), aimed at the entire spectrum of price points ($8-$29 respectively). 209 Lakeside Ave, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-8008 • • $$


SANTE EUROPEAN Chef Jeremy Hansen makes his own sausages and cured meats, and all the sauces, dressings and condiments are made from scratch, too. But this upscale European eatery is also surprisingly

veggie-friendly, with a vegetarian quiche du jour and a vegetable sandwich with tomato, basil, zucchini, eggplant, goat cheese and balsamic, all on a baguette. Just about anything on the Santé menu can be made vegetarian or vegan; just ask your server. 404 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 315-4613 • • $$


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Restaurants Second Avenue Pizza Pizza Ever actually weighed a pizza? The Juke Box Special pizza at Sandpoint’s Second Avenue Pizza weighs in at a shocking seven pounds. Other “piled-high specialty pizzas” are also heavy-duty, with fresh ingredients for the summer boating crowd or those who need an after-mountain meal. Speaking of which, the Schweitzer Ski Flake might grab your attention with spinach, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, feta and asiago cheese and black olives.  215 S. Second Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-9321 • • $$ Sergio’s Mexican Sports Grill Mexican Sergio’s is a sports fan’s paradise. With 39 flat screen TVs and almost every premium sports channel available, it’s the ultimate man-cave with savory daily specials and unbeatable happy hour prices. The menu is made-up of traditional Mexican favorites like tacos, flautas and chimis, along with some traditional pub fare like wings and burgers thrown in.  825 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 747-2085 • • $ The Service Station Café It feels like a café version of a Swiss Army Knife; and depending on the time of day you’re in there, there is no telling what this multifaceted venue may be hosting. From an organization putting on a fund raiser to a wedding reception in the concert hall

later in the evening, this predominantly Whitworth University Study Hall East manages to pull it all off without feeling unwieldy. As for the food, most of it is of the warm-up and serve variety, but the coffee-and-hangout factor makes it a can’t-miss joint.  9315 N. Nevada St., Spokane • 466-1696 • servicestationcoffee. com • $ The Shop Coffee/Sandwiches Recently renovated, the Shop is brighter and more inviting than ever before, but still maintains the industrial vibe that draws hipsters and families with equal success. The locally roasted coffee is enough to make you linger, but the piles of books and games mean you might want to allot some extra time when visiting. With bagels that can’t be beat and vegan options available, it’s no wonder the Shop functions as a community hub for the neighborhood.  924 S. Perry St., Spokane • 534-1647 • • $ The Sidebar & Grill American Judicially themed, the Sidebar takes its cues from its location across from the Spokane County courthouse… get it? One of the few places where you can get fish tacos, buffalo burgers and chicken wraps in the same place. Everything on the menu is under $10 and they offer delivery. They can lock us up anytime, as long as they handcuff us to the BBQ chicken quesadilla. 1011 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 2905100  • • $

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Slick Rock Burrito Mexican A staple in the local burrito scene since 1996, Slick Rock serves eight specialty burritos (styles include Thai chicken, barbecue, etc.) and does custom builds at its hip but modest store. And almost everything comes in under $7. For all you daredevils out there, Slick Rock serves ghost pepper chili salsa. That’s right, salsa made with the world’s third-hottest pepper. Just be sure to have a glass of milk nearby. 2926 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 747-6041 • slickrockburrito. com • $ Smokies Log Cabin Barbecue For the last several years, owner Janet Bonser has been trucking her mobile log cabin trailer to cater weddings and backyard barbecues. She’s still in the catering biz — she’ll do on- or off-site service. But when a drive-through coffee shop closed on East Trent last year, she parked her trailer behind it, reopened its windows and set up shop. Open weekdays for lunch and dinner, Smokie’s took home top honors at the 2010 Inland Northwest Barbecue competition, a distinction you’ll be reminded of upon biting into their beef brisket. 3415 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 209-6119 • $ Soulful Soups & Spirits Café Two words: beer bread. Soulful is a place with, you guessed it, original soups on rotation, and earns high marks for their exceptionaly soft and tasty beer bread. With a cozy, intimate atmosphere, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options abound. It’s an eclectic feel, both in the menu and in the music. Closed for a few hours in the late afternoon, the spot soon opens again in the evening, making it ideal for lunch or after-work drinks.  117 N. Howard St., Spokane • 459-1190 • • $ South Fork Public House American College towns aren’t typically known for their classy restaurants with high-quality customer service and a commitment to hospitality. South Fork breaks that mold. Try the Cougar Gold Mac & Cheese, which uses a local and delicious favorite ingredient, and don’t forget to pay the full bar a visit. 1680 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 332-3675 • southforkpublichouse. com • $$


South Perry Pizza Pizza It’s hard to believe. Less than three years ago, South Perry Pizza became the first full-service dinner restaurant in the neighborhood, spearheading its transformation into a destination spot. From the minimalist interior to a menu that covers the basics, simplicity is their mantra. And it works. Classic pies such as the house pizza ($14) — which features pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage and caramelized onions — satisfy the traditionalists, while the mascarponebased prosciutto pizza ($14) is more reminiscent of its European counterparts. 1011 S. Perry St., Spokane • 290-6047 • • $$

Spencer’s for Steaks and Chops Steak Spencer’s delivers top-notch, no-nonsense food in an elegant setting. They use the highest quality dry-aged USDA Prime cuts and cook them at temperatures up to 1600 to sear in the juices.The filet is so tender, you practically don’t need a knife. The strawberry shortcake gives you the most bang for your buck. Spencer’s also hosts wine tastings and cooking demonstrations for a classy, creative night out. Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Ct., Spokane • 744-2372 • spencersforsteaksandchops. com • $$$ Steam Plant Brewing Co. and Pub Eclectic You could argue that Steam Plant Brewing Co. and Pub, is Spokane’s most iconic restaurant: What other eatery has giant smokestacks sprouting from the top of it? The restaurant and brewpub rebranded this past year, keeping a sort of “greatest hits” menu of Steam Plant favorites. There’s steak and fish and, of course, lots of beer-infused recipes — like the kalbi steak skewers, marinated in a wheat ale. Don’t miss happy hour, where appetizers are half-off. But get there early: Steam Plant is truly a local favorite, which means they’re rarely empty. 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 777-3900 • • $$ Steelhead Bar and Grille Pub grub With good prices, better burgers and fantastic shoestring fries, the Steelhead has long been considered one of the cornerstones in downtown Spokane’s dining scene. General manager Chad Rouse attributes their success to a great happy hour. From 3-6 pm, world-weary 9-to-5ers are known to congregate over a $2.50 pint (or $5 schooner if it’s been an especially hard day). 218 N. Howard St., Spokane • 747-1303 • • $$ Stella’s Café Café Taking over the J-Walk Bakery, Tony Brown offers vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike a variety of yummy lunch options. The tofu banh mi is the cafe’s best seller so far, consisting of soy and ginger marinated tofu topped with pickled daikan radish, pickled cucumber, pickled carrots, pickled red pepper, cilantro and sriracha aioli. Of their four vegetarian sandwiches, three are vegan. 917 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 326-6475 • • $ Stix Bar & Grill Eclectic The best thing about this sister bar to Twigs is its massive drink menu (think eight mojito varieties and 12 beers on tap). But Stix also offers some of the northside’s best bar food: sandwiches, seafood and stone oven pizzas, plus hummus, flatbread and tempura asparagus. Don’t miss Happy Hour (2-6 pm, 9 pm-close daily) for dollaroff beer and wine or $2 off signature martinis. 9820 N. Nevada, Spokane • 468-9820 • • $$

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SUSHI SAKAI SUSHI Despite being set up in what looks like an old diner, Sushi Sakai offers a delightful atmosphere and delicious sushi, ranging from the California roll to the more adventurous Rattlesnake roll. They’ve also got a fine selection of sake, which, despite being made from rice, gets you soused. Handle with care. 11520 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 922-9960 • • $ SUSHI.COM SUSHI Don’t bother going to online. It doesn’t exist. Just go to the downtown joint that rolls some of the finest sushi around. recently upped its game with an interior redesign. But it didn’t have to do anything to its rolls. They were always awesome. Go there at lunch for its bento-style combos. 430 W. Main, Spokane • 838-0630 • • $ SWAGAT INDIAN CUISINE INDIAN Pargat Singh’s delectable dishes had been sitting dormant for far too long, but our area is able to enjoy his recipes and techniques once again. Five years after selling his share of the now-defunct Bombay Palace in downtown Spokane, Singh opened Swagat Indian Cuisine in Spokane Valley. There are 87 items on the menu, which might be overwhelming. But “swagat” means “welcome” in Punjabi, so if you’re new to north-Indian fare or if it’s just been a while, the servers will be happy to guide you on this culinary adventure. 14415 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 315-8785 • • $ SWEET B CUPCAKES BAKERY Over in Idaho, Sweet B does six flavors daily, with weekly specials like the S’mores. It’s a graham-cracker base with rich chocolate nestled inside a moist chocolate cake. And to capture the campfire flavor, they toast the marshmallow topping with a minitorch. 501 Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • (208) 704-2506 • SWEET FROSTINGS BAKERY This place is doing dessert right. The cheerful, pastel-colored bakery offers everything sugary and sweet, including its signature cupcakes, which are iced with soft pillows of frosting and topped off with a tiny fondant heart in the center. Popular flavors are chocolate salted caramel, orange dreamsicle and Grandma’s red velvet. Sweet Frostings offers more than just cupcakes, though, with specialty cakes, gelato, French macarons, whoopee pies, and more. 15 S. Washington, Spokane • 242-3845 • $

SWEET LOU’S AMERICAN Head to Sweet Lou’s beautiful Pend Oreille location, where you can indulge in hand-cut steaks and dare yourself to try the peanut butter and bacon sandwich. With a full bar and happy hour specials, takeout is offered so you can revel in the crowd favorite chicken-fried steak at home. The atmosphere is relaxed and family friendly, and the ribs are perfection: juicy, tender and buried in your sauce of choice. 46624 Highway 200, Hope, Idaho • 208-2645999 • • $ SWEET TOOTH BAKERY AND ESPRESSO BAKERY Gary Wheeler has previously baked for Winchell’s Donuts and owned other establishments before opening Sweet Tooth in Newman Lake. One bite into a vanilla Persian and it becomes obvious Wheeler knows his way around batter, butter and sugar. The Wheelers also bake veterinarian-approved pupcakes and other treats for dogs. Their drive-thru is great for fishermen, who can call ahead on their way to the lakes and by 6 am pick up sack lunches containing a sandwich, beverage, a cookie and chips ($8). 24921 E. Trent Ave., Newman Lake, Wash. • 226-4449 • $ SWEETIE PIE CAFÉ CAFÉ The owners make their pies from scratch using old family recipes. Sophie’s Chocolate Cream Pie was their first creation and remains a staple today, with a lightly salted crust bringing out the rich chocolate flavors. In addition to rotating pies, the two ladies also serve a full lunch menu, featuring sandwiches and various kinds of quiche. 1724 W. Carlisle, Spokane • 328-4458 • $ THE SWINGING DOORS PUB GRUB Watch your favorite sports team on one of the Swinging Doors 60 televisions and get a free steak dinner on your birthday. Does it get any better? It’s a fun atmosphere with games galore and classic pub fare. 1018 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 326-6794 • • $ SYRINGA JAPANESE CAFÉ JAPANESE Seriously great sushi with a rockin’ attitude is what you’ll get at this frequent fave of Inlander “Best Of” voters, who flock to this small but lively midtown eatery. Expect traditional Japanese — tempura, sushi, donburi — but also dishes reflecting chef/ owner Viljo Basso’s classical French training. 1401 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-2718 • • $$

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TACOS EL SOL MEXICAN Located at First and Washington, Tacos El Sol is a quick walk from most offices downtown (and right across the street from Inlander HQ). Aside from tacos, the food truck’s menu features sopes, burritos, enchiladas and more, all for low prices and filled with your choice of beef, chicken, pork and even tongue. 401 W. Sprague, Spokane • 2162554 • • $


SUSHI MARU SUSHI Sushi Maru, in River Park Square’s ground floor, is perfect for the nervous sushi-eater who doesn’t know what to order. A conveyor belt carries little multicolored plates of sushi right past your table, which is ideal if you like to see your food before you order it. Each plate is a different color, which corresponds with a set price. River Park Square, 808 W. Main, Spokane • 455-3900 • SushiMaruSpokane • $


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ou’ll find wine from five Washington wineries in a cozy, inviting space at NECTAR (120 N. Stevens St.). The tasting room is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and offers live music on most Friday and Saturday nights. The real treat, though, is Nectar’s “Final Sip” from 9 to 10 pm on Saturdays. To avoid dumping open bottles that won’t last until the next weekend, they’ll let you sample whatever they have open for $10. You’re guaranteed at least a glass and a half. For another cozy tasting spot in the city, try the ARBOR CREST tasting room on the third floor of River Park Square (808 W. Main Ave.). A satellite location for the winery’s Cliff House Estate, the new tasting room is a favorite for shoppers and business people. If you’re looking for a deal, try their weekday happy hour from 3 to 6 pm, with $2 off any glass or 15 percent off a bottle. While First Friday is a great chance to get to know the whole city, it can be an especially good time to try your hand at wine tasting. With a guest artist, acoustic live music and later hours, here are a few places to taste on First Friday: WHITESTONE WINERY’S new Spokane Tasting Room (8 N. Post St., Suite 8) is open from noon to 9 pm on First Fridays, and the festivities usually start around 6. BARRISTER WINERY (1213 W. Railroad Ave.) hosts artist receptions each First Friday from 5-7 pm and offers a buffet from 6-8 pm. Just like during regular hours at the tasting room, $5 will get you four to six wines to try and will be

deducted from the price of a bottle if you buy one. ROBERT KARL CELLARS (115 W. Pacific Ave.) usually closes its tasting room at 5 pm on Fridays but stays open until about 7:30 on the first Friday of each month to host an artist. Their $5 wine tasting fee will get you four or five tastes and, if you like what you try, will also count toward a bottle. If you’re still a little intimidated by the serious wine-only joints or you’re trying to please a big crowd, look for somewhere that also offers beer or dinner. Although LEFT BANK (108 N. Washington St.) is fashioned after a cafe in Venice, its stated goal is “to broaden the appeal of wine in a completely non-threatening way.” Plus, they are one of the few tasting rooms with a dinner menu. Salads, cheeses and thin-crust pizzas, plus dessert, coffee, beer and champagne are perfect compliments to Left Bank’s 60 (mostly local) wine offerings. If you live in North Idaho or are spending the day there enjoying the lake, try BARREL ROOM NO. 6 (3890 N. Schreiber Way) for swanky evening tasting from a small, family-owned winery. The wine bar used to be in downtown Coeur d’Alene but recently relocated to the Coeur d’Alene Cellars winery north of downtown. The move brings more events to Barrel Room No. 6, including weekly live music and “celebrity chef nights,” where local chefs create dishes to pair with Coeur d’Alene Cellars wines. — HEIDI GROOVER

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Tacos Tumbras Mexican After having opened, then closed, then opened again, Tacos Tumbras is thriving in its downtown location. Owner Carlos Zuniga, Jr., says the recipes are mostly from his family, but they’ve updated a few over the years. He recommends the fish taco, which is made with fresh tilapia, cilantro, onion, cabbage and special sauce. The torta, a Mexican sandwich, was packed with meat, lettuce, tomato, beans and sour cream on toasted Mexican bread — a soft, semi-sweet bread that melts in your mouth. 1325 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 456-8226 • $ Taste Café  Café/Bakery It’s easy to go overboard at Taste. Indulge in the café’s case of salads — the pasta-pesto-pea and the golden beet with edamame are standouts. Taste also slam-dunks “comfort food” with their grilled sandwiches, mac & cheese, potpies and fresh-from-the oven cookies. And if you get there early enough for breakfast, grab a cup of coffee and their sinful twice-baked almond croissant. Dare you not to drool on yourself. 180 S. Howard St., Spokane • 468-2929 • • $$ Taste of India Indian This place is all about options. You can order individual dishes off the menu or you can hit up the lunch-time buffet. No matter what you decide, don’t forget the naam — Indian bread. It’s delightful and will go with any one of your flavorful meal choices. 3110 N. Division, Spokane • 327-7313 • $$

its memory will haunt you for days. 300 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 509-3340477 • $$ Thai Kitchen Thai Family-owned and operated, Thai Kitchen boasts a number of home-cooked, authentic Thai dishes. If you don’t know what to order, Paul, the owner, is often nearby to help you decide. His wife is the chef and prepares everything herself. The tum kai gai soup and the cashew chicken are at the top of our yum scale, and you can choose your level of spice. 621 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 926-8161 • $$ Thai on First Thai Egg rolls, pad thai, coconut cream, seafood soup, squid salad — the list goes on. Thai on First may not have the sharpest atmosphere around, but the food is so good you’ll be in another world completely. Watch out, though: When they say five-stars spiciness, they mean five stars. Also, make sure to visit at the right time; the restaurant closes between lunch and dinner. 411 W. First Ave., Spokane • 455-4288 • $ Three Sisters Vietnamese Three Sisters Vietnamese and Chinese Cuisine makes its home in what used to be a fastfood restaurant. On the floor in a corner by the cash register sits a golden statue of Buddha, surrounded by a bowl of fresh fruit, garlic and small cups of tea. Owner Long Dam runs the place with his three daughters (thus the name), and they make a mean pho.  10615 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 928-2580 • $

Thai Bamboo Thai Opened in 2000, Thai Bamboo makes it their business to not only make great authentic Thai food, but to make it healthy. Their mission is to introduce Spokanites to more than pad thai and peanut sauce and keep feeding their customers lots of veggies so that they feel full and healthy after a meal. Try the popular gai wan, a special crispy chicken and pineapple topped with a sweet sauce and served with a variety of vegetables. 5406 N. Division, Spokane • 777-8424; 2926 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 232-8424; 12722 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 444-8424; 2010 N. 4th Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-5300 • • $$

The Thrifty Scotsman Burgers They weren’t joking with the thrift thing. This place is cheap. Inside the small, unadorned block building are a smattering of old-fashioned arcade machines, but the real fun is going through the drive-thru. Trust us. Try a Scotsman Burger. You’ll be glad you did. 12024 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 928-2214 • $

Thai Cuisine Thai The mark of a great Thai restaurant is the basic, signature dish, pad thai. And in this simple, South Hill Thai restaurant — with a full range of spiciness — the pad thai is not just tasty, it’s addictive. The Pra Rum Long Song (swimming Rama) with stir fried chicken and spinach, drowned in peanut sauce is pretty tasty, too.  2526 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 535-2112 • • $$

Tomato Street Italian The secret has long been out about this Inland Northwest mini-chain, which offers quality Italian food in a familyfriendly environment. But if you’re not with the kids, do yourself a favor. When the line to get in grows into the next room, just head straight to the bar. If you can find a seat there, you can order from their full menu of pasta and other pop-Italian specialties and a gigantic menu of super-fun cocktails, like the Woo Woo and the Wild Thing. Then, of course, you can dig into a plate of spaghetti. 221 W. Appleway, Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-5000 • 6220 N. Division, Spokane • 484-4500 • • $$

Thai Ginger Thai If you don’t mind enduring a lack of atmosphere for the sake of brilliant food, then start your voyage to Thai Ginger. The curry and tom yum soups are served in flaming bowls, and the peanut sauce is so delicious that




