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Expanding Health Sciences Education and Research The health sciences campus at Washington State University Spokane is growing to meet the demand for more physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health professionals. Our success builds on: • An interdisciplinary team approach that teaches students from three universities and various health disciplines to work together to provide the best possible care. • A growing medical education program that allows students to spend all four years in Spokane. • Leading researchers who turn basic science discoveries into new therapeutic approaches that make a measurable difference in our lives. • Efforts to reach out to rural and vulnerable populations to help create a healthier future for all. • Partnerships with our business community to expand economic development opportunities.

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I’m not from here. At least I didn’t grow up running Bloomsday or attend the quality schools Spokane is known for. I didn’t grow up going to “The Lake” and I’ll admit I was baffled when I was asked if I wanted tartar sauce with my first order of Zips fries. I didn’t order fish. Why would I need tartar? Almost 20 years later, I wouldn’t want anything else with those crinkle-cut fries. But I’m still not comfortable identifying myself as a Spokanite. Yes, it sounds slightly ridiculous, but it’s also too limiting. The beauty of living in the Inland Northwest is that we can claim the golden hills of the Palouse, the huckleberry patches of North Idaho and the clear, blue waters of “The Lake” — whether it be Roosevelt, Bonnie or Coeur d’Alene — as our own. This sense of space defines us. But so do the people who live here. Thanks to Portlandia, we are all familiar with Portlandians’ quirky traits. We know the stereotypes associated with a New Yorker or even a Seattleite. But what defines an Inlander? Is it our collective ability to go big — and work together to create the world’s largest three-onthree basketball tournament and one of the largest timed road races in the nation, or to break national records for ticket sales to the U.S. Figure Skating Championships or the Lion King. Is it our gracious nature that delivers a standing ovation at the end of every play, musical or speaking engagement? Or is it our perpetual inferiority complex — that results in a welcome humility and a persistent desire to improve our region? In this year’s edition of The Annual Manual, we ask those questions and also aim to test your knowledge of the Inland Northwest. We’re showcasing the unique people, places and organizations that make living here better and celebrating the traditions that are unique to us. It’s hard to define just what is the special sauce (beyond the tartar) that makes the Inland Northwest unique. But I’m ready to proclaim it. I’m an Inlander. Are you?

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The 2013-14 arts season brings the likes of Wicked, Les Misérables and Little Women to the Inland Northwest. It brings authors Tim Egan and Doris Kearns Goodwin to Spokane, and pairs the Spokane Symphony with American Idol. Let our Arts section be your guide to this exciting season.


Yes, the Inland Northwest is a great place to raise a family. Water parks, science museums, children’s theaters and Little League teams are all at your fingertips in the Family section.


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Is it a successful model? Ask the 29 physics majors who have been accepted into graduate programs at MIT, Johns Hopkins University, and Harvard. Ask the students in our Asian studies program, now attending the semester-long “Whitworth in China” program. Ask the students who have gone on to earn graduate degrees in medicine, architecture, computer science and dozens of other competitive fields. Ask the students who have founded global organizations and movements dedicated to moral justice.

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At the helm of the grill, Young can often be found in his backyard, a beer in hand, cooking up steaks and ribs for his fiancée and 10-year-old daughter. His family keeps a garden and ventures outdoors during summertime, but is just as content playing videogames. Originally from Los Angeles, Young likes the clean air and quiet of the Inland Northwest and captures much of it as staff photographer for The Inlander.


He hails from Australia, but Chris moved here as a 9-year-old and considers himself a fullfledged Spokanite. With the help of his wife and two sons, he recently planted an orchard on their 10-acre plot in Medical Lake, and he spends weekends fishing and hiking. He’s The Inlander’s art director; on the side, he creates screenprints of Spokane landmarks like Finch Arboretum and Mount Spokane to showcase the area he loves.



As a former TV news producer and current freelance writer for The Inlander, Lisa has kept her finger on Spokane’s pulse since the early ’90s. With her radar set to the best dining and shopping in the area, she could plan a visitor’s itinerary in a snap. Also a teacher, mom and wife, Lisa takes in the outdoors while boating and both water and snow skiing. She also considers funny Facebook posts a family value.



Still an Inland Northwest newbie, Jo already feels at home among the pines, even though she was raised on the beaches of sunny Southern California. She has been peaceful most of her life, but Spokane introduced her to the ferocious sport of flat track roller derby, and she’s in love. When not skating with the Lilac City Roller Girls, she’s recovering from roller derby injuries, working as a freelance writer for The Inlander, or frolicking through the snow.




Lifelong Inlander, Ginger Ewing and her pugs, Bruce Willis, Data and Kody, are exploring Riverfront Park. A devoted pug owner, Ginger is involved with Spokane Pug Group and a cofounder of Terrain, a rousing one-night art and music event. “I love that Spokane is a small enough town that the people who’ve come before me have laid the foundation for a vibrant city, but not so defined that I can’t come in and have a voice in shaping the future.”


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Business data and economic statistics speak about who we are — and who we’re becoming Rich Hadley, CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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— your household income is under $50,000. — you have nearly a one-in-five chance of being below the poverty line. — you have a 75 percent chance of being white. — you have only an 11 percent chance of possessing a four-year college degree. — you’re in a city with the fourthhighest chance of getting your car stolen in the nation. OK, so cold, hard economic data doesn’t necessarily make for a great observational comedy stand-up set. (Or even a Jeff Foxworthy-level stand-up set.) But there’s a purely empirical truth to them that can tell a whole lot. It’s why local author Jess Walter’s short story Statistical Abstract for My Hometown of Spokane, Washington begins with recitation of census statistics (“It is the 104th biggest city in the nation”) but quickly becomes more subtle, filled with personal experiences. After all, those are the little pieces that make up statistics. Those numbers and statistics and polling results — pored over by wonks in planning departments and market research firms and local universities — reflect powerful forces that shape the way we think, live and act. Demography may not be destiny, but it is the sum total of hundreds of thousands of destinies. Despite our low violent crime rate, our high property crime rate hints at deep-seated community problems. Our median income tells us that Spokane is not a rich city — we have thousands of people who just scrape by. But who are we really? That’s a trickier question.


ich Hadley, CEO of Greater Spokane Inc., understands this region more than most. As head of the region’s chamber of commerce and economic development agencies, his job is to grasp its economic challenges and hopes. He sells the product of Spokane to big businesses and manufacturers, hoping they’ll bring their powerful economic impact to the Lilac City. Hadley isn’t a Spokane native. He’s originally from the small town of Fredericksburg, Ohio. But when he moved to Spokane, he noticed it felt very similar. “Spokane was more like the Midwest than the Pacific Northwest,” Hadley says. It’s filled with “people who really know who they are, have good sense, are fairly humble, are independent thinkers, and they have a good work ethic.” There are a lot of Midwestern Lutherans and Catholics here, Hadley

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says. Some of that can be credited to the way the region evolved, powered by timber, mines, agriculture and the railroad, which brought Midwest farmers out here. These days, the region’s economy is a lot more diverse, driven by health care, the military, manufacturing and education. That means more doctors, factory workers, soldiers and teachers.


Matt Hayden and John Hager, soldiers from Fort Sherman, were among the first homesteaders at Hayden Lake in the late 1870s. According to legend, Hayden and Hager engaged in what kind of competition to see who would name the lake? a. Hunting challenge b. Duel c. Footrace d. Card game


iversity brings contradiction. The answer to “what is Spokane?” and “what does it mean to be an Inlander?” depends on who you ask. Some focus on the music scene, others on outdoor recreation, others on regional tics and dialects. (Spokanites say “pop” instead of “soda.”) Talk to entrepreneurs, innovators and inventors and you’ll hear either an indefatigable optimism — the new Health Sciences building on the Riverpoint campus could draw in a new wave of

“Spokane was more like the Midwest than the Pacific Northwest.” investors! — or deep frustration. This region, some of them say, is still too afraid to take risks. Maybe that’s due to its conservative nature or the comparative lack of investment funding. The problem is that this region is too negative about itself, goes one line of thinking. The problem is that it’s too afraid to be negative about itself, goes another, that it’s too hesitant to turn a critical eye to its flaws. “Spokane Nice,” after all, can be just as destructive as “Spokane Cynical.” Talk to homeless men and women and you’ll hear that Spokane is one of the best places to get free food, that it has some of the tastiest soup kitchens and wonderful meal halls. If you go hungry here, more than one homeless man has said, you’ve got to be some kind of idiot. But talk to them about shelters, and they’ll tell you it’s tougher to find a spot. ...continued on next page


Cross out the local figures who are no longer major developers in the area. a. Greg Jeffreys b. Ron Wells c. Marshall Chesrown d. Walt Worthy e. Rob Brewster


Jimmy Marks, a Spokane gypsy leader who died after suffering a heart attack in 2007, would attribute any bad things that happened in Spokane to what? a. Wrongdoings of the city’s settlers b. A curse he placed on the city c. Bad economic times d. The city police


Levi and May Arkwright Hutton built the Hutton building in downtown Spokane on South Washington Street and West Sprague Avenue in 1906 after striking it rich on silver ore in Idaho. May Arkwright Hutton became the first woman to do what in Spokane? a. Register to vote b. Open a business c. Divorce her husband d. Win Bloomsday


The Davenport is claimed to be home to several ghosts. Which ghost appears in 1920s dress? a. Kirtland Cutter b. Ellen McNamara c. Mr. Louis Davenport d. May Arkwright


Which NASA astronaut and United States Air Force officer attended school in Cheney, Wash., and was killed in the Columbia Space Shuttle Tragedy in 2003? a. David M. Brown b. Laurel Clark c. Michael P. Anderson d. Rick D. Husband Answers on page 242 ANNUAL MANUAL 2013-2014 THE INLANDER |

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Hadley has been at this job for 20 years. He saw the fall of Kaiser Aluminum and the rise of the Davenport Hotel. He saw the way the region shuddered from the economic impact of the World Trade Center attacks and the collapse of the housing market. And he’s had a front row seat to downtown Spokane’s renaissance and reinvention. Spokane is no longer a “Donut City” — a term a character in another Jess Walter short story uses to describe it — with a whole lot of suburbs and nothing in the middle. Finally, there’s a there here. As the region has changed, so have the people who make it up. “We’ve had people who have grew up here, and went off and worked in China, and worked in India. They have come back here, because this is where they want to raise their family,” Hadley says. “Because of that, you see this community change, become more progressive, more of an advocate for quality of life.” All those graphs about income and education and crime are constantly changing. So it is with the notion of a “Spokanite,” “Coeur d’Alenian” or “Inlander.” Right now, you know you’re an Inlander if you can walk into the nicest restaurant in Spokane


“They have come back here, because this is where they want to raise their family.” wearing bunny slippers and a BBQ-sauce stained bathrobe, and not feel underdressed. But someday that may change. Spokane, once disparaged as stagnant and boring, now sees cutting-edge genetic research being performed in its laboratories, its startups, even its high schools. Coeur d’Alene, often casually tarred as backwoods and racist, just passed an ordinance protecting citizens from discrimination due to sexual orientation. Even the most obvious stereotypes have an expiration date. “Who we are” and “where we’re from” is forever changing. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Rich Hadley has been president of Greater Spokane Inc., Spokane’s Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council, for 20 years. We asked him to suggest six experiences that every citizen in the Inland Northwest needs to engage in themselves. GO TO THE LAKE Don’t out yourself as an outsider by saying you’re going to a “a lake” or even naming a specific lake. Presumably, upon locating to the Inland Northwest, each new citizen is officially assigned his or her own personal lake, maybe Coeur d’Alene or Loon or Priest. From then on, that becomes “The Lake.” FEEL THE SPRAY OF SPOKANE FALLS During summertime at Riverfront Park, Inlanders love to walk out on the narrow bridge above the raging rapids of the plunging Spokane River, stretch their arms out and feel the crisp, cool mist. WALK, RUN OR BIKE THE CENTENNIAL TRAIL Not every Inlander feels the need to power all the way to Coeur d’Alene and back on this trail, but every Inlander can walk a few of the miles during the summer. RUN BLOOMSDAY We use the term “run” loosely. Many Inlanders prefer to walk, or push their stroller, or waddle in a gorilla costume when tackling this iconic road race. PICK FRUIT AT GREEN BLUFF Apples. Strawberries. Peaches. Blackberries. U-pick. U-eat. ATTEND A GONZAGA MEN’S BASKETBALL GAME Ranked No. 1 in the nation going into this year’s March Madness, the Zags are the chief source of joy and heartbreak for many an Inlander.

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For decades, the dusty scar of contaminated railyard wasteland stretching across the north side of the Spokane River sat entirely abandoned. Developer Marshall Chesrown, boldly or naively, poured in hundreds of thousands of dollars to clean up contamination and promised a future of densely packed businesses and pricey condos. Then the housing boom busted, as did Chesrown’s ambitions. But in the throes of recession, along came Greenstone with a slightly more modest plan for the 78 empty acres. It worked. Today, scores of new townhomes and business sit on the cliffside, overlooking the Spokane River below. Percent completed: 15 to 20 Next step: Third and fourth residential additions Target completion date: 2020 Key features: A new section of Centennial trail; David Blaine’s Central Food restaurant; the swanky new Inlander headquarters



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Stretching from Gonzaga University’s campus to Interstate 90, the University District now contains the sprawling Riverpoint campus, a new Health Sciences building and a partially constructed Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. Percent completed: Ongoing for foreseeable future Next step: Next summer brings the second phase of MLK Jr. Boulevard Target completion date: Variable based on the level of funding Key features: A bike-pedestrian bridge, mixed-use housing, a revitalized Main Avenue

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1946. That’s when the notion of a freeway running north to south through Spokane was first dreamed up. But after decades, the poo-poohs and punch lines finally turned into ribbon cuttings and honest-to-goodness construction; $35 million of shovel-ready stimulus in 2010 helped even more. Some hope a completed highway will spark economic salvation in the low-income Hillyard neighborhood. Others worry it will sap what vitality Hillyard has left. Percentage completed: More than 50 Next step: Construction from the Spokane River to Francis Avenue Target completion date: Depends on funding Key features: Park-and-rides; bike trail between Wandermere and I-90


Twice the size of Kendall Yards, the Riverstone development between the Spokane River and Kootenai Medical Center in Coeur d’Alene has been under construction since 2000. Development has been plagued by hiccups and setbacks, but it’s now home to hundreds of condominiums, a cinema, a fitness gym and a major section of the Centennial Trail. Percentage completed: 80 percent Next step: Construction of 180 apartment units Target completion date: 2016-18 Key features: Possibly a sports arena, a discovery center, even (wishful thinking abounds) a Trader Joe’s — DANIEL WALTERS

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Open House You can call it architecture appreciation or homeowner research, but there’s something novel and inspiring about getting a peek inside other people’s homes. From the area’s ornate historic mansions to its most recently constructed houses, there are opportunities each year to satisfy your curiosity without trespassing. Every autumn, owners of carefully maintained historic homes open them to the public for the SPOKANE PRESERVATION ADVOCATES ( fall tour. The Logan neighborhood near Gonzaga was featured in 2011, and the following year saw a special tour of South Hill’s Sumner Avenue area for the National Trust for Historic Preservation Conference. The 2013 tour features the historic homes of Millwood. In the spring, just as the trees are in bloom, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture holds a self-guided MOTHER’S DAY TOUR ( that’s been growing in participation each year. The 2013 tour featured Mid-Century Modern homes on the South Hill in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit on modern architecture in the area. The SPOKANE IN BLOOM ( tour, organized by the Inland Empire Gardeners each June, features impressive home gardens at the most beautiful time of year. For more frequent tours, hop on a monthly bus tour of homes organized by PRIME REAL ESTATE GROUP ( — each month has a new theme, such as upscale condos or waterfront properties. For the newest trends in area homes, the SPOKANE FESTIVAL OF HOMES ( shows off builders’ best new efforts at various developments each fall. That’s one tour where, if you fall in love, they’re happy to help you move right in. — LISA WAANANEN


HOME SWEET HANGAR Adjacent to the Sandpoint airport, SILVERWING is a development for those who don’t need a road map. The 44-lot gated community of upscale cabin-style homes is the first of its kind in North Idaho — instead of garages, the homes sit atop hangars, and residents can fly into the Sandpoint airport and taxi directly to their front doors. The development stalled for a few years as the federal government hashed out rules for “through-the-fence” agreements that give residents direct access to public airport facilities, but legislation passed in 2012 means the airpark community is ready for takeoff. Retirees and aviation enthusiasts are eagerly touring the model units, built to accommodate the 58-foot wingspan of the 10-seat Kodiak made by Sandpoint-based Quest Aircraft Company. Fly-in communities exist in other states, but SilverWing is unique for its proximity to both scenic wilderness and vibrant civilization. “Everyone falls in love with Sandpoint,” says Michael Mileski, the California-based developer. — LISA WAANANEN


3.6% Increase in median sale price of Spokane homes between June 2012 to June 2013, according to Trulia local statistics.

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Neighborhoods New developments, some years in the making, are rising up along the Spokane River



Nestled down the hill from the most remote part of the Bloomsday course, River Run appears to be a fully formed neighborhood in the middle of nowhere. The feeling of isolation is part of the charm, since town isn’t actually far away — it’s a 10-minute drive to the big stores in Airway Heights, and only one traffic light away from downtown Spokane. “It’s 5 minutes from downtown, but you’re situated right on the river,” managing broker Jim Powers says. Home construction started at the former gravel pit in the halcyon real estate days of 2005; sales picked back up in 2012, and by early 2013, only a few of the 170 lots were still unclaimed. A new phase built by Copper Basin in the area nearest to Spokane Falls Community College will add four-unit townhomes and other singlefamily homes. A number of residents are members of the neighboring Life Center Church, and parents are also drawn by the school zoning: Hutton Elementary, Sacajawea Middle School and Lewis and Clark High School. The streets wind down the slope toward the river, and all residents have river access for instant fishing and recreation.

Spokane’s urban campuses are getting used to doubling as construction zones. North of the river, on the Gonzaga side of the designated University District, major construction projects are underway — a new retail center and an indoor golf and tennis facility, plus a $60 million university center. South of the river, at Washington State University’s Riverpoint campus, the glassy Biomedical and Health Sciences Building opens for classes in 2014. East Spokane Falls Boulevard reopened in June with new medians, and additional road work will improve traffic flow. The historic Jensen-Byrd building, once slated for demolition to make way for student housing, will be renovated for some academic use. But the most potential, and uncertainty, is farther south in the East Sprague area, where the vision calls for new affordable, urban housing for students and faculty. “Housing is one of our top goals for the University District,” says project manager Brandon Rapez-Betty. The necessary link is the proposed pedestrian bridge over the train tracks that bisect the neighborhood, and property owners are eagerly watching to see plans take shape. The bridge is still years away from completion, but the design is expected to be completed in 2014.




For observers watching month after month from across the river in downtown Spokane, the glances have turned from skepticism to curiosity as Kendall Yards has started rising along the bluff. The first residents unpacked their boxes in 2010, after Greenstone took over the beleaguered development, but the area started hitting its stride as a neighborhood this past year. Perched on the north side of the Spokane River to the west of the Monroe Street Bridge, the former railyard is a perfect location for an urban neighborhood, sales manager James Evans says. The neighborhood has a diversity of price points and styles for housing — both single- and multi-family — with commercial and civic spaces mixed in, all within walking distance of downtown and bordered by the Centennial Trail. Central Food is being joined by several other restaurants, along with Spa Paradiso and The Inlander. When people walk around the neighborhood for the first time, Evans says, they always say it reminds them of somewhere else — Santa Monica, parts of Seattle — but never anywhere else in Spokane. “It’s a fresh take on urban living,” he says.

Some of Riverstone’s best features make it sound like North Idaho’s answer to Kendall Yards: urban-style housing, walkability, access to the Centennial Trail along the river. But the scope of the project is much bigger than that — along with the popular 14-screen cinema, hotel and storefronts, plans are in the works for a regional transit hub and possibly a 5,000-seat sports arena for North Idaho College. There are enough restaurants to eat dinner at a different place each day of the week. Just a few years ago, the development was a vacant emblem of the post-bubble real estate days. Now retail space is filling up, and developer John Stone is seeing his project come to life the way he envisioned it. “It’s starting to really take on a village feel,” he says. Housing includes the full range of price points, from lakefront homes to upscale condos to affordable rental apartments. The 155-acre development is self-contained but not for the sedentary — the park is popular with residents, as are the paved bike trails to McEuen Park and the Salvation Army Kroc Center. –LISA WAANANEN





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River Run Resident Andra Hearne takes an afternoon stroll through the neighborhood (top left). Located just three miles west of downtown Spokane, the River Run neighborhood has grown into a community with more than 120 residential homes (top right).

The Edge Lofts in the University District is one of the first residential projects in this emerging neighborhood and feature 19 units that span from two-story, townhouse style lofts to one bedroom condos. not to mention a roof top patio with killer views.

Mom Emily Goodman plays with her 18-monthold daughter in one of the many green spaces found in Coeur d’Alene’s Riverstone development.

Located along the Spokane River, Kendall Yards features singleand multi-family homes and apartments (bottom left). Central Food’s patio has gained popularity with Kendall Yards visitors and residents alike.


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Robotics to the Rescue Sacred Heart’s new robotic telemedicine program spreads specialists throughout the region The patient lies in the hospital bed and next to her is a robot, looking like a taller, shinier, more sophisticated WALL·E. But under the binocular eyes, the face of a neurologist on the computer screen examines the patient who may be having a stroke. The robot is part of a new robotic telemedicine program launched by Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in the past year that connects specialty physicians and hospitalists with rural hospitals in the Inland Northwest. Currently, 15 regional hospitals participate, including Lincoln Hospital in Davenport, Wash., with more to come. Not every hospital has 24-hour in-person access to specialists, so the telemedicine program brings specialists quickly to patients’ bedsides via robot. “It’s really just like they’re there,” says Denny Lordan, the telemedicine program coordinator. Specialists — mostly physicians from Sacred Heart — access the robot from anywhere through their laptops, controlling moving cameras on top of the robot and interacting with the patient and their doctor. Through the robot, they can listen to the patient’s heartbeat, as well as access electronic medical records and imaging. Specialists can then make more accurate diagnoses, which saves time and in turn can save lives. “For a lot of disciplines, time is of the essence,” Lordan says. “You need to diagnose that stroke you’re looking at.” The specialists decide remotely if patients need to be transported to a different hospital. Because of the program, patients often can stay at their local hospital and receive the specialty care they need while remaining with their primary doctor and close to their loved ones. — JO MILLER



NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR AWARD-WINNING LOCAL HOSPITALS Inland Northwest medical facilities are being honored among hospitals nationwide for their excellence in areas from spine surgery to sustainable buildings. PROVIDENCE SACRED HEART MEDICAL CENTER  PATIENT SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD  SPINE SURGERY EXCELLENCE AWARD These two awards were presented by Healthgrades the past three years for preventing infections and medical errors, as well as superior outcomes with back and neck surgery. KOOTENAI HEALTH  2013 COMMUNITY VALUE LEADERSHIP AWARD  TOP 100 HOSPITAL Cleverley + Associates awarded Kootenai Health the Community Value Leadership Award, in addition to naming the hospital a Top 100

Hospital for the ninth year in a row for quality of care and value to their communities in a survey ranking 3,000 hospitals nationwide. DEACONESS HOSPITAL  THE JOINT COMMISSION’S GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL The Joint Commission bestowed this award in May of 2013 for Deaconess’ knee and hip replacement program. Deaconess is the second hospital in the Inland Northwest to receive this certification, the first being Valley Hospital. MANN-GRANDSTAFF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER  GREEN GLOBES AWARD 2013 The Green Building Initiative recognized Mann-Grandstaff for using environmentally friendly construction methods and supporting sustainability in the center’s new Behavioral Health Services Outpatient Clinic.





of adults smoke cigarettes in Washington, ranking us SEVENTH IN THE NATION for having the smallest percentage of smokers. SOURCE: CDC 2011 REPORT

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Slow and Steady Bolstered by aerospace orders and metal fabrication, Inland Northwest manufacturers have enjoyed slow, but steady, growth since bottoming out in 2009. Stan Key, manufacturing industry manager with Greater Spokane Inc., says local companies continue to ramp up production in the wake of the recent recession. “We’re seeing some pretty good growth,” he says. “The aerospace industry is very strong.” Employment Security statistics say manufacturing jobs have increased by less than 1 percent since 2012, but Key says companies are still working to rebuild their ranks. Customers have started to restock inventories and new markets have opened up. “It’s picking up steam again,” he says. Manufacturing jobs tend to have an outsized impact on the Spokane-area economy because of their higher-than-average wages. Key says manufacturing makes up about 7 percent of regional employment, but accounts for 9.5 percent of wages. Regional Labor Economist Doug Tweedy says Spokane County lost approximately 4,000 manufacturing jobs, a 22 percent drop, between the peak in 2007 and the lowest point in 2009. Tweedy says about 1,000 of those have since returned. “These are very strong, high-wage jobs,” Tweedy says, noting that money is often spent in other local businesses. Tweedy says manufacturers have reported steady increases in production despite the slower growth in hiring. He says new efficiencies adopted during the recession have allowed some companies to produce more with fewer people. Aerospace, plastic and rubber production, food manufacturing and metal fabrication have led the recovery, Tweedy says. Some manufacturers of transportation equipment and electronic products continue to struggle. “It has rebounded pretty well,” he says. “It’s been a continual trend upward.” — JACOB JONES



FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE .............. 5,794 SPOKANE PUBLIC SCHOOLS................ 3,191 SACRED HEART MEDICAL CENTER ...... 3,138 CITY OF SPOKANE ..............................2,008 SPOKANE COUNTY ..............................1,929 NORTHERN QUEST .............................. 1,753 DEACONESS MEDICAL CENTER ............1,418 URM STORES INC. DISTRIBUTING ........ 1,347 WAL-MART STORES ............................. 1,332 CENTRAL VALLEY SCHOOL DISTRICT ..1,248

KOOTENAI COUNTY TOP 10 EMPLOYERS* KOOTENAI MEDICAL CTR ......... 2,000-2,999 CDA SCHOOL DISTRICT..............1,000-1,499 HAGADONE HOSPITALITY CO. ..1,000-1,499 COEUR D’ALENE CASINO ...............900-999 SILVERWOOD ................................900-999 KOOTENAI COUNTY .......................800-899 WAL-MART STORES .......................800-899 NORTH IDAHO COLLEGE................ 700-799 POST FALLS SCHOOL DISTRICT .....600-699 CENTER PARTNERS CALL CTR ....... 500-599 * Idaho law limits disclosure of employee numbers

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About 80 companies in the Inland Northwest provide more than 8,000 jobs directly or indirectly tied to the aerospace industry.


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Rajesh Chauhan teaches cyber security at the new Studio Forensics Academy.

Connecting L Ideas Behind-the-scenes companies help bridge gap between concepts and customers

see a TV set,” he says, “but you’re not going to see a protective relay.” With more than 2,000 employees based in the tight-knit Pullman community, Schweitzer says many of his neighbors still don’t understand exactly what the company does. He just keeps working to spread the word. “We believe selling and teaching are just about the same thing,” he says. The company now maintains offices in 43 countries worldwide with plans to expand in fiber-optic communications and other infrastructure support systems. Liberty Lake-based ACCRA-FAB PRECISION MANUFACTURING (23201 E. Appleway Aae., Liberty Lake, Wash., fills that last gap between concept and creation. President Greg Konkol says Accra-Fab doesn’t make any of its own products; instead, it provides engineering guidance and production equipment to other companies trying to assemble their products. “We’re basically a contract manufacturer,” Konkel says. For example, Accra-Fab recently partnered with local company Coffee Crafters to design, test and mass-produce an innovative new line of coffee roasters. With about 100 active clients, Konkel says they constantly work through unique manufacturing challenges to meet a wide variety of needs. “When you manufacture your own products you have your own identity,” he says. “While we don’t have our own products, we identify with all [our clients’] products. … It’s a really gratifying experience.” — JACOB JONES ANNUAL MANUAL 2013-2014 THE INLANDER |

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arge computer screens line the walls and dominate the desks in the state-of-the-art classroom at the STUDIO FORENSICS ACADEMY (120 N. Pine St., Founder Rajesh Chauhan has designed a customizable network of servers, encryptions and security programs into his newly opened cyber protection training school. Chauhan, who has a background in military cyber security and investigations, opened the classroom in June to serve as a hands-on laboratory for different network security exercises. He has wired the room with a variety of mock networks for training. “For our classes, we can actually go in and hyper-jack that [system],” he says. “We can intercept the packets that are going to and fro. … It’s basically the equivalent of a telephone tap.” From his well-wired classroom at WSU Riverpoint, Chauhan teaches several courses in cyber security, data analysis and computer forensics to students and professionals. He deals in the safety of information, the protection of ideas. More and more, Inland Northwest businesses thrive on ideas. They don’t manufacture widgets, cook meals or market specific products. They serve a less visible but important function — connecting the dots between other companies and customers. Ed Schweitzer, of SCHWEITZER ENGINEERING LABORATORIES (2350 N.E. Hopkins Ct., Pullman, Wash.,, understands the ambiguity of conducting business behind the scenes. Since 1982, Schweitzer has produced protection relays and electricity monitoring systems for power utility systems. “If you go into someone’s home, you’re going to



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Crossing the state line? Know the law When you’ve got another state’s border so close by, it can feel at times like you’re straddling two different worlds. So it’s important to know what will slide and what will get you ticketed depending on which side of the Idaho-Washington border you find yourself on. Neither state requires bicycle helmets, but Spokane County requires them for all ages. Both states have motorcycle helmet laws. In Washington, every rider needs one; in Idaho, just those younger than 18 who are driving or riding as passengers. In both states, bicycles are required to have a front light and a red rear reflector for nighttime riding. When it comes to four-wheeled vehicles, seat belts are required in both states. Child restraint laws are outlined by age, height or weight. In Washington, all children younger than 8 must have a car seat or booster seat unless they weigh more than 60 pounds or are 4 feet 9 inches or taller. In Idaho, children 6 or younger must use car or booster seats designed for children of their weight. While both states follow nationwide DUI rules — .08 blood alcohol concentration — Washington threatens a stiffer punishment for refusing to take a breathalyzer. A refusal in Washington will result in a loss of driver’s license or permit for one year. (Blowing over the .08 legal limit gets you just a 90-day suspension.) In Idaho, refusal nets a $250 fine and a driver can request a hearing to explain the refusal. Losing that hearing can result in a one-year license suspension for the first refusal. — HEIDI GROOVER



SMILE, YOU RAN A RED LIGHT Whether you see an officer around or not, there are intersections in town where getting away with running a red light is all but impossible. The Spokane Police Department’s red light camera program snaps photos and video of cars driving certain speeds as they approach intersections and run red lights. Those are reviewed by human eyes and sent to the police department before a citation is issued. Since the program started in November 2008, drivers have racked up 49,709 violations, totaling nearly $4.5 million in revenue. Just 1,760 citations have been found to be not committed, according to SPD data. Here’s where the cameras are in action: NORTH AND SOUTHBOUND Division St. at Francis Ave. NORTHBOUND Hamilton St. at Mission Ave. SOUTHBOUND Browne St. at Sprague Ave. NORTHBOUND Freya St. at Third Ave. WEST AND SOUTHBOUND Second Ave. at Thor St. EASTBOUND Wellesley Ave. at Ash St. NORTHBOUND Division St. at Sprague Ave. SOUTHBOUND Maple St. at 2nd Ave. WESTBOUND 2nd Ave. at Walnut St. SOUTHBOUND Browne St. at 3rd Ave.






Bus rides provided by SPOKANE TRANSIT AUTHORITY in 2012. That count came a year after the agency cut nearly 10 percent of bus service, meaning routes are now carrying more riders and standingroom-only rides are becoming more common.


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“Everyone is or can be a bicyclist.”

ll the reasons people have for not biking to work come down to one basic myth, says Erika Prins. People think bike commuting means riding every day, everywhere, and that’s a big commitment. “Everyone is or can be a bicyclist,” says Prins, who chairs SPOKANE BIKES (spokanebikes. net), which organizes Bike to Work Week and is a comprehensive online resource for all things bikes around here. “Even once a week or once a month — it’s about doing it when you have the opportunity, versus feeling like you can’t do it at all because you can’t do it all the time.” Prins says she often hears from people who don’t have bikes or are scared to bike in traffic. COOL WATER BIKES (224 S. Howard St., sells refurbished bikes starting at about $50 and offers service, with the added bonus of supporting the nonprofit Cup of Cool Water, which helps at-risk youth. PEDALS2PEOPLE (1527 E. 16th Ave.,, another nonprofit shop, offers parts and service, and will help you learn to fix your bike yourself. Minor work can be done on a drop-in basis for free (donations encouraged). For major fixes, $7.50 an hour gets you access to bike tools and stands, plus manuals and help from shop mechanics.

For those worried about biking in traffic or on arterials, the short answer is: It’s unavoidable. “You’re going to have to not freak out,” Prins says. But practicing a route and finding others to commute with can help. Bike or drive the route you plan to take to work on a weekend or other day you have time. Learn the route and anticipate areas that might be tricky. Then give yourself plenty of time so you don’t feel rushed. Making the trip with a friend or co-worker, especially one who’s already an experienced biker, will only help, Prins says. (Bike to Work Week each spring is a good place to find other riders.) For everything else — from events to outfitting for cold weather — check out some of the area’s most active biking blogs: CYCLING SPOKANE ( and BIKE TO WORK BARB (, run by a former Spokanite who’s now executive director of the Bicycle Alliance of Washington. She also runs BIKE STYLE (, a site geared toward women riders. For a map of current bike lanes, find the CITY OF SPOKANE MASTER BIKE PLAN ( — HEIDI GROOVER

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With the unemployment rate still high, it’s easy to forget that the purpose of school — even high school — is to prepare students for a job. And with colleges no longer coming with an implicit guarantee of employment, trade schools and skill centers have become increasingly practical. In Spokane, the NEWTECH SKILLS CENTER offers high school students training for not just traditional trades like auto mechanics, but veterinary and dental medicine, cosmetology, cooking, game programming, criminal justice, even broadcast journalism. For students between 16 and 20 without a high school diploma, tuition to the school is free. In Coeur d’Alene, the KOOTENAI TECHNICAL EDUCATION CAMPUS employs industry experts to assist in teaching everything from diesel technology to industrial welding to hotel management. When the school was preparing to open in 2012, there were 280 open spots. But 900 students signed up, and the school scrambled to find teachers. In its first year, more than 500 students enrolled for half-day programs. Like the NEWTECH Skills Center, KTEC is a joint operation, funded by county taxes and operated by the Coeur d’Alene, Lakeland and Post Falls school districts. — DANIEL WALTERS





As traditional institutions continue to struggle to figure out how to implement technology in the classroom, online schools are completely immersed in it. The magic of online classes is the scale: National schools like the University of Phoenix are able to educate thousands at a fraction of the cost (whether they can match the educational outcomes of inperson classrooms remains a subject of fierce debate). Two years ago, the Washington Legislature created the first nonprofit online university in the state, a local affiliate of WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY. Spokane Public Schools recently has dipped its toes into the online waters, offering 47 different “SPOKANE VIRTUAL LEARNING” courses throughout the state. And while Idaho Superintendent Tom Luna’s dreams of computers for every student were scuttled by a referendum last year, the state’s IDAHO DIGITAL LEARNING program is one of the country’s more advanced state-led online schooling programs. — DANIEL WALTERS


HOW THEY COMPARE Percent of students with free/reduced lunch (2012):

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Reyna Lomeli (left) and Tanner Streicher tinker in the lab at North Central High School. STEPHEN SCHLANGE PHOTO

Branching H STEMs


“Our commitment is to create the next generation of great scientists.”

alf a century ago, a Soviet satellite twinkling in the night sky kicked off a panicked frenzy to train a generation in math and science. The space race has been won, the Soviet Union is dead, but new outcry for better scientific education is on the rise. This time the crisis is driven by demand. Out of all 50 states, Washington has the second-highest rate of projected job growth in “STEM” fields — teacher jargon for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In general, districts have responded by increasing staff training and buying pricey, rigorous curricula like the “Project Lead the Way” program. But individual districts have found ways to go even further, offering unique programs — even entire schools — focused on STEM education. In Spokane Public Schools, for example, a North Central science teacher gradually turned a generic science program into the North Central Institute for Science and Technology. The purchase of real (and expensive) lab equipment means students do actual science: investigating gluteneating bacteria and sequencing the DNA of bison. Now the district is looking to create similar programs, centered on computer science or engineering, in its other high schools. “These are interesting, catalytic times. There’s no question about it,” North Central Assistant Principal Steve Fisk says. “Our commitment is to create the next generation of great scientists.” The Mead school district’s Riverpoint Academy is miles away from the district boundaries in the Riverpoint campus’ Innovate Washington building, smack-dab in Spokane’s epicenter of in-

novation. “My fear is that people think it’s more science, more engineering, more math, more technology,” Riverpoint Principal Danette Driscoll says. “It’s a change in habit, in mindset. … We have confident learners now. They believe they can learn.” Rather than just learning about mitosis or trigonometry, students are taught critical thinking: how to understand problems and put together solutions. “That was the hardest part. Teaching myself how to teach myself,” says Ryan True, a shaggyhaired junior. He had a habit of procrastinating, but learned how to overcome that. Students are able to follow their own passions. True wants to be a pilot, so he job-shadowed an aerospace physiologist at Fairchild Air Force Base. His mother suffers from a rare disease called porphyria, so he researched, wrote about and filmed a short documentary about porphyria and presented his ideas at a state conference. Central Valley has joined with the East Valley, Freeman and West Valley school districts to form Spokane Valley Tech, a school juniors and seniors can attend part-time and dive into the biomedical, engineering, aerospace and manufacturing fields. This fall, the full program launches. The summer classes at Spokane Valley Tech already are packed. “Three hundred and forty kids will give up their summer to go to Spokane Valley Tech,” says Central Valley Superintendent Ben Small. “Students have to give up two months of their summer, and they’re full.” That, he says, is “pretty cool.” — DANIEL WALTERS

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Cornerstone Christian Academy Countryside Seventh-Day Adventist Elementary

The Oaks Palisades Christian Academy Pioneer School

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t’s a spring morning at the end of May, as Lisa Brown points out of the fifth-story window of a building on the Riverpoint campus in Spokane. First, she points to where construction crews are finishing up the long-anticipated Health Sciences building, then points to the spot where a bike-pedestrian bridge will reach across the railroad tracks, a way to link one side of eastern downtown with another. It’s barely been a year since Brown shocked Olympia by announcing that despite holding the powerful Senate majority leader position, she wasn’t going to run for re-election. But soon she found a job that was nearly as influential. With six months under her belt as WSU-Spokane’s chancellor, she sat down for a chat. What do you miss about your old job? Love about your new job? I do miss many of my colleagues and staff members, and the pace. There was always a crisis per day you had to work on. I got to a place where I enjoyed that. … But I love being here. In essence it’s a startup campus, with most of its potential still ahead of it. What has surprised you? I knew this was an urban campus, and that that’s different than being in a rural area with a clearly defined set of boundaries. There’s a lot of infrastructure issues here. Figuring out where buses are going to stop and what parking meters are going to look like, and how we’re going to connect this campus to Spokane, so it’s not a

Lisa Brown overlooking the Riverpoint campus. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO sterile commuter environment, and it’s really a thriving place. We are transitioning from commuter campus to urban campus. Part of that will happen this fall, where WSU students will all get bus passes. Ultimately, we’ll have more retail/ mixed-use growing into the campus. What do you see happening with higher education in general? Higher ed is a great economic investment for a state to make. And yet it tends to get more than its share of cuts, and less than its share of investments, when the economy improves. And that has less to do with higher ed and more to do with the fact that we constitutionally protect K-12 in our state, and health and human service costs grow and grow, especially with an aging population. And higher ed just gets squeezed. We’ve already done a lot in terms of raising tuition — families and students are taking on a much bigger share than they used to. I’m not sure that can keep going on. Anything else we should know about WSU-Spokane? We are also exploring the concept of a clinic on or near campus; that would be both an opportunity to deliver health care in the community and also teaching opportunities for our students to learn. We’ll probably try to figure out over the next academic year what we’re aiming for and who our partners will be. — DANIEL WALTERS

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Inland Academia Spokane and its surrounding area provide a landscape of higher education learning that contributes considerably to the development of the region. About 70,000 college students take on their studies within a 90-minute radius of the Lilac City, according to Greater Spokane Incorporated. With private institutions in town, state schools down in Cheney and Pullman, satellite campuses to the west at Fairchild, and universities out in North Idaho, the Inland Northwest is teeming with academic enlightenment. — JO MILLER

Eastern Washington University Cheney FOUNDED: 1882 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: State university About 17 miles southeast of Spokane, Eastern’s park-like campus is home to a student body — and a thriving Greek life — that takes academic aspirations seriously. Studying indemand and innovative disciplines such as cyber security, biotechnology, forensic science and urban planning contributes to the school’s “Start Something Big” mentality. Eastern is also big on its sports, especially those played on the first-of-its-kind red turf football field.

Graduate Programs MASTERS PROGRAMS OFFERED: 39 Rankings and Distinctions: The Cheney campus features a research facility in the nearby Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge and a new Veterans Resource Center. Besides its Cheney campus, Eastern also offers programs at the Riverpoint Campus in downtown Spokane as well as in Seattle, Vancouver, Yakima and other locations.


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Eastern Washington University Spokane Spokane FOUNDED: 1980s SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: State university This satellite location for Eastern has been in downtown Spokane since the early ’80s, but the school’s presence in Spokane wasn’t really established until the mid-1990s, when it started operating on the Riverpoint Campus. Riverpoint, aptly named for its position next to the Spokane River, is also home to Whitworth University and Washington State University branch campuses and is known for its focus on health science. Undergraduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $7,371 OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $18,117 ROOM AND BOARD: Not offered FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: about 2,500 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 56% female, 44% male Graduate Programs MASTERS PROGRAMS OFFERED: 0 PH.D. PROGRAMS OFFERED: 1 (physical therapy) Rankings and Distinctions: This campus has Eastern’s College of Business and Public Administration as well as its programs in health sciences, which include physical therapy, occupational therapy, communication disorders and dental hygiene. The campus also runs a clinic that serves low-income residents.

Gonzaga University Spokane FOUNDED: 1887 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: Jesuit university Gonzaga is much more than Bulldogs basketball and camping out to snag the best seats for the game — although that is a big part. The campus overlooks the Spokane River and is just a mile or two from the plethora of activities in downtown Spokane. As a Catholic university, Gonzaga promises an educational philosophy focused on affecting a person’s mind and body, as well as their spirit.


Undergraduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $34,570 OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $34,570 ROOM AND BOARD: $9,120 FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 4,805 PART-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 101 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 54% female, 46% male AVERAGE GPA INCOMING FRESHMAN: 3.7 AVERAGE SAT INCOMING FRESHMAN: 1200 Graduate Programs MASTERS PROGRAMS OFFERED: 26 PH.D. PROGRAMS OFFERED: 3 (Doctor of Philosophy in Leadership Studies, Doctor of Nursing Practice, Juris Doctor) TOTAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: 2,875 Rankings and Distinctions: Along with having a reputable School of Law, Gonzaga was named No. 4 in U.S. News and World Report’s best university in the West in 2013. And the basketball teams always have something to show. The men made their 15th straight NCAA Tournament appearance and the women won their unprecedented ninth consecutive West Coast Conference regular season title.

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Lewis-Clark State College Lewiston, Idaho FOUNDED: 1893 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: State college Located on top of the historic Normal Hill in Lewiston, this 46-acre campus sits at the convergence of the Clearwater and Snake rivers and the border of Idaho and Washington. Its small campus and average class size of about 30 students give this public college a private-institution feel. The college provides undergraduate instruction in both liberal arts and sciences as well as professional and applied technical programs. Undergraduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $5,784 OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $10,312 ROOM AND BOARD: $2,560-$4,530 FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 2,552 PART-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 1,973 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 58% female, 42% male AVERAGE GPA INCOMING FRESHMAN: 2.96 AVERAGE SAT INCOMING FRESHMAN: 975 Rankings and Distinctions: LCSC consistently ranks as one of the top public colleges in the West according to U.S. News and World Report. The college also has a campus in Coeur d’Alene, which offers courses in areas including business, communication, justice and education.

Park University Fairchild Air Force Base Campus FOUNDED: 1875 (Park University main campus) SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: Private university Located just a few miles west of Airway Heights, this campus on the Fairchild Air Force Base offers in-class and online education from Park University in Parkville, Mo. Even though military personnel make up the majority of the students, the campus also serves military family members and civilians. Many students take advantage of the online programs that make it easier to juggle full-time work and family life while earning a degree. Undergraduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $240 per in-classroom credit hour and $249 per online credit hour for both military and civilians OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: Same as in-state ROOM AND BOARD: Not offered FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: about 200 PART-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 78 Graduate Programs: 12 online-only Masters programs Rankings and Distinctions: Park University’s online program has more than 175 courses. Because of encouragement from the U.S. military to make learning more accessible, Park became one of the first accredited universities in the country to create an online learning degree completion program.


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University of Idaho Moscow FOUNDED: 1889 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: State university The expansive farmland of the Palouse gives the University of Idaho a setting that is both tranquil and alive. The university offers undergraduate degrees from agriculture to natural resources to architecture, along with a wealth of graduate and Ph.D. programs. There’s also plenty happening in the arts. Earn a degree in theater, music or studio art, attend the university’s annual Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival or dive into Moscow’s thriving arts scene. Undergraduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $6,524 OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $19,600 ROOM AND BOARD: $8,034 FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 9,659 PART-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 2,834 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 54% male, 46% female AVERAGE GPA INCOMING FRESHMAN: 3.38 AVERAGE SAT INCOMING FRESHMAN: 1085 Graduate Programs MASTERS PROGRAMS OFFERED: 88 PH.D. PROGRAMS OFFERED: 32 TOTAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: 623 Rankings and Distinctions: Home to Idaho’s only public law school, the university’s College of Law is widely respected for its pro bono program. The Princeton Review listed the university among only 15 percent of the nation’s colleges in “Best 368 Colleges” and named it one of the best values in higher education.

Washington State University Pullman FOUNDED: 1890 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: State university Top scholars plug away at some of the world’s biggest challenges in areas such as health, energy and national security at this university known for its research. But students here will also find a wealth of other programs along with a rich campus life. WSU’s scenic brickred campus is set on top of the Palouse hills in Pullman, a classic college town with tons of hangouts and a population bursting with Cougar pride.


Undergraduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $11,386 OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $24,468 ROOM AND BOARD: $10,524 FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 16,168 PART-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 788 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 50% male, 50% female AVERAGE GPA INCOMING FRESHMAN: 3.30 AVERAGE SAT INCOMING FRESHMAN: 25th percentile 950; 75th percentile 1150 Graduate Programs MASTERS PROGRAMS OFFERED: 77 PH.D. PROGRAMS OFFERED: 58 NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: 2 TOTAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: 2405 TOTAL NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: 628 Rankings and Distinctions: U.S. News and World Report ranked WSU among the nation’s top 60 public research universities this year, as well as naming the College of Business’ online MBA and online Executive MBA No. 1 in the nation. WSU is also among the top 20 best colleges nationwide for its writing program.

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Washington State University Spokane Spokane FOUNDED: 1989 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: State university Both traditional students and working adults can find the education they’re looking for at WSU’s urban research campus. This satellite school is in downtown Spokane on the Riverpoint Campus, which serves as the region’s health education hub and is shared with Eastern Washington University. Beyond health profession programs, WSU Spokane also features undergraduate and graduate studies in education, social and policy sciences, and science and technology. Undergraduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $11,386 OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $24,468 ROOM AND BOARD: Not offered FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 543 PART-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 129 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 80% female, 20% male Graduate Programs MASTERS PROGRAMS OFFERED: 8 PH.D. PROGRAMS OFFERED: 6 NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: 2 TOTAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: 349 TOTAL NUMBER OF PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS: 202 Rankings and Distinctions: This fall, Washington State University’s Spokane campus will host the first class of second-year medical students in the University of Washington’s School of Medicine program as part of a two-year pilot project.

Webster University Fairchild Air Force Base Campus FOUNDED: 1999 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: Private graduate university


Catering to both military and civilian professionals, this on-base graduate school offers four in-the-classroom masters programs in the areas of business and management, as well as more than 20 online programs through the main campus in St. Louis, Mo. Classes at Fairchild usually meet once a week for nine weeks as part of the accelerated academic schedule that creates flexibility for working individuals looking to advance or jump-start a career. Graduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $455 per in-classroom credit hour and $715 per online credit hour for civilians; $340 per in-classroom credit hour and $470 per online credit hour for military, reservists and National Guard OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: Same as in-state ROOM AND BOARD: Not offered FULL-TIME GRADUATE: about 100 MASTERS PROGRAMS OFFERED: Four in-classroom programs and 27 master programs online through Webster University’s main campus Rankings and Distinctions: The Webster University main campus was ranked No. 24 among regional midwest universities by U.S. News and World Report’s 2013 edition of Best Colleges. The university is also recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as one of the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

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Whitworth University Spokane FOUNDED: 1890 SCHOOL OF THOUGHT: Presbyterian university Liberal arts, Christianity and pine cones are the main ingredients on this fairly small, pinetree-dotted campus. An atmosphere thrives where students converse with professors over coffee and peers bond at dorm prime times and as they longboard and frisbee their way around the grounds. Although it’s a religious institution, the close-knit academic and social community gives students room to make their college experience as secular or as spiritual as they choose. Undergraduate Programs IN-STATE TUITION: $35,320 OUT-OF-STATE TUITION: $35,320 ROOM AND BOARD: $9,814 FULL-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 2,339 PART-TIME UNDERGRADUATE: 354 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 59% female, 41% male AVERAGE GPA INCOMING FRESHMAN: 3.77 AVERAGE SAT INCOMING FRESHMAN: 1195 Graduate Programs MASTERS PROGRAMS OFFERED: 12 PH.D. PROGRAMS OFFERED: 0 TOTAL GRADUATE STUDENTS: 222 Rankings and Distinctions: Whitworth was ranked in the top 10 of the 115 best private colleges and universities in the West for the 13th consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report. Besides studying on campus in north Spokane, students can also take classes downtown, in Moses Lake and at Whitworth’s permanent Costa Rica campus.

North Idaho College Coeur d’Alene On the north shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene, where the lake joins the Spokane River, this compact campus offers certificates as well as degrees that make transferring to other Idaho public colleges and universities with an associate’s degree a breeze. But don’t forget to make your time at NIC an all-around college experience by joining a few clubs, serving on student government or having plenty of outdoor adventures. IN-STATE FULL TIME TUITION: $1,487 for the first 12 credits. After that, each credit is $123. TUITION PER CREDIT HOUR: $134 for the first credit and $123 for each additional credit.* FULL-TIME STUDENTS: 3,534 PART-TIME STUDENTS: 3,008 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 61% female, 39% male AVERAGE STUDENT AGE: 28 CAMPUS HOUSING: Yes *Per-credit tuition varies for non-district (outside of Kootenai County) and non-resident tuition. A N N UA L R E P O RT

Degrees and Certifications: A combination of Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degrees with professional and technical certificates provide a wide range of learning from pre-law to fire service technology. Campus Life: Only a short walk from campus is the school’s own lake beach. A little farther is downtown Coeur d’Alene with shops, dining and entertainment. NIC’s residence hall, located in the center of campus, houses 198 students, and plenty of clubs and activities are always abuzz on campus.


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Spokane Community College Spokane Whether you’re a student looking to transfer to a university with an associates degree or an older adult looking to get back into school in order to forge a new career path, SCC has pre-major programs as well as technical and professional programs. Community college is definitely the money-conscious choice when it comes to higher education, and this east Spokane campus has opportunities galore that won’t empty your bank account. IN-STATE FULL TIME TUITION: $3,920.55* for a full-time student taking 15 credits per quarter for three quarters (includes books and fees). *2012-13 data TUITION PER CREDIT HOUR: TBD FULL-TIME STUDENTS: 7,251 PART-TIME STUDENTS: 3,690 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 50% male, 50% female AVERAGE STUDENT AGE: 29 CAMPUS HOUSING: No Degrees and Certifications: SCC offers 47 professional certificates and 103 degrees, including Associate in Applied Science and Associate of Arts degrees. Certificates range from automotive technology and aviation maintenance to baking and cabinetry. Campus Life: Many on-campus shops are run by SCC students, such as a full-service restaurant staffed by culinary arts students, an automotive repair shop, and a floral shop run by horticulture students. In their free time, students can play pingpong or videogames in the Lair Student Center or swim in the sports center’s Olympic-size pool.

Spokane Falls Community College Spokane Located on the southwest side of Spokane, SFCC sits on a bluff near the Spokane River and contains more greenery than its sister school, Spokane Community College. It is also home to one of the few planetariums in Washington. The Eos Planetarium opened in 2011 with an HD digital projection system and 50 seats. In addition to getting college students excited about astronomy, the planetarium also hosts K-12 field trips and public shows.


IN-STATE FULL TIME TUITION: $3,920.55* for a full-time student taking 15 credits per quarter for three quarters (includes books and fees). *2012-13 data FULL-TIME STUDENTS: 5,695 PART-TIME STUDENTS: 3,187 MALE/FEMALE STUDENT RATIO: 54% female, 46% male AVERAGE STUDENT AGE: 26 CAMPUS HOUSING: No Degrees and Certifications: SFCC provides the same 103 degrees and 47 certificates as SCC, including a large liberal arts and transfer program along with professional and technical programs. Developmental courses in math and English also are offered. Campus Life: More than 40 campus clubs, including the SFCC Revelers drama club, give students the opportunity to engage in the arts and more. Getting a workout is easy with the fitness center, weight room and intramurals. Or hang out with friends in the recreation center, which features table tennis, billiards and even a bowling alley.

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Meet the Inlanders growing the area’s evolving food culture

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blend of coastal “cool” and Midwestern tradition that marks our culinary landscape. Born and raised here, their story is classic middle America, rooted in community, church, family and hard work. Julia’s folks were from Priest River, Idaho. Her grandfather worked for the Forest Service and her mom was handy with a crosscut saw. Jeff’s grandmother ran a tavern visited by Julia’s railroad-engineer father. They (and daughters Ellen and Rachel) live adjacent to Julia’s childhood home, still occupied by her parents. Although they left for the big city — Seattle, the essence of coastal sophistication — Jeff and Julia returned to raise their family and grow communities… one mouthful at a time. Started in 1992, Rocket Bakery — now numbering seven neighborhood coffeehouses — has received numerous Inlander “Best Of” awards from readers, including the Hall of Fame induction. Then there are partnerships: Rocket Market (with Alan and Shanda Shepherd), Bottles beer and wine shop (Gilbert and Mariann Davis) and Blue Table Kitchen (Karen and Wayne Johnson). Many are longtime friends. Their businesses are known for promoting local vendors and value-priced, quality food. “We tell people we don’t have a job,” says Julia. “It’s just a lifestyle of selfemployment. The businesses surround us, and we try to slide between them.” Blue Table is chef’s choice — ranging from one-pot meals to five-course extravaganzas — eaten at communal tables punctuated by (hopefully) good conversations. It’s about connecting. “Doesn’t matter what the food is,” says Julia, “as much as who you’re sharing it with.” Community, says the couple, “is family and great people around who support and take care of us and who we take care of in exchange.”


o Stephen Meyer, community is friends, family and co-workers at Pend d’Oreille Winery, which he and wife Julie started in 1995, producing just 800 cases. Now at 6,000 cases annually, POW is more than a boon to Sandpoint’s economy. They’ve raised awareness about fine wines — wine bars have proliferated in Sandpoint over the years — and enhanced an increasingly strong dining scene, one especially known for its farm-to-fork culture, says Meyer. POW’s upcoming expansion and relocation — across the street to the historic Belwood Building they’re renovating — will also enable MickDuff’s Brewing to double its capacity and

distribute beyond Sandpoint. Their tasting room is an activity hub, hosting live music weekly, local artists during summer ArtWalk, and seasonal events like Fire Dancing during the townwide Winter Carnival. Civic activism and sustainability are important, too. The innovative “Think Green, Drink Red” campaign responds to glass waste by providing refillable bottles. During “Sip & Shop” nights, a percentage of sales go towards nonprofits, e.g. Arts Alliance, Community Cancer Services, West Bonner County Library and Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. On his own, Meyer enjoys trail building with Pend Oreille Pedalers, a bicycling club reflecting his enthusiasm for discovery, an essential characteristic of Inlanders. “We are surrounded by amazing mountains, lakes and streams” and people, “the fabric of the community. Top that with a creative, arts-driven community, and you have what it takes to be an Inlander. We are the gateway to the Rockies and adventure.”

“I like what’s here and have faith in the growth of our food community.”

Peter Tobin agrees. A well-respected chef and longtime Instructor at Spokane Community College’s Inland Northwest Culinary Academy (INCA), Tobin’s appreciation for the land is multidimensional. As an avid skier, climber (he summited Mount Rainier in 2004) and recent flatwater kayaking enthusiast, Tobin extols the virtues of our four-season climate. “Embrace the agricultural[al] roots of who we are,” he advises. “Shop where our foods are sold. Support the people that work hard to be here. No one is getting rich growing food; they do it because they care.” A chef-instructor whose work in sustainable cooking earned him a 2013 Western Region Cutting Edge Award from the American Culinary Federation, Tobin’s influence on future chefs is substantial. “Our business is tough, the hours are long, and the work can be grueling at times,” notes his faculty profile. He speaks of the privilege of cooking, steeped in tradition and requiring passion, ...continued on next page

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Abe and Dorothy Miller opened what iconic Spokane restaurant in 1964? a. Donut Parade b. Dick’s Hamburgers c. Frank’s Diner d. Kirk’s Burgers


Inlanders like their steaks. Biggest cut? a. Masselow’s b. Churchill’s c. Spencer’s d. Texas Roadhouse e. Wolf Lodge


The Inland Northwest was “flavortown” USA when Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives rolled into Spokane and Coeur d’Alene. Name the restaurant not featured: a. Capone’s Pub & Grill b. Chaps Coffee c. Elk Public House d. Hudson’s Hamburgers e. Jimmy’s Down the Street f. Picabu Bistro g. Waddell’s Pub & Grille


Oldest continuously operating dining establishment in Spokane? a. Cathay Inn b. Davenport Hotel c. Park Inn d. Patsy Clark Mansion


According to Smokin’ Joe Niemen, aka Idaho’s Huckleberry King, what’s the going gallon-rate of this native Northwest berry? a. $25 b. $35 c. $45


Which of the following is not currently grown commercially in Washington state? a. Avocadoes b. Bok choy c. Fava beans d. Okra e. Persimmons f. Tomatillos


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professionalism, self-motivation, innovation and cooking with conscience. “Teaching the values of integrity, honesty and hard work” at INCA, says Tobin, helps “students see their place in the future of good, healthy foods” in an area becoming increasingly known as a “food region.”



ne chef advancing the area’s reputation as a food region is Adam Hegsted, an SCC alum and adjunct faculty member. Currently executive chef at Coeur d’Alene Casino, he was instrumental in transforming food operations during a multimillion-dollar renovation, including creating a nativeinspired menu at the flagship steakhouse. This 30-something has worked in a dozen restaurants, including his own, and won more than 20 local, national and international competitions from organizations like the Idaho Potato Commission, Spanish Trade Commission, Häagen-Dazs, and National Beef Council. He cooked at the James Beard House — the culinary equivalent of a private audience with the Pope — and Vegas’ World Food Championships. Recently he won a cool $20,000 in eTundra’s “Dreamstaurant” competition. He lends his talents to local nonprofits, including March of Dimes Signature Chefs Auction, the community-based restaurant industry assistance network known as Big Table, and Art on the Edge, St. Vincent de Paul’s arts program for families in transitional housing. Driven and hardworking, Hegsted is also innovative. Wandering Table is his spin on “secret” dining experiences normally seen in (coastal cool) places like Portland and Seattle. Offering from eight to 18 courses, Wandering Table balances two of Hegsted’s inspirations: seasonal ingredients and comfort foods, both of which he sees as regionally relevant. “[Inlanders] are pretty easygoing people in general, and also kind. A little slower-paced lifestyle than most cities, but that’s part of our Midwest style.” Hegsted’s newest project is a “dream” dinner combining storytelling, music, art, and cooking to benefit a nonprofit children’s program. “By the end of the meal, a story will have been told, heard, seen and eaten,” he explains. It’s that excitement over what could be — and the desire to keep learning, experimenting, growing — that keeps him motivated. Like the Postlewaits, he went to the big city only to realize the Spokane area had plenty to offer. “I got to thinking about why I would move away to be a part of a [different] food community and it didn’t make much sense. I could help build something here.” He adds, “I like what’s here and have faith in the growth of our food community.” — CARRIE SCOZZARO

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The lives of Jeff and Julia Postlewait revolve around food, family and community. Owners of Rocket Bakery, as well as partners in Bottles, Rocket Market, and Blue Table Kitchen, it’s not surprising that most of their essential experiences stay close to home. GROW YER OWN “Our daughters like the carrot out of the garden only washed with hose water,” says Julie, who sees more and more people gardening, even if it’s only a container on the porch. SWIM THE BRIDGE Join more than 6,000 swimmers who’ve completed the August open-water swim (1.76 miles) from one end of Sandpoint’s Long Bridge to the other over the past 18 years. Your friends and family will get great photos of you in the water as they walk the length of the bridge above you. EXPLORE SPOKANE’S PAST Julie often takes out-of-town guests to the Campbell House. Located in historic Browne’s Addition, it’s a lovingly preserved glimpse into one prominent Spokane family’s intimate turn-of-the-century lifestyle and is included free with paid admission to the nearby Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture. TAKE A BITE OF HISTORY Open well past dinnertime — 11 pm during the week, 1 am on weekends — Dick’s Hamburgers is the perfect spot for a little late-night indulgence. Burgers, fries (with tartar sauce, of course) and a shake. Still going strong since 1965. DRINK LOCAL Jeff’s a big fan of Spokane-based No-Li Jet Star Imperial IPA and Sandpoint’s own Laughing Dog Brewing’s Huckleberry Cream Ale. Both are available at specialty wine-and-beer shops, including Bottles, next door to the Argonne Rocket Bakery. SHARE THE FAIR Whether it’s arts and crafts, animals, carnival rides, fair food — a crisp elephant ear dusted in powdered sugar — or just catching up with old friends, the Spokane County Interstate Fair is 10 days of family-friendly fun.

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ALPINE DELICATESSEN GERMAN When it’s time to satisfy your craving for German food, look no further than Third Ave., home of Alpine Delicatessen where you can find wurst platter specials with a side of steaming red cabbage and your favorite German groceries, like chocolates, spices, and magazines. 417 E. Third Ave., Spokane • 455-5148 $


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.

AMBROSIA BISTRO ECLECTIC Ambrosia Bistro won first prize for first courses at Epicurean Delight in 2013 for its smoked corn bisque with crispy pork belly and tomato-bacon Jam. And rightfully so. You can expect these kinds of inventive yet comforting dishes, all done exceptionally well, all year-round at this valley bistro. 9211 E. Montgomery Ave., Spokane Valley • 928-3222 • • $$

Restaurants • Wineries 2013 Best of the Inland Northwest first-place winner, or Best of North Idaho Winner, as chosen by readers of The Inlander

ANGELO’S RISTORANTE ITALIAN The dim interior at Angelo’s is decked out 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. Save room for tiramisu at this always popular Coeur d’Alene eatery. 846 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-2850 • • $$$ ANTHONY’S AT SPOKANE FALLS SEAFOOD Fresh seafood is the top priority for Anthony’s — the restaurant company works directly with fishermen and shellfish suppliers to make sure every last salmon, swordfish and oyster meets a high standard. But diners don’t need to know the details to appreciate the fine-dining atmosphere, daily specials, happy hour offerings and — perhaps most impressive — the postcard view of the Spokane Falls. 510 N. Lincoln St., Spokane • 328-9009 • • $$$



RESTAURANTS 315 MARTINIS AND TAPAS TAPAS Located in the historic Greenbriar Inn, 315 Martinis and Tapas is an elegant answer to happy hour. Open at 3:15 pm Tue-Sun, enjoy small plates and drink discounts until 6 pm, or settle in next to the cozy fireplace for dinner (or the candlelight patio in summer) and stay for a full dinner. 315 Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-9660 • • $$

ALOHA ISLAND GRILL HAWAIIAN Spokane might be one of the last places you’d expect to feel like you’re in a tropical 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. 1220 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 413-2029 | 1724 N. Monroe St. • 327-4270• eataloha. com • $

AGAVE LATIN BISTRO LATIN Perched across from the luxurious Davenport, Agave is equally swanky with its high ceilings, glowing fish tanks and abundant candles. They serve up some of the finest Latin fare, including a late night tapas menu. 830 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 473-9180 • • $$

ALPINE BISTRO AND BAKERY SANDWICHES Located near the courthouse, Alpine Bistro takes eaters to the food paradise of Europe. Inside, you can nibble on some artisan loaf, homemade cookies, or quiches. 810 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 327-7040 • • $

ARLO’S RISTORANTE ITALIAN When it comes to eating Italian in Sandpoint, Arlo’s has got you covered. The restaurant 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. 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. And they’re open until 3 am at the downtown location on Fridays and Saturdays, making them close to heaven at the end of a long night of drinking. 12210 N. Division St., Spokane • 466-2847 | 3624 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 534-7677 | 218 E. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-7677 | 725 W. Third Ave., Spokane • 838-7677• atilanos. com • $

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 • $ AZAR’S MEDITERRANEAN Around since 1980, the family-owned Azar’s has brought a taste of Middle Eastern and Greek cuisine to the Inland Northwest. The family behind the delicious food have brought a piece of their culture to their new home, serving authentic meals such as hummus and gyros with the experience of a distant place. 2501 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 326-7171 • azarsrestaurant. com • $$ AZTECA MEXICAN RESTAURANT MEXICAN Featuring family-style Mexican food in a vibrant, colorful setting, Azteca is beloved by Inlander readers, consistently winning first place in the annual Best Of poll. They have an expansive dinner menu that includes everything from fajitas to seafood. 2462 N. Old Mill Loop, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-0200 • • 9738 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 465-9101 • • 245 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 456-0350 • 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 228-9661 • $$ 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 • $ BAJA MEXICAN RESTAURANT MEXICAN Baja Mexican Restaurant has some humongous burritos with an equally humongous five-page menu — from cheese nachos ($5.50) and fajita quesadilla ($9.50) appetizers to standard entrées like carne asada and some notso-run-of-the-mill menu entries like the massive Vegi-Macho Burrito, stuffed with mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, baby corn and white rice. 116 S. Lefevre St., Medical Lake • 299-2875 • $ BAKERY BY THE LAKE BAKERY Take a stroll to the Parkside building and enjoy a drink of Caffé Umbria Italian coffee and indulge in a freshly made eclair or chocolate-dipped macaroon or pick up a sandwhich or flatbread pizza (whole or by the slice) for

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an impromptu picnic by the lake. 601 E. Front St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-415-0681 • • $ BANGKOK THAI THAI Bangkok Thai serves up 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 Ave. • 325-8370 • 101 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley • 315-9943 • spokanebangkokthai. com • $$ BARDENAY RESTAURANT AND DISTILLERY AMERICAN As the nation’s first restaurant distillery, Bardenay’s innovative history and talent in the kitchen has provided an experience unique to Idaho. Although famous for their spirits, cocktails, wines, and brews that are made in the building, the food — especially the Wild Turkey Bourbon pork loin chops — is just as spectacular. 1710 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-1540 • • $$ 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 phoned-in food orders. 1400 N. Meadowwood Ln., Liberty Lake • 9241446 • • $ 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 • • $$ BENNIDITO’S PIZZA PIZZA Each of the 24 pizzas on the menu features thick, hand-tossed crust that’s soft and “bready” around the rim with a thin and crisp center, making it a “best of both worlds” type of pie. Choices go way beyond just plain cheese pizza — like the Maui Wowie, the Saxon, Boogie Fever, or numerous “primo” options to enjoy. They also serve hot sandwiches, salads and a bevy of microbrews and wine, making this a popular mid-South Hill hangout. 1426 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 455-7411 • • $$

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BEVERLY’S FINE DINING Perched on the seventh floor of the Coeur d’Alene resort, Beverly’s unparalled panoramic views of the lake, combined with cosmopolitan decor, attentive service and a wine cellar boasting more than 14,000 bottles, combine for an elegant dining experience worthy of a special celebration. 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 800688-4142 • • $$$ BIG TUNA SUSHI Big Tuna is a hangin’ loose kind of place with bright turquoise walls and indoor picnic table-style seating. Order at the counter from a menu that includes standard rolls and customizable options. Try Crunchie Munchie ($8.95), a cucumber roll with shrimp, tempura bits and sweet chili. Or the groovy 208 Roll with salmon, spinach and sprouts ($9.95). In addition to a modest beer and wine selection, Big Tuna serves sake straight up or in cleverly-named drinks such as the Cool Hand Luke: dry sake, muddled cucumber, lime, cilantro and tonic. 124 S. 2nd Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-5977498 • •


BIRDY’S SPORTS BAR PUB GRUB Sports, drinks, and food – this is the formula Dan Birdwell based his creation on. His beloved north-side sports bar and family restaurant has gathered a loyal fan base of locals, whether for their many plasma televisions for premium game viewing, 15 choices of tap beer and full bar, or tasty bar cuisine. 12908 N. Hwy. 395, Spokane • 863-9572 • • $$ BISTRO ON SPRUCE BISTRO Bistro on Spruce is a lovely little neighborhood bistro located in Coeur d’Alene’s recently rennovated midtown. This is where discriminating locals come to find a menu that’s incredibly diverse, with offerings like duck confit, shrmp and grits and togorashi-encrusted ahi, and an atmosphere that begs you to linger. 1710 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208664-1774 • • $$ 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. 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. Traditional carbonara gets an upgrade with house-smoked bacon. 215 E. Main St., Pullman • 334-5800 • • $$

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RESTAURANTS BLU BERRY FROZEN YOGURT FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM Blu Berry is a cheery little place, with its vibrant colors, free samples and an always-changing assortment of frozen yogurt. Top your favorite with every possible candy, nut and sauce. Then smile big as you use one of the shop’s digital cameras to take a selfie with your beloved yogurt, to be displayed on one of Blu Berry’s plasma televisions. 3007 E. 57th Ave., Spokane • 443-6588 | 4727 N Division St. • 4874410 | 1802 W. Francis Ave. • 315-5902 • • $ BLUE TABLE KITCHEN AMERICAN Blue Table Kitchen takes the idea of private, intimate dining in America and flips it on its head by offering a fine-feasting experience served fixed-menu and dinner party-style with diners sitting at two large blue tables. It’s something more likely to

be found in European countries than our own. The ever-morphing menu shows that this restaurant’s cuisine is eclectic, with dishes ranging from beer-infused chicken breasts to grilled salmon. The heart of the business appears to be a shared experience built around delicious dishes. 3319 N. Argonne Rd., Ste. B, Spokane Valley • 473-9087 • bluetablekitchen. com/ • THE BOATHOUSE BAR & GRILL SEAFOOD Who wants to cook after a day of leisure on the lake? That’s where the Boathouse comes in, with its bird’s-eye view of the Hayden Marina. The best seat in the house is on the deck. Drop in for appetizers, like the stuffed brie and roasted garlic, or linger over a plate of their popular fish tacos while you watch the sunset on the lake. 3799 E. Hayden Lake Rd., Hayden, Idaho • 208-772-5057 • boathousehayden. com • $$

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. 101 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4321 • • $$

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. 122 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 835-4177 • • $

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 • • $

BULLMAN’S WOOD FIRED PIZZA PIZZA Located in the upscale Riverstone development with an urban lodge décor, Bullman’s delivers crisp Neapolitan-style pies with a telltale char and enticing smokiness. The pies, named for areas throughout Montana, range from about $9 for a small 10-inch that easily feeds two people to just under $20 for the 14-inch large. Try the Bitterroot, which features pistachios, red onions, rosemary, mozzarella, olive oil and sea salt. Besides pizza, Bullman’s menu includes a halfdozen hearty salads, as well as sandwiches. 2385 N. Old Mill Loop, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-930-0219 • •

BOWL’Z BITEZ AND SPIRITZ CASUAL Affordable food. Affordable drinks. Affordable good times. That’s what you’ll find at this downtown sports bar. Reconstructed in August 2012, owners Aron Larson and Jake Miller proudly keep a modern look to the place. They host UFC fight nights just about every time one rolls around, and they’re known to throw the occasional party. Now serving classic pub food like wings, fries and taquitos. 401 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 321-7480 • • $$ 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. 501 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-6481 $ BREWS BROTHERS COFFEE HOUSE This coffeehouse 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, waiting for the bus or just passing by. 734 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 456-5858 $

CAFE 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, authentic Latin food 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 • • $$ CAFE ITALIANO ITALIAN The Karatzas family runs this decedant Italian restaurant located on Spokane’s South Hill. Vagelie Karatzas crafts classics like spaghetti and meatballs and eggplant parmesan, along with artisan pizzas, topped with gourmet Mediterranean toppings like imported prosciutto or capicola ham, pesto, sundried tomatoes and feta. Seafood, small plates and salads round out the menu. 4334 S. Regal St., Spokane • 290-6943 • • $$

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RESTAURANTS CAFE RIO TEX-MEX On a scale of casual dining, Coeur d’Alene’s Cafe Rio is somewhere between the convenience and price point of fast food and the made-to-order appeal of casual chain restaurants like Olive Garden. The result is a definite step above the usual Tex-Mex meals mumbled into drive-thru speakers, with an emphasis on freshness and flavor. The sweet pork barbacoa, for example, is featured in salads, burritos, tacos and enchiladas. It’s one of the many awardwinning menu items in this Zagat-rated restaurant. 560 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-620-4000 • caferio. com • $ CASPER FRY PUBLIC HOUSE SOUTHERN CUISINE Inlander readers voted this hip new eatery in the South Perry District the Best New Restaurant. Opened in June 2012 by the team from Madeleine’s Patisserie, Casper Fry turns out upscale Southern comfort food like Low Country Shrimp and Grits and some of the best fried chicken you’ll find. Its Josper oven, one of only about 10 in the country, uses charcoal and wood chips for smoking and grilling to turn out house-smoked meat and sausages. 928 S. Perry St., Spokane • 535-0536 • facebook. com/casperfryspokane •

CEDARS FLOATING RESTAURANT STEAK AND SEAFOOD This isn’t lakeside dining -- when you eat at Cedars’ 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. 1514 S Marina Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-2922 • • $$$ 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 Ave., Spokane • 327-3471 • CENTRAL FOOD ECLECTIC Casual, yet innovative and refined — that’s the m.o. at Central Food. There’s a hamburger at all mealtimes, chicken and dumplings, slow-cooked pork roast, and flat iron steak at dinner time. The restaurant welcomes those with specific diets with open arms — celiacs, vegans and carnivores can all unite and not be jealous of each other’s options. Sandwiches at Central Food are

composed between their daily-baked bread, which is also featured on their breakfast menu with a mushroom terrine or baked with chocolate. Purchase a loaf to take home. You won’t regret it. 1335 W. Summit Pkwy., Spokane • 315-8036 • • $$ 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, along with beer and wine. Their coffee mimosas and affogato desserts are a caffeine addict’s dream. 113 W. Indiana Ave., Spokane • 340-8787 • chairscoffee. com • $ 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 waitstaff 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 This friendly, shabby-chic eatery and bakery is off the beaten path, located off Highway 195 on the outskirts of the Palouse (10 minutes from

downtown). Chaps serves up hearty chorizo omelettes, homemade cinnamon rolls and baked oatmeal 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 inhouse bakery Cake serves up a decadent selection of tiramisu, bavarian cream cake, chocolate mousse and more. 4237 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd., Spokane • 624-4182 • • $$ CHARLEY’S GRILL & SPIRITS AMERICAN This cozy Monroe Street restaurant and lounge provides a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of the courthouse next door. The menu features Angus beef hamburgers, 8-ounce sirloin steaks, fried appetizers, a full bar and a retro cigarette vending machine. Tickets for the Spokane Arena, INB Performing Arts Center, Fox Theater, Bing Crosby Theater, or Spokane Civic Theatre will get you 20 percent off food items. ( 801 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-8911 • Spirits • $

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Refined Y Tastes A cook’s guide to the Inland Northwest

Cassano’s in Spokane ages, but why not be adventurous? If you’re planning to make your own pasta by hand, get to know the friendly folks at CASSANO’S ITALIAN GROCERY (2002 E. Mission Ave., 7473888) where you can get all the right flours you need. Cassano’s carries imported tomatoes, fresh bread and tons of Italian specialty treats around the holidays. Italian cooks should also get to know Tina Marie Schultz at ROSA’S ITALIAN MARKET & DELI (120 E. Fourth Ave., Post Falls, Idaho, 208777-7400), who teaches classes on making Italian food and sells specialty Italian ingredients that are nearly impossible to find anywhere else in town. She makes an eggplant parmesan that will bring you to your knees. Cooks looking for authentic Mexican ingredients shouldn’t miss a stop at DE LEON FOODS (102 E. Francis Ave., 483-3033), where you can purchase freshly pressed tortillas, housemade salsas, high-quality meats and cheeses. With a high population of Eastern Europeans in Spokane, it’s a surprise that more gems like KIEV MARKET (three locations) don’t exist here. At Kiev, you can purchase authentic baked goods, produce and gifts imported from all over Europe. Vegetarian cooks looking for relief from the meat-and-potatoes of most of the Inland Northwest will find friendly faces at ABC VEGETARIAN FOOD OUTLET (3715 S. Grove St., 838-3168), a haven of Worthington soy products, vegan “meats” and giant sacks of dried lentils and beans. See? You can still cook here. It just takes finding the right places. — LEAH SOTTILE


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ou just bought an amazing Indian cookbook — one brimming with photos of colorful spices and beautifully garnished dishes. And then you go to the store, and the grocery clerk looks at you like you’re speaking another language when you ask if they carry amchur powder or za’tar. But fear not, there are gourmet cooking options for you in the Inland Northwest. We’ve gone all Marco Polo on Spokane to find them so you don’t have to. Start at SPICE TRADERS MERCANTILE (15614 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, 315-4036), where Jan Love and her fellow owners know exactly what za’tar is — because they’re the types of people who pride themselves in carrying the most exotic spices here in Spokane. “Things like Aleppo chilis and asafoetida, people have seen in recipes, but they wouldn’t know where to get them,” she says. They’ve got them at Spice Traders. Love estimates that her store always has at least “80 different teas, 50 different seasoning blends, and 60 different spices” in stock. The store also specializes in carrying extra virgin olive oils, balsamic vinegars, artisan salts, craft beers and wine. If you are the type of cook who likes to be confounded by your own shopping cart, then head to BEST ASIAN MARKET (2020 E. Sprague Ave., 534-9300), where you can find every ingredient you’ll need to make an authentic Asian dish. The produce —  brimming with creations you won’t ever see at a traditional grocery store — is often cheaper than anywhere else in town. And you might not be able to read the labels on the pack-


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CRAZY G’S BURGERS This clean, 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 St., Spokane • 315-8943 • • $


RESTAURANTS 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 things, fried catfish and sweet potato pies. 414½ W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 8385071 • • $


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, 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 • 474-9888 • • $$$ CLINKERDAGGER FINE DINING With excellent food, service and view of the river, Clinkerdagger sets the standard for reliable fine dining in Spokane. The restaurant’s pea salad, rock salt prime rib or crème brûlée have become beloved favorites since the restaurant opened during Expo ‘74. Want to try something new? Order off the seasonal menu, featuring fresh and locally grown ingredients. 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 328-5965 • • $$$ 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... Paul Harrington wrote the book on modern cocktails. 913 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • 487-2937 • • $$$ COEUR COFFEEHOUSE COFFEEHOUSE The baristas at Coeur don’t cut corners or rush things: the result is a cup of coffee so well thought out, you almost feel guilty drinking it. It would be a shame to waste one of their pour-over or Chemex cups made with Stumptown beans. So, sit down and enjoy an espresso with a flaky croissant in this little bright spot just north of the river on Monroe, and let the baristas tell you a love story about their beans. 701 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 703-7794 • • $$ 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. 1810 Second St., Cheney • 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, housemade freezer jam, 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 • • $

CRICKET’S STEAKHOUSE STEAK Cricket’s has stood the test of time on Coeur d’Alene’s mercurial Sherman Avenue. Maybe it’s because Cricket’s is the only game in town for oysters. Or maybe it’s their vast menu that spans from buildyour-own pizzas to steaks and sandwiches. Or maybe it’s their prime people-watching location, right smack on the avenue. Whatever it is, it’s working. 424 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-1990 • • $$ D. LISH’S HAMBURGERS BURGERS D. Lish’s serves up juicy burgers that are, well, delicious. Go ahead and take a pass on the many fast food joints lining North Division, and hit up this classic place for a top quality lunch or dinner. It’s fast food cheap with a lot more taste. 1625 N. Division St., Spokane • 323-7130 • dlishshamburgers • $ DAS STEIN HAUS GERMAN There is no longer any need for you to pack up your bags and save up a heap of cash for a plane ticket if you have a craving for German food. Thanks to Das Stein Haus, you just have to journey to Francis to drink German taps and eat authentic homemade German food such as schnitzels and bratwurst. Look for happy hour specials from 4-7 pm daily and breakfast on the weekend. 1812 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 326-2214 • • $$ DI LUNA’S BISTRO Sandpoint’s Di Luna’s takes its music and seasonal, locally sourced menus seriously. Breakfasts here feature farmers markets scrambles, and Saturday nights frequently mean farm-totable dinners with locally sourced produce, meats, and decadent desserts from their in-house bakery — all of this paired with live folk, blues, jazz or world beat music. It’s a harmonious combination that’s made Di Luna’s one of Sandpont’s most beloved restaurants. 207 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-0846 • • $ DICK’S HAMBURGERS BURGERS What would Spokane be without Dick’s Hamburgers? Our city would be lost, with only chain hamburger places remaining for fast-food junkies, off-the-wagon vegetarians and the bar crowds. But thankfully Dick’s low prices, as well as their comforting food, have kept people coming back to this drive-in since 1965. The menu is varied, but the items are simple. You won’t find anything too complicated on the hamburger — no bacon

or ham, just condiments, pickles and cheese if you ask for it. Buy these guilty pleasures by the bagful and remember Dick’s is sticking with their old-school, cash-only approach.t 10 E. Third Ave., Spokane • 747-2481 $ DID’S PIZZA AND FROYO FROZEN YOGURT The walls are embellished with shiny surfboards, and beach towelesque wall panels are strewn with actual flip-flops at Did’s, which makes no secret about appealing to “the perpetual surfer in all of us.” Choose from 12 different froyo flavors (40 cents per ounce), shave ice or bubble tea before lining up to order pizza, teriyaki plates, salads or calzones, which force even college dudes from Gonzaga to leave with to-go boxes. Beer and cocktails are also available. 5406 N. Division St., Spokane • 808-2090 • didspizzaandfroyo. com • $ DIDIER’S YOGURT & MORE FROZEN YOGURT 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 located near Whitworth in north Spokane. 10410 N. Division St., Spokane • 466-8434 $ 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 takeout that will make you reminisce about standing in your boxers over the sink during your bachelor days. 1332 N. Liberty Lake Rd., Liberty Lake • 921-1901 $$ DOCKSIDE AMERICAN You choose Dockside at the Coeur d’Alene Resort for the exceptional view — all booths face out to the lake — and a sprawling menu that runs from steak and fettucine, to burgers, ribeye steaks and sesame-crusted ahi tuna. The salad bar is always popular, along with Dockside’s signature ice cream sundaes. All six scoops. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Lobby Floor, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4000 • • $$ DOLLY’S CORNER CAFÉ CAFÉ For more than a half-century, generations of truckers, church folk and hungover college students have been squeezing into Dolly’s booths, eager for a heaping plate of eggs and hash browns. We recommend the eggs Benedict, the avocado omelet or, for lunch, the gut-busting Guy Burger, a massive number that has to be held together with a steak knife. 1825 N. Washington St., 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

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and turkey are all sold by the sandwich, the basket and even 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 19th Best Sandwich Shop award in the Inlander’s annual Best Of readers poll. 703 W. Sprague Ave., 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 St., Spokane • 487-9003 • • $ DOWNRIVER GRILL ECLECTIC Since its inception in 2003, Downriver Grill has gained a hard-core following of foodie regulars. 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 with cult followings (like the go-to gorgonzola fries). Whether you want to go comfort food (butternut squash mac and cheese gratin $15), Italian (puttanesca, $15), gluten-free (shrimp bisque, $5), or vegan (coriander-crusted tofu, $16), there’s a little something to keep you coming back. 3315 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 323-1600 • • $$ 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 $ EJ’S GARDEN BISTRO BISTRO There’s one word that first pops into your mind when you stand outside of EJ’s Garden Bistro. Adorable. This house-turned-culinary force offers patio seating, outdoor dining, and lounge eating. The menu boasts a wealth of small plates, like Orange Bourbon Braised Short Ribs ($8) and Pear Gorgonzola Crostini ($8), perfect for sharing with friends. Dining at this historic home, in this historic neightborhood, takes you back to a time where friends bonded over meals and drinks, rather than likes and pokes via Facebook. 1928 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 443-3544 • •

THE ELK PUBLIC HOUSE PUB GRUB 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. That’s not to say the 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. 1931 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 363-1973 • • $ EPIC AMERICAN In June 2013, Northern Quest’s sports bar, the Q, was gutted, rebooted and injected with a big dose of — you guessed it — epicness. The massive 10-by-30-foot TV still stretches over the top of the bar, but everything else is new — from the bar back to cushy chairs to a couple of 12-person booths and a dark, woody color scheme. The menu was overhauled, too, to add what head chef Mike Thornton calls “not-your-typical-sports-bar fare” like Cougar Gold mac and cheese ($12.95) with applewood-smoked bacon mixed in, or the Surf and Turf burger ($15.95) stacked with Wagyu beef, provolone and white truffle garlic aioli between toasted ciabatta, and skewered with a stack of seared prawns. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 • • $$

Experience Laguna Cuisine On Our Beautiful Patio! You bring the conversation. We’ll take care of the rest. Happy Hour | 7 days | 4-6pm New small plate menu | $10-$14 everyday Like us on Facebook! Laguna Spokane | 509.448.0887 | 4304 S. Regal St.

EUROPA ITALIAN Nice enough to take a date or Mom, Europa is a good option for dinner or splitting a bottle of wine and ordering one of their appetizers (from calamari to hummus and spinachartichoke 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 oenophile. 125 S. Wall St., Spokane • 455-4051 $$ EVERGREEN BISTRO BISTRO This north Spokane bistro had its grand opening summer 2013, debuting its selection of Washington-state-only beers and wine. Among the six taps, 10 bottled brews and 15 wineries you’ll find local and state brands like No-Li, Iron Horse, Elysian, Icicle, Redhook and Bridge Press. Evergreen’s light menu features two salads, four appetizers and four 12-by-15 pizzas, plus a build-your-own option. Try the house special: the Evergreen Pizza, covered with red sauce, mozzarella, chicken, pine nuts, artichoke and red onion. 1902 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 326-5758 • EvergreenSpokane • $$


EL QUE MEXICAN They might be known for their extensive options in terms of alcoholic beverages, but they also have some good Mexican dishes. The menu is small, but you can find appetizers, a lot

of taco options and even some tamales. Hit these folks up for a drink and a taco. 141 S. Cannon St., Spokane • 624-5412 • • $


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Farmers Markets Find homegrown bounty at local farmers markets



Just east of the downtown Spokane business core, this indoor market houses more than just your regular farmers market does. Of course there’s produce and baked goods, but artisans and small businesses also sell meats, candy, homemade gifts and art. Pick up salmon, halibut, shellfish and a few exotic choices at Inland Fish and Seafood Co., a locally owned business that brings all of its seafood straight from Seattle’s Pike Place Market. Get spices and meat rubs at SAVORx Spice & Flavor Co. or grab lunch at Uncle Leroy’s BBQ. Because this market is indoors, it’s able to operate year-round. Nothing changes when the snow comes down — except there’s less local produce. But some local farmers bring in tomatoes, beans and peppers grown in their hothouses during the winter, and non-local fruits and vegetables are also available. Spokane Public Market as it exists now is only half of what is in the works. An Internet cafe was added this summer. A phase-two project planned for next year will double the indoor market space and add a rooftop garden. 24 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane; Thu-Sat, 10 am-6 pm; Sun, 11 am-5 pm

Often hailed as one of the region’s best farmers markets, this market that boasts more than 65 vendors shuts down Main Street in Moscow each summer Saturday. Its credibility might be due to its longstanding nature: Idaho’s oldest farmers market has operated for the past 37 years. It was also the state’s first market to offer the use of food stamps and EBT for food and plant purchases for those using SNAP benefits. Many of the local growers come from the University of Idaho or Washington State University, which both have farm programs. You’ll find fresh produce, meats, home-baked goods, nursery plants, flowers and more. Non-food vendors carry items like pottery, jewelry and photography. Beyond the products, the Moscow market is an all-out event. Performance artists are always present — whether a juggler or guitar player — and there’s live music every week. If you don’t live in Moscow and want some serious exercise with your farmers market visit, bike the 7-mile Bill Chipman Palouse Trail from Pullman to Moscow. Enjoy the beautiful Palouse hills on both sides and anticipate all the market goodies ahead. Main Street and Friendship Square, Moscow; May-Oct on Saturdays, 8 am-1 pm




Look for the bike riders, dog walkers and golf cart drivers — most with the whole family in tow — heading down Mission Avenue on a Saturday and you’ll end up at Liberty Lake’s farmers market. The market has not only produce galore, but pastries from local bakeries, wood-fired clay oven pizza, artisan cheese and cut flowers. Each season you’ll also find several market-day events. Since the market vendors are largely farmers, artisans join the mix for one weekend each June for Art at the Market. For a Saturday in July, the market goes Italian for Festivale Italiano. Take a picture with a toscale model of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, learn how to make pasta sauce or sausage and buy Italian items from vendors. You can also celebrate Pie Day in August. Buy homemade pies, enter the pie eating contest or win pies at the “cake” walk. You’ll find giveaways and specials on Customer Appreciation Day in September, then help the farmers sell out on Buy Out the Farmer Day at the close of the season in October. Liberty Square Parking Lot at 1421 N. Meadowwood Lane, Liberty Lake; May-Oct on Saturdays, 9 am-1 pm




Like the mighty pines dotting the Saturday meeting grounds of Kootenai Farmers Market, the North Idaho organization has grown stronger and larger over three decades. Starting in 1985, farmers sold out of their trucks in downtown Coeur d’Alene and membership hovered around 25; now it’s near 85. After moving to the current location at Highway 95 and Prairie in Hayden, they added Wednesday evening’s market from 4-7 pm at Sherman & 5th in Coeur d’Alene. About 70 percent of the (Saturday market) booths are occupied by food vendors, according to market manager Gail Cassidy; 30 percent are craft vendors. Some, like Killarney Farm, have been there from the get-go. Others come and go, but there’s always an array of meat, seafood, eggs, produce, baked goods, and preserved goods. A well-maintained website ( lists seasonal events for all ages, including a petting zoo, fall festival and — after the market closes in October — a one-day winter market at the nearby County Fairgrounds. S.E. corner of Hwy. 95 and Prairie Ave., Hayden; MayOct on Saturdays, 9 am-1:30 pm. Sherman Ave. and Fifth St., Coeur d’Alene; May-Sept on Wednesdays, 4 pm-7 pm — JO MILLER AND CARRIE SCOZZARO

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Sun ripened tomatoes fill the bins at the Spokane Public Market. (left) Morning shoppers browse the stalls of the Liberty Lake farmer’s market. (right)

Joyce Thomas spins yarn in her stall at the Liberty Lake farmer’s market.

Fresh cut flowers await shoppers at the Kootenai County farmer’s market.

Locally-grown carrots bundled at the Kootenai County farmer’s market. (left) Meadowlark Heritage Farm’s Charlene Rathbun displays her hand-crafted goat milk soap.


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Fresh Northwest Seafood is Our Priority, Providing a Truly Northwest Dining Experience is Our Pleasure!

at spokane falls 510 N. Lincoln St • 509-328-9009

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Anthony’s opened our own seafood company in 1984 for the sole purpose of ensuring our guests only the highest quality Northwest seafood. Complementing our seafood, Anthony’s family-owned restaurants offer fresh seasonal produce from local farms, local microbrews and Northwest wines, enhanced with a backdrop of the spectacular Spokane Falls.

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



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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1007 W. 1st Ave • Downtown Spokane, • (509) 456-5656 501 E. Sherman • Downtown Coeur d’Alene • (208) 930-4762

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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 six incredible years!

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

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But we think they will be a distant memory when you take your first bite. Spencer’s serves the highest quality, 21-to-28 day aged, locally sourced, USDA Prime and natural steaks and chops that we sear to perfection in our 1600° infrared broiler. So yes, we’d call them tender and juicy.


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FAI’S NOODLE HOUSE ASIAN Go ahead and slurp. No one will judge you at this bustling little noodle shop located inside Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Fai’s menu goes beyond noodles, with specialty stir fries, Japanese Mochi and tempura battered chicken, but we urge you to order a steaming bowl of Vietnamese pho or Fai’s popular won ton soup and slurp away. Northern Quest Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 481-6602 • • $

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. 2605 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-2400 $

FAMOUS ED’S PIZZA/AMERICAN In just a couple of years, Famous Ed’s has become the place for South Hill neighbors to crowd together to watch Bulldog basketball or celebrate a cross-country victory. This joint venture between Fast Eddie’s owner Dale Kleist and David’s Pizza owner Mark Starr is beloved for its pizza, but appetizers like the Sonnenberg sausage bites and sandwiches like Da’ Grinder, with salami, provolone, peppers, onions, tomatoes, jalapenos, pepperoncini, olives and mushrooms, have earned their own following as well. 2911 E. 57th Ave., Spokane • 290-5080 • • $ FERGUSON’S DINER Ferguson’s is 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 family-owned neighborhood restaurant serves up true Italian style pies, hand tossed and thin-crusted. The toppings are simple, but chosen for their exceptional quality. Order the Palermo ($15.95), and we guarantee you won’t find pepperoni like this anywhere else. It’s thicker, with more spice and none of that telltale grease. The Linguini Pomodoro ($10.95) is light and flavorful, and in the winter, the Sweet Italian ($14.95) house sausage served in a chianti sauce on penne pasta is the ultimate comfort food. 4516 S. Regal St., Spokane • 443-6304 • • $$ 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 | 3022

FIESTA MEXICANA MEXICAN Family owned and family friendly, Fiesta Mexicana is frequently packed, but don’t let the parking lot scare you off. You never wait long here. Service is fast and attentive and the food is everything you’d expect from inland Tex-Mex, but with better-than-expected offerings of fish and vegetarian options. 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 • 4557117 • • $$ FIRE ARTISAN PIZZA PIZZA With a classy and welcoming ambience, the Spokane installment of Fire Artisan Pizza serves the same fresh pizza that its sister restaurant in Coeur d’Alene does. They have a range of pizzas from magherita to one loaded with sausage, pepperoni, salami and bacon. The artisan pizzas are all cooked in a brick oven and toppings range from the simple to the gourmet. 816 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 413-1856 | 517 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-1743 $$ FIVE MILE HEIGHTS PIZZA PARLOR PIZZA Gourmet pizza always sounds good, but sometimes an old-school, checkered-tablecloth, pizza-parlor pizza sounds amazing. Five Mile Heights is a longtime north-side favorite — a place for pizza, videogames and cheap pitchers of beer. And they even have a mascot: Professor Pizza. Come on, that’s cute. 6409 N. Maple St., Spokane • 328-4764 • • $ FLAMIN’ JOES WINGS With 26 house sauces, including flavors like orange ginger and mango habanero, there’s not really any way you could get tired of eating hot wings at Flamin’ Joe’s. Wing lovers and hot sauce lovers alike can basically set their mouths on fire at this place with the Code Red sauce, nicknamed the “widow maker.” 7015 N. Division St., Spokane • 465-5052 | 2620 E. 29th Ave. • 241-3843 | 11618 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 922-5052 • • $

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RESTAURANTS 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 • 208-777-7600 • fleur-de-sel. • $$$ THE FLOATING RESTAURANT SEAFOOD, BEEF, PASTA Floating on Ellisport Bay in Hope Marina with views of Lake Pend Oreille and the Schweitzer Basin, this popular seafood restaurant offers several different delectations. Boat or drive up for a meal with fresh seafood and soups, sauces, breads, and desserts made on site from scratch. The seafood mixed plate has scallops, prawns and a tender calamari steak over angel hair pasta. Reservations are recommended. 47392 Hwy 200, Hope, Idaho • 208-264-5311 • • $$

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Sans Gluten

Avoiding gluten doesn’t have to be painful



oing gluten-free may seem limiting — especially for the foodies out there — but local bakeries and eateries are doing their part to keep the culinary options wide open. Not a smidgen of gluten has ever been in the kitchen of MICHLITCH’S GLUTEN FREE BAKERY (130 N. Stone St.,, which can be a huge comfort for those with severe gluten allergies. Pick up all your bread needs, from loaves and hot dog buns to cookies and biscotti. Other bakeries like BOOTS BAKERY & LOUNGE (24 W. Main Ave.,, WHITE BOX PIES (28 E. Sharp Ave., and coffee/dessert house THE SHOP (924 S. Perry St., serve up delicious gluten-free treats and savory foods. If you prefer the DIY approach to eating gluten-free, FUSION FLOURS (120 E. Wellesley Ave., sells mixes and ready-to-bake breads, desserts and pizza doughs. An array of gluten-free products for your kitchen or pantry can be found at GLUTEN BUSTERS (2015 N. Division St., and MAIN MARKET (44 W. Main Ave., Dine out at many local restaurants that offer gluten-free versions of their dishes, if not an entire gluten-free menu. Coeur d’Alene’s BARDENAY RESTAURANT AND DISTILLERY (1710 W. Riverstone Dr.,, Spokane’s WILD SAGE (916 W. 2nd Ave., and RED DRAGON (1406 W. 3rd Ave., have full gluten-free menus with soups and salads, appetizers and entrées. — JO MILLER

THE FLYING GOAT PIZZA Already a quintessential Spokane restaurant, the Goat offers some of the best Neapolitan style pizza in town and a drool-worthy collection of beers and wines. Everything here is made from scratch each day — from the dough, to all the sauces and dressings, and even some of the artisan meats are cured in-house. Toppings span from the classic to the gourmet. Don’t be afraid to try the Kiernan, with a medium egg resting on top of a mound of arugula, cheese and Italian sausage. Trust us. It’s delicious. 3318 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 327-8277 • theflyinggoat • $$ FOUNTAIN CAFE CAFE The all-outdoorseating cafe is located in Riverfront Park just a few dozen feet from the Rotary Fountain, but its menu goes beyond the regular concession-stand fare. You can get a burger or grilled cheese sandwich, or turkey dogs for the kids, but the menu also includes appetizers like flatbread with sun-dried tomato and feta ($6.95) or a hummus platter with grilled pita, kalamata olives and cucumber. Entrées are served with chips, fries or salad and include Cajun Andouille Sausage ($6.95) and four shrimp tacos with Cusabi dressing ($8.95). Pair your meal with a beer or a glass of wine. The cafe is open from spring into the fall, as weather permits. 610 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 625-6656 • $ FOUR SAL’S BISTRO BISTRO After retiring from a career working in the restaurant industry, Milo Salois decided to open his own bistro, with a menu that mostly

revolves around sandwiches, salads and soups. Sal’s New York Style sandwich ($9.45) has pastrami, salami, ham, provolone, pepperoncinis, tomatoes and onions piled between a housemade hoagie. It’d be a mistake, though, to think the menu ends there. For breakfast, options such as Build-a-Bagel let you choose your own variations of meats and cheeses. 6704 N. Nevada St., Spokane • 368-9746 • $ FRANK’S DINER DINER Inlander readers agree: The wait is well worth it for breakfast at Frank’s. “The service is always good, even though it’s always crazy busy,” says South Hill resident Terra Haig. The hustle and bustle of this classic local diner is what gives it its charm, says Ana Horton of Greenacres. “It’s crowded, it’s loud; it’s bacon and hashbrowns; it’s delicious and it’s all fresh cooked and right in your face — I love it!” she says. 1516 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 747-8798 • 10929 N. Newport Hwy. • 465-2464 • • $$ FROYO EARTH FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM Red velvet, mountain blackberry, cheesecake, pumpkin, Nutella, toasted marshmallow, Georgia peach, salted caramel, pistachio — is your mouth watering yet? Because that’s not even close to all the rotating flavors found at Froyo Earth’s four Spokane-area stores. Factor in the abundance of toppings and it’s clear why Inlander readers voted them their favorite froyo shop in the annual Best Of poll. 12519 N. Division St., Spokane • 315-4910 | 172 S. Division St. • 455-8000 | 829 E. Boone Ave. • 315-5034 | 325 S. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • 368-9618 • • $ 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 gourmet paninis to well-executed classics like the BLT. Really hungry? Order the Dagwood. It weighs more than a pound. A rotation of soups and a salad menu round out the menu. 3903 N. Madison St., Spokane • 326-2405 • • $ THE GARNET CAFÉ CAFÉ The Garnet Cafe dishes up locally sourced, hearty fare. Breakfasts, like their Northwest Omelet or Corned Beef Hash, will leave you full all day. And the lunch specials, like the Garnet Cuban Sandwich, made with McLane Farms Berkshire pulled pork and smoked ham, pickles, Swiss, slaw and stoneground mustard on fresh ciabatta bread, are truly special. 315 Walnut Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2729 $

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Up-and-Coming Chefs YOUNG KWAK PHOTO



At 16, Molly Patrick knew she wanted to cook but didn’t know how, so she learned the ground rules — knife and saucier skills, flavor pairings and profiles — on the job. For the better part of a decade she moved around the country learning in as many kitchens as possible. One of those kitchens belonged to Adam Hegsted, executive chef of the Coeur d’Alene Casino. Like Hegsted, she creates honest food with honest ingredients. Since opening Eat Good in Liberty Lake, Patrick has focused on her passion to create an innovative, affordable, healthy and sustainable menu that appeals to a wide demographic. “That’s what I really dig about this business,” she says. “You can always learn more, research more, and you are always moving forward.”

After earning his culinary degree from Spokane Community College, LeSean Grant spent 14 years at a variety of cooking jobs, including fine dining experience. So how did he get behind the grill of a food truck? In the Spokane area, earning a living wage commensurate to his skills has been Grant’s biggest challenge, but this obstacle sent him on a different course: opening a business with his brother and cousin. He likes giving people what they want, burgers built from hand-formed ground chuck — but isn’t afraid to mix things up a bit with condiments like bleu cheese slaw. In the next few years watch the streets for trucks with fine dining menus, healthy options and eventually, a brick-and-mortar restaurant, all under Grant’s direction.





Joshua Martin learned fine dining from Swiss chefs, barbecue from pit masters and fried chicken from his mom, so when it comes to creating dishes for Casper Fry, his wealth and range of knowledge is almost disconcerting. How can a diner be certain their meal won’t be a schizophrenic nightmare? Because Martin is a thoughtful genius. He considers the familiar foods people love and translates them into a modern dining experience. Take A1 Steak Sauce, for example. Rather than putting a bottle of it on the table, Martin deconstructs the sauce’s flavor and recreates it with real ingredients. Translating old standards into new, flavorful experiences is Martin’s signature style, and the reason why people drive from Pullman to eat Casper Fry’s fried chicken.



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hype set by the décor. The relatively pricey menu boasts steaks, tapas, burgers, pastas and risottos — but seafood remains the most popular genre. 21706 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake • 926-2310 • hayjsbistro. com • $$$ HERBAL ESSENCE CAFÉ ECLECTIC Tucked into a historic red-brick building, Herbal Essence is in the heart of downtown Spokane, making it a perfect destination for an intimate dinner, followed by a show at the INB Performing Arts Center. The grill is busy at lunch with salads, soups and sandwiches. We’re partial to the chicken-and-brie sub and its balsamic syrup drizzled on fresh french bread. 115 N. Washington St., Spokane • 838-4600 • • $$$

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RESTAURANTS 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. 1011 First St., Cheney • 235-2800 $ 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 • • $$

GREAT HARVEST CAFÉ/BAKERY The inside’s not glamorous — just a seating

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 a tangy tropical slaw with raisins and mango. Then there’s the 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 • $$ 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 is 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 bar next door, the selection manages to live up to the

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 recently enlarged deck, is just as good as dinner. 4777 W. Lakeshore Rd., Priest Lake, Idaho • 208443-2551 • • $$$ HILL’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE STEAKHOUSE While the food at Hills’ is often simple, it’s prepared with such care and fresh ingredients that we can’t stop thinking about it. The bar is also notable — their tap selection is usually unusual, and they have surprising reserves of port and scotch. 401 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 747-3946 • • $$ HOGAN’S HAMBURGERS DINER Some call it a throwback. Others call it old school. Whatever it is, it’s working. With a 1950s 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 • • $

HUDSON’S HAMBURGERS BURGERS Don’t order fries (they don’t have ‘em). Don’t ask for lettuce, or tomatoes or any frou-frou blue cheese on your burger (they don’t have any of that, either). Just order one of Hudson’s no-frills burgers. They’ll shape the patty in front of you, throw it on the grill, and once you take a bite, you’ll understand why Inlander readers consistently vote Hudson’s their Best Burger and why after 115 years in business, it’s become an Idaho must-see. 207 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-5444 $ HUGO’S ON THE HILL PUB GRUB Go to a bowling alley, just to eat? If that alley is Hugo’s, then the answer is yes. This South Hill boutique bowling alley is decked out in classy leather furniture and glitzy lighting, creating a top-shelf ambiance more in tune with a Las Vegas boutique bowling lounge than the dingy lanes of old. Entrées here range from pot roast to halibut fish tacos to sliders. And just like in Vegas, a full bar is on hand so you’ll never go thirsty. 3023 E 28th Ave., Spokane • 535-2961 • • $$ HYDRA STEAKHOUSE STEAK You’d be hard-pressed to find many other eateries that have been alive and kicking in Sandpoint since 1975. One of those is the Hydra, which continues to produce reliably priced and tastily cooked steaks, including their well-known baseball-cut top sirloin, which comes in both 8- and 16-ounce sizes. If beef isn’t your game, that’s fine. The Hydra also has a full seafood menu in addition to pasta, sandwiches and other options. 115 Lake St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-7123 • • $$ INDABA COFFEE COFFEE HOUSE The West Central duo of Indaba Coffee and the Book Parlor partner beautifully to create a sense of community, one glorious coffee pour-over at a time. Coffee is crafted here, and the signature drinks, like the Lemon Vanilla Latte, made with house syrup and lemon peel, are truly special. Indaba carries a great assortment of vegan and gluten-free treats. 1425 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 443-3566 • indabacoffee. com • $


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GORDY’S SICHUAN CAFE ASIAN Known for its freshly prepared dishes featuring complex, clean flavors, Gordy’s has the reputation of being one of Spokane’s best-kept food secrets. But since it’s won for “Best Asian Food” in the Inlander’s Best Of reader’s poll more than once, maybe it’s not so much of a secret anymore. Either way, it’s a place to definitely put on your local-restaurants-to-try list. 501 E. 30th Ave., Spokane • 747-1170 • com/site/gordyscafe/home • $$

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 • spokanesbestbread. com • | 3510 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-0606 • • $

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. 410 E. Holland Ave., Spokane • 466-1516 • 237 W. Riverside Ave. • 838-5288 • 1116 W. Broadway Ave. • 324-0467 •523 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 924-5226 $

HUCKLEBERRY’S 9TH STREET BISTRO DELI Huckleberry’s 9th Street Bistro isn’t just an add-on deli counter at this upscale, organic grocery store. The Bistro is a destination in its own right — especially weekend mornings, when the custom omelette bar is in full swing and a sous-chef is standing by waiting for your special order. Huckleberry’s boasts one of Spokane’s very first juice bars and an assortment of salads, paninis and sandwiches that are in line with Huckleberry’s holistic, healthy approach to food. 926 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 624-1349 • • $


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Taste of Toddy

Coffee has been cold-brewed using various methods for a long time, but the Toddy cold-brew system came along in 1964 when a chemical engineer named Todd Simpson developed it. Now Toddy has become somewhat synonymous with cold-brew coffee. These Inland Northwest roasters and coffee shops are using the Toddy system to make cups and growlers of cold-brew, which tastes excellent served hot or cold.