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Restaurants TONY FERRARO’S BURGERS AND ITALIAN BISTRO ITALIAN My prayers have been answered: a pizza place with a drive-thru. Try to head over on a Tuesday for Tony’s lasagna. This place pairs a comfortable atmosphere with historical memorabilia you’ll want to wander around to read. On Thursday nights, Tony’s son Adriano Ferraro, an accomplished musician, plays live music. 3547 N. Market St., Spokane • 484-5602 • TonyFerraroItalianBistro • $ TOP OF INDIA INDIAN This authentic, family-owned restaurant underwent a dramatic make-over this year, by the esteemed HDG design studio that’s sought out by stylish restaurants around the country. Modern, clean lines dominate the space and rich colors add a touch of the exotic. The cuisine is equally as wellthought out and beautifully prepared. 11114 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 9270500 • • $$ TOP THIS FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM Top This is Coeur d’Alene’s favorite place to get their froyo on. That’s according to The Inlander’s annual Best Of reader’s poll. At this

self-serve yogurt den, you pick your flavor and then it’s up to you how health conscious you want to be. Add some fresh fruit, or mix in a trifecta of your favorite kind of candy, whip cream and sprinkles. 202 W. Ironwood Dr. , Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-1199 • • $ TRINITY AT CITY BEACH STEAK AND SEAFOOD The patio of Trinity is practically on City Beach, offering picturesque views of Lake Pend Oreille. No room outdoors? No worries. The entire back wall is made of glass to allow a view from any seat. The menu, featuring choices like steamed mussels, filet mignon and Portobello mushroom ravioli, is complimented by the extensive wine list. 58 Bridge St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-7558 • • $$$ TRUE LEGENDS GRILL PUB GRUB Sure, the entrance is like a maze. But with new ownership and a fresh menu, this iteration of Liberty Lake’s same-place, new-face sports bar looks determined to succeed. Stay rich by ordering several plates from the happy hour menu — stay classy by calling it tapas. 1803 N. Harvard Rd., Spokane Valley • 892-3077 • • $$

Trinity at City Beach overlooks Lake Pend Oreille. CARRIE SCOZZARO PHOTO

TS’ELUSM AT COEUR D’ALENE CASINO FINE DINING Ts’elusm, which translates to “stand before the fire,” incorporates locally foraged mushrooms, bitterroot, camas root and shore-netted sockeye, as well as native recipes like the kettleroasted elk stew. Steaks — filet mignon, ribeye, baseball-cut top sirloin, cedarflamed porterhouse (for two) finished at your table — are cooked over traditional open flame using locally harvested apple wood. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Highway 95, Worley, Idaho • 208-7692600 • • $$$ TWIGS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR ECLECTIC It seems that at Twigs, there is nothing that can’t be made into a martini. That’s this Spokane standard’s specialty: V-shaped glasses with boozy change-ups of the classic cocktail. There’s ones with ginger, pear, pomegranate — even chocolate. But beyond the drink list, there’s a solid, diverse menu at Twigs, too: steaks, fancy mac and cheese, an assortment of pizzas and an entire gluten-free menu. A Spokane standby, Twigs is around wherever you need it: downtown, in the Valley, up North and on the South Hill. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 232-3376; 4320 S. Regal St., Spokane • 443-8000; 14728 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 290-5636; 401 E. Farwell Rd., Spokane • 465-8794 • • $$ TWISTED EARTH GRILL NORTHWEST Located in the Circling Raven Golf Course clubhouse, Twisted Earth serves virtually every sandwich known to man and cinnamon roll pancakes you can’t get anywhere else. Patio dining offers an epic view of the wetlands. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Highway 95, Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 • • $ THE TWO SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE PUB The Two-Seven is pub food done right. Here, greasy French fries are replaced with spiced corn pasta, the burgers are made of beef or lamb, and the grilled cheese sandwiches – titled Croque Madame – are made with black forest ham and gruyere cheese. The eatery opened in 2008 as a sister restaurant to Moon Time in Coeur d’Alene and the The Elk in Browne’s Addition. The South Hill joint is family friendly and vegetarian friendly. It also boasts a full bar, rotating beers on tap, and an outdoor patio. 2727 S. Mt. Vernon St. #5, Spokane • 473-9766 • • $$


UGLY FISH ASIAN Asian is an allencompassing term for a continent with 60 percent of the world’s population. Ugly Fish has a correspondingly large menu of more than 150 menu items. Japanese sushi. Korean BBQ. Chinese stir-fry. All this in a swanky, modern interior of chrome, red, white, black and neon. 1927 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-6389 • • $$

VIEN DONG ASIAN The cuisine here is a fusion of Vietnamese and Chinese fare and features everything from pho to chow mein. But they also have the less common Vietnamese sandwiches called banh mi, which are comprised of your choice of meat and veggies on a Vietnamese baguette made from both wheat and rice flours — for a staggering $2.75. 1730 E. Sprague, Spokane • 536-6073 • • $ VILLAGGIO PIZZA, WINE, MARTINIS ITALIAN Opened in 2007, this pizza joint on the South Hill has an interesting bar and serves its pies Naples-style, using Italian flour and a giant brick oven to produce exceptional thin-crust pizza. 2013 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 532-0327 • • $$ VINA ASIAN RESTAURANT ASIAN You can get good Chinese and Vietnamese food at a lot of spots around town, but Vina has something the others don’t — the Hot Pot. Basically you get a heating element, giant bowl of broth, and your choice of noodles, meat and veggies brought to your table for a build-your-own soup adventure. It’s impossible not to get hooked. 2303 N. Ash St., Spokane • 328-2197 • $ VINTAGES AT 611 FINE DINING Vintages owner Tana Rekofke has a loyal following, and she shows her love in return with warm greetings and killer cucumber martinis she mixes herself. There is no better mac and cheese in Spokane, so don’t feel like you have to split it with anyone, even though its listed as a side to share. The brie with superthin and spicy gingersnaps and caramel sauce is ridiculously good. 611 E. 29th, Spokane • 624-3202 • • $$ WADDELL’S NEIGHBORHOOD PUB & GRILLE PUB GRUB This South Hill sports bar stalwart does everything well, from the 30 beers on tap to the slate of wellexecuted pub-grub. It does everything you’d expect, and one thing you might not. Waddell’s — we’re not kidding — is the keeper of what, in our experience, is the absolute biggest non-foodcompetition burger in the area. Their Cougar Gold Burger is massive, stacking ham atop two beef patties atop deep fried onions and drizzling the whole affair in WSU’s namesake cheese. We’re a staff of big eaters, but this delicious monstrosity was more than we could handle. 4318 S. Regal St., Spokane • 443-6500 • • $$ WAFFLES PLUS BREAKFAST Inspired by his kids, owner Dale Westhaver decided to get creative, which is why waffles from Waffles Plus come with candy, fruit and ice cream and are topped with their signature syrup and mounds of whipped cream. Westhaver also features bacon and sausage waffles — the meat is just baked right into the waffles. Simple, yet genius. 2625 N. Monroe, Spokane • 326-2317 • $

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Wall Street Diner Diner A favorite spot for weekend breakfasts, brunches and lunches, Wall Street Diner, nearly hidden in a residential neighborhood of north Spokane, has an old-fashioned counter and a cozy adjoining dining room. Expect to spend between $10 and $15 for a meal that will keep you filled up for the rest of the day. We recommend the Monte Cristo sandwich, with fries. So good. 4428 N. Wall St., Spokane • 325-4730 • $

at The Wave can bite into a burger, wash it down to a sushi roll, partake in the sweet sounds of amateur karaoke, while watching Monday Night Football on one of 23 HD Screens. Other restaurant workers in Spokane tend to have a special fondness for The Wave: On Sundays, it gives anyone from the service industry 25 percent off.  525 W. First, Spokane • 747-2023 • $$ The West Wing Mediterranean Meet Chef Raci Erdem and his one true love, garlic, as they take over the South Hill. Beautiful outdoor seating and authentic baklava make this Mediterranean destination a great addition to the West Wing’s sister restaurants the White House Grill and the Oval Office. Any gyro is a good choice. 4334 S. Regal St., Spokane • 443-1660 • • $$

Wasabi Bistro and Sushi Bar Sushi This spotless and welcoming sushi place on the corner of Division and Hawthorne, just across the street from Whitworth University, provides fresh dishes for decent prices. The Las Vegas roll is the most popular dish from the sushi bar, they say. The Spider roll is a favorite, as well as the spicy tuna roll for only $5.  10208 N. Division, Spokane • 290-5573 • facebook. com/wasabisspokane • $

Whiskey Dick’s Pub Grub Beer-filled coolers and a full kitchen mark this as one of the hippest bars on the north side. They pride themselves both on their cooking and their shooters, along with their selections of cocktails. 3027 E. Liberty Ave., Spokane • 474-9387 • $

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White Box is made on site in a convenient location on your way through Spokane past Gonzaga. A great assortment of gluten-free options are available.  28 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • 927-8850 • • $ The White House Grill Mediterranean The world “garlic” appears no less than 20 times on the White House Grill’s mediumsized menu, sometimes even multiple times in the same sentence. That about sums up this Mediterranean restaurant’s M.O. — they’re pretty open about their love for garlic. It will be the most delicious heartburn you’ve ever had. 712 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-9672 • • $$ Wild Dawgs Hot Dogs Let’s just start by saying that the fare at this hot dog and sausage joint are less hot dogs and more sub sandwiches with crazy fixings. Each dog is unique and an interesting departure from the tried and true standard. Try the “It’s Complicated,” an all-beef hot dog with mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, ketchup, dip sauce, crunched potato chips and a special secret “dawg sauce.” The atmosphere is fun and loose – just like the spot’s raunchy logo. 102 N. Howard St., Spokane • 7958228 • • $

Wild Sage American Bistro Eclectic The Wild Sage elegantly presents their seasonal menu and focuses strongly on local ingredients and whole foods. The menu is subject to change without notice, and many patrons visit just to be surprised. If experimenting is less your style, a quick call will provide all the menu information one could ask for. If it’s available, try the Huckleberry Crème Brulee. 916 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 456-7575 • • $$$ Wolf Lodge Inn Steakhouse Steak The Wolf Lodge serves up creative appetizers and steaks so big it’s not unusual to share. The reputation of the classic 34-ounce Rancher, a center-cut top sirloin, precedes itself, but if that’s not your style there are myriad other delicious meats to choose from, all prepared over apple wood.  104 S. Freya St., Spokane • 535-8972; 11741 E. Frontage Rd., Coeur d’Alene • 208-6646665  • • $$$ Wolffy’s Burgers The fun and the novelty of this ‘50s Happy Days-style diner may distract from the real reason to go to Wolffy’s: the vintagely delicious hamburgers and fries. Even better, the milkshakes (we recommend banana) come creamy, authentic, and tall.  1229 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 487-1587 • $


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Markets ASIAN WORLD FOOD MARKET ASIAN GROCERY You’ll find food from Korea, China, Taiwan, Southeast Asia and India, plus tons of sushi essentials including fresh fish and roasted, shredded, pressed or seasoned seaweed. To top off your global creation, the market has tons of hard-to-find Asian sauces. 3314 N. Division, Spokane • 327-2899 • BAEK CHUN ORIENTAL MARKET ASIAN GROCERY It’s not your most elegant store, but the shelves here are packed with a wide variety of teas, spices, condiments, noodles, rice and other specialties of Japanese and Korean cuisine. The market is popular for its sushi — the head chef drives to Seattle once a week to get fresh fish. 13032 W. 14th Ave. (SR 2), Airway Heights, Wash. • 244-3545

BLOEM CANDY This shop sells tons of gorgeous flowers and topiaries plus a huge assortment of chocolates and truffles by Moonstruck, Boehm’s, and Spokane’s own French Quarter. The name, if you’re were wondering, translates to “flower” in Dutch. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Suite 241, Spokane • 4568466 • BOTTLES BEER/WINE This sister store to Rocket Bakery is tucked next to its original location in Millwood. Shelves are filled to the brim with wine, beer and boutique sodas from near and far. The staff is incredibly knowledgable, so if you’re looking for something special, just ask. 3319 N. Argonne Rd., Millwood • 443-4027 • BRUTTLES CANDY SHOPPE CANDY These sweet candy shops are known for making Spokane’s first soft peanut brittle. For a decadent treat, try their homemade

ice cream with the bruttles mixed in. If you can’t get by one of the stores, you can order online (check the website for occasional money-saving special codes). 828 W. Sprague, Spokane • 624-2394; 101 N. University Rd., Spokane Valley • 2289509 • CASSANO’S ITALIAN GROCERY If you’re looking for olive oils, pastas, canned tomatoes or pretty much anything else you might need for an Italian meal, you’ll find it here (and it’s almost all imported from Italy). The deli counter has freshbaked breads, cheeses and cut-to-order meats, plus giant sandwiches and pasta dishes to eat in or take to go. Find Cassano’s on Facebook for daily specials. 2002 E. Mission, Spokane • 747-3888 CHOCOLATE APOTHECARY CHOCOLATIER This isn’t just a chocolate shop; it’s a chocolate experience. There are, of course, varieties of chocolate from all over the world, but you’ll also find music and décor that reflect chocolate-producing countries, all presented as a relaxation therapy. Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 3242424 • CHOCOLATE MYRACLES CHOCOLATIER Julia Balassa-Myracle trained to become a master chololatier at Ecole Chocolate in Vancouver, B.C.and her skill and artistry is present in every handcrafted truffle. If you’re into DIY, sign up for one of her classes. 11616 E. Montgomery, Spokane Valley • 922-6353 • chocolatemyracles. com COEUR D’ALENE OLIVE OIL CO. CONDIMENTS You can order online, but taking a trip to North Idaho for this store is well worth it. You can taste your way through all their oils, from meyer lemon or Persian lime to their roasted garlic or rosemary reserves. Check out their website for recipes. 117 S. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-0188 • DE LEON FOODS MEXICAN GROCERY AND DELI You’ll find all the essentials, plus aisles of candies and sodas here that you can’t usually get in the U.S.. Freshly made salsas and guacamole go great with Deleon’s house-made chips, and don’t miss the still-warm tortillas, made right in the store. 102 E. Francis Ave., Spokane • 483-3033 •


THE DINNER PARTY BEER/WINE “As the name suggests, this shop has everything you’d need to throw the classiest of dinner parties. They’ll help you build and install a wine cellar, and sell you wines to fill it. Plus, they’ve got a huge selection of linens, glassware and center pieces. 3520 N. Govt. Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-5653 •

Olive Oil — imported from Coeur d’Alene. CHRIS BOVEY PHOTO

EGGER’S MEATS MEAT/SEAFOOD The locations around town are all run by second- or third-generation Eggers, and all pride themselves on the family service

the business was built on. At the South Hill location, you’ll find prime beef and homemade jerkies, bacon and meatloaf. Look for massive subs and pizzas at the Monroe and Rosewood location. 5613 Perry St., Spokane • 448-5474; 902 W. Rosewood Ave., Spokane • 328-7701; 10629 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 926-8772; 101 W. H St., Deer Park, Wash. • 276-8443 • ELLIE’S EDIBLES CONFECTIONER With rosemary-infused sea salt caramels and espresso suckers, Ellie’s Edibles is a good place to satisfy a nagging sweet tooth. Ellie Grubich picks and dehydrates Green Bluff fruit and hand-pours seasonal fruit caramels. Visit or call to order. 17909 N. Dunn Rd., Colbert, Wash. • 238-4973 • ENOTECA BEER/WINE Friday’s bring tasting events here, where the brewer or winemaker is often in attendance. Become a member of Enoteca’s Wine and Beer Club, and they’ll have a special, discounted wine or beer ready for you at the shop each month (They’ll ship to you if you’re out of the area.). 112 E. Seltice Way, Suite C, Post Falls • 208-457-9885 • THE FRENCH QUARTER CHOCOLATIER Behind this tiny storefront (tucked inside Studio One hair salon) you’ll find shelves of premium pastas, preserves, handcrafted truffles and fine wines.The shop focuses on high-quality, low-cost wines, most in the $10-$15 range. Staffers try every wine before they decide to stock it, so they’re knowledgeable and confident you’ll love whatever you find. 1311 W. Sprague, Spokane • 624-5350 • FRESH ABUNDANCE ORGANIC GROCERY The store is a must-see for any organic or local food seekers, but they also offer free grocery delivery for members. Their box offerings change from week to week, but usually include a mix of produce and vegetables that are in season or that they’ve got (you can build your own box or get just produce, too). Sign up for their weekly email newsletter for specials and recipes from other members. 2015 N. Division, Spokane • 533-2724 • GOURMET WAY SPECIALTY FOODS This beautiful boutique kitchen shop is stacked full of kitchen gadgets, linens, housewares and gourmet foods, wines, beers and coffee. To get the full experience of all the kitchen items they have for sale, take one of their cooking classes offered most weekends. 8222 N. Government Way, Hayden • 208-762-1333 • HALLETTS CHOCOLATES CHOCOLATIER Handmade chocolates from Halletts are a Spokane tradition, and you can find them at the factory (Holyoke) or the coffee shop (Trent). Try the habanero or sea salt caramels for something new, but don’t be afraid to stick with the classic dark or milk chocolate assortments. 1419

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HERMINE’S OLD WORLD CONFECTIONS CONFECTIONER As owner of Hermine’s Old World Confections, marzipan maven Hermine Sittel Kubista hand-shapes the traditional German almond confection into shiny, red-foil-covered apples and miniature potatoes, complete with eyes and cocoa powder “earth.” 2415 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-9580 • HUCKLEBERRY’S NATURAL AND SPECIALTY FOODS Along with free-range, hormone-free and organic everything, Huckleberry’s is great for hard-to-find ingredients and bulk goods. The deli features fresh salads, soups, main courses and a juice bar. Huckleberry’s also has great personal care sections, where all the products are free from animal testing. 926 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 624-1349 • JIM’S HOME BREW WINE/BEER Along with a big selection of beers and wines, Jim’s offers home brewing supplies and classes for microbrew newbies. The store’s a historic spot. Even though it’s been run by a few different owners, it’s been in constant business at the same location for more than 50 years. 2619 N. Division, Spokane • 328-4850 • JUST AMERICAN DESSERTS BAKERY We love that this gourmet cake shop doesn’t make you wait for a big event to enjoy their products. Just American Desserts sells by the slice and in standard round and sheet cake sizes. Everything’s from scratch and uses the freshest, purest ingredients available. 213 S. University Rd., Spokane Valley • 927-CAKE (2253); 9323 N. Division, Spokane • 328-5889 • KIEV MARKET SLAVIC MARKET Slavic Spokanites come here for a little slice of home — smoked fish, imported sausages, jars of pickled eggplant, cheeses and dumplings. But the produce selection and the shelves stocked with freshly baked rye bread, cakes and European chocolates will draw anyone. 3716 N. Nevada St., Spokane • 483-3333; 4823 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 534-4999; 16004 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 927-0860 • facebook. com/kievmarket KITCHEN ENGINE KITCHENWARE, SPICES This family-owned shop can give you all the selection of a place like Bed, Bath and Beyond with the personal touch of a mom and pop. They carry some of the top brands, and lots of brightly colored gadgets to spice up your kitchen. Plus, they offer lots of cooking classes in their gorgeous new demo kitchen. Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 328-3335 •