The namesake and company’s owner, Tom Sawyer, is a specialty roaster who has been in the coffee business for 52 years. He supplies equipment to restaurants, nonprofits and offices, including both commercial and home Toddy makers. Although Tom Sawyer Country Coffee is not a retail coffee shop, Sawyer is fond of guests and loves introducing them to the joys of Toddy coffee. IF YOU GO: 9226 S. Hangman Valley Rd.,, 360-770-3112


Using the Toddy method, Revel77 cold-brews their coffee in a 5-gallon plastic jug, letting it steep for 12 to 14 hours. The cold brew comes out in a couple of signature drinks like a Vietnamese cold-brew coffee and the Revel Fizz, which combines cold-brew, fizzy water and vanilla flavor. You can also pick up and refill a 64-ounce growler of DOMA cold-brewed coffee. Once home, dilute the concentrate to your liking before drinking. Add ice, cold water or milk. IF YOU GO: 3223 E. 57th Ave.,, 280-0518


Visit DOMA at their roasting plant or find them at the Kootenai County Farmers Markets to grab one of their Toddy-made cold-brew growlers at coffee shops and cafes, including Revel77 and the Rocket Market. IF YOU GO: 6240 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls,, 208-667-1267



You can taste the chocolate and caramel notes in Roast House’s cold-brew of their Ride the Edge blend of Ethiopian, Sumatran and Mexican beans. This organic roaster steeps their cold-brew for 24 hours before selling it at their warehouse in one-quart “baby growlers.” Once a month Roast House teaches a Saturday morning coffee class, which sometimes centers around cold-brew. Although Roast House uses the Toddy method, you’ll also learn how to cold-brew with a French press or a Mason jar, and you’ll get to do a lot of tasting. IF YOU GO: 423 E. Cleveland Ave.,, 995-6500 – JO MILLER YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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RESTAURANTS 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 St., Spokane • 4596000 • • $$ ITALIAN KITCHEN ITALIAN Terra-cotta floor tiles, etched glass, heavy draperies, dark wood and kitschy Italiana set the mood for traditional Italian-American favorites. For lunch, the meatball sandwich is delightful. For dinner, check out gnocchi, lasagna and ravioli, plus steaks, chicken and seafood. And don’t forget the dark, high-ceilinged, old-wood bar next door. 113 N. Bernard St., Spokane • 363-1210 • • $$ 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 Jamm’s has ten rotating “taps” of fro yo, and an exotic selection of flavors like french toast, toasted marshmallow, blue raspberry cotton candy and green apple sorbet. And then there’s the 50-plus toppings to choose from, like cheesecake bites, mint meltaways and hot maple walnuts. You could come here every day and try something new. 3500 Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-6650485 • 954 Pullman Rd., Moscow, Idaho • 208-892-8327 • jammsfrozenyogurt • $ 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. 324 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-0010 • • $

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, full of juice and flavor. Plus the staff is super-friendly, 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 $ JOEY T’S TASTE OF CHICAGO AMERICAN Owner Joe Tomasello makes his own sausage from a family recipe, nestling a single or double link into crusty Italian bread with green peppers. Joey T’s has sit-down and drive-through service for not just dogs, but gyros ($5.75/$8.75 with fries and drink), falafel sandwiches ($5/$7.50) and juicy patty melts ($5.25/$7.75). It’s really about the dogs, though. A basic Chicago in a poppy seed roll ($3.85/$6.35) comes loaded with mustard, relish, chopped onion, dill pickle spear, tomato wedges and also sports peppers. 16102 N. Hwy. 41, Rathdrum, Idaho • 208-687-5639 • JoeyTsTasteOfChicago • $ KELLY’S IRISH PUB PUB GRUB Corned beef, fish and chips, bangers and mash, Irish pasties, Guiness stew — you’ll find all the traditional old country favorites at this Irish pub in Coeur d’Alene’s charming midtown. Dessert takes on a decidedly French note, with pastries provided by Kelly’s Beignets and Scones. And breakfast, served on weekends, are distinctly American with an assortment of egg dishes, omelets and pancakes. 726 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-1717 • • $ KINJA JAPANESE AND KOREAN RESTAURANT JAPANESE/KOREAN Tucked into the corner of the Dollar Tree Shopping center on North Division, the family-run business serves up sushi as well as an array of other dishes. The Jane Roll — shrimp tempura and crab topped with spicy tuna, sauce and crunch — is one among many of the items on the conveyor belt that rolls plates of sushi, fried seafood and desserts ($1.50-$4.50) around the seating area. A meat lover can order the teriyaki beef or spicy pork and chicken. A bento box comes with a choice of meat along with rice, salad and a side option such as gyoza (pot stickers). 7458 N. Division St., Spokane • 474-9276 $$


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, Drive-

Ins 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 • • $


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RESTAURANTS 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). 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. 18617 Williams Lake Rd., Cheney • 2352391 • • $$$ 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? 2909 N. Market St., Spokane • 484-0015 • • $ KOOTENAI CAFÉ CAFÉ Diners can gaze at Fourth Street traffic or the quaint murals of local landmarks as they enjoy the Harrison Hash for breakfast. Or the

Canfield, which is hashbrowns smothered with country 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 light and welcoming; the sprawling 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 entrées, like its brie and mushroom soup and steak salad made with black angus filet mignon, that will turn first-time diners into regulars. Add Laguna to your list of restaurants to try during Restaurant Week. They go all out. 4304 S. Regal St., Spokane • 448-0887 $$ LATAH BISTRO NORTHWEST Their website includes the phrase: “Nature changes daily so does our menu.” They get all their food from farmers in or near Spokane. Led by chef Brian Hutchins, Latah is always looking to produce tasty food while maintaing respect for the environment. Join them for a truly classy meal. 4241 S. Cheney-Spokane Rd., Spokane • 838-8338 • • $$$

Indaba LE PEEP CAFE BISTRO The decor at Le Peep includes photographs Northwest water scenes that play off the restaurant’s waterfront location in the Riverstone development. Owners Maggie and Dave Kemp — aka “Mama Peep” and “Papa Peep” — help out as needed to create a welcoming atmosphere for breakfast, lunch and evening eating. Brunch standards include the Harvest Benedict with English muffin, two eggs, Hollandaise, sautéed spinach, cream cheese and veggies, the Monte Cristo Crepes with raspberry dipping sauce and specials like Idaho Trout and Eggs and Tri-Tip Chimichanga. They’ve also added

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beer and wine, plus appetizers like potato skins and spinach artichoke dip, ideal for patio dining in warmer weather. 1884 W. Bellerive Ln., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208664-0404 • • $ 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 • 235-6126 $$

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LINDAMAN’S ECLECTIC It’s tough keeping up on the next big food trend, but Lindaman’s has managed to balance new flavors with classic favorites for almost 30 years, to the delight of foodie regulars, some of whom, Merrilee 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 peanut sauce, Linnie’s serves many dishes that can be prepared glutenfree or vegetarian. End the meal with a dish of ice cream and sticky black rice. 1301 W. Third Ave., Spokane • 838-0626 $ LITTLE EURO BREAKFAST Little Euro in the valley is the north side’s Old European mini-me. Same owners, same (although reduced) menu, same breakfast and lunch favorites, but different style, different paint job and different features — most notably the outdoor patio, which is so popular, Old European is getting one for itself. And now, Little Euro is working on getting a liquor license so you can

have a mimosa with your German potato pancakes or Danish aebelskivers. 517 N. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley • 891-7662 • • $ LITTLE GARDEN CAFÉ CAFÉ Located in a sweet little terra-cotta-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-F. 2901 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 328-5500 • • $ 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. 829 E. Boone St., Spokane • 321-7069 • • $ LONGHORN BARBECUE BARBECUE The Longhorn has been a Spokane institution since they set up shop back in the ’50s, and they’ve been filling the stomachs of the Inland Northwest with their massive proportions 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., Spokane • 838-8372 | 2315 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane Valley • 924-9600 • thelonghornbbq. com • $$ LOVITT AMERICAN Overlooking the Colville Valley and the farms that supply the fresh strawberries for its desserts, Lovitt uses only local and seasonal foods — even in the greenest towns, that’s a hard menu to find. Its offerings change with the crop yield, but vegetarian and vegan options abound and all pair well with the view of a sunset from the homey back porch. 149 Hwy. 395 S., Colville • 684-5444 • • $$ LUIGI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT ITALIAN Craving Italian? Voted Best Italian 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. Minnestrone soup is next (why have a salad when their homemade soup is this good), followed by an entrée like veal piccata or chicken cacciatori. Need some gluten-free or carb-free options? No problem. 245 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-5226 • • $$ 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. They have everything from prawns to lamb ragu to seasonal fish. It’s also a great place for a private event. 5620 S. Perry St., Spokane • 448-2383 • • $$$ LUXE COFFEE HOUSE COFFEE The elegant Luxe Coffeehouse, wine and beer bar is across the street from the Martin Woldson Theater on West First. The classy 475-square-foot space is maximized by gorgeous chandeliers, antique furniture and butter-yellow walls. Coffee by Anvil roasters; pastries by the north side’s Petit Chat Bakery. Perfect date and before- or after-event venue. 1017 W. First Ave., Spokane • 624-5514 • luxecoffeehouse • $ MACKENZIE RIVER PIZZA PIZZA With a northern Rockies lodge feel, eating pizza is much more cozy in this Montana-based chain. Nearly two dozen pizzas are on the menu, with toppings like pine nuts and mandarin oranges. toppings rest on sourdough, natural grain, and thick or thin crust. All three Inland Northwest locations are spacious and work well for large groups and date nights alike. 9225 N. Nevada St., Spokane • 413-0143 | 2910 E. 57th Ave. • 315-9466 | 405 W. Canfield Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-772-5111 • $$

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Spokane Restaurant Week returns in 2014 after a successful first year

iners raved about the pan-seared golden trout at Italia Trattoria and the ribeye at Churchill’s. They saved room for the Orangesicle cake at Clover and the pecan pie at Casper Fry, and by the end of the week they all agreed: It would be impossible to take another bite. Thank goodness Spokane Restaurant Week is over. And when is it happening again? Taking a cue from cities like New York and Seattle, the Lilac City hosted its own first-ever Spokane Restaurant Week at the end of last February. It returns early in 2014 for another 10-day “week” of feasting. It’s a win-win for both restaurants and diners: During a typically slow part of the year, people around the area have an excuse to go out to eat, and restaurants have an opportunity to showcase their best. “It’s a great way to try a restaurant you haven’t been to in a while, or go someplace new,” says Cheryl Kilday, president and CEO of Visit Spokane, which partnered with The Inlander to organize the event. During the week, participating restaurants offered a special three-course menu for a fixed price — each location could choose either the

$18 or $28 price point — and were encouraged to offer locally made wine, beer and spirits. The formula seemed to work: Restaurants reported a pronounced uptick in dinner business compared to the same week the previous year, with many new faces at their tables. But the best news for restaurants came later, when diners who felt they would never be hungry again did, in fact, return for another meal. Dan Barranti, who owns Laguna Cafe with his wife Debbie, says diners have returned for the signature lobster and crab bisque and filet mignon featured on their carefully selected Restaurant Week menu. “We wanted to present an exceptional value,” he says The goal for the first year was 30 restaurants, says TJ Hake of Visit Spokane — instead, 52 participated, and expectations are even higher for the 2014 Spokane Restaurant Week. “I think I’m being conservative when I say that next year’s event is going to be bigger and better,” Hake says. — LISA WAANANEN

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RESTAURANTS MADELEINE’S CAFÉ & PATISSERIE CAFÉ They offer a “window to France in downtown Spokane.” On top of serving delicious coffee and pastries, Madeleine’s also dishes up some hearty breakfasts. Pancakes, quiches and omelets make up the menu. With a cool vibe, good food and a corner spot downtown, this taste of France is always a good choice. 707 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-2253 • • $$ MAGGIE’S SOUTH HILL GRILL ECLECTIC Thoughtful, well-crafted food doesn’t have to be outlandishly expensive. This South Hill favorite is charming and good for families, and it takes pride in the details, whether that means a hint of goat cheese on salads, Cajun tartar sauce with the fish and chips, or chipotle aioli on a roasted portobello sandwich. 2808 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 536-4745 • maggiesgrill. com • $$ MAIALINA PIZZERIA NAPOLETANA PIZZA Owners of Moscow’s Sangria Grille, a Peruvian-style restaurant, are adding to their ventures with the opening of a new pizzeria in the same town, Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana. The pizzas, made largely with local and seasonal ingredients, are cooked in less than two minutes in a wood-burning oven at more than 800 degrees. Other rustic Italian cuisine such as homemade pasta and Italian cured meats and cheeses make up the menu. To go with it all is a hefty Italian wine list that represents each wine region in the country. 602 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-2694 • maialinapizzeria. com/ • $$ MAIN MARKET DELI A healthy fix to a grumbling belly awaits you at the Main Market Deli. With pasta salads, side dishes, 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 lunch options here. Take a seat and enjoy the sunshine, or get it to go. 44 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 458-2667 • mainmarket. coop • $

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 (like a graham-crackery dessert in a cup) or stay for a freshly made panino (their breakfast version features French toast!) and a creamy homemade soup. 5520 N. Maple St., Spokane • 443-3129 • • $ MARY LOU’S HOMEMADE ICE CREAM 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 $ 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 decor 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 • 481-6020 • • $$$ MAX AT MIRABEAU FINE DINING Max at Mirabeau is the Spokane Valley’s answer to fine dining. They pride themselves on creating innovative cuisine with the freshest, locally sourced ingredients they can find, and for that, Max at Mirabeau has been awarded with a slew of awards at Epicurean Delight and has earned a faithful following that extends well beyond the Spokane Valley. 1100 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • 922-6252 • • $$$

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MAMA MARY’S SANDWICHES AND MORE DELI This is the place for a fresh sandwich. Customers ordering during the mid-morning rush will find that the bread supporting their meaty subs is still oven-warm, and the bacon is oven-baked every day. Some sandwiches include fresh avocado and cucumber, while others feature quality pastrami, tuna or salami. Whether you call it a sub, or a hero or a poor boy, they have a sandwich for those who eschew synthetic flavors and lackluster tomatoes. 11980 W. Sunset Hwy., Airway Heights • 244-6105 $

MANITO TAP HOUSE AND GASTROPUB GASTROPUB Manito Tap House burst on the scene, was instantly voted Best New Restaurant by Inlander readers, and the bloom has not come off this South Hill rose. Booths, tables, a single stool tucked away at the end of the bar — they’re all still consistently packed. 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 • • $$

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RESTAURANTS MCCLAIN’S PIZZERIA PIZZA The pizza dough at McClain’s is made fresh daily with a secret ingredient and topped with Galbani mozzarella cheese from Italy. They continue to add new pizzas and wraps, but the Roslyn remains a favorite: Canadian bacon, cashews, minced garlic and artichoke hearts. They have a dozen beers on tap, a lunch special and a quality happy hour. 10208 N. Division St., Spokane • 828-4288 • mcclainspizzeriaspokane. com • $$ MELTZ EXTREME GRILLED CHEESE AMERICAN The name says it all. Everything at Meltz in Coeur d’Alene is extreme. Even the simple grilled cheese sandwich. That’s right, the masterminds of this venue have found a way to reinvent the classic into a five-star delicacy. To start your finger-licking experience, you get the choice of sourdough, wheat or gluten-free bread. Next comes the most important aspect of your meal: the cheese. Cheddar, fontina, provolone, mozzarella and more are offered at Meltz. Whether you go the simple route, build your own or try your hand at one of the Uncommon sandwiches, your heart will melt and your taste buds will be satisfied. 1735 W. Kathleen Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-1717 • meltzextreme. com • $ METHOD JUICE CAFE JUICE CAFE Believe it or not, 16 ounces of juice from Method can fill you up as much as any meal from a neighboring restaurant. Method Juice Cafe offers fresh juices and smoothies, most of which are raw and gluten-free, and all are vegan and 100 percent organic. The ‘Legit’ smoothie packs all the punch of a milkshake without the guilt, and is made with rice milk, cacao, banana and peanut butter. Or pick up a veggie-heavy juice like the ‘Prime’ with apple, pear, beet, cucumber, pineapple and a hint of ginger. If a classic juice isn’t enough, try one of their daily soups, salad, or heaping rice and quinoa bowls with peanut sauce or lemon tahini and vegetables. 718 W. Riverside Ave. #101, Spokane • 473-9579 • •


MICHAEL D’S EATERY CAFE Michael D’s Eatery is the place to go for breakfast in the Lake City — that’s according to Inlander readers who voted this Lake City icon their favorite breakfast spot. Go big, with an order of prime rib and eggs, or feel like you’ve skipped right to dessert with some crepes loaded with fresh, local fruit. Michael D’s is only open for breakfast and lunch, but they’ve started experimenting with “after hours” events complete with live music, burgers and beer. 203 E. Coeur d’Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-9049 • • $$

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, MickDuff’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 • • $$ MILFORD’S FISH HOUSE SEAFOOD This iconic restaurant and bar has led a luxurious life. The original tavern opened in 1911 and was turned into a cigar store, market and barbershop. Original cigar cases, an antique mahogany bar, pin-up girls and stamped-tin ceilings exude a dim, masculine atmosphere. The finedining menu features modern fish and seafood dishes for a hefty price. Open for dinner only. 719 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 326-7251 • • $$$ MARY LOU’S MILK BOTTLE 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 Cassanos 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 Originally a vegetarian restaurant, Mizuna expanded its menu over the years to meet the needs of ominvores, as well. But rest assured, vegans and vegetarians — your offerings are still prepared on a separate workspace and grill. Mizuna’s menu changes to showcase fresh, locally sourced ingredients. A great wine selection, dim lighting, exposed brick walls and elegant decor make this one of Spokane’s most romantic restaurants. Sit in the alley in the summer and pretend you’ve been transported to a quaint European city. 214 N. Howard St., Spokane • 747-2004 • • $$$

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RESTAURANTS MONTEREY CAFÉ PIZZA Maybe it’s the brightly colored 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, and you can sing karaoke there any night of the week. Choose from a massive menu of pizzas, like the savory Beach Comber, with creamy garlic sauce, ham, bacon and pineapple. Also watch out for Monterey’s amazing specials, like half-off pizza day. 9 N. Washington St., Spokane • 868-0284 • • $

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MOON TIME PUB Moon Time isn’t located in the heart of Coeur d’Alene’s bustling Sherman Ave. And that’s part of its charm. This is where in-the-know locals come for a relaxed English-style pub experience replete with a deep beer, cider and wine menu and exceptional pub grub like the Mediterranean Lamb Burger ($10.50) or the Mango Fish Cakes ($12.95). 1602 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208667-2331 • • $$ YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

Celebrating the Cellars Winemaker’s dinners educate about wine, showcase chefs, even support worthy causes



tart your year of wine appreciation in February and benefit Cancer Care Northwest with MOSTLY MERLOT (, a gourmet affair at the Spokane Club. Continue an 18-year tradition by bidding on the opportunity to be part of next year’s wine selection committee. In March, the RYPIEN FOUNDATION (markrypienfoundation. org, 747-2424) and Manito Golf and Country Club connect to raise funds and awareness of childhood cancer. Typically two Walla Walla wineries are featured, paired with chef Jim Wolters’ five-course meal. In 2013, more than 180 guests at $275 per couple raised a record $160,000, all earmarked for Foundation programs. In April, COMMUNITY COLLEGES OF SPOKANE (501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., transforms Spokane Community College’s student union building into “An Evening in the Vineyard.” For $125, SCC Inland Northwest Culinary Academy student chefs join their instructors to provide a standout four-course meal. LINCOLN CENTER (1316 N. Lincoln St., thelincolncenterspokane. com) welcomes wineries to their Monroe Ballroom every quarter. Sponsored by their Connoisseur’s Club, enjoy chef Bradley Emery’s cuisine coupled with wine from a range of regions and varietals for just $55. Year-round, look for winemaker’s dinners at your favorite restaurants including SANTÉ RESTAURANT & CHARCUTERIE (404 W. Main St., and MASSELOW’S (110 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights, In Coeur d’Alene, remember THE CELLAR (317 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene,, SEASONS (209 Lakeside Ave., and BISTRO ON SPRUCE (1710 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, — CARRIE SCOZZARO

MORNING SUN BAKERY & BEAN BAKERY Inside the cozy Morning Sun Bakery & Bean, you are greeted by a collection of baked goods — muffins, tarts, croissants, cookies, coffee cakes, Danishes and cinnamon rolls in three types: cream cheese, caramel pecan and glaze. The chocolate croissants are cake-like and get more than just the drizzle treatment; they’re chocolate-infused. And of course there’s the bean portion: They have espresso, drip coffee and pour-over, all brewed from Roast House coffee, Spokane’s organic fair trade roasting company. 5602 N. Wall St., Spokane • 241-3871 $ THE MUSTARD SEED ASIAN You can still get your favorite dishes like the Shrimp Osaka and Bong Bong Chicken, but after more than 20 years in business, The Mustard Seed isn’t resting on its laurels. This year they added quite a few new pan-Asian dishes to their menu, including the Ahi Tuna appetizer ($10.95), Chicken Teriyaki and Green Beans ($12.95) and Pad Thai Noodles with shrimp or chicken ($12.95/$10.95). Make a reservation during Spokane Restaurant Week in February, when we’re guessing their chefs will be trying out even more new dishes. NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division St., Spokane • 483-1500 • mustardseedweb. com • $$ NEATO BURRITO MEXICAN Not to stereotype places or anything, but Spokane’s hip folk know that Neato Burrito, tucked off First Avenue across from The Davenport, is where it’s at, and by that we mean more than just seriously amazing burritos. “The food is fresh, hot, local, healthy, cheap and

yummy,” says Inlander reader Kate Robbins, who works as a GED instructor. “So are the staff and ambiance,” Robbins adds. She also loves Neato for the variety of cool culture-y things happening there, from local art on the walls to poetry slams, pub science nights and regular live music. 827 W. First Ave., Spokane • 847-1234 $ NECTAR RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR 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 • 208-882-5914 • • $$ 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 simple coffeehouse. 903 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 455-7175 • • $ NO-LI BREWHOUSE PUB GRUB No-Li’s beer tends to get all the attention, winning a slew of awards the past year, but its big, solid selection of pub grup deserves some props, too. Planked baked brie smothered in balsamic vinegar glaze. Black bean nachos. Located within walking distance of Gonzaga’s campus, No-Li’s patio on the banks of the Spokane River is one of the best patios around. 1003 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 242-2739 • •$ 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 St., Spokane • 467-5987 | 1710 E. Schneidmiller Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-2017 | 455 S. Grand Ave., Pullman • 334-6381 • $ ONE LOVE GAS STATION FINGER FOOD Finger food is taking on a new meaning in North Spokane with Ethiopian restaurant One Love, tucked in the corner of the Conoco on the Newport Highway. Owned and operated by mother and son Mentwav Hailu and Bruk Tafere, natives of Ethiopia, the restaurant is very traditional — there are no utensils, but there is a customary hand-washing ceremony. A signature dish is yebere siga

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tibs — a pile of steaming cubes of sautéed beef blended with spices, onions, green pepper, tomato garlic and butter, lined by injera, a sourdough flatbread made of teff flour. 10606 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 467-8276 THE ONION BURGERS Hearty burgers and towers of onion rings promise to send your family home fat and 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 St. • 482-6100 • theonion. biz • $$ THE OVAL OFFICE MEDITERRANEAN Despite its decidedly “domestic”name, The Oval Office serves Northwest cuisine with “foreign flair” — namely Mediterranean, Mexican and Moroccan influences. They have steak options, seasonal fish, a wide range of cocktails and two daily happy hours. 620 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-7772102 • • $$ PACIFIC AVENUE PIZZA 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 $$ PALENQUE MEXICAN This mini-chain of local Mexican restaurants has managed to bookend Spokane with 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 in Cheney, the newer location, opened in April 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 • 928-3112 | 20 Simpson Pkwy., Cheney • 235-9010 • • $

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 barbecue sauce. 245 S.E. Paradise St., Pullman • 338-9463 • • $$ THE PARK INN PIZZA As Sacred Heart’s campus grows around the Park Inn, this South Hill institution remains untouched by time. They serve straightforward bar fare here, and what we would argue are the cheesiest pizzas you can find in the Inland Northwest. This old-school approach seems to be working — the P.I. is consistently packed with health-care workers, neighborhood regulars, and impromptu class reunions. 107 W. 9th St., Spokane • 747-4425 $ 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. 821 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • 487-9795 | 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 to accomodate 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 CITY PHO The recipes at Pho City came directly from Vietnam with the Nguyen family who owns it. On the menu, there is of course the pho ($8-$9): Choose from chicken or beef, both served with a plate of bean sprouts, Thai basil, cilantro and hoisin and Sriracha sauce that you can add to your pho as you wish. For a lighter choice, go for the spring rolls ($4) or the bánh mÏ grilled pork sandwich ($4) with carrots and other vegetables. 112 N. Howard St., Spokane • 747-0223 • • $

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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

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THE PORCH PUBLIC HOUSE PUB GRUB They serve up big-time salads, sandwiches and specialties without the big-time price. They offer a good selection of cocktails, wines and microbrews, and they have a sweet outdoor dining area. 1658 E. Miles Ave., Hayden Lake, Idaho • 208-772-7711 • • $$ PORKY G’S BARBECUE Eliminating the overhead (there’s very little seating) means lower-priced lunch specials, like Porky G’s authentic, Southern-style pulled-pork sandwich and a drink for $5. All smoking is done in a closed barbecue pit, and the meats take on a special flavor thanks to the seasoned woods used in the smoking process, which takes as long as 14 hours. The restaurant features a bevy of beef, pork, chicken and sausage options, ranging from sandwiches to big ol’ racks of ribs. A new drive through makes takeout a breeze. 1527 Northwest Blvd., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-0044 • • $$ The Onion

RESTAURANTS PICABU NEIGHBORHOOD BISTRO ECLECTIC Picabu attributes its longstanding success to its menu’s flexibility. Rather than offering a segregated section for vegetarians or the gluten-intolerent, 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. Oh, and they have peanut butter pie. 901 W. 14th Ave., Spokane • 624-2464 • picabu-bistro. com • $$

POOLE’S PUBLIC HOUSE PUB GRUB Poole’s Public House is an excuse for owner Scott Poole to get back to his roots — both childhood and ancestral. Poole returned to his native north Spokane to open the English-inspired pub/restaurant/ sports bar with a healthy menu. House favorites include the Devils on Horseback, an English recipe of dates marinated in soy ginger, stuffed with almonds and wrapped in bacon, but traditional meals, like bangers and mash and English po’ boy sandwiches, are popular, too. Don’t forget the dozen English brews and local beer on tap. 101 E. Hastings Rd., Spokane • 4131834 • • $$

PROSPECTORS BAR & GRILL AMERICAN Prospectors’ natural log interior and granite fireplaces give this north-side restaurant a mountain lodge feel. So of course what you want here is comfort food. And that’s what you get at Prospectors. In epic portions. Burgers, brick-oven-cooked pizza, po’ boys and “Mom’s Meatloaf” are served up at lunch and dinner, and hearty country-style breakfasts start the morning right. 12611 N. Division St., Spokane • 467-6177 • • $$ QUEEN OF SHEBA ETHIOPIAN Queen of Sheba knows a thing or two about preparing vegetarian food that you’re

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 • 3272723 • • $$ THE RED DOOR NORTHWEST The Red Door is Moscow’s go-to place for imaginative Northwest cuisine, with an allegiance to the Slow Food philosophy and attention to quality. If you’re there in the summer, you might want to take advantage of the sidewalk seating; the passing conversations are never dull. Before you make the trip, stop and remember, they’re closed on Sundays and Mondays. 215 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-7830 $$ RED DRAGON CHINESE DELIVERY CHINESE With an unassuming exterior and neighboring the likes of a liquor store and a Moneytree, Red Dragon Delivery might be easily misunderstood. What most don’t know is that they offer an extensive vegan and vegetarian menu in addition to Chinese delivery favorites like Sweet and Sour Pork. Try the Orange Tofu if you’ve been craving a Panda Express-esque meal, or their vegan rice noodles with broccoli. As you might expect from their name -- they deliver. 1406 W. Third Ave., Spokane • 838-6688 • 3011 E. Diamond Ave. • 483-6700 • • $$


PITA PIT SANDWICHES Based in Coeur d’Alene, this healthy pita chain has recently added a few new flavors to its menu, including black-bean and falafel pitas for vegetarians. The glutenintolerant and low-carb dieters can order their pita fork-style — and pick and choose from dozens of veggies, sauces and cheeses. Smoothies and soup round out the menu. 707 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-5072 • 818 E. Sharp Ave. • 483-7482

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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 burger, which pairs well with the house 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 • hotellusso. com • $$

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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 St., Spokane • 835-5466 • redlionbarbeque. com • $$ RED TAIL GRILL PUB GRUB This Northwest-themed grill located in the Coeur d’Alene Casino is all about customer comfort. Formerly known as hn’ya’(pqi’n’n or “The gathering place,” Red Tail provides a menu that’s better than the standard pub fare, with chili lime marinated carne asada, smoked brisket sandwiches and their signature Indian tacos, made with a traditional fry bread recipe and topped with Montana buffalo chili. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Highway 95, Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 • restaurants/redtail-grill.php • $$ 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 entrées (on hubcapsized platters), and the overhead sombrero lamps. 3207 N. Market St., Spokane • 483-2967 • 1212 N. Hamilton St. • 473-9583 • rincontapatiospokane/ • $ 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 in 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 (also a new offering). 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 • 242-7000 • rivers-edge-buffet • $$ 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 CAFE/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 havens ideal places to linger. The Rocket features art by local artists and serves Caffé Vita farm-direct coffee. The scones are a must-try. No wonder Inlander readers have voted them a favorite in the Best Of readers poll for more than 16 years. 319 W. Hastings Rd., Spokane • 466-1500 • 903 W. Garland Ave. • 325-8909 • 1301 W. 14th Ave. • 456-3534 • Holley Mason Bldg.,157 S. Howard St. • 838-3887 • 3315 N. Argonne Rd., Millwood • 462-2345 • 1325 W. First Ave. • 747-1834 • • $ ROCKET MARKET BISTRO & MARKET The wine selection at this gas station-turned-yuppiemecca is enough to draw the middle-class professionals from the surrounding neighborhoods, but they’ll stay for the recently expanded deli, lovely dining space, wine classes 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 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 in 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 • 359-8010 • RokkosTeriyaki • $ THE RUSTY MOOSE AMERICAN It may only be five minutes west of downtown

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Spokane, but the ambience of the Rusty Moose makes you feel like you’re in a cozy, mountain resort. The restaurant serves up 16 different types of burgers, as well as sandwiches, wraps and seasonally served fresh fish. You can leave with a full belly, but don’t leave empty-handed. Rusty’s sells three exclusive varieties of spices, as well as glassware and coffee and signature wine. 9105 W. Highway 2, Spokane • 747-5579 • rustymoosespokane. com/location/ • $$ SAFARI ROOM ECLECTIC The little sibling of the Davenport’s Peacock Room, the Safari Room mimics the Gilded Age splendor of the original while projecting a Hemingway-style masculinity. The drink menu is huge, and the top-shelf selection is extensive. The food offerings span breakfast, lunch, and dinner — as you’d expect from The Davenport, the quality is exceptional. The Davenport Hotel, 111 S. Post St., Spokane • 789-6800 • • $$ SANDWICH GARDENS SANDWICHES When Sandwich Gardens reopened 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 • • $ SANTÉ 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. 404 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 315-4613 • • $$ SARANAC PUBLIC HOUSE GASTROPUB Friday night, you’re on Main Avenue in Downtown Spokane. The solution? Attack the Nac! The Saranac Public House, that is. This is the type of restaurant that does it all, and does it well. Need to place for a quiet lunch? Done. Live music? They have that on occasion. A place to start a raucous night of partying? Covered. Their buffalo chicken sandwich is killer, as is their beer selection. And there’s nothing wrong with staying there all night, if that’s your scene. 21 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 473-9455 • • $$

SATELLITE DINER & LOUNGE DINER Slide into 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 • • $ THE SCOOP 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 cones. Also check out their selection of sandwiches (including a brilliant breakfast bagel) and, in summer, their excellent patio. 1001 W. 25th Ave., Spokane • 5357171 • • $ SCRATCH FINE DINING Much has changed since Connie Naccarato and Jason Rex opened their flagship restaurant in 2008. Since then, Scratch and its sister restaurant on Coeur d’Alene’s bustling Sherman Avenue have carved out space as some of the area’s best fine dining. The atmosphere is sleek and metropolitan and the cuisine is contemporary Northwest with a splash of Asian fusion. 1007 W. First Ave., Spokane • 456-5656 • 501 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-9304762 • scratchspokane. com • $$$

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SEASONS OF COEUR D’ALENE ECLECTIC This 200-seat, 9,000-square-foot space is a massive undertaking for a city 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 • • $$ SECOND AVENUE PIZZA PIZZA Ever actually weighed a pizza? The Juke Box Special pizza at Sandpoint’s Second Avenue Pizza weighs in at a shocking 7 pounds. Other “piled-high specialty pizzas” are also heavy-duty, with fresh ingredients for the summer boating crowd or those who need an after-mountain meal. Speaking of which, the Schweitzer Ski Flake might grab your attention with spinach, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, feta and asiago cheese and black olives. 215 S. Second Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-9321 • • $$

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of salads, pasta dishes, and steaks. Owner Rob Elder assures the menu is always evolving. 2501 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-2555 $$$

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THE SERVICE STATION COFFEEHOUSE The Service Station 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 fundraiser 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-upand-serve variety, but the coffee and hangout factor makes it a can’t-miss joint. 9315 N. Nevada St., Spokane • 466-1696 • • $ SHOGA SUSHI BAR SUSHI The decor at Shoga combines Japanese decor and a Northwest lodge-like setting — think kimonos on pine paneling with red linen napkins, white china, black tables and a river rock fireplace. Entree options include the typical chicken or beef teriyaki and some fusion variations like the ⅓-pound Kobe burger with ginger aioli ($11). The Kake-Udon is a savory Dashi broth with sautéed vegetables and tofu over tender Udon noodles ($9), perfect for a chilly winter evening. 41 Lakeshore Dr., Sagle, Idaho • 208-265-2001 • • THE SHOP COFFEEHOUSE Shop owner Yvonne Archer zeros in on serving healthy and largely allergen-free food. Most of the desserts are gluten-free and vegan. There are homemade breakfast cookies, quiches, quinoa salads, sandwiches, veggie burgers and locally made ice cream. Of course there’s coffee, but there’s also beer (some gluten-free), wine (with organic and sulfite-free options), mimosas and honey-sweetened lemonade. And don’t forget the Shop’s beloved outdoor patio, a quintessential South Hill meeting place. 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? It’s one of the few places where you can get

fish tacos, buffalo burgers and chicken wraps in the same place. They can lock us up anytime, as long as they handcuff us to the BBQ chicken quesadilla. 1011 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 290-5100 • • $ SILVER SPOON TEA HOUSE TEA HOUSE Teatime at the Silver Spoon Tea House is elegant, with tea and treats served on china in historic house furnished with antiques, it’s not necessarily hoitytoity. Sylvia Erickson and daughter Lara McHenry welcome visitors dressed up in fancy garb — but jeans are fine, too. There are two ways to go about teatime: Come in the morning or afternoon and sit in the French-style patisserie room, where you can order pastries and choose from 28 tea options. Or make a reservation for a formal afternoon tea service, with a threetiered platter of “little delectable bites,” as Erickson calls them — finger sandwiches, small cheesecakes, scones and more. 1427 W. 6th Ave., Spokane • 995-0074 • • SLICK ROCK BURRITO MEXICAN A staple in the local burrito scene since 1996, Slick Rock serves eight specialty burritos and does custom builds at its hip but modest store. 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 • $ SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS CAFÉ Two words: beer bread. Soulful Soups is a place with — you guessed it — original soups on rotation, and earns high marks for its exceptionaly soft and tasty beer bread. With a cozy, intimate atmosphere, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options abound. Closed for a few hours in the late afternoon, this spot opens again in the evening, and stocks a full bar. 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

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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 • 332-3675 • • $$ SOUTH PERRY PIZZA PIZZA It’s hard to believe. Little more than three years ago, South Perry Pizza became the first full-service dinner restaurant in the neighborhood, spearheading its transformation into a vibrant destination. From the minimalist interior to a menu that covers the basics, simplicity is their mantra. And it works. Classic thin crust pies such as the house pizza ($14) — which features pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage and caramelized onions — satisfy the traditionalists, while the mascarponebased prosciutto pizza ($14) is more reminiscent of its European counterparts. 1011 S. Perry St., Spokane • 290-6047 • • $$ SPENCER’S FOR STEAKS AND CHOPS STEAK Spencer’s delivers top-notch, no-nonsense food in a decidedly elegant setting. They use the highest quality dry-aged USDA Prime cuts and cook them at temperatures up to 1600 degrees to sear in the juices.The filet is so tender, you almost don’t need a knife. The strawberry shortcake gives you the most bang for your buck. Doubletree Hotel, 322 N. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 744-2372 • • $$$ STACKS AT STEAM PLANT ECLECTIC You could argue that Stacks at Steam Plant is Spokane’s most iconic restaurant: what other eatery has giant smokestacks sprouting from the top of it? There’s a range of steak, fish, poultry and pasta dishes on the menu and, of course, lots of beer-infused recipes, inspired by its onsite craft brewing operation, Steam Plant Brewing Co. 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 777-3900 • • $$ 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 • • $$

SUSHI MARU SUSHI Sushi Maru is perfect for the 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 Ave., Spokane • 455-3900 • SushiMaruSpokane • $ SUSHI SAKAI SUSHI Sushi Sakai offers a delightful atmosphere and delicious sushi, ranging from the user-friendly California roll to the more adventurous Rattlesnake roll. They’ve also got a fine selection of sake, which despite being made from rice will get you soused. Handle with care. 11520 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 922-9960 • • $

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STELLA’S CAFÉ CAFÉ Stella’s offers vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike a variety of yummy lunch options. The tofu banh mi is the cafe’s most popular dish 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. 917 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 326-6475 • • $

SUNNIE’S FROSUN YOGURT FROZEN YOGURT You can pretend it’s healthy ice cream, because it pretty much is. Healthier than ice cream, anyway. Named in honor of the owners’ cat, Sunnie’s FroSun Yogurt is themed to keep customers coming in year-round with a beach theme and a fireplace (just in case). Choose between 15 flavors, which change twice a week, and dozens of different toppings, including fruit, cereal, syrups, crushed candy bars and bacon. Yes, bacon. 2225 W. Wellesley Ave., Ste. 101, Spokane • 327-2818 • • $


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TACOS TUMBRAS MEXICAN Most of the the recipes at this thriving downtown taco shop are from owner Carlos Zuniga, Jr.’s family. 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 $

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RESTAURANTS SWEET FROSTINGS BLISSFUL BAKERY BAKERY The staff at this darling bakery is just as sweet as the cupcakes, macaroons and no-bake cookies they sell, making a visit to either of their boutique bakeries a treat on so many levels. Red velvet, salted caramel, chocolate suger cake, toasted coconut, lemon smoothie, key lime pie — trying to choose just one cupcake from the colorful display at Sweet Frostings is hard, but with a super-fine crumb and magical frosting, there are no bad options. 15 S. Washington St., Spokane • 242-3845 • 12501 N. Division St., Spokane • 368-9811 • • $


SWEET LOU’S AMERICAN Head to Sweet Lou’s beautiful Pend Orielle 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 (a light, flattened, frosted cinnamon roll) and it becomes obvious that Wheeler knows his way around batter, butter and sugar. Their drive-thru is a convenience for fishermen, who can call ahead on their way to the lakes and by 6 am pick up sack lunches. 24921 E. Trent Ave., Newman Lake • 2264444 • • $

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 Ave., 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. Order one of their 27 beers on tap on their new, spacious patio. 1018 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 326-6794 • theswingingdoors. com • $ 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, Idaho • 208-664-2718 • • $$ TACOS EL SOL MEXICAN Located at First and Washington, Tacos El Sol is a quick walk from most offices downtown. Don’t miss it; it’s a bright yellow truck. But don’t let that deceive you. They have a diverse menu and a delicious one at that. You can walk over for some taces, sopes, burritos or enchiladas. Choose from beef, chicken or pork. 401 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 216-2554 • • $

TASTE CAFÉ CAFÉ/BAKERY It’s easy to go overboard at Taste. Indulge in the café’s case of fresh and innovative salads — the pasta-pesto-pea and the golden beet are standouts. Taste also slam-dunks “comfort food” with their grilled sandwiches, mac & cheese, pot pies and fresh-from-the oven cookies. And if you get there early enough for breakfast, grab a cup of coffee and their sinful, amazing twice-baked almond croissant. Gluten-free treats abound on Thursdays. 180 S. Howard St., Spokane • 468-2929 • • $$ TASTE OF INDIA INDIAN This place is all about options. You can order individual dishes off the menu or you can hit up the lunchtime buffet. No matter what you decide, don’t forget the naan — Indian bread. It’s delightful. 3110 N. Division St., Spokane • 327-7313 $$ THAI BAMBOO THAI Whether you’re the kind of person who always goes for the safe — yet still tasty — order of Phad Thai noodles, or consider yourself a more adventurous diner whose goal is to try everything on Thai Bamboo’s diverse and extremely varied menu, you’re bound to be satisfied and full when you leave. Great food, good service, prices and portions — it’s all part of the equation that adds up to Thai Bamboo being voted Inlander readers’ favorite Thai restaurant. 2926 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 232-8424 • 5406 N. Division St. • 777-8424 • 12722 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 444-8424 • 2010 N. 4th Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-5300 • • $$ THAI GINGER THAI If you don’t mind enduring a lack of atmosphere for the sake of brilliant food, then start your voyage to Thai Ginger. The curry and tom yum soups are served in flaming bowls, and the peanut sauce is so delicious that its memory will haunt you for days. 300 S. Grand Ave., Pullman • 509-334-0477 $$ 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 $ THE DISTRICT BAR GASTROPUB The District Bar takes traditional bar food in a new direction, with influences from Executive Chef Gary Evans’ love for Southern cooking and appreciation for local favorites. Think “beef patties smothered in BBQ and bacon, paired with Walla Walla onions.” Think “apple cider and brown sugar pork chops.” Think “beer braised short ribs with horseradish and truffle oil.” 916 W. 1st Ave., Spokane • 244-3279 • • TITO’S ITALIAN GRILL AND WINE SHOP ITALIAN Tito’s Italian Grill and Wine Shop upped the elegance two years ago, shifting to cloth tablecloths, adding candles and expanding its wine cellar to 125 lables. The new everyday menu features plenty of small plates, salads, brick-oven pizzas and a smattering of entrées. 210 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2782 • titomacaroni. com/ • $$ TOMATO STREET ITALIAN Pasta, pizza, parmigiana and Pallame are just a few mainstays on Tomato Street’s menu that should get your mouth watering. Voted Best Italian in the Inlander’s Best Of poll, Tomato Street’s lively atmposphere, fun-loving staff and great food make this an ideal place to meet friends or family for a fun meal. The seemingly endless supply of garlic bread doesn’t hurt, either. 221 W. Appleway Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-5000 • 6220 N. Division St., Spokane • 484-4500 • • $$ 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 • TonysonMarket • $ TOP OF INDIA INDIAN This authentic, family-owned restaurant underwent a dramatic makeover by the esteemed HDG design studio, 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 well-thought-out

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and beautifully prepared. 11114 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 927-0500 • • $$ TOP THIS FROZEN YOGURT & ICE CREAM At this self-serve yogurt den, you pick your flavor and then it’s up to you to decide how health-conscious you want to be. Add some fresh fruit, or mix in a trifecta of your favorite kind of candy, whipped cream and sprinkles. 202 W. Ironwood Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-1199 • facebook. com/TopThisCdA • $ TRINITY AT CITY BEACH STEAK AND SEAFOOD The patio of Trinity is practically on City Beach, offering picturesque views of Lake Pend Oreille. No room outdoors? No worries. The entire back wall is made of glass to allow a view from any seat. The menu, featuring choices like steamed mussels, filet mignon and Portobello mushroom ravioli, is complemented by the extensive wine list. 58 Bridge St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-7558 • • $$$ THE CHINOOK FINE DINING Run by Coeur d’Alene wunderchef Adam Hegsted, this restaurant at the Coeur d’Alene Casino incorporates locally foraged mushrooms, bitterroot, camas root and shore-netted sockeye. Steaks — filet mignon, ribeye, baseball-cut top sirloin, cedar-flamed porterhouse (for two) — are cooked over open flame using locally harvested apple wood. In the summer, order the huckleberry ice cream, showcasing North Idaho berries, that’s made right at your table and flash-frozen using liquid nitrogen. Coeur d’Alene Casino, 37914 S. Highway 95, Worley, Idaho • 800-523-2464 • • $$$ TWIGS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR BISTRO Don’t skip over the appetizers at this popular local chain. Inlander readers picked Twigs as their favorite in the annual Best Of poll. And it’s a delicious way to start a meal — try the Butternut Squash Flatbread or the Ahi Sashimi. When you’re ready to move on to dinner you’ll find a solid, diverse menu: steaks, fancy mac and cheese, an assortment of pizzas and an entire gluten-free menu. With five locations, Twigs is around wherever you need it: downtown, in the Valley, up north and on the South Hill. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 232-3376 • 4320 S. Regal St. • 443-8000 • 401 E. Farwell Rd. • 465-8794 • 9820 N. Nevada St., Spokane • 468-9820 • 14728 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley • 290-5636 • • $$

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 • • $$ VINTAGES KITCHEN AND BAR BISTRO The summer of 2013 saw the owners of Vintages 611, who formerly owned the Villagio pizza restaurant, merged their former business ideas with their current operation and the result is Villaggio Kitchen & Bar. The Vintages menu of American, rustic Italian and Mediterranean cuisine remains, while a second menu with pizzas from the former Villaggio restaurant have been added. Expect to see about 10 pizzas made in a wood-fired pizza oven from Florence, Italy. The rest of the menu features seasonal items and authentic Southeast Asian dishes. 611 E. 30th Ave., Spokane • 624-3202 • • $$ VLAD’S SOUVLAKI GREEK Try the pork souvlaki, seasoned with layers of flavor but without any chewy gristle. If you’re of the vegetarian persuasion, try the tofu stick. Skewers (also available in chicken) can be purchased in three standard configurations: an “arsenal” is three sticks ($6.50); a “phalanx” consists of eight sticks ($12); and, if you’re storing up for winter, a “festivus” and its 12 sticks are for you ($22). 120 W. 6th St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-596-8558 • vladsmoscow • 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 well-executed 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 largest 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   • • $$


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 • 800523-2464 • twisted-earth-grill.php • $

THE TWO SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE PUB GRUB The Two-Seven is pub food done right. Here, greasy French fries are replaced with spiced corn pasta and the burgers are made of beef or lamb. The eatery opened in 2008 as a sister restaurant to Moon Time, The Porch and The Elk in Browne’s Addition. The South Hill joint is family- 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 • • $$


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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 St., Spokane • 326-2317 $

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. 916 W. Second Ave., Spokane • 456-7575   • • $$$

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. 4428 N. Wall St., Spokane • 325-4730 $ WASABI BISTRO AND SUSHI BAR SUSHI Arguably Spokane’s prettiest sushi bar, Wasabi is located on the corner of Division and Hawthorne, just across the street from Whitworth University. Despite the sleek, modern decor, they provide fresh dishes at really reasonable prices. The Las Vegas roll is the most popular. The Spider roll is a favorite, as well as the spicy tuna roll for only $5. 10208 N. Division St., Spokane • 290-5573 • wasabisspokane • $ THE WAVE ISLAND SPORTS GRILL AND SUSHI BAR SUSHI/HAWAIIAN Formerly Raw Sushi, the Wave morphed from Raw’s Hawaiian-Sushi fusion into HawaiianSushi-American sports bar. Customers at The Wave can bite into a burger, follow it with a sushi roll and partake in the sweet sounds of amateur karaoke, while watching Monday Night Football on one of 23 HD screens. 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 Ave., Spokane • 747-2023 $$


WHITE BOX PIES CAFÉ/BAKERY This eatery smells of fresh baked bread and pie crust. If that doesn’t tempt you to order a slice, we don’t know what will. Most everything at 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 • 9278850 • • $ THE WHITE HOUSE GRILL MEDITERRANEAN The world “garlic” appears no less than 20 times on the White House Grill’s medium-sized menu, sometimes even multiple times in the same sentence. That about sums up this Mediterranean restaurant’s m.o. — they’re open about their love for garlic. It will be the most delicious heartburn you’ve ever

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WINDOWS OF THE SEASONS AMERICAN Spokane’s Red Lion Hotel at the Park features more than just room and board. Window of the Seasons, the hotel’s in-house eatery, provides a fine dining experience overlooking the Spokane River. Watch the seasons change as you munch on a barley and duck confit salad or dessert of huckleberry trifle. The restaurant also features local beers and wines. 303 W. North River Dr., Spokane • 326-8000 • • $$ WOLF CREEK STEAKHOUSE STEAK Wolf Creek is the little-sister restaurant to Coeur d’Alene’s famous Wolf Lodge Inn. Yes, you can order the Sweetheart dinner for Two — a 34 ounce, center-cut sirloin — here too. Located just off of I-90 in Spokane, the decor and relaxed atmosphere remind one of a mountain cabin. 104 S. Freya St., Spokane • 535-8972   • • $$$ WOLF LODGE INN STEAKHOUSE STEAK The Wolf Lodge serves up creative appetizers and steaks so big it’s not unusual to share. The classic 34-ounce Rancher, a center-cut top sirloin, is legendary, but if that’s not your style there are myriad other delicious meats to choose from, all prepared over applewood. 11741 E. Frontage Rd., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-6665  • • $$$ WOLFFY’S BURGERS This staple of the Gonzaga neighborhood serves a lot of regulars and the college kids who can get up early enough for a spot in the tiny diner. They serve big, delicious omelettes, classic burgers and creamy milkshakes. Catch them for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner and enjoy the ‘50s nostalgia that comes with the great food. 1229 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 487-1587 $ ZENTROPA PIZZERIA AND PUB PIZZA The smell of baking bread fills this warm neighborhood pub and restaurant in the early afternoon. Choose from nine thin-crust pizzas ($15.49-$22) or opt for a sandwich like the BLT or the mushroomdressed meatball, served on a bun made from this very same housemade, chewy, warm pizza dough. Salads are also available, as are some gigantic calzones. But don’t miss out on the “wedgies” — wedges of housemade pizza dough topped with garlic butter and cheese. 122 College Ave., Cheney • 235-4338 $$

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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 riesling to sangiovese, plus everyday quaffers like Cliff House Red and sauvignon blanc. You can pick up wine and accessories at the downtown tasting room, as well. 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 927-9463 • 808 W. Main Ave., 3rd Floor, Spokane, Wash. • 747-3903 •

COEUR D’ALENE CELLARS Producing continuous award-winning syrahs, Coeur d’Alene 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 •

BARILI CELLARS Barili offers viognier, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon and the Double Barrel Red, and all are sourced from Washington vineyards. The tasting room downtown is open for First Friday art events and on the second Saturday of each month. 608 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 953-3795 • barilicellars. com BARRISTER WINERY Located in a wonderful old railside warehouse, Barrister is the brainchild of longtime friends and attorneys Michael White and Greg Lipsker. Their cabernet franc has brought home awards and the Rough Justice blend is a consistent favorite. 1213 W. Railroad Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 4653591 • BRIDGE PRESS CELLARS This familyowned winery prides itself on sourcing its fruit from some of the highest quality vineyards in Washington state. In addition to their cabs, merlots and blends, Bridge Press’ portfolio also includes a pinot blanc and a crispy dry rosé. You can sample their wines at The Market Place Winery, located in the former Foresters of America Hall. This beautifully renovated historic space features outside patio seating and is open for events. 39 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 991-3664 • CAMAS PRAIRIE WINERY Camas Prarie is the oldest independently owned winery in 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 raspberryhoney mead won the gold medal in the 2011 Idaho wine competition. 110 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-0214 •


GRANDE RONDE CELLARS Grande Ronde’s 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 email list to keep up on the latest news, or come in on a Friday for live music. 906 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 455-8161 • granderondecellars. com 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). The winery just celebrated its 31st anniversary and last year received two double gold medals (the best of the best) from the 2012 Seattle Wine Awards. 13030 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 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 •

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CATERINA WINERY Established in Spokane in 1993, Caterina is now under the direction of Don Townshend, who honed his winemaking skills with Mike Scott — Caterina’s first winemaker. Townshend now runs his own wine empire, with his signature Townshend Cellars and the acquisition of Caterina, Lone Canary and Mountain Dome wineries. Caterina’s wine is typically, bright and vibrant, and exceptionally

EMVY CELLARS Emvy Cellars is a boutique winery, typically producing 50 to 1,000 cases of most of their releases. 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 the Market Place Winery in downtown Spokane. 39 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-7815 • emvycellars. com


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LONE CANARY WINERY Founded in 2003, Lone Canary is now under winemaker Don Townshend’s fold. Lone Canary is known for its Barbera (an Italian varietal grown on the Wahluke Slope) and pinot grigio. Shop for their wines online, in local markets and stand by for news of a potential tasting room. 905 N. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 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 • MOUNTAIN DOME WINERY The newest edition to Don Townshend’s collection of boutique wineries, Mountain Dome produces sparkling wines in the Méthode Champenoise, using grapes grown in the Columbia Valley. Buy their sparklers at local markets and wine shops and wait for news of a potential tasting room. 16315 E. Temple Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 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 produce wines by hand in small lots, like the red Bordeauxstyle Private Blend and the white Bebop, which is a crisp dry riesling, citrusy with mineral and floral notes. 11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Suite 70, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 927-7770 • OVERBLUFF CELLARS With its first release in 2010, Overbluff joined the Spokane winery ranks, now sampling their offerings Fridays and 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 sourced from Walla Walla grapes. 620 S. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 991-4781 • PATIT CREEK CELLARS With the winery in Walla Walla and a tasting room in Woodinville, Patit Creek opened a second tasting room in downtown Spokane in June. Sample 10 Walla Walla wines and try them paired with locally sourced light cuisine. 822 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 868-4045 •


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PEND D’OREILLE WINERY Sandpoint’s Pend d’Oreille Winery offers samples in its bright downtown tasting room (open daily), and you can dine in the adjacent Bistro Rouge Cafe. The sweet Huckleberry Blush is perennially popular, as is the Bistro Rouge red blend. 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 877-452-9011 •

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 in March, and stop by the warehouse tasting room Thursday through Saturday. 115 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 363-1353 • 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 approximately 20 different wines and oversees the production of several other local labels, including Mountain Dome, Lone Canary and Caterina. The charming tasting room is open Fri-Sun, noon-6 pm. 16112 N. Green Bluff Rd., Colbert, Wash. • 238-1400 • VAN LÖBEN SELS CELLARS As a generational business, van Löben Sels orignially released in California, but owners Jim and Kristina now carry on their family’s traditions in Washington with the reintroduction of the label. They produce a chardonnay, a cabernet sauvignon and the Bona Dea blend, a smooth wine with aromas of chocolate, maple sugar and black raspberry. 4705 N. Fruit Hill Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 850-1851 • VINTAGE HILL CELLARS A truly urban winery, Vintage Hill is located along busy Second Ave. in downtown Spokane — all production, distribution and tasting happens right in the heart of everything. Sip from their selection, which includes cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, and a merlot with dark cherry and black currant flavors with hints of sage and cinnamon. 319 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 6243792 • WAWAWAI CANYON WINERY Located in the picturesque hills of the Palouse, Wawawai 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. • 509-338-4916 • WHITESTONE WINERY The winery is located in the wheat-farming town of Wilbur 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 Spokane tasting room, where something’s always happening. 8 N. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 838-2427 • 115 NE Main St., Wilbur, Wash. • 838-2427 • 

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The name really says it all. Near the end of every summer, Spokane’s Riverfront Park floods with grub and thousands of people come to stuff their faces. There’s the fried foods, the bacon-wrapped morsels, the barbecued fare and the frozen desserts at nearly 50 food booths. Or dig into the ethnic cuisine, kick back and listen to some serious tunage. With multiple stages, live music plays all day long. Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2013


Food Calendar

Representing the best of what the region has to offer from a culinary perspective, this 32nd annual black-tie gala showcases more than 60 local restaurants, wineries and breweries. The incredible meal, along with an opportunity drawing, benefits the Inland Northwest Blood Center. Held at the Spokane Convention Center, this lavish evening is truly every foodie’s dream. Nov. 8, 2013


An entire 10 days of dining out at local restaurants debuted last year as a way to give folks a cheaper-than-usual chance to taste what Spokane chefs do best and give local eateries a boost in their slow season. Restaurants all over the city offer a three-course prix fixe menu, giving you the perfect opportunity to hit that spot you’ve had your eye on but have yet to try. Feb. 21-March 2, 2014


This elegant summer wine event supports compassionate health care organizations in the Spokane community. The Pour began in 2008 to honor a local child psychiatrist, also a winery owner passionate about his product. Sip on fine vintages, dine on gourmet food and bid on auction packages all in the picturesque setting of the Arbor Crest Winery. June 14, 2014


There’s only one place you’ll find 350 gallons of lentil chili in the same bowl, and that’s at Pullman’s Lentil Festival. Along with the giant chili bowl, you can get your legume fix at the Lentil Pancake Breakfast or peruse the local and regional vendors who have at least one lentil item on their menu. Also, chefs compete to make the most creative lentil dish they can in the Legendary Lentil Cook-Off. Aug. 22-23, 2014



Pick out tree-ripened cherries, eat some country food and listen to music among beautiful hilly farmland. What more could you want from a summer food festival? Well, the Cherry Festival on Green Bluff, which runs for two weekends in July, is also full of family activities, beforehand featuring the Cherry Pickers Trot and Pit Spit, where you can flex your pit-spitting muscles and take a 4-mile run through orchard country. July 2014


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Nightlife in the Inland Northwest is about creating what you want to see

Patrick Kendrick books shows around Spokane. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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THERE’S JUST ONE RULE: DON’T COMPLAIN ABOUT SOMETHING SPOKANE DOESN’T HAVE. MAKE IT YOURSELF. A music festival, a monthly party at the area’s biggest museum, a massive one-night juried art and music showcase. Talk to the locals who are making some of the newest and most popular nightlife ventures happen, and they’ll say their projects grew from a void they saw, from something they wanted Spokane to have. “There was a blank canvas,” says local music booker Patrick Kendrick, and that’s not a potential every city has, especially those with more entrenched music or art scenes. “I felt like I could create something.” Kendrick books shows at venues around town and helped organize the Inlander’s 72-act, eight-venue Volume music festival this year, which featured everything from honky-tonkers The Lonesome Billies to Missoula punk rockers King Elephant. He’s run a variety show with comedians and musicians and the Museum of Arts and Culture’s monthly BeGin, with live music, food and free entrance to the museum. He’s also one of the directors of Terrain, that massive art show we mentioned earlier. Somehow, he also sells real estate. Kendrick grew up skateboarding in Spokane, a culture he says taught him you can “make something out of nothing.” and says he had the “usual” reaction to graduating here: “I’ve got to get the f--- out of here.” But over the years, as he lived in Colorado, New York and Portland, he’d come home for holidays and meet friends for beers. Soon, he started to realize Spokane’s potential. The Knitting Factory was bringing good acts — he remembers Mastadon opening for Slayer — and the arts scene was growing. When he moved back a decade after leaving, he told people it was because his parents were aging. But really, he was looking to take advantage of all potential he saw. “That’s a main objective in a sense” of what he does, he says, “so people don’t have to feel like that at all.” Getting creative people to stay can drive everything from the music scene to economic development, he says, which inspires more and more people to stay and contribute to Spokane. Despite some of his efforts dwindling — the variety show fell to interpersonal drama; BeGin became so popular, the fire marshal said it was unsafe — others have

thrived. He says more communication between band bookers (they communicate more and meet informally once a month to talk shop) has helped shows run better, attracting more and better acts to the area. And better shows make people more willing to pay cover charges, further growing the scene. People like Kendrick are reluctant to group locals into some certain genre of music, and for good reason. While Northern Quest and the Arena are bringing acts like Bon Jovi, Peter Frampton and Poison, smaller venues and bars are attracting young audiences with regional bands like The Cave Singers or The Grizzled Mighty, and the Knitting Factory fills the gap with modern and mid-level acts like MGMT and Tyler, the Creator.


n the same way various music genres thrive here, local barkeeps say Inlanders vary in what they drink. One theme is

“There was a blank canvas. I felt like I could create something.” constant, though: beer. Five years ago, craft breweries were a sliver of Spokane’s beer market. Today, there are 10 within 15 minutes of downtown, nearly as many in North Idaho and more in outlying areas like Colville and Kettle Falls. An industry that boomed during the mining and logging heyday of the 1800s, brewing in the Inland Northwest suffered through Prohibition, the Great Depression and brewery closures before exploding in recent years. From local granddaddy No-Li (formerly Northern Lights) to startups like Iron Goat and River City, drinkers are seeing local names alongside the Pabsts and Budweisers at the bar — and they’re buying them, says Avont Grant, a veteran Spokane bartender who’s worked at the Elk in Browne’s Addition and the Blue Spark in downtown Spokane, before it closed. ...continued on next page

Pop Quiz 1.

What now famous band played an outdoor show on Glover Field in Peaceful Valley back in the early ‘90s? a. Coldplay b. U2 c. Green Day d. Cake


There’s a gorgeous old building near the Riverpoint Campus that’s now home to Spokane Teachers Credit Union and a few other local businesses. Which brewery used to occupy it? a. No-Li b. Schade c. Goetz d. Rainier


Back in 2007, the Post Falls sister of Coeur d’Alene’s favorite beer bar, Capone’s, burned down. What caused the destruction? a. arson b. electrical trouble c. a wildfire d. kids with matches


The Garland Theater opened to a line around the block in 1945. What was the first movie shown there? a. Mildred Pierce b. Children of Paradise c. The Picture of Dorian Gray d. It’s a Pleasure


What was originally housed in the building that’s now home to the legendary Jack and Dan’s Tavern near Gonzaga? a. pharmacy b. butcher c. grocery store d. bank


You’re serious about finding good beer in Spokane, so Manito Tap House is an obvious pick for your night out. That row of tap handles stretches as far as the eye can see (from the far end of the bar, at least). How many are there? a. 25 b. 50 c. 75 Answers on page 242 ANNUAL MANUAL 2013-2014 THE INLANDER |

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“You’re always going to have your Bud and Bud Light and Coors Light guys,” he says. “[But] local beers are definitely becoming more popular.” Before the Blue Spark closed up, eight of the bar’s 26 tap handles were local. They had also added regional whiskeys at customers’ request. While his “weekend warriors” — typically twentysomethings and a big military crowd, he says — were sipping local beers (mostly IPAs) or shooting Fireball (“the new Jäger,” Grant says), they’d play everything from electronic music to ’90s hip-hop. “It’s so random,” Grant says. “It’s more dance on the weekend and blues and soul during the daytime.”



few miles north of Blue Spark, under dim lights and an old film reel turned into a chandelier, Crystal Bertholic and the other bartenders at Bon Bon see social drinking in a different way. Bartending the classic way, they were some of the first to mix craft cocktails in Spokane and are now joined by places like Casper Fry and Clover. Because Spokane doesn’t have the thriving craft liquor culture of larger cities like Portland or Seattle, the small group of experts interested in craft bartending are more helpful than competitive. “There’s a tiny bit of friendly competition,” she says, “but people really want to learn and to help each other out and we talk up each other’s bars.” Bon Bon’s customers, Bertholic says, aren’t looking to “get wasted,” but to appreciate the art behind a cocktail — and that’s exactly the kind of culture Bon Bon is trying to promote. She says people in the region are friendly, which makes going out a chance to meet new people. Like Grant, Bertholic says local beers, especially IPAs, are popular across a broad spectrum of drinkers. She speculates that’s because we live so close to the hop fields of Washington and Oregon. But when it comes to liquor, she says her customers want whiskey — “what beer wants to do when it grows up,” she says — whether it’s neat or mixed into a cocktail. People like the classics, like Manhattans, but they’re also looking to try new things. “You definitely have your Jäger, Fireball, ‘I don’t want to taste it; I just want to get wasted’ people, but I also think there’s a really strong foodie culture here,” she says. “The majority of Bon Bon’s guests are super adventurous, especially the younger people … who want to try anything and everything.” — HEIDI GROOVER

Kasey Anderson and the Honkies at Festival at Sandpoint MIKE McCALL PHOTO

Essential Experiences With roots in the skating community and connections to burgeoning music and art scenes, Patrick Kendrick has his hands on pretty much everything hip in this town. So put on your best V-neck and take his advice. You’re welcome. SKATEBOARD THE NORTHWEST Make a road trip out of skateboarding. “The Northwest has some of the most amazing skateparks,” Kendrick says. Do your research and create a trip around them. DRINK LOCAL The area’s wine and craft beers are “beginning to run the show nationally,” he says. FIND YOUR FESTIVAL Go to a music or arts festival like the Festival at Sandpoint or Terrain. HEAD TO THE HILLS Run, bike or find a new snow-friendly activity at Mt. Spokane, Schweitzer or Silver Mountain. ORDER THE SALAD Order off Picabu Bistro’s summer salad menu. Kendrick calls it “shan’t miss.” We trust him. SEE AN OUTDOOR MOVIE Check the schedules at the Lilac Bowl, Liberty Lake Park and South Perry.

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NIGHTLIFE 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 • Breweries • Casinos 2013 Best of the Inland Northwest first-place winner, or Best of North Idaho Winner, as chosen by readers of The Inlander

BABY BAR The Baby Bar is possibly the best dingy, dark, windowless dive bar in town. They reel in a delightful crowd of youngish punks/hipsters/art-types and serve cheap-yet-hard drinks, so consider a cocktail with fresh fruit squeezed right in front of you. They regularly have a live band for cheap, if not free. Also, Baby Bar happens to be connected to Neato Burrito, so there are burritos to satisfy your munchies, as well as poetry night on Wednesdays for you intellectual types. 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. 8901 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley • 242-3360 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 Breithaup. 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. 1710 W. Riverstone Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-1540 •

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315 MARTINI BAR & TAPAS 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 an assortment of bitters (fivepepper, huckleberry, aromatic, ginger-pear and lemon). The decidedly elegant happy hour begins at 3:15 pm (get it) Tue-Sun. 315 E. Wallace Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-9660 • 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 Ave., Spokane Valley • 9283222 • 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 • 747-0304

BENNIDITO’S Known primarily as a familyfriendly pizza joint, Bennidito’s stays open late and features an impressively curated collection of beer taps. Get some of their famous Beer Buddies to go along with your pint as you chat up your South Hill neighbors or take in the tail end of a game. The small but mighty patio is the place to be in the summer. 1426 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 455-7411 • BIG SKY TAVERN Big Sky’s is 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. Take advantage of the free popcorn, darts or pool. In the summer, its back patio is a popular drinking and hangout spot. 5510 N. Market St., Spokane • 489-2073 • BIRDY’S SPORTS BAR 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 can of PBR if that’s more your speed. 12908 N. Highway 395, Spokane • 863-9572 •

BISTANGO LOUNGE More than 200 sparkling bottles of liquor, beer, and wine line the shelves of Bistango, one of Spokane’s most complete martini bars. Here, listen to local performers throughout the week while sipping a unique martini concoction out of Australian crystal. Bistango also houses an extensive wine collection, much of which you can buy competitively at wholesale prices to take home. 108 N. Post St., Spokane • 624-8464 • 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 awardwinning wines. 220 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-265-8545 • bistro.asp BLACK DIAMOND The Black Diamond — or the Diamond, as the locals say — is a onestop adult playground, filled to the brim with pool tables, live DJs, food specials and a clear view of two-dozen or so craft brews on tap. This, truly, is the place to go if you’re partying in the Valley. On a Friday night, the place is packed with folks looking to either play some pool or try out that latest regional brews. 9614 East Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 891-8357 • THE BLIND BUCK Crackle-painted walls, felt wallpaper and a taxidermy deer head (tentatively named “Bucky”) make up just part of this new speakeasy-Prohibitionera-style bar with a hunter’s-lodge twist. The bartenders zero in on craft cocktails with a wide selection of classics, oldfashioned drinks and their own creations. The owners plan to do events such as game nights, taco Tuesdays and guest bartender competitions. But since the owners are relatively new to the area — from San Diego — they’re also looking to see what Spokanites want to happen at this bar. 204 N. Division St., Spokane • 290-6229 • BON BON Before a movie at the Garland Theater (which shares the same building), pull up a barstool and let one of Bon Bon’s bartenders treat you to something with ingredients you’ve never heard of before. The classy yet down-to-earth bar features some of the most creative cocktails you’ll find in town. 924 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 413-1745 • BonBonSpokane BROOKLYN NIGHTS 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. 122 S. Monroe St., Spokane • 835-4177 • brooklyndelispokane. com

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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 a Guiness float. 201 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-596-0887 • CAPONE’S Once again, Inlander readers decided Capone’s is THE place to watch the big game, voting it their favorite North Idaho sports bar. On the patio in spring and summer, or indoors watching the big screen, meet friends and make memories over a glass of Guinness and wings or any of more than 40 microbrews on tap — not to mention the best pizza in town. The atmosphere is upbeat and laid-back. 751 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-4843 | 315 N. Ross Point Rd., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-457-8020• | 9520 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho • 208-762-5999 CARR’S CORNER Carr’s Corner has increasingly become a popular spot for both touring acts and Spokane rock acts in recent yeats. 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 Every detail of Casper Fry’s 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. Just as much attention went into developing the southern inspired food and Casper Fry’s classic cocktail menu — which includes a Mint Julep — that reflects the preProhibition era in which owner Deb Green’s great grandfather, Casper Fry, lived. 928 S. Perry St., Spokane • 535-0536 • CHARLEY’S GRILL AND SPIRITS Close the the courthouse, Charley’s keeps a low profile. The pub has experienced a slow and steady remodel over the past year, getting new tables and a fresh paint job, as well as several flat-screens to enhance a sports fan’s night out. Actors from the Spokane Civic and Interplayers theaters frequent the bar and are known for singing showtunes

and their spontaneous outbursts of jazz hands and choreographed dance routines. 801 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-8911 • CHECKERBOARD BAR Owners Ian Maye and Chris Wilde have made some big changes to the former Checkerboard Tavern. The bar now features a karaoke machine, covered outdoor patio, and a pizza oven. True to its name, Checkerboard also has a variety of games like pinball machines, dominoes, playing cards, and, of course, checkers. 1716 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 535-4007 • CLOVER It’s been a year since Clover opened near Gonzaga, with an emphasis on seasonal food and specialty cocktails, and the restaurant got a nice first birthday gift of recognition from Food & Wine — a spot on the Top 100 New American Bars list in the magazine’s Cocktails 2013 book. Clover is the joint effort of owners Scott and Liz McCandless and Paul and Marta Harrington. 913 E. Sharp Ave., Spokane • 487-2937 • CLUB 412 In the spot formerly known as the A Club, you’ll find Club 412, named after its address on Sprague Avenue. While its predecessor focused on live shows, Club 412 now uses its massive dance floor to get downtown partygoers partying. Down below at street level, you’ll find their sister bar, Shots. 412 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 624-3629 COLDWATER CREEK WINE BAR Located upstairs from the Coldwater Creek clothing store, this casually elegant wine bar is arguably Sandpoint’s most romantic nook to enjoy a snowy winter night. The exposed brick walls provide cubbies for dozens of votive candles that softly illuminate the room. Overstuffed leather couches by a huge central fireplace provide intimate seating areas, or meet someone at the serpentine wooden bar. 311 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208263-2265

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THE CORNER CLUB This is the place run 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. 202 N. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-2915 • THE COUG Let the Coug’s good, cheap beer and burgers inspire you to recall the simple things, like ESPN and the sense of camaraderie that develops only through jukebox sing-alongs.The biggest changes since it opened 80 years ago as “The Cougar Cottage” are High-Def screens and the volume of wall graffiti. It is the absolute essence of all that a college bar is and should be. 900 N.E. Colorado St., Pullman • 332-1265 • TheCougarCottage


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BARS THE COUNTRY CLUB As far as country bars go, there hasn’t been much to hoot or holler about in the Inland Northwest. Dave Pulis noticed the void in Coeur d’Alene and opened The Country Club in April 2013. Live country music fills the tall, cowhide-adorned walls every weekend and you can get distinctly country drinks, like their Country Club Special served in a red solo cup, or a cold 34-ounce “Big’un” beer. 216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-2582 • facebook. com/thecountryclubcda DISTRICT BAR The District Bar takes traditional bar food in a new direction, with influences from executive chef Gary Evans’ love for Southern cooking and appreciation for local favorites. A funky drink menu includes some interesting mixed beverages that combine unusual elements such as chipotle and chocolate. The bar also features 42 beer selections. That might be daunting at first, but you can bite into the tap list by ordering a beer flight ($6) with your choice of five 3-ounce draft beers 916 W. 1st Ave., Spokane, Wash • 244-3279 • EAGLES PUB Eagles Pub is Cheney’s most consistent bar, from the prices to the atmosphere to the patrons. It’s also Cheney’s biggest bar and typically the least crowded, now with the Basement and Bill’s in town. The only bar to really embrace the university, Eagles is where alums go to relive the glory days. 414 First St., Cheney • 235-6294


EAU DE VIE Located next door to Hay J’s Bistro, this intimate wine bar has an everrotating line up of boutique wines, with an emphasis on Washington wines. Stop in for small plates and a wine flight or make plans to attend one of their winemaker’s tastings or dinners. Co-owner Chris Cates is passionate about educating his patrons about wine — without pomp or pretense. A wine club offers unique bottles, complete with tasting notes. 21718 E. Mission Ave., Liberty Lake • 926-5900 • EICHARDT’S One of Sandpoint’s best spots for live music and good beer, Eichardt’s has a steady stream of musicians playing blues, honky-tonk or jam band fare, while the taps are updated constantly with new micro and craft brews. The clientele is decidedly athletic — mountain bikers, skiers, snowboarders and other such adventurers — so don’t expect chili fries and football. 212 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-4005 • EL QUE Don’t be fooled by the crosses, Catholic saint candles and pictures of the Blessed Virgin. El Que is a tequila bar.

The intimate brick nook, attached to the back of The Elk 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 In its annual Best Of poll, Inlander readers chose the Elk as their favorite outdoor patio, but this beloved Browne’s Addition pub is popular year-round, thanks to its great menu, extensive beer, cider and wine selection and relaxed atmosphere. We suspect most of the Elk’s customers feel so at home here, they all would call themselves regulars. 1931 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane • 363-1973 •

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EPIC Formerly known as The Q, EPIC upgraded its food offerings but kept the 30-foot-by-10-foot big-screen TV, bringing you games in full HD color on practically every available surface. The atmosphere also got a major facelift, giving it a classier, yet still comfortable feel, away from the bustle of Northern Quest’s casino. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 • EVERGREEN BISTRO This north Spokane bistro had its grand opening summer 2013, debuting its selection of Washington-state-only beers and wine. Among the six taps, 10 bottled brews and 15 wineries you’ll find local and state brands like No-Li, Iron Horse, Elysian, Icicle, Redhook and Bridge Press. Evergreen’s light menu features two salads, four appetizers and four 12-by-15 pizzas, plus a build-your-own option. Try the house special: the Evergreen Pizza covered with red sauce, mozzarella, chicken, pine nuts, artichoke and red onion. 1902 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 326-5758 • EvergreenSpokane FAMOUS ED’S 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 that has made it a favorite stop-in-for-abeer stop for the upper South Hill. 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 for the barhopping crowd. Keep an eye on their drink specials, too, for bargain sipping. 1 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 455-8752 • @rivercityred /RiverCityBrewing

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BARS FIRESIDE LOUNGE Start or end your night at the Quest at this decidedly swanky lounge on the hotel side of Northern Quest. The modern fireplace, intimate seating groups and attentive yet unobtrusive service crate a romantic ambiance. Order a nibble, a nice selection of small plates and desserts are available, and a cocktail and know that if you don’t want to go home, you don’t have to. Luxurious hotel suites await upstairs. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 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. You should stop by for one of the more comprehensive beer lists you’ll find anywhere, including crafts on tap and in bottles and oversized domestic cans, too. 7015 N. Division St., Spokane • 465-5052 • | 11618 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 922-5052 | 2620 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 241-3843


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ow often do you get drunk and talk science? The MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER ( in Spokane is looking to encourage the habit with its Pub Science program. Inspired by the success of programs like Portland’s OMSI Science Pubs, Mobius Director of Education Don Riefler organized Spokane’s own program to “quench your thirst and feed your head.” In its first year, Spokane Pub Science hosts a talk at NEATO BURRITO AND BABY BAR (827 W. 1st Ave.) every three months. Pub Science is an interactive, hour-and-a-half show with a 15-to-20-minute talk by the speaker on his or her topic. The rest of the night is proactive discussion with the speaker and within the audience. The bar has eight beers on tap, and the shows are open to all ages. The shows in March and June were packed, and hopes are high for the Sept. 5 show. Depending on this year’s success, the Science Center will make Pub Science a monthly event beginning Jan. 2014. Prepare for Deane Osterman, executive director of Natural Resources for the Kalispel Tribe, at September’s Pub Science. He’ll likely get you drinking over environmental science and its relevance to indigenous people. Lasers and DNA have been previous topics. No tickets are required, but a $5 donation is suggested. — MEGAN PETERSEN

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 2,500-pound Woodstone oven. Perfect for a tasty meal before a night out. Snag one of the many beers on tap or in bottles (or cans) to go along with your pie. 3318 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane • 327-8277 •

Jack and Dan’s ornate Spanish tiles complement the big, dark oak L-shaped bar. There’s Wi-Fi, a pinball machine, a jukebox and a full bar. 828 W. Garland Ave., Spokane • 315-5327 •

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

GENO’S After a fire broke out at Geno’s, the owners of The Elk and a handful of other successful public houses jumped on the chance to buy the popular venue of the Logan Neighborhood. They plan to be back in business by mid-September, and if they’re anywhere near as popular as their other restaurants, Geno’s is sure to to be thriving once again. Expect more of an English pub-style decor and get ready for this... fries. That’s one menu item decidedly missing on the menus of The Elk, Moon Time, The Porch and the Two Seven. 1414 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 368-9087 •

GARLAND AVENUE DRINKERY Inside this Western-style building at Garland and Lincoln you’ll find a bar that’s not huge but could comfortably house about 40 drinkers. Light hardwood floors and

GIBLIANO BROTHERS DUELING PIANO BAR & MUSIC HOUSE If public sing-alongs aren’t your thing, well, you just haven’t been to the right venue. Gibliano Brothers Dueling Piano Bar And Music House may

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just be the classiest place you’ll ever make an ass of yourself. The only bar of its kind downtown, Gibliano Brothers offers a modest bar menu and nightly happy hour, but you come here for the engaging veteran performers who can play damn near anything. 718 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 315-8765 • giblianobrothers. com

meal you indulged in at one of Nothern Quest’s restaurants, head to Impulse, the resort’s nightclub. Step up to the big horseshoe bar or get out on the dance floor during karaoke or DJ nights, then head back out to the casino floor for some more action. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 •

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, headbang, 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, Idaho • 208665-5882 •

IRON HORSE BAR & GRILL If having a good time is on your bucket list, then Iron Horse Bar and Grill’s Chris Ursich is your ambassador to fun. In 30 seconds or less, he’ll whip up the bar’s famous (or is it infamous?) 48-ounce Derailer: three kinds of rum, two kinds of soda, orange and pineapple juice, sour mix and as many straws as you need to share with friends. Besides Derailers, this longtime Sherman Avenue bar serves up a few smaller “bucket” drinks like the 24-ounce Catalina. 407 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-7314 •

HILLS’ RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE This downtown eatery features a throwback bar where owner Steve Hill can reccomend a hard-to-find beer or whip up a specialty cocktail, if that’s more your speed. Order some pub grub, like their outrageously good Reuben from the bar, or find something a little fancier on their eclectic menui. 401 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 7473946 • 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 4 pm and every Sunday and Monday. 3803 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, WA • 747-9700 • THE HOP! This rough and rowdy all-ages music venue on Monroe has it all: trash metal, electronic dance parties, mosh pits, and Pabst Blue Ribbon tallboys. It’s a home away from home for youngsters and a stage for Spokane’s loudest musicians. 706 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-5467 • IMPULSE If you need a break from the slot machines or need to work off that big

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 Ave., Spokane • 624-4450 • JACK AND DAN’S One of the prime spots — outside of the McCarthey Athletic Center — to watch a Zags game, Jack and Dan’s has long been known as a Gonzaga student, alum and sports fan hangout. It’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. 114 E. Sixth St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7662 •

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BARS JONES RADIATOR In 1921, during the early years of the automobile, a small garage on East Sprague called Jones Radiator serviced Spokane’s earliest wheels. In 2010, the garage reopened to reveal a Radiator of a different definition and a new mission: to service Spokane’s cravers of craft beer. 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’re delicious. 120 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 747-6005 • KELLY’S IRISH PUB With its dark green walls festooned with Irish memorabilia, ample supply of Guinness and a menu with traditional Irish favorites like shepherd’s pie, Kelly’s is Coeur d’Alene’s place to “Erin go Bragh.” It’s not unusual to hear the Coeur d’Alene Firefighters Bag Pipe band playing here, but other international traditions like beer pong and karaoke are also embraced here. 726 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-1717 • KNITTING FACTORY Downtown’s biggest rock venue, the Knitting Factory has won a loyal regional following. Amid the constant flux of the Spokane all-ages scene, the Knitting Factory has consistently worked to welcome young music lovers. Here, you’ll see everything from local music showcases to big national acts. Last year, both Macklemore and The Postal Service took the stage. 919 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 244-3279 •

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Country-Western bars join the nightlife scene



s far as country bars go, there hasn’t been much to hoot or holler about in the Inland Northwest. Dave Pulis noticed the void in Coeur d’Alene and opened THE COUNTRY CLUB (216 E. Coeur d’Alene Ave.) in April. Live country music fills the tall, cowhide-adorned walls every weekend and you can get distinctly country drinks, like their Country Club Special served in a red solo cup or a cold 34-ounce “Big’un” beer. Country music is hitting a popularity peak. “I think it’s probably the most popular genre of music in our region,” Pulis says. A couple of country spots have popped up in Spokane within the past year. Ride “Yo Momma,” the rowdy mechanical bull, or line dance to a live county band at THE ROADHOUSE (20 N. Raymond Rd., in Spokane Valley. Not sure how to get down, country style? They host swing and line dance lessons and even the urban cowboys will appreciate the large patio and outdoor volleyball court. BIG CITY SALOON (321 W. Sprague Ave.) combines country with rock and Top 40 hits to cater to the downtown crowd. Don’t miss their dancing bartenders doing the “Cotton-Eyed Joe” on the stage above the mechanical bull. — JO MILLER

LAKE VIEW LOUNGE Sweeping views of Lake Coeur d’Alene, soft lighting and soulful jazz guitar by Robert Vaughn (Fri and Sat), make the Lake View Lounge one of the most romantic destinations to sip 18-year-old double-malt scotch and classic martinis. 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene Resort, 7th floor, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4000 • THE LANTERN TAVERN When it opened in 2009, the Lantern Tavern — at 200 square feet — was one of Spokane’s smallest bars. There were 12 stools at the bar, an overflow of customers on warm summer nights and a regular happy hour crowd that didn’t mind squeezing into the standing-roomonly establishment. Since then, co-owners Melinda and Mike Dolmage and James Pearson spent months renovating the cafe, tearing out booths and creating open space while attempting to maintain the sense of intimacy that their regulars enjoyed. Now regulars and newcomers alike can enjoy a full menu alongside their craft brews. 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 This is the only true cigar bar in the region and Northern Quest has taken advantage of that fact with this throwback lounge. 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 • 242-7000 • LIBERTY CIDER WORKS This state is pretty good at apples and booze, so it’s about time for cider to start catching on in Spokane. Liberty Ciderworks started up in downtown Spokane this July. This craft cidery is committed to making English- and American-style ciders. Try their creations at their tasting room or look for their bottles in area stores in the fall. 164 S. Washington St., Spokane • • libertycider. com 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 Ave., Spokane • 456-5678 • LIQUID 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 located in the middle of the Northern Quest Casino. Sit down for a drink and play one of the video slot machines built into the bar. Northern Quest Resort and Casino, 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 • 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, karaoke, trivia and other fun activities. 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

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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, Mama, the namesake of this Broadway Avenue bar. “I sing Thai songs, I sing American songs, ask them,” says Mama. They also feature DJs for your dancing pleasure. 5908 E. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 534-3040 MANITO TAP HOUSE For beer nerds, hop-heads and brew connoisseurs, the Manito Tap House rotates dozens of regional or hard-to-find beers on tap. For the uninitiated, the staff will walk you through a wonderland of ales, porters, pilsners and ciders — there are more than 50 tap handles alone. You should also take note of the certified, in-house cicerone (a sort of beer sommelier) who can help pair together the perfect meal and beer. 3011 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 279-2671 • 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 wooden tables, suitable for groups to gather. The wine list features more than 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 • 8639313 • MONTEREY CAFE Recently celebrating five years, Monterey has a little something for everybody with its karaoke, Thursday ladies night, and late night chow. The cafe is a great last stop where you can enjoy pizza, barbecue, and nachos, surrounded by tropical decor, until 2 am or later. 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 Englishstyle pub always has a progressive, prolific assortment of microbrews and damn good food. 1602 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2331 • wedonthaveone. com/moon-time

MOOTSY’S Mootsy’s is Spokane’s quintessential rock club. The walls are covered in concert posters, the beer is cheap and the music is almost always loud. But even if a show isn’t going on, swing on by for anything from a craft beer to a cocktail. There are also beer specials, including $2 pints on Friday evenings and $1 PBRs on other occasions. 406 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 838-1570

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South of the border cousin of The Elk Public House right around the corner 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 ElQue_AM 2013_8th.indd 1 8/13/13 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 •

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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 until midnight, you can risk an innovative liquor concoction or munch on a My Office burrito while playing a friendly game of darts or pool. 215 S. Grand Ave., Pullman • 334-1202 • NECTAR TASTING ROOM Nectar offers wine tasting, wine by the glass, as well as wine by the bottle. During your visit, you can snack on a meat-and-cheese plate while enjoying your wine that you picked from an iPad tasting menu that changes week by week. 120 N. Stevens St., Spokane • 8691572 • 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 This Irish pub is about more than beer and good food (though it does have those too). When you walk into O’Doherty’s you are treated like family. Like your family, they enjoy a bit of teasing and embarrassment. Whether it’s your birthday or you want to stand on the bar and sing to put a dollar bill on the wall. If you’re shy, just sit back with an Irish Car Bomb and watch others happily make fools of themselves. 525 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane • 747-0322 • 10208 N. Division St., , • 465-3511 •

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THE MOOSE MARKET LOUNGE The Moose Lounge, with its earthy, antique-like decor, hosts frequent events like live music and trivia nights for those looking for some variety in the typical bar scene. The bar also hosts karaoke, with plenty of country and classic rock represented. Try some

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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 • 448-2383 •



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BARS O’DOHERTY’S IRISH PUB & BBQ CATER CO. O’Doherty’s in the Spokane Valley is where Irish cuisine mingles with Southern-style barbecue. Think Guinness beer-battered fish and chips, and barbecued beef brisket smoked with Green Bluff apple wood. 11723 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 924-2578 •



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O’SHAY’S O’Shay’s menu is completely Irish, well, at least Irish themed. They offer the traditional Fish and Chips, as well items like Chips and Dublin Pico (chips and salsa). Call for a live music schedule or make your own music on Thursday’s open mic nights. 313 E. Coeur d’ Alene Lake Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-4666 • PARK INN The Park Inn, one of Spokane’s oldest bars, definitely has history on its side. It opened in 1932 and had one of the first drive-thru windows in the U.S., serving burgers and milkshakes. Today, the Inn has become a watering hole for neighborhood locals and nearby medical professionals to blow off steam, and enjoy Kokanee Gold by the pitcher, free popcorn, and extremely cheesy pizza. 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 want to order it in the sort of place where the bartender would nod knowingly, and say, “Very good, sir.” Bartenders 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 • thedavenporthotel. com/dining/peacock 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. After spending six years visiting more than 100 breweries from Spain to Mexico to the U.S., owners Derek and Patricia Quist can provide well-informed

suggestions and knowledgeable guidance to customers. 10111 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 368-9671 • PintsAlehouseSpokane 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 consists of devoted regulars. 1658 E. Miles Ave., Hayden, Idaho • 208-772-7711 • POST STREET ALE HOUSE Need a beer in downtown Spokane? Head to Post Street Ale House, where you’ll find a massive array of local, regional and specialty beers. They’ve got great food, too. The fried pickles are the signature dish here. Not a believer? Then try the Guinness-braised short ribs. 1 N. Post St., Spokane • 7896900 • PRESS What is a tasteful, modern coffeehouse 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 pressed juice and ending with a glass of wine, a beer or an inventive cocktail like the (freshpressed) grapefruit martini. 909 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane • 747-7737 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 is known for strong drinks, great wings and an incredibly casual atmosphere (not exactly a first-date venue). This legendary sports bar also is 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 St., Spokane • 835-5466 •



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SAPPHIRE LOUNGE This jewel in the Hotel Ruby slings drinks and bites. A glass bubble chandelier spills luminous orbs from the ceiling and a mosaic of stained glass cutouts illuminate the bar. Order a specialty flatbread and a French 75 from one of their skilled mixologists. Hotel Ruby, 901 W. 1st Ave., Spokane • 747-1041 • 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 or a beer before a movie at the neighboring Magic Lantern Theater. Try the pulled-pork anything and ask a bartender to find a tasty pint to go with it. 21 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 473-9455 • saranacpub

Rain RED ROOM LOUNGE The Red Room focuses on bringing in live music, drawing young-ish weekend partiers and maintaining its fun and festive vibe. Its alcohol selection is so big the bartender needs a ladder to reach everything. It’s also home to one of the best in-house sound systems in town, so both the live shows and DJs sound top notch. 521 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane • 838-7613

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THE REF SPORTS BAR With a giant jumbotron that mimics what you’d typically see hanging at a sports arena, The Ref is committed to meeting all your game-watching needs. During football season you can settle in for breakfast and stay all day long. Monday night football brings a team from Rock 94½ and a crowd of faithful fans. 14208 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 315-9637 •

ROCK BAR & LOUNGE The Rock’s classic rock atmosphere can be seen even in its menu, where items are named after rockand-roll legends. This place is equipped with a game room, large patio, and plenty of TVs. 13921 E. Trent Ave., Spokane Valley • 443-3796

REVOLVER BAR & LOUNGE Revolver offers some great happy-hour specials, an oldschool jukebox, pinball machines and giant beers. The crowd is friendly and loud. 221 N. Division St., Spokane • 290-6816 REVOLVER NORTH The Revolver Garland location mirrors the original in many ways, with cheap beer, no-frills decor, and pinball machines. However, the more open setup may prevent the wall-to-wall cramming that occurs downtown on $1 beer night. 633 W. Garland Ave., Spokane

THE ROADHOUSE A couple of country spots have popped up in Spokane within the past year. Ride “Yo Momma,” the rowdy mechanical bull, or line dance to a live county band at The Roadhouse in Spokane Valley. Not sure how to get down, country style? They host swing and line dance lessons, and even the urban cowboys will appreciate the large patio and outdoor volleyball court. 20 N. Raymond Rd., Spokane Valley • 413-1894 • SAFARI ROOM A great place to start or end your night in downtown Spokane. Happy hour runs from 4-6 pm 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 St., Spokane • 789-6800 • tower/safari

THE SCREAMING YAK With wings so hot they could make a yak scream, this northside staple is a straightforward sports bar, with TVs, pool, videogames and pull tabs. Try the Screamin’ Demon wings, but only if you dare. You need to sign a waiver before you attempt to consume these bad boys. If you can’t take the heat, try the sliders or their decidedly upscale burgers. 118 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 464-3641 • SERGIO’S MEXICAN SPORTS GRILL 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 daily specials and cheap happy hour prices. The menu consists of traditional Mexican favorites like tacos, flautas and chimichangas, along with some traditional pub fare like wings and burgers. Look for live music anf line dancing on Friday and Saturday nights. 825 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 747-2085 • SIDEBAR & GRILL Judicially themed, the Sidebar takes its cues from its location across from the Spokane County courthouse… get it? A full bar and a dozen or so taps, not to mention live music, make this a good place for weary legal workers to blow off steam. 1011 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane • 290-5100 •

THE STAR RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE This is where Logan neighborhood regulars and drunken college kids co-mingle. The Star serves super-cheap drinks, the music is usually bumping, and things inside can get crazy — especially on Thursday nights when karaoke takes over. 1329 N. Hamilton St., Spokane • 487-1530 STEELHEAD BAR AND GRILLE With good prices, better burgers, and fantastic shoestring fries, the Steelhead has long been considered one of the cornerstones of downtown Spokane’s dining scene. It has one of the city’s better happy hours, complete with exceedingly affordable cocktails (Grey Goose and Bombay cocktails only $5) and $2.50 pints, not to mention a sexy, sophisticated atmosphere in which to enjoy them. 218 N. Howard St., Spokane • 747-1303 • STIR RESTAURANT & LOUNGE This martini bar is all class, without any pretense. Its sleek modern design is upscale and hip, but the vibe is always welcoming. Order the crab mac and cheese with your next pint or the Reuben, a sandwich so big it requires two hands. 7115 N. Division St., Spokane • 466-5999 • STUBBLEFIELDS BAR & GRILL This is a place that happily labels itself as “crazy.” Also, they claim to have the “longest happy hour in the Palouse.” Stubblefields will satisfy your need for cheap beer, sports, and lots of music. Pick a random night to visit, and you could stumble onto one of their costume parties. 600 N.E. Colorado St., Pullman • 334-7900 • STUDIO K BAR & GRILL You know that saying, “nothing good happens after midnight?” So true at Studio K. This South Hill dive isn’t good after midnight — it’s awesome. Pop in for cheap drinks, cheap food and some of the best peoplewatching you’ll find, thanks to the K’s digital jukebox, its epic catalog of songs and the fearless karaoke singers holding the mic. 2810 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 534-9317 SULLIVAN SCOREBOARD SPORTS BAR & GRILL Sullivan Scoreboard’s enormous outdoor playground sets it apart from other bars, complete with a horseshoe pit, volleyball court and stage for live music. We’re guessing the hot servers in tight T-shirts are also a draw. 205 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Valley • 891-0880


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RICO’S Usually a bar is a place to gather with friends and drink. Rico’s book-lined interior, however, gives students a study spot and an excuse to study under the influence. If you prefer to keep your nightlife and work life separate, there is also live jazz music and an ever-changing

THE RIFF Riff is the definition of a hole-inthe-wall bar in more ways than one. The cheap beer, small venue, and rock-and-roll posters seem to be dead giveaways. If you’re into PBR, Jimi Hendrix, and a bar where everyone knows your name, check it out. 215 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 279-2921

SATELLITE DINER & LOUNGE The Old Ironsides of late-night dining, the Satellite is the bookend to a classic night out. Some nights the staff turns off the music because the crowd’s cacophony doesn’t harmonize well with classic rock. Waitress Robin Glenn fondly describes the late-night diners as “Insanity at its best.” 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 Ave., Spokane • 624-3952 • satellitediner. com

SOULFUL SOUPS & SPIRITS Delicous joint for lunch by day. Vibrant lounge by night, better known by drinkers as “Spirits Lounge.” Get your fill of beer, wine or cocktails. Don’t worry, if you want to get in on some of their tasty grub (beer bread!) post-drinking, you can eat way into the night. And their Taco Tuesday is never a mistake. 117 N. Howard St., Spokane • 4591190 •


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Bystanders can’t help but gawk at the party trolley, first in puzzlement and then in envy — the open-air, pedalpowered contraption looks undeniably fun. Riders can sit on stools along each side to help pedal, or opt for what’s jokingly called a “slacker seat.” Parties on private property can have booze on board, or downtown groups can plan stops at bars that offer discounts. COST: $300 per two hours Sun-Thu, $340 Fri-Sat; other rates available PASSENGERS: 8 to 16 IF YOU GO: Heels are fine, but wearing flip-flops can be problematic. 879-6309


If you can’t bear to leave the party behind, take it with you — plus your whole entourage and the hangers-on — in a bus that’s more roving nightclub than public transit. With colored lights and a full sound system, Spokane Party Bus keeps the party going between stops. Take the smaller limo bus for more low-key gatherings and wine tours; a portion of each rental benefits breast cancer research.


COST: $600 for 5 hours ($500 for the limo bus), $80 per additional hour PASSENGERS: Up to 30 IF YOU GO: Bring liquor or wine, but keep it classy to avoid the vomit fee, OK? 701-3392


Nothing says special occasion like a stretch limo, whether it’s prom or an anniversary. But not all occasions have to be romantic — enlist a chauffeur to bring the whole crew for a signature martini tour or a nightclub hop, and bring a bottle along for the ride. There’s no requirement that you dress up, but you know everyone will be watching to see who’s traveling in style. COST: $95-$170 per hour, for various sizes PASSENGERS: Up to 14 for stretch SUV IF YOU GO: Make plans for your birthday and get an hour free. 879-7948


Driving under the influence isn’t just a problem on the roads — fully enjoy an evening on the water, without the worry, with a private cruise on one of Coeur d’Alene Resort’s mahogany boats. By day they ferry golfers to the floating course, but in the evenings they’re available for private parties with menu options that include beer, wine and champagne. COST: $250 per hour, plus food and beverage costs PASSENGERS: Up to 16 IF YOU GO: Don’t bring your own drinks; order ahead for the party. 800-935-6283, — LISA WAANANEN

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BARS 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 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 THE SWINGING DOORS Let’s be honest. If you’re going to watch some sports, you need TVs and you need them to be large and strong in numbers. Swinging Doors has 60 TVs. They have a 14-foot HD projector screen. They have a 70-inch 3-D Plasma set. It’s like they’re one part restaurant, one part sports bar and one part tech store. No wonder Inlander readers consistently vote them their favorite sports bar. 1018 W. Francis Ave., Spokane • 326-6794 • THE TAILGATER The Tailgater is a classic sports bar. They’re always runnning food and drink specials, like Taco Tuesdays when tacos go for just one buck. Their menu consists of classic appetizers like nachos and wing and big burgers like the Bacon Guac Burger. Oh, and they have 20 flat-screen televisons so you can catch your game. 1221 N. Howard St., Spokane • 3289000 • TONICX BAR AND PATIO At Tonicx, the tap beer lineup is constantly changing, they always have a big list ofcocktails, 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 • 3246453


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 hand. 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 N.E. Colorado St., Pullman • 3347775 • 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. 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. 120 N. Wall St., Spokane • 822-7090 •

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WADDELL’S NEIGHBORHOOD PUB & GRILLE Whether you’re here for a burger or one of the more than 20 beers on tap, Waddell’s is a friendly little South Hill haunt designed in the tradition of an English pub. A Waddell’s satellite restaurant and brewery will find a home in the old Tidyman’s building on Francis Avenue this November, where a new staff will serve the much larger seating area (including a huge patio) with a full bar and the brewery’s own unique brews. If you can’t wait until autumn for Waddell’s brand-new beers, the Regal location serves local brews for $1 on Sunday nights. 4318 S. Regal St., Spokane • 4436500 • THE WAVE By day you can hook yourself up with some tropical twists on sushi, and by night you can dance and help yourself to an impressive selection of sake and other booze. The Wave’s fancy-but-notpretentious atmosphere makes you feel special, yet not self-conscious if you’re wearing a T-shirt and gym shorts. 523 W. First Ave., Spokane • 747-2023


TWIGS BISTRO AND MARTINI BAR With drink names like the Hula Dancer and Jalapeño Ciantro Margatini, Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar offers plenty of cleverly delicious drinking. Pick one of 36 different martinis to set just the right tone for your evening. More than just fancy drinking, Twigs also cooks up a spread of tasty appetizers, salads, flatbreads and desserts. With five locations in the Spokane area to choose from, you’re never far from your next martini. 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 Mall, Spokane Valley • 290-5636 | 9820 North Nevada St., Spokane • 468-9820 •

THE TWO-SEVEN PUBLIC HOUSE After five years on the South Hill, the Two Seven Public House has earned a loyal following of regulars and a half-decade worth of their feedback — which instigated recent changes to the menu. The sister restaurant to The Elk hasn’t abandoned its dedication to diverse beer offerings and excellent pub food, though. Look for new additions like Korean short ribs alongside the popular standards like the 74th St. Gumbo. 2727 S. Mt. Vernon St., Spokane • 473-9766 •

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How The Inlander created Volume, Spokane’s biggest music event

t began simply as one show and one idea. Bring the best local bands onto one stage and let the Inland Northwest have a chance to do some one-stop shopping for quality live music. It was called Volume, and it was a one-night musical revue featuring the five or six bands that had made The Inlander’s “Bands to Watch” issue. Now Volume is a two-day festival that in 2013 featured about 80 bands and all but takes over downtown Spokane on the weekend after Memorial Day. It’s a nice time slot — right after Sasquatch! — and before the region’s outdoor music events get underway. More than half of Volume’s lineup consists of bands from your own backyard, while the others are regional touring acts. The most recent edition had a heavily Inland Northwest-centric list of bands on the bill, but also featured a few niche favorites like The Makers and Kinski. The idea, says festival co-producer Leah Sottile, also an Inlander contributor, is

Bullets or Balloons at Mootsy’s YOUNG KWAK PHOTO to showcase not just the quality of music happening in Spokane, but also our music venues and nightlife. “After living here for a long time, I’m still shocked at the talent we’ve got in this town that people don’t know about. I think that’s representative of Spokane’s greater creative class — really talented, and really underrated,” says Sottile. The 2012 edition of Volume was labeled a “block party” and focused on the venues on or near Sprague Avenue at the east end of downtown. In 2013, the festival grew to take over much of the downtown core. Future years could see Volume expanding even farther. The possibility of larger venues, national touring acts and other elements are all on the table as the years go on, adds Sottile. “I think we’ve still got a lot of ways to grow in terms of venues, alternative spaces, outdoor stages,” says Sottile. “I see no boundaries to this thing.” — MIKE BOOKEY

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BARS WHISKEY DICK’S You should never be bored at Whiskey Dicks. This popular Hillyard haunt has a full bar, video games, pool tables and they take beer pong to another level — with barrel pong. Picture red solo cups, 3 feet tall. Occasionally, a bikini car wash springs up in the parking lot in the summer. 3027 E. Liberty Ave., Spokane • 474-9387 WHISPERS Whispers is a sexy hideaway worth seeking out, even if you’re not staying at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. Floorto-ceiling windows provide million-dollar sunset views of the lake. Sink into one of the modern club 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 cylinders, make this the perfect place for a tryst. Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-4000 • WILD SAGE Though this upscale downtown 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 Ave., Spokane • 456-7575 •

THE CELLAR This Coeur d’Alene icon has taken wine tasting to a new level with the addition of its Enomatic self-service system. Now oenophiles can samples wine at will with a pre-paid card. An LED display indicates price per pour (1-, 3- and 5-ounce samples) on wines that otherwise, says restaurant manager and wine steward Naomi Boutz, would average $35 to $40 per bottle. Boutz tries to offer similar wines at different price points, heavy on the reds, and switches out a third of the wines weekly. 317 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-9463 • ZOLA Quirky and casual, Zola mixes good food, cold drinks and cheap prices into one mean happy hour. Zola partner Jeff Short says the downtown bar holds its happy hour to high standards. “It’s not just our prices,” he says. “Everything we do is made from scratch. We make sure everything is a 9 or 10.” Stop by after work to wind down with their $5.50 food menu. Nothing calms workplace rage like listening to live music from a tilt-o-whirl booth. 22 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 624-2416 •

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BUDGE BROTHERS BREWERY The stripmall-like, off-Sprague location is sparse, but inside, a friendly barkeep is happy to pour you a flight from the light Orangutan Pale, to the dark and caramelly Extra Stout. Their Hoptrain IPA has a dense, floral nose, due partly to the 19 pounds of hops added after fermentation. Their stout is rich without tasting like alcoholic chocolate milk, and earthy without tasting like a coffee porter. 2018 E. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 426-3340 • DRY FLY DISTILLING Dry Fly was the first distillery in the state to take advantage of a 2007 law allowing craft distilleries. It produces small batches of gin, wheat vodka, whiskey and now bourbon. Its vodka was the first to start raking in awards, but the gin and whiskey have quickly followed suit, winning more spirits competitions than we have room to list here. 1003 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 4892112 • IRON GOAT BREWING CO. Inside the brick Iron Goat building is a cozy, intimate taproom with bar and table seating, perfect for drinking a sampler of beers or grabbing a pint. Iron Goat provides beers that aren’t for the faint of palate: expect hoppy brews and a huge amount of flavor. Come before sundown and chill out on their new patio. 2204 E. Mallon Ave., Spokane • 474-0722 • irongoatbrewing. com

LAUGHING DOG BREWING Owners Fred and Michelle Colby say their family dog Ben is the inspiration behind all the company’s brews. His smiling face, after all, is their logo. They have a wide range of beers, including some summer and winter seasonals. The Huckleberry Cream Ale is a warm weather favorite. 1109 Fontaine Dr., Ponderay, Idaho • 208-263-9222 • MICKDUFF’S BREWING CO. Started by Mick and Duff y Mahoney in 2006, McDuff ’’s is located right on Sandpoint’s main drag. Beloved for its friendly atmosphere, handcrafted ales and well-executed pub food (order the handcut fries), MickDuff ’s regularly brews seven beers, along with some seasonal options. 312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-4351 • NO-LI BREWHOUSE The brewery previously known as Northern Lights has been gathering some big awards this past year, and distribution is expanding to Seattle, Portland, Colorado, the D.C. area, and even Sweden. But the brewery isn’t forgetting its roots — all ingredients are still locally sourced, and the bottles are mini-billboards of Spokane pride — and so far it doesn’t seem like the hometown crowd minds sharing, especially since we can drink straight from the source at the brewhouse. 1003 E. Trent Ave., Spokane • 242-2739 •