LORIEN NATURAL FOODS Inside the landmark windmill you’ll find organic foods (fresh, frozen, bulk and packaged) plus supplements, herbs and tinctures for natural healing. The owners, who walk their eco-friendly talk, are happy to help or offer tips. 1102 S. Perry St., Spokane • 456-0702 • MAIN MARKET CO-OP NATURAL AND SPECIALTY FOODS This co-op has been thriving since it opened in 2010, and not just as a grocery store. Along with aisles of organic and local foods, the store’s deli is popular for lunch. They offer fantastic sandwiches and salads, and there are plenty of vegetarian, vegan and glutenfree options. 44 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 458-COOP (2667) • MARIUPOL EUROPEAN BAKERY This store is filled to the brim with everything from Dutch herring, Russian bologna and hard German salami to pierogies and chocolate cake made from an old family recipe. Jars of cabbage are a saving grace for Russians and Serbians looking to cook a taste of home. 3329 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 535-4426 MOSCOW FOOD CO-OP NATURAL AND SPECIALTY FOODS Moscow is morphing into a progressive oasis on the Paouse, and the co-op is leading the movement. With local options for coffee, chocolates and wine (plus all the essentials), a new salad bar and a top-notch bakery with great scratch-made granola, it’s actually fun to grocery shop here. 121 E. Fifth St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-8537 • THE NUT FACTORY NUTS & CANDY This shop and its eye-catching squirrel sign have been Spokane icons for more than 50 years. The Nut Factory roasts 1,200 tons of nuts a year at their Greenacres plant — but most of their business comes from selling gift baskets and tins (great last minute gifts). 19425 E. Broadway Ave., Greenacres, Wash. • 926-6666 • ORIENTAL MARKET ASIAN GROCERY Ingredients from the Far East (China, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines), India, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Latin America land on the shelves of this funky little building. It’s easy to miss on industrial East Trent, but it’s your best bet for far-reaching ingredients you just can’t get at Rosauers. 3919 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 535-3936 PAUL’S COUNTRY STORE DELI / EURO GROCERY The front is a deli, and the back area is full of the wine bottles and twinkle lights you’d expect for their occasional wine dinners. They offer German specialties like bratwurst, plus Italian-style panini. Dine in along the counter or call ahead for pickup. 702 E. Prairie Ave., Hayden, Idaho • 208-762-3354


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Markets PETUNIAS MARKETPLACE SPECIALTY FOODS A visit to this restored old house, just off Northwest Boulevard and Monroe, will get you the types of foods you might usually wait for a Saturday farmers market to find. They carry handmade everything — preserves, truffles, pesto, artisan meats and cheeses, fresh-baked breads, and seasonal produce. 2010 N. Madison St., Spokane • 328-4257 • petuniasmarket. com PILGRIM’S NATURAL MARKET NATURAL AND SPECIALTY FOODS The only place of its kind in Coeur d’Alene, Pilgrim’s is thriving. The full-service natural grocery sells local produce, hearty salads and sandwiches, meat and dairy, imported cheeses, a broad selection of beer and wine, and supplements. Check their website for lectures and other upcoming events. 1316 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-9730 • ROCKET MARKET CAFÉ/ORGANIC GROCERY There’s all kinds of stuff tucked into this tiny space and the wine and beer selection is fantastic. Their drop-in beer and wine tastings every Saturday give you the chance to try some local selections and meet people from the breweries or wineries that made them. 726 E. 43rd Ave., Spokane • 343-2253 • rocketmarket. com ROSA’S ITALIAN MARKET ITALIAN GROCERY Rosa’s is the real thing. You’ll find top-quality Italian meats, cheeses,

salads, dry goods and fresh and frozen entrees. There’s also an espresso bar, desserts and a dine-in menu of breakfast foods, sandwiches, soups, salads, frittatas (like quiche) and pizza by the slice. 120 E. 4th Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-7400 • SAUNDERS CHEESE CHEESE Saunders carries fine cheeses from the world’s best cheese-producing regions, and, when the season is right, that can include Washington. They’ll offer samples and suggest a pairing for your favorite wine, and they sometimes pop up at local wineries for tastings. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 455-9400 • SHUGAR SHACK CHOCOLATIER CHOCOLATIER If Candyland was set in the Wild West, Shugar Shack would be the ultimate emporium on which to base the board game. Serving delectable sweets so unique they became trademarked, North Idaho looks to this sweet Mecca for caramel and chocolate-covered Paul Bunyan Lumber Log pretzels, Cowboy Cocoa-Mocoa and Lewis and Clark Trail Mix. Refreshing treats perfect for summer include Italian gelato, and they don’t forget the pooches — doggie treats are also available. Riverstone, 2384 Old Mill Loop, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-8181 • SONNENBERG’S MEAT/GROCERY The self-proclaimed “oldest meat market in Spokane” is out to give you the best meat selection in town without sacrificing afforability. Their fresh variety of beef, pork and poultry and their popular New

York style Italian sausage keep people coming back. The hearty sandwiches and soups or chili they have ready every day make a great cheap lunch. 1528 E. Sprague, Spokane • 535-4932 • SPOKANDY CANDY This legendary candy shop has been around since 1913, but their treats are as fresh as ever. They stick with the classic recipes and use the best gourmet ingredients they can find, including fine chocolate made in the Northwest. Don’t miss the legendary Murphies: a whipped vanilla center hand-dipped in milk chocolate and rolled in coconut. 1412 W. Third Ave., Spokane • 624-1969 or 800-721-2731 • TRUBY’S HEALTH MART NATURAL FOODS Truby’s carries organic and all-natural grocery products, from dairy and frozen food to bulk goods, herbs and spices. The decades old store is nestled along Lake Pend Oreille. 113 W. Main St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-6513 VINO! A WINE SHOP WINE SHOP This independent wine shop focuses on Northwest bottles, but they have global sips, too. Their wine of the month club has more than 1,000 members, and their Friday and Saturday afternoon samples (get five or six staff favorites for a small fee) are also popular. 222 S. Washington St., Spokane • 838-1229 • WILLIAMS SEAFOOD SEAFOOD The expert staff at Williams will help you pick out just the right seafood and suggest

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the perfect wine to pair, maybe even their own red blend, “Relaxation Red.” Their real seafood salad and salmon spread come from a family recipe. If that’s not your taste, they promise they have 33,000 recipes on hand. 2118 N. Ruby, Ste. A, Spokane • 321-0747 • WINTER RIDGE NATURAL FOODS NATURAL FOODS This is Sandpoint’s hub for supplements, bulk foods and all things natural and organic. Their website is an online community of health-conscious locals and includes a comprehensive ingredients dictionary for finding recipes. 703 W. Lake St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208265-8135 •

Wineries ARBOR CREST WINE CELLARS The tasting room is open daily at Arbor Crest’s location high above Spokane Valley, the scene for summer concerts and special events. Sample varietals from Reisling to sangiovese, plus everyday quaffers like Cliff House Red and sauvignon blanc. You can pick up wine and accessories downtown, too. 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd., Spokane Valley • 927-9463; 808 W. Main Ave., 3rd Floor, Spokane • 747-3903 • BARILI CELLARS One of Spokane’s newest wineries, Barili offers viognier, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and the Barrelin’ Red blend, and all are sourced from Washington vineyards. The tasting room downtown is open for First Friday art events. 608 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 953-3795 • BARRISTER WINERY Located in a wonderful old railside warehouse, Barrister is the brainchild of long-time friends and attorneys, Michael White and Greg Lipsker. Their cabernet franc has brought home awards and the Rough Justice blend is a consistent favorite, but don’t miss the sauvignon blanc for summer sipping. 1213 W. Railroad Ave., Spokane • 465-3591 • BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS This family owned winery prides itself on sourcing its fruit from some of the highest quality vineyards in Washington state to produce high quality wines. In addition to their Cabs, Merlots and blends, Bridge Press has expanded its portfolio to now include a pinot blanc and a crispy dry rose. 32 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 991-3664 •


CAMAS PRAIRIE WINERY Camas Prarie is the oldest independently owned winery in all of Idaho, and the only winery in the state that handmakes sparking wines. Sip one of Camas Prarie’s 24 wines in the Wine Bar Loft in downtown Moscow and make sure you try the mead. The raspebrry-honey mead won the gold medal in the 2011 Idaho wine competition. 110 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-8820214 •

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COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS Producing continuous award-winning Syrahs, Cd’A Cellars offers single-vineyard varietals and exquisitely named blends, with watercolor labels designed by Sarah Jane Gates. Sample vintages at the winery or at Barrel Room No. 6, their in-town event facility. 3890 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-2336 • EMVY CELLARS Emvy Cellars is a boutique winery, typically producing less than 200 cases of each release. All the fruit is sourced from the esteemed Seven Hills vineyard, where the likes of Leonetti and L’Ecole select their grapes. Try a sip at Market Place Wine Bar in Spokane’s new public market. 32 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 979-2749 • GRANDE RONDE CELLARS Grapes are sourced from Walla Walla vineyards Seven Hills and Pepper Bridge, and turned into French-style reds and whites. Sampling Grande Ronde’s wines is easy — just visit the subterranean tasting room in downtown Spokane. While there, sign up for winemaker Dave Westfall’s e-mail list. 906 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 455-8161 • KNIPPRATH CELLARS Started in 1999, this family-owned winery — located in the historic Parkwater Schoolhouse near Felts Field — is home to locally produced ports. But there’s plenty more in the schoolhouse, including the 2009 dry rose, Rosa, the Vino Tinto: Elain, a red table wine, and Knipprath’s first Tempranillo. 5634 E. Commerce Ave., Spokane • 5345121 • LATAH CREEK WINE CELLARS Latah Creek began when Washington’s wine industry was in its infancy. Since then, Mike Conway has guided the winery to a solid reputation for its light, refreshing blends (Huckleberry d’Latah, Maywine, Spokane Blush). In fact, the winery celebrated its 30th anniversary with two double gold medlas (the best of the best) from the 2012 Seattle Wine Awards. The tasting room doubles as a gift shop, and during big events, Ellena Conway cooks up delicious stews and snacks to complement the wines. 13030 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 926-0164 • LIBERTY LAKE WINE CELLARS Take in the views of Liberty Lake from the tasting room while sampling small-production red wines from Red Mountain grapes. The Syrah has consistently brought home awards since the first production year of

2005 and and the newer Tempranillo won a double gold medal from the 2012 Seattle Wine Awards. 1018 S. Garry Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash. • 255-9205 • LONE CANARY WINERY Founded in 2003 with Mike Scott at the helm, Lone Canary is the newest addition to winemaker Don Townshend’s fold. Now sharing a tasting room with Caterina, Lone Canary is known for its Barbera (an Italian varietal grown on the Wahluke Slope) and pinot grigio. 905 N. Washington St., Spokane, • 534-9062 • MERRY CELLARS One of the newer Washington wineries, you’ll find Merry Cellars amid the beautiful rolling wheat fields on the outskirts of Pullman. Wine is crafted here — all the grapes are hand-picked and hand-sorted. While Merry Cellars is a young winery, two of its vintages have already scored above 90 points. 1300 NE Henley Ct., Pullman, Wash. • 509-338-4699 • merrycellars. com MOUNTAIN DOME WINERY On the side of a mountain, next to a geodesic dome, the Manz family creates sparkling wines in the Methode Champenoise, using grapes grown in the Columbia Valley. You don’t need a special occasion to enjoy the non-vintage brut. The tasting room is open for the Mother’s Day and pre-Thanksgiving wine tours. 16315 E. Temple Rd., Spokane • 928-2788 • NODLAND CELLARS Tracy Nodland’s an artist and husband Tim’s a musician, so their jazz band painting on the label is fitting. The Nodlands only produce one red and one white each year: The red (Private Blend) is a Bordeaux-style blend, and the white (Bebop) is a crisp dry Reisling, citrusy with mineral and floral notes. 11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Suite 70, Spokane Valley • 927-7770 • OVERBLUFF CELLARS With its first release in 2010, Overbluff joined the local winery ranks, now sampling their offerings Thursdays through Saturdays at their tasting room in the former Cobblestone Bakery. They’ve had nine releases, including a Syrah, two Semillons and their LSD Cabernet Sauvignon, all from Walla Walla grapes. 620 S. Washington, Spokane • 991-4781 • PEND D’OREILLE WINERY Sandpoint’s Pend d’Oreille Winery offers samples in its bright downtown tasting room (open daily), and the adjacent Bistro Rouge Café is now open, too. The sweet Huckleberry Blush is perennially popular, as is the Bistro Rouge red blend. 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint • 877-452-9011 •

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FOOD INDEX Spokane-Downtown


Charley’s Grill & Spirits $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 The Sidebar & Grill $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184


Baek Chun Sushiyama $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Noodle Works Asian Cuisine $ . . . . . . . . . 174 Vien Dong $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

Atilano’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Azteca Mexican Restaurant $$. . . . . . . . . 157 El Que $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Neato Burrito $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Sergio’s Mexican Sports Grill $ . . . . . . . . 184 Tacos El Sol $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Tacos Tumbras $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

American Asian


Chicken-N-More $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Red Lion BBQ & Pub $-$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178


Crazy G’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 D. Lish’s Hamburgers $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Dick’s Hamburgers $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 The Onion $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Wolffy’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189


Boots Bakery & Lounge $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Madeleine’s Café & Patisserie $$ . . . . . . 172 Main Market $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Rocket Bakery $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Soulful Soups & Spirits $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Stella’s Café $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Sweet Frostings $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Taste Café $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187


Bruttles Candy Shoppe $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190


Ho Ho Teriyaki Chicken $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Coffee House

Atticus $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Brews Brothers $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Indaba Coffee $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Luxe Coffee $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172


Frank’s Diner $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Jenny’s Diner $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Molly’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Satellite Diner & Lounge $ . . . . . . . . . . . . .181


Herbal Essence Café $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Hill’s Restaurant & Lounge $$ . . . . . . . . . 169 Rock City Grill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Safari Room $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 Steam Plant Brewing Co. & Pub $$ . . . . . 184 Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar $$ . . . . . . . . . . 188 Wild Sage American Bistro $$$. . . . . . . . 189


Queen of Sheba $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175


Azar’s $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157



Maple Street Bistro $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Petit Chat Village Bakery $. . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Revive Coffee\The Laundry Room $ . . . 178 Rocket Bakery $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 The Service Station $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Sweetie Pie Café $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 White Box Pies $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189


Marrakesh $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Ferguson’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Frank’s Diner $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Knight’s Diner $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 The Milk Bottle Restaurant $ . . . . . . . . . . 173 Wall Street Diner $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

Mizuna Restaurant & Wine Bar $$$ . . . . 173

Donut Parade $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163


Northwest Pizza

The Avenue Pizzeria $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Monterey Café $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Pete’s Pizza $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Pizza Rita $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Pub Grub

The Elk Public House $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 No-Li Brewhouse $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Post Street Alehouse $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Saranac Public House $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 Steelhead Bar & Grille $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184


Alpine Bistro & Bakery $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Brooklyn Deli & Lounge $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Domini Sandwiches $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 The High Nooner $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Next Door Espresso $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Pita Pit $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Sandwich Gardens $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181

Steak \ Seafood

Anthony’s at Spokane Falls $$$ . . . . . . . 156 Milford’s Fish House $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Spencer’s for Steaks & Chops $$$ . . . . . 184

Sushi \ Hawaiian

Roll Story $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Sushi Maru $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 The Wave Island Sports Grill & Sushi Bar $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189


Linnie’s Thai Cuisine $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Thai on First $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Spokane-East Barbecue



Downriver Grill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Stix Bar & Grill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184 Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar $$ . . . . . . . . . . 188

Frozen Eats

Didier’s Yogurt & More $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Doyle’s Ice Cream $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Froyo Earth $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166


Das Stein Haus $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163


Aloha Island Grill $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156


Taste of India $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187


Cafe Italiano $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Mission Bistro at Cassano’s $ . . . . . . . . . . 173 Tony Ferraro’s Burgers & Italian Bistro $ 188


Atilano’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Azteca Mexican Restaurant $$. . . . . . . . . 157 Casa de Oro $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 De Leon Foods $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 190 Go Go Burrito $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Rancho Chico $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Rincon Tapatio $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178


Bennidito’s Pizza $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 The Flying Goat $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 MacKenzie River Pizza $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Pete’s Pizza $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Pizza Rita $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Pub Grub

Birdy’s Sports Bar $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 JJ’s Grill & Brewhouse $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 The Swinging Doors $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Whiskey Dick’s $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

Huckleberry’s 9th Street Bistro $ . . . . . . 169 Perry Street Café $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Rocket Bakery $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Rocket Market $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Rockwood Bakery $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 The Shop $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184


Hogan’s Hamburgers $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169


Lindaman’s $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Maggie’s South Hill Grill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Picabu Neighborhood Bistro $$ . . . . . . . 175 Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar $$ . . . . . . . . . . 188

Fine Dining

Luna $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Savory Restaurant & Lounge $$ . . . . . . . .181 Vintages at 611 $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

Frozen Eats

Blu Berry Frozen Yogurt $. . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 The Scoop $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181


Ferrante’s Marketplace Café $$ . . . . . . . . 164 Villaggio Pizza, Wine, Martinis $$ . . . . . 188


The West Wing $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189


Fiesta Mexicana $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Slick Rock Burrito $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184


Bennidito’s Pizza $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 MacKenzie River Pizza $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 South Perry Pizza $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

Pub Grub

Casper Fry Public House $$ . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Famous Ed’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Hugo’s on the Hill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Manito Tap House & Gastropub $$ . . . . . 172 The Two Seven Public House $$ . . . . . . . 188 Waddell’s Neighborhood Pub & Grille $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188


Ginger Asian Bistro $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168


Bangkok Thai $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Linnie’s Thai Cuisine $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172 Thai Bamboo $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187


Flamin’ Joes $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Spokane Valley American

The Cottage Café $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Beignets $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Catacombs Pub $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Sante $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181

Smokies Log Cabin $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

C.I. Shenanigans $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Churchill’s Steakhouse $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Clinkerdagger $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Clover $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Palm Court Grille $$$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Sapphire Lounge $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181 Scratch $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181

Hacienda Las Flores $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168

Froyo Earth $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Kalico Kitchen $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Rusty Roof’s Burger & Shake Shack $ . . 179


The Mustard Seed $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Vina Asian Restaurant $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

Pho Van $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175


Ben’s Yogurt & Deli $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Froyo Earth $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Mary Lou’s Homemade Ice Cream $ . . . . 173

Hot Dogs

Old European $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 Waffles Plus $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188


Swagat Indian Cuisine $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Top of India $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188


The Onion $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Fine Dining

Frozen Eats German

Alpine Delicatessen $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156


Santorini’s Greek Cuisine $$ . . . . . . . . . . .181


Aloha Island Grill $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156


Agave Latin Bistro $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156


The Flying Pig $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166



Longhorn Barbecue $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172


Bangkok Thai $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157

Daddy’s Belly Deli $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 The High Nooner $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Garland Sandwich Shoppe $ . . . . . . . . . . 166 Pita Pit $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Pho 999 $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Wolf Lodge Inn Steakhouse $$$ . . . . . . . 189


Beyond Belt Sushi & Roll $ . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Wasabi Bistro & Sushi Bar $ . . . . . . . . . . . 189

Fine Dining

Mexican Thai


Spokane-North American Asian


Wild Dawgs $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189


Ciao Mambo $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Europa $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Italia Trattoria $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Italian Kitchen $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Luigi’s Italian Restaurant $$ . . . . . . . . . . 172


Celebrations $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Chairs $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Dolly’s Corner Café $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Little Garden Café $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Steak \ Seafood Sushi

Thai Bamboo $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187


Flamin’ Joes $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166


The Chalet Restaurant $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Laguna Café $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170


Gordy’s Sichuan Cafe $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168


Great Harvest $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168

Ron’s Drive-in $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 The Thrifty Scotsman $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187


Rocket Bakery $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Ambrosia Bistro $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Twigs Bistro & Martini Bar $$. . . . . . . . . . 188 Max at Mirabeau $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Frozen Eats


$ $$ $$$

Entrées average $10 or less Entrées average $11 to $20 Entrées average $21 and up

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Ferraro’s Homemade Italian $$ . . . . . . . . 166


Aracelia’s Restaurant $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Azteca Mexican Restaurant $$. . . . . . . . . 157 Casa de Oro $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161


Pizza Rita $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Pub Grub

True Legends Grill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188


The High Nooner $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Pita Pit $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175


Sushi Sakai $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185



Three Sisters $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187


Flamin’ Joes $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Liberty Lake American

Barlows Family Restaurant $ . . . . . . . . . . 157 Hay J’s Bistro $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168


Ding How $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163


Great Harvest $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168


Palenque $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Newman Lake Deli\Café\Bakery

Sweet Tooth Bakery & Espresso $ . . . . . . 185

Spokane-West Deli\Café\Bakery

Chaps $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162


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MacKenzie River Pizza $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