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BREWERIES RIVER CITY BREWING This brewery made a splash in the Inland Northwest craft beer scene in the last year with its River City Red, which began appearing on tap around the city. Operated by the former owners of the Coeur d’Alene brewing company and they are currently running a production-only brewery — but check in with them about tours of their facility. 1325 W. First Ave., Spokane • RiverCityBrewing STEAM PLANT BREWING CO. Steam Plant brews all of its beers onsite — even going to the trouble of locally sourcing most of its grain and hops.There are nine beers in all, plus additional rotating cask-conditioned ales and the Brewer’s Whim. The Taster Tray ($17) enables you to try them all. 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane • 777-3900 • SELKIRK ABBEY BREWING COMPANY After celebrating a successful first year, Selkirk Abbey is in the process of major growth, expanding from the Inland Northwest to include western Washington and parts of Canada. The first bottles are hitting shelves, such as the flagship Infidel Belgian-style IPA. 6180 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls, Idaho • 208-292-4901 •

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he numbered glass mugs hanging in rows above the bar at JONES RADIATOR (120 E. Sprague Ave., 747-6005) aren’t just for any drinker who walks through the door — each one belongs exclusively to a member of the bar’s mug club. The rules are simple: A limited number of club members get more beer — at Jones, it’s 23 oz. for the price of a pint — and other exclusive perks for an annual fee. With only 100 mugs and many members renewing, the signup day each year draws a crowd. The competition is even stiffer in Sandpoint at MICKDUFF’S BREWING COMPANY (312 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, 208-255-4351), where the wait list often fills up in hours. Others spots offer their own take — the Perry District’s LANTERN TAP HOUSE (1004 S. Perry St., 315-9531) gives free membership to whoever drinks most; SARANAC PUBLIC HOUSE (21 W. Main Ave., 473-9455) includes deals on food, too. Down in the college towns on the Palouse, the MOSCOW ALEHOUSE (226 W. Sixth St., Moscow, 208-882-2739) and PARADISE CREEK BREWERY (245 S.E. Paradise St., Pullman, 509-338-9463) clubs are popular. But the oldest, and the most exclusive, is at THE COUG (900 N.E. Colorado St., Pullman, 509-332-1265) near Washington State University: More than 100 applicants — typically undergrads — vie for 25 new spots each semester. Once accepted, owner Bob Cady says, a member gets “discounted beer for life.” — LISA WAANANEN

BIPLANE BREWING COMPANY Biplane Brewing is back after a short hiatus with its beers named after World War I planes, like the Rumbler Red Scottish Ale. Their growlers come with four pint glasses, or spring for the Party Pig, which holds 2.25 gallons and comes in a Carry Cooler. 4082 Primrose Ln., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-6830369 • BIG BARN BREWING COMPANY The Green Bluff-based Big Barn Brewing Co. keeps it local and infuses its beer with berries grown in the connected berry farm, Bodacious Berries & Fruit. Its seasonal brews include a strawberry cream ale and a blackberry porter. They also began growing their own hops and malting barley this year. 16004 Applewood Ln., Mead • 238-2489 • BodaciousBerriesFruitsAndBrews RAMBLIN’ ROAD Ramblin’ Road Beer offers bold Belgian and Northwest style ales that can be found at local bars and restaurants. They are also in the process of opening a taproom, so customers can taste the adventurous brews where they are made. 730 N. Columbus St., Spokane • 995-3901 • WALLACE BREWING COMPANY Wallace Brewing Company brews beer in the spirit of their town’s notorious past. Their beer names are mining, bordello-inspired like the RedLight Irish Red Ale and the Jackleg Stout. The place is equipped with a tasting room that includes darts and a pool table. 610 Bank St., Wallace, Idaho • 208-6603430 •

HOPPED UP BREWING COMPANY This brewery — owned by husband and wife Steve and Sue Ewan — serves eight beers in its tasting room, ranging from an IPA and an imperial amber that live up to the brewery’s name to a two stouts and a porter. More than 10 years ago, Steve bought the brewing equipment. It sat in storage until recently when Steve, a longtime homebrewer, decided to jump into the burgeoning Inland Northwest brewing boom. 10421 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley • 413-2488 • hoppedupbrew MOSCOW BREWING COMPANY The brand new Moscow Brewing is looking to keep things simple, at least for now. Their beers are named just by their style, and brewer Lucas Rate says they’re keeping their dreams local. The brewery has a taproom, though Rate hopes to sell mostly to restaurants and bars in Moscow and Pullman. He’s looking to brew a hefeweizen and a kolsch this summer, a fresh-hop beer this fall and a spruce porter next spring. 630 N. Almon St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-8747340 • SLATE CREEK BREWING CO. In the Inland Northwest beer and nature appreciation go hand in hand, so why not bring it all under one roof? Brothers Ryan and Jason Wing did just this when they opened Slate Creek Brewery.It has a rustic, industrial theme and plenty of earthy colors. The beers fit the theme, with names like Mountain Monk, Paddleboard Porter and Norse Nectar. 1710 N. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208664-7727 • ORLISON BREWING Formerly known as Golden Hills Brewing, Orlison unveiled its new name, logo and increased production plans this summer. Soon, they’ll be canning their craft lagers and you’ll also be seeing a lot more of their taps around the region. 12921 W. 17th Ave., Airway Heights • 2442536 • TRICKSTER’S BREWING COMPANY Matt Morrow, a veteran of the bustling Colorado brewing scene, opened Tricksters Brewing in December in a semi-industrial area of Coeur d’Alene. Just months later, the place is already a target for North Idaho beer lovers, who descend on the tasting room for growler fills (only $8) or a cold pint of their popular Bear Trap Brown. About 40 bars and restaurants in CdA and Moscow carry the beer. 3850 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 970-764-7128 •

CASINOS ACES CASINO A small, low-pressure casino, Aces offers table games (blackjack, Spanish 21, pai gow, etc.) and poker. You can also hang around for a drink and order some grill food. 6301 N. Division St., Spokane • 892-5242

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Mootsy’s, while small, continues to be a cornerstone of local music. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

Rock ’n’ Roll I is Here to Stay The music venues that have weathered the storm and stayed afloat

sic community adds to the culture of Mootsy’s. “I think what we have at Mootsy’s, and the sense of community we have, is such a special thing, and I don’t think you can manufacture it,” he says. “I’m so honored and humbled to hold the torch for what Mootsy’s is, and the sense of community that people have here.” Though the all-ages music scene has long struggled to find a home, Tom “TC” Chavez has kept the youngsters of the Inland Northwest entertained at his venue, THE HOP! (706 N. Monroe St.). It started as a rinky-dink punk venue further north, but Chavez moved and transformed it into one of Spokane’s largest, most legitimate all-ages hangouts. It’s an all-music, all-the-time sort of place: where bands play their first shows, and where giant touring acts have made stops. Though it’s not locally owned, THE KNITTING FACTORY (911 W. Sprague Ave.), continues to bring big-time touring acts through the area, and opens up its giant stage for local bands to get some practice playing to bigger crowds. In the past year, bands and artists like the Head and the Heart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Tyler, the Creator all played the Knit stage — bringing some of the big city right here to little ol’ Spokane. — LEAH SOTTILE


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t’s no secret that Spokane has had a revolving door of local music venues. There’s a spot on the 200 block of Riverside Avenue that has had so many names in its lifespan, it’s almost become the joke of the music scene. The old Fat Tuesday’s joint on Pacific Avenue had a similar affliction. But there’s one place in Spokane that always has hosted live music, and always will. MOOTSY’S (406 W. Sprague Ave.), a blink-and-you’ll-missit bar near the corner of Sprague and Washington, continues to be the cornerstone of the local music scene: bringing in big, buzzworthy bands from around the country, celebrating talented locals and always taking a chance on genres of music that you might not hear at other venues in town. Witchhouse, doom, psychedelic, alt-country — you’ll hear it all at Mootsy’s. Daniel Sanchez, who has operated the bar for the past seven years, knew he was walking into a long legacy of live music when he purchased Mootsy’s. Soon, he saw why it was important to keep music there: it meant something to the people who work there, who sit on the barstools there. He says he trusts his staff and his resident booking agent, Patrick Kendrick of Platform Booking, to bring in music — and they always deliver. And Sanchez sees the true value that the live mu-


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THE BLACK PEARL CASINO AND POKER ROOM This locally owned Spokane Valley Casino is known for its friendly, high-energy dealers that can even make a losing night at the blackjack table fun. Play blackjack, Spanish 21, Ultimate Texas Hold ‘Em, Three card poker, Pai Gow and live poker games here. If you stay long enough to get hungry, pop in their restaurant that harkens back to the days when you could eat cheap in Vegas — everything on the menu is under $10. 2104 N. Pines, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 290-5484 • CHEWELAH CASINO This small but mighty casino is located near 49 Degrees North. Here, you have your choice of slots, blackjack, Spanish 21 and roulette. The Hideaway lounge is the place to catch a game, and and the Mistequa Café will keep you fed. Check their website for buffet specials, and promotions like daily cash giveaways. 2555 Smith Rd., Chewelah • 935-6167 • COEUR D’ALENE CASINO The Coeur d’Alene Casino has evolved from a small tribal casino to a rightful tourist destination, complete with an upscale resort, an award-winning golf course, the uber-sleek Spa Ssakwa’q’n and of course, a vibrant casino floor featuring slots, bingo and off track betting. 37914 S. Nukwalqw Rd., Worley, Idaho • 800-5232464 • HUGOS ON THE HILL Home of “boutique bowling,” Hugos doesn’t just have card games. It’s a self-professed “plush, casino lounge” where you’ll find Texas Hold ‘em, Spanish 21, Pai Gow and blackjack, all in an upscale environment that’s tucked high on Spokane’s South Hill. 3023 E. 28th Ave., Spokane • 535-2961 • KOOTENAI RIVER INN CASINO AND SPA Yes, it’s all the way up in Bonners Ferry, but this tribal casino has tons of 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 your money away. 7169 Plaza St., Bonners Ferry, Idaho • 208-267-8511 • LILAC LANES AND CASINO Lilac Lanes is Eastern Washington’s biggest bowling center, but if bowling’s not your thing, the casino offers daily poker tournaments, Spanish 21, Pai Gow, blackjack and Texas Shootout — a twist on Texas Hold ‘em in which each player plays “heads up” against the dealer, not the other players. 1112 E. Magnesium Rd., Spokane • 4675228 • NORTHERN QUEST RESORT & CASINO With multiple restaurants, a swanky hotel, big-name entertainment and a luxurious spa, Northern Quest Resort & Casino recreates the entire Vegas experience. And that’s why Inlander readers consistently choose Northern Quest as their favorite casino. The casino’s 46,000 square feet is 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 quality restaurants, including Masselow’s, Spokane’s only four diamond-rated restaurant, an elegant 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, just not 1,200 miles away. 100 N. Hayford Rd., Airway Heights • 242-7000 • 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 rivers outside. 6828 B Hwy. 25 South, Davenport • 722-4000 • 

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Going to the movies is certainly a pleasant way to pass the night, but it doesn’t take too long until run-of-the-mill Hollywood films grow dull. Enter the Spokane International Film Festival. SpIFF has brought pre-commercial-release features, documentaries and shorts made around the world to downtown Spokane for 16 years. Catch the same films audiences at the Cannes and New York film festivals are seeing and check out the filmmaker forums to hear straight from the films’ creators. Jan. 24-Feb. 1, 2014


Spokane’s Historic Browne’s Addition neighborhood turns allout party when it’s time for Elkfest. The annual outdoor music festival put on by the Elk Public House brings out the best of local indie acts and bands from the Pacific Northwest. Don’t miss the beer gardens, great pub grub and the contagious party spirit. Oh, and did we mention the festival is free? Early June

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If you like the nighttime, cold mountain air and speed, hit the nocturnal slopes on Mount Spokane. You can ski or snowboard under the lights four nights each week during the winter (excluding Christmas and New Year’s). It’s six hours of blissful skiing that will still be there when you get off of work or out of school. Saturday nights feature live music in the Foggy Bottom Lounge where you can also get your beer and wine. Or fill up on food at the full-service cafeteria. Wednesday-Saturday nights, Dec. 20-March 15


A cold glass of local brew and your haunches in a theater seat watching a ridiculous, yet awesome, flick. That’s what The Inlander’s Suds and Cinema series is all about. At this installment, watch Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age movie, Dazed and Confused, at the Bing Crosby Theater and enjoy cheap pints from No-Li Brewhouse. The Inlander will also be celebrating its 20th anniversary with No-Li and Boo Radley’s, all three of which started in 1993. Oct. 17, 2013


Take off on the icy waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene for the New Year’s Eve Rock the Boat cruise. Join the party crowd for a champagne toast, shotski, ice luge and dancing to what the DJ spins. If you’re looking for the family-friendly crowd, they’ll be on the Elegant and Memorable Cruise, which is new this year. Dance to classier music, enjoy the dessert social and a champagne toast as well. Both cruises will have a great view of the midnight fireworks. Dec. 31, 2013



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This group draws out the poets and poetry lovers for bouts of competitive spoken word poetry at local venues, such as the BootSlam at Boots Bakery and Lounge on the first Sunday of each month. When May comes around, finals are held to determine the year’s top Spokane poets. For upped competition, the Individual World Poetry Slam will be in Spokane for the first time, bringing 72 poets from across the states and Canada on Oct. 3-5, 2013 to vie for verbal superiority. First Sunday of each month; finals in May


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eccentric in-vogue look of Portlanders or the classiness of Seattleites, and especially not any Los Angeles glam. That’s because we’re Inlanders. We like our jeans, pullover sweatshirts and the occasional flannel. Of course, that’s a generalization. But Summer Hightower, owner of vintage/ modern boutique VEDA LUX (1106 S. Perry St.,, says while there may be some Inlanders who dress for fashion, on the whole it’s a dress-forcomfort kind of place. Whereas in Seattle or Portland, people get done up just to leave the house. “You’ll walk down the street here decked out in a cool ’50s dress and people are like, ‘Whoa, where are you going?’ she says. “ ‘Nowhere, I’m going to go get ice cream.’ ”


“I think it’s really wonderful that we can drive our business by looking at what’s happening in Spokane and extrapolate that to have a successful business nationally.” happening in Spokane and extrapolate that to have a successful business nationally,” Fish says. “I owe a lot to this community.”

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Every Christmas for the past 56 years a large decoration of hand-painted 6-by-12-foot plastic panels is installed on the face of a building in downtown Spokane. What is the display called and what current building displays it? a. North Pole at Nordstrom b. Christmas Windows at the Crescent c. Silver Bells at the Davenport Hotel d. The Madonna at Macy’s


What historic department store opened in Spokane the day before the great fire swept through town in 1889? a. Hudson’s b. The Crescent c. Bon Marché d. Rhodes Brothers


Boo Radley’s, a wacky downtown gift shop, and Atticus Coffee & Gifts are named after characters in which American novel? a. “The Great Gatsby” b. “The Catcher in the Rye” c. “To Kill a Mockingbird” d. “The Grapes of Wrath”


E. L. Overjorde opened a jewelry store in Coeur d’Alene in 1907 that later became Clark’s Diamond Jewelers on Sherman Avenue. His son Bob worked for Harry Winston, a well-known American jeweler in possession of what famous diamond at the time? a. The Hope Diamond b. The Great Star of Africa c. The Centenary Diamond d. The Orlov


Huppin’s, a home electronics store, was founded in Spokane in 1908 by Sam Huppin. But Sam didn’t open it as an electronics store. What kind of shop was Huppin’s when it first opened? a. Cigar shop b. Home decor c. Tailor shop d. Beauty parlor


he Inland Northwest might be a particularly gracious breeding ground for local businesses, but it doesn’t happen without hard work and a little coaxing of the Inlander mindset that sometimes gets stuck on big chain stores. Heather Hanley, whose home decor stores — TIN ROOF (1727 E. Sprague Ave., and CONCEPT HOME (401 W. 1st Ave., — evolved from the radio repair shop that her grandpa opened on Sprague in 1945, says that although Inlanders rally around small businesses, sometimes we need to be reminded to shop local. “It’s easy to remember to go to Nordstrom when you need a new pair ...continued on next page


When the city of Spokane installed parking meters downtown for the first time in 1942, what was the time limit for every meter? a. three hours b. 20 minutes c. no time limit d. one hour


he upside to living in an area that lags a little behind the bigger cities is that local business owners have the opportunity to fill niches. In already brimming metropolises, your new shop idea might just sink into the clutter, becoming one of many of its kind. But in Spokane, your business has the chance to be its own breed, or at least one of just a few. After lifelong Spokanite Andy Dinnison saw no local business specialized in zany retail items — zombie gnomes, horse-head masks, T-shirts and mugs covered in fictional creatures, and the like — he decided to open his shop, the whimsical BOO RADLEY’S (232 N. Howard St.), in 1993. “I thought Spokane needed to have more fun,” Dinnison says. “It seems like 20 years ago we were taking ourselves pretty seriously.” Then in 2009, Dinnison and his wife, Kris, opened ATTICUS COFFEE & GIFTS (222 N. Howard St.) a couple doors down from Boo Radley’s. Atticus, with its Cheers-like gathering-place feel, also sells “more serious” home decor items that, if carried at Boo Radley’s, would get lost in all the weirdness. Atticus and Boo Radley’s have since become iconic in Spokane’s downtown scene. Other signature Spokane businesses like HUPPIN’S (8016 N. Division St., and MOUNTAIN GEAR (2002 N. Division St., put their roots down locally and were able to branch out nationwide via mail order, then the Internet. Paul Fish was making custom-built backpacks when he moved to Spokane 30 years ago. Within a month he opened Mountain Gear. His small outdoor retailer

soon expanded with a large climbing, mountaineering, snow and water sport inventory and began shipping across the country in the ’90s. Fish credits kind-natured Spokanites and their passion for the outdoors and local business for his success with Mountain Gear. “I didn’t know anything about business when I got here, and they treated me gently and took me by the hand, and helped me get where I’m going and where I’ve gone,” he says. What Fish learned in Spokane he took to the national market. Among Inlanders it’s hard to find an outdoor wannabe — someone who dons a Moonstone jacket and state-of-the-art hiking boots for the lone reason of looking outdoorsy. We all participate in outdoor activities, he says. Because of that, he could use Spokane as a testing ground for his gear. “I think it’s really wonderful that we can drive our business by looking at what’s

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of shoes, but how about going down to Finders Keepers?” Hanley says. “That has to be in the forefront of your mind.” Hanley shaped her stores with a boutique feel that she experienced in the Bay Area while attending school. But as far as a widespread boutique scene, she says Spokane is still slow on the uptake. “I think we’re just sort of on the edge of having great boutique shopping,” she says. Make no mistake, though. Our collection of boutiques, though comparatively smaller than other cities, still thrives. The Garland and SoDo Districts have GLAMARITA (911½ W. Garland Ave., and CALAMITY JANE’S (303 W. 2nd Ave.), and there’s ARTEMIS (1021 W. 1st Ave.) and CAROUSEL (110 S. Cedar St.), among others. But Hightower feels a tad alone at Veda Lux. Her 15-by-15-foot shop is currently the only local outlet for clothes and gifts in the up-and-coming Perry District. And she says the hardest thing about owning a vintage/ modern boutique in Spokane is that the fashion scene is lacking among Inlanders. “As far as shopping as a whole, I feel like most people are mall shoppers, which would be nice to get them out of that mentality,” Hightower says. “But it seems like everyone goes shopping at places like Forever 21, places where they can get things super inexpensive, instead of looking for the really good quality, one-of-a-kind craftsmanship.” Dinnison agrees. “We embrace the big box stores pretty well, unfortunately,” he says. And while there’s obviously a place for those, there’s a void left behind that it seems only local businesses can fill. “As far as locally owned retail, there still needs to be more,” he says. “People need to embrace that more, and people need to take those chances and fill some of those niches.” Our restaurant and coffee shop scenes may be booming, but retail-wise we’re still in transition, and so are Inlanders themselves. “I think we’re still trying to figure out what it is to be an Inlander,” Dinnison says. Other towns — Eugene, Missoula, Bellingham, Seattle — seem to have a distinct persona, but we suffer from a bit of a self-image problem. “We don’t have our uniform picked out yet like some of them do,” he says. “Our language is not defined. Maybe that’s what’s cool about it.” — JO MILLER

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Essential Experiences Andy Dinnison, owner of downtown Spokane shops Boo Radley’s and Atticus Coffee, was born and raised in Spokane, went to college here and never left. He’s well-versed in the Inlander lifestyle and includes these activities on his list of must-dos. SEE A HOARY MARMOT They’re everywhere. These not-so-little members of the squirrel family can be found all around Riverfront Park and pretty much any place there’s grass and rocks. Rumor has it they even whistle. GO TRANSCENDING We can’t tell you exactly what transcending is. So if you don’t know, you might need to ask a local to take you. We can tell you it doesn’t involve illegal substances, but it may be hazardous to your safety. SHOP THE WHITE ELEPHANT No, don’t go shopping for useless objects. Just check out this iconic Spokane store for its eclectic selection of both Legos and ammo. White Elephant has everything from children’s toys to fishing and hunting gear to 1974 World’s Fair souvenirs. ADMIRE THE FALLS The waterfalls on the Spokane River really get gushing during the spring. “So many people in Spokane see it once and never go back and look at it again,” Dinnison says. “Yet people from out of town go, ‘Oh my god, that’s spectacular.’ ” HUNT SOMETHING Yes, the Inland Northwest has plenty of bird and deer hunting, but try hunting morel mushrooms, huckleberries, or the ever-elusive snipe. VISIT ‘THE LAKE’ It’s hard to say exactly which lake, because, well, there are just so many in the Inland Northwest. Choose one and go swimming, paddleboarding, fishing, you name it. Or do what Dinnison likes to do best at “the lake”: “Nothing, absolutely nothing.”

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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) • Shoes • Make Up • Babies & Children • Home Furnishings • Gifts & Home Decor • Toys • Books • Pets 2013 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 If you’re lucky enough to buy your houndstooth sport coats and silk woven ties from this local stalwart of men’s fashion… well, you’re lucky enough. From exclusive product lines like Hickey Freeman and Joey Rodolfo to the casual chic Tommy Bahama; if you have the taste and the means, this River Park Square shop can deliver. River Park Square, 814 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-1652 • APRICOT LANE The styles and price points at Apricot Lane are fashionforward enough to be endorsed by stylist and media darling Liliana Vasquez. But while the brand gets national attention, each boutique is locally owned and operated. Shoppers love the diverse denim collection, fun assortment of bold, reasonably priced tops, dresses, and fanciful accessories. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 7471580 •


ARTEMIS Over the past year, a row of arguably some of Spokane’s best boutique shopping has sprung up on West First, anchored by Artemis. You never know what you’ll discover at this impeccibly stylish boutique, from feminine dresses to wingback chairs arfully reupholsted in vintage Swiss Army blankets. And that’s why we keep going back. 1021 W. 1st Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 747-0332 • AUDREY’S Audrey’s is Spokane’s original boutique, outfitting Spokane women for 45 years with evening gowns, resort wear and intimates. Audrey’s prides itself on providing personlized service, including custom fittings for post-mastectomy women. 3131 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 324-8612 •

FINAN MCDONALD Finan McDonald caters to the active Northwesterner, with brands like Horny Toad, Chaco, Patagonia and Ex Officio, and can dress them for a day of paddleboarding or a night spent dancing at the Sandpoint Festival. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-4349 • | 301 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-3622 FINDERS KEEPERS I JEWELRY GALORE Walking into Finders Keepers feels like cracking open a chest of buried treasure. Only jewelry, new and antique, can be found in this slice of heaven. Owner Deena Caruso currently resides in New York City and sends handpicked pieces to her beloved store. No matter what the occasion, this boutique has something just right. 309 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-4590 •

clothing, but even the urban cowboy or hipster can find something here. Elegant cowboy hats sit alongside linen fedoras and ivy caps. Sleek leather jackets with urban styling details are just a rounder away from the more-than-a-little-bitcountry suede vests. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-0200 GLAMARITA Glamarita is the epicenter of restyled fashion. The word “unique” is thrown around a lot, but Glamarita designer Ronnie Ryno’s creations earn the description. The cocktail dresses she designs out of neckties from the Mad Men era are simply jaw-dropping. Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Collaborate with Ryno for a design that’s truly one of a kind. 911½ W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 216-4300 • facebook. com/glamarita

BELLA JEZZA: A BOUTIQUE Boho chic lives on at Sandpoint’s Bella Jezza boutique. A perfect fit for the North Idaho woman who’s free-spirited, fun-loving and active. Don’t miss the outdoor changing room. 324 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208263-1116 CALAMITY JANE’S BOUTIQUE This trendy boutique offers casual yet chic clothing from funky tops to comfortable dresses, and all at savvy prices. Fresh-smelling Lulah body lotions and sprays can also be found here, making for perfect gifts. The collection of statement jewelry alone makes it worth stopping in to take a peek. 303 W. 2nd Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 747-5077 COLCA ANDEAN FASHIONS You’ll find the softest sweaters, scarves and coats at this tiny Green Bluff boutique that’s located on a working alpaca farm. Most items are imported from Peru or Bolivia, or come from the farm’s own animals. 16219 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd., Mead, Wash. • 475-5110 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. Don’t miss the Coldwater Creek wine bar upstairs. 311 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-2265 • coldwatercreek. com ESCAPE OUTDOORS Here in the Inland Northwest, we can get picky about our outdoor sporting attire. Escape Outdoors is one of the best places to buy from notable brands like Patagonia, Helly Hansen, and Arcteryx. In the winter, Oakley and Smith goggles are tucked away in the displays and ski/snowboard attire lines the walls. Once summer rolls around, quality hiking clothes and swim attire can be found here. Riverstone, 2028 N. Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-6602 • | River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-3636

Artemis FINDERS KEEPERS II DESIGNER DRESS BOUTIQUE From high-school prom to Epicurean Delight, this boutique is one of Spokane’s favorite spots to buy THE dress. The abundance of options can be overwhelming, but from sparkly, youthful dresses to elegant, 1920s-inspired gowns, there is something for everyone. Beautifully adorned hats and fascinators are a favorite for tea parties and events like the Cobra Polo Classic. 18 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-1251 • FRINGE SALON & BOUTIQUE We’ll admit it. We’ve gone out for groceries at Rosauer’s and come home with a new dress we spied in the window at Fringe. This South Hill boutique has the stylish infinity scarves, fedoras, Kut denim and casual dresses you’ll find at Nordies, but at a more reasonable price point. 2622 E 29th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 315-8138 • GENTLEMEN’S CORNER The Gentlemen’s Corner sells high-quality Western-themed

JAKE’S DRY DOCK Jake’s Dry Dock is a perky little shop with a endless supply of Life is Good socks, shirts, hoodies, hats, beach towels, and mugs. 6424 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-772-3874 • JEMA LANE Finally. A boutique alternative to the cavernous Spokane Valley Mall. Jema Lane carries the cute looks you’ve pinned on Pinterest, like chevron blouses and striped maxi skirts, for a price point that’s generally between $30-$50 apiece. 613 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 321-2330 • JIGSAW When walking down Main Avenue, this boutique is impossible not to notice with its floor-to-ceiling windows displaying exquisite, eye-catching pieces. It houses the type of clothing we love to gawk at, but actually may be afraid to touch, as the prices are on the higher side. Spokane women come here to splurge on pieces that are sure to be noticed. 601 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 835-3517 •

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KATZE BOUTIQUE Located across the street from the Davenport Hotel, Katze has a unique aesthetic and sells what it calls “wearable art clothing with a European flair”. Separates are flowy and always made from natural fibers like linen or hemp, but the natural stone jewelry steals the show. 720 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-5724 • LOLO BOUTIQUE Lolo is a go-to destination for bohemian-style clothing catering to women with sophisticated tastes. Quality tops and dresses, as well as name-brand jeans, can be found here. Accessorizing is made easy with the assortment of great leather purses and wallets, along with beautiful handcrafted jewelry. Pots, vases, pillows, and candles are among the stylish, unique pieces of home décor also available. 319 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 747-2867 • LUCKY MONKEY TRADING CO. Coeur d’Alene’s Lucky Monkey imports boho style from all over the globe, from Himalayan bracelets and tagua nut necklaces to upcycled saris. The extensive jewelry collection and eclectic assortment of waggish bags, flasks, soaps and candles make this a go-to gift shop. 412 E. Sherman Ave., Ste. 101, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-9096 • MARMALADE FRESH CLOTHING The tourists may not know to shop off of Sherman, but stylish locals know to seek out Marmalade for its fresh take on fashion and perfectly curated jewelry selection. 117 S. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-6967 PAINTED PONY Expect high-quality Western wear that runs 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 • PEDRO’S AT THE PANIDA THEATRE Located on Sandpoint’s main drag, Pedro’s is a tiny shop that packs every square inch with luxuriously soft sweaters, wraps and scarves made from exotic natural fibers like alpaca. The space may be small, but there’s much to see, from statement jewelry to yarn by the skein. 300 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-6200 •

THE SILVER ELEMENT The balance between beauty and edge has been realized in this Main Avenue shop specializing in jewelry made from sterling silver. From pendants to rings, the metal is shaped by hand to create something unique and artistic. Each piece has some sort of meaning or symbol behind the design, giving it a special quality. 524 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 455-6158 • SMITTEN CLOTHING BOUTIQUE This self-proclaimed “rock chic” boutique aims for a brash, hot aesthetic. Expect Ed Hardy-inspired tees for men, denim pockets embellished with embroidery, and for the women, sexy halters and dresses that show off their latest tat. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-7467 • SPARROW Trendy northside women must have sighed in relief when Sparrow set up shop. No more driving downtown for a cute first-date dress or 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 runs from high school students to empty nesters. 915 E. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 467-8498

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SWANK BOUTIQUE Swank’s style is downtown edgy, the prices are reasonable and the clientelle runs from ages 14 to 60. Shop here for maxi skirts, blinged-out trucker hats, first-date dresses and awesome, reasonably priced waterfall necklaces. 4727 N. Division St., Suite 100D, Spokane, Wash. • 468-1839 • TANGERINE An exclusive Spokane vendor for the vibrant Desigual and eco-focused Skunkfunk lines, the designs inside Tangerine remain fresh and modern, without being too “young” for women of a certain age. This friendly little boutique also has a talent for stocking playful purses and jewelry. 1019 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 413-2169 • TangerineBoutique TIFFANY BLUE Inlander readers must have great taste, or they wouldn’t keep voting Tiffany Blue North Idaho’s best boutique. And now this ever-so-stylish boutique has opened a second shop (Tiffany Blue II) in Riverstone Village. Expect the same chic style at the new location, with a more approachable price point for locals. 404 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-2583 • | 2027 Main St., Riverstone Village, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-292-4543

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PISTOLE LIFESTYLE & SKATE Downtown’s premiere skate shop, Pistole caters to male boarders with what they claim is the largest inventory of skateboards, shoes and lids in Spokane. Pistole’s custom-designed decks — more than 20 of them — have a following, and two of their boards raise funds for the Humane Society and the UTF skatepark. Pistole’s urban style extends to clothing lines by

the likes of Brixton, Volcom, KR3W and iNi Cooperative. When the snow falls, shop here for Dinosaurs Will Die and Smokin snowboards. 523 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 473-9430


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If your pup happens to be a fashionista, she (or he) will feel right at home. Kendra Cunningham, shop owner and designer of Harlow and Grace Canine Couture, specializes in making runway-ready outfits for small dogs. Dress yours up in a sparkly tutu, party dress or fido fascinator (a fashionable dog hat). Cunningham is working on a new line of leather collars for fall and planning Spokane’s second annual all-dog charity fashion show, Canines on the Catwalk, for spring of 2014. IF YOU GO: 911 W. Garland Ave., 995-2110


Specializing in premium pet foods, this boutique caters to dog and cat diets that require grain-free and all-natural selections. You can choose from dry, wet or raw food and a plethora of leashes, collars and chew toys. Going on vacation? Pampurred Pet has seven kennels available for small dog boarding. The indoor, homelike setting has tile floor and glass doors with a fully fenced backyard for potty breaks. And the television is always tuned to Animal Planet, so your dog will never feel alone. IF YOU GO: 920 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho 208-777-3190


With a slew of collars, leashes and designer beds, you’ll find the perfect gear for a cat or dog of any size. Gain some pet-owner knowledge with tips from the trainers on staff, who will help you navigate food labels to pick out the best natural, holistic food. This South Hill shop is pet-friendly, of course, so you can take your dog to the Whine Bar to sample treats and pick out a new favorite. IF YOU GO: 2917 E. Palouse Hwy., 443-9663


Shop owner Max Powell handcrafts apparel for your dog — anything from coats to bathing suits to Halloween costumes. Select an already-made outfit in the shop or order a custom ensemble for no extra charge. The shop is also big on safety for your dog: ingredients of freshbaked treats are regulated to ensure your pet’s health. You can also buy hats (to keep them cool), life jackets and doggles (dog goggles) for when they stick their head out of a speeding car. IF YOU GO: 2904 E. Francis Ave., 487-4336


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BOUTIQUES (NEW) VELVET HANGER Velvet Hanger has big-city style, without the pretentious, judgmental customer service you often get in a swanky urban boutique. You’ll be drawn to the denim wall, as well as the trendiest bohemian-inspired clothing, which this year is the Sky brand. Locally crafted hair accessories, hot shoes and Frye boots reign. 413 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-6461 • VIVO Racks of trendy clothes go from floor to ceiling and jeans with bedazzled pockets are stacked high at Vivo. The artillery of accessories includes jewelry, belts and purses. From casual getups to flirty dresses, everything is very affordable. Shop their clearance center, on Sunset Ave. for even better deals. 311 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-758-0478 • | NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 795-5405 | Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 315-2296 | 296 W. Sunset Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-758-0458 | River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 850-3879 ZANY ZEBRA The Zany Zebra doesn’t take itself too seriously. The fashion is fun and casual, and the Zany Zebra woman isn’t afraid to wear a little bling on her butt, strutting around in Silver and Miss Me denim. In addition to convertible skirts, tanks and dresses, they also sell the occasional yodeling pickle, flasks with smart-ass sayings and Dammit Dolls. 317 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-2178 •

BOUTIQUES (VINTAGE) BACHELOR PAD All swagger and funloving, Bachelor Pad is Spokane’s only men’s fine design consignment shop. Purveyor Tony Brown stocks rows of vintage and fitted modern shirts and suits, along with “really well-made shoes.”

Brown’s hip apparel collection is rounded out by an expansive, groovy selection of hats and accessories. 2810 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 230-9264 • facebook. com/thebachelorpadspokane

‘70s blouses. But don’t buy just one piece here. Where Fringe & Fray really excels is in its styling of complete looks. 1325 W. First Ave., Suite 102, Spokane, Wash. • 720-7116 •

CAROUSEL The younger you are, the more of a novelty Carousel inventory will be for you. There are so many groovy pantsuits and stunning ‘60s-era sheaths, you’ll want to throw a party just to wear them. Did someone actually break into your mom’s closet in 1978, take your favorite dress and sell it to this place? It can feel that way. 110 S. Cedar St., Spokane, Wash. • 838-2877 •

THE RECLOTHERY When women want to purge their closets of ASL suits and Classiques Entier cardigans, they consign them at the Reclothery. This isn’t a hipster vintage boutique, but rather a trove of gently worn items, with an emphasis on professional wear. 613 S. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 624-9741 • thereclothery. com

and accessories and you just might find a treasure like a Dooney and Bourke handbag or a pair of brand-name jeans — and at a steal of a price. Prom gowns, jewelry, vintage getups, shoes, and modern pieces coincide here. 905 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 315-9033

SHOES SNOW RIVER UGGS AND MORE Snow River is all Uggs, all the time. Stock up on boots, slippers, mules and even flip-flops, all made with that insanely soft shearling. If you can’t make the trek to Sandpoint, they ship nationwide. 102 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-4472 • THE WALK SHOPPE We’re not a Jimmy Choo kind of town. We don’t teeter around here in the Inland Northwest. We hike and walk (even in January when there’s two feet of snow on the ground). The Walk Shoppe understands that and stocks stylish, wearable shoes by the likes of Bogs, Clarks and Sanuk, and all the SmartWool socks you need to survive winter. 3707 S. Grand Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 747-2161 • thewalkshoppe

MAKE UP Snow River Uggs ECHO BOUTIQUE The window displays are always on-trend and the exposed brick walls and stylish separates suggest a hipster boutique, but Echo actually is a consignment shop. You will find some vintage items here, but the inventory tends to be more current. Don’t be surprised when you score a never-worn item, with the original tags still on it. 176 S. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 747-0890 •

VEDA LUX The shop may be housed in a vintage post office with only 225 square feet of space, but it’s chock-full of both vintage and modern chic clothes, which owner Summer Hightower picks up on buying trips all across the country. She also handcrafts most of the jewelry — earrings, necklaces, hair pins, even custom-made bridal fascinators — all elegant with pinupgirl flair. 1106 S. Perry St., Spokane, Wash. • 475-1674 •

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

ZIPPERZ This Garland District boutique describes itself as an “upscale” consignment shop, and rightfully so. Search through its inventory of clothes

THE MAKE-UP STUDIO When a movie or television production 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 makeup lessons or facials. 216 N. Bernard Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 455-7430 • MODERN APOTHECARY URBAN MAKE-UP, MASSAGE AND BLENDING BAR Look and feel better with beauty essentials made from natural, vegan and organic materials. Modern Apothecary is an urban makeup and massage studio as well as a blending bar, where you can create your signature scent utilizing essential oils. 9 S. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 998-3119 •




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BABIES & CHILDREN BELLA COVA Bella Cova means “beautiful nest” and this lovely new retail shop and resource center will help you feather yours with quality, often local and eco-friendly products families need like cloth diapers, slings, etc. Check out their ambitious events calendar for nursing support groups, birthing classes and much more. 905 N. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 327-6378 • FRENCH TOAST Targeted specifically to new and expectant mothers, the exquisite children’s boutique is also full of gift ideas for aunts, uncles, cousins or siblings. Babar and Matilda books stir happy memories, and the owners offer dreamy home design services. Steam Plant Square, 159 Lincoln St., Spokane, Wash. • 315-8200 •

Check out the Liberty Lake Yard Sale in June. CHRIS BOVEY PHOTO

Garage Sales 101 Have a plan — and bubble wrap



estyling,” “upcycling” and “refurbishing” all describe today’s socioeconomic-based, artsy trend of buying someone’s trash and transforming it into treasure. Or maybe you just want to pay less for kids’ clothes. Either shopping journey begins at a garage sale. The casual garage-saler may prefer quieter Friday sales, but if you are a specific treasure-seeker and plan to hit multiple sales, Saturday’s the day. The best online planning resource is This website allows you to categorize sales by genre, (type in “toys,” “antiques,” or “multi-family”) and offers addresses. From there, map out your route by geography and start time. And remember, no one likes an early bird. Wear clothes with several pockets, in which you’ll stash money in different denominations. Bring a tape measure (and your home’s room dimensions) for furniture and large artwork, and bubble wrap to protect newly acquired breakables. The EAGLE RIDGE COMMUNITY SALE, (118 W. Eagle Ridge Blvd., off Rt. 195) happens twice a year; on the first Saturday in June and the first Saturday in October during the Fall Festival of Homes. Eagle Ridge is a family-friendly subdivision whose sales feature household items, and clothes and bedroom furniture kids have outgrown. The annual LIBERTY LAKE COMMUNITY YARD SALE (start at Pavillion Park, 727 N. Molter Rd., Liberty Lake, Wash.) is one of the region’s largest (approximately 200 homes) and most popular. Look for kids’ clothes and gear, sporting goods, home décor and holiday items. The second Saturday (8 am-4 pm) in June 2014 will mark its 21st year! The CAMELOT PARK SPOKANE Annual Community Garage Sale (11813 N. Guinevere Drive, off Hwy. 2 in Mead) gets 85 to 90 households participating. It’s heavy on household items — and once, an RV! It’s always held the last weekend in April, and serves as a fundraiser to help maintain Camelot Park. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

LOLLIPOP LEMONDROP Lollipop Lemondrop consigns and sells pre-loved brand-name children’s wear, along with new items like leopard print Mary Janes that are ridiculously cute. Many of the charming accessories like headbands and burp clothes are new and handcrafted by Spokane moms. 410 E. Holland Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 468-6770 • OTHER MOTHERS Exchange your old, gently used children’s and maternity clothing, baby furniture and toys at Other Mothers and pick out something else for your growing family. The exchange credit program is the best deal, but if you are simply looking for one item, like a pack and play, their prices are very reasonable. 10208 N. Division St., Suite 101, Spokane, Wash. • 465-9499 | 2727 S. Mt. Vernon St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-5349

HOME FURNISHINGS (NEW) 1900 Unless your child is an aspiring ballerina, you don’t stumble across 1900.

It’s located in an old warehouse district just off of Division 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, Wash. • 363-1900 • CONCEPT HOME Downtown Spokane lost Joel and then Burgan’s; fortunately, Heather Hanley’s Concept Home arrived six years ago to fill the void with its stylish furnishings artfully staged against exposed brick walls and loft-style ceilings. The style here is fun, modern and exciting, and the showroom staff are all accredited designers — ready to help you create your perfect room. 401 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 413-1185 • concepthomefurniture. com ENNIS FINE FURNITURE Ennis stocks heirloom-quality furniture by the likes of Stickley, Drexel, Ralph Lauren, and Thomasville. One of the oldest furniture stores in Spokane, it has furnished many of the city’s most gracious homes. 8313 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 467-6707 • LAKESHORE DÉCOR Lake Shore Decor is a custom furniture and interior design showroom. Turn to interior designer Melissa Cheney when you are overhauling your living room, or browse her showroom to pick up a single lamp or toile pillow. 2402 N. Govt. Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-762-5069 • MADISON COUNTRY Located outside of downtown, and separated from any other boutiques or shops, you don’t just happen across Madison Home’s showroom. Instead, you make a point to visit this expansive store for their slipcovered armchairs, vintage-inspired farm tables and tasteful floral arrangements. Put plainly, Madison Country does cottage chic and French country just right. 2928 N. Madelia St., Spokane, Wash. • 340-1952 •



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The only community more bold and proud than Garland in north Spokane is Butte, Mont. And neither one can be typecast. The comfy vibe of the Garland neighborhood defies explanation. It appears small-town old-fashioned, but has a young, vibrant spirit. THE GARLAND THEATER, (924 W. Garland Ave.) which shows cheap just-after-first-run movies is the heart, and GLAMARITA (911½ W. Garland Ave.) is the epicenter of restyled fashion. The word “unique” is thrown around alot, but Glamarita designer Ronnie Ryno’s creations earn the description. The cocktail dresses she designs out of neckties from the Mad Men era are simply jaw-dropping. If you’re then inclined to become a seamstress, drop into THE TOP STITCH (3808 N. Monroe St.), Spokane’s most stylish fabric store, and find out how. Owner Carrie Jarvis offers classes at all skill levels. But if her Amy Butler fabrics and patterns aren’t your style, you’ll find something at SEW EZ TOO (603 W. Garland Ave.). Don’t want to sew or craft? That’s cool. ZIPPERZ (905 W. Garland Ave.) upscale consignment shop offers current women’s fashion and jewelry made by local artists. Do not leave without spending time in THE TINMAN TOO (809 W. Garland Ave.) children’s bookstore. The space is light and dreamy; the literature is carefully chosen, featuring tons of local authors. Dads with sons can’t wait to get their first haircuts at PORTER’S BARBER SHOP (614 W. Garland Ave.). Any excuse to feel hip inside that old-style space. The corrugated metal siding adds a modern contrast to the otherwise vintage decor, including an electric guitar and motorcycle. Look for First Fridays in Garland and at least one annual street fair.

Downtown Coeur d’Alene is a venue where you can even shop with your children. Closest to City Park is JUST BECAUSE (210 E. Sherman Ave.) boutique, where they are huge fans of Brighton, featuring both jewelry and bags, as well as Lindsay Phillips shoes. It’s a girlfriend-emphasis store, so lots of ideas for gifts. You know it’s OK to try out the flying toys and Kendamas at FIGPICKELS (210 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops) because the employees are, too. Parents will try to keep their kids intrigued in the “Garden of R’Eden” so they can have a time out in the planetarium room, reminisce about erector sets, or just hang out underneath one of nearly 10 brightly colored LED trees, which are sadly not for sale. SHENANIGAN’S TOY EMPORIUM & SWEET SHOP (312 E. Sherman Ave.) has a brag-worthy stock of salt water taffy, a crazy collection of Pez dispensers, and vintage toys like Slinky and reproduced Fisher-Price cameras!! Explain those to your iPhone-era young’uns! Make sure there are no sticky fingers before dipping into MARMALADE (117 S. 4th St.) “Fresh Clothing.” This corner store is across from Tubbs Hill and has a wonderful vibe, with fun professional clothes and funky tops, dresses and accessories with diverse price points. There is no such thing as a bad hair day at LUCKY MONKEY TRADING COMPANY (412 E. Sherman Ave.). Put a headband on it! Ridiculously inexpensive at $5, these accessories and lots of playful jewelry, bags and dresses have an international flair. VELVET HANGER (413 E. Sherman Ave.) always makes you feel like you’re in a big city. You’ll be drawn to the denim wall, as well as the trendiest Bohemianinspired clothing, which this year is the Sky brand. Locally crafted hair accessories and hot shoes and boots reign. Everyone will find something intriguing at MIX IT UP (513 E. Sherman Ave.) home and garden. There’s a lesson about fair trade and sustainability, as nearly all the colorful mirrors, lamps, rugs and enormous flowers are made from recycled products. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI




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The Garland Theater’s marquee lights up the night sky. (left) Designer Ronnie Ryno’s style on display at Glamarita. (right)

With its hot steam towels and straight razor face shaves, old school style reigns at Porter’s Barber Shop in the Garland District.

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Vibrant pops of color shine at Marmalade Fresh Clothing located on 4th Street in Coeur d’Alene.

Colorful diabolos wait to be played with at Figpickel’s Toy Emporium. (left) Window-shop away on Coeur d’Alene’s Sherman Avenue. (right)

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Since the Davenport Arts District Board disbanded nearly two years ago, the neighborhood’s had an identity crisis. Both “The Davenport” and the “Entertainment District” claim the businesses dotting the thriving West First strip between Madison and Monroe. But that’s cool. You’ll have a great time shopping there regardless. An exclusive Spokane vendor for the vibrant Desigual and eco-focused Skunkfunk lines, the designs inside TANGERINE BOUTIQUE (1019 West 1st Ave.) remain fresh and modern, without being too “young” for women of a certain age. Walk out Tangerine’s side door — just past the coveted clearance rack — and you’re inside LUXE COFFEE HOUSE (1017 W. 1st Ave.). There is more taste, culture and customer service inside this classy 475-square-foot space than many large businesses can claim. Developing from a coffee and pastry locale to a live music venue, with chic chandeliers and an earthy, comfortable vibe, Luxe is a great place to refuel with locally made coffee, wine or beer. Nothing was more sacred to Artemis, the Greek goddess of the hunt and natural environment, than the deer. So it’s appropriate that the hip logo for ARTEMIS SHOP (1021 W. 1st Ave.) reflects this. Offering a small collection of garage-sale-priced vintage dresses and tops, and an über-hip collection of cotton and linen tops and dresses, home décor, purses and cool accessories, this wood-and-rock-accented shop is so vast, you can get happily stuck for hours. The newest shop of old treasures beneath the Madison Monroe apartments, VINTAGE ANGEL (1025 W. 1st Ave.) opened June 2013. There are high hopes that the glorious selections of leather and boots inside this creative space may develop into a men’s section. Spokane needs more stylish options for hip dudes. It involves a two-block walk east, but you must go inside FRENCH TOAST (Steam Plant Square, 159 S. Lincoln St.). Targeted specifically to new and expectant mothers, the exquisite children’s boutique is also full of gift ideas for aunts, uncles, cousins or siblings. Babar and Matilda books stir happy memories, and the owners offer dreamy home design services.



Along the hip retail strip in south downtown Spokane, a handful of shops have come and gone; those that have thrived have had to keep evolving. “We moved into the corner space where Ronan’s Door used to be,” explains ANEMONE (301 W. 2nd Ave.) paper flower aficionado Mary Eberle. “It gives us better visibility.” The intricate small-to-wall-sized custom paper floral art installations will continue to be a huge draw on West 2nd. A SoDo original, MARCELLA’S BRIDAL (304 W. Second, 466-5281), offers a bride an opportunity to be her own designer. Either select the bodice and skirt that best suits your figure and budget, or choose from one of the glamourous gowns in her inventory. Bling-lovers have given their stamp of approval many times over to FINDERS KEEPERS JEWELRY GALORE (309 W. 2nd Ave.) an 11-time Inlander “Best Of” winner whose massive inventory changes regularly to please return shoppers and honor changing trends. LOLO BOUTIQUE (319 W. 2nd Ave.) is the SoDo pioneer. When Beth Hitch moved in seven years ago, her crisp, cheerful dresses popped through welllit windows; awakening a sense of curiosity and possibility. It’s still there in contemporary clothing lines, and an assortment of darling bath, home and garden supplies. If you find something you love at CALAMITY JANE’S (303 W. 2nd Ave.), buy it then. With reasonable price points and a fairly small stock of each item, it will go! They go all-in for figure-flattering, flowing blouses, along with handbags and glorious scarves. Whether you prefer a glass of locally-crafted wine before or after shopping, dip into the charming VINTAGE HILL CELLARS (319 W. 2nd Ave., Open for tastings Wednesday through Saturday, 1:30-5:30 pm, you can spend a half hour, or invest some time in a “tasting flight,” sampling spice and flavor combinations. ECHO BOUTIQUE (176 N. Howard St.), complements the new and vintage mix of SoDo with a playful variety of “upscale resale” clothing and artwork staged expertly against wood floors and exposed brick. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

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A garden of artfully crafted paper flowers awaits at aNeMonE in the SoDo district. (left) Accessories, like this feminine blue purse by Darling ($62) reign at Tangerine in the Davenport Arts District

Jewelry, like this multi-strand beaded necklace by Hoss ($63) make the outfit at Tangerine Boutique.

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Located in the historic Steam Plant Square, French Toast displays a rainbow of artful entertaining accessories.

Second Avenue in the SoDo district features the likes of Finders Keepers, aNeMonE, Calamity Jane, Lolo and Marcella’s (left). Shopper Rose Krause browses the racks of upscale consignment wear at Echo Boutique (right).

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The Tin Roof

Brinn Esponoza (Left) and Lindsey McMaster at a Top Stitch class.


DIY — But With a Little Help

HOME FURNISHINGS (NEW) MADISON HOME FINE FURNISHINGS AND INTERIOR ACCENTS The exterior of Madison Home’s North Division store is nondescript, 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.