The Harvester Restaurant $ . . . . . . . . . . . 168

The Fedora Pub & Grille $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164 Kelly’s Irish Pub $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Moon Time $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173


Coeur d'Alene, Idaho American

Bardenay Restaurant & Distillery $$ . . . 157 Dockside $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Fort Ground Grill $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Pub Grub


The High Nooner $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Pita Pit $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Steak \ Seafood


Beachouse Ribs & Crab Shack $$ . . . . . . 157 Cedars Floating Restaurant $$$ . . . . . . . .161 Cricket’s Steakhouse $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 Fisherman’s Market $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Wolf Lodge Inn Steakhouse $$$ . . . . . . . 189


315 Martinis & Tapas $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156


Bonsai Bistro $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Lemongrass French-Asian Cafe $$ . . . . . 170 Ugly Fish $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

Sandpoint, Idaho Burgers

Dub’s Drive-In $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164


Di Luna’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163


Arlo’s Ristorante $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Ivano’s Ristorante $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170


Joel’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170


Second Avenue Pizza $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 184

Pub Grub

MickDuff’s Brewery Co. $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . 173

Porky G’s $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175


Bistro On Spruce $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159



Thai Bamboo $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Hudson’s Hamburgers $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169

Coffee House

Hauser, Idaho

Hydra Steakhouse $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Trinity at City Beach $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188


Chef in the Forest $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Worley, Idaho


Joe’s Philly Cheesesteak $ . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Pita Pit $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Steak \ Seafood

Latah Bistro $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

Java on Sherman $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170

Fine Dining

Airway Heights

Bakery by the Lake $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Frosted Cupcakes $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 The Garnet Café $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166 Great Harvest $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168 Kootenai Café $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Sweet B Cupcakes $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Hayden, Idaho

Fine Dining

Rustler’s Roost $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

Twisted Earth Grill $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

Jimmy’s Down the Street $ . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Nosworthy’s Hall of Fame $ . . . . . . . . . . . 174

The Boathouse $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

River’s Edge Buffet $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 Fatburger $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164

Seasons of Coeur d’Alene $$ . . . . . . . . . . .181


The Rusty Moose $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179


Fai’s Noodle House $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 164


Longhorn Barbecue $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172





Ts’elusm at Coeur d’Alene Casino $$$ . . 188


Pub grub

The Porch Public House $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . 175




Caruso’s $. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Pita Pit $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Fine Dining

Hope, Idaho


Jamm’s Frozen Yogurt $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170 Top This $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 188

Post Fallls, Idaho

Dangerous Dog $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 163

Old European $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Rokko’s Teriyaki & BBQ $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179

Angelo’s Ristorante $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Tito’s Italian Grill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Tomato Street $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Fleur de Sel $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Corona Village $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162

Syringa Japanese Café $$. . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

The Oval Office $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174 The White House Grill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189

Hot Dogs

Loco Dogz $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172


Lenny’s $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Japanese Mexican Pizza

Gatto’s Pizza $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Steak \ Seafood

Klink’s on the Lake $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170



Lovitt $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 172

Frozen Eats


Sweet Lou’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

Hot Dogs




Japanese Latin

Café Carambola $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161 Grille from Ipanema $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 168


Pullman\Moscow American

South Fork Public House $$ . . . . . . . . . . . 184


Old European $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174


The Breakfast Club $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159



Rosa’s Italian Market & Deli $ . . . . . . . . . 179

Mediterranean Sandwiches

Pita Pit $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Steak \ Seafood

Atilano’s $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 Azteca Mexican Restaurant $$. . . . . . . . . 157 Fiesta Mexicana $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

G.W. Hunters $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Fire Artisan Pizza $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 166

Hill’s Resort $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169


Red Tail Grill $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178


Pub Grub

The Q $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175

Pub Grub

Black Cypress $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159

Beverly’s $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Scratch $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .181

Masselow’s $$$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173


Nectar $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 174

Frozen Eats

Jamm’s Frozen Yogurt $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 170


La Casa Lopez $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .161


The Red Door $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178

Pub Grub

Paradise Creek Brewery $$ . . . . . . . . . . . 174


Moscow Bagel & Deli $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Pita Pit $ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175


Thai Ginger $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187

Priest Lake, Idaho Steak \ Seafood


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Thai Bamboo $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Thai Kitchen $$ . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187


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SAVE THE DATE Annual Harvest Party Sept. 8 & 9


Wineries ROBERT KARL CELLARS The Gunselmans source their grapes from Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills — including cabernet sauvignon from their estate vineyard, Gunselman Bench — and create boldly delicious reds (plus a crisp sauvignon blanc). Watch for the annual claret release, usually and stop by the warehouse tasting room on weekends. 115 W. Pacific, Spokane • 363-1353 • TIMBER ROCK WINERY Behind the hedgehogs on the labels, you’ll find wines like Trio, a whole-berry red blend from Columbia Valley’s Phinny Hill aged in French and American oak, and the Yakima Valley slightly sweet Riesling. The place has a good vibe, with live music during special events and there’s plenty to look at while enjoying a glass with friends. 2338 S. Big Rock Rd., Post Falls • 208-777-9669 • TOWNSHEND CELLAR At the west end of Green Bluff lies Townshend Cellars, surrounded by fields and orchards. Winemaker Don Townshend is best known for his red blends, T3 and Vortex, but he makes about 20 different wines including whites and a tasty huckleberry port, made from local huckleberries. 16112 N. Green Bluff Rd., Colbert, Wash. • 238-1400 •

VINTAGE HILL CELLARS A truly urban winery, Vintage Hill is located along busy Second Ave. in downtown Spokane — all production, distribution and tasting happens in the heart of everything. The Merlot Rose is a delightful summer sipper; “The Vintage” is a blend of five varietals, Bordeaux style. 319 W. Second, Spokane • 624-3792 • WAWAWAI CANYON WINERY Located in the picturesque hills of the Palouse, Waiwawai Canyon was the first commercial vineyard to open in Whitman County since prohibition. Owners David and Stacia Moffett pride themselves on using sustainable practices, like using a flock of “feathered Rhone rangers (turkeys), in the vineyard for pest control. 5602 SR 270, Pullman, Wash. • 509-3384916 • WHITESTONE WINERY The winery is located in the wheat-farming town of Wilbur, about 65 miles west of Spokane, but close to the Haig family’s Lake Roosevelt vineyard. Take the drive for special events like the post-harvest barbecue and barrel tasting; otherwise, get your cab or Pieces of Red at the downtown Spokane tasting room. 8 N. Post, Spokane • 838-2427; 115 NE Main St., Wilbur, Wash. • 838-2427 • 

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This yearly foodie favorite brings together some of the region’s best chefs, brewers and wine enthusiasts for an incredible meal that benefits the Inland Northwest Blood Center. From pre-dinner imbibing to after-dessert dancing, this evening of food and fancy focuses on the local talent. Nov. 9, 2012.


If you think cocktail dresses and tuxedos are just a little much for a food fest, grab some grub at Pig Out in the Park. The massive annual showcase of local restaurants turns Riverfront Park into a maze of ice cream freezers, hot dog cookers and pizza warmers. You’ll pay a bit more than usual for pretty much anything you get at Pig Out, but then again, you can get pretty much anything. Aug. 29-Sept. 3, 2012


As if getting to snag some of the region’s best apples isn’t enough, this event features fresh-pressed cider, caramel apples, live music, craft booths and corn and straw mazes. A few of the vendors also offer free wagon rides and adult-size pedal cars during festival season. Sept. 22-Oct. 28, 2012

Food Calendar Nestled among the rolling hills of the Palouse, this is one of the region’s best farmers markets. It’s been a Saturday tradition in the town since 1977 and now features more than 60 vendors selling fresh produce, meat, baked goods, nursery plants, cut flowers and handmade crafts. The market is held every Saturday, May through October, from 8 am-1 pm, and local musicians play the market from 9:30-11 am each week. Saturdays, MayOctober


Anti-GMO (genetically modified organisms) advocates say eating bioengineered foods can lead to allergies, decreased fertility and problems with your organs or immune system. And, while they’d love to see them off the market, they mostly want to make sure you know which foods in your grocery cart are GMOs. So, during the month of October, Main Market leads the local effort by highlighting non-GMO foods and offering deals on some of them. October


This event is designed to make you Mom’s favorite. Sleep in and then spend the noon hour on a peaceful cruise of Lake Coeur d’Alene with an onboard Mother’s Day Brunch buffet from the chefs at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Tickets are $42.75 for adults, $39.75 for seniors 55 and older and $23.75 for children 12 and younger. May 12, 2013




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The band Nude KRISTEN BLACK PHOTO; (facing page) Black Ceiling, aka Dan Ocean


Party People, Right Here NIGHTLIFE

Spokane musicians, bands and bartenders make buzz all over BY LEAH SOTTILE


he first time you listen to BLACK CEILING, it’s likely you’ll feel it before you hear it. The bass collides with your brain and stomach before it meets your ears: dragging long and slow, like it’s being pulled over a century’s worth of hot-tarred blacktop that’s been frying under an eternal sun. It’s an effect that’s made the man — aka Dan Ocean, real name Dan Cuccia — a revered electronic music producer around the planet.

The Colfax native, who now lives on Spokane’s South Hill, got his start making electronic beats in his bedroom and found a scene in the local hip-hop community where he teams up with like-minded artists in the loose local collective, Bad Penmanship. It was when he assumed his Black Ceiling moniker just over a year ago, though, that things caught on for him online. “Last January, I had 15 followers on Soundcloud,” he says, of the

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“The website and the book both had a dramatic impact on the way the world enjoys drinking spirits.”

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hat surprise that Cuccia experienced is similar to what local experimental rock band, NUDE, felt this past spring when playing to thousands of screaming fans at Seattle’s EMP Sound Off! battle of the bands competition. The young Whitworth-bred band was competing in the final there — a shock even to them. The four-piece — Jeff Bass, Nathan Mead, Cody Thompson, Jackson Cate — had only played a handful of shows in Spokane before applying to the 21-and-younger battle there. When they were accepted, to their shock, they practiced in overdrive. Every day they honed their dreamy pop songs. Every day they became a little bit more polished. “We weren’t even talking about winning,” Mead says. “It felt really kind of serious and heavy. We just didn’t even talk about that very much.” “It was such a big deal that we didn’t even want to get our hopes up — like at all,” Thompson says. But the band took the title: Nude was the 2012 Seattle Sound Off! ...continued on next page

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popular music distribution site. “I now have 836 and it grows every day.” But that’s also because, Cuccia admits, he never stops working. In a little over a year, the 31-year-old musician will have produced 10 complete albums — a staggering amount of material. But that constant production has seen him get fans from handfuls of countries. He says that one YouTube video of British model Felice Fawn dancing to his song “She’s Not in Heaven” (his remix of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer”) has gained over 4,000 views. “I don’t spam anyone, so people are actually seeking me out and then wrapping me up in a little sweater and not letting anyone else have me,” he says.


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Cocktail guru Paul Harrington at Clover.


“PARTY PEOPLE, RIGHT HERE,” CONTINUED... winner. And it’s gained the band coveted spots at Seattle’s Capitol Hill Block Party and Bumbershoot festivals, and attention from media as far as Japan. The Inland Northwest is home to superstar musicians who have made a name for themselves on a massive scale, but still call our neck of the woods home: Sunny Day Real Estate’s Dan Hoerner, Rare Earth’s Peter Rivera, ’60s singer Carole King.



pokane is also home to a cocktail creator of the same caliber. In fact, PAUL HARRINGTON — who now co-owns the local restaurant Clover — says he’s even been called “the DB Cooper of the cocktail world.” Into the 1990s, Harrington tended bar to make his way through architecture school in San Francisco. One night while working, he was interviewed by a local weekly about drinks that would be good for summer. “Since my hobby and passion was reading about old Cuban cocktails, I was an easy interview for the writers and they would come back seasonally,” he says. “One drink that I was quite fond of at the time was the mojito.” Harrington says that those articles started the beginning of a cocktail resurgence on the West Coast with the mojito — and as those writers continued to tap him for new ideas for cocktails, Harrington became more and more known and trusted for his alchemy. Soon enough, Harrington found himself being called just that — the Alchemist — and was writing weekly articles on a site called After four years, his work on that site became a book … and not just any book.

It’s called Cocktail and sold 20,000 copies before going out of print, according to Harrington. Not only that, the book was the first book on cocktails to be nominated for the James Beard Cookbook Award in 1998. “The website and the book both had a dramatic impact on the way the world enjoys drinking spirits,” he say. “There are bars and bartenders around the world that still reflect that influence.” Harrington earned the DB Cooper moniker, though, because after the book, he dropped out of cocktail culture for a while. He had, after all, been studying to be an architect. Recently, Harrington and his wife opened Clover with friends in the Gonzaga area — where he can often be found tending bar. “Ironically, Clover is my first bartending gig since the publishing of the book,” he says. “Since then, the bartending profession has really taken off, and many of today’s more talented bartenders were likely inspired by some of my writings either directly or indirectly. “Although I really do welcome my anonymity within Spokane, I still love turning the unsuspecting guest on to an amazing cocktail,” he says. “So far we have been visited by a good number of foodies in Spokane, but other than that I would say that many of our clientele at Clover can reminisce about their first Sidecar decades ago.” Harrington says that although he could live in another city with a more vibrant cocktail culture to enjoy, Spokane provides everything he needs. “What keeps me in Spokane are the four seasons and the lack of crowds. My wife and I have two kids, who we love to spend time with. In San Francisco we were constantly running around, and it seemed like life was moving a bit too fast.” n

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These listings may not be comprehensive; if we missed something, please email us at and we’ll check it out for the next edition. All locations are in Spokane and use area code 509 unless otherwise noted.

Bars • Bowling • Breweries • Casinos • Comedy 2012 Best of the Inland Northwest first-place winner, or Best of North Idaho Winner, as chosen by readers of The Inlander

Bars 315 MARTINI BAR & TAPAS We’re not sure if it’s the candlelit interior, the outside seating or artfully crafted cocktails that we love most about the 315. This progressive Coeur d’Alene bar and restaurant makes its own simple syrups (lemon and rosemary, jalapeño), infusions (bacon vodka, horseradish vodka, ginger vodka) and five different kinds of bitters (five-pepper, huckleberry, aromatic, ginger-pear and lemon), though they’re

working on about seven more. The decidedly elegant happy hour begins at 3:15 pm (get it) Tuesdays-Sundays. 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-9660 • A CLUB To say that A Club rocks is an understatement. Hosting shows varying from the darkest metal bonanzas to the lightest poetry slams, this concert hall is the place to be for any and every music lover. Equipped with an open dance floor, tiered seating, and billiard rooms, A Club

makes every person feel like they are at home – or, the greatest, most insane place on the planet. 416 W. Sprague, Spokane • 624-3629 • AGAVE LATIN BISTRO Across the street from the swanky Davenport Hotel, this bistro is appropriately fancy — with big windows, high ceilings, modern, funky overhead lighting, glowing fish tanks and candles lining the bar. The music is soft and the TVs are silent, making it a decent place to chat and sip Patrón (or one of the other 60 tequilas on hand) with a special someone. 830 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 473-9180 AMBROSIA BISTRO & WINE BAR According to bartender Ricky Jackson, Ambrosia Bistro & Wine Bar is where you start the party — “more a get-your-base, have-dinner kind of place,” he says. The strip mall bistro is an airy, open spot with a hefty wine list and mixed-drink menu, and sizable happy-hour portions. 9211 E. Montgomery, Spokane Valley • 928-3222 • ANDY’S With big windows offering views of Carnegie Square, Andy’s Bar is a friendly place to stop as you make your way from Browne’s Addition into the core of downtown. You won’t have to deal with any annoying bachelorette parties or noisy boozers. The atmosphere is delightfully laid back, with no pretense. And the sweet potato fries kick ass. 1401 W. First Ave., Spokane • 744-1111 BABY BAR At The Baby Bar, you can exchange mustache-grooming tips while sipping on a fresh-squeezed gin gimlet and absorbing slam poetry or bombastic beats from the next up-and-coming local DJ. Or, scarf a delicious vegan burrito while flipping through the latest issue of The Stranger, longingly wishing your favorite band would stop here on their way between Seattle and Ontario. 827 W. First Ave., Spokane • 847-1234


BAG O’ NAILS The interior of Bag O’ Nails isn’t what you might expect from the neon beer signs in the windows. There are framed Ansel Adams posters on dark red walls that give a sense of easy calm. The 30-foot bar is handcrafted from two kinds of bamboo. And behind it are three large mirrors showcasing the bar’s 45 beers — everything from Iron Horse Brewery beers to Elysian Immortal IPA to the classic Corona. 8901 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley • 242-3360

Skip the previews and check out Bon Bon at the Garland Theater. JOE KONEK PHOTO

BAR WELUKWS This elegant cocktail lounge inside the Coeur d’Alene Casino offers a handful of appetizers and a bevy of mouth-watering drinks. Next time we go, we’re trying the Zeppelin — gin, Grand Marnier, strawberries, blackberries, orange juice and fresh coconut cream. Wow. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Highway 95, Worley, Idaho • 800-5232464 •

BARBARY COAST Featuring a polished wood bar, karaoke, and well drinks starting at $2.75, the Barbary Coast is typical of Hillyard’s bars. It’s cheap and unpretentious. And like many businesses in Hillyard, the Barbary Coast is a family affair. “This is my mom’s dream,” says bartender Andrea Breithaupt from behind a gleaming, polished wood bar with a dryerase board listing prices. “She wanted to open a bar in, of all places, Hillyard. 5209 N. Market St., Spokane • 489-4084 BARDENAY RESTAURANT AND DISTILLERY Bardenay was one of the first restaurant distilleries in the country, selling its handcrafted rum, vodka and gin by the glass. Classic Martinis are the specialty here, made with frozen gin to ensure minimal dilution and Lillet Blanc, instead of ordinary vermouth. Or go for the lavender martini, which has a faint floral smell and holds the promise of spring. 1710 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-1540 • bardenay. com BENNIDITO’S At Bennidito’s, it’s all about the beer and those beloved beer buddies (barely baked dough balls plunged into melted butter). You come here after your game or to catch one on TV. During the summer, their small but mighty patio is the place to be. 1426 S. Lincoln, Spokane • 455-7411; 9025 N. Indian Trail, Spokane • 466-2790 • BIG SKY TAVERN Big Sky’s something out of the past. Drink choices are limited to beer and wine, the jukebox pipes out Patsy Cline and you can only pay with cash. They also offer pool, darts, free popcorn and beer. While the menu is nofrills, the place is notable for the abundant decorations on its walls. In the summer, its back patio is a popular drinking and hangout spot. And the bar hosts an annual tricycle race, the Skytona 500 around the block to raise money for cancer research 5510 N. Market St., Spokane • 489-2073 BIRDY’S SPORTS BAR No, the Greatest Baseball Player of All Time™ does not hang out at Birdy’s Sports Bar, but his signed jersey does. This clean and classy sports bar, located in Division’s most northern strip mall, has a full bar and 15 tap selections, but there’s no shame in ordering a Rainier tall boy for a mere $2 while you watch the game. 12908 N. Highway 395 • 863-9572 • BISTANGO LOUNGE Everything about this cosmopolitan martini lounge is top shelf — from the fiber-optic starlight illuminated ceiling, to the glowing “selection wall” behind the bar which displays bottles of Cristal Rose, Henessy, Patron and some 200+ premium liquors. Bistango was one of the first real cocktail bars in Spokane, many will argue it’s still the best. 108 N. Post St., Spokane • 624-8464 •

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BLACK DIAMOND This, truly, is the place to go if you’re partying in the Valley. At the bar there, you’ve got a clear view of two-dozen or so taps — including good local micros like 12 String and regional ones like Ninkasi. On a Friday night, the place is butts-to-nuts with pool sharks hunching over the 15 pool tables, girls with giant hair in groups of three and four, and people of all ages shaking their booties to the cover band in the adjoining room. 9614 East Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 891-8357 • THE BLUE SPARK The advent of smart phones ruined a lot of things, including a lot of trivia nights. That’s why it’s nice to see trivia nerds still have a home at a few remaining reputable spots, like the Blue Spark. Their fun combination of pop culture and real-person knowledge allows everyone to find a niche, and they don’t stiff on the prizes, either. So while the bar itself glows, you won’t find any of that emanating from under the tables. Look for live bands on the weekend. They also have 26 taps and a full bar. 15 S. Howard, Spokane • 838-5787 • BLUZ AT THE BEND Bluz is really two clubs rolled into one. On the weekend, expect professional live comedy at Uncle D’s Comedy Underground. And four nights a week, Bluz hosts live rock and roll and blues bands — which of course means there’s dancing to be done. A full bar, dinner menu and pool tables complete the package. 2721 N. Market St., Spokane • 483-7300 • BON BON One of the most progressive cocktail bars on the scene, Bon Bon has been opening the eyes of area drinkers — with its rotating list of exceptional cocktails and with its occasional mixology classes. Before that movie at the Garland Theater (which shares the same building), pull up a barstool and let one of the bartenders treat you to something with ingredients you’ve never heard of. 924 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 413-1745 • BROOKLYN NIGHTS This cozy, East Coaststyle joint is nestled between train tracks and a bedrock foundation, just below street level. By day the popular (extremely busy) deli serves giant pickles, fresh salads, and artisan soups and sandwiches. By night, the lounge offers a small selection of craft beers on tap, and a full yet simple bar. Order from the deli menu until 8 pm. 122 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 835-4177 •

BUCER’S COFFEEHOUSE PUB Somehow studying for an English final is more palatable with a latte in hand, hunched over a table at Bucer’s. You might even start up a conversation with that cute co-ed sitting next to you. Good thing Bucer’s also serves up a great selection of microbrews, wine and fabulous desserts. Should that study break turn into a fullblown date, you can swoon to live music most nights and then split a rootbeer or Guinness float. 201 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-596-0887 • C.I. SHENANIGANS Overlooking the beautiful Spokane River on the Centennial Trail is C.I. Shenanigans. They serve a quick lunch to ensure that the hardworking people of Spokane can get back to work on time. Once the work day ends, it’s time for 9-5’ers to let off steam with a cosmo cooler or some of Shenanigan’s handcrafted Big Horn beers (they are a brewery, you know). This is arguably one of the best patios in the whole darn town. Happy hour means $3 well drinks and half price apps. 332 N. Spokane Falls Ct., Spokane • 455-6690 •



CAPONE’S Inlander readers voted Capone’s their favorite North Idaho sports bar in this year’s annual reader’s poll. Maybe it’s the friendly Cheers-like atmosphere or the always packed patio come summer. Maybe it’s the great pizza or the dozens of beer on tap. Maybe it’s because happy hour stretches all the way to 7pm on weekdays. Whatever it is, this is the place to catch the big game in the Panhandle. 751 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-4843; 315 N. Ross Point Rd., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-457-8020 • CARR’S CORNER Carr’s Corner took the place of Judi’s Place and has become a vibrant music venue. The atmosphere is amazing, too: Thong underwear hangs from signs, Christmas lights decorate exposed ducts and bands play in front of a brick wall embellished with fancy graffiti work. The cover is always cheap, the beer is even cheaper and the book lending library is a nice touch. 230 S. Washington St., Spokane • 474-1731 • carrsbar CASPER FRY PUBLIC HOUSE The Perry District just got a little bit hipper with the opening of Casper Fry, owned by the team from Madeleine’s. Every detail of the rugged, metal-and-wood interior was hand-selected or crafted by area artisans to create a vintage feel. Reclaimed wood from a Ritzville barn was used for the ceiling planks and table tops, and accordion-style lamps illuminate the image of the restaurant’s namesake on the exposed brick wall. Casper Fry’s classic cocktail menu — which includes a Mint Julep — reflects the pre-Prohibition era they evoke. 928 S. Perry St., Spokane • 535-0536 •


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BISTRO ROUGE AT PEND D’OREILLE WINERY This popular wine bar (and occasional music venue) in Sandpoint has opened a small bistro featuring small plates created specifically to pair with their award-winning wines. 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-265-8545 •

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Clockwise, beginning left: BBBBandits, Thumper and Terrible Buttons. KRISTEN BLACK PHOTOS

Rock City, USA Six local bands that make Spokane sing, dance and freak out


very year, The Inlander assembles a crackerjack team of local music nerds to deliberate on who are the most interesting, most groundbreaking, most talented local musicians. Each year we pick five — but in 2012, we picked six. There was just too much good stuff out there.


If your ears aren’t tuned to Terrible Buttons yet, let me assure you: They will be. What appears, initially, as just another indie-folk outfit is something much deeper. The bandmates calls themselves “horror folk” and they make spooky, dejected Americana songs. They’ve converted packed houses from Oregon to Alaska.



Say every single one of those Bs: ba-ba-ba-bandits. The four-piece band has risen fast in the local scene with their breezy brand of topdown California beach rock. It’s simple, danceable and free from lyrics, but is defined by the unbelievably complicated, masterful solos that come from guitarist Gawain Fadeley.


For years, Jason Campbell has been Mirror Mirror. With a revolving cast of members from here to Olympia, Campbell creates hazy rock songs — ones that come to life as something romantic and heartbroken, bitter and beautiful. It is, perhaps, one of Spokane’s most unique sounds — a little garage rock, a little noir, a little gospel. As Mirror Mirror, Campbell puts his heart on his sleeve for everyone to see.


Spokane has a long history of loving loud bands. And Losing Skin, a local hardcore outfit, is one of them. The band has made waves across the Northwest with its unique style — which borrows heavily from metal and hardcore. Losing Skin brings the pain, on record and on stage: occasionally some things get thrown, some faces bleed, some instruments break. It’s all in good fun though.


A scrappy punk rock band from Moscow has won over Spokane. Tim Blood & the Gutpanthers can often be found playing house shows and all-ages venues here. Watch as the kids in the crowd dance and scream as the denim-vest-clad band. They’re hilarious live, too: crowd surfing, writing on themselves with markers, dumping old VHS tapes on stage. And while they’re doing it, they’re playing an excellent brand of punk that hearkens back to the Sex Pistols, the Replacements and Husker Du.


Who knew that a young lady playing the dive bars of Coeur d’Alene, was doing some of the most interesting DJ work in the area? Thumper, aka Jordan Magnuson, is bringing the local rave scene to life with her unique take on dubstep. It’s got all the chilling drops that the kids seem to love these days, but with a lot more craft and integrity than some of the other yokels out there. — LEAH SOTTILE

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Catacombs Hidden in the cellar of the Montvale Hotel, Catacombs pays tribute to the European pubs you’ll find in the German countryside. Stone walls, wood-beam ceilings and a well-rounded selection of beers create an Old World European atmosphere. Happy hour starts at 3:30 pm and includes $5 small pizzas, $4 drafts and a daily wine feature ($6/ glass). Absinthe (“the green fairy”), once illegal in the U.S., but long popular in central Europe, is a unique feature to Catacombs. 110 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 838-4610 • Charley’s Grill and Spirits Regulars at Charley’s compare this bar to your friend’s parent’s rec room. You can just hang out here. Be sure to check Charley’s out on Saturdays around 9:30 pm, when they host karaoke. It gets wild. Actors from the Spokane Civic and Interplayers theaters frequent the bar and are known for singing fantastic show tunes and their spontaneous outbursts of jazz hands and choreographed dance routines. 801 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-8911 • Checkerboard Tavern Ian Maye and Chris Wilde purchased the Checkerboard Tavern in 2012. The neighborhood bar on East Sprague, built in 1933, has the longest-running liquor license in Washington state. But the Checkerboard Tavern also developed a 79-year reputation as a man’s bar and a seedy dive. To shake that stigma, Maye says, they are planning to schedule live bands, install a state-of-the-art karaoke machine, purchase a pizza oven, landscape the tavern’s back patio and modernize the appliances. Bartenders currently serve 40-ounce Pabst Blue Ribbon beers or one of the four beers on tap, including Budge Brothers stout ($3.50), brewed in Spokane. A simple list of spirits, like Fireball, Captain Morgan, Jack Daniels and Grey Goose Vodka are also available. 1716 E. Sprague, Spokane • 535-4007 • Clover The interior of the former Dawg House Eatery has been transformed from stark white to a palette of earth tones that enhance the natural light of this Craftsman-style house near Gonzaga. Clover, which opened May 1, 2012, is a joint effort of owners Scott and Liz McCandless and Paul and Marta Harrington to change the way Spokane eats. Equal care goes into the drink menu, created by Paul Harrington, a former professional bartender and author of Cocktail: The Drinks Bible for the 21st Century, who is well-known for leading a cocktail revival in the late ’90s. Cocktails are designated with a one-, two- or three-clover rating, denoting the complexity of the drink — helpful to cocktail neophytes and the adventuresome drinker alike. 913 E. Sharp, Spokane • 487-2937 •

Coldwater Creek Wine Bar For those not familiar with Coldwater Creek clothing, picture upscale, Western rancher-style — overstuffed leather couches, a serpentine wooden bar, the huge central fireplace. Upstairs from the retail outlet is the perfect spot to sample the Sandpoint music scene or have a glass of wine and a nibble. 311 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-2265 The Corner Club This is the place by and for people who love sports. But it’s not one of those sterile sports bars. No, the Corner Club is where you go to drink tubs of beer, wrap your arm around the stranger next to you and yell at the TV together. It’s a beautiful thing, really. 202 N. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-2915 • The Coug Amazingly, while whole new academic buildings have emerged around it, The Coug has managed to keep the same campus-bar atmpsohere and tasty bar menu. The biggest changes since it opened 80 years ago as “The Cougar Cottage” are High Def screens and the volume of wall graffiti. 900 NE Colorado St., Pullman, Wash. • 332-1265 The Dive Air hockey, foosball, shuffleboard, skeebal, darts, arcade games, ping pong, Xbox (on a 16-foot screen), even a mechanical bull. It’s safe to say you or your kids will never be bored at the Dive on Sandpoint’s main drag. If you can drag yourself away from the arm wrestling table or electronic basketball game, order one of their family feasts from the barbecue menu. The “Falling Off the Bones” feast includes a whole rack of ribs and six (yes, six) family-sized sides for $34.95 207 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-4421 •

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Eagles Pub Eagle’s Pub is the place to go for drinks, pool, poker and T.U.I. (Trivia Under the Influence). Every Tuesday and Friday night, college students and locals alike gather around the many tables to shout, at times, incoherent answers while enjoying the nearly 20 beers on tap. There’s also karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights for S.U.I. (you guessed it, Singing Under the Influence). 414 First St., Cheney, Wash. • 235-6294 Eichardt’s You’ll find this casual favorite in a historic brick building right smack in the middle of downtown. At Eichardt’s you can grab a beer while playing a game of darts, pool, or tabletop shuffleboard. Monday nights always bring the blues, thanks to an every changing slate of live bands. An eclectic mix of bluegrass, folk, rock and pop are scheduled throughout the rest of the month. Don’t worry if you have one pint too many. Eichardt’s promises a free cab ride to or from the bar (within five miles). Now that’s service. 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2634005 •







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Bars EL QUE Don’t be fooled by the crosses, Catholic saint candles and pictures of the Virgin Mary. El Que is a tequila bar. The intimate brick bar in Browne’s Addition is bursting with creepy religious decor, Mexican beer and unique bottles of liquor. Try their ghost-pepper-infused tequila. 141 S. Cannon St., Spokane • 624-5412 • THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE This Browne’s Addition landmark has won both best pub food and best outdoor dining in The Inlander’s annual readers’ poll. Add to that great staff and a good beer and wine selection, and it’s no wonder bars around the region are trying to replicate its model. 1931 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 363-1973 • FAMOUS ED’S A joint venture between Mark Starr (owner of David’s Pizza) and Fast Eddie’s owner Dale Kleist, this family-friendly sports bar is covered with TVs and pictures of celebrity Eds: Eddie Murphy, Ed Sullivan, Edward Scissorhands. It gives the place a fun, quirky kind of feel. 2911 E. 57th Ave., Spokane • 290-5080 • FAST EDDIE’S Located next to University District, this bar is bustling with young life. Spacious and comfortable, Fast Eddie’s is sure to be a weekend favorite. Spin the wheel on your birthday for a prize. 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 455-8752

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e’re not here to judge why you’re searching for something savory with which to fill your stomach at 12:30 am. Maybe you need a post-bar meal or you’re treating your insomnia with an experimental cheeseburger regimen. Again, we’re not here to judge, but we will point you in the direction of places that buck the early-to-bed trend of the Inland Northwest by offering late-night eats. First off, let’s start with the stalwart of the midnight snack scene, DICK’S HAMBURGERS (10 E. Third Ave), which is open until 1 am on Friday and Saturday nights, offering up hardy burgers, fries and other greasy favorites that you might be yearning for late at night. But if it’s not too late and you need a little something in your gut, consider moving your party to the POST STREET ALEHOUSE (1 N. Post St.) for your last beer of the night along with a selection from the craft ale bar’s $5 late-night happy hour that becomes available after 10 pm. If you’re coming straight out of a downtown bar but don’t feel like calling it a night quite yet, hit the SATELLITE DINER (425 W. Sprague Ave.), where you can either catch a late dinner, or if it’s really, really late, just skip straight to the pancakes. They serve breakfast at all hours. Whether you’re downtown or in Coeur d’Alene, ATILANO’S MEXICAN FOOD (725 E. Third Ave or 218 E. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene) can hook you up with south-of-the-border fare that will blow that “Fourth Meal” place out of the water any day. — MIKE BOOKEY

FIRESIDE LOUNGE It’s easy to overlook this little lounge, lodged between passageways on the hotel side of Northern Quest, but try not to. This is the second-swankiest bar in the complex (behind Legends of Fire), with a nice selection of small bites and desserts, a fair cocktail list, and a great selection of (mostly) Northwestern wines. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • FLAMIN’ JOE’S Flamin’ Joe’s is perennially voted Best Wings by Inlander readers, but fiery wings are only part of the equation. If you’re going to attempt the code red wings, you’d better have some cold beer lined up to chase the burn. Joe’s has a broad assortment of domestics, macros and micros on tap. Wednesday night is Trivia night at all three locations. 7015 N. Division, Spokane • 465-5052; 2620 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 241-3843; 11618 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 922-5052 • THE FLYING GOAT Odd as the name may seem, the joint doesn’t fail to deliver delicious food and an extensive beer and wine menu. Each pizza is cooked in a 2500-pound Woodstone oven. Perfect for a tasty meal before a night out. Be sure to show up early, there’s not a free

seat in sight most weekend nights. 3318 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 327-8277 • THE GARDEN LOUNGE The Garden Lounge is a maze of stairs and platforms with both wide-open tables and smaller nooks. In essence, it’s the perfect place for both groups and those looking for a quiet place to kick back and enjoy the delicious cocktails “Mom” — manager Deanna Robbins — whips up. 313 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-8513 GARLAND AVENUE DRINKERY Bill and Deborah Weisgerber have created a cozy little lounge inside this beige, Westernstyle building at Garland and Lincoln that’s not huge but could comfortably house about 40 drinkers. Hardwood floors and ornate Spanish tiles complement the big, dark oak L-shaped bar. There’s wireless Internet, a pinball machine, a jukebox and a full bar. 828 W. Garland, Spokane • 3155327 • GARLAND PUB & GRILL This neighborhood pub in the Garland neighborhood is all about ‘70s wood paneling chic. A former veterans club, it offers a full bar for a solid contingent of patrons who don’t mind drinking at noon. Check out the liver and onion specials, and the usual cache of domestic macrobrews. 3911 N. Madison St., Spokane • 326-7777 GENO’S What for 50 years was a neighborhood Italian restaurant now features the same salvaged-material aesthetic as Zola. Old circus-trailer siding with a clown painted on it lines some walls. The centerpiece of the bar is made from the insides of old pianos and vintage target shooting games. Geno’s also incorporates Zola’s nightly live music element, but offers a more expansive, Italian menu to balance out all those martinis on the bar menu. 1414 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 368-9087 • GIBLIANO BROTHERS DUELING PIANO BAR & MUSIC HOUSE If public sing-alongs aren’t your thing, you just haven’t been to the right venue. Gibliano Brothers Dueling Piano Bar And Music House may just be the classiest place you’ll ever make an ass of yourself. The lounge offers a modest bar menu and nightly happy hour, but you come here for the engaging veteran performers. 718 W. Riverside, Spokane • 315-8765 • THE GRAIL At the core of a night out on the town, there is music. Located in Coeur d’Alene, the Grail is the place for live music. This extrodinary venue will dare you to bust a move, head-bang, whip your hair, or slurp down a beer while extending the proud, one-arm fist pump. The gigantic stage hosts music from hip hop and dubstep, to hard rock and metal. 4720 Seltice Way, Coeur d’Alene • 208665-5882 •

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Named after the fast and rugged Spad S.XIII airplane, this stout is heavy, but teeming with cherry flavor. Three specialty malts and roasted barley give the beer a full body, but it’s not too heavy to enjoy after a meal or on a crisp fall afternoon. Another brand-new brewery to the area, Bi-Plane’s owners say they hope to celebrate the innovation and exploration of the “golden age of aviation” through brewing.

One of the few regional breweries to offer a black IPA, Laughing Dog is the place for hopheads. Brewed with two kinds of hops — pale malt, munich and black barley — this brew is a mix of dark malt flavors and the bitterness of an IPA. Plus, we love Laughing Dog’s puppy-related puns: the Dogfather Imperial Stout, Alpha Dog Imperial IPA and Cold Nose Winter Ale, among others.

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The brewers at No-Li make this complex, hoppy brew using English, German and American techniques. One of the first beers the brewery made, it’s also won awards throughout the region, including best experimental beer from the Seattle P.I.’s beer blog (The site also named No-Li, under it’s former name Northern Lights, the best brewery in the state, tied with Georgetown Brewing in Seattle.) With three kinds of hops, the brew is undeniably bitter but is balanced out with malt flavors.

The first release from Spokane’s newest brewery, the Impaler is a Northwest-style Imperial IPA that uses a combination of Northwest and Australian hops. It’s not too hoppy and not too malty, and it’s full of citrus and passion fruit aromas, making it a good starting place if you’re new to these notoriously bitter microbrews.

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BIG HORN BREWING at C.I. SHENANIGANS 332 N. Spokane Falls Ct. This authentic wheat beer is crafted by Big Horn brewers across the region, including downtown at C.I. Shenanigans, where it’s a mainstay. In traditional fashion, a special German yeast strain gives the beer its signature cloudiness. It’s fruity, but not too sweet, with flavor highlights of banana and clove.


If you’re new to microbrews, this year-round amber ale is a great way to get started. Spokamber is light and easy-drinking with a smooth, malty finish, making it an especially smart purchase for big groups. Budge Brothers, the work of Brad and Bruce Budge, is one of Spokane’s newest breweries, and you’ll find them on tap at a handful of bars around town.


A layered blend of bourbon, vanilla and espresso flavors makes this Steam Plant’s most iconic brew. Even on a menu of 12 beers, brewers say the restaurant and brewery can’t keep this one stocked. Steam Plant prides itself on sourcing local and regional grains and hops, and offers growlers and kegs for whatever you’re planning.



TWELVE STRING BREWING 11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Ste. 26, Spokane Valley As fall fades to winter in the Northwest, you’ll be looking for a dark, hefty brew to keep you warm at night. This porter has the rich coffee and chocolate flavors dark-beer-lovers crave, but is also hopped with a little spiciness to complement the heavier flavors. It’s a great dessert beer on its own, or try it with vanilla ice cream or a few fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies.