Expect high-end brands, heirloom-quality furniture, and upscale price tags. 2826 N. Ruby St., Spokane, Wash. • 325-1815 • RESKUED It’s tempting to keep this secret to ourselves, but that would be selfish. So go ahead and shop reSkued for some of the best deals you’ll find on home furnishings. Reskued is the Tin Roof and Concept Home’s clearance center, and prices are typically discounted by more than 75 percent. Follow them on Facebook

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o it Yourself” is more than a hobby. It’s a culture. Pinterest has made stars out of diligent DIY-ers. Then it’s up to people like Shauna Kennedy-Carr, of THOSE GIRLS SHABBY CHIC BOUTIQUE, (616 E. Third Ave., 492-2302) to develop our fantasy “pins” into real projects: “If it’s on Pinterest, I can teach it.” Her inventory is restyled furniture and décor from found objects. “I encourage recycling,” says Carr. She and her co-owner hold bimonthly classes in creating paper flowers, bath salts, jewelry, picture frames and mosaics. “When you create with a group of people, you get inspiration from others.” Looking at the gorgeous felted bags, meticulously knitted hats and sweaters displayed inside A GRAND YARN (1220 S. Grand Blvd., is intimidating to non-knitters. But their classes start where you are. They offer both private and group workshops, and Tuesday afternoons are open for knitting groups. THE TOP STITCH (3808 N. Monroe St., showcases Amy Butler fabric and patterns. A maestro of blending rich, bold modern florals and paisleys, Butler’s fabrics fit the personality of Top Stitch owner Carrie Jarvis and her shop. Jarvis gives patient assistance both in classes and open-sew times, called “Stitch Café.” Quilts are meaningful heirlooms, but can seem like a daunting task to the novice. Both THE COZY QUILT (8108 N. Division St., and THE QUILTING BEE (12117 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley, try to break it down, offering classes for all skill levels, vibrant traditional and modern fabric, and state-of-the-art machines. Look for assisted and open sewing times on alternating weekdays. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

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to see what’s new each week. 1702 E. Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 2093954 • RUNGE FURNITURE Runge has been the go-to furniture store in North Idaho since 1946. This family-owned business carries a huge inventory that spans from appliances to Flexsteel sofas, La-Z-Boy recliners, and Beautyrest mattresses. The price points are equally varied, so there’s something here for every budget. 303 E. Spokane Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208664-2131 • THE TIN ROOF There are so many reasons to shop at The Tin Roof. First and foremost, the fun and extensive assortment home furnishings. Love shabby chic or mid-century modern, or are Tuscan styles more to your taste? The inventory here is vast and varied. And all of the showroom staff are accredited designers who can help you blend styles, whether you’re just buying a lamp or redecorating an entire house. And owner Heather Hanley seeks out American furniture manufacturers. Locally owned and family-run, The Tin Roof supports more local charities than we can list. 1727 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 535-1111 • WALKER’S FURNITURE AND MATTRESS For the first time, Walker’s Furniture earned first

place in the Inlander’s “Best Of” reader’s poll. General manager Gary Absalonson says Walker’s Furniture focuses on helping customers find furniture to fit their needs, not high-pressure sales. Walker’s has several locations in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene areas. 15 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 326-1600 • | 14214 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 928-2485

HOME FURNISHINGS (VINTAGE) HIM & HER VINTAGE FURNITURE Him & Her’s cheery yellow exterior, candyapple-red picket fence and assortment of vintage furnishings are a welcome addition to the South Perry neighborhood. Shop here for an authentic 1950s formica table, an upcycled sideboard with a fresh coat of chalk paint or a well-worn farmer’s table. 1110 S. Perry St., Spokane, Wash. • 217-7294 PAINT IN MY HAIR Having taken over the old Area 58 space, Paint in my Hair owner Jessica Jochim now boasts three times more square footage than her original shop. You’ll find hundreds of cleverly upcycled and redesigned pieces of home and kids décor. Care to create your own? Jochim demonstrates the transformative

power of Annie Sloan chalk paint. 3036 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 329-8058 • PINK What’s a salvage gallery, you ask? It’s an eclectic array of flea-market finds, nostalgic vintage goods, large-scale antiques and inventively upcycled furniture that promises Spokane’s most unique shopping experience. 154 S. Madison Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 474-1235 • MY FAVORITE THINGS Skip scrounging around yard sales for those unique finds and head straight to My Favorite Things in Post Falls. They pick the cream of the crop from local vendors and neighbors. From furniture to dishware, antiques to tools — this is a hot spot for reasonably priced home décor and vintage knickknacks. 503 E. Seltice Way, Post Falls, Idaho • 208-773-4110 • ROOST VINTAGE HOME Old is the new new. Right? That’s the motto at Roost, and this darling store will appeal to anyone who has pinned a chalk-paint project on Pinterest. Head to Roost to buy a sweet hutch repainted with lavender chalk paint for your daughter’s room, or pick up a galvanized bucket that will look so stylish when you fill it with wine bottles and ice for your next soiree. 7 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 456-2552

THOSE GIRLS “I encourage recycling,” says owner Shauna Kennedy-Carr about her vast inventory of restyled furniture and décor. Buy her statement pieces, or she can coach you about doing it yourself with (magic) one-stop chalk paint. Speaking of DIY, look for bimonthly craft classes to create paper flowers, bath salts, jewelry, picture frames and mosaics. 616 E. 3rd Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 492-2302 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 St., Spokane, Wash. • 325-2607 •

GIFTS & HOME DÉCOR 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’re 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, Claddagh rings and sparkling Galway crystal. 315 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-667-0131 •


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GIFTS & HOME DÉCOR ANEMONE HANDMADE PAPER FLOWERS Brides all across the country have “discovered” aNeMonE’s beautiful handcrafted bouquets and boutonnieres. But don’t wait for a wedding to browse their beautiful new store in the SoDo neighborhood. Bring home some stylish dogwood branches or a bonsai tree, all crafted from paper by hand. 301 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 458-3333 •

in just that. Bloem is a one-stop shop for holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries with elegant floral baskets, gourmet truffles, and Papyrus cards. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Suite 241, Spokane, Wash. • 456-8466 • CISCO’S Cisco’s is hard to define. How do you describe a place that sells authentic Navajo weavings, real bear rugs, ornate saddles, original oil paintings, moose heads, Adirondack chairs and antler chandeliers? While hard to define, it’s not hard to see that everything sold here is selected for its impeccable quality. 220 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-7697575 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 doubles the store’s square footage, making room for more otherworldly eye candy. Riverstone, 2018 Main St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-3300

Anemone ATTICUS Don’t rush into Atticus for a perfect Americano. Yes, they make a good one. But Atticus is a shop that begs you to linger. Flip through their perfectly curated selection of books, smile as you pass a display of colorful gurgle pots and make an impulse buy after perusing their eclectic collection of housewares. It’s no wonder Inlander readers have voted Atticus one of their favorite gift shops. 222 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 747-0336 • facebook. com/atticuscoffee

FERRANTE’S MARKETPLACE This beloved neighborhood haunt is popular for its wood-fired pizzas, gelato and delightful selection of artisan-crafted jewelry, soy candles, kitchen towels and cheerful wine glasses. The Kelley Reese initial necklaces are one of our favorite go-to gifts. 4516 S. Regal St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-6304 • HURD MERCANTILE If you fancy a scenic country drive, trust that what awaits you at Hurd Mercantile will be worth the trip. Owner Jill Townsend works to keep

ISABELLE PARIS MAISON You CAN romanticize your home, or perhaps just a little nook. And you can do it affordably, thanks to this gem of a shop that specializes in cottage- and French-inspired restyled, high-quality vintage wood furniture (designed by either the owner or her two creative daughters) as well as new, vintage-inspired décor and hand-crafted local jewelry. Steam Plant Square, 159 S. Lincoln St., Spokane, Wash. • 475-1953 KIZURI Walking into Kizuri is like stepping into an exotic marketplace. Musical instruments, cookware, baskets, tunics, sandals and earrings make up just some of the fair trade products available here. Locally made candles, soaps, and jewelry also line shelves, and everything sold here is considered environmentally friendly. 35 W. Main St., Spokane, Wash. • 464-7677 • MARY JANES FARM Mary Jane is the Northwest’s answer to Martha Stewart, only with a bit more farm-girl flair. The popular author and lifestyle guru has stocked her expanded Coeur d’Alene store with vintage-inspired chenille bedspreads, Mason jar candles and retro aprons. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Suite 127, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-7467 • maryjanesfarm. com 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. When we say whimsical, we don’t mean tacky. You’ll want their clocks, picture frames, dishware and handblocked Indian linens in your home. 513 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-8603 •

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 Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 363-5356 • POSSIBILITIES Selecting the right present takes thoughtfulness and 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. 211½ E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-665-9166 • cdagifts. com POTTERY PLACE PLUS This artist-owned and -operated co-op features true one-ofa-kind gifts, from beautiful conversation pieces like the gorgeous handblown glass orbs dangling in the window to functional art in the form of handcarved wooden boxes, raku-fired pots, and stoneware serving platters. 203 N. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 327-6920 • BOO RADLEY’S Boo Radley’s shelves are stuffed with silly, strange but ultimately engaging items. Looking for a weird shower curtain for that one friend of yours? How about a T-shirt that welcomes people to “Spokanistan” for that friend who moved away? Or maybe just a novelty greeting card for your goofball aunt? Quit asking so many questions, just go to Boo Radley’s, and see why Inlander readers have voted them the best gift store year after year. 232 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 456-7479 • PAPILLION PAPER EMPORIUM The last time we visited Papillion, you could hear the laughter outside the store. A group of women were huddled around one little book, Porn for Women, howling. Before you get offended, it’s not THAT kind of book, but pictures of dressed, hunky men doing housework,


BLOEM Flowers and chocolates are a classic combination that never get old. And owner Johanna Julyan specializes

EMPORIUM AT E. HAWTHORNE The Emporium at E. Hawthorne is the go-to gift store for stylish northsiders. Goochi Poochi jackets, collars and accessories have pet lovers covered. Classy aprons, dishtowels and gadgets will satisfy foodies, and an array of jewelry, candles, lotions and salt scrubs are perfect for girlfriend gifts. And no one will judge if you end up picking up a dress for yourself. 915 E. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 465-1117 •

the feel of the original 1896 mercantile, but with delightfully frivolous upgrades for today’s consumer. A coffee bar with pastries keeps customers lingering among aisles of wine, kitchen gadgets, books, jewelry and vintage décor. 30 S. First St., Rockford, Wash. • 291-4077 • facebook. com/hurdmercantileandcompany

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with “steamy” captions like “I love to do housework.” Papillion is full of novelty items like this that you don’t really need, but make for fun gifts and highly entertaining browsing. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Suite 156, Coeur d’Alene, 208-664-0736 SUN PEOPLE DRY GOODS Sun People Dry Goods is all about sustainable living. Here you’ll find products for the home that are nontoxic, environmentally conscious and made from organically grown materials. Kitchenware, cleaning

supplies, baby products, and gardening supplies make up the bulk of the inventory, and a vibrant calendar offers workshops on everything from canning to composting. 32 W. Second Ave., Ste. 200, Spokane, Wash. • 368-9378 • SIMPLY NORTHWEST Simply Northwest is the Inland Northwest’s go-to shop for gift baskets. These people are the gift pros, pure and simple. They’ll help you figure out what to send, and then handle all the presentation, packaging and shipping. 11806 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 927-8206 •

SPOKANE PUBLIC MARKET Yes, the purpose of a market is to buy things you need, but the Spokane Public Market is a place to come to for an experience. The vendors are friendly and passionate about their local products. But consider yourself warned: If you strike up a conversation with these folks, prepare to stay a while. Sample organic produce, jams and jellies, meats and seafood. In the back is a café, where you can sip an espresso and enjoy a pastry. 24 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-1154 •

THE DAVENPORT HOTEL SIGNATURE COLLECTION The grand dame of the Inland Empire, The Davenport Hotel is known for its opulence. Its gift shop allows guests to bring some of that elegance home, whether it’s one of those glorious signature robes, a delicate necklace, a tasteful lamp, or even one of their signature pillow-top mattresses. This isn’t your traditional hotel gift shop. But then again, this is The Davenport. 10 S. Post St., Spokane, Wash. • 789-7222 • thedavenporthotel. com


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ou know when people tell you that you’re hard to buy for because you have everything? They’re not shopping in the right places. FERRANTE’S MARKETPLACE CAFE (4516 S. Regal St., has expanded its merchandise since opening nine years ago. Its trove of locally made and internationally inspired décor, bags and jewelry is neatly displayed in the shop to the right side of the doorway. “First-time customers will come in to meet a friend for lunch, and they’re surprised at what we have to offer,” observes Dewi Campbell, who works the day shift. “Most of them leave with a piece of jewelry.” KIZURI (35 W. Main Ave., www.kizurispokane. is a great place to shop for friends who love an inspirational backstory. Nearly every piece of clothing and art — whether flowing skirts, cookware or handmade soaps and candles — is fair trade and contributes to empowering female artisans from impoverished nations. UNIQUELY CHIC BOUTIQUE (1803 W. Jackson Ave., 326-2742), set inside a charming red cottage, can look cluttered at first glance. Let your eyes adjust and you can understand why owner Rebecca Bovey can’t go without any of these treasures, each with its own style and place. “Gifts that can

be changed around are big sellers right now,” says Bovey. So the Magnabilities necklaces and earrings with interchangeable centers are hot finds. So is anything by insightful mixed-media artist Kelly Rae Roberts. For a completely silly yet useful gift for someone dealing with annoying crap, grab a “Dammit Doll” at SIMPLY NORTHWEST (11806 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, www.simplynorthwest. com). It’s a playfully patterned voodoo doll you slam instead of stick with pins. “Bitch Bags” are another fun add-on. There are dozens of handmade products made by local artists, or choose from hundreds of famous regionally themed baskets. If you fancy a scenic country drive, trust that what awaits you at HURD MERCANTILE (30 S. 1st St., Rockford, Wash., 291-4077) will be worth the trip. Owner Jill Townsend works to keep the feel of the original 1896 mercantile, but with delightfully frivolous upgrades for today’s consumer. A coffee bar with pastries keeps customers lingering among aisles of wine, kitchen gadgets, books, jewelry and vintage décor. If you buy more for yourself than you do for other people, we totally get it. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

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YOURSELF. At River Park Square, you’ll find the brands that define your life. Nordstrom. Macy’s. The Apple Store. The North Face. Sephora. Plus a unique collection of specialty fashion and home stores, AMC 20 Theatres with IMAX, and Mobius Kids Children’s Museum. All served with dozens of dining and nightlife options.

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GIFTS & HOME DÉCOR THE DINNER PARTY We dare you not to be inspired to throw a dinner party after browsing this boutique’s beautiful array of themed tables layered with graceful table runners, chargers, sparkling stemware and an array of dishware and centerpieces you won’t see anywhere else. 3520 N. Government Way, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-5653 • THE TRELLIS MARKETPLACE If you’re looking for French style, you’ll find it here. But that’s not the primary intention. The proprietors of The Trellis, an oasis of culture in the sometimes strip-mall-ish feel of Spokane Valley, want their vintage furniture and gift-ready whimsical décor to “inspire, amuse, pamper, or charm.” 4102 S. Bowdish Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 928-6158 •




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UNIQUELY CHIC BOUTIQUE Set inside a charming red cottage, this boutique can look cluttered at first glance. Let your eyes adjust and you can understand why owner Rebecca Bovey can’t go without any of these treasures, each with its own style and place. “Gifts that can be changed around are big sellers right now,” says Bovey. So the Magnabilities necklaces and earrings with interchangeable centers are hot finds. 1803 W. Jackson Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 326-2742

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TWO WOMEN VINTAGE GOODS Two Women Vintage is a charming mother/ daughter-run shop specializing in exquisite vintage décor, hand-painted scherenschnitte artwork and unique gemstone jewelry. While Fielding and Dianna Chelf still sponsor and participate in our favorite area craft shows, vintage fiends are thrilled they chose the culturally intriguing Carnegie Square for their retail storefront. 112 S. Cedar St., Spokane • 6244322 •

ZERO POINT CRYSTALS, GEMS AND MORE Each item at Zero Point is selected for its beauty, its meaning, and in most cases, its relation to nature. This small, sun-drenched Sandpoint shop has a surprisingly large selection of gemstone jewelry and crystals, along with wooden carvings, handwoven baskets and artful wine racks carved from stone. 226 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-2522 •

KITCHEN SHOPS COEUR D’ALENE OLIVE OIL CO. You can order Coeur d’Alene Olive Oil’s Meyer lemon or Persian lime olive oil online, but why would you, when you can sample all their oils and dipping sauces in the shop? Brownies made with their blood-orange olive oil (and recipe) are to die for. 117 S. Fourth St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-0188 • FRITZ’S FRYING PAN Expect high quality cookware by the likes of J.A. Henckels, Shun, Cuisinart and Le Creuset at this charming Sandpoint kitchen shop, not to mention a large selection of cookbooks, colorful dishware and linens. 329 N. First Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-1863 • GOURMET WAY North Idaho’s premiere culinary shop, Gourmet Way is stocked with high-quality kitchen gadgets, luxurious table linens, housewares, spices and oils, not to mention a discriminating selection of wine, beer and coffee. Sign up for one of their many cooking classes. 8222 N. Government Way, Hayden, Idaho • 208-762-1333 •

WOJO WORKS Wojo Works does midcentury modern just right. This stylish enclave located across the street from The Davenport Hotel sells sleek midcentury, space-age-influenced furniture, like colorful molded fiberglass chairs alongside clever accoutrements like hide-and-seek squirrels and deer trophies made out of cardboard. 824 W. Sprague, Spokane • 340-2800 •

KITCHEN ENGINE The Kitchen Engine has become one of our favorite gift stores. Who wouldn’t love an assortment of premier oils and vinegars or an Emile Henry pizza stone that you can even use on your BBQ grill? They have all the kitchen gadgets you never knew you needed, and a vast number of classes to help you learn how to use them. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 328-3335 •

WONDERS OF THE WORLD This is definitely the only shop in Spokane where you can buy fossils, shark teeth, sterling silver and real gemstone jewelry, meteorites, wind chimes, crystals, colorful mounted butterflies and toys. The selection is eclectic and imported from all over the world, and the end result is a magical emporium that begs you to browse. The Flour Mill, 621 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 328-6890 •

OIL & VINEGAR As you might expect, Oil & Vinegar has dozens of specialty oils and vinegars on tap, and sampling is encouraged at this Riverpark Square shop. We’re partial to the fig balsamic vinegar. Dark, thick and sweet, it’s fabulous drizzled over a roasted pork loin. Spices, rubs, herbs, sauces and ceramics round out this food lover’s shop. Riverpark Square, 808 W. Main St.#201, Spokane, Wash. • 838-7115 •

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TOYS & GAMES FIGPICKELS TOY EMPORIUM You know it’s okay to try out the flying toys and Kendamas at Figpickels, because the employees are too. Parents will try to keep their kids intrigued in the “Garden of R’Eden” so they can spend time in the planetarium room or reminisce about erector sets. With old-style toys and brand-new funky games and magic tricks, the store is the most fun you’ll have on Sherman Avenue, no matter your age. The Coeur d’Alene Resort Plaza Shops, 210 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-2800 •

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ou don’t need to camp outside to get the best stuff inside the REI semi-annual SCRATCH & DENT SALE (aka “Garage Sale”, 1125 N. Monroe St., But scoring $500 worth of gear for $75? You can see why shoppers lose sleep to get in line. Piles of overstocks and returns are discounted up to 80 percent. Tickets are handed to REI members only an hour before opening. Stereo headphones with crystal sound, discounted Mac addons and half-priced HDTVs? Gadget gurus gather under the HUPPIN’S TENT SALE (8016 N. Division St., 893-5588) twice a year. Opened-box TVs and door-buster deals are major draws. Thousands of vintage-funky-junk-country-craft fanatics make a pilgrimage to THE FARM CHICKS Antiques Show (Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, More than 100 artistic vendors create the experience of live Pinterest pages. You may be drawn into the TIN ROOF TENT SALE (1727 E. Sprague Ave., for one light fixture, but be careful! The dreamy deals on décor may motivate you to make over a room. Massive markdowns on modern and traditional styles will leave you giddy. Jim Custer’s CHRISTMAS and SPRING ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW, (Spokane Fair and Expo, unites 300 crafty vendors. Don’t DIY or buy holiday gifts until you’ve checked out his massive shows. Can’t keep up with your kids’ growing bodies and changing preferences? The twice-annual JUST BETWEEN FRIENDS SALE ( makes closet upgrades cheap and easy. The premium items from the three-day sales in Spokane Valley and North Idaho go before the public even gets there! Volunteer to get first dibs. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

MERLYN’S A giant dragon greets you as you enter Merlyn’s. Although it’s moved to a different location (just one door down from the old one), the character of this nerd utopia has not been lost. Comic books are everywhere, graphic novels line the shelves, board games abound, and there seems to always be a group of middle-aged men playing something at the back tables. 19 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-0957 • SHENANIGAN’S TOY EMPORIUM & SWEET SHOP Shenanigan’s Toy Emporium & Sweet Shop has a brag-worthy stock of salt water taff y, a crazy collection of Pez dispensers, and vintage toys like Slinky and reproduced Fisher-Price cameras!! Explain those to your iPhoneera young’uns! 312 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-0955 • UNCLE’S GAMES, PUZZLES, AND MORE Spokane’s largest selection of puzzles, board games, dominoes, chess, playing cards and party games shares the historic Liberty Building with Auntie’s Bookstore. The newer second location is tucked into the Spokane Valley Mall. Stop by and find a staff who love games as much as you do, look for the right gift, or test out new games, puzzles and brain teasers. Spokane Valley Mall, 14700 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 891-7620 • | The Liberty Building, 404 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 456-4607 •

THE WHITE ELEPHANT The White Elephant is a throwback — the kind of place where you can buy a toy handgun, ammo and a set of Star Wars Legos. The North Division toy room is expansive, with Playmobil sets you won’t find anywhere else, a massive selection of games, model rockets, Slip ‘n Slides and any other toy you can think of — all with the price written right on the box in black Sharpie, instead of those pretentious bar codes or price stickers. 1730 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 328-3100 • | 12614 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 924-3006 WHIZ KIDS Kids like toys — duh. But you don’t want to give a kid yet another piece of molded plastic that’s going to break right off the bat. That’s why Inlander readers voted this Skywalk-level downtown toy store No. 1 in this year’s reader’s poll. As the store’s motto goes, it provides “smart toys for smart kids.” Whiz Kids boasts it carries more than 6,000 different items in stock, so there’ll be something for all the smart kids in your life. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., #251, Spokane, Wash. • 456-8697 •

BOOKS 2ND LOOK BOOKS Second Look Books is the South Hill reader’s connection for gently used copies of David Sedaris or Jess Walters books. They claim more than 70,000 copies of classics, history, mysteries and children’s book at their Lincoln Heights store. 2829 E. 29th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 535-6464 • AUNTIE’S AT THE SQUARE This off shoot of Auntie’s can be found on the second floor of Riverfront Park Square. The store is small compared to its big sister, but still has a lot to offer. The focus is on families with children, and the children and young adult section in the back is chock-full of books. It is also an intimate, quiet spot to flip through picture books with the tots. River Park Square, Skywalk Level, 808 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 456-4775 •

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If you are lucky enough to buy your houndstooth sport coats and silk woven ties from this local stalwart of men’s fashion… well, you’re lucky enough. From exclusive product lines like Hickey Freeman and Joey Rodolfo, to the casual chic Tommy Bahama and sporty classic Cutter & Buck; if you have the taste and the means, this River Park Square shop can deliver. Open: Mon-Sat, 10 am-9 pm; Sun, 11 am-6 pm. River Park Square, 814 W. Main Ave.,, 838-1652


The ZZ Top song has been stuck in your head since you read the headline above, so just get over to North Monroe already. Purveyor Tony Brown may have that very album — yes, on vinyl. Rows of vintage and fitted modern shirts and suits round out Brown’s impressive, growing selection of vintage clothing, stereo gear and “really well-made shoes.” Brown’s hip apparel collection is rounded out by an expansive, groovy selection of hats and accessories. Open: Mon-Sun, noon-4 pm. 2810 N. Monroe St.,, 326-4842


While the inventory isn’t as extensive as other stores, selective customers in the vintage consignment shop on West First aren’t deterred. “I still find more that I want here than in an entire men’s store,” quips one shopper, thumbing through the rack. They may seem mutually exclusive, but owners use the terms “modern” and “vintage” to describe their ever-changing inventory. So settle on “eclectic.” The most frustrating thing about consigning with men? “They keep trying to give us T-shirts,” says the owner. Part with your button-downs, men! The hipsters await. Open: Mon-Sat, 10 am-6 pm. 1325 W. First Ave.,, 720-7116



You don’t have to be an outdoorsy person to shop here. Sure, the real mountaineers, campers and hikers may be able to spot a fake; who cares! You came for the zip-away pants. And they’ve got them, from North Face and Marmot. If this very well-trained, über-friendly staff can’t find the sporty plaid shirts, quick-dry shorts, waterproof casual shoes or sports sandals in your size, they can get just about anything from their vast online store within a few days. Open: Mon-Fri, 10 am-8pm; Sat, 10 am-6 pm; Sun, 11 pm-5 pm. 2002 N. Division St.,, 325-9000 — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI The Bachelor Pad’s Tony Brown

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BOOKS AUNTIE’S BOOKSTORE Auntie’s has called itself “Spokane’s Literary Landmark” and while that might sound boastful, it’s actually spot-on. “It’s really the only bookstore that matters in Spokane,” writes Inlander reader Richard Bailey, one of many who voted Auntie’s to yet another win in our annual “Best Of” readers poll. 402 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-0206 •

BROWSERS UNCOMMON BOOKS At Browser’s, you’ll find beautifully bound 19th century books in mint condition and local and regional books that cover topics like Washington ghost towns and gold panning. Searching for a hard-to-find or out-of-print title? Browser’s is up to the challenge. If they don’t have it, they’ll find it for you. 2415 N. Government Way, Suite #2, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-3964 •

THE BOOK PARLOR The Book Parlor has your standard classics, new books, used books, mysteries, children’s literature and a robust selection of Christian books, but regulars return not only to bolster their reading material, but for the sense of community this neighborhood nonprofit Lutheran bookstore provides. Oh, and the coffee. 1425 W. Broadway Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 328-6527 •

COMIC BOOK SHOP The Comic Book Shop has not one, but two successful locations fully stocked with comic books, graphic novels, and related novelty items. From anime to superheroes to zombies — they’ve got it. Shelves of it, in fact. It’s also a haven for D&D and Magic enthusiasts with tables set up at the NorthTown Mall location. 3207 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 326-7018 • | NorthTown Mall, 4750 N. Division St., 1st Floor, Spokane, Wash. • 487-4175

BOOKTRADERS This eclectic Garland shop boasts one of the largest collections in Spokane, and, we’d argue, some of the best prices. We’re talking books under $1. Romance readers will appreciate their enormous selection and an expanded nonfiction/war section will appeal to history buffs. 907 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 326-7653

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, Wash. • 3267070 •

The Comic Book Shop MERLYN’S Action figures, board games, and trading cards are in abundance at Merlyn’s, but comic books are the main reason to stop by this epicenter of geekdom. Shelves upon shelves of graphic novels and comics pack the shop, and hard-core collectors know to scour the boxes in the back for vintage finds. 19 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-0957 •

MONKEYBOY BOOKS This cozy downtown shop is a book lovers’ book store. The staff here is well read, and prepared to guide you to the perfect title. But don’t be in such a rush. With several cozy reading nooks, take your time and peruse the 15,000 titles in stock. 123 S. Wall St., Spokane, Wash. • 838-0179 •

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Make a difference. Shop local. Shopping is all about choices. And every time you shop local, you make a choice that not only serves you well, but also nurtures our community. Our one-of-a-kind, independent local businesses help create the character of our community. They bring unique products and services—paired with a level of expertise and passion for these products that can’t be matched. So before you spend your hard-earned money, consider our locally owned Inland Northwest retailers. The impact you have when you Shop Local matters.





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BOOKS READ IT AGAIN Read It Again is the where book lovers gather in Moscow, and where avid readers from far-flung locations come to shop for used but pristine books of all genres. Don’t believe us? Check out their “Ketch Specials” boards, where customers from Texas, Virginia and California proudly sign their names. 131 E. Second St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-874-2545 • 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, Wash. • 325-1500 •

PETS DIVA DOG PET BOUTIQUE If your pup happens to be a fashionista, she (or he) will feel right at home here. Kendra Cunningham, shop owner and designer of Harlow and Grace Canine Couture, specializes in making runway-ready outfits for small dogs. Dress yours up in a sparkly tutu, party dress or fido fascinator (a fashionable dog hat). Cunningham is also working on a new line of leather collars. 911 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 9952110 •

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 • MAX’S CUSTOM CLOTHING Shop owner Max Powell handcrafts apparel for your dog — anything from coats to bathing suits to Halloween costumes. Select a readymade outfit in the shop or order a custom ensemble for no extra charge. The shop is also big on safety for your dog: ingredients of fresh-baked treats are regulated to ensure your pet’s health. You can also buy hats (to keep them cool), life jackets and doggles (dog goggles) for when they stick their head out of a speeding car. 1510 E. Francis Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 487-4336 • 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 their Facebook page for daily specials and sales, from a free collar with any purchase to organic pet vitamins. 12310 N. Division, Spokane, Wash. • 464-3400 •

NORTHWEST SEED AND PET Northwest Seed and Pet has been the go-to pet store in Spokane since it started way back in the ‘40s. Stop in to to visit the puppies, or an occasional potbellied pig, then stock up on food and supplies for cats, dogs, fish, reptiles and more. To support area animal shelters, they offer adoptive families 15 percent off on supplies for the first month when you bring your adoption papers to the store. 2422 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 534-0694 • | 7302 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 484-7387 PET VITTLES AND WILD BIRD WEST Two stores in one serve both animal lovers and wild-bird watchers. Pet Vittles sells highquality 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 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, Wash. • 927-0675 • POST FALLS PAMPURRED PET BOUTIQUE Specializing in premium pet foods, this boutique caters to dog and cat diets that require grain-free and all-natural selections. You can choose from dry, wet or raw food and a plethora of leashes, collars and chew toys. Going on vacation? Pampurred Pet has seven kennels available for small-dog boarding. 920 N. Spokane St., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-777-3190 •

PRAIRIE DOG PET MERCANTILE With a slew of collars, leashes and designer beds, you’ll find the perfect gear for a cat or dog of any size. Gain some knowledge with tips from the dog trainers on staff, who will help you navigate pet-food labels to pick out the best natural, holistic food. This South Hill shop is pet-friendly, of course, so you can take your dog to the Whine Bar to pick out treats. 2917 E. Palouse Hwy., Spokane, Wash. • 443-9663 • URBAN CANINE One of Spokane’s first pet boutiques, The Urban Canine opened its doors back in 2002 and has since expanded to a northside location and upgraded its South Hill shop. Both sell natural and organic dog food and treats, plus beds, bowls, toys, collars and leashes, and are known for their friendly, knowledgable staff. 2915 E. 29th Ave., Spokane • 744-9663 • | 9222 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane • 465-9663 theurbancanine. com THE YUPPY PUPPY The Yuppy Puppy has everything the well-heeled dog (and cat) owner and pet needs, including collars, leads, harnesses, holistic pet food and purse-style carriers. 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, Wash. • 467-8221 • 





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year has not yet passed since Debra Brehren legally changed her name to Rouly Deen and Argentum Aurum, her downtown gallery of handmade jewelry, became THE SILVER ELEMENT (524 W. Main Ave., thesilverelement. com). Deen made the changes last October to mark a new phase of her work — a switch to crafting strictly with silver. “One thing designers do best is reinvent themselves,” Deen says. She chose the name Rouly to reflect her “unruliness” and unconventionality. “I don’t consider my work to be standard in any way,” Deen says. “I’m free to create my own reality.” One recent collection combines human organs with symbols carved on the reverse side of the pendant — for example, a human heart with a door and stairway. Since she handcrafts each piece, Deen considers herself more than just a designer; she’s an artist, with a vision to connect people to the deep meaning of journeying through life. Deen is one of many women designing and creating in the Spokane area. Mary Eberle designs flowers for her all-paper floral shop, ANEMONE (301 W. 2nd Ave., The shop got its start 10 years ago when Eberle used templates from the Great Depression to make crepe-paper flowers for her wedding. Now Eberle and her small crew of designers at aNeMonE make elegantly arranged cardstock orchids, dahlias and more for everything from weddings to home decor. But Eberle keeps at least one foot in the art door by doing creative side projects like crafting

pieces for local fashion photo shoots. “I try to keep up with fun art event shows and at the same time maintain the business aspect,” she says. Another Spokane native also designs for the fashion world, but is now doing so on a global scale with her fashion jewelry company, MILLIANNA ( Arianna Brooke and her business partner Sharmilla Persaud design their Art Deco-inspired pieces together, but on opposite sides of the country — Brooke in Spokane, and Persaud on the East Coast, where most of their jewelry is sold. Their international clientele is spreading to places like Japan and Dubai, and Hollywood celebrities don their pieces. “Why can’t we affect the fashion industry from Spokane, Washington?” Brooke says. Their signature magnetic cuffs and cut crystal necklaces are hand-beaded, mainly in Spokane, by women Brooke hires through World Relief. One of Spokane’s newest fashion designers got her inspiration for a leather brand from the heaps of time she spent in Spokane saddle shops. Heather Emch created BAR H BRAND ( last year, modeling her embellished leather designs after the look of bridles and chaps. Her cuffs and handbags — fashioned from leather, cowhide hair and stingray — are sold online, in Spokane and in shops around the country. “It’s nice to create something for other people to enjoy and have fun with,” she says. Emch has big plans for her new company, including a home decor line and knitwear tops with leather patches. — JO MILLER

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French stylings at Hurd Mercantile. LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI PHOTO

Bienvenue D Francophiles “Now we’re starting to shop like the French: mixing old and new; incorporating recycling and considering sustainability.”

her two-story home décor and gift boutique HURD MERCANTILE (30 S. First St., Rockford, Wash., 291-4077), it doesn’t take Francophiles long to hone in on the French corners inside. Thompson’s co-owner, Teresa Carbone, welcomes them warmly there, sharing tips from iconic designers like Nina Hartmann and Jeanne d’Arc. “French design now means adding layers of gray, silver and neutrals rather than just white,” Carbone explains in her soft Latin accent. “With the white linens and paint we are mixing antlers, feminine skins and furs; accenting with clay, plants and natural elements.” Inside each of their stores, true to French style, are new vintage-inspired art and décor infused with once-decrepit solid wood dressers, armoires and chairs refurbished in charmingly muted tones. Inside FRENCH TOAST (159 S. Lincoln St., Ste. 165, 315-8200), Kathleen Lara has created a Francophile’s dream: An elegant children’s boutique stocked with an impeccably arranged collection of Peter Rabbit, Babar the Elephant and Madeline books and stunning dolls by Meri Meri and Moulin Roty. Francophiles also will relish an exclusive selection of high-quality, high-function wood toys, dolls, French-inspired nursery and children’s bedding and exquisite paper products. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI ANNUAL MANUAL 2013-2014 THE INLANDER |

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awn Driscoll wanted to put a “Welcome Francophiles” banner across the front of her home interior store, ISABELLE PARIS MAISON (159 S. Lincoln St., Ste. 157, 475-1953) but she wasn’t sure if people would “get it.” But Francophiles certainly don’t care if anyone “gets it.” They know what they’re looking for, and it involves words like stone, wood, linen, vintage, patina, fresh, history, repurposed and French. “In the past, our American culture has thought we had to have the newest, shiniest things,” says Driscoll. “Now we’re starting to shop like the French: mixing old and new; incorporating recycling and considering sustainability.” Driscoll features her own repurposed, tulle-upholstered chairs and her daughter’s deconstructed lampshades, woven with strips of burlap or linen. “One of the things I’ve noticed, more than any other time in my 12 years of business, is that people are looking for the history behind each piece,” says TRELLIS MARKETPLACE co-owner Darcee Terhaar. “Buying (vintage décor) is a way people can connect with the past; their own or someone else’s. It offers a sense of family.” “When you can blend an old chair that you’ve purchased or been gifted into your existing décor, it becomes comfortable and welcoming,” explains Jill Townsend. Inside


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andles are a friendly, personal embellishment. We smell a scent and know it is us — at that moment — without having to try it on or make it match. That’s why the following local artists put so much time and talent into creating them. DANDLES CANDLES ( is not a retirement job for former KHQ news anchor Dana Haynes: “It’s always been a hobby, and it became a small business 15 years ago.” Haynes, who still dabbles in media, makes thousands of Dandles a year, inventing new scents, sizes, designs and price points to stay diverse. Buy her brown sugar pear or yang ginger candles online, or find a list of local stores like The Tin Roof, Ferrante’s, Finders Keepers and The Trellis Marketplace on Dandle’s website. Each of Carla Blazek ‘s ZENA MOON candles (, is a declaration. While scents like “radiance,” “serenity” and “prosperity” have broad-based appeal, her more motivating fragrance medleys include “follow your bliss,” “get off your butt” and “kiss my ass.” Ha! It’s a breakup candle. Order online, and you’ll be joining the likes of Oprah Winfrey, who’s gone on the record to recommend Zena Moon candles to her devoted following. Tori Chamberlain-Bailey sells her BUNGALOW CRAFT WORKS ( soy candles online, and from the artist cooperative inside Pottery Place Plus, and says candle melts are all the rage right now. Bailey also creates aroma diffusers, handmade soaps, body scrubs and bath salts. A stay-at-home mom, SPOKANDLE (926-7900) owner Erin Heinen says she and her co-owner mother offer dozens of colors and scents, but their business is green: “We recycle by refilling your empty candle jars.” Spokandle refills cost 75¢ an ounce, but she’ll fill any jar for a 15¢ per ounce surcharge. Find her creations at the Emporium at E. Hawthorne or follow her on Facebook to see which craft shows, markets and bazaars are selling her clean-burning candles this week. — LISA FAIRBANKS-ROSSI

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It’s the environment of an exclusive boutique, without the exclusivity. Lightly used high-end clothing, bags and accessories inside the GLAMagain sale are priced affordably, and music and cocktails add to the buzz we savvy shoppers get when we score a great deal. Luxe Ballroom, 1017 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. Oct. 17-19


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Calling all skiers, snowboarders and ski-lodge bums to the second annual Snowlander Expo. Get the lowest prices and best selection of the season on ski gear and apparel from top regional retailers. There’s a regional beer garden, film screenings, dozens of vendor booths and prizes each hour. Admission: $7. Spokane Convention Center. Nov. 8-9


This North Idaho resort town is serious about the Holiday season. Sandpoint’s traditional tree lighting ceremony coordinates with Santa’s arrival at 6 pm. Get there early to create your own ornament to hang on the tree. Expect caroling and special discounts from dozens of downtown’s darling specialty shops. Third Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho. Nov. 29


Fishing, hunting and camping are a birthright in this part of the country, and the Bighorn Outdoor Adventure Show celebrates our collective outdoorsiness. Kids can relish in failure-free fishing, and parents can shop more than 300 vendors. The $9 admission is good for all four days. Spokane County Fair and Expo. March 20-23, 2014


A fashionista may hesitate to admit she’s purchased coveted wardrobe pieces at a thrift store, but if she’s attended the Goodwill Fashion Show and Sale, chances are she has. Goodwill saves the best boutique-ready clothes, shoes and bags all year for this bargain bonanza inside the Spokane Women’s Show at the Convention Center. Admission: $5. April 25-27, 2014



Past Blessings Farm owner Brenda Buckingham invites dozens of vendors to converge on her property with their best handcrafted, upcycled or refurbished treasures. Pickin’ on the Prairie is a charming, family-friendly artscrafts-vintage fair across Birmingham’s 10 golden acres in Orchard Prairie, Wash. Follow Buckingham’s blog at for updates and directions. Admission is $4; kids attend for free. Aug. 16-17, 2014


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INLANDERS WEAR SKI-LIFT TAGS ON THEIR JACKETS YEARROUND. They wear socks with sandals and hightech outdoor clothing to cocktail parties, grand openings and political fundraisers. They buy homes with extra bedrooms or closet space just to store their outdoor gear, and they refuse to drive more than an hour away to explore the great outdoors. You can spot these rugged adventurers throughout the Inland Northwest. They are natives and transplants from across the country. They run the Centennial Trail at dusk, pedal the roller coaster hills of the Palouse, paddle Lake Coeur d’Alene and trek the backcountry of Mount Spokane in below-freezing temperatures. They are gatekeepers of the untamed wilderness in their own backyards. They are proud of their freshwater lakes with white sandy beaches, five mountain resorts all within a day’s drive and the whitewater rapids that flow through a downtown corridor. Around here, “Near nature, near perfect” isn’t just Spokane’s city slogan — it’s a mantra of sorts for those who call the Inland Northwest home. “People in the Inland Northwest definitely get out and play all year long,” says Ryan Griffith, outdoor recreation supervisor with SPOKANE PARKS & RECREATION (810 N. Stone St., “We have such great opportunity for outdoor recreation and such a growing population of outdoor enthusiasts — I mean, who wouldn’t want to live here?” Spokane Parks & Recreation’s outdoor program has offered outdoor classes and guided tours to adventurers for the last 20 years. The program offers more than 100 courses and excursions during the summer months. “We try to be the feeder program that introduces citizens and visitors to the basics of outdoor recreation, and then we guide them into the intermediate to advanced realm,” Griffith says. The organization collaborates with places like Riverside State Park and the Colville National Forest to provide hiking, mountain biking, canoeing and kayaking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing excursions. One of the most popular outings is a canoe trip down the Little Spokane River and into Riverside State Park. Griffith says Spokane’s proximity to lakes, hiking and bicycling trails and conservation areas makes it easier for

outdoor enthusiasts to get out and explore year round. Sara Schmelzer, vice president of the SPOKANE MOUNTAINEERS ( agrees. “Everything in the Inland Northwest is within a short drive from home,” Schmelzer says. “You don’t have to hassle with traffic when you leave your home like you do on the west side. Within a half hour you can be at your destination — be that a hike, bicycle trail, on the river kayaking, paddling or canoeing or rock climbing.” The Spokane Mountaineers were founded in 1915 by a group of outdoor enthusiasts. Today, the club of conservationists and adventurers host classes and outings in areas such as backpacking, hiking, bicycling, skiing, search and rescue, and climbing. The organization also offers schools and clinics on ice climbing, avalanche awareness, backcountry skiing, backpacking, mountain biking and more.

“People in the Inland Northwest definitely get out and play all year long.” Schmelzer is an avid climber who has lived in Coeur d’Alene since 2007. Her favorite place to climb is Q’emiln Park in Post Falls. She says Inlanders appreciate outdoor recreation not only because the wilderness is in their own backyards — or a short drive away — but because the trails are less congested and more serene than in larger cities. “You can go several miles sometimes on various hiking trails or even on the Centennial Trail and not see anyone, even on a heavy traffic day,” Schmelzer says. “It’s kind of surreal.” The Inland Northwest’s trails are serene, but word of its world-class recreation has spread across the United States. That’s thanks in part to Peter Grubb. Grubb founded the adventure travel company ROW ADVENTURES (202 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene; 209 ...continued on next page

Pop Quiz 1.

Which river is one of only a handful of major U.S. rivers that flows north? a. Priest River b. Spokane River c. Columbia River d. Pend Oreille River


The first Bloomsday shirt, designed by Rich Hearder in 1977, features what? a. Runners ascending Doomsday Hill b. Paper cups c. The Spokane cityscape d. A runner carrying a torch


Which Hall of Famer managed the Spokane Indians for several years? A. Leo Durocher B. Tommy Lasorda C. Earl Weaver D. Sparky Anderson


What NBA basketball player was born in Spokane, graduated from Gonzaga University and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame? a. Mike Champion b. John Stockton c. Frank Burgess d. Craig Ehlo


The Inland Northwest sometimes gets its fair share of pounding from snow. What years hold the record for the snowiest winter season in Spokane? a. 1968-69 b. 2008-09 c. 1949-50 d. 2003-04


What annual Spokane event made it into the Guinness Book of World Records? a. Hoopfest b. Bloomsday c. Pig Out in the Park d. ArtFest


When Spokane hosted the World’s Fair in 1974, it was the smallest city to host a World’s Fair up to that point. Its theme was also a first for World’s Fairs. What was the theme? a. Eradicating poverty b. Transportation c. Achieving world peace d. Environmentalism Answers on page 243 ANNUAL MANUAL 2013-2014 THE INLANDER |

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S. Washington St., in 1979. The California native fell in love with outdoor adventuring while working as a whitewater rafting guide in West Virginia. The experience helped him create a business plan. “I dreamed of guiding longer trips in a wilderness environment where I would have time to develop a deeper connection to the place, as well as those I was guiding,” Grubb says. “That dream took me to Idaho, the state with more whitewater miles than any other in the United States.” What began as a modest whitewater rafting company based in Coeur d’Alene and Spokane has transformed into an organization that leads wilderness tours across the globe. In 2012, Travel + Leisure magazine named ROW Adventures the World’s Best Tour Operator. While international trips are exotic, Grubb says the Inland Northwest’s abundance of outdoor recreation attracts visitors domestically. “Outdoor buffs from the coastal seaboards and America’s heartland are especially attracted to the Inland Northwest,” he says. Each year, ROW Adventures takes more than 5,000 visitors on fly fishing excursions along the St. Joe River, paddleboarding trips on Lake Coeur d’Alene, whitewater rafting trips on the Spokane River, bicycle excursions along Idaho’s scenic Rails-toTrails system and more. Grubb says the region’s adventurous community and unique geography has not only helped thrust the Inland Northwest into the national outdoor spotlight, but has led transplants like himself to settle in the area. “Our roots are firmly planted in these communities,” Grubb says. T.J. Badger, president of THE BACKPACKING CLUB (backpackingclub.macwebsitebuilder. com), shares a similar experience to Grubb. The Pennsylvania transplant has lived in Spokane for more than 30 years. “There are a lot of people who have moved here simply to be near this beautiful country,” Badger says. The Backpacking Club was founded in 1994. The group leads afternoon and multi-day hiking, backpacking and snowshoeing trips year-round. The club also provides educational courses in intermediate-to-advanced backpacking and snow cave/shelter building. The club enjoys exploring the Columbia Basin, upper Priest River and areas like Fishtrap Lake. Badger says the diversity of terrain in the Inland Northwest is what keeps residents passionate about the great outdoors. This passion is what truly defines an Inlander. “It’s not that there isn’t beautiful country everywhere, because there is,” Badger says. “It’s just that people here take advantage of the opportunities for recreation.” — JORDY BYRD


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Essential Experiences ROW Adventures founder Peter Grubb has navigated the world over. But when the avid traveler isn’t exploring internationally, he’s enjoying the region’s outdoor treasures. Here’s a list of his quintessential Inland Northwest experiences. RAFT THE SPOKANE RIVER The river features whitewater rapids and breathtaking views of geological landmarks like the Bowl and Pitcher. RIDE THE HIAWATHA Ride your bike through open tunnels and sky-high railroad trestles in the Bitterroot Mountains. SKI SCHWEITZER Enjoy backcountry stretches, pristine powder and 2,900 acres of ski trails. KAYAK LAKE COEUR D’ALENE Hop in a kayak just before sunset and explore miles of shoreline. FLY FISH THE ST. JOE Hook Westslope cutthroat trout year-round in the clear waters. DRIVE THE COEUR D’ALENE RIVER Enjoy an afternoon drive along the river’s meandering banks.

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RECREATION 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 • Firing Ranges • Ice & Roller Rinks • Kayaking, Canoeing & Rowing • Pools • Rock Climbing • Mountaineering • Running & Walking • Triathlon Clubs • Skate Parks • Skiing & ’Boarding • Tennis • Tubing • Water Parks • Whitewater Rafting 2013 Best of the Inland Northwest first-place winner, or Best of North Idaho Winner, as chosen by readers of The Inlander

PEND OREILLE PEDALERS The Pedalers welcome beginners and advanced riders, and also support a race team. This non-profit is also active improving biking conditions in Sandpoint and the Northern Panhandle. Sandpoint, Idaho •

national forest land just minutes from downtown Coeur d’Alene, there’s a part of this trail for just about every skill level. Find maps on the local forest service website or at their Coeur d’Alene office. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-2318 •

SPOKANE BICYCLE CLUB The Spokane Bicycle Club welcomes cyclists of all ages and skill levels. Membership is only $20 and allows access to multiple ride opportunities each week, free food, a bi-monthly newsletter and a supportive community. Spokane, Wash. •

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. Wash. • 624-7188 / 208-2921634 • or

SPOKANE ROCKET VELO A large group of riders that promote cycling safety, bicycle awareness, and encourage participation in the area. Become a member and benefit from a wide range of daily rides. Spokane, Wash • WHEELSPORT EAST Wheelsport East is a bike shop with weekly rides. The store is run by a couple of hip dudes with a lot bike knowledge. Their “Hump Days Rides” on Wednesdays are for people of all abilities. 606 N. Sullivan Rd., Spokane Vallley, Wash • 921-7729 • WOW WOMEN’S CYCLING This is the group for women cyclists of all ages and abilities. Most of their rides go along the Centennial Trail, and they’re always looking for new members. Find them on Facebook. Spokane, Wash. •

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CRUISES LAKE COEUR D’ALENE CRUISES The Coeur d’Alene Resort offers many ways to cruise the Inland Northwest. There are both brunch and sunset cruises, an educational St. Joe’s River cruise, and a 4th of July cruise. Perhaps most intriguing is their Pirate cruise, one for adults and one for kids, which includes costumes, games, and cocktails (for the adult cruise of course). The Coeur d’Alene Resort, 115 S. Second St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-2300 •


LAKE PEND OREILLE CRUISES Lake Pend Oreille Cruises offers organized trips, private charters and jet boat rentals. There’s no better way to view fireworks than on the water and tickets go quickly for the 4th of July cruise. Departure Locations Vary • 208-255-5253 • RIVER QUEEN CRUISES Cruise the Spokane River in style aboard the majestic River Queen. The summer weekends are full of events including a Friday night seafood cruise. The Fall Foliage cruises are popular as well. Red Lion Templin’s Hotel, 414 E. First Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208773-1611 •

CYCLING & MT. BIKING CLUBS 4TH STREET CYCLING This club welcomes beginners and expert riders. Their purpose is to promote healthy lifestyles, and they emphasize total family participation. They also have dope team gear. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • bicycleservice. com/club_rides BADDLANDS CYCLING CLUB This is a supportive and heavily connected network of regional riders. Each season they host weekly races in their “Twilight Series.” They also have casual rides throughout the week. • BELLES AND BASKETS This casual group of riders is all about having fun and enjoying each other’s company. Group rides typically start at a coffee shop or restaurant after some treats. Spokane, Wash. • EVERGREEN EAST The evolution of the Fat Tire Trail Riders Club, this group continues to carry out the same mission. They are active in the development of mountain bike trails and create opportunities for bikers in the area. Spokane, Wash. •

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 • 209 S. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 866-836-9340 SILVER BIKE TOURS Silver Bike Tours features women-only, men-only, family, self-guided, historical, wine, railroad, bird-watching, camping, custom and 45-plus tours in the Inland Northwest. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 877-808-0913 • SPOKANE PARKS AND RECREATION Spokane Parks and Rec doesn’t just run kids’ aquatic programs and city parks. Parks staff also plan and lead several bike rides throughout the year, like wine tours through Walla Walla. Check the website for what’s coming up, prices and registration details. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Fifth Floor, Spokane, Wash. • 6256200 •

BIKING TRAILS CANFIELD MOUNTAIN TRAIL SYSTEM Winding through 30 miles of beautiful

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. Storytelling kiosks, picnic tables and plenty of restrooms make it great for a family bike ride. Wash. • 360902-8844 • FISH LAKE TRAIL 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. Wash. • fishlake.htm HIGH DRIVE PARK CONSERVATION AREA 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, Wash. • 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 • 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. 5625 E.

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Ave., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-773-2331 •

MOUNT SPOKANE STATE PARK You’ll find plenty to see in Washington’s largest state park, which is home to skiing all winter and primarily single-track biking during the summer. It’s also popular with hikers and horseback riders. 26107 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. • 238-4258 •

COEUR D’ALENE RIFLE AND PISTOL CLUB This club was founded in 1950 and always welcomes new members. With an indoor and outdoor range, you can get some practice in with your rifle or pistol or take one of the many classes offered year-round. 6001 N. Atlas Rd., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-666-8803 •

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 •

LANDT FARMS SPORTING CLAYS Landt Farms is a scenic, multi-station sporting clay course, with five different stands to practice a wide variety of target shooting. This family-owned outdoor facility is open year-round and offers classes for all skill levels. 11829 N. Landt Farms Ln., Nine Mile Falls, Wash. • 4642070 •

ROUTE OF THE HIAWATHA Called the “crown jewel” of the rail-to-trail restoration trend, the Route of the Hiawatha is undeniably breathtaking as it winds through 10 tunnels and over seven high trestles. It’s open to bikes and foot traffic from May to October. I-90 Taft Exit 5, Wallace, Idaho • 208-744-1301 •

SHARP SHOOTING INDOOR RANGE AND GUN SHOP Sharp Shooting is Spokane’s premiere indoor gun range with 22 individual shooting positions for all handgun calibers. A gun shop is also onsite and their calendar is packed with classes and events. 1200 N. Freya St., Spokane, Wash. • 535-4444 •

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 •

SPOKANE GUN CLUB The Spokane Gun Club claims to be the second largest and the oldest trap and skeet club in the west. They offer a broad range of clinics along with hosting ATA and NSSA competitions. E. 19615 Sprague Ave., Greenacres, Wash. • 926-6505 •

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. Silver hosts races and events throughout the summer, and offers bike rentals onsite. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • 866-344-2675 • 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. 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. Idaho • 208-682-3814 •

CENTER TARGET SPORTS In 2010, SHOT Business Magazine named Center Target Sports indoor range the best in the country. They offer a variety of classes, a robust gun store and frequent competitions. 3295 E. Mullan

ICE & ROLLER SKATING RINKS EAGLES ICE-A-RENA This local ice rink is home to hockey, figure skating, classes and rentals. 6321 N. Addison St., Spokane, Wash. • 489-9303 • PALOUSE ICE RINK Figure skating, hockey lessons and curling (yes, curling!) in the winter; roller derby practice and bouts in the spring and summer. 1021 Harold St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-882-7188 • 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. It’s the place for open skating, school skate nights and private parties. 11309 N. Mayfair Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 466-2832 •


















SPOKANE RIFLE CLUB Spokane Rifle Club has both an indoor and outdoor range, affordable fees, a long history and boasts one of the best junior rifle club programs in the country. 6411 Aubrey L. White Parkway, Spokane, Wash. • 3279632 •

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Roger “Hop Along Hoot” Sherman fires his Hartford 92 rifle during a Windy Plains Drifters match in Medical Lake. YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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ingle-action revolvers hang heavy in leather holsters. Cowboy boots kick the dirt. Bandanas hang around necks as gunfighters line up in front of historic storefronts and saloons. It’s not the OK Corral, but it’s close. Packing six-shooters and spiked spurs straight out of the Old West, regional cowboy action shooting clubs bring together modern gunslingers to test their marksmanship while preserving the rustic traditions of a bygone era. Craig Speirs, aka “Troubleshooter Lou,” of the Medical Lake-based Windy Plains Drifters, says cowboy action shooting combines Western role playing with target shooting for friendly competition. “The biggest thing I enjoy is the camaraderie,” he says. “It’s not as cutthroat as other types of [shooting] competition.” Also, unlike other organized shooting clubs, looking the part is half the battle. The national Single Action Shooting Society provides guidelines for authentic Western attire to preserve the clothing and firearms of the late 19th century. Speirs says each shooter chooses a historic persona — a gunfighter, a gambler, a cavalry soldier, sodbuster or otherwise. Many will slowly develop their costumes to include spurs, marshal badges, pocket watches and other details to recreate the atmosphere of the Old West. “Mine is just like an old gunslinger,” he says, explaining he wears once-fashionable sleeve garters as part of his costume. “All of us have our own little parts of our outfit. … They don’t have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars.”