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Bars HILL’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE Hill’s recently updated lounge offers fantastically flavorful high-end appetizers (artichoke and cambozola dip, yum) and made-from-scratch cocktails. The Bloody Mary is delish and goes beautifully with their Rueben. Hill’s is the most casually elegant, conveniently located downtown bar at which you’re not already hanging out. 401 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 747-3946 • THE HOP SHOP The Hop Shop doesn’t claim to be anything else but a pub. No booze. No food. It’s like a sparsely decorated living room of a mellow neighbor who knows his beer and hosts loud parties. Owners rotate their brands of locally and regionally crafted microbrews on tap, and also offer wine. Closed until 4pm and every Sunday and Monday. 3803 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 747-9700 • THE HOP! This rough and rowdy all-ages music venue on Monroe has it all: trash metal, electronic dance parties, mosh pits, tall-boy cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon and an owner that will yell at you for peeing in the parking lot. It’s a home-away-from home for youngsters and a stage for Spokane’s loudest musicians. 706 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-5467 •

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Shake It

anna shake you’re groove thing? The Inland Northwest has plenty of hot spots to offer. All you have to do is pick your favorite spot, twinkle toes. Don’t be fooled by exteriors. THE HOGFISH (1920 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene) boasts a small but mighty dance floor. The nightclub is manly by day, and an electronic dance club by night. Go for the latest house, techno and dubstep tracks. No one will judge your “raver” dance moves. The Spokane Folklore Society hosts contra dancing at the EAST SPOKANE GRANGE (1621 N. Park Rd., Spokane Valley). These old-timey movers and shakers dance — in specific patterns with multiple partners — to the sound of folksy strings. Newcomers are welcome and will be taught to dance. Throw on a pair of your tightest Wranglers and a 10-gallon cowboy hat for two two-steppin’ at BIG AL’S (6361 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls). The bar features the biggest country-western dance floor in the Inland Northwest. Line dancers and novices are welcome but watch out: This dance floor is filled with twirls, flips and elite moves. THE MARQUEE (522 W. Riverside Ave.) is a place to see and be seen. The downtown nightclub is swanky and hip, making it the perfect place to drop it like it’s hot or rub up next to a cutie. The Masterclass Jazz Orchestra provides boogie woogie music for the ballroom and swing dancers at the SONS OF NORWAY (N. 6710 Country Homes Blvd.) The horn-and-rhythm-heavy band plays everything from Count Basie to Frank Sinatra for your dancing pleasure. — JORDY BYRD

ICON Downtown Coeur d’Alene’s popular dance club occupies two levels right on Sherman where Brix used to be located. 317 E. Sherman, Coeur d’Alene • 208-665-7407 IMMIX Immix can be filed under “C” for “classy.” Opened by Chef Matt Irvin, who has also worked at Northern Lights Brewing Co., Immix, with the motto “mix, combine and fuse,” serves lunch and dinner for between $10 and $20. In the mood for tilapia with mango salsa? Immix has got it. 122 College Ave., Cheney, Wash. • 235-6001 • IMPULSE The nightclub at Northern Quest, Impulse is all dark colors and curvy lines, with plenty of cozy little crannies and a

glass-encased cigar room in one corner. Step up to the big horseshoe bar or get out on the dance floor during karaoke or DJ nights (Wed-Sat), then head back out to the casino floor for some more action. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL Whenever someone offers you a list of bars to hit in Coeur d’Alene, that list almost always ends with, “oh, and the Iron Horse.” The bar is such an institution that people almost forget to mention it. For better or worse, people describe this as the quintessential Coeur d’Alene bar — one that can survive near the resort and still pack out in winter. You haven’t drank in Coeur d’Alene unless you’ve experienced one of the Iron Horse’s epic Derailers. They are simply a drinking right of passage. They’ve also been in the Valley for 15 years now. 407 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-7314 • 11105 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 926-8411 • IRV’S Irv’s is the crown jewel of afterhours dancing. But be warned: Alcohol does not magically bestow upon you the ability to climb that stripper pole. Just don’t do it. This gay-friendly bar also has plenty of seating and pool tables. 415 W. Sprague, Spokane • 624-4450 • irvsbar. com JACK AND DAN’S A favorite hangout for Gonzaga Bulldogs, Jack and Dan’s is a quiet place to grab a bite of pub food during the day, and a bustling college hangout during weekend nights. 1226 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 487-6546 • JOHN’S ALLEY If you like strong drinks and live music, John’s Alley is your place. Basically the only venue of its kind in the Moscow/Pullman area, John’s Alley hosts regular live music — both local and touring acts. Have fun and dance, or play those deer hunter video games. Either way, it’s a fun time. 114 E. Sixth St, Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7662 •

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JONES RADIATOR Jones Radiator is a nice, warm bar where professional-looking folks take their after-the-office beers. Try the spicy chicken wings while you’re at it. They. Are. Delicious. 120 E. Sprague, Spokane • 747-6005 • JonesRadiator KELLY’S IRISH PUB With its dark green walls festooned with Irish memorabilia, an ample supply of Guiness and a menu with traditional Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, Kelly’s is Coeur d’Alene’s place to profess Erin Go Bragh. It’s not unusual to hear the Coeur d’Alene Firefighters Bag Pipe band playing here, but other interntational traditions like beer pong and karaoke are also embraced here. 726 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-1717 • KNITTING FACTORY Spokane has the small venue thing down. But every so often, it’s nice to catch a big name on a big stage, and that’s where the Knitting Factory takes the cake. It had downtown swarming with gussied-up ladies for Kid Rock, cool nerds for They Might Be Giants and Aesop Rock, closet Gwen Stefani fans for Bush, and ’90s nostalgists for Filter. So, it comes as no surprise that the Knit won The Inlander’s Best Of reader’s poll — again. 919 W. Sprague, Spokane • 244-3279 • sp. LAKE VIEW LOUNGE Sweeping views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, soft lighting and soulful jazz guitar by Robert Vaughnn (Fridays and Saturdays), make the Lake View Lounge one of the most romantic destinations to sip 18-year-old double malt scotch and classic martinis. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 7th floor, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-4000 • THE LANTERN TAVERN The Lantern Tavern — one of those trendy bars without a sign — may be the tiniest bar in Spokane, a thin strip of storefront with maybe 12 seats. (The bathrooms, oddly, are larger than the main area.) A quick question about the bar’s unique points brings a chorus of praise from the crammed-in patrons, shouting out what they love about The Lantern: the beer

selection, the community, the family-like atmosphere. 1004 S. Perry St., Spokane • 315-9531 • LEFTBANK WINE BAR Feeling a little inexperienced or intimidated by snooty oenophiles swishing and spitting at upscale wine bars or wineries? LeftBank makes it easy to educate your palate, with over 60 wines by the glass, and $5 happy hour glasses and $10 flights, which is a miniature wine tasting in itself. The atmosphere is polished yet cozy. Its warm, earthy interior and toasty fireplace offer a contrast to the cool glass of the chandeliers and sleek furniture. A heavy rotation of local art bedecks the walls, and Friday and Saturday nights bring live music. 108 N. Washington St., Spokane • 315-8623 • LEGENDS OF FIRE Stepping through the walk-in humidor and into the cigar bar at Northern Quest is like walking into a Mad Men bar. Low lights, low chairs, a swank bar with deep reserves of whiskey, scotch, and cognac. And, oh, that smell. Cigarettes aren’t allowed, but the warm, earthy aroma of fine cigars is everywhere. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • LION’S LAIR Chances are you’ve driven by this bustling joint. Perfect for socializing and located on the corner of Browne and Riverside, The Lions Lair offers live music, DJ’s, affordable drinks, and prime outdoor seating. 205 W. Riverside, Spokane • 4565678 • LIQUID If it weren’t for the music and the warbling of the slot machines just a few feet away, this would actually be a pretty quiet joint, as everyone at the bar is entranced with the embedded video gaming screens in front of them. Despite that, this is a classy cocktail bar, with two big glass ribbons projecting slowly cascading digital waterfalls and a beautiful, three-dimensional topo map projecting upward to the ceiling. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 •

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Tr i v i a l P u r s u i t s The symbiotic relationship between alcohol and random facts flourishes in Spokane’s trivia scene BY DANIEL WALTERS



The Blue Spark, a particularly “fratty” bar filled with loud and rowdy college students, may have the longest-running trivia game in Spokane. Here, the teams with the largest numbers tend to have the largest advantage, and the teams with the dirtiest minds tend to win the “team name” contest. (The combination of bodily functions, current celebrities and puns tend to do the best.) Even those who can’t answer a single question have a shot at the raffle. Generally, questions here are relatively easy — with multiplechoice offerings easing the hardest questions. But beware the devious true-false questions. You may be better off flipping a coin. Tuesdays, 10 pm 15 S. Howard St. 838-5787


There’s a reason Flamin’ Joe’s — Spokane’s fiery answer to the wings-and-beer genre —is packed on Wednesday for trivia. The prizes, sometimes gift certificates as high as $50, are good. And crucially, instead of simply dividing clumps of questions by rounds, trivia teams turn them in every question. That means more questions, and less downtime, all the more important, considering that — at almost three hours — Flamin’ Joe’s trivia can be a marathon. Separate video screens offer another way to pass the time, and the cheap wing specials give something else to nibble on. Sometimes, trivia can be an afterthought. At Flamin’ Joe’s, it’s a full-scale production. Wednesdays, 8 pm 7015 N. Division, 465-5052 11618 E. Sprague, 922-5052 2620 E. 29th Ave., 241-3843


Trivia, at its core, is an intellectual game, and Press offers the best trivia game in the city for those that favor goatee-stroking to beer chugging. The questions aren’t that different from the Blue Spark, but the atmosphere is far less raucous. You can hear both the questions and yourself think — never a given. Mondays, 8 pm 909 S. Grand 747-7737


Scout’s one of the newest bars in Spokane and — despite its name — it has no relation to the To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus and Boo Radley stores. Here, the trivia rounds are pared down: There are only two lengthy rounds instead of four or five. But the bigger twist comes on the last question. Taking a cue from Final Jeopardy, Scout lets players wager their accumulated points on the final question. And so, if you happen to be an expert on, say, 19th-century opera, you can turn your fifth place into a win in an instant. Thursdays, 8:30 pm 1001 W. First Ave., 747-3434

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LITZ’S BAR & GRILL If you’re bored at Litz’s, there’s something wrong with you. A favorite hangout of Gonzaga students, Litz’s boasts an outdoor sand volleyball court, pool tables, arcade games, shuffleboard, beer pong and occasional fish races. Not to mention karaoke on the weekends, trivia on Tuesdays and the ever-popular Red Solo Cup night on Wednesdays. There’s always some sort of drink special and the pub food is made from scratch. Try the sweet potato fries with gorgonzola. 204 E. Ermina Ave., Spokane • 327-7092 • LUNA The wine list is expansive and the atmosphere is elegant. But the main reason you stop in for a drink at Luna is Patrick — one of the most gifted bartenders around. Sit at the bar, tell him what you like and he’ll mix you something truly amazing. He makes his own infused liquors, as well as handmade bar staples like simple syrups. Come back and we’ll bet he’ll remember your name and your drink. 5620 S. Perry St., Spokane • 4482383 • MAMA’S THAIWAY LOUNGE “People sing rock, country, rap, every sort of thing,” says Mama, owner of Mama’s Thaiway Lounge. The karaoke is aided by TV screens where both singers and patrons can read the lyrics. There’s also the singing owner. “I sing Thai songs, I sing American songs, ask them,” says Mama, pointing to strangers. “Everyone know.” 5908 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 534-3040 MANITO TAP HOUSE Like at most restaurants, the menu at Manito Tap House has undergone some revision since opening. Since Day One, though, it’s been game on for Beer-ivores. As if it weren’t enough to have 50 beers on tap, the list has information on bitterness, alcohol content and even relative proximity to Spokane. You want a lager from 50 miles away? They got you. A Belgian that actually comes from Belgium? Done. Which reminds us: How many places have more than one Belgian at a time, much less the need for an entire Belgian category? 3011 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 279-2671 • manitotaphouse. com MARQUEE LOUNGE Think of it as a good thing that the MarQuee is really one of the only bars of its kind in the area — a spot where people go to get all sexy and dance all sexy. And with their abundance of Technicolor alcoholic beverages and five VIP rooms, the Marquee clearly has everything set up for you to do your thing. Whatever that means for you. We’re not here to judge. I 522 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 838-3332 •

THE MAYFAIR Dimly-lit and crawling with colorful characters, the Mayfair is one of the best places in Spokane to get the party started on pocket change. It’s Spokane’s grand-daddy dive bar, with shots served in rocks glasses and clientele as old and weathered as the Palouse. 202 S. Washington St., Spokane • 624-4206 MEZZO PAZZO WINE BAR The mood at this South Hill wine bar, whose name means “half-crazy” in Italian, is warm and inviting. There’s a couch for lounging, seating at the bar, and a large, wooden table, suitable for groups to gather. The wine list features over two-dozen wines by the glass, including a few dessert wines. The wines are approachable and familiar, consisting mainly of Washington, Oregon and California wines in the $7-$12 per glass range. 2718 E. 57th Ave., Spokane • 863-9313 • MONTEREY CAFE Man, at some karaoke spots, people think they can get away with anything. Drunk renditions of “My Heart Will Go On,” and every Alanis Morissette song imaginable permeate the very walls of those shady joints. But the Monterey, at least, keeps a higher standard. So save for the nights that there’s a wedding party packed in there, chances are you’ll enjoy some impressive material. And they sell 40s of beer and have delicious pizza, which tastes even better when your ears aren’t bleeding. 9 N. Washington St., Spokane • 868-0284 • MOON TIME Moon Time isn’t in the heart of the action in downtown Coeur d’Alene. It’s not full of tourists or bachelorette parties. And that’s why you go here. This English style pub always has a progressive and prolific assortment of microbrews and damn good food. 1602 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2331 • THE MOOSE MARKET LOUNGE The Moose Lounge has a reputation as a staging area for nights out. That bore out on our most recent trip. There was some karaoke happening (country and classic rock wellrepresented), and some pool playing going on, but mostly people would come in small groups, which, over the course of a beer or two, would swell to squadronsized, then depart. 401 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-7901 MOOTSY’S On an unusually sunny weekday afternoon, bartender Dan Kvamme unlocks the front door of Mootsy’s, home of the $1 PBR, and almost instantly the regulars begin trickling in, settling in their respective seats. Kvamme has been a downtown fixture for years. If there were a Spokane Barkeep Hall of Fame, he’d be an inductee. 406 W. Sprague, Coeur d’Alene, Wash. • 838-1570



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Bars MORTY’S TAP AND GRILLE Happy hour stretches all day at Morty’s from 7 am-6pm, so it’s never too early to start drinking here. Breakfast is surprisingly good, with no less than six specialty eggs benedict options on the menu, so start the day with a Bloody Mary, then stay and catch the game on TV. Keep the apps (steak bites!) and drinks flowing and the next thing you know it’s midnight. 5517 S. Regal St., Spokane • 443-9123 • MY OFFICE A regular den for Cougs of all ages, My Office provides traditional pub food from nachos and hot wings to steak and pasta. Catering to the hungry Pullman bar hoppers up until midnight, you can risk an innovative liquor concoction or munch on a My Office burrito while playing a friendly game of darts. 215 S. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 334-1202 • NECTAR TASTING ROOM Nectar may be epicenter of Downtown Spokane’s growing “”cork district.”” Shared by five Washington wineries, Nectar Tasting Room offers 44 wines by the splash (2 ounces), sip (5 ounces), or stay (bottle). Wired for today’s wine connoisseurs (and newbies!), it allows you to choose your beverage from an iPad menu. The place also offers a small selection of appetizers to complement your wine, and live music every weekend. 120 N. Stevens, Spokane • 869-1572 •

NYNE BAR & BISTRO Nyne is easily one of Spokane’s prettiest bars. The juxtaposition of the sleek glass neon green bar, exposed brick walls and half-court basketball hoop makes the venue all-at-once classy and laid back. Enjoy a signature Dry Fly martini, a late-night menu of angus beef sliders and spicy pork wings or simply kick back with a beer. 232 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 474-1621 • O’DOHERTY’S IRISH GRILLE There are a lot of reasons besides drinking to hit up O’Doherty’s. Their Scotch eggs, for example. And standing on the bar and sing for a chance to put a dollar bill on the wall. But really, who needs a reason besides drinking? Just go drink. When you’re ready to graduate past the Irish Car Bomb, order a Johnny Jump-up. 525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 747-0322; 10208 N. Division, Spokane • 465-3511; 11712 E. Sprage Ave., Spokane Valley • 9242578 • O’SHAY’S “A long life and a merry one, a quick death and an easy one, a pretty girl and an honest one, a cold pint and another one!” Enjoy a bit o’wit with your fish and chips or Guinness stew. Call for live music schedule. Trivia, open mic nights and the occasional Irish Dancers are also on tap. 313 E. Coeur d’ Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-4666 • PARK INN It may look like a dive bar from the outside, but don’t be fooled. The “P.I.” is a beloved South Hill haunt frequented

by the nearby medical professionals, 20-somethings chatting and texting, and not 20-somethings pre-funking before their high school class reunions. There’s Kokanee Gold by the pitcher, free popcorn, video game bowling and a pinball machine, and some of the cheesiest pizza you’ll ever have. 107 W. Ninth Ave., Spokane • 747-4425 PEACOCK ROOM LOUNGE If you’re in the mood for a scotch neat, say, or a sazerac or a Ramos gin fizz, you’d kinda want to order it in the sort of place where the bartender would nod knowingly, and say, “Very good, sir.” Tenders at the Peacock Room know a great number of classic cocktails. All the martinis are doubles and the gorgeous stained glass ceiling is an experience in itself. The Davenport Hotel, 10 S. Post St., Spokane • 455-8888 • PINTS ALEHOUSE Walk in to Pints Alehouse on Newport Highway in north Spokane and you will be greeted with the scent of hops and the sight of 18 shiny taps. Pints features gluten-free choices among its ales, porters, IPAs, ambers and seasonals. Owners Derek and Patricia Quist can assiste you in your choices. After spending six years visiting more than 100 breweries from Spain to Mexico to the United States, they provide wellinformed suggestions and knowledgeable guidance to customers. 10111 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 368-9671 THE PLANTATION The Plantation is where young cowboys go to party. The all-wood bar gets packed to the brim with Wrangler-donning young folk who square-dance the night away, drinking pitchers of pink mystery booze called the “Plantation Special” on Thursdays. Even if you’re sans cowboy boots, you should expose yourself to the Plant immediately. 2012 S. Main St., Moscow • 208-882-3344 THE PORCH The Porch offers sweeping golf course views and damn good pub food. Like at its sister restaurants Moon Time, The Elk, and the Two Seven, the atmosphere is casual, the microbrew list is impressive and the clientele is made-up of devoted regulars. Try the Swimming Angel. 1658 E. Miles Ave., Hayden, Idaho • 208-772-7711 •


POST STREET ALE HOUSE This centrally located downtown pub always draws a crowd. During the day it’s packed with power lunchers, nighttime brings a diverse crowd of drinkers. The fried pickles are the signature dish here. Not a believer? Try the Guinness-braised short ribs. 1 N. Post St., Spokane • 789-6900 • PRESS What is a tasteful, modern, tallceilinged coffee house in the morning transforms to a trendy neighborhood bar at night. It’s conceivable to spend an entire day at Press; starting with coffee or

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pressed juice and ending with a glass of wine, a beer or an inventive cocktail like the (fresh-pressed) grapefruit martini. 909 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 747-7737 THE Q Sit back — way back — and enjoy virtually any sport known to man on The Q’s giant screen, placed smack in the middle of the bar. Beyond the 30 foot by 10 foot big screen, games are broadcast in full HD color on practically every available surface. The atmosphere is energetic, the decor, sleek and modern and the food a step above the average sports bar. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 2427000 • RAIN LOUNGE While it’s an ideally located place for a drink before or after an event at the Fox, you don’t need to have somewhere else to go to enjoy Rain Lounge. But come hungry, because this brick-brimmed bar that shares a kitchen with Scratch Restaurant, has late night and happy hour menus, and a generous selection of wine, beer and high-end cocktails. 1007 W. First Ave., Spokane • 456-5656 • RED LION BBQ Red Lion BBQ known for strong drinks, great wings and an incredibly casual atmosphere (not a first date venue), this legendary sports is also a non-official gathering place for University of Montana alums — unless there are other people who go to a bar to watch the Grizzlies? 126 N. Division, Spokane • 835-5466 • RED ROOM LOUNGE The Red Room focuses on bringing in live music, drawing young-ish weekend partiers and maintaining its fun and festive vibe. Oh, and don’t forget the burgers. Seriously. Don’t. 521 W. Sprague, Spokane • 838-7613 • REVOLVER BAR & LOUNGE Revolver offers some great happy-hour specials, an old school jukebox and giant beers. The crowd is friendly and loud — probably due to $1 beer night. Great bartenders and good service are the norm. 227 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 290-6816 REVOLVER NORTH This satellite of the popular downtown bar Revolver opened its doors in a Garland strip mall in March 2011 and has found the perfect recipe for a successful north-side bar: strong drinks, cheap beer, a surly but lovable waitstaff and no-frills décor. Revolver North boasts pinball machines, a jukebox and a hefty menu of sandwiches, wraps and hot dogs. 633 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 473-9885 RICO’S The warm, book-lined interior at Rico’s will not only beckon you to come in, but will invite you to stay for a drink. It’s a hipster haunt, with a few more turtlenecks than seems acceptable, but if that’s your thing, this is your place. 200 E. Main St., Pullman, Wash. • 509-332-6566


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Saranac Public House At the Saranac, the atmosphere is hip but still laidback. Sunday is all day happy hour, so most drinks are $5 or under, and it’s a comfortable spot for drinks with friends. Try the pulled-pork anything, it’s bound to be delicious. Their fantastic soft pretzels are legend.  21 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 473-9455 • Satellite Diner & Lounge Many competitors in late-night dining have come and gone, but no one has yet outdone the Satellite Diner. There’s something great about seeing friendly faces who don’t judge you when you scarf down an entire double grilled cheese bacon burger with fries and a side of gravy. 425 W. Sprague, Spokane • 624-3952 • Savory You can’t miss this modern monolith on Grand Boulevard, and its bright, gorgeous lounge serves a mean Thai Basil Martini, not to mention 20 imports and regional microbrews AND has live entertainment. 1314 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 315-8050 • Scout Within months of opening, Scout became a mainstay for everything from brunch to late night. Popular items such as the chicken and waffles and the Gringo burrito (both $9) can be enjoyed morning, noon and night, and drinks are tasty and vary depending on the specialty of the bartender on shift. Their classic Moscow Mule ($7) is a refreshing concoction of ginger and citrus that’s perfect for a summer afternoon. 1001 W. First, Spokane • 747-3434 • The Screaming Yak When was the last time you Yak’d? If you’re a north sider, probably not too long ago. This north

Sergio’s Mexican Sports Grill Located where Heroes and Legends used to be, Sergio’s is sports fan’s paradise. With 39 flat screen TVs and almost every premium sports channel available, it’s the ultimate man-cave with daily specials and cheap happy hour prices. The menu is made up of traditional Mexican favorites like tacos, flautas and chimis. Look for live music on Friday and Saturday nights and line dancing. 825 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 747-2085 •

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Sidebar & Grill Judicially themed, the Sidebar takes its cues from its location across from the Spokane County courthouse… get it? A full bar and 12 taps, not to mention live music, make this a good place for weary legal workers to blow off steam. Happy hour runs from 3-6pm on weekdays. 1011 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 290-5100 • Soulful Soups & Spirits You can get warm and toasted at Soulful Soups. The hip Howard Street hangout still offers local faves like coconut curry and taco soups by day, and live music and trivia at night. Expect an extensive selection of beer and whiskey, accompanied by personable, knowledgable bartenders. 117 N. Howard St., Spokane • 459-1190 • soulfulsoupsandspirits The Sports Page If you want nothing more than to be surrounded by televisions featuring all kinds of sporting events, then the Sports Page is for you. They even have little ones put into the walls next to the tables. Really. They’ve also developed quite the menu, like their Irish Nachos, which have waffle fries instead of tortilla chips. 165 N. Grand Ave., Pullman, Wash. • 334-6748 The Star Restaurant and Lounge Neighborhood drinkers by day, and drunken college bar by night. Drinks are cheap whenever you choose to imbibe — which is especially useful on Thursday nights, when karaoke can get pretty crazy. 1329 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 487-1530

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Safari Room A great place to start or end your night downtown. Happy hour runs from 4-6pm and features half price flatbreads and half price drinks. If you’re ending your night at this upscale enclave, order one last martini and take advantage of the late-night menu. The Davenport Tower, 111 S. Post, Spokane • 789-6800 •

seasons of coeur d’alene One of the newer entrants to the Lake City nightlife scene, Seasons of Coeur d’Alene has live music Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There’s half-price wine every Tuesday, and Thursdays you can take advantage of the Grill and choose from one of their five specialty burgers and match it with a draft beer for just a 10spot. 209 Lakeside Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-664-8008 •

Rock Bar & Lounge Cool blue lights, glass bar back, big patio, great waitresses in tight black T-shirts.There are plenty of bar games (pool, beer pong, darts) and lots of TVs. 13921 E. Trent, Spokane Valley • 443-3796 •

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The Riff This is the type of bar where everybody knows your name. Partly because it’s a locals-only watering hole and partly because it’s one of the tiniest joints in town. But the bar and patio is a perfect place to get well-acquainted with a stranger. Especially on Tuesdays, during their 40 Ounces to Freedom Night. Four bucks for a 40-ounce Pabst means a night you’ll never forget/remember. 215 W. Main, Spokane • 279-2921


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Bars STEELHEAD BAR AND GRILLE You could get into a lot of trouble at the Steelhead Bar and Grille. The stylish brushed steel and beamed ceilings draw you in, and the sexy, exceedingly affordable cocktails (Nymph, X-Rated Bellini, Hyp-Naughty) will keep you there. General manager Chad Rouse attributes their success to a great happy hour. From 3-6 pm, worldweary 9-to-5ers are known to congregate over a $2.50 pint (or $5 schooner if it’s been an especially hard day). 218 N. Howard St., Spokane • 747-1303 • STIR With it’s sleek design, blue light and big stone-slab bar, it’s easy to forget Stir is located in a small strip mall not far from the Five Mile Rosauers. You can catch dinner and the game here. Stir has a full menu, with a Reuben that requires two hands. Trivia night is powered by Fireball. 7115 N. Division, Spokane • 466-5999 • STIX BAR & GRILL A popular northside haunt, Stix is run by the same people who own Twigs (get it?). The equation is the same — stylish decor, massive drink list with no less than 24 martinis, and upscale pub food like stone oven pizzas and goat cheese appetizers. 9820 N. Nevada, Spokane • 468-9820 • STUBBLEFIELD’S BAR & GRILL Stubblefield’s gets a bad rap. We’re not sure if it’s its “cage girls” reputation or the

fact that a big chunk of Pullman’s police log entries are at this address. Whatever it is, this split-level bar will fulfill your jones for cheap beer, college sports and the occasional match of Jell-O wrestling. 600 NE Colorado St., Pullman, Wash. • 334-7900 STUDIO K BAR & GRILL This South Hill treasure — packed into a strip mall with a Mexican restaurant and a bike shop — is one of the awesomest places to sing karaoke in all of Spokane. Long and narrow, the place has cheap drinks and a deep songbook. You are virtually guaranteed to hear “Don’t Stop Believin’” at least once each time you visit. 2810 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 534-9317 SULLIVAN SCOREBOARD SPORTS BAR & GRILL Sullivan Scoreboard’s enormous outdoor playground sets it apart from other Valley bars. There’s a horshoe pit, sand volleyball court and stage. We’re guessing the hot servers tight T-shirts and occsional bikini tops are also a draw. Plus, they serve Bloody Mary’s’ out of a fish bowl. 205 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • 891-0880 THE SWAMP TAVERN A backyard-style patio beckons full-moon bikers or those wishing to see what’s on the other side of the tracks. A beer lover’s paradise with a superb selection of beer, house bottles of wine, friendly patrons, jazz Tuesday nights, and DJs on the weekend, the Swamp — located in a tucked-away part of the west end of Fifth Avenue — is

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a hole-in-the-wall oasis away from the beaten path. And if it happens to be a chilly night, fear not, you can still enjoy your beverage under the stars thanks to the Swamp’s outdoor fire pits. 1904 W. Fifth Ave., Spokane • 458-2337

Two Seven is a place to either bring your family, or drink and laugh for hours with friends. Plus, they have friendly service AND Salpicon. 2727 S. Mt. Vernon St., Spokane • 473-9766 • wedonthaveone. com

THE SWINGING DOORS If you’re going to watch sports, but not be at a game, you need at least one TV. All those ads for the cellphones that let you watch sports — don’t listen to them. You need TVs and you need them to be large and strong in numbers. That’s where Swinging Doors has you covered. They got 60 TVs. They got a 14-foot HD projector screen. They got a 70-inch 3-D Plasma set. It’s like they bought out every Best Buy in the state. Basking in the glow of every sport imaginable, you win. 1018 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 326-6794 •

UGLY BETTIE’S PUBLIC HOUSE A dark den off of Division Street, Ugly Bettie’s is the perfect place to commence an extended drinking session or simply a Saturday afternoon beer break. This bar has pool tables, a dance floor and a stage for live music, so it is prepared for any activity conceivable at a bar. 211 N. Division, Spokane • 747-8940 •

THE TAILGATER With more than 20 flat screen televisions, you’re sure to find the game you want without having to fight over the remote. Special promotions like Man Cave Mondays and Tightwad Tuesdays make it tough to stay away on weeknights when there are deals like 50-cent wings, $1 tacos and $3 tequilla shots. Weekends bring some of Spokane’s only live comedy, followed by DJ’s. Team trivia and pub pong are also on the Tailgater’s fun-packed schedule. 1221 N. Howard St., Spokane • 328-9000 • TONICX BAR AND PATIO At Tonicx, the tap beer line-up is constantly changing and the nachos are consistently good. Most of the food is provided by the neighboring Pita Pit, and the patio is a great summertime getaway. 6314 N. Ash St., Spokane • 324-6453 TWIGS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR With four locations to choose from, you’re never very from your next martini. In addition to the massive martini menu, Twigs offers seasonal cocktails like the Pumpkin Pie-tini and White Russian Eggnog. Twigs’ River Park Square balcony is a hot spot for people watching with a pomegranate margarita in hand, and cocktail lovers flock to the South Hill, Valley and Wandermere patios to spend hot summer nights sipping cool lemon drops and dragon fruit mojitos. 4320 S. Regal St., Spokane • 443-8000; 808 W. Main Ave., River Park Square, Spokane • 232-3376; 401 E. Farwell Rd., Spokane • 465-8794; 14728 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 290-5636 •


THE TWO-SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE It may not feel like the ideal neighborhood locale, at the bottom corner of a strip mall parking lot, but shame on you if that’s stopped you from going to the Two Seven Public House. Yeah, sure, the older siblings The Elk and the Moon Time may be better places to meet single people, but the

UNIVERSITY BAR AND GRILL Gonzaga’s beloved Bulldog tavern is no more, after 65 years slinging drinks to neighborhood regulars and college students alike. In its former location is now the University Bar and Grill. The changes can be seen inside and out. A mural featuring prominent Zag alums like Casey Calvary and Hon. Teri Eitzen now fills the south exterior wall. Inside, the plywood floors have been upgraded and the interior refreshed. What’s stayed the same is the assorment of neighborhood regulars during the day and the rush of college students in the evening. Wednesday “study groups” pack the place out. 1305 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 241-3026 • USHER’S CORNER Besides pool tables, dancing and TVs in every booth, Usher’s Corner offers drinks served in a variety of unusual containers. There are shooters in test tubes, Jell-O shots in salsa containers, not to mention a menu of mixed drinks. 5028 N. Market St., Spokane • 482-0700 VALHALLA BAR & GRILL Valhalla is named after Viking heaven for a reason. There’s always cheap booze and wings on tap. Well, we suspect the Valhalla of legend doesn’t have quite as many hot wings, but for 20-something college students, it’s as close to any mythical heaven as you can get. 1000 NE Colorado St., Pullman, Wash. • 334-7775 • THE VAULT SOCIAL CLUB AND EATERY The Vault takes up two floors of a former downtown bank, with the main dining room, dance floor and bar occupying the top level. It has been revamped and restored to the aesthetics of the 1920s: High ceilings feature chandeliers dripping with crystal, and the ornate molding. The real draw, though, is downstairs. That’s where the bank’s old vault has been converted into an intimate seating area. A giant metal door opens to the inside of the vault, where cozy tables and chairs line the edges. There’s an inherently deviant feeling that accompanies partying inside an old bank vault, and the venue takes advantage, adding a small bar just for downstairs guests. 120 N. Wall, Spokane • 863-9597 •

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This popular hangout, located near Gonzaga, is as much of an adult playground as it is a pub, with outdoor volleyball courts in the summer, karaoke and live music. Any night of the week you can get a game of pong going, but most of the action happens on the bar’s Red Solo Cup night, wherein the bar offers discounted pitchers of beer, which any experienced pong player can tell you is key to this sport. 204 E. Ermina Ave. 327-7092


If you’ve practiced your stroke, dialed in your stealth bounce and feel like you’re a badass ponger, it’s time to test your skills. Every Sunday night, Ugly Bettie’s on the edge of downtown Spokane, holds an open pong tournament at 9 pm. Be ready for some stiff competition to go with your good time. 211 N. Division St. 747-8940


Wednesday nights at Moscow’s Plantation Lounge feature a few games of skill. First, there’s the dart league, which tests their accuracy on a weekly basis, but there’s also a, shall we say, less refined contest in an open beer pong table. Maybe tossing sharp objects at a board isn’t your thing, and if so, go ahead and toss some bouncy balls into cups of beer ... and you can do it any night of the week, not just Wednesdays. 2012 S. Main St., Moscow 208-882-3344


The unofficial restaurant of Michael Scott and the crew at Dunder Mifflin, Hooters isn’t just about hot wings and fly honeys. They also enjoy giving you creative manners by which to ingest your beer. Swing by the Spokane Valley location on Wednesday nights to test your pong skills. Bonus points if you wear your own orange shorts. 16208 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley 924-9464

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VINTAGES AT 611 This is a friendly place to catch a drink on the south hill. A place Carolyn where the Doobie Brothers play on the stereo and moms chat with other moms. ZOLA Once again, Zola wins The Try their signature Lavender Cosmo: Best Of reader’s poll with 509-325-0634Inlander’s ext 214 Absolut, Parfait Amour, cranberry juice its happy hour. The trendy (cell) bar is popular enough for and a sugared rim — made with509-435-3860 their downtown house-made lavender sugar. Mmm. its live music, refurbished décor and warm 611 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 624-3202 • vibe, but it’s the happy hour menu really brings them full circle. Instead of providing puny versions of main dishes, WADDELL’S PUB Food Network star Zola offers up regular portions at half the Guy Fieri swears by the Rube Waddell, price. And one can’t argue with the drink a massive burger topped with Waddell’s prices either. It’s really only smart to hit up homemade corned beef and tangy 1,000 this happy hour. Because if you’re eating island dressing. Whether you’re here for and drinking at any other spot, you’re a burger or one of the 20 beers on tap, shaming your belly and your pocketbook. Waddells is a friendly little South Hill 22 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-2416 • haunt that’s been designed in the tradition of an English pub. Pull up a seat at the bar and catch a game or linger by the pond in the summer. 4318 S. Regal St., Spokane • 443-6500 • HUGO’S ON THE HILL Hugo’s describes its bowling setup as THE WAVE By day you can hook yourself “Bowlicious Boutique Bowling.” For up with some tropical twists on sushi, by those who aren’t sure how bowling night you can dance, and help yourself to could be in any way connected to the an impressive selection of sake and other “boutique,” it goes like this — fancy booze. Their fancy-but-not-pretentious bowling suites, big screens playing music vibe makes you feel special, yet not selfvideos and a wait staff delivering you conscious if you’re sporting your laundrybistro cuisine. 3023 E. 28th, Spokane • day Target jeans. Yay. 523 W. First Ave., 535-2961 • Spokane • 747-2023 •


WHISPERS A dramatic remodel has transformed Whispers from a nondescript hotel bar to a sexy hideaway worth seeking out, even if you’re not staying at the resort. Floor to ceiling windows provide million-dollar sunset views of the lake. Sink into one of the modern chairs that line the backlit bar or up the romance by taking a seat outdoors. Small, cozy seating arrangements lit by by flames shooting up clear glass cylenders make this the perfect place for a tryst. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second, Coeur d’Alene • 208-765-4000 • WILD SAGE Though the upscale Third Avenue restaurant is perhaps better known for its cuisine, the bar is worth checking out, too. Drinks are crafted here, made with fresh pressed juice instead of processed mixes and top shelf liquor. Try their trademark Wild Sage — made with fresh, muddled sage leaves, gin, Cointreau, lime and sugar. 916 W. Second, Spokane • 456-7575 • THE WINE CELLAR A true downtown icon, the Wine Cellar does mostly Mediterrenean — dinner down below and small plates streetside during the summer. Open late-night, it’s a

RIVER CITY LANES It’s got a rich history. It’s got karaoke. It’s got cheap drinks. And most of all, it’s got bowling. Make sure to check out Brooklyn Nights, when rates get you shoes, three hours of bowling and a stage to host your party. 965 W. Seltice Way, Post Falls, Idaho • 208-773-7575 • SUNSET BOWLING CENTER Located next to Home Depot, Sunset Bowling has it all: cosmic bowling, leagues and bumpers for the kids. Their dollar nights (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 9 pm-midnight) are a screaming deal, with lanes for 99 cents and $3.45 shoe rental. 202 W. Sunset Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-2695 TRIPLE PLAY FAMILY FUN PARK Perhaps the only place in the Inland Northwest where you can engage in East Coast-style duckpin bowling, Triple Play features 20 lanes (18 of which are reserved for regular ten-pin bowling) and open blacklight bowling on Friday, Saturday and Monday. When you’re done, go play mini golf, video games, laser tag, or any of a billion other activities offered here. 175 W. Orchard Ave., Hayden, Idaho • 208-762-7529 • VALLEY BOWL Another of that breed of old-school holdovers, Valley Bowl sticks to the standards: league play, birthday parties and communal shoes. 8005 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 926-6245 •

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WHISKEY DICK’S Beer-filled coolers and a full kitchen mark this as one of the hippest bars up north. They pride themselves both on their cooking and their shooters, along with their selections of cocktails. 3027 E. Liberty, Spokane • 474-9387