Cowboy shooting society guidelines frown on modern attire such as short sleeves, tennis shoes and Velcro. Each shooter tries to adopt a persona and costume that fits them, something they can make their own. Shooters also go by nicknames to complete their new Western characters. Speirs mixed family and work for “Troubleshooter Lou.” “Lou is for my grandfather,” he says. “And Troubleshooter, that’s kind of what I do for a living. I troubleshoot electronics.” Using historic revolvers, shotguns and leveraction rifles, cowboy hat-wearing competitors typically meet twice a month for local matches. Speirs says the Drifters meet on the second and fourth Saturdays each month. Shooters must abide by strict safety protocols, he says, as they compete in several different scenarios during each match. They also compete with different firearms and in different shooting styles. “We try to make it a fun event,” he says. The Drifters have about 30 members. An annual membership costs $35. Anyone can find membership information on the club website or just attend a local match at the range near Medical Lake. Many of the Drifters’ members also shoot with the nearby Mica Peak Marshals at the Mica gun range, Speirs says. Colville also has the Northeast Washington Regulators and the Colville Guns and Roses shooting clubs. More clubs can be found at: “We always welcome new shooters,” he says. — JACOB JONES

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ICE & ROLLER SKATING RINKS 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 details on its learn-toskate lessons. 507 N. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 625-6601 • spokaneriverfrontpark. com ROLLER VALLEY SKATE CENTER Pure 1970s class on the inside, this rink hosts the expected family skate events. But it’s also ocassionally home to roughneck roller derby bouts for the Spokannibals and the Lilac City Rollergirls. 9415 E. Fourth Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 926-6230 • 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. 5685 N. Pioneer Dr., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-772-9507 •

trips: after-work paddles, long distance excursions, overnighters, to fishing trips. Founded in 2005, they have an educational focus and “something for everyone.” Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • COEUR D’ALENE ROWING ASSOCIATION Collegiate rowers to beginners all have a place at Coeur d’Alene Rowing. They have seven membership options including student rower, general row and coxswain only. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • FLOW ADVENTURES Sign up for one of their kayak classes and progress from a beginner to a whitewater junkie. Or book a guided adventure customized just for you. New in summer 2103, Flow Adventures began offering tubing on the Spokane River, complete with tubes, PDFs and a shuttle. Spokane, Wash. • 242-8699 •


KAYAK COEUR D’ALENE Thinking about buying a kayak or have a new paddle board? Kayak Coeur d’Alene has classes for beginners to more advanced offerings, along with rentals. Hit up their retail shop for life jackets, paddles, spray skirts, gloves and more. 307 E. Locust Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-676-1533 •

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MOUNTAIN GOAT OUTFITTERS Mountain Goat specializes in climbing, but also partners with FLOW Adventures to provide beginner courses to get you paddling - kayaks or paddle boards. Get hooked and the’ll set you up with the gear. 12 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 325-9806 •

ROW ADVENTURE CENTER Ranked one of National Geographic’s “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth”, ROW guides just about any adventure you can imagine, including kayaking tours on Coeur d’Alene or Pend Oreille lakes. 202 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-770-2517 •

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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 • kroccda. org LIBERTY AQUATIC CENTER The newest of the city’s aquatic centers, Liberty Park features two slides, zero-depth entry, a lap pool, play features and a dedicated room for birthday parties. 1300 E. Fifth Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 625-6960 •


KAYAKING, CANOEING, ROWING SPOKANE CANOE AND KAYAK CLUB This is a group “enthusiastic about human-powered watercraft.” They meet every fourth Monday at Mountain Gear’s corporate office to organize trips, paddling clinics and do conservation work. Spokane, Wash. • SPOKANE PARKS AND RECREATION Between April and October, take your pick from a wide variety of guided kayaking trips that span from the serene Little Spokane river to exploring Horseshow and Fish lakes. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Fifth Floor, Spokane, Wash. • 625-6200 • SPOKANE RIVER FORUM Spokane River Forum’s website is a clearning house for all things Spokane River. Open the “Meet Me At the River” tab to learn about the advocacy group’s guided tours that span the entire 111 miles of the Spokane river.

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POOLS A.M. CANNON AQUATIC CENTER 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 Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 625-6960 • COMSTOCK AQUATIC CENTER Comstock is home to zero-depth entry, a diving board and a huge, spiraled water slide. 600 W. 29th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 625-6960 • HILLYARD AQUATIC CENTER Hillyard boasts 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, Wash. • 625-6960 •


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NORTHSIDE FAMILY AQUATIC FACILITY It’s easy to spend an entire day at this sweet facility, with its zero-depth activity pool, 20-foot water slide, tumble buckets, lap pool, diving board, picnic area and concession stand (rootbeer floats!). It’s open all week from 10:30 am-5:30 pm. Friday nights are family swim nights and Saturdays frequently feature outdoor family movies. 18120 N. Hatch Rd., Colbert, Wash. • 468-5107 • parks PARK ROAD POOL Park Road Pool, with its awesome slide, 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 only $1, and low-income swim passes are available. 906 N. Park Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 926-1840 • SHADLE AQUATIC CENTER Shadle pool has a six-lane 25-yard lap pool, two waterslides and tons of water toys. Plus, a a large shallow section is great for young kids or just relaxing. 2005 W. Wellesley Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 6256960 • SOUTHSIDE FAMILY AQUATIC CENTER With no lap swimming, but plenty of water cannons, a big slide, lazy river, playgrounds and picnic areas, this is the

perfect pool for a big group of kids. Open daily from 10:30 am-5:30 pm. Saturday nights frequently feature outdoor family movies. 3724 E. 61st Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 448-5090 • parks SPOKANE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SWIMMING POOL Non-students can swim at this indoor facility during open swim times, which vary quarterly or sign up for continuing education classes that span from beginning swim lessons to endurance and strength classes perfect for triathletes. 1810 N. Greene St., Bldg. 5, Spokane, Wash. • 533-7212 • scc. 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 only $1 per swim and $20 for a summer swim pass. 13525 E. 24th Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 924-4707 • 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. 11123 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 922-7091 • 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 along with water aerobics classes. 300 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 7774458 • WITTER AQUATIC CENTER 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. 1300 E. Mission Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 625-6960 •

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Hit the Lake

Pull out a map that encompasses the Inland Northwest and you’ll notice it’s riddled with blue masses, dots and squiggles. Lakes give Inlanders a place to get on and in the water. These eight lakes represent some of the best spots to experience lake life, but they are by no means all that’s out there.



Don’t Miss: Cliff jumping or hitting a golf ball on a floating green. If you’re looking for a prime spot to jump into the lake, the rocks lining Tubbs Hill — also a great hiking spot next to downtown — range from around 25 feet high to just a few feet above the water. Or play a round of golf at the Coeur d’Alene Resort Golf Course, where you can hit your ball to the floating island with the 14th hole.

Don’t Miss: Spotting wildlife or catching the wind. Eagles, tundra swans, deer, moose and beaver live all over the lake and its shores. But for a special treat, head to the south end of the lake to see mountain goats climbing around the rocky cliffs at Bernard Point near Echo Bay. If you’re a sailor, the winds sweeping across this vast lake make it a mandatory sailing spot in the Northwest.



Don’t Miss: Chilling at the sandbar or dining lakeside. Locals — including families, their kids and college students — gather on the weekends at the main hangout: the Mokins Bay sandbar. People boat out to the sand, put down the anchor, lounge on the deck and even play ping-pong. You can also pull up your boat to the Boathouse Bar & Grill at the marina for a lakeside meal or drink.

Don’t Miss: Riding the Thorofare or getting out of the lake. The channel connecting Priest to its upper lake — named the Thorofare — is 2½ miles of shallow, no-wake waterway ideal for paddling. Be on the lookout for fish beneath you, eagles above and the occasional moose ahead. While at Priest Lake, don’t forget about everything you can do out of the water: game hunting, hiking, rock climbing, and mountain biking. — JO MILLER

Numerous boat launches, marinas and campgrounds let you gain easy access to Lake Coeur d’Alene’s 25-mile span of water that lets you do any water sport, from driving a ski boat to paddling a kayak. Cycle, walk, jog and take in the lake view on the shore-hugging North Idaho Centennial Trail that follows the Spokane River as it flows out of the north side of the lake. For a little luxury, dine at Cedars Floating Restaurant, walk through downtown Coeur d’Alene or stay at the Coeur d’Alene Resort. During the holidays, take a nighttime lake cruise to see the Holiday Light Show and meet Santa.

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Hayden’s shores might be mostly private property, but if you have a boat or kayak to take out on the water, you’re golden. Honeysuckle Beach and Sportsman Park provide the two public beaches and boat launches, while the marina on the south end has public moorage and boat rentals. You can engage in almost any water sport and enjoy warmer, calmer water than if you went to Coeur d’Alene or Priest lakes. On land, you can check out the historical Country Club or Clark House. The English Point Trails on the north side of the lake make for a good walk or horseback ride. Or get your blood pumping while biking the 27-mile road, picturesque but grueling, that circumnavigates the lake.

Not only does Pend Oreille’s 111 miles of shoreline make it the largest lake in Idaho, it’s also the fifth deepest lake in the country. A handful of towns dot the lake’s shores, Sandpoint being the largest. Take in the arts scene at Sandpoint’s many galleries, dine at local restaurants, or start your lake adventure at City Beach or Lakeview Park, where you can picnic or launch your boat. Many walking trails also surround the lake. A popular trek is the Pedestrian Long Bridge, a two-mile walk or bike ride starting in Sandpoint that parallels the U.S. Highway 95 bridge as it cuts across the lake.

It makes sense that Priest is often referred to as “Idaho’s Crown Jewel.” Densely forested mountains surround the deep, pristine water of the state’s third largest natural lake. There’s every water activity imaginable: wakeboarding, skiing, tubing, paddling, fishing (it’s excellent for mackinaw), sailing or running a speedboat. Once you get to Upper Priest — the much smaller body of water connected to the main lake by a narrow channel — towing activities are prohibited, but that only makes it all the better for canoeing and kayaking. The main lake also has several islands, but Kalispell Island and Bartoo Island both provide more than 20 campsites as well as hiking and large beaches.

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Jumpers cannonball from the rocks at Coeur d’Alene’s Tubb’s Hill. Lifeguards stand guard at Coeur d’Alene’s City Beach.

One of the many serene beaches of Idaho’s Upper Priest Lake.

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The smaller, warmer, Hayden Lake is a popular destination for water skiers and wake boarders. CHRISTOPHER RASCH PHOTO

American white pelicans take flight over wetlands surrounding Lake Pend Oreille. Sunset at Lake Pend Oreille.

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Hit the Lake SPIRIT LAKE


Don’t Miss: Downhill biking or catching in the cold. When Labor Day comes around, the town hosts a guided bike ride from the top of Mount Spokane to Spirit Lake. A bus takes cyclists up the mountain and everyone rides the 25 miles back. Don’t worry — it’s mostly downhill. If you want a winter activity, the lake is known for good ice fishing; the kokanee like to bite under the ice.

Don’t Miss: Catching the bass or boat camping. Each year numerous bass tournaments take place on Long Lake. Anywhere from 20 to 50 boats will hit the lake and duke it out with their hooks and lures. About a half-mile north of the Lake Spokane Campground, you can boat into campsites and camp on the shore.

Just 10 miles north of Rathdrum, this Idaho lake might be one of the smaller ones, but the views are splendid. The Selkirk Mountains border the west and north of the lake, Mount Spokane can be seen to the west and the heavily cedared surroundings provide tons of hiking. Despite its size, all types of water sports are options. A lakeside recreation center offers canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and you can put your motorboat in at the public beach. Check out the historical downtown area for an ice cream parlor, a few bars and eateries, and an antique shop with a vast selection of Lionel Trains.


When the Grand Coulee Dam was completed on the Columbia River in 1942, it created the 130-mile-long Lake Roosevelt, named after President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The lake, slightly less than a two-hour drive from Spokane, has 27 campgrounds open all year long as well as 22 boat launches, making it a prime spot for water-based recreation. Though the hiking trails may not be extensive, some paths in the Lake Roosevelt National Recreation Area take you by a few historical sites such as Fort Spokane, St. Paul’s Mission and Old Kettle Falls, an abandoned town from the Depression that can be seen on the way to Kettle Falls swim beach.


Don’t Miss: Having a fishing adventure or houseboating party. Lake Roosevelt is a great multi-species fishing destination. The angler will find smallmouth bass, kokanee, rainbow trout and walleye, and your chances of catching a fish here are good. If you have a big group itching for an adventure, houseboat rentals are available at Seven Bays Marina and Kettle Falls. The houseboats can sleep up to 13 people, and some even have hot tubs.

This 25-mile reservoir runs between the Nine Mile Falls Dam and the Long Lake Dam. Sheer cliffs and fanned rock walls rise out of the lake’s wooded shores — landscaping resulting from the Ice Age floods. Fishing is a big draw for Long Lake, and the bird watcher will find many birds of prey. Three state park areas — Fisk Property, Nine Mile Recreation Area and Lake Spokane Campground — provide swimming beaches, as well as boat launches and campgrounds at the latter two. A Discover Pass is required in all state park areas. If you venture outside of state park land, you’ll find places for cliff jumping. Follow the locals to find the best (and safest) spots.


If you’re a let’s-get-off-the-beaten-path kind of person, this undeveloped canyon lake south of Cheney might be for you. Bonnie is a little obscure and not so easy to access, which makes it perfect if you’re looking for a quiet lake. Because farmers own the surrounding land, the only way onto the water is by launching from a stream south of the lake — Rock Creek — that opens up into Bonnie after about a halfmile. It’s best to stick with canoes, kayaks or very small boats, because the water can be shallow. But once out on the lake, you’ll enjoy the unblemished view. There’s not a cabin in site, only a few cows. Don’t Miss: Seeing natural features or setting up an island camp. Bonnie has a few fun rewards for the adventurer. As you take the stream toward the lake, a natural land bridge that looks like an arch will be on your left. There are also caves, and at the north end, a 100-foot waterfall. A small county-owned island makes for a great camping spot, and the only place you can get onto land. — JO MILLER

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Angler Jeff Sylvester uses his bow to hunt carp at Long Lake. (left) Light fog hangs over the mirror-like surface of Long Lake.

Sunrise over Spirit Lake. STEVE WILSON PHOTO

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Hawk Creek Falls spills into Lake Roosevelt. .

Fall showcases the brilliant colors of Bonnie Lake. (left) The rocky shores of Lake Roosevelt make for fun exploration for man or mutt. CECIL SANDERS PHOTO

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Get the latest apparel and your lift ticket at Snowlander Expo. CHRISTIAN WILSON PHOTO

Gear Up

The area’s best outdoor gear swaps and expos



lean out your closets for the latest new or gently used outdoor gear. Local organizations, retailers and mountain resorts have the equipment you need — and the expertise on site — to get you on the slopes or trailhead. “Gear swaps are a great way to learn about outdoor recreation and find affordable solutions for families,” says LeAnn Yamamoto, project manager with SPOKANE BIKE SWAP (spokanebikeswap. com), which allows the public to sell or trade bicycles and pairs the community with local vendors and nonprofit cycling organizations. The MT. SPOKANE SKI PATROL SKI SWAP (skipatrolskiswap. com) held annually at the Spokane Fair and Expo Center (404 N. Havana St.) allows the public to sell gently used gear; however, 70 percent of items available for purchase are new. Go to get insider tips from factory representatives, a sneak peek at the latest alpine technology and professional advice on fittings and gear selection. The Inlander’s SNOWLANDER EXPO ( features new gear and apparel. Visitors may also purchase season passes and discounted tickets at five area ski resorts. Last year’s event boasted an extreme trampoline show, a beer garden, ski films and more than $6,000 in prizes given away. Expect this year’s event to be bigger and better. — JORDY BYRD

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Spokane’s largest indoor climbing center, with 6,000-square feet of climbing terrain. The gym also houses a yoga studio to stretch those muscles after a climbing session. 202 W. Second Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 455-9596 • wildwalls. com WSU OUTDOOR RECREATION PROGRAM WSU installed a brand new climbing wall for the start of the 2013 school year. The 2,300 square foot bouldering wall has auto-belay on three routes and varied terrain to cater to climbers of different skill levels. Sign up for a belay or climbing fitness class. Students can climb for free with their student ID. Non-students or members can climb for a small fee. Pullman, Wash. • 335-0104 • http://orc.

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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 and recreational pools featuring play structures and slides. They also all feature childcare and plenty of camps and classes. 10727 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane, Wash. • 930 N. Monroe St., • 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 777-9622 •

MOUNTAIN GOAT OUTFITTERS Mountain Goat Outfitters offers new and used equipment, classes, rentals, clothing, and even DVD’s and books to get inspired for your next adventure. 12 W. Sprague Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 325-9806 •

SPOKANE VALLEY YMCA You are never too young to learn to climb. At least, at the Valley Y you aren’t. For those as young as 4, certified staff are on site to help you climb on their indoor wall. Belay certification is also offered on the first Saturday of every month. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 777-9622 •

ROCK CLIMBING, BACKPACKING & MOUNTAINEERING MOUNTAIN GEAR Both the storefront and online store are valuable resources for gear and their year-round indoor clinics will help the beginner learn the basics of belaying, harnassing and tieing in. Call the store for clinic dates. 2002 N.

REI REI began as a co-op for climbers, and it shows. Besides selling climbing equipment, the store also has videos and tutorials online, and local classes like camp cooking for backpackers. 1125 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 328-9900 • SPOKANE MOUNTAINEERS The mountaineers are about more than climbing mountains. Their group activities include just about anything outdoors - hiking, biking, paddling, etc. This group is also concerned with wilderness conservation and

WILD WALLS CLIMBING GYM Host your kids birthday party here, learn a new skill, or hone your abilities. Wild Walls is

RUNNING & WALKING BLOOMSDAY ROAD RUNNERS CLUB These folks have a simple but clear mission statement: to support and promote long distance running/walking. Anything you need to know about the Spokane running scene can be found through this organization. Their website includes an extensive calendar of different walks and runs going on each day in the area. Spokane, Wash. • C:/NEXTIT/RUN This group of avid runners meets every Thursday at the Monterey Café at 5:45 pm. After you complete five runs with them, you get a black and electric green group shirt, another shirt after run 37, and then the highly coveted neon shirt after run 67. Find them via Facebook. Spokane, Wash. •



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UNIVERSITY OF IDAHO OUTDOOR PROGRAM This beautiful center houses a 55-foot pillar, 24-foot instructional wall, a bouldering wall and cave. Open climbing is free for students, and $7 for non-students. The basic clinic to get you started on the wall is $12. 1000 Paradise Creek St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-885-6810 •

BACKPACKING CLUB This co-op community is run entirely by unpaid volunteers with a passion for nature, wilderness, hiking, backpacking and snowshoing. The club offers beginning to advanced clinics for backpacking, along with winter seminars on how to snowshoe and build snow shelters. Spokane, Wash. • 467-8099 •

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RUNNING & WALKING FLEET FEET SPORTS COEUR D’ALENE Fleet Feet is more than just the place to get your running shoes in North Idaho. For a reasonable fee, join their beginning 5K/10K runners for training sessions. If you’re looking to take on a half marathon, you can train with a group of folks looking to do the same. Both groups meet three days a week. Also, a 7:30 am run on Saturdays is open to all runners. 511 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208765-7604 • FLEET FEET SPORTS SPOKANE This locally owned franchise made quick inroads in the running community hosting a wide variety of running groups, from its Tuesday 6:30 am Method Cafe fun runs that tackle 4-5 miles and finish with a health smoothie, to its No Boundaries 12week programs that take couch potatoes and train them for their first 5K. Fall 2013 promises a new distance running group. 1303 N. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 328-4786 •

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he Inland Northwest loves the Spokane Indians. Sure, they play short-season, single-A baseball — about as low on the minor league ladder as you can get — and the roster changes yearto-year, but Spokane has made this team feel like a big-time ball club for decades now. Avista Stadium, the Indians’ home, is always the Northwest League attendance leader and is in the top five nationwide for clubs at their level. With the sizable crowds — sometimes as many as 6,800 people on a summer night — the Indians teamed with Spokane County for a $3.5-million improvement project to update buildings and infrastructure, much of which was built in 1958. “We did the best with the facility that we had, but behind the scenes the buildings were very outdated,” says Otto Klein, the Indians’ senior vice president. “In order for us to maintain the facility we had, it needed drastic updates.” Those updates included new administrative and ticket offices, which should reduce lines for tickets before games. There’s also been a massive overhaul to the food service, which will now offer a much wider variety of cuisine. In addition, the Indians team store, which was once housed in a trailer, is now a sleek shop that’s open year-round and stocked with more team apparel and other fan gear. “The fans will see new, shiny updates and see that it’s now really a state-of-the-art facility,” says Klein. — MIKE BOOKEY

FLIGHTLESS BIRDS Bring your friends, family and dogs. Everyone is welcome to walk or run with this inclusive group. Meet them Paleqnue Mexican Restaruant every Tuesday (April-November) at 5 pm for a three to four mile jaunt and then hang around and enjoy a member discount at dinner. Cheney, Wash. • letsmovecheney. com/FBRC FLYING IRISH RUNNING CLUB Stepping in stride with the world’s largest social running group might seem intimidating. Have no fear. These folks put the social in social run. Meet them at 5:45 pm on any Thursday at Ripples Riverfront Grille. Enjoy some running (three to five miles) and some fellowship. Spokane, Wash. • LANTERN TAP HOUSE RUN CLUB This group meets Tuesdays at the Lantern Tap House. Join them at 6 pm for a nice evening jog followed by a pint or two. Runners of all ages and abilities are welcome. 1004 S. Perry St., Spokane, Wash. • LILAC BLOOMSDAY ASSOCIATION As a longstanding Spokane tradition, what else is there to say about Bloomsday? Over 50,000 runners, joggers and walkers participate each year. Plans are already in the works for the 2014 race on May 4. 1414 N. Belt St., Spokane, Wash. • 838-1579 • MANITO RUNNING CLUB This advanced running group meets every Saturday morning at Manito Park (18th & Grand parking lot), and they enjoy lattes at Rockwood Bakery after pounding out 5-6 miles, rain, snow or shine. Spokane, Wash. •

PALOUSE FALLS BEER CHASERS Meet the Beer Chasers on Wednesdays at 5:30 pm at the Fireside Grille in Pullman, jog at least 30 minutes, and then feel no guilt tipping back a pint or two. Pullman, Wash. • PALOUSE ROAD RUNNERS CLUB With over 30 years of tradition, affordable fees, and encouraging members, this group of runners has a lot to be proud of. Join them for track workouts and races. Spokane, Wash. • SOHI RUNNING CLUB The South Hill (SoHi) running group meets 52 weeks a year, rain or shine. Runs start Tuesdays at 6 pm from Hugo’s and after three to five miles, finish up with food and drinks. This casual group doesn’t have a website, but you can find them on Facebook. Spokane, Wash. • SPOKANE DISTANCE PROJECT The Spokane Distance Project is for serious runners who want to train harder and smarter. This men’s only group is fast - like Bloomsday times under 50 minutes fast - and determined to get faster. Spokane, Wash. • SPOKANE SWIFTS RUNNING TEAM This is a group for talented women runners. Lead by coach Sarah Ranson, the Swifts see success all across the region. They practice twice a week and hold themselves to a high standard. They help runners realize their full potential in a highly competitive environment. Spokane, Wash. •

SKIING AND BOARDING 49 DEGREES NORTH MOUNTAIN RESORT The 49th parallel marks the line between Canada and the United States. This resort isn’t quite that far north (it’s more like 48 Degrees North), but when you’re up top, it feels like you can see that far. This is one huge place, with more than 2,000 acres of skiable terrain, including one run that goes for nearly three miles. There are 12 miles of cross-country trails too. These guys open more terrain every year and have big plans for the future up there at the edge of Canada. 3311 Flowery Trail Rd., Chewelah, Wash. • 935-6649 • LOOKOUT PASS SKI & RECREATION AREA Every time you look, Lookout Pass has grown again, and now it’s three times bigger than its initial footprint. But Lookout’s big feature is its location. Its spot on the Idaho-Montana stateline seems to wring the snow from the skies - 400 annual inches is the norm, and it’s always one of the first resorts to open.. 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 •

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MOUNT SPOKANE SKI & SNOWBOARD PARK Mount Spokane has the expected 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. Just 28 miles from downtown Spokane, If a friend texts you proof of an epic day in the making from the top of Chair 1, you can join him before lunchtime. 29500 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. • 238-2220 • RED MOUNTAIN RESORT The closest Canadian resort to Spokane is Red Mountain. It also happens to have some of the best terrain in all the Great White North. Eighty-eight runs are spread among the resort’s two peaks. Red Mountain, itself, is really sweet, but Granite Mountain, with its wide, sweeping bowl is even better. And then there are Paradise Basin and Grey Basin. There’s a lot to ski and ‘board, and the nearby town of Rossland (like really, really nearby) is developing into a proper ski town. 4300 Red Mountain Rd., Rossland, B.C. • 800-663-0105 • redresort. com SCHWEITZER MOUNTAIN RESORT With tons of ski-in-ski-out slopeside accommodations, a bustling village scene and the nearby town of Sandpoint, Schweitzer is the Inland Northwest’s version of Jackson Hole or Snowbird. And it delivers on the winter sports, too, with a variety of glades, bowls and terrain parks, and cross-country, snowshoe and backcountry options, to boot. 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2639555 • 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, Idaho • 866-344-2675 •

SKI NW ROCKIES Fifth graders ski free at local mountains, thanks to Ski the Northwest Rockies 5th Grade Passport proram. It’s part of their mission to get the word out about skiing and boarding opportunities at its four partner

WHITEWATER SKI RESORT Whitewater is famous for its powder and has a vast array of steeps, open bowls, glades, chutes, tree skiing and a rail park. Not to mention a reputation for stellar eats. At Whitewater, they take the ski lodge cafeteria to an entirely new level. There are even several cookbooks highlighting the fare available to hungry skiers. Outside the lodge, the resort recently expanded, doubling in size, to the Glory Ridge area. Lodging is available in the nearby eclectic town of Nelson. Nelson, B.C. • 800-666-9420 •

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SPORTS TEAMS SPOKANE CHIEFS The passion and rowdiness of Chiefs fans may be intimidating to those who have never experienced a game, but the comraderie is something any Spokanite or hockey fan can feel a part of - as long as you pretend to know the “goal” chant. 720 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 535-7825 • SPOKANE INDIANS Baseball and summer go hand in hand. Oh, and hot dogs. With recently renovated concessions, a new gear store and an updated kids’ zone, Avista Stadium can accomodate you at Spokane Indians minor league baseball games with a variety of dogs and affordable summer entertainment. 602 N. Havana St., Spokane, Wash. • 535-2922 • SPOKANE SHINE The Shine soccer team, replacing the Spokane Black Widows in 2011, have already been able to pull off a 2012 WPSL Northwest Division Title. You can see the best women’s premiere soccer team in the Northwest at the Spokane Falls Community College in its newly remodeled facility. Buy tickets through their website or TicketsWest. Spokane, Wash. • SPOKANE SHOCK Spokane’s arena football team plays home games, many sold-out, at the Spokane Veterens Memorial Arena. Originally in the Arena Football League2, the Shock have won their way into the AFL and an Arena Bowl XXIII trophy in 2010. Tickets range from $14 - $68. 720 W. Mallon Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 242-7462 •

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 features a list of instructors and leagues in the area. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho •


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SKI BLUEWOOD Don’t underestimate the power of this quaint ski area located in the southeast corner of Washington. With a full service lodge (food, beverage and shopping), Bluewood offers up some of the best tree skiing in the Northwest, with 24 runs and three lifts. Only 150 miles from Spokane and 50 miles from Walla Walla, this road trip could be for the day or a long weekend. 2000 N. Touchet Rd., Dayton, Wash. • 382-4725 •

mountains. Its website is a hub of info about those resorts, plus deals, lessons and rentals at each. Spokane, Wash. • 6210119 •



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“If you had the opportunity to spend the weekend with unicorns and rainbows, would you take it?”

t most 10Ks, half-marathons, and marathons you’re likely to see the cliché of “blood, sweat and tears” come to life. You see runners with sweat dripping down their faces, some fumbling for cups of water to pour over their scraped knees, and maybe even a few slowing to a walk with tears in their eyes. Sounds like a lot of, well… blood, sweat and tears. Luckily a new age is upon us. Now races like the Color Run, the Dirty Dash and Color Me Rad are earning huge participation numbers and international recognition. The primary aim of all these races: fun. This summer, Spokane saw all three of these races come to town. This year, the COLOR ME RAD 5K (colormerad. com) will take place in more 100 U.S. cities. The race rolled into Spokane County Raceway in June. Starting the race in white shirts and ending it in a rainbow of color, people are guaranteed to leave with raised spirits and brighter clothes. Kellie Malone, a Gonzaga student and fun-run veteran, describes the color gauntlets: “They distract runners from the sometimes mind-numbing pattern of running and make them consciously have fun as people throw colorful powder all over their clothes.”

Color Me Rad will take place in more 100 cities this year. Just as Color Me Rad comes with ’80s vibes and good times, THE COLOR RUN (thecolorrun. com) does the same, with the addition of a great humanitarian mission and a focus on health improvement. It fosters healthiness, happiness, individuality and charity. Jessica Nixon, a public relations specialist, highlights the magic of the event: “If you had the opportunity to spend the weekend with unicorns and rainbows, would you take it? Because that is what you get with The Color Run.” The “happiest 5K on the planet” winds its way through Riverfront Park in August. Unlike the two color-filled races, the DIRTY DASH ( offers only one new color for your clothes: muddy brown. Taking on a fullscale obstacle course while trudging through mud is an inevitable challenge that also promises joy. Dives in the dirt, backflips in swamps and muddy swims are commonplace at this annual July event, held in Nine Mile Falls, Wash. While traditional running events will surely see continued success and large participation, there’s a new contender in town (several towns, for that matter), and their main purpose is to put a smile on your face. — JEFF RUTHERFORD

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TENNIS NORTH PARK RACQUET CLUB With five indoor tennis courts and five full indoor racquetball courts, this private club has plenty to offer. Tennis lessons start at age 4 and continue through adult classes. All camps and some clinics are available to non-members. 8121 N. Division St., Spokane, Wash. • 467-5124 • PEAK HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTER With a brand new tennis facility in Hayden, Peak Health and Wellness Center has dramatically expanded its tennis offerings for its members. The new center features five indoor courts for local leagues, lessons and tournaments. 190 W. Centa Dr., Hayden, Idaho • 208-762-9014 • SPOKANE CLUB The Spokane Club hosts the largest tennis community in Eastern Washington, fielding 21 USTA teams last year, comprised of more than 250 players. Six indoor courts, and four outdoor courts accomodate a vast array of programming including Cardio Tennis, peewee leagues, tournaments, mixers, clinics, private lessons and adult leagues for 2.5-5.0 players. Many camps and clinics are available to non-members. 5900 E. Fourth Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 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 pros. Weeklong summer tennis camps are offered June through August and most are available to nonmembers. 1903 S. Dearborn St., Spokane, Wash. • 535-1239 • spokaneracquetclub. com TENNIS ASSOCIATION OF GREATER SPOKANE (TAGS) Want to find singles players or doubles teams in the Spokane area to play? Join TAGS to find opponents at your level or register for the two tournaments TAGS organizes each year. 5804 S. Custer Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 4481469 •

TRIATHLON CLUBS CDA TRI TEAM CDA Tri Team hosts night swims, hikes, clinics, paddleboarding excursions, adventure races and more. It has a team of coaches who provide lectures and clinics on efficient running, cycling and swimming techniques, and offers private coaching sessions for athletes looking to improve their times. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho •


Spokane Racquet Club COEUR D’ALENE TRI CLUB Coeur d’Alene Tri club provides experienced and inexperienced triathletes with a network for camaraderie, training, education and support. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-5503 • verticalearth. com EMDE SPORTS This dynamic network supports multi-sport athletes all throughout the area. While Emde Sports offers coaching assistance and some group-supported workouts, its aim is to pair athletes with similar

fitness abilities, training schedules and race goals. Many of their athletes have won national titles. Spokane, Wash • 953-9924 • LAKE CITY TRI CLUB Lake City Tri hosts weekly swims, runs, bike rides and social activities to prepare athletes for races. The weekly training events are tailored in length and intensity to prepare everyone from seasoned Ironman participants to those competing in their first race. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho •

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times as you can handle sliding down it. Ninety minute sessions are $10. 29500 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. • 238-2220 •

TEAM BLAZE TRIATHLON CLUB While they’re serious about their sport, Team Blaze members are also serious about encouraging one another and welcoming those of any age and any ability. Yearly membership is $75, and that includes personalized coaching. 1415 E. River Ridge Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 435-1030 •

HERMIT’S HOLLOW TUBING CENTER Hermit’s Hollow at Schweitzer has two lanes of tubing fun. It’s $15 for an hour and a half, but space is limited, so call early for reservations. 10000 Schweitzer Mountain Rd., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-9555 •

TRI FUSION TRIATHLON CLUB This supportive group of athletes train together. Masters swim sessions provide free coaching, group runs and rides provide camaraderi. Tri-fusion proudly hosts a couple races each year including a kids’ triathlon. Spokane, Wash. •

TUBING BEAR CREEK LODGE This lodge on Mt. Spokane provides all the equipment and space for snow tubing, along with a ride back up the slope. $12 gets you 90 minute session on the 800-foot run. The lodge offers food and drinks. 24817 N. Mount Spokane Park Dr., Mead, Wash. • 238-9114 •

WATER PARKS BOULDER BEACH AT SILVERWOOD THEME PARK If you can get past the massive crowds, 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. The wave pools, slides and lazy river here draw guests from around the region. 27843 N. Hwy. 95, Athol, Idaho • 208-683-3400 • RAPTOR REEF AT TRIPLE PLAY FAMILY FUN PARK To take a dip any month of the year, try North Idaho’s Raptor Reef

SILVER RAPIDS You have to stay at Silver Mountain’s Morning Star Lodge to splash here, and if you do, you’ll have access to slides, play structures, water basketball, a lazy river and the FlowRider continuous wave for surfing or body boarding. Plus, hot tubs. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • 866-344-2675 • SPLASH DOWN WATER PARK The longest outdoor slides in Spokane are at Splashdown. Beyond the slides, Splashdown also has water ballloon launchers and water guns to keep guests cool. 11127 E. Mission Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 924-3079 • splashdownwaterpark. net

WHITEWATER RAFTING PANGAEA RIVER RAFTING Pangea boasts they have “guides that would make a puddle of mud fun.” Priding themselves on exceptional customer service, this group will take you anywhere from wine floats on the Spokane River to the roiling rapids of the Clark Fork River. 11111 Mullan Rd. E., Superior, Mont. • 877-239-2392 •

ROW ADVENTURE CENTER Before it was desginated “the world’s best tour operator” by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, ROW began as a whitewater rafting company back in 1979 and they still do whitewater trips right, from the Salmon, Rogue and Clark Fork rivers to beyond. 202 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 800-451-6034 • rowadventures. com 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 along with whitewater kayaking lessons. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Fifth Floor, Spokane, Wash. • 625-6200 • WILEY E. WATERS Wiley E. Waters has nearly 20 years experience. Shoot the Spokane or Clark Rivers with them - you can choose a serene float (complete with wine and gourmet appetizers) or go for an adrenaline-pumping rapid ride. Your choice. 3024 S. Steinpreis Rd., Post Falls, Idaho • 888-502-1900 • NORTHWEST WHITEWATER ASSOCIATION This club promotes safety training and organizes group floats. Become a member for $25 and join them for all their activities scheduled AprilDecember. Spokane, Wash. • 994-2609 • n


CHILDREN’S CHOICE TUBING HILL AT MOUNT SPOKANE Mount Spokane’s multilane tubing hill features a rope tow to haul you back to the top of the hill as many

SILVER MOUNTAIN With more lanes than any other tubing hill in the area (four!), Silver Mountain’s Prospector Adventure Zone keeps the lanes separated to prevent collisions. 610 Bunker Ave., Kellogg, Idaho • 866-344-2675 •

Water Park inside Triple Play. This indoor facility has a wave pool, a two-story play structure, three tall slides and a jacuzzi. 175 W. Orchard Ave., Hayden, Idaho • 877-7707529 •

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March Madness comes to Spokane with the NCAA men battling for the championship in the second and third rounds on the floor of the Spokane Arena. In a competitive bid process, Spokane was selected as a host for the 2014 tournament, along with 12 other cities. Watch six fierce games and root for eight teams during two days of basketball intensity as the teams give everything they have to make it to the Sweet Sixteen. March 20 and 22, 2014


Being a stop on the JOOLA North American Tour, a four-star event sanctioned by USA Table Tennis that uses the official JOOLA 3000SC centerfold table, means this is some serious table tennis business. The HUB Sports Center in Liberty Lake, Wash., will host this tournament that makes stops all around the country. Watch players ping and pong at a professional level or register by Sept. 27 to get in on the action (and potentially win some of the prize money) yourself. Oct. 12-13, 2013




One thousand runners showed up for the inaugural Bloomsday in 1977. Now more than 50,000 people gather in Spokane for one of the largest timed running events in the world. All athletic levels — from elite runners to casual walkers — come together to conquer the 7.46-mile course and ring in the spring season. Hear local bands play alongside the course and get water and encouragement from volunteers, which you’ll probably need once you reach the infamous Doomsday Hill. May 4, 2014


Join more than 700 swimmers and glide through beautiful Lake Pend Oreille. This swim parallels the Pedestrian Long Bridge, stretching 1.76 miles across the south end of the lake and ending in Sandpoint, Idaho. It’s a community event, so you don’t have to be a competitive swimmer to participate. Since 1995, swimmers from 7 to 86 years old have embarked on the swim. Safety kayakers keep an eye on you and fans cheer you on from the bridge. Aug. 3, 2014


Able to reach speeds of more than 200 miles per hour while touching the water at only three points, modern unlimited hydroplanes are the world’s fastest racing boats. After a 45year hiatus, the Diamond Cup and H1 unlimited hydroplane races will return to Lake Coeur d’Alene on Labor Day weekend. Watch the races from Silver Beach on the north end of the lake and witness the sleek speed of the modern racers and vintage hydroplanes. Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2013



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Legendary boxers like Muhammad Ali and Oscar De La Hoya came through this event before they made it big. Watch approximately 250 of the country’s top male and female amateur boxers duke it out at Northern Quest Resort & Casino during six days of fighting to see who will make the USA boxing team for 2014. The first four days feature the preliminary bouts with three rings going simultaneously; the championships conclude on the last two days with semifinal and final bouts. Jan. 20-25, 2014


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Featuring Historic Campbell House (1898) and Visitor Center (guided tours available)

EXPERIENCE Lasting Heritage

Through January 12, 2014 With all objects from the MAC’s Native American permanent collection, this exhibit explores the Great Basin and Plateau regions. It fills two galleries and features hundreds of historic cultural objects and photographs plus modern works by contemporary American Indian artists.

SPOMA: Spokane Modern Architecture

Through January 12, 2014 This exhibition acknowledges Spokane’s Modernist legacy in architecture and gives an appreciation for this region’s dynamic range of style. Learn about this handful of Modern architects who pushed Spokane’s architectural envelope.

100 Stories, 100 Years

Tales and Turning Points Opens February 2014 This seminal exhibition will be filled with original stories only the MAC can tell. It will involve the whole MAC campus and its galleries with displays in downtown Spokane and extending out into the region. This MAC experience will illuminate the Inland Northwest through the novelty of its design and breadth of objects all from the MAC’s permanent collections. In preparation for the MAC’s 2nd century in 2016, this exhibit presents influential stories and turning points over the past 100 years. This is a great opportunity to rediscover the MAC.

Meet Me at the Spot: The Art of Patrick Siler February 22 – August 31, 2014

Artist Patrick Siler is a storyteller. His pictorial narratives are crowded with characters and street scenes that seem familiar, nostalgic and distinctly American. Siler’s work reflects a view of ordinary life that is at once lighthearted and brutally honest with a humorous delivery. A longtime Pullman, Washington resident and WSU Art Department Professor Emeritus, Siler is fluent in several mediums. Meet Me at the Spot will feature paintings, drawings, woodblock prints and ceramic works spanning Siler’s lifelong artistic career.

Inland Northwest Narrative: Crossroads and Confluence Special on-line exhibit

This online (web) exhibit uses iconic MAC collection objects representing three content threads (regional history, native cultures and art) to offer themed entry points to Inland Northwest past and present. It provides easy access to an authoritative and authentic visual narrative of a regional experience.


OPEN ON SUNDAYS Wed - Sun 10am to 5pm 2316 W First Avenue, Spokane

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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.

An Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution

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Inlanders are as diverse as their surroundings, but they have one thing in common: A passion for this particular place Local actress and award-winning singer Abbey Crawford YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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IS A PLACE DEFINED BY ITS PEOPLE, OR ARE PEOPLE DEFINED BY A PLACE? That, of course, is a chicken-and-egg scenario; the likely answer is that both are true. During some undocumented point in the past, the Salish Indians settled here in the Inland Northwest because they found reasons worth staying, and over millennia they developed customs that were defined by the rivers and mountains. In the 1880s, the pockets of precious metals that had long lain deep beneath the soil of the Idaho Panhandle lured a certain type of person: prospectors, adventurers, entrepreneurs, dogooders, con artists. The aggregate impact of their individual personalities would forge the environmental and economic legacy of the region. Today, that flow chart of causes and effects is as untidy as ever. There has been a consistent population in this region long enough to have developed behaviors and mind-sets that we might recognize as typical of an Inlander, but even those are in flux as non-natives move to the Inland Northwest for its recreation, for its religious communities, for family, for retirement. And even that term “Inlander” is a tricky one to begin with. Residents of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls, Sandpoint and Colville — all of them are Inlanders, but convenient generalizations about common mannerisms or mind-sets aren’t easy to make. Say one thing about the lot, and chances are the opposite is equally as valid. Zoom in on the map and the discrepancies persist. There are traits we’d say are stereotypical of Seattleites, of New Yorkers, of Bostonians, all from much larger and more diverse cities; but in Spokane such commonalities can vary wildly from neighborhood to neighborhood. The South Hill and Hillyard shape and are shaped by their residents in very different ways. Is either one really more representative of Spokane than the other? “Spokane is a backlot,” says Rich Cowan — and he’s not referring to a patch of cracked blacktop littered with weeds and broken glass. Cowan co-founded the local film production company North by Northwest in 1990, and though his sights are now set on public service in politics, he naturally tends to view things through a director’s viewfinder. To him, the backlot means the space behind the studio that houses sets and backdrops for virtually any scenery. With its distant mountains, decrepit duplexes, luxurious hotels, historic Craftsman homes, modern office blocks, and rust-colored rail lines, Spokane can double for just about anywhere.

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“We filmed a Chuck Norris movie in the Sinai desert — outside of Sprague,” says Cowan. “We’ve done seven films set in New York City. We can shoot in front of the clubs, in front of the Paulsen Building, the Davenport, the Masonic Temple. Check out a movie called Falling Up. It’s a romantic comedy set in New York City, but it’s all shot in Spokane.” When he directed Shadow of Fear (2004), Cowan found his entire breadth of local locations in the work of just one man: Kirtland Cutter, famed architect of the Davenport Hotel. “Kirtland Cutter really shines in that movie,” he chuckles. Just as Spokane has an inherent visual variety, Cowan says an Inlander is neither one absolute thing nor another. “We have this rugged individualism, but we also have this shared sense of community. Which is an interesting combination. We’re not stereotypical,” he says. “We’re nuanced people.” Local actress and award-winning singer Abbey Crawford wonders if those

“We’ve done seven films set in New York City. We can shoot in front of the clubs, in front of the Paulsen Building, the Davenport, the Masonic Temple.”

hidden personal depths aren’t part of the reason why the region has such a thriving community theater scene. “That’s what community theater is about — finding those people who in their everyday lives work at a radio station or a hotel, regular run-of-themill jobs, but when they get on stage they’re these amazing, beautiful, talented people,” she says. As a result, the Inland Northwest has an unusual theater makeup, with a huge number of high school and volunteerdriven theater organizations existing on par with the quality of the mere handful of allprofessional ones. For Crawford, the interior world of Inlanders holds a particular fascination. She sees parallels between an acting career and that of Spokane’s trajectory as a city — namely, the rush of pride and ego that came when Spokane put on a world-class show for Expo ’74, followed by the slow loss of self-esteem as the limelight and fanfare ...continued on next page

Pop Quiz 1.

What public sculpture did the Catholic nun Sister Paula Turnbull create for downtown Spokane? a. Garbage Goat b. The Childhood Express c. The Joy of Running Together d. The Places Where Ghosts of Salmon Jump


What two-time Oscar-winning actress lived in Spokane for a period of her childhood? a. Hilary Swank b. Jodie Foster c. Sally Field d. Jane Fonda


Stephen Karam wrote Speech & Debate, a play inspired by which local event? A. The Aryan Nations’ lawsuit against the Bonner County Human Rights Task Force B. Widespread corruption during Expo ’74 C. The founding of The Inlander in 1993 D. The sex scandal surrounding Mayor Jim West


Which Inland Northwest university did famed recording artist Bing Crosby attend? a. Gonzaga University b. University of Idaho c. Eastern Washington University d. Whitworth University


Which local radio station started in Seattle, but moved to Spokane and started broadcasting from the top of the Davenport Hotel in 1925? a. KXLY b. KHQ c. KYRS d. KPBX


Which film written by SpokaneCoeur d’Alene Indian, poet, filmmaker and author Sherman Alexie won two awards at the Sundance Film Festival? a. The Business of Fancydancing b. Red Dawn c. Dance Me Outside d. Smoke Signals Answers on page 243 ANNUAL MANUAL 2013-2014 THE INLANDER |


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faded. “Spokane is all these dichotomies thrown together. We’re trying to fool ourselves that we’re bigger than we are, and yet there’s a level of talent here that could make us big if only we would recognize it.” Both Crawford and Cowan came to Spokane as young adults — Crawford from Iowa, Cowan (returning) from Seattle. Between them, they’ve had more than five decades to start families, foster friendships and establish deep roots in the region. In a mid-sized city that still nurtures small-town habits, neither of them would have their credentials as Inlanders questioned. Eckart Preu, however, would seem to make a far less likely candidate. Born in Erfurt, Germany, at a time when the country was still divided into East and West, Preu arrived in Spokane only nine years ago to serve as music director for the Spokane Symphony. And yet, with his lightly accented English and international background, he’s come to be regarded even by lifelong residents as a bona fide Inlander. Which would seem to suggest that Inlander-ness isn’t about being provincial or culturally deficient — favorite pejoratives of Spokane’s soi-disant sophisticates. Instead it has to do with a spirit of dedication to this place, a thread that perhaps unites the area’s 21stcentury inhabitants with the ancient Salish. Inlanders’ indiscriminate standing ovations? They’re an expression of that very same quality. “It has to do with being proud of what’s happening artistically in the city,” says Preu. “If you compare it with other cities of our size, it’s very rare that you have professional acting companies, a symphony orchestra, a museum, et cetera. You could probably argue that not every performance of every artistic company in town deserves a standing ovation, but I think it’s as much for the performers as it is for themselves. They are happy with what they hear and see, but they are aware of the fact that they made it happen, that it’s not something you can take for granted.” Preu likens the Inland Northwest not to a bombastic symphony or intimate sonata, but to a tone poem, an “open form” where “you can describe feelings, situations” along with all the diverse scenery on this 3,000-square-mile backlot. “What you call home is an emotional statement,” he says. “It’s like in music — you have to come back to the tonic, and if you don’t, then the music has the impression of being diffused or unsatisfying. You have to come back to the main chord. You have to come back to the home tonality. And Spokane is my home tonality.” — E.J. IANNELLI

Essential Experiences This year, you’ll find local actress and singer Abbey Crawford belting out big band favorites with the Spokane Symphony and headlining cabaret shows. Offstage, she’s passionate about all the Inland Northwest has to offer. Here’s her list of the six essential experiences every Inlander must try. ATTEND A PLAY AT LAKE CITY PLAYHOUSE “Lake City is a small but mighty community theater, intimate and stirring. It’s a perfect example of how a community of volunteers can create magic,” says Crawford. VISIT MANIC MOON & MORE Crawford says this art gallery (1007 W. Augusta St.) consistently carries some of the most beautiful and eclectic art you’ll find in Spokane, and “is run by some of the strongest and most creative women I’ve met.” GEEK OUT SpoCon and Spokane Comicon are both great reasons to geek out and see how creative some people can be with costumes (pictured), art, battle gear and gaming. “These people take their craft very seriously,” Crawford explains. “It’s always raucous fun, and you may get to meet great authors and artists from the Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Comic worlds.” SPEND SUNDAY NIGHTS AT ARBOR CREST “Not only do you always get to hear great local music at Arbor Crest’s Sunday night concerts, but you also can bring a picnic, buy a bottle of Arbor Crest’s glorious wine and enjoy your summer evenings sitting on top of a bluff overlooking all of Spokane,” says Crawford, who calls it “beautiful, powerful and soul-cleansing.” SING SATURDAY NIGHTS AT CHARLEY’S Located at Broadway and Monroe, Charley’s is Spokane’s version of “Cheers.” This is where the theatre crowd heads on Saturday nights to sing their brains out. “Wanna see a performance with no holds barred? Come to Chuck’s on a Saturday night,” urges Crawford. VISIT THE TEKOA EMPIRE THEATRE This beautifully restored 1940s Art Deco theater is a must-see, according to Crawford. “The people who keep this little gem going have so much love and dedication to the arts, their hometown and the history of the theater. To see a show here is to be a part of history.”