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Breweries 12 STRING BREWING COMPANY Being located in the midst of warehouse territory in Spokane Valley, it’s easy to drive by 12-String Brewery. But upon entering the taproom, you forget the sterility of its outside surroundings. The small room gives off a warm glow. Finished with natural woods, the taproom features several tables and a small stage for live music. The brewery already has five permanent beers locked in (a blonde, amber, IPA, stout and porter, all solid in flavor and composition) and promises there are more to come. 11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Suite 26, Spokane Valley • 990-8622 • BIPLANE BREWING CO. Another brandnew brewery to the area, BiPlane offers six handcrafted ales, with names that pay homage to the golden age of aviation. The taproom is a meeting place for beer lovers, but you can also get growlers, and party pigs to go. 4082 E. Primrose Ln. • Post Falls, Idaho • 208-683-0369 • BUDGE BROTHERS BREWERY The beer that flows from them is uniformly robust without crossing over into parody. Their Hoptrain IPA has a dense, floral nose, due partly to the 19 pounds of hops added after fermentation. Their stout, too, is rich without tasting like alcoholic chocolate milk, and earthy without tasting like a coffee porter. 2018 E. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 426-3340 • C.I. SHENANIGANS This regional chain brews six beers (plus rotating seasonal selections) in Spokane, including the Big Red, the Total Disorder Porter and the Buttface Amber. Get a growler to go or order a pint on their large outdoor patio that’s on the Centennial Trail. 332 N. Spokane Falls Ct., Spokane • 455-6690 • DRY FLY DISTILLING Dry Fly was the first in the state to take advantage of a 2007 law allowing craft distilleries. They produce small batches of gin, wheat vodka, whiskey and, as of summer 2011, bourbon. And the awards keep coming. 1003 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 489-2112 •


IRON GOAT BREWING Located on East Sprague, where hardscrabble houses give way to a looming grain silo, Iron Goat’s taproom is a beer oasis. Don’t just stop in to pick up a growler. The staff is friendly, the taproom’s inviting and occasional live music plays on the patio. 2204 E. Mallon Ave. • 747-0722 • irongoatbrewing LAUGHING DOG BREWING Ben the family dog has personally approved of each beer this brewery produces. It’s serious business. Check out their Huckleberry Cream Ale, which is only available during the summer and has won two People’s

Choice awards in the area. 1109 Fontaine Dr., Ponderay, Idaho • 208-263-9222 • MICKDUFF’S BREWING CO. This Sandpoint haunt is well known for its friendly atmosphere, handcrafted ales and well-executed pub food (we think the handcut fries are among the best in the Inland Northwest). MickDuff’s regularly brews seven beers, along with some seasonal options, like the Bee Hoppy summer brew, made with locally harvested honey and crystal malt. Locals belong to the mugger’s club and drink at a discount. 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-4351 • NO-LI BREWHOUSE Formerly Northern Lights Brewing Company, this brewpub changed its name and branding to No-Li Brewhouse in May 2012 after longtime brewmaster and owner Mark Irvin partnered with beer magnate John Bryant. The two plan to up the brewery’s production, putting out more beers and more bottles, but the rest of the winning formula for this Gonzaga-area mainstay will remain the same. 1003 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 242-2739 • PALOUSE FALLS BREWING COMPANY Palouse Falls Brewing’s beers are inspired by the locals and the rolling hills of the Palouse. The company also organizes the Palouse Falls Beer Chasers. Go for a run, then drink a discounted pint. Don’t worry, the exercise balances out the booze. 1335 SE Bishop Blvd., Pullman, Wash. • 3346427 • PARADISE CREEK BREWERY With nine unique brews made from Yakima hops, there’s something for all tastes at Paradise Creek. Don’t forget to check out their full menu, and visit Fridays for wine tastings. 245 SE Paradise St., Pullman, Wash. • 3389463 • RIVER CITY BREWING The former owners of Coeur d’Alene Brewing Co. moved into Spokane and opened River City Brewing. The new location will incorporate old favorites, like the Huckleberry Ale, with original brews, and will serve as a brewery exclusively, and not include a pub or tasting room. Next-door Rocket Bakery will be offering River City beers on tap. 1325 W. First Ave., Spokane • 624-8050 STEAM PLANT BREW PUB Steam Plant brews all of its beers onsite — even locally sourcing most of its grain and hops. There are nine in all, plus additional rotating cask-conditioned ales and the Brewer’s Whim. The Taster Tray ($17) allows you to try them all. Not shy with their brews, the Steam Plant chefs also use beer in their recipes. The kalbi steak skewers are marinated in Whitman’s Wheat Ale — seared on the outside, tender in the middle and served with kalbi sauce and sesame seeds. 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 777-3900 •

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Learn how you can help our families heal together visit

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Casinos ACE’S CASINO A small, low-pressure casino, Ace’s offers table games (blackjack, Spanish 21, oai gow, etc.) and poker, with three tables in their private poker room upstairs. There are daily poker tournaments at 10 am and Thursdays at 6 pm. 6301 N. Division St., Spokane • 8925242 • CHEWELAH CASINO You’ve heard the radio spots. Now go check out this little casino off the highway on the way to 49 Degrees North. You’ll find the Mistequa Café and the Hideaway Lounge. More importantly, you’ll find slots, Texas Hold ‘Em, Lucky Ladies, roulette and Spanish 21. 2555 Smith Rd., Chewelah, Wash. • 935-6167 • CLEARWATER RIVER CASINO & RESORT You’ll find the Clearwater River Casino just four miles outside of Lewiston. In true Vegas style, the casino stays open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so gamblers can try their luck at video poker, video blackjack and keno. This sparkling new casino boasts more than 600 games to choose from, a hotel and restaurants. 17500 Nez Perce Rd., Lewiston, Idaho • 208-746-0723 •

HOOTER’S OWL CLUB CASINO The Owl Club Casino offers daily Hold ‘Em tournaments (at 11 am and 6:30 pm), Spanish 21, Emperor’s Challenge and regular pai gow, and Monday night blackjack tournaments. 16208 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 924-8570 • HUGO’S ON THE HILL Hugo’s doesn’t just have a casino; it’s a self-professed “plush, casino lounge.” You can find games of Texas Hold’em almost every night of the week (including some no-limit games), Spanish 21 and Pai Gow tournies, and blackjack whenever you’re feeling lucky. 3023 E. 28th Ave., Spokane • 535-2961 • KOOTENAI RIVER INN Yes, it’s all the way up in Bonners Ferry, but this tribal casino has 500 video gaming machines in three casino rooms, a bingo room, a fitness center for guests, a fancy restaurant (The Springs) and a day spa. Relax your troubles away, then gamble. 7169 Plaza St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho • 208-267-8511 •

LILAC LANES AND CASINO Play poker, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, pai gow and blackjack at this casino inside Lilac Lanes. 1112 E. Magnesium Rd., Spokane • 4675228 • NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO There’s the casino part. It’s great, what with its 46,000-squarefeet packed with a couple thousand slot machines, table games, Keno, live poker and off-track betting in the Turf Club Lounge. But Northern Quest also plays up the “resort” part of its name with a handful of gourmet restaurants, a nightclub, cigar lounge, a luxury spa, and of course, their extensive summer concert series that brings some of the biggest names to the area. It’s like Vegas, only not 1,200 miles away. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, Wash. • 242-7000 • RINGO’S LITTLE VEGAS CASINO Ringo’s offers carnival games (pai gow, Spanish 21, blackjack, etc.) on one side and poker on the other. Check out their tournaments in Hold ‘Em, Omaha and pai gow. Hungry? Head over to their 24-hour restaurant and their full bar. 11420 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley • 924-2055 TWO RIVERS CASINO RESORT Located at the confluence of the Columbia and Spokane Rivers near Davenport, Two Rivers is a marina, hotel, restaurant, amphitheater and a casino — with plenty

of Vegas-style video slots to keep you busy after the sun goes down on the river(s) outside. 6828 B Hwy 25 South, Davenport, Wash. • 800-954-2946 •

Comedy BLUE DOOR THEATRE Blue Door is Spokane’s only improv theater/troupe, performing all-ages shows on Friday nights and more adult material on Saturdays. Nothing if not original, Blue Door does themed shows, sketch comedy and the occasional cage match. 815 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 747-7045 • THE TAILGATER Yes, the Tailgater is a sports bar. The 20+ flat screen TVs on every surface provide the evidence. but on weekends, the Tailgater is also a comedy club, scheduling comics every Friday and Saturday night. 1221 N. Howard St., Spokane • 328-9000 • UNCLE D’S COMEDY UNDERGROUND A “full-service hypnosis and comedy entertainment agency,” Uncle D’s — located inside Bluz at the Bend — features Thursday open mics and stand-up acts from up-and-comers and traveling pros. 2721 N. Market St., Spokane • 483-7300 • n


COEUR D’ALENE CASINO Renovations to the Coeur d’Alene Casino have added two new buildings, 100 more hotel rooms

(bringing the total to 300), a new pub, steakhouse, fitness center and pool. This is on top of the well-respected Circling Raven golf course, at least five alreadyexisting restaurants ... and oodles and oodles of gambling. 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 •

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There’s something so right about drinking in the woods. Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho, has capitalized on this idea with their annual Brews Fest celebrations. The festival features live music and more than 30 local microbrews on tap. Brews Fest is a beer lover’s dream and outdoorsman’s paradise. Mid-August


Each year, The Inlander hosts a local music extravaganza. Last year, there were 38 bands at six different venues for a one-night-only concert. The block party in downtown Spokane highlights the areas biggest and brightest local bands and DJs. Go for acoustic songbirds, indie rockers, hip-hop emcees, dubstep DJs and underground punk bands. Early June


The Dirty Shame Saloon in Nine Mile, Wash., knows the components to a good festival: music, booze and bottomless food. Each year the saloon hosts a three-day rock concert where they’ll serve up strong drinks, beer, potatoes, rolls, corn on the cob and crawfish in an all-you-can-eat-buffet. June 14-16, 2013

Nightlife Calendar Music sounds sweeter under the stars. That’s why the annual Festival at Sandpoint is located on the banks of Lake Pend Oreille. The eight-night concert series features internationally renowned artists, gourmet food, spirits and wine in a relaxed environment at Memorial Field. Stretch out on a blanket, cruise in a lawn chair, sit in the grandstands or let loose on the dance floor. Aug. 1-11, 2013


Tiaras and coattails are welcome at the Oscar Night Gala benefit for the Spokane AIDS Network. Each year the nonprofit organization gives community members an excuse to party at Northern Quest Casino with their elegant dinner, live and silent auctions and live telecast of the Academy Awards. Feb. 24, 2013


Browne’s Addition is the bohemian capital of Spokane, and the neighborhood likes to party. Each year the Elk Public House, located in the historic neighborhood, throws a free outdoor music festival. Go for the beer gardens, great pub food, local bands and traveling acts from across the Pacific Northwest. It’s one hell of a party. June 7-9, 2013




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Wine Tasting • Farmers Market Fun Run • Music • Art & More | 509.662.0059 10th Annual


Hike, Bike, Camp, Fish, Golf and Play on the Largest Lake in Washington

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September 2012 1-3 20th :: Anniversary Fall Fest. Schweitzer Mountain Resort serves up several regional wines, hard ciders and over 40 beers on tap! Kids will enjoy a soda tent where they can mix their own flavors and create wild concoctions. In addition, browse arts and crafts vendors throughout the village and live music playing all three days.

October 2012

October 20 :: Health and Safety Fair. Bonner County Fairgrounds hosts the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce’s annual Health and Safety Fair in the main exhibition building. Free and open to the public.

November 2012 November 23-Jan. 1:: Holidays in Sandpoint. Traditional tree lighting ceremony and caroling opens the holiday season in Sandpoint, followed by store specials. Sponsored by Downtown Sandpoint Business Association. 208-255-1876

December 2012 December 24 :: Santa's Traditional Schweitzer Visit. Santa hits the slopes and then stops off at the Selkirk Lodge on Christmas Eve. 208-263-9555 December 31 :: New Year's Eve. Schweitzer hosts parties to usher in the new year at Taps and other locations at the resort. 208-263-9555. In town, the Angels Over Sandpoint hold their annual New Year's Eve Bash, "The Semi Normal Semi Formal," with a silent auction, refreshments and more. 208-266-0503

January 2013 January 26-28 :: Banff Mountain Film Festival. The Panida hosts Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, a three-day screening event of the world's best mountain films. Buy your tickets early, as this event sells out every year

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Sandpoint Winter Carnival. Annual celebration includes family-friendly winter events including Ski Joring at the fairgrounds, K-9 Keg Pull, Rail Jam and more. Taste of Sandpoint. Sample delicious “bites” of gourmet treats from area restaurants, sponsored by the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce.

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Come Celebrate

Grandparent’s Day!

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Gala Opening Event SEPTEMBER 14th

The Spokane Entertainer’s Guild Presents

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Community Music Education

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July 10th Annual Pend Oreille Valley

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49 Degrees North . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .87 AClub. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Agave Latin Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Alpha Dogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Anthony’s Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 182 Apple Brides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Arbor Crest Wine Cellars. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Argentum Aurum | Silver Element . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Art @ Work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Atilanos Mexican Food . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Beacon Hill Events & Catering . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66 Bear Creek Lodge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69, 115 Big Sky Chamber . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226 Big Sky’s Tavern. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .207 Black Diamond Billards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 Bloem . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Bloomsday Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76, 231 Blue Moon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 127 Boardman Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 Bon Bon | Garland Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Bornhoft, Marianne | Windermere Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Cancer Care Northwest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 Cashmere Skin and Body . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Casper Fry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 159 Cat Tales . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 96, 105 Catacombs Pub . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Celebrations Sweet Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69 Chaps Dining and Cake Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 Cheney Jubilee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Chewelah Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Chocolate Apothecary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 City of Spokane Arts Commision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148 City of Spokane Parks & Rec . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 102 Clinkerdagger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Club Red . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Coaches vs. Cancer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85, 232 Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Coeur D’Alene Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57, 81, 167, 236 Custer Enterprises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131 Das Stein Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 The Davenport Hotel & Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .66, 73 Dix, Suzy | Windermere Real Estate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Downriver Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Downtown Spokane Partnership . . . . . . . . . . . .63, 137, 176, 182, Dry Fly Distilling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 201 Eastern Washington University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Echo Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 El Que . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 The Elk Public House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 189 Epicurean Delight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229 Fairwood Animal Hospital . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228 Fai’s Noodles | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . 173 Fall Folk Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229 Fatburger | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . 191 Festival At Sandpoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Finders Keepers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Flamin’ Joe’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161 Flying Goat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 169 Garland Theatre. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 Get Lit! | EWU. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 Golf Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 Gonzaga Graduate School of Business . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9

Gonzaga Marketing & Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . .134 - 135 Gonzaga Preparatory School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 107 Gonzaga University Professional Studies. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Gonzaga University School of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Grant County Tourism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226 Greater Spokane Meals on Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229 Greenstone Corp. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .99 Healing Waters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228 Hell’s Canyon Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21, 227 Hills Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Holy Names Music Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Horizon Credit Union. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21, 25 Hurtado-Hissond Design Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 Ignite Community Theatre . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Impulse Lounge | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203 Inland Empire Toyota Dealers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 235 Interlink . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Interplayers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 131, 229, 230 Irv’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Italia Trattoria . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Jaazz Salon. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .45 Judys Enchanted Garden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Kalispel Tribe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Kiemle & Hagood Property Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60-61 The Kitchen Engine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Kizuri. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Kokanee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .209 KXLY Radio Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 LaRiv | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .47 Legal Shield . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228 Legends of Fire | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .222 The Lincoln Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 181, 230 Lincoln County Visitors & Convention Bureau . . . . . . . .100, 226 Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 Liquid | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .203 Litz’s Bar & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Lolo Boutique . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .68 Lookout Pass Ski & Recreation Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .89

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200,000+ Luxe Coffee . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 LynnDee’s Grooming & Dog Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228 Madeleine’s Cafe & Patisserie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 176 Main Market Coop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Manito Tap House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 153 Massage Envy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70 Masselows | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . 155 McDirmid, Mikkelsen & Secrest, P.S. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Mezzo Pazzo Wine Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Mootsy’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Mt Spokane Ski & Snowboard Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .97 Murphy, Melissa | Prime Real Estate Group . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Ninkasi Brewing Company . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 221 No-Li Brewhouse Spokane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205 North Idaho College . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 North Pend Oreille Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226 Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Northwest Bedding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .29 Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122, 231 Northwest School of Massage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228 Northwest Seed And Pet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 Numerica Credit Union . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 NYNE Bar & Bistro . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 The Onion Bar & Grill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173 Palm Court Grill | The Davenport Hotel & Tower . . . . . . . . . . 150 Parkway RV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .228 Pend d’Oreille Winery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 196 Pend Oreille Valley Lavender Festival. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 232 Pepsi Summer Concert Series | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 133 Petit Chat Bakery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Bernadette Pillar | Keller Williams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Post Street Ale House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Providence Sacred Heart Hospital. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 Pumpkin Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229 The Q| Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185 Qdoba Mexican Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 179 Rain Lounge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205 Reclothery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Red Lion Hotels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25

The Ref Sports Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 Ritzville Chamber of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109, 226 River Park Square . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Riverfront Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 River’s Edge | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . 163 Rockwood Clinic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11, 67, 230 Ronald McDonald House Charities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 223 Ronald McDonald House Charities | Polo Classic . . . . . . . . . .229 Runge Furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .59 Sacred Heart Women’s Show . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Safari Room | The Davenport Hotel & Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . 150 Sandpoint Chamber Of Commerce . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 Saranac Public House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Satellite Diner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Scratch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 177 Sergio’s Mexican Sports Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Shots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 198 Sidebar & Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .205 Sierra Silver Mine Tour . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 227 Silver Mountain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .83 Spokane Alpine Haus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .100 Spokane Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 171 Spokane Home Builders Association . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Spokane Humane Society . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 229, 231 Spokane International Film Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .230 Spokane Public Facilities District. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .69, 224 Spokane Public Library Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 231 Spokane Public Market . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 Spokane Public Schools . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Spokane Regional Solid Waste System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35, 164 The Spokane Renaissance Faire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229 Spokane Symphony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147 Spokane Youth Ballet | Spokane Academy of Dance . . . . . . 145 Steam Plant Brewing Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .178, 217 Sterling Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Susan G. Komen Race For the Cure Eastern Washington . . . 231 Sweet Frostings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 THCF / The Hemp and Cannabis Foundation . . . . . . . . . . . . .228 The Park Inn . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Tin Roof | Concept Home | Reskued . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Tire Rama . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .95 Tobacco World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Todd Conley Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67 Top Of India . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 193 Tri-State Outfitters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .79 True Legends Grill . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 157 Tumbleweed Festival . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .229 Turf Club | Northern Quest Resort & Casino . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 213 Washington State University Spokane . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 Washington Trust Bank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Webster University . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 The Weecycling Bin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .50 Wenatchee Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau . . . . . . . . .226 WestCoast Entertainment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .128-129, 229, 230 Whitworth Riverpoint Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 143 Whiz Kids . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .63 Wild Sage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 183 Wintersport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49 Wonders Of The World . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .60 Zola . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178
















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Meet the Family...


rom a humble start nearly 20 years ago, The Inlander family of publications has grown from a little 28-page paper, published on a wing and prayer in those early years, to a wide range of media, including this year’s Annual Manual. Our family started a newspaper in our hometown to help Spokane and the Inland Northwest become a more dynamic place to live. We wanted to make it a place where a small, corner coffee shop could thrive alongside Starbucks; where more promoters would bring more shows, knowing people would actually buy tickets; to make it a little more like Seattle or Portland, but without the traffic or pretentiousness. A creative, open-minded place. A fun place. A place we can all be proud to call “home.”

There’s a lot to celebrate here: This is a region that is growing into its potential with every passing day. Our coverage has documented all of it for two decades now. And here in 2012, you can find our award-winning stamp of journalism every week in our newspaper, every day on our website and in glossy publications like InHealthNW and Annual Manual. We continue to create new ways for local businesses to connect with our readers, and to connect our readers in a deeper way with the community. And as it’s been ever since the very beginning back in 1993, we’re still local, independent and free. - Ted S. McGregor Jr., Publisher


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Toyota has received more 2012 J.D. Power and Associates

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Toyota has the longest-lasting vehicles of any full-line automotive manufacturer. - POLK

80% of Toyotas sold in the last twenty years are still on the road today. - POLK

Toyota is the most fuel-efficient fullline automotive manufacturer. - TMS/EPA

Every new Toyota or Certified Used Toyota comes with:

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