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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 • Museums • Music & Dance • Theater • Universities 2013 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 three-day art and food fest in downtown Coeur d’Alene typically held the first weekend of August — is wildly popular for artists, shoppers and tourists in the region. Plus, the organization helps run workshops for kids and 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. 105 N. First St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-292-1629 • CONNOISSEUR CONCERTS ASSOCIATION Connoisseur Concerts’ annual Northwest Bach Festival from Feb. 25 to March 9 is the city’s classiest music event, and draws crowds from around the region. When summer comes around, don’t miss Mozart in the Park concerts happening July 15 and 16 in 2014 (dates subject to change). 315 W. Mission Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 3264942 •


CREATE Whether you like painting, drawing, dancing, photography, sewing or acting, Create provides a space for all levels of artists to grow. This volunteer-run community organization offers classes for all ages with a special focus on chidren’s education. 900 W. 4th St., Newport, Wash. • 447-9277 • FIRST NIGHT SPOKANE Celebrate 2014 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 • arts.aspx PEND OREILLE ARTS COUNCIL What started as a small group of artsy folk during the ‘70s is now one of Northern Idaho’s most robust promoters of the arts, sponsoring concerts, exhibits and art education. Don’t miss its popular two-day arts and crafts fair in August and the ArtWalk running in the summer through Sept. 6. 302 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-6139 • SANDPOINT ARTS ALLIANCE Artistic expression is an essential creative endeavor for all humans. That is the expressed belief of this network of community art advocates working to enhance the arts in northern Idaho. The Alliance provides art classes for adults and children as well as an artist in residency program. 518 Oak St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-265-2787 • SPOKANE ARTS COMMISSION An integral part of city operations, 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). 801 W. Riverside, Suite 310, Spokane, Wash. • 321-9614 • THE FESTIVAL AT SANDPOINT The Festival at Sandpoint is a 10-day summer concert series

Art Spirit Gallery that hosts great music, unique food and plenty of dancing — a highlight of summer in the Inland Northwest. The 2014 festival goes from Aug. 7 to 17 and musicians such as The Avett Brothers and Rosanne Cash graced the 2013 stage. 525 Pine St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 888-265-4554 •

BOOKS AND 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, Wash. • 838-0206 | River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Suite 253, • 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. Beyond the author readings, panel discussions and book signings, Get Lit! offers poetry slams, writing contests and workshops. Eastern Washington University, 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd., Suite 425, Spokane, Wash. • 3596447 • 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 month. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-7733470 • INLAND NORTHWEST CENTER FOR WRITERS At the core of EWU’s 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 St. Martin’s. 501 N. Riverpoint Blvd. Suite 425, Spokane, Wash. • 3594956 • LOST HORSE PRESS For more than 15 years, this Sandpoint, Idaho, nonprofit publisher has focused on helping littleknown authors, especially poets, get noticed. A new poetry book series called “Regenerations” will come out in 2014, featuring native american poets with their work published in both English and their native language. 105 Lost Horse Ln., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-255-4410 • 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, childcare and much more. Pair those with story times for kids, homework help for all ages and free tax help from AARP. What more could you need? 4322 N. Argonne Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 893-8260 •

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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. That’s the theory behind Spokane Is Reading. The group selects a book each year, encourages Spokanites to read it and then hosts the author. This year, it’s “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple, who will be in Spokane Oct. 10. Spokane, Wash. • 444-5307 • 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 • 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 ARTISANS AT THE DAHMEN BARN Out on the beautiful Palouse, a 1930s barn provides this studio space for artists to create, show and sell their work. Visitors can learn and observe the artisans’ creative processes and even take classes. Each year an art demonstration day occurs in April, along with other seasonal events. 419 N. Park Way, Uniontown, Wash. • 229-3414 • 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 •

AVENUE WEST GALLERY Another cooperative gallery, Avenue West invites Spokanites to come check out great artwork and meet the people who made it. From water color to jewelry, the gallery has an eclectic mix of work and actively participates in monthly First Fridays. 707 W. Main, Suite B11, Skywalk Level, 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, you can enjoy lunch, gourmet drinking chocolates or Honduran coffee with your art. 100 S. Bridge St., Palouse, Wash. • 878-8425 • BLACKWELL GALLERY The Blackwell, located in downtown Coeur d’Alene is nearing being open only a year since it started up November of 2012. The gallery’s main portion of art is modern and contemporary pieces, including paintings, metalwork, photography, etchings and drawings. 205 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-699-2116 BOZZI COLLECTION Contemporary art fills this gallery, which is located in the Old City Hall building above the Olive Garden. It boasts paintings, sculptures and glass works from some of the best artists in Spokane and also has a boutique for purchasing gifts and home decor. 221 N. Wall St., Suite 226, Spokane, Wash. • 290-5604 • 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 • CAT’S EYE GALLERY Gallery owner Conrad Bagley displays his work in this eclectic space along with pieces from about a dozen other local artists and a few oddities. There’s lots to visually sift through — paintings, photography, glass and metal work — hanging from the ceiling, resting on the floor and on the walls. 1 S. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 389-2930 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 choose the work that goes into the space each year. Four exhibits are scheduled to go up in 2014. 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., Spokane, Wash. • 321-9614 • spokanearts. org/chase.aspx


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

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ark Anderson admits he’s addicted to the microphone. “When I’m in front of an audience performing poems or hosting something, I feel completely present in a way I don’t anywhere else,” he says. “It’s this weird combination of being really relaxed and really nervous all at the same time.” His magnetic presence on the mic is a reason why Anderson has played such a large role in fostering Spokane’s poetry slam scene — one that’s becoming known around the country. Though Anderson won’t say that he alone created the vibrant poetry community in Spokane (“This is the work of several people, every audience member and organizer and poet.”), he found a home among a community of other mic addicts at Broken Mic, a poetry event that he hosts weekly at downtown Spokane’s Neato Burrito. His work at the helm of Broken Mic earned Anderson the Ken Warfel Fellowship — an award given by Poetrynight to “poets who have made substantial contributions to their communities.” Anderson is committed to staying in Spokane and helping create a poetry scene unlike anywhere else. “People used to ask me why I didn’t just leave for a big city that already had a scene. It’s a good question,” he says. “I guess I love Spokane too much to leave it. … Poetry has become a reason to stay in Spokane. That’s big.” This October, the Individual World Poetry Slam will be held in Spokane — a huge event for the local poetry community, and one that Anderson says he played a “small part” in getting to come here, along with Isaac Grambo, another slammer. “Years ago I told someone offhand that instead of moving away, I thought I’d rather bring the world to Spokane, and look, it’s happening,” Anderson says. “I can’t wait to show off Spokane to the world. We’re going to change the way the game is played, just you wait.” — LEAH SOTTILE

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n stage, it’s hard to take your eyes off Nicole Richardson. The pint-sized performer dances with a liquid fluidity, seamlessly bending and contorting her body. She’s known for the times she dances with a large scimitar — a curved Middle Eastern sword — placed atop her head, which adds an element of danger to her already fascinating performances. Over the past eight years as a dancer, Richardson — who says she’s “painfully shy … though some might be surprised by that” — has made sure Spokane knows there are talented dancers living right here. Richardson founded Koreshakti Tribal Fusion, a nowdefunct group of dancers who performed at local arts events, and continues to plan the annual Compassion Benefit and the Angry Woman Cabaret. Though Richardson’s roots are in more of a tribal fusion style, she has recently embraced American Cabaret and Egyptian-style belly dance. You can catch her dancing regularly at the Red Lantern Lounge at Red Dragon (1406 W. Third Ave.) and at Azar’s (2501 N. Monroe St.), among other places. Richardson says that despite Spokane’s small art and dance scene, she’s committed to being a student for the rest of her life. “Over time — witnessing the world of talent in this underappreciated art form — I have grown to appreciate many forms of belly dance,” she says. “One fantastic thing about belly dance is that I will never run out of things to learn. This dance has many faces.” — LEAH SOTTILE


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herever Ian Miles plays, he brings a storm with him. On a chilly night last winter at Mootsy’s, a downtown Spokane watering hole, a crowd hooted, shouted, stomped and thrust their beers in the air as he sang: Close now little ones, I mean no harm to you. And then suddenly, as if he flipped a switch that controlled every person there, they all broke into song alongside him: I’ll guide your boat home… be-fore the raven wakes. They yelled and swayed as they held each other’s shoulders. For nearly a decade now, the 26-year-old Miles hasn’t just played Spokane stages. He’s commanded them with his epic, passion-fraught tales. And he hasn’t just found casual fans. It’s as if he’s recruited an army — a battalion of happy little soldiers ready and willing to repeat what he says, dance while they’re doing it, and sing with so much passion you’d swear they’re going to cry. Today he’s self-produced 11 albums — more than most musicians make in an entire lifetime. Making music is something he says he’ll never give up. “I think creativity is something that is a really strange force,” he says. “It’s something that’s very happenstance. It’s almost like something outside of yourself that chooses you and goes ‘Here. Here’s something that’s going to come out. And you’re going to have to do it, whether you’re ready or not.’ ” — LEAH SOTTILE YOUNG KWAK PHOTO

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GALLERIES 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 — housed in Life Center Foursquare Church — is to connect people to God through art. 1202 N. Government Way, Spokane, Wash. • 327-4422 • COEUR D´ALENE GALLERIES Coeur d’Alene Galleries moved to a new and bigger location in May after spending 26 years in the lobby of the Coeur d’Alene Resort. The new space triples the size of the original gallery to display even more of the Western, wildlife and sporting art the gallery is known for. 213 E. Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-7732 • DEAN DAVIS PHOTOGRAPHY Although this studio doesn’t operate as a full-time gallery, in April it will host the Society of Illustrators, a nationally traveling exhibit of original illustrations from the New Yorker, Atlantic and more. Also, a big permanent collection — from paintings to bronzes — with artists all over the map is always on display. 216 W. Pacific Ave., Suite 102, Spokane, Wash. • 456-8799 • DENISE OLIVER GALLERY From chainsaw art and ceramics to fine acrylic paintings and jewelry, this gallery features local Northwest artists’ work. It sits right near the shores of Coeur d’Alene lake and is open seasonally from May to the last weekend of October. 200 S. Coeur d’Alene Ave., Harrison, Idaho • 208-689-9076 • DEVIN If you’re no novice to fine art and you’re looking to build your collection, then 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 • DODSON’S JEWELERS Amidst displays of elegant jewelry, Dodson’s has been showcasing fine art for the last few years. Pieces from local artists, such as Vicki Broeckel and Charlie Palmer, are sprinkled throughout the store and also hung in a mini gallery space in the back of the store with a soon-to-come upstairs showroom. Montana artist Nancy Cawdrey will be featured with her silk paintings starting in October. 516 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 624-4163 •

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 GALLERY NORTHWEST A co-op located a few blocks east of Coeur d’Alene lake, Gallery Northwest displays and sells home furnishings, gallery items and other handcrafted items. Everything is made by the eight owner-members that run the store as well as more than 20 other artisans from Idaho, Washington and Montana. 217 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-5700 • GROOVE STUDIO The eclectic essence of Groove Studio is represented by the art on its walls. One can find unpredictable collections — from conventionally beautiful landscape paintings to abstract Picasso-like pieces — all from regional artists that are 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 as early as 1906. His 60,000-piece collection, along with work from his late wife, Hazel, and his son, Dann — owner and operator of Hallans — is joined by a summer exhibition of original photography by Viggo Mortensen. 323 N. First St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2634704 • HEART OF SPOKANE A wide variety of artists and artisans are 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. 3017 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. • 443-4799 • KOLVA-SULLIVAN GALLERY This gallery shares an adjoining space with Trackside Studio in a historic warehouse space. Revolving shows feature handcrafted pottery, paintings, installations and performance art. Kolva-Sullivan is open for First Friday and by appointment. 115 S. Adams St., Spokane, Wash. • 458-5517

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ENTRÉE GALLERY Entrée Gallery, located on national forestland, is only open during spring and summer, 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 •


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Get bottomless popcorn for $3 at the Magic Lantern. JENNIFER RAUDEBAUGH PHOTO

ome movies simply shouldn’t be seen unless they’re in 3-D, eye-popping detail and accompanied by such an onslaught of sound that it makes your ears bleed and your teeth rattle — as a rule of thumb, anything involving superheroes, spies or sci-fi. And for those movies, you should make a beeline to your nearest megaplex. For a completely different moviegoing experience, instead check out the region’s art house theaters, festivals and “social cinema” events. Not only do they offer different fare — genres like foreign, classic, sports and indie, which are all but absent from the big-box listings — they bring their own unique vibe. These are the kinds of venues where you get a personal introduction to each film. Or where you can sip local artisan brews and recite lines to the kitschy comedies you know by heart. THE MAGIC LANTERN (25 W. Main Ave., should be your first stop for alternative cinema. This is where the under-theradar award winners, festival hits and experimental flicks get their due screen time. “We try to bring a mix of quality, American-made independent films, foreign films, and documentaries that you wouldn’t be able to see anywhere else,” says Jonathan Abramson, who manages and co-owns

the cinema. Plus a bottomless popcorn is only $3. The listings at THE PANIDA THEATER (300 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho, are similar to what you’ll find at the Magic Lantern, except the films play one at a time and are usually limited to two-day runs. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, the building itself has a unique historic charm that enhances whatever you’re watching. Beer has that power, too, which is why The Inlander helped launch the SUDS AND CINEMA series at THE BING (901 W. Sprague Ave., Each movie — the more absurd, the better — is chosen in advance by public poll and then paired with $4 pints of a handpicked local microbrew. Armchair extreme athletes will find nonstop entertainment at the BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL (901 W. Sprague Ave., mountainfestival). The best part? The festival comes to us. The 38th annual lineup of films on climbing, expeditions and high-altitude adventures will run at The Bing from Nov. 15-17. New this year is the festival’s RADICAL REELS program (, which features “shorter, punchier, high-adrenaline, Banff-quality” action sport films. That takes place on Oct. 12, also at The Bing. — E.J. IANNELLI

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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 a cozy cafe with soups, sandwiches, desserts, espresso and a terrace with a view of Lake Pend Orielle. 620 Wellington Pl., Hope, Idaho • 208264-5696 •

GALLERIES KRESS GALLERY Named to commemorate the historic Kress Building, this 2,650 square-foot room displays revolving collections of art from local Spokane schools and colleges. The gallery is also a multi-use space that can be rented for community, nonprofit, professional and select private gatherings for a fee. Riverpark Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Third Level, Spokane, Wash. • 456-3413 •

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. 409 S. Dishman Mica Rd., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 747-0812 •

LIED CENTER FOR THE ARTS AT WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY The Lied Center features ceramics, sculpture, drawing, mixed media, photography and printmaking exhibits from both students and professional artists throughout the year on display in the Bryan Oliver Gallery. The rest of building is sprinkled with student artwork and works-in-progress. 300 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 777-3258 •

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 • 208-667-3606 • painterschairfineart. com

MANIC MOON & MORE Not only does this artisan emporium have paintings, ceramics, scuptures, mosaics and metal art but it also sells art-to-wear fashion and hosts workshops. Manic Moon, which was founded in 2012, showcases more than 30 local artists, all with whimsical designs. 1007 W. Augusta Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 413-9101 •

PEND OREILLE ARTS COUNCIL GALLERY The POAC gallery just started up this summer in the arts council’s downtown building. The gallery will house a new

show every five or six weeks during the year, usually with multi-media pieces. 302 N. 1st Ave., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208263-6139 •

in the “Sandpoint at Night” exhibit through September of 2013. 518 Oak St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-946-8066 •

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. • 3276920 •

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. • •

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. REDTAIL GALLERY This gallery shares its 1912 Episcopal guildhall building with the Sandpoint Arts Alliance. Redtail is typically open during the late spring and summer of each year. A juried exhibit of works created between sunset and sunrise will be on display

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 brings a diverse range of artists, critics and curators to campus. 3410 W. Fort Wright Dr., Spokane, Wash. • 533-3710 • STEVEN A. SCROGGINS FINE ART Steve Scroggins, an award-winning, internationally collected artist, runs this space in which he exclusively displays his own work. He says it’s easy to pull off filling a space with only his pieces because he works in so many mediums including, but not limited to, oil, acrylic, mixed media and photography. 110 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-6598332 •


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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-664-1201 • THE JACKLIN ARTS AND CULTURAL CENTER This arts center in Post Falls, housed within a building on the National Register of Historic Places, regularly displays local, national and international artists in its gallery. The JACC also serves as a hub for musical and theatrical performances, as well as culinary instruction and arts education. 405 N. William St., Post Falls, Idaho • 208-4578950 • THIRD STREET GALLERY Upstairs in Moscow’s historic City Hall, the Third Street Gallery is home to rotating displays of work from regional artists. Pieces painted outdoors in Moscow and the Palouse will go on display in the “Palouse Plein Air” exhibit running from Sept. 20 to Oct. 25. City Hall, 206 E. Third St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7036 •

Painter’s Chair Fine Art Gallery STUDIO 66 Studio 66 moved to Coeur d’Alene in summer 2013, taking its vibrant, modern art with it. The gallery features the works of abstract expressionist Edward Gilmore and a handful of other modern sculpters and painters. 321 E. Front Ave., Coeur d’Alene • 208-704-5664 •

STUDIO 107 Not only does Studio 107 have fine art — oils, watercolors and acrylics — from Northwest artists, it also has jewelry, and serves wine and beer as well as tapas from Scratch Restaurant. The studio stays open late every second Friday of the month for Artwalk so visitors can meet the featured artist. 503 E. Sherman Ave.,

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 Arapaho nations. 811 W. Garland Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 325-1500 •

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 • WILLIAM GRANT GALLERY AND FRAMING Part framing shop and part art gallery, William Grant has a wide selection of custom framing options including shadowboxes, matboards and thousands of moldings. The gallery shows a variety of posters and originals from several artists. 820 W. Francis Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 484-3535 •

MUSEUMS APPALOOSA MUSEUM AND HERITAGE CENTER This nonprofit 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 •


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The witches of Wicked return to Spokane. JOAN MARCUS PHOTO

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wenty-six years ago, BEST OF BROADWAY began life in Spokane as a week-long run of Cats. For the 2013-14 season, the popular parade of nationally touring productions will bring together a far more diverse program that includes everything from nuns to witches — not to mention the wildly divergent music of Cole Porter, Elvis and Green Day — for what Jack Lucas, president of TicketsWest & WestCoast Entertainment, is calling “one of the most well-balanced seasons in a long time.”


“I think we have one of the most well-balanced seasons in a long time.”

A one-off concert by political satirists The Capitol Steps (“We put the mock in democracy”) will kick off the season on Oct. 6. Over the past three decades the musical troupe has released nearly 40 albums, including Obama Mia! and Between Iraq and a Hard Place. That’s followed just four days later by the classic Cole Porter musical Anything Goes (Oct. 10-13), which features romance and hijinks aboard a transatlantic ocean liner. On Nov. 22-23 is Green Day’s American Idiot, a (not surprisingly) sociopolitically themed musical loosely based on the band’s 2004 concept album of the same name. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas — the group is named for an 18th-century musical technique, incidentally,

not a German construction vehicle — arrives on Nov. 20 for a concert of modernized favorites to get you in the mood for the Yuletide season. Slightly closer to Christmas is Million Dollar Quartet (Dec. 12-15), a jukebox musical that recounts the legendary 1956 jam session between Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash. It’s a chance to be a time-traveling fly on the wall at one of music’s coolest summit meetings. The post-New Year portion begins with Hello, Dolly! from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2. Sally Struthers, who was most recently in Spokane as Annie’s Miss Hannigan in 1999, will star as the dilettante matchmaker. The Ten Tenors croon on Feb. 15 as a warmup to Bring It On: The Musical (March 4), a high-energy tale of competitive cheerleading from the creator of In the Heights. Then comes the record-breaking comedy musical Sister Act (March 27-30) and an extended reprise of the insanely popular Wicked (May 7-25). “It’s all great family entertainment, and from the reception we’ve had so far... it has grabbed the interest of the Spokane community and the entire region,” says Lucas. “It has a mix of a little bit of everything.” — E.J. IANNELLI

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MUSEUMS 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 •

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. 2316 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 456-3931 • SPOKANE LAW ENFORCEMENT MUSEUM More than 3,000 items — including uniforms, patches and badges — showcase past and present Spokane law enforcement agencies as well as foreign agencies. The museum preserves these

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or buyers, art can be a serious financial investment. And for unknown artists, it’s not always easy to find buyers who are prepared to make that spontaneous leap of faith. That’s why the NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS AND CULTURE (2316 W. First Ave.) devised Art @ Work, which addresses the traditional shortcomings of the buyer/artist relationship by applying the try-beforeyou-buy approach to fine art. “It’s a three-month rental program for businesses and residences,” says Tammy Gabbert, who oversees the Art @ Work program. “What’s great about it is that people in the office can always get a fresh look at new art. It gets everybody talking. At home, a lot of people rent before they decide if they want to make the investment. It’s great for artists because it gets them a lot of exposure. It’s kind of a win-win for everybody.” Prices start at $90 with free transportation and installation. And Art @ Work isn’t just for collectors, Gabbert says. “I had someone [rent artwork] at their lake place. I’ve had people that did it just before they put their house up for sale, or when they were having an open house, or just for the Christmas season.” Should you find the perfect piece, the rental cost counts toward the purchase price. — E.J. IANNELLI

JUNDT ART MUSEUM AT GONZAGA UNIVERSITY As well as being a space to display some of the region’s best paintings, photographs, sculptures and glasswork, the Jundt is Gonzaga’s art research center. Students can access works that are not on display and search historical information about each piece on an electronic catalog. 502 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 313-6611 • gonzaga. edu/jundt MOBIUS SCIENCE CENTER This center, which opened in 2012, has plenty of exhibits — from biology to flight engineering to human anatomy — to make learning fun for all ages. You can shoot water rockets, take a look at the reptile tank, and experiment with a high-speed digital camera. 811 W. Main Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 443-5669 •

artifacts to provide public historical education and a library of records showing police growth in the community. 1201 W. First Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 625-3352 • SPOKANE VALLEY HERITAGE MUSEUM Preserving the Spokane Valley’s history and heritage to help create a central community identity is this center’s mission. One recent exhibit explored the contribution of railroads to the growth of the Valley and another exhibit honored veterans of WWII. 12114 E. Sprague, Spokane Valley, Wash. • 922-4570 • WSU MUSEUM OF ART The exhibits this museum brings in are exceptional, including past installments of photography by Andy Warhol. But the real gems come in spring during MFA thesis season when graduate students showcase art they’ve been working on for two or more years, which varies widely in medium and subject matter. Wilson Road and Stadium Way, Pullman, Wash. • 3351910 •

MOBIUS KIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM At this partner organization of Mobius Science Center, kids can wander through an enchanted forest, tour a miniature city to learn traffic safety, or check out live insects. Whether it’s a single family or a whole classroom, the museum has something to keep everyone excited about science. River Park Square, 808 W. Main Ave., Lower Level, Spokane, Wash. • 624-5437 •


NORTHWEST MUSEUM OF ARTS & CULTURE Spokane’s most renowned museum, the MAC features exhibits that focus on the culture and history of the region and is also home

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

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around the city. 315 W. Mission Ave. Suite 23, Spokane, Wash. • 455-6865 • CARILLON SERIES AT ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL St. John’s Cathedral is one of very few places in the Northwest to hear carillon music. The melody rings out from the 49 bells at the cathedral every Sunday during summer, with guest artists on the Fourth of July. If the bells pique your interest, free tours of St. John’s are available on select days. 127 E. 12th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-4277 • 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, in which winners get to perform with the orchestra. 1042 W. Mill Ave., Bldg. B, Suite 300, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-765-3833 • FESTIVAL DANCE AND PERFORMING ARTS ASSOCIATION Ballet, Irish or Indian dance aren’t necessarily natural associations with Northern 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 hosts performances ranging from ballroom to flamenco. University of Idaho, 1060 Rayburn, Suite 203, Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-3267 • 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 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 British Columbia and offers contacts for local blues bands and CD reviews on its website. Spokane, Wash. • 534-8185 - msg box 2 •

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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. The group performs at the Kroc Center and its song choices are usually themed around holidays or seasons. 1902 E. Pennsylvania Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-755-6376 • OPERA COEUR D’ALENE Opera CDA is North Idaho’s most notable group for performance of and education about opera. Its annual performance at Art on the Green in August and a class offered at NIC give everyone the chance to learn about the form. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 800-418-1485 • SPOKANE AREA CHILDREN’S CHORUS Made up of four different choirs, the SACC serves young singers from ages 7 to 18. The group performs at community events throughout the year and some members have traveled to perform in Canada, Costa Rica and Scotland. 411 S. Washington St., Spokane, Wash. • 624-7992 • saccsings. org SPOKANE BALLET ENSEMBLE Spokane Ballet Ensemble provides pre-professional training in classical ballet. The ensemble regularly does outreach performances in the community and has had the opportunity to perform in London, Paris, Morocco and other far-flung locales. 1407 E. 57th Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 448-2464 • 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 local folklore performers or teachers. Spokane, Wash. • 747-2640 • SPOKANE JAZZ ORCHESTRA The orchestra boasts that it is the nation’s oldest continually performing, professional, community-supported 17-piece big band. With a reputation like that, it’s no surprise the group continues to bring in big jazz names. Spokane, Wash. • 435-1007 • 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 artists from around the region. Spokane, Wash. • 998-2261 •

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INLAND NORTHWEST DANCE ASSOCIATION The INDA is a roaming dance group, hosting DanceFest each year and performing at Art on the Green each summer. It also sponsors broadway connection master dance classes in Gonzaga’s dance studio taught by cast members of broadway shows currently in town. Veradale, Wash. • 927-0972 •

a quality choral experience. Three separate choirs allow children to progress from beginning singers to experienced performers. Singers are accepted to Kinderchor based on an audition and an interview. • 714-0555 •


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MUSIC AND DANCE 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 2013 and 2014 are “Classics,” “Superpops,” “Symphony with a Splash” and The Nutcracker. Box Office, Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague, Spokane, Wash. • 624-1200 • 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 Ave., Spokane Valley, Wash. • 922-3023 • BALLET ARTS ACADEMY OF SPOKANE Spokane’s oldest ballet company, Ballet Arts Academy is best known for its everpopular Ballet and Bubbly. The academy produces high quality dancers that go on to some of the nation’s best dance companies. 109 W. Pacific Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 838-5705 • balletartsacademy. com

one of the few groups to bring Broadway musicals to the panhandle. The 2013 season brought Big River, Mary Poppins and Romance Romance, and the next season is sure to bring the same level of entertainment. North Idaho College, 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. 502 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 800-986-9585, ext. 6657 • IGNITE! COMMUNITY THEATER Ignite! was developed to provide more options for local actors, directors and audiences. The 2013-14 season brings the likes of fully-staged productions including Little Shop of Horrors, The Rainmaker and Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple. Spokane, Wash. • 795-0004 • INTERPLAYERS PROFESSIONAL THEATER One of Spokane’s edgier theaters, Interplayers looks to provide “challenging, diverse and inspiring productions.” But the best part of many Interplayers shows

Mateusz Wolski, principal violinist for the Spokane Symphony. STEPHEN SCHLANGE PHOTO

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he SYMPHONY WITH A SPLASH (Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox, 1001 W. Sprague Ave.) concert series is tailored for people who don’t see themselves as the stuffy, classical type but are looking to expand the breadth of their entertainment. “We want to attract people who usually don’t have time for these things,” says Eckart Preu, the Spokane Symphony’s music director. “It’s an alternative format to the regular concerts, which deals with the fears people have about classical concerts.” To that end, the affordable Splash series features “shorter, fun” pieces by modern composers. Often they’re “too new or too edgy” for the symphony to perform during its regular program. The first series concert on Nov. 1 will see Preu conducting the Spokane Symphony in John Adams’ “Scratchband” and Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” On Jan. 17, guest conductor Morihiko Nakahara will oversee Michael Torke’s “Adjustable Wrench” and the second movement from Philip Glass’ “Symphony No. 3.” The third and final series concert on March 21 features pieces by Javier Álvarez and Enrico Chapela, plus some Mozart for good measure. The 60-minute concerts are always preceded by a come-asyou-are cocktails and socialization session, and they’re accompanied by descriptions of the works. “Music might be a medium that needs explanation,” says Preu, “so we find a format that uses words to explain music so people can appreciate it.” — E.J. IANNELLI

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 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. • 487-6540 • CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER The North Idaho chapter of Christian Youth Theater focuses on training students to perform theater with a Christian worldview. Along with the classes, camps and shows the North Idaho branch also uses its website as a resource for helping schools book field trips to theaters. 2775 Howard Street, Suite 7, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-7658600 • COEUR D’ALENE SUMMER THEATER Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre is Idaho’s oldest performing arts organization and

Blue Door Theatre happens after the final curtain. Some shows include an after-performance discussion with the director and cast. 174 S. Howard St., Spokane, Wash. • 455-7529 • LAKE CITY PLAYHOUSE The 2013-2014 season at Coeur d’Alene’s biggest little theater will bring shows such as Lend Me a Tenor, Wit, and Christmas Belles as well as musicals like Damn Yankees, Little Women, and Guys And Dolls. 1320 E. Garden Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-667-1323 •

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THEATER SIXTH STREET MELODRAMA When it started, the storylines presented at Wallace’s Sixth Street Melodrama stuck mostly to the town’s history of mining. Today, though, it’s home to comedies, dramas and musicals. The 2013-14 season brings the likes of It’s For The Birds, Christmas at Sixth Street and more. 212 Sixth St., Wallace, Idaho • 208-752-8871 • SPOKANE CHILDREN’S THEATRE While Spokane Children’s Theater produces award-winning shows — this summer brought Beauty and the Beast — it’s also known for its weekly kids drama workshop, Young Actor’s Studio. 2727 N. Madelia St., Suite 5, Spokane, Wash. • 3284886 •

Author Timothy Egan is scheduled to speak on April 15. BARRY WONG PHOTO

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hanks to our region’s high concentration of public and private colleges, every year dozens of scholars and artists flock to the Inland Northwest to share their knowledge and expertise with the rest of us laypeople. For instance, history buffs won’t want to miss Pulitzer Prizewinning biographer DORIS KEARNS GOODWIN’S lecture at the Spokane Convention Center on Oct.15. The author of Team of Rivals, the 944-page tome upon which the film Lincoln was based, will discuss leadership lessons from the 16th president’s term in office as part of Whitworth University’s President’s Leadership Forum. Tickets are $40 per person. RSVP at On April 15, Whitworth hosts another Pulitzer-Prize winning writer: New York Times journalist TIMOTHY EGAN, author of The Worst Hard Time, an acclaimed book about the Dust Bowl. Other speakers coming to Whitworth include environmental activist FLORENCE REED on Feb. 13 and poet JULIA KASDORF on Feb. 25. Check for these and other upcoming events. If you’re a woman (or man) working in journalism, PR or advertising, be sure to attend Washington State University’s EDWARD R. MURROW SYMPOSIUM celebrating women in communications on Sept. 12. Speakers haven’t been chosen yet, but you can expect to hear from outstanding Murrow alumna who’ve broken barriers in their field. In addition to addressing industry questions, the symposium will commemorate Kathi Goertzen, a longtime Seattle news anchor and Murrow graduate who died last year. “She was a trailblazer and made opportunities for herself in broadcasting in roles that were traditionally held by men,” says Darin Watkins, the Murrow School’s director of communications. “We want to honor and celebrate her life.” More information will be released at murrowsymposium.wsu. edu. — DEANNA PAN

SPOKANE CIVIC THEATRE The 2013-14 “Starlit Season” brings plenty of great shows to Spokane Civic Theater, including Les Misérables, The Christmas Schooner, Crazy for You and The Three Musketeers. 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 DEPARTMENT OF THEATER ARTS Full productions are presented each year as well as The 24-Hour Theatre Project, which shows 10-minute plays written, cast, rehearsed and performed in the last 24 hours. The department also runs student performed White Tie Improv and New Play Wednesdays, which showcase plays still in their infancy. 6th and Rayburn, Shoup Hall, 2nd Floor, Moscow, Idaho • 208-885-6465 •

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. 526 5th St., Cheney, Wash. • 359-6200 • GONZAGA UNIVERSITY It’s well known Gonzaga is the place in town for high-energy basketball games, but the campus’ Jundt Art Museum and music program also offer some finer forms of entertainment. There are student theater, dance and music productions as well as author and poet lectures or readings. 502 E. Boone Ave., Spokane, Wash. • 800-9869585 • 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, Idaho • 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 Hamlet, Fortinbras and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead 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. • 533-3500 • 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 production. 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. 709 Deakin St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-885-6111 • uidaho. edu 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, Wash. • 358-7500 • spokane. WHITWORTH Whitworth’s theatre department presents a full production every semester as well as its Festival of Short Plays, Broadway Unbound, solo theatre and a dance concert every year. The art department’s Bryan Oliver Gallery features rotating exhibits by students and professional artists. 300 W. Hawthorne Rd., Spokane, Wash. • 777-1000 • n

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For almost 30 years, Inlanders celebrate the last weekend of summer toting their blankets and lawn chairs to the park to be serenaded by the Spokane Symphony or the Coeur d’Alene Symphony. The professional orchestras fill Pavillion, Comstock and Coeur d’Alene City Parks with a mixture of classics and show tunes to enjoy an evening of music over picnics and cards.  Pavillion Park,  Aug. 31, 2013; Comstock Park,  Sept. 2, 2013; Coeur d’Alene City Park, Sept. 2, 2013


When Victor Hugo wrote Les Mis in 1860s France, he probably never imagined that singers in Spokane would enact his story onstage in 2013. Spokane Civic Theatre’s cast and crew will perform Hugo’s internationally acclaimed story in all of its musical glory, with Broadway veteran Douglas Webster taking the reins as director. You’ll have 19 opportunities to see the theater’s season opener this fall. Sept. 20-Oct. 20, 2013

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Interplayers, Spokane’s only professional theater, showcases regional talent every year, and its 33rd season will be no different. This October brings Never the Sinner, a theatrical recreation of the 1924 Chicago trial of Nathan Leopold and Robert Leob. The two wealthy university students kidnap and murder a 14-year-old in an attempt to commit the perfect crime, and lawyer Clarence Darrow comes to their defense in a stand against capital punishment. Interplayers’ cast will bring the historical drama to life, starring Michael Weaver as Darrow. Oct. 24-Nov. 9, 2013


This four-day festival brings jazz musicians from around the world to perform and teach at the University of Idaho in Moscow. Student musicians of all ages attend to collaborate with one another, as well as learn from experts during clinics and workshops on topics both vocal and instrumental. You don’t have to be an artist to appreciate the daily performances and evening concerts in this annual tradition kept since 1967. Feb. 19-22, 2014


Every year, Coeur d’Alene’s nonprofit community theater Lake City Playhouse pulls local and professional talent onto the stage in nearly a dozen plays and musicals. This season features dramas, comedies and musicals like Little Women and The Great American Trailer Park Musical. The latter is a far from traditional comedy satirizing lawn-chair culture, road kill and strippers in pleather leopard print over conflicts in adultery and murder.  March 28-April 13, 2014



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For three days in Browne’s Addition, the Museum of Arts and Culture hosts a festival for enthusiasts to make, admire and purchase fine art. In a wandering loop through Coeur d’Alene Park, over 150  artists  of digital, glass, painted, drawn and sculpted media from all over the region display their work at this juried festival. Live performances by dancers and musicians create afternoons of indie ambiance, complete with crafts for kids, food booths and a beer garden. May 30-June 1, 2014


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Whether they’re having babies or running businesses, Inlanders care about family Tom “Bucky” Vogt at YMCA Camp Reed


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his is because if you’re an Inlander, you and your family almost certainly spend some time outside, especially if you’re a kid whose folks were lucky enough to find a job that would allow for the sort of laissez-faire attitude required to turn a blind eye on Friday afternoons. If you’re a grown-up Inlander, you probably played in one of the Spokanearea or North Idaho youth sports leagues. Maybe you joined the Girl Scouts or Boy Scouts. Perhaps you went camping on the banks or shores of one of the Inland Northwest’s many scenic

“Spokane has very independent minded people. I think if you choose a parenting style here, there are others who support you.” rivers and lakes. Or maybe you headed up to Camp Reed, the YMCA-founded overnight camp outside of Chattaroy where Inland Northwest youngsters have been testing their outdoor might, making friends and generally having a blast for almost 100 years. In a world of iPads, iPods and short attention spans, Camp Reed represents the Inland Northwest’s throwback spirit when it comes to getting kids outside and active, says Tom Vogt, who mostly goes by his camp name, “Bucky,” and is the camp director, along with his wife Lisa “Loco” Vogt. “You wouldn’t believe what happens when they get out here and disconnect from the computer. It’s amazing the amount of creativity that comes out,” says Bucky, who works as an elementary school teacher in Spokane during the non-summer months. ...continued on next page

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How many public elementary schools are in Spokane Public Schools? 14 23 34 52


Spokane resident Kenn Nesbitt has the unique distinction of holding this national title: a. 2013 Father of the Year b. Children’s Poet Laureate c. Secretary of the Navy d. Arm Wrestling Heavyweight Champion


Which American holiday originated in Spokane? a. Father’s Day b. Grandparent’s Day c. Mother’s Day d. Arbor Day


What percentage of Spokane County households are home to children under the age of 18? a. 15 percent b. 28 percent c. 42 percent d. 61 percent


What attraction in Riverfront Park has been entertaining young Spokanites and visitors to the area since 1909? a. The Garbage Goat b. The Looff Carousel c. The Train Ride d. The Rotary Fountain


What popular Inland Northwest family outing destination was once known as the Henley Aerodrome? a. The Manito Park botanical gardens b. Mobius Science Center c. The IMAX theater d. Silverwood Theme Park


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to realize that the Inland Northwest is a family-friendly region. That’s especially true in Spokane — schools are nationally ranked, young couples move here to have kids, companies are operated by several generations of one clan, community events and festivals cater to people of all ages. If you’re an Inlander, you likely know something about family. Maybe your family is rooted for generations in the Inland Northwest and have observed the same traditions year after year, or maybe you just came here on your own to start your own family. Tine Reese was one of those people. An online marketing specialist, Reese and her husband were living in San Francisco when they had their first child. Then they moved to Spokane, her husband’s hometown. She soon gave birth to her second child in 2009, the same year she co-founded Bloom Spokane, a nonprofit organization that supports mothers and mothers-to-be in the greater Spokane area by connecting them with resources. Reese says that Spokane and the surrounding areas are excellent locales in which to have a child. In all, about 6,000 children annually have been born in Spokane County in recent years. “I have to say that Spokane, and Washington state in general, has some of the best number of legal and supportive birth options for people,” says Reese, 38. “In Spokane, providers are connected. I think in a smaller community like this, everybody knows everybody. A lot of things are done on a referral basis.” Whether an expecting mother wants a conventional hospital birth with a doctor or midwife or to have the baby at home, Reese says there are plenty of options in the area. The same goes for support groups to help with parenting. “Spokane has very independent minded people. I think if you choose a parenting style here, there are others who support you,” she says. Moms can choose from a wide array of groups, ranging from the MOMS Club of Spokane and Mommy and Me groups to meetings for new mothers, fitness meet-ups and much, much more. The guys don’t get left out, though. While it’s harder to find support groups for dads, there is at least one such gathering called Daddy Dudes. It’s put on by Bella Cova, a Spokane mom and baby store, and the talk is casual and loose as dads share parenting tips. The culture in Spokane when it comes to parenting is something — al-

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Camp Reed opened in 1915 and was an all-boys institution until the late 1960s. The camp is structured — with allotted time for different activities, including swimming, canoeing, arts and crafts, archery and pretty much every other good ol’ American pastime you can think of — but Vogt says one of the distinctive features of Camp Reed is the autonomy they give the kids. “We have a lot of free time, when there are 10 things kids can choose to do. Most camps aren’t able to do that,” says Vogt on a summer morning as he chats with The Inlander while taking a break from running the camp’s daily programs. “This afternoon, if you wanted to go swimming you could do that. Or if you wanted to canoe, or just go learn how to braid leather, you can do that. It’s all supervised and structured, but we like to give kids a chance to make their own decisions.” For many young Inlanders, an experience like Camp Reed, or perhaps other summer camps in the area like Camp Spalding, Cowles Boy Scout Reservation or Lutherhaven, serves as an introduction to the outdoors and perhaps a love affair with the sort of recreational opportunities that abound in the Inland Northwest.



gain, the Inland Northwest is a family-focused region. Sometimes that means that your favorite local businesses are the result of generations of tight-knit Inlanders who’ve kept their operation in the family. On a recent rainy afternoon up on North Division Street, Shaun Pattison is watching legions of kids and their parents circle the floor of Pattison’s North, the north Spokane skating rink he and his wife Jericho have owned since 2006. But before that, it was founded by Pattison’s grandparents, Pat and Evelyn Pattison. It remained in the family after that until Shaun Pattison and his wife came from the Seattle area for the opportunity to take over the operation and raise their kids in a more family-oriented environment. For Pattison, the roller skating rink business has always been in his blood. “In the second grade we had to write a story about what we want to be when we were older. Some of the kids wanted to be firefighters or policemen. I said I wanted to own a skating rink,” says Pattison. Most days, you’ll find Shaun and Jericho at the rink, maybe even working the ticket window. You’ll also find their 9-year-old daughter, a competitive speed roller skater, and 5-year-old son, whose dad describes him as a “rink rat,” working on their skills out on the hardwood. “There aren’t too many places these days where the owners work. We’re a family business, though, and the families that come in here appreciate that,” says Pattison, whose business donates more than $30,000 to area schools each year. Pattison, although a transplant, says he’s very much an Inlander. And if you’re an Inlander, you probably appreciate family. That might mean the baby you and your husband or wife just welcomed to the world at one of Spokane’s hospitals. It could be the generations upon generations of relatives who have established tradition and maybe even a business or two in the Inland Northwest. Or it could just be the sense of community — from a sports team, a neighborhood or the people around the water cooler at work — that people find even if they don’t have family in the area. Inlanders care about family, however that word might be defined. — MIKE BOOKEY


Essential Experiences Their names are Tom and Lisa Vogt, but most people call them Bucky and Loco. The couple, longtime directors of the YMCA’s Camp Reed north of Spokane, know a thing or two about what to do with your family in the Inland Northwest. GO TO GREEN BLUFF “Take a day trip experience picking apples, strawberries or peaches with your family,” says Bucky of the agrarian wonderland you’ll find just a few minutes’ drive beyond Spokane city limits. HOST A JAPANESE FAMILY For this YMCA Camp Reed program, families host Nishinomiya students in conjunction with Camp Reed. VOLUNTEER AT HOOPFEST Mom, dad or the whole family can play or volunteer at the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament. RIDE THE TRAIL OF THE COEUR D’ ALENES “Take a ride with your family and experience the small communities, and get ready to see moose, eagles, and all types of waterfowl,” says Bucky. ATTEND CAMP REED FAMILY CAMP This chance to take the whole gang outdoors always takes place the weekend before Labor Day. “Bring the whole family. You have your own cabin! Hiking, swimming, archery, and arts and crafts are just some of the activities,” Bucky says. WALK OR RUN BLOOMSDAY While elite runners from around the world participate in this enormous footrace, Bucky and Loco say this is also a family event. Walk or run and get the family moving through the city of Spokane.

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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.

MUSIC BURT’S MUSIC & SOUND Whether you want to buy, rent or get your instrument fixed, Burt’s can do the job. North Idaho’s largest music store, Burt’s has instructors on staff who teach banjo, piano, flute, fiddle and other instruments. 1123 Sherman Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208664-4957 •

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COEUR D’ALENE YOUTH ORCHESTRA The Coeur d’Alene Youth Orchestra provides a quality orchestral experience for talented musicians from eighth grade up to 21-years-old. Auditions are held annually in September. Coeur d’Alene, Idaho •

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HOFFMAN MUSIC One of Spokane’s oldest music stores, Hoffman music is overflowing with new and used

it’s designed to develop cognitive, physical and emotional skills for kids from newborns to age 7. 1309 W. 14th Ave., Spokane. • 4563559 • KPBX KIDS CONCERTS From calypso to bluegrass and jazz, KPBX has been hostings its popular, free kids’ concerts for 20 years. Eight concerts are offered annually, and showcase a wide range of music mixed with a little education about its history and culture. Locations vary, Spokane. • 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. 11 E. Rockwell Ave., Spokane. • 328-0130 •

ARTS & CRAFTS ART ON THE EDGE Art on the Edge, run by St. Vincent de Paul, offers eight weeks of summer camps and workshops for youth with topics ranging from theater and pottery to wax painting and Pinterest. The rest of the year they run after-school art classes, public art and community festivals and weekly adult pottery classes. 1416 N. First St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-818-3342 • ARTS ALLIANCE The classes at this hub of visual and performance arts range from painting and puppetry for youth ages 1318 to oil painting and sculpting for adults. Kids ages 4-6 can attend art and theater camps and there are summer camps for ages 7-12. Sandpoint Center for the Arts, 518 Oak St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-2652787 • CORBIN ART CENTER The Corbin Art Center has been around for more than 50 years, and its class and camp offerings have been growing along the way. Kids can enjoy activities like sewing and insect science and adults can learn fine art. During the summer, kids ages 3-11 can do adventure, art and science camps. 507 Seventh Ave., 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 — ages 6-12, as well as teens and adults — explore various mediums, subject matter and elements like line, shape, color and texture. Spokane Art Supply, 1303 N. Monroe St., Spokane. • 230-1880 | Hobby Lobby, 13902 E. Indiana Ave., Spokane Valley. KROC CENTER This 123,000 square-foot community center provides education, sports, faith and art programs. Its arts and culture offerings include classes for children and adults such as gardening,

painting, theater and science and technology. 1765 W. Golf Course Road, Coeur d’Alene. • 208-667-1865 • MOSCOW WILD AT ART Moscow Wild at Art sits on the Palouse, offering a place to bring your kids or come for a date night. Choose from items to paint such as plates, mugs, home decor and even piggy banks. Wild at Art glazes and fires your piece for a later pickup. 533 S. Main St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-669-2425 • moscowwildatart. com POLKA DOT POTTERY Polka Dot Pottery offers all the usual fun of a paint-yourown-pottery studio, plus workshops and date nights. Pizza and Paint events offer dinner while you create with your kids, or the studio will help you create a custom birthday event. 2714 W. Northwest Blvd., Spokane. • 327-5437 • | River Park Square, 710 W. Main Ave., Spokane. • 624-2264 | 118 S. Pines Rd., Spokane Valley. • 9242292 PRIMARY MOVEMENT This studio offers dance classes, but it also provides arts and crafts for kids. Once a month throughout the school year, bring your child (ages 3 to 9) for parent-child hands-on art exploration activities. Or join the summer art series with once-a-week projects such as building a bird feeder from recycled materials. 8623 N. Division St., Suite B., Spokane. • 263-6828 • primarymovement. SPOKANE COUNTY LIBRARIES Each of the 10 county libraries have craft events throughout the year for not only children, but tweens, teens and adults, too. Do everything from making “Frankentoys” (new toys make from old broken ones) to traditional summertime crafts. Check the library district website for events and locations. See website for locations. Spokane. • 893-8200 •

Spolane Children’s Theatre instruments. If you’re not sure if your budding musician is going to stick with the clarinet, Hoffman rents and leases instruments at a very reasonable cost. Once your child is committed, you can choose from their previously owned or new merchandise. Their website has a comprehensive list of local instructors. 1430 N. Monroe St., Spokane, 800-7693949 Spokane HOLY NAMES MUSIC CENTER Age is no pre-requisite at this music 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 • KINDERCHOR Originally known as the South Hill Children’s Chorus, Kinderchor expanded in 2007 to reach children in other parts of the city. Kinderchor has two choirs and serves second graders to seniors. Singers are accepted after an interview and an audition. Scholarships are available. Rehearsal locations vary, Spokane. • 7140555 • KINDERMUSIK WITH MUNCHKINS TO MOZART Kindermusik is a parent-involved program that, while it teaches music, is “not about making little Mozarts.”Instead

MARK’S GUITAR SHOP Mark’s prides itself on being a boutique-like shop, not a music store. You’ll find plenty of beautiful new and used Fenders, Fulltones and others (the inventory changes all the time) and they’ll service your guitar. 918 W. Garland Ave., Spokane. • 325-8353 • MUSIC CITY This massive shop offers instruments, instruction books, lessons and a recital hall with a fireplace, a grand piano and seating for 100 people. 1322 N. Monroe St., Spokane. • 838-8312 • musiccitypianos. com 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 - 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 • 208-667-6200 • SPOKANE AREA YOUTH CHOIRS The SACC’s four 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. 411 S. Washington St., Spokane. • 624-7992 •

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SOUTH HILL MUSIC STUDIOS 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 • 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 • SPOKANE YOUTH SYMPHONY SYSO is a teaching orchestra for kids ages 10 through college age with four separate orchestras providing children with high-caliber orchestral and performance experience. Spokane. • 448-4446 •

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 story telling, mime, environment creation and character development. 815 W. Garland Ave., Spokane. • 747-7045 • CHRISTIAN YOUTH THEATER CYT teaches kids the essentials of theater with a godly focus. The theater offers after-school classes for kids ages 6-18 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 • | 2775 Howard St., Ste. 7, 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 THEATRE 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 2013-2014 season lineup. 2727 N. Madelia St. #5, Spokane. • 328-4886 •

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, VolleyKats, 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 • 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. Check website for location nearest you., Mead. • 800804-3509 • 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 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 and facilitate a number of sports leagues. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane Valley. • 777-9622 • | 10727 N. Newport Hwy., | 930 N. Monroe St.,ymcaspokane. org


SPOKANE CIVIC THEATRE ACADEMY The Civic Theatre 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. • 995-6718 •


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BASEBALL, SOFTBALL & T-BALL 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. 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 •

Students Ayaka and Yui and their hosts, the Jeske-Schock family. CHRIS JESKE PHOTO

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Being a host family for international students provides a two-way experience



osting exchange students is about making them feel like part of the family and doing little things we take for granted, like having a backyard barbecue or playing board games. “They want to experience what it’s like being part of an American family,” says Judy Miller, whose family hosts often. But don’t forget to discuss potential family life differences with them, such as breakfast routines and how bathroom utilities work. And always speak slowly if English isn’t their first language. The first few years Miller hosted, she thought it was only about what the student got out of the experience, but she discovered it opened her eyes to the rest of the world. “We’ve got these bonds and friendships that’ll last a lifetime,” she says. Miller helps coordinate homestays in the northwest through COMPASS USA ( In Spokane, families host Japanese students for three weeks in the summer while students attend classes. For school-year-long homestays, other nationwide organizations such as WORLD HERITAGE (, AFS-USA (afsusa. org) and ASSE ( connect families with international students while they attend local high schools. Spokane organizations also provide hosting opportunities. The Japanese students at MUKOGAWA FORT WRIGHT INSTITUTE (4000 W. Randolph Rd., stay with families at least one weekend per semester. The ROTARY CLUB OF SPOKANE ( sets up exchange students with hosts during the school year and arranges group outings for the students. — JO MILLER

COUGAR BASEBALL ACADEMY At the Cougar Baseball Academy, kids ages 7-18 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. • 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. 416 N. Madelia St., Spokane. • 534-5437 • kidsportsspokane. com 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). Pullman. • 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 • SKYHAWKS Skyhawks provides a slew of baseball camps and clinics for kids throughout the Inland Northwest. Programs start as early as age 4. 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. •

through mid-June. Young players start with T-ball, graduate to coach-pitch and then play full baseball. 800 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201, Spokane. • 321-1999 • 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. , Spokane. • 951-7990 • spokanelittleleague. net 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. • 362-5424 • 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.. Divisions span up to age 20. SYSA also offers fall baseball for kids ages 9-18. 800 N. Hamilton St., Suite 201, Spokane. • 5361800 • 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. Summer baseball is open to kids K-4. Games are held June-July. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane. • 777-9622 • | 10727 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane. • 777-9622 | 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane. • 777-9622

SPOKANE PONY Spokane Pony organizes baseball leagues for kids ages 5-14 April

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For more than a decade, dwellers of the South Perry District and beyond have enjoyed outdoor movies under a starlit sky at The Shop, the popular neighborhood coffeehouse and cafe. When new owners took over The Shop in March 2012, they knew well enough not to change a good thing, and the summer movies kept rolling. With films projected onto the brick wall of neighboring restaurant Casper Fry every Saturday at dusk, it’s not unusual for several hundred attendees to pack the parking lot with lawn chairs and blankets to see classics like The Princess Bride. Bride. IF YOU GO: Look for the film schedule on The Shop’s Facebook page, and get there early for a good spot.


There are few sensory memories that top lying on a worn blanket in the cool green grass as a rose-tinted dusk settles over the sky and a light breeze wafts the distinct aroma of summer. Throw in popcorn, family and friends, and a movie outdoors and you’ve got a perfect summer night in the making. This year marked the 16th annual Summer Fest at Liberty Lake’s Pavillion Park, which includes almost weekly screenings of family-friendly films from July through August. Really, though — who could think of a better venue to watch Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix or The Goonies? Goonies? IF YOU GO: Make sure you read the schedule at carefully, since a few of the films are actually shown at Rocky Hill and Half Moon parks.


It’s fitting that Riverfront Park not only has the massive IMAX Theater, but starting this year, its own outdoor summer movie series, featuring a 40-foot-wide projection screen. Though this is the series’ inaugural year, it’s planned to be an annual summer happening at the park’s Lilac Bowl. This family-friendly event offers more than just cinema. Activities coinciding with the films, shown weekly this year from midJuly to mid-August, include movie trivia and high-flying tricks by aerial performers. Snacks from popular, local food trucks will keep moviegoers’ bellies full while enjoying classics like The Lion King, King, Grease and The Sandlot. Sandlot. IF YOU GO: Get online to see which food trucks are cookin’ during each showing at


Out on the West Plains where sunsets last the longest, locals head to Sunset Park in the summer evenings to — for obvious reasons — watch the sunset, but also what happens afterward. What started out eight years ago as a just few movies screened in the park has since turned into a summer-long cinematic celebration. The City of Airway Heights invested in a 16-foot-tall inflatable screen to show outdoor movies almost every other Friday night from mid-June through August. The city also gets democratic, holding an online vote to let its residents have a say in what movies are shown. IF YOU GO: As we mentioned, go early not only to nab a good spot, but to enjoy a breathtaking sunset. — CHEY SCOTT


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Family camp sessions are a great way for younger kids to “test the waters” of a sleep-away camp.

hink sleep-away camp is just for kids? Not anymore. Many traditional resident camps across the Inland Northwest offer special family camping experiences each summer to allow the kids and mom and dad — or grandpa and grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc. — to cram into a rustic cabin and spend a few days canoeing, hiking, swimming and exploring nature together. It can be an ideal experience for families with younger children who are thinking about going to a sleep-away camp in the future but first want to experience it with the comfort of a parent nearby, as well as a chance for parents to relive their own childhood summer camp days. Depending on where and how many family members go, some of the region’s camps offer rates that cater to families living on a budget, and are all-inclusive with meals, lodging and activities. Outside of Deer Park, the YMCA of the Inland Northwest’s CAMP REED (, 7779622) offers a three-night family camp weekend each year near the end of August. Located on a private lake, Camp Reed’s family camp offers many of the same activities that its youth summer campers participate in, like archery, arts and crafts, hiking trips and sitting around a crackling campfire in the evening. The camp can accommodate up to 28 families during that weekend, with each family occupying a cabin together, says coordinator Meredith Coleman. Heading off to a remote kids’ camp for a weekend with all members of the immediate or

A family canoe trip at Camp Reed. VALERIE WHITMAN PHOTO extended family might not seem like an ideal vacation to everyone, but Coleman says it’s a great way for families to escape the fast-paced, technology-driven lifestyle most of us lead. “Families can recharge and relax together in a wilderness setting and away from the expectations of city life,” she says. Camp Reed isn’t the only area resident camp offering a weekend escape just for families. Camp Fire Inland Northwest’s resident facility CAMP SWEYOLAKAN (, 747-6191), on Lake Coeur d’Alene, offers its “You and Me, Kid!” family weekend several times each summer, for three days and two nights. Several faith-based residential camps offer family sessions, too. Newport’s CAMP SPALDING (, 731-4244) usually offers one session that’s geared toward young campers who want to spend one night at camp with a parent, and a longer, four-night session for the entire family that even offers cabins equipped with a bathroom. CAMP LUTHERHAVEN (, 866-729-8372), on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene, also offers several family weekends throughout the summer including a few themed weekends at the camp’s Shoshone Creek Ranch. Other religious-focused camps offering family sessions include COCOLALLA LAKE BIBLE CAMP (, 208-263-3912), CAMP MIVODEN (, 208-772-3484) and CAMP TWINLOW (, 208-352-2671). — CHEY SCOTT

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BASKETBALL AAU BASKETBALL 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. 710 Mullan Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-2250 • THE HUB SPORT CENTER This massive Liberty Lake venue is a community based sports center that hosts leagues, tournaments, camps, and classes. Check out their website to browse its offerings, that span from ball handling basics to elite academies. 19619 E. Cataldo Ave., Liberty Lake. • 927-0602 • MOSCOW PARKS AND RECREATION Moscow’s P&R organizes recreational basketball leagues for kids grades 1-8. Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, 1724 East F St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7084 • NBC CAMPS NBC Camps provide yearround training for kids ages 9-18 via camps and clinics held throughout the Inland Northwest. Attend as an individual player, or register for a team or family camp. 466-4690 • 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 February through March. 1123 Lake St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-263-3613 • THE WAREHOUSE The Warehouse features five full-length basketball courts, which are available for rental for basketball clinics or practices. The Warehouse hosts summer league play for kids grades 5-8, and a variety of skills clinics and camps for kids of all ages. 800 N. Hamilton St., Spokane. • 484-2670 •

FOOTBALL COEUR D’ALENE RECREATION The Coeur d’Alene Recreation Department offers flag football in the fall for grades 2-3. Practice starts after Labor Day. 710 Mullan Ave., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho • 208-769-2250 •

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INLAND NORTHWEST POP WARNER Pop Warner coordinates tackle football for kids ages 5-14. Specific age and weight requirements are required to ensure safety. The local chapter serves Spokane and Spokane Valley. There are no tryouts or cuts. 157 S. Howard St., Suite 523, Spokane. • 388-2830 • spokanepopwarner. com 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. Hamilton Indoor Recreation Center, 1724 East F St., Moscow, Idaho • 208-883-7084 • POST FALLS JUNIOR TACKLE & CHEER Post Falls Junior Tackle and Cheer welcomes kids in grades 4-8 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. 800-804-3509 • 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 program 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. 2421 N. Discovery Pl., Spokane. • 777-9622 • | 10727 N. Newport Hwy., Spokane. • 777-9622 | 930 N. Monroe St., Spokane. • 777-9622

